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LHS Student Council receives national award

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/15 6:25:52 (678 reads)

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The Lewisville High School Student Council received one of the highest honors in the country while at the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) state convention on April 10 in Arlington. LHS earned the National Gold Council of Excellence Award – for the first time in school history – because of its exemplary record of leadership, service and activities that continually improve the school and community.

The LHS Student Council, which also garnered a NASC State Sweepstakes award, will be recognized at the NASC national conference this summer in Portland, Ore.

“I’m so proud of our Student Council officers and members for their hard work on the many projects and community activities that earned us this national award,” LHS Student Activities Director Allison Stamey said. “I always tell them that when we serve others it greatly benefits our own life. They are true examples of wonderful student leaders.”

Added LHS Student Body President Kayla Conner: “Being awarded the first NASC Gold Council of Excellence Award at Lewisville High School is an honor for all of us. I’m so proud of all of the hard work our officers, members and advisors have put in to earn national recognition. We’ve put in so much time and effort and it has all been worth it.”

To be eligible for the NASC National Gold Council of Excellence Award, a student council must meet a variety of criteria. In addition to basic requirements, such as a written constitution, regular meetings, democratic election process and membership in NASC, student councils must facilitate leadership training for members, teacher/staff appreciation activities, student recognition programs, school/community service projects, spirit activities, financial planning and actively participate in state and national student council associations.

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Longtime firefighter, son run feed store in Lewisville

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/14 21:50:00 (2920 reads)

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Mike Johnson, left, and his father, Gayle Johnson, operate the Johnson Feed Co. at 901 N. Mill Street, Suite 201, in Lewisville. The feed company has been in operation in the Lewisville area for close to 40 years. (Photo by Dan Eakin)
By DAN EAKIN
dan@LewisvilleTexan.com

Many people in Lewisville may think that once the Lewisville Feed Mill, on Main Street just east of Mill, closed down a few years ago that there was no longer a feed store in the city.

But the truth is that Johnson Feed Co., which has been in the Lewisville area for close to 40 years, continues to thrive at 901 N. Mill Street, Suite 201, where it has been since 2007.

The feed store offers feed for just about any area animals including horses, cattle, pigs, chickens, dogs and cats. The owners promise, “If we don't have it, we can get it.”

The store also has a wide variety of seed and plants for vegetables, flowers and grasses. It also sells fertilizer.

Before moving to the N. Mill Street location, Gayle and Glenda Johnson had operated a feed store since 1979 on their property, which was on what is now Kirkpatrick Lane in Flower Mound.

“In those earlier days, it was in the county and it was a dirt road,” said Gayle Johnson, “and when it rained it was a muddy road.”

Johnson, 79, retired from the Lewisville Fire Department in 1999. He served 30 years, achieving the rank of Captain.

“In 1979, I decided I needed to be doing something in addition to being a firefighter,” he said.

He said he built some extra buildings on their property there where he and his family raised livestock, and began selling feed there.

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Upcoming Closures on the 35Express Project

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/14 6:54:47 (595 reads)

Open in new windowThe following upcoming closures were provided by AGL, the contractor working on the 35Express expansion project for I-35E:

Lane Reduction on Southbound Interstate 35E Frontage Road near Fort Worth Drive
Various lanes of the southbound I-35E frontage road between Lindsey Street and Fort Worth Drive in Denton will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Wednesday, April 13 through Monday, April 18.

Lane Reduction on Northbound Interstate 35E Frontage Road near Knight Street
The right lane of the northbound I-35E frontage road between Knight and McCormick Streets in Denton will be continuously closed from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17.

Flagging Operation at Lake Dallas Drive and Hundley Drive
A flagging operation will be in place in Lake Dallas on north and southbound Lake Dallas Drive and east and west Hundley Drive nightly from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Thursday, April 14 through Wednesday, April 20.

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Record breaking attendance at KLB’s 30th annual Spring Clean Up event

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/14 6:24:54 (284 reads)

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Keep Lewisville Beautiful celebrated its 30th annual citywide cleanup on Saturday April 2, 2016 with a special Earth Day Expo. This free event was held in conjunction with theKeep Texas Beautiful Trash Off and the Keep American Beautiful Great America Clean Up activities. 779 volunteers showed community spirit by working hard and helped remove more than 6.75 tons of litter from Lewisville streets, parks, historic cemeteries, and creeks. Volunteers contributed 3,186 volunteer hours valued at $78,566.76 in litterabatement services for the Lewisville community and cleaned 75+ locations across town.

Lunch, T-shirts, goody bags, and door prizes were provided by KLB and event donors. An environmental expo and Earth Day Celebration were also held onsite, with a special interactive “volunteer tree” where volunteers were able to leave their thumb print and sign a special 30th anniversary art piece. A big thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who worked so hard to make Lewisville a better place to work, live, and play!

Five teams were awarded trophies for their hard work: Youth group winners included the LHS National Honor Society and E-Club who picked up 52 bags of trash for the large youth category (10+ participants), and Girl Scout Troop 4907 who picked up 17 bags of trash in the small youth group (under 10 participants) category. For the adult small group, The Neal Ashmore Family Law Group removed 17 bags of trash. The Lewisville Texan Journal team took home the adult large group trophy, by removing 100+ bags of trash from a local illegal dump site.

Several unusual items were found, including a teal classic ford truck hood with a small tree growing out of it, pink running shoes, a projector, a seat from a car, weather antenna, karaoke machine, vacuum, foam tombstone, a love letter, trading cards, a pick axe, and multiple car bumpers and car parts. Stacey Musser’s Girl Scout troops 4910 and 3533 won “most unusual item” trophy for bringing back the classic Ford Truck hood.

“We are excited to announce that these are our best Spring Cleanup number yet, with record breaking volunteer attendance. It is amazing to see so many people who care about our community and our environment by getting involved with the KLB organization. We can’t thank our volunteers, sponsors, and donors enough for their help in making our 30th anniversary cleanup a huge success” said Amy Wells, KLB Executive Director. “You would think that after 12 years of being with the organization that I wouldn’t be surprised at these events, but you never know what volunteers are going to bring back. They work so hard and truly make a difference in our community. We are so grateful for their support of the organization, and to be able to work with them to make our community a more beautiful place to live, work, and play”.

Keep Lewisville Beautiful would like to thank all of the volunteers and sponsors that made this event possible. Sponsors of this event include City of Lewisville, Waste Management, Republic Services, Downing & Rink, PLLC, Pei Wei, Buffalo Wild Wings, Lone Star Storage, Don't Mess With Texas/ TxDot, Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep America Beautiful, Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Philip Calvanico, Bahama Buck’s, Dallas Zoo, Starbucks, Red Hot & Blue, BJ’s Brewhouse, Fairytale Tea Time, Datcu, Home Depot, Target, Applebees, Main Event, Lowes, On The Border, and Schlotzsky’s. KLB would also like to thank our Earth Day booth sponsors: the Lewisville Police Department, Lakeside Art’s Foundation, Lewisville Lion’s Club, Rich Lubke Organic Community Garden, LISDOLA, Waste Management, Home Depot, Pei Wei, Buffalo Wild Wings and the City of Lewisville Environmental Programs for providing education and giveaways to event participants.

If you did not make the April 2nd date, there is still time to organize your own clean up, Adopt-A-Spot, or have your own Clean Stream Team that you can care for year round. For more information or to become a member Keep Lewisville Beautiful please email info@keeplewisvillebeautiful.org or call 972-538-5949.
Follow KLB on twitter: @KLB_Lewisville

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MCL Grand, Lewisville Public Library present National Poetry Month event

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Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/4/13 12:00:00 (229 reads)

Staff reports

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater and the Lewisville Public Library will hold a free public reception for Lewisville’s first Poet Laureate and two Lewisville ISD student poets.

This event will take place 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 27 at the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles Street, and will feature readings and recitations from J. Paul Holcomb, Madison Heggins and Destinee Aguirre. 

Holcomb, who has served as Poet Laureate since August 2014, has written original pieces of poetry for the city to commemorate special occasions. His most recent poem, “Lewisville Rocks,” was presented to city leaders on Jan. 25. He has published more than 230 original works in multiple journals and anthologies nationwide and in England during his career.

As the LTJ reported on March 5, Madison Heggins gained statewide recognition earlier this year when she won the 2016 Poetry Out Loud competition in Austin. Destinee Aguirre was a top-10 finalist in the same Poetry Out Loud competition. Aguirre is a sophomore at LHS Killough Campus. Aguirre and
Heggins will be acknowledged for their achievements at the MCL Grand event. 

Other poets will also read their work aloud. Staff from the Lewisville Public Library will attend to check out books to those who are inspired to read more poetry and issue new library cards to those who have not yet signed up.

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Rotary recognizes vocational heroes

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/12 22:40:00 (279 reads)

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At its meeting on March 31, the Lewisville Morning Rotary club recognized five “vocational heroes” for their service to the Lewisville Community.

“As Rotarians, members are called to offer our vocational talents to provide opportunities and to work for the relief of the special needs and to improve the quality of life within the community [in which] they live,” read a press release issued by Rotary. “Also as Rotarians, we wish to raise up as a standard those members of our community who have demonstrated outstanding service to the community in their own chosen vocation.”

Open in new windowAt the 7 a.m. meeting, held at the Christian Community Action Community Room, and packed with local elected officials firefighters, police officers, and members of the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary honored the following individuals for dedicated service above self:


Open in new window - Melisa Nardozza, a teacher at Central Elementary
- Captain Jeremy Jones of the Lewisville Fire Department
- Assistant Chief Terry McGrath of the Lewisville Fire Department for Administration/Staff of the Year.
- Detective Brad Kenney of the Lewisville Police Department
- Brian Barto of the Lewisville Fire Department for Paramedic of the Year

Rotary's 1.2 million members worldwide remain dedicated to volunteer community service, promoting high ethical standards in all vocations and furthering international peace. In addition to thousands of volunteer hours, each year Rotary contributes millions of dollars in humanitarian aid and relief around the globe, funds 1,000 scholars to study abroad and provides cross-cultural exchange for 7,000 young leaders.

Open in new windowToday Rotary members incorporate technology, progressive membership strategies and “hands-on" projects to make their volunteer efforts more effective, while maintaining nearly a century-long commitment to excellence in community service.

Lewisville has two Rotary Club chapters. Lewisville Morning Rotary meets each Thursday morning, and Lewisville Noon Rotary meets each Wednesday at noon.

Photos, top to bottom: John Pokorny (Morning Rotary President) with Paramedic Brian Barto (LFD) and Assistant Police Chief Todd Taylor
Detective Brad Kenney
Asst. Chief Terry McGrath
Melisa Nardozza

(Photos by Steve Southwell)

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ColorPalooza at Wayne Ferguson Plaza Saturday

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/9 7:38:00 (497 reads)

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An artist decorates a city sidewalk as part of the Chalk This Way festival in 2014 (Photo by Steve Southwell)
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The City of Lewisville’s first ever ColorPalooza: A Celebration of Spring will be held Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Old Town Lewisville. This family-friendly event will feature a variety of entertainment, exhibits and interactive events for spring.

Admission is free, although some activities might carry a nominal charge. Musical and cultural groups will perform on the Wayne Ferguson Plaza stage and the City Hall steps throughout the day. Food trucks and vendors will offer a variety of food choices, including some with vegan and organic menus.

Main attractions will allow festival-goers the chance to put their artistic chalk skills on display, revel in the beauty of sidewalk chalk art created by professionals, and learn about environmentally friendly products and good conservation habits.

Chalk This Way
This crowd favorite, sponsored by The Lakeside Arts Foundation, returns to Old Town Lewisville for its sixth year. The Lakeside Arts Foundation is looking for artists of all ages who would like to try their hand at chalk art and compete for various prizes in the amateur art competition. To compete, there is a fee of $20 the day of the event. Each artist will be given an event t-shirt, chalk, supplies, a handy pail to keep it all in and a chance to win one of several awards, worth up to $100.

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200 participate in LEF's 8th annual golf tournament

Sports
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/4/9 7:31:54 (299 reads)

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Mike Nelson, Gary Keller, Mark Sutton, and Chase Traughber won first place on the Fazio course at Stonebriar Country Club in Plano Friday. They played in the 8th Annual Lewisville Education Foundation Golf Tournament. (Photo courtesy of LEF)
By DAN EAKIN

April 1 was a busy day at the Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco as 200 players came to participate in the 8th Annual Lewisville ISD Education Foundation (LEF) Golf Tournament.

It was a fundraiser for the organization which during the past 26 years has contributed more than $3 million to students and teachers in the LISD in the form of scholarships and materials.

The players played on two courses at the Stonebriar Country Club, the Country Club Course and the Fazio Course.

Cinnamon Dilts, LEF communications director, said the total amount raised from the event has not yet been calculated. However, she did say that sponsors paid between $1,000 and $15,000 each. Individuals paid $1,000 each to play and teams of four played for $750. Sponsors did not pay extra to play.

The LEF also raised funds from a silent auction which included such items as sports memorabilia and a signed photo of all living presidents.

Raffles brought in extra income for the LEF.

Dilts said, “LEF will use the money to continue the work of improving the already-great public education in LISD through our teacher grant and student scholarship programs.

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Gene Carey – Much more than a public servant

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/4/9 7:12:06 (392 reads)

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Gene Carey, former Lewisville Mayor (Photo courtesy of City of Lewisville)
By KEN JUDKINS

Former Mayor Gene Carey was, by any measurement, as successful a local politician as you will find. By my count, between his first city council election in 1993 and his last race for mayor in 2006, he won eight elections without a defeat, and not a single one of them was close.

But Gene was not a normal politician, local or otherwise. His public success was built on something far more important than a dynamic public persona or the prestige of the office that he held. When you talked with Gene, you knew he cared what you had to say, and what you were going through or dealing with. He listened intently and answered directly. When you had his attention, he was focused on you. He built support one person at a time by building personal trust.

This quality surfaced not only to those he supported. It also applied to those who didn’t vote for him, and occasionally to those who ran against him. Over the years, Gene drew a couple of very young opponents in mayoral elections. Both times, after winning in landslides, Gene made it a point to reach out to them and encourage their involvement in the city in other ways.

Patrick Booth, who ran against Gene for mayor while still a teenager, was very grateful for Gene’s kindness and encouragement. Patrick, now a counselor and author of “The Long Road Home,” told me “One statement he made to me that I have always appreciated during my last campaign was that he liked watching me mature over the years. Since then I have always appreciated the value of experience a little more. Gene was a considerate leader and the city was lucky to have him...” Patrick went on to serve on the Lewisville Park Board, and made a later run for city council.

I first met Gene Carey in the summer of 1989. He was a new member of the park board, which I had joined two years before. I remember him being very amiable, and over the next year, he proved to be the kind of board member you always want to see: no personal agenda, and a willingness to listen, provide intelligent input, and place the needs of the community first and foremost.

We became friends, and stayed close friends until Gene’s untimely death this past Monday at the age of 73. It was an unusual and unlikely friendship, considering that we were both political activists with strong views. I’m a fairly liberal Democrat and Gene was a staunch conservative Republican.

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Hundreds turn out to funeral of Gene Carey, former mayor

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/4/9 6:20:00 (682 reads)


Lewisville firefighters suspended an American flag from two fire truck ladders on the Valley Ridge bridge over I-35E to honor the funeral procession of Gene Carey (Photo by Adonis Carcamo of Pomegranate Underground)

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Mayor Gene Carey (Photo courtesy of City of Lewisville)

By DAN EAKIN
dan@LewisvilleTexan.com

A large crowd of around 250-300 was on hand Friday morning at the Lakeland Baptist Church in Lewisville to mourn the passing and to celebrate the life of Lewisville's longest-tenured mayor.

Gene Carey, 73, who served as mayor of Lewisville from 2000 to 2009, died Monday, April 4, 2016, at his home.

Dr. Ben Smith, former longtime pastor of the church, opened his sermon by reading a proclamation from current Lewisville Mayor Rudy Durham, which said, in part, “Mayor Carey was the 21st person to serve in that office, and his four terms totaling nine years made him the longest-tenured mayor in Lewisville history. However, it was not his tenure that made him a beloved and respected figure – it was his steadfast dedication to a community that had been his home since 1972, and his sincere concern for all the people who live and work in Lewisville, that made Mayor Carey the kind of leader who comes along so rarely and makes such a tremendous impact.”

Smith said he was at Carey’s side “when he breathed his last breath,” and said he died peacefully.

Dr. Donald Schmidt, current pastor at Lakeland, said Carey had taught a Sunday School class and that Carey often texted him on Saturday night to tell him he was praying for him and for the service on Sunday.

Schmidt described Carey as a man who was “devoted to his wife, his family, his city, his church and his Savior.”

The Lewisville Fire Department's Honor Guard posted the colors at the beginning of the funeral. Fire Chief Tim Tittle presented Mrs. Carey with an American flag near the end of the service.

Carey's casket was draped with a City of Lewisville flag during the funeral. Members of the Lewisville Police Department's Honor Guard, wearing dress blue uniforms with black bands across their badges, saluted the casket. They folded the flag and Police Chief Russell Kerbow presented it to Mrs. Carey.  A member of the fire department's Pipes and Drums played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes to conclude the funeral.

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