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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

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/5/25 0:10:00 (4403 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 (1142 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

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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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Paws in the Park

Fur Kids Forever
Posted by Dog_Lover on 2014/5/14 11:00:00 (560 reads)
Fur Kids Forever

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Lewisville Animal Adoption Center’s annual Paws in the Park event will be held Saturday, May 17, at 9 a.m., at the center, 995 E. Valley Ridge Blvd.

The event will feature its first Wiener Dog & Wanna-Be Wiener Dog Race starting at 9:45 a.m., followed by a purebred/mix head-to-head race for overall champion. A weenie dog applicant must have the appearance of a dachshund. A wannabe dog applicant must be a small dog (under 15 lbs.) of any breed or mix that wishes it was a dachshund and wants to race as well. The winners from each category will race in a final. Trophies will be awarded to the overall champion. Current Rabies vaccinations are required for all racing applicants, and friendly dogs only. Applications for the race can be given over the phone at 972.219.3478.

Paws in the Park also will feature the unveiling of the center’s “Giving Tree,” police dog demonstration, kissing booth, the event’s first “ruffle” with prizes donated by local businesses, a petting zoo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dog Bite Prevention class for children, $5 Rabies shots (free with a full set of annual vaccines), and a bounce house.

Current vendors include:
Paw-La-La - unique supplies for pets
911 Wildlife - Rocky the Raccoon will be available for pictures information on animal and wildlife removal, relocation and control services
Blue Dingo
Petco- pet store
North Texas Pet Food Pantry - food pantry for those caring for a companion animal(s).
Pets Supplies Plus - pet store
Tail Waggin' Biscuits and Bones - all-natural, organic dog treats
Texas Coalition for Animal Protection - low cost microchipping, vaccines, HW tests, deworming etc.;Rabies shots are $5 and free with a full set of annual vaccines.
Dog's Day Out - daycare, boarding, grooming facility information
Benny's Dog Resort- daycare and boarding facility information
Invisible Fence - product information
Advanced Care Veterinary Care - information on services offered at the facility
Bad Dogz Gone Good K9 Training - dog training classes
Search One Rescue Team - information on the organization
My Lucky Dogz - dog related t-shirts
Paws Dogs Bakery - treats for your pet

Central Market Food Truck and Kona Ice will be on site with food and beverages for sale.

Current rescues include:
All Texas Family Rescue
Recycled Pomeranians Rescue
Lake Dallas Animal Services
Mazie's Mission
Texas Ferret Lover's Rescue
Little Paws Big Hearts
Kitty Save
Habitat 4 Paws
Frisco Humane Society
DFW German Shepherd
K9Kat2
Casa De Critters
Texas Rustlers Small Animal Rescue
Humane Society of Flower Mound

For more information contant Ethel Strother at 972.219.3478 or by email estrother@cityoflewisville.com

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Updated: Flower Mound P&Z to Consider Anti-Solar Ordinance Amendment

Local News, Notes and Events
 Posted by WhosPlayin on 2014/5/11 16:20:00 (1975 reads)

Open in new windowBy Steve Southwell

(See updates at the bottom of the article)

The Flower Mound Planning and Zoning Commission will consider an amendment to its land development regulations Monday night that would severely restrict the installation of solar power by residents who would prefer to power their homes with clean energy.

Though the proposed ordinance cites the public's health, safety, and welfare as its rationale, the clear purpose is to protect the aesthetic preferences of some not to have to ever see solar panels installed on other people's property.

The ordinance contains a variety of nonsensical restrictions - for instance requiring a minimum lot size of 2 acres for ground-mounted systems, and requiring a screening wall around ground-mounted systems that is at least 1 foot higher than the top of the panel. Even then, only one system can be installed, and it can be no higher than 5 feet above the ground.

For roof-mounted systems, the Town proposes that the panels may never face a public road (no matter which direction the road is from the building), may not exceed the height of the roof, must be parallel to the roof, cannot be closer than 2 feet from a ridge or valley, cannot cover more than 80% of the roof, and cannot exceed the amount of power that the Town judges to be needed by the building.

To further complicate the process, and add expense, the Town would require that the system installation be signed off by a professional engineer, in addition to an engineer's letter that the roof will support the weight.

Oddly, the proposed changes also require that panels meet Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

Violations of the ordinance would cost an owner $2,000 per day in fines.

The proposed ordinance change goes to the Flower Mound Planning and Zoning Commission this Monday night, May 12th, for a public hearing, and if it passes, it is scheduled to go before the Town Council in early June.

We spoke with P&Z Chairman Tom Goss, who said that the commission had held one work session on the draft regulations. "I felt and expressed my opinion that we needed more work sessions," said Goss, who is not in favor of the regulations as currently written. "As chairman I may ask the commission to take input at Monday's hearing, and then table this," he added. Goss said there is no basis for setting a 2 acre restriction on ground-mounted systems, and that the proposed 5 foot maximum height would not allow the panels to be angled properly, and could interfere with mowing under them.

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Election Results - May 10th Municipal, School Board Elections

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/5/10 8:30:00 (1937 reads)

Open in new windowWe will have election results here tonight starting just after the polls close at 7 p.m. For now, if you haven't voted yet, please visit our election page for more information, then go vote!

You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates.

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Keeping Tradition Alive Pipe and Drums Jam Friday Night

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/5/9 7:40:00 (633 reads)

Open in new windowMore than 300 firefighter bagpipers, drummers and honor guard members from across the country are expected to participate in the annual KTA Jam Session scheduled for Friday, May 9, on the steps of Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church Street.

The event, which has become a free community favorite drawing more than 1,000 spectators, will include a series of performances and presentations by participants and instructors at the Keeping Tradition Alive symposium being held that week at the Lewisville Convention Center.

Also performing that evening will be The Killdares, a Celtic-themed rock band that has quickly become a Lewisville favorite at the KTA Jam Session and the free Sounds of Lewisville summer concert series.

Keeping Tradition Alive is one of the premier training events for firefighter bagpipe and drum corps members across the country, and also includes classes for public safety honor guards conducted by the National Honor Academy. It was started by Lewisville Fire Department in 2008 and is held each May at the Lewisville Convention Center. The public Jam Session held in conjunction with the symposium has become a popular regional activity for participants and spectators.

Friday’s event in historic Old Town Lewisville will start at 6 p.m., with performances starting at 7 p.m.

The Killdares will take the stage at 7:45 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for their comfort. Food and beverage vendors will be on site. Sponsors are Miller of Denton, Sonny Bryan’s and Pierce Fire Trucks.

For information, please visit www.lfdpipesanddrums.com or www.cityoflewisville.com.

Update via Lewisville Staff:
"The parking situation will be very tight this year. Because of plaza construction, some event elements had to move into the City Hall parking lots, so about 200 cars that parked in those lots last year have to find another place to park. Plan ahead and be ready to possibly walk a couple blocks from the Elm/Mill public parking lot. If you do park on a residential street, please be respectful of those people and do not block driveways."

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Vote Saturday in 2014 City and School Board Elections

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/5/8 19:00:00 (1272 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowPolls are open Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the May 10th City and School Board elections.

Election Day Locations and Hours
On election day-- Saturday, May 10th, citizens who have not already voted may only vote in their assigned precinct location. All Denton County Lewisville precincts vote this year at the Lewisville Municipal Annex, 1197 W. Main St.

On the Ballot
Lewisville Residents will select a City Council Member for Place 1. Mayor Pro Tem Leroy Vaughn is running for re-election, and is challenged by MaryEllen Miksa. Deputy Mayor Pro Tem TJ Gilmore is running unopposed.

Lewisville ISD Voters are selecting a new member in place 6, where Trustee Mike McDaniel is stepping down. In that race, Kristi Hassett, Mary Smith, and Krista Stone are all running. School board elections require only a plurality vote, so there will be no runoff. In LISD Place 7, School Board President Carol Kyer faces challenger Tracy Scott Miller.

For more information about these candidates, please visit our Candidate Page.

For more information about the election, including questions about registration, and ballots by mail, visit the Denton County Elections website.

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