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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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City dedicates new Gateway Monument along I-30 corridor

Arlington Gateway Monument  (Photo: City of Arlington) , The Gateway Monument at night. (Photo: City of Arlington)

Arlington city and community leaders officially unveiled the new City of Arlington Gateway Monument Thursday morning on Interstate 30.

Located north of Randol Mill Park near the Fielder Road exit from Interstate 30, the monument stands 20 feet tall and replicates the City of Arlington’s star logo. The monument is illuminated at night and can change colors for holidays and special events.

“When people drive down Interstate 30, they know they have come into Arlington,” Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams said during the dedication ceremony. “It is so important that we continue to foster that pride as we have new people move into our community as well as with all of the visitors who come here.”

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Published 08/10/2017 - 3:55pm
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APRD grants permit to provide electric bicycles for River Legacy Park

Electric bicycles  (Photo: City of Arlington)

The Arlington Parks and Recreation Department has granted a permit to Adventure Electric Bicycles, LLC, to provide electric bicycles for rent at River Legacy Park.

River Legacy Park is a favored biking area for customers who ride eBikes to ride in the park. The bike shop is located near the park’s main entrance on Northeast Green Oaks Boulevard.

A bike kiosk will be installed in the park later this month, where riders will be able to pick up, ride, and drop off the bikes without ever leaving the park. The exact location of the kiosk and rental pricing will be announced once the opening date is set.

Published 08/07/2017 - 4:45pm
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Bieber cancels AT&T Stadium concert

Saturday night’s Justin Bieber concert at AT&T Stadium has been canceled, a spokesman for the singer confirmed on Monday.

Bieber is cancelling the final 14 dates on his “Purpose” tour, including dates in North America and Asia. Variety magazine reported the decision was made after “careful consideration.”

TMZ reported that Bieber’s team released a statement Monday afternoon that the cancellations were due to “unforeseen circumstances.” They also confirmed that tickets would be refunded.

 

Published 07/24/2017 - 4:11pm
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Sister Francis Evans, longtime Texas Rangers fan, dies at 90

Sister Maggie Hesson (left) and Sister Frances Evans  (Photo: Wall Street Journal)

Sister Frances Evans, one of the most loyal Texas Rangers fans over the past 45 years, died Friday night in Fort Worth at the age of 90.

Sister Frances and close friend Sister Maggie Hesson began attending Rangers games in 1972, when the team arrived from Washington, D.C. The pair were the first fans to enter Globe Life Park in 1994 when the ballpark opened, and attended the first Rangers playoff game at Yankee Stadium in New York in 1996. Sister Maggie Hesson died in 2013.

A funeral mass for Sister Frances will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Fort Worth.

 

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Published 07/22/2017 - 2:31pm
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Here’s how to get free Dickey’s BBQ tomorrow

A new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will open Thursday at the Parks Mall, and the first 50 guests to arrive will receive a “free barbecue treat” and a free Big Yellow Cup.

The new location will celebrate its opening with four weeks of celebration. During these four weeks, kids will be allowed to eat free with an adult purchase of $10 on Sundays.

The new Dickey’s is located at 3811 South Cooper St. in the Parks Mall at Arlington.

Published 07/12/2017 - 3:11pm
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FAAS to host benefit pancake breakfast Saturday

FAAS Pancake Breakfast (Photo: FAAS)

The Friends of Arlington Animal Services (FAAS) will hold a Pancake Breakfast from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday at the Arlington Elks Lodge at 601 W. Pioneer Parkway.

For $10, guests can enjoy a full pancake breakfast, prizes for the first 30 kids that come, and an opportunity to swim in the Elks’ pool for only $1 more. There is also a 9-Hole Golf Course that patrons can play for $6.

Founded in October 2007, FAAS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to assist the shelter in developing ideas and programs to help decrease the euthanasia rate and increase the adoption rate of Arlington's homeless animals.

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Published 07/07/2017 - 12:20pm
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Five Vikings named to Academic All-State team

Five Lamar Viking football players were recently named to the Academic All-State team.

Among the honored were senior quarterback Chance Fuller, to the second team; senior tight end Geovanny Mendoza, senior defensive end Caden Gober, senior kicker Luke Michie and senior wide receiver Ryan Reuland, all of whom were named to the Honorable Mention team.

Lamar finished the 2016 season with a 5-5 record.

Published 07/05/2017 - 11:38pm
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Davenport signs with Fullerton College

Donoven Davenport (Photo: Russ Rendon/Arlington Voice)

Former Bowie quarterback Donoven Davenport has signed to play football at Fullerton College in Fullerton, Calif.

Davenport, who guided the Volunteers to a 10-3 record last season, finished his career with 3,954 yards passing and 35 touchdown passes. He was a key contributor to three playoff teams at Bowie.

Fullerton College, 12-1 last season, claimed the JC Football/JC Grid-Wire National Championship last season after beating American River College, 29-27, in the California Junior College Championship game.

Published 07/03/2017 - 1:08pm
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