This morning, there was a 16 inch diameter water main break near LL Woods Park that resulted in a water outage affecting the area surrounded by Kirkpatrick and Old Orchard, Valley Parkway, and College Street.
City of Lewisville Public Services Director Carole Bassinger said that initially, the problem affected the entire area, but by reconfiguring some valves, the city crews were able to restore service to most of the area. She expects repairs to be complete in about 2 hours - or about 11:30 a.m.
I want to start off by saying I love this state and want to keep it strong for our kids. Additionally, this is not a political statement of any persuasion; these are facts. I'm a firm believer that Democrats and Republicans both have stupid ideas they do not pay for, and even dumber ones they do.
The Texas Legislature is in full swing and bills from the house and Senate are being discussed and debated. Tax cuts are one of the first issues discussed. Unfortunately, how these tax cuts would be paid for was not included in their plans. This includes the property and franchise tax cuts proposed by Sentator Jane Nelson (R, Flower Mound). These are the main source of funding for our education system. Two state courts have already deemed the current level of funding unconstitutional.
Texas is always in the bottom 8 for funding public schools, and is currently around 44th in spending, depending on whose statistics you look at. As the costs and burdens have increased, inflation-adjusted per pupil spending had actually decreased by $611 since the recession, according to the American Federation of Teachers.
The Texas Legislature clearly understands the value and ability of the public education system to execute their wishes. This is evident in the 82 currently unfunded mandates passed down to our school districts.
With all the challenges that Texas schools face, somehow our teachers get our kids to the middle of the pack on standardized test scores. So we reward them with great benefits and pay, Oh wait-- nope!!!
As always, there are many arts and leisure events and educational opportunities coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Here are some selected events that you may find interesting.
Friday, March 6th: Twilight Kayaking Tour on McWhorter Creek - LLELA 6:30-8:30 p.m. Prior kayaking experience is required, ages 16 years and up. Paddlers receive only a brief introduction to kayaking on dry land before pushing off into the water. All equipment is provided. Don’t delay in registering; these trips will fill up quickly. $25/paddler. Registration is required at 972.219.3930 or email@example.com
Saturday, March 7th: Night Hike at LLELA 6:30-8:30 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, March 14th: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event The City of Lewisville operates a household hazardous waste collection center that provides residents with a convenient, safe and environmentally sound way to get rid of waste materials that should not be put into the landfill.
The Residential Convenience Center, 330 W. Jones Street, will be open Saturday, February 14th, from 9 a.m. until noon, to accept materials from Lewisville residents, who must provide a driver’s license for proof of residency. More information...
Saturday, March 14th: LLELA Bird Walk and Nature Walk Bird Walk: 7:30 a.m. Bird watchers of all skill levels are invited to join an expert birder to explore birding locations at LLELA. Ages 10 and up. There is a $2 program fee for the bird walk, in addition to the regular gate fee of $5/person. Reservations are not required.
Nature Walk: 10 a.m. Join us for our monthly naturalist-led nature walk. Each season at LLELA is different, and we never know what we’ll find—deer tracks, blooming wildflowers, butterflies, and much more. The hike will last about two hours. There is no additional fee for this hike, just LLELA’s regular gate fee ($5/person, with children 5 years and under free). Reservations are not required.
Saturday, March 14th: Texas Tunes - Willis Alan Ramsey Willis Alan Ramsey and special guest Alison Rogers will take the stage Saturday, March 14, at 8 p.m., as the third 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 at MCLGrand.tix.com. More info...
The Center Piano Trio of The University of North Texas will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20, as part of The Lewisville Lake Symphony International Chamber Series. The trio is composed of Hao Miao, violin; Lejing Zhou, cello; and Ellen Pavliska, piano.
The Center for Chamber Music Studies at the College of Music consists of various chamber groups comprised of musicians who are handpicked by the faculty as being the top representatives from their areas of study.
Ellen Pavliska, a native of San Antonio, started playing the piano at age 11 and made her orchestral debut with the San Antonio Symphony at age 16. Hao Miao was born in Inner Mongolia and studied at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Karkov National University of Art in Ukraine before coming to North Texas. Lejing Zhou is a native of China and is a doctoral student at UNT. He has performed concerts in Switzerland, Germany, and Italy as well as in the United States.
The trio will perform Piano Trio No. 39 in G Major by Joseph Haydn, Henryk Wieniawski’s Variations on an Original Theme for violin and piano, and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor.
The free concert will be performed at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5500 Morriss Road, in Flower Mound (across from Marcus High School football stadium).
Willis Alan Ramsey and special guest Alison Rogers will take the stage Saturday, March 14, at 8 p.m., as the third 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 at MCLGrand.tix.com.
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.
Willis Alan Ramsey is an icon in Texas Music. In the early ‘70s, he released an album of brilliant original tunes. After that, silence, except for the occasional tour and contribution of a beautiful song for another artist to sing. No second album ever appeared.
Back on tour with his wife, Alison, Willis’ work as a young artist still amazes. Nine out of the 11 songs from his first album have been covered by major artists.
The Texas Tunes series features performers from music halls and festivals throughout the state who present great music in a variety of genres, but all with that unique Texas flair that has made the state a hotbed for fans of live music.
The rest of the 2015 Texas Tunes series includes Tom Faulkner on April 18.; Max Baca & Los TexManiacs on May 23; and Colin Gilmore and Nicolette Good on June 13.
Keep Lewisville Beautiful will hold a March Garden Secrets class at the Lewisville Municipal Annex Community room on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 from 6-7:30pm on “Gardening with Herbs”. Denton County Master Gardener Barbara Brown will be lecturing on planting and growing a variety of Herbs in the garden, what grows best in North Texas, and their uses in the kitchen and around the home. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors for this informative garden secrets class. We look forward to seeing you there! Don’t forget to bring your questions for the question/answer session.
This FREE gardening class will be held at the City of Lewisville Annex Community room located at 1197 W. Main St., Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 6:00-7:30pm. Please call to reserve your spot! RSVP required by March 10th. Last minute walk-ins okay, too. This event is open to all participants (Lewisville residency not required). For more information, contact Keep Lewisville Beautiful at 972-538-5949 or email@example.com.
Keep Lewisville Beautiful is partnering with the City of Lewisville to bring you a variety of classes in 2015. Upcoming classes include: Landscape Design on March 31st, Composting on April 2nd, Build Your Own Rain Barrel (small fee required) April 7th, and Smartscape Plant Selection on May 7th. For a full list of upcoming scheduled classes, please visit the KLB website www.keeplewisvillebeautiful.org.
Please note that class times and locations may vary from class to class.
Lewisville ISD (LISD) will be closed Thursday, March 5 due to inclement weather, and all LISD activities – including Elementary Open House – scheduled for Thursday have been cancelled. LISD worked in conjunction with area superintendents and the National Weather Service to make this decision.
The National Weather Service has an update on tonight's winter storm:
"Radar shows the upper level disturbance that will bring the main round of mixed wintry precipitation is now moving through West Texas. This system will move rapidly northeast during the next few hours with conditions deteriorating across North Central Texas during the evening and overnight hours. At this time, it appears that the highest accumulation of sleet and snow with amounts of 2 to 3 inches will set up in a band roughly from Comanche to Cleburne to Terrell to Sulphur Springs. Just outside of this band an inch of sleet and snow is likely as well. Thus the highest amounts are expected to impact the southeastern parts of the greater DFW Metroplex and may stay just north of the Waco/Temple/Killeen areas. We will continue to monitor trends in this winter storm during the next several hours and will update you as the event unfolds."
Lieutenant Scott W. Haynes of the Lewisville Police Department recently graduated from the Leadership Command College - Class 72 of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.
The program, taught by a consortium of universities throughout Texas, provides law enforcement administrators and executives with the skills necessary to effectively manage police agencies and deliver a high level of service to their communities. Module I, focusing on leadership, is taught at the Center for Executive Development at Texas A&M University. Module II at Texas Woman's University focuses on the political, legal, and social environment of law enforcement.
The program concluded on February 27, 2015 with training in law enforcement administration at the third module, held at Sam Houston State University.
On February 27, 2014, at approximately 1:45 a.m., officers arrested 17-year-old Coe Allen Peoples for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon in connection with a road rage incident. The victim and several witnesses all stated the suspect swerved at the victim several times while traveling southbound on Interstate 35-E.
The victim tried to get away from the suspect, but he rammed his truck into her, causing her to strike the Jersey barrier. The suspect then sped away, while a witness followed and called 911. The suspect took the next exit and went northbound on the interstate. The suspect and his friends allegedly honked and yelled at the victim as they passed.
Officers caught up to Peoples in the 3000 block of North Interstate 35-E and stopped the vehicle. After a lengthy investigation, Peoples was arrested and booked into the Lewisville City Jail where he was arraigned on the charge. A bond was set at $10,000.