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Traffic changes expected from Farm Road 1187 work

Traffic will be switched to the newly constructed lanes on the east side of Farm Road 1187 in Aledo starting Oct. 2.

The switchover could cause minor delays from 8 p.m. to midnight that day. West Oak Street will also be closed, while East Oak Street and Underwood Road will reopen.

Construction crews will remain on site with directional signs posted to maintain access to nearby businesses.

Farm Road 1187 will be a four-lane divided highway upon completion.

— Taylor Prater


BarktoberFest on Oct. 26 will support animal shelter

Tickets are on sale for BarktoberFest presented by the Azle Area Shelter Humane Association, XTO Energy and Wal-Mart. The event, which takes place Oct. 26 at Vance Godbey’s restaurant, at 8601 Jacksboro Highway in Fort Worth, will include dinner, live and silent auctions, and entertainment by the band CoCo-Bann.

Proceeds will go to the building fund for the second phase of the Azle Animal Shelter and for veterinary services for the shelter’s homeless pets.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities or donations, email or visit

Tickets are available at the animal shelter, at 724 Park Drive, or the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce, 404 Main St.


Council set to OK 2013-14 budget Monday evening

The City Council is scheduled to approve a $12.4 million budget that includes employee pay raises and new police and fire vehicles.

The council vote is scheduled for the council meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 3219 California Parkway.

City Manager Sheyi Ipaye said the total budget including debt service is $12.4 million. The city’s operating budget — for day-to-day expenses such as salaries — is $6.3 million.

The property tax rate of $1.06 per $100 of assessed value will remain the same, he said.

Employees will receive a 2 percent pay increase, and the city is also purchasing a new fire engine and four police cars, he said. The city is spending $455,000 on the firetruck and $139,800 for the Dodge Chargers for the Police Department.

Forest Hill is also picking up the expense of rising healthcare insurance premiums for its employees, Ipaye said.

— Elizabeth Campbell


TCU service organization to host 5K run for Girl Scouts

The TCU chapter of Alpha Phi Omega will host a 5K run and mile walk/run Oct. 6 to benefit Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains.

Proceeds from the event will help to provide financial aid to girls who would otherwise be unable to take part in Girl Scouts.

The public can register for the event at The 5K is $20 for adults and $15 for children, and the mile is $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Anyone who registers by Tuesday will get a free T-shirt. Registration ends Oct. 5.

For more information or to find out how to volunteer, call 800-582-7272.

— Taylor Prater

Cemetery presents eighth Saints and Sinners Tour

North Fort Worth Historical Society is inviting the public to Oakwood Cemetery for a historic and eerie walk through the lives of the city’s famous and infamous former residents.

The Saints and Sinners Tour allows participants to walk the cemetery and hear about the former lives of some of its residents by actors portraying them.

Walking tours are at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27. Twilight tours are available Oct. 25 and 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Presentations will also be made at each walk inside the chapel.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students or children 12 and younger.

Twilight tour tickets are $20 and should be reserved by calling 817-625-5082.

Proceeds benefit the cemetery and the historical society.

Oakwood Cemetery is at 701 Grand Ave.

— Taylor Prater

New Age enrichment center opens on city’s south side

If you consider yourself earthy, spiritual, organic, or you just love to practice yoga and tai chi, a new store might be just for you.

New Age Spiritual Enrichment Center opened Saturday under the ownership of Fort Worth native Castle Hill.

Hill’s interests include religion, quantum physics, spiritual awareness, organic products and more. The new center will allow him to spread those interests throughout the community.

The building will offer yoga and tai chi classes, sell organic products, and provide religious and meditative aids.

The school is at 2100 SE Loop 820. For more information, call 817-225-5218 or visit

— Taylor Prater

Bird hike planned at nature center Oct. 5

Naturalists at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge will search for birds that may be stopping in North Texas during their long flight home and go in search of new winter residents.

Officials encourage participants to bring binoculars.

The bird hike runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at the refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road.

For more information, go to or call 817-392-7410.

— Anna M. Tinsley

Handley neighborhood sets National Night Out

Handley Neighborhood Association and its Code Blue group will sponsor National Night Out Against Crime from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 1.

The event at the Gazebo Park, behind the picket fence at 3100 Handley Drive, will offer food, fun and festivities for all. There will also be prize drawings and children’s games.

Fire, police and community representatives will attend.

Information: Grace Rhoden, 817-429-2240 or


Burgers and music with VFW, American Legion

VFW and American Legion will hold a Karaoke and Burger Night from 7 to 10 Oct. 4 and 25 at VFW Post 10375, at 13825 U.S 287.

Besides the food available for sale, a raffle will be held for an eagle statue.

For more information call 817-522-2385 or 817-489-2001.

— Susan McFarland


Senior center will host safety event Tuesday

The L.O. Bud Irby Lake Worth Senior Center is hosting a program Tuesday that will educate seniors on how to stay safe in their communities.

John Smith, a Lake Worth Police Department community education officer, will give tips and information on staying safe, about crimes targeting senior residents, answer questions and more.

Members and adult guests are welcome to the free event.

Coffee will be provided.

The event starts at 11 a.m. at the center, at 7005 Charbonneau Road.

For more information, call 817-237-3281.

— Taylor Prater

Parker county

Residents invited to decorate scarecrows

Clark Gardens is hosting a special fall event through Sept. 30 where residents can create their own scarecrow for Scarecrow Alley.

The event is part of the garden’s Month of the Scarecrow and is an effort to create one of the largest displays in the state.

The garden provides the body, and visitors do the rest. Hours for creation are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Clark Gardens is at 567 Maddux Road in Parker County.

For more information, contact or call 940-682-4856.

— Taylor Prater


Food truck festival set for Rangers Ballpark

Experience Arlington and Texas Rangers Enterprises have announced the upcoming Fall Texas Food Truckin’ Fest.

The event, which includes food trucks, live music and kids activities, is set for 4 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25 and from noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Friday passes are $10 for adults and $6 for children; Saturday passes are $12 for adults and $6 for children; or weekend passes can be purchased for $15 for adults.

Tickets can be purchased at the entrance. Food and beverage purchases vary by vendor. Parking is free.

For more information, visit

— Susan Schrock

Kids Fishing Day takes place Saturday at park

Children are welcome to try their lines out at Mike Lewis Park for a free day of fishing.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the park, at 2600 N. Carrier Parkway.

For more information, call 972-237-8100.

— Taylor Prater

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