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3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Irving

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/11/23 10:19:59 (268 reads)

According to the US Geological Survey, a 3.3 magnitude earthquake shook Irving Saturday night at about 9:15 p.m. The quake was at a depth of about 1.8 miles below the surface.

Commenters on The Lewisville Texan Journal's Facebook page, and those of other news sources said that some Lewisville residents could feel it.

The USGS "Did you Feel It?" web page for this event shows responses from as far away as Fort Worth, Decatur, and McKinney, as well as several responses from Lewisville.

Many have suggested that the drastic increase in the frequency of earthquakes in North Texas could be related to gas drilling and wastewater disposal activity. Though we have no way to tie a specific quake to that activity, we do note that we looked up the nearest gas well to the epicenter of this quake, and the bore hole is approximately 1.8 miles away, while the lateral runs in the opposite direction away from the epicenter.

There was 2.3 magnitude earthquake in Irving earlier this month.

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Recycling Rates, Participation Improve with Lewisville's New Trash Plan

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/11/22 12:34:52 (385 reads)

Open in new windowSince service changes were implemented in August that included once-a-week garbage collection and larger wheeled recycling carts, the recycling participation rate among Lewisville residences has increased 18 percent and the diversion rate, which compares tonnage recycled to total waste stream tonnage, has nearly doubled.

In late July, Waste Management delivered 96-gallon carts for trash and 96-gallon carts with a yellow lid for recycling in front of each residence. All services were moved to once-a-week, and collection routes were changed to improve efficiency. Trash, recycling, bulky waste and yard waste now are all collected on the same day for each residential route.

One goal of the changes was to increase participation in curbside recycling, and early results show that has happened. The monthly average participation for the first six months of this year was 56 percent; in October, it was 66 percent. The diversion rate in July was 11 percent of all waste, compared to 19 percent in October.

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State Unveils New Healthy Texas Women Website

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/11/22 12:14:19 (250 reads)

Open in new windowAUSTIN – State Senator Jane Nelson, Representative Jim Keffer and Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek, M.D., earlier this month unveiled Healthy Texas Women, a new one-stop hub created to help women connect with family planning programs and other state services.

"Texas supports many health care programs and services for women, and this new website brings all those services in one place," Janek said. "We're incredibly grateful for the support Senator Nelson, Representative Keffer and other state leaders have devoted to this project."

The new site, www.healthytexaswomen.com, is available in English and Spanish. Visitors to Healthy Texas Women can “pick, submit and connect” to find information on available options for everything from general health care to breast and cervical cancer screening, pregnancy testing to prenatal care, and smoking cessation to mental health treatment.

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Energy Grid Operator ERCOT Offers Mobile Energy Saver App

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/11/22 11:59:49 (253 reads)

Open in new windowThe Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) reminds consumers that access to real-time electric grid and market conditions is as close as most mobile devices.

The free ERCOT Energy Saver mobile app, which is available for Apple and Android devices, was updated recently to improve access to information about electricity demand, generation and available reserves, updated in five-minute intervals.

“We appreciate the growing interest in the electric grid that handles about 90 percent of the electricity used in Texas, and we are pleased to continue improving this mobile app and other communication tools to help keep consumers informed,” said ERCOT Corporate Communications Director Theresa Gage.

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Upcoming Events Around Lewisville and the Surrounding Area

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/11/22 11:40:00 (430 reads)

Open in new windowAs always, there are a ton of events coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Here are some selected events that you may find interesting.

Thanksgiving Closures:
The City of Lewisville offices are closed Thursday and Friday.
The Town of Flower Mound offices are closed Thursday and Friday.
(Emergency services are always open)
Lewisville ISD is closed all week.
Denton County Transportation Authority: No service Thursday, modified service Friday.
Denton County Offices are closed Thursday and Friday
Mental Floss has a list of retailers that will be closed on Thanksgiving.

Art Exhibit: VAL’s “Toyland” runs through Dec. 27
Members of the Visual Art League of Lewisville will display their works during their “Toyland” exhibit, running through Dec. 27 at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Admission is free. The exhibit, available for viewing Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and during public performance at MCL Grand, will donate pieces to the Ronald McDonald House at the end of the run.

Thursday, November 27th: Community Thanksgiving Dinner
First United Methodist Church in Lewisville is hosting its 10th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner in the Community Room at FUMC - 907 W Main Street; Lewisville. For more information call 972-436-2533 or visit http://www.firstlewisville.org/ .

Saturday, November 29th and Sunday November 30th - LakeCities Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker” with Lewisville Lake Symphony
This show is a perennial crowd-pleaser often sells out. It will be performed November 29th and 30th at Marcus High School (5707 Morriss Rd, Flower Mound, TX 75028) For tickets and Info...

Monday, December 1st: Texas Tribune: A Conversation With Reps. Myra Crownover, Tan Parker and Ron Simmons
The Texas Tribune will have a conversation with state Reps. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound, and Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, at Texas Woman's University in Denton. Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith will moderate this preview of the 84th legislative session, followed by an audience Q&A. Lunch will be served at 11:30, and the conversation is from noon to 1 p.m. Location is Texas Woman's University, Hubbard Hall - Banquet Room; 303 Administration Drive; Denton, TX 76204. Free parking is available. For more information and to RSVP...

Tuesday, December 2nd: Our Village Glows
Our Village Glows, a festive community event organized by the Highland Village Women’s Club, is a 14-year tradition and features the lighting of a 60-foot Christmas tree. The celebration features activities for the entire family including horse-drawn carriage rides, face painting, cookie decorating, ornament making, and a visit from Santa Claus, all while choirs from Highland Village schools serenade guests. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Shops of Highland Village.

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Woman Mugged at Gunpoint Sunday Night at Lewisville Grocery Store

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/11/18 0:30:00 (6812 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville Police reported that a woman was mugged Sunday night at gunpoint:

On November 16, 2014, at approximately 8:35 p.m., a 34 year-old female was robbed as she returned to her vehicle in the parking lot of a grocery store in the 1000 block of West Main Street. The victim stated a suspect approached her, displayed a gun and demanded all of her money. The victim stated the suspect then ran to a silver vehicle and fled the area. The victim immediately called 911 and call-takers relayed the suspect information to officers in the area.

Officers Jose Montoya and John Reid were in the area on another call. The officers saw a vehicle that matched the description of the one used in the robbery. The officers noticed the driver also matched the description provided by the victim. They stopped the vehicle in the 700 block of Old Orchard and contacted the occupants of the vehicle.

The victim was able to identify the person who robbed her in the parking lot. Officers arrested a 17 year-old for Aggravated Robbery. The 20 year-old driver of the car was also arrested for Aggravated Robbery and Driving While Intoxicated. Both defendants were transported to the Lewisville City Jail and booked for their offenses.


Open in new windowOpen in new windowThe suspects are Lai Ram Thang (17) - top right and Sui Lian Thang (20) - bottom right. Sui Lian's rap sheet shows at least 8 prior arrests in Denton County since 2012. He is currently held in Lewisville City Jail in lieu of $30,000 bond on charges of aggravated robbery and DWI with open container. Lai Ram had a bond amount of $10,000 as of Sunday night, and is no longer shown in custody with Lewisville or the Denton County Sheriff at this time.

Update 11/21/2014:
- Sui Lian Thang is still held in Denton County Jail, but his bond has been increased to $34,004. He is also being held on a charge related to striking an unattended vehicle in August.

In addition to the above, his prior arrests include three for public intoxication, one for trespassing, one for harassment of a public servant, three for evading arrest, and one for possession of marijuana.

Under the Texas Penal Code, his current charge of Aggravated Robbery is a first degree felony punishable by prison time of 5 years to life, and a $10,000 fine.

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Lewisville Prepares for Winter Weather with New Equipment

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/11/16 22:10:00 (732 reads)

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Edmonds Lane at Valley View during Icepocalypse 2013 - Several inches of ice built up on the roads during that several-days-long event. (Photo by Steve Southwell)
By Steve Southwell

New plows and sand spreaders enhance the city's ice removal capabilities, but the city stands by its position that state roads are TxDOT responsibility.

Last year, in Early December, North Texas suffered several days of ice and snow that we called “Icepocalypse 2013” that made roads treacherous and in some cases impassable. LISD dismissed classes, and the City of Lewisville cancelled its Old Town Holiday Stroll event. Over a period from Thursday, December 5th, 2013 - Monday, December 9th, 2013, Lewisville first responders dealt with 10 major vehicle crashes, 72 minor vehicle crashes, 131 disabled vehicles, and 138 traffic hazards.

Roads were covered with ice that was only sanded, and not plowed off, so slush formed and refroze each night. The City did have one snow plow attachment which it ran on one of its trucks, but that unfortunately could not get to each of the city’s thoroughfares.


Lewisville's Snow and Ice Removal Equipment
2013: (Icepocalypse)
1 snow plow
6 sand spreaders

2014: (Current)
3 snow plows
7 sand spreaders


2014: (Soon)
5 snow plows
7 sand spreaders
The economic impact of that event is hard to estimate, but many Lewisville residents stayed home from work due to the roads, and in order to deal with kids who could not go to school. The lost productivity from that event as well as the economic damages due to wrecks and injuries likely eclipse any savings from foregoing the purchase of snow removal equipment for the City.

Lewisville Public Works Manager David Stocks says that the city recently replaced three of the city’s old sand spreaders with new ones, and added one small spreader to make a total of 7 sand spreaders.

“We also added snow plow attachments to 4 truck orders that were scheduled for replacement,” said Stocks, noting that two of the attachments were for dump trucks and two were for smaller service trucks. “Two of those trucks have arrived and are in service, and the remaining two are expected within a few weeks,” Stocks added.

Both the snow plow attachments and sand spreaders are able to be installed on vehicles that are used throughout the year for other public works usage. Stocks said that once an ice storm or snow is forecast, the plows are attached and the spreaders are loaded into the trucks. Public Services Director Carole Bassinger says that the City of Lewisville stockpiles sand at all times.

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Lewisville to Host Pro Watercross Tour at Lake Park in Summer 2015

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/11/14 0:36:09 (468 reads)

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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.

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Car Crashes into Lewisville Home

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/11/12 16:50:00 (742 reads)

Open in new windowAround 2:04 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, Lewisville Police and Fire responded to a call that a car had crashed into a home in the 900 block of Acorn Drive in southern Lewisville.

Police say there are no injuries, and there was no sign of intoxication involved.

The car was a black sedan. The Lewisville Texan Journal wasn't able to get a photo before it was towed off, but here is a photo posted to Twitter by NBC5DFW:




Boarded up house photo by Nick Weaver

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Holiday Stroll Planned in Old Town Lewisville on December 6th

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/11/12 8:00:00 (619 reads)

Open in new windowThe annual Old Town Holiday Stroll will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, in Old Town Lewisville, featuring a wide range of free family events from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The event is being jointly presented by City of Lewisville/Lewisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Main & Mill/Old Town Business Association, Huffines Auto Dealerships Lewisville and Resource One Credit Union.

Highlights will include Huffines Auto Dealerships Lewisville Christmas Parade at 2 p.m., followed by Holiday Stroll activities from 3:30 to 8 p.m. including community performances, photos with Santa, Santa Paws Village and “Lewisville Lights!” Old Town Christmas Tree Lighting.

Although not part of the Holiday Stroll, the annual Motorcycle Toy Run will be held the same day starting at 8 a.m. at Maverick Harley-Davidson in Carrollton, ending with lunch and a live band in Old Town Lewisville. As many as 1,000 bikes are expected to participate and to collect more than 1,000 toys for local children’s charities.

Lewisville Morning Rotary Club will hold the popular Pancakes and Photos with Santa event from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Santa Paws Village opens at 10:30 a.m. at Main and Charles streets, providing opportunities to adopt a new pet for the holidays. Donations of toys or cash for Lewisville Animal Services also will be accepted. There will be an Angel Tree to collect supplies for the animals, as well as a raffle benefiting the shelter.

The parade will follow the same route as in past years, starting at Cowan Street and travelling east on Main Street, then south on Mill Street to Purnell. Prime viewing areas will be set up along Main Street in the downtown corridor.

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