TCC business students take honors in national competition

Tarrant County College students ranked among the best in the nation at the Business Professionals of America (BPA) leadership conference this month in Anaheim, California.

The seven students, who represented TCC Northwest, competed against 500 others from community colleges and universities across the country in workplace skills assessments. Contests included written tests as well as scenario-based exercises. TCC’s students received multiple commendations, including:

1st place, financial analyst team: Kelly Farr, Matthew Musgrove, Edwin Revolorio
1st place, C++ programming: Joline

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TCC chefs take honors in culinary competition

Tarrant County College Culinary Arts instructors earned accolades for their creations at the DFW West 2019 Fort Worth Food & Equipment Expo, sponsored by food and beverage distributor Ben E. Keith Company.

Representing TCC were Nathan Price, purchasing manager and instructional assistant for culinary arts; Chef Alison Hodges, instructor of culinary and pastry arts; Chef William Hodges, adjunct pastry instructor; and Chef Katrina Warner, program coordinator and instructor of culinary arts.

The TCC team competed in an American Culinary Federation (ACF) Contemporary Hot Food

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Take action on your Municipal Court cases during Warrant Forgiveness Month

The Fort Worth Municipal Court is declaring February Warrant Forgiveness Month.

Individuals who voluntarily appear at a court location in February and take action on their cases may be eligible for community service or a reduction in the fine amount.

In addition, the court is expanding its Court in the Community initiative to bring the mobile court to areas across the city in February.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 6, 9 a.m.- noon, Chisholm Trail Community Center, 4936 McPherson Blvd.
  • Thursday, Feb. 7, 9 a.m.- noon, Victory Forest Community Center, 3427 Hemphill St.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m.- noon, Riverside Community Center, 3700 E. Belknap St.
  • Thursday, Feb. 14, 9 a.m.- noon, Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale St.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20, 9 a.m.- noon, Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.
  • Thursday, Feb. 21, 9 a.m.- noon, Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 N.E. 36th St.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m.- noon, Thomas Place Community Center, 4237 Lafayette Ave.
  • Thursday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m.- noon, Eugene McCray Community Center, 4932 Wilbarger St.

Extended service hours at the A.D. Marshall Public Safety and Courts Building, 1000 Throckmorton St,. are set for Feb. 2 and 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Free parking is available near the building.

Fort Worth is a Safe Harbor, meaning that residents visiting a Municipal Court location will not be arrested for outstanding warrants issued by the Fort Worth Municipal Court. The court encourages anyone with outstanding citations to participate in this initiative to help resolve their cases.

To learn more, visit the Municipal Court webpage or call the Municipal Court during regular business hours at 817-392-6700.

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Orange Barrel Alert: Construction Work to take place along Burney Lane from Harbor Ct. to Lonesome Dove Rd.

Beginning Thursday, Jan.  17, Southlake Public Works Streets and Drainage will begin asphalt replacement on Burney Lane from Harbor Ct. East to Lonesome Dove Rd.

Crews will be on site between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. One lane of traffic will remain open during the resurfacing project. Flaggers will direct traffic during construction.

Work is expected to be completed by Friday, Feb. 1, weather permitting.

A message board will be placed on N. Carroll Ave. starting Friday, Jan. 11 to notify motorists and residents of the upcoming construction.

Thank you in advance for your patience, we appreciate your cooperation. Please contact Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082 with any questions.

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Upcoming event helps residents take care of outstanding warrants

Fort Worth Municipal Court will conduct a Safe Harbor initiative, meaning residents may visit without fear of arrest for outstanding warrants issued by the Municipal Court.

The Court in the Community event will be held 1-4 p.m. Jan. 17 at Good will Industries of Fort Worth, 4005 Campus Drive. The event is open to the public, but only the first 100 in line will be admitted.

Residents who plan to request alternatives to payment should bring all supporting documents for their request:

  • Time served. Bring booked-in and booked-out paperwork.
  • Community service/indigence documentation that shows you do not have the financial means to pay your warrants.
  • Time payment plans.
  • Two forms of identification.

To learn more, call 817-332-7866, ext. 2179.

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Take extra care of pets during freezing temperatures

Pet owners, take a few extra steps to ensure your pets are well-protected during freezing temperatures.

Fort Worth animal welfare ordinances require that all pets have access to an adequate warm and dry shelter and access to water and food.

The ASPCA provided these cold-weather tips for pets:

  • Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories, and making sure they have plenty of water to drink will help keep them well-hydrated and their skin less dry.
  • Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for pets, so keep animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost or injured.
  • Don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death.

To report animals who may be in distressed situations, call 817-392-1234 or email the Call Center.

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Dads and Brew Conversation to Take Place November 27

Dads & Brew: Building a Stronger, More Unified Community takes place Tuesday, November 27 at 7 p.m. at The Ginger Man, 1512 E. Southlake Boulevard.

Southlake Dads are invited to join Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Shawn McCaskill, Councilmember John Huffman and Zoning Board of Adjustment Vice Chairman Ronell Smith to “continue the conversation over a different kind of brew.”

In a post recently published to Councilmember Huffman’s Facebook page, Huffman said, “We believe communities are stronger, more vibrant and more together when we take the time to get to know one another in a genuine, sincere way. Let’s do our part, as men in this community, to ensure we’re together, connected and committed to seeing Southlake become an even more welcoming, inclusive and supportive community.”

The community discussions, including Coffee and Conversation hosted by Mayor Laura Hill, Carroll ISD School Board President Sheri Mills, and Carroll ISD School Board Vice President Michelle Moore, started after a video posted on social media showed teenagers chanting a racist word to the camera.

Look for more information in the coming weeks and months on the City’s and Mayor Hill’s social media accounts and My Southlake News about creating meaningful change in Southlake including the second annual Celebrate Southlake.

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Cross Country Boys Take Second at State; Girls Finish Fourth

The Carroll Boys Cross Country Team earned a 2nd place finish and the Girls earned a 4th place finish at the Class 6A State Championship in Round Rock, TX. Each year brings challenges at this level of competition and this year was certainly no different. Even with the challenging course at Old Settler’s Park, the boys came away with a podium finish while the girls just missed theirs by 9 points.

Head Cross Country Coach Justin Leonard said, “We are so proud of the way our kids competed at the State meet. We went into the meet with the goal of winning but came up a little short. I would like to thank this group of seniors for all of their dedication over the last four years. Now we will regroup and get a little redemption at Nike Regionals.”

For the boys, it was a repeat of last year’s state meet with the team coming away in 2nd place with 113 points behind The Woodlands who scored 99 points.  Junior Nate Lannen came in 6th overall; following behind him was Tim McElaney with Jack Meyers right behind him in 14th.  Henry Garnder was next to cross the line in 36th and Drew Bliss rounded out the scoring positions in 44th place.  Antonio Florcruz (53rd) and Steven Torres (55th) also competed, completing the varsity team.  The entire varsity team met Elite Performance Standards with times of 16:30 or less.

The Lady Dragons in a tight race placed 4th with 103 points behind Prosper (with 94 points) Lewisville Flower Mound (93 points) and Coppell (79 points) and ahead of Keller (with 130 points.)  The girls’ team was again led by Senior Sofia Santamaria in 7th place overall followed by Grace Williamson in 11th, Lydia Lo in 23rd, Payton Wichman in 25th, and finishing out the scoring positions was Lauren Langenberg in 37th.  Tatum Foreman finished in 66th and Katherine McElaney 82nd to complete the varsity team.  All seven varsity girls met Elite Performance Standards with times of 19:45 or less.



Boys                                                                            Girls

6th –   Nate Lannen (15:18)                                    7th –   Sofia Santamaria (17:54)

13th – Tim McElaney (15:30)                                11th – Grace Williamson (18:11)

14th – Jack Myers (15:31)                                      23rd – Lydia Lo (18:26)

36th – Henry Gardner (15:53)                              25th – Payton Wichman (18:27)

44th – Drew Bliss (15:56)                                      37th  – Lauren Langenberg (18:41)

53rd – Antonio Florcruz (16:01)                           66th – Tatum Foreman (19:14)

55th – Drew Bliss (16:01)                                       82nd  – Katherine McElaney (19:44)

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Dragons Take Down Chargers; Earn Playoff Birth

For the 19th consecutive year, the Carroll Dragon football team will be heading to postseason play. With the 49-14 victory over the Keller Central Chargers, the Dragons have secured their spot in the District 5-6A playoffs.

The Dragons got off to a hot start this week putting up 21 unanswered points to open the game. Senior T.J. McDaniels scored two early touchdowns and Will Bowers hit Glen Mitchell for a 16-yard touchdown early in the second quarter.

Senior R.J. Mickens displayed this speed with two outstanding punt returns in the first half for 61 yards and 48 yards to keep the Dragons in good field position and poised to add to the score.

Eli Furgal added to his hot performance in the previous week with two touchdown runs. The Dragon defense was tough all evening as well, giving up a total of 14 points that came late in the game.

The Dragons are off to Northwest ISD Stadium on Friday, November 2 to take on V.R. Eaton High School before returning home for Senior Night on November 9 to close the regular season against Timber Creek.

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Southlake Water Utilities Announces Utility Rate Changes to Take Effect October 2018

Water, sewer, garbage and recycling rate changes will go into effect on October 1, 2018, for all Southlake Water Utilities customers.  Residents will notice the increase on November bills.

Water Rate Change

In September this year, the Fort Worth City Council voted to increase its wholesale water costs. As a result, the increase will be passed on to Southlake customers. Southlake Water Utilities is a financially self-sustaining utility similar to electric and natural gas companies, where increased costs to the utility are passed on to consumers.

The City of Fort Worth is Southlake’s wholesale water provider.  Fort Worth’s pass-through rate increase amounts to 4.38%.

What does this mean?

For example, if you have a one -inch water meter and consume 26,640 gallons of water a month, with the rate increase your water bill will increase by $7.26.  This example is based on the average residential water consumption in Southlake.

Sewer Rate Change

In August of this year, the Trinity River Authority (TRA) Board of Directors voted to approve rate increases for sewer treatment at both Denton Creek and Central Regional wastewater plants. As a result, Southlake Water Utilities will be passing the 11% increase on to Southlake customers. The Trinity River Authority supplies sewer treatment to 98% of Tarrant County, including, Southlake.

The maximum residential sewer charge Southlake customers will see is $68.48 per month. This will also take effect on October 1, 2018, and the increase will show on the November billing statements.

Refuse Rate Change

In August, City Council approved a new five-year renewal of the contract with Republic Waste Services of Texas, Ltd. for waste and recycling services in Southlake. Under the new the contract renewal, residential collections will increase by $1.03 on October 1, 2018. The trash rate will increase annually by three percent and the recycling rates will be adjusted annually based on processing costs. Commercial collections and roll-off rates will increase by three percent on October 1 and three percent annually under the contract renewal.

You may view all of the above rate changes by visiting the Southlake Water Utilities webpage, then click the Water & Sewer Rates button.

Reminder, the effective date of increase for Southlake customers will begin October 1, 2018. Customers will see the changes reflected on their November bill.

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