Texas cowboys drove a herd of cattle around Ridgmar Mall this week to kick off The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle drive in Fort Worth. The Red Kettle drive is a well-known holiday campaign that features volunteers who ring bells to solicit donations. The fundraiser goes through Christmas Eve, and the funds help support local programs. Continue reading
The Presbyterian Night Shelter is asking the community to help keep homeless people warm as a cold front moves into the Dallas-Fort Worth area during the Thanksgiving holiday season. Continue reading
About 150 White Settlement ISD students received free eye exams by an optometrist as well as an opportunity to select a new pair of glasses as part the Kids Vision for Life program. Continue reading
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two
It’s been a pretty wonderful ride, but finally The Hunger Games film franchise has come to an end. Mockingjay Part Two is a pretty good ending to the series, but it’s marred by some very serious technical issues. Continue reading
by A.C. Hall
After several months of work the parking lot extension of IHOP on Cherry Lane is complete. Now customers who have navigated the often cramped and full parking lot will have an entire new section to park in. Continue reading
Taking time to think about our blessings in 2015
It’s time to count our blessings. Although Thanksgiving is but once a year, being thankful should be something we recognize much more often.
At the Posey house we are thankful for moments in a rushed week when we can all sit down together for a meal, even if we didn’t cook it ourselves or even if we have to meet out at a restaurant to find time to make it happen. We are thankful for warm fires when the weather turns cool enough and for fajitas, chips and hot sauce all year round. We are thankful for the companionship of two sweet dogs and two sweet cats, who make us so happy and keep us from being alone in the house when family members haven’t yet made it home from busy days.
We are grateful for our jobs and that we are healthy enough to work and support ourselves. There are so many more things that we are thankful for, and we want to close by saying thank you to readers for your faithfulness, and thank you to God, from whom all blessing come.
by Ben Posey
The City of Fort Worth was the next location in North Central Texas to add state-of-the-art Collaborative Adapting Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) weather radar to help spot tornadoes and flash floods. Crews installed a CASA radar this past Friday at 5801 Boat Club Road near Lake Worth. The new radar will provide lifesaving data earlier than radars currently in use. Continue reading
by A.C. Hall
Last week, Economic Development Director Kyle Reeves gave a report on the recent Dallas retailer conference that the City of White Settlement attended. Reeves spoke while a slide show played showing the large City of White Settlement booth at the event. With a towering display, Reeves said the booth was visible from almost anywhere in the convention area. He went on to say that the City had great attendance at the booth. Continue reading
Tannahill Inter-mediate fifth and sixth graders participated in National Young Readers Week, Nov. 9 through 13, by filling Principal Randy Summerhill’s office with balloons.
Every time a student read a book, he/she added a balloon with their book title and name to a collection in the principal’s office. Needless to say, Summerhill wasn’t able to use his office for two days; the kids read 750 books in just one week.
“Reading is the foundation and key to success for everything we strive to achieve with our kids in school,” said library aide Lisa Pearson. “We want our kids to not only be great readers, but to have a passion and love for reading so they can excel in their learning and in life.”
Approximately 500 people attended White Settlement ISD’s second annual Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 11, which included patriotic performances by the Brewer High School band and choir and a routine by drill team members. Continue reading
The Lake Worth Fire Department visited the Effie Morris Elementary Campus last week where they presented a lesson on Stop, Drop and Roll. After the students were engaged in the fire safety presentation, Mrs. Jacobs’ and Mrs. Thompson’s second grade students were able to climb and explore inside the fire truck.
The Brewer High School Robotics Club (BlueBots) competed in the Cowtown BEST Robotics Competition on Oct. 31, earning the Blood, Sweat, and Duct Tape Award for the most creative use of duct tape as well as determination and perseverance to remain competitive throughout the tournament. (Most first-year teams do not complete a working robot, but the BlueBots did despite a few setbacks during the competition.)
BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) inspires students to pursue careers in engineering, science, technology and math through participation in a science and engineering-based robotics competition. Teams have six weeks to design and build a radio-controlled machine to accomplish specific tasks. Continue reading
Commentary by Nick Thomas
Fans of the often zany 60’s television sitcoms will instantly recognize “Gilligan’s Island” star Dawn Wells who played Mary Ann Summers, the perky Kansas farm girl shipwrecked on an uncharted Pacific island with six other castaways, including a professor, a movie star and a millionaire. Continue reading
Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury
Most folks whose age is within a quarter-century of my Uncle Mort’s 103-plus years are happy to be moving at all. A few are willing to catch falling stars, tickled at the prospect of experiencing one final “whoosh,” even if pointed downward.
Mort, though, places limits on his “wagon-hitching.” He’s determined to seek trajectories aimed upward toward new heights. He continues to be an enigma, bearing head-on the challenge of “gearing up” to the year’s hardest work during the holiday season while many other seniors relax. Continue reading
Movie Commentary by A.C. Hall
I love Jake Gyllenhaal. In recent years he’s become one of the finest actors in the game. One thing that’s defined this phase of his career is his willingness not only to play interesting characters, but to become them. Gyllenhaal gives himself fully to these roles, delivering some of the finest performances in modern cinema. Southpaw is no exception to this, as Gyllenhaal is completely transformed as the film’s main character. The problem is, this isn’t a particularly pleasant character and the movie does far too good of a job showing us his failings. The end result is a good movie that’s not very pleasant to watch. Continue reading
by A.C. Hall
The Bears fantastic 2015 season that saw them break an eleven year drought and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2004 has come to an end. Brewer took on Lake Dallas on Friday night in round one of the playoffs. The Lake Dallas Falcons proved too much for the Bears to handle on this night, winning the game 49 – 14 and putting an end to Brewer’s year. Continue reading
UIL Texas statewide football scores, TAPPS area scores
VETERANS DAY SPECIAL FEATURE
by A.C. Hall
Society is obsessed with heroes. Super hero movies dominate the box office year after year. Sports stars are hailed as heroes as they try to lead their teams to championship victories. Players take on the role of heroes in video games and fight to vanquish evil. On this Veterans Day, it’s important to remember that heroes exist beyond the confines of movie and television screens. Real heroes live among us. They are our parents, our grandparents, our brothers and sisters, our neighbors and friends, all those who have had the bravery to serve as a member of the Armed Forces to preserve our freedom as Americans. Continue reading
The 2015 Brewer High School Freshman Blue team took second in district this past week with an overall record of 8 wins and 1 loss (Azle). Continue reading
The Brewer Bears football team will play Lake Dallas in the first round of the Bi-District Playoffs this Friday night, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at Northwest High School, 2301 Texan Drive, Justin, TX 76247. Continue reading
BI-DISTRICT FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
by A.C. Hall
Voter turnout was way down this year compared to 2014 as there were no major federal positions on the ballot. In White Settlement, City Council place 4 incumbent Danny Anderson was defeated by opponent David Mann. Mann had a 47 vote lead in early voting, and held steady on election day en route to a 397 votes to 331 votes victory over Anderson. One thing Mann did extensively in recent weeks was campaign on the internet, utilizing local Facebook groups to get his campaign message out and answer questions from potential voters. Continue reading
by A.C. Hall
On Thursday the City of Lake Worth held a town hall meeting to give citizens information and allow them to ask questions about the upcoming vote on the street maintenance tax. In place since 2004, this tax collects .25 of 1% of sales tax and puts it into a fund that is used to repair and maintain streets within the City. The tax requires a new vote every few years and is back on the Lake Worth ballots this year. Continue reading
by A.C. Hall
The White Settlement Economic Development Corporation held their monthly meeting last week to discuss and consider several business related issues. Before moving into new business, EDC Director Kyle Reeves gave his monthly report. Reeves told the EDC that there has been some interest in the EDC owned properties on Cherry Lane. A meeting is set up with the potential buyer. Continue reading
2015 White Settlement Candidate Spotlight
Informing the voters is among the most important duties a newspaper holds. As an official newspaper of the City of White Settlement, we believe it is our responsibility to help local voters go into the upcoming election as informed as possible. Here at The Grizzly Detail, we’re proud to present this year’s candidate spotlight so the voters of White Settlement can learn more about the men who are running for local office. We endeavored to ask questions that will give you a deeper understanding of the candidates, where they stand on the issues, and what they’ll do if elected/re-elected to office. Candidates are listed in the order in which they’ll appear on the ballot. Continue reading
by A.C. Hall
Several bookkeeping issues were present on the White Settlement City Council agenda for Tuesday night. One of these issues was the voluntary donation on citizens’ water bills. The bill states that this donation is for the library, city parks, and the animal shelter. However, the ordinance behind this donation program was never changed to include the animal shelter. Continue reading
by A.C. Hall
When the book is closed on the 2015 Brewer football season, the game against Denton will be one fans will surely remember. Facing one of the most explosive offenses in the district, the Bears stayed in control and in the lead for almost the entirety of the game. It was a hard fought battle, and one that was heartbreaking to see the Bears lose. Continue reading
After months of hinting around that it was coming, you can now get ready to tee up for a Topgolf location in Fort Worth.
Topgolf International today officially unveiled Fort Worth as its fourth location in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, announcing plans to break ground this fall on the 65,000-square foot facility; at the southeast corner of Highway 121 and Interstate 35, north of West Fourth Street and west of the Trinity River. Continue reading
Anyone looking for a place to enjoy the beautiful fall weather will want to head to Lake Worth this weekend for the Bullfrog West Fest. Being held at Lake Worth Park near Loop 820 and Azle Ave., this two day event starts on Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. There will be amusement rides, food, and shopping available. Friday’s big event is the bull riding that will start at 7:00 p.m. Continue reading
The Brewer High School FFA kicked off the organization’s first year at the school, and students have hit the ground running.
They traveled to Crowley Career Tech Center for a district meeting with several schools from the Fort Worth area, working together to solve leadership activities and helping conduct District 2 FFA business. Continue reading
by A.C. Hall
The Bears headed to Chisholm Trail High School on Friday night seeking to keep their winning ways going. Currently sitting at 1 and 0 in district play, a win over the Chisholm Trail Rangers would go a long way in helping Brewer’s playoff hopes. Continue reading
Traditionally held the first Tuesday in October, National Night Out gives residents the chance to enjoy an evening of activities and the opportunity to get to know their neighbors. The White Settlement Police Department will be hosting a community event in its parking lot that will include a dunk booth, bounce houses and lots of other fun activities for citizens. The event starts at 6 p.m. Continue reading
by A.C. Hall
Last year was an exciting time for Brewer graduate Skyler Howard. After fighting his way through several colleges, Howard found himself at West Virginia University in 2014. He made the most of limited opportunities, and played well enough that he was named the starting quarterback for the team heading into the 2015 season. Continue reading