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Updated: Flower Mound HS Student Photographer Forced to Take Down Website

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/7/6 21:00:00 (6109 reads)

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(Please see the bottom of this story for updates)

A sophomore honors student at Flower Mound High School who posted online some of the photos he took as part of his yearbook class, has been forced by school administrators to take down the photos. Anthony Mazur, 16, is on his school’s yearbook staff, and over the past year has been learning about photography- focusing mostly on sports photography. Mazur posted his best photos on Flickr, and had even been successful at selling a few of them to the parents of his subjects, until school administrators threatened him with in-school suspension or loss of privileges unless he removed them all.

Mazur said he and his yearbook class had gone to a journalism convention in San Antonio back in October, and at that convention, one of the speakers was a teacher from Argyle High School, who told them of a student who was selling their work. Inspired by the possibility, Mazur asked the speaker about the copyright issues, and the teacher explained to him that as the photographer, he owned the pictures he took, and was entitled to the rights. Lewisville ISD’s own policy (CY Local) states explicitly that “A student shall retain all rights to work created as part of instruction or using District technology resources.”

So, Mazur went about his business, taking photos at various district events, all of which were open to the general public. He took many impressive photos using his school-issued school-issued digital camera, and began posting them on his Flickr account. Mazur says the students on the teams he photographed were enthusiastic about his work, and shared the link to his site with one another.

Back in March, Mazur says he was called into FMHS Assistant Principal Jeffrey Brown’s office, where he saw that Brown had his website pulled up on a computer there. He said that Brown was angry at him, and told him that posting the pictures online was illegal, and violated copyright. According to Mazur, Brown also worked the angle (contrary to the policy listed above) that the camera belonged to the district. When Mazur argued that the copyright belonged to him, he says that Brown changed his tune and said that it violated student privacy. Brown allegedly told Mazur at the time that a parent had complained.

Mazur alleged that Brown told him in a coercive tone “I’m just asking you to take the website down, I’m not asking you to return any money.” Mazur said he assumed Brown meant the school, with regards to returning money. Mazur said Brown told him that he “wouldn’t report [Mazur] to the IRS” over the money he earned from selling the photos. Brown told Mazur that he was issuing an “administrative directive” to take the photos down. At this point, Mazur said he requested that his parent be brought into the discussion.

Mazur’s parents, Len and Mary Jo Mazur went to the school the next day, and met with FMHS Principal Sonya Lail, who they said told them that it was a student who complained about the photos, and that they supposedly violated the federal privacy rights of the students, as outlined in FERPA, the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act. That law restricts the information that schools and school employees can disclose, but is not targeted at students.

After the meeting, the Mazurs said they received a written administrative directive ordering him to take the pictures down. Len Mazur said the reasoning listed on the directive was not related to privacy concerns, but “because he posted with the intention to profit”. The Mazur’s would not say how much money, even in general terms, that Anthony had earned from selling his photos. But Anthony said that his customers were all parents of the students in the photos, buying the digital photo for their own use. “It doesn’t matter whether he sold one or a million pictures,” said Len Mazur, who insisted that it was the principle of applying the law correctly that was important.

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City Council to Hear Presentation on LED Light Strips

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/7/6 8:30:00 (685 reads)

Open in new windowMonday night at 5:45 p.m., the Lewisville City Council will hear a presentation regarding the popular LED strip and rope lighting that is seeing increasing use in local storefronts. The presentation by staff is at Deputy Mayor Neil Ferguson's request.

Ferguson thinks the strip lights that can often be seen outlining the windows of businesses look bad, and are not in keeping with the spirit of the city's overhaul of outdoor signage regulations three years ago.

Aesthetics are not the only reasoning though. The lights create a glare around windows that Ferguson says can make it hard for police to see through the windows and see whether anyone is in the business. The excess and non-directed light source at night can also contribute to light pollution or light trespass, according to the presentation included in the agenda backup packet.

The City of Carrollton outlawed the strips or ropes of LED and other lights for usage in outlining windows, or outlining individual occupancies in strip centers, accessory structures, signs, light poles and appurtenances, and vertical features. Carrollton does allow lights that outline only the roof line of any building.

Lewisville City staff have identified 31 businesses that utilize the strips locally. If the council were to ban the use of these lights, businesses would likely be given a period of time to comply. In Carrollton, businesses were given 90 days to remove the lights when their ordinance passed.

No action is scheduled for this item Monday night, other than a workshop to discuss options and get a consensus from the council. If the council agreed that action was necessary, then city staff would draw up a proposed ordinance that could be voted on in a future meeting. The workshop begins at 5:45 p.m. and is open to the public.

Update 7/7/2015:
The City Council did determine in workshop that there was enough consensus to ask staff to draw up an ordinance and come back at a later date. The ordinance would be modeled after Carrollton's ordinance, but would contain exceptions for things like outdoor seating areas of restaurants, and other types of string lighting that are acceptable. It was also clarified that any ordinance of this type would not apply to holiday lighting or neon, which is covered elsewhere in the city ordinances.

Mayor Rudy Durham was opposed to the measure, and Councilman Leroy Vaughn thought it didn't go far enough, and would like to have seen additional verbiage regarding the timing of lighting use after hours for energy efficiency.

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Food Reviews: Joe Avezzano's Hat Tricks

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Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/7/4 17:30:00 (595 reads)

Open in new windowBy Philip Moulard

Joe Avezzano's Hat Tricks
101 E Corporate Dr #300, Lewisville, TX 750677

The Dallas area has become the epicenter for trendy culinary institutions in the past 5 years. The Bishop Arts District alone has earned a national spotlight in the growing scene of eclectic fast casual dining. As is the nature of all suburbs, the glitz and glamour of the neighboring big city always seems to overshadow the outlying areas. Here in Lewisville, Joe Avezzano’s Hat Tricks is a diamond hiding in the suburban rough.

Once inside the spacious and elegant wood adorned dining area, a selection of unique tables ranging from marble to felt covered surfaces specially designed to play dominos, are available for patrons to sit at. As I sat at a large rectangular marble table to indulge on their Taco Tuesday Special, I was greeted by an incredibly professional and multi-talented waitress. This young lady was also tending bar to my left. After very brief introduction she took our drink orders and quickly returned with chips and queso.

From the first taste of the queso, I was immediately impressed with what the kitchen was doing at this local gem. Unlike most Velveeta-type consistency quesos found in Tex-Mex cuisine, this particular dip found an excellent balance of fluidity and solidity. A very tame pepper profile was present. It was not award winning by any means and I have had far worse at “dedicated” Mexican restaurants.

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Updated: Councilman Arrested for DWI

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/6/30 19:00:00 (6772 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville City Councilman Greg Tierney was held in Lewisville Jail Sunday morning after an arrest for driving while intoxicated. He was arrested at 1:47 a.m., and released Sunday afternoon around 4 p.m. on $5,000 bond.

Tierney had a previous arrest in 2011 for DWI. He was serving on the City Council at that time, and resigned from his post. Tierney had served his probation, and run for the office again, getting elected in 2013. His term expires in May of 2016.

A second offense for DWI in Texas is usually a Class A Misdemeanor, which could carry a jail term of 30 days to 1 year and a $4,000 fine. He could face a drivers license suspension of up to 2 years, and an annual license surcharge of $2,000 for up to 3 years.

Update - 6/29/15 - 11:55 a.m.:
According to the complaint, Tierney was reported by an off-duty Gun Barrel City police officer who was working security for the I-35 construction project. At about 12:37 a.m., Tierney allegedly drove around a barricade and the officer's vehicle near the intersection of Northbound I-35 and Garden Ridge. After a flagger stopped Tierney's vehicle, the officer made contact with him, and smelled alcohol, and believed him to be intoxicated. Lewisville police were contacted, and attempted to conduct a sobriety check. The complaint states that Tierney told them he would not cooperate with the tests, so they took him into custody. The complaint also states that he had red glassy eyes at the time, and that Tierney told them he had an eye infection that he was taking medication for. Tierney told them that he had been on his boat at Eagle Point Marina just prior, and had three drinks.

Tierney was working on a statement for the press, as of this morning.

Update - 7/1/2015:
Greg Tierney sent the following statement:

Regarding the events of this past weekend, I just want to say that I am humiliated and embarrassed. I am disappointed in myself. I want to apologize to the citizens of Lewisville for allowing my personal problems to detract from the good progress that is being made in our city.

I have been in communication with the Mayor and other key leaders within the city of Lewisville and will continue to stay in touch with them to determine the course of action that best serves the interests of our city.

This is an ongoing legal case so I cannot comment to any specifics regarding the case.

I am thankful for the many people who have reached out to me and offered their encouragement and support. I have graciously accepted personal support from both friends and professionals. In the near future I will focus on improving myself personally and professionally and seek the assistance that I need.

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Updated: First Same Sex Marriage License Issued in Lewisville

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/6/30 8:40:00 (1088 reads)

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Update: 7/6/2015
Monday morning, Denton County's software vendor was able to update the computer system, and Judge Becky Kerbow's office was able to issue the first same-sex marriage license this morning to Jose Jimenez and Austin Avery. Kerbow notified them this morning that the system was ready for their license, and offered them the first opportunity since they had waited in her office last week. They were at her office in minutes.

The pair have been together since 2007, became engaged in 2008, and have lived together since that year. The two had long ago adopted a daughter who is now seven years old, but state law only allowed Jose to be on the adoption, since state law would not recognize two fathers. The two own a local business in Lewisville.

Kerbow said that she had taken some heat for her efforts to comply with the ruling. She said that despite her own opinions and beliefs, she felt it would be hypocritical not to comply with the law.

Congratulations to Jose and Austin, who will marry soon, but have not yet announced specific plans.

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Judge Kerbow says her office is not currently issuing any marriage licenses (same-sex or otherwise) because the software her office uses has still not been updated by the county's vendor. Her office is referring people to the Denton office of County Clerk Juli Luke. Kerbow said that Luke's office had not provided any updated ETA after the software failed to be updated on Wednesday. Due to the upcoming extended holiday weekend, Kerbow thought it was unlikely that the update would happen before next week. She said she would personally call Luke today to discuss the issue.

The Lewisville Texan Journal was at Kerbow's office when it opened Wednesday morning to photograph what one couple hopes will be the first same-sex marriage license issued in Lewisville, but the system was not ready at that time. Kerbow said she would reach out to the couple and make sure they had the first shot at getting their license just as soon as her office is able to do it.

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Denton County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Becky Kerbow said Monday that her Lewisville office would start issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples as early as Wednesday - as soon as the software that her clerks use is updated to handle it. A Supreme Court decision handed down Friday legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Kerbow said that Denton County Clerk Juli Luke’s office in Denton began issuing the licenses Monday, and that her office had been referring people there until they could be issued in Lewisville. “The anticipation is that they’re done [installing the software] around Wednesday, is what they’re saying,” explained Kerbow.

Although issuing marriage licenses is normally the purview of the County Clerk, Kerbow’s employees in her Lewisville office have been deputized by Luke for that purpose so that local residents can obtain them without driving to Denton. Kerbow explained that the marriage licenses are issued under Luke’s authority. Once the new Denton County building is completed in Lewisville, there will be a County Clerk satellite office in it, and that office will begin issuing them instead. As a Justice of the Peace, Kerbow performs weddings for those who prefer not to marry with clergy officiating.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion stating that county clerks and their deputies who object to issuing same-sex licenses on the basis of their religious beliefs could have another employee perform the duties instead. Kerbow was currently out of town, but said that when she returned, she would talk with each of her six clerks individually about the opinion. Kerbow said that she didn’t anticipate any issues, and that she would continue to officiate weddings. “I will continue to do marriage ceremonies with anybody with a legal license to get married. Some won’t, but if there is a legal license, I have no reason to not do that ceremony," she said.

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Lewisville Welcomes Pomegranate Underground

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Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/6/28 20:40:00 (1057 reads)

Open in new windowBy Philip Moulard

June 1 2015, Pomegranate Underground opened their doors in Lewisville. A unique art gallery focusing primarily on alternative art styles ranging from paintings to necklaces, Pomegranate Underground provides Lewisville with a facility that promotes and provides non-traditional art. Located at 418 N Stemmons Fwy, Lewisville, TX 75067, Pomegranate Underground sits in an ideal location close to Medical Center of Lewisville making Old Town Lewisville’s unofficial Arts District.

After opening that door and stepping into the bright yellow structure, patrons enter into a graffiti covered lounge area that is unlike any establishment in the area. Nathan Davis, a local graffiti artist who has previously had work displayed in the MCL Grand Theater in Old Town, has painted an impressive 9ft tall robot piece that extends from the right corner of the lounge to the ceiling above. The lounge area is a multi-purpose room serving as an entry way, a staging area for various events, and a concession stand.

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Movie Review: Me, Earl and the Dying Girl

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Posted by DougLane on 2015/6/28 19:00:00 (299 reads)

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Me, Earl and the Dying Girl (June 2015)
Written by Jesse Andrews & Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Starring Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke & Ronald Cyler II
Rated: PG-13
Review: 9/10

Open in new window By Doug Lane

Last summer, I wrote a pretty forgiving review of “The Fault in Our Stars,” claiming that its conventional (and at times, manipulative) narrative didn’t subvert, but rather wandered within its movie boundaries well. And while I still stand by such a statement, I must confess that I've become somewhat jaded with such critiques. While there's nothing wrong with being perfectly adequate, movies should take risks when dealing with tough subjects, even if they are adolescent-oriented. This is why I loved “Me, Earl and the Dying Girl” so much:, another wonderful summer film getting lost within the big-budget blockbuster scene.

Greg Gaines (played by Thomas Mann), ‘Earl’ (Ronald Cyler II) and the ‘Dying Girl’ Rachel (Olivia Cooke) may seem like indie-movie stand-ins, but the film does a great job to make sure each character actually has depth. Greg is a loner, preferring to remain aloof than participate in the high school social structure; he calls Earl his ‘co-worker’ because of their working relationship (they cleverly remake classic movies together) despite being friends since childhood. He scoffs at the idea of visiting Rachel, despite his parents (a wonderful pairing of Connie Britton and Nick Offerman) telling him of Rachel’s leukemia diagnosis.

Adapted for the screen by the book’s author Jesse Andrews and directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, the movie’s biggest upside is its frankness. Mann, Cooke and Cyler II all mesh perfectly together, with each actor playing to the other instead of themselves, even when the narrative prefers to focus on Greg. What we get is an enduring friendship between the three that’s both beautiful without the dousing of sentimentality that plagues most coming-of-age movies. For the most part, Gomez-Rejon’s style plays well with the actors, creating a Wes Anderson-esque vibe without all the emptiness that sometimes accompanies Anderson films.

However, the most striking thing about this film is the structure. From the start, Greg frames the movie through the writing of an essay (much like “The Spectacular Now," another wonderful coming-of-age film), which creates both an intriguing and, at times, infuriating framing device. Greg’s internalizing of Rachel’s death is a little off-putting upon first glance. But think back to the structure: Greg is attempting to recreate this narrative in a way that makes sense not only to him, but to an external audience. One of the first lines in the movie is Greg musing how he “doesn’t even know how to tell this story.” As he relives the experience in his mind, mediating it before putting it to screen and thus, to the audience, he’s attempting to make sense of something that, at times, doesn’t make any sense.

In this light, Greg’s internalization of Rachel’s sickness makes the third-act much more honest than the dishonest third act from “The Fault in Our Stars.” The movie doesn’t move outward, but inward, as Greg attempts to thrust all his feelings upon himself, since no other way makes sense for him. So while it might seem unfair to focus on Greg instead of Rachel, it shows how selfish one can be in the face death: instead of coming together, we turn away, preferring to trivialize rather than accept the truth.

Even after passing the precipice of grief, Greg can’t help but think upon himself until the very last scene of the film. I won’t spoil it, but it’s a definitive, powerful scene that will linger around for days to come. All the quirkiness from the first-two acts subtly blend together into a scene that encapsulates the word 'bittersweet.' It's a scene I wish was in "The Fault in Our Stars," but one that I simply conceded was too mature for such a film genre to pull off. I'm glad I've never been so wrong.

Doug Lane is a Lewisville resident, where he just graduated from the University of North Texas. Lane also graduated from Lewisville High School, where he wrote movie reviews for the Farmers Harvest
Copyright 2015, Doug Lane - Licensed to the Lewisville Texan Journal

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The Lewisville Texan Journal Burger Run

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Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/6/27 12:30:00 (1697 reads)

Open in new windowBy Philip Moulard

Saturday June 27, 11:00am
Today marks the debut of The Lewisville Texan Journal's Burger Run. Burger Run judges Omari Newton, Garrett Schick, Terri Starns, and Ray Hernandez started off at Square One Cafe. The burger presented was the Bacon and Bleu Burger. With bacon and blue cheese presented with both a wheat and poppy seed bun with spinach, tomato, Boar's Head Blue Cheese and 1/2 pound of fresh local beef. Served with a side of bacon steakhouse potato salad and priced at 9.23 and 2.99 respectively.

Ray Hernandez said: "The blue cheese was not tart, the patty was cooked perfectly and juicy."
Terri Starns said: "The patty is so thick but not overdone, everything is great and prepared perfectly."
Omari Newton said: "The bacon, the bread, its all good."
Garrett Schick said: "I can't add anything the other haven't said, great burger."

A great start to a great day, the judges cheerfully loaded into the Chevrolet Suburban compliments of Huffines Chevrolet of Lewisville and made their way to the next location.

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Second on the run is the Korner Cafe. The judge panel walked into a very busy lunch rush and were immediately greeted by wonderful accommodation. Presented was the Borderline Burger, a half pound patty that is dressed with house made chipotle mayo, carmalized onions and jalapenos, and put on a whole grain Orrowheat bun, served with steak fries and priced at 7.99.

Garrett: "Diner Style; I liked it."
Omari: "The bread, the jalapeños, the onions-- everything was fresh."
Terri: "It was good. the heat and everything was perfect, it looked dry but it was surprisingly juicy."
Ray: "Everything was very good, the jalapeño and onions were caramelized perfectly."

With high spirits and full bellies, the judge panel headed to the next location

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The judge panel made their way inside Joe Avezzano's Hat Tricks. They were instantly greeted by the booming sound of the Flower Mound School of Rock, where children ages 7-12 were performing various covers of famous rock hits. The burger presented was the H.T. Surf N Turf Burger. Akaushi Beef and garlic shrimp topped with a house made paprika mayo, queso fresco, and served on a local made Brioche bun.

Ray: "Overall it was very good, a bit overcooked, the complexity was amazing however and the flavor were all on point."
Garrett: "It was an insanely good burger, everything worked so well, it wasn't the most impressive visually but it blew my mind in flavor."
Omari: "Original is an understatement, this was one of the most unique concepts in a burger."
Terri: "A bit overcooked,but the spices were incredible, it was phenomenal."

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Starting to feel the effects of the run, the judge panel sat at the circular tables of Rack & Tap. After being given bottles of water, the judges were presented The Texas Tailgate Burger. Price at 9.50 the jalapeno, brisket, and pickles topped with mild cheddar cheese, the 1/2lb burger comes on a brioche bun.

Ray: "The brisket was a nice surprise, it was chopped, I enjoyed it and the potatoes were especially unique."
Terri: "I enjoyed the fries and the sauce, I felt the barbecue sauce was bit overwhelming but overall good."
Omari: "The fries were very original, the burger was juicy and and cooked well, the barbecue sauce was not incredibly overwhelming, but great."
Garrett: "Reminiscent of traditional Texas Barbecue sandwich, excellent curly taters. Very good."

And with partially full bellies, the judges made their way and took a brief intermission to prepare for the next tasty presentation.

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Drunken Donkey housed the fifth location on the run. Greeted by manager Patrick Bright and kitchen manager of all Drunken Donkey locations Jorge Nieto, they were presented "The Squealer"; a 1/2 pound of beef on Lindemans Frambois marinated pork, topped with ham, bacon, and dressed with onion and priced at $12.99.

Terri: "Amazing, it just all worked so well."
Omari: "It was real good, the detail of everything put in is upfront, the citrus notes, the marinade all good."
Ray: "Overall it all worked well, so many components worked together in harmony. It squealed with excellent flavor, pun intended."
Garrett: "It was pig overload, but i loved every second of it!"

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Saturday June 27, 2:18
Running a bit behind, the judges arrived at The Rusty Beagle. A decent crowd arrived to support the establishment. The burger submitted was The Rusty, a 1/2 pound burger topped with cream cheese filled Jalapenos and topped with bacon and dressed with barbecue brisket. Named after the late owner Rusty, this burger was cooked with emotion and love and priced at $11.99.

Garrett: "Massive burger. really unique idea with the stuffed Jalapenos. Enjoyed it."
Ray: "Culmination of love for family, and the name perfectly matches the store."
Omari: "The burger perfectly fit the home town atmosphere, clearly this was a town charm."
Terri: "It seemed a bit under cooked due to time constraints, the burger was juicy and the jalapenos were great."

With energy visibly drained, and bellies reaching near full capacity the judge panel got back into the Suburban provided by Huffines Chevrolet of Lewisville and made their way to spot #7

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Saturday June 27, 3:00
Tired and beaten,the judges stumbled into Martinez Grill and Taqueria. They were served a Mexicano burger dressed with ham, bacon, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato and onion. A modest but meaty burger priced at $7.59 with fries. They reluctantly dug in with fear for their stomachs.

Ray: "There was a bit too much mayonnaise, and the patty tasted frozen."
Terri: "It was decent overall, good value."
Omari: "The value was excellent, the burger was decent."
Garrett: "Decent burger, similar to a Big Mac in flavor but great value."

Feeling defeated, they loaded back into the Suburban and made their way down the road to the final spot

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Saturday June 27, 3:31
Just a step away from crawling from being too full to walk, the judges made their way to their table at Tierney's Cafe. As they were presented their Lewisville Farm Burger, a tower of locally grown vegetables sitting atop a ground brisket and chorizo burger patty, over-medium egg, and jalapeno bacon and served with a side of waffle battered onion rings. The burger has a jaw-dropping $7.95 price tag. The representatives from all the local spots made their way to prepare for the score announcements.

Ray: "Excellent, the fresh vegetables and all the dressing work together to make one amazing burger, and those onion rings are just incredible."
Omari: "The value, the vegetables, its just too good."
Garrett: "Incredible, the amount of flavor here is just magical."
Terri: "This is just the best; its simply amazing."

Saturday June 27, 4:00
After 5 long hours, the first Lewisville Texan Journal Burger Run came to an end. All participating venues brought their best items to the table to win. There are no losers this day, everyone here was voted by the citizens of our lovely town to participate in this event.

Final Scores:
Each restaurant was rated by each judge 1-10 for taste, execution, appearance, and value for a total score of up to 160 points each. Here are the full scores each restaurant received:

1 - Tierney’s Cafe and Tavern - 155.0 (Champion)
2 - Square One Cafe - 147.39 (1st Runner Up)
3 - The Rusty Beagle - 145.0 (2nd Runner Up)
4 - Hat Tricks - 144.5
5 - The Drunken Donkey - 142.5
6 - Rack & Tap - 137.0
7 - Korner Cafe - 135.5
8 - Martinez Grill - 99.0

In addition, our online readers gave the Citizens Choice award to Drunken Donkey.

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Spirits were high despite some unexpected placing, but in the end we all enjoyed a delicious and beautifully detailed burger cake from Muffintops And Jellyrolls. All in all the Lewisville Texan Journal burger run was a success.

The Lewisville Texan Journal thanks all of these restaurants for participating, as well as all the judges, who maintained their fairness despite being stuffed, Huffines Auto Group for providing the use of the Chevy Suburban, and Muffintops and Jellyrolls for the beautiful cake.
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July 4th Activities

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/6/27 11:14:54 (408 reads)

We'll be updating this list as we learn more about local festivals and fireworks displays. Here are some local July 4th activities:

The annual “Red, White & Lewisville” fireworks show will be held Saturday, July 4, starting at about 9:30 p.m. The best viewing area is on the south side of Vista Ridge Mall, between the mall and the Sam Rayburn Tollway.

Flower Mound
The annual "Independence Fest" is headlined by popular Southern Rock band 38 SPECIAL. Beginning with the popular Children’s Parade and concluding with a spectacular fireworks finale, Independence Fest will also feature a vintage car show presented by Time Machine Car Shows, a showcase of local businesses, and a variety of delicious food vendors. In addition to 38 SPECIAL, the self-proclaimed “greatest disco band in the world” Le Freak will also perform on the main stage along with crowd-favorite country act Breaking Southwest.

The Independence Fest 2015 evening program, which includes the free concerts, fireworks display, vintage car show, and local business showcase, will take place at Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Lane in Flower Mound. Gates for the festival activities will open at 5 p.m. and this year, due to the crowds, there will be no on-site parking available. However, all free parking and shuttle information listed on the Independence Fest informational website.

The Colony
The Colony hosts "Liberty by the Lake". Due to flooding, it will not be at Stewart Creek Park this year, but instead will be at The Colony Five Star Complex, 4100 Blair Oaks. Starting with 1 mile and 5k run at 7:45 a.m., there is a parade at 10 a.m. and activities all day, until the fireworks finale around 9:30.

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Texas Flood performs June 30 at Sounds of Lewisville

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/6/27 10:30:00 (454 reads)

Open in new windowThe popular Sounds of Lewisville concert series, a free family event since 1991, continues Tuesday, June 30, with Texas Flood, performing in the courtyard at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Texas Flood is a tribute to the blues and the legendary Dallas native Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Concerts start at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night in June and July. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for their comfort. Well-behaved pets on a leash are allowed at the shows. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

When construction is completed on Wayne Ferguson Plaza across the street from the art center, the concerts will move to the permanent stage and grass lawn in the new park.

Presented by Credit Union of Texas and the Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, other performers in the Sounds series include returning favorites The Killdares on July 14, and the popular Beatles tribute band Hard Nights Day on July 21. For a full schedule, visit

Many concert nights also will feature additional entertainment or activities during intermission, including special performers and lots of fun things for kids and families.

For more information about the “Sounds of Lewisville” concerts, please call 972.219.8446 or visit

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