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

Alesha Walpole

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

Citizens remember councilman Mike Arnold

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by A.C. Hall

In remembrances written on an online tribute wall created by his family through Greenwood Memorial Park, White Settlement city council member Mike Arnold, Sr. was described as “a gentle giant, a helpful neighbor, the first sophomore at BHS to make varsity football,” and  “a fine example for scores of children and adults.”  Would any disagree? Continue reading

Drug arrest made at local motel

Perfecto Grimaldo (Left) and Melinda Delangel were arrested by WSPD.

Perfecto Grimaldo (Left) and Melinda Delangel were arrested by WSPD.

Last week the White Settlement Police Department announced a drug bust that was made at the Scottish Inn off Western Hills Boulevard.  On June 4, WSPD Officer Banner noticed suspicious activity at the Scottish Inn.  Upon further investigation by Officer Banner, arrests were eventually made and drugs were seized in the motel room.  260 grams of methamphetamine and over 200 grams of GHB, along with paraphernalia associated with the sale of illegal narcotics were all found in the motel room. Continue reading

Flag Day 2016

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On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act, which stated, “Resolved that the flag of the United States be made of 13 stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be 13 stars, white in a field of blue, representing a new Constellation.”

As our nation has grown, so has the number of stars on the flag. But the 13 stripes have been a constant. The stars represent our nation’s ability to grow and prosper, and the stripes as the bedrock principles which have guided us from the start.

So pull out your Stars and Stripes and display it proudly and properly today.

Local student hits the links at inaugural Junior Invitational at Colonial last week

Javie Cerda (middle), and caddie Tre Wright (behind) from Benbrook Middle School walk down the fairway at Colonial.

Javie Cerda (middle), and caddie Tre Wright (behind) from Benbrook Middle School walk down the fairway at Colonial.

by Ben Posey

Javie Cerda, a Brewer Middle School student and soon to be freshman at BHS, was selected from the local chapter of First Tee players to participate in the Inaugural Junior Invitational at the Dean and DeLuca held at Colonial Country Club during the Memorial Day weekend pro golf tournament. The event, which was held on the Sunday prior to the tournament start, was part of the Nike Golf Youth Clinic, which was open to kids of all ages. Continue reading

Lockheed sponsors bike giveaway

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Ten White Settlement ISD elementary students won new bikes in the 18th annual Lockheed Martin Bike Giveaway this year. Students who earn perfect attendance and receive good citizenship for the entire year qualify for a random drawing to win a bike. One boy and one girl from each school wins.
Pictured are: (l-r) Robert Heick, Blue Haze Elementary; Erick Aguilar, West Elementary; Riley Frisbee, Liberty Elementary; Elora Mack, Blue Haze Elementary; Miguel Carrera, North Elementary; Hydey Maxwell, Fine Arts Academy; Heidi Flores, North Elementary; and Yareli Loya, West Elementary.
Not pictured is Tristan-Tan Le-Nguyen, Fine Arts Academy, and Crysten Quibol, Liberty Elementary.

Brewer graduation moved to convention center on Friday as storms threaten area

Happy young woman, just graduated with diploma.

The White Settlement ISD administration has decided to move graduation from the school’s football stadium to the Fort Worth Convention Center. The Brewer High School Commencement Ceremony will be on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. The district sent out a press release on Tuesday around noon apologizing to students, family and friends for the inconvenience. The threat of showers and thunderstorms throughout the week prompted the change in location. Commencement practice on Wednesday has been cancelled and graduates will have a mandatory practice at noon on Friday at the FW Convention Center. Students needing transportation to the practice will be able to ride a bus leaving the high school at 11 a.m. on Friday. All students and families are responsible for their own transportation to the actual ceremony in the evening.

Sales tax numbers get big audit bump, business growth updated

John Bitter, owner of Frontier Veterinary Hospital, accepts the Business Incentive grant check from EDC Director Kyle Reeves (left) and Mayor Ronald A. White (right).

John Bitter, owner of Frontier Veterinary Hospital, accepts the Business Incentive grant check from EDC Director Kyle Reeves (left) and Mayor Ronald A. White (right).

by A.C. Hall

After thirteen straight months of sales tax revenues coming in below projections, the White Settlement Economic Development Corporation received good news at their May meeting.  Finance Director Phil Bray informed the EDC that sales tax revenues for April 2016 came in 136 percent above April 2015, hitting $153,441 instead of the $64,809 collected during April 2015.   Continue reading

Driver license-less student wins car

Pictured with Sablan are: Dick Titterington, Moritz Chevrolet general sales manager; Jim Hardick, general manager; Gabriel Lozano, sales manager; and Robert Sanders, sales.

Pictured with Sablan are: Dick Titterington, Moritz Chevrolet general sales manager; Jim Hardick, general manager; Gabriel Lozano, sales manager; and Robert Sanders, sales.

Micah Sablan may not have a driver’s license yet, but he scored big this past week when he won a 2016 Chevy Cruz from Moritz Chevrolet during a perfect attendance drawing.

“It was crazy and surreal,” said Sablan. “It was neat to think coming to school every day and working hard could payoff with such an award.”

Micah turns 16 this summer and is planning on getting his license.  The family received the car this last weekend from Moritz.  It’s in the garage waiting for his day to drive in the soon future.
Every student with perfect attendance this school year qualified for a drawing, and 10 students’ names were drawn to receive keys that could start the engine of the new car.
The other winners were: Jacob Kottwitz, Juan Calzada, Mari Ferrer, Christa Brown, Brendan Webber, Ramiro Botello, Kelsey Bushy, Tristen Allbright and Donovan Brown.

For first time in 70 years, Fort Worth’s annual PGA Tour event will not contain the word ‘Colonial’ in its title

Specialty foods retailer Dean & DeLuca has become title sponsor of Fort Worth’s annual PGA Tour event at Colonial Country Club.

The Dean & DeLuca Invitational, set for May 26-29, will mark the first time in 70 years that the longest-tenured tournament at a single venue does not contain the word “Colonial” in its title. Continue reading

Splash Dayz waterpark budget approved by councilmembers

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by A.C. Hall

At Tuesday evening’s White Settlement City Council meeting the budget for the Splash Dayz waterpark was unanimously approved.  With council members Elzie Clements and Mike Arnold out with approved absences, the remaining three members heard from city staff members who have been working diligently on preparing the budget for the waterpark.  Finance Director Phil Bray addressed the council about the proposed budget. Continue reading

Splash Dayz coming to White Settlement

Preliminary Conceptual Site Plan for Veterans Park Hawaiian Falls Waterpark and Adventure Park

Splash Dayz is new name for the water park.

by A.C. Hall

At a joint meeting on Monday between the White Settlement Parks and Recreation Board and the White Settlement City Council, some big decisions were made about the future of the waterpark formerly known as Hawaiian Falls.  After considering many different names for the waterpark, the City decided to name it Splash Dayz.   Continue reading