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Chicken restaurant chain to make city distribution home

Chicken E Food Service will build an 89,000-square-foot food distribution center in Burleson, resulting in 60 new full-time jobs and a new home for headquarters in the restaurant’s five-state region.

The facility is planned to open next summer and will require construction on roads near the facility, which will be at HighPoint Business Park adjacent to Insterstate 35W.

The facility will result in an $8 million investment. Chicken Express has more than 170 locations across Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Louisiana and Arkansas.

— Taylor Prater


Wine and art festival makes debut downtown Sept. 28

Market Square, the downtown hub for art and more in Cleburne, will continue to attract visitors with a Wine & Art Festival on Sept. 28.

Six area vineyards will set up shop at the festival, allowing participants to taste different wines and make purchases. Wine packages, including tasting tickets and a souvenir wine glass, are available for $15.

Area artists will display their works in Wright Plaza, with live music playing throughout the event from artists like American Idol contestant Phoenix Hart.

Admission to the event is free. The festival will be held from 1 to 7 p.m.

— Taylor Prater


Historic Fort Worth’s annual Cantey lecture is Sept. 26

Elizabeth Louden, director of historic preservation with the Texas Tech University’s College of Architecture, will deliver this year’s Samuel Benton Cantey III Lecture of Historic Fort Worth on Sept. 26.

The program starts at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St. Cost is $25 a person. Reservations can be made at

Louden has devoted her life to architecture and historical preservation. She has brought 3-D laser-scanning techniques to her teaching and scholarly work, and her service and research efforts have included preservation projects from Texas to the Roman Forum and Egyptian Temples, according to Historic Fort Worth.

A few years ago, Louden began to select places on Historic Fort Worth’s most-endangered list for student assignments. Her students have since presented creative design ideas and adaptive-use proposals for Heritage Park Plaza, Fort Worth Public Market Building and Fort Worth Power & Light Plant.

Following her presentation, George Bristol, author of On Politics and Parks, will present nine preservation awards.

The Cantey lecture is named in memory of Fort Worth visionary Samuel Benton Cantey III, an executive who recognized that the city was losing its irreplaceable architectural heritage.

— Sandra Baker

Veasey to hold Service Academy Day for students

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, will host Service Academy Day on Saturday to help students and parents learn how to navigate the application process for admission to U.S. military academies.

The event will be held at from 2 to 3 p.m. at Texas Wesleyan University’s Baker Building, at 3021 E. Rosedale St.

To RSVP, contact Veasey’s district office at 817-920-9086 or email

— Steve Campbell

Activities, prizes mark end of summer reading program

The Fort Worth Library will celebrate the conclusion of the summer segment of the Worth Reading program Sunday with an afternoon of activities, programs, music and prizes.

Worth Reading aims to get everyone reading and learning year-round. The program, divided into four-month segments, each with its own activities and prizes, expands the traditional summer reading program. The current segment runs through Dec. 31.

The program is a partnership between the library, Fort Worth schools and other organizations. The event from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Central Library, 500 W. Third St. downtown, will include an introduction to geocaching as well as musical entertainment and an introduction to flamenco dancing.

— Steve Campbell


Goodwill launches recycling program for scrap items

Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth has launched a recycling initiative for unsellable donations.

Items that do not sell in its 20 area stores are now separated into commodities including metals, cardboard, paper and other items that can be recycled.

“We have always promoted green practices and strive to maximize the value of donations we receive from the community,” said David Cox, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries.

The organization receives 21 million pounds of donations annually that might otherwise end up in landfills.

“We were green before green was cool,” said Beth Reneau, director of donated goods. “Now we’re taking it to the next level with the new recycling initiative.”

For more information, visit

— Steve Campbell

Tarrant Kidney Fest to offer free screenings

Families can receive free health screenings and information about kidney disease at the upcoming Tarrant Kidney Fest.

Tarrant Nephrology Associates, in conjunction with U.S. Renal Care, North Texas Korean Nurses Association and the National Kidney Foundation Serving Texas, is hosting the free outreach event from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. in Fort Worth.

Over 2,000 dialysis patients, their relatives and caregivers, and community members are expected to attend the event, which will include games, live entertainment and food.

To pre-register, visit

— Susan Schrock

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