Trinity River to be stocked with trout

Anglers, get ready to fish the Trinity for trout.

The river will be stocked with 2,100 fish by the Tarrant Regional Water District before noon on Dec. 21. The stocking will take place at Trinity Park and River Park.

While some of the fish will be caught within the first few hours of being released, it takes up to 48 hours for the fish to fully adjust to their new surroundings and to resume their normal feeding pattern. This process creates terrific fishing throughout the first weekend following trout release days.

Future stocking dates:

  • Jan. 3, 2018, Trinity Park (1,000 trout).
  • Jan. 4, 2018, River Park (1,000 trout).
  • Feb. 7, 2018, Trinity Park (1,000 trout).
  • Feb. 9, 2018, River Park (1,000 trout).
  • March 10, 2018, Flyfest at River Park (2,000 trout).

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Carroll ISD Inclement Winter Weather Procedure Reminder

With Texas’ ever-changing weather, Carroll ISD would like to remind the community the procedure for inclement winter weather.

The district considers the safety of our students and staff a top priority and will always respond first to the immediate emergency. After ensuring the safety of our Dragons, our next priority will be communicating with parents. Parents may not receive an immediate storm communication while the district manages the actual emergency.

Carroll ISD monitors the National Weather Service and local meteorologist forecasts before making decisions to close or delay school. Officials try to provide details about school closings to staff, students and parents before 6 a.m. Keep in mind that district buses begin their routes very early, but conditions change so rapidly in Texas that sometimes conditions and temperatures improve by the time buses begin their routes. So, the decision regarding the school schedule may not be made until the early morning hours before a school day. When at all possible, we do consider compelling facts in order to make a decision the night before.

Factors considered before making a weather-related decision about school include:

  • road conditions, temperatures
  • the presence of snow, ice, and sleet
  • teen driver safety
  • sidewalk and parking lot conditions; and
  • the ability for staff who live outside our district to get to work
  • whether or not HVAC systems are operating correctly; and
  • whether or not neighboring school districts are having school.

Key Communication Steps by Carroll ISD to announce weather alerts:

  • Respond first to emergency internally by communicating with staff and securing students
  • Post Twitter/Facebook alerts
  • Add weather announcements on District Website and
  • Send weather alerts through Mobile Dragon App
  • Call and Email staff and parents via Connect-ED telephone notification system

District Website,, & Social Media: Twitter is one of the first forms of communication for Carroll ISD. You can follow @Carrollisd for official alerts and notices using the hashtag #SAFEdragon. When the situation permits, the district will also post closings to the district’s website at, Facebook page, and Social media is a great way to connect and interact with our students online. However, students and adults are reminded that although we want to connect with them on social media, they are to remain respectful of authority when communicating.

Social Media Reminder:  False reports of school closings, accidents or injuries by students will not be tolerated, nor will inappropriate language or references that violate the Student Code of Conduct. Remind your child that social media sites are monitored by district officials. Please help us teach the students the appropriate way to communicate. Before posting, THINK – is it True? Is it Helpful? Is it Inspiring? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind?

Mobile Dragon App:  You can download our free Mobile Dragon App by searching for Carroll Dragons in the app store on your smartphone.  Once the app is downloaded to your phone, you can change the settings and notifications to alert you when messages are texted from Carroll ISD to followers via the mobile app. Once Carroll ISD has tweeted the weather-related message under the hashtag #SAFEdragon, a similar/consistent message will be sent through the Dragon Mobile app.

Emergency Notification System: Weather-related school closings and delays will be communicated to employees and parents via the district’s emergency telephone notification system (Connect-ED). The system can call ALL the emergency contact numbers simultaneously. NOTE:  Please be sure that your contact information is up-to-date in Skyward Family Access. The district uses the emergency contact information provided by parents for the emergency notification system. Staff and student information are updated nightly to ensure accurate communications. In addition to a phone call, staff and parents should also receive a corresponding written email message.

Radio & Television Announcements: Official announcements during inclement weather will still be made on DFW radio and television stations, including WBAP News Talk 820 AM, KRLD 1080-AM and on KXAS Channel 5, KDFW Fox 4 News, KTVT Channel 11 and WFAA Channel 8.

Questions about district procedures may be directed to the Board & Community Relations Department at 817-949-7080.

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FM 1938 Update: Work Started on Underground Drainage Structure

On Monday, December 11 heavy excavation for the construction of an underground drainage structure north of Beam Drive started.

Construction of a large underground drainage structure north of Beam Drive was included in the overall construction project to provide flood protection for the properties downstream of FM 1938. Unexpected site conditions and historic rain fall caused complications during and after the original installation of these facilities resulting in an extensive investigation. The findings led TxDOT to select a totally different product and type of construction for the replacement of these facilities.

FM 1938 WORK ZONEMotorists should expect that storm drain construction will take place behind the existing barricades between Beam Drive and Randol Mill. No lane closures will be necessary; however, construction crews will need to periodically stop traffic to allow vehicles and equipment to enter the work area.

Thank you for your patience during this project. If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 817-748-8098.

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City Council votes to update smoking ordinance

The City Council approved an ordinance that prohibits smoking in bars and bingo parlors as well as prohibiting retail smoke shops within 300 feet of schools, universities and hospitals.

“Fort Worth joins all other major Texas cities in going smoke-free,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “Fort Worth has made great strides in health and wellness, with many of our initiatives receiving national attention. The adoption of this ordinance, which will go into effect in 90 days, is another step forward in creating a healthier environment for all of Fort Worth — from workers to patrons, musicians to expecting mothers.”

This was the first update to the city’s smoking ordinance since 2008. The new law also governs the use of e-cigarettes in prohibited locations.

The new ordinance continues to allow smoking in outdoor dining areas and patios of public places as long as the area is at least 20 feet from entrances and exits. Smoking in private clubs will still be allowed.

The new ordinance prohibits retail smoke shops within 300 feet of schools, universities and hospitals. A retail smoke shop is defined as a business that earns 90 percent of its gross annual sales from tobacco, smoking and e-cigarette products.

Smoking in cigar lounges, defined as a business that earns 30 percent of its gross annual sales from cigars and cigar accessories, will be allowed.

The updated ordinance goes into effect March 12, 2018.

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Floral Design Course Helps Blossom Student Creativity

“It’s oddly therapeutic, getting to arrange things; it’s like another form of art where you can express yourself.” Mikayla Gist, Carroll Senior High School Floral Design student, says as she works on a holiday floral arrangement that features roses, cinnamon sticks and bunches of pine needles.

In its second year as an elective option for students, the Floral Design program has provided a unique and nontraditional way for students to create beautiful works of art. Carroll Senior High School currently offers four Floral Design I sections and one Floral Design II section. In these classes, students learn everything from floral identification to the actual business side of running a company.

For teacher Johanna Belwood, it’s all about giving her students an experience that resembles the actual daily life of a florist or business owner.

“Being a CTE class, I want my students to have real-world experience and make a product that is going to be used,” Belwood states. “Making something that is really going into someone’s house makes all the difference in the world.”

Currently, both classes are working on holiday arrangements that are available for the public to purchase. Eden Monrad, a senior in the program, enjoys working on a project that the community can display during the holidays.

“Knowing someone is spending their own money on pieces that we work on really makes us want to work hard on making them nice,” Monrad says.

Belwood is in her second year with Carroll ISD and appreciates all the support the community has shown for the program. The students have created floral arrangements for local businesses, district events, and even wedding rehearsal dinners. While creating these beautiful pieces is exciting, Belwood’s favorite part of the class is seeing kids realize they can express themselves through their floral designs.

“I have so many kids say they took this class because they can’t draw or they aren’t artistic and it’s a fun way for them to discover that yes they are,” Belwood says. “There are so many ways to be artistic and flowers are just one way of them.”

Currently, the program has a limited supply of the holiday arrangements still available. If you are interested in purchasing an arrangement, click here. All proceeds from sales go directly back to the program and help students create even more unique pieces of art.

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Renovation Update for DPS West Facility

Renovations are moving forward at the Southlake DPS West Fire and Police Station.

The improvements will enhance the safety and security of the building with a larger community room, updated offices, replacement of the air conditioning rooftop units, as well as updated plumbing and electrical wiring. The renovations will also address the cosmetic and maintenance issues caused by significant foundation movement.

“This is a phased construction project so that our first responders will continue to meet our required response times for emergency situations,” said Fire Chief Michael Starr.

Other improvements include:

  • Replacement of fire bay doors with added auto-close safety feature
  • Installation of a modern exhaust system to capture the potential carcinogens found in fire apparatus’s exhaust
  • Replacement of backup generator
  • Expansion of dayroom and kitchen
  • Gated access to area behind the facility exterior and landscaping improvements

The DPS West facility was originally constructed in 2001 housing both Fire Department and Police Department personnel. Since then, the City has opened the DPS Headquarters facility in 2009 and the DPS North Training facility in 2013.

The City’s proposed plans to update and modernize the west station originally included four bids that were presented and reviewed by the Crime Control & Prevention District (CCPD) and approved by City Council on September 5, 2017, at a cost of $1,961,366.16. The majority of the renovation cost is being funded through CCPD fund with a smaller portion (approximately $300,000) coming from the City’s general fund. The contract was awarded to HCI General Contractors.

“DPS West will continue to house the Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Section and the Office of Traffic Management.  These teams are vital to ensuring the safety of Southlake’s motoring public as we strive to increase mobility,” said Police Chief James Brandon.

Watch for periodic updates to follow the progress of the DPS West renovation. The project is anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2018.


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Tarrant County Issues Burning Ban

As of today, all outdoor burning in Tarrant County is PROHIBITED.

Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court approved and issued an Outdoor Burning Ban for Tarrant County today. The Outdoor Burning Ban will be in place for the next ninety (90) days.

The unincorporated areas of Tarrant County have been determined to be under drought conditions by the Texas Forest Service.  These conditions have prompted the Tarrant County Fire Marshal to request the Ban on Outdoor Burning in an effort to protect lives and properties of the residents in Tarrant County. Denton County is also under a 90-day outdoor burning ban.

A violation of the Court Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning is a class C Misdemeanor and punishable by a fine up to $500.00.

For information on outdoor cooking and outdoor welding guidelines, you can go to the Tarrant County website.

We urge all residents of Tarrant County to help us during this time.

For our residents in the rural areas, we suggest you make sure that you keep an area of approximately 30 feet mowed around your home and outbuildings to prevent a fire from reaching your structures.

Residents should also take measures to protect their homes by removing unwanted combustible debris and vegetation away from their homes and be sure to keep water hoses readily accessible in the event a small fire starts.

All Tarrant County residents are cautioned to BE SAFE during the burn ban.

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