Sunday afternoon - between about 4:35 - 4:45 p.m., an isolated but strong storm brought heavy winds to parts of Lewisville and created minor damage in several locations that we are aware of. It is also reported that there were some power outages.
- In Old Town near Cowan and Main Street, next to the LISD student services building, the winds snapped two utility poles and left communication cables lying in the street.
- At the intersection of Main and Surf/Summit, numerous tree limbs were snapped and a DCTA bus stop was apparently damaged. Trees at First United Methodist Church were damaged, as were trees at Taco Bell.
- Fences were blown down near North Valley Parkway between Old Orchard and College.
- Trees were knocked down near Garden Ridge and FM 407.
Here are some photos: Communication lines down where utility poles snapped at Cowan and Main
Tree limbs down at First United Methodist:
Here's a fence that got blown down on Valley Parkway: (Photo by Lauren Callo)
DCTA bus stop damage:
A tree fell on a fence near Cowan and College: (Photo by Nancy Nelson)
These two trees fell and smashed through a fence in the Garden Ridge and FM 407 area. (Photo by Tovah Prue)
We will update this story with more pictures and further damage reports as we learn of them. Feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook with your damage reports.
Colin Gilmore and Band will take the stage Saturday, June 13, at 8 p.m., as the final act of the fifth annual Texas Tunes concert series.
The show will be held in the Performance Hall of the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors age 60 and older or children age 12 and younger, and can be purchased online here.
Lewisville residents are able to purchase single-show tickets for $10 each, either in advance at City Hall or on the performance date at the MCL Grand box office. Discount tickets are not available online. Current driver’s license or utility bill will be required to verify residency.
Gilmore grew up in Lubbock, Texas, where he soaked in the influence of such greats as Joe Ely, Terry Allen and his own father, Jimmie Dale Gilmore. He also developed a taste for Buddy Holly and Townes Van Zandt. For the past 13 years, he has used the rich material from these influences and other bands like The Clash and The Pogues to inform the writing of his own songs.
Join KLB and Denton County Master Gardener Ellen Diers for a free and informative class on “Earth Kind Gardening” on Thursday June 11th, from 6:00-7:30pm at the Lewisville Annex Community Room (1197 W Main Street, Lewisville, Texas 75067). Participants will learn about research-proven techniques to provide maximum garden and landscape enjoyment while preserving and protecting the environment. You will learn how to combine the best of organic and traditional gardening principles at home! RSVP to 972-538-5949, or email email@example.com.
Bring your family, friends, and neighbors for this informative Garden Secrets class. Each class will include a question and answer session. Classes are open to all participants (Lewisville residency not required). For more information, contact Keep Lewisville Beautiful at 972-538-5949 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you there!
Keep Lewisville Beautiful is partnering with the City of Lewisville to bring you a variety of classes in 2015. For a full list of upcoming scheduled classes, please visit the KLB website. Please note that class times and locations may vary from class to class.
Two Lewisville High School alumni were drafted in the Major League Baseball draft, also known as the Rule 4 draft, Wednesday. Taylor Munden, 21, was drafted in the 27th round by the Miami Marlins. Blake Rogers, 21, was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 37th round. Both men played baseball at LHS under Coach Mike Campbell.
Munden, the son of Mike and Traci Munden and Kasee Munden, graduated from Lewisville High School in 2012. He went on from there to Marion Military Institute, and then to West Virginia University, where he played shortstop. At WVU, where he graduated this may, he majored in athletic coaching education, and was on two honor rolls and the Dean’s list. Munden earned national attention earlier this year when his no-look flip to second base during a game against Kansas State earned the number one spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10:
Munden will likely begin his professional career with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Marlins or an A-level affiliate like the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
Rogers graduated from Lewisville High School in 2011, and attends the University of Oklahoma, where he is a right-handed pitcher. Prior to that, he played for Cisco College (Texas), and Lyon College (Arkansas), where he was an All-Conference Second Team catcher. Rogers, is a junior, majoring in administrative leadership.
“I’m absolutely excited,” said Rogers. “This is a day I’ve been waiting on for a long time.” Rogers will report to Phoenix on Friday for his physical and mini-camp. He will likely start out with one of the Padres’ affiliated minor league teams such as the Tri-City Dust Devils in the Short-Season A-level Northwest League or the team’s rookie-level affiliate in the Arizona League. Rogers says he has about three to four semesters of college left; he intends to finish his degree from OU, which he says the club will pay for.
Lewisville Sophomore Caitlynn Godwin (5) sings with her team after winning 3-2 against San Benito in the state semifinals.(Photo by Anthony Mazur)
By Anthony Mazur
After facing some of the most proficient teams throughout the season, the Lewisville High School Softball team overcame their opponents, bringing them straight into the University Interscholastic League State Championship playoffs. The team faced odds and surprises getting into the championship. On April 10th, Lewisville lost to Flower Mound High School, who were subsequently ousted from the playoffs by Keller on May 15th. After defeating Denton Guyer in an intense regional semi-final series, Lewisville shocked the crowds again and despite a tendency to strand runners, beat Keller in the regional finals. The odds didn’t faze junior Lewisville pitcher Maribeth Gorsuch after her victory in the state semifinals.
“Coming into this game, I didn’t think about any other game but this game,” Gorsuch said. “Not tomorrow’s game, not Keller’s game, but this game right here.”
Lewisville Junior Maribeth Gorsuch (12) pitches the ball in State Championship game against the Katy Tigers. (Photo by Anthony Mazur)
Prior to Gorsuch’s arrival in 2013, Lewisville had not won a playoff game since 1999. Then as a freshman, Gorsuch elevated Lewisville into UIL 5A champions. While taking some credit, Gorsuch modestly deflects the success and shares it with her team.
“Each and every one of the girls take some of the credit too,” Gorsuch said. We won as a team, we lose as a team. It’s not one person. It’s the whole team.”
The whole team did work hard to return to the state championships, according to Lewisville Head Coach Lori Alexander.
“It was a season full of work,” Alexander said. “Day in and day out, we were at the grind. We knew we could make it back and we did. We gave ourselves a chance to win.”
LEWISVILLE – The southbound I-35E entrance and exit ramps at F.M. 1171/Main Street, as well as the Valley Ridge Boulevard entrance ramp, will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday, June 8 through Saturday, June 13.
Detours are as follows:
Detour for the southbound I-35E entrance ramp at F.M. 1171/Main Street: Traffic will continue south on the frontage road to the southbound I-35E entrance ramp at Fox Avenue.
Detour for the southbound I-35E exit ramp at F.M. 1171/Main Street: Traffic will exit I-35E at Valley Ridge Boulevard and continue south on the frontage road to F.M. 1171/Main Street.
Detour for the southbound I-35E entrance ramp at Valley Ridge Boulevard: Traffic will continue south on the frontage road to the southbound I-35E entrance ramp at F.M. 1171/Main Street.
Please note, these ramp closures will not take place simultaneously. Law enforcement will be present to assist with traffic control. These closures are needed to set concrete barriers on the ramps.
This work is related to the 35Express project, an expansion of I-35E between U.S. Highway 380 in Denton County and I-635 in Dallas County. All closures are subject to weather conditions and may be postponed, if necessary.
For more information on the 35Express project and to sign up to receive text alerts, please visit www.35Express.org or call 214-483-7777.
On Saturday, June 6, the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) will continue to operate standard A-train service between the Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC) and Old Town Station in Lewisville. A bus bridge has been established to provide service from Old Town Station, and the Hebron Station to Trinity Mills Station in Carrollton. All bus bridge services will pick up and drop off near the platform at each station.
A-train Service Update for Week of June 8 The water levels have receded and DCTA has conducted the necessary assessment of the rail line. The agency is actively repairing portions of the track impacted by the flood waters and plans to operate regular A-train service early next week.
Update - 6/6/2015: The Pro Watercross Tour’s Liberty Cup event scheduled for July 17-19 at Lewisville Lake has been cancelled due to historically-high water levels.
Unprecedented rainfall in May led to the lake swelling to a historic high of 537.02 feet. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it may take a couple of months for the water level to fall to normal. The lake is closed to boaters in order to survey damage and ensure lake safety before allowing boaters back in the water.
As of this morning, Lewisville Lake was at 535.47 feet, or about three and a half feet feet over the top of the spillway. Lewisville Lake had been closed to boating for a week, but just reopened.
Recreational personal watercraft riders on Lewisville Lake this summer. On most summer weekends, you can see dozens of Jet Skis and Sea-Doos jumping the waves around Lake Park.(Photo by LTJ)
Pro Watercross Tour will make its first visit to North Texas when the popular personal watercraft racing circuit comes to Lewisville Lake in 2015 under an agreement with Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).
The event, being called “The Liberty Cup,” will be held July 17-19 at Lewisville Lake Park with an opening-day Corporate Challenge followed by two days of professional racing. Competitors will contend for cash and other prizes and earn points toward the overall tour championship.
“Lewisville Lake is a tremendous tourism asset and we’re always looking for ways to bring more visitors and activity to the lake,” said Lewisville CVB Director James Kunke. “The Pro Watercross Tour is a great opportunity for us and we’re excited to bring such a high-profile event to the area.”
The annual Pro Watercross Tour visits lakes and beaches across the country each summer. It is the featured national tour for personal watercraft racing, combining the finest professional and amateur athletes in the United States and internationally for extreme racing on challenging closed courses. Tour events draw hundreds of spectators on site, plus thousands more for national television and online video broadcasts.
Having grown up in a very dry Lewisville, it has been refreshing to see my hometown change its attitude toward alcoholic beverages over the past few years from being seemingly driven by Baptists to the enlightened local laws we have today.
Full disclosure: I grew up a Baptist. I was just not a very good one.
We have gone from being dry as a bone to having actual full-service bars without the need for cursory membership cards, and recently even full-fledged liquor stores. We also have a distillery (I plan for this to be the subject of a future post).
And as of a year and a half ago, we have our very own brewery in town. It’s a really good one, too.
Cobra Brewing Co. sits in a small warehouse-type building in Old Town Lewisville at 146 Whatley Avenue, at the corner of Kealy and Whatley, just east of Mill Street. But don’t let the warehouse designation fool you. This is a warm, intimate, and sometimes lively place that provides a great gathering place for friends and family during the two times per week its doors are open to the public.
Cobra is a business created and owned by a tight-knit family that consists of Bill Shaw, his wife Sharon, their son-in-law Neil MacCuish, and his wife Danielle. Three of the four were there the night I visited in anticipation of writing this post (all except Sharon) and they could not have been more friendly or accommodating. In fact, I’ve now visited the brewery a number of times and that is exactly how I’ve observed them treating all their customers.
Cobra Brewing is as grassroots as a business can be. None of the family had prior commercial brewing experience. Bill has been a home-brewer for years. He still maintains his white collar day job, while overseeing the brewery’s business in the evenings and on weekends. Neil is also primarily an evening and weekend Brewmaster. Amazingly, he learned brewing from his father, who was also a home brewer. Tasting the incredibly wide varieties and high qualities of beers that Neil has created, it is obvious that he is not just a natural at his craft, but nothing short of a genius.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reopens Lewisville Lake to boaters June 5
FORT WORTH, Texas - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District, after careful consideration of current and forecasted Lewisville Lake levels, will reopen Lewisville Lake to boat traffic on June 5.
The closure was a result of inflows created by heavy rainfall with resulting increases in lake elevation. In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 31, Lewisville Lake recorded a new pool of record at 537.02 feet.
Under those conditions, wakes created by boaters could have potentially flooded homes and damaged property adjacent to the elevated shoreline. Additionally, debris and underwater obstructions created hazardous conditions so all persons around the lake were urged to stay aware of changing conditions.
"We thank those who did not use their boats during the temporary closing of boating at Lewisville Lake. We know that there were impacts to business interests and others and want to ensure all that the decision to close the lake to boating was necessary to ensure the public's safety," said Lt. Col. Clay Morgan, acting commander, Fort Worth District.
The Corps recommends boaters conduct a personal safety risk assessment before resuming boating activities. Some areas of consideration include: potential of snakes and fire ants moving in the water, debris and other recreational equipment/facilities just below the water surface, use of all personal protective equipment to include a U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest and navigation avoidance of intake/spillway operations.