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Riding to the Finals

| May 18, 2017
Riding to the Finals

Team roper Hugo Escobar II (left) and Jordan R. Garcia, a chute dogger, will compete at the North Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals. Photo courtesy Mary Sela Escobar

Two Porcupines in rodeo among NTHSRA best

by Mark K. Campbell
A pair of Springtown cowboys is preparing for the last event of the North Texas High School Rodeo Association’s 2016-17 season.
Jordan R. Garcia and Hugo Escobar II both qualified for the NTHSRA Finals with top 15 finishes over the circuit.
Garcia, a senior, sits 15th in chute dogging with 235 points, including 42 points – a fifth place effort – in a late-season Board of Directors rodeo.… Read the rest

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Sports camps begin May 30

| May 18, 2017
Sports camps begin May 30

Campers enjoy last year’s volleyball camp conducted by SHS head coach Leighann Strickland. This year’s camp is slated to begin May 30. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Volleyball kicks of summer camps for youth

Registration is wide open for 2017 summer camps.
Camp season starts May 30 with volleyball.
Already participants can register with an online application available at www.springtownisd.net.
Click on Our Schools, then Springtown High School, then Athletics. Camp info is on the right-hand side with POJO Maker details, too. Fee information can be found there.
Youth camps include football, volleyball (regular and an elite camp), boys and girls basketball, wrestling, softball, and baseball.… Read the rest

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Aiming for State

| May 18, 2017
Aiming for State

Springtown’s varsity 7-on-7 football team will make its first effort to secure a berth at the state tournament when the Porcupines travel to Midlothian for its first SQT – state-qualifying tournament – Saturday, May 20. A top two finish locks down a trip to College Station June 29-30 for the state event. SHS will have multiple qualifying chances including one Saturday, May 27 when Brock joins with Springtown to host an SQT. Historically, Porcupines have reached the elite tournament state gathering. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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The trick to bringing dinosaur tracks to life

| May 18, 2017
The trick to bringing dinosaur tracks to life

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Perspective is an important thing.
That is true in many areas, but when you are trying to capture an image of something – almost anything – it is an essential element.
If you fail to include perspective, your picture may still be worth a thousand words, but it won’t say just what you want it to.
And failing to include perspective is just what I did when I ventured into Walnut Creek to document the recently discovered dinosaur tracks last Tuesday.
I first heard about the prints Monday, but it wasn’t until the following day that I found myself in the creek bed looking for them.… Read the rest

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Another photograph that didn’t make the cut

| May 18, 2017
Another photograph that didn’t make the cut

True, it’s hard to tell how big this dinosaur print actually is – perspective, perspective, perspective. Photo by Christina Derr

BY Mark K. Campbell
When shooting in the wilderness – like Springtown’s Walnut Creek – the camera looks at things differently than the eye.
Perspective is needed; otherwise, the viewer can’t tell how big something is.
So you find the dino print and look around for something that acknowledges its size.
Sticks could work; a yardstick would’ve been ideal. While there’s lots of junk in the creek at times, there was no yardstick.
So, I used my foot.
Except that it stirred up the funk in the track – plus my reflection is in the picture.… Read the rest

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Safe Boating Week May 20-26

| May 18, 2017
Safe Boating Week May 20-26

Few things are more pleasant then being on Eagle Mountain Lake in springtime. But boating can be hazardous; life jackets should be worn. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Unique events planned nationwide

Annually, hundreds of people lose their lives in boating incidents – and most of them could still be alive today if they had worn life jackets.
That number is 84 percent.
Safe Boating Week runs May 20-26, and it again focuses on education.
Boating responsibly reduces tragedies.
This year’s Safe Boating Week motto is “Wear it!” – highlighting the importance of not just having a life jacket in the boat but literally wearing it.… Read the rest

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Library summer programs set

| May 18, 2017
Library summer programs set

Tharpo the Clown is returning as part of the Springtown Library summer program series. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Summer fun sponsored by the Springtown Library is coming back next month.
All dates are Thursdays through June and into early July.
This year’s diverse group of folks coming to town include:
• June 1 – Brett Roberts Bubble Show
• June 8 – Critterman
• June 15 – Ceramic Crafts with Maria Schmidt and Face Painting with Fancy Faces
• June 22 – Tharpo the Clown
• June 29 – Professor Brainius
• July 6 – Maverick All-Star Tumblers
Programs are presented by the Friends of the Springtown Public Library… Read the rest

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Wilson says goodbye after decades of service

| May 18, 2017
Wilson says goodbye after decades of service

Newly elected Springtown city council member Richelle Pruitt (left) took the oath of office – administered by Parker County Judge Mark Riley – alongside re-elected Mayor Tom Clayton (center) and Councilman Harold Buffington May 15 at Springtown City Hall. Photo by Christina Derr

As mayor and in other positions on the city council

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A new mayor pro tem was elected, and three oaths of office were administered at the May meeting of the Springtown city council May 15.
The newest member of the council, Place 2’s Richelle Pruitt, defeated former Mayor Pro Tem Robert Wilson in his bid for re-election in the May 6 municipal election.… Read the rest

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N2N Honoree

| May 18, 2017
N2N Honoree

Sally Armstrong was honored for her years of service as secretary to Neighbor to Neighbors.
Photo by Tootie Hall

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From Springtown to…Everywhere

| May 18, 2017
From Springtown to…Everywhere

Individual students like Kiera Young-Hardeman  – here being congratulated by Principal Scott McPherson at the May 17 assembly – and many other Springtown High School students who have been accepted to numerous colleges gathered in the gym for a group photo. Photo by Mark K. Campbell; group picture courtesy Liz Hall… Read the rest

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