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Road construction at MacArthur, Lake Vista Drive to begin Jan. 12

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/1/10 17:26:30 (246 reads)

The intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Lake Vista Drive will be reconstructed starting later this month, resulting in potential traffic delays for nearby residents and for drivers passing between Coppell and Lewisville on MacArthur Boulevard.

The entire intersection will be replaced to address pavement conditions, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance issues, and the addition of a traffic signal. Construction will start Monday, Jan. 12, weather permitting, and will last up to 90 days.

The intersection will remain open at all times; however, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction, so U-turn movements might not be possible in the confined space and are strongly discouraged for safety and traffic reasons.

Access from westbound Lake Vista will be closed at MacArthur during a portion of the project. Signage will be placed on Lake Vista at least a week prior to the closing. All access to Lake Vista during those times will be from the State Highway 121 service road.

From a submitted report

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Ruthie Foster Plays Texas Tunes Concert January 17th at MCL Grand

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/1/10 17:00:00 (253 reads)

Open in new windowRuthie Foster kicks off the fifth annual Texas Tunes concert series on Jan. 17, as the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater brings six Lone Star favorite acts to the stage monthly through June.

A Texas-born and Texas-bred singer/songwriter, Foster has developed a national following based on her powerful vocal instrument, dynamic stage presence and authentic blues and gospel roots. She recently was named Critics Choice Female Blues Artist of the Year at the 20th Annual Living Blues Awards. She also has been nominated for multiple Grammy awards.

All six shows will start at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the MCL Grand, 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 Season passes also are available until Jan. 17 at $100 general admission and $75 for seniors and children.

Here's a video with a taste of Foster's music:

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Upcoming Events Around Lewisville and the Surrounding Area

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/1/10 16:50:00 (501 reads)

Open in new windowOpen 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.

Sunday, January 11th: Miss North Texas Pageant this Sunday
The Miss North Texas & Miss White Settlement Pageant will be held Sunday, Jan. 11, starting at 5 p.m., at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.

Miss North Texas Pageant is a preliminary to Miss Texas and Miss America -- the largest provider of scholarships for young women in the world. The winners will serve as Miss North Texas & Miss North Texas Outstanding Teen for a year, and will represent the community at state-level pageants this summer. The Miss North Texas Scholarship Organization is a non-profit organization.

Ticket prices are $20 and are sold at the door. For more information, visit the Miss North Texas website.

Through January 17th: Visual Art League Foodie Exhibit
Visual Art League of Lewisville currently has the Foodie exhibit on display at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.

Foodie will be on display through Jan. 17 in the main gallery. Foodie explores food in all its manifestations, from farm to table, with a special focus on food served locally. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite piece, with the winner awarded “People’s Choice” at the end of the exhibit’s run.

Open in new windowSaturday, January 17th - Ruthie Foster Plays MCL Grand
Ruthie Foster kicks off the fifth annual Texas Tunes concert series on Jan. 17, as the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater brings six Lone Star favorite acts to the stage monthly through June.

All six shows will start at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the MCL Grand, 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 online here. Season passes also are available until Jan. 17 at $100 general admission and $75 for seniors and children.


Open in new windowSunday, January 18th: MLK Day Celebration - Southern Denton County
Lewisville ISD is hosting an MLK Day Commemmoration on Sunday, January 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lewisville High School Auditorium. The theme this year is “Diversity: Our Beloved Community”. Mr. Krish Dhanam, will be the speaker, and entertainment will be provided by the Downing Middle School Orchestra; the Lewisville High School Choir and African American Step Team; an oration by Rev. Paul and students and the Servant House Children’s Choir.

Monday, January 19th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
We honor the works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in furthering the civil rights movement through non-violent means. Most government offices are closed. City of Lewisville offices are closed, but garbage and recycling service is not affected.

Monday, January 26th: Lewisville City Council Meeting
Council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall - 151 W. Church St. The public is invited to attend. Agendas are available online here.

Monday, January 26th: True Parenting with True Colors®
Join us on January 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library for the “True Parenting with True Colors®” program, which is designed to help demystify the job of parenting by guiding moms and dads through the True Colors® process. True Colors® is a model of personality identification using the colors of blue, gold, green, and orange. This information becomes a springboard for developing improved parenting skills, greater communication in the home, and more meaningful family relationships. To register, please email or call 972.874.6165.

Tuesday, January 27th: Lewisville Chamber Awards Luncheon
Olympic Medalist, Jordan Malone will speak at the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, January 27th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville. Malone will share his story of overcoming obstacles to achieve his Olympic dreams. The Chamber will also celebrate and recognize its members’ accomplishments in the community and in business by presenting awards for Ambassador, Volunteer, Rookie, Citizen and Business of the Year. More...

Registration for this event is available now. To register, call the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce at (972) 436-9571 or visit

Saturday, January 31st: Texas Nonprofit Theater competition
Texas Nonprofit Theaters Quad II AACTFest will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. This event offers fans of live theater the chance to enjoy four of the best community acting groups in North Texas during a single day.

There will be two afternoon shows, starting after 1:30 p.m., and two evening shows, starting after 6 p.m. Performing at the theater competition in the afternoon is Ohlook Performing Arts Center of Grapevine in Wild Party, followed by Denton Community Theatre’s A Need for Less Expertise. The evening shows will begin with Lindale Community Theater performing Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, followed by Paris Community Theatre’s Rabbit Hole.

The second show in the afternoon and evening will begin immediately approximately 30 minutes after the first show. Maximum time of each performances is 60 minutes.

Cost is $10 per show, $15 per block (afternoon or evening shows) or $28 for all four shows. Tickets are available online or by calling 817.731.2238.

Quad II is a qualifying event for the state competition that will be held at MCL Grand in March.

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To Submit Tips, Photos, and Press Releases

Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/1/9 19:00:00 (13467 reads)

Open in new windowThe Lewisville Texan Journal relies on citizens who send us information about various happenings in the community. Please refer to the following information about contacting us with your story tips, comments, press releases, and ideas. Thanks!

- Press Releases
- Social Media
- Public Comment Line
- Private Tips
- Photos

Press Releases
If your organization has a press release, please send it to Important things to include that help us to get your information out to the public:

- Basics: Who, What, Where, Why, When, and How. You would be surprised how many releases we get that leave out basic information like the location or time of an event, or what the event is, and what guests might expect to do at the event - especially if the name of your event is not something that would make it obvious.

- Photo(s): A good photo with your release makes it more likely that readers will be interested, and results in a lot more social media shares. Ideally, you attach your hi-resolution photos (800px wide or better) to the email, instead of embedding in a PDF or Word document. Make sure you let us know if your photo needs special captioning or credit. For events, it's often good to use a photo from a prior year's event. For performances, it's good to have photos of the performers.

- Third Person: Please write your release in third-person format, referring to your organization, and using third-person pronouns like "they" or "he" instead of first-person like "we" or "I". This makes less work for us when posting, and gives your release a better shot of being posted.

- Links: Don't forget to provide links to your website and social media, as well as any RSVP information you might want people to follow through on.

- Timing: We generally post events on weekends, which means it works best if you can get us your press release at least one weekend prior to your event. If you have a preferred release date, or embargo-until date, let us know with your release.

- Subject Matter: Regretfully, we just don't have the resources to write stories on everything that comes our way. We focus more on items local to Lewisville, and of interest to a broad swath of our community. Sometimes what we pick up has more to do with time available than how important your story is, so we encourage you to keep sending us releases, even if we don't pick up some of them. Some items work better as advertising, especially coming from commercial entities. For those things, we may talk to you about affordable advertising with The Lewisville Texan Journal.

We generally only share fundraisers if they are for a 501(c)(3) organization or school. Fundraisers for individuals or other organizations are typically not taken on unless it is a very compelling story of interest to the community, and we can completely vet its validity.

- Reminders: We get so many emails that sometimes things get buried. It won't hurt our feelings if you follow up with us to make sure we received it, or to ask us to share something via social media. Feel free to tag us on social media or message us there to remind us to share something.

Social Media
We maintain numerous social media accounts, but we primarily use Facebook and Twitter. We try to monitor local newsmakers on these sites, but we can't catch it all, so feel free to tag us or mention us, or send us a direct message through these media, and we will do our best to respond. We're happy to share or retweet items of interest to the community.

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Denton County Opens New Jail Facility

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/1/9 7:46:42 (364 reads)

Open in new windowDENTON - This Wednesday, Sheriff Will Travis, Sheriff’s Office Officials, Judge Mary Horn, County Commissioners, and State Representatives cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the new 364 bed building at Denton County Jail. The ceremony was followed by tours of the new facility that allowed citizens to see how the new facility will operate.

The ceremony marks the culmination of ten years planning and work on the part of the Sheriff’s Office. The building will supply an additional 192 beds to the Denton County Jail Facility as well as additional medical facilities and special needs housing. Further renovation projects for older buildings are planned for the future.

On hand were Representatives Tan Parker and Myra Crownover, Judge Mary Horn, Commissioner’s Court members, Hugh Coleman, Bobbie Mitchell, and Andy Eads. Representatives from the offices of Representative Ron Simmons, Congressman Michael Burgess, and Senator Jane Nelson also attended and presented flags.

Sheriff Travis said, “I want to thank everyone who worked so hard on this project, not only on the building of the facility, but on the planning and coordination as well. Without them, this would not have been possible.”

From a submitted report. Photo courtesy Denton County Sheriff's Office

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Cartoon - Charlie Hebdo

Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/1/7 15:22:14 (1904 reads)

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Cartoon by David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star

The Lewisville Texan Journal supports freedom of expression, and believes that violence is never the proper response to speech that one finds offensive. We believe that satire and ridicule play an important part in political expression, and the free exchange of ideas. We have been known to write some doozies from time to time as well. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those murdered in the terrorist attack in Paris against the staff of Charlie Hebdo magazine.

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Drive-In Theater in the Works for Lewisville

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/1/6 23:40:00 (24106 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowBy Steve Southwell

The Lewisville City Council Monday night unanimously approved a special use permit for a drive-in theater to be located on the eastern side of town. Coyote Drive-In opened a successful drive-in theater in Fort Worth in 2013, and is expanding to this side of the Metroplex with a five-screen, 35 acre complex on the southeast corner of Holford’s Prairie and Midway Road. (For those not familiar with the location, it’s close to SH 121 Business and Fish Hatchery Road.)

Drive-in theaters were popular in the 1950s and 60s when they were at their peak, but have seen a revival in recent years, in part due to nostalgia of older patrons, as well as novelty for younger patrons. The concept, for those unfamiliar, is that you drive your car in, and park on one of several rows of embankments around the screen. Visitors will be given an FM radio frequency to tune their car radios to for the audio to the specific movie shown. Movies are projected on a huge outdoor screen, and viewers watch the movie through their car’s windshield. Visitors don’t have to remain in their cars though; Coyote allows viewers to bring lawn chairs and sit in front of their vehicles. Viewers without cars may choose to rent a speaker and sit on the lawn area in front of the screen.

The facility’s five Selby movie screens will each show separate double-features every night, with showtimes staggered, but beginning 15 minutes after sundown. A 10,000 square foot restaurant will offer fast casual dining options, and will be open each night two hours before showtime. Amenities include a central open-air pavilion with seating. There will be a kids play area, and beer garden. TVs and live music will entertain visitors before the features begin.

Coyote Drive-In says it is “reinventing the nostalgic drive-in theater with advanced technology and upscale amenities for a lively, family oriented entertainment venue.” Currently planned pricing is $8 per person, ages 11 and up, and $6 per child, ages 4-10. Children 3 and under are free. Admission includes a double-feature. Outside food and beverages (including alcohol) are not allowed. Beer and wine will be available for purchase in the restaurant.

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Updated: 10 Earthquakes Reported in North Texas

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Posted by Runfellow on 2015/1/6 16:50:00 (1157 reads)

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Update: Wednesday, 10:51 a.m.:
Another quake in Irving. This one a 2.7 magnitude at 9:57 a.m.

Update: Wednesday, 10:23 a.m.:
A 2.6 magnitude quake shook Irving again at 8:34 a.m.

Update: Wednesday, 5:45 a.m.:
Overnight, USGS added two more earthquakes to the list, including a 3.1 magnitude quake this morning at 12:59 a.m. Records were also revised to note a 2.3 magnitude quake yesterday morning at 7:37 a.m., making a total of nine quakes for the area in the last 24 hours. Here's the full sequence of what we have so far:

7:37 a.m.: Irving - 2.3
3:10 p.m.: Irving - 3.5
6:52 p.m.: Irving - 3.6
8:11 p.m.: Irving - 2.9
8:12 p.m.: Irving - 2.7
9:54 p.m.: Farmers Branch - 1.7
10:05 p.m.: Irving - 2.4
11:02 p.m.: Irving - 1.6

12:59 a.m.: Irving - 3.1

Update: 11:36 p.m.: While we were writing the last update, a 7th earthquake happened. We didn't feel it at the time, but USGS has just reported it.

Update: 11:00 p.m.: There have been 6 quakes today, all clustered around the same area in Irving. Magnitudes range from 1.7 to 3.6. Earthquakes under 2.5 magnitude are usually not felt, but are detected by seismograph. Four of the quakes were over 2.5. Earthquake magnitudes are on a logarithmic scale, with each point difference meaning a 10 times bigger movement on a seismogram. The strongest quake so far (3.6) was 79 times bigger than the smallest (1.7) but released 708 times more energy.

Update 7:00 p.m.: Around 6:53 p.m., residents on Facebook and other social media platforms reported feeling the effects of another quake. We will continue to update on any new developments via this page or via The Lewisville Texan Journal on Facebook.

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At approximately 3:10 p.m. local time on Tuesday, residents in Lewisville and Carrollton began reporting feeling what could possibly be reported as an earthquake. Residents can report if they felt the quake to the USGS here.

Residents have previously reported feeling the tremors of quakes in 2011, 2012, and as recently as November of 2014. Environmental activists have speculated that there may be a connection between the recent quakes and natural gas drilling activity, but industry representatives have long denied it. As we reported in 2012:

Since the question will arise, here's a map via the Texas Railroad Commission showing the epicenter in relation to the nearest gas wells. There IS at least one injection well nearby, marked on this (now updated) map below. The well, operated by Chesapeake Operating, Inc. is drilled to about 14,000 feet total depth, or 2.7 miles deep, and is located just South of the DFW Airport.
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We are not at this time assuming that the quake had anything to do with gas wells or injection wells, since we don't yet have any sort of volume data on those wells, or have a full layout of where they are. We just know that there has been a correlation with quakes in North Texas and injection wells, and that people will want to know where the nearest injection wells are. This one appears to be about 5 miles away from the first quake. Another injection well, also operated by Chesapeake, is located near the North entrance of DFW Airport.

Injection wells are used to dispose of salt water that is produced as an unwanted byproduct of natural gas wells. Typically, they are drilled into formations below those containing natural gas, and many thousands of feet below water tables. The concern some have is that the volume of water could push rock formations and trigger quakes along faults.

We will continue to update this story as we receive more information. For live updates, please be sure to follow The Lewisville Texan Journal on Facebook.

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Updated: FM 407 Bridge Demolition to Begin Soon

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/1/6 0:10:00 (8429 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowThe Lewisville City Council received an update Monday night in workshop session on the status of the FM 407 interchange with I-35E. Project spokeswoman Kimberly Sims said that the current FM 407 bridge over I-35 would be demolished sometime between mid-February and early March. The configuration at that interchange will be switched around so that I-35E main lanes will go over FM 407, which will become an underpass instead of a bridge. The new Southbound lanes of I-35 are being constructed on the west side of the current highway. Once the FM 407 bridge is demolished, crews can complete the southbound overpass.

The FM 407 underpass will be located south of where the current bridge sits, straightening out FM 407 to make it a straighter shot from east to west.

By mid to late 2015, AGL says they will have two lanes of FM 407 open under I-35. In the mean time, for about 6-8 months, traffic will be detoured. Eastbound FM 407 motorists will use Summit Avenue south to get to Valley Ridge Blvd and access I-35 from there. They can continue on the northbound service road to access eastbound FM 407. Westbound traffic on FM 407 can take Mill Street south to Valley Ridge to access I-35 E or Summit Avenue, which will get them back on FM 407.

Both ends of 407 will still have access to I-35 during the closure.

After the southbound lanes are complete over their new overpass, northbound traffic will be shifted to share the new bridge while the regular northbound lanes and bridge are constructed. The current schedule has that bridge being complete in spring of 2016 and the entire FM 407/ I-35E interchange completed with all lanes open in summer of 2016.

You can learn more about the I-35 E expansion project on the 35Express website.

Update 1/6/2015 - 2 p.m.:
We have been advised that the presentation document we used to compile this article had outdated information about the length of the FM 407 closure. We have updated the article to note that FM 407 will be completely closed across I-35 for 6-8 months, rather than reopening 2 lanes in the spring

The Lewisville Texan Journal will post updates as we learn more about the schedule.

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Five New Year's Wishes for Lewisville in 2015

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/1/1 14:27:57 (1008 reads)

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By Steve Southwell

Happy New Year! As we reflect on the year that just passed, and spend time in reflection thinking about what we will make of 2015, we thought it would be nice to share some wishes for our community in 2015.

Open in new window#1: Less violence
In 2014, Lewisville suffered numerous shootings and robberies at gunpoint. One man was a victim of senseless random shooting on I-35 that took his life. We had a man who popped out from under a bridge and assaulted women. We had a very dangerous shooting incident in front of an apartment complex, and just down the street, a police chase ended with an attempted carjacking, and the suspect shot by police after shooting at them. A quick look at our police blotter on any given week shows numerous instances of family violence, and those are just the cases reported. We know that much more goes unreported.

Violence happens everywhere, and Lewisville is not immune. This does not define who we are as a community, but it represents a risk to each of us who live here. We don’t really have answers to this complex problem, but finding ways to reduce the violence in our community would be our highest wish for Lewisville in 2015.

Open in new window#2: Finishing the Plaza
The Old Town Park Plaza / Ferguson Plaza project has been a long time in the making for Lewisville, and it’s beyond time to wrap it up and get it completed and opened to the public. Delays have been a source of frustration and loss for businesses in Old Town Lewisville. The park will be a beautiful place to relax and have a picnic lunch or let the kids play in the water on a hot summer day. It will host all types of outdoor events and festivals, and just be a pretty place to hang out. The contractor said they would have the park done by April 1st, 2015, but we hope that is not just an April Fools joke. There has been good movement on this lately, so we truly hope it's done before then.

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