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Azle hospital earns high rating from U.S. group

| August 25, 2016

For patient care and experience

Texas Health Azle was one of 11 Texas Health hospitals to receive a 4-star rating from Centers for a Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) report.
CMS awarded the honor for patient experience and care based on its Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating.
The ranking places Texas Health Azle in the top 25 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
Its four star rating means Texas Health Azle provided “higher than average quality” in patient care.
The rankings are based on patient perspectives on their Azle hospital experience including:
• Outcome – patient morality and safety
• Process – effectiveness and timeliness of care
• Efficiency – imaging
Valarie Gilbert, RN and chief nursing officer at Texas Health Azle said, “We are continually working to implement quality, safety, and patient satisfaction initiatives that will enhance the care our patients receive.”
Other Texas Health hospitals earning four stars included those in Dallas, Plano, HEB, Kaufman, and Denton.… Read the rest

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Walnut Creek Rages

| August 25, 2016
Walnut Creek Rages

There’s something causing those rapids in Walnut Creek on the west side of Main Street – a huge sewer pipe that serves the south side of town. While rain continued to fall on Saturday morning Aug. 20, rushing water overran then battered the pipe, forcing the surge to find a way over and around it.      Photo by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Brookshire’s ExtraPoint program kicks off again

| August 25, 2016
Brookshire’s ExtraPoint program kicks off again

Springtown won contest in 2015

Springtown Superintendent Mike Kelley and SHS Principal Scott McPherson accepted the first place check at Porcupine Stadium last October. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Can the Springtown ISD win another $10,000 like it did last October?
Another year of Brookshire’s ExtraPoint program will kick off Wednesday, Aug. 31.
Helping Springtown High School is simple, just like in 2015.
Schools and towns that send their keyword to Brookshire’s text number – 43101 – most often in proportion to their enrollment will win the cash prizes.
For Springtown, the keyword is PORCUPINES.
This year’s competition will once again be divided into divisions – Red, White and Blue – according to enrollment size.… Read the rest

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Budget, tax rate approved 7-0 by SISD board

| August 25, 2016
Budget, tax rate approved 7-0 by SISD board

School district tax rate unchanged for third consecutive year

Gary Shaw, SISD’s chief financial officer, presents the proposed 2016-17 budget and tax rate. Photo by Christina Derr

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BY CHRISTINA DERR
Monday Aug. 22 marked the first day of school for Springtown Independent School District (SISD) students.
That evening the SISD board voted 7-0 to approve the 2016-17 budget and tax rate.
For the third consecutive year the district’s tax rate will be $1.429 per $100 of valuation.

2016-17 budget
The district’s Chief Financial Officer Gary Shaw presented the proposed 2016-17 budget to the board and audience.
SISD has budgeted $33,159,589 total funds.… Read the rest

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Backing the Blue

| August 25, 2016
Backing the Blue

The Governor Samuel W.T. Lanham Camp 586 Sons of Confederate Veterans recently made the rounds to local law enforcement agencies to show their support. That included a stop at Springtown PD where members, including Chief Tony Motley (right), accepted six dozen cookies. The Confederate group made six other stops in Parker County.

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Church will serve those who serve

| August 25, 2016

2nd annual 1st Responders Day slated for Sept. 11 at Azle church 

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
If you are a first responder – including all police, fire, EMS, active and retired military, doctors, and nurses – prepared to be honored.
Servolution will host the second Annual First Responders Appreciation Day beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 at The Church at Azle, 1801 South Stewart St.
This year’s event will feature a free dinner, free concert, and free raffle.
Those who plan to attend are invited to bring their immediate family and to wear their department shirts; RSVP at www.servolutiontcaa.com/event/911.
Dinner will be from 5-6 p.m., followed by guest speaker Pastor Chad Geeslin of The Church at Azle at 6 p.m.… Read the rest

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Annual Back to School Traffic Snarl

| August 25, 2016
Annual Back to School Traffic Snarl

It’s a familiar scene every August – the first day of school creates a massive traffic jam on Main Street. Southbound vehicles were stacked all the way back to Pojo Road in front of Springtown Intermediate School from Highway 199, right at a mile and a half.         Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Lone Star state of mind

| August 25, 2016
Lone Star state of mind

Springtown High School’s Kelley awarded Lone Star FFA degree at convention

Sophia Kelley, of the Springtown FFA Chapter, was awarded the Lone Star FFA Degree in at the 88th annual Texas FFA Convention in Dallas, Texas.
The Lone Star FFA Degree is the highest degree bestowed by the Texas FFA.
The Lone Star FFA Degree recognizes FFA members who have received the Chapter degree, been active FFA members for at least two years, completed at least four semesters of agricultural science at or above the ninth grade level, maintained a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program, demonstrated their leadership skills, and have shown a commitment to the FFA through involvement at the chapter level and above.… Read the rest

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SISD schedules sub orientations

| August 25, 2016

Sept. 22 at SISD admin.

BY NATALIE GENTRY
The Springtown Independent School District (SISD) will be holding an orientation for all returning substitute teachers on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 8:30 a.m.
The meeting is set for the SISD Administration Building at 301 East 5th Street.
Anyone interested in substituting for SISD for the 2016-17 school year must attend the meeting as it is unknown at this time if or when another orientation may be held.
Applicants should bring their driver’s license, Social Security card, transcript, and a voided check to the orientation.
In addition, all subs are required to pass a criminal history background check.… Read the rest

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At the Community Prayer Rally

| August 25, 2016
At the Community Prayer Rally

Springtown Independent School District Superintendent Mike Kelley addresses the crowd at the Springtown Ministerial Alliance community prayer rally Aug. 21 at the Springtown High School auditorium. Other speakers included (front, l-r): Dawnette Harris, Doug Harris, David Fergeson, Springtown Police Chief Tony Motley; (back): Darrel Mathis, Josh Richards, Lance Hall, and Shane Scott.                          Photo by Christina Derr

 

Members of Springtown’s Move, Pray, Obey organization served as ushers at the community prayer rally at SHS. Pictured are (front, l-r): Pearl Henderson and Krisha Snapka; (back) Terry Vaeth, Shirley Morris, Shelly Cannon, Mary Orms, Penny George, Linda Patterson, and Tiffany Neely.… Read the rest

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