As national and statewide races begin to take shape in the upcoming Republican and Democratic primaries, one local race stands out in Denton County due to its increasingly heated rhetoric.
In recent months, candidates for Constable in Precinct 1 in Denton County (Denton, Shady Shores, Lake Dallas, Corinth, Hickory Creek) have traded barbs and allegations, presenting an often muddied picture for potential voters. Johnny Hammons, a former deputy constable released from his position as deputy constable in 2013, is challenging Jesse Flores, a former Lewisville Police Department officer who was appointed as constable in April 2013.
I meant to post the update on Wednesday, but I fell behind due to the day job and other obligations - then the weather issues. Anyhow, here are some various links to stories we thought were interesting:
Continuing our effort to showcase more local musicians, we would like to introduce you to Julie Bonk, and Guthrie Kennard. Bonk, of Lewisville is a graduate of the University of North Texas, and plays and teaches Jazz and Blues piano. She even taught Norah Jones. Kennard, of Coppell ran away from home at a young age to play music, and first ended up in Texas in 1968. He is a singer/songwriter and guitar player who has collaborated with a number of big-name musicians. Here is a video of the two of them rehearsing “1969”.
The City of Denton, which owns its own municipal electric company, uses wind power to provide approximately 40% of the electricity needs for the city and its residents. Renewables and efficiency are a priority for Denton, and we think they should be for Lewisville too. My subcommittee of Lewisville’s Vision 2025 planning group has called for Lewisville to use 100% renewables by 2025 for city facilities. Hopefully that will make it into the final report and be accepted by City Council. We’ve used 100% renewable energy in my household since 2006. Look for an article here soon from a Lewisville resident who thinks nuclear energy is the way to go.
About that tainted seafood from Texas: You can thank the Champion Paper company, who decided in their ultimate wisdom, without appropriate regulation from the State of Texas, to put waste pits along the shore of the San Jacinto River. The site has dioxins, furans, lead, and mercury. It has been an EPA Superfund cleanup site since 2008. What do you think - that the market is going to regulate itself? Come back from fantasy land, and take a look at these 25 pictures of markets “regulating themselves”. Basic economics, folks: the market does not regulate what is right or just, or safe. The market regulates supply, demand, and price - and that's it. It's up to the government to ensure justice and safety, and limit externalities.
From Lewisville’s new First Choice Emergency Room:
First Choice Emergency Room’s DFW facilities will be supporting the Dallas Division of the American Heart Association (AHA) as well as National Heart Month by making a $10 donation for visitors (21 and older) who reference the AHA throughout the month of February.
Visitors do not have to be patients in order for a donation to be made; they can simply bring in an AHA fundraising flyer or mention the AHA to the front office staff at any of its 13 DFW facilities, and take a quick tour of their ER. All First Choice Emergency Room facilities are open 24/7, making it more convenient for community members to stop by and help the cause.
First Choice Emergency Room is honored to be supporting the Dallas Division of the AHA and are committed to help educate the DFW communities they serve about heart health.
The Texas State Board of Education dropped Algebra II as a requirement for high school graduation. Here is an example of an Algebra II quiz, if you want to see if you can answer it correctly, and if you want to see whether this is stuff that would be useful to you in your career. If you miss more than 30% of the answers, feel free to send your high school diploma back. (Didn’t think so...) Yes, by all means, we need to teach it for college-bound students. But for the ones who are not college bound, it represents an impediment to graduation, and increases the drop-out rate. This is one time where we agree with SBOE.
Here is a letter from a retired high school teacher to college professors blaming No Child Left Behind and the culture of rabid standardized testing for what the professors will be seeing in their classrooms. The article encourages professors to speak out, lest they see their own programs meet the same fate as politicians and testing firms figure out how to do the same thing to colleges.
The City of Lewisville has three landfills that will someday be barren mountains like shown in the video.
We don’t need any more tanks. I served in the US Marine Corps as a tank mechanic, and I especially appreciate their awesomeness, but when it comes to equipping our military, I want to trust the folks who have spent careers studying America’s capabilities and threats. When the Pentagon says no more tanks, then I don’t give a damn whose congressional district the plant is in. We need to stop building them yesterday. If the point is jobs, then lets put Americans to work on the green energy that most of us support, and that will make us competitive with the world in this century.
The craziness continues in La Villa, Texas, where the city levied a $14/student water “charge” that ended up causing the school to shut down. Seeing bullcrap like this makes you appreciate living in a city with a great water system and a AAA bond rating that means we'll never have to deal with this type of thing.
Lewisville police and fire departments stayed busy Thursday with accidents after the snowstorm. Luckily, we got just the tip of the storm.
A bill proposed by Congressman John Sarbanes would cut down on big money influence in Congressional elections by offering a government match of 6-1 on donations under $150, or 9-1 for candidates who agree to accept only low-dollar contributions. Although it is unlikely to pass, I’d rather have them raise money this way than from lobbyists and corporate PAC contributions.
If you want to know if the middle class is shrinking, don’t ask a politician. Instead, ask top retailers. Their answer, which is proven by their markets, is that it definitely is.
Wendy Davis supports open carry of firearms for licensed individuals. I think that's a bad idea. Although I support the right for responsible citizens to carry concealed handguns for personal protection, there is one and only one purpose for open carry: intimidation. It does not present Texas as a civilized society, and would almost certainly result in unnecessary escalations of violence. Lets leave the open carry for police, military, and licensed security officers rather than the wannabes and posers who feel some sort of sick need to pretend they are in the Old West.
Consumers asked to conserve electricity due to extreme cold, limited generation
AUSTIN, TX, Feb. 6, 2014 – The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), grid operator for most of Texas, is asking electric consumers to reduce electric use from 5 p.m. today through noon on Friday, Feb. 7.
“With the cold weather that began last night, we already saw electric demand close to our winter record this morning,” said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations. “We are expecting cold weather to continue through tomorrow morning’s high demand period, and some generation capacity has become unavailable due to limitations to natural gas supplies.”
Consumers can help ensure the system is able to continue serving current power needs by taking the following steps to reduce demand on the system tonight and tomorrow morning:
Keep your thermostat as low as is comfortable, preferably no higher than 68 degrees. Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances. Avoid running large appliances such as washers, dryers and electric ovens during peak energy demand hours (6-9 a.m. and 4-8 p.m.). Close shades and blinds at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows. Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes. Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.
Due to deteriorating road conditions, Lewisville ISD will release school early on Thursday, Feb. 6.
Below are the early dismissal and bus departure times: · High Schools -1 p.m. · Middle Schools - 1:45 p.m. · Elementary Schools - 2:30 p.m.
Elementary students are being released last to ensure a parent or older sibling is at home to greet them. Parents who would like to pick up their children early, may do so. We are continuing to monitor the weather and travel conditions. For immediate updates, including possible school closure tomorrow, follow us on Twitter. Updates will also be posted on LISD.net, Facebook, Instagram and Skylert.
The filing period has ended for the May 10th municipal elections. Highland Village and Flower Mound both cancelled their elections after none of the candidates drew challengers. Here are the candidates for the City of Lewisville and Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees.
We are still in the process of gathering information about the candidates and will update this post as we can. Apologies for the incompleteness of the information about the candidates. Please scroll down to see the candidate press releases we have received so far.
LISD Board of Trustees In the LISD trustee races, places 6 and 7, the seats held by Mike McDaniel and Carol Kyer are up for election this year. Mike McDaniel is not running for re-election.
Kristi Hassett, 43, of Flower Mound. - See press release below
Mary Smith, 46, of Lewisville.
Krista Stone, 50, of Flower Mound.
Carol Kyer, 49, of Flower Mound filed for re-election to what would be her sixth term in office. - See press release below
Tracy Scott Miller. 49, of Highland Village ran this past fall in the special election. - See press release below
Lewisville City Council In the Lewisville City Council races, places 1 and 3, the seats held by Leroy Vaughn and TJ Gilmore are up for election. Both have filed for re-election, but Gilmore does not have an opponent and will be re-elected.
Leroy Vaughn, 67, (Place 1) is a retired firefighter and code inspector who was first elected to Council in 2011. Prior to his election, he had served on the Community Development Block Grant committee and several others, including the 2010 Goals Committee. Vaughn has a B.A. in Political Science and Business from the University of North Texas, and a Master in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. - Leroy Vaughn Facebook Page - Leroy Vaughn Campaign website
MaryEllen F. Miksa has filed for place 1, against Vaughn. Miksa, 59, is a Human Resources Director who currently serves on the Zoning Board of Adjustment and Vision 2025 Committee. Miksa has a Bachelors in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Texas. - See press release in the comments below
TJ Gilmore, 41, (Place 3) is a sales executive who was first elected to City Council in 2011. He has a Bachelors in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Arizona, and has lived in Lewisville for 13 years. Prior to his service, he served on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission, and Community Development Block Grant committee, as well as the Oil and Gas Ordinance Review Committee. - TJ Gilmore Campaign Website - TJ Gilmore Facebook Page
We will update this post as we get more information about the candidates.
Ashes are in, nicotine is out, beer is in, and the Council retreat is scheduled.
The Lewisville City Council met in its regular scheduled meeting Monday night, January 27th 2014. The agenda for this meeting may be found here. These are our unofficial (and sometimes rough) notes on the proceedings. Minutes are generally posted by the City Secretary after the following meeting. Video is available here.
Workshop Session In addition to regular agenda items, the Council discussed the Mill Street pedestrian and landscaping improvements. Although it was on the consent agenda, Mayor Pro Tem Leroy Vaughn and Councilman Greg Tierney wanted to discuss some aspects in executive session instead of allowing in consent agenda because of property acquisition issues. City Manager Claude King noted that moving overhead utilities underground would be sizable addition to the project, and not covered by the grant under which the project is being completed.
Open Session Mayor Dean Ueckert noted that the City of Lewisville received the “Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award”. The city has won the award for the last 15 consecutive years, and is one of only 43 governments in Texas, and 58 cities in the United States to receive the award. Accounting Manager Brian Hogan also accepted the Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting, which the city received 24th consecutive year. He thanked his staff and city management for setting the expectations.
Lewisville ISD Education Foundation (LEF) is hosting its 6th Annual LEF Golf Classic supporting teacher grants designed to fund classroom innovations and other great ideas at the campus/classroom level.
LEF gave more than $300,000 to students and educators in 2013 and they hope to grow that number in 2014. The golf event is part of what makes that possible.
The 6th Annual LEF Golf Classic is Monday, April 7, at Stonebriar Country Club. Registration begins at 11:00 and the shotgun start is at 12:30. For more information or to register, visit lisdef.com/golf or contact LEF at 469-948-2022.
For sponsorship information, contact LEF Development Director Mary Worthington at 469-948-2013 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
These reports are from the Lewisville Police Chief's weekly update:
Officers Investigate Copper Thefts On Wednesday, January 29th, Officer Anders was dispatched to a construction site in the 800 block of Union Station regarding a theft of copper. The construction company stated that someone removed approximately twenty feet of copper from 100 cables at the location. The estimated value of the stolen cables is over $100,000. Detective Kenney is assigned to investigate this theft.
On Thursday, January 30th, Officer Richbourg was dispatched to the 2600 block of South Interstate 35E regarding another copper theft. The suspect had reportedly stolen approximately 2,400 feet of copper from two high-mast light poles near Interstate 35E and the Sam Rayburn Tollway.
It is unknown if these two thefts are related. Anyone with any information on these thefts is urged to contact the Lewisville Police Department’s crime tip line at 972-219-TIPS (8477) or Denton County Crime Stoppers at 800-388-TIPS (8477).
Suspect Convicted of Assault On April 4, 2013, Sergeant Chris Kemp, assigned to the Crimes Against Persons Team, reviewed the daily Child Protective Services referrals and learned that a child had indicated that their father was being abusive towards their mother. Sergeant Kemp contacted Sergeant Courtney Letalien, a Patrol Supervisor, and requested a welfare check on the child’s mother.
The Puppy Bowl received quite a bit of media coverage so I thought that some of the love should be shared with some of the loving cats looking for their forever homes. Currently there are at least 25 loving cats at the shelter.
Local animal shelters and rescues are full of cats and dogs that need loving forever homes. From time to time, we'll be posting information about animals in the Lewisville area that need to be adopted.
Pontus may have some Bengal in him with obvious gorgeous tabby markings. He is such a inquisitive cat who is also very laid back as you can see in this picture! Pontus is already neutered and microchipped and is ready to go home today (he will need a rabies shot). His adoption fee is $50
Moo was brought in as a stray by one of the staff. He is very sweet, affectionate and likes to sleep upside down. Moo would make a great addition to any family.
Nali is 7 years old, very affectionate and friendly. Nali will need a quiet home without other animals, and she would do best in a home with no small children. This is because she becomes very stressed in loud environments.
Mama will need to be spayed and get rabies vaccinations to complete the adoption agreement. Mama is approximately 4 years old. She is very sweet, though a bit shy. She may need to warm up to you before she becomes a sweetheart.
Loki will need to be neutered and have his rabies vaccinations to complete the adoption agreement. Loki is approximately 1 year old. He is very friendly, loves attention and even seems to like other cats. Loki was brought in because his previous owners could no longer keep him.
When adopting a pet, the adopter will sign an adoption agreement. The agreement states they are at least 18 years of age; that the animal is to be spayed/neutered within 30 days or at 6 months of age; also that the animal be vaccinated against rabies as required by State and City code. The total cost to adopt ranges from $20.00 - $50.00 depending on residency.