35Express construction crews will move southbound Interstate 35E traffic onto the new southbound mainlane bridge over FM 407 this weekend. While this work is being performed, various lanes of southbound I-35E between Garden Ridge Boulevard and Valley Ridge Boulevard will be closed from 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 until 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 27.
As crews work to shift traffic onto the new bridge, there will be intermittent closures of the interstate. Southbound traffic will be stopped in 15 minute increments between 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. Southbound motorists should expect heavy delays in this area.
Once the traffic is placed on the new bridge, the entrance ramp to southbound I-35E near Bogard Lane will reopen to traffic.
Crews will shift northbound traffic onto the new mainlane bridge, demolish the remaining FM 407 bridge and begin work on the new northbound mainlane bridge later this year. Two lanes of FM 407 (one lane in each direction) are expected to open by late 2015.
Most people remember Daniel Pearl as the Wall Street Journal’s South Asia Bureau Chief based in Mumbai, India, who was kidnapped and assassinated by terrorists in Pakistan while working on a story about Al-Qaeda. Before turning to journalism, though, he was trained as a classical violinist. In October more than 2000 concerts in over 80 countries will commemorate his life and use the power of music to reaffirm a commitment to tolerance and humanity.
Pianist Nathan Ryland, a native of Richardson, will play works by Beethoven, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff as a part of this network of concerts on Friday, October 9, at 7:30 pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5500 Morriss Road, in Flower Mound.
Ryland states, “I think the closest thing to an individual moment that pointed me in the direction of becoming a professional musician happened around seventh or eighth grade. I was preparing multiple pieces for a competition for the first time, I had a big, romantic piece for the first time, and I also was playing my first impressionistic work. I made it to the final round, and during that performance, I remember feeling distinctly that I was really making music, that I was really communicating something to the audience. That sort of feeling kept growing gradually, and by the time I was searching for colleges, I knew that music was where I needed to be.”
Ryland is currently a junior at the University of North Texas. He performed with the UNT Symphony Orchestra as the piano winner of the 2014-2015 UNT Concerto Competition. He was chosen to compete as a finalist in the first Texas State International Piano Competition and won first prize this summer in the Brevard Festival Solo Competition.
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Construction in progress as of Monday at Witherspoon's new distillery(LTJ Photo)
By Steve Southwell
At its September 14 meeting, the Lewisville City Council approved an economic development agreement with the Witherspoon Distillery worth $95,859 to help pay for public-facing improvements in its new home at 225 South Charles Street. The site is most well known to local residents as the former location of a Piggly Wiggly grocery store.
The Witherspoon Distillery, currently located on Cowan Street, produces Witherspoon’s River Rum, Bonfire cinnamon rum, Witherspoon’s Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and Witherspoon’s Single Malt whiskey. The products are available at many local bars and retail liquor stores. The distillery is a tourist draw, according to Quentin Witherspoon, the distillery’s namesake. Witherspoon says that last year, 10,000 people each paid $10 to tour the current facility and taste the company’s offerings. Witherspoon said the tours motivate people to not only purchase the product, but to recommend it – and the tours – to others. Witherspoon sees that part of the business only increasing.
The company has put $2.5 million into an expansion, moving it to the new location. That figure includes about $907,000 just for the purchase and renovation of the facility. They hope to have the parking lot done next week, and a soft opening before Western Days on September 25.
The 15,300 square foot building will house Witherspoon’s production stills and other equipment, as well as a 1,000 barrel rick room for the storage and aging of their whiskeys.
More importantly for its impact on tourism, the facility will have plenty of space for a bar and retail sales, and an outdoor seating area configured as a beer garden. Initially, Witherspoon thinks the facility will be open three days a week on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, with a goal of opening to the public six days a week. State law allows distillers to sell product directly to the public for on-premise consumption, as well as in bottles to take home.