Veterans Park discussions continue, tax revenue updated

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by A.C. Hall

The White Settlement Economic Development Board had a chance to sound off on the recently proposed Veterans Park changes at their meeting last week.  City staff continued to stress that this project remains in a very preliminary place.  The proposal is to relocate the softball complex from Veterans Park to Saddle Hills Park.  The roughly 17 acres of land opened up by this would then be used as commercial real estate. Continue reading

The Follow Up Episode 4 now online

The latest episode of the Grizzly Detail Newspaper’s companion podcast is now online.  In our feature segment this week we sit down with the Communications Director of the White Settlement Independent School District, Desiree Coyle.  In this informal conversation Desiree speaks about her many job duties within the school district and her career path that led her to working at WSISD.  A pig named Hamlet is also discussed.  Also in this episode is a deeper look at the recent local news including information about a recent phone scam, the White Settlement water quality report, and an update on the Veteran’s Park discussions.  A.C. revisits his recent favorite five actors list that appeared in The Grizzly Detail and also answers listener questions about things such as newspaper features that never got printed, Sylvester Stallone, and cell phone bans.

You can download or listen to the episode by CLICKING HERE!

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IRS phone scam hits westside, citizens should be cautious

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by A.C. Hall

A recent telephone scam where callers pretend to be with the IRS has started calling numbers in White Settlement.  The White Settlement Police Department has received multiple reports from people who have received the calls.  One such person who received a call from the scam artists was White Settlement City Council member Steve Ott. Continue reading

Benbrook council approves update to city’s strategic plan

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by A.C. Hall

Deputy City Manager Dave Gattis presented this item to the Benbrook City Council at their June meeting as they looked at updates to their strategic plan.  First adopted in 2009, the plan was reviewed and revised in 2013. That review saw items that had been completed removed, as well as items that were no longer a priority removed.  Council was considering this once again last month, looking to remove finished or non-priority items from the plan.  There were no new items added to the plan. Continue reading

A.C. at the Movies

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Terminator: Genisys

Oh time travel, I don’t think I’ll ever tire of you.  Being set around the idea of time travel allows Terminator to do all manner of interesting things as it tries to breathe new life into this aging action franchise.  The return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the series helps things as well, making this feel more like the first two Terminator films and less like parts three and four.  However, while the filmmakers pull off some fun and inventive tricks, this is ultimately a pretty forgettable summer blockbuster. Continue reading

Above and beyond for students

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Part 3: 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 Lacey Brewer, the teacher of the year from Brewer High School.   Continue reading

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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WSISD TEACHERS RECOGNIZED

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