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Lewisville home destroyed by fire

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/9/17 19:20:00 (1712 reads)

Open in new windowAround 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the Lewisville Fire Department responded to a fire at a home at the southeast corner of Village Drive and Bowling Green Circle. The two alarm fire drew help from Flower Mound Fire Department as well. The firefighters got it under control somewhere between 6:50 and 6:55 p.m.

Lewisville Battalion Chief Chris Sweet said that nobody was home at the time of the fire that they know of, but that it did appear to be an occupied home. There were no injuries, but the house is probably a total loss, as most of the roof is gone. Sweet said that they never had a homeowner arrive on scene, and that he didn't have a clue about the homeowner. "Nobody was home, nobody came home, and none of the neighbors really know the person that lives there," he said. "We're still working on that."

The fire department's support team stayed with the house to secure it and board it up. "We've got to try to protect what's left in there the best we can."

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North Texas Giving Day - Thursday, September 17

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/9/17 7:46:35 (283 reads)

Open in new windowWhen people donate to local non-profit organizations on Thursday, September 17, those donations are amplified by $2.4 million in bonus funds and prizes by the Communities Foundation of Texas.

The event lasts from 6 a.m. to midnight Thursday, and donations of $25 and up qualify your favorite charities for the bonus funds.

To donate, visit the event website

Here are a few of the local organizations participating in the event:

Keep Lewisville Beautiful
Lewisville Lake Symphony
Barn Cats
Actors Conservatory Theater
Greater Lewisville Community Theater
Friends of LLELA Nature Preserve
Honor Flight DFW
LakeCities Ballet Theater
Lewisville ISD Education Foundation
Greater Lewisville Youth and Family Services
Christian Community Action
The Arc of Denton County
Special Abilities of North Texas

The website allows you to filter by organization name, category, county, or city, and make donations to multiple organizations.

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Letters: Don't trust Trump on deportation

Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/9/16 22:05:23 (192 reads)

To the editor:
We never take a political promise at face value.

Donald Trump said he would deport our 11 million illegal aliens. Our immediate reaction was el toro poo poo.

Assuming Trump is elected to one term, he would have 1,460 days to accomplish his promise. This means his goal from day one would be vanishing 7,535 people daily. According to the American Immigration Council 441,939 are waiting to be heard. The wait time for a hearing is 863 days or just under two and a half years. If all pending cases were heard within the two and a half years, only 512 cases would heard a day, We leave our court presentation without raising the lengthy appeals process.

What capacity do we have for moving 11,000,000 people.

A Greyhound Bus holds 49 people, so to meet the daily goal allocate 156 buses per day headed to the border. A passenger train car seat 90 , we need 73 train cars full each day. however, these figures only meet Trump's daily goal and do not take into consideration not everyone is going to Mexico.

We are not even going into Congress having to appropriate several trillion dollars to carry out the process.

Trump promises to deport all our illegal immigrates. We promise to paint the courthouse green. To the voters, may we suggest: do not hold your breath.

Ken Leach,

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Man shot in road rage incident

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/9/16 17:40:00 (10818 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOne man is hospitalized, and another person is detained by police after an apparent road rage shooting this afternoon at 4:24 p.m. in the 1300 block of Saddleback Dr.

Police say both the victim and the shooter stayed put and called police. The victim was a man in his 70s who was conscious and breathing when he called 911 to say that he had been shot. He was driving a Mercury Marquis, and the right rear window was shot out. He was transported to a hospital for treatment, and his condition is unknown at this time.

The shooter drove a white Toyota Tundra. He called police to say that they had shot someone because they felt threatened. Police have detained the person for questioning.

Both vehicles were still in the the street, and police had traffic blocked in both directions as of about 5:40.

We will post more as soon as we get it.

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Updated: Whataburger employee fired after refusing to serve police

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/9/16 7:40:00 (5258 reads)

Open in new windowAccording to accounts on social media, two uniformed but off-duty police officers were allegedly denied service yesterday at the Whataburger restaurant on I-35E near Main Street in Lewisville. (Update: See bottom of this story.)

A woman posted the account of what happened, as told to someone else who is friends with the officers. A second woman shared this account on the City of Lewisville Facebook group, including the first name of the employee who denied them service.

We called the restaurant last night to inquire, but apparently the employee was tired of answering questions, and deferred all questions to corporate headquarters. At the time we spoke to the corporate media contact they were not yet aware of the situation, and could not issue a statement.

What we learned last night was that the two officers were off-duty officers from another city who were scheduled to work with the I-35E construction project, assisting with traffic control. They went to the restaurant and were told by the employee that the store did not serve police. The officers took him seriously and left.

We are told that Lewisville police did visit the restaurant afterward and speak to the employee, who told them that he was joking, and didn't expect the officers to take him seriously.

Throughout the night, as the account of the incident went viral, people took to Whataburger's Facebook and Twitter accounts to register complaints and threaten boycotts. Many called for the employee to be fired.

Whataburger has yet to directly respond to our inquiry, but an employee answering some of the posts via Facebook over night did say this:

"This is 100% not what we stand for at Whataburger and it would never be acceptable to refuse service to a police officer. We want to address this as soon as possible with any parties involved so we can reach out and make this right.-Scott"

And this:
"Thank you all for being understanding, as linked above by Ray, we will make sure that all proper actions are taken with the individuals involved, and assure you that we will resolve this as quickly as possible and make it right. -Scott"

The Lewisville Texan Journal will provide an update if we learn more.

Update - 9/16 - 11:42 a.m.:
We received the following statement from Whataburger:
"We were appalled to hear of an employee refusing service to two officers, as we have proudly served first responders across our system for decades. As soon as we heard of this isolated incident, we began our own internal investigation overnight. The employee that refused service is no longer employed with Whataburger. We’ve also invited the officers back today so we can apologize in person and make this right."
- Whataburger Corporate Communications

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Drive-in theater passes second council vote after plan change

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/9/15 6:10:00 (5728 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowBy Steve Southwell

The Lewisville City Council unanimously approved an amended special use permit (SUP) for the Coyote Drive-In Theater on Monday night. Construction should begin in October, with completion around June of 2016. The drive-in will be built in a 35-acre complex on the southeast corner of Holford’s Prairie and Midway Road in Lewisville, near the intersection of SH 121 Business and Fish Hatchery road.

The council first unanimously approved a specific use permit for the facility in January of this year, but Coyote has developed a new design for the theater which allows it to fit six screens instead of the originally approved five. In a presentation last month to the Lewisville Planning and Zoning Commission, Glenn Solomon of Coyote Theater explained that at the time of the original application they were not aware that they had the available land where they could add the sixth screen.  The updated plan moves the entrance further east on Midway Road, which Lewisville planning manager Richard Luedke explained would improve traffic flow.

 It also adds an exit on Holford’s Prairie Road, which should facilitate traffic flow leaving the site when the movies end. The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the new SUP unanimously at its August 18th meeting.

A representative of Coyote said Monday night that Parkway Contractors had been working all summer preparing the site, and that they hoped to start construction in early October to start next year. "This one's gonna be even better," said the representative, when complimented on the company's Fort Worth location.

Lewisville Mayor Pro Tem Neil Ferguson has been a supporter of the project since it first came to the city council’s attention, and voted for the initial SUP in January. On Thursday night, Ferguson took to Facebook to provide a status update on the project to an enthusiastic public.  “Needless to say, I am in favor of these changes, and continue to look forward to opening day,” said Ferguson. “As with all largely outdoor construction projects, weather will continue to be a factor in the exact opening date, but the current target is April 2016,” he added.

Drive-in theaters have seen a revival in recent years, in part due to nostalgia with older patrons, as well as novelty for younger patrons. The concept, for those unfamiliar, is that visitors drive their car in, and park on one of several rows of embankments around the screen. Visitors will be given an FM radio frequency to tune their car radios to for the audio to the specific movie shown. Movies are projected on a huge outdoor screen, and viewers watch the movie through their car’s windshield. Visitors don’t have to remain in their cars though; Coyote allows viewers to bring lawn chairs and sit in front of their vehicles. Viewers without cars may choose to rent a speaker and sit on the lawn area in front of the screen.

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Local Talent Outshines Rap Progeny

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Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/9/14 8:49:11 (448 reads)

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By Philip Moulard

DJ Yella of legendary hip-hop outfit N.W.A, performed live at Coach Joe’s Hat Tricks on September 7. Yella, born Antoine Carraby, played a seminal part in pioneering “gangster rap” and it’s iconic “G-funk” production. Accompanying Yella for his performance was Eric Wright, Jr., son to late N.W.A alumni Eazy E.

The evening began with an opening set by local Denton DJ Spinn Mo, whose eclectic and high-energy mixture of hip-hop and R&B set the tone for the evening. Shortly after his solo set, local emcees took the stage to showcase their lyrical prowess over Spinn Mo’s impressive turntable skills.

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LHS Volleyball upsets Flower Mound

Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/9/14 6:30:00 (879 reads)

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Lewisville senior libero Micah Dinwiddie prepares to serve the ball. (Photo by Anthony Mazur)
By Anthony Mazur

Lewisville High School volleyball came out on top over Flower Mound last Friday, winning in three sets. Although originally behind in the beginning of the 1st set, Lewisville caught up, and won 25-19 in set one, 25-23 in set two, and 25-19 in set 3 to upset Flower Mound, who were bi-district champions last season. Lewisville senior libero Micah Dinwiddie was proud of the win.

“I think it’s great,” Dinwiddie said. “I think our team is all about giving the best effort so I think that whatever we can do as a team collectively will be great this year.”

Both Flower Mound and Lewisville are now 2-2 in their standings. Lewisville plays Plano West next at home at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, September 15.

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Lewisville senior defensive specialist Megan Fritz listens to her coach during a timeout. (Photo by Anthony Mazur)

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Lewisville High School’s JV volleyball team cheers after the varsity team wins the third and final set against Flower Mound. (Photo by Anthony Mazur)

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LTJ Print Edition for Saturday, 9/12/2015

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/9/14 6:08:20 (222 reads)

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Farmers fall in Battle of the Axe

Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/9/12 9:30:00 (544 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowBy Mike Ibanez

The axe that serves as the trophy in the annual Battle of the Axe game between Lewisville and Flower Mound Marcus is gathering dust on the west side of southern Denton County.

Marcus beat Lewisville 40-26 at Max Goldsmith Stadium Friday night, ensuring that the axe retains its spot in the Marauder’s trophy case for another year. Lewisville players, coaches and administration haven’t laid a finger on the iconic trophy since its last victory in the rivalry game – in 2006.

This year’s Marauder win was built on a balanced offense that wore down its rival’s defense, counting 36 more plays from scrimmage over the course of the game. Marcus moves to 3-0 on the season, 1-0 in District 6-6A. Lewisville drops to 1-2, 0-1 in district play.

Marcus quarterback Mitch Cason threw liberally to standout receiver Kaden Smith in the first half, including a 53-yard touchdown toss to the Stanford recruit that made the score 26-13 at halftime. Smith gained all of his 156 receiving yards on eight first-half catches.

But while the Lewisville secondary kept Smith in check in the second half, the Marauders gouged the Farmer defensive line. Nate Hopkins churned for 95 of his 139 yards rushing in the half. The senior running back saw an increased workload late in the game, after fellow back C.J. Respass left with an injury after gaining 83 yards on the night.

When all was said and done, the Marauders held the total yards advantage 424-260, and ran 73 plays from scrimmage while the Farmers managed just 37.
“We just couldn’t get our defense off the field,” Lewisville coach Greg Miller said after the game. “They got ahead and then they grounded and pounded like they usually do.”

On the bright side, Lewisville continued to enjoy production from its pass/catch duo of quarterback Aubreion Bobb and receiver Tyrell Shavers. Bobb completed eight of 12 pass attempts for 192 yards, but was burdened by a pair of second half interceptions that led to two Marcus touchdowns. Shavers caught four passes for 125 yards, including touchdown passes of 46 and 25.
Bobb, who accumulated 48 yards rushing, also threw a touchdown pass to Kenny Newton and scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak.

Miller praised his senior signal-caller.

“Bobb is an intelligent kid,” Miller said. He took some shots tonight and he’s a warrior.”

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