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Special session decisions will make waves here

| July 20, 2017
Special session decisions will make waves here

Tanya Anderson, Azle ISD’s superintendent, said the legislature when in regular session missed an opportunity to better Texas public schools. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Springtown Superintendent Mike Kelley said the proposed “bathroom bill” is unnecessary to protect student privacy and that any potential issue can be handled at the local level. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

At county, city, and school district levels; annexation, texting on Gov. Abbott’s radar, too

BY CHRISTINA DERR
With Texas’ 85th Legislature beginning a special session July 18, many area leaders have concerns about what effects the outcomes may have on their local governments.
Governor Greg Abbott called for the 30-day special session in June and asked the Legislature to take up a 20-item agenda.… Read the rest

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Elite volleyball camp coaches familiar faces

| July 20, 2017
Elite volleyball camp coaches familiar faces

Hollie Hutson, Springtown Class of 1998, will return with Julie Green, who coached at SHS, for their annual Metro Elite Volleyball Camp July 27-29. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
Hollie Hutson and Julie Green both have Springtown roots.
And the duo has created a unique summer volleyball camp – Metro Elite – that sends them traveling all around Texas.
They’ve been doing it for 15 years.
Green, a multi-state champion coach and current head at Coppell, was an assistant in Springtown early in her career.
Hutson graduated from SHS in 1998 after a standout career. She is the head coach at Keller Fossil Ridge today.… Read the rest

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Top Coach

| July 20, 2017
Top Coach

Former Lady Porcupine standout and current Peaster head volleyball coach Autumn Threet was named the 1A-4A Coach of the Year. She picked up her award July 10 in Austin.

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Teaching Them Young

| July 20, 2017
Teaching Them Young

Ciandra Seabourn, who had a stellar multi-sport career in Springtown, helped coach the youngest campers at an Azle volleyball camp. Seabourn was recommended for her skill at working with youth.              Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Ark. Bronze

| July 20, 2017
Ark. Bronze

Springtown’s Ridge West took third in sparring at the American Taekwondo World Championships in Little Rock in June.
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Reno assigns investigators on gun issue

| July 20, 2017
Reno assigns investigators on gun issue

The Reno city council voted to promote police officer Ed Beetler to sergeant. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Some on council concerned about choices

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
In a split vote, the Reno city council, during its July 17 meeting, directed its embattled city administrator and director of public safety, Joe Polino, to head an investigation into Mayor Pro Tem Bonnie Black’s alleged possession of a shotgun found inside an unlocked Reno police vehicle.
Polino termed it a “potentially criminal investigation.”
Black herself made the motion; council members John Basham and Larry Trammell voted against it, while Ken Parnell and Billie Steele voted for the measure.… Read the rest

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Up Close and Personal with Springtown Police

| July 20, 2017
Up Close and Personal with Springtown Police

At the Springtown Courthouse Annex, Resource Officer Foster Marshall demonstrated and displayed the variety of equipment that police work requires. The program marked the end of the library summer series. Photos by Christina Derr

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SPD nabs fleeing man

| July 20, 2017
SPD nabs fleeing man

Byron Williamson

Motorcyclist charged with 3 felonies after chase

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A 45-year-old Springtown man is facing three felony charges for evading arrest and drug possession after he allegedly fled from Springtown Police officers Wednesday, July 12.
Byron Williamson was traveling on his motorcycle in the 1100 block of South Main Street in Springtown when officers attempted to stop him for having no head lamp.
That is when, according to SPD Chief of Police Tony Motley, Williamson refused to stop and tried to flee west on Lynch Bend.
Near the 900 block of Lynch Bend, Williamson is said to have discarded two bags which were later discovered to contain crystal methamphetamine and marijuana.… Read the rest

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Driver in Wreck Near FM 51/Hwy. 199 Runs Away

| July 20, 2017
Driver in Wreck Near FM 51/Hwy. 199 Runs Away

While this driver was being tended to by first responders, the driver of the other car involved in this two-vehicle accident just east of the intersection of Hwy. 199 and FM 51 the morning of Tuesday, July 18 had fled the scene of the crash on foot, according to SPD Chief of Police Tony Motley. The driver’s disappearance prompted a brief search in the Springtown Park and Walnut Creek by SPD officers and Parker County Sheriff’s deputies. Parker County ESD 1 Engines 48 and 51, as well as LifeCare EMS, responded to the crash. No additional details were available as of press time.

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‘Scope’ change alters timeline

| July 20, 2017
‘Scope’ change alters timeline

While a couple of roadway issues are delayed, the reconstruction of the “suicide lane” on Hwy. 199 is nearing completion. Projections are it will be open in two weeks. Photo by Christina Derr

Completion for downtown bridge and road project now 2020

BY CHRISTINA DERR
When it comes to local projects related to the 2016 Parker County Transportation Bond, progress is being made – but there is still a long road ahead for the biggest improvement: Phases I and II of FM 51.
Current plans call for construction to begin on the project in the spring of 2019 and run through the summer of the following year.… Read the rest

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