School zones flashing as kids head back to class

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The first day of school is here, which means a new crop of youngsters will be taking the traumatic step towards growing up: going to preschool or kindergarten. Tiny tots all over town will cling to mom’s hand and hide behind dad’s legs. Some will act tough, but deep down they’re really going to miss their mommies.
So we want to know – what are your memories of the first day of school? Did you throw the biggest tantrum in the class? Were you the kid that hid under the desk all day? We want to hear your stories, be they embarrassing, hilarious or otherwise.
Email your stories (and a photo, if you’d like to share) to news@grizzlydetail.com with the subject line “Reader stories” and yours might end up in print or online.

Library hours to remain the same, citizens voice concerns about budget

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by A.C. Hall

The White Settlement City Council met again on Tuesday and announced to a full council chamber that the discussed cuts to the hours of operation of the Library will not be happening after all.
“The funding for the library will not be cut,” Mayor Ronald A. White announced. Continue reading

Council candidates set

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by A.C. Hall

The deadline to file for the upcoming White Settlement City Council election has passed, and the candidates are now locked in.  Up first is place 4.  Currently held by Danny Anderson, this place will be up for grabs between two men.  Incumbent Danny Anderson has filed to run for re-election, and he will be opposed by David Mann.  Mann currently holds a position on the White Settlement Crime Board.
Also being decided in this election is place 5.  This place is currently held by Steve Ott, and like place 4, there are two candidates running for this seat.  Incumbent Steve Ott has filed to run for re-election, and he will be opposed by George Klecan.
The election will be held in early November, but stay tuned to The Grizzly Detail over the coming months as we give you in depth insight into the election, the candidates, and the issues that matter to them.

Bullet train on the move to connect Texas

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For years, politicians and volunteers have been talking about building a high-speed rail line to and possibly through North Texas.
Just this past week, the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) approved $4.5 million for the planning, design, project development and preliminary engineering to build a high speed rail in the Dallas-Fort Worth to Houston corridor by 2021. Continue reading

Tinseltown Talks

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Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Borgart in Casablanca – Warner Bros
Commentary by Nick Thomas

Remembering Ingrid Bergman at 100

The term ‘classic Hollywood beauty’ could have been created to describe Ingrid Bergman, born 100 years ago this month. Bergman, whose birth and death (1982) fell on the same day (August 29), collected numerous awards throughout her career including four Golden Globes, three Oscars, two Emmys, and a Tony.
Several events are planned to celebrate Bergman’s life.    Continue reading

A.C. at the Movies…

Commentary by A.C. Hall

Commentary by A.C. Hall

American Ultra

I tagged this stylish over the top action movie as a potential sleeper hit a few months ago.  Now that I’ve seen it, I’m pleased to say that this is a very entertaining movie that surprised me in a lot of ways.  Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my lofty expectations of being one of the year’s best films.  That doesn’t mean it was a bad movie, however, as American Ultra is very entertaining in it’s own dark, quirky way.   Continue reading

Lady Bears dominate tournament at home

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The Brewer High School Lady Bear varsity volleyball team went 9-0 in their tournament on Aug. 21 and 22, defeating Krum for a first place win. The girls are now 15-4.

Team Picture (front row, l-r): Meagan North, Haylee Lovato, Amanda Reed, Katlynn Johnston, (back) Coach Mason Kuettel, Emma Craig, Lauren Jenkins, Hailey Lafler, Makenna Blassingame, Teranne Shepherd, Caitlyn McCoin, Emily Parker and Head Coach Chris Rudiger. Continue reading

New one way traffic pattern for Liberty Elementary

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by A.C. Hall

The White Settlement Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to make the portion of Odie Street that runs by Liberty Elementary a one way street from 6:45 – 7:45 a.m. and from 1:45 – 3:45 p.m. on school days.  This was in an effort to reduce traffic congestion as parents drop off their kids and pick them up at Liberty.
The need for this change comes in large part due to changes in the White Settlement Independent School District boundaries that will see more students coming to Liberty.  White Settlement Police Department Chief J.P. Bevering touched upon this as he addressed the council. Continue reading

Community invited to rally, social, and dedication

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White Settlement ISD invites the Brewer Bear Community to kick off the 2015 Football Season with a Meet the Bears Rally on Friday, Aug. 21. Come celebrate tradition and a new era in athletics with the Brewer High School cheerleaders, band drum line and Honeycomb Drill Team officers. The team will scrimmage Eastern Hills at 7 p.m. in Bear Stadium, and the rally will begin immediately following at 8:30 p.m. Meet the varsity football players and coaches, and join WSISD in dedicating an 8 ft. grizzly bear in honor of the 1950s and 1960s classes.

Storage center rolling up the doors with convenience and appeal

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by A. C. Hall

The decades long frustration citizens and city leaders have had over the unfinished red iron building has ended as All Storage is opening their doors and giving the building a purpose at long last.  Coming into the deal to purchase and complete the building, All Storage knew they were taking on the challenge of transforming something that has been an eyesore by most in the city for many years.     Continue reading

Budget approved by EDC for new year

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by A.C. Hall

In a brief meeting last week, the White Settlement Economic Development Corporation approved their budget for the upcoming fiscal year with a unanimous vote.  Economic Development Director Kyle Reeves gave a rundown of the balanced budget prior to the vote.  Reeves referenced the decline in sales tax revenues as well as mentioning some other budget challenges.  Health insurance costs are going up by twenty percent and Reeves stated that the city’s workers compensation insurance is also jumping up.   Continue reading

Appliance store moving to White Settlement Road

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new business sign illustration design over white

By A.C. Hall

One of the larger vacant buildings along White Settlement Road is getting a new tenant as Accent Appliance will soon be coming to the old Dollar General location.  Accent Appliance is currently located on Camp Bowie and is a company that sells and services household appliances.
White Settlement Economic Development Director Kyle Reeves stated that the City’s business friendly reputation helped draw Accent Appliance to White Settlement.  Reeves shared a few words with The Grizzly Detail about this latest business to move into the city.
“They will be conducting a few upgrades to the interior of the property.  Many of the upgrades may take some time, but I am excited and ready to see them open to the public,” Reeves said.

New podcast episode now available

The sixth episode of the Grizzly Detail companion podcast The Follow Up is out now. This episode, A.C. sits down with Donnie Foster. Donnie is the Pastor of Journey Church in West Fort Worth as well as the voice of the Brewer Bear Network that broadcasts all Brewer football games live over the internet. In this episode’s feature segment, Donnie shares about his church, the challenges that face the modern pastor, his passion for broadcasting, and more. Also, an all new segment debuts in episode six as Pastor Steve Beaulieu of Capstone Church hosts the first installment of his segment, Changing the Atmosphere. Join Steve as he shares insight into ways to use biblical principles to help change the atmosphere in your life. In addition to all this, A.C. Hall talks about the upcoming White Settlement city council election, city budgets, and new businesses.

Listen online at followup.podbean.com or download the show and listen to it on the go on your smartphone or Ipad!

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Council votes to raise property tax rate by 4 cents

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by A.C. Hall

Over the course of three meetings last week the White Settlement City Council continued to work on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  With sales tax revenues down over $300,000, the original proposed budget had a deficit of over $600,000.  Over the course of the budget discussions, the amount of that deficit that will need to be paid out of reserves shrunk to around $150,000.  The city currently has over $4 million in reserves. Continue reading

Bullfrogs hire new football coach

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bby A.C. Hall

The Lake Worth Bullfrogs have a new leader this year as Keri Timmerman was named Athletic Director and Head Football Coach for the Bullfrogs on July 23.  Timmerman was previously an Assistant Head Football coach at Grapevine High School.  A major thing Coach Timmerman brings to the table is experience coaching at the college level, as he’s worked at both Hardin Simmons and McMurray Universities.  This college coaching experience puts Timmerman in a position to offer unique insight into the college recruiting process for the athletes in Lake Worth.  Beyond football, Timmerman has also coached soccer, softball, power lifting, basketball, and track.

Positive Human Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Tarrant County

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Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus for the 2015 season.

This case is in unincorporated Southwest Tarrant County, near Benbrook. It is the severe form, or West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. Additional details are not being released to protect the identity of the patient. Continue reading

A.C. at the Movies…

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MISSISON IMPOSSIBLE:

ROGUE NATION

by A.C. Hall

Mission Impossible 3 ranks as one of the all time great action movies, but the film that followed it was a huge letdown.  Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol had a paper thin plot, yanking the audience from action sequence to action sequence.  Sure, the action was impressive, but it didn’t really matter.  Thankfully, Rogue Nation solves almost every issue, returning this franchise to a slick, fun summer blockbuster franchise that delivers on every level. Continue reading

Mosquito spraying to be discussed at public meeting Aug. 5

This is the device used to collect samples for testing.

This is the device used to collect samples for testing.

Fort Worth City officials are considering spraying for mosquitoes at a second location in southwest Fort Worth after a number of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile Virus. Tarrant County Public Health has identified multiple positive tests for the virus from mosquitoes at the Fire Station 39 testing site, 7555 Oakmont Blvd. Fort Worth officials will conduct a meeting in the neighborhood at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at RD Evans Community Center, 3200 Lackland Road, to address resident questions. If the decision to begin ground spraying for mosquitoes is made, treatment would begin Friday, Aug. 7. All residents are encouraged to take precautions to reduce exposure to mosquitoes by following the Four Ds, available on the Mosquito page.

Council begin budget talks, Veterans Park in discussion

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Tax revenue down in the city.

by A.C. Hall

The long process of preparing the 2015 – 2016 budget is underway as council held the first of several meetings to discuss the budget on Tuesday evening.  The first thing pointed out in the proposed budget was a $345,000 decrease in expected sales tax revenue.  Several reasons were given for the sub par sales tax numbers, with the major reason said to be the city’s largest tax payer Weir SPM laying off some of its workforce.  Lower gas prices, the lack of Chesapeake revenue and new Chesapeake drilling permit fees, as well as the ongoing construction on Cherry Lane were also mentioned as reasons for lower revenues.   Continue reading

The Follow Up episode 5 now online

The latest episode of the Grizzly Detail Newspaper’s companion podcast is now online.  In the feature segment this time, A.C. sits down with the City of White Settlement’s City Secretary, Amy Arnold.  In this informal conversation, Amy talks about her many responsibilities as the City Secretary as well as her career path that led her to work for the City.  Santa Clause may or may not have had something to do with it.  Also in this episode is an in depth look at recent local news,including a budget breakdown of the White Settlement city budget for the upcoming year.  A.C. also takes some time to look at what big movie releases are left this year as he tries to figure out where all the five star films have gone.  CLICK HERE to listen or download the episode!  Follow Up 4 Text

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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