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Denton County Democrats to Host LBJ-Obama Dinner

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/3/18 6:30:00 (274 reads)

Open in new windowThe Denton County Democratic Party will host its first annual LBJ-Obama Dinner – honoring former President Lyndon Baines Johnson and current President Barack Obama – on March 25 (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville.

The featured speaker at the special DCDP commemorative fund raiser will be Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, a distinguished Democrat, who provided compassionate leadership when he offered temporary housing and care for immigrant children and then guided Dallas County through the first Ebola crisis in our nation – in 2014.

The dinner is open to all interested persons. Tickets are $40 for adults and $35 for students. In addition, there are several event sponsorship opportunities available. Tickets are available through Friday via their website.

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Letters: Defeat Big Brother Bills

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/3/18 6:28:00 (201 reads)
Letters

Several legislative bills have been proposed that are designed to undermine local control and independence, and residents of municipalities across the state need to quickly rally to defeat these Orwellian bills.

SB 343 would prohibit a city from passing a regulation or ordinance that is “more strict” than “state statutes” (essentially eliminating home rule); it would terminate our local authority to ban texting while driving, protect our trees, regulate the gas industry, and regulate indoor smoking, etc.

HB 540 would require cities to get the attorney general’s approval before putting a citizens’ initiative on a local ballot; it seems designed to usurp the courts’ authority.

SB 720 would prohibit cities from banning hydraulic fracturing.
If this legislation were to pass, Texas would no longer be a home rule state, which would not benefit the residents of the DFW metroplex. But powerful, special interest groups such as the oil, gas, and tobacco industries…would profit.

Therefore, I hope we will all work to defeat these Big Brother bills by letting Austin know that we do not want our right to local control and self-determination stripped from us.

Sandy Mattox,
Denton

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Rain in the forecast

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/3/17 21:20:28 (193 reads)

We have had some beautiful sunny days recently, but it looks like an upper-level low will bring rain into the region Tuesday night through Wednesday, and more rain is expected Thursday through the weekend.

Here's the latest National Weather Service update:
Open in new window"An upper level low that is over Mexican state of Chihuahua (southwest of the Big Bend) will move northeast across West Texas tonight and into eastern Oklahoma by Wednesday Night. This system will bring a good chance of rain to the region overnight tonight through Wednesday. Another upper level low that is currently off the coast of Baja California will move slowly east bringing rain chances to Texas Thursday through the weekend."

For Tuesday night, it's a 60 percent chance of rain, with isolated thunderstorms. Wednesday there is a 20% chance of showers, with highs in the lower 70s. Thursday night, showers are likely with rain chances at 60%. Rain chances remain in the forecast through Saturday.

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Updated: Partial Demolition Work Scheduled this Weekend for Fox Avenue Bridge in Lewisville

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/3/17 20:00:00 (638 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new window Nightly Full Closures of North- and Southbound Interstate 35E mainlanes and Frontage Roads at Fox Avenue
This story has been updated. New closure listed in red below.

As we reported last month, the south side of the Fox Avenue bridge, including the pedestrian crossing bridge will soon be demolished to make room for the new bridge, which will accommodate wider main lanes beneath it on I-35E. As the bridge is rebuilt, first on the south, then on the north, at least one lane in each direction will be maintained. As can be seen in the picture, crews have installed a protected pedestrian crossing.

As work begins to demolish the south side of the Fox Avenue bridge, the following closures will be in place:

Frontage Road Closures:
· 7 p.m. Friday, March 20 through 8 a.m. the morning of Saturday, March 21: The southbound I-35E frontage road will be reduced to one lane and shifted west.

· 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21 through 8 a.m. the morning of Sunday, March 22: The northbound I-35E frontage road will be reduced to one lane and shifted east.


Mainlane closures:
· 8 p.m. Friday, March 20 through 8 a.m. the morning of Saturday, March 21: The left lane of southbound I-35E will close to traffic.

· 10 p.m. Friday, March 20 through 8 a.m. the morning of Saturday March 21: All lanes of southbound I-35E and the two left lanes of northbound I-35E approaching Fox Avenue will close to traffic.

Detour: Traffic will be diverted along the frontage road and will enter southbound I-35E at the ramp south of Fox Avenue.

· 11 p.m. Friday, March 20 through 3 a.m. the morning of Saturday, March 21: All lanes of northbound I-35E approaching Fox Avenue will be closed to traffic.

· 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21 through 8 a.m. the morning of Sunday, March 22: The left lane of northbound I-35E will close to traffic.

· 10 p.m. Saturday, March 21 until 8 a.m. the morning of Sunday, March 22: All lanes of northbound I-35E and the two left lanes of southbound I-35E approaching Fox Avenue will close to traffic.

Detour: Motorists will be diverted off of the interstate at Fox Avenue, continue down the frontage road and enter northbound I-35E north of Fox Avenue.


Entrance and Exit Ramps
- 7 p.m. Friday, March 20 until 8 a.m. the morning of Saturday, March 21: The southbound I-35E entrance ramp just south of Main Street will be closed. Traffic will continue down the frontage road to access southbound I-35E.

- 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21 until 8 a.m. the morning of Sunday, March 22: The northbound I-35E entrance ramp north of SH 121 Business will be closed to traffic. Traffic will continue down the frontage and enter northbound I-35E north of Fox Avenue.

This work is related to the 35Express project, an expansion of I-35E between U.S. Highway 380 in Denton County and I-635 in Dallas County. All closures are subject to weather conditions and may be postponed, if necessary.

For more information on the 35Express project and to sign up to receive text alerts, please visit www.35Express.org or call 214-483-7777.

Related Stories:
- Fox Avenue Bridge Demolition and Reconstruction to Start This Month

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Updated: Feral Hogs Swimming Across Lewisville Lake

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/3/17 18:20:00 (13186 reads)

Open in new windowWe are trying to get more information, but I wanted to share this Facebook post with our readers.



While we've yet to verify the video, the consequences of a feral hog infestation around our end of the lake would we think be dire. We definitely would not want them coming around the south end of the lake near Lewisville and LLELA.

Feral hogs are a huge problem in Texas, and cause massive damage to crops, landscaping, and ecosystems.

Update - 7:20 p.m.: We spoke with Denton County Game Warden Daron Blackerby about the hogs. He was aware of the video, and not surprised. He said that there are a lot of hogs on the north end of Lewisville Lake, in the area south of the US 380 bridge. The Elm Fork of the Trinity River feeds into Lewisville Lake just below that.

Blackerby says the hogs can swim very well, and that you can see places around the area where the hogs wreaked destruction. He says the hogs are prolific, having up to 3 litters per year for a sow, with 6-12 piglets per litter. He said he didn't think they were a danger to humans in the water, and would probably leave boaters and kayakers alone, since they are focused on getting from place to place. On land, a big boar or a sow protecting her litter might charge someone. But both Blackerby and the information we found from Texas A&M Agrilife Extension are that unprovoked hog attacks are rare.

We asked Blackerby if he was aware of any eradication program, and he said that he was not aware of any.

But, with the proper Texas Parks and Wildlife hunting license, a hunter could obtain a permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers to hunt the hogs with a bow. We'll update the post later with specifics on that.

Texas Parks and Wildlife: Feral Hogs information

Update 3/18/2015 - 6 a.m.:
The US Army Corps of Engineers does allow hunting on and around Lewisville Lake with a permit, which you must obtain from their office at 1801 N. Mill Street in Lewisville. You must have a valid TPWD hunting license and you must have attended a hunter safety course. Feral hogs must be taken by archery only, which may include crossbows. The area north of US Highway 380 has been leased to the City of Denton, which administers hunting in that area.

Lewisville Lake office of USACE:
1801 N. Mill St.
Lewisville TX 75057-2311
469-645-9100
Hunting at Lewisville Lake
Corps of Engineers Hunting Guide - Fort Worth District

Hunting information for the City of Denton: Call 940-349-8230.

Open in new windowUpdate 3/18/2015:
We spoke with officials from the Corps of Engineers today. Randy Cephus, Deputy Public Affairs Chief said that the Corps does allow hunting as a means of population control, and has co-sponsored hunts for the Wounded Warrior program. Cephus said the hogs are very invasive, and like to dig up the vegetation. Both Cephus and Lewisville Lake Manager Rob Jordan indicated that they didn’t see the hogs as a major problem at this point. “They’re not out of control, in our opinion,” said Jordan. He did say that there had been isolated instances of damage to wildlife management areas, and some complaints from adjacent private properties. Jordan was not overly concerned about the hogs making a move towards the recreational areas on the southern side of the lake. “The hogs like thick, dense vegetation,” he explained. Both Cephus and Jordan said that if the situation changed, they would reassess the situation, and use whatever appropriate resources were necessary. Jordan said that more hunts, or even traps could be used, depending on the situation.

As far as the hunting, Jordan explained that each year when Texas Parks and Wildlife begins selling hunting licenses in mid-August, the lake office gives out hunting permits for Lewisville Lake on a first-come first-served basis. Last August, his office issued 600 permits, and no permits are currently available for hunters who do not already have them.

Hunting on the Corps’ Lewisville Lake property is restricted to certain areas that are far enough away from homes and recreational areas. The map shown at right was the one that Jordan provided hunters this season. Boundaries are adjusted each year, so always use the current map provided by the lake office each year with your permit.

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Central Park to Undergo ADA Renovations

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/3/16 17:41:16 (430 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowLewisville’s Central Park will soon undergo renovations on its plaza area, including pavilions, the restrooms, and the sidewalks in the area.

The $766,700 project is driven by improvements needed for accessibility for people with disabilities. The restroom facilities will be extended from the front to allow more room. Various ramps will be reconfigured to allow for easier access to pavilions and restrooms. The work requires renovating sidewalks, and relocating utilities and irrigation.

At the March 2nd City Council meeting, the project was awarded to Schmoldt Construction of Celina, TX. The project will be paid for from the city’s capital improvements budget as well as the 4B (parks and library 1/4 cent sales tax) fund. The 2013/14 budget had originally included $405,000 for these improvements, but all of the bids came in substantially higher, so the City Council passed a $379,586 supplemental appropriation from the 4B fund, which had cash on hand.

Schmoldt expects the project to take 180 days to complete, once started. During construction, the plaza area will be closed, but the remainder of the park will be open for visitors, although some parking spaces will be taken up by the construction.

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Witherspoon Distillery Acquires Old Piggly Wiggly Building

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/3/14 20:29:30 (1113 reads)

Open in new windowThe Witherspoon Distillery, LLC. has purchased the property at 225 S Charles St, Lewisville, Texas 75057 (formerly, the Piggly Wiggly.) Under contract since mid-2014, the deal is complete and is set to be remodeled into a modern tourist destination. The 15,400 square foot building with ample parking will serve to produce world class distilled spirits, store and age barrels of spirits on site, and offer retail products and services to the public. A 4,500 square foot Tasting Hall will accommodate regular daily tastings as part of the distillery tour schedule.

Additionally, regular daily open hours will invite locals to casually enjoy a full cocktail bar, with products made right there, including beer. Outside, the distillery hosts the “Rick Yard” a lush and landscaped outdoor seating area with regular entertainment and full bar service. The distillery will offer food prepared by area restaurants; and, possibly food truck vendors. For private events the Witherspoon Distillery will offer facility rentals with full catering and bar services.

Patrons may reserve dates now for Fall and Winter events. Tours will consist of guided explanations of how distilled spirits are made along with a visit to the “Rick House,” a 1,000 barrel storage area full of aging whiskey and rums; then finished up with a sampling of products in the Tasting Hall. Visitors may purchase 750ml bottles of spirits, cocktails, and distillery merchandise there and relax at their leisure.

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Special Easter Programs at Flower Mound Presbyterian Church

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/3/13 23:56:22 (199 reads)

Open in new windowHistoric Flower Mound Presbyterian Church, Denton County’s oldest Presbyterian Church, is celebrating the Easter Season with special Worship Services, a Cantata, a free supper and an Easter Egg Hunt.

On March 29, Palm Sunday, Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:30 AM and will be followed by Worship Service at 10:30, featuring a special Passion Cantata.

Then on Maundy Thursday, April 2, a light supper will begin at 5:30 and be open to all. The Worship service featuring Tenebrae and Communion starts at 6:30 PM.

The highlight of the season will be on Easter, April 5, with Sunday School at 9:30, followed by Worship at 10:30. Our popular Easter Egg Hunt for the children follows the service at 11:45. All are welcome! The church is located at 1501 Flower Mound Road in Flower Mound, TX.

See www.fmpcweb.org or find them on Facebook or call 972-539-7184 for more information.

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Upcoming Closures for the 35Express Project in Carrollton, Copper Canyon and Corinth

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/3/13 23:44:52 (202 reads)

Open in new windowThe following closures will be in place as work continues on the 35Express Project:

· Various lanes of southbound Interstate 35E and the southbound I-35E frontage road between Luna Road and the Belt Line Road exit ramp in Carrollton will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 17 through Tuesday, March 24. At least one lane of the frontage road will remain open to traffic. Crews will install concrete barrier during this closure.

· The right lane of eastbound Justin Road/FM 407 between Copper Canyon and Jernigan Roads in Copper Canyon (just west of the City of Highland Village) will be closed daily from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 25. One lane will remain open to traffic.

This closure is needed to stage the beams that will be placed on the new I-35E bridge over FM 407. The existing FM 407 bridge is scheduled for demolition in April.

· Various lanes of the north and southbound I-35E frontage roads at Corinth Parkway will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 18. This closure is needed to restripe the intersections.


This work is related to the 35Express project, an expansion of I-35E between U.S. Highway 380 in Denton County and I-635 in Dallas County. All closures are subject to weather conditions and may be postponed, if necessary.

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Bills in the Texas Legislature Seek to Give, Take Away Local Control from Lewisville

Legislature is In Session; Run for your Lives!
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/3/13 23:00:23 (428 reads)
Legislature is In Session; Run for your Lives!

By Steve Southwell

The Texas Legislature’s 84th session is in full swing, and Friday was the deadline for legislators to file most bills. There are a couple of bills we would like to bring to your attention, as they directly affect the City of Lewisville. One attempts to remove local control over most aspects of oil and gas operations, while the other is targeted at giving Lewisville and Carrollton more say over municipal solid waste landfill expansion permits.

Granting More Local Control over Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
House Bill 281 and House Bill 1284 both relate to municipal solid waste landfills.

HB 281 would require the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to consider comment from members of the Legislature from affected districts prior to issuing any new or expansion permit for a landfill. It would also prohibit the TCEQ from issuing a permit unless approved by a resolution of the governing bodies of each affected local government. Its companion bill in the Senate by Senator Jane Nelson (R, Flower Mound) is SB 878, which has been referred to the Natural Resources & Economic Development committee. State Rep. Tan Parker (R, Flower Mound) also filed a duplicate bill, HB 3412. You can read the full text of HB 284 here.

HB 1284, also filed by Rep. Simmons requires TCEQ to consider comments and recommendations of each municipality within one mile from a landfill facility, as well as the county judge and health authority when considering a landfill permit application, and grants TCEQ the authority to deny or amend a permit application based on those recommendations. You can read the full text here. HB 1284 has a companion bill in the Senate, SB 879 by Senator Nelson. Rep. Parker also filed a duplicate bill, HB 3411.

HB 281 is narrowly tailored to landfills situated similar to the Camelot and DFW landfills in Lewisville, where the population of the county is over 600,000 and the landfill is no more than 500 feet away from a second municipality. Both bills are aimed at helping Lewisville and Carrollton fight the expansion of the Camelot Landfill, which seeks to build a mountain of garbage over our skylines, adding an additional 200 feet to the top. Currently TCEQ has no authority to consider the wishes of nearby residents or municipalities with regards to a landfill expansion. Lewisville and Carrollton residents bought their homes knowing they were near landfills, but also knowing that those landfills would be capped and shut down after a limited number of years. Camelot’s expansion, if approved, would add decades, and further decrease property values in both cities.

The City of Lewisville maintains that its zoning regulations require a specific use permit (SUP) to operate a landfill, and that substantial changes to operations require city approval. If TCEQ approves Camelot’s permit, the City of Lewisville would likely sue to prevent Camelot (owned by the City of Farmers Branch) from expanding. Lewisville and Farmers Branch just recently settled a separate federal lawsuit related to groundwater pollution from Camelot.

Both bills are in the House Committee on Environmental Regulation, and scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, March 17th. Lewisville Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Neil Ferguson will travel to Austin on Tuesday to testify for the City of Lewisville in favor of both bills.

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