Chapel Creek Bridge meeting

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The city’s Transportation and Public Works Department is hosting a community meeting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 6, to update residents on the improvements planned for Chapel Creek Bridge over Interstate 30. The meeting will take place at the Normandale Baptist Church located at 2001 Chapel Creek Blvd.
The existing two-lane bridge will be replaced with a new six-lane bridge over I-30. A turnaround bridge will also be constructed on the east side of the new bridge.
For more information, contact Project Manager Mike Weiss at 817-392-8485

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The rise and fall of the wall along Chapel Creek

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This section of a resident’s backyard fence along Chapel Creek Boulevard is crumbling onto a nearby sidewalk. A plan to replace the fence is finally in place with the help from The City of Fort Worth.

With a lot of letter writing, phone calling and attendance at meetings, residents along Chapel Creek are finally seeing some relief in restrictions for the brick wall that is falling down in their backyard. Continue reading “The rise and fall of the wall along Chapel Creek”

Memorial Wall featured at Cowtown rodeo weekend

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The Wall That Heals, a traveling, half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be the centerpiece of the FanZone of The Semi-finals of THE AMERICAN Rodeo in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards from Feb. 14-17. The rodeo will be held in Cowtown Coliseum Wednesday through Friday and the finals will be held at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 19. Continue reading “Memorial Wall featured at Cowtown rodeo weekend”

Arlington Heights Choir Sings with Foreigner

The Treble Choir, from Fort Worth ISD’s Arlington Heights High School will perform onstage with the rock band Foreigner on Friday, February 3, at Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie. The choir will appear during the performance of “I Wanna Know What Love Is” written by Mick Jones (and Lou Gramm).    

 Radio station KLUV (Dallas) sponsored a contest at the request of Foreigner to find a backup choir to have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing on stage with the British-American group. In the YouTube entry video senior Carlos Portales sings a verse of the song supported by the remainder of the choir belting out the chorus swaying back and forth in three part harmony. Arlington Heights Choir Director, Hans Grim, helped produce the video.

 “The kids went absolutely crazy with excitement in preparation for this contest,” said Grim. “One student actually raided her mom’s attic to find clothes from the 80’s to wear. Another made large signs to hold. At the last second someone suggested the use of cell-phone lights to provide a little more ambiance.”

Watch the contest submission video on YouTube.

Foreigner is still touring, 40 years after their New York City beginnings. The band chooses a choir in every city/venue to join them as a way to highlight music education and shine a light on the young adults that will keep music alive for generations to come.

On the way down while other properties on the way up

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The old Lockheed Martin building in Westpoint is all but gone. Only a portion of the hull remains, and that will be gone in just days. Over the past several months, demolition workers have been sorting and hauling off the concrete and steel that once made this one of the most secure buildings in the country. In 1991, situated on 65 acres, Building 500 was a state-of-the-art 4-story facility. Still no word on what’s to come. Contact with the property owner only gets a “No comment” to all our questions, but we’ll keep trying.

For residents living in the Westpoint area of west Fort Worth, several large properties that have been vacant for years are now under contract to be sold. The developers have all filled out pre-application paperwork with The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for housing tax credits and are showing that they will be building multi-family housing units on the properties. Continue reading “On the way down while other properties on the way up”

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY HONORS ARMED FORCES HEROS

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Active and retired members of the military can receive free rodeo tickets for themselves and their immediate families for Military Appreciation Day, January 30, at the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo thanks to Denbury Resources. Denbury is an independent oil and gas company with operations focused on the Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions of the U.S.

Continue reading “MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY HONORS ARMED FORCES HEROS”

Humbug… Gas prices on the rise

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Gasoline prices around the area as well as Texas have started 2017 on a higher note. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide rose a nickel this week to reach an average $2.16 per gallon. The average gasoline price across the U.S. increased 6 cents to reach $2.36 per gallon. El Paso has the cheapest gasoline in Texas this week at an average $2.08 per gallon. Drivers in Dallas face the highest retail gasoline prices statewide at an average $2.21 per gallon.

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

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Prime Time is quickly coming to town with the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo returning January 13 through February 4. Nothing symbolizes the essence of Cowtown like the Stock Show as the city and region comes together for action-packed rodeo, livestock and horse shows, carnival midway, the hottest music acts and a shopping experience that’s second to none.

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Police looking for west side armed robber

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Police are searching for a man suspected in at least two business robberies in Fort Worth.In each of the robberies the suspect used a small, black handgun to take money from cash advance loan businesses, according to police reports. The suspect is believed to be responsible for multiple armed robberies in the north Texas area. The suspect robbed the Advance America Store about 2:15 p.m. Monday in the 9100 block of Camp Bowie West Boulevard. Police believe the same suspect also robbed the Cash Store in the 3200 block of Sycamore School Road about 10 a.m. on Nov. 16, a police report said. He was seen running to a black four-door car, police said. The suspect is described as a light skinned African-American man between 25- and 30-years-old. He is between 5-feet 5-inches and 5-feet 8-inches tall, about 220 pounds and wearing a goatee. The suspect was seen wearing a red ball cap and a light blue denim jacket during the Advance America robbery, police said.Anyone with information is asked to call 817-392-4383.

Lockheed displays F-35 Lightning model downtown

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Erin Wilde and 92.1 Hank FM was on hand Monday morning for a special promotion with Mark Johnson, F-35 Media Relations at Lockheed Martin. The fighter jet was part of promotions for the Armed Forces Bowl.

On a cold Monday morning in downtown Fort Worth, office workers were doing a double-take as they hurried into their office buildings. A look twice saw an F-35 Lightning II parked in the middle of the city. Continue reading “Lockheed displays F-35 Lightning model downtown”

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”

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”

It’s Up, It’s Big, It’s Christmas time in Cowtown

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In case you’re counting down, there are 38 days left until Christmas, and in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square, the official start of the holiday season has arrived. A 57-foot Blue Spruce became part of the downtown Fort Worth’s cityscape Monday in preparation for this weekend’s arrival of Santa Claus and the Parade of Lights. Continue reading “It’s Up, It’s Big, It’s Christmas time in Cowtown”

Trump tops Clinton, Spurlock, Anderson win locally

Donald Trump won the election against Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump won the election against Hillary Clinton.

Until votes are canvassed and made official, all results are, well, unofficial.  With that said here are the results in some of Tuesday night’s voting. Continue reading “Trump tops Clinton, Spurlock, Anderson win locally”

BOO at the Zoo provides fun for entire family

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by Ben Posey

Have a wild hare? How about Halloween with the young spooks this year by taking them to Boo at the Zoo. Kids will have harmless fun with the many wild animal exhibits, trick-or-treating around the zoo and all kinds of PG-rated activities. The zoo is filled with nothing but adorable animals, educational opportunities and a cheerful Halloween experience. Continue reading “BOO at the Zoo provides fun for entire family”

Electrical lines relocation delays Chapel Creek Bridge project

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Electrical lines that are located over Interstate 30 at the Chapel Creek Bridge need to be relocated before the bridge project can get underway.
Oncor crews are working on the power line relocation. However, the Texas Department of Transportation has delayed the contractor bid opening until November 2016. That means construction is now anticipated to begin February 2017.
The existing two-lane bridge will be replaced with a new six-lane bridge over I-30. A turnaround bridge will also be constructed on the east side of the new bridge.

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 “Office building for Lockheed under demolition”

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

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”

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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

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

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

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.

Councilman, NCTCOG discuss freeway expansion and bridge construction

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By Ben Posey

A revamped highway system from West Loop 820 to Linkcrest Drive was discussed Tuesday night at a meeting hosted by the Chapel Creek Neighborhood Association. While some attendees at the meeting expected more detail on the widening of Chapel Creek Boulevard as well as expansion of the bridge over Interstate 30, representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) as well as Fort Worth City Councilman Zim Zimmerman discussed more of the expansion of the highway and frontage roads themselves. Continue reading “Councilman, NCTCOG discuss freeway expansion and bridge construction”

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.

More than 1 billion people will be involved in Earth Day

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More than 1 billion people in 192 countries will take action to protect the shared environment on Earth Day, April 22. All across the globe, in big cities to small villages and everything in between, people are organizing, demanding climate action, cleaning up their local communities, meeting with elected officials, planting trees and teaching children to protect the planet.

Continue reading “More than 1 billion people will be involved in Earth Day”