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Martin continues playoffs against Socorro

The Martin Warrior baseball team will continue its playoff journey this weekend, when it takes on El Paso Socorro.

Game 1 will be at 4:30 Friday afternoon at Odessa High School, with Game 2 slated for 11 a.m. Saturday and a third game, if necessary, would be played 30 minutes after Game 2. The times are necessitated by the fact that Odessa High School’s field does not have lights.

The Warriors (29-6-1) had to struggle past a game bunch from Wolfforth Frenship last week. The Tigers beat Martin, 2-0, in Game 1, before the Warriors rallied last Saturday with wins of 5-3 and 3-1 to advance.

Socorro's Bulldogs (25-10), who finished third in District 1-6A, have won seven of their last nine games, including a sweep of Lamar last week. Socorro also has the advantage of having played at Odessa High last week.

 

Published 05/16/2017 - 1:51pm
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Morgan named to national entertainment Hall of Fame

Chuck Morgan (Photo: PA.Announcer.Blogspot.com)

Texas Rangers Executive Vice President of Ballpark Entertainment and Productions Chuck Morgan has been named to the Information Display and Entertainment Association (IDEA) Hall of Fame, it was announced on Monday.

Morgan, who has spent more than 30 years with the Rangers, will be inducted at the 2017 IDEA Conference, slated for July 12 in Philadelphia.

During his tenure with the Rangers, Morgan has been instrumental in creating the team's Hall of Fame, Fan Fest and mascot, the Ranger's Captain. He created the "Dot Race" for between inning entertainment, a version of which is now done in almost every Major League ballpark. 

 

 

Published 05/08/2017 - 3:19pm
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Lamar, Keller to meet in baseball playoff

The Lamar Vikings will open the Class 6A baseball playoffs this weekend with a best-of-three series against Keller.

Game 1 will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Keller High School. Game 2 is slated for 11 a.m. Saturday at Lamar, with a third game (if necessary) 30 minutes after the second game.

Lamar (15-14) finished fourth in 4-6A, while Keller (25-6-1) claimed the 3-6A district title with a 4-0 win over rival Keller Fossil Ridge

Published 05/02/2017 - 12:28pm
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Japanese thrift store to open at Parks Mall

Daiso Japan

Daiso Japan, a rapidly emerging value store known for selling quality items for $1.50, will hold a grand opening at its newest store in The Parks Mall at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The store will be located adjacent to Nordstrom Rack in the ice rink section of the mall.

Daiso carries thousands of quality products ranging from kitchenware, beauty supplies, stationery and wrapping paper to electronic accessories and useful, everyday items. For the grand opening, the first 100 shoppers each day will be offered goodie bags provided by the store.

The Parks Mall store will be the fifth Daiso to open in the North Texas area, joining stores in Carrollton, Irving, Plano and Fort Worth.

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Published 05/01/2017 - 3:04pm
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Lim appointed new UTA Provost and V.P. for Academic Affairs

Dr. Teik C. Lim, new UT Arlington Provos and Vice President for Academic Affairs. (Photo: UT Arlington)

Dr. Teik C. Lim, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati, has been named the next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at UT Arlington, University President Dr. Vistasp Karbhari announced Wednesday.

While at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Lim  -- whose appointment takes effect June 30 -- oversaw significant growth in enrollment, reputation, faculty size, corporate partnerships, research funding and endowments.  

“I’m thrilled to welcome Dr. Lim to UTA and would like to thank the search committee for recruiting an exceptional scholar, researcher, and advocate of collaboration and global engagement,” Dr. Karbhari said. “His dedication to excellence and student success along with his proactive and highly successful record in engagement with the corporate world and with the local and global community make him the ideal candidate to continue our drive to ever higher levels of excellence."

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Published 04/20/2017 - 1:39pm
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Arlington Police seek tire slashers

Arlington Police are searching for four suspects caught on surveillance cameras slashing tires Monday night. At least 14 cars were damaged, and police don't believe the attacks were randon.

The car seen in the video is a light-colored Honda CRV with four suspects inside. The attacks occured near the corner of the 900 block of Pierce Arrow and the 1100 block of Deer Valley.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact Detective Jessica Ortiz at 817-459-6476.

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Published 04/19/2017 - 3:14pm
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Texans rally past Pasadena Dobie; advance to 6A State final

GEORGETOWN -- The Sam Houston Texans scored twice in the second half to post a 2-1 victory over Pasadena Dobie in the Class 6A semifinals Friday night at Birkelbach Field.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first half on a Edwin Saldivar penaty kick, the Texans (22-2-2) rallied in the second half on goals by Sergio Martinez and Nate Kopetsky, the latter with just three minutes left in the match. Dobie finished the season at 20-3-4.

Sam Houston will face Dallas Jesuit in the 6A championship game at 6:30 Saturday night. Jesuit eliminated LaJoya Juarez-Lincoln, 4-2, on penalty kicks after the teams had played to a scoreless tie in regulation.

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Published 04/14/2017 - 10:57pm
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Texans prepare for state tournament

The Sam Houston boys soccer team will be hoping that Friday really will be a Good Friday, when they play their Class 6A state semifinal game against Pasadena Dobie.

The Texans (21-2-2) will take on the Longhorns (20-2-4) at 5 p.m. Friday in the first 6A semifinal. The other semifinal will be  La Joya Juarez-Lincoln (30-3-1) against Dallas Jesuit (20-3-1) at 7:30 Friday evening. The two winners will play for the state title at 6:30 Saturday evening.

The Texans advanced to the state tournament with a 3-2 overtime win over Hebron Saturday afternoon.

Published 04/09/2017 - 6:39pm
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AWU announces convenience fee for credit/debit card payments

An Arlington Water Utilities payment kiosk. (Photo: City of Arlington)

Beginning June 1, Arlington Water Utilities will begin charging a $3 convenience fee for water bills that are paid for with either a credit or debit card.

The charge will be to offset associated costs of the new electronic service kiosks that residents are being encouraged to use when paying bills at Water Utilities Customer Care locations.

Arlington Water Utilities estimates residents will save as much as $540,000 because of these charges. The estimated cost savings is the equivalent of a one percent water/sewer rate increase for Arlington residents.

Published 04/06/2017 - 4:38pm
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Sam, Bowie head to Southlake for region tourney

 After a change of venue, the Boys 6A Region I soccer tournament has been moved to Dragon Stadium in Southlake, the Arlington ISD Athletic Department has confirmed.

Sam Houston will take on Lewisville at 2 p.m. on Friday, followed by Bowie battling Hebron at 4:30. The two winners will meet at 3 p.m. Saturday to determine the region champion.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Published 04/05/2017 - 2:42pm
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Volunteers from PCA 'Give Back' to community at food pantry

The student and staff volunteers from Pantego Christian Academy at Wednesday's Tarrant Area Food Bank food distribution. (Photo: Ken Costlow / Arlington Voice)

Approximately 85 students and 15 adult volunteers from Pantego Christian Academy  (PCA) came to help the Tarrant Area Food Bank and Arlington Urban Ministries with their monthly food distrubution Wednesday at Wesley United Methodist Church.

The initiative is part of an annual program at PCA in which the students, teachers and staff take a day off and serve in more than 20 community organizations in the Arlington and Pantego areas.

Wearing shirts bearing the slogan "Give Back," the students distributed poultry, produce and other food items to Arlington Urban Ministries clients, and helped carry their items to their vehicles.

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Published 04/05/2017 - 2:12pm
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TCU awards scholarships to seven Sam Houston seniors

Seven Sam Houston High School seniors were awarded scholarships Tuesday as part of the TCU Community Scholars program. (Photo: Arlington ISD)

Seven seniors from Sam Houston High School were awarded scholarships to TCU Tuesday as a part of the $250,000 TCU Community Scholarships program. Sam Houston is one of 11 area schools that participate in the program.

The seven scholarship winners are Lorenta Asare Kwarteng, Maranata Dadet Bayenikini, Kaylee Hayes, Kris Le, Rose Le, Doreen Nyambuka and Julie Tran. Each student must go through the normal application process for admission to TCU, plus complete extra essays and interviews to be accepted into the program.

“I am very grateful to TCU for believing in our students and providing this incredible opportunity,” Sam Houston Principal Fernando Benavides said. “I am proud of the hard work that these seven students have put in over the last four years to earn this prestigious award. I am also very proud of my teachers and staff for preparing our students for their future goals in life.”

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Published 04/04/2017 - 3:02pm
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Third base coach Beasley sings National Anthem

Rangers third base coach -- and cancer survivor -- Tony Beasley sings the National Anthem at the season opening game Monday at Globe Life Park. (Photo: Jason Waite / Arlington Voice)

Texas Rangers third base coach Tony Beasley was given the privilege of singing the National Anthem prior to Monday's season opener at Globe Life Park.

Beasley, beginning his third season on the Rangers' coaching staff, is a rectal cancer survivor, but missed much of last season undergoing treatments.

After being awarded the Harold McKinney Good Guy Award by the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), Beasley was declared cancer-free last December and returned to his full duties with the Rangers in spring training at Surprise, Ariz.

 

Published 04/03/2017 - 6:09pm
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Hervey named Honorable Mention All-America by AP

UTA forward Kevin Hervey (Photo: Russ Rendon / Arlington Voice)

UT Arlington junior Kevin Hervey was named Honorable Mention All-America by the Associated Press Wednesday.

Hervey, a 6-9 forward from James Bowie High School, averaged 17.2 points and 8.6 rebounds this season while helping to lead UTA to the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals. He was the only player from the Sun Belt Conference honored by the AP, and only the second UTA player to earn All-America recognition.

I am extremely happy Kevin has been recognized on the AP All-America team,” said UTA head coach Scott Cross, the Sun Belt Coach of the Year. “AP All-America is probably the most prestigious individual award for college basketball players and to be mentioned as one of the best players in the nation is an amazing accomplishment.”

Published 03/29/2017 - 12:20pm
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AISD to break ground on new Agriculture Science Center

An artist's rendition of the new Arlington ISD Agriculture Science Center (Photo: Arlington ISD)

The Arlington ISD is scheduled to break ground on its new Agriculture Science Center Thursday. The districtwide facility is part of the $663.1 million bond package that was approved by voters in 2014.

The 23,000-square foot Agriculture Science Center will be located at 3210 W. Pioneer Pkwy. in Dalworthington Gardens, and will house agricultural science projects for students from all AISD high schools.

The building will include 54 flexible-fencing pens for goats and sheep, 14 heifer pens, rabbit pens, an animal exercise area, a metal construction lab and two classrooms. The state-of-the-art facility will be the district’s first net zero building.

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Published 03/28/2017 - 4:28pm
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