The Follow Up Episode 3 now online

After sitting down with two of the biggest city leaders in episodes one and two, A.C. switches gears in episode 3 to sit down with an area spiritual leader.  The feature segment is an informal conversation with the Next Generation Pastor of Capstone Church, Steve Beaulieu.  Get to know Steve as he shares the incredible faith based choices that led him from a burgeoning career in the music industry to leading the youth and young adults at Capstone Church.  Also in this episode is a deeper look at the talks of turning part of Veteran’s Park into commercial real estate, other local news, and questions from listeners that cover subjects from being an impartial reporter to throwing newspapers to homes.  Be sure to hang around to the end of the episode for a special surprise as well!  You can listen to or download the episode by CLICKING HERE!

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Talks begin about major Veterans Park changes

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by A.C. Hall

Meeting last week, the White Settlement City Council held a work session to delve deeper into the possibility of making major changes to Veterans Park.  From the beginning of the discussion City Manager Jim Ryan cautioned that these are early discussions and that there is no desire to take away park land.   Continue reading

Above and beyond for students

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Part 2: A few questions with the teachers of the year

by A.C. Hall

The White Settlement Independent School District teachers of the year go above and beyond for the children of our community.  School may be out for the summer, but over the next several weeks we’ll get to know these honored teachers.
This week we’re talking with Lisa Brown, the teacher of the year from the Fine Arts Academy.       Continue reading

EDC approves B.I.G. grants for two businesses; sales revenue still down

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by A.C. Hall

The June meeting of the White Settlement Economic Development Corporation saw the board receive several business updates as well as an update on falling sales tax revenues in the city.  EDC Director Kyle Reeves gave his monthly report, saying there’s been interest in the long vacant Graystone Apartments land that the EDC owns.
“We’ve had a couple of interested businesses,” Reeves said. Continue reading

Council approves several infrastructure projects around city… part 2

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Council meeting continued…

by A.C. Hall

Many infrastructure projects faced the White Settlement City Council at their meeting last week.  One such project was Cherry Lane, which is nearing completion of a $1 million reconstruction.  However, some unforeseen issues are causing a snag as the project comes to its final phase.
“It cannot be completed because we did not, on the front end of this project, get a survey done by an engineer that meets TXDOT’s requirements,” Assistant City Manager Jeff James told the council. Continue reading

Adventures in Larping

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Special Feature

by John Anglin

Warriors, wizards, healers, and rogues gather together to take back their town from the noble and leaders that betrayed them.  The plot of the latest Hollywood summer movie? No, it is the current plot of NERO Texas LARP (Live Action Role Play).  With roots in tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, LARP adds costumes and props.  This allows the game to take on an interactive aspect that combines physical activity and improvisation. Continue reading

The Follow Up Episode 2 now online

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The second episode of the Grizzly Detail’s companion podcast, The Follow Up, is now online.  This episode A.C. sits down with White Settlement Independent School District Superintendent Frank Molinar for an informal conversation.  Other segments this episode include a deeper look at recent local news, answering listener questions, and taking a look back at the 2014 hit movie, Interstellar.  You can listen to or download the episode by CLICKING HERE.

 

Council covers several police related issues in lengthy meeting

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by A.C. Hall

In a lengthy meeting Tuesday night, the White Settlement City Council discussed several items related to the White Settlement Police Department.  First was an ordinance that would change the number of Lieutenants the department maintains from two to one.  With the new Police Chief J.P. Bevering moving out of the Lieutenant rank, both the new chief and City Manager Jim Ryan agreed that the department could get by with just one Lieutenant from now on.   Continue reading

Home Video Spotlight

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Lost River

Commentary by A.C. Hall

I’m a Ryan Gosling fan.  I think the guy is a great actor and a unique talent.  So when I heard he’d written and directed his first movie, I was excited to check it out.  What I saw was a wildly imaginative, unique movie that strives for brilliance and very nearly achieves it.  Unfortunately, the movie’s oddness and artsy elements get pushed too far, making it something of a mess.  It’s a beautiful, interesting mess, but a mess nonetheless.   Continue reading

Grizzly club meets for lunch

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The Brewer High School Grizzly Club meets the first Friday of every month at Soda Springs BarBQ on Clifford Street in White Settlement at 11a.m.  Those in attendance this month were Mike Arnold, Johnny Townley, Walter Wade, Jerry Speers, Jack Presley, Joey Barger, Mitch Smith, Steve Moore, Mike Hatley, Oliver Dyer, Gary Cox, Jerry Hawk, Cleo Lowrance, Pat Sullivan, Benny Benningfield, David Walker, and Jimmy Ingram. They represent the Classes of BHS from 1968 and 1969.

Lake Worth on the rise after discharge from Eagle Mountain

nspiration Point just off Roberts Cut Off Road on the east side of Lake Worth was a popular spot this past week as water flowed over the dam for the first time in many years.

Inspiration Point just off Roberts Cut Off Road on the east side of Lake Worth was a popular spot this past week as water flowed over the dam for the first time in many years.

A continued flood threat in the area has the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) keeping a close watch on water levels at Lake Bridgeport, Eagle Mountain Lake and Lake Worth. Continue reading

Council talks ethics and charter amendments in work session

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by A.C. Hall

At a work session this week, the White Settlement City Council spoke about two items that have come up in 2015.  First up was a new ethics policy that was put on hold earlier this year.  Mayor Ronald A. White opened the discussion, saying there are ethics guidelines in the city charter and another ethics policy in place, making this third one redundant.   Continue reading

The Follow Up Episode 1 is online

The companion podcast to The Grizzly Detail has just debuted it’s first ever episode.  The Follow Up is a podcast by A.C. Hall that endeavors to go deeper into the local news and give a fresh take on what’s been happening around the area.  A.C. also takes questions from the listeners, talks movies, and in this debut episode, has a casual conversation with White Settlement City Manager Jim Ryan.  You can listen to the debut episode now by CLICKING HERE.

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BHS band students

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Brewer High School Band students Savannah Foster and Rudy Puente won gold medals, and Xander Southern won a silver at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest on May 23. The students qualified for state after earning Superior ratings on their memorized solos at the Region Solo and Ensemble Contest.
Band directors are Steve Shadman, Keith Duke and Lance Libby.

A.C. at the Movies

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San Andreas

San Andreas is a really good disaster movie.  The special effects are top notch, and it thinks of some clever ways to destroy things.  However, as I sat there watching all of California getting ripped apart, I couldn’t help but wonder, what’s the point of all of this?  I’ve enjoyed disaster movies before, but San Andreas showed me that I might officially be over this genre of movies. Continue reading

Golfers spend the day on the links

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Brewer High School golf students recently had the opportunity to attend the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at the Colonial, and they met several pros, including Jordan Speith, who won the 2015 Masters.
Pictured l-r are: Coach Billy Warren, Ayonna Wright, Daniel Bowie, Julia Palacio, Logan Burns, Garrett Boone, Cameron Curry, Jordan Orona, Justin Rogers, Logan Jones and Coach John Ladd.