BY CHRISTINA DERRA Springtown woman and her four-year-old daughter sustained non-life threatening injuries in a one vehicle crash the morning of Oct. 20.
Lacey Johnson, 41, was traveling westbound on Hwy. 199 between Azle and Springtown when a black vehicle of an unknown make and model pulled out in front of Johnson’s Honda.
According to Texas Department of Safety troopers, who responded to the scene at approximately 8 a.m. Thursday morning, the black vehicle failed to yield right-of-way and did not stop at the scene of the accident.… Read the rest
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Early voting is underway ahead of the Nov. 8 Presidential Election, in which local voters will also elect state representatives, judges, and decide some important school and road projects.
Record turnout is a distinct possibility in this year’s election, evidenced by 4,139 early votes cast in Parker County on Monday.
Voters who live within the Azle Independent School District will decide whether to approve a $59.5 million bond proposal that will build two new elementary schools to replace one that officials say is severely overcrowded and another that’s more than 100 years old.
The proposed bond package would also provide security measures and additional improvements to every campus in the district.… Read the rest
Bradshaw made in impact on Springtown
BY CHRISTINA DERR
Longtime Springtown resident, local business owner, and former Epigraph columnist, Wanda Bradshaw died at the age of 84, Sunday, Oct. 9.
Bradshaw’s column was titled “Aunt Effie” and was published during the early-1980s.
In the voice of Aunt Effie, Bradshaw told stories on a variety of topics throughout her column’s run.
Topics ranged from events in her personal life to town gossip.
In addition to her written work, Bradshaw was very active in the Springtown community.
In 1983, the Springtown Chamber of Commerce named Bradshaw Citizen of the Year.
Earlier the same year she stepped away from her duties running the Corner Cafe restaurant, which she operated in Springtown for four years.… Read the rest
BY CHRISTINA DERR
A 51-year-old Springtown man has been charged with a third-degree felony after he allegedly assaulted a Parker County Sheriff’s deputy.
Jack Anthony Hobbs, Jr. was arrested Thursday, Oct. 20 after deputies were dispatched to his home in the 100 block of Alta Vista Lane at 7:25 p.m. in reference to a disturbance.
The responding deputy reportedly arrived at Hobbs’ home to find him sitting on his front porch with a 63-year-old woman.
After the deputy identified himself, he began to approach the home, which, according to a probable cause affidavit, is when Hobbs allegedly began yelling profanities and obscenities at the deputy, and told the deputy to get off of his property.… Read the rest
Six members of the Springtown High School choir program will compete at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Pre-Area round of auditions, Friday, Nov. 11.
Seniors Stormie Pritchett, Taylor Teague, and Ryan Stephens, juniors Lindsay Elledge and Hunter Dutton, and sophomore Noah Duvall advanced to the next round of auditions after their performances at the second round of auditions for the TMEA All-State choir on Saturday, Oct. 8.
In addition to the those six singers, freshman DJ Wright, junior Audriana Fiero, and senior Chloe Terry will represent SHS at the All-Region concert, Saturday, Nov. 12.
The concert will take place at Weatherford High School.… Read the rest
Heading into the final two weeks of competition, Springtown High School currently occupies the second place spot in the Brookshire’s ExtraPoint competition.
Schools that are grand prize winners for each division will receive a $10,000 check from Brookshire’s, and runner-ups will receive $5,000.
The competition, which groups schools into three divisions based upon the size of the school’s student body, runs until Nov. 1.
To help SHS overtake the current first place school, Quinlan Ford High School, text “Porcupines” to 43101.
Contest rules allow participants to text the keyword daily.
5 classes exceed 22:1 maximum
BY CHRISTINA DERR
The Springtown Independent School District Board of Trustees granted permission at its Oct. 24 meeting for SISD to apply for a waiver from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for an exemption to the state’s 22:1 student-to-teacher ratio requirement.
The Texas Education Code requires that all kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth grade classrooms have no more than 22 students.
That number, Superintendent Mike Kelley said, is debated during every state legislative session.
In the event a classroom exceeds that ratio, districts are required to seek an exemption, or waiver, from TEA.
In addition to applying for the exemption, upon approval of the waiver, districts are required to notify the parents of any students in an affected classroom.… Read the rest
BY CHRISTINA DERR
The Springtown High School theater department’s fall production for 2016 will be The Red Velvet Cake War.
Written by Jessie Jones, Nicolas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, the show is described as a “…righteously funny, Southern-fried comedy.”
The play follows three cousins of the Verdeen family as they attempt to host a family reunion in small town Texas.
The cousins, Gaynelle Verdeen Bodeen (Kaylee Casteel/Mackayla Wright), Peaches Verdeen Belrose (Baylee Watson/Halle Hughes), and Jimmie Wyvette Verdeen (Morgan Langham/Alyssa Roberson), are described as having outrageous antics which delight the local gossips of Sweetgum.
The matriarch of the Verdeen clan is LaMerle Verdeen Minshew (Chloe Terry/Kinnedy Vardas).… Read the rest
Two lambs and a pig exhibited by Springtown youth
Three members of the Springtown Future Farmers of America showed their livestock at the Texas State Fair Oct. 8.
Two lambs and a pig were entered into competition by the Springtown trio. The pig, a cross pig, was shown by Springtown High School senior Brody McDowell.
Springtown Elementary School third grader, Kallie Conway, showed her Southdown lamb at the fair and earned 10th place in her class.
Kallie’s older sister, Summer Conway, a seventh grade student at Springtown Middle School, showed her medium wool lamb and earned 8th place in her class.… Read the rest