Missed out on local news? Take a look at what you might have missed from Community Impact’s coverage areas in Dallas-Fort Worth March 20-24.

1. North Texas-based nonprofit dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease

In 1989, six women led the charge in creating A.W.A.R.E, or the Alzheimer’s Women’s Association for Resources and Education. Since then, men and women have joined the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, now called Aware, that is dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease.

“Alzheimer’s is a global crisis,” Aware President Holly Hull Miori said.

Aware is made up of more than 200 members. Membership levels range from $75-$500. The nonprofit provides funding to programs, projects and research through grants.

Read the full story by Reporter Hannah Johnson.

2. Frisco officials approve 2 Denton County polling place relocations, update precinct map

Frisco City Council approved two ordinances moving the polling location for voter precincts 2081 and 1024 during its March 21 meeting.

The ordinance came at the request from Denton County officials who were concerned about the number of voter precincts all assigned the same election day location at Frisco’s Fire Station No. 7. Residents can find their voting precinct and check their voter registration at the Texas secretary of state’s voter portal website.

Read the full story by Reporter Alex Reece.

3. Southlake approves construction bid for pickleball complex

Southlake is taking its next step toward the creation of a pickleball complex at Bicentennial Park. Council approved a construction bid with North Rock Construction for $3.66 million March 21.

The project budget of $4.5 million includes the $3.66 million for construction, $310,000 for design services, $316,000 for contingency costs and about $240,000 for information technology, security and utility costs, according to city documents.

Read the full story by Reporter Hannah Johnson.

4. Tarrant County prioritizes state mental health hospital to reduce jail’s waitlist for beds

Tarrant County commissioners approved a list of policy priorities for the ongoing 88th legislative session in Austin, including a study to determine if a state mental hospital is needed for Tarrant County.

A state mental health hospital would help lower the jail population by restoring competency for those awaiting trial, according to Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks, representing Precinct 1. As of the meeting on Feb. 7, 180 individuals are on the state waitlist for mental health services from the state hospital, some of which have been waiting since 2020, according to Russell Schaffner, Tarrant County’s assistant county administrator.

Read the full story by Karly Lamm.

5. I-35W traffic relief en route as development booms in Fort Worth's Alliance area

The Alliance Town Center area is keying up to become a destination for people looking for entertainment and dining options, and as people flock to these new destinations, traffic counts along that portion of I-35W, also known as segment 3C, are expected to increase.

“At its highest peak, more than 99,000 vehicles per day travel in Segment 3C,” said Michael Peters, public information officer with the Texas Department of Transportation. “Based upon projections from the North Central Texas Council of Governments, traffic in this segment is expected to increase to approximately 187,000 vehicles per day by 2045.”

Read the full story by Reporter Mark Fadden.