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

Man shot in convenience store robbery dies

A man shot during a robbery Jan. 27 at a White Settlement convenience store has died.
Khrystophir Scott, 27, died at 7:13 p.m. Saturday from a gunshot wound to the neck, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.
Scott was a customer at the Quik Sak store, at 898 S. Cherry Lane, when two men entered the store and demanded that everyone get on the ground.
A struggle ensued and that is when Scott was shot in the neck.
“One wearing a gray hoodie, one wearing a black hoodie, the faces covered, all but their eyes, they were pretty fast. I wish the guy would have cooperated with them and got on the floor,” witness Gary Matchett told a news reporter.
More information including any arrests in the case were not available from White Settlement police.

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.

75 years later: Pearl Harbor still clear on the minds of Americans

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Six Japanese aircraft carriers had sailed to within 300 miles of the Hawaiian Islands, loaded with fighters, torpedo planes and bombers. They were on Oahu in minutes, like a swarm of angry mosquitoes.
As Americans remember the 75th anniversary, little has lessened the horror of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Just after Christmas, however, on Dec. 26 and 27, another step will be taken to move toward further healing for both nations involved in this horrendous attack. Continue reading

New podcast episode now available

The sixth episode of the Grizzly Detail companion podcast The Follow Up is out now. This episode, A.C. sits down with Donnie Foster. Donnie is the Pastor of Journey Church in West Fort Worth as well as the voice of the Brewer Bear Network that broadcasts all Brewer football games live over the internet. In this episode’s feature segment, Donnie shares about his church, the challenges that face the modern pastor, his passion for broadcasting, and more. Also, an all new segment debuts in episode six as Pastor Steve Beaulieu of Capstone Church hosts the first installment of his segment, Changing the Atmosphere. Join Steve as he shares insight into ways to use biblical principles to help change the atmosphere in your life. In addition to all this, A.C. Hall talks about the upcoming White Settlement city council election, city budgets, and new businesses.

Listen online at followup.podbean.com or download the show and listen to it on the go on your smartphone or Ipad!

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The Follow Up episode 5 now online

The latest episode of the Grizzly Detail Newspaper’s companion podcast is now online.  In the feature segment this time, A.C. sits down with the City of White Settlement’s City Secretary, Amy Arnold.  In this informal conversation, Amy talks about her many responsibilities as the City Secretary as well as her career path that led her to work for the City.  Santa Clause may or may not have had something to do with it.  Also in this episode is an in depth look at recent local news,including a budget breakdown of the White Settlement city budget for the upcoming year.  A.C. also takes some time to look at what big movie releases are left this year as he tries to figure out where all the five star films have gone.  CLICK HERE to listen or download the episode!  Follow Up 4 Text

The Follow Up Episode 4 now online

The latest episode of the Grizzly Detail Newspaper’s companion podcast is now online.  In our feature segment this week we sit down with the Communications Director of the White Settlement Independent School District, Desiree Coyle.  In this informal conversation Desiree speaks about her many job duties within the school district and her career path that led her to working at WSISD.  A pig named Hamlet is also discussed.  Also in this episode is a deeper look at the recent local news including information about a recent phone scam, the White Settlement water quality report, and an update on the Veteran’s Park discussions.  A.C. revisits his recent favorite five actors list that appeared in The Grizzly Detail and also answers listener questions about things such as newspaper features that never got printed, Sylvester Stallone, and cell phone bans.

You can download or listen to the episode by CLICKING HERE!

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Grizzly club meets for lunch

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The Brewer High School Grizzly Club meets the first Friday of every month at Soda Springs BarBQ on Clifford Street in White Settlement at 11a.m.  Those in attendance this month were Mike Arnold, Johnny Townley, Walter Wade, Jerry Speers, Jack Presley, Joey Barger, Mitch Smith, Steve Moore, Mike Hatley, Oliver Dyer, Gary Cox, Jerry Hawk, Cleo Lowrance, Pat Sullivan, Benny Benningfield, David Walker, and Jimmy Ingram. They represent the Classes of BHS from 1968 and 1969.

The Follow Up Episode 1 is online

The companion podcast to The Grizzly Detail has just debuted it’s first ever episode.  The Follow Up is a podcast by A.C. Hall that endeavors to go deeper into the local news and give a fresh take on what’s been happening around the area.  A.C. also takes questions from the listeners, talks movies, and in this debut episode, has a casual conversation with White Settlement City Manager Jim Ryan.  You can listen to the debut episode now by CLICKING HERE.

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Golf King Feeds the Hungry?…

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Jordan Spieth–Masters champion and darling of the golf world–was a 2014 participant. Maybe it brought him good luck—and who is to say it didn’t. If there’s any superstition, Jordan may be a “lock” for future “Norm-A-Thons.”
Norm made an on-the-air mention that since the 2014 “Norm-A-Thon,” Jordan has played in four PGA events, finishing under par for all 16 rounds.
When other pro golfers hear this, they may well flock to Dallas to see if such good fortune “rubs off” with association to programs that help the poor and hungry…. Continue reading

2015 BHS Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

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The Brewer High School Athletic Hall of Fame Nominating Committee selected the 2015 Hall of Fame inductees last night. Inductees are: Terry Mooney, class of 1985; Greg Morris, class of 1987; and Aubrey Huff, class of 1995. The inductees will be recognized during the Sept. 4 varsity football game and during an Induction Ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 5.

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.

 

Ethics Committee meeting for tonight postponed

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The final hearing of the Ethics Committee in the matter of alleged ethics violations by Council member Elzie Clements set for June 4 at 6:00 pm has been postponed until later this month.  The reason for the postponement is because Clements has requested an extension in this matter.  The new date for the meeting is Monday, June 23 at 6:00 pm.  A separate Ethics Committee meeting is set for June 10 at 7:00 pm.  This meeting is going to be a preliminary hearing looking into ethics violation allegations against council member Mike Arnold.

White Christmas for kids

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A steady rain turned into large snowflakes on Tuesday just as families across the area sat down for Christmas Day dinner. It didn’t take long for the huge flakes to put a white blanket across the area. Kids and adults were seen all around the area playing on sleds and building snowmen.

Police and firemen across the Dallas Fort Worth area worked hundreds of accidents caused by ice covered roads Christmas night.

Water rate increase passed, smoking ordinance tabled

By A.C. Hall

 

Meeting without Mayor Jerry Burns who is currently out of town, the White Settlement City Council looked at several proposals Tuesday night to deal with a water rate increase from Fort Worth.

“The City of Fort Worth has passed on three rate increases since we’ve had a water rate increase,” City Manager Linda Ryan said.  “The last water rate increase we had was in 2008.”

White Settlement purchases around fifty-five percent of its water from Fort Worth, and the rate increase this year from Fort Worth is 17 cents per thousand gallons.  In 2010, Fort Worth increased the rate by 16 cents.  Another water charge that is now affecting White Settlement is the fee of 10 cents per thousand gallons the city pumps out of the ground.  That’s an increase from 3 cents that they have been paying up until now.

“If we don’t pass these charges on we’re going to be where we can’t meet our budget,” Ryan said.

She stated that there is currently no plan to increase sewage costs.  There were four possible rate increases given to council that featured a mix of base rate increases and per gallon usage fee increases for both commercial and residential customers.

The proposal that the council agreed upon was one that would see an average residential bill increase by $1.58.  Ryan described this as an option that “would best serve your citizens.”  This proposal raises the residential base rate by 25 cents and the per thousand gallon after 2,000 gallons by 25 cents.  Commercially, it raises the base rate by 3 percent and the per thousand gallon after 2,000 gallons by 50 cents, making a monthly increase of $3.22 for the average commercial user.

“If we don’t do this, we’re going to hit some hard times with paying Fort Worth,” Ryan said.

Councilmember Garry Wilson made a motion to approve the proposed increase.  That motion passed unanimously.

 

Zeig Electric Tax Abatement Terminated 

Since 2006, the city has had a tax abatement agreement in place with Zeig Electric, owners of the office building at 8224 White Settlement Road.

“For the last two years they’ve been in violation of this tax abatement agreement due to delinquent taxes,” Ryan told the council.

The agreement was set to last through 2014, but as part of tax abatement agreements the city does, the company is required to keep their tax payments current.  In order for the proper process to take place with the Tarrant Appraisal District, action from the council to terminate the agreement was needed.

Councilmember Elzie Clements asked if the taxes were just late and was informed that they hadn’t been paid at all in the last two years.

“They have filed bankruptcy,” Ryan said.  “We will get our taxes, it’s just going to be slow coming.”

Councilmember Mike Arnold made a motion to terminate the tax abatement agreement.  That motion passed unanimously.

 

Smoking Ordinance Tabled

The council voted unanimously to set aside the agenda item dealing with the smoking ordinance, as it appeared not to be ready.

“There was two or three things in there that I thought needed work,” Arnold said.

The council spoke of picking up work on it in the new year as they continue to get it prepared.

“It is something that we need,” councilmember Gene Hatcher said.

 

Oil/Gas lease with Chesapeake renewed

The council voted unanimously to a new three-year oil and gas agreement with Kastner Land, who was working on behalf of Chesapeake Energy.  This is a renewal of a three-year lease for 70 acres of land that recently ended, and Kastner offered the city $5,000 per mineral acre for a total bonus of $395,000.  The city will also receive twenty-five percent royalties if the area becomes active.

 

Municipal Judge and City Prosecutor receive raises

The council met in a closed door executive session to hold the annual review of the Municipal Judge and City Prosecutor.  Upon reconvening, a motion was passed that granted each position a four percent raise retroactive to the beginning of October.

Liquor store to shut down nearly one year after tragic fire in Granbury

A liquor store accused of selling three bottles of vodka to a teenager who later died with five other people in a mobile home fire in Granbury will relinquish its state alcohol permit.

USA Liquor, at 9116 Camp Bowie West, under an agreement with the state will voluntarily shut down on March 4 — just two days before the one-year anniversary of the fire.

Officials said that Calvin Reineck bought the vodka March 5 at the store before hosting a party at his home in Granbury while his father was out of town.

Nine people fell asleep at the house, and fire broke out in the early morning hours. Three people escaped, but six died, including Reineck; Alexis Schooley, 17; Vivian Rodriguez, 18; Nick Evans, 19; Savannah Marrero, 16; and Tim Moran, 30.

Calvin’s sister, Celeste, who was injured in a wreck on the morning of the fire, is set to graduate from Mesa High School in White Settlement.

Lockheed gets funding for more jets

The Defense Department awarded Lockheed Martin a $4 billion contract modification last Friday that provides funding for Lockheed Martin and its subcontractors to continue work on the next lot of 30 F-35 joint strike fighter jets.

“This is welcome news for both Lockheed Martin and our many F-35 suppliers and will help ensure we continue to meet production schedules outlined by the program,” the company said in a statement.

Fort Worth school board president resigns

Fort Worth school board President Ray Dickerson has announced his resignation effective Thursday of this week.

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In a letter to fellow board members, Mr. Dickerson said: “During the past two years, I have had to deal with health issues related to my cardiovascular system which have become much more problematic in the last several months.  While I am grateful to all who have offered their support and encouragement, I have concluded that it is imperative that I resign after consultation with my family, medical team, close friends and advisers.”

His resignation comes at a time when the district is searching for a new superintendent.

Melody Johnson resigned in June following six years with the district. Longtime Fort Worth educator Walter Dansby is currently serving as the interim superintendent.

Under school district policy, the board can name a new president from current board members, appoint a president from the outside or hold a special election.

Order for F-16’s to keep production line moving

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A new bike for Jimmy, a doll for Susie and an F-16 fighter jet for Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Not quite, but close as the Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin Aeronautics an $835 million contract to provide the Iraqi government with eighteen F-16 fighter jets.

An F-16 prepares to land at the NAS JRB with the changing of the seasons and the Fort Worth skyline in full view. An order for eighteen fighter jets will bring strong economic dollars to the area.

Since 2009 the two governments have been in talks about the purchase of the planes with the Iraqi government postponing the move earlier this year. In September, Iraq and Lockheed settled on the terms and Iraq paid the U.S. $1.5 billion for the jets, engines and other related equipment.

The order will keep the production line here in west Fort Worth running though 2015. It’s the first solid order for Lockheed in over a year. Lockheed expects another follow-up order from the country of Oman who purchased 12 fighter jets several years ago and is looking at another dozen and a half to be added to their fleet. Nothing has been confirmed for the additional order of jets.

About 2,000 workers in Fort Worth build the mid- and forward fuselage for the F-16 and perform final assembly.

Rising cost of F-35 to be shared by Lockheed

A contract for the next round of F-35 joint strike fighter jets has been agreed upon by both the Pentagon and Lockheed officials. The new understanding will call for Lockheed to share more of the rising cost of the plane. The high cost of fixing design problems in the planes spurred the Pentagon to move that Lockheed take on a greater share of expenditure.

Details of the contract, including the price, the number of planes and cost-sharing arrangements, were not disclosed.

It was recommended by U.S. Navy Vice Admiral David Venlet that the production of the F-35 remain low while flight and ground testing of the three models continues.

Lockheed wants the Pentagon to boost orders stating that the only way to lower costs was to increase production.

Lockheed has 6,100 people working directly on the F-35 program in Fort Worth.

Council approves police vehicle purchase

By A.C. Hall

 

Meeting for the first time in December, the Benbrook City Council addressed several items of business on a brief agenda.  In the current budget, $145,500 was to be used for the purchase of five police vehicles.  A Benbrook Police Department representative was before the council with the bids for those vehicles.

With a per vehicle cost of  $27,119, Tarrant County Cooperative Joint Venture was the lowest bid, allowing the purchase of all five vehicles to come in at $135,595, nearly $10,000 below budget.  These vehicles will all be Chevrolet Tahoes and are equipped with the police package.

Councilman Ron Sauma asked about the warranty on the vehicles and was told the Tahoe warranty extends further than warranties on past police vehicle purchases.

A motion to approve the purchase passed unanimously.

Benbrook is moving into their 37th year of the Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) program, and they unanimously approved low bidder Klutz Construction for the upcoming CDBG project for this year.  With a low bid of $55,997, Klutz will be responsible for the construction of an alley between Mercedes and Cozby North from Warden to Park Center.

Sauma asked if the alley would cause any flooding for nearby homes, but was told by staff that due to its inverted nature, it will actually enhance drainage in the area.

The City had $53,000 allotted for the project and also another $43,000 leftover from last year.  What’s not used on this year’s project will be rolled over into the next CDBG project.

The council also accepted the resignation of Dennis Wood from the EDC board.  A motion was passed unanimously to accept his departure as well as to direct the City Secretary to advertise for the vacancy.  Many on the council wished Wood well.

“He’ll be missed,” council member Jim Wilson said.

Spirits fall with just a flake or two

The talk of snow was short and sweet as the wintery weather hit the area on Monday. School kids were anxiously waiting to see if the school bell would be postponed for some slippery play. Although no accumulation was noted, a trace of the flaky stuff was seen by residents on Tuesday morning as they opened the doors to their vehicles in the early morning hours.

“My kids were excited to be able to dust off a few flakes from the edge of the car window this morning as we left for school,” said Westpoint resident Michael Whitcomb.

Areas west of Fort Worth saw between 1 and 2 inches and delayed the openings of some school districts.

The big news was the rain that fell in the area over the weekend adding some 2-3 inches of precipitation. However, the area is still nearly 10 inches below the normal rainfall average.

The cold weather, with a freeze, was expected to continue in the area through Wednesday.