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Moves by Jeb Bush add to talk of 2016 candidacy

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush's decision to release a policy-laden e-book and all his emails from his time as governor of Florida has further stoked expectations among his allies that he will launch a presidential bid.

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Ebby Halliday acquires Fort Worth’s Williams Trew

Williams Trew Real Estate of Fort Worth has been acquired by Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc.

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Meridian Bank Texas parent acquired by UMB Financial for $182.5M

Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Financial Corp., the parent company of UMB Bank, said Dec. 15 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Marquette Financial Companies in an all-stock transaction.

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Cousins Properties to sell 777 Main tower in downtown Fort Worth

Cousins Properties Inc. has confirmed plans to sell the 777 Main office tower in downtown Fort Worth, according to a news release from the Atlanta-based real estate investment firm.

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Glen Garden sale closes, distillery on tap

Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. closed late Wednesday on its purchase of the historic Glen Garden Country Club in southeast Fort Worth, with plans to convert it into a whiskey distillery and bucolic visitor attraction.

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Focus: Education and Training
Hartman named dean at TCU
 
Philip S. Hartman has been appointed dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Texas Christian University. He has been interim dean since April 2012 and will begin his new role June 1. 
Hartman earned a bachelor’s degree in bacteriology from Iowa State University in 1975 and a doctoral degree in microbiology from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1979. He became a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellow in 1980 and an American Cancer Society post-doctoral fellow in 1981 through a program at the University of Minnesota.
Hartman began his tenure at TCU as an assistant professor of biology in 1981. He was promoted to associate professor in 1987 and professor in 1994. He has chaired the Health Professions Advisory Committee since 1992, is chairman of the Pre-Health Professions Program, and is a faculty adviser to TCU’s chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-health professions honor society.
 
Fort Worth ISD launches app
The Fort Worth Independent School District is offering a new channel of communication free to parents, students, employees and the community at large
The FWISD Mobile App, available in 70 languages, provides news and student information, including grades and lunch money accounts. Additionally, district initiatives such as It’s Not Okay and Friends For Life are available at the touch of a button.
Only parents or guardians who previously enrolled for online services such as Parent Portal or MyLunchMoney.com will have access to student-specific accounts. But anyone can use the new app to access updated district and campus news, find school and department phone numbers and check sports scores.
The app is available on the Apple App Store for iPhone users. Android users can find it on the Google Play store. The district has partnered with its mass communications vendor, ParentLink, to create the application.
 
TTI, Mouser sponsor UT-Arlington scholarship
TTI Inc. and Mouser Electronics Inc. have established a scholarship to help support students enrolled in the Arnold E. Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington.
The center promotes engineering education, innovation and entrepreneurship through its student participation in the Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) program. Through the design, manufacture and testing of real Formula SAE cars, it teaches students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world engineering know-how.
 
Wingstop honors Crowley student 
Wingstop D-FW Advertising Co-op named North Crowley High School senior K’ashley Collins its High School Scholar Athlete for March.
Collins will graduate with a 3.2 GPA this spring. She plays volleyball on the All-Academic first team for her district and was the Defensive MVP. This fall, Collins will attend Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., where she will continue playing volleyball while pursuing a pre-dental major. Collins also is the leader of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentors for Elementary Students at Crowley ISD.
The Wingstop D-FW Advertising Co-op, which is made up of more than 75 restaurants throughout the area, launched the scholarship for student athletes in the Metroplex in January 2012. Wingstop has partnered with KTVT-TV CBS and invites viewers, athletic directors, coaches and the public to nominate student athletes for its $1,000 scholarships, awarded monthly throughout the school year.
Nomination forms are available at http://dfw.cbslocal.com/contest-forms/wingstop-high-school-scholar-athlete-of-the-month/.
 
You’re the top, Kevin Lacefield
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Score a Goal in the Classroom School Incentive Program recently presented the Northwest Independent School District’s Kevin Lacefield with this year’s Bayard H. Friedman Hero Award as the most outstanding fine arts director in North Texas.
Under Lacefield’s leadership, enrollment in Northwest’s fine arts program has doubled in the last five years. Lacefield received his bachelor’s degree in music at Hardin-Simmons University, his master’s degree from Eastman School of Music and his doctorate of education from the University of North Texas.
In addition to the award, Lacefield received a $1,000 honorarium from XTO Energy Inc.
 
Three Poly seniors win TCU scholarships
Three seniors from the Fort Worth Independent School District’s Polytechnic High School have been selected as Community Scholar award winners for the Texas Christian University Classof 2017. Each student has been awarded a full-tuition, four-year scholarship valued at $200,000.
The recipients are Nikki Nguyen, Ashley Tilley and Melissa Chaparro.
The Community Scholars Program recruits top candidates from urban, high-minority public high schools and offers more than $3 million in scholarships each year. The program has a graduation rate of more than 90 percent. More than 200 students have graduated or are involved in the program.
Other Fort Worth ISD high schools participating in the Community Scholars Program are: Diamond Hill-Jarvis, Dunbar, North Side, O.D. Wyatt, South Hills and Trimble Tech.
 
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