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The nondenominational Dallas West International Church has leased the former Trinity United Methodist Church campus at Norwood Lane and Park Row Drive in Arlington and began holding services there in May.

Pastor Richard Garcia said the 900-seat sanctuary and classroom wings will give the Dallas West space to grow and room to accommodate a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade private school it began last year. The school opened with 50 students but has grown to 100 students enrolled for the 2013-14 school year, he said.

“This is the next step for us,” Garcia said of the property at 3321 W. Park Row Drive.

Dallas West was founded in 1992 and added International to its name last year, said Garcia, who has been lead pastor for three years. The church has about 450 members, he said.

The church started in Dallas but is moving from Grand Prairie. The members want to keep Dallas in its name for sentimental reasons, Garcia said.

Church services are held Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The 3,000-member Trinity United Methodist moved in October to a new campus at 1200 W. Green Oaks Blvd., just north of Pioneer Parkway. It had been located on Park Row since the mid-1960s.

Teacher’s pet?

It might be the one time that state Rep. Bill Zedler is glad he earned an F-minus.

That is what the Arlington Republican was rated by Equality Texas, an advocacy group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

He was one of four local lawmakers to earn that grade — others were Republicans Giovanni Capriglione of Southlake, Matt Krause of Fort Worth and Jonathan Strickland of Bedford — because, the group says, “some people just deserve” an F-minus.

“It would be easy to describe Zedler as ‘outside the mainstream,’ but his die-hard belief that HIV/AIDS is caused by providing basic resources to the LGBT community prove that he is, in fact, firmly in a stream all his own,” the group said.

Republican state Reps. Stephanie Klick and Craig Goldman of Fort Worth can brag, we guess, that they only got F’s.

State Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington, got a C, while freshman state Rep. Nicole Collier, D-Fort Worth, got a B.

Top of the class for this group? State Reps. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, and Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, got A’s.

Digital triumph

The Arlington Police Department has had a rough couple of weeks.

So officials probably happy to hear that its communications office won a 2013 Best of Texas Award from the Center for Digital Government. The award recognizes the Police Department’s innovative use of social media and the video magazine Inside APD.

According to the judges, Inside APD is doing an “excellent job of increasing collaboration and expanding citizen engagement.”

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