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Final AHS jazz concert Aug. 23
The last Azle Jazz Combo concert is set for 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Azle Memorial Library. The musicians, all from Azle High School, will play in the library’s Community Room.
MGP show preview set Aug. 22
Azle High School’s Marching Green Pride is already hard at work rehearsing for football season and marching competitions. Friends and family are invited to a preview performance of this year’s show at 7 p.m.… Read the rest

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Spillway lane closure slated Monday

The Tarrant Regional Water District has announced plans to close one lane of traffic on Wells Burnett Road on top of the Eagle Mountain Spillway Dam Monday, Aug. 18, from 8 a.m.-12 noon. Flagmen will be on site to help motorists navigate the narrow roadway. Routine maintenance on the dam is cited as the reason for the temporary lane closure.… Read the rest

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Front Page News

City eyes tiny tax increase

Proposed hike is less than one cent

by Carla Noah Stutsman
As tax increases go, the one proposed by Azle City Manager Craig Lemin in order to fund operations of the city for fiscal year 2014-2015 is a dinky one.
At $0.0085 per $100 valuation, the proposed increase is less than a penny – 85 percent of one cent, in fact.
The Azle city council will hold two public hearings – on Aug. 26 and Sept.… Read the rest

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Friends hold prayer vigil for Brandi Dickey

Friends hold prayer vigil for Brandi Dickey

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Central Park in Azle may look like a sea of pink Saturday evening, Aug. 23, as friends and family of Brandi Dickey come together to pray for the Azle native who continues her five-year battle with melanoma.
Friends of Dickey, 32, have organized A Night of Love and Prayer for Brandi, and invite the public to gather in the park at 8 p.m. – wearing pink if possible – to show support and love for Brandi and her family and to offer prayer.… Read the rest

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AISD board adopts budget, tax rate

by Carla Noah Stutsman
When the Board of Trustees for the Azle Independent School District requested a $20 million bond package last year to finance a new competition gym, career and technology education center, and sprinkler system for Azle High School, Board President Bill Lane asked residents for “a couple of pennies” on the tax rate.
But at its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 18, the board adopted the proposed budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 along with a tax rate that’s just one-and-a-quarter cent higher than the current rate.… Read the rest

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Rollover kills teen girl

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Saturday’s intense thunderstorm proved deadly when a 13-year-old Palmer girl was killed in a one-car rollover on Farmer Road south of Azle.
According to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner, Cassidy Breana Fuller, 13, was pronounced deceased at the scene in the 2600 block of Farmer Road at 4:04 p.m. Aug. 16.
Fuller was a back-seat passenger in a 1994 Ford Explorer driven by Kristen Cherie Spencer, 27, of Willow Park, according to information received from Trooper Dub Gillum of the Texas Department of Public Safety.… Read the rest

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Sports

Volleyball season already off and running

by Mark K. Campbell
The 2014 high school volleyball season began for Azle (6-4) against the No. 1 4A team in the state.
The 5A Lady Hornets started this year’s journey at Decatur where the defending state champion Lady Eagles awaited along with Joshua.
AHS lost to the hosts 15-25, 19-25, 10-25.
Azle coach Jennifer Robinson noted, “Decatur was tough; they returned all of their starters. They are good.”… Read the rest

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Football Two-a-Days in Full Swing

Football Two-a-Days in Full Swing

The annual Texas rite-of-passage for thousands of teenage athletes – two-a-day football practices – is underway on the Azle High School campus. Head coach Devon Dorris said, “Practices have been fairly crisp and sharp for this time of year. Our kids showed up knowing our practice expectations and have been giving great effort.” Dorris said his troops are ready to face an opponent “other than ourselves” and that happens Friday morning, Aug. 22 against Burleson. The freshman and JV teams face their Elk counterparts at 8:30 a.m.… Read the rest

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Coach says ‘dedicated’ veteran Hornets in a ‘wide open’ district that any team can win

Coach says ‘dedicated’ veteran Hornets in a ‘wide open’ district that any team can win

by Mark K. Campbell

Mark K. Campbell
The artificial Hornet Field turf was hot late on the afternoon of Aug. 7, but the 120-plus incoming 7-9 graders didn’t notice.
On knees, their attention was on a former professional athlete who was telling them the importance of family and unity.… Read the rest

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Movie Man

Old Expendables soon to become Dependables?

Old Expendables soon to become Dependables?

Well, you can’t blame a guy for trying.
Sylvester Stallone has been churning out movies as he approaches the latter stage of his life. And a slew of them just haven’t been embraced.

About the film
With a couple of exceptions, Stallone has had an astonishing stretch of snubbed movies. That duo of accepted films – Rocky Balboa (2006, Movie Man No. 698, 6) and The Expendables (2010, MM #892, 6).

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