Monday is the first day back to school for the 2014/15 school year in Lewisville ISD. Since residents have been out of the habit of driving in school zones for the summer, the Lewisville Police Department wants residents to be mindful of school zone speeds and keep their eyes on the road instead of on their mobile devices. Crossing guards will be on duty, and drivers are required to obey their signals.
Areas in and around schools will be very congested before and after school. You should consider an alternate route or allowing extra time if you travel near a school during the drop-off and pick-up times, particularly the first week of school.
School Zones Be mindful of students heading to and from school. The Lewisville Police Department is increasing officer presence in school zones and around bus stops. Chief Kerbow, referring to the school zone flashing lights, says “pay attention to the yellow lights before you see the red and blue.”
School zone times are determined based on the schools they serve. Elementary Schools: 7:15 am – 8:15 am and 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Middle Schools: 8:00 am – 9:00 am and 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm School Zones protecting both Elementary: 7:15 am – 9:00 am and 2:45 pm – 4:45 pm High Schools: 7:45 am – 8:30 am and 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
The school zone at Garden Ridge and Bellaire has unique times compared to the other school zones within the city, because it mirrors the contiguous school zones within Flower Mound. The school zone in that area of Garden Ridge and Bellaire runs from 7:00 am to 8:00 am in the mornings and 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the afternoons.
Passing a Stopped School Bus The Texas Transportation Code says that a driver must stop, when approaching from either direction before reaching a school bus displaying alternately flashing red lights. Drivers are not required to stop when traveling in the opposite direction on a divided roadway. The fine for passing a school bus is $878.
Crossing Guards The school crossing guards are part of the police department family and work very hard to keep the children safe. A Lead Crossing Guard supervises 34 guards. The Lead Crossing Guard reports to the Traffic Sergeant. The authority of crossing guards is granted by the transportation code. The school crossing guards work in extreme weather and heavy traffic. The police department says they will not tolerate drivers disregarding theschool crossing guards. Please look out for them as they look out for the kids.
Cell Phones The Texas Transportation Code says that a driver may not use a cell phone while driving in a school zone unless: the vehicle is stopped, the device is hands-free, or the driver is making an emergency call to fire, police, or for a medical emergency.
Resident Tom Boughton shows an area where hundreds of beer bottles and cans had collected on Lewisville ISD property since the summer began
By Steve Southwell
Littering and other crimes were getting on the nerves of some residents of the Hedrick Estates neighborhood just south of Hedrick Middle School. Frustrated with what they felt was an inability to get results after calling police, neighbors Tom Boughton and Cassie Kelly took to social media to report the problem and ask for help.
Boughton posted on the neighborhood social media website Nextdoor.com that every Saturday night, a wooded area behind his house on Marchant Place was getting littered with beer bottles, cans, and cases. Kelly posted on the City of Lewisville Facebook group, that she wanted to see if anyone would donate trash cans that she could place in the areas in the hopes that maybe if they couldn’t stop people drinking in the fields, they could at least maybe collect some of it in trash cans to make it easier to clean up.
The Lewisville Texan Journal contacted Kelly and Boughton, who graciously showed us the problem area and explained some of the issues they have had in the area.
Boughton, whose back yard backs up to the Hedrick property, showed us an area between some trees where litterers had left hundreds of beer bottles and cans, and their associated boxes. There was evidence of someone having set up a fire pit that still had some partially burned material in it. Cigarette boxes and cigar wrappers could also been seen. Boughton said that on Saturday nights around midnight, a group of Asian kids that he thought to be middle-school to high school aged, and maybe a couple years beyond that tend to show up at the site mostly on foot, but sometimes by car. Both neighbors said they suspected other unsavory activities going on, and other residents posted on Nextdoor that they had items stolen.
Most people know the power of words and yet still use them in devastating ways to destroy reputations, futures, and families. This has been done to Brian Freed by reports in this publication.
While this letter is not about me, I need to tell why I feel qualified to speak out. I have known Brian Freed since he was my student at Hedrick Middle School a number of years ago. I taught in the Lewisville Independent School District for over twenty years, spending time as department chairman at three middle schools and being recognized as Teacher of the Year for the district in 1991-92. I have been appointed to and served on four Denton County Grand Juries as well as serving on various civic boards and committees. I have taught adult Bible study on both Sundays and Tuesdays at First Baptist Church of Lewisville for many years also. I include this information only as evidence that most people consider me to be a reliable citizen.
I have recently been disturbed by words used as character assassination against my former student and friend, Brian Freed. I have known him from his years as a boy to those as a man to be a person of integrity. In his student years, he was admired by both students and teachers. On one occasion, the teachers were asked to choose a student to be a representative from Hedrick Middle School to an event for American Airlines; Brian was the unanimous choice.
I have continued to watch Brian Freed's growth as he has become a young man and now I am also acquainted with his wife and each of their three children. I have seen these parents involved in every aspect of their children's lives, seeking to rear them to also be kind, contributing young people.
Well, here we are - nearly at the end of the summer. The kids are getting ready to go back to school, and we’re ready to have them out of the house. We just got back from our summer vacation trip last weekend. Our family drove to Colorado and enjoyed a couple weeks of relaxation in a place where every direction you turn is picture postcard beautiful. Coming back from Colorado and opening up the car doors in Texas was like stepping into an oven. But hey - the rain this morning was a nice break, wasn’t it? Well - as long as you didn’t get flooded.
Yet, we love it here, and must get back to business. It has been a few weeks since the last update, so there are a lot of links to share, but more than a few that were already stale, so I removed them.
Governor Rick Perry has been indicted on charges of abuse of power and coercion. An indictment only means that the grand jury thinks the special prosecutor has enough evidence to bring a case to trial. The case centers around Perry’s threat to zero out funding for Travis County’s Public Integrity Unit - the office that handles investigations related to state government. The office had been investigating CPRIT - the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas, making improper grants to companies with close ties to Rick Perry, and grants that had been made without the proper vetting. Attorney General Greg Abbott, whose office was also tasked with overseeing CPRIT, failed to do so, and in the process, many of his donors raked in cash from the fund. The District Attorney in charge of the unit - an elected official - had been busted for DWI, and Perry saw an opportunity to appoint his own successor to the office if she could resign. So Perry threatened to zero out funding unless she resigned; and when she didn’t - he did.
Judgemental map of Dallas. For what it’s worth, we do have a judgemental map of Lewisville; it’s just that you’d chase us down with pitchforks and torches if we ever shared it. But if someone else ever makes one that we can truthfully claim some distance from, we’ll be happy to share it.
“As free-standing ERs’ business grows, so does backlash” - You know - all the outrageous expense of an emergency room visit, without that contractual arrangement with your insurer, without the need to accept Medicare or Medicaid, or indigents, and without actual hospital beds in case you need one. I’ll pass.