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Rough week for Farmer softball and baseball

Sports
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/23 7:50:00 (249 reads)

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Lewisville softball team stands together before the game against McKinney Boyd. (Photo by Anthony Mazur)

By ANTHONY MAZUR

Lewisville’s softball and baseball teams have not had the best of luck this week; The Farmer softball team has dropped in district standings and the baseball team has been unable to catch up, stuck behind in a loss to Plano.

The Farmer softball team (15-12) sunk to seventh place in district after losing 14-13 to McKinney Boyd (4-15, 9th in district). Last week, Lewisville was in sixth place.

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Paws in the Park adoption event Saturday, Apr. 23

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/4/23 7:33:38 (817 reads)

Open in new windowPaws in the Park event at Railroad Park this weekend features wiener dog races, more

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Lewisville Animal Services will hold its annual Paws in the Park adoption event on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Lewisville Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, 995 E. Valley Ridge Blvd., across from Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park.

Paws in the Park is a free, large-scale adoption event incorporating fun for all ages throughout the day, featuring on–site adoptions, rescue organizations, educational opportunities, pet-related vendors, food trucks, animal demonstrations, and a “Silent Pawction” to raise money for animal care. There also will be plenty of fun things for pets and pet owners, such as a photo booth, ball pit, and chalk walk.

The 3rd annual Wiener Dog & Wanna-Be Wiener Dog Race starts at 9:45 a.m. A weenie dog applicant must have the appearance of a dachshund. A wannabe 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 compete in a final race. Trophies will be awarded for each category and a grand prize trophy will be given to the fastest racer of the day. Shot records and current rabies vaccinations are required for all racing applicants. A $24 donation is requested from race participants, but is not required.

Applications for the race can be given over the phone at 972.219.3478 or online.

Photo: Paws in the Park from 2014 - LTJ File photo

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Lake Park won't be open for Memorial Day weekend

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/23 7:16:41 (1490 reads)

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A pickup truck plows through the water which is still over Sandy Beach Road on the west side of Lewisville Lake. (Photo by Dan Eakin)

By DAN EAKIN

Memorial Day Weekend is just over a month away.

Over the past many years, it has been one of the biggest weekends at Lake Park at Lewisville Lake.

Not last year, and not again this year.

Bob Monaghan, Lewisville Parks and Leisure Services director, said Friday there is no way Lake Park can be open and in full swing by the end of next month.

He said some flooding still exists at the park, and that the construction of Sandy Beach Road and Turtle Trail was delayed because of the flooding.

“Our grand plan was to have most of the construction done during the winter months, but the flooding kept that from happening,” Monaghan said.

He declined to estimate when Lake Park might reopen, but did say efforts are being made to open at least one boat ramp at Lake Park by the first of June.

As of now, the only open boat ramp operated by the Lewisville Parks and Leisure Services is at Tower Bay where Monaghan said “There is limited parking and high demand.”

There has been very little activity at Lake Park for almost a year now, other than that of construction workers rebuilding Sandy Beach Road and Turtle Trail, and constructing a hike and bike trail along Sandy Beach Road.

“The hike and bike trail will be a very important addition to Lake Park,” Monaghan said, “because they will provide safety to those who are hiking and biking.”

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Print Edition - 04/23/2016

Print Editions of LTJ
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/23 5:54:23 (145 reads)

Open in new windowHere is the April 23, 2016 print edition of The Lewisville Texan Journal:



You can find free copies at any of these locations.

Want home delivery of The Lewisville Texan Journal every Saturday? You can get it for just $5 per month!

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Journal, Gazette team up for LISD candidate forum Wednesday, Apr. 27

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/22 16:10:00 (2018 reads)

Open in new windowThe Lewisville Texan Journal and The Cross Timbers Gazette will co-host a Lewisville ISD school board candidate forum on Wednesday, April 27, at 7 p.m. The forum will be held at LISD’s Bolin Administration Center, 1565 W. Main St. in Lewisville.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Candidates in the two contested races will each be given two minutes to introduce themselves. Moderators Bob Weir and Patrick Kelly will ask questions posed by both newspapers for about one hour. Candidates will then have two minutes each for a closing statement.

Video of the forum will be posted online by Thursday on both the Cross Timbers Gazette and Lewisville Texan Journal websites.

Early voting in the May 7, Lewisville ISD school board election begins Monday and continues through May 3. LISD Place 4 candidates are Fairooz Adams and Katherine Sells. Place 5 candidates are Will Ferson, Allison Lassahn, and Jenny Proznik. Angie Cox is running unopposed in Place 3.

Trustees serve three-year terms without pay, and meet monthly to discuss and vote on issues of district strategy, policy, and budget.

To suggest questions for the candidates, you may email steve@LewisvilleTexan.com by Tuesday.

For more information on early voting, candidates, and polling locations...

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Calendar of Events: April 23-30

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/4/22 13:00:00 (699 reads)

There are many arts, leisure events, and educational opportunities coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Listed below are selected events.

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SATURDAY
WHOFEST
— 8 a.m. at Westin DFW Airport Hotel, 4545 W. John Carpenter Freeway in Irving. WhoFest, a festival for fans of Doctor Who, returns for a third year with celebrity guests and experiences from the world of Doctor Who. Scheduled to appear are Eve Myles (Gwyneth, and star of the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood), Richard Franklin (Capt. Mike Yates), Wendy Padbury (Zoe Heriot), emcee Peter Pixie and more. Activities include panels, photo op sessions, Who Cares charity auction, costume and cosplay, video room and WhoKids programming. Tickets start at $35. Children 6 and younger are free with paying adult. The event also runs April 24, starting at 8 a.m. Tickets start at $30. For more information, visit whofestdfw.org.

SCHOOL OF ROCK — 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Oh Look Theatre, 1631 W. Northwest Highway in Grapevine. School of Rock is a new musical based on the film that starred Jack Black. Andrew Lloyd Webber has composed 14 new songs to create a score, which also features all of the original songs from the movie. Tickets are $15. The show also runs at 2:30 p.m. on April 24, 30 and May 1, and at 7:30 p.m. April 29-30. For more information, visit ohlookperform.com or call 817-421-2825.

DATE NIGHT IN THE PARK — 5:30 p.m. at Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Explore the park before a night of live music, food trucks and a movie under the stars. For more information, visit bit.ly/23vJmeX.

2016 PAWS IN THE PARK — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park, 1301 S Railroad St. Join Lewisville Animal Services for a springtime adoption event. Vendors will include animal rescue groups, pet related vendors, a kissing booth, demonstrations from the Lewisville K-9 unit, Weenie/Wannabe Races, a professional photographer and a "ruffle" for great prizes. There will also be a bounce house and face painting. For more information, call 972-219-3478.

AUDITIONS — 10 a.m. at Studio B Performing Arts, 2400 Justin Road in Highland Village. Studio B will hold auditions for Southern Hospitality. The show follows the Futrelle Sisters – Frankie, Twink, Honey Raye and Rhonda Lynn whose hometown, Favro, Texas, is in danger of disappearing and it’s up to the sisters to save it from extinction. Bring a resume and head shot. For more information, visit studiobtheater.com.

DRIVING MISS DAISY
— 8 p.m. at Theater Coppell, 157 S. Moore Road in Coppell. Theater Coppell will perform the 1988 Pulitzer Prize winning play through April 24. Show times are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. The theater’s ticket policy does not permit children under 6 years of age. For more info, call 972-745-7719 or visit theatrecoppell.com.

COBRA BREWING TOURS
— noon to 5 p.m. at Cobra Brewing Co., 146 Whatley Ave. in Lewisville. Cobra Brewing is pet friendly. The brewery also has corn hole, ladder golf, cards, darts, ping-pong, pool, arcade games and life-size Jenga. For more info, visit cobrabrewingco.com.

WITHERSPOON DISTILLERY TOURS — 11 a.m. and 1, 3 and 5 p.m. at Witherspoon Distillery, 225 S. Charles St. in Lewisville. Public tours of the distillery are held Fridays at 4 p.m. and on Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5.p.m. (excluding major holidays). Make reservations by calling 214-814-0545 or at witherspoondistillery.com.

WINE TASTINGS — 4 to 9 p.m. at LaRue Vineyard, 1491 N. Kealy Ave., No. 55, in Lewisville. The family owned business holds free wine tastings Friday Nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. LaRue is closed Sundays. The vineyard also offers a painting class on Saturdays at 6 p.m. Free. For more info, visit laruevineyards.com or call 214-215-7758.

GATEWAY GHOST TOURS — 6:45 p.m. starting at Tierney's Café, 208 E. Main St. in Lewisville. Tickets are $20 for adults when purchased in advance or $25 at the door, and $10 for children 12-6 years of age. Purchase tickets by visiting gatewayghosttours.com or calling 972-922-4675.

WILLIE WONKA — 7 p.m. at the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles St. Acting Studio Productions also presents the show at 7 p.m. April 29-30 and at 2 p.m. April 30 and May 1. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children and are available at actingstudiotx.com.

MOON OVER BUFFALO — 8 p.m. at Lakeside Community Theater, 6303 Main Street in The Colony. In the comedy tradition of Lend Me a Tenor, the play centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s who are playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in Buffalo, New York. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. The show also runs at 8 p.m. on April 29-30 and May 6, and at 3 p.m. May 7. For more information, visit lctthecolony.com.

JUNIE B. JONES — 7 p.m. at the Actors Conservatory Theater, 359 Lake Park Road, Ste. 118, in Lewisville. Awaken a young person's desire to read with the sassy little diva, Junie B. Jones, and her adventures in first grade in this comical, not strictly-for-kids musical. The show runs at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May 1. For tickets, visit getintotheact.org.

ART IN THE SQUARE — 4 to 10:30 p.m. at the Southlake Town Square, 1256 Main Street in Southlake. The Southlake Women’s Club presents a family festival with fun for all ages. The event also runs from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Artist booths close at 9 p.m. For more information, visit artinthesquare.com.

JUST BURY IT — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville. The “Just Bury It,” M.F.A. exhibit by Melody Vaughan will be on display Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during performances at the MCL Grand through April 30. Vaughan is an artist and printmaker from Nashville currently a Teaching Fellow and Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of North Texas in Denton. As an artist, she explores the impact of urban sprawl upon pristine nature. Free. For more information, visit MCLGrand.com or call 972-219-8446.

FOOD TRUCK FRENZY — 5 to 9 p.m. at The Square at Old Town Coppell, 768 W. Main St. in Coppell. Head over to Old Town Coppell for the second annual Food Truck Frenzy. Grab a couple of chairs and relax on the lawn. Enjoy eats and treats from favorite local trucks. Popular Old Town restaurants and shops will be there, too. For more information, visit bit.ly/CoppellFTF.

SPECIAL NEEDS MOVIE SCREENING — 11 a.m. at all Studio Movie Grill locations, except the Epicenter. Studio Movie Grill offers a private screening of a family friendly movie every month. Special needs children and their siblings are free. All other tickets are just $6. This month’s showing is The Jungle Book. For more information, visit studiomoviegrill.com.

SCHOLARLY LECTURE
— 2 to 3 p.m. at the Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main St. in Lewisville. Dr. Debbie Liles, University of North Texas lecturer, will present “The Livestock Industry, Slavery & Denton Co, 1846-1864”. The lecture explores Denton County's early years of settlement before the Civil War, the impact its cattle industry had on the local economy, and the role of slavery in a county that did not depend on plantation agriculture. This event coincides with the library's presentation of Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy, a traveling exhibit on loan.

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Early voting begins Monday in LISD, city elections

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/22 5:30:00 (1326 reads)

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dan@LewisvilleTexan.com

Early voting in the May 7 Lewisville school board and Lewisville city special districts elections begins Monday and continues through May 3.

Voters in the Lewisville Independent School District will be choosing between two candidates for Place 4 and three candidates for Place 5.

Voters in the city of Lewisville will be deciding whether to continue for the next 20 years the City of Lewisville Fire Control, Prevention and Emergency Medical District and/or the City of Lewisville Crime Control and Prevention District.

Most voters who live in Lewisville will likely want to cast their ballots for both the school board candidates and the city propositions at the Lewisville Municipal Annex at 1197 W. Main Street, although they may vote early at any voting location in Denton County.

There are more than 30 different locations where LISD voters may vote, including at the Flower Mound Municipal Complex, Flower Mound Public Library and Highland Village Municipal Complex. For a complete list of voting locations, go to the LISD website.

Early voting will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, April 25-30, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, May 2-3.

On Election Day, May 7, voters must vote in the precinct in which they are registered to vote.

LISD Place 4 candidates are Fairooz Adams and Katherine Sells and Place 5 candidates are Will Ferson, Allison Lassahn and Jenny Proznik. Angie Cox, in Place 3, is running unopposed.

Lewisville school board members are elected to serve for overlapping terms of three years each.

There is no Lewisville City Council election this year because there are no contested races. Brandon Jones of Place 4 and Brent Daniels of Place 5 will be sworn in at a council meeting on May 16.

However, Lewisville registered voters are being encouraged to go to the polls, either during early voting, or on May 7, to decide issues important to the Lewisville Police Department and the Lewisville Fire Department.

Lewisville voters, in voting on the propositions, will decide whether to continue the present sales tax rate at 8.25 cents on the dollar by continuing to support both control districts, whether to have the sales tax rate reduced to 8 cents on the dollar by voting to discontinue both control districts, or have the present sales tax reduced to 8.125 cents on the dollar by voting to keep one and not keep the other.

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Updated: STAAR exam vendor fails LISD students

Lewisville ISD Notes
 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/4/18 17:10:00 (111235 reads)

Updated - See at bottom for an update from the board of trustees meeting Monday night.

Open in new windowThe state’s testing vendor mis-scored 20 percent of English exams selected by the district for rescoring, and mistakes could cost LISD up to $51,475.

By STEVE SOUTHWELL

High school students in Texas must pass five required STAAR end-of-course exams in order to graduate. Not only are the standardized tests high-stakes for the kids, but they drive school ratings. For English I and II, those exams include multiple-choice and short-answer questions, and essays. The district believes incorrect scoring is responsible for some students failing the exams that were administered in December.

It was the scores on the short-answer portion of the tests that got the attention of Lewisville ISD administrators. According to a memo included with the LISD Board of Trustees meeting packet, the district became concerned when scores were received back from Educational Testing Service (ETS), the state’s new vendor for grading the tests. There was a significant increase in scores of zero on the short-answer portion.

In an April 13 letter from LISD Superintendent Dr. Kevin Rogers to Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath, Rogers said that 76 students who took the English I exam got a zero on the short answer section, yet scored 6, 7, or 8 on the composition section. The same was true for 72 students in English II.

Rogers wrote that 17 percent of the English I test-takers received a score of zero on short-answer when taking the test for the first time. That number rose to 47 percent for repeat test-takers.

The district reported its concerns to TEA, and received an unsatisfactory response, according to Rogers’ letter. “...Their response did nothing to alleviate our level of uneasiness with the reported scores,” wrote Rogers.

“In short, we were told the questions were difficult, and that the scores were accurate. This response was unsatisfactory to us, so the district made the decision to pay a fee to request rescoring of more than 150 documents.”

Administrators picked a set of 162 student tests where the short-answer score was significantly different from the essay score, and requested that ETS rescore them.

ETS charges $25 per test for re-scoring, but waives that fee only if the test score changes.

Of the 77 English I tests submitted for rescoring, 10 grades were changed. Fully 13 percent of the exams chosen for rescoring in English I had grading errors.

It gets worse.

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Farmers fall in extra innings

Sports
Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/4/18 4:30:00 (699 reads)

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Lewisville junior pitcher Collin Storms throws the ball in the 1st inning during the game against Flower Mound. (Photo by Anthony Mazur)

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Lewisville sophomore Yealex Lopez tags out Flower Mound’s Jake Kelley in the top of the 3rd. (Photo by Anthony Mazur)
By ANTHONY MAZUR

After an initial loss against Allen, only to come back and win the last game of that series, the Farmer baseball team (10-14, 8th in 6-6A) needed to stay on track to be viable for playoff contention.

Going into the Flower Mound game yesterday 5th in district, the Farmers were hoping to keep their chances alive. Flower Mound, second in district, had other plans, and ignited a 7-run ninth inning to win 7-0.

Both teams were scoreless for most of the game, resulting in extra innings. Flower Mound was able to earn a run in the top of the ninth, and then Flower Mound’s really bats began to flare up.

Flower Mound’s Parker Scott hit a ball to the fence, allowing two runs. Lewisville only managed to get five hits, compared to Flower Mound’s 12. The Farmers also had three errors.

“They got a base hit at the right time,” Lewisville head coach Mike Campbell said. “Nobody had been able to do that up to that point. All they needed one and they got it.”

Campbell also noticed besides the infield errors, the Farmers need to work on their batting.

“Other than the fact that we need to play our game, we need to hit better,” he said. “We got to hit in clutch situations.”

The Farmers can not rest if they wish to escape the bottom of the standings. Among their last few opponents is McKinney Boyd, third in 6-6A, and Plano, now ahead of them in sixth place.

“We’re going to keep fighting like we have all year,” he said. “We’ve played hard. We’ve played well. We’re going to try and win the last four games.”

Lewisville’s next game is away against Plano on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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New car wash makes grand opening splash with free wash and charity benefit

Miscellaneous
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/16 8:57:03 (845 reads)

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LEWISVILLE— Legends Express Car Wash has opened its location in Lewisville at 222 East Round Grove Road. Operating hours are from 8 am to 9 pm seven days a week.

“We are thrilled to be in the Lewisville Area; it is a great growing city that has so much to offer,” says Ronnie Corbin, Managing Partner. The Grand Opening is Saturday, April 23rd. Join Legends Express Car Wash on that day and receive their $18 Top Ultimate Shield Car Wash FREE all day. Legends will also have FREE Food, Drinks, and Prizes every hour and live music by Hillbilly Vegas.

Legends Express Car Wash makes it their goal to always give back to the local community. Legends has partnered with Communities in Schools of North Texas during their Grand Opening on April 23rd. “We want to be a part of this community, and there’s not a better way than giving back to our youth”, says Corbin.

Communities in Schools of North Texas offers the youth of Denton County support for each student with Guidance and Counseling, Health and Human Services, Parental and Family Engagement, College and Career Readiness, Enrichment Activities and Academic Support. Communities in Schools of North Texas operates through donations. “This is a great organization that needs our help”, says Corbin. Communities in Schools of North Texas will be accepting voluntary donations during the Grand Opening. “We hope the community of Denton County will come and get a Free car wash, Free food and listen to some great music by Hillbilly Vegas”, added Corbin.

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