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Slinging Bull at the Optimist Club Meeting

| September 22, 2016
Slinging Bull at the Optimist Club Meeting

Ron Moore (left) a 20-year Optimist Club member passes the “Bull Slinger” to SHS Principal/Optimist President Scott McPherson for the last time. The “award” is given weekly to the member who “slings the most bull” at a meeting. Moore, a longtime Springtown resident, is moving to East Texas. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Library now open

| September 22, 2016

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Much to joy of its staff and patrons, the Springtown Public Library reopened Friday, Sept. 16 after being closed since early Aug. for repairs following water damage.
Springtown Library Director Kathy Crabtree said of the reopening, “It is going slowly, but that is good.
“Our attendance usually falls off a little this time of year anyway with school starting.”
The library, located at 626 N. Main Street, is open Monday and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The library is closed on Sunday.… Read the rest

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Get flu shots at these schools

| September 22, 2016

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The Parker County Hospital District will conduct on-site flu vaccine clinics for students and staff at campuses across Springtown Independent School District.
The flu mist is unavailable nationwide for children or adults due to recommendations by The Centers for Disease Control for the coming influenza season.
Students who are uninsured or underinsured will be given the vaccine at no cost.
For students with insurance, the student’s insurance provider will be billed.
Flu vaccine clinics at the SISD campuses are scheduled for the following dates:
Monday, Sept. 26:
• Goshen Creek Elementary School
• Springtown Elementary School

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‘Mums’ the word

| September 22, 2016

It’s Homecoming in Springtown

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The big week has arrived again.
Springtown High School conducted its annual homecoming parade and letter lighting, Monday, Sept. 19 (photos on Page 5A).
Eight girls from the senior class were nominated for Homecoming Queen.
They are: Chanae Pitts Richardson, Taylor Teague, Meagan Crowson, Taylor Ervin, Sydney Farris, Bailey Willet, Kirsten Alexander, and Madison Beckwith.
In addition to the nominees for queen, this year’s Homecoming court includes freshman class representative, Rayell Allen; sophomore class representative, Kambree Smith; and junior class representative, Maysie Courtney.
The 2016 SHS Homecoming game is this Friday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m.… Read the rest

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Reno sea change?

| September 22, 2016
Reno sea change?

Reno leaders gather to work on the 2016-17 budget which will include substantial cuts to Mayor Lynda Stokes’ and council persons’ pay. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Council OKs deep pay cuts for mayor, attorney, others while creating reserve fund

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Is the tide beginning to turn in the city of Reno?
In a display of unity not often seen, council members, led by Billie Steele, cut numerous expense items and added more than $30,000 into a reserve fund during a called budget work session Monday evening, Sept. 19.
Mayor Lynda Stokes first updated the council on the status of an agreement with the Blue Mound Police Department for dispatch and jail services.… Read the rest

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Museum programs return with Agnes Assoc. talk

| September 22, 2016
Museum programs return with Agnes Assoc. talk

BY CHRISTINA DERR
After holding no meetings since May, the Springtown Legends Museum, located at 839 North Main Street, has announced it is resuming its program schedule Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.
The speaker for the program is Christina Adcock of the Agnes Community Association, Inc.
The group, which Adcock runs with her husband, Chris, is working to restore the historic Agnes School.
The school is located six miles west of Springtown.
Adcock will layout the organization’s plans for restoration of the school at the meeting.
She hopes the restoration will provide a place to host a variety of community activities.… Read the rest

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2016 Homecoming Court

| September 22, 2016
2016 Homecoming Court

Class representatives for the 2016 Springtown High School Homecoming Court are (l-r) freshman Rayell Allen, sophomore Kambree Smith, and junior Maysie Courtney. Photo courtesy Gina Springfield

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County deputies make pitch for overtime change

| September 22, 2016

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Russ Authier, Parker County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) chief deputy, along with PCSO Patrol Division commander, Capt. Tony Bilbay, asked the commissioners court to change the way deputies are compensated for overtime hours at the court’s Sept. 12 meeting.
Under current methods, deputies are not credited for hours 80-86 worked during a single pay period. Comp time does not begin to accrue until a deputy reaches 87 hours.
Authier and Bilbay proposed to the court that comp time begin accruing at a one-for-one rate at 80 hours, and time and a half for anything beyond 86 hours.
Authier said, “The biggest benefit we see is morale.… Read the rest

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2016 Homecoming Parade

| September 22, 2016
2016 Homecoming Parade

It was hot and beyond steamy as dusk neared on Monday, Sept. 19. But that didn’t keep hundreds from turning out for the annual Springtown Homecoming Parade. From Reno Elementary, around Porcupine Stadium, and beyond the middle school wound emergency vehicles, snazzy cars, horses, floats and hundreds more Springtown ISD students. All gathered afterward for the annual Lighting of the Letters. The Porcupines play Vernon Friday night at 7:30 p.m.                  Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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2016 Wild West Festival

| September 22, 2016
2016 Wild West Festival

Kids of all ages found plenty to do at the 32nd Wild West Festival from gun battles to admiring vehicles from days gone by to the thrill of petting animals. And, oh, yeah, Elvis was there – on a teeny motorcycle.
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