On August 20, Dolly Shine graced the stage of Coach Joe’s Hat Tricks in Lewisville, Texas. Dolly Shine, a five-piece red dirt/alternative country outfit originating from Stephenville, has been hitting the Texas country scene heavily since their inception in 2010. Founded by frontman Zack McGuinn and fiddle/mandolin player Wesley Hall and named after his friend’s rescue horse, Dolly Shine have come a long way from their more traditional roots. After going through a few lineup changes and settling on current guitarist Jarrod Flusche, the group has adopted a very energetic alternative country style reminiscent of early Uncle Tupelo mixed with the solemn singer-songwriter sound one might hear from a typical red dirt artist.
The set opened with a bang, as drummer Johnny Goodson attacked the opening snare hit with ferocious intensity on the opener “Her Name Was Trouble.” This Drive-By Truckers-styled anthem set the tone for the first half of the night. The precision dynamics of the instrumentation were a pleasant surprise. Bassist Mariano Cordero complemented Goodson’s percussive assault by providing a tight low end, and the chemistry between Fluche and Goodson brought a raw energy to the set. Following “Her Name Was Trouble” was the equally intense “Cold Black Stare.” McGinn’s soft yet wavering vocal performance and emotional lyrical delivery was matched by the timed blast by Flusche and Goodson. The band’s punk and metal influences shined through in this track, which came to a blazing end by a stunning fiddle solo provided by Hall.
The Lewisville Amateur Radio Association (LARA) will host its HF Radio Day in the Park on Saturday, August 22 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at L.L. Woods Park, 1000 Arbour Way in Lewisville. Club members and anyone with an interest in ham radio are invited to attend. Ham radio operators will be bringing high frequency (HF) radios that can allow them to communicate via sky waves that bounce off of the ionosphere. This allows HF radio operators to communicate around the world.
By Philip Moulard Saturday, August 15 2015, the Visual Art League (VAL) debuted their fall exhibit, “As Above, So Below”. The large exhibit features numerous works from six different University of North Texas alumni, present and former working with drastically different artistic mediums. Though lacking a concrete theme, “As Above, So Below” displays many works that share a familiar essence and all pay homage to the modernist movement.
Daniel Baeza presented an archival pigment print collection that showcase highly detailed and zoomed in photographs of soil and mineral deposits. Baeza’s “Untitled - Fragment 5” highlights ridges and indentations in the soil, depicting a very organic and isolated display. Small sparse floral buds appear throughout the piece giving patrons a sense of hope.
David Villegas presented a collection of silk screen prints that cover a large variety of art types. Highlights include his expressionistic take on the Virgin Mary simply titled “Mary,” and his visceral “Subject-Woman/Lamb” showcases the graphic reality of the life cycle with an open lamb carcass, while the top frame displays a silk screened and blurry depiction of a naked female form, retaining a sense of beauty from the piece despite the harsh gory realities depicted.
Monday is the first day back to school for the 2015/16 school year in Lewisville ISD. Since residents have been out of the habit of driving in school zones for the summer, the Lewisville Police Department and The Lewisville Texan Journal both want residents to be mindful of school zone speeds and keep their eyes on the road instead of on their mobile devices. Crossing guards will be on duty, and drivers are required to obey their signals.
Areas in and around schools will be very congested before and after school. You should consider an alternate route or allowing extra time if you travel near a school during the drop-off and pick-up times, particularly the first week of school.
School Zones Be mindful of students heading to and from school. The Lewisville Police Department increases their officer presence in school zones and around bus stops at this time each year. Chief Kerbow, referring to the school zone flashing lights, has said “pay attention to the yellow lights before you see the red and blue.”
School zone times are determined based on the schools they serve. Elementary Schools: 7:15 am – 8:15 am and 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Middle Schools: 8:00 am – 9:00 am and 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm School Zones protecting both Elementary and Middle Schools: 7:15 am – 9:00 am and 2:45 pm – 4:45 pm High Schools: 7:45 am – 8:30 am and 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
The school zone at Garden Ridge and Bellaire has unique times compared to the other school zones within the city, because it mirrors the contiguous school zones within Flower Mound. The school zone in that area of Garden Ridge and Bellaire runs from 7:00 am to 8:00 am in the mornings and 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the afternoons.
Passing a Stopped School Bus The Texas Transportation Code says that a driver must stop, when approaching from either direction before reaching a school bus displaying alternately flashing red lights. Drivers are not required to stop when traveling in the opposite direction on a divided roadway. The fine for passing a school bus is $878.
Crossing Guards The school crossing guards are part of the police department family and work very hard to keep the children safe. A Lead Crossing Guard supervises 34 guards and reports to the Traffic Sergeant. The authority of crossing guards is granted by the Texas transportation code. The school crossing guards work in extreme weather and heavy traffic. The police department says they will not tolerate drivers disregarding the school crossing guards. Please look out for them as they look out for the kids.
Cell Phones The Texas Transportation Code says that a driver may not use a cell phone while driving in a school zone unless: the vehicle is stopped, the device is hands-free, or the driver is making an emergency call to fire, police, or for a medical emergency.
Lewisville Senior outside hitter Rebecca Huddleston jumps to hit the ball in the team’s first home game against Frisco Centennial.(Photo by Anthony Mazur)
By Anthony Mazur
The Lewisville High School varsity volleyball team began its season at home with a win over Frisco Centennial in four sets Monday. The Farmers took the lead after winning the first set 25-23. Centennial responded in the second set and tied the game with a 26-24 score.
Stemming the comeback attempt, LHS came out on top, winning the third and fourth sets, 25-15 and 25-22, respectively. After some losses in tournament prior to the game, Lewisville Volleyball assistant coach Elise Swearengin, who was substituting for Head Coach Libby Rodriguez, says the victory is only a sign for things to come.
“They did really well,” Swearengin said, “we had to work out a few kinks at the tournament this weekend and they needed to bounce back from a couple of bad losses, but they did it and made everyone here really proud.” If those issues are worked out, Swearengin is confident the team will be successful later in the season.
Ramp from Eastbound Valley Ridge Boulevard to the Northbound Frontage Road in Lewisville Temporarily Closed Various lanes of the northbound I-35E frontage road approaching Valley Ridge Boulevard will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 through 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21.
The ramp from eastbound Valley Ridge Boulevard to the northbound frontage road will be continuously closed at this time. Eastbound Valley Ridge Boulevard traffic will turn right on Valley Ridge Circle to access the northbound frontage road.
Permanent Closure of Southbound I-35E Entrance Ramp Between Garden Ridge Boulevard and FM 407 in Lewisville New Entrance Ramp Expected to Open Fall 2015 As crews prepare to shift traffic to accommodate the next phase of construction near FM 407, the southbound I-35E entrance ramp between Garden Ridge Boulevard and FM 407 will permanently close to traffic beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19. A new southbound entrance ramp, just south of the current ramp is expected, to open fall 2015. During this closure, traffic will continue south along the frontage road to the entrance ramp near Valley Ridge Boulevard to enter southbound I-35E.
In addition to this closure, various lanes of the southbound I-35E frontage road approaching the FM 407 exit ramp will be closed overnight from 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19 until to 6 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20. Law enforcement will be on site to assist with traffic control during the nightly closures.
Nightly Lane Closures on Southbound Interstate 35E in Lewisville The two left lanes of southbound I-35E approaching the Sam Rayburn Tollway will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 through Saturday, Aug. 22. These closures are needed to relocate drainage lines in the area.
All of 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, as necessary.
For more information on the 35Express Project or to sign up for traffic alerts, please visit www.35Express.org or call 214-483-7777.
After 28 years in business, the Kroger grocery store in Lewisville at the corner of Bellaire and S.H. 121 Business has been restocked for the last time, and will close within 3-4 weeks, according to employees.
Kroger spokesman Gary Huddleston confirmed today that store officials had made the difficult decision to close the location. The company recently opened the Kroger Marketplace store in far east Lewisville in Castle Hills at S.H. 121 and Josie Ln., and has another location in Flower Mound at FM 3040 and Gerault.
Huddleston said that all employees of the Lewisville store had been offered positions at other Kroger locations. Over the next few weeks, the store will sell down its inventory, and will not restock. One employee at the store said she thought that certain staple items like milk, bread and diapers would be restocked though.
The store was opened in 1987, according to Huddleston, and is owned by the Kroger company. Once the store is vacated, it will be put up for sale, but according to Huddleston, there is no chance of it being used as another grocery store in the near future. Kroger adds non-compete clauses to its real estate sales, meaning that the purchaser of the property would have to agree not to put a grocery store in the space for a certain period of time.
This November, Lewisville voters will vote on a bond package that will be used to pay for up to $135 million in capital improvements for the city over the next 10 years. Monday night, the Lewisville City Council approved the final ballot language, splitting the package into four propositions for voters: $71.6 million for street improvements, $10.5 million for public safety facilities, $39.9 million for parks and recreation facilities, and $13 million for an indoor aquatic center.
Proposition 1: Streets - $71.6 million $71.6 million is for arterial and neighborhood streets around the city. Sample projects include completing Corporate Drive/Windhaven Parkway from Railroad Street to Plano Parkway; connecting Valley Ridge Boulevard to the new Corporate Drive; and replacing streets in multiple residential neighborhoods. The list of actual projects could change depending on traffic and development patterns, or if outside funding is secured for some of the sample projects.
Proposition 2: Parks and Recreation - $39.9 million $39.9 million is for parks and trails, including a new multi-generational recreation center that would incorporate the current Memorial Park Rec Center and Senior Activity Center; improvements to Lewisville Lake Park day use areas and campground; and new hike/bike trails citywide.
Proposition 3: Public Safety Facilities - $10.5 million $10.5 million is for public safety facilities, including a new Fire Station #3 located closer to FM 3040 than the current station and closer to new developments in southwest Lewisville; a second-floor addition to the police administration building; and a hardened emergency operations center in the basement of Lewisville City Hall.
Proposition 4: Aquatic Facility - $13 million $13 million is for an indoor aquatic facility that would be added to the new recreation center. The proposed indoor aquatic center would be a planned Phase 2 item for the proposed multi-generational recreation center at Memorial Park. Although the Council was unanimous in putting this item on the ballot as a standalone proposition, Councilmembers seemed concerned about the high operating cost of such a facility, and the fact that it could only be done if voters also approved the parks and recreation bond proposition. The expected impact to the yearly operations budget for an aquatic facility would be $625,000.
If approved, the bonds would be sold over the course of 10 years, staggered as needed to fund each year’s projects and keep the repayment schedule as level as possible. Bonds are repaid through the debt service fund, which is funded by the Interest & Sinking fund (I&S) component of the city’s property tax rate. Lewisville voters have been paying $0.117320 per $100 valuation, but if all of the bonds except the aquatic center are approved by the voters, it is expected that the I&S tax rate could rise by as much as 1.4 cents at its highest point on the repayment schedule, resulting in a $0.131 I&S rate. For the average home value in Lewisville of $180,132, this could mean up to a $25.21 property tax increase per year*. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay up to an additional $14. City staff estimate that the aquatic center option would add 0.4 cents to that upper value, which could add an additional $7.21 per year* in taxes for the average home value.
On August, 24 the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) will enact service changes to its Connect Bus and Campus Shuttle services. The authority makes such changes each January and August to maximize efficiency and to better connect its various services.
Changes to the Connect Bus service in Lewisville include delaying the Connect Route 23 northbound at Old Town Station from 9:03 to 9:05 a.m., which will allow those departing from the 9:05 a.m. southbound A-Train service to use the Route 23 bus. Additionally, southbound Connect Route 21 in Lewisville will now leave the Walmart on Main Street at 4:02 p.m., rather than 4:05 p.m. as before. This will enable those passengers to transfer to the 4:38 p.m. southbound train at Hebron Station.
This past Saturday, August 15 marked a milestone for The Lewisville Texan Journal. As of just a little after midnight when our first good paper copy of The Lewisville Texan Journal rolled off the printers, we are now a print publication. Our inaugural edition was only four pages, but it’s a start. LTJ will become a weekly print edition.
This is an idea that has been in the works for about a year. With help from LTJ’s supporters, and many hours of hard work from Associate Editor Brandon Cooper, Philip Moulard of The Lake City Swallow and myself, we finally made it happen.
You can find free copies of The Lewisville Texan Journal beginning each Saturday morning in the following locations:
- The Lewisville Public Library - The MCL Grand Theater - Coffeeholic - Hat Tricks - Bahama Buck’s - Tierney’s Cafe and Tavern - Pomegranate Underground - Lewisville Senior Activity Center (Monday) - More locations to be announced soon
For now, nothing changes in the way we’ve been providing you with Lewisville news and updates. We’ll continue to write and post stories here on our website, and we’ll continue to share them on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll also continue to share links to stories from other outlets that we think you will enjoy. But now there will be an alternative for readers who prefer paper in their hands. We are going to try to keep LTJ free for readers just as long as we can.
Naturally, since we are printing on paper now, our expenses each month will increase quite a bit. Our goal is to have advertisers pick up that cost, and maybe leave some additional revenue that would help us increase our news coverage. As you may already know, The Lewisville Texan Journal has been a volunteer-run publication for years online, but with additional revenue, we might be able to pay for more quality journalism to fill our pages. We would also like to be able to pay someone to help us move this site to newer software. Until that happens, we’ll continue to support the LTJ with ads on our website, and through contributions by generous readers who share our goal of informing our city.
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