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Boys lose, girls win vs. Hebron

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

By Mike Ibanez
sports@lewisvilletexan.com


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

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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

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/1/23 14:40:00 (1167 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
editor@LewisvilleTexan.com


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’

The Editor's Column
Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/1/23 10:03:58 (677 reads)

By Adam Schrader
adam@LewisvilleTexan.com


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

Sports
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
jen@LewisvilleTexan.com


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

Local News, Notes and Events
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
editor@LewisvilleTexan.com


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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Print Edition - 01/23/2016

Print Editions of LTJ
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/1/23 9:04:45 (286 reads)

Open in new windowHere is the Jan. 23, 2016 print edition of The Lewisville Texan Journal:



You can find free copies at any of these locations.

Want home delivery of The Lewisville Texan Journal every Saturday? You can get it!

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LHS boys stun area-ranked Allen

Sports
Posted by MikeIbanez on 2016/1/23 9:00:00 (1107 reads)

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sports@lewisvilletexan.com


Staring at a second consecutive defeat and a trip further down the District 6-6A standings, the Lewisville boys basketball team rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat area-ranked Allen 47-46 in a thrilling game at LHS Arena Friday night.
After managing only two third-quarter points— a fast-break layup by post Trenton Sandifer— Farmers coach Gary Collier altered his strategy, employing a suffocating full-court press and half-court trap which rattled the Eagles into turnovers and limited them to four fourth-quarter points.

It came down to simple math. The press caused turnovers and created more Farmer scoring opportunities, while limiting Allen’s ability to trade baskets and coast to a win.

“We wanted as many possessions as possible,” Collier said after the game. “We had a lot of late steals and we finally made some open shots.”

The biggest shots during the decisive run came from the usual suspects— Sandifer and guard Jeremiah Taylor. Sandifer scored six points in the fourth quarter, and Taylor’s baseline three-pointer with 45 seconds left was the game-winner.

Sandifer, who led the Farmers with 12 points, was called for a questionable foul on what appeared to be a clean block of Allen guard Dylan Ditzenberger’s shot with four seconds left. But Ditzenberger missed both free throws and Taylor grabbed the rebound to clinch the Farmer win.

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Angie Cox seeks re-election to Lewisville ISD school board

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/1/21 0:53:57 (391 reads)

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Angie Cox, 45, of Flower Mound, filed her paperwork Wednesday to run for a second term for Place 3 on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees. She was first elected in a special election in November of 2013 to serve the remainder of the term of a board member who resigned.

Cox says she draws on 20 years experience as a parent, volunteer, business owner, and leader in the community.
“It has been an honor to serve on the LISD Board of Trustees,” she said. “I have met some incredible teachers, parents, and administrators who are very passionate about education and the future of the students of LISD.” she said.

“As a parent, business owner as well as district and community volunteer, service to LISD is in my heart,” said Cox. “And the opportunity to serve, in the role of trustee, is a commitment I take very seriously,” she said.

Cox is involved in mentoring students with Communities in Schools. She also works with The Lewisville ISD Education Foundation and Journey to Dream. Cox is a member of The Women of Flower Mound, Friends of the Flower Mound Library, Lewisville Noon Rotary, Keep Flower Mound Beautiful, Lewisville and Flower Mound Chambers of Commerce, PTAs and The Flower Mound High School Baseball and Basketball Booster Clubs.

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Letters: War on drugs takes toll on families

Letters
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/1/21 0:15:16 (598 reads)
Letters

To the editor:

My younger brother was arrested on Friday. He is a drug addict. It’s okay, you can go ahead and judge him, my family, my parents, I got over that many years ago. My brother was released from a 3 year prison sentence in early 2015, but as prison doesn’t cure addiction, he was caught with drugs again.

My family has long run out of money for lawyers so he’ll be represented by whoever is assigned to him and he’ll be back in prison for 2-99 years, whatever the prosecutor and the judge feel like on that day.

If you’ve never had a loved one in prison I will tell you what is true for me – it is necessary to kill a part of yourself in order to deal with the reality of having a loved one locked up in a corrupt and dangerous system. I’m not sure what that part is called but I know whatever it is - killing it is the only way to make it possible to sleep through the night, wake up in the morning, have some laughter, raise your kids, and get on with your life. But all along you know that part of you is dead and gone. That’s the war on drugs.

The punishment isn’t only applied to the prisoner, it is applied to the sons and the daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters. The pain ripples through families and communities. The United States has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the prison population. That’s 2 million people in prison.

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