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Saturday Morning Update

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/5/31 11:35:02 (620 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowSo far this year, the DFW area has received 7.32 inches of rainfall. The normal amount of rainfall by this time of year is 16.09 inches, which puts us down 8.77 inches below normal for this year. Before we even started this year, we were 3 inches below normal in rainfall and about 8 feet below conservation pool in the lake. Lewisville Lake has hovered right around 514.22 feet elevation, or just about 8 feet low for weeks now, with recent rains barely registering a blip. The overall depletion rate of Dallas Water Utilities’ reservoirs is 28.10%. Stage 2 water emergency kicks in when that depletion rate hits 50%. Most of Lewisville remains in extreme or severe drought, and water conservation measures are now mandatory year round in the Stage 1 water watch.

Want to be a boater, but don’t want the hassle of maintaining, hauling, launching, and docking one? The Nautical Boat Club is a country club for boats; pay a one-time fee of $995 and membership dues of $195 a month, and drive what you want from the club’s fleet. Sounds like a bargain to me. One day when I no longer have to feed teenagers, we might have to do this.

Unfortunately we did have a drowning at Lewisville Lake over Memorial Day weekend. The Lewisville Texan Journal strongly urges all of our readers to wear life jackets on their bodies at all times when in a lake or river.

Cattle Drive Parade returns to Western Days 2014
Officials announced this week that the 2014 Western Days festival in historic Old Town Lewisville will feature the return of the Cattle Drive Parade, which was temporarily suspended after the 2010 event. Parade applications are available through the event website, LewisvilleWesternDays.com.

Western Days is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27. The annual event will feature the best of Texas country music and a variety of local performers on four stages, gunfight re-enactments, trick ropers, cooking and grilling demonstrations, car and boat shows, the 10th annual World Tamale Eating Championship, a stickhorse rodeo for kids, and a special exhibit of Western art at the city-operated Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater.

The parade will start at 11:30 a.m. and will run down Main and Mill streets, with a herd of 30 longhorn cattle leading the way. The parade was a popular part of the Western Days festival from 2004 through 2010, when it was suspended to create room for additional vendors and other festival activities. Old Town Park Plaza, currently under construction across the street from City Hall in the heart of Old Town Lewisville, will be open in time for this year's festival. Some festival activities will be moved into the new park, which will allow the return of the Main Street parade.

Robert Earl Keen has announced that he will play in Lewisville on September 26th.

Miscellaneous Links
The City of Lewisville starts the new once-weekly garbage collection in August. Delivery of the new carts is scheduled for July. Routes and schedules have not yet been determined.

USA Landscape Photographer of the Year is from Lewisville: Nagesh Mahadev.

Lewisville High School has 46 summer camps.

Lewisville City Council meeting video.

Despite the BS you may have seen on CNN’s user-reported news section, the Earth is not at great risk of being hit by an asteroid in our lifetimes.

Racist housing policy.

Debtors prisons are not supposed to be a thing in the United States, but for many, that is the reality.

Republican Lt. Governor nominee Dan Patrick got the votes of only 3.4% of Texans. Low voter turnout, and a flawed partisan ballot access system is why we get extremist candidates.

Dallas Morning News’ Steve Blow says the real winners of the GOP primary were the Democrats. It’s doubtful that swings this upcoming election, but we think it may hasten the inevitable red to purple to blue transition for Texas.

Lewisville Police Chief’s weekly update

A Lewisville couple were sentenced on tax fraud charges.

Among the top things to do this summer: The Best Little Brewfest in Texas - June 21st.

Five things to get ready for storm season.

Honor your child’s favorite teacher and help them earn a $250 grant for their classroom.

Lakeland Elementary School students enjoy a community garden.

The Killdares at Keeping Tradition Alive

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LLELA Nature Preserve offers June activities

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/5/31 10:30:58 (469 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowLewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area Nature Preserve (entrance at the corner of Kealy and Jones Streets, just South of the dam) is 2,000 acres of prairies, forests, and wetlands managed as a nature preserve by a group of agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the University of North Texas, the City of Lewisville, Lewisville ISD and Texas A&M Extension. LLELA is open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for fishing, hiking, camping, bird watching, kayaking/canoeing, picnicking and other outdoor activities. Learn more at LLELA.org or by calling 972.219.3930.

Spend the morning with the birds: June 14, 7:30 a.m. Bird watchers of all skill levels are welcome to join Keith Lockhart at 7:30 a.m. as he guides visitors to prime birding locations along LLELA’s nature trails. For ages 10 and up, cost is $7/person.

Nature Walk: June 14, 10 a.m. Join LLELA for the monthly naturalist-led nature walk. The hike will last about two hours. There is no additional fee for this activity beyond regular admission to LLELA ($5/person; children age 5 years and under free).

Take a night hike: June 13, 8:30-10:30 p.m. LLELA trail guides lead a twilight/moonlight stroll down the Redbud Trail. Howling coyotes, hooting owls and other nocturnal sounds will provide an out-of-the-ordinary hiking experience. No flashlights are necessary. Cost is $10/person, for ages 5 and up. Registration is required at 972.219.3930 or lisacole@unt.edu.

Open House at the Minor-Porter Log House: June 21, Noon to 3 p.m. Completely restored and furnished with all the trappings of everyday frontier life, the log house gives visitors to LLELA a window on life in Denton County in 1869. Interested visitors of all ages are welcome to arrive at any time during the open hours and tour at their own pace. Knowledgeable volunteers will guide visitors through the structures and answer questions in this informal tour. Cost: regular admission ($5/person; children age 5 years and under free).

Stars on the Prairie: June 20, 8-10 p.m. Join LLELA for a fascinating evening in exploring the wonders of the night sky with Clyde Camp, Master Naturalist and amateur astronomer (over 30 years of experience). For ages 5 and up, cost is $10/person. Registration is required at 972.219.3930 or lisacole@unt.edu.

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Keep Lewisville Beautiful Seeks Yard of the Month Nominations

Keep Lewisville Beautiful
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/5/31 10:00:00 (360 reads)

Open in new windowKeep Lewisville Beautiful (KLB) recognizes one residential and one business each month from May through October for the “Yard of the Month”. Signs designating the winners will be proudly displayed for all to see. KLB is looking for Yard of the Month nominations. If you or your neighbors have a beautiful yard or you know of a business that shows pride in their property please let Keep Lewisville Beautiful know about it! Please identify the nominee’s address only. The person’s name and phone number making the nomination is optional.

All nominations must be in by the 5th of each month. Photos of each property will be displayed on our website by the 15th of each month for your viewing pleasure and voting. Please submit your votes by email, fax, or phone from the 15th of each month to the last day of the month. All winners will be posted on our website at the beginning of each month. Keep an eye out the following week for a press release with the winners named.

Keep Lewisville Beautiful (KLB), a major environmental organization in Lewisville, is committed to engaging the citizens of Lewisville through service and education enhance their community environment. KLB is looking for businesses, organizations, or individuals who wish to become a partner or volunteer and help to carry out the mission of KLB. For more information, call 972-538-5949 or visit our website at www.keeplewisvillebeautiful.org. KLB has been an affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful since 1988.

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LISD Superintendent Dr. Waddell Joins Chorus of Superintendents Downplaying STAAR Importance

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/5/27 23:19:11 (473 reads)
Lewisville ISD Notes

This afternoon, Dr. Stephen Waddell, Superintendent of Schools for Lewisville ISD became the latest superintendent to write an open letter to parents downplaying the importance of the State of Texas high-stakes standardized tests as a measure of student achievement.

Here is the text of his letter:

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Primary Runoff Election Results

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/5/27 19:10:00 (443 reads)

Open in new windowEarly voting totals from the Texas Primary Runoff election have started to come in.

Here are the totals we know of so far:
- Statewide Democratic Totals
As of 8 p.m., with 7.63% of precincts reporting, David Alameel is handily defeating LaRouche candidate Kesha Rogers for the U.S. Senate nomination. Alameel has 72% of the early vote.

Kinky Friedman trails Jim Hogan with 44% of the vote in the race for Commissioner of Agriculture.

As of 11:05 p.m. with 93.5% of precincts reporting, David Alameel had defeated Kesha Rogers with 73% of the vote in the Senate race. Jim Hogan beat Kinky Friedman with 54% of the vote.

- Statewide Republican Totals
As of 8:09 p.m., with 10% of precincts reported, David Dewhurst seems to have lost his re-election bid to Senator Dan Patrick in the race for Lieutenant Governor. Patrick leads with 64%. Ken Paxton leads the race for Attorney General with 63% of the vote. Sid Miller is leading the Ag Commish race with 55% of the vote. Ryan Sitton leads Wayne Christian by 60% in the race for Railroad Commissioner. SBOE member Pat Hardy leads challenger Eric Mahroum with 57% of the vote.

As of 11:01 p.m., with 93.92% of precincts reporting, Dan Patrick had defeated David Dewhurst in the Lt. Governor race with 65% of the vote. Ken Paxton had defeated Dan Branch with 64% of the vote. Sid Miller defeated Tommy Merritt for Ag Commissioner with 53% of the vote. Ryan Sitton had defeated Wayne Christian with 57% of the vote.

- Denton County Races
As of 7 p.m., with early votes reported, Paul Johnson led the Denton County DA race with 58%. Harris Hughey led the JP 4 race with 51%, and Mike Oglesby led the JP 5 race with 67%.

As of 8:13 p.m, with 14 of 158 precincts reporting, Paul Johnson's lead over Alexander in the DA race has narrowed slightly to 57%. The other races are essentially unchanged.

After all precincts had reported:
Paul Johnson had kept his seat as District Attorney - earning 56% of the vote. J. Hand had pulled off a victory with 50.5% of the vote in the JP 4 race. Mike Oglesby had won the JP 5 race with 65.32%

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Vote Today in 2014 Primary Runoffs

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/5/26 19:00:00 (819 reads)

Open in new windowVoting in the 2014 Primary Runoff elections will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, May 27th.

Voters will only be able to vote in their own assigned precinct location, based on which party they vote for.

- Republican Locations
- Democratic Locations

In a primary runoff election, voters choose between the two top vote-getters in races for which there was no majority winner in the primary election. Both Republicans and Democrats have primary runoff elections this year.

Voters who have voted in a primary election this year may ONLY vote in that same party's primary runoff. Voters who did not vote in a primary election this year MAY vote in either party's primary runoff.

Voters may check their registration and eligibility at this link.

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Updated: Two Killed in I-35E Motorcycle Wreck

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/5/25 0:10:00 (4402 reads)

This story has been updated. Please scroll to the bottom.

Open in new windowOpen in new windowA motorcyclist and his passenger were killed Saturday night in the 1600 block of Southbound I-35 E in Lewisville. About 8:53 p.m., Lewisville Police and Fire Departments responded to an accident where they found a man and woman on the ground, on the inside shoulder of I-35E, just North of Corporate Dr.

Police said that witnesses reported the man had been travelling at a high rate of speed, weaving in and out of traffic when he lost control and hit the guard rail. The driver and passenger were both pronounced deceased on scene. Neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing a helmet. Both of the deceased will be taken to the Tarrant County Medical Examiners office for autopsy.

Police are not releasing the names or ages of the victims at this time.

I-35 E was shut down for about two hours, but is back open.

Update 5/25/2014 - 12:00 p.m.:
Police have identified the male victim, but are still withholding that information from the public at this time. The female victim has not yet been identified. The Lewisville Texan Journal would appreciate if our readers would refrain from posting names in the comments here or on our social media sites, until after it has been released.

Update 5/25/2014 - 3:35 p.m.
Police have released the name of the driver: Bradley D. Kindhart, 44, of Lewisville. The Medical Examiner's Office is still trying to find next of kin for the woman.

Update 5/27/2014 - 4:25 p.m.
We have updated the story to remove some detail that some may find upsetting.

Update 5/27/2014 - 5:05 p.m.
Lewisville Police today released an additional detail and clarification:

"On Saturday, May 24th, at approximately 9:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to a motorcycle crash in the 1600 block of South I-35E. Witnesses reported that the motorcycle was seen weaving through traffic when the operator apparently lost control and struck a concrete barrier. Officers located the 44 year-old motorcycle operator (Lewisville resident) and his 39 year-old female passenger who were both deceased at the scene. The crash remains under investigation."


Their earlier press release mentioned a guard rail rather than a concrete barrier, and had not listed an age of the female passenger. The Medical Examiner's office has now identified the female passenger.

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Saturday Afternoon Update - Memorial Day Weekend Edition

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/5/24 13:00:40 (655 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowNot going to lie here: We've been pretty busy lately, and have fallen way behind at posting links and updates. Of course the problem with that is that we end up having a huge backlog of things that end up increasingly aged to the point where it doesn't make sense to post them anymore, which makes more work, which makes me procrastinate more.

So, we're just clearing all of that backlog out and starting fresh with just a few recent things, plus some cartoons. We'll try to do better at staying up to date.

Memorial Day Observance
The first thing I would like to remind everyone about is our annual Memorial Day Observance. We are meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Lewisville City Hall in front of the Veterans Memorial monument. We'll take about 30 minutes or less, and we invite anyone who would like to say a few words, say a prayer, recite a poem or otherwise mark the occasion to do so. The event is non-political, and non-sectarian. Please join us. You can RSVP on our event page if you like, but it's not required. Just show up.

Toy Drive for the Children of Conway Arkansas
The Simply Badd Outreach Program is organizing a toy drive called "Care for Conway, Arkansas". The community recently suffered a large tornado. Simply Badd is collecting school supplies, toys, and gift cards for children of all ages. You can drop off donations May 20th through June 9th at either of these location:

Westside Baptist Church
900 Bellaire Blvd
Lewisville, TX 75067

Durham School Services
601 E Purnell St
Lewisville, TX 75057

Update from Keep Lewisville Beautiful on the Spring Cleanup:
On April 26, 2014 we had 686 volunteers come together in the city of Lewisville for our annual Spring Clean Up. This was a new record for KLB, in 2013 there were 522. The 686 volunteers collectively spent 2,638 hours cleaning up 9.8 TONS of trash, or 19,606 pounds. This was enough trash to fill two 30 yard roll off dumpsters and half of a Waste Management truck!

The Lewisville Texan Journal is quite pleased and proud of our volunteers, who along with EA Engineering, the LHS Naval JROTC, and the Hlatky family, cleaned up a bunch of illegal dumping around the Fox Hembry Cemetery.

Links:
Possible drowning at Lewisville Lake already.

Farmers Insurance is suing municipalities over failing to plan around global climate change, which they allege has caused heavier rainfall. They think the cities did not do enough to prepare sewers and stormwater drains.

Zebra Mussel regulations extended to all Texas lakes.

50,000th Nissan Leaf sold in Lewisville.

Jewelry Store Robbers Caught

Assistant Fire Chief resigns.

Lewisville Softball update

May 19th City Council Meeting

LISD looking at bus camera program.

Lewisville Police e-Alert


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Chalk This Way 2014 - Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival

Get Involved! - Rise to Your Higher Self
Posted by CAMartin on 2014/5/16 19:30:00 (1137 reads)
Get Involved!  - Rise to Your Higher Self

Open in new windowBy C.A. Martin

The community is invited to “Chalk This Way!” Sidewalk Art Festival on Saturday, May 17, 2014 outside the Lewisville MCL Grand and Lewisville City Hall area, from 9 AM to 6 PM. This free family-appropriate event, hosted by Lakeside Arts Foundation in partnership with Greater Lewisville Arts Alliance and the City of Lewisville, features professional sidewalk chalk artists, art exhibits, amateur chalk art contest, Kiwanis scholarship contest for High School Seniors, Children’s non-competitive Chalk Art Gallery, Art Vendors, Food & Drink Vendors, Circus performers and Musical Entertainment.

Outdoor musical Acts include the David Gallegos Band at 11:00 AM, Elvis Presley impersonator, Danny Allen, at 12:45 PM, and “The Stoneleighs,” Rolling Stone tribute band at 2:00 PM. Several other musical acts and bands will be performing all day long inside the MCL Grand. The Awards Ceremony for the sidewalk chalk Amateur Art Contest starts at 4:00 PM. Details, rules, and entry forms are available on the website at www.lakesidearts.org. For more information contact Lakeside Arts Foundation at (972) 625-1726 or email president@lakesidearts.org.

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Fire Damages Building at Local Manufacturing Plant

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/5/16 19:00:00 (728 reads)

Open in new windowA little before 5 p.m. today, Lewisville Fire Department responded to a blaze at U.S. Foam company, a manufacturing plant located at 720 E. S.H. 121 Business (at the corner of Railroad Street and S.H. 121). Lewisville Fire Department says the cause is unknown at this time, but that nobody was in the building at the time since it is a weekend.

Firefighters cut holes in the building to ventilate it, and were able to quickly get the fire knocked out. As you can see from the photos, there was major damage to one of the buildings. In addition to Lewisville firefighters, Coppell sent a truck.

Railroad Street was briefly closed Northbound as hoses were in the street. S.H. 121 was open by the time we arrived.

U.S. Foam Corporation makes foam balls and toys.

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