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Burgess invites students, parents to Service Academy Forum Saturday

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/9 22:08:49 (356 reads)

Open in new windowWith apologies for the late notice, we'd like to pass along this invitation that Congressman Michael Burgess sent to Lewisville High School Principal Jeffrey Kajs:

Dear Principal Kajs:

I wanted to extend an invitation to your students and their parents to attend the 2015 North Texas U.S. Service Academies Forum which will be held on Saturday, April 11th at Lewisville High School! This informational forum provides interested middle and high school students an excellent opportunity to learn more about our nation's service academies, requirements for admission and the selection process. School principals, counselors, coaches and teachers are welcome to attend, too. Please share this event invitation with your students as widely as possible via announcements, posting, emails, social media, etc.

North Texas U.S. Service Academies Forum
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon; Registration opens at 7:30 AM
Note: This is a "come & stay" event!
Place: Lewisville High School
1098 W. Main Street
Lewisville, Texas 75067

Representatives from congressional offices and all five academies (U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy), and ROTC as well as current academy cadets and midshipmen will be on hand. They will be available to talk with North Texas students, parents and educators on a one-to-one basis about the possibilities associated with attending these premier educational institutions and the challenging careers they generate.

This free event will begin at 8:00 AM; registration opens at 7:30 AM. It is not a come and go event but "come and stay!" The Forum will be conducted at Lewisville High School.

In addition, this event is of primary importance to current juniors who may NOW begin the application process to receive a congressional nomination to one of the service academies. My nomination application will be available for pickup by those students interested in entering the academies in summer 2016.

For more information, please contact Robin Vaughan in my Lake Dallas office by email: robin.vaughan@mail.house.gov or phone: 940-497-5031.

It is my privilege to serve you in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sincerely,

Michael C. Burgess, M.D.
Member of Congress

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Faulkner, Hearne, Wood to take Texas Tunes stage April 18

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/4/8 7:18:43 (379 reads)

Open in new windowTom Faulkner, Michael Hearne and Beth Wood will take the stage Saturday, April 18, at 8 p.m., as the fourth act of the fifth annual Texas Tunes concert series.

The show will be held in the Performance Hall of Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors age 60 and older or children age 12 and younger, and can be purchased at MCLGrand.tix.com.

Lewisville residents are able to purchase single-show tickets for $10 each, either in advance at City Hall or on the performance date at the MCL Grand box office. Discount tickets are not available online. Current driver’s license or utility bill will be required to verify residency.

Tom Faulkner brings a unique blend of Texas rock, blues, Cajun and Tejano music. His music is a heartfelt abandonment of musical trends and a passionate embrace of the rich ethnic heritage of "Texico."

What is "Texico?" As Faulkner explains it, the State of Texas grew out of the areas that surround it -- most notably, Mexico, Louisiana and New Mexico. Most of the songs on his latest album were written in, or near, the places to which they refer. They convey a sense of romance that overwhelms him every time he travels through a wonderfully diverse world all its own. Producing his own material meant he didn't have to compromise on any of it, and the result is a solid, full-strength collection of Texas rooted music.

Michael Hearne offers up a guitar virtuosity and a mastery of country swing /southwestern Americana stylings.

Beth Wood is a musical triple-threat: a thoughtful songwriter, a talented multi-instrumentalist, and a supple, colorful vocalist.

The Texas Tunes series features performers from music halls and festivals throughout the state who present great music in a variety of genres, but all with that unique Texas flair that has made the state a hotbed for fans of live music.

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Suspect in Custody: Lewisville Police Investigating Shooting Death

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/7 21:00:00 (11513 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville Police detectives are investigating a murder that happened Tuesday night at the Hampton Bay Apartments at 248 E. Southwest Parkway.

Captain Dan Rochelle said that police received a call at 7:21 p.m. that a person had been shot at the location. Police arrived to find a man deceased. The initial investigation shows that there had been an exchange of gunfire in the location. Rochelle said the suspects fled the scene prior to the officers' arrival. The victim is Richard L Myles (a.k.a. Richard L Martin)*, 27.

The City of Lewisville sent a text message alert to some citizens tonight:

"Shooting Suspects - The Lewisville Police Department is looking for two shooting suspects in the area of south 121 Business and Corporate Dr. Suspects are two black males in their middle twenties. One suspect is wearing pink camouflage and the second suspect is wearing a grey tank top. One suspect possibly has a gun shot wound and they are armed with a handgun. If located contact Lewisville PD at 972-219-3640. To confirm: reply with YES and send."


Rochelle said that the two-year-old son of the victim was found at the scene unharmed and that Child Protective Services was called.

Rochelle said Wednesday morning that police have a capital murder warrant for one suspect: known Crips gang member Adrian Quigley. They believe he was attempting to rob the victim of narcotics, and that he was shot in the process. Witnesses told police that they saw him bleeding from the torso, and police did find blood near where his car was parked. Rochelle said that so far, the suspect has not presented to a hospital for treatment for his wounds.

Quigley is a black male, 5'9" in height, 200 lbs. The suspect vehicle is said to be a Chevy Cruze, license plate FHB-8115, which is a rental car. Quigley turned himself in Wednesday morning.

If you have information about this or any other crime, contact Lewisville police.

Update 11:36 a.m.:
SUSPECT IN CUSTODY: Captain Rochelle said that Quigley turned himself in shortly after 11 a.m. He has a bullet wound to his shoulder area, and has been taken to the hospital for treatment. We should have more soon. Rochelle also noted that Quigley is no longer a Bloods gang member as originally believed, but that he is in the Crips. We have updated the story.

Update 4/16/2015:
Based on information received from the Lewisville Police Department, we have updated the victim's name to Richard L. Martin. The original release from LPD had the name as Richard L Myles, which we also published here.

Update 4/17/2015:
Please see further clarification of this story, and the victim's name in our followup story.

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Traffic Pattern Changes in the Lake Cities Area Scheduled, Ramp Will Temporarily Close as Work is Being Performed

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/7 20:30:00 (522 reads)

Open in new windowHICKORY CREEK – As work begins on the mainlane and frontage road bridges that will eventually travel over Turbeville/Hundley Road, the southbound I-35E entrance ramp at Lake Hill Drive will be continuously closed beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 and is expected to open as a temporary exit ramp by 6 a.m., Saturday, April 18. Law enforcement will be onsite to assist with traffic control.

While this work is being performed, southbound traffic wishing to access I-35E will continue south on the frontage road and enter I-35E near the South Denton/Lake Dallas Drive bridge. This ramp configuration is expected to last approximately six months.

This work is the first in a series of ramp conversions and closures needed for the extension of Turbeville Road/Hundley Road in the cities of Lake Dallas and Hickory Creek. As part of the 35Express project, the North Denton/Lake Dallas Drive bridge will be demolished in late 2015 and the Turbeville/Hundley Road extension will serve as the new east-west connection. The reconfigured, at-grade roadway will travel underneath the interstate and frontage roads.

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.

Keywords:
- 35Express

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All Students Invited to Career Fair at FMHS - April 16th

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/7 20:20:00 (330 reads)

Open in new windowThe Flower Mound High School PTSA is hosting a free Career Night Thursday, April 16th from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Flower Mound High School Silver Gym, 3411 Peters Colony, Flower Mound, TX.

Parents & Students from Flower Mound and the surrounding LISD district are invited to attend the FMHS PTSA Career Night. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet representatives from different career options and ask questions. Bring your middle school students too!

This year’s exhibitors include the following - FBI, Veterinarian, Owner/Operator, Direct Sales, Attorney, Dentist, Nurse, Real Estate, Flower Mound Town Manager, Airline Pilot, Fire Department, Police Department, Private Trainer, Architectural Engineer, Insurance, Dale Jackson Career Center, Construction, Military and many more exciting careers.

As of press time, there is still room for more exhibitors. If you have a business and career you would like to share with students please contact Tammi Vajda by email at tammi81069@aol.com . There is no charge for exhibitors or attendees.

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Friends of the Library Book Sale This Weekend

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/7 19:50:47 (346 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new window Friends of the Lewisville Public Library will be hosting a book sale this weekend - April 10th, 11th, and 12th at the Community Room of the Lewisville Public Library - 1197 W. Main Street.

Friday, April 10th, Pre-sale is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For the special pre-sale event, there is a $5 admission fee per person, if you are not a member of the Friends group.

Saturday, April 11th hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday, April 12th hours are 1 pm. - 5 p.m.

The group has over 10,000 new and gently used books for adults, children, and teens in all categories. There are even movies, music, and audiobooks. Prices have not been posted for this sale, but in the past they have ranged from $0.50 - $2 for most books.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Lewisville Public Library.

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Lewisville Lake Symphony Series Concert to Feature World-Class Pianist

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/6 7:19:57 (378 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowPavel Gintov, winner of the 1st Takamatsu International Piano Competition, will perform with the Lewisville Lake Symphony on Friday, April 17, at 7:30 pm, in the final concert of the 2014-15 Symphony Series. He will play Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings, a performance that also features Bert Truax on trumpet.

Mr. Gintov has been described as “a poet of the keyboard” by Marty Lash of the Illinois Enter-tainer, “a musical storyteller” by the Japanese publication Shikoku News, and a “world-class pianist, phenomenal in his own right” by the Savannah Morning News.

Following his debut at the Kiev Philharmonic Hall at the age of 12, Mr. Gintov toured throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and the United States, appearing on such stages as Carnegie Hall in New York, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, and Teatro Verdi Nationale in Milan. Mr. Gintov graduated with honors from Moscow State Conservatory and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

A native of Ukraine, Mr. Gintov is also an avid chamber music performer, regularly performing with his sister, violinist Iryna Gintova, as well as with other artists. He was awarded the prize for the best collaborative pianist in the International Paganini Violin competition in Moscow.

The concert will also include Shostakovich’s Spanish Dance and Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge, considered to be one of Beethoven’s greatest achievements. He composed it later in his life when he was almost entirely deaf, and it is known to be notoriously difficult to play.

The concert takes place at the MCL Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street, in Old Town Lewisville. Tickets can be booked online at www.lewisvillesymphony.org and are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $10 for students. More information is available at 972.874.9087.

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Lewisville Animal Shelter changes adoption process, will host Paws in the Park adoption event

Fur Kids Forever
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/4 15:30:00 (966 reads)
Fur Kids Forever

Open in new windowThe City of Lewisville Animal Shelter has recently changed both the fee it charges for adoptions and the services that are part of the deal.

Previously, when you adopted an animal from the shelter, you would pay $50 for the adoption fee, then separately pay for sterilization of the animal. The process meant that you couldn't take an animal home immediately, or you could be delayed for days waiting for it to be spayed or neutered.

Thanks to a vote by the Lewisville City Council on March 2nd, the shelter will be increasing its fee to $90, but animals available for adoption will already be spayed or neutered, have all of their vaccines, have their city registration, and be microchipped, in case they become lost after you adopt them.

In addition to microchipping pets for adoption, the shelter will accept walk-ins to microchip for $15. The chip is about the size of a grain of rice, and is injected under the pet's skin. It can be read at most animal shelters and veterinarians' offices, and is used to reunite lost pets with their owners. The microchips do not carry an annual cost, according to personnel we talked to at the shelter, who said that anyone finding the pet would be able to get it scanned, and the veterinarian or animal shelter would know how to contact the owner. The chips are registered through 24Petwatch.com, which does offer additional services to proactively help locate a lost pet. The company also offers pet insurance.

Lewisville Animal Adoption Center’s annual Paws in the Park adoption event will be held Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Lewisville Animal Adoption Center in Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park, 995 E. Valley Ridge Blvd.

Paws in the Park will include K-9 demonstrations, low-cost pet vaccinations, food trucks, bounce house, petting zoo, youth safety classes, local rescue groups, vendors, and representatives of non-profit organizations and municipal shelters.

The event also will feature the Wiener Dog & Wanna-Be Wiener Dog Race starting at 9:30 a.m. A weenie dog applicant must have the appearance of a dachshund. A wannabe dog applicant must be a small dog (under 15 lbs.) of any breed or mix that wishes it were a dachshund and wants to race. The winners from each category will race in a final. Trophies will be awarded to the overall champion. Current rabies vaccinations are required for all racing applicants, and friendly dogs only. Applications for the race can be given over the phone at 972.219.3478 or at cityoflewisville.com.

You can read more about the animal adoption process here. The shelter is open for viewing from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, and from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturdays. You can see a list of adoptable animals here.

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Various Nightly Closures on Southbound Interstate 35E for an Upcoming Traffic Shift in Lewisville

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/4 14:49:02 (425 reads)

Open in new windowLEWISVILLE - As crews begin to shift traffic east, the following closures will be in place nightly from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m., Monday, April 6 through Wednesday, April 22:

  • Various lanes of southbound I-35E between Valley Ridge Boulevard and Fox Avenue will be closed.


  • The southbound I-35E entrance and exit ramps at FM 1171/Main Street will be closed. Motorists wishing to access FM 1171/Main Street from southbound I-35E will exit at Valley Ridge Boulevard. Motorists wishing to access southbound I-35E from FM 1171/Main Street will use the entrance ramp at Fox Avenue.


  • The southbound I-35E entrance ramp at Valley Ridge Boulevard will be closed. Motorists will continue south on the frontage road and enter southbound I-35E at FM 1171 Main Street.


Please note, the FM 1171/Main Street ramps and the Valley Ridge Boulevard ramp will not be closed at the same time. Law enforcement will be present to assist with traffic control.

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.

Keywords:
- 35Express

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This is my procrastination post

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/4/4 10:50:00 (312 reads)

Open in new windowBy Steve Southwell

So, I just got back from a week of business travel, and I don’t know if you heard, but we had a bit of an issue to deal with Wednesday, which I had not anticipated. Laundry is piled up on the floor, the yard needs to be mowed, and this beautiful sunshine has me dying to go hop in the kayak and paddle the river.

But my inbox is full of email, and many of them are about stories I need to post here as soon as I can. I have stories I’ve started to work on - even interviewed or photographed people for, and have yet to post. It’s a great source of stress to me when I can’t get it done. I’ll get to it - I hope. I’m always disappointed when I don’t.

This is my procrastination post. Ever had so much to do that you barely know where to start?

What I’ve been meaning to do since the beginning of this year is to sort of catch up our long-time readers with where things are, and where we’re trying to go with The Lewisville Texan Journal. For new readers, I’d like to briefly explain how LTJ works, and what we do. It became clear to me in reading some of the responses to Wednesday’s debacle that the nature of LTJ is not clear to many.

My name is Steve. I’m 43 years old, and I’m a full-time computer programmer who writes and maintains business applications for clients in all sorts of industries. I have an awesome wife, and two sons who are growing up to be good young men. A lifetime ago, I served in the Marine Corps, and I came back and got myself a business degree. Around 2004, I started a blog called WhosPlayin, and then around 2007, I started getting interested in local issues, and writing posts about things of interest to Lewisville. I used to post a lot of partisan stuff, but gradually have phased most of that out, and focus almost exclusively on topics of interest in our city. In 2011, we changed the name of the site to The Lewisville Texan Journal to reflect the change in focus.

I do about 95% of the work here in my spare time, and I probably spend 10-25 hours a week writing, researching, and maintaining the site. It’s a lot of work, but I do it because I believe in community engagement, and I think a city where citizens are informed is a city that excels.

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