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When Black History Month comes around in February, Terri Toone becomes a scholar on Black history and uses the occasion to educate herself as much as she can. She is also a historical Black figure in her own right as the first Black woman to serve as executive director of the Springtown Area Chamber of Commerce.
History maker
SPRINGTOWN — Tears came to Terri Toone’s eyes when she started thinking about Rosa Parks’ legacy. Fed up with racist discrimination, Parks refused the order of a Montgomery …
Cheyanne Redd, junior, and Madison Kirby, sophomore, sell plastic eggs containing numbers that gave buyers the chance to win gift cards.
Beans and cornbread
AZLE — Good times and great food were had by attendees, Azle alumni and FFA families Saturday night at the 16th Annual Beans and Cornbread Dinner and Auction.
Parker County Sheriff Russ Authier and Precinct 1 Commissioner George Conley place their hats over their hearts for the Pledge of Allegiance at the Springtown Area Chamber of Commerce awards gala last year. This year’s gala takes place on March 1 and is Kentucky Derby-themed.
‘Run for the Roses’
SPRINGTOWN — Grab your hats, fascinators and bowties for the Springtown Area Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Kentucky Derby-themed awards gala on Friday, March 1. The chamber hosts …
Sports
Azle Rodeo Team
Area rodeo teams enjoy successful season
With the 2023-24 season just past the halfway mark in the North Texas High School Rodeo Association, teams from Azle and Springtown are enjoying much success.
Springtown football players give their all
Nobody was sure what to expect of this season’s Porcupines football team. Everyone knew head coach Brian Hulett would have the team playing hard, but would his roster of talent be enough to …
Azle JV cheerleaders earn first place at regional contest
The Azle High School junior varsity cheer team and Hornet Muscle earned first place while competing at the 2023 National Cheerleaders Association regional contest on Nov. 12.
Azle Lady Hornets beat Joshua with last-second shot
The Lady Hornets rely on Cheryl Grubbs for her defense prowess and ability to nab rebounds. On Nov. 11, Grubbs, shown above, showed she is a powerhouse on offense, as well. She received an inbound …
Ridge Westendorf celebrates a defensive stand, something he and his teammates did well against Burkburnett.
Springtown football hosts regular season finale against Wichita Falls
SPRINGTOWN — The Porcupines locked down a football playoff spot a while back, making this Friday’s regular season finale against Wichita Falls mostly for fun. At least for …
Education
Flying high
AZLE — For the golf ball citizens living in a miniature Bell City, Azle High School students’ piloting skills meant the difference between life and a simulated fiery death. Azle High …
Tidings and deals
AZLE — There was something for everyone at the 2024 Project Graduation Christmas Market Dec. 9. Vendors gathered throughout Azle High School to sell their wares in an effort to raise money for …
Together for the holidays
AZLE — Azle Junior High’s symphonic band, wind ensemble and choir came together for a Dec. 12 performance after only one joint rehearsal. Azle Junior High Principal Brian Roberts …
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Lady Hornets VS Lady Pirates
On Friday, Jan 19, 2024, the Azle Lady Hornets  basketball team  took on the Granbury Pirates, ultimately taking a loss of 31-49.
Hornets Take on the Pirates
On Friday, Jan 19, 2024, the Azle Hornets  basketball team  took on the Granbury Pirates, ultimately taking a loss of 52-66. 
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My opinions on computer gaming and some of my favorite games. I’ve been playing games on the home computer since the days of the Trash 80. I love indie, open-world, unique, puzzle, and resource games. The cake is a lie.
Fun games with real-world physics
Here are a couple of quick-to-play physics games that will keep you entertained for a few of hours. 'Physics games' usually assign physical properties to objects in the game, and the puzzle is learning how to manipulate those physical properties to manipulate the object.
My opinions on computer gaming and some of my favorite games. I’ve been playing games on the home computer since the days of the Trash 80. I love indie, open-world, unique, puzzle, and resource games. The cake is a lie.
We Happy Few
We Happy Few is set in 1964 Britain, in an alternate timeline in which the nation lost the war with Germany. The citizens take a drug they call Joy that keeps them happy and causes memory loss, which is a bonus for many of these people. They have a lot of memories they’d like to suppress. But the drugs just aren’t working as well as they used to.
Sam Houston is a syndicated columnist and newspaper executive. He is also an actor, author, playwright and entertainment producer/promoter.
Which side of the coin does your candidate fall on?
As time has passed, the leaders in education have adjusted and altered curriculums to align with the perceived needs of contemporary society. Two generations ago, a traditional education included a healthy dose of the sciences, civics, mathematics and traditional languages like Latin.
Jennifer Harrison - My opinions on computer gaming and some of my favorite games. I’ve been playing games on the home computer since the days of the Trash 80. I love indie, open-world, unique, puzzle, and resource games. The cake is a lie.
Chuchel
Chuchel, from Amanita Designs, is another lighthearted game from Jaromír Plachý. He started work on Chuchel shortly after finishing Botanicula in 2012.
"Harbor Lights: Stories" by James Lee Burke
It's a hand-to-mouth existence; you never know where your next meal will come from, unless it's from a warden or a trusty. You never truly know who you're sleeping against or where your next ten bucks'll come from. There's no privacy living in the underbelly. You can lose your soul there. And in "Harbor Lights," a new short-story collection by James Lee Burke, you could also lose your life.
Obituaries
Obituaries
Obituary: Jillian Leigh Pruitt
Obituary: Jillian Leigh Pruitt was born on December 17, 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia to Stanley and Gaye Taylor. Our beloved wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, and friend, passed away at home on …
Nina Vaughan 1935-2024
Nina Haugen Vaughan, 88, of Azle Texas, our beloved Mom and Gramma Nina, passed away peacefully at home on January 8, 2024 surrounded by family, after being lovingly and devotedly cared for in her …
Janet Diane English Farmer
Janet Farmer 1964-2023
Janet Diane English Farmer, 59, passed away in her sleep at her home on Nov. 20, 2023, in Burleson. Services were held on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. at Wiley Funeral Home in Glen Rose. Visitation …
Barbara Merrell 1942-2023
Barbara Dale Henry Merrell, 81 years, of Springtown, passed away Friday, Nov. 10, 2023. A funeral service to honor Barbara’s life will be held at 11 a.m. CST on Dec. 2, at Alexander's …
Wanda Haggard 1938-2023
Wanda Ruth Haggard, age 85, passed from this life on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023, in Campbell, surrounded by family. A Celebration of Life was held at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, in Biggers Funeral …
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Betty Smith enchanted a generation of readers with ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ − even as she groused that she hoped Williamsburg would be flattened
Eighty years ago, in the winter and spring of 1944, Brooklyn-born author Betty Smith was entering a new chapter of life. A year earlier, she was an unknown writer, negotiating with her publisher about manuscript edits and the date of publication for her first book, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” …
Why do flowers smell?
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How is snow made? An atmospheric scientist describes the journey of frozen ice crystals from clouds to the ground
The thought of snow can conjure up images of powdery slopes, days out of school or hours of shoveling. For millions of people, it’s an inevitable part of life – but you may rarely stop to think about what made the snow.
How educator Gloria Jean Merriex used dance, drills and devotion to turn around a failing elementary school in a year
When Duval Elementary – a school that served mostly Black and poor students in East Gainesville, Florida – failed the state’s high-stakes standardized test in 2002, district leaders pressured the school’s educators to more closely follow the curriculum. …
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It’s been a warm day, maybe even a little humid, and the tall clouds in the distance remind you of cauliflower. You hear a sharp crack, like the sound of a batter hitting a home run, or a low rumble reminiscent of a truck driving down the highway. …