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Haltom City, TX  76117
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Message from Mayor David Averitt

haltom city council mayor david averittOn behalf of the City Council I would like to take this opportunity to extend season's greetings to the citizens of Haltom City.

For many of us, the holidays are a time of celebration and also a time to reflect on the year that is passing and prepare for the new year which is about to begin.

I hope you all have a very happy Thanksgiving, a merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year. May 2017 bring you good health and prosperity.

 

Best wishes,

 

David Averitt

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 Mayor - Haltom City

 

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New Parks and Recreation Director

Christi Pruitt, just promoted to Di­rector of Parks & Recreation in November 2016, is a familiar…
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Fire Services Bd T-Shirt Sale

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KHCB Business of 4Q - Petworld

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HCPL's Holiday Story Time - Dec 15

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Crossroads N'Letter - Dec/Jan

The December 2016/January 2017 Crossroads City Newsletter is available for download.
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New Textile Recycling Service

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Haltom City Citizen Survey

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2016 N'hood Decorating Contest

It's time once again for the annual Neighborhood Decorating Contest (NDC). This is the 20th year…
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Veterans Memorial Site Dedication

The City of Haltom City honored our country’s heroes on Veterans Day on November 11, 2016. The…
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2017 Haltom Stampede - Feb 11

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Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County

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FAQs on West Nile Virus

What is West Nile virus?

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can infect humans, birds, horses and other mammals. In most humans, West Nile virus infection causes a mild or moderate, short-lived flu-like illness, or causes no symptoms at all. However in some cases, particularly among persons 50 years of age and older, it can cause serious neurological diseases such as encephalitis, meningitis, or paralysis. West Nile virus first appeared in North America in New York City in 1999. Since then, the virus has spread across the continental United States. Visit www.cdc.gov for more information on West Nile virus nationally.

How is West Nile virus spread?

  • Infected Mosquitoes. Most often, WNV is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread WNV to humans and other animals when they bite.
  • Transfusions, Transplants, and Mother-to-Child. In a very small number of cases, WNV also has been spread through blood transfusions, organ transplants, breastfeeding and even during pregnancy from mother to baby.
  • Not through touching. WNV is not spread through casual contact such as touching or kissing a person with the virus.

What can be done to prevent West Nile Virus?



Prevention is the best defense against West Nile Virus. Haltom City residents are reminded to enjoy the outdoors, and remember the Four D’s:

  • Dusk and Dawn are the times of day you should try to stay indoors. This is when infected mosquitoes are most active.
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants when you’re outside. For extra protection, you may want to spray thin clothing with repellent.
  • DEET is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent. Follow label instructions, and always wear repellent when outdoors.
  • Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood where mosquitoes can breed. This includes old tires, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, etc. Mosquitoes may develop in any water stagnant for more than three or four days.

What are the symptoms of West Nile virus?


Most people who are infected with West Nile virus either have no symptoms (80%) or experience a mild or moderate illness with symptoms such as fever, headache, fatigue, or body aches before fully recovering. It is estimated that 20% of people who become infected with WNV will develop West Nile Fever. Of these, 1/150 persons may develop the more serious neuroinvasive West Nile.
Some persons may also develop a rash or swollen lymph glands. In some individuals, particularly persons 50 years of age and older, West Nile virus can cause serious disease that affects the brain and spinal tissue. Severe illness may include encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord), or acute flaccid paralysis (a polio-like syndrome in which muscles become very weak or paralyzed). Symptoms of more severe disease may include headache, high fever, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, confusion, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and/or paralysis. At its most serious, West Nile virus can cause permanent neurological damage and death. Among those people who need to be hospitalized for West Nile virus, 10-15% die of their illness. People who do develop symptoms normally become ill 3-15 days following the bite of an infected mosquito.

How is West Nile Virus treated?



There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus. Most people who become infected will get better on their own. In more severe cases, intensive supportive therapy is indicated, i.e., hospitalization, intravenous (IV) fluids and nutrition, airway management, ventilator support if needed, prevention of secondary infections and proper nursing care.



Who is most at risk for getting severe West Nile virus disease from being bitten by an infected mosquito?

  • People over 50 at higher risk to get severe illness. People over the age of 50 are more likely to develop serious symptoms of WNV if they do get sick and should take special care to avoid mosquito bites.
  • Being outside means you're at risk. The more time you're outdoors, the more time you could be bitten by an infected mosquito. Pay attention to avoiding mosquito bites if you spend a lot of time outside, either working or playing.
  • Immunocompromised persons, such as persons who have received organ transplants.

How long does it take to get sick if bitten by an infected mosquito?

Most people who are infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms or experience only mild illness. If illness does occur, symptoms generally appear between 3 to 15 days of being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Can you get West Nile virus directly from birds?

There is no evidence that a person can get the virus from handling live or dead infected birds. However, persons should avoid bare-handed contact when handling any dead animals and use gloves or double plastic bags to place the carcass in a garbage can.



What is being done to protect residents against West Nile Virus?

The City of Haltom City relies upon surveillance, both by residents and City crews, to identify and eliminate any standing water which could serve as a breeding place for mosquitoes and larvae. Typically larvae will thrive in still, shallow water less than 15 inches deep. Bird baths, pet bowls, wading pools, tire swings or any similar receptacle with standing water can serve as a breeding place for mosquitoes.

Download PDF file detailing the West Nile Virus and what Tarrant County and Haltom City are doing to monitor and educate people about it.

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Library News/Events

Paperback Book Sale - Jan 9-14

haltom city public library lobbyThe Friends of the Haltom City Public Library will be hosting a Paperback Book Sale January 9-14, 2017. Snuggle up with a good book on these chilly nights.

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HCPL's Holiday Story Time - Dec 15

hcpl holiday storytimeThe Haltom City Public Library will be hosting a Holiday Bedtime Story Time on Thursday, December 15th at 6:30 p.m.

Featuring Santa & Mrs. Claus. Wear your pajamas (Mom & Dad too!). Don’t forget to bring your camera for a photo with Mr. & Mrs. Clause. There will be a holiday craft, a puppet show and holiday stories.

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Family Movie Night - Dec 12

prancerJoin us at the Haltom City Public Library for our Monthly Movie Night on December 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. December's feature film is 1985's "Prancer".

When 9-year-old Rebecca Harrell, stumbles across one of Santa’s reindeers, Prancer, in the forest, no one will believe her. Rebecca’s father comes across the wounded Prancer but it magically vanishes before his eyes. Rebecca nurses Prancer back to health in secret.

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'16 Pumpkin Decorating Contest Winners

haltom city library pumpkin contest 2016 8The Haltom City Public Library's 2016 Pumpkin Decorating Contest entries can be seen below. Winners are noted in the caption below each picture.

There were four age categories:

  • Ages 5-8
  • Ages 9-12
  • Ages 13-17 (none entered)
  • Adults 18 & older

Thanks to all who entered, and take note that there will be a 2017 contest next year!

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Parks & Rec News/Events

2017 Haltom Stampede - Feb 11

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haltom stampede february 11 2017Mark your calendars for our 31st Annual Haltom Stampede 5K & Fun Run Celebration on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Be a part of one of Tarrant County’s longest running races! Registration is now available online. The Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9:00 a.m.

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New Parks and Recreation Director

haltom city parks recreation director christi pruittChristi Pruitt, just promoted to Di­rector of Parks & Recreation in November 2016, is a familiar face in Haltom City, serving as the Recreation Supervisor for the last 12 years. She joined Haltom City in December of 2004 and re-opened the Recreation Center after renovations, adding top-of-the-line fitness equipment, new classes, community events, and reviv­ing old classes and sports programs. Through the years, Christi has grown the Recreation Center and its pro­grams and has developed many relationships with residents and business owners in the process.

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Veterans Memorial Site Dedication

haltom city veterans dedication november 2016 veteransThe City of Haltom City honored our country’s heroes on Veterans Day on November 11, 2016. The ceremony was held at the North end of Haltom Road Park. City officials, the Veterans Memorial Committee and staff were present to conduct a site dedication for our new Veterans Memorial Structure that will be coming soon to Haltom Road Park.

It will be a place where citizens can come together to reflect on love of country and the price of freedom. A photo album is posted on our Facebook page and a video of the event is posted below. A groundbreaking will take place in spring, 2017.

 

 

Winter 250' Softball League

haltom city north park softballParks & Recreation will be offering a 2017 Winter Softball 250 feet League that will play at North Park. Outfield fences will be brought in to 250 feet to shorten the playing field and make for an exciting and challenging game, including unlimited home runs over the short fence. Registration begins Monday, November 21, and ends December 30...or until leagues are full

Register online here, starting November 21, 2016. The season will begin in early January, 2017.

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