Thieves steal Scout trailer before fishing trip

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Benbrook Police are searching for a trailer that was stolen from a Boy Scouts troop in Benbrook. Continue reading “Thieves steal Scout trailer before fishing trip”

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Local high school bands, groups take part in Parade of Lights in downtown Fort Worth

The Lake Worth Band entertained the crowd with Holiday Music.
The Lake Worth Band entertained the crowd with Holiday Music.

At the Parade of Lights in downtown Fort Worth, tradition was on full display with wounded officer Matt Pearce serving as Grand Marshal.
Marching bands from Lake Worth HS, Benbrook HS and FWISD filled the streets with holiday music. Motorcycle clubs and even DeLorean Back to the Future cars were all dressed in layers of lights. Continue reading “Local high school bands, groups take part in Parade of Lights in downtown Fort Worth”

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 “Education agency releases ratings for Texas school districts”

Benbrook Mosquito Spraying Scheduled For Friday Night, Aug. 5

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The City of Benbrook is spraying for mosquitoes within a half-mile radius of the 1400 block of Vernon Castle Avenue in Benbrook. The spray area is generally bounded by Mesquite Trail to the north; Rio Grande Drive to the south; Duane Street to the east; and Timberline Drive to the west. Continue reading “Benbrook Mosquito Spraying Scheduled For Friday Night, Aug. 5”

Honor fallen officers on May 4

The Police and Firefighters Memorial features bronze sculptures of a firefighter, police officer and riderless horse. Adjacent to the sculptures are two walls of names that list all police officers, firefighters and marshals who have died in the line of duty.
The Police and Firefighters Memorial features bronze sculptures of a firefighter, police officer and riderless horse. Adjacent to the sculptures are two walls of names that list all police officers, firefighters and marshals who have died in the line of duty.

The Fort Worth Police Department and the Fort Worth Police Officers Association invite residents to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice at the annual Peace Officers Memorial Service.

The service will be at 11 a.m. May 4 at the Police and Firefighters Memorial, 2201 W. Seventh St.

Severe weather expected for today

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What You Can do Before Severe Weather Strikes

  1. Develop a disaster plan for you and your family at home, work, school, and when outdoors.
  2. Identify a safe place to take shelter. Interior rooms with no windows are best.
  3. Have a Weather Radio with a warning alarm tone and battery back-up. Keep your cell phone charged.
  1. Listen to commercial radio or television/cable TV for weather information. Know what’s coming ahead of time.
  2. Check the weather forecast before leaving for extended periods outdoors. Watch for signs of approaching storms.
  3. If severe weather threatens, check on people who are elderly, very young, or physically or mentally disabled. Don’t forget about pets and  animals.

School kids duck and cover as high winds, hail and rain cause damage

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The billboard near the entrance of BHS is folded over and twisted by the storm.

By A.C. Hall and Cheryl Posey

Brewer High School and Tannahill Intermediate both lost power in an early morning storm Tuesday that wreaked havoc on the BHS campus and put all White Settlement ISD schools into Tornado mode around 8 a.m. Heavy storms and severe winds blew through White Settlement, Benbrook, Lake Worth, Aledo and most other area communities and brought at least three confirmed E1 tornadoes to the area.   Continue reading “School kids duck and cover as high winds, hail and rain cause damage”

Benbrook plans projects for next several years, sees updates

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by A.C. Hall

At their February meeting the Benbrook City Council considered an annual update to the capital improvements program section of their comprehensive plan.  This is done yearly and gives the City a plan on the projects they will focus on in the near future.
An overview of the projects that have been completed in the current comprehensive plan was given.  These included road extensions, alley system construction, and erosion projects.  One project from the current comprehensive plan that is still ongoing is the overhaul of Benbrook Boulevard/377. Continue reading “Benbrook plans projects for next several years, sees updates”

Most incumbents re-elected, all propositions pass

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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 “Most incumbents re-elected, all propositions pass”

Texas neighborhoods to celebrate National Night Out Oct. 6

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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 “Texas neighborhoods to celebrate National Night Out Oct. 6”

Benbrook council approves update to city’s strategic plan

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by A.C. Hall

Deputy City Manager Dave Gattis presented this item to the Benbrook City Council at their June meeting as they looked at updates to their strategic plan.  First adopted in 2009, the plan was reviewed and revised in 2013. That review saw items that had been completed removed, as well as items that were no longer a priority removed.  Council was considering this once again last month, looking to remove finished or non-priority items from the plan.  There were no new items added to the plan. Continue reading “Benbrook council approves update to city’s strategic plan”

Student lands a visit from Astronaut

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Jayden Bradshaw is a first grader at Fort Worth ISD’s Westpark Elementary School in Benbrook. This week, Jayden and his classmates had a very special visitor. Recently, Jayden’s grandfather participated in a fund-raiser for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. As a result, he won a school visit by Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise. Mr. Haise was introduced by Jayden and then recounted nearly being lost in space on the Apollo 13 mission. He shared how teamwork, education and perseverance led the Apollo 13 crew home safely to Earth. Continue reading “Student lands a visit from Astronaut”

Benbrook council approves new fire truck for city

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by A.C. Hall

A new Spartan Metro-Star Chassis Fire Pumper vehicle was approved for purchase at the latest Benbrook City Council meeting.  Fire Chief Tommy Davis presented this item to the council, informing them that their existing fire pumper vehicle did not pass a recent inspection.  Chief Davis also pointed out that the current fire pumper is from 1988. Continue reading “Benbrook council approves new fire truck for city”

Planners Seek Input on Proposed Changes to Funded Transportation Projects

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North Texans can review, give input on recommendations online

Developing transportation solutions for the many regional transportation needs involves collaboration and public input that guide decisions as projects move from an idea to a detailed plan to secured funding and eventually construction. North Texans are encouraged to review and comment on the latest set of changes to funded transportation projects moving toward completion. Continue reading “Planners Seek Input on Proposed Changes to Funded Transportation Projects”

New retail building coming to Benbrook

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by A.C. Hall

On Jan. 19 the Benbrook Economic Development Corporation closed on a property sale with Steve Hawkins Construction and Development.  This one million dollar transaction is part of a deal between the BEDC and the developer to bring retail attractions to the 2 acre site that sits alongside Starbucks and Waffle House at 8501 Benbrook Boulevard.   Continue reading “New retail building coming to Benbrook”

Southwest High graduate heading to the World Series

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Southwest High School graduate Brandon Finnegan pitches for the Royals.

by A.C. Hall

The Kansas City Royals are having a dream post season, winning eight straight games to blaze through the playoffs and get into the World Series for the first time since 1985.  One of the playoff wins that got them back to the series came on the arm of relief pitcher Brandon Finnegan, a 2011 graduate of Southwest High School in Fort Worth.   Continue reading “Southwest High graduate heading to the World Series”