In cooperation with the Denton County Health Department and its assessment of the increasing number of probable cases of H1N1 (swine flu), Type A and Influenza-like illnesses within our district, the health department supports the district-wide closing of school from Monday, May 4 through Friday, May 8. Students and staff will not have to makeup days lost due to the swine flu school closures. Symptoms of the swine flu are similar to the regular seasonal flu. Swine flu symptoms include: high fever of 100.5 or higher, severe headache, muscle and body aches, chills, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea. If your child has any of these symptoms, please call your child's doctor immediately.
Our district's top priority is the safety and welfare of our students and staff; and therefore we are taking the Denton County Heath Department's directives seriously. We recognize that closing our schools will cause a hardship for our families; however, we want to ensure our schools are safe and conducive learning environments.
Continue to visit our district's website at www.LISD.net for updates. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the district's Communications Office at 469.948.8152.
I can't tell you how overjoyed my wife is going to be to have my children at home all next week...
Neil L. Durrance, an attorney and Chairman of the Denton County Democratic Party, today announced his campaign for Congress in the 26th Congressional District.
“For too long, Rep. Burgess has voted against the best interests of Texans. We need real leadership in Washington that puts partisanship aside to find solutions to the challenges we face. I will work with both Democrats and Republicans to turn the economy around, improve access to quality, affordable health care, and invest in the next generation of leaders by strengthening education.”
Mr. Durrance’s campaign will focus on bringing fiscal responsibility to government, creating jobs in the district, making educational opportunities available people of all ages, and improving health care.
Neil Durrance has practiced law since 1981, served as a City Council member, and was elected Chair of the Denton County Democratic Party in 2007. Filing with the FEC allows Mr. Durrance to begin the fundraising phase of the campaign. During this phase the organizational structure of the campaign, including staff, will be put in place. A formal public announcement is expected in late fall 2009.
Lewisville City Council Candidate John Gorena reported today that as many as 30 of his campaign signs had been taken from their locations around the city.
Gorena's signs are corrugated plastic with metal H stakes. Gorena said entire signs were missing.
Candidates T.J. Gilmore and Margie Rochelle both said they might have lost a couple, but that mostly their signs (Heavy paper on a wooden stake) had been blown over by the weather or had been pulled to mow the grass.
Gilmore was making rounds tonight hammering in signs across town, so I asked if I could ride along. The signs like Gilmore and Rochelle's on paper with wooden stakes by far fared the worst. Whenever Gilmore would stop for one of his signs, he was kind enough to let me fix those of other candidates that had fallen over, including a few of Rochelle's. I fixed a few of Kevin Davis's signs as well as his opponent in the school board race, Vernell Gregg.
Mayoral candidate, Winston Edmondson's signs, as well as Gorena's - both Coroplast on metal H stakes generally seemed in good repair, though I did spot quite a few naked H-stakes near the edge of concrete pads - a location favored because signs survive mowing better, and are easier to insert.
When we talked earlier today, Gorena expressed some concern over the danger of a pedestrian tripping over an H-stake.
We would like to remind our readers that political campaign signs are a constitutionally protected form of political speech. Not only is it bad mojo to remove or destroy a legally placed sign, but it can backfire on your candidate, and is quite possibly a criminal offense.
Also, since it is quite possible this year that one or both of the contested races will end up in a run-off election, those of us who volunteer to pick up signs need to wait until each candidate has given their blessing before picking up signs.
This just in from the City of Lewisville, which had a Cinco-de-Mayo celebration planned for this weekend.
From: James Kunke/Community Relations and Tourism/City of Lewisville Date: 04/30/2009 03:15 PM Subject: Lewisville cancels May 2 festival in Old Town
The City of Lewisville, after consulting with local and state health officials, has decided to cancel its three May 2 events in Old Town as a result of the ongoing response to the spread of the H1N1 virus (Swine Flu).
Even though there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in Lewisville, both the Denton County Health Department and the city's Public Health Officer, Dr. Stu Coffman, recommended cancelling the event as a precaution.
The three events -- Cinco de Mayo, Farmers Market Kickoff and Crime Watch Safety Fair -- will not be rescheduled. The Old Town Farmers Market will open its season next Saturday, May 9, at its regular time and place.
The drilling crew at a Chesapeake well site in Louisiana was "injecting fluids at high pressure to break down the shale and release natural gas," when some cattle ingested the fluid and died. 19 of the cattle died.
That sure sounds a lot like hydraulic fracturing. In 2005, at the urging of Dick Cheney, former Halliburton CEO, Congress exempt fracing from the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. It's way past time to repeal that exemption! I'll have a link up at Bluedaze: DRILLING REFORM FOR TEXAS later to resolutions your group, municipality, county, etc. can adopt asking our legislature to remove the exemption.
I hate to do this but I don't have time to put the complete post with pictures up here. You can read the rest and get a link to a first person account HERE
LISD closes Hebron Valley Elementary due to probable swine flu cases (Update: 1 of the cases has been confirmed as the h1n1 swine flu strain)
This letter is to share with you that our district has three probable cases of swine influenza. The district is closing Hebron Valley Elementary from Thursday, April 30 through Wednesday, May 6th to disinfect and sanitize the building. (School will reopen on May 7th)
Currently, the Denton County Health Department is waiting for the results of the test to determine if any of the three cases are the swine flu strain. Symptoms of the swine flu are similar to the regular seasonal flu. Swine flu symptoms include: high fever of 100.5 or higher, vomiting, diarrhea, severe headache, muscle and body aches, chills and fatigue. If your child has any of these symptoms, please call your child's doctor immediately. If your child is sick, please keep your child home until there is no fever for 24 hours.
Also, the state's University Interscholastic League (UIL) has suspended all events until May 11. The district is following UIL's protocol and suspending all district activities until May 11. Continue to visit our district's website at www.LISD.net for updates. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the district's Communications Office at 469.948.8152.
One Hebron Valley probable case confirmed as swine flu strain
Our district's top priority is the safety and welfare of our students and staff. We continue to strive to provide timely information to our community. LISD received word from the Denton County Health Department that one of the three swine flu cases from Hebron Valley Elementary has been confirmed. The other two cases are still classified as probable. The district continues to be in contact with the Denton County Health Department on an hourly basis while monitoring the situation. At this time, the only campus that has been closed is Hebron Valley Elementary. The district will continue to follow the recommendations regarding school closures from the Denton County Health Department. While this is a stressful time for our students, parents and staff, our district would like to extend its deepest appreciation for your cooperation during this time. Continue visiting www.LISD.net for updated information.
"While we have proactively managed our business by right sizing our cost structure and driving efficiencies to maximizing our cash flows our operations are not able to support our current capital structure," Chairman and CEO Gene Carr said in a prepared statement.
ACN becomes the seventh newspaper publisher to file for bankruptcy since December 2008 when Tribune Co. filed for Chapter 11 protection. Since then, bankruptcy petitions have been filed by the parent companies of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Minneapolis Star Tribune; Sun-Times Media Group; Journal Register Co.; and the alternative weekly chain Creative Loafing.
Group Publisher Bill Weaver reassured readers of the print version of the paper that there will be no change in the day to day operations of the paper.
Lewisville mayoral candidate claims solutions for what ails police department.
In the latest screed on mayoral candidate Winston Edmondson’s website, the candidate offered some ideas on fixing what he calls “areas where our police officers feel they aren't getting the support and resources that they need.”
Edmonson addressed several things he claims to have heard from local officers: • The police think the I.C.E. 287(g) program will help in dealing with illegal immigrants. • The new jail is under-staffed. • The police are “denied tools to deal with gangs”. • The police station roof leaks and they need new chairs and desks, which can be provided by donations. • Police would have better morale if they had more patches on their uniforms. (A section later removed from the original posting)
In Lewisville, the position of Mayor is one of leadership more than it is of authority. The Mayor presides at City Council meetings, but has no veto and no vote, except in the case of a tie. The Mayor does not control the agenda, but has the same power as a council member to add an item. The Mayor has no hiring authority, and no powers of appointment. What the Mayor does have is the ability to get the attention of the public, and persuade a Council that respects him.
Although the Mayor and Council are paid a token $50 per meeting, you can consider the office as a volunteer position for all practical purposes. The Mayor’s job doesn’t just come into play on Monday nights twice a month at City Hall. There are committees, and meetings, and ground breakings, and grand openings, and charity events, correspondence with staff, conferences, and meetings with constituents.
City government can be complicated. Not only does the city have the most direct interface with the citizens in a variety of departments, but there are federal and state mandates with many rules and restrictions on what we can do. Unlike the federal government, a city cannot print more money, or borrow on a whim to cover consistent budget deficits. Unlike the state government, the city cannot delegate. The buck stops here, and all the politicians must live directly with the results of their decisions.
Because of all of these reasons, Lewisville needs a Mayor with experience working within the system. A Mayor should be a good listener, able to connect with a variety of sometimes competing interests to get to the truth of the matter. A Mayor should take a long-term view in all that he does, taking care not to get too side-tracked with things that are out of his control.
Above all, I think the best Mayor would be one who the average citizen might never see on the news or read about in the newspaper. Controversy is counter-productive; consensus and pragmatism should be the order of the day. A Mayor needs to be able to disagree with the Council or some of its members – strongly at times – but still be civil. Throwing stones at every opportunity is not going to make anyone want to follow. Lastly, having the history of living here and seeing the successes and failures of our city government is key to knowing where we are going and seeing how to get there.
I have spent a good amount of time this season talking to candidates, hearing goals and ideas, and looking at their backgrounds. I’ve also heard from a lot of local citizens, telling me stories both good and bad about both candidates – Dean Ueckert, and Winston Edmondson. Here is my take on both candidates: