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Peden Road closed due to spill

Peden Road at the intersection of FM 730 North is temporarily closed as firefighters from Briar and Azle clean up. Hazardous material spill. At 10:10 a.m., Azle FD Lt. Steve Lemming said he expects the roadway to reopen soon.… Read the rest

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Peden Road closed due to spill

Peden Road at the intersection of FM 730 North is temporarily closed as firefighters from Briar and Azle clean up. Hazardous material spill. At 10:10 a.m., Azle FD Lt. Steve Lemming said he expects the roadway to reopen soon.… Read the rest

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Front Page News

Now hiring

City seeking APD Chief, development director, others

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Now that the city of Azle has adopted a budget and corresponding tax rate for fiscal year 2014-2015, city administrators are on the hunt for some key leaders to fill vacancies.
The city officially posted job openings for a Municipal Development Director – a recently created position – as well as for a police chief. The chief position was vacated upon the sudden retirement of Randy Reed May 30.… Read the rest

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Ouch!

Ouch!

 Rookie officer hurt when suspect flees

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Just about six weeks into the training phase as Azle’s newest cop, Officer Kristen Smith is on light duty waiting for some minor on-the-job injuries to heal; an Azle man is in the Tarrant County jail as a result of causing her injuries.
Donnie Ray Beam, 19, of Azle, was arrested Sept. 17 in the 1700 block of Boyd Road behind Sandy Beach Mart and charged with assault on a public servant, a third-degree felony; evading arrest or detention, a class A misdemeanor; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; and possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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Low water:

Low water:

Twin Points, deepest ramp on EML, shut due to drought

by Carla Noah Stutsman
If you’re still planning that last day of boating or fishing on Eagle Mountain Lake, listen up.
Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) officials announced Monday, Sept. 22, the closure of its Twin Points boat launch.
Touted as the deepest boat launch on the lake, its closure reflects the severity of the ongoing drought with a current water level barely shy of 10 feet lower than its conservation pool level of 649.10.… Read the rest

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Way cool!

Way cool!

Sting Fling draws crowd on early fall-like day

by carla noah stutsman
Historically, weather has been a determining factor in crowd size for the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Sting Fling – its biggest fundraiser each year.
Rains have plagued the event for the last several years, forcing it to close early.
This year, the Chamber elected to move the event from the last Saturday in September to the second Saturday in hopes of avoiding the rain.… Read the rest

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Sports

Azle Christian pulls away from THESA

Azle Christian pulls away from THESA

by Mark K. Campbell
For a while there on a still, humid Sept. 19, Azle Christian School (3-0) was wrestling with THESA (Texas Home Educators Sports Association).
But in the second half, the Crusaders pulled away for a convincing 58-36 victory.… Read the rest

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AHS champs of Cleburne cross country invitational

AHS champs of Cleburne cross country invitational

Another race and another impressive performance from Azle High School’s four cross country teams.
In Cleburne, the girls varsity won its division as Crystal McConnell, Sarah Perna, and Kylie Fonville all finished in the top 10.
Coach Melody Dennis said, “We are finally getting into race shape and have been working very hard to run smart and as a team.”
Four more Lady Hornets finished in the teens to secure the 24-point victory over runner-up Burleson Centennial.… Read the rest

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Two VB victories propel Lady Hornets up 5-5A

Two VB victories propel Lady Hornets up 5-5A

by Mark K. Campbell
With the football team in a open week, the gym was especially full Friday, Sept. 19 when 5-5A rival Brewer came to AHS.… Read the rest

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Movie Man

Some call it Maze: YA film kind of corny late

Some call it Maze: YA film kind of corny late

Trends in Hollywood are always copied. When teens flocked to Young Adult (YA) novel adaptations thanks to Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games, the rush was on.
Yet, fickle teenagers have turned their collective noses up at most of the latest YA cinematic efforts.

About the film
The list of misfires is long, including the still in theaters (if you hurry) The Giver as well as recent releases like Beautiful Creatures, The Host, and The Mortal Instruments.Read the rest

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