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Epigraph collects awards in journalism competition

| March 23, 2017

At the North and East Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, the Springtown Epigraph garnered multiple awards.
The paper won several first place plaques.
In her first year at the paper, reporter Christina Derr won the News Writing competition.
Judges said of her stories about Black Lives Matter and the town’s water woes, “Factual and detail-oriented account of the history and financial ups and downs of a city park [the SplashPad]; very well done.”
A second first place plaque went to Editor Mark K. Campbell for a pair of editorials on Springtown ISD’s Mike Kelley’s handling of the Black Lives Matter and one about President Trump.… Read the rest

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It’s Officially Springtime

| March 23, 2017
It’s Officially Springtime

As with bluebonnets, you know spring has arrived when the Indian paintbrushes begin showing up in yards and roadsides. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Cross Timbers GC seeing skyrocketing rise in players

| March 23, 2017
Cross Timbers GC seeing skyrocketing rise in players

Cross Timbers Golf Course professional Keith Harris said current improvements to the course have helped turn its reputation around. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
“There are some misconceptions about our golf course.”
Keith Harris, the golf professional at Azle’s Cross Timbers Golf Course, has seen the links improve its reputation.
“We have worked at turning the image of Cross Timbers around,” he said.
He has been the pro at CTCG for four years, running his total years to 24 in the sporting business.
While watching finances, Harris noted, he and workers at the course have made improvements including renovations and bunkers.… Read the rest

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Impressive Sheep

| March 23, 2017
Impressive Sheep

Camryn Slocum placed eighth out of 79 entries in the lightweight Southdown division at the Houston Livestock Show Thursday, March 16.

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Parker County Arrests

| March 23, 2017

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Parker County Jail during March 10-20.

Felonies
Matthew Taylor Trinkman, 22, of Springtown, was arrested March 10 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, a first-degree felony. He remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $75,000 bond.
James Castleman Gipson, 38, of Springtown, was arrested March 10 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, a first-degree felony. He remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $50,000 bond.… Read the rest

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Lake cleanup up April 1

| March 23, 2017

Spring is finally here – in Texas, that means summer is next week!
It also means it’s time for the 19th Annual Eagle Mountain Lake Community Cleanup.
This year’s event is slated April 1 from 8:30-11 a.m.
Cleanup efforts will take place at various points around the perimeter of the lake, with an after-party at Twin Points Park, in the 10100 block of Ten Mile Bridge Road, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
The EML Community Cleanup is a way for families and community groups to support their community lake.
Volunteers will receive a cleaning supply kit as well as a free T-shirt.… Read the rest

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Parker County cleanup day slated for April 1

| March 23, 2017

Parker County is set to hold its annual county-wide cleanup Saturday, April, 1.
Unwanted items will be accepted at all four county precinct barns that day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“This is an excellent opportunity to meet your neighbors and enhance the formation of networks throughout the county, which can actively support a number of worthwhile projects from crime watch to helping neighbors in need,” Parker County Pct. 4 Commissioner Steve Dugan.
“Countywide cleanup has almost become a holiday around here,” Dugan added.
“Folks really look forward to it. It’s a great opportunity to dispose of unique items that are hard to get out for regular trash pickup.… Read the rest

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‘Machine Gun Preacher’ to speak at The Church at Azle Mon., March 27

| March 23, 2017
‘Machine Gun Preacher’ to speak at The Church at Azle Mon., March 27

Machine Gun Preacher Sam Childers with his Angels of East Africa. He will speak at The Church at Azle March 27. Photo courtesy All Hands United International

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Sam Childers used to live a violent lifestyle as an addicted, hardcore biker.
Then God “turned his mess into his message.”
Childers will speak at The Church at Azle, located at 1801 S. Stewart St., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 27.
The free event is open to the general public.
Childers will share his true life story, which was made into a major motion picture, Machine Gun Preacher, starring prominent actor Gerard Butler.… Read the rest

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Club’s pancake supper March 23

| March 23, 2017
Club’s pancake supper March 23

All you can eat pancakes and a knowing you’ve contributed to the educational future of Springtown students await Thursday, March 23 at the high school.

The Springtown Optimist Club will hold its 14th Annual Pancake Supper Thursday, March 23.
The event will be held in the Springtown High School cafeteria from 4:30-7 p.m. Optimists will be serving pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, tea, and orange juice.
In addition to the meal there will be several silent auction items available for bidding.
Admission is $6 for older children and adults; children under the age of five are free.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from any member of the Springtown Optimist Club.… Read the rest

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Student art show coming to SHS

| March 23, 2017

‘A Night at the Arts’

Springtown High School will present A Night at the Arts Thursday, March 23.
The event will feature performances by the school’s jazz band, solo and ensemble performers, show choir, winter guard, and Show Stoppers dance team.
There will also be exhibits by art, theater, and film students.
Exhibits and performances will take place throughout the high school including in the band hall, gymnasiums, choir room, Black Box theater, auditorium, band hall, and the school’s foyer from 6-8:00 p.m.
The free event is an effort to showcase the work of students involved in the fine arts department at SHS.… Read the rest

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