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

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

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

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

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.

Update: Funding projections for Jacksboro Hwy makeover

State Representative Charlie Geren and TxDOT Engineer Brian Barth address a crowd of citizens and reporters near the Lake Worth bridge on Jacksboro Highway.

State Representative Charlie Geren and TxDOT Engineer Brian Barth address a crowd of citizens and reporters near the Lake Worth bridge on Jacksboro Highway.

by Ben Posey

State officials plan to improve safety on six miles of Texas 199, a corridor that many Fort Worth drivers refer to as one of the most dangerous in the region. Continue reading

Superintendent honored with membership

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John Hebert, Current Superintendent of Lake Worth ISD and former White Settlement ISD administrator and Brewer Bear was recently honored at a meeting of students, parents and teachers in Waco, TX by being named a Regional Honorary Member of the FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) Region II. This is the highest honor that FCCLA can bestow upon a person who is not a member of the organization. The recognition took place at the March 4-5 contest held in Waco. Continue reading

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

Funding sought for Jacksboro Highway improvements

State Representative Charlie Geren and TxDOT Engineer Brian Barth address a crowd of citizens and reporters near the Lake Worth bridge on Jacksboro Highway.

State Representative Charlie Geren and TxDOT Engineer Brian Barth address a crowd of citizens and reporters near the Lake Worth bridge on Jacksboro Highway.

Some survivors of serious accidents and a group of elected officials in Northwest Tarrant County including State Rep. Charlie Geren and the Mayor of Lake Worth  will make a plea to the Texas Department of Transportation for a share of $1.3 billion being made available to ease traffic congestion. Continue reading

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

Citizens discuss street maintenance tax in town hall meeting Thursday

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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

Bullfrog West Fest combines fun for kids and adults

Photo courtesy Chute 2 productions

Photo courtesy Chute 2 productions

 

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

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

Bullfrogs hire new football coach

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The Lake Worth Bullfrogs have a new leader this year as Keri Timmerman was named Athletic Director and Head Football Coach for the Bullfrogs on July 23.  Timmerman was previously an Assistant Head Football coach at Grapevine High School.  A major thing Coach Timmerman brings to the table is experience coaching at the college level, as he’s worked at both Hardin Simmons and McMurray Universities.  This college coaching experience puts Timmerman in a position to offer unique insight into the college recruiting process for the athletes in Lake Worth.  Beyond football, Timmerman has also coached soccer, softball, power lifting, basketball, and track.

Lake Worth on the rise after discharge from Eagle Mountain

nspiration Point just off Roberts Cut Off Road on the east side of Lake Worth was a popular spot this past week as water flowed over the dam for the first time in many years.

Inspiration Point just off Roberts Cut Off Road on the east side of Lake Worth was a popular spot this past week as water flowed over the dam for the first time in many years.

A continued flood threat in the area has the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) keeping a close watch on water levels at Lake Bridgeport, Eagle Mountain Lake and Lake Worth. Continue reading

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

Upcoming elections for Lake Worth City

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The next General Election for the City of Lake Worth will be held on Saturday, May 9. The following positions will be open: Mayor, Council Member Place 2, Council Member Place 4, and Council Member Place 6. These are two year terms from 2015-2017. Qualified and eligible persons interested in signing up may do so beginning Wednesday, Jan. 28. For more information, click on the City of Lake Worth logo at http://www.grizzlydetail.com

Lake Worth Trustees sworn in to office

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At the Lake Worth School Board meeting on November 17, Mr. Weldon Hafley, Interim Superintendent, presented the oath of office to Mrs. Sonja Norman (Place 4), Mr. Steve Atchison (Place 5), Mrs. Donna Hutson (Place 6), and Mr. Chris Thomas (Place 7). Norman, Atchison, and Hutson, all incumbents, who were elected November 4 in non-contested races. Thomas was appointed to fill the term when the elected candidate, Mr. Glen Heflin, declined the position due to personal reasons.

Cooler temperatures, changing of colors, signs of Fall

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Cooler temperatures mean changing colors and a lot of raking as the leaves on area trees start to drop. Celebrate Arbor Day on Sat., Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. at Casino Beach Park in Lake Worth. This fall, you can take a tour along the shores of Lake Worth and visit with Master Arborist Wes Culwell as he highlights the many types of trees in the area including some of Lake Worth’s largest specimens.    Photo by Chuck Garrett