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New arena at Will Rogers takes shape


The proposed Will Rogers Memorial Center arena continues to take shape as voters head for a Nov. 4 election to decide whether to approve new taxes to help pay for the $450 million facility.

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Cooking Class: Fort Worth chef brings home the gold

Toques off to Timothy Prefontaine. The executive chef at the iconic Fort Worth Club is currently the best in the nation, according to the American Culinary Federation. Prefontaine earned the title of 2014 U.S.A.’s Chef of the

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Fort Worth firm 'simplifies' advertising

Reaching customers requires more than price slashing and flashy ads. In today’s competitive marketplace, machines – not men and women – are essential to tapping new markets and

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Trinity Valley School leader to leave in May 2015

Gary Krahn, head of school for the past eight years at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, will leave his position in May 2015 when he and his wife Paula will move

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RadioShack rescue raises question of what's worth saving

NEW YORK — RadioShack Corp.'s effort to seek financing and stave off bankruptcy raises a key question for investors, analysts and the customers who've shunned the electronics retailer for years: What's worth saving here?

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Fort Worth Housing Authority names new executive director

By Scott Nishimura
snishimura@star-telegram.com

The Fort Worth Housing Authority board has named Naomi Byrne, chief operating officer of the Pittsburgh Housing Authority, to succeed the retiring Barbara Holston as chief executive, the Housing Authority said Friday.

Byrne will start June 2.

She has more than 15 years experience as a senior executive in housing and non-profits. She was previously executive director of the Texarkana Housing Authority and the Georgetown Housing Authority.

“The board felt that she had the right mix of experience in the knowledge of the various housing programs and affordable housing development to understand the challenges and opportunities facing FWHA,” Terri Attaway, the Housing Authority’s chair, said.

Holston announced last June that she would retire, after 23 years with the agency.

The Housing Authority said it is establishing the Barbara Holston Education Fund, which will provide financial assistance to people in Housing Authority housing programs that will allow them to seek academic and vocational training.

“I have had an amazing career addressing the housing needs of so many,” Holston said.

Byrne holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Texas A&M-Texarkana.

The Housing Authority develops owns and operates affordable housing and accessible housing that provide assistance to people in federal, state and local programs.

The authority owns 1,145 public housing units, 3,126 affordable housing units, and 525 market-rate units, and it administers more than 6,100 housing vouchers and operates two home ownership programs.

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