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Posted Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
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Dedication planned for new convention center

Officials in Forest Hill have announced plans for a grand opening and dedication ceremony of the city’s new Civic & Convention Center on Sept. 21 at 10 a.m.

The 33,000-square-foot facility is at 6901 Wichita St., less than a third of a mile south of Interstate 20.

The dedication ceremonies will be followed by a reception in the Main Hall.

The public is invited to the free event.

The center will be home to the city’s senior programs and the site of city-sponsored events.

It will be available for rental for conventions, conferences, corporate meetings, weddings, family reunions and the like.

— Shirley Jinkins


Zoo staffer recognized for work with turtles, tortoises

For his work at the Fort Worth Zoo but also around the world, conservation biologist Rick Hudson has received the 2013 Behler Turtle Conservation Award.

The international award recognizes leadership and excellence in the field of tortoise and freshwater turtle conservation.

Hudson started a successful breeding program of the endangered Asian turtle at the zoo, where he has worked since 1980.

He helped found Turtle Survival Alliance to assist with the recovery of wild turtle populations. That organization now has a global presence and an annual budget of more than $1 million. Hudson serves as president and chairman of the board.

“Rick has devoted his life’s work to the conservation of countless species,” said Tarren Wagener Wiggans, the zoo’s director of animal programs and conservation. “His tireless dedication to turtle conservation has led directly to many of these animals coming back from the brink of extinction. His knowledge and energy have been a catalyst for turtle conservation throughout the world. He is deserving of such a great honor.”

— Bill Hanna


North West Art Association will meet at The Edge

The North West Art Association will have its first meeting of the 2013-14 year at 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at The Edge Coffee House.

Guest artist Doug Prine will give a demonstration.

Guests are invited and may join the club.

Information: Lynn McDaniel, 817-909-1880 or


City reminds residents of water restrictions

Residents of Saginaw who use city water connections are under Stage 1 water restrictions, which limits outdoor irrigation to twice a week, officials reminded them in an alert Monday.

No outdoor watering is allowed on Mondays.

Nonresidential customers, such as apartments, businesses, parks, and common areas may water on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Residents with home addresses ending in even numbers may water on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Those with odd-numbered addresses may water on Thursday and Sunday.

The rules against outdoor watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. remain in effect but residents can still hand-water plants and flower beds.

— Shirley Jinkins


Yearly Gift & Craft Market will take place in November

Mark down Nov. 9 and 10 for Trinity Christian Academy’s second annual Gift & Craft Market.

Shoppers can browse vendors selling home decor, jewelry, children’s clothing, inspirational items, women’s clothing and purses, dolls, handmade wooden items and more.

The market is sponsored by the Parent Teacher Fellowship of the school, which serves students in kindergarten through high school.

Trinity Christian Academy is celebrating its 20th year.

Information: or 17-732-5815.

— Shirley Jinkins


Update on efforts to meet air quality rules

To address ongoing efforts for the Dallas-Fort Worth area to comply with federal ozone rules, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will hold a public meeting next month in Arlington.

The meeting, which will take place at 10 a.m. Sept. 5 at the North Texas Council of Governments, will provide updates on revisions to the state’s plan to meet the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard.

Currently the 10-county DFW area is not in compliance with federal smog rules. The meeting will be held in the Transportation Council Room, at 616 Six Flags Drive in Arlington.

Tarrant, Parker, Wise, Johnson, Dallas, Denton, Collin, Ellis, Kaufman and Rockwall counties comprise the nonattainment area.

— Bill Hanna

South Texas Dental acquires All Smiles

South Texas Dental has bought the 12 offices of the All Smiles general dentistry practice in North Texas.

All offices have been changed to South Texas Dental.

Staffing and hours of operations will not change, the company said.

Locally, the offices are at 4200 South Freeway and 2482 Jacksboro Highway in Fort Worth; 2628 Matlock Road and 1604 New York Ave. in Arlington; and 5201 E. Belknap St. in Haltom City.

South Texas Dental operates 38 family dental centers, including some in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

— Sandra Baker

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