Bus service will change for WSISD

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A State Senator plans to introduce legislation this week that would do away with Dallas County Schools (DCS) and their bus service. Currently, 12 school districts use DCS for bus transportation including White Settlement ISD. Continue reading

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While you’re putting money in your tank don’t get taken to the cleaners as well

 

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An old crime is rearing its ugly head at the gas pumps again; a crime that can easily be prevented with knowledge and forethought.
All summer various news sources all over the country have been warning women about “the sliders.” But the crime continues to occur and the target goes beyond just women. Continue reading

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

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

City approves funding for Chapel Creek Bridge project

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Funding is lined up for the expansion of the Chapel Creek Boulevard bridge over Interstate 30.
The city council passed a funding agreement with TxDOT to help fund the nearly $14 million project. TxDOT will be contributing $591,924, while the city is contributing about $4 million. The rest of the funding comes from the Federal Highway Administration.
The city plans to expand the bridge on Chapel Creek Boulevard from two lanes to four lanes and also add two left turn lanes and a U-turn lane. Construction is expected to begin in the fall and finish in Spring 2018.

Council takes additional steps to combat erosion along creek

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by A.C. Hall

For the second time in recent months the White Settlement City Council addressed erosion happening along the municipal complex banks of Farmer’s Branch Creek.  Previously, a decision was made to construct a retaining wall behind the library that would combat the soil erosion that was taking place along that bend of the creek.  With that wall now complete, council turned their sights to the other side of the creek as it takes another bend behind the fire station.  Before them was a proposal to build a second retaining wall in that location.
“This will just help amend what we’ve already done and prevent further erosion back towards the sidewalk and parking lot behind the Fire Hall,” Parks and Recreation Director Rich Tharp said. 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

Fishing advisory issued for Lake Como

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On Feb. 9, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issued a fish consumption advisory for Lake Como in Tarrant County after conducting a laboratory test of fish samples. The testing found elevated levels of dieldrin, dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls – or PCBs – in common carp.
Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned the use of these chemicals many decades ago, they break down very slowly in the environment and can accumulate in animals like fish. Long-term consumption of these toxins may cause cancer as well as reproductive, immune system, developmental and liver problems in humans.
As a result, the DSHS advises people to avoid consuming common carp from Lake Como. People can still fish in the area, though they should not consume common carp.

Contaminated soil discovered in White Settlement

 

 

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As work was getting underway last week on the final portion of Cherry Lane that is getting overhauled the contractor carrying out the work contacted the City with a potential issue. On January 13, the contractor reported the possibility of contaminated soil in the area of the 2000 block of South Cherry Lane. Public Works Director Robert Smith met with the contractor, then contacted the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, who confirmed that a fuel contamination was present at the location. TCEQ sent an emergency crew to the area and is handling the remediation of this issue. Continue reading

First responders honored for swift water rescue

Firefighter Dusty Schauer is presented a certificate by Mayor Ron White.

Firefighter Dusty Schauer is presented a certificate by Mayor Ron White.

by A.C. Hall

It’s been a year of record setting rainfall in Texas, and much of that rain came in late November as persistent rain fell in North Texas.  On Nov. 27, those heavy rains led to a dangerous situation in White Settlement as a motorist got stranded in the creek due to high waters.  Driving in an SUV, the driver tried to cross the creek at Redford Street and the force of the waters swept the motorist all the way down to the Judd Street bridge.   Continue reading

Radar to help spot severe weather earlier

Workers stand atop a 100’ tower near Lake Worth waiting to connect a weather radar that will help detect and warn against damaging storms.

Workers stand atop a 100’ tower near Lake Worth waiting to connect a weather radar that will help detect and warn against damaging storms.

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

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

Positive Human Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Tarrant County

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Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus for the 2015 season.

This case is in unincorporated Southwest Tarrant County, near Benbrook. It is the severe form, or West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. Additional details are not being released to protect the identity of the patient. Continue reading

Mosquito spraying to be discussed at public meeting Aug. 5

This is the device used to collect samples for testing.

This is the device used to collect samples for testing.

Fort Worth City officials are considering spraying for mosquitoes at a second location in southwest Fort Worth after a number of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile Virus. Tarrant County Public Health has identified multiple positive tests for the virus from mosquitoes at the Fire Station 39 testing site, 7555 Oakmont Blvd. Fort Worth officials will conduct a meeting in the neighborhood at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at RD Evans Community Center, 3200 Lackland Road, to address resident questions. If the decision to begin ground spraying for mosquitoes is made, treatment would begin Friday, Aug. 7. All residents are encouraged to take precautions to reduce exposure to mosquitoes by following the Four Ds, available on the Mosquito page.

Police, community work together to bring down suspected thieves

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by A.C. Hall

A string of home and vehicle burglaries struck the 500 – 700 blocks of Hallvale Street last week.  The White Settlement Police Department said reports were coming in for about two weeks related to thefts in the area.  One person who lives on that block says the thief struck seven times in one night last week.  Detective Brandon Tibbit of the White Settlement Police Department explained how the thieves were scouting out their targets. Continue reading

City of White Settlement names new police chief

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by A.C. Hall

The search for a new Chief of Police for the White Settlement Police Department has come to a close.  After conducting an internal search and interviewing all members of the WSPD command staff, current WSPD officer J.P. Bevering has been selected as the new Chief of Police.  Bevering has been an officer with WSPD for 23 years and is currently serving as Interim Police Chief.  A promotion ceremony will be held on May 11 where Bevering will be elevated to the Chief of Police level and will take his oath of office.

Dispatchers get hands-on look at SWAT operations

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On March 11 the White Settlement Police Department SWAT team hosted the Tarrant County 911 District Basic Tactical Dispatch Practical Exercise.  This is the second time that the WSPD SWAT team has hasted this event.  Designed to give dispatchers an up close look at SWAT operations, the scenario based exercises showed several aspects of SWAT.  This included basic tactical deployment with an emphasis on communication responsibilities.  The training was attended by various agencies throughout North Texas.

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