Honor fallen officers on May 4

The Police and Firefighters Memorial features bronze sculptures of a firefighter, police officer and riderless horse. Adjacent to the sculptures are two walls of names that list all police officers, firefighters and marshals who have died in the line of duty.

The Police and Firefighters Memorial features bronze sculptures of a firefighter, police officer and riderless horse. Adjacent to the sculptures are two walls of names that list all police officers, firefighters and marshals who have died in the line of duty.

The Fort Worth Police Department and the Fort Worth Police Officers Association invite residents to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice at the annual Peace Officers Memorial Service.

The service will be at 11 a.m. May 4 at the Police and Firefighters Memorial, 2201 W. Seventh St.

Councilman, NCTCOG discuss freeway expansion and bridge construction

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By Ben Posey

A revamped highway system from West Loop 820 to Linkcrest Drive was discussed Tuesday night at a meeting hosted by the Chapel Creek Neighborhood Association. While some attendees at the meeting expected more detail on the widening of Chapel Creek Boulevard as well as expansion of the bridge over Interstate 30, representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) as well as Fort Worth City Councilman Zim Zimmerman discussed more of the expansion of the highway and frontage roads themselves. Continue reading

Water park now in the hands of the City

A view of the water park shows slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, a zipline and other park attractions that will be taken over by the City.

A view of the water park shows slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, a zipline and other park attractions that will be taken over by the City.

by A.C. Hall

It’s been over a week since White Settlement Mayor Ronald A. White announced the City’s intention to terminate their lease agreement with Hawaiian Falls over unpaid lease payments.  In that time, both the City and Hawaiian Falls have sounded off on the issue. Continue reading

School hours changing next year for kids

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by A.C. Hall

A new piece of state legislature has influenced a change in the hours of operation of White Settlement Independent School District schools for the 2016-2017 school year.  House bill 2610 changed the attendance requirement from 180 days annually to 75,600 minutes annually.  WSISD will shift to a seven and a half hour school day to accommodate this change.  This slight increase in the amount of time spent at school will allow for students to get out for summer one week earlier than they currently do.   Continue reading

Students create artwork for citywide project

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Brewer student Daylee Mitchell stands with her artwork near Cherry Lane and Western Hills Blvd.

By Ben Posey

You might hear some honking horns around the city as drivers take a little longer pulling away from some street light intersections. That’s because they will be admiring artwork created by students at Brewer High School. Continue reading

Severe weather expected for today

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What You Can do Before Severe Weather Strikes

  1. Develop a disaster plan for you and your family at home, work, school, and when outdoors.
  2. Identify a safe place to take shelter. Interior rooms with no windows are best.
  3. Have a Weather Radio with a warning alarm tone and battery back-up. Keep your cell phone charged.
  1. Listen to commercial radio or television/cable TV for weather information. Know what’s coming ahead of time.
  2. Check the weather forecast before leaving for extended periods outdoors. Watch for signs of approaching storms.
  3. If severe weather threatens, check on people who are elderly, very young, or physically or mentally disabled. Don’t forget about pets and  animals.

More than 1 billion people will be involved in Earth Day

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More than 1 billion people in 192 countries will take action to protect the shared environment on Earth Day, April 22. All across the globe, in big cities to small villages and everything in between, people are organizing, demanding climate action, cleaning up their local communities, meeting with elected officials, planting trees and teaching children to protect the planet.

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Police officers search home near Fine Arts Academy

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Late Monday afternoon the White Settlement SWAT team executed a search warrant on a home on Downe Drive near Lake View Ridge Drive in White Settlement. Multiple calls came into The Grizzly Detail Newspaper office as well as the school district regarding the large police presence and the yellow crime tape that was strung around the home.

“Our crime scene investigator along with the assistance from the Tarrant County Sherriff’s Department have been searching for and collecting evidence,” said White Settlement Police Chief J.P. Bevering in an email response late Tuesday afternoon. “We do not have anyone formally charged with any offense at this point.”

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It is still unclear at this time why the home was searched or what police were looking for. More details will follow in The Grizzly Detail Newspaper as they are released.

White Settlement School District spokesperson Desiree Coyle said they had received some calls from concerned parents but the police activity did not impact the school day operations.

Brewer Middle to be closed Wednesday, March 30 due to major electrical outage

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White Settlement ISD closed Brewer Middle School for the day on Wednesday, March 30, after a major electrical power outage shutdown the campus on Tuesday evening. School, city officials and electric providers were evaluating the situation to hopefully ensure the campus would be open on Thursday, March 31. None of the other district schools were affected or closed. The school was in the middle of STAAR testing this week. Administration will make an announcement later today or Thursday morning on the status of the school.

Cherry Lane remains closed as construction continues

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by A.C. Hall

The remediation process to clean up the fuel contamination along Cherry Lane continues as the emergency crew from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is still on site working. Discovered by a contractor doing road work in January, the soil contamination has caused the complete shutdown of the southern section of Cherry Lane. Continue reading

Developers, businesses in discussion with city

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by A.C. Hall

EDC Director Kyle Reeves began the monthly Economic Development Corporation meeting by talking about new businesses that are opening along White Settlement Road and Cherry Lane.  Reeves also referenced ongoing discussions with many other potential businesses, business growth and White Settlement’s overall economic health. Continue reading

Update: Funding projections for Jacksboro Hwy makeover

State Representative Charlie Geren and TxDOT Engineer Brian Barth address a crowd of citizens and reporters near the Lake Worth bridge on Jacksboro Highway.

State Representative Charlie Geren and TxDOT Engineer Brian Barth address a crowd of citizens and reporters near the Lake Worth bridge on Jacksboro Highway.

by Ben Posey

State officials plan to improve safety on six miles of Texas 199, a corridor that many Fort Worth drivers refer to as one of the most dangerous in the region. Continue reading

Council considers new parade and new employee

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by A.C. Hall

Mayor Ronald A. White has spent time on social media in recent weeks talking to citizens about the possibility of more free city events and the ways to make them happen.  This comes as some citizens have reacted negatively over the City’s money saving decision to scale back some annual holiday events like Christmas while canceling others. The annual Easter egg hunt at Veterans Park is one such event that has been canceled as council works to save money.  At last week’s White Settlement City Council meeting, Mayor White opened a discussion with the council about this subject. Continue reading

Superintendent honored with membership

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John Hebert, Current Superintendent of Lake Worth ISD and former White Settlement ISD administrator and Brewer Bear was recently honored at a meeting of students, parents and teachers in Waco, TX by being named a Regional Honorary Member of the FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) Region II. This is the highest honor that FCCLA can bestow upon a person who is not a member of the organization. The recognition took place at the March 4-5 contest held in Waco. Continue reading

School kids duck and cover as high winds, hail and rain cause damage

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The billboard near the entrance of BHS is folded over and twisted by the storm.

By A.C. Hall and Cheryl Posey

Brewer High School and Tannahill Intermediate both lost power in an early morning storm Tuesday that wreaked havoc on the BHS campus and put all White Settlement ISD schools into Tornado mode around 8 a.m. Heavy storms and severe winds blew through White Settlement, Benbrook, Lake Worth, Aledo and most other area communities and brought at least three confirmed E1 tornadoes to the area.   Continue reading

Man fatally shot in apartment complex

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A man in his mid-20s was fatally shot at the Serrano Ranch apartments in far west Fort Worth Monday night, according to Fort Worth police.
The first 911 call came in at 8:49 p.m. The caller said a man was lying on the ground in the parking lot of the complex in the 8000 block of Calmont Ave. He was not breathing and bleeding from the back of his head, according to a police incident report.
A MedStar ambulance crew reported that the man was dead at the scene.

Super Tuesday, Voters in long lines as polls close

Russ McKee welcomes Donald Trump to Cowtown as and his wife Kathy get close to the billionaire candidate as he exits the stage in Fort Worth.

Russ McKee welcomes Donald Trump to Cowtown as and his wife Kathy get close to the billionaire candidate as he exits the stage in Fort Worth.

By Cheryl Posey

Lines grew longer and longer as Super Tuesday voting neared its closing hour yesterday.  Most polling locations noticed a notable difference in the amount of Republicans coming out on Tuesday compared to much smaller numbers of Democrats. Continue reading

Vandals strike residents in Westpoint neighborhood

Fernando Perez cleans graffiti from his garage door in West Fort Worth after vandals painted words of hate towards Fort Worth Police on his home. None of the homes or property affected had any connection with police, and the homes affected appear to be random.

Fernando Perez cleans graffiti from his garage door in West Fort Worth after vandals painted words of hate towards Fort Worth Police on his home. None of the homes or property affected had any connection with police, and the homes affected appear to be random.

Some Westpoint residents in Fort Worth awoke to a message of hate instead of love on Valentine’s Day.  Vandals had painted distasteful messages towards Fort Worth police on their homes and property. Continue reading

Benbrook plans projects for next several years, sees updates

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by A.C. Hall

At their February meeting the Benbrook City Council considered an annual update to the capital improvements program section of their comprehensive plan.  This is done yearly and gives the City a plan on the projects they will focus on in the near future.
An overview of the projects that have been completed in the current comprehensive plan was given.  These included road extensions, alley system construction, and erosion projects.  One project from the current comprehensive plan that is still ongoing is the overhaul of Benbrook Boulevard/377. Continue reading

Bears battle Wildcats in playoff game

Photo by Hayden Posey

Photo by Hayden Posey

The Dunbar Wildcats (19-11) stayed one step ahead of the Brewer Bears (18-14) in the Region 1 Bi-district game Tuesday night at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center in Fort Worth. Dunbar held a small lead over the Bears at the end of each period and held off a late surge by Brewer to win 55-48. Senior Richard Juarez led the Bears with 26 points on the night. This is the fourth year in a row the Bears have made it into the post-season.

City approves funding for Chapel Creek Bridge project

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Funding is lined up for the expansion of the Chapel Creek Boulevard bridge over Interstate 30.
The city council passed a funding agreement with TxDOT to help fund the nearly $14 million project. TxDOT will be contributing $591,924, while the city is contributing about $4 million. The rest of the funding comes from the Federal Highway Administration.
The city plans to expand the bridge on Chapel Creek Boulevard from two lanes to four lanes and also add two left turn lanes and a U-turn lane. Construction is expected to begin in the fall and finish in Spring 2018.

Council takes additional steps to combat erosion along creek

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by A.C. Hall

For the second time in recent months the White Settlement City Council addressed erosion happening along the municipal complex banks of Farmer’s Branch Creek.  Previously, a decision was made to construct a retaining wall behind the library that would combat the soil erosion that was taking place along that bend of the creek.  With that wall now complete, council turned their sights to the other side of the creek as it takes another bend behind the fire station.  Before them was a proposal to build a second retaining wall in that location.
“This will just help amend what we’ve already done and prevent further erosion back towards the sidewalk and parking lot behind the Fire Hall,” Parks and Recreation Director Rich Tharp said. Continue reading

Funding sought for Jacksboro Highway improvements

State Representative Charlie Geren and TxDOT Engineer Brian Barth address a crowd of citizens and reporters near the Lake Worth bridge on Jacksboro Highway.

State Representative Charlie Geren and TxDOT Engineer Brian Barth address a crowd of citizens and reporters near the Lake Worth bridge on Jacksboro Highway.

Some survivors of serious accidents and a group of elected officials in Northwest Tarrant County including State Rep. Charlie Geren and the Mayor of Lake Worth  will make a plea to the Texas Department of Transportation for a share of $1.3 billion being made available to ease traffic congestion. Continue reading