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LHS swimmers head to state championships

Sports
Posted by MikeIbanez on 2016/2/10 7:40:00 (74 reads)

By MIKE IBANEZ
sports@lewisvilletexan.com


Kara Eisenmann will finish her high school swimming season next week in a familiar place -- at the UIL state swimming and diving championships in Austin.

Eisenmann, a junior, earned her third consecutive trip to the state meet by capturing first place in both the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke at last week’s regional competition at Lewisville’s Westside Aquatic Center. She will be joined at the state meet by LHS and Lakeside Aquatics teammate Ethan McGee, who qualified in the 50-yard freestyle.

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Highland Village to protest BLM gas leases for Lewisville Lake

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/2/10 0:40:00 (586 reads)

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Highland Village City Manager Mike Leavitt informs the council about BLM plans to lease the area on the map (shown in red) for gas drilling. (Photo by Steve Southwell)

By STEVE SOUTHWELL

The Highland Village City Council passed a unanimous resolution Monday night to draft a letter of protest against the proposed gas leases for Lewisville Lake. Under the resolution, the mayor and city manager are authorized to file the protest with the Bureau of Land Management, which as we reported last month, is planning to auction gas drilling rights for a section of the Hickory Creek arm of the lake.

That affected property belongs to the Corps of Engineers, but falls mostly within Hickory Creek and a small section within the Highland Village city limits.

About 40 residents packed the council chambers, and nine people spoke in opposition to the BLM action, with two sending in emails that Mayor Charlotte Wilcox read aloud. The residents all urged the council to quickly file a protest with BLM as the deadline of Feb. 19.

The residents shared a variety of concerns with the council, but most all of them were worried mostly about two things: water contamination, and dam safety. Highland Village resident and geologist Gerald Bartz showed the council maps of the lake, where he said three long geological features known as lineaments converged around the area of Lewisville Dam. He said that fracking under one of the lineaments could provide the lubrication to cause movement that would damage the dam.

City manager Mike Leavitt and Mayor Wilcox both said that the city had only found out about the BLM leasing decision by reading media reports, and that the BLM had not contacted them. Leavitt said that he had been in contact with Congressman Michael Burgess’ office to try to understand the process that caused the nomination of the land for leasing.

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Letters: No fracking near Lewisville Dam

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/2/8 23:51:28 (185 reads)
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To the editor:

The BLM has no business allowing fracking near the Lewisville Dam, which is already in trouble. A dam rupture would endanger 400,000 people.

Some folks scoff at the idea that small earthquakes threaten an earthen dam, but these folks fail to consider that soil movement damage is cumulative.

Think about when children try to dam up a stream and how the water finds and penetrates any small crack, eventually enlarging it.

Plus, right across from the fracking area is where whooping cranes spent the summer of 2013.
See http://tiny.cc/lewisvillecranes

Dick Guldi,
Dallas Sierra Club Co-Chair


Send your letters to the editor to editor@LewisvilleTexan.com. Be sure to send your name, city, and a phone number where we can reach you for verification.

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Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/2/8 23:47:46 (232 reads)

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ColorPalooza set for April 9, replacing Chalk This Way
The City of Lewisville will hold its first ColorPalooza festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9 in Old Town Lewisville. The free festival replaces the popular Chalk This Way event.

This year, ColorPalooza will carry the theme of “A Celebration of Spring.”

The event features sidewalk chalk art, art and nonprofit vendors, live art creation, inflatable play structures, arts and crafts stations, food trucks, a combination of strolling musicians and bands playing on the Wayne Ferguson Plaza stage, and cultural music and dance groups.

The event team is looking for exhibitors to display, sell or create art on site. Art vendors must create or manufacture all art on display, from paintings and sculpture to ceramics, jewelry, quilts or leather- or metal-working. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to provide an interactive craft or art project during the event to reinforce the festival theme.

ColorPalooza has a limited number of vendor spaces. Visit bit.ly/colorpalooz for artist-exhibitor, non-profit vendor and food truck vendor applications and deadlines.
Adam Schrader

Symphony, ballet to perform ‘Peter and the Wolf’
Chip Waggoner from Fox 4 will narrate the Lewisville Lake Symphony's production of Prokofiev’s "Peter and the Wolf." Lewisville Lake Symphony and Lake Cities Ballet will perform the music and dancing show at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28 at the Frederick Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle.
Kids get to sprawl on the gym mats in front of the action. Parents have a good time watching from the nearby chairs and bleachers. Symphony volunteers operate an Instrument Petting Zoo after the concert where kids can try out orchestral instruments.
Tickets are $5 for children, $10 for adults and $25 for families. Purchase tickets at lewisvillesymphony.org or at the door. For more information, call 972-874-9087.
Adam Schrader

Garden Secrets class to focus on “spring vegetable gardening”
Keep Lewisville Beautiful and Texas AgriLife Extension will hold a free Garden Secrets class, “Spring Vegetable Gardening,” 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 at the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles Street.
To participate, register by Feb. 17. The class is free. For more information, call 972-538-5949 or email info@keeplewisvillebeautiful.org.
Adam Schrader

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VAL offers free Lectures, ATC Workshop and Art Shows

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/2/8 23:30:00 (250 reads)

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The Visual Art League of Lewisville has just ended its art show, competition “A Few of My Favorite Things” at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St.

First place went to Irma Murray for her colored pencil piece called “Innocence.” Lisa Chittenden won second for her black and white photo called “Late Night Conversion.” Darla Bostick landed third place for “Oahu Blooms,” a watercolor. Honorable mentions went to Dave McRedmond for his sculpture “Dragonfly” and Mark Potter for his color photo “Piers.”

Sculptor Morris Stein will be the featured speaker at 7 p.m. Feb. 9. His presentation will be titled “The Wood Lathe as a Sculpting Tool.” VAL will hold its monthly Art Trading Cards workshop from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 13. The project this month is old-fashioned valentine cards. Both free events, in Classroom 3 at the MCL Grand, are open to the public. For more information, call 972-420-9393.

There is an exhibit in the North Wing Gallery of the MCL Grand, “2015 Asel Award Winners” and also an exhibit in the showcase, “Seeing 3D.” These shows close on Feb. 28.
VAL Artists are always on the move.

Barbara Barnet, Wanda Grice and Mary McNeely will be showing their artwork through Feb. 28 at Tierney’s Café & Tavern, 208 E. Main St.

Kartika Anderson, Wanda Grice, Sunny Raschke, Dulce Ruque and R’Lene Winters will have a show called "Red: the exhibition” from Feb. 5-21 at The Gallery 8680, 8680 Main St., Ste. E1, in Frisco. For more information, visit thegallery8680.com.

Our members also donate their time to paint the display boards for the Greater Lewisville Community Theater, 160 W. Main St. in Lewisville. The boards for the upcoming play, Master Class, were painted by Ruth Gamble, Chuck Hendrickson and Joanna Krueger.

The Lewisville ISD High school student art show will be on display at the MCL Grand Theatre Gallery from Feb. 5-13. As in the past, VAL will present monetary awards to the winners.

For more information, visit visualartleague.org.

Photo: "Master Class" display board painted by VAL member Chuck Hendrickson.

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Home burned, family displaced

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/2/8 19:40:00 (1346 reads)

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steve@LewisvilleTexan.com


About 2:45 p.m. Monday, Lewisville Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 300 block of Rivercrest Dr. When firefighters arrived, smoke was billowing out of the home. Flames quickly shot out of the back of the residence. The fire went to two alarms. Responders from neighboring cities helped out on the scene, and back-filled Lewisville stations to respond to regular calls.

Division Chief Mark Richards said that the fire is under investigation, but that it appeared initially to have been caused by a tree falling on a power line connected to the home. Richards said that nobody was home at the time of the fire, and that there were no injuries.

Next door neighbor Wesley Lucas said that she and her husband were not at home when the fire started, but that they came home to find that the fire had spread to their back yard due to the high winds. She showed The Lewisville Texan Journal a section of a burned dead tree trunk that had caught fire next door and fallen across the property line into their yard. On the opposite side of her yard, an old stump had also caught fire.

From Lucas’ back yard, it was apparent that a large dead tree had toppled across the back yard of the home that burned. The home’s electric panel had been pulled away from the home, towards the direction of the fallen tree.

The rear of the home was badly burned, and the inside appeared to have extensive damage from fire as well as smoke and water. It was uninhabitable. The homeowners, who had since arrived home, were too distraught to talk to The Lewisville Texan Journal. Their neighbor, Fidel said that the family had lived in the home over 10 years, and that he believed they would be staying with family.

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Food Reviews: Landmark Grill

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Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2016/2/7 17:47:16 (712 reads)

By PHILIP MOULARD
pjmoulard@lewisvilletexan.com
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Landmark Grill is a locally owned and operated restaurant that has no shame in embracing the stereotype of wood-smoked meats stacked on big plates. And, the restaurant offers the staple Texas meal at an affordable price.

Landmark Grill’s off-beat setup is immediately noticeable. The large wall-adorned menu proudly showcases a mix of traditional grilled meats and Mexican-inspired dishes not normally seen at comparable steakhouses.

The restaurant utilizes a cafe inspired counter service approach to sales. Customers place orders at the register and are given a number. Once their meal is ready the food is brought out to the table. Many may miss the table service and complimentary bread provided by chain establishments. But, Landmark’s system gives their restaurant a rare small-town feel that I’ve never experienced at a steakhouse.

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Weather service warns of fire weather Monday

Weather
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/2/7 13:10:00 (301 reads)

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Update:
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning effective Monday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are occurring now or will occur shortly.

Strong winds are forecast to be from the northwest at 20-30 mph with gusts to 35 mph, with low relative humidity from 15-25 percent. Rainfall is below normal for this time of year, so vegetation may be dry enough to support wildfires.

High temperatures are expected to be in the 50s and low 60s.

34 counties are in the warning area, including Denton, Dallas, and Tarrant. 14 additional counties to the east, including Collin County, are in a fire weather watch.

Any fire that develops could spread quickly.

Readers are advised to avoid outdoor fires and dispose of cigarettes properly.


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The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch effective Monday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur.

Strong winds are forecast to be from the northwest at 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph, with low relative humidity from 15-25 percent. Rainfall is below normal for this time of year, so vegetation may be dry enough to support wildfires.

High temperatures are expected to be in the 50s and low 60s.

33 counties are in the watch area, including Denton, Dallas, and Tarrant.

Any fire that develops could spread quickly.

Readers are advised to avoid outdoor fires and dispose of cigarettes properly. Pay attention to local media for any red flag warnings.
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Student athletes sign college commitments

Sports
Posted by MikeIbanez on 2016/2/7 11:10:00 (428 reads)

Open in new windowBy MIKE IBANEZ
sports@LewisvilleTexan.com


On Wednesday, Lewisville offensive lineman Denzel Okafor made official the commitment he made to University of Texas football coach Charlie Strong back in November.

Okafor was one of 14 Farmer athletes who signed letters of intent at LHS’ annual National Signing Day event at the school’s auditorium on Wednesday. By doing so he was one of 24 high school football standouts that comprised Texas’ impressive signing class.

Texas entered signing day ranked below conference opponents Baylor, Oklahoma and TCU in assembled high school talent. But, with a late push that included acquiring eight commitments on Wednesday, the Longhorns finished the day with the Big 12 Conference’s most talented group of incoming freshman.

Okafor was one of 16 seniors who had committed to play college football at Texas prior to Wednesday’s signing day. He enjoyed seeing news of Texas’ late commitment activity while he was at school.

“I’m pumped up even more after seeing all the guys who committed today,” Okafor said. “It’s crazy to know all the big names that are going to Austin with me to help get Texas back to where it belongs.”

Moments after signing his paperwork, Strong mentioned Okafor in his signing day press conference.

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Child dies at day care

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/2/7 11:00:00 (1352 reads)

By STEVE SOUTHWELL
steve@LewisvilleTexan.com


Friday afternoon around 4:50 p.m., Lewisville Fire Department medics were dispatched to a residential day care in the 1600 block of Niagara Boulevard on a deceased person call. The deceased was 10-month-old Kayden Bolden.

Medics attempted CPR on the child, but were not able to revive him. They transported him to Medical Center of Lewisville where he was later pronounced dead.

His body has been taken to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office for autopsy.

The child’s mother, Latoya King told WFAA News 8 that the child had no prior medical conditions, and that he had been to the doctor the previous day. According to News 8’s story, he tested negative for flu and strep throat. She told News 8 that she had checked in on her son at 1:30 p.m. Friday, and was told that he was napping.

Lewisville PD Lieutenant Chris Butterworth said that the watch commander on duty mentioned no visible signs of foul play.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, which licenses day care facilities in the state, showed no license for the facility in their public web search. The Lewisville Texan Journal is not certain whether a license is required for the type of operation that was taking place in the home. Butterworth said that he believed the provider was required to be licensed.

An investigation has been launched into the death, according to Butterworth. He said that Child Protective Services had been notified.

Update - 2/8/2015:
DFPS spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales told LTJ that Child Care Licensing, a division of the department, is investigating the home as an illegal child care operation.

She confirmed that the facility was not a licensed childcare operation. She said the investigation can take up to 30 days to complete.

"Any person who is caring for three or more children not related to them is required to obtain a permit from DFPS," she said.

We have no indication at this time that the facility's license status is related to the child's death. The medical examiner has yet to rule on a cause of death.

We will provide updates as we learn more.

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