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Chamber prepares for 7th annual bike rally

| May 5, 2016
Chamber prepares for 7th annual bike rally

Almost 300 riders attended last year’s All-American Bike Rally and hopes are high that number is topped this year.

BY NATALIE GENTRY
With the Springtown Area Chamber of Commerce annual clay shoot a success and under their collective belts, the members of the chamber have turned their attention to the next big event of the year.
The 7th Annual All American Bicycle Rally is set for Saturday, June 4.
Last year almost 300 riders participated in the rally, and the feedback indicates that everyone enjoyed not only the great ride but the BBQ sandwiches provided immediately following the race.
Amy Walker, chamber director, anticipates an even bigger event in 2016.… Read the rest

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Lund leads losers

| May 5, 2016

BY NATALIE GENTRY
The Biggest Loser Community Challenge has come to an end and Springtown Chamber Director Amy Walker said several of the Springtown individuals and teams did extremely well.
Kim Lund tied for first place with 3,856 individual points, while the City of Springtown team took 17th place with 8,900 points.
The Springtown Area Chamber of Commerce team ended up 23rd with 5,888 points.
The “SISD Losers” placed 29th, and the SISD Early Learning Center took 30th.
In 35th place was Weichert Wellness Warriors #2 followed by Amy Kaplan State Farm Insurance in 38th.
Liles Insurance took 45th place, while Burtnett Insurance Agency took 47th place.… Read the rest

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Council: Resignation, ordinances

| May 5, 2016

Taylor leaving seat; city now ‘builder friendly’

BY NATALIE GENTRY
The Springtown City Council accepted a resignation and took steps to make building in the city limits easier at the April 28 meeting.

Taylor resigns
Council member Denise Taylor officially resigned from the Springtown City Council to accept the position of Finance Manager with the city.
“I have truly enjoyed my time on the council,” Taylor said. “I’ve learned so much… and I hope this next chapter is just as exciting and educational.”
The council decided to fill Taylor’s spot at a future date.
The process will involve council members nominating a Springtown resident who is registered to vote.… Read the rest

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Election Day is Saturday

| May 5, 2016

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Local voters will head to the polls Saturday, May 7 to vote in the General Election.
Voters who live in Reno and Springtown will decide seats for both city councils as well as one seat on the Springtown Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Early voting ended May 3 and the local results include:
The city of Reno had a total of 70 early voters, with nine sent by mail and the remaining 61votes cast in person.
In city of Springtown, 149 voters cast their ballots in person and 14 sent theirs in by mail for a total of 163 votes.… Read the rest

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April Vocational Student of the Month

| May 5, 2016
April Vocational Student of the Month

Springtown High School student Brian Mena (left) accepted the award for Vocational Student of the Month from Chamber Director Amy Walker at the Springtown Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon April 28. Photo by Natalie Gentry

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Woman dies from injuries

| May 5, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
An Azle woman has died from injuries she received in a motorcycle accident west of Springtown Saturday, April 30.
Kammy Rae Bagwell, 40, was flown by air ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth following the one-vehicle accident.
According to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, Bagwell died just before 5 p.m. Monday, May 2, during surgery.
Trooper Richard Hunter of the Texas Department of Public Safety said Bagwell was the passenger on a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Michael Wayne Parsons, 52, of Springtown.
The two were eastbound on Hwy. 199 near Old Agnes Road about 7:30 p.m.… Read the rest

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‘Honoring Our Heroes’

| May 5, 2016

Church hosting 24-hour BBQ meal May 22 to thank first responders, military, city employees, families

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
There won’t be any preaching at West Parkway Baptist Church from 10 a.m. May 21 to 10 a.m. May 22.
The plate will not be passed for an offering, either.
For those 24 hours, members of the “Church on the Hill” will host the annual Honoring Our Heroes event, a show of gratitude to the employees of the city of Azle, as well as police officers, deputies, and firefighters, current and former members of the military – and their families – from across Tarrant, Parker and Wise Counties.… Read the rest

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SISD end-of-year activities

| May 5, 2016

BY NATALIE GENTRY
As the school year winds down, campuses in the Springtown Independent School District gear up for their end-of-year events.
Both the high school and middle school host end-of-year awards ceremonies presenting certificates to students who have won or advanced beyond district level competitions for academic and co-curricular activities that offer post-district competition.
Gifted and talented students throughout the district will participate in the District Olympus GT Showcase in SHS small gym from 5-6 p.m. May 23.
And while all schools in the district will be closed on May 16 which is a scheduled bad weather day, along with a two-hour early release on May 26 – the last day of school – many other activities are specific to each school.… Read the rest

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Hazardous waste collection June 4

| May 5, 2016

BY NATALIE GENTRY
A household hazardous waste collection day has been scheduled 9-11 a.m. June 4 in the parking lot of the Springtown SplashPad at 703 Walnut Creek Drive.
In order to participate, residents must bring a photo ID and obtain a voucher by calling 817-220-4834.
The collection is sponsored by Bluebonnet RC&D, a rural community development organization.

What’s accepted
Items that will be taken include: acids, antifreeze, brake and transmission fluids, batteries, oil filters, degreasers, drain cleaners, fertilizers, unbroken fluorescent light bulbs, paints and stains, thinners, varnish and solvents, herbicides, pesticides, craft, photo, and pool chemicals.

What not to bring
Excluded items consist of pharmaceuticals, ammunition, explosives, tires, asbestos, medical waste, PCBs, propane or butane cylinders, smoke detectors, or radioactive material.… Read the rest

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Summer free meal program returning

| May 5, 2016

by NATALIE GENTRY
The Springtown Independent School District will once again provide free meals to any child in the area under the age of 18 this summer.
From Monday through Thursday, June 6-23 children can receive one free meal at each breakfast and lunch.
The meals will be served in the Springtown Middle School Cafeteria with breakfast running from 7:30-8 a.m. and lunch from 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.
Residents who may be traveling this summer can dial 2-1-1 from any phone; by pressing 1, a caller can be directed to meal programs in the area.
The only information needed is a Zip Code.… Read the rest

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