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2015/2/25 - Updated: Missing Child - Highland Village - Found in Carrollton
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2015/2/22 - Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 1-7
2015/2/22 - I-35E Project - Community Meeting and Updates on Closures
2015/2/22 - Be Prepared for a Winter Storm
2015/2/21 - I-35E Nightly Lane Closure - Southbound Near 121 Business
2015/2/21 - Winter Storm Warning in Effect for Sunday 6 p.m. - Monday 6 p.m.
2015/2/21 - Saturday Morning Link Dump
2015/2/21 - Video: Lewisville ISD Board Meeting - 2/9/2015
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2015/2/17 - Update on FM 407 Bridge Demolition / Reconstruction Schedule
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2015/2/17 - Full Closure of SH 121 Business at I-35E TONIGHT
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Lewisville Morning Rotary taking Flag Subscriptions

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/22 12:34:46 (129 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville Morning Rotary is now accepting flag program subscriptions for the 2015 year. Flags will be placed in your front yard (or location of your choice) on six holidays:

- Memorial Day
- Flag Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Patriots Day
- Veterans Day

The subscription fee is $42 for the year. If you are a new subscriber they will drill a hole in your yard and insert a sleeve to make it easy for the volunteers to place the flag in the ground the evening before or morning of the holiday. The same volunteers will then pick the flag up after the holiday.

Your subscription fee helps support Lewisville Morning Rotary Club, whose volunteers place the flags, in addition to the local and international charities that the club supports.

For more information visit the club website.

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Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 1-7

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/22 12:08:29 (212 reads)

Open in new windowWith Severe Weather Awareness Week on March 1-7, the City of Lewisville, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have joined together to urge all citizens to prepare for severe weather events and to educate themselves on safety strategies.

Each year brings the potential for violent weather to Texas, and large portions of the state can be devastated by flooding, tornadoes, hail storms, straight line winds and other severe emergencies. North Texans know how serious and threatening severe weather can be. The good news is that most weather can be predicted, but the bad news is that many weather-related injuries still occur each year despite advance warning. The first step to being prepared is realizing that severe weather can happen at any time.

Here are some helpful steps in being informed and prepared for the upcoming severe weather season:

THINK – All Lewisville citizens are encouraged to learn more about severe weather.

PREPAREGet ready with plans and kits for any severe weather that may impact the area.

ACTTake action to be safe in case of severe weather and maybe help neighbors and the community, too.

WATCH vs. WARNINGKnow the difference and what action to take during severe weather season.

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONSign up to be alerted for severe weather affecting Lewisville.

PREPARED KIDSHelp kids learn more about emergency preparedness with these cool activities.

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I-35E Project - Community Meeting and Updates on Closures

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/22 11:05:05 (154 reads)

Open in new windowThe 35Express team will hold a general construction update meeting and a question-and-answer session to provide updates on the $1.4 billion highway project. The meeting is an opportunity for the public to get up-to-speed on the work that has been completed on the project and learn about upcoming construction.

The meeting for the middle segment of the project in Lewisville, Highland Village, Lake Dallas and Hickory Creek will be held Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m., at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.

As the 35Express Project construction continues, motorists should be aware of the following traffic changes in the upcoming weeks:

- As work begins to partially demolish the I-35E bridge over State Highway 121 Business, east- and westbound SH 121 Business between the I-35E frontage roads will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. now through Friday, March 6.

Detours for this project will take eastbound SH 121 Business traffic south on the access road to Corporate Drive and back, and will take westbound SH 121 Business traffic north on the access road to Fox Avenue.

- Various lanes of the southbound I-35E frontage road between Fox Avenue in Lewisville and Frankford Road in Carrollton will be closed daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. through Saturday, Feb. 28. At least one lane of traffic will remain open.

- Various lanes of north- and southbound I-35E near FM 3040/Round Grove Road, will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. through Saturday, Feb. 28. At least one lane of traffic each direction will remain open.

- The pedestrian walkway on the Fox Avenue overpass at I-35E will be demolished in early March. A new pedestrian walkway being will be separated from traffic by a barrier instead of the current cage enclosure. Scheduled detour of the I-35E main lanes is overnight Friday, March 6, and overnight Saturday, March 7.

- Demolition of the FM 407 bridge across I-35E, and all related detours, is not scheduled until early April. Public notices will begin about 30 days in advance of the work.

- There will be a nightly lane closure on I-35E southbound - left lane, just before SH 121 business until February 27th.

The 35Express project extends approximately 30 miles, through eight cities and two counties, from US 380 in Denton County to I-635 in Dallas County. The Design-Build project is expected to relieve traffic congestion in one of the most heavily traveled corridors in the North Texas region. For more information about the 35Express project or to sign up for automated notifications, visit 35Express.org, or call 214.483.7777.


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Be Prepared for a Winter Storm

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/22 9:50:00 (333 reads)

Open in new windowThe Lewisville Texan Journal wants our readers to be prepared in the event of weather-related emergencies. Here are a few tips:

Prepare for Power Outages
The power grid in Lewisville seems to be susceptible to outages in just about any weather, but freezing precipitation can be damaging to power lines. Lewisville residents should make preparations in case of prolonged power outages:

- Have firewood handy if you have a wood-burning fireplace. Make sure the flue is clean and serviceable.

- Have flashlights and batteries available. It is not safe to use candles for emergency lighting.

- Have a battery or crank-powered weather radio.

- Do not use heat-producing appliances like barbecue grills for indoor heat. These can start fires or expose you to carbon monoxide and kill you.

- Add the electric outage reporting number to your cell phone right now:
  Texas New Mexico Power (TNMP): 888-866-7456.
  CoServ: 800-274-4014

These are the outage reporting numbers where you can report an outage or get status on restoration.

Be Prepared in Your Car
- Have a full tank of gas in the car
- Carry sand or cat litter with you in the car in case you get stuck and need traction.
- Carry emergency supplies in your vehicle, if you must travel: blankets, water, jumper cables, tow rope, flashlight, etc.
- Get your scraper and snow brush out of the trunk, and have it handy.
- Have a pair of gloves

Other preparations:
- Keep your cell phone charged
- Ensure before the event that you have plenty of any prescription medicines you might need.
- When temperatures are freezing, let your inside faucets drip to keep the pipes from freezing. Wrap outside faucets with insulation and plastic. Crumpled newspaper, trash bags, and duct tape will work in a pinch.
- Make sure your pets have adequate shelter and warmth.
- Pre-treat sidewalks and driveways with rock salt, brine, or even nitrogen fertilizer (urea) to reduce or prevent ice from forming or sticking.
- Stay tuned to local news outlets for weather updates and timely information about road conditions.

Do you like to make other preparations for winter weather emergencies? If so, and we missed it, leave a comment below.

Related Links:
- Lewisville Prepares for Winter Weather with New Equipment

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I-35E Nightly Lane Closure - Southbound Near 121 Business

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/21 19:10:00 (162 reads)

Open in new windowThe left lane of southbound I-35E approaching SH 121 Business will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. until 6 a. m. Monday, Feb. 23 through Friday, Feb. 27. During this closure, crews will make guardrail repairs​.

All closures are subject to weather conditions and may be postponed, if necessary. For more information about the 35Express project or to sign up for traffic alerts, please visit www.35Express.org.

Map by LTJ - Submitted Report


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Winter Storm Warning in Effect for Sunday 6 p.m. - Monday 6 p.m.

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/21 17:10:00 (1467 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowThe National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for 10 North Texas counties, including Denton County, effective Sunday from 6 p.m. - Monday 6 p.m.

Mainly sleet, with some freezing rain is expected Sunday evening through Monday. Accumulations of around 1 inch of sleet, with locally higher amounts of 1.5 inches are expected through Monday, with some light ice accumulation from freezing rain.

Temperatures fall below freezing late Sunday afternoon, and into the mid 20s on Sunday night. Highs on Monday will remain in the 20's. The main impact is sleet accumulation, which will make travel dangerous. Bridges will accumulate sleet and ice first, with main roads also accumulating sleet during this time. Temperatures will not rise above freezing on Monday.

It is recommended that residents of the affected areas avoid travel unless it is an emergency, and keep supplies in the vehicle such as a blanket, flashlight and food, in case you become stranded.

Related: Be Prepared for a Winter Storm

Open in new windowWeather Service Update - As of Sunday Night:
A significant winter storm is likely for parts of North Central Texas late Sunday and Monday. The worst conditions are expected in areas northwest of the DFW Metroplex where a winter storm warning has been issued for around an inch of sleet. Conditions will begin to deteriorate there as early as Sunday evening. This will result in dangerous or impossible travel conditions in that region by Monday morning. Just to the southeast, including the DFW Metroplex, a winter storm warning has also been issued for around a half inch of sleet. Most of the sleet will hold off until early Monday morning, but roads will become ice covered and hazardous on Monday. Farther to the southeast, including Waco, Corsicana, Terrell, and Paris, a winter storm watch remains in effect. Precipitation amounts are expected to be less in this area, but ice accumulation from sleet and freezing rain will still create travel difficulties and sporadic power outages. This portion of the watch may be upgraded to an advisory or a warning as the event nears, so stay abreast of the latest weather information.

Open in new windowAs the first band of precipitation exits the region to the east. The second short wave trough is moving into West Texas and resulting in a new area of precipitation near Midland as of 1040 PM. This precipitation...mainly in the form of sleet...should increase in coverage as it moves into western North Texas during the overnight hours.

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Saturday Morning Link Dump

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 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/2/21 11:40:00 (257 reads)

Open in new windowAs always, there is way more local news going on than we can hope to cover on our own. When other outlets do a fine job, we're happy to share links to their stories. We also run across various links that we think our readers might have some interest in.

Here are the links we have for you this week:

A Lewisville resident remains in federal custody after being indicted on charges of stealing people’s personal information and filing false tax returns to collect refunds.

Winco Foods is now hiring for its Lewisville store. We are told they are scheduled to open in May and may hold a hiring event in March.

A Lewisville dispatcher helped a woman save the life of her drowning granddaughter.

A 2 year-old died in Lewisville after a door that had been taken off its hinges fell on her.

Lewisville police have a new canine: Nitro.

Miss Texas 2014 Monique Evans visited two elementary schools in LISD, including Rockbrook and Degan.

Monday is Denton County days in Austin, and local leaders are headed there to make sure that our state representatives and senators are aware of our local needs.

Bills in the Legislature seek to end local control. The Texas Municipal League points out the problems with this.

Ron Simmons filed a bill to end straight-ticket voting in Texas.

Video from the Lewisville City Council meeting, February 16th.

Video: LISD’s Real Innovation - The latest edition of LISD Real Innovation takes an inside look at Career Center East and features interviews with Biotechnology, Engineering, Robotics and Automation Teacher Stan Feighny and students Adam Roby of Marcus High School and Philip Ventura of The Colony High School.

Can churches provide a meaningful alternative to payday lending?

Eight dumb quotes about science from Senator Ted Cruz, who is the new chair of the Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness.

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Video: Lewisville ISD Board Meeting - 2/9/2015

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/2/21 11:30:00 (160 reads)
Lewisville ISD Notes

The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees met on February 9th, 2015.

You can view the agenda for that meeting here.

You can read a brief recap of the meeting here.

Here is the video:


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Video: Mayor Dean Ueckert Delivers State of the City Address

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/21 11:10:00 (117 reads)

Open in new windowThis past Tuesday, the mayors of Lewisville, Highland Village, and Flower Mound delivered state-of-the-city addresses at a joint luncheon sponsored by Waste Management and hosted by the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce, Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce, and Highland Village Business Association.

Apologies for the sound quality. There was a busy table service going on at the time. We will have to get a remote microphone for these type of events in the future.

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Upcoming Events Around Lewisville and the Surrounding Area

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/20 8:10:00 (290 reads)

Open in new windowAs always, there are a ton of events coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Here are some selected events that you may find interesting.

Open in new windowFriday, February 20th: Symphony presents Dazzling Talent concert
Lewisville Lake Symphony presents Dazzling Talent, featuring cellist Sai Sai Ding, Friday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m., at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased on line at lewisvillesymphony.org.

Cellist Sai Sai Ding, 2015 Grand Prize Winner of the Vernell Gregg Young Artists Completion, will perform as soloist with the Lewisville Lake Symphony. Sai Sai will play Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. In addition to performing with the Symphony, Sai Sai receives the $1,000 Bill and Grace Lawrence Scholarship.
More information...

Saturday, February 21st: Vocal Majority Choral Concert
Dallas-based men's chorus “The Vocal Majority” will perform a benefit concert for LHS Choir on Saturday, February 21, 7 p.m. at the Stuver Auditorium at the LHS Main campus. This will be a great show! Purchase tickets for $11 here.

Check out the video of the Vocal Majority's winning contest song from this past summer.

Open in new windowSaturday, February 21st: Texas Tunes: The Waymores play MCL Grand Theater
The Waymores continue the Texas Tunes series at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater at 8 p.m.
Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris and Don Henry are three of Nashville’s finest singer-songwriters, all with strong ties to Texas music. They are known, individually, for their compositions (wrote songs for Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Trisha Yearwood, Miranda Lambert, Linda Ronstadt and dozens of others) and for outstanding solo work. But real magic happens when the three unite on stage and in the studio.
More information...

Saturday, February 21st: Stars on the Prairie @ LLELA
Gaze at the stars - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Bring a chair and a blanket. $5 program fee + $5 gate admission. RSVP or more info: lisa.cole@unt.edu or call 972-219-3930

Sunday, February 22nd: African American History Celebration at MCL Grand
The North Texas Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. (jackandjillinc.org) will hold a Celebration of African American History through acting, songs, dance and speaking on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m., at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.

Monday, February 23rd & Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Austin, Texas

Denton County Day is designed to acquaint the state's top elected decision makers and key agency officials with the many assets of the county, and heighten the overall image and visibility of the North Texas area.

A joint project of the chambers of commerce in Denton County, the ultimate intent is to communicate the needs of the business community to area legislators, thus helping them to better represent the needs of their constituents.

Denton County Day has been held in conjunction with every Regular Session of the Texas Legislature since 1987. The headquarters site for Denton County Day is the Sheraton at the Capitol, located at 701 E. 11th St. in Austin.

Click here for more information or to register for this event.

Tuesday, February 24th: Heart Health Class
To support ongoing health education, Medical Center of Lewisville presents the “Marathon to Good Health” series through its HealthyU program. Monthly events are free and feature physician speakers, health education, motivation and support. The monthly series is held at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.

“Heart Health” will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be obtained online at lewisvillemedical.com. For more information, call 972.420.7444 or email renee.berres@hcahealthcare.com.

Open in new windowThursday, February 26th: Garden Secrets Class: "Spring is for Planting"
Keep Lewisville Beautiful continues its free Garden Secrets classes with Dallas County Master Gardener Brad Sandy. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Bennett Room of the Lewisville Library - 1197 W. Main Street. You will learn which plants are perfect for the spring, when to plant them, best maintenance practices, and how to plan your spring garden.

Open in new windowAfter the class, KLB will be hosting Giveback day with On The Border! The Giveback day takes place during lunch and dinner at On The Border in Lewisville and 15% of your purchase will go straight to the programs of KLB, like the Garden Secrets Classes. The class will be on the topic of Spring Planting and will be taught by Dallas County Master Gardener Brad Sandy at the Lewisville Library in the Bennet Room from 6:00-7:30pm.

RSVP for the class is required by Feb. 25. This event is open to all participants, Lewisville residency is not required. For more information, contact Keep Lewisville Beautiful at 972.538.5949 or info@keeplewisvillebeautiful.org.

Thursday, February 26th: Children’s Magic Show
C.J. Johnson’s Children’s Magic Show will be held Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., in the Performance Hall of the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles Street. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 972.432.8982.
Johnson was born in St. Louis and currently lives in the Texas Hill Country outside Austin. His fascination with magic came at an early age when he was given a magic book, “Dunninger’s Monument to Magic,” for Christmas one year. In 1985, he auditioned for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Clown College. Though not accepted into that year’s class, the audition changed his life. In 1991 he was awarded “Best Comedy Magic Act” by the Texas Association of Magicians, and he’s performed at several of their conventions since that time.

In 1994, Johnson began touring theaters and convention centers performing shows as fundraisers for police groups and civic organizations. At about the same time, Johnson began an earnest study of hypnosis. He became a certified and registered hypnotherapist through the American Board of Hypnotherapy and is now one the most in-demand stars of the hypnosis world, with appearances at casinos, corporations, colleges, night clubs and high schools throughout the country.

Friday, February 27th: Free Heart Screening
Lewisville Estates senior living community is offering a free heart screening from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on February 27th. The screening takes place at Lewisville Estates, 800 College Parkway, and is open to the public. For more information, visit their website or call 972-919-0265

Saturday, February 28th: PediPlace Gala at MCL Grand
PediPlace Gala 2015, “Fun and Games,” will be held Saturday, Feb. 28, 7-11 p.m., at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased at PediPlace.org.
At this year’s event, guests will enjoy music, casino games, laser tag, shuffleboard and lots of other fun surprises as they enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres. More than 425 people attended last year’s extravaganza.

PediPlace provides healthcare to 6,200 children throughout North Texas where the need for primary care is significant. PediPlace patients receive immunizations as recommended, treatment when needed, and follow-up case management services to help them remain healthy and strong. Funds raised at the gala will benefit programs that allow PediPlace to make healthcare a reality for every child.

For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Shari K. Markey at shari.markey@pediplace.og or 469.322.3660.

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