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Girl Scouts finish project to create cemetery directory

Benbrook Girl Scout Troop 2507 has been working on a directory for Benbrook Cemetery throughout the summer, and it will make its debut Sept. 28.

The directory allows visitors to locate graves throughout the grounds using a kiosk and road markers.

The project counts as the Gold Award project for scouts Sarah Guenther, Sarah Lindsay and Megan Metcalf.

The dedication will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the cemetery, 812 Mercedes St. Parking will be available at Benbrook City Hall and Benbrook Elementary.

— Taylor Prater

City will host household hazardous waste pickup

The city will collect household hazardous waste Saturday at the Dutch Branch Park Complex.

The event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. off of 1899 Winscott Road in the parking lot behind the par 3 golf course.

It is for Benbrook residents only and they must bring proof of residency.

Items that will be accepted include acids, aerosol cans, antifreeze, all batteries, brake fluid, craft and hobby materials, degreasers, drain cleaners, fertilizer, fluorescent lights, herbicides, household chemicals, motor oil, oil filters, paint/stains, paint thinners, pest strips, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, photo chemicals, solvents, transmission fluid and varnishes.

Items that won't be accepted include ammunition, explosives, medical waste, radioactive material (smoke detectors), waste generated by businesses, tires and propane and butane cylinders.

Cyclone Recycling will be on site to collect electronic waste such as computers and monitors.

There is no cost for the collection. For more information, call 817-649-2008.

— Bill Hanna


Bill Cosby will perform at TCC Foundation fundraiser

Actor Bill Cosby's upcoming Fort Worth performance will raise funds to benefit the Tarrant County College Foundation, a nonprofit that helps students with financial aid.

“An Evening with Bill Cosby” will be held at Bass Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Fort Worth-based BNSF Railway Foundation is the presenting sponsor.

Tickets are $45-$125 and can be purchased through the Bass Hall ticket office at or in person at 330 E. Fourth St. in Fort Worth. The phone number is 817-212-4200.

— Diane Smith

No Limits Wild Asphalt Run set for Oct. 26 at speedway

The second annual No Limits Wild Asphalt Run half-marathon and 5K benefiting the Texas chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities takes place Oct. 26 at Texas Motor Speedway.

The running event, which will begin at 8 a.m., also will serve as the official kickoff of race week festivities for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader set for Oct. 31 through Nov. 3.

The event, produced by The Cowtown Marathon organizers in a partnership with Texas Motor Speedway, drew more than 1,500 runners from 13 states last year.

The one-day running event and expo raised more than $100,000 for the charity, which provides grants to children’s foundations, nonprofits and programs in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties. A portion of the funds also benefited The Cowtown Marathon’s C.A.L.F children’s running program.

The entry fee is $95 for the half-marathon and $30 for the 5K through through Oct. 16. There also are special rates for teams.

Online registration and event information are available by visiting

Trinity River will be lowered for tollway construction

Visitors to Trinity Park will notice the Trinity River dropping to an unusually low level for the next two months — but it won’t be because of the drought.

Beginning Monday, a one-mile section of the Trinity River through Fort Worth’s Trinity Park will be manually lowered. It is being dropped for work on the nearby Texas 121/Chisholm Trail project.

The river will visibly lower from Interstate 30 north to the Fort Worth and Western Railroad Bridge while crews complete the work.

— Bill Hanna


Camp Fire camp snags readers’ choice honor

Camp Fire Camp El Tesoro was recently named “The Most Awesome Family Camping Site” by the readers of “Red Tricycle.”

“Red Tricycle” in an online newsletter founded to help busy parents have more fun with their kids.

“Each year it is our goal to provide a quality program that allows families to reconnect, discover the beauty of the outdoors and have a great time,” Susan Merrill, the camp’s program director, said in a news release. “Our whole staff is humbled that the readers of ‘Red Tricycle’ appreciate what we do so much that they not only nominated but selected us as their awesome family camp site.”

Families will soon have another chance to experience the camp. Fall Camping on Fall Creek takes place Oct. 10-13. This year’s program will include horseback riding, climbing wall, zip line, nature activities, archery and preschool-focused activities.

Camp El Tesoro provides cabins and all meals. The camp is at 7710 Fall Creek Highway.

More information is available at


Haslet Hustle will be evening 5K, fun run

Get your bell-bottom jeans and glow-in-the-dark jewelry ready, because the Haslet Hustle Glow Run is coming up Oct. 12.

The one-mile fun run and 5K will have several age divisions. T-shirts are available for all participants, and medals are awarded to the first- and second-place finishers.

The first 150 runners registered will receive a glow bracelet, necklace and ring.

From 8 to 11 p.m., an “After Glow” party will feature music, dancing and drinks. Awards will be given for the best male and female disco outfits.

Proceeds benefit the Haslet Parks and Recreation Scholarship, given to a National Honor Society high school senior in the city.

The 5K race begins at Haslet Community Park downtown at 7 p.m.; the fun run starts at 6:30. Registration is $35 at

— Taylor Prater


Gas station under construction at store

Construction on a new eight-pump self-service gas station recently began at Brookshire’s grocery store in Weatherford, and store officials expect it to be ready sometime this fall.

The station will offer gasoline as well as ultra-low sulfur diesel. Discounted gas will also be available through a points program in which users can earn points through grocery purchases to be used at the pump.

Brookshire’s is at 601 Palo Pinto St.

— Taylor Prater


Chamber will host business expo Oct. 17

East Parker County Chamber of Commerce will host its fourth annual business expo at Willow Park Baptist Church from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17.

The expo will showcase the products and services of more than 60 businesses from around Parker County. The event will include live demonstrations, games, coupons, on-the-spot-shopping, drawings and free goodie bags while they last. Sectors will include home improvement, healthcare, education, pet adoption, home-based businesses, financial planning and nonprofits.

Food trucks and live entertainment will also be on hand. The church is at 129 S. Ranch House Road.

Admission is free. For more information call the chamber at 817-441-7844 or visit

— Lance Winter

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