New coach glad here
by Mark K. Campbell
The Porcupines’ new boys basketball coach is happy to be in Springtown.
That’s what Ernest Mims told the Optimist Club at the group’s June 28 meeting.
“I am extremely happy to be here,” he said.
Born in Amarillo, Mims said he was impressed with a parent who clued him in early on about his career path.
That parent? Not his pastor father – who was also a mortician – but his teacher/coach mother.
“I observed how impactful she was – she was my role model.
“I’ve always known what I wanted to do.… Read the rest
BY NATALIE GENTRY
A benefit car wash to help with medical expenses for Carl Davis was held June 25 at Pinnacle bank on East Hwy. 199.
The $1,271 raised will go to help the Davis family with bills after 15-year-old Carl was struck by an RV while crossing FM 51 June 16.
According to social media posts made by the Davis family, the teen’s left eye was injured, his forehead was cracked, his nose broken in two places, both cheeks broken and his left leg had multiple fractures. He also sustained brain damage.
An update posted by Davis’ mother Tammy on June 27 noted the teen is responding to questions with movements.… Read the rest
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Officials with the city of Reno have made much ado about their displeasure with the performance of the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, with which the city contracts for dispatch services for the Reno Police Department (PCSO).
Mayor Lynda Stokes has complained publicly on several occasions about dispatchers “treating Reno citizens like trash” and that deputies do not answer calls inside the city when no Reno officer is on duty.
During the Reno city council meeting Monday, June 20, Stokes said the Briar-Reno Volunteer Fire Department had to request police assistance from Pelican Bay and Tarrant County in order to get PCSO to respond to a hit-and-run accident that occurred while Reno was without a police officer on duty.… Read the rest
A brief rain shower may be to blame for this truck jacknifing in the eastbound lanes of East Hwy. 199 at Jaybird Lane Tuesday afternoon. The driver was not injured, but traffic was shut down at the crossover and eastbound lanes were closed, forcing traffic to the shoulder to get by. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman
BY NATALIE GENTRY
Still Waters Retreat Center in Springtown will host a 4th of July family celebration from 7 a.m.- 4 p.m. July 4 at 403 County Road 3672.
Entry to the event is $5 withtwo canned good per car or $7 per car.
A pancake breakfast kicks things off from 7-9 a.m. with the opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. Breakfast is $3 for ages 13 and up and $2 for children under 13.
Entertainment will be provided throughout the day including a car show, music, and games.
A fishing tournament is slated from 7-9 a.m. and 10 a.m.-3 p.m.… Read the rest
Jacksboro Highway main lane construction, access road repair looming
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Things are in motion to make the torturous drive up and down the Jacksboro better.
Two updates – one provided by Azle Mayor Pro Tem Bill Jones, who serves on the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition board, and another provided by State Representative Charlie Geren – provide insight into two highway projects important to the thousands that drive Hwy. 199.
Jones said he’s been advised by Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) officials that bidding on the Jacksboro Highway/Hwy. 199 main lanes project from Hanger Cutoff Road/Tenderfoot Trail to Nine Mile Bridge Road will take place in August.… Read the rest
DPS will increase traffic enforcement over holiday weekend
They’ll be out there, all over Lone Star roadways.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging Texans to make safe driving practices a priority during the July Fourth holiday weekend. From July 1 – July 4, DPS Troopers will join law enforcement from across the state in looking for drunk drivers, and speeding, seat belt and other traffic violators.
“DPS is calling on Texans to help keep our roadways and communities safe by celebrating responsibly and using extra caution during Independence Day festivities,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.
“During the holiday weekend, Troopers will be on the lookout for impaired and dangerous drivers; and anyone who plans to drink alcohol should also plan to take alternate transportation or designate a sober driver.”
During the 2015 Fourth of July enforcement period, DPS Troopers made 496 DWI arrests, and issued 7,211 speeding citations, 1,156 seat belt/child safety seat citations and 1,007 no insurance citations.… Read the rest
The weekly performer at the July 1 performance at Azle Central Park’s Music in the Park is Thunder Road, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band.
Music begins at the amphitheater at 8 p.m. Coolers are permitted but alcohol is not at 333 West Main Street.… Read the rest
Three Springtown students earned honors from a pair of colleges.
Elizabeth Ann Rainey was named to the President’s List at Howard Payne University.
Making that elite roster at the Brownwood school required a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
At Texas Woman’s University, a pair of Springtown students made the Dean’s List.
Keeping an average of at least 3.5 while carrying a minium of 12 hours were Jessica Alexander and Katherine Avant.
Both are majoring in psychology at the Denton college.… Read the rest