Office building for Lockheed under demolition

A permit for complete demolition of building number 500 was issued by the City of Fort Worth. The fate of the two other buildings on the property is undetermined at this time.

A permit for complete demolition of building number 500 was issued by the City of Fort Worth. The fate of the two other buildings on the property is undetermined at this time.

An abundance of phone calls and e-mails have flooded The Grizzly Detail Newspaper wanting to know what is happening at the old Lockheed Martin facility in Westpoint. Lockheed didn’t own but rented the space for many years. Here’s what we know folks.  Continue reading

Fifteen graduate from citizen academy

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A group of local citizens spent three hours every Thursday night for over two-months learning about police department procedures that included searching vehicles, officer approaches on traffic stops and shot training simunitions. On Sept. 6, this group graduated from the Citizen Police Academy. Included in the photo are: back row from left to right: Cpl J. Carter, Faron Young, Fredrick Brewer, Frank Childress, Brent Snelling, Ralph Davison, James Johnson, George Tucker, Chief J.P. Bevering; Middle Row left to right: Lilliane Davison, Susan McNutt, Laura Carter, Sabrina Tucker; Bottom Row left to right: Dolores Vazquez, Veronica Herrera, Angela Arnold, Oakley Bowman.

Council votes in 8% property tax increase, EDC awards grants and sells property

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by Ben Posey

At the top of White Settlement citizen concerns was the property tax increase that the council members voted into place at Tuesday night’s meeting. One citizen asked for explanation during the public comment section on why the city had to raise taxes when property values were already up according to the Tarrant County Appraisal District. No explanation or comment was given by any council member after the question was posed. Continue reading

Brewer wins close battle with Weatherford Roos

#20 Christian Calton scampers away from Weatherford defenders.

#20 Christian Calton scampers away from Weatherford defenders.

by Kyle Kirschner

What an exciting night for the Brewer Bears, starting off their second game of the season with a warm welcome for Officer Matt Pearce alongside the White Settlement Police to be honored by Brewer. Officer Pearce was also given the opportunity for initiating the coin toss, with Brewer receiving the kickoff from the Roos. Continue reading

Explosion caught on video as house destroyed in blaze

White Settlement Firefighters run hose lines to help battle a fire at a home on Allencrest Drive in White Settlement. Photo by WSFD

White Settlement Firefighters run hose lines to help battle a fire at a home on Allencrest Drive in White Settlement. Photo by WSFD

By Ben Posey

A neighbor’s video captured an explosion at a home in White Settlement this past week. The neighbor shot the video just before fire crews arrived at the scene on Allencrest Drive near Las Vegas Trail Thursday night as the house fire turned into a fireball. Continue reading

Don’t be bored on Labor Day: 8 great ways to celebrate

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By Ben Posey

As holidays go, Labor Day gets a little bit of a bum treatment. There’s no big parade (no disrespect to Garland’s annual event), no huge Labor festival. (Though you can get plenty festive at Bedford Blues & BBQ.)

All this doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Quite the contrary. We’ve rounded up a great list, with something for every letter in the holiday that needs a little love: L-A-B-O-R D-A-Y.  Continue reading

Explosion rocks SpaceX launch site in Florida during test

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An explosion rocked a SpaceX launch site Thursday during a routine rocket test.

SpaceX was conducting a test firing of its unmanned rocket when the blast occurred shortly after 9 a.m., according to NASA. The test was in advance of a planned Saturday launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which is next to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Click the link below for more information.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/explosion-rocks-spacex-launch-florida-during-test-132941053.html

Education agency releases ratings for Texas school districts

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by Ben Posey

The Texas Education Agency released this week the 2016 state accountability ratings for more than 1,200 school districts and charters, as well as more than 8,600 campuses statewide.
Local School District Results:
Each campus in the White Settlement ISD and the Lake Worth ISD received the rating of “met standard” and in Fort Worth ISD, all high schools received the rating of “met standard” except Eastern Hills High School, which received “improvement required.” Twenty-one other middle and elementary campuses in the Fort Worth ISD were rated as “improvement required.” Continue reading

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By Cheryl Posey

Hold the presses! This can’t wait.

If you have a cup of hot (or cold, for you wimps) Starbucks deliciousness in your future, you may have to add a few more minutes to your drive time to get it for a couple of weeks, which is ill-timed since teachers and students may need that extra caffeine at the start of school. Continue reading

Area athletic teams, bands start practices on hottest day of year

The Lake Worth Bullfrog football team works on passing drills.

The Lake Worth Bullfrog football team works on passing drills.

Area sports teams, bands, cheerleaders, drill teams are showing up for practices this week facing some of the hottest temperatures of the year so far. On Monday, temperatures hit 103 degrees and the forecast calls for dry and hot weather with temperatures that could reach a triple-digit high through Friday. See more photos. Continue reading

Museum hosts black powder firing event

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By Carol Davis
Special to The Grizzly

The 15th Texas Cavalry/2nd US, under the direction of Captain Ron J. Paynter,  presented a day of Living History this past month at the White Settlement Historical Museum featuring black powder volley firing demonstrations and inspections, gunpowder cartridge rolling and bugle drills including the playing of Taps. If you missed it, another scheduled return for Living History Day is scheduled for Saturday, November 12.

Two men rob victim in late night transaction, one shot

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A man was shot by an off-duty Fort Worth police officer that was searching for a robbery suspect just before midnight on Wednesday.
At 11:55 p.m., police dispatch received a 911 call from the victim of a robbery that occurred in the parking lot of a gas station in west Fort Worth at the intersection of Las Vegas Trail and South Normandale Street. The victim told police that they had agreed to buy an item online and was to meet the seller at the gas station. Two shirtless men arrived, and one pulled out a silver handgun and robbed the victim, they said. Continue reading

City council looks at passing 8 percent tax increase over last year’s rate

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By Ben Posey

A short agenda at a special called meeting for the White Settlement City Council this past Thursday evening saw a 3-0 vote by council members Paul Moore, David Mann and Steve Ott, (Elzie Clements – absent) to raise the total tax rate from .733103 to .755693 for 2016-17. The number of council members (3) nearly outweighed the number of citizens (4) in attendance for the 20 minute meeting. Continue reading

Special WS council meeting called for Thursday, July 28

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by Ben Posey

The White Settlement City Council has called a special meeting for this Thursday, July 28 at 6 p.m. to discuss and consider the proposed tax rate for 2016-17.
“This meeting is not to adopt the tax rate,” according to a press release sent by A.C. Hall, Media Manager for the City of White Settlement. “This meeting is to take the record vote which means council will vote for the rate to not exceed. This will allow city staff to move forward with calculations on the budget.”
The scheduling of two public hearings on the proposed tax rate are also on the agenda and are set for Aug. 16 and Aug. 30.
The public hearing for the City’s Operating Budget, EDC Budget and CCPD Budget is on the agenda to be set for Sept. 13.
More information on budget workshops will be published as it is made available.

Many names for the full moon of July

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A full moon occurs each month when the sun, Earth, and moon line up. At this time, the Earth-facing side of the moon is completely lit up by sunlight. This month, the full moon rises to its prime at 6:57 p.m. EDT on Tuesday. However, for some unaided observers, the monthly full moon appears full about a day before and after the actual full moon phase

The moniker Full Buck Moon symbolizes the time of the year when male deer, known as bucks, start to grow their new antlers. While this nickname is most commonly used, it is only one of the many lunar names for this month’s full moon.

July’s full moon has also been called the Full Thunder Moon and the Full Hay Moon, as July is considered to be the season with the most frequent thunderstorms and the time of year when farmers harvest, bale and stow hay for the upcoming winter.

Full moons generally rise once a month — with the exception of a “Blue Moon,” which appears twice in a month — and the variety of names given to these spectacular lunar events stems from ancient cultures, including Native American tribes living in the northeast U.S., according to The Farmer’s Almanac. In Chinese culture, for example, the full moon of July is referred to as the Hungry Ghost Moon.

New Honeycomb director aims to continue tradition

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by A.C. Hall

When the new school year begins, it will be the dawning of a new era for the storied Brewer High School Honeycombs drill team.  Long time director Kelli Winn retired at the close of the 2015 – 2016 school year, and in her place the White Settlement Independent School District named Alesha Walpole to take over.
Last week, Walpole shared some thoughts with The Detail about her new approach as Honeycombs Director, her background and experience, and what Mrs. Winn meant to her.  First are our questions in italics, followed by her responses. Continue reading

Council reinstates library cat at special me(ow)eting Friday

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by A.C. Hall

Following a wild week of media exposure that spread beyond the United States into countries all around the world, the White Settlement City Council held a special meeting on Friday to re-visit their decision to remove Browser the cat from the library.  This comes after the story was picked up by the Washington Post, online news giant Gawker.com, and international media outlets. Continue reading

Council votes to remove cat from library

Claire Smith poses with Browser the cat and a library worker.

Claire Smith poses with Browser the cat and a library worker.

by A.C. Hall

On Tuesday, the White Settlement City Council voted to remove Browser, the cat that has lived in the library for the past six years.  This came despite an outpouring of support for the cat.  The council chambers were full, with most in attendance there to voice their support for Browser.
Discussions on this item began with Mayor Ronald A. White, who spoke in support of Browser.  Council member Dave Mann also voiced his support of keeping the cat in the library.  Eight members of the audience also spoke, each of them voicing their approval for keeping Browser in the library.  Reasons given were his pest control abilities, his ability to draw children to the library, and the fact that he is loved by the people of the city.  A petition signed by 618 people who support keeping the cat in the library was also mentioned.   Continue reading