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Farmers lose to Flower Mound, but may still snag playoff spot

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Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/1/28 16:43:45 (708 reads)


Lewisville Boys Basketball hoped move towards snagging a playoff spot Tuesday in a close game against Flower Mound. Unfortunately, Farmers fans left disappointed after the team suffered through a game-changing final three minutes.

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Lewisville’s Trenton Sandifer (33) looks to catch a rebound in the game against Flower Mound. (Photo by Anthony Mazur)

Lewisville Head Coach Gary Collier said the team now won’t be able to tell if it will make the playoffs until the end of the season.

“We just got to keep playing every game, one game at a time,” Collier said. “All wins are big. We need every win from here on out.”

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Coyote Drive In breaks ground

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Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/1/28 15:30:00 (12440 reads)

Interim Editor

Coyote Drive In, the beloved Fort Worth theater, recently broke ground on a new location in Lewisville after the city approved its engineering site plan earlier this month.

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Lewisville liquor stores compared

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Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2016/1/23 16:34:27 (1262 reads)

By Philip Moulard

Usually we have the honor of enjoying great local food at Lewisville restaurants and writing reviews in an effort to make valid recommendations for your local dining experiences. Today we tackle the local adult beverage store scene and provide comparisons for local shoppers.
We recently visited six Lewisville liquor stores to contrast prices and layouts. We chose three different brands of four spirits: whiskey, rum, gin, vodka and domestic beer. Of course, we made sure to include locally owned Nue vodka, and Witherspoon spirits in our store comparison. All spirits were the 750 ml. products, and the beer were in 12 packs of 12 oz. bottles.

Disclaimer: All price data was collected on January, 8 2016. Current prices may differ from prices posted.

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Castle Spirits - 150, 2540 King Arthur Blvd
Located in the Castle Hills Village’s Shopping center, Castle Spirits is one of the more upscale liquor stores in Lewisville. Hardwood floors, beautiful archways and very personal service are what you should expect in this higher-end store. Prices on average reflect that sophistication, albeit less than you would expect.

Whiskey -
Jack Daniels- $28.99
Fireball- $19.59
Witherspoon Bourbon- $49.99
Witherspoon River Rum- Not in stock
Captain Morgan Spiced Rum- $18.99
Bacardi Gold- $18.99
Beefeater- $26.99
New Amsterdam- $18.99
Nue- $16.99
Greygoose- $35.99
Taaka- $9.29
Bud Light- $14.99
Coors Light- $15.99
Shiner Bock- $16.99

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Teens spend weekend taking photos of gravestones

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/1/23 15:46:50 (813 reads)

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Rachel Cotton, Emma Thornock, Rachel Fletcher and Sabrina Waite brave the cold to photograph graves. (Photo by Sharon Cliff)
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Denton’s Oakwood Cemetery recently filled with 240 area teens wielding smartphones who planned to document headstone information.

The volunteers kept good attitudes about the unusual activity despite the cold and rain.

“It was really cool to see all the different graves and how each grave kind of told you about the kind of person they were,” said Emma Evans,16, of Shady Shores.

The activity was part of a conference organized by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Similar efforts by individuals and groups around the world contribute to the expanding database for searching and viewing records online. The photos also help people locate graves they’d like to personally visit.

The teens used the BillionGraves app to take photos and upload them to, a free website where the information is transcribed and made available for online family history research.

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Boys lose, girls win vs. Hebron

Posted by MikeIbanez on 2016/1/23 15:09:41 (604 reads)

By Mike Ibanez

With half of the District 6-6A season still left to play, it’s a little early to start looking ahead to playoff positioning. But Tuesday night’s 52-45 loss at Hebron may be one the Lewisville boys basketball team looks back on if they miss the postseason party.

The win kept the Hawks among two teams tied for fourth place in the district at 5-4. The Farmers fell to 4-5 and sat in sixth place heading into their Friday night home game against Allen.

Emeka Eni led all LHS scorers against Hebron with 16 points. Aubreion Bobb added 14. The duo of Trenton Sandifer and Jeremiah Taylor, which regularly paces the Farmers’ scoring attack, combined for 12 points.

Hebron was led by shooting guard Roy Broomfield’s 21 points. The Hawks held Lewisville to three second-quarter points, and had a 25-15 lead at halftime.

Last Thursday, Sandifer and Taylor were among over 100 area players nominated to play in the 2nd annual Metroplex 24 All-Star Game, which will be played in May. Final selections will be determined on Feb. 1.

Sandifer and Taylor lead the Farmers in scoring and are among the DFW area’s leading Class 6A rebounders. Sandifer sits second in the area with 9.1 rebounds per game while Taylor grabs 6.6 boards per contest.

Taylor is also among the area’s most prolific passers, averaging three assists per game. Farmer point guard Marcus Jefferson leads all LHS players with 3.5 assists per outing.

While the Farmers boys were losing to Hebron, the girls team was picking up its second win over its Carrollton neighbors this season. LHS held off the Lady Hawks 42-40 to pick up its third district win.

Alexia Passmore and Naomi Hawkins each scored 10 points to lead all Lady Farmers scorers. Maddie Brown, one of only four Hebron players who scored, had 17.

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Flying free: Tips for drone enthusiasts

Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/1/23 14:40:00 (673 reads)

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Lewisville resident Craig Thompson flies the DJI Inspire 1 quadcopter for a microwave tower inspection. Photo by Leslie Thompson

By Leslie J. Thompson

This month could be labeled the Month of Drone.

Area residents have spent the last few weeks learning to maneuver the trendy flying toys –which were among the hottest sellers this holiday season.

Check Facebook and you’ll also see numerous posts by people looking for lost drones or claiming that theirs “just flew off.” Such mishaps are not a big deal when you’re talking about a palm-sized toy that weighs just a few ounces and retails for less than $100. But, the basic model of the Phantom 3 runs about $500. Losing a DJI Phantom quadcopter or other similar-sized, unmanned aerial system can be costly and pose a serious hazard to others.

My husband and I fly drones for clients in industries including construction, land planning, real estate marketing and roof inspections. As commercial drone operators, we’ve learned lessons the hard way.

If you received a drone as a Christmas gift or have been itching to try your hand as a UAS hobbyist, here are a few key things you should know to ensure that every flight is safe and enjoyable:

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FM 407 interchange tests patience

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/1/23 14:40:00 (1165 reads)

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I-35E northbound service road approaching FM 407 narrows to a single lane for drivers headed north, turning left and turning right. Compounding the problem, the Garden ridge exit is closed, forcing more traffic to have to go through this intersection. - LTJ photo

By Steve Southwell

Lewisville residents were happy to finally get some connectivity beneath I-35E on FM 407 when lanes opened Dec. 31.

But, the northbound service road there is a mess. It has more traffic because the next northbound exit for Garden Ridge is closed until later this summer. Drivers needing to access that road must also traverse the this intersection.

The two lanes on the service road merge to a single lane prior to the driveway for the Valero gas station on the southeast corner. Traffic needing to turn right can’t scoot past the line waiting at the signal. So, it backs up for a long way down the service road.

AGL Constructors is aware of the backup, and has tried to speed up the work. They say they’ve tweaked traffic cameras to make the intersection more efficient.

Don't get caught driving through the Valero parking lot to cut the intersection either. Lewisville police have been at the location, and we're told that they have stopped plenty of people.

You probably will want to take Valley Ridge instead of FM 407 if you can get there that way.

The full intersection is expected to be complete this summer, but they say they hope to have turn lanes by early spring. It won’t be soon enough.

Here is a YouTube video from AGL showing the construction stages:

(2:20 in the video is about where we are now.)

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New editor, old face takes helm at ‘The LTJ’

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Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/1/23 10:03:58 (677 reads)

By Adam Schrader

Last week, Lewisville lost a great publication and I lost my job as its editor. For one year and six months, I served Lewisville readers by putting out a weekly publication called Neighborsgo for The Dallas Morning News.

But Lewisville will endure as many cities have through the loss of major publications and a shrinking industry. Thanks to Steve Southwell, I will endure too.

Hi, my name is Adam Schrader and I am the Interim Editor of The Lewisville Texan Journal. It is my privilege to once again put out a weekly newspaper in the area I grew up and served for many years.

I was born to Charles and Luciana Schrader of Flower Mound in 1990. I attended Heritage and Prairie Trail Elementary Schools, Briarhill Middle School and graduated from Marcus High School in 2008—when I went off to Lubbock Christian University to study music business. I wanted to be a hot producer like P. Diddy.

Upon the end of my time at LCU, an old friend and now ex-girlfriend of mine convinced me to get an internship at KCBD News Channel 11 in Lubbock, start a student newspaper and apply to graduate school in journalism. So I did.

I graduated with a master’s of journalism from the University of North Texas and have worked with The Dallas Business Journal, The Denton Record-Chronicle and the Morning News. My life hasn’t been the same since. I’ve never really looked back.

While I’m proud to have worked at the News, I’m excited for this new transition in my life. I get to cover Lewisville, a city that I love, once again on my hunt to take my career to the next level—hopefully on the national stage.

My time here may range from a couple of weeks to several months, or more. We’ll cross that bridge when the time comes. But until then, I hope to cover this city with attention and thoroughness.

This week, I’m excited for you to read stories by names you already recognize: Jennifer and Steve Southwell. Jennifer’s story about the Derby Divas, a new roller derby group in Lewisville, will inspire local women. Steve has written a great investigative piece about residents experiencing water woes.

You will continue to see their excellent writing, alongside my own name and other favorites from the community. I hope to grow the LTJ’s print and digital footprints, provide more staff-written stories and enhance our presence on social media. You may also soon see some changes from content to design—like the new formatting on the calendar—in weeks to come.

I know we’ll get through this transition together. If you have any concerns, let me know. I always welcome any feedback, story ideas and submissions you may have. Remember to follow me and the paper on Twitter at @schrader_adam and @LewisvilleTexan.

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Derby Divas roll into Lewisville

Posted by Fluffy_the_Great on 2016/1/23 9:50:00 (1161 reads)

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Jane "Scrapity Anne" Flores (left), Wilma "Nikki Styx" Barnes and Carrie "Baroness von Booty" Dopona. Photo courtesy of Helen's Photography/The Cross Timbers Gazette
By Jennifer Southwell

Editor's note: The author of this article is a member of North Texas Roller Derby.

Lewisville now boasts a women’s roller derby league, Texas Derby Divas. The league practices at InterSkate Roller Rink, 1408 State Highway 121 Business.

Jane “Scrapity Anne” Flores, Wilma “Nikki Styx” Barnes and Carrie “Baroness von Booty” Dopona formed the league in late 2015 when, as recently retired skaters from Denton-based North Texas Roller Derby, they decided they missed the workouts, the competitiveness and the companionship that roller derby provides.

“Derby also came at a time for me that helped me deal with my grief from losing my sister and mom within three weeks of each other. I had something to focus on besides sadness,” Barnes said. “I think roller derby can be many different things for everyone. I feel like it also saves lives.”

Most leagues require monthly practice credit for competion. The trio didn't miss that. But, they knew they had a need for a recreation league for their small group and thought that other area women that would like the same fun.

“We all missed derby and competing. We missed the camaraderie of being part of a league,” Barnes said. “We wanted to offer other women, like us, who wanted to be involved in roller derby but couldn't commit to a set number of practice requirements each month. We wanted a recreation league.”

A recreation league is one that the players come together to play for fun with few requirements, or none beyond a membership fee. Non-recreation-level roller derby leagues also require team participation and fundraising efforts.

Currently, the Derby Divas' membership is around 25 women that range in skill level from recently retired competitive skaters to fledgling participants purchasing their first set of skates and required gear. The league has held “Meet-and-Greet” events at InterSkate, which have had good turnout.

Roller derby is a physically and mentally demanding sport. Betsy "$2 Pistol" Rooney, a player not of the Texas Derby Divas, likens it to playing speed chess on skates while people throw bricks at you. A player engages in both offense and defense sometimes simultaneously and has to quickly maneuver using great agility among a group of nine other players, she said.

But, player safety is a big concern.

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Creekside residents on boil water routine after numerous outages

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/1/23 9:30:00 (961 reads)

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Creekside's water system (LTJ Photo)

By Steve Southwell

Creekside mobile home park residents say they have an unreliable water supply with frequent outages that require residents to boil the water before use. But, they say a lack of communication over the issue has more than just the water boiling.

The park has its own community water system serving its 553 homes. Creekside bills residents for the water it sells them.

Resident Denice Crafton, who likes living at Creekside, says water has always been a hot topic but recently worsened. She says the park averages an outage per month, but that they recently had several outages within nine days.

Another resident preferred to remain anonymous in fear of retribution from management. They provided a list of outages on Jan. 4, 9, 11, 13 and 19, which they said lasted between two to nine hours each. The outages have become more frequent in the past year, they said.

Crafton said the park’s owners do not return phone calls or reply to certified letters.

“I'm not trying to bash the owners,” she said. “I just want things to improve in the community and with their communications with us about what is going on.”

Residents say the owners give no explanations when the water goes out. They provide no information on expected restoration times.
Crafton says the park doesn’t pay residents any restitution for the water they have to buy to drink or to flush toilets. It gets even more expensive though, she said, as she ends up having to dine out because she cannot wash dishes and produce properly.

“A sponge bath just won't cut it in August,” said Crafton. “I keep refilled bottles of water just for my toilets because this happens so often.”

The anonymous source says the outages made it difficult to mix up baby formula.

The Creekside water system is not connected to the city’s public water supply. It draws groundwater, up to 300 gallons of water per minute, from two wells.

When that system’s pumps fail or water lines break, they lose pressure. When the lines lose pressure, contaminants could flow into the pipes, and the water could lose chlorination and harbor bacteria.

In these cases, residents must boil the water for a minute before they use it for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes.

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Water well at Creekside mobile home park (LTJ Photo)

State law requires that operators of water systems like Creekside provide notice to their customers when water must be boiled due to contamination or loss of pressure. That notice must be provided to each resident within 24 hours, and a copy must be sent to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which regulates water systems in the state.

Crafton says that the park management puts a small sign up near the entrance to the park saying “boil water until further notice”. But that sign, she says, is often obscured by cars parked in front of it. Another problem, she says, is that many of the park’s residents speak Spanish, but the notices are in English. And not all residents travel past the entrance each day. Crafton says some residents are homebound.

Creekside has a spotty compliance history with TCEQ. Their record shows a series of 11 violations from 2005 to 2015 mostly relating to a failure to properly handle consumer confidence reporting, but sometimes relating to the boil water notices.

On July 13 of last year, TCEQ issued a notice of two violations based on a May 2 outage. Creekside failed to submit copies of its boil water notices to TCEQ. On Oct. 21, TCEQ issued a notice of enforcement against Creekside for a Sept. 2 outage where they again failed to submit copies of their boil water notices to the agency.

In 2014, Creekside was hit with a violation relating to chlorine monitoring.

As of Friday afternoon, Crafton was still boiling water because of the previous outage.

TCEQ water investigator Ariel Yeh said that boil water notice would likely be lifted soon since lab results had come back. Yeh, who had visited Creekside on Thursday to investigate the problems, said that Creekside did not have the boil water sign displayed as they should have and she instructed them to redisplay the sign. When The LTJ visited the park on Friday afternoon, we did not see any sign.

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