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

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

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.

Police officers search home near Fine Arts Academy

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Late Monday afternoon the White Settlement SWAT team executed a search warrant on a home on Downe Drive near Lake View Ridge Drive in White Settlement. Multiple calls came into The Grizzly Detail Newspaper office as well as the school district regarding the large police presence and the yellow crime tape that was strung around the home.

“Our crime scene investigator along with the assistance from the Tarrant County Sherriff’s Department have been searching for and collecting evidence,” said White Settlement Police Chief J.P. Bevering in an email response late Tuesday afternoon. “We do not have anyone formally charged with any offense at this point.”

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It is still unclear at this time why the home was searched or what police were looking for. More details will follow in The Grizzly Detail Newspaper as they are released.

White Settlement School District spokesperson Desiree Coyle said they had received some calls from concerned parents but the police activity did not impact the school day operations.

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

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

Super Tuesday, Voters in long lines as polls close

Russ McKee welcomes Donald Trump to Cowtown as and his wife Kathy get close to the billionaire candidate as he exits the stage in Fort Worth.

Russ McKee welcomes Donald Trump to Cowtown as and his wife Kathy get close to the billionaire candidate as he exits the stage in Fort Worth.

By Cheryl Posey

Lines grew longer and longer as Super Tuesday voting neared its closing hour yesterday.  Most polling locations noticed a notable difference in the amount of Republicans coming out on Tuesday compared to much smaller numbers of Democrats. 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

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

Locals remember individuals in hometown crime show, Part 2

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Be sure to tune in to TNT this Friday night, Sept 18 at 7:00 p.m. as the second half of the White Settlement centered episode of Cold Justice airs. This special two part episode takes a look at a 1992 sexual assault and murder of a woman who was stabbed to death in her home, and a double homicide of two young men whose throats were slashed. Both crimes happened within months of each other and in the same neighborhood leaving local law enforcement with three unsolved murders. The team will have to determine if these two cases are potentially connected, and bring whomever is responsible to justice.

Council candidates set

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by A.C. Hall

The deadline to file for the upcoming White Settlement City Council election has passed, and the candidates are now locked in.  Up first is place 4.  Currently held by Danny Anderson, this place will be up for grabs between two men.  Incumbent Danny Anderson has filed to run for re-election, and he will be opposed by David Mann.  Mann currently holds a position on the White Settlement Crime Board.
Also being decided in this election is place 5.  This place is currently held by Steve Ott, and like place 4, there are two candidates running for this seat.  Incumbent Steve Ott has filed to run for re-election, and he will be opposed by George Klecan.
The election will be held in early November, but stay tuned to The Grizzly Detail over the coming months as we give you in depth insight into the election, the candidates, and the issues that matter to them.

Local ceremony honors, pays respects to military members

Kaitlyn Aryton, Miss White Settlement and Ady Forrester, Miss White Settlement Outstanding Teen along with members of the VFW Post placed wreaths at the base of the Veterans Park flag pole.

Kaitlyn Aryton, Miss White Settlement and Ady Forrester, Miss White Settlement Outstanding Teen along with members of the VFW Post placed wreaths at the base of the Veterans Park flag pole.

Members of the community along with City Officials, Military members and Veterans paid tribute on Monday to members of the armed forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice in providing our freedom. The ceremony was held at Veterans Park at 9 a.m. Continue reading

Storm damage leaves some residents without power

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A day after bad weather disrupted Friday night plans, a fast-moving system packed with high wind, lightning and some hail swept west to east across North Texas, knocking down power lines, tearing up trees and raining on the Academy of Country Music Awards’ Party for a Cause at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

An estimated 90,000 people were without power as the storm blew through, according to Oncor, the electric-delivery company. Most of the outages were on the western side of the DFW Metroplex.

 

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

Spraying for Mosquitoes set for this weekend in White Settlement

A residential area on the north side of White Settlement will be sprayed this coming weekend.

A residential area on the north side of White Settlement will be sprayed this coming weekend.

 

The City of White Settlement will be spraying for mosquitoes starting on Sunday, Aug. 11, Monday, Aug. 12, and Tuesday, Aug. 13, starting at 9:30 p.m. each night. A news release says spraying will last approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours each night. Continue reading

City notified of positive lab test for West Nile Virus

WS Firefighter Brady Graham sets up a mosquito trap near a creek to collect mosquitoes to be tested.

WS Firefighter Brady Graham sets up a mosquito trap near a creek to collect mosquitoes to be tested.

by Ben Posey

The Tarrant County Public Health department notified the City of White Settlement this past week that a mosquito sample tested positive for West Nile Virus from a trap on the north side of town. Continue reading

Solar powered cars pass the pumps heading west

With solar panels on top, this car built by All Saints Episcopal School students can travel up to 35 mph.

With solar panels on top, this car built by All Saints Episcopal School students can travel up to 35 mph.

by Ben Posey

Fourteen solar powered cars have left from Fort Worth and are now making an 8-day trek across the western half of the United States ending in Los Angeles, California as part of the 2013 Winston Solar Challenge.  Continue reading

Residents urged to avoid outdoors at dusk/dawn

Tarrant County Public Health reported two additional deaths associated with West Nile virus (WNV), bringing the total West Nile virus-related deaths this season in Tarrant County to four.  There are 212 human cases in Tarrant County. The latest deaths involve a Fort Worth man and a North Richland Hills woman – both in their 80’s, with underlying medical conditions.

While everyone is at risk of being affected by West Nile virus, people age 50 and older are at a higher risk of developing a severe WNV infection. West Nile virus symptoms include flu-like illness, with moderate to high fever (102 degrees or more), severe headache, severe muscle ache or joint pain, severe eye pain, mental changes, fatigue, nausea and respiratory symptoms. People with symptoms should check with their physician.

Tarrant County Public Health recommends that people:

*Drain and dump all standing water in and around their home and neighborhood; double-check all areas in light of the recent rains.

*Avoid being outdoors from dusk to dawn, if possible.

*Dress appropriately by covering your arms and legs and spray thin clothing with repellent when outdoors.

*Use an insect repellent when outdoors, preferably one with at least 20 percent DEET.

For more information about WNV, look for the West Nile virus icon on their Web site: tarrantcounty.com.

Residents urged to avoid outdoors at dusk/dawn

A Fort Worth resident in his 80s with underlying medical conditions has become Tarrant County’s second person to die of West Nile virus, officials with Tarrant County Public Health said late Monday afternoon.

Fort Worth officials will begin spraying insecticide to attack mosquitoes for the first time since the 1990s as the city steps up efforts to deal with the spread of the West Nile virus.

Dallas will begin aerial spraying later this week.

Tarrant County has reported 159 confirmed human cases and 60 pools where mosquitoes have tested positive.

Late last week, Dallas County declared a public health emergency after it reached at least 175 human cases.

As a result, the county is seeking a disaster declaration from the state while also requesting resources to help control the virus.

Health officials urge residents to avoid the outdoors around dawn and dusk, to use a mosquito repellent with DEET if they do venture outside, and to drain standing water on their property.

Cities around the area have made plans to spray to kill mosquitoes. The City of Benbrook is scheduled to spray tonight (Aug. 15) from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. near the 1000 block of Park Drive near Timbercreek Park. Residents and pets should remain indoors during this time. For more information on the Benbrook spraying, you may call 817-249-6063.