Tinseltown Talks

2. Sidney Poitier & Judy Geeson, R, Christian Roberts, far L, and Lulu on stairs in To Sir, with Love. Lulu_s title song was top 1967 U.S. pop single. Columbia Pictures

Remembering “To Sir, with Love” at 50

By Nick Thomas
Hollywood has depicted the enduring battle between teachers and rebellious high school students for decades. One of the most popular portrayals was the British production “To Sir, with Love” which premiered in the U.S. 50 years ago on June 14.

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The Idle American

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Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury

THE IDLE AMERICAN

   When Life Gets Serious….

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury

 

   Commencement exercises, like holiday movies watched countless times, usually are fairly predictable. After all, printed programs get us back on track in case of the wandering of minds.

   Some of the best “mind-wanderers” are faculty members who know the sub-plots–some of them winding and tangled—that are unique to certain graduates.

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Memorial Day Services

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Monday services

Kisner wins Colonial

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Kevin Kisner surged in the the final round, with three consecutive birdies on the first three holes of the back nine and a nail-biting par save that prevented a playoff against Jon Rahm, Sean O’Hair and Jordan Spieth, whose own stunning comeback was just one stroke short of a back-to-back Colonial win. Kisner hung on to a spot near the top of the leaderboard throughout the Tournament, leaving him poised to pull ahead with a 66 after Webb Simpson, who held the lead Friday and Saturday, finished 1 over par with a 71.

Join us at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational in congratulating Kevin Kisner, who joins the greatest players on the PGA TOUR on the Colonial Wall of Champions. Kevin Kisner’s win at Colonial is his 2nd career win on the PGA TOUR, and his first since 2015.

Chapel Creek Bridge meeting

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The city’s Transportation and Public Works Department is hosting a community meeting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 6, to update residents on the improvements planned for Chapel Creek Bridge over Interstate 30. The meeting will take place at the Normandale Baptist Church located at 2001 Chapel Creek Blvd.
The existing two-lane bridge will be replaced with a new six-lane bridge over I-30. A turnaround bridge will also be constructed on the east side of the new bridge.
For more information, contact Project Manager Mike Weiss at 817-392-8485

The rise and fall of the wall along Chapel Creek

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This section of a resident’s backyard fence along Chapel Creek Boulevard is crumbling onto a nearby sidewalk. A plan to replace the fence is finally in place with the help from The City of Fort Worth.

With a lot of letter writing, phone calling and attendance at meetings, residents along Chapel Creek are finally seeing some relief in restrictions for the brick wall that is falling down in their backyard. Continue reading

Memorial Wall featured at Cowtown rodeo weekend

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The Wall That Heals, a traveling, half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be the centerpiece of the FanZone of The Semi-finals of THE AMERICAN Rodeo in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards from Feb. 14-17. The rodeo will be held in Cowtown Coliseum Wednesday through Friday and the finals will be held at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 19. Continue reading

Man shot in convenience store robbery dies

A man shot during a robbery Jan. 27 at a White Settlement convenience store has died.
Khrystophir Scott, 27, died at 7:13 p.m. Saturday from a gunshot wound to the neck, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.
Scott was a customer at the Quik Sak store, at 898 S. Cherry Lane, when two men entered the store and demanded that everyone get on the ground.
A struggle ensued and that is when Scott was shot in the neck.
“One wearing a gray hoodie, one wearing a black hoodie, the faces covered, all but their eyes, they were pretty fast. I wish the guy would have cooperated with them and got on the floor,” witness Gary Matchett told a news reporter.
More information including any arrests in the case were not available from White Settlement police.

Man shot in robbery of store on Cherry Lane

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A man was transported to the hospital after being shot during a robbery at this Quik Sak on Cherry Lane near Brewer Middle School this past Friday night. Police are looking for two black males, one being 5’4”-6” and the other 5’8”-10” tall, thin build.

Police are looking for two men who held up the Quik Sak convenience store located at 898 S. Cherry Lane in White Settlement. The store is located across the street from Brewer Middle School. The call came in at 8:21 p.m. on Friday night. Continue reading

Arlington Heights Choir Sings with Foreigner

The Treble Choir, from Fort Worth ISD’s Arlington Heights High School will perform onstage with the rock band Foreigner on Friday, February 3, at Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie. The choir will appear during the performance of “I Wanna Know What Love Is” written by Mick Jones (and Lou Gramm).    

 Radio station KLUV (Dallas) sponsored a contest at the request of Foreigner to find a backup choir to have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing on stage with the British-American group. In the YouTube entry video senior Carlos Portales sings a verse of the song supported by the remainder of the choir belting out the chorus swaying back and forth in three part harmony. Arlington Heights Choir Director, Hans Grim, helped produce the video.

 “The kids went absolutely crazy with excitement in preparation for this contest,” said Grim. “One student actually raided her mom’s attic to find clothes from the 80’s to wear. Another made large signs to hold. At the last second someone suggested the use of cell-phone lights to provide a little more ambiance.”

Watch the contest submission video on YouTube.

Foreigner is still touring, 40 years after their New York City beginnings. The band chooses a choir in every city/venue to join them as a way to highlight music education and shine a light on the young adults that will keep music alive for generations to come.

On the way down while other properties on the way up

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The old Lockheed Martin building in Westpoint is all but gone. Only a portion of the hull remains, and that will be gone in just days. Over the past several months, demolition workers have been sorting and hauling off the concrete and steel that once made this one of the most secure buildings in the country. In 1991, situated on 65 acres, Building 500 was a state-of-the-art 4-story facility. Still no word on what’s to come. Contact with the property owner only gets a “No comment” to all our questions, but we’ll keep trying.

For residents living in the Westpoint area of west Fort Worth, several large properties that have been vacant for years are now under contract to be sold. The developers have all filled out pre-application paperwork with The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for housing tax credits and are showing that they will be building multi-family housing units on the properties. Continue reading

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY HONORS ARMED FORCES HEROS

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Active and retired members of the military can receive free rodeo tickets for themselves and their immediate families for Military Appreciation Day, January 30, at the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo thanks to Denbury Resources. Denbury is an independent oil and gas company with operations focused on the Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions of the U.S.

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Humbug… Gas prices on the rise

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Gasoline prices around the area as well as Texas have started 2017 on a higher note. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide rose a nickel this week to reach an average $2.16 per gallon. The average gasoline price across the U.S. increased 6 cents to reach $2.36 per gallon. El Paso has the cheapest gasoline in Texas this week at an average $2.08 per gallon. Drivers in Dallas face the highest retail gasoline prices statewide at an average $2.21 per gallon.

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

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Prime Time is quickly coming to town with the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo returning January 13 through February 4. Nothing symbolizes the essence of Cowtown like the Stock Show as the city and region comes together for action-packed rodeo, livestock and horse shows, carnival midway, the hottest music acts and a shopping experience that’s second to none.

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Police looking for west side armed robber

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Police are searching for a man suspected in at least two business robberies in Fort Worth.In each of the robberies the suspect used a small, black handgun to take money from cash advance loan businesses, according to police reports. The suspect is believed to be responsible for multiple armed robberies in the north Texas area. The suspect robbed the Advance America Store about 2:15 p.m. Monday in the 9100 block of Camp Bowie West Boulevard. Police believe the same suspect also robbed the Cash Store in the 3200 block of Sycamore School Road about 10 a.m. on Nov. 16, a police report said. He was seen running to a black four-door car, police said. The suspect is described as a light skinned African-American man between 25- and 30-years-old. He is between 5-feet 5-inches and 5-feet 8-inches tall, about 220 pounds and wearing a goatee. The suspect was seen wearing a red ball cap and a light blue denim jacket during the Advance America robbery, police said.Anyone with information is asked to call 817-392-4383.