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Softball ladies head for the postseason

| April 27, 2017
Softball ladies head for the postseason

After winning the regular season finale at home against Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis via run-rule, the Lady Porcupine softball team is gearing up for bi-district against 6-4A champs Stephenville. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Stephenville bi-district foe

by Mark K. Campbell
After dispatching FW Diamond Hill-Jarvis 20-4 as Taylor Jay threw a no-hitter and Haylee Klein had eight RBI, the Lady Porcupine softball team turned to the postseason and Stephenville.
Springtown finished 7-5 in District 7-4A, tied with Castleberry; however, the Lady Lions owned the tie-breaker thanks to sweeping SHS.
So, the Lady Porcupines were seeded fourth and drew first-place Stephenville – coached by Springtown helmer Scott Mann’s old fraternity buddy.… Read the rest

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Porcupines fighting for baseball playoffs

| April 27, 2017
Porcupines fighting for baseball playoffs

Springtown’s chances for the postseason come down to the final 7-4A game of 2017. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
Playoffs can again be in the Porcupine baseball future.
If Springtown can beat 1-10 Lake Worth – which happened in the teams’ first meeting earlier this month – and league-leading Kennedale stops Benbrook, SHS will advance.
That’s thanks to the Porcupines sweeping the Bobcats in 7-4A play. Springtown would finish fourth out of district.
Recently, SHS split a pair of 7-4A clashes, winning at home against Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis and losing to Kennedale.
Against the Eagles, the Porcupines jumped on the Fort Worth school early, getting five runs in the first inning and two more in the second en route to an 8-1 win.… Read the rest

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Eight soccer girls lauded

| April 27, 2017
Eight soccer girls lauded

Lady Porcupine Aubra Parker (20) was one of two Lady Porcupines to land on the elite First Team All-District soccer list. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Several Lady Porcupine soccer athletes were honored for their efforts on the pitch for the 2017 season.
Overall, eight girls were picked for the District 7-4A All-District roster.
Leading the way for Springtown was a pair of First Team selections.
Those plaudits went to standouts Brianna Escobar and Aubra Parker.
Two more Lady Porcupines were named to the Second Team – Scottie Holmes and Nina De La Cruz.
Springtown’s final four choices were Honorable Mention.… Read the rest

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Ten Porcupines headed out to Region I track meet in Lubbock

| April 27, 2017
Ten Porcupines headed out to Region I track meet in Lubbock

Races from the Area meet conducted April 19 at Porcupine Stadium: Aaron Foster passes to Trey Appell in the 4×200 relay race; Tre Steen speeds around the curve in the 400 where he would place third and advance to the Region I meet; Austin Chenault takes the baton from Foster in the 4×100.                                          Photos by Mark K. Campbell

Russell is Area discus champion with season’s longest heave

by Mark K. Campbell
It took a top four finish at the Area track meet – hosted by Springtown at Porcupine Stadium – to clinch a berth at the Region I gathering April 19.… Read the rest

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Johnson part of Miss Texas USA pageant

| April 27, 2017
Johnson part of Miss Texas USA pageant

Shayna Johnson

A Springtown native will represent the city at the Miss Texas USA pageant in September.
A lifelong Springtown resident and 2015 graduate of Springtown High School, Shayna Johnson is currently seeking sponsorship for the entrance fees and travel expenses in order to compete in the event.
Through representing Springtown in the three-part event, Johnson will be eligible to win scholarship awards, training opportunities, travel, jewelry, clothing, and other prizes.
Johnson will be judged in equal parts on her performances in the interview, swimsuit, and evening gown portions of the pageant.
Those interested in contributing to Johnson or being a sponsor can contact her at (817) 304-8472 or email her at shaynajohnson1996@gmail.com.… Read the rest

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‘The Voice’

| April 27, 2017
‘The Voice’

If you’ve been to select track meets this year at Porcupine Stadium, you’ve likely heard announcer Bobby E. Moten, Jr. He’s “The Voice,” a public speaker and writer – and public address announcer. He said he motors from Dallas to venues all over the area and region where he makes a living using his velvety voice.
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Fireworks Sales Didn’t Exactly Boom For San Jacinto Day

| April 27, 2017
Fireworks Sales Didn’t Exactly Boom For San Jacinto Day

The additon of other dates to sell fireworks – Texas Independence Day, San Jacinto Day, and Memorial Day – aside from July Fourth and around New Year’s has not sparked much interest so far, said Shane Grauman. At his stand a few miles south of Springtown, he said business was slow, but that he expected it to pick up once people recognized the changes made to the state law recently. Grauman said he would reopen his stand May 24 for Memorial Day with part of the proceeds going to Central Community VFD. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Ribbon Cuttings

| April 27, 2017
Ribbon Cuttings

M&D Tire and Auto recently celebrated their second annual Customer Appreciation Day Thursday, April 20. M&D’s owners Lynn and Tina Gibson (center) provided a hot dog and hamburger lunch to staff, customers, and Springtown Chamber ambassadors who assisted in the store’s ribbon cutting. M&D Tire and Auto is located at 1010 Hwy. 199 in Springtown and can be reached at (817) 220-7815.

Uniquely Twisted, a gift and antique shop that carries a variety of unique products at reasonable prices, was recently opened by Susan Ingram (center). Also present at the ribbon cutting ceremony was Ingram’s family, friends, and Springtown Chamber ambassadors.

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The Tabernacle’s Big Day

| April 27, 2017
The Tabernacle’s Big Day

A long time coming, April 22 was the offical recognition of the Tabernacle’s reopening. Springtown Mayor Tom Clayton (left) proclaimed the Saturday Tabernacle Day in Springtown. Friends of the Tabernacle committee chair Denise Taylor (above, center) recognized other members of the committee for their work in the restoration process of the building. Taylor said the group worked together and with the public for several years to raise funds necessary. The Goshen Creek Elementary School choir (far left) braved an unseasonably cold and windy morning to perform at the rededication. The Tabernacle has also been recoginzed as a “Great Public Space” by the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association.… Read the rest

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On avoiding ‘one terrible mistake’

| April 27, 2017
On avoiding ‘one terrible mistake’

Springtown High School instrutor Missy Castro (center through window) tells her Teen Leadership students the story of this pickup truck and how one mistake of driving drunk killed a 23-year-old last New Year’s Eve. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Demolished pickup that killed a woman’s son on display at SHS before prom

BY CHRISTINA DERR
All it takes is one.
One mistake can end a life in tragedy.
Or, one life can be saved by seeing the true consequences of a bad decision before making the same one.
A grieving mother has allowed the Springtown Police Department to display the wreckage of her deceased son’s vehicle at Springtown High School in hopes that seeing it will cause students to give serious thought to the consequences of their actions.… Read the rest

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