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UTA baseball returns to Globe Life Park

For the sixth consecutive season, the UTA baseball team will play a game at Globe Life Park.

This year's game, slated for Tuesday, March 6, will pit the Mavericks against Baylor, with the first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.

In their history at Globe Life Park, the Mavericks have acrued a 2-4 record against the likes of Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Oklahoma.

Tickets for the game are $12, and can be obtained at the Globe Life Park box office. Cash parking in Lot B will open at 4 p.m.

 

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Published 02/15/2018 - 3:39pm
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Four Movin' Mavs named to preliminary National team

Four members of the UT Arlington Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team have been named to the Preliminary U.S. National team for the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation World Championships this August in Hamburg, Germany.

Movin’ Mavs Fabian Romo, Mike Paye, Aaron Gouge and Jorge Sanchez were selected to the 17-member preliminary squad. The team must be trimmed down to 12 before the tournament.

Paye, the co-captain of the 2016 men’s national team, is a three-time Paralympian, while Gouge was a member of the gold medal-winning 2016 Paralympic games basketball team.

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Published 02/13/2018 - 2:15pm
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Rangers host craft beer, food and wine festival

The Texas Rangers will host their first Craft, Food and Wine (CFW) event on April 13-14 on the grounds around Globe Life Park.

The two-day event will display North Texas’ top craft beers, world-class restaurants and wineries, with cooking demonstrations, entertainment, and live music from Young the Giant and R.LUM.R on Friday and the Josh Abbott Band and Lonestar on Saturday.

Ticket prices are $49.99 for adults and $11.99 for children aged 3-12. Children 2-and-under are free. For more information, call (817) 273-5200.

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Published 02/10/2018 - 2:42pm
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Dorothy Estes, longtime UTA journalism teacher, dies at 90

Retired UT Arlington student publications director Dorothy Estes. (Photo: UT Arlington)

Dorothy Estes, the long-time Director of Student Publications at the University of Texas at Arlington, died Thursday at the age of 90.

Estes, who retired from the University in 1996, served as the director of Student Publications from 1970 to 1996.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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Published 01/25/2018 - 4:46pm
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Texas Scottish Festival moving from Arlington to Decatur

After more than 30 years at UT Arlington, the Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games are moving to the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur May 11-13. (Photo: Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games)

After more than 30 years of being held at UT Arlington’s Maverick Stadium, the Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games are moving to Decatur’s Wise County Fairgrounds, Texas Scottish Festival executive director Ray McDonald announced Wednesday.

The festival will be held May 11-13, with most of the same activities, productions and vendors appearing as they have in Arlington. After the agreement with UTA abruptly ended, McDonald and his venue committee searched around the Dallas-Fort Worth area for a new place before deciding on the venue in Decatur.

The Wise County Fairgrounds are located at 3101 S. FM 51, less than a mile from N. State Highway 287.  

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Published 01/25/2018 - 3:48pm
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Homeless to be offered assistance on rent, utilities expenses

The Salvation Army's work with helping the homeless of Arlington is complimented by the assistance from the Homeless Housing and Services Program. (Photo: The Salvation Army)

Homeless residents in the City of Arlington are about to have an opportunity to secure funding to help them re-enter stable rental housing by assisting with payment of the security deposit and first month’s rent.

On Wednesday, the City’s Homeless Housing and Services Program (HHSP) will provide funds in the amount of $208,788, provided by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, to residents who are either homeless or in imminent danger of becoming homeless.

The resource is for persons who meet the program’s eligibility criteria. HHSP funds will be utilized primarily for renters who, without assistance, would be evicted from their rental unit and become homeless.

Assistance with payment of past due rent and utilities would be available to applicants that can remain stably housed after the receipt of this assistance. For more information, contact the AHA Homeless Assistance Program staff at 817-276-6713.

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Published 01/09/2018 - 2:51pm
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Swift adds second show at AT&T Stadium

Taylor Swift has announced a second AT&T Stadium concert on Friday, Oct. 5, one day before her original Oct. 6 date at the venue. (Photo: Jason Waite/Arlington Voice) /Arl

Fans of singer Taylor Swift can double their pleasure this fall after her management group announced a second show at AT&T Stadium on her “Reputation” tour.

In addition to the Saturday, Oct. 6 concert, Swift will also perform at AT&T Stadium on Friday, Oct. 5. Tickets for the second show will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Ticketing information for the shows can be obtained by going to TaylorSwift.com

The concerts are part of the many events at the stadium this year, including 10 Dallas Cowboys games, a show by Ed Sheeran on Oct. 27, the Professional Bull Riders Iron Cowboy competition on Feb. 24 and the NFL Draft in April.

Published 01/04/2018 - 3:25pm
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Arlington Voice secures first investigative reporting award

Mike McGee receives an investigative reporting award during the inaugural Hugh Aynesworth Awards ceremony

The Arlington Voice took home its first award Friday evening at the Press Club of Dallas’ inaugural Hugh Aynesworth Awards ceremony.

Recognized in the investigative reporting category, the Arlington Voice claimed an award for its reporting of an alleged police quota system which led to the suspension and dismissal of 16 police officers.

The report was written by Mike McGee under the direction of Zack Maxwell, the Arlington Voice’s publisher.

“We’re proud of Mike’s hard work and commitment to the highest standards of investigative reporting,” Maxwell said. “This effort, and others like it, reflect this publication’s commitment to accountability and transparency in government.”

The Arlington Voice started publishing in January 2012 and has published thousands of original news reports about Arlington, Texas.

(Photo: Mike McGee stands with Hugh Aynesworth during the awards ceremony. Courtesy Press Club of Dallas)

Published 12/03/2017 - 10:05pm
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Andrus named Rangers Player of the Year

Shortstop Elvis Andrus has been named as the Texas Rangers 2017 Player of the Year. He was selected by a vote of the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Andrus, the first Ranger shortstop to be selected for the honor since Michael Young in 2007, posted a .297 batting average and had career highs with 100 runs, 191 hits, 44 doubles, 22 home runs and 88 runs batted in.

Andrus finished third in the American League in hits, tied for fourth in doubles, tied for seventh place in runs scored and was a finalist for the American League Rawlings Gold Glove at shortstop.

He will accept his award at the 2018 Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner on Friday, Jan. 19 at Gilley’s Dallas.

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Published 11/14/2017 - 1:38pm
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Libraries closed Friday for employee development

All branches of the Arlington Public Library will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10 for their annual Staff Development Day.

The Arlington Public Library employs more than 100 librarians and support staff, and the development day, nicknamed “[re]Brary Day”, will allow the team the opportunity to hear speakers, attend workshops and participate in team-building exercises that will allow the employees to grow professionally.

“Staff development is a major departmental focus,” says Yoko Matsumoto, Director of Libraries. “We offer continuing education and development opportunities to all staff. [re]Brary Day is a chance for the entire Library to reaffirm our commitment to learning, so we can provide better service to Arlington.”

 The Library system will resume its regular schedule on Saturday, Nov. 11.

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Published 11/06/2017 - 3:27pm
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Grants allow Levitt Pavilion to build restrooms, family center

Levitt Pavilion restrooms

The acceptance of two grants will allow Levitt Pavilion to begin construction on a $1.5 million project to build restrooms and a hospitality center, to be completed in time for the 2018 concert season.

A pair of $500,000 grants from Baylor Orthopedic and Spine Hospital – the title sponsor of the 2017 concert season – and Arlington’s Tomorrow Fund will get the construction going on the facilities, which will be located at the corner of South and Pecan Streets.

The remainder of the money will come from donations and grants, Levitt Pavilion officals said.

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Published 10/16/2017 - 12:27pm
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Sam Houston, Newman baseball programs being honored by Rangers

The Sam Houston High School Alumni Association and Newman International Academy are two of seven non-profit organizations being honored with grants tonight by the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and Globe Life and Accident Company in pregame ceremonies at Globe Life Park.

The $10,000 grants are being awarded to support the baseball and softball programs at both schools. The Sam Houston Alumni Association will use the grant to replace batting cages and purchase new equipment for the baseball and softball teams.

Newman International Academy, a private school in South Central Arlington, will utilize its grant money to repair and update its baseball and softball fields, including adding lights to both fields.

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Published 09/12/2017 - 5:11pm
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WWE event coming to College Park Center

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has announced that it will stage a live event at the College Park Center at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Details on matches and ticket information will be announced soon.

The WWE is no stranger to Arlington, as the company staged its top show in Arlington last year, as Wrestlemania 32 came to AT&T Stadium on April 3, 2016 before a record crowd of 101,763. 

Published 08/18/2017 - 5:10pm
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City ready to launch autonomous vehicles at Cowboys game Aug. 26

Milo  (Photo: City of Arlington)

The City of Arlington will be launching its two new $272,000 Milo autonomous shuttle busses Saturday Aug. 26 at AT&T Stadium in time for the Dallas Cowboys’ preseason game with the Oakland Raiders.

The two French-made shuttles will operate on select off-street trails in the Entertainment District before and after major events at both AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park. The rides will be free of charge for the 12 riders in each vehicle.

The self-driving electric vehicles are being leased by the City from EasyMile, a company based in France, as part of a one-year pilot program exploring autonomous transportation technology. The vehicles were first demonstrated at the Arlington Convention Center last February.

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Published 08/14/2017 - 12:45pm
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Mobile Pet Adoption event cancelled for this weekend

This weekend's Mobile Pet Adoption at PetSmart at the Arlington Highlands has been cancelled. (Photo: Arlington Animal Services)

The scheduled Mobile Pet Adoption event at PetSmart in the Arlington Highlands Saturday has been cancelled.  

While no reason was disclosed for the cancellation, scheduled pet adoption events are subject to either postponement or cancellation due to unfavorable weather conditions, such as excessive heat or thunderstorms.

No make-up date for the Mobile Pet Adoption has been announced. For more information, contact Arlington Animal Services at (817) 459-5898.

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Published 08/11/2017 - 4:07pm
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