15 years later, a Nation remembers 9-11 attack

Austin Aldridge participating in the Climb for a Calling in Fort Worth. Photo by Ben Saladino
Austin Aldridge participating in the Climb for a Calling in Fort Worth. Photo by Ben Saladino

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 “15 years later, a Nation remembers 9-11 attack”

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Explosion caught on video as house destroyed in blaze

White Settlement Firefighters run hose lines to help battle a fire at a home on Allencrest Drive in White Settlement. Photo by WSFD
White Settlement Firefighters run hose lines to help battle a fire at a home on Allencrest Drive in White Settlement. Photo by WSFD

By Ben Posey

A neighbor’s video captured an explosion at a home in White Settlement this past week. The neighbor shot the video just before fire crews arrived at the scene on Allencrest Drive near Las Vegas Trail Thursday night as the house fire turned into a fireball. Continue reading “Explosion caught on video as house destroyed in blaze”

Honor fallen officers on May 4

The Police and Firefighters Memorial features bronze sculptures of a firefighter, police officer and riderless horse. Adjacent to the sculptures are two walls of names that list all police officers, firefighters and marshals who have died in the line of duty.
The Police and Firefighters Memorial features bronze sculptures of a firefighter, police officer and riderless horse. Adjacent to the sculptures are two walls of names that list all police officers, firefighters and marshals who have died in the line of duty.

The Fort Worth Police Department and the Fort Worth Police Officers Association invite residents to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice at the annual Peace Officers Memorial Service.

The service will be at 11 a.m. May 4 at the Police and Firefighters Memorial, 2201 W. Seventh St.

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 “First responders honored for swift water rescue”

Fire station improvements and Hawaiian Falls ownership change approved

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by A.C. Hall

As the White Settlement City Council meeting got underway, council member Elzie Clements asked for everyone to keep council member Mike Arnold in their prayers.  Arnold is currently in the hospital dealing with some health issues.   Continue reading “Fire station improvements and Hawaiian Falls ownership change approved”

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.

Fire destroys home

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The White Settlement Fire Department (WSFD) was called early Sunday morning to a residential structure fire in the 8200 bloc k of Sussex Dr. in White Settlement. The fire is currently being investigated by the WSFD, Tarrant County and the State Fire Marshal’s office. No injuries were reported and the building is believed to be a complete loss.

Photo courtesy of the WSFD.

Grass fire threatens homes and businesses

White Settlement and Cresson Fire Departments spray hot spots after the grass fire in Benbrook. In the background you can see the Benbrook Walmart and other businesses. Photo by Chris Wortham/WSVFD
White Settlement and Cresson Fire Departments spray hot spots after the grass fire in Benbrook. In the background you can see the Benbrook Walmart and other businesses. Photo by Chris Wortham/WSVFD

by Ben Posey

A major grass fire in Benbrook threatened homes and businesses this past weekend as firefighters battled the flames as well as triple digit temperatures. The White Settlement Fire Department along with Aledo and Cresson were called to assist the Benbrook Fire Department in putting out the fire.  Continue reading “Grass fire threatens homes and businesses”

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 “City notified of positive lab test for West Nile Virus”

Budget talks continue as City waits on property tax numbers

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By A.C. Hall

White Settlement City Council budget workshops continue to take place at City Hall several times a week as the council looks to lock down the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget.  The proposed budget contains $9.5 million in total expenditures, with an estimated $8.9 million in total revenues.  That leaves a $600,000 deficit.   Continue reading “Budget talks continue as City waits on property tax numbers”

Budget workshops begin by discussing gas revenues

Chesapeake Energy has wells on this site near Las Vegas Trail in White Settlement.
Chesapeake Energy has completed drilling on this site near Las Vegas Trail in White Settlement. File Photo Grizzly Detail Newspaper.

By A.C. Hall

On Tuesday, the City Council and city staff started the long process toward setting up next year’s budget with the first of several budget workshops.  Things are still being worked on and gone over, but there were some items highlighted on Tuesday as council engaged with the staff about the proposed budget.

Council member Danny Anderson questioned gas royalties, asking how much gas was being pumped out of the city.   Continue reading “Budget workshops begin by discussing gas revenues”

Fire departments kept busy by house fires and fireworks

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The White Settlement Fire Department (WSFD) assisted on a mutual aid fire call in Parker County on Sunday just west of town on White Settlement Road. They assisted both the Aledo and Azle fire departments. Major damage was reported to a 2-story home and that fire is  under investigation. Continue reading “Fire departments kept busy by house fires and fireworks”

White Settlement, other areas, under burn ban

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The City of White Settlement along with other areas in North Texas issued a burn ban on Monday of this week. It includes any outdoor burning of firepits or trash as well as any outdoor welding. Currently, it is ok to grill with propane gas.

“It is just so dry right now,” said Fire Marshall R.J. Schwartz. “We are just asking everyone to be careful.”

On non-red flag days, charcoal grilling or manufactured smokers may be used.

Quick action douses flames

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A kitchen grease fire broke out at an apartment in the 100 block of S. Las Vegas Trail on Saturday evening. Three engines responded from the White Settlement Volunteer Fire Department. The fire was put out before causing damage to other units in the building.
“Thanks to the 3-man staff of firefighters at the station, we were able to respond to the fire and keep damages minimal,” said Fire Chief Brian Thompson.
Heavy smoke fill the one unit and firefighters had to cut a whole in the ceiling to make sure no active flames were burning in the attic.

New firefighter incentive plan begins, as does Farmers Branch Flood project

By A.C. Hall

Tuesday night saw several items of business addressed by the White Settlement City Council.  Some strongly worded responses to allegations and rumors were also handed out by council members and city officials, but they had a long agenda to work through before speaking their minds.     Continue reading “New firefighter incentive plan begins, as does Farmers Branch Flood project”

ATF, police, fire respond to local bomb threat

Employees of Co-Operative Industries Aerospace and Defense were evacuated this past Thursday after a call came in to the White Settlement Police Department (WSPD) regarding a bomb threat. According to sources, the threat was received by a phone call to the business at approximately 9:30 that morning. An employee of Co-Operative Industries then called the WSPD.

Units from the WSPD, the White Settlement Volunteer Fire Department, Lockheed Martin Fire Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) responded to the scene where employees were already standing in the parking lot.

No explosive device was found and employees returned to the building just after 11 a.m.

The incident is still under investigation.

Budget workshops continue: No paid fire department for now

The White Settlement City Council and city administrators met on Thursday evening in what they hope will be the last budget work shop of the year.  One topic that has dominated several of the budget meetings was the plan brought forward by Fire Chief Brian Thompson to go to a combination department, hiring six full time firefighters to man the station 24 hours a day in addition to having volunteers.  After meetings with Thompson, City Manager Linda Ryan spoke frankly to the council about the proposal to start paying firefighters.

Continue reading “Budget workshops continue: No paid fire department for now”

Fire Department, city leaders engage in tough budget talks

Fire Department, city leaders engage 

As a part of ongoing budget discussions, the White Settlement City Council and city leaders met with representatives of the White Settlement Fire Department last Thursday evening at City Hall.  Fire Chief Brian Thompson presented a fire department budget that if adopted would institute paid firefighters in what has long been a volunteer department. Continue reading “Fire Department, city leaders engage in tough budget talks”