Stock show and rodeo heading into final weekend

Chandler Bownds of Lubbock, Texas, rides Lil' Warrior to a score of 86 during Bulls' Night Out at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron T. Ennis) MAGS OUT (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT ORG XMIT: TXFOR307

Come on out for the final weekend of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. The final rodeo performance will be Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Come watch PRCA cowboys compete in grueling events like bull riding, bronc riding and steer wrestling. Cowgirls from WPRA will race to the finish line in the thrilling barrel racing event. Each show also includes the Chuck Wagon Races, specialty entertainment and the Calf Scramble.

Brewer Colorguard wins top honors at competition

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The Brewer High School Color Guard competed in the North Texas Colorguard Association Contest Jan. 23, and the varsity team won a First Division rating and earned first place out of 19 teams in the Regional A class. The JV team took sixth place and a First Division rating in the Novice class.
Members are: (front row, l-r) Victoria Hatfield, Felicity Zohrehvandi, Myrranda Harp, (center) Valorie Hertel, Isabel Caceres, Sydney Schultz, Valerie Cazares, (back) Madeleine Barnes, Brooke Frazier, Mari Ferrer, Brianna Merneigh, Devon May and Cassandra Harding.
Not pictured is Veronica Davis. Director is Jason Maeir.
Varsity will compete again at the Winterguard International/Dallas Regional on Feb. 6 at Thomas Coliseum in Birdville ISD, and Junior Varsity will perform on Feb. 26 at the North Texas Colorguard Association Contest at Byron Nelson High School.

BMS team wins basketball tournament

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The Brewer Middle School eighth grade A boys’ basketball team won first place at the Stephenville Tournament. Pictured l-r are: (front row) Trey Yount, Travis Bradley, Antjuan Geiger, Brayton Chitty, Alonzo Wright, (center) Andrew Juarez, Skylar Vaughn, Devin Avent, Brandon Debaca, (back) De’marques Henry, Josh Uranga, Devan Soucy and Ryan Harris. Coaches are Dustin Burchfield and Zach Redden.

BHS tennis players honored

 

TennisSuperintendent Frank Molinar and Board President Randy Armstrong recognized the Brewer High School All-District tennis players. Honorees are: Ross Houk and Daniel Richey, Honorable Mention boys’ doubles; Vinit Shah and Valentine DeLa Rosa (not pictured), 1st Team boys’ doubles; Ross Houk, Daniel Richey and Vinit Shah, second team boys’ singles; Valentine DeLa Rosa (not pictured), second team boys’ singles; Eric Gurtner and Jake and Kyle Walpole (not pictured); Honorable Mention boys’ singles; Garrett Bitters and Kate Duke, Honorable Mention Mixed Doubles; Taylor Banda and Ana Martinez (not pictured), 2nd Team, girls’ doubles; Savannah Burnett and Olivia Farris, Honorable Mention girls’ doubles; and Ana Martinez (not pictured), Honorable Mention girls’ singles. Coaches are Steve Foster and Phil Burris.

Council confirms Cherry Lane closure imminent

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by A.C. Hall

In a special meeting on Tuesday the White Settlement City Council received an update on the soil contamination in the 2000 block of south Cherry Lane.  Assistant City Manager Jeff James gave the update, first providing some background on this issue.  According to James, the first time this issue was noticed was in 1989 when there was a leak in the underground gas tanks of the gas station on the east side of the Cherry Lane and I30 intersection.  The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality addressed the problem at that time and installed two well sites that would allow them to monitor the area for future leaks.   Continue reading

Virtual reality about to become realistic for gamers

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by A.C. Hall

Virtual reality is a concept that has been around for a long time now.  Like many technological advancements, the concept long predated mankind’s ability to make it a reality.  Much like moon colonies, interplanetary travel, and fully cooked microwavable bacon, virtual reality is a long talked about advancement that has always seemed just on the edge of what technology can create.  However, the long awaited Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is now available for pre-order.  With the first units set to start shipping to customers in March, the virtual reality company that was bought by Facebook for $2 billion is ready to make virtual reality available to the masses. Continue reading

WSISD posts board positions for May election

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The White Settlement ISD Board of Trustees will have a school board election on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Incumbents are Randy Armstrong, Place 4, and Ben Davis, Place 5.
Application period for a place on the ballot is Jan. 20 through Feb. 19. Applications will be available at the WSISD Administration Building, 401 S. Cherry Lane, during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19.
Drawing for places on the ballot will be in the Human Resources Office at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22.

Councill hears sobering update on sales tax revenue, budget workshops coming soon

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by A.C. Hall

Last week the White Settlement City Council held a workshop on the mid-year budget.  At this workshop, City Manager Jim Ryan and Assistant City Manager Jeff James delivered some sobering updates and projections on the sales tax revenue the City is bringing in.  Sales tax revenue accounts for around twenty percent of the city’s overall revenue.  Ryan started the meeting by saying the steep declines in the oil and gas industry has struck the City severely.  The largest sales tax payer in the city is involved in the oil and gas industry and has seen their sales tax revenue drop as that industry continues to decline.  Overall, the city has seen sales tax revenue drop for ten months straight and it is consistently falling below projections.  Ryan said they tried to anticipate these trends when making the budget. Continue reading

University honors alumnus and her fight with cancer

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SPECIAL FEATURE: LOCAL RESIDENT BATTLING BACK

by A.C. Hall

Local resident Tia Brady has been on the receiving end of some challenging news over the past several years.  Diagnosed with melanoma in 2010, Tia fought and defeated the disease only to see it return in 2014.  Once again, after a series of treatments, Tia found herself in remission.  The challenging news continued in October of 2015, when Tia was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma. She was also told that the cancer had metastasized to her liver and abdomen.  What’s followed has been a series of tests, treatments, and procedures as Tia once again battles against this disease.   Continue reading

Contaminated soil discovered in White Settlement

 

 

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As work was getting underway last week on the final portion of Cherry Lane that is getting overhauled the contractor carrying out the work contacted the City with a potential issue. On January 13, the contractor reported the possibility of contaminated soil in the area of the 2000 block of South Cherry Lane. Public Works Director Robert Smith met with the contractor, then contacted the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, who confirmed that a fuel contamination was present at the location. TCEQ sent an emergency crew to the area and is handling the remediation of this issue. Continue reading

Best and worst movies 2015

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by A.C. Hall

Another year has passed, and it’s time once again for the most enjoyable best and worst list in Tarrant County.  Yes, I’m that popular of a movie critic.  In fact, I’m so popular that in 2009 someone sent me an email to tell me that I’d misidentified the type of rodents that starred in the terrible family film G-Force.  I’d called them Gerbils in my review, and this keen eyed fan pointed out that they were actually guinea pigs.  Any reviewer who can inspire such email from readers must be doing something right.  So yes, you are in for a holiday treat, and it’s just about time for us to embark on this magical journey that I like to call the Best and Worst movies.   Continue reading

Board applications and Charter School discussed at meeting

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by A.C. Hall

Newly elected council member Dave Mann and newly re-elected council member Steve Ott took their oath’s of office Tuesday night as the council discussed several items on the December agenda.  One thing discussed at length was ethics.  Ott requested this item be placed on the agenda as he asked if there was any interest among fellow council members to resurrect talks of implementing an ethics document to govern the council and Mayor.  Earlier this year council voted to do away with an ethics document they had been using.  Ott said this leaves the council powerless if an ethics violation occurs. Continue reading

First responders honored for swift water rescue

Firefighter Dusty Schauer is presented a certificate by Mayor Ron White.

Firefighter Dusty Schauer is presented a certificate by Mayor Ron White.

by A.C. Hall

It’s been a year of record setting rainfall in Texas, and much of that rain came in late November as persistent rain fell in North Texas.  On Nov. 27, those heavy rains led to a dangerous situation in White Settlement as a motorist got stranded in the creek due to high waters.  Driving in an SUV, the driver tried to cross the creek at Redford Street and the force of the waters swept the motorist all the way down to the Judd Street bridge.   Continue reading

Turf installation underway on ball fields

Construction workers preparing the ground for the new artificial turf on the baseball field.

Construction workers preparing the ground for the new artificial turf on the baseball field.

by A.C. Hall
When the softball and baseball teams of Brewer High School next step on the field, they’ll feel an unfamiliar substance under their cleats.  Turf is being installed at the softball and baseball fields in preparation for the 2016 season.  This $1.4 million project was approved by the WSISD Board of Trustees in November with a completion date set for mid-January. Continue reading

New members sworn in; ethics, flooding discussed

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White Settlement City Council, Dec. 8, 2015

Editors Note: Due due a print error, the city council story was missing the final portion in print. It is printed in its entirety here.

by A.C. Hall

Newly elected council member Dave Mann and newly re-elected council member Steve Ott took their oath’s of office Tuesday night as the council discussed several items on the December agenda.  One thing discussed at length was ethics.  Ott requested this item be placed on the agenda as he asked if there was any interest among fellow council members to resurrect talks of implementing an ethics document to govern the council and Mayor.  Earlier this year council voted to do away with an ethics document they had been using.  Ott said this leaves the council powerless if an ethics violation occurs. Continue reading

Downtown full of holiday flair and fun for all

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The holiday season is here, and so is Santa Claus! Bring the family and spend a wonderful and festive evening in Sundance Square. Grab a photo with Old Saint Nick, himself. Take in the holidays under festive lights and see the 59-foot tall, blue spruce Christmas tree in all its glory. Photos with Santa are available for a $10 donation. Proceeds benefit Fort Worth Sister Cities International Scholarship Fund.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Taking time to think about our blessings in 2015

It’s time to count our blessings. Although Thanksgiving is but once a year, being thankful should be something we recognize much more often.
At the Posey house we are thankful for moments in a rushed week when we can all sit down together for a meal, even if we didn’t cook it ourselves or even if we have to meet out at a restaurant to find time to make it happen. We are thankful for warm fires when the weather turns cool enough and for fajitas, chips and hot sauce all year round. We are thankful for the companionship of two sweet dogs and two sweet cats, who make us so happy and keep us from being alone in the house when family members haven’t yet made it home from busy days.
We are grateful for our jobs and that we are healthy enough to work and support ourselves. There are so many more things that we are thankful for, and we want to close by saying thank you to readers for your faithfulness, and thank you to God, from whom all blessing come.

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Radar to help spot severe weather earlier

Workers stand atop a 100’ tower near Lake Worth waiting to connect a weather radar that will help detect and warn against damaging storms.

Workers stand atop a 100’ tower near Lake Worth waiting to connect a weather radar that will help detect and warn against damaging storms.

by Ben Posey

The City of Fort Worth was the next location in North Central Texas to add state-of-the-art Collaborative Adapting Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) weather radar to help spot tornadoes and flash floods.  Crews installed a CASA radar this past Friday at 5801 Boat Club Road near Lake Worth. The new radar will provide lifesaving data earlier than radars currently in use. Continue reading

EDC hears report on recent retailer conference in Dallas

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by A.C. Hall

Last week, Economic Development Director Kyle Reeves gave a report on the recent Dallas retailer conference that the City of White Settlement attended.  Reeves spoke while a slide show played showing the large City of White Settlement booth at the event.  With a towering display, Reeves said the booth was visible from almost anywhere in the convention area.  He went on to say that the City had great attendance at the booth. Continue reading

Students fill principal’s office with balloons

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Tannahill Inter-mediate fifth and sixth graders participated in National Young Readers Week, Nov. 9 through 13, by filling Principal Randy Summerhill’s office with balloons.
Every time a student read a book, he/she added a balloon with their book title and name to a collection in the principal’s office. Needless to say, Summerhill wasn’t able to use his office for two days; the kids read 750 books in just one week.
“Reading is the foundation and key to success for everything we strive to achieve with our kids in school,” said library aide Lisa Pearson. “We want our kids to not only be great readers, but to have a passion and love for reading so they can excel in their learning and in life.”

Students compete in robotics competition

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The Brewer High School Robotics Club (BlueBots) competed in the Cowtown BEST Robotics Competition on Oct. 31, earning the Blood, Sweat, and Duct Tape Award for the most creative use of duct tape as well as determination and perseverance to remain competitive throughout the tournament.  (Most first-year teams do not complete a working robot, but the BlueBots did despite a few setbacks during the competition.)
BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) inspires students to pursue careers in engineering, science, technology and math through participation in a science and engineering-based robotics competition.  Teams have six weeks to design and build a radio-controlled machine to accomplish specific tasks. Continue reading