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The Pads Are On!

| August 17, 2017
The Pads Are On!

After the four-day “acclimation” practice period required by the UIL, the Porcupines donned pads and got down to business. Springtown athletes were split up all over the practice field with coaches intently watching and directing activities. The first scrimmage of the season sends SHS to Sanger Friday, Aug. 18. The JV and freshmen play at 6 p.m. with varsities set for 7.
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Rare: Our wet August this year

| August 17, 2017
Rare: Our wet August this year

A storm moves toward Springtown from the west Saturday, Aug. 5. Already this month, more than twice the usual amount of rain for August has fallen – with the month just half over. Photo courtesy Paula Campbell

Final total could be among highest ever for our driest month

by Mark K. Campbell
If this August seems rainier than normal, you’re right.
August is traditionally Texas’ hottest and driest month.
But this year is proving to be different.
For many of us, it’s already rained more than last August’s substantial 4.42 inches.
Officially in 2017, rainfall at DFW Airport has been 3.21 inches.… Read the rest

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SHS Grad Speaks to Optimists

| August 17, 2017
SHS Grad Speaks to Optimists

Jessica Thomas, Springtown High School Class of 1995, returned to town to tell the Optimist Club about Junior Achievement. Thomas is the director of education for Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail, Inc. based in Fort Worth. JA teaches students of all ages to learn how to run a business. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Service pens awarded at convocation

| August 17, 2017
Service pens awarded at  convocation

Springtown Intermediate School’s Suzanne Stewart was one of 64 employees to receive a service pen at the SISD convocation Aug. 14. Stewart, here given her pen by SIS Principal Joe Brown, is beginning her 30th year with the district. Photo by Christina Derr

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Sixty-four Springtown ISD employees received service pens for their various terms of dedication to the district at SISD convocation Aug. 13.
Employees were awarded for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 40 years of service.… Read the rest

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Nine New Teachers Get $250 Each

| August 17, 2017
Nine New Teachers Get $250 Each

The nine new teachers to Springtown ISD who are also brand new to the profession were given $250 checks to help with their classroom expenses by Tootie Hall (right) on behalf the Springtown Education Foundation. Photo by Christina Derr

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Engagement

| August 17, 2017
Engagement

Danette Marker and the late Bruce Gregory of Springtown announce the engagement of their daughter Carla Gregory to Gregory Ray. The couple will be married this September in Springtown and plans to honeymoon in Louisiana. Carla graduated from SHS in 2010 and Greg is 2006 graduate of SHS. Following their wedding the couple plans to reside in Springtown.

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New Explorers Post gets $1,000 donation

| August 17, 2017
New Explorers Post gets $1,000 donation

Springtown Police Department Student Resource Officer Foster Marshall (left) and the Springtown Explorers Post #1340 recently accepted a $1,000 donation from the Parker County Hospital District.

Springtown Police Department Student Resource Officer Foster Marshall and the Springtown Explorers Post recently accepted a $1,000 donation of funds and supplies from the Parker County Hospital District.
The post, which was begun in February, is a law enforcement exploring program that offers young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through hands on training, practical experiences, competition and other activities.
Additionally, Marshall said, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, and good citizenship.… Read the rest

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New Reno Police Chief

| August 17, 2017
New Reno Police Chief

Reno City Secretary Ramah Burns administers the oath of office to the city’s new Police Chief Timothy Holzschuh as council members (l-r) Larry Trammell and Ken Parnell look on. Holzschuh, a Lake Worth native, retired from Fort Worth Police Department and served as police chief in Sunray in the Texas panhandle before accepting the Reno position. His first day on the job was Aug. 16. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Talking road projects

| August 17, 2017
Talking road projects

Parker County Judge Mark Riley was one of many local officials on hand to answer questions about the FM 51 project at the TxDOT public meeting. Photo by Christina Derr

Officials meet with public about future projects

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Numerous local officials including Parker County Judge Mark Riley, Parker County Pct. 1 Commissioner George Conley, and Springtown Mayor Tom Clayton were on hand Tuesday, Aug. 15 when TxDOT held a public meeting at the Springtown Senior Center.
TxDOT officials brought preliminary plans for the improvements to the roadway from Pojo Road to Hwy. 199.
Residents and stakeholders were given their first looks at preliminary plans for the improvements and were able to ask questions of both TxDOT and local officials.… Read the rest

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SISD teachers welcomed with luncheon, speech

| August 17, 2017
SISD teachers welcomed with luncheon, speech

SHS alumna Carrie Wilkerson, now an internationally known motivational speaker, returned for the second year in a row as the keynote speaker at the Chamber of Commerce and Springtown Pastoral Fellowship’s annual new teacher luncheon. Photo by Christina Derr

Springtown High grad Wilkerson back to pump up newcomers

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The 48 newest members of the Springtown ISD faculty were treated to lunch and gifts at the Springtown Chamber of Commerce and Springtown Pastoral Fellowship’s annual new teacher luncheon Thursday, Aug. 10.
Held at Oak Knoll Ranch, the luncheon was catered by Shinola’s Texas Cafe. In addition to lunch, the new teachers and administrators were given bags full of goods donated by local businesses as a welcome gift.… Read the rest

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