Another round of changes for shoppers

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J.C. Penney Company will close 130 to 140 stores and two distribution centers during the next several months as it aims to improve profitability in the era of online shopping. Continue reading “Another round of changes for shoppers”

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WS Area Chamber elects new officers

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New officers were elected for the White Settlement Area Chamber of Commerce. Pictured are Steve Siebenthall (Director), Stephen Groomer (Treasurer), Lonnie Folsom (Director), Sam Symonds (President), Steve Sanders DC (2nd Vice President), JoAnna Kimbrell (Secretary), John Reaves (Director)  Not Present: Tyler McGlasson (1st Vice President). Continue reading “WS Area Chamber elects new officers”

10th anniversary of inaugural flight of F-35

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The F-35 takes off into a clear blue sky after being delayed for nearly six hours for morning fog. Two f-16 fighter jets escorted test pilot Jon Beesley on his 35 minute test flight. Thousands of people lined up along Spur 341 and North Loop 820 to witness the inaugural test flight ten years ago. Photo by Keith Robinson

Amid the tweets from both President Elect Donald Trump and Lockheed Martin, a group of people including test pilots, engineers, assembly workers and others who worked on developing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Jet will be celebrating as the 10th anniversary of the inaugural flight takes place. Continue reading “10th anniversary of inaugural flight of F-35”

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 “Sales tax numbers get big audit bump, business growth updated”

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 waterpark budget approved by councilmembers”

City begins repairs, cleanup at water park

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by A.C. Hall

As the City of White Settlement took possession of the Hawaiian Falls Waterpark last week they began assessments on the property.  Some of the council members who walked through the park took to social media to share their thoughts on the state of the property and their impressions painted a vivid picture.  Overgrown weeds, cracks in pools, piles of junk and garbage, issues with water slides, and improper painting are just some of the problems that these council members say they encountered at the property. Continue reading “City begins repairs, cleanup at water park”

Water park now in the hands of the City

A view of the water park shows slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, a zipline and other park attractions that will be taken over by the City.
A view of the water park shows slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, a zipline and other park attractions that will be taken over by the City.

by A.C. Hall

It’s been over a week since White Settlement Mayor Ronald A. White announced the City’s intention to terminate their lease agreement with Hawaiian Falls over unpaid lease payments.  In that time, both the City and Hawaiian Falls have sounded off on the issue. Continue reading “Water park now in the hands of the City”

Cherry Lane remains closed as construction continues

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by A.C. Hall

The remediation process to clean up the fuel contamination along Cherry Lane continues as the emergency crew from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is still on site working. Discovered by a contractor doing road work in January, the soil contamination has caused the complete shutdown of the southern section of Cherry Lane. Continue reading “Cherry Lane remains closed as construction continues”

Developers, businesses in discussion with city

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by A.C. Hall

EDC Director Kyle Reeves began the monthly Economic Development Corporation meeting by talking about new businesses that are opening along White Settlement Road and Cherry Lane.  Reeves also referenced ongoing discussions with many other potential businesses, business growth and White Settlement’s overall economic health. Continue reading “Developers, businesses in discussion with city”

Council considers new parade and new employee

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by A.C. Hall

Mayor Ronald A. White has spent time on social media in recent weeks talking to citizens about the possibility of more free city events and the ways to make them happen.  This comes as some citizens have reacted negatively over the City’s money saving decision to scale back some annual holiday events like Christmas while canceling others. The annual Easter egg hunt at Veterans Park is one such event that has been canceled as council works to save money.  At last week’s White Settlement City Council meeting, Mayor White opened a discussion with the council about this subject. Continue reading “Council considers new parade and new employee”

New businesses open as sales tax continues to falter

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by A.C. Hall

While the sales tax revenue news hasn’t brightened, there was encouraging news shared at last week’s White Settlement Economic Development Corporation meeting.  EDC Director Kyle Reeves listed many businesses and establishments that have come to town in recent months.
These included the First Church of Fort Worth, an investment company, Freedom Church, a used furniture store, Smoothie King, G2 Garage, Michael’s PC repair, and a fire alarm installation company.  Reeves said he continues to have conversations with interested builders and developers and has been showing many of them available spaces around town. Continue reading “New businesses open as sales tax continues to falter”

Councill hears sobering update on sales tax revenue, budget workshops coming soon

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by A.C. Hall

Last week the White Settlement City Council held a workshop on the mid-year budget.  At this workshop, City Manager Jim Ryan and Assistant City Manager Jeff James delivered some sobering updates and projections on the sales tax revenue the City is bringing in.  Sales tax revenue accounts for around twenty percent of the city’s overall revenue.  Ryan started the meeting by saying the steep declines in the oil and gas industry has struck the City severely.  The largest sales tax payer in the city is involved in the oil and gas industry and has seen their sales tax revenue drop as that industry continues to decline.  Overall, the city has seen sales tax revenue drop for ten months straight and it is consistently falling below projections.  Ryan said they tried to anticipate these trends when making the budget. Continue reading “Councill hears sobering update on sales tax revenue, budget workshops coming soon”

EDC hears report on recent retailer conference in Dallas

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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 “EDC hears report on recent retailer conference in Dallas”

EDC considers grant applications

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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 “EDC considers grant applications”

Storage center rolling up the doors with convenience and appeal

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by A. C. Hall

The decades long frustration citizens and city leaders have had over the unfinished red iron building has ended as All Storage is opening their doors and giving the building a purpose at long last.  Coming into the deal to purchase and complete the building, All Storage knew they were taking on the challenge of transforming something that has been an eyesore by most in the city for many years.     Continue reading “Storage center rolling up the doors with convenience and appeal”

Appliance store moving to White Settlement Road

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new business sign illustration design over white

By A.C. Hall

One of the larger vacant buildings along White Settlement Road is getting a new tenant as Accent Appliance will soon be coming to the old Dollar General location.  Accent Appliance is currently located on Camp Bowie and is a company that sells and services household appliances.
White Settlement Economic Development Director Kyle Reeves stated that the City’s business friendly reputation helped draw Accent Appliance to White Settlement.  Reeves shared a few words with The Grizzly Detail about this latest business to move into the city.
“They will be conducting a few upgrades to the interior of the property.  Many of the upgrades may take some time, but I am excited and ready to see them open to the public,” Reeves said.

Council begin budget talks, Veterans Park in discussion

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Tax revenue down in the city.

by A.C. Hall

The long process of preparing the 2015 – 2016 budget is underway as council held the first of several meetings to discuss the budget on Tuesday evening.  The first thing pointed out in the proposed budget was a $345,000 decrease in expected sales tax revenue.  Several reasons were given for the sub par sales tax numbers, with the major reason said to be the city’s largest tax payer Weir SPM laying off some of its workforce.  Lower gas prices, the lack of Chesapeake revenue and new Chesapeake drilling permit fees, as well as the ongoing construction on Cherry Lane were also mentioned as reasons for lower revenues.   Continue reading “Council begin budget talks, Veterans Park in discussion”

Talks begin about major Veterans Park changes

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by A.C. Hall

Meeting last week, the White Settlement City Council held a work session to delve deeper into the possibility of making major changes to Veterans Park.  From the beginning of the discussion City Manager Jim Ryan cautioned that these are early discussions and that there is no desire to take away park land.   Continue reading “Talks begin about major Veterans Park changes”

EDC approves B.I.G. grants for two businesses; sales revenue still down

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by A.C. Hall

The June meeting of the White Settlement Economic Development Corporation saw the board receive several business updates as well as an update on falling sales tax revenues in the city.  EDC Director Kyle Reeves gave his monthly report, saying there’s been interest in the long vacant Graystone Apartments land that the EDC owns.
“We’ve had a couple of interested businesses,” Reeves said. Continue reading “EDC approves B.I.G. grants for two businesses; sales revenue still down”

Sales tax revenue continues to fall for White Settlement

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by A.C. Hall

Finance Director Phil Bray had more bad news for the White Settlement Economic Development Corporation at their latest meeting as he informed them that sales tax revenue continues to fall.  The EDC board relies on sales tax revenue to fund their annual budget, getting half of one percent of sales tax that is collected in the city.  After coming in 17 percent below estimates in March and 36 percent below estimates in April, Bray told the EDC that sales tax revenue came in 26 percent below estimates for May.   Continue reading “Sales tax revenue continues to fall for White Settlement”

Business update: Hawaiian Falls

 

Hawaiian Falls will re-open on Saturday, May 23.
Hawaiian Falls will re-open on Saturday, May 23.

by A.C. Hall

At the March White Settlement City Council meeting, a routine annual audit report included a major revelation about the first year struggles of Hawaiian Falls.  Their first lease payment of $500,000 was due to the City in October of 2014, but Hawaiian Falls only made a partial payment of $125,000 and has made no additional payments since.   Continue reading “Business update: Hawaiian Falls”

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”

Business updates given at December EDC meeting

Patel’s wife was on hand to receive a $275,000 check from the EDC.
Patel’s wife was on hand to receive a $275,000 check from the EDC.

by A.C. Hall

In a brief December meeting, Economic Development Director Jim Ryan gave an update on some businesses in the area.  Ryan touched upon the new research and development center at Weir SPM and also mentioned that the old car wash on Cherry Lane across from the middle school is now the new home to Dan Brown tax service.  Also mentioned is a new three suite commercial building that is nearing completion on Jim Wright Freeway next to the Gene Thompson and associates office. Continue reading “Business updates given at December EDC meeting”

Chamber invited to tour new Region 11 Education Service Center

Chamber members are guided through the main entrance to the newly renovated building.
Chamber members are guided through the main entrance to the newly renovated building.

By Ben Posey

Members of the White Settlement Area Chamber of Commerce received a sneak peak of the newly renovated Sam’s Club warehouse building located at 1451 S. Cherry Lane, soon to be home to the Region 11 Education Service Center (ESC Region 11).  Continue reading “Chamber invited to tour new Region 11 Education Service Center”