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Walkway coming to Kelly Elliott bridge

Construction will soon begin on a pedestrian walkway on the Kelly Elliott Road bridge over Interstate 20 in southwest Arlington.

The project is a joint effort between the city and the Texas Department of Transportation to make the overpass safer for students who have to cross it on foot to attend Martin High School.

Weather permitting, construction is expected to be complete by the time school begins Aug. 26. The walkway will be on the west side of the bridge with an 8-foot-tall chain link fence mounted to the bridge railing. A concrete barrier will also be installed for additional safety.

Motorists can expect the lanes on Kelly Elliott Road to change. Drivers may experience traffic delays both on the I-20 main lanes and on Kelly Elliott Road because of intermittent construction activities before school begins in August.

Allstate office opens

in west Arlington

Jimmy Jones has opened an Allstate Insurance Co. agency at 1121 W. Mayfield Road.

The agency sells auto, property, life, annuities and financial services. “It is a full-service agency, offering a complete line of insurance and financial products and services to the community,” Jones said.

The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, and Saturday by appointment.

— Sandra Baker

Nonprofit will give

out school supplies

Arlington Charities will distribute school supplies to qualified families in need from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

The agency is at 811 Secretary Drive.

Today is the deadline for anyone wishing to donate supplies. Monetary donations are accepted any time. Contact the office at 817-275-1511 to inquire.

— Faye Reeder

Take parks survey for chance to win prizes

The Arlington Parks and Recreation Department wants its customers to weigh in on a marketing survey.

As an incentive, it is giving away prizes worth hundreds of dollars, like rounds of golf, pool and fitness memberships, minicamp registrations and free rentals.

Prizes will be awarded each weekday through Aug. 30.

Access the survey at


Praise in the Park church event Sept. 15

Praise in the Park is slated for 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15 at Kennedale Town Center Park.

It is sponsored by Kennedale-area churches and is expected to be the largest church picnic Kennedale has ever seen, filled with free Christian entertainment, games and picnic food. The community is invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the fellowship.


Leadership Mansfield announces new class

Leadership Mansfield has announced its 2013-14 class.

The 28 participants will be introduced to state, county and city officials, school trustees and administrators, and civic and business leaders. Class members are Mike Aguillard, Jennifer Alt, Bill Bryant, Cory Chappell, Abigail Cloud, Tonya Davis, Russell Farris, Taryn Fuentes, Justin Gilmore, Angie Henley, Christine Horne, Robby Isbell, Christopher Kerschen, Susan Luttrell, Katherine McLaughlin, Scott Meigs, Timothy Meyers, Brent Newsom, Denny O’Connell, A.J. Passini, Omar Pineda, Robi Siklosi, Jennifer Stoecker, Lolly Waller, Teresa Washington, Lori Williams; Russ Wilson and Eric Wommack.

Businesses interested in sponsoring a day or a lunch for the group can contact Amanda Miller at 817-473-0507 or



Town sprays for

West Nile virus again

Pantego was scheduled to spray for mosquitoes Thursday night after reporting a new sample that was positive for West Nile.

The town planned to spray in the area around the 1600 block Arrowhead Drive.

Spraying was to be rescheduled if wind speeds were above 10 mph or if it was raining.

The town also conducted spraying in mid-July.

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