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Upcoming Events Around Lewisville and the Surrounding Area

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/11/7 0:15:32 (406 reads)

Open in new window“Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.” at MCL Grand Nov. 6-9
The Acting Studio will present “Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.” with four shows Nov. 6-9, at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.

Performances will be held Nov. 6-8 starting at 7 p.m., and Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16-18 per person. Advance tickets can be purchased at

Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production. In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton; make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula; and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.

Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, located at 100 N. Charles Street, between Main and Church streets, opened in January 2011. The 40,000-square-foot facility features a 296-seat proscenium theater, black box theater, dance recital hall, art gallery, five art classrooms and a large courtyard. Medical Center of Lewisville has a multi-year agreement with the city for naming rights at the center.

To reach MCL Grand from Interstate 35E, take exit 452 and proceed east on Main Street to Charles Street. MCL Grand will be on the left. Free public parking is available along Main and Church streets, or at Lewisville City Hall across Church Street from the center.

For details about upcoming events, or rental information for the facility, please visit or call 972.219.8446.

Humane Society of Flower Mound Hosts Event for Man’s Best Friend
Celebrate life with your best friend at the 8th annual Fido Fest at 10 a.m. on November 8 at Westchester Park, 3901 Churchill, in Flower Mound. The fun-filled event will kick-off with a dog walk through the trails of Flower Mound, followed by a morning of games, concessions, contests, and plenty of fun! There will also be a demonstration by the Frisbee dogs from the Dallas Dog and Disc Club, and a chance to meet the Denton County Sheriff K-9 unit. For more information or to register for the event, please visit,

Flower Mound Set to Celebrate Veterans November 9
Please join the Town in honoring our veterans November 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Flower Mound High School, 3411 Peters Colony, in celebration of Veterans Day. A family picnic will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. that will include free hot dogs provided by the Summit Club along with cake and lemonade. The Town will host a Veterans Review during the Veterans Day ceremony, where approximately 200 local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and JROTC units parade before the Veterans in uniform. JROTC units and Scout groups can enter the Review by calling 972.874.6276. For more information, please visit

Reminder: Trinity Trash Bash on November 15th.
Keep Lewisville Beautiful, City of Lewisville, LLELA Nature Preserve and Kayak Power are teaming up to host KLB’s 23rd annual Trinity Trash Bash waterway clean-up Saturday, Nov. 15, 8-11 a.m. at Lewisville Lake Park. In 2013, more than 350 KLB volunteers removed four tons of trash out of Lewisville creeks, streams, shoreline, canals and Lewisville Lake.

Multiple volunteer opportunities are available, including shoreline and creek clean-ups, and a guided kayak clean-up of the Trinity River. A free electronics recycling collection event, educational expo and Texas Arbor Day celebration also will be held on site.

More information and registration info here.

Texas Family Musicals bows with Holly, Orbison at MCL Grand
Texas Family Musicals ends its 16-season tenure of providing family musicals and original concerts with one final performance Saturday, Nov. 15. The concert will feature music from the Texas Family Musicals’ most popular original shows, The Night the Music Died and Roy Orbison Experience.

The show will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles Street. For ticket information, visit or call 800.547.4697.

Buddy Holly is played by Los Angeles singer-songwriter Kevin Kratzke, and Roy Orbison is portrayed by New York actor/singer Chris Trimboli. Kratzke portrayed Buddy Holly for the nine years in The Night the Music Died. Trimboli played Roy Orbison in the The Roy Orbison Experience and doubled as Ritchie Valens in The Night the Music Died. Both singers will be backed by the Night the Music Died band. In addition to tunes from Holly and Orbison, both singers will be performing original songs.

Local Author Fair set for Nov. 15
To celebrate National Novel Writing Month, Lewisville Public Library is hosting its second Local Author Fair on Saturday, Nov. 15, 1-3 p.m., in the Glenmore Savage Community Room, 1197 W. Main Street.
Authors and publishers will display and sell their work at the fair. Authors at the event will be either self-published or traditionally published. Ten percent of sales at the event will go towards the Friends of the Lewisville Public Library organization.

Registration now open for November 15 Dorothy’s Dash
The Town will hold the 11th annual Dorothy’s Dash for MS on November 15 at Flower Mound High School, 3411 Peters Colony Road. Held in honor of former Town employee Dorothy Walkup, who lost her battle with Multiple Sclerosis on Nov. 16, 2004, Dorothy’s Dash proceeds benefit the Lone Star Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. On-site registration and chip pick-up lines open at 7 a.m., the Kids’ K starts at 8 a.m., and the 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. For registration information and race routes, visit

Lewisville Civic Chorale to present “America’s Musical Landscape II”
Lewisville Civic Chorale will present “America's Musical Landscape II” on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m., at The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 602 N. Old Orchard Lane.

Ticket prices are $15 general admission; $10 seniors; $5 students and children; $30 family of any size; season tickets $40 for individuals, $85 per family.

Lewisville Civic Chorale performs four choral concerts and a variety of smaller concerts throughout the year. The chorus has performed the works of masters such as Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Brahms, Schubert, Britten, Vaughan Williams, Gilbert and Sullivan, as well as selections from the school of English madrigals, traditional and modern spirituals, comedic opera choruses and other contemporary literature.

Lewisville Civic Chorale is one of seven local groups receiving funding from the City of Lewisville through a grant program designed to foster cultural and fine arts in the community.

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Art and Craft Event at Cobra Brewery November 22nd
On Saturday, November 22nd, Cobra Brewing Company will host an Arts and Crafts event at their brewery at 146 Whatley Ave. The family and pet-friendly event will feature local vendors with great gift ideas, including arts and crafts, local food, and homemade goods.

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State Health Department: Ebola Monitoring to End

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/11/6 23:44:27 (272 reads)

Open in new windowHere's a press release from the Texas Department of State Health Services today:

The last person being monitored in connection with the state’s three diagnosed Ebola patients will be cleared from twice-daily monitoring by the end of the day Friday after reaching the 21-day mark, the longest incubation period for the disease.

No additional cases of the disease have been diagnosed in Texas.

A total of 177 people – a mix of health care workers, household contacts and community members – have been monitored over time because they had contact with at least one of the three Texas Ebola patients, specimens or medical waste. The last person being monitored Friday is a hospital worker who handled medical waste Oct. 17.

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Winter is Coming!

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/11/6 23:10:11 (383 reads)

Open in new windowBy Shannon Richardson

It's been hot most of this fall.

Up until a week ago I was still using my air conditioner.

But winter is coming. Really. It is. I promise.

The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a cold, wet winter for us who live in Lewisville.

And although you might or might not know it, in the time before modern weather forecasting, people used to rely on folklore to try to predict what kind of weather they would have in the winter.

One of these folk tales is to cut a native persimmon seed in half and inside the seed will be a shape. The shape you see (fork, knife or spoon) determines what kind of winter weather you'll have to deal with:

- Knife: Cutting wind (very cold)
- Spoon: Shovel (wet, heavy snow)
- Fork: Normal Winter.

So to test this, I found a persimmon tree growing in my neighborhood and I picked a ripe one.

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Q&A with Lewisville PD on Gangs

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/11/5 20:44:49 (1121 reads)

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Gang-related graffiti at Timber Creek - Reference can be seen to Southside gang, as well as the number 13 (which could represent MS-13 or Mexican Mafia / Sureños) and the number 14 (which could represent Norteños)
(Photo by Lewisville Texan Journal)
After the recent shooting in Lewisville involving a Bloods gang member, we sent a few questions to the Lewisville Police Department about gangs in our city. Although we don't have time for an in-depth story on this right now, we thought it would be instructive to share these with our readers:

LTJ: What constitutes a gang - legally?
LPD: Criminal Street Gang as in section 71.01 in the Texas Penal code means three or more persons having a common identifying sign or symbol or an identifiable leadership who continuously or regularly associate in the commission of criminal activities.

LTJ: What gangs are in Lewisville, and how many members are we talking about?
LPD: We have documented about 330 gang members from 23 gangs as defined by 71.01. The gangs are:
- 18st Aztecas
- Aryan Brotherhood
- Aryan Circle
- Bandidos MC (Motorcycle club)
- Bloods
- Chin Land Boyz
- Crips
- Desgraciados
- Gangster Disciples
- La Primera
- La Roca MC
- Latin Kings
- Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13)
- Mexican Mafia
- Mexicles-PRM
- Mi Familia
- Northside
- Peckerwood,
- Southside
- Tango Blast
- Vato Locos
- Wolf Pack.

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Election Results for November 4th, 2014

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/11/5 9:37:50 (287 reads)

Open in new windowWe'll probably have more analysis yet to come on this, but I wanted to just make sure we shared the results of the local elections of interest.

This election was a Republican sweep.

Republicans have taken control of the U.S. Senate with 51 Senators so far, but not enough to overcome a filibuster or veto. Republicans also retain control of the House of Representatives.

Greg Abbott will be the new Texas Governor with 59.28% of the vote over Wendy Davis' 38.88%.

Dan Patrick beat Leticia Van de Putte with 58.16% - 38.68%

Ken Paxton, despite his ethical and criminal case problems, was elected Attorney General 58.84% over Sam Houston's 39.99%.

Glenn Hegar won the comptroller's race with 58.39% over accountant Mike Collier, who had 37.66%.

All of Denton County's Republican incumbent state representatives won re-election. Statewide, Democrats won only 52 of the 150 state rep races.

In district 63, Tan Parker beat Daniel Moran with 77.33% - 22.66%.

In district 64, Myra Crownover beat Emy Lyons with 63.36% - 33.79%.

In district 65, Ron Simmons beat Alex Mendoza with 64.32% - 35.67%.

In district 106, Pat Fallon beat Lisa Osterholt with 69.96% - 27.50%.

Proposition 1, freeing up funding for state highways, passed with 79.78% of the vote.

You can see more statewide results here.

In the City of Denton, the citizens there passed a ban on the process of hydraulic fracturing, with 58.64% voting for the ban. Proponents of the ban had been heavily outspent. Mayor Chris Watts had this statement:

“As I have stated numerous times, the democratic process is alive and well in Denton. Hydraulic fracturing, as determined by our citizens, will be prohibited in the Denton city limits. The City Council is committed to defending the ordinance and will exercise the legal remedies that are available to us should the ordinance be challenged. The City Council is committed to continuing the review of our gas well ordinance to ensure the utmost health, safety, and welfare of our residents, and we will continue to work with industry representatives to ensure full compliance with our gas well drilling ordinance.”

Most folks agree that the ordinance will be challenged in court. State law typically supersedes cities when it comes to the technical aspects of oil and gas production, but cities have a right to control land uses and set reasonable regulations to ensure health and safety, and abate nuisances. Denton had been previously unsuccessful at getting gas producers to obey its ordinances and obtain proper permits, resulting in wells being placed ridiculously close to homes.

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Polling Locations for November 4th, 2014 Election

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 Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/11/2 19:00:00 (1201 reads)

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Election Day Voting
Election day is Tuesday, November 4th, 2014. Polls are open in all locations from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. If there is a line at 7 p.m., polls will remain open to serve anyone who was already in line at 7 p.m. On election day, you may only vote in your assigned precinct location. Your precinct voting location may not be the location closest to your home, and it may change from year to year.

You can find your precinct number on your Voter ID Card. You can also look it up online here.

Lewisville residents have several locations, based on precinct number:

2017, 3020 - Castle Hills Community Center - 2501 Queen Margaret Dr., Castle Hills
3006 - Valley Ridge Elementary School - 1604 Garden Ridge Blvd., Lewisville
3007, 3009 - Lewisville Municipal Annex - 1197 W. Main St., Lewisville
3008 - Garden Ridge Church of Christ 102 N. Garden Ridge Blvd.,
3010 - Hedrick Middle School - 1526 Bellaire Blvd., Lewisville
3011 - First Presbyterian Church Lewisville - 1002 Fox Ave., Lewisville
3012, 3026 - Garden Ridge Elementary - 2220 S. Garden Ridge Rd.,
3013 Memorial Park Recreation Center - 1950B S. Valley Pkwy., Lewisville
3014, 3016 - Creekside Elementary - 901 Valley View Dr., Lewisville
3015, 3017 - Vista Ridge Church of Christ - 1727 S. Edmonds Ln., Lewisville
3018 - Central Elementary School - 400 High School Dr., Lewisville
3019, 3022, 3023 - Vista Ridge United Methodist Church - 2901 Denton Tap Rd., Lewisville
3021 - Lewisville City Hall - 151 W. Church St., Lewisville

For precincts not listed, here is a full list, or you can visit the Denton County Elections website.

Registration and Identification Required
In order to vote in an election in Texas, you must have pre-registered and be listed on the voter rolls for your precinct. If you have recently moved within the county, but have not yet changed your address, then you may vote in your old precinct.

Denton County Residents: Click to check your registration and view a sample ballot.
If you are not registered: Request a voter registration application here.

For now, until final review in the appellate courts, you will need to show an acceptable form of identification if you vote in person. The following are considered acceptable by the State of Texas, and must be no more than 60 days expired:
- Texas Driver’s License (issued by DPS)
- Texas ID Card (issued by DPS)
- Texas Election ID Certificate (issued by DPS)
- Texas Concealed Handgun License (issued by DPS)
- US Military ID Card
- US Citizenship Certificate (no expiration date)
- US Passport

Your voter registration card may be helpful in informing you that you are registered, and tell you what precinct and districts you belong to, but it is NOT considered acceptable identification for voting purposes.

What is on the Ballot?
Texans are electing a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, U.S. Senator, state representatives, and others. Some local municipalities have referendums, but Lewisville does not. There is a statewide referendum to amend the Texas Constitution to allow funds currently going into the "rainy day" fund to be used for highway funds.

You can view your sample ballot here.
The League of Women Voters non-partisan voting guide is here. It has the candidates views in their own words, and provides further info on Proposition 1.
Here is a summary of Texas newspaper endorsements in statewide races.

Disclaimer: The Lewisville Texan Journal endeavors to provide accurate information about elections, compiling information from various sources including government websites. Information is provided for informational purposes only, and is subject to change by the election authorities and courts. If you notice an error, please contact us immediately at 469-322-4265 or email If you need more information or have questions about your voter registration or election procedures, please call Denton County Elections Administration at 940-349-3200 or email

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Sunday Morning Update - Fall Back Edition

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/11/2 11:22:35 (405 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowAccording to the National Weather Service, the DFW area has had only 18.06 inches of rain this year. The normal value by this point is 31 inches. Governor Perry has extended the drought proclamation. As of this morning, Lewisville Lake was at 514.73 feet surface elevation, or 7.28 feet below conservation pool.

Rain is expected for Tuesday, which is election day. Unfortunately, there are some people out there who will use that as an excuse not to go to the polls and vote. It’s okay though, I mean people have given their lives, and fought the good fight for you to have the right to vote, but you can’t be expected to get your hair wet. And it’s not like everyone, including LTJ, has been begging you to go early vote because it’s so much more convenient, and anything can happen on election day.

“Artist” Casey Nocket permanently defaced natural objects in national parks, and put them on instagram. She used acrylic paint instead of something temporary like chalk.

Ladies and gentlemen: Douchebags. We share not so much because we think there needs to be a slur, but because this sheds some light on what makes an insult hurt. Most white people would laugh off an insult like “honky” or “cracker,” because there is just no sting to it. Being called a douchebag would sting because you would have a pretty good understanding of what you are being lumped in with. The takeaway from this, I think is not that you need to go around calling people douchebags, but that we all need to try to examine our points of privilege and not be douchebags.

Tarrant County is not as red as they think.

Flower Mound will get its first hotel. In the past few years, the Town of Flower Mound has taken an aggressive and reasonable approach to attracting development and bringing in business. I see them as a threat to Lewisville’s local dominance of the commercial space. Of course, there are still those in Flower Mound who are vocal about wanting to slam the doors shut on any development that takes place after they moved in. We will see what happens, but I very much like it that much of the sales tax revenue in Lewisville comes from residents of Flower Mound and other local cities. If Lewisville stands still, we fall behind. That’s why I’m grateful there is a lot going on in Lewisville. For example, Myers & Crow is building yet another large office building in the Lakeside business park. It will be 81,000 square feet. This is supposedly the last building that the development has room for.

Well, bless his heart... Trey Radel, a Republican US Rep who voted for legislation to require food stamp recipients to be drug tested, was busted for cocaine possession.

LISD Insights with Dr. Steve Waddell

In Denton, iconic Frenchy’s Lawn and Tree is being told by city code enforcement that he has too many American flags. Under city code, a business is allowed to display one American flag, one Texas flag, and one other flag on their property. While I understand the need to limit commercial signage, and have some control over what is presented to the public along roadways, I join a lot of others in Denton and support what Frenchy does with his flags and using his trucks as billboards to promote local events and congratulate people. I hope the City of Denton will find a way to tweak the ordinance to let him continue.

Lewisville’s Old Town Barber Shop closed.

When a bully at DFW airport tried to attack a man he thought to be gay, bystanders jumped in and stopped him.

The Fighting Farmers football team staged an awesome comeback to beat Plano East a couple weeks ago, 58-56. But Friday night, they lost to McKinney Boyd 31-17. This coming Friday, they play Plano here in Lewisville.

From NPR: “TLC's 'Honey Boo Boo' Cancellation Shows Dangers Of Exploitative TV”

A small scale organic farmers wants you to know a few things.

Here is a pretty distressing report by ProPublica about the American Red Cross’ purported failure at responding to hurricanes Isaac and Sandy. The Red Cross leadership allegedly failed to connect resources to people in need, and seemed to be more concerned about appearances and PR than providing actual relief - in some cases using critically needed response vehicles as props in press conferences. The Red Cross has responded to the story, and it is worth a read. Some of the responses are comforting, but others just seem weak. What we hope is that everyone involved learns something from those disasters and does a better job next time around. This is also a good reminder that we all need to take responsibility for our own preparations in advance of emergencies and disasters. Our family has our kit put together, and we need to periodically check it to make sure it’s still ready.

Speaking of hurricanes, do you know that a poll of Louisiana Republicans found that 29 percent of them think President Obama was responsible for the response to Katrina? The stupid is so strong, it burns.

If you follow us on Facebook, you probably saw the pictures we posted of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River when the dam had been shut off, and it was dry. A writer at DFW Urban Wildlife took the time to document the situation and its impact on wildlife.

Most of us middle-class working folks in suburbia who drive cars, have no problems producing an ID to vote, but there are many situations where it can be expensive and burdensome to obtain it. My thinking is that it ought to be free. Texas also has some really ridiculous and unnecessary requirements, such as rejecting other perfectly legal and secure forms of ID, requiring that IDs not be more than 60 days expired, and charging for birth certificates that the state keeps in their computer systems. The so-called "free" voter ID actually requires that you pay the State of Texas (if you were born here) to produce a birth certificate. Why doesn't the DPS just hook into the state's computer system and check it themselves? You know why. Why do they require a drivers license be no more than 60 days expired? Do you cease being yourself when it expires, or does your driving privilege just end? You know why this ridiculous requirement is in place.

Justice Ginsberg’s dissent in the voter ID case.

Music Video of the Week: Ingrid Michaelson - "Afterlife"

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Updated: LPD Nabs Second Shooting Suspect

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/31 20:50:00 (1175 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville Police arrested Dominique Aarion Sterling today as the second suspect in last week's shooting incident at a Lewisville apartment complex.

Sterling, 18, was arrested today at 3:20 p.m., and is held in Lewisville City Jail on a felony charge of Deadly Conduct, Discharge of a Firearm. Bond has been set at $100,000. Sterling is also held on a speeding warrant.

Lewisville Police Captain Kevin Deaver confirmed Sterling was the other suspect in the shooting that left Bloods gang member Tyrone Ebron, 18, with a bullet wound in his buttocks. Deaver said Sterling was picked up at his place of employment.

Deaver was not able to say whether Sterling was also involved in a gang. At this point, we are not clear whether Sterling was the one that Ebron was in the Twitter argument with, or if he was someone else in the altercation. The Lewisville Texan Journal was not able to locate any prior criminal history for Sterling.

Ebron remains in custody in the Denton County Jail in lieu of 35,000 total bond: $25,000 on his deadly conduct charges, and $10,000 on his felon-in-possession of a firearm charge.

A representative of The Madison apartment complex where the shootings occurred, told us earlier this week that they did not believe the suspects involved lived at the complex.

Update 11/11/2014:
According to the probable cause affidavit in Sterling's arrest, he was identified by an eyewitness, who saw him walk up Oakbend Drive to The Madison, and pull a gun on Ebron. The witness recognized Sterling from school. The witness was able to show police Sterling's Instagram profile, where he used the name "_dom1hunnit". That account no longer is active on Instagram. Police say that same username was the account on Twitter that had been talking to Ebron about having a shoot-out. (That account does not match the Twitter account that LTJ had located shortly after Ebron was arrested, and which also appeared to have been having an online altercation with Ebron.) The Twitter account identified in the affidavit cannot be found, and is presumably shut down.

Police showed traffic stop video from one of Sterling's prior traffic warrant arrests to the witness, who confirmed that was the person who had done the shooting.

Ebron was released from Denton County Jail on Sunday on $35,000 bond, and shows a home address in Dallas. Sterling remains in Denton County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

LTJ will update the story if we learn more.

Related Stories:
- Affidavit Sheds Light on Shooting Details, Shooter's Gang (10/24)
- Lewisville Police Arrest Gang Member in Wednesday's Shooting (10/23)
- Lewisville Police Respond to Shooting at Round Grove and FM 3040 (10/22)

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Lewisville Police Shooting Team Takes Top Honors at Tactical Competition

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/29 21:10:00 (992 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowTwo members of the Lewisville Police Department Shooting Team recently returned from a trip to the East Coast where they enjoyed great success competing in an NRA Tactical Police Competition. Hosted at the Sig Sauer Training Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, this event attracted Police, Military & Private Security competitors from all over the country to test their skills with the three primary weapons they use to defend themselves and the citizens they serve.

Six different stages were created, challenging officers to find the quickest and most accurate means to defeat a particular threat. Each of these scenarios would call for the use of a handgun, shotgun or patrol rifle. Often, the task would require the deployment of a combination of these weapons.

A total of 89 competitors and 20 teams participated; dividing themselves into two separate divisions based upon their equipment. Patrol division is limited to iron sighted rifles and pump shotguns while Tactical division allows for the more advanced rifle optics and semi-automatic shotguns.

Once the “smoke had cleared” it was Lewisville PD that took home the top honors. Individually, Sergeant Kenneth Naffziger placed First in the Tactical Division while Lieutenant Mike Lane secured Second place. These top finishing scores guaranteed they would also be bringing home the First Place Team honors as well.

Lane explained that scores are based on the time in seconds to clear each course by hitting a each target. (The lower the score, the better) Hits outside the bullseye add time penalties to the scores. Lane had a combined time of 449.29 seconds and Naffziger beat that with 404.87. Their team score was 854.16 - the sum of those times.

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DCTA, NCTCOG Funding Lewisville Hike-Bike Trails

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 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/10/28 20:40:00 (703 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowLewisville will soon have 12.3 miles more trails for walking and biking, connected to rail stations thanks to a project from the Denton County Transit Authority (DCTA) and a grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments. (NCTCOG) with City of Lewisville matching funds.

DCTA is building its Lewisville Bike Trail mostly along its right of way. The trail will run from the Highland Village / Lewisville Lake Station on the North, down the rail right-of-way to the KCS railroad crossing on Mill street, then via the Valley Ridge Boulevard extension to College Street, east of the Old Town Station, then across the eastern side of Railroad Park, and across to the DCTA right-of-way, and southward down to Hebron Station. The northern end will connect to the trails leading to Denton, and the southern end will connect to Carrollton. From the northern station to the southern station, the trail is about 8.1 miles, and will consist of 12 foot wide concrete. DCTA will spend a total of $3.5 million on the project, the majority of which is budgeted in its 2014/15 Capital Improvement Plan. The DCTA trail is part of the regional Veloweb trail system. We have reached out to DCTA for details on construction status and timing.

- See DCTA's Lewisville Bike Trail Map

In May, the City of Lewisville applied for a grant from NCTCOG to build the 4.2 mile Garden Ridge Trail, and that grant was recently approved. The $2 million project is paid for with about $1.5 million in NCTCOG funds originating with the State of Texas’ Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), and a half-million dollar match from the City of Lewisville. The trail begins at the DCTA Highland Village / Lewisville Lake Station, crossing the new bridge over I-35E, then going down Garden Ridge, and connecting via a greenbelt to Highland Village, and continuing down Garden Ridge to Valley Parkway. From Valley Parkway, the trail splits off at Civic Circle, and both sections end at Main Street.

1.25 miles of the trail will be 12 foot wide concrete through the Garden Ridge median with the remainder at 6-8 feet enhanced sidewalks. The City of Lewisville will contract for the construction of this trail, will include 4.2 miles of shared-use paths, sidewalk, ADA ramps and shared pavement markings for bicycles in the driving lanes.
- See Garden Ridge Trail schematic Attachment
- See City of Lewisville Trails Master Plan

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