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Exhibit will feature photos of JFK visit to Fort Worth

Rarely seen photographs of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth 50 years ago will be featured at a free exhibit at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections is hosting the black-and-white-photo exhibit “Howdy, Mr. President! A Fort Worth Perspective of JFK” to honor Kennedy’s memory after his assassination Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas.

The exhibit will be open to the public between Sept. 9 and Feb. 8 at the UTA Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place. The 80 photos, which include pictures taken in Dallas after the assassination, the funerals of Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit and Lee Harvey Oswald, and a rarely seen image of the President and Mrs. Kennedy holding hands in public, are from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection, which is archived at UTA.

For more info, visit

– Susan Schrock

Metro ArlingtonXpress buses give 1,113 rides

In its first week of service, Metro ArlingtonXpress buses provided one-way rides to 1,113 passengers between downtown Arlington and the Trinity Railway Express CentrePort/DFW Station.

The bus service, known as the MAX, will operate Monday through Friday as part of a two-year pilot project to help gauge the demand for mass transit. The buses rolled out for the first time Aug. 19.

The number of one-way riders ranged from 157 to 261 a day. City officials say they do not know how many times a day an individual passenger may have ridden the bus.

For a bus schedule or other info on the MAX, visit

— Susan Schrock

Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor announce changes for 2014

Six Flags Over Texas announced that in 2014 it will unveil an expansion to its children’s area and that Hurricane Harbor will enter phase two of a multiyear enhancement project that will include a new water slide.

Changes at Six Flags will include an interactive play area, new kids’ rides and a refreshed feel with more locations for parents to relax and cool off while the youngsters explore.

North Texas’ largest water park, Hurricane Harbor Arlington, will add a multifeatured water slide that promises “the ultimate experience in water thrills,” Six Flags said in a news release.

“Families are at the core of everything we do at our parks,” Steve Martindale, president of Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor, said in a statement. “We are excited to deliver wholesome family fun for the 2014 season at both parks and look forward to having these new rides and attractions provide thrills for our guests for years and years to come.”

Barton, Veasey to discuss Marketplace Fairness Act

U.S. Reps. Joe Barton, R-Arlington, and Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, will stand with Arlington business owners at 10 a.m. Tuesday to discuss their support of the Marketplace Fairness Act.

The act is proposed bipartisan legislation in Congress that would allow states to collect sales and use taxes from out-of-state retailers, as well as streamline sales tax laws.

Interested parties can meet with the representatives to learn what they can do to support the legislation.

Arlington Camera, at 544 W Randol Mill Road, will host the gathering as part of its support of the legislation.

— Taylor Prater

UTA creates area’s first disability studies minor

The University of Texas at Arlington will be the first university in Texas and the second in the region to offer a minor in disability studies.

The minor was created to meet interest shown by students studying social work, nursing, education and more. It will require 18 semester hours in courses such as medical anthropology, history of disability, and adapted physical education and sport, as well as courses from various colleges throughout the university.

The minor became available for the fall semester and gives students the opportunity to take internships with disability-rights organizations and groups like the Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team.

For more information, visit the university’s website and search “Disabilities Minor” or contact Sarah Rose at

— Taylor Prater

Theatre Arlington opens 41st season with ‘Altar Boyz‘

Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham, better known as the Altar Boyz, are ready to get Arlington theatregoers on their feet to kick off the new Theatre Arlington season.

Altar Boyz, a show about a Christian boy band on tour, runs Sept. 13 through Oct. 6.

Tickets cost $22. Opening night will feature catering by Blue Mesa.

Tickets and showtimes are available at The first show starts at 8 p.m.

— Taylor Prater


Bond election for parks projects slated for Nov. 5

Bedford voters are expected to vote in a Nov. 5 election on a $3.2 million bond election for park improvements.

The City Council voted Aug. 13 to call the bond election.

The park improvements would include Boys Ranch Lake, trails, channels, recreation facilities and other improvements at Boys Ranch Park. Plans include a new fishing pier, playground area and disc golf course.

Early voting begins Oct. 21 at the public library, 2424 Forest Ridge Drive.

— Yamil Berard

Fire Department sets open house in October

The Bedford Fire Department is holding an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 12 at the Central Fire Station, 1816 Bedford Road.

The event will include an arson dog demonstration, fire extinguisher demonstration, ambulance and firetruck tour, vehicle extrication demonstration, suit-up in firefighter bunker gear and a thermal-imaging demonstration.

Free hot dogs, drinks and other entertainment will be provided. For more information, call the fire administration at 817-952-2500.

— Yamil Berard


Sara Hickman will perform at Texas Star

Sara Hickman, Texas state musician in 2010, will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at Texas Star Golf Course, 1400 Texas Star Parkway in Euless.

The distinction of serving as state musician puts her in a league with Willie Nelson, who held the title in 2009, and Lyle Lovett, who got it in 2011.

Hickman, who has been writing music since she got her first guitar at age 7, has captivated audiences with uplifting concerts. The 10 songs on her Kirtland Records debut release, Shine, may generate a broader set of emotions in listeners.

— Terry Evans


Waterway cleanup scheduled for Oct. 6

The city holds its fourth annual Trash & Treasures Waterway Clean-Up on Oct. 6 with an added bonus — the grand prize is a brand-new metal detector.

Participants will help clean up the Grapevine shoreline at Trawick Pavilion, while searching for hidden, colorful beads redeemable for prizes. Sun & Ski Sports, Academy and Sea Life Aquarium are among local businesses offering prizes, including a fishing trip.

The person with the most beads will win a metal detector. All supplies will be provided on site, though participants are encouraged to wear close-toed shoes.

Pre-registration is available at On-site registration opens at 8 a.m. Trawick Pavilion is in Oak Grove Park at 2700 Darren G. Medlin Drive.

— Taylor Prater


Grand opening of new fire station is Sept. 14

The Haltom City Fire Department will open its new station for public viewing on Sept. 14 after a brief dedication ceremony at 9 a.m.

Fire station No. 2 replaces the city’s oldest station, built in 1966, and was approved for construction at a cost of $3.655 million in the 2010 bond election.

The new station covers roughly 12,000 square feet, with four truck bays and living stations for firefighters.

The station is at 5700 Midway Road.

— Taylor Prater


Applications for Youth in Government open

The city awards two $1,000 scholarships to a pair of seniors at the end of a program that gives high school students behind-the-scenes looks at how local government operates.

Since 2001, the city’s Youth in Government program has helped members build friendships with similarly interested juniors and seniors from area schools.

They find out how branches of government mesh, tour such places as the recreation center and police and fire departments, learn what takes place at City Hall and are presented at Hurst City Council meetings.

Applications are posted at, and between 12 and 20 students who are Hurst residents are selected in early fall. The group meets one evening each month from October to May.

Scholarships sponsored by Republic Waste, the city’s waste services provider, are awarded based on attendance over two years and student essays.

— Terry Evans


Keller’s Got Talent calls artists to enter show

Amateur and professional artists alike in Keller are being encouraged to submit their own works of art for the city’s annual Keller’s Got Talent art show and contest, which opens Oct. 1.

A $20 fee allows artists to submit two original pieces. Paintings, drawings, sculptures and photos are among the forms accepted.

The show runs through Oct. 30 at Town Hall, with an awards reception Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.

The entry deadline is Sept. 11. Forms are available on the city website, or at Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway.

— Taylor Prater


Carter BloodCare drive is Sept. 23 at library

The NRH Public Library and Carter BloodCare will host a blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23.

This event will take place in the Community Room at the library, at 9015 Grand Ave. No appointment is necessary.

For more details, call 817-427-6814.


New elementary school opens in Roanoke

A new red brick building in Roanoke welcomed its first students Tuesday. The new 109,926-square-foot campus is Wayne A. Cox Elementary School, the 17th elementary school in the 234-square-mile Northwest school district.

“It was great,” said Principal Debbie McCune, former lead administrator at Beck Elementary in Trophy Club. “It was a great day. Kids and families were so excited.”

Cox has about 350 kindergarten through fifth-grade students and an optimal capacity of 850.

— Mark Wright


Academy uses grant to hire curriculum chief

Westlake Academy, a 700-student municipally operated charter school, has received a grant from the M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Foundation to hire a director of curriculum and instruction.

Andra Barton, a former elementary principal in the Carroll school district and principal at Crown of Life Lutheran School in Colleyville, has been hired for the post, according to Thomas Brymer, town manager and schools superintendent.

Barton will work with principals, academic coordinators and teachers to improve curriculum at the school, which offers the International Baccalaureate program.

— Jessamy Brown


AgTexas tractor drive fights sural hunger

The Comanche Future Farmers of America chapter will be the first in Central Texas to hold an event as part of AgTexas’ “Drive Hunger Out of Rural Texas” tractor drive.

The chapter is hosting a fundraiser Friday benefiting the Texas Food Bank Network. The event, which takes place before the Comanche-Hamilton football game, will feature a barbecue tailgating party starting at 5:30 p.m., as well as a petting zoo and other carnival-style games.

AgTexas is an agricultural lending company that will give the classic green tractor to the FFA chapter that raises the most money per member from its events. The Comanche chapter is one of 28 in West and Central Texas participating in the tractor drive, which seeks to raise awareness of hunger and poverty in rural Texas.


— Taylor Prater

Free PSAT/SAT classes will be offered in fall

The University of Texas at Arlington, the Dallas school district and several other universities are sponsoring free SAT/PSAT math prep classes at three sites in Dallas during September and October.

The Saturday morning classes are being held at University of North Texas at Dallas, 7300 University Hills Blvd.; North Dallas High School, 3120 N. Haskell Ave.; and Conrad High School, 7502 Fair Oaks Ave.

They are open to students in grades 8-12. For more information and to register, visit

— Diane Smith

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