American Sign Language provides alerts to deaf and functional-needs residents

Fort Worth residents and visitors can rest easy knowing that their personal safety is important to those whose job it is to provide warning and protection. During severe weather events or large man-made incidents, most residents will receive warning through a NOAA All Hazard Weather radio, the city’s outdoor warning sirens, Nixle emergency texts or television and radio announcements.

Fort Worth residents with functional needs — hard of hearing, deaf or blind — can also rest easy as they can receive an alert through the Accessible Hazard Alert System.

The Fort Worth Fire Department Office of Emergency Management is part of a small group of municipalities nationwide that offer the Accessible Hazard Alert System, also known as AHAS, to residents with functional needs. The AHAS alerts are transmitted in a visual format displayed in American Sign Language, captioned English and Spanish text, spoken word and electronic Braille.

Participants must have a video-capable device such as an iPhone, Android, tablet, iPad or email to receive the alerts, and must live within Fort Worth city limits.

There is no cost to participate, and registration is easy. Simply visit Fort Worth AHAS website and provide your contact information.

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WGU Texas, Tarrant County College District Sign Agreement to Make Higher Education More Accessible

Partnership streamlines process for students, employees and graduates to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees

WGU Texas, and Tarrant County College District (TCCD) announced today the signing of an agreement that creates pathways for students, employees and graduates to work toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree and further their education at WGU Texas.

“Thanks to this new transfer option, TCC students now have a seamless, cost-effective pathway to earn a bachelor’s degree through WGU Texas and enter the workforce,” said TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini. “WGU has an

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Nine Dragons Sign Letters of Intent at Spring Singing Day 2019

Carroll Senior High School hosted their spring signing event at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 17 in the Student Activity Center.

The ceremony included nine Carroll student-athletes signing athletic scholarships with colleges or universities.

The signees include…

Austin Hale – Baseball – Weatherford College

Sam Silvestri – Baseball – University of the Ozarks

Brandon Haddock – Basketball – University of Utah

Jack Myers – Cross Country/Track –  University of Texas at Arlington

Sofia Santamaria – Cross Country/Track – University of Texas at Arlington

Christopher Lindley – Swimming – United States Air Force Academy

Jaykob Williams – Swimming/Diving – United States Air Force Academy

Mason Kelber – Swimming/Diving – Washington University in St. Louis

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High school artists encouraged to sign up for prestigious competition

Calling all Fort Worth high school students: the fifth annual Betsy Price Art Competition is now accepting entries.

Selected students will be showcased in a group exhibition May 1-18 at Fort Works Art. The grand prize entry will hang outside the mayor’s office at City Hall for a year.

Every year, close to 600 North Texas high school students apply for the exhibition, with a juror selecting 40 exemplary works to be included in the show. Last year’s exhibition was juried by Andrew J. Walker, executive director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

Apply by March 31.

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Dragon Student-Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Carroll Senior High School and the Carroll Athletic Department hosted an event on Wednesday morning to recognize an outstanding group of student-athletes who signed their National Letter of Intent to study and play at the collegiate level after graduation.

In total, twenty-six athletes from sports ranging from soccer to beach volleyball signed to play college athletics.

Carroll Senior High Principal, Shaun Duhon, is thankful for the time these Dragons spent in Carroll ISD.

“These students have represented this school and district in the best way, we are excited to continue to follow both their athletic and educational careers”, said Duhon.

Congratulations to these outstanding athletes.

Sydney Nobles – Soccer – University of Texas at Austin
Taylor Tufts – Soccer – University of Oklahoma
Gabriella Missimo – Soccer – University of Texas at Austin
Karen Lee – Golf – Henderson state university
Tara Sumer – soccer – Baylor University
Summer Westover – Diving – BYU
Callie Craus Volleyball (beach) McNeese State University
Hope Shannon – Volleyball – University of Arizona
Abbey Sweeting – Volleyball – California State University – Northridge (CSUN)
Summer Westover – Diving – BYU
McKenzie Nichols – Volleyball – Texas Christian University (TCU)
Harper Jane Hallgren – Volleyball – University of Southern California
Landon Chance Armstrong – Swimming – Dartmouth College
Sutton MacTavish – Beach Volleyball – Pepperdine University
Madeline Bryant – Soccer – Baylor University
Delaney Bell – Volleyball – DePauw University
Madison Cashon – Softball – Tarleton State University
Bailey Meyer – Soccer – Trinity University
Ashton Begley – Golf – Oklahoma State University
Caroline Berutti – Soccer – University of Oklahoma
Lauren Long – Softball – Brown University
Serena Eboh – Soccer – Southern Methodist University
Gaby Garcia – Softball – Stephen F. Austin
Kevin Repice – Swimming – Duke University
Natalie Whalen – Swimming – Harvard University
Sydney Balint – Swimming -University of Indianapolis

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Flame sign above former gas building temporarily coming down

The iconic flame sign that has perched atop the former Lone Star Gas Building since 1957 is temporarily coming down. Efforts are underway to identify funding to restore and reinstall it.

Due to recent storms, the sign has become structurally unsound and will be removed and stored at a city facility until additional funding for restoration can be identified. Once restored, the sign may be considered by the City Council for inclusion in the Fort Worth Public Art collection, allowing it to be properly maintained as a cultural icon.

An emergency certificate of appropriateness for removing the sign has been issued by the Historic and Cultural Landmarks Commission. The sign will be labeled and photographed before storage. Original drawings of the sign are filed with the city’s Planning & Development Department and Facilities Management Department.

The restoration will cost approximately $120,000. Atmos Energy has pledged $60,000 toward the restoration.

About the building

The former Lone Star Gas Co. headquarters, 908 Monroe St., was designed by Fort Worth architect Wyatt C. Hedrick in 1929 as a four-story building that could be expanded with three additional floors. Those three floors were added to the top of the building in 1957; they were also designed by Hedrick.

That same year, the blue flame neon sign of the Lone Star Gas logo was installed atop the building. The enamel-painted rotating sign featured neon lighting. The sign was designed, constructed and installed by Federal Electric Sign Co., now called Federal Heath Sign Co.

The building features Art Deco styling and has a beautiful lobby that has been restored. The Fort Worth Water Department and other city offices currently occupy the building. The building is designated a historic and cultural landmark and includes the Lone Star Gas sign as an essential element.

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Fort Worth, London sign partnership to strengthen business ties

Dallas-Fort Worth and London, England, signed a city-to-city partnership to strengthen trade and investment ties between the two regions.

The agreement links the two economies more closely together and helps high-growth companies looking to expand from one region to another.

Following a meeting in London between London’s Deputy Mayor for Business Rajesh Agrawal and the mayors of Fort Worth and Dallas, the two regions agreed to work together to provide greater assistance to companies looking to build operations in each market. Through the partnership, companies will receive support in finding office space, introductions to advisers, funding sources, accelerator programs and other contacts.

The two cities will also connect through trade missions, signature events and other opportunities over the next several years.

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to expand our business connections and talent pool through this partnership,” Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said. “In today’s rapidly changing economy, there’s great strength in sharing opportunities and resources between our cities on an international stage within the technology, innovation, entrepreneurship and startup spaces.”

Dallas-Fort Worth is the fourth largest region in the U.S. and is adding more jobs than any other metro area. DFW has one of the fastest growing population centers and offers a dynamic, growth-oriented business climate.

London is Europe’s largest technology hub and a leading global financial center. The UK capital’s thriving tech sector is home to 47,000 enterprises, contributing 242,000 jobs across the city. The United States is the largest overseas market for foreign direct investment into London over the past 10 years.

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TCC, MSU Texas Sign Partnership Agreements for Healthcare Programs

For students studying nursing, radiologic technology, or respiratory care at Tarrant County College (TCC), their path to a baccalaureate degree will soon be a smoother journey. Through articulation agreements between TCC and Midwestern State University (MSU Texas), these students can now complete their associate degrees and seamlessly continue to pursue their bachelor’s degrees at MSU Texas.

Administrators from the two institutions will mark the new partnership with a ceremonial signing and press conference at 10 a.m. Monday, February 5, at the Tarrant County College Trinity River

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Ten Dragon Student Athletes Sign National Letters

On Wednesday, February 7, Carroll Senior High hosted a National Signing Day event to honor ten student-athletes who have signed to continue studying and competing at the collegiate level.

The athletes and their families were announced and recognized in front of a group of their teachers, families, and friends. They end inked their official National Letter of Intent to their future university.

Stephen Blomstrom, Carroll basketball player is signing to play at Pomona College in Claremont, California. Dragon head coach, Eric McDade was in attendance to support Blomstrom on such an important day.

“Stephen has a tremendous work ethic and set his mind to play basketball at the next level his freshman year,” McDade said, “He has found his spot and it is a perfect fit for him academically and athletically and I couldn’t be more proud of the man. All of these student-athletes signing today obviously got it done on the field, but more importantly, they got it done in the classroom, and that is the most important thing to our athletic program.”

The signees include:

Stephen Blomstrom – Pomona College – Basketball
Darryl Crockett – University of Mary Hardin-Baylor – Football
Jacob Doddridge – Rice University – Football
Jackson Kimble – Baylor University – Football
Matthew Leehan – Colorado School of Mines – Football
Colton Phillips – Hendrix College – Football
DJ Springer – Trinity University – Golf
Leslie Fields – Texas Christian University – Soccer
Sydney Posey – University of Incarnate Word – Soccer
Jessy Nesbit – Pomona College – Water Polo

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Sign Up for the 2018 LiveFit Wellness Challenge

The holidays are here, but there is still no time like the present to start thinking about getting fit and reducing stress in your life.

One way to accomplish this is through the City of Southlake’s LiveFit Wellness Challenge. It’s easy to sign up and each month you’ll find new health-related classes to keep you up-to-date on the latest wellness topics ranging from checking for hormone imbalances, improving circulation, eating healthy and much more.

Let 2018 be your fittest, strongest and healthiest year yet and take the LiveFit Wellness Challenge! The 2018 LiveFit Wellness Challenge kicks off on January 13, 2018. Registration is free and begins December 15, 2017. Participants will compete in daily challenges, track their steps, and have the opportunity to attend ‘lunch and learns’, fitness classes, activities with the mayor and so much more.  Participants will receive a free t-shirt once they have registered and will receive more fun goodies and prizes once they accumulate points!

 Mark your calendar for the following FREE LiveFit events!

January 13: Health Fair Wellness Challenge Kickoff

February 10: Fitness Fun Day

March 15: Wellness Challenge Conclusion

March 17: Superhero Fun Run and 5K Sponsored by Texas Health Resources (FREE with Wellness Challenge Registration!)

 Other activities will include:

  • Events with Mayor Laura Hill
  • LiveWell Lecture Series
  • Couch to 5K Sponsored by Camp Gladiator
  • FREE February Fitness Classes
  • Fitness Workshops
  • Daily Challenges and More

Each activity helps participants earn points toward winning the ultimate prize, but there will be many other amazing prizes as well. 2017’s winners took home FitBits, Apple Watches, Bose headphones and some great LiveFit goodies. The Wellness Challenge concludes with the annual Superhero Fun Run and 5K in Bicentennial Park. Challenge registrants will gain FREE access to the run.

The Southlake LiveFit program also hosts group fitness classes at the Southlake Activity Center at 307 Parkwood Drive. For $20 a month, participants receive unlimited access to all the fitness classes offered in the morning and evening. Classes include Gentle Yoga, Zumba, Total Body Workout, Pilates and Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga. Click here for a current calendar.  Register online for your LiveFit Pass today!

Mark your calendars for January 13, 2018, − March 17, 2018, as Southlake continues to live a healthier lifestyle. For more information, please visit the LiveFit Wellness Challenge website.

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