Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Lockheed Martin leases space in Fort Worth office complex

Lockheed Martin leases space in Fort Worth office complex
By Steve Brown / The Dallas Morning News
September 11, 2009

Developers of a Fort Worth office complex have landed a major tenant. Lockheed Martin Corp. has leased 61,945 square feet of space from Wilcox Development in the Wilcox Plaza at Green Oaks.

The three-story office building at 7000 Calmont Avenue on Fort Worth's west side opened this summer. The space is near Lockheed Martin’s assembly plant and runway.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Bell, engineering union reach contract agreement

The Associated Press / Chron.com
August 17, 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas — Bell Helicopter has a new three-year contract with a union representing about 175 engineering workers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The company said the Bell Production Engineers Association ratified the contract Sunday night by a three-to-one margin. The contract includes a cumulative wage increase of 10.4 percent over the three years of the deal, and each union member will receive a $3,000 cash ratification bonus.

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Batteries Plus positive on plans for Fort Worth market

By Aleisha Howe / Fort Worth Business Press
August 17, 2009

With one successful location on Camp Bowie Boulevard in Fort Worth, Hartland, Wis.-based Batteries Plus is charging up to install four to six new locations in the Fort Worth area in coming months.

Batteries Plus, a franchise battery retailer, has targeted the greater Fort Worth area for expansion plans and currently is searching for qualified franchisees.

“Fort Worth is primed for additional Batteries Plus expansion,” said CEO Russ Reynolds. “Our track record in similar markets, coupled with a significant and growing consumer demand for battery products and services, makes Batteries Plus a lucrative opportunity for ambitious entrepreneurs in the Fort Worth area.”

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Monday, August 17, 2009

The future of the past: The C. M. Davis “Aparthomes” in Fort Worth

By Kevin Buchanan / Pegasus News

In the 1930s, as the Great Depression brought on tough times for the city of Fort Worth, a concrete engineer named Charles M. Davis and his daughter Zoe became interested in transferring that concrete engineering knowledge to the creation of affordable, compact homes. They adapted that engineering work to the Streamline Moderne style and created a series of one-bedroom “Aparthomes” (apartment-homes) in the TCU/Berry Street area. The homes were sponsored by the Portland Cement Association.

Today, four of the C. M. Davis Aparthomes are still standing, and here’s a look at how they are today.

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More Tarrant cities focus on saving trees

By Elizabeth Campbell / Star-Telegram.com
August 16, 2009

Imagine tree-lined streets and heavily wooded areas seemingly left untouched by development in a city experiencing an explosion of growth.

That is a vision Burleson leaders cling to as rooftops continue to pop up on the horizon and the extension of Southwest Parkway from Fort Worth promises even more.

It’s also why Burleson is considering adopting an ordinance designed to save trees and create green space. But unlike other municipalities, the city is taking an approach that its leaders hope will save its leafy canopies in huge swaths, not one piece of property at a time.

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Dallas-Fort Worth home prices improving slightly

By Steve Brown / The Dallas Morning News
July 29, 2009

Home values in the Dallas area are showing modest improvements from a low point set in early 2009, according to the latest data released Tuesday.

But Dallas-area prices were still down 4.1 percent in May from a year ago in Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller Home Price Index report.

Some analysts are betting that the North Texas market will flatten out later this year after more than two years of steady declines in prices and sales.

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Monday, June 01, 2009

Major Events Put Fort Worth On World Stage

FORT WORTH (CBS 11 News) ― From golf, to baseball to music Fort Worth has had a variety of events this weekend.

It all translates into big dollars for the city at a time when Fort Worth is facing a budget deficit.

"We are both from Venezuela," says Miguel Angel.
Angel in his wife are in town for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at the Colonial Country Club.
"I'm a golf fan and that's basically the reason why we choose this area," explains Angel.

Golf fans had plenty of options this weekend.

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Dallas, Fort Worth gas prices edge up

May 28, 2009

Gasoline prices in Texas edged upward in the past week, AAA-Texas said in a report.

The report says Texas gas prices jumped more than six cents in the Lone Star state alone, and climbed nine cents nationwide.

Motorists in Texas are currently paying $2.33 per gallon, which is still below the national average of $2.45 per gallon, but 38 cents higher than what the average Texan was paying last month.

In Dallas, a gallon of gas is now selling for $2.33, up from $2.26 a week ago. In Fort Worth, a gallon of gas is now going for $2.32 per gallon, which is up from $2.24 per gallon.

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The Road Warrior: Wise County gets $37 million for highway project

By GORDON DICKSON May. 31, 2009

The incredible population growth of Dallas-Fort Worth continues to spread its tentacles north and west.

Not long ago, Wise County was considered a rural enclave and wasn’t even part of the federally recognized metropolitan planning area. Today, it’s the beneficiary of a big ol’ chunk of metropolitan-style highway money.

A $37 million chunk, to be precise. That’s the amount awarded to contractor J.D. Abrams L.P. to widen a two-lane stretch of U.S. 380 to a four-lane, divided highway from Decatur to the Denton County line.

The 10.5-mile project is scheduled to be completed in fall 2011 — and until then motorists can expect delays. The work could begin in weeks.

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DFW schools' later closing dates cause headaches


Gabriel Hinojosa’s last days of second grade at Castleberry Elementary School have been fun-filled.

The 8-year-old took part in May Day, Popsicle Day, Playground Day, Ball Day and Father’s Day Craft Day. But no day brightens his face (complete with a grin missing front teeth) like the last day of school.

"I’m going swimming every day," Hinojosa said of his upcoming summer vacation, which starts Thursday for Castleberry schools. "I wish it was just over already."

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North Texas will have to rely on state for road funding

June 1, 2009


Later today, we'll know whether the giant transportation bill that has been deadlocked in the Legislature for the past week is on its way to the governor's desk, or whether Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, has succeeded in talking it to death.

But this much we know for certain: The local-option tax proposal, the one tool North Texas leaders said would give the region a fighting chance to thin out its traffic and clean up its air, is not going to pass. Carona said Sunday: "Local-option is absolutely, positively dead."

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Rise in Tarrant County property values puzzles some homeowners


FORT WORTH — A reeling economy plus rising foreclosures plus a faltering housing market equals higher home values.

Sound like fuzzy math?

Thousands of property owners in Tarrant County may be asking that question. Roughly the same number of homeowners’ values increased as fell, but overall property values rose 4.6 percent in Tarrant County in the past year, according to preliminary data.

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Dallas-area home foreclosure filings jump 31% from last year

May 14, 2009 By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning News

The number of Dallas-Fort Worth area homes scheduled for foreclosure next month jumped by almost a third from a year ago.

But foreclosure filings inched down a bit from the record highs recorded last month.

More than 5,000 homes in the four-county area are threatened with foreclosure at next month's auctions, a rise of 31 percent from a year ago, Addison-based Foreclosure Listing Service said Thursday.

The biggest jumps were in Tarrant and Collin counties, where the volume has risen about 40 percent since last June.

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Texas state parks to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day

May 29, 2009

Any time is a good time to head outside to hike, camp, backpack, picnic and enjoy other recreational pursuits, but Saturday, June 13, has been designated National Get Outdoors Day to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun.

As a part of the second annual GO Day, more than two dozen Texas state parks are joining federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and recreation industry leaders throughout the nation in hosting a variety of outdoor recreational activities and special events to mark the day.

On the outskirts of San Antonio, for example, Government Canyon State Natural Area is inviting the public to join volunteers for an 8 a.m. guided hike on one of the many canyonland trails. In addition, reservations are being accepted to attend a presentation by an expert in First Aid and CPR on how to hike safely in hot weather with your four-legged companion. "Hot Dogs-Tips on Summer Hiking With Your Pet" will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Call (210) 688-9055, ext. 291 to reserve your spot.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Dallas-Fort Worth: A good place for a fresh start

By Brendan Case
May 21, 2009

The Dallas-Fort Worth finished second behind Austin in a national ranking of "best cities for a fresh start," compiled by Relocation.com, an online resource for moving services.

To compile the list, Relocation.com looked at consumer requests to move to that city, economic growth prospects, home affordability and a volunteerism rates, which it says help measure community strength.

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More buyers interested in Forth Worth foreclosed homes

By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning News
May 21, 2009

With home foreclosures soaring in most parts of the country, the number of interested buyers of these properties is growing.

More than half – 55 percent - of Americans quizzed for a new survey said they would consider purchasing a previously foreclosed house. That’s up significantly in the last few months, according to the survey which was done by Harris Interactive.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Fort Worth to offer up to $25,000 loan for buying local foreclosed homes

April 27, 2009

Using a $6.3 million federal grant, the city of Fort Worth is rolling out a Down Payment Assistance Program to help qualified individuals purchase lender-foreclosed homes in seven selected ZIP codes throughout the city.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded the $6.3 million to the Fort Worth Housing and Economic Development Department to provide assistance in the redevelopment of foreclosed homes. The funds come from HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.

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Home warranties increase even as home sales fall

BY ALESHIA HOWE April 27, 2009

Anxious buyers and sellers aren’t the only ones keeping a close eye on the Texas home market these days. After testing its home warranty package in several states throughout the nation, Bedford-based Warrantech Corp. launched its Warrantech Home Assurance Plan in Texas at a time when recession worries seem to be helping the warranty industry.

Warrantech Home Service Co. launched its home assurance plan, hired 17 sales representatives throughout Texas to begin touting the product and has plans to hire at least 10 more in coming months.

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Fort Worth high school to debut innovative energy program

The Fort Worth Independent School District and the Independent Petroleum Association of America are joining forces on a forthcoming four-year, high school program that they hope will transform the image of an energy industry job from a “dirty rig” to one in which math and science are an integral part of a technologically advanced career.

This fall, Southwest High School will offer the Southwest Academy for Petroleum Engineering and Technology, a “school within a school” for 50 incoming freshmen who want to learn more about energy and engineering.

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Great city key to developing Fort Worth tourism

Building a city that will attract tourists starts with building a city that will attract residents.

This idea on how to have successful tourism and urban growth was one of many remarks from the mayor of Charleston, S.C., Joseph P. Riley, who was the keynote speaker at Downtown Fort Worth Inc.’s annual meeting March 26.

Riley, who currently is serving his ninth term as mayor of Charleston, explained his work in revitalizing downtown Charleston at the meeting, and offered tips on how Fort Worth can continue to build its downtown and tourism industry.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

February existing home sales rise by 5.1 percent

PMZ Real Estate Agent Michelle Zeiter, left, walks into a bank owned home she isMarch 23, 2009
By ALAN ZIBEL, AP Real Estate Writer

WASHINGTON – Sales of previously occupied homes jumped unexpectedly in February by the largest amount in nearly six years as first-time buyers took advantage of deep discounts on foreclosures and other distressed properties.

Economists said sales, while still at levels not seen since 1997, may finally be coming back to life after declining sharply following the stock market plunge last autumn.

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Stocks jump on bank plan, rise in home sales

Michael J. Sollitto, Specialist for Banc of America, and Traders work on the By TIM PARADIS, AP Business Writer

NEW YORK – Wall Street is getting the good news it wants on the economy's biggest problems: banks and housing.

Investors reignited a two-week rally Monday after hearing the government's plan to help banks remove as much as $1 trillion in bad assets from their books and home sales showed a surprise increase. Major stock indexes jumped as much as 4 percent, including the Dow Jones industrial average, which rose nearly 300 points.

The Treasury Department said its plan would rely on the government's $700 billion financial rescue fund, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., as well as private investors.

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Monday, March 02, 2009

Accounting mistake may cost North Texas Tollway Authority


North Texas Tollway Authority officials say they overstated their assets by $105.5 million in a report late last year, an accounting error that could affect the agency’s financial health.

However, officials with the Plano-based agency say they’ve taken steps to prevent such a mistake in the future. The agency is joining with the Texas Transportation Department to build the Southwest Parkway toll road in Fort Worth this year.

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At Mays Realty Group we have experience relocating families and individuals to Fort Worth and the TCU community. We have the resources, background and latest technology at our disposal. Mays Realty is part of an extensive real estate network. We are "in the know" about local properties sometimes before they are on the market and can offer our clients unique real estate opportunities. We offer personalized relocation services - we can assist with a move to the area from near or far. At Mays Realty Group we are committed to providing our clients with unmatched personalized attention. We assist with every phase of your move.

Fort Worth rated among healthiest housing areas

Fort Worth is one of the healthiest metropolitan areas for housing in the country, according to Builder magazine, in conjunction with Hanley Wood Market Intelligence.

Fort Worth ranks third on the list of Healthiest Housing Markets for 2009, after Houston (No. 1) and Austin (No. 2). The study looked at the housing markets in 75 metro areas. In all, five metro areas in Texas made the survey’s top 15 — all at the top. San Antonio was No. 4 and Dallas No. 5.

"When the housing market stages its official recovery, the markets listed on the following pages are likely to lead the parade," according to the Builder magazine article by Boyce Thompson posted this month.

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Tarrant's top elected leaders cool toward casino legislation


AUSTIN — Legislation to create up to 12 urban casinos in Texas is touted as a potential big moneymaker in lean times, but top Tarrant County elected officials aren’t sold on the plan and appear ready to resist efforts to bring a casino to Fort Worth, saying the potential downsides may outweigh the pluses.

"I would explore other sources of revenue before I would encourage casino gambling in our city," said Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief.

"There are a lot of minuses as far I’m concerned," said Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck. "It wouldn’t be at the top of my list."

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Restaurants Get On Board With Texas Smoking Ban

A potential statewide ban on indoor smoking is finding new support -- from North Texas restaurants.

Restaurant owners say a statewide ban would simplify confusion over the patchwork of different local ordinances.

Jerry Walker, president of the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association, lobbied lawmakers in Austin for a statewide law.

"When you can go to one city and have another set of rules in another city, it does affect business," he said.

Gov. Rick Perry opposes to a statewide ban, but Texas lawmakers are considering one.

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Fort Worth History

Fort Worth was founded as a military camp in 1849 and named after General Jenkins Worth. The fort was established to protect 19th century settlers from Indian attacks. It grew into a bustling town when it became a stop along the Chisholm Trail. Fort Worth became the center of cattle drives and the ranching industry.

The heyday of the cattle drives was known as Hell's Half Acre, an area of town filled with gambling parlors, saloons, and dance halls. In 1876, the Texas & Pacific Railway connected Fort Worth and transformed the Fort Worth Stockyards into a premier livestock center. When oil was discovered in Texas, Fort Worth was in the middle of it all.

Today, the city is portrayed as more old-fashioned and laid back than its neighbor, Dallas. Known as Cowtown, for its rough-and-rowdy roots, Fort Worth still celebrates its colorful Western heritage today and bills itself as "Where the West Begins."

In more recent years, Fort Worth has been referred to as "Funky Town" by mostly urbanites.

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American Eagle plane makes emergency landing at D/FW Airport

February 26, 2009

An American Eagle passenger jet landed safely at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport today after an alarm was triggered and passengers reported smelling smoke.

Flight 3890 out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, made an emergency landing shortly after 1 p.m., and fire trucks surrounded the plane after it landed.

Officials said a sensor indicated smoke in the cargo compartment, said Jamie Morrison, a CNN producer who was on the plane.

American Airlines flight 2461 also issued an alert on Thursday after smoke was reported and landed safely at the airport.


Dallas - Fort Worth Foreclosures for 2008

There were more than 20,000 foreclosures in the Dallas-Fort Worth area during 2008, mostly in southern and eastern Dallas County, according to data from Foreclosure Listing Service.

See the map here.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Plans to divide stimulus money among Fort Worth-area projects

By MICHAEL A. LINDENBERGER / The Dallas Morning News

AUSTIN – Texas highway officials, carving up federal stimulus money, are endorsing projects that range from a big toll road in Fort Worth to road improvements across North Texas.

Among the ideas:

•$250 million for the DFW Connector toll road project, which would expand State Highways 121 and 114 near Grapevine in Tarrant County.

•$60 million to repair dozens of existing highways in Dallas, Collin, Tarrant and nine other nearby counties.

•$144 million for a new interchange at Interstate 20 and State Highway 121 in Tarrant County.

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Comedian Lily Tomlin brings her tour to Fort Worth’s Bass Hall

By JOY TIPPING / The Dallas Morning News

Is 69 the new 39?

"In my case it certainly is," says 69-year-old Lily Tomlin with a laugh. "I've got the same energy as when I was 39, but with a lot more experience.

"A lot." Tomlin, in a recent phone interview, says she has "never stopped touring, never. I've always had an act. I do 40 or 50 dates in a year; I fit them in between whatever else I have going on." She'll bring the current tour to Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth tonight.

Although her career has ranged from stand-up comedy to television and Tony Award-winning theater to Oscar-nominated film work, she says she needs to stay in touch with her fans, and comedy's the best way to do that. "They're like a big family to me, and I have to keep my hand in. Plus, I love to work on the stage more than anything else."

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Live local Fort Worth music for Feb. 27-March 5


GLASS CACTUS (Grapevine) Covers: Texas Unlimited Band. 9 p.m. $10. 817-778-2800.

KIRBY'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE (Southlake) Blues, swing: Glennda Hill group. 7 p.m. Free. www.kirbyssteakhouse.com.


GLASS CACTUS (Grapevine) Disco covers: Le Freak. 9 p.m. $10. 817-778-2800.

KIRBY'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE (Southlake) Jazz: John Adams Trio. 7 p.m. Free. www.kirbyssteakhouse.com.


Koi turn up dead in Fort Worth Japanese Garden after accidental chlorination

Feb. 25, 2009

More than 100 Koi fish were discovered dead today in the Japanese Garden pond after the water was accidentally chlorinated overnight.

The garden’s three ponds normally contain about 800 of the brightly colored orange fish that range in size from about six inches to three feet in length.

The accidental chlorination occurred during normal pond cleaning that is carried out every other year.

The procedure involves lowering the water level in the pond and placing two 55-gallon stock tanks filled with raw water in the pool to contain the fish. The tanks are filled with a water line that normally carries raw water, but due to a maintenance procedure at the nearby South Holly Water Treatment Plant, the line also was being injected with tap water. Tap water contains levels of chlorine that are safe for human consumption, but are harmful to Koi fish.

The Japanese Garden is closed to the public today.


Dallas-Fort Worth home prices slide, but not as bad as nationally

By Andrea Jares

Feb 24, 2009

North Texas home values dropped 4.3 percent between December and a year ago, according to figures released Tuesday morning from the S&P Case-Shiller Price Indices.

The price drop is the second-least severe of all 20 metro areas surveyed. Denver had a 4 percent drop.

Dallas-Fort Worth is also faring better than the national average, which saw an 18.2 percent drop between December 2007 and December 2008.

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Dallas-Fort Worth area to have new warning guidelines for storm emergencies

By BLANCA CANTÚ / The Dallas Morning News
Feb. 24th,2009
North Texas emergency officials announced new guidelines on Monday for outdoor warning systems to establish a standard for notifying residents of severe weather and other potentially catastrophic events across the region.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments formally unveiled the recommendations to kick off severe weather awareness week. Outdoor warning systems are typically referred to as tornado sirens but can be activated for other reasons.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Fort Worth stock show: Mustang Magic

What: The Mustang Magic event at the Fort Worth stock show allows trainers of wild mustangs to compete for prize money. The horses will be judged on body conditioning and handling with trainers demonstrating a free-style routine that can include jumping and roping. After the event, the mustangs can be adopted by the public.

Where: Inside the Justin Arena on the grounds of the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth

6 p.m. today and 6 p.m. Saturday

Free with $8 adult or $4 child's stock show admission

Depression-era program helped shape North Texas landscape

Jan. 23, 2009

FORT WORTH — It doesn’t take long for surviving Civilian Conservation Corps members to relate their experiences from the Great Depression to what’s happening today.

Seventy years ago, these men were employed on back-breaking public works projects across Texas and the United States.

Many of these old-timers believe public works programs similar to the CCC that were started by Franklin D. Roosevelt should be revived in these uncertain times.

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