Police are looking for two men who held up the Quik Sak convenience store located at 898 S. Cherry Lane in White Settlement. The store is located across the street from Brewer Middle School. The call came in at 8:21 p.m. on Friday night. Continue reading
New officers were elected for the White Settlement Area Chamber of Commerce. Pictured are Steve Siebenthall (Director), Stephen Groomer (Treasurer), Lonnie Folsom (Director), Sam Symonds (President), Steve Sanders DC (2nd Vice President), JoAnna Kimbrell (Secretary), John Reaves (Director) Not Present: Tyler McGlasson (1st Vice President). Continue reading
A 14-year-old White Settlement student was arrested Tuesday after he threatened to “shoot up” Brewer Middle School, police said. Continue reading
The zip line equipment at Splash Dayz is coming down. City Council members approved the removal of the equipment last month after several cost estimates were presented on the project. Continue reading
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
Oaths of office were administered Tuesday night at the White Settlement City Council meeting to newly elected council members Evelyn Spurlock and Danny Anderson. City Secretary Amy Arnold governed the ceremony and became somewhat emotional during the reading of the oath due to the fact that her father-in-law, who recently passed, served in a council position. Council members unanimously voted newly elected member Danny Anderson as Mayor Pro Tem. Continue reading
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
A Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned Friday night at the annual Homecoming game at Brewer Bear Stadium at BHS on Loop 820. All of the traditional activities for the high school students have been planned including a Homecoming pep rally at 3:30 Friday afternoon in the BHS gym and a Homecoming dance on Saturday night from 7 to 11 p.m. at SplashDayz water park. Continue reading
During work on the retaining wall/erosion prevention project near White Settlement City Hall, the City has spent some time working on the Jud Rowland Spring. They have cleaned up the area around it and also lifted out the crumbling stone well that was built atop it. The plan right now is to rehabilitate the spring and try to preserve the stone well that was pulled out. City officials are looking into the possibility of rebuilding it as a marker of the location for historical significance.
The nation paused on Sunday to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost 15 years ago when terrorists launched a coordinated attack on two World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and hijacked a fourth plane destined for an unknown location. Continue reading
A group of local citizens spent three hours every Thursday night for over two-months learning about police department procedures that included searching vehicles, officer approaches on traffic stops and shot training simunitions. On Sept. 6, this group graduated from the Citizen Police Academy. Included in the photo are: back row from left to right: Cpl J. Carter, Faron Young, Fredrick Brewer, Frank Childress, Brent Snelling, Ralph Davison, James Johnson, George Tucker, Chief J.P. Bevering; Middle Row left to right: Lilliane Davison, Susan McNutt, Laura Carter, Sabrina Tucker; Bottom Row left to right: Dolores Vazquez, Veronica Herrera, Angela Arnold, Oakley Bowman.
by Ben Posey
At the top of White Settlement citizen concerns was the property tax increase that the council members voted into place at Tuesday night’s meeting. One citizen asked for explanation during the public comment section on why the city had to raise taxes when property values were already up according to the Tarrant County Appraisal District. No explanation or comment was given by any council member after the question was posed. Continue reading
The City of White Settlement held the second in a series of budget workshops to discuss items on the 2016-17 fiscal year budget on Tuesday night. Steve Ott was absent from the meeting that saw a total of four citizens in attendance. Continue reading
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
By Carol Davis
Special to The Grizzly
The 15th Texas Cavalry/2nd US, under the direction of Captain Ron J. Paynter, presented a day of Living History this past month at the White Settlement Historical Museum featuring black powder volley firing demonstrations and inspections, gunpowder cartridge rolling and bugle drills including the playing of Taps. If you missed it, another scheduled return for Living History Day is scheduled for Saturday, November 12.
By Ben Posey
A short agenda at a special called meeting for the White Settlement City Council this past Thursday evening saw a 3-0 vote by council members Paul Moore, David Mann and Steve Ott, (Elzie Clements – absent) to raise the total tax rate from .733103 to .755693 for 2016-17. The number of council members (3) nearly outweighed the number of citizens (4) in attendance for the 20 minute meeting. Continue reading
by Ben Posey
The White Settlement City Council has called a special meeting for this Thursday, July 28 at 6 p.m. to discuss and consider the proposed tax rate for 2016-17.
“This meeting is not to adopt the tax rate,” according to a press release sent by A.C. Hall, Media Manager for the City of White Settlement. “This meeting is to take the record vote which means council will vote for the rate to not exceed. This will allow city staff to move forward with calculations on the budget.”
The scheduling of two public hearings on the proposed tax rate are also on the agenda and are set for Aug. 16 and Aug. 30.
The public hearing for the City’s Operating Budget, EDC Budget and CCPD Budget is on the agenda to be set for Sept. 13.
More information on budget workshops will be published as it is made available.
by A.C. Hall
Following a wild week of media exposure that spread beyond the United States into countries all around the world, the White Settlement City Council held a special meeting on Friday to re-visit their decision to remove Browser the cat from the library. This comes after the story was picked up by the Washington Post, online news giant Gawker.com, and international media outlets. Continue reading
by A.C. Hall
On Tuesday, the White Settlement City Council voted to remove Browser, the cat that has lived in the library for the past six years. This came despite an outpouring of support for the cat. The council chambers were full, with most in attendance there to voice their support for Browser.
Discussions on this item began with Mayor Ronald A. White, who spoke in support of Browser. Council member Dave Mann also voiced his support of keeping the cat in the library. Eight members of the audience also spoke, each of them voicing their approval for keeping Browser in the library. Reasons given were his pest control abilities, his ability to draw children to the library, and the fact that he is loved by the people of the city. A petition signed by 618 people who support keeping the cat in the library was also mentioned. Continue reading
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
Last week the White Settlement Police Department announced a drug bust that was made at the Scottish Inn off Western Hills Boulevard. On June 4, WSPD Officer Banner noticed suspicious activity at the Scottish Inn. Upon further investigation by Officer Banner, arrests were eventually made and drugs were seized in the motel room. 260 grams of methamphetamine and over 200 grams of GHB, along with paraphernalia associated with the sale of illegal narcotics were all found in the motel room. Continue reading
Ten White Settlement ISD elementary students won new bikes in the 18th annual Lockheed Martin Bike Giveaway this year. Students who earn perfect attendance and receive good citizenship for the entire year qualify for a random drawing to win a bike. One boy and one girl from each school wins.
Pictured are: (l-r) Robert Heick, Blue Haze Elementary; Erick Aguilar, West Elementary; Riley Frisbee, Liberty Elementary; Elora Mack, Blue Haze Elementary; Miguel Carrera, North Elementary; Hydey Maxwell, Fine Arts Academy; Heidi Flores, North Elementary; and Yareli Loya, West Elementary.
Not pictured is Tristan-Tan Le-Nguyen, Fine Arts Academy, and Crysten Quibol, Liberty Elementary.
The White Settlement ISD administration has decided to move graduation from the school’s football stadium to the Fort Worth Convention Center. The Brewer High School Commencement Ceremony will be on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. The district sent out a press release on Tuesday around noon apologizing to students, family and friends for the inconvenience. The threat of showers and thunderstorms throughout the week prompted the change in location. Commencement practice on Wednesday has been cancelled and graduates will have a mandatory practice at noon on Friday at the FW Convention Center. Students needing transportation to the practice will be able to ride a bus leaving the high school at 11 a.m. on Friday. All students and families are responsible for their own transportation to the actual ceremony in the evening.
by A.C. Hall
After thirteen straight months of sales tax revenues coming in below projections, the White Settlement Economic Development Corporation received good news at their May meeting. Finance Director Phil Bray informed the EDC that sales tax revenues for April 2016 came in 136 percent above April 2015, hitting $153,441 instead of the $64,809 collected during April 2015. Continue reading
About 6,700 volunteers participated in the 31st annual Cowtown Great American Cleanup. Collections totaled 5,520 bags of litter and debris collected with an estimated weight of 54 tons and 740 bags of recyclables. Continue reading
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.
by A.C. Hall
At Tuesday evening’s White Settlement City Council meeting the budget for the Splash Dayz waterpark was unanimously approved. With council members Elzie Clements and Mike Arnold out with approved absences, the remaining three members heard from city staff members who have been working diligently on preparing the budget for the waterpark. Finance Director Phil Bray addressed the council about the proposed budget. Continue reading
by A.C. Hall
At a joint meeting on Monday between the White Settlement Parks and Recreation Board and the White Settlement City Council, some big decisions were made about the future of the waterpark formerly known as Hawaiian Falls. After considering many different names for the waterpark, the City decided to name it Splash Dayz. Continue reading
by A.C. Hall
As the City of White Settlement took possession of the Hawaiian Falls Waterpark last week they began assessments on the property. Some of the council members who walked through the park took to social media to share their thoughts on the state of the property and their impressions painted a vivid picture. Overgrown weeds, cracks in pools, piles of junk and garbage, issues with water slides, and improper painting are just some of the problems that these council members say they encountered at the property. Continue reading
by A.C. Hall
It’s been over a week since White Settlement Mayor Ronald A. White announced the City’s intention to terminate their lease agreement with Hawaiian Falls over unpaid lease payments. In that time, both the City and Hawaiian Falls have sounded off on the issue. Continue reading
by A.C. Hall
A new piece of state legislature has influenced a change in the hours of operation of White Settlement Independent School District schools for the 2016-2017 school year. House bill 2610 changed the attendance requirement from 180 days annually to 75,600 minutes annually. WSISD will shift to a seven and a half hour school day to accommodate this change. This slight increase in the amount of time spent at school will allow for students to get out for summer one week earlier than they currently do. Continue reading