Lewisville is a city that loves it’s food. The relationships the fine citizens of this humble metropolis share with their favorite culinary institutions are ones that are held on equal ground of personal friendships. While local mom and pop establishments are held at higher regard, there are those national and regional chains that also give that personal attention and quality food that people come to expect, Pie Five is one those establishments.
Despite the recent spate of bad weather, spirits were high at this Tuesday’s ribbon cutting for Lewisville’s first Pie Five location. Lewisville Chamber of Commerce President, Ray Hernandez, was the master of ceremony present with staff, chamber board, and City Councilman Leroy Vaughn to induct Pie Five as its newest member.
”We are honored that this business has stepped forward by investing in a leadership position within our community as a member of the Lewisville Area Chamber” Hernandez announced, as his opening statement. “ In less than eight hours, we have had over 3,600 impressions on our Facebook page regarding the event, proving that the excitement of this venture extends beyond this room” added Hernandez.
The sheer looks of enthusiasm and excitement upon all the involved parties during the ribbon cutting, were as genuine as the sun beaming down upon the proceedings, peeking through the previously overcast skyline. “We could not be more excited about the future of business in this area and servicing this community” said Adam Schmidt, National Marketing Manager for Pie Five Pizza Co, following the ceremony.
The good vibes only increased when festivities were moved inside for a celebratory lunch. The small team of dedicated employees worked diligently and with haste, to provide the fresh, line driven custom made-to-order pan pizzas to the excited crowd of chamber members and city officials. After dining on the perfectly cooked personal pies, everyone made their formal goodbyes as a flow of eager and hungry citizens slowly made their way inside to try Lewisville’s latest fast-casual dining experience.
Police Canine Immo Retired On Monday, May 4th, the Lewisville Police Department said goodbye to a valuable member of the department. Canine “Immo” retired after almost six years of service to the department. During his career, he assisted in locating over 5,000 pounds of marihuana, 109 kilos of cocaine, 29 kilos of methamphetamine and over $100,000. He was also responsible for 64 suspect apprehensions. Canine Officer Shane Menz will keep “Immo” as a family pet.
In this photo, Immo went after Asst. Chief Jay Powell's arm, as Officer Menz egged him on for a demonstration for the City Council earlier this year.
Lewisville Storm Not a Tornado A crew surveyed damage from NW Tarrant County into the Grapevine / Lewisville / Southlake areas from the early Sunday morning (May 10th) storms. They have determined straight line winds caused the damage in the Grapevine / Lewisville / Southlake areas with winds up to 85 mph at times. Crews are out surveying Grayson County at this time from the storms Sunday afternoon. - From the National Weather Service
More Rain in the Forecast A flash flood watch is in effect through Wednesday. Any additional rainfall could quickly re-aggravate flooding issues. An interlude with only scattered showers and thunderstorms will follow on Thursday and Friday before widespread showers and thunderstorms return this weekend. Severe weather will be possible Saturday afternoon and evening with heavy rainfall into Sunday. - From the National Weather Service
Lewisville Lake Rise Slows, Corps of Engineers Releases Water Lewisville Lake slowed its rise on Tuesday, and appears to be leveling off around 528.5, as of Tuesday night. This level is about 6.5 feet above conservation pool, and constitutes 59% of the flood pool. If the lake rises to 532 feet, it will begin to flow over the floodway.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District has begun to release water at a controlled rate from the flood pools at Lewisville, Lavon and Ray Roberts Lakes to provide the maximum capacity for flood risk management requirements. Releases from the lakes are made to allow the area to hold flood waters during future flooding events.
“Our lakes and dams are functioning as designed and we will continue to monitor and coordinate with our stakeholders to ensure the safe operation of our projects,” said Fort Worth District Acting Commander, Lt. Col. Clay Morgan.
Current releases from Lewisville Lake are at 3,400 cubic feet per second; Lavon Lake at 4,000 cfs, and Ray Roberts at 2,000 cfs. Releases are carefully monitored and are increased or decreased depending on channel capacity, control point elevations/flow and established flows within operation guidelines. Each flood risk management lake has operations guidelines that establish the conservation and flood pool elevations. The Trinity River Basin reservoir lake levels and corresponding authorized operating pools may be reviewed
Flood Warning for Carrollton Just downstream from Lewisville on the Elm Fork, the National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Carrollton, where water is expected to crest at 8 feet - right at flood stage, which is expected to make some minor flooding. They believe it will reach that level by Thursday morning at 7 a.m. Various other areas of the Trinity River are flooded downstream of the DFW area as well. We sound like a broken record, but it bears repeating to use caution when traveling near creeks, rivers, and streams that are flooded. When water covers a roadway, turn around and use another route.
Amatuer Radio Association Hosting Antenna Build The Lewisville Amateur Radio Association (LARA) is having a J-Pole antenna build this Saturday at 8 a.m. at LL Woods Park, 1400 Arbour Way, in Lewisville. Cost is $20. For more information about the event, visit this website. LARA’s purpose is to further the exchange of information and cooperation between members, promote the radio "art", help spread the amateur radio hobby to others, and conduct club programs and activities as to advance the general interest and welfare of amateur radio in the community. For more information about the club, visit their website at w5lvc.org, or join them on the W5FKN repeater at 145.170 with a pl tone of 110.9. The group meets each Saturday at 8 a.m. at Tierney’s Cafe and Tavern.
Nightly Rolling Closures of Southbound Interstate35E Entrance and Exit Ramps in Lewisville The southbound I-35E Fox Avenue exit ramp and the FM 1171/Main Street entrance ramp will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, May 11 through Saturday, May 16.
Detours are as follows: · Southbound I-35E traffic wishing to access Fox Avenue: Traffic will exit at FM 1171/ Main Street and continue south on the frontage road to Fox Avenue. · Access to southbound I-35E from FM 1171/Main Street: Traffic will continue south on the frontage road to the I-35E entrance ramp at Fox Avenue.
Republicans to Discuss Net Neutrality The controversial subject of net neutrality will be the topic of the Thursday, May 21, 2015 monthly meeting of the Denton County Republican Party. Tom Giovanetti, President of the Lewisville-based Institute for Policy Innovation will be the keynote speaker. Giovanetti advocates against government regulation of network neutrality.
The DCRP meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Denton County Elections Administration office located at 701 Kimberly Drive, Suite A101, Denton, TX 76208.
Democrats to Host Afternoon Tea The Denton County Democratic Party will host an Afternoon Tea with Democrats on Saturday May 30th at 4 p.m. at The Chestnut Tree in Denton, located on the Denton Square. Afternoon Tea will be served with multiple courses of desserts. Reservations are available by mail or in person at the DCDP office: 1421 N. Elm St., Denton, TX 76201, and should be made by May 27th. Tickets start at $35, and can also be purchased online.
PediPlace Offering Free Sports Physicals Saturday PediPlace kids health clinic is offering free sports physicals for kids on Saturday, May 16th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are located at 502 S. Old Orchard Ln., #126, Lewisville. For more information, call 972-436-7962 or visit their website.
Group Pondering Plans for 50th Anniversary of Texas International Pop Fest A group of Lewisville residents calling themselves “Deja Two” is interested in planning for the 2019 celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Texas International Pop Festival, which was held in Lewisville on Labor Day in 1969. The group has discussed putting on a festival of its own somewhere in Lewisville, and is seeking interested individuals who might be willing to help plan, promote, and execute such an event. For more information, please contact Jack Ablon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-459-1166.
As severe weather including tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding continue across areas of Texas, Governor Greg Abbott today declared a state of disaster in Bosque, Clay, Denton, Eastland, Gaines, Montague and Van Zandt counties, authorizing further mobilization of state resources to assist impacted communities. Additional counties may be added to the declaration as the situation develops. The Governor’s declaration follows an elevated activation of the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to enable rapid deployment of state resources announced on Friday, May 4th.
“Severe storms continue to impact areas across the State of Texas and I strongly urge everyone to take all possible precautions to ensure their safety. Declaring a state of disaster in these counties will enable Texas to activate state resources to help affected communities as efficiently and effectively as possible,” said Governor Abbott. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost their lives, their families and all of our affected communities. I want to thank the first responders who are working tirelessly to provide shelter, care and resources to impacted areas.”
Current forecasts indicate the continuation of possible severe thunderstorms, large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding, river flooding and tornadoes across the state throughout the week. The SOC – in coordination with the Texas Emergency Management Council – is continuing to monitor weather conditions and coordinate with the National Weather Service.
Texans are encouraged to follow these safety tips during this weather event:
High water levels at Lewisville Lake, and the expectation of more rain this week, have forced the temporary closure of day use areas at Lewisville Lake Park until further notice.
This temporary closure includes the swimming beach, picnic areas, playground and boat ramps at Lake Park, and the boat ramp at Tower Bay. The athletic fields, golf course, campground and fishing barge at Lake Park are not being closed at this time.
The closure is expected to last at least several weeks until the lake level has lowered and any needed repairs can be made to Lewisville Lake Park.
The picture at right was taken Monday, after Lewisville Lake water level had just passed 527.5 feet. As of 8:30 p.m. on Monday night, the lake had risen to 527.83 feet.
Creekside Elementary School on the corner of Valley View and Edmonds was on lock-down briefly this afternoon when a teacher saw someone in the wooded area behind the school carrying a rifle, but that lock-down has ended after police detained a suspect on the Timber Creek Trail in Central Park on the east side of Edmonds with a pellet gun.
LPD Captain Kevin Deaver said there was no arrest at this time, and that the person did not appear to be hiding or evading police in any way. They did not think it was a threat to the school.
Deaver said it was not a crime to carry a pellet gun in the City of Lewisville, but that discharging one across property lines, city streets or alleys, or on property that the person does not own would be unlawful.
One witness who was in the area when police showed up, said that the officers responding to the call had their patrol rifles locked and loaded. Thankfully this ended without them having to be used.