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2015/1/22 - LISD Superintendent Search - Community Input Forums Announced
2015/1/17 - Lewisville Fire Department Responds to Coppell Rubbish Fire
2015/1/17 - Updated: Hit-and-run Fatality on I-35E at Fox Ave. Bridge
2015/1/17 - Vigil Against Violence at City Hall Steps on MLK Day
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Sandhill Crane: Rib-eye in the Sky

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Posted by LW1953 on 2015/1/25 16:53:55 (146 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowBy Larry Warnack - Field to Feast-- Texas Style

Known as “rib eye in the sky”, Sandhill cranes are great tasting and low in fat. They are great on the grill, but be careful not to over cook. My favorite two ways to cook them: Coffee-crusted Sandhill crane fillets, and bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers stuffed with grilled Sandhill crane fillets and cheese. There is still a short amount of time left to hunt them, with the season ending west of I-35 on February 1st.

Open in new windowA Texas hunting license with migratory game bird stamp and a free federal Sandhill crane hunting permit are required in order to hunt them. For more information on the regulations, see the Texas Parks and Wildlife 2014-15 Outdoor Annual. Sandhill Cranes may be taken with lead shot. However, Wildlife Management Areas and Federal Wildlife Refuges have special regulations requiring nontoxic shot for all game bird hunting, including Sandhill Cranes.


Larry Warnack is a long-time Lewisville resident who loves to hunt, fish, and cook. You can keep up with Larry on his Facebook group,Restaurant and Recipe Share.

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Lewisville ISD Trustees Share Legislative Wish List with State Reps

Lewisville ISD Notes
 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/1/25 11:50:00 (187 reads)

We apologize for the delay in publishing this story, which was begun in December, and languished due to the holidays and other committments. We thought it better to publish later than never at all.

Open in new windowOpen in new windowBy Steve Southwell

On December 18th, Lewisville ISD Trustees sat down for a lunch with state representatives Tan Parker and Ron Simmons to share their thoughts about things the legislature can do to help the district accomplish its mission more effectively and efficiently. The primary focus of the meeting, and what seemed to sink in the most with Parker and Simmons, was the problem of unfunded mandates from the State of Texas. Trustee Tracy Scott Miller summed it up best with his comment to the representatives: “Unlike the legislature, when we decide we want to do something, we have to fund it.”

District officials explained that the legislature passes bills requiring Texas’ school districts to undertake various initiatives, and do various things, but then does not provide any additional funding to do it. Even as the district’s budget has taken an $84 million hit from reductions in state funding in education since 2011, LISD estimates that unfunded mandates from the state cost it about $104 million per year. LISD’s general fund budget for 2014/15 is $427 million. Of that, the State of Texas is expected to pay about $119 million. In 2006, the legislature passed “property tax reform” which cut school districts’ taxing authority by a third, and proposed to fill the gap with new state funds paid in part by a business income tax. In 2010, the legislature failed to fund Texas school districts fully, which resulted in several rounds of faculty reductions and larger class sizes.

Dr. Steve Waddell, Former LISD Superintendent who attended the meeting as his last order of business before departing, told the representatives that it was all about fiscal responsibility. “Can you be fiscally responsible when you don’t provide the funds for something you say you are going to do?” he asked. Simmons and Parker both were interested to see the list of unfunded mandates, which district officials were happy to provide on the spot.

Board President Tricia Sheffield wanted to make it clear that it was more about local control, and that Lewisville ISD did not object to all of the mandates. “Not all of them are bad,” she said. The position of the Board of Trustees is that unless the state provides funding for a mandate, then the locally elected school boards should have the discretion to decide whether or not to implement them, and if so, what the most efficient and effective method would be.

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Anne Marie Harvey - 1/21/1961 - 1/14/2015

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/1/23 21:20:00 (1184 reads)

Open in new windowAnne Marie Harvey died on January 14th, 2015 due to complications from breast cancer. She was 53.

Mrs. Harvey was born on January 21, 1961 in Denton, Texas to her parents, Rowland and Sienna Harvey. She graduated from Lewisville High School in 1979 and North Texas State University with a degree in Computer Science in 1984 and worked for years as a software engineer. She married Frank Vaughan in 1981. Anne and Frank lived around North Texas, spending free time sailing, traveling, reading, restoring an old house and raising their two children. In 2008, Mrs. Harvey graduated from the University of North Texas (formerly NTSU) with a Masters in Speech Language Pathology. Following her graduation, Mrs. Harvey went to work for Lewisville Independent School District, spending 7 years at Liberty Elementary School as a speech language pathologist.

Mrs. Harvey is survived by her parents, Rowland Harvey and Sienna Hares, her husband, Frank Vaughan, and her children, Hannah and Noah Vaughan. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Rowland and Hattie Harvey.

A memorial will take place on Saturday, January 24 at 2:00 p.m. at Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church in Carrollton. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Lewisville Education Foundation grant in Anne Harvey's name.

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LISD Superintendent Search - Community Input Forums Announced

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/1/22 23:15:20 (156 reads)
Lewisville ISD Notes

Lewisville ISD’s Board of Trustees invite all parents and the LISD community to four different forums to share their thoughts regarding desired qualities in LISD’s new superintendent. All forums will be led by executive search firm Ray and Associates and are listed below.

Community Input Forum Dates and Locations

English Only Forums –

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 10:15-11 a.m.
Career Center East (2553 Farm to Market Road 544, Lewisville)

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 5:15-6:15 p.m.
Bolin Administrative Center (1565 W. Main Street, Lewisville)

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2:15-3 p.m.
Bolin Administrative Center (1565 W. Main Street, Lewisville)

Thursday, Jan. 29, 5:15-6:15 p.m.
Career Center East (2553 Farm to Market Road 544, Lewisville)

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Lewisville Fire Department Responds to Coppell Rubbish Fire

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/1/17 23:00:00 (683 reads)

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Rubbish fire in Coppell, as seen from SH 121
(Photo by Stephanie Acosta)
Saturday at around 5:27 p.m., Lewisville Fire Department responded to a fire that was initially reported to be the Creekside Mobile Home Park, but turned out to be a nearby open dump in the City of Coppell. It was reported that an abandoned shed and various rubbish, including tires was burning in the area just south of Denton Creek, on the west side of SH 121.

Engines and brush trucks from Lewisville, as well as apparatus from Coppell and Flower Mound responded. They were able to get several streams of water on the fire under control by 6:08 p.m. The immediate area around the fire didn't have fire hydrants, so apparatus had to bring their own water, and switch out as each vehicle ran out. Flower Mound sent a tender truck (water tank) to assist.

Firefighters stuck around until at least 7:30 p.m - long after the fire was knocked down, hitting hot spots around the debris. There were no reported injuries.


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Updated: Hit-and-run Fatality on I-35E at Fox Ave. Bridge

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/1/17 18:30:00 (15806 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowBy Steve Southwell

Lewisville Police report that at 12:26 a.m. Saturday morning, they were notified of a body on the side of the road in the 800 block of southbound I-35E in Lewisville, at the Fox Avenue bridge. Captain Dan Rochelle of the Lewisville Police Department said that the body was found on the right side of the main lanes on the Southbound side, just before the bridge.

The deceased victim was male, and believed to be in his forties. His body has been taken to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office for autopsy. Although police have not yet publicly identified the victim, The Lewisville Texan Journal has learned from his close friends that his family had been notified. The victim is Kevin Charles Coon, 40, of Lewisville.

I-35E southbound was closed for about two hours Saturday morning while police investigated.

Police currently have no known witnesses or suspect information, but they do have part of a headlight lens that was collected at the scene, and believe the suspect vehicle would have front-end damage, including that broken headlight.

Rochelle said police did not believe he came from the bridge, and that they had not found any abandoned vehicle. It is unknown why anyone would be attempting to cross the roadway there, since the Fox Avenue bridge specifically has a safe pedestrian crossing.

Coon's friend Dean Akins told us, that Coon had been released from Medical Center of Lewisville where had been hospitalized, and was probably trying to walk home. Akins said Coon lived near Fox and Valley Parkway.

"We just want to find who did this to him," said Akins. "He was loved very much," she added. "There were 30 people here who gathered as soon as we heard. It's just so horrid. His birthday is in February and we planned a party for him." In addition to having his own health issues, Coon was watching over his ill mother, who is elderly.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Lewisville Police Department at 972-219-TIPS (8477) or use one of the other methods of contacting them with information.

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Vigil Against Violence at City Hall Steps on MLK Day

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/1/17 8:22:39 (237 reads)

Open in new windowOn New Years Day, The Lewisville Texan Journal published an editorial with the top five wishes for Lewisville in 2015. Top on that list was a reduction in violence in the City of Lewisville.

In the past year, Lewisville has seen a fair number of high-profile cases of violence on the streets of our city. We have had murder, muggings, assaults, armed robberies, and even an attempt at carjacking. Although Lewisville has about as much crime and violence of any city of our size, we know that for the victims of these crimes, it hurts. Any level of violence in our city is needless and unacceptable.

It is a tough problem, that sadly, will likely always be with us to some degree or another. But on Monday night, January 19th, 2015, Lewisville residents will stand shoulder-to-shoulder and reject violence in our community. Though we come from various backgrounds, religions, philosophies, and beliefs, we do share the common cause of reducing violence in our community. We can stand together and pray together to whichever God we pray to, and we can ask.

We will have some guest speakers join us and talk about non-violence:
- In our homes
- On our streets
- In our schools
- In the workplace
- In our society and government

We will ask for the safety and protection over all of Lewisville's residents and first responders.

This event is non-partisan, non-political, non-sectarian. This is pro-peace, and pro-Lewisville.

We are putting this together as an idea that came from a reader, and was wanted by those we mentioned it to. It's last-minute, and will likely not be a hugely polished affair, or last very long.

If you are not doing anything on Monday night, January 19th, please join us on the front steps of Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church Street in Old Town Lewisville, at 6:30 p.m.

If you are on Facebook, please RSVP to this event so that we can provide you with any updates in the program if we need to. Feel free to share it or invite people that you think might be interested.

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Police Chief's Update: Shooting, Theft, and Memorial Ride

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/1/13 8:40:00 (790 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowThe following items are from the Lewisville Police Chief's weekly update:

Attempted Restaurant Robbery
On Saturday January 10, two male subjects entered the Wing Stop at 2305 S SH 121 Business and attempted to rob the restaurant. One of the suspects produced a pistol at the counter and began giving orders to the kitchen crew. The manager of the restaurant walked out of the restaurant and the suspects followed firing a shot at the manager. The manager, who has a concealed handgun permit, produced his own pistol and fired several rounds back at the suspects. Both suspects fled on foot without any money. Nobody was hurt in the exchange of gunfire. Patrol Officers arrived quickly but were unable to locate the suspects. Detectives were called to the scene and are investigating.

Update 1/15/2015:
Lewisville police released still shots from surveillance video from the restaurant. Police would like the public's help identifying the suspects. If you have information that could help police locate them, please call Lewisville Police Department at 972-219-3600, or use any of the other methods here.

Theft of Trailer and Roofing Materials
On December 20, 2014, Patrol Officer Paul Bennett responded to the 900 block of N. Mill St and took a report for the theft of a trailer loaded with several thousand dollars in roofing materials and supplies. The total value of the trailer and materials is approximately $21,000. A review of the video revealed a U-Haul truck was involved and the code used to enter the gate belonged to a recently approved tenant. Patrol Officer Richard Anders also provided information about a similar offense that occurred in Carrollton recently. The case was assigned to Detective Jeff Darlington for follow-up investigation. Darlington made contact with Carrollton PD, who had conducted a covert sting operation via Craigslist with the suspect who was selling some of the stolen items. Darlington responded to Carrollton PD and interviewed the suspect. Darlington was able to develop a rapport with the suspect, who confessed to committing this offense in Lewisville. The stolen roofing materials were recovered at the scene when Carrollton PD made contact with the suspect. Darlington learned the trailer had already been sold to another individual via Craigslist. Darlington has already made contact with this buyer, and arrangements have been made to recover the trailer. This is a great example of teamwork by all parties involved.

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Olympic Medalist to Speak at Chamber Awards Luncheon

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/1/13 8:24:32 (186 reads)

Open in new windowOlympic Medalist, Jordan Malone will speak at the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, January 27th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville. Malone will share his story of overcoming obstacles to achieve his Olympic dreams. The Chamber will also celebrate and recognize its members’ accomplishments in the community and in business by presenting awards for Ambassador, Volunteer, Rookie, Citizen and Business of the Year.

Jordan, a native of Denton, Texas, won an Olympic Bronze Medal in the men’s 5000m relay in speed skating at the 2010 Vancouver Games. He also won the Olympic Silver Medal at the 2014 Sochi Games in the men’s 5000m relay. Jordan tours the country speaking to students from Elementary to College, about the importance of math, science and technology.

Registration for this event is available now. To register, call the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce at (972) 436-9571 or visit lewisvillechamber.org.

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Neighborhood Services Seeks Community Input

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/1/10 18:14:51 (387 reads)

Open in new windowThe City of Lewisville Neighborhood Services office is actively involved in fostering partnerships with homeowners associations and neighborhood liaisons to help build and preserve a high quality of life for all Lewisville residents.

In order for the office to more effectively communicate with neighborhood groups, the city needs updated information from groups.

A product of the Lewisville 2025 vision plan adopted last summer, a position was created for Neighborhood Services Coordinator in order to assist local communities through neighborhood engagement and resource sharing by encouraging preservation, conservation and rehabilitation.

Yolanda Wilson recently was hired for the new position and will be coordinating goals and objectives along with the Neighborhood Enhancement Strategic Team, which will create and monitor strategic planning to address issues listed during the Lewisville 2025 public input process.

Wilson is identifying local neighborhood representatives along with other civic associations who will play a significant role in the overall mission. The planning phase of the process is underway, and active resident participation is necessary. For information about being part of the “Neighbors Leading Neighbors,” please contact Wilson at 972.219.3736 or ywilson@cityoflewisville.com.

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