The Lewisville High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is organizing a family baseball outing for May 3rd as a fundraiser for the organization. Participants will see the Frisco Rough Riders take on the San Antonio Missions. Tickets are $20 and include admission, a limited-edition Rough Riders hat, all-you-can-eat hot dogs, brats, nachos, and Dr. Pepper products.
Relax. It's not necessarily the flu making you confused and feverish. Could be spatter from that big, thick, juicy, new, improved Civil War infecting the Republican Party. Yes, again. The Rebs inside the Reds are rebooting themselves for the umpteenth time over the past few election cycles. Have to assume these self-proclaimed frugal guys purchased their huge caches of defibrillators and CPR paddles in bulk. "CLEAR!"
Change may emanate from the top, but in a blast from nearer the rump of the totem, Karl Rove announced the formation of a brand new Super PAC. It's the first of what might be called the Super Duper PACs. And a mere foreshadow of the Holey Moley The Hell is That Super Duper PAC to be unveiled immediately following the midterms. Initial reports have the man known affectionately as Turd Blossom and Bush's Brain calling his Frankenstein fund-raising monster the "Conservative Victory Party."
Flower Mound PD Assistant Chief Wendell Mitchell said that at one point, up to 40 officers were involved in the search, after a motorist called in to say they thought they spotted someone who looked like Morales in the area. Officers even brought in a helicopter. The area of the search was between Gerault and Bakersfield Park, South of F.M. 3040 in the area around Spinks Rd.
Officers did find the spot where the motorist thought they saw Morales, and did find footprints, but could not identify them. In the end, the search turned up nothing, but Mitchell said they wanted to act on every tip, and make sure.
Mitchell said that the parks are open, as well as the roads, and that no schools were placed on lock-down.
Area residents are advised that Morales is an extremely dangerous person. Police say that if you see anything suspicious, or see anyone matching the description of Morales to call 911. Police say DO NOT CONTACT Morales in any way. Grapevine police also ask that people check on family, friends and neighbors if they have not heard from them in past few days. Morales is listed in the Texas Department of Public Safety Top Ten most wanted list. A $10,000 reward is in place for any information that leads to capture of Morales.
Dr. Mark Welding, 46, a Highland Village Optometrist, has filed today to run for Place 3 on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees. A native of Iowa, Welding has lived in the district for three years, and resided in Texas for the last 19. He has operated a local vision care practice for the last 15 years.
Place 3 is the seat left vacant after Trustee Jeff Knapp moved out of the district and resigned last year. Welding will face Paige Shoven, who is also seeking the seat.
Welding's community service includes the LISD Bond Oversight committee and LISD Student Health Advisory Council, which he chairs.
Welding uses his is the founder of the Christian Community Action Eye Clinic and provides free services through this program. He is also the founder of the 20/20 Caring Program for LISD students, a district-wide program providing free eye exams and glasses to students in need. He also contributes his talents to the children’s vision screening programs of area Lions Clubs.
Welding is a current member and past board member of Flower Mound Rotary Club, a past board member of the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce and a board member of New Horizon Foster Ranch;.
One of Welding’s goals, he says, is to address the continued rapid growth in certain areas of the district, while maintaining the district's reputation in older areas where growth has slowed.
“Every community in the district needs the board’s attention, not just certain pockets,” said Welding, “and I am committed to serving all areas in a fair and equal manner.”
Public school finance is something that Welding would like to focus on. “LISD needs to remain vigilant,” he said, “in order to continue to fund our schools now and into the future, we must be fiscally responsible. At the same time we need to educate our students with the best teachers, technology and facilities.”
Welding graduated from Iowa State University and the University of Houston School of Optometry. He lives in Highland Village with his wife Andrea, a fifth grade teacher in LISD, and his stepson Zack.
Welding says his commitment to the students of LISD and to the community is evidenced by his dedication and service for more than a decade.
“I look forward to serving with this great group of board members,” states Welding. “I’m excited to run for this position and ask for the community’s support as we work to keep this district one of the best in Texas.”
As we wrote in a story last November, Lewisville ISD is going to get a brand makeover, which includes a new logo. Your editor served on the Strategic Design Subcommittee that directed the development of it.
Now that the committee has selected two possible logos from the various options we reviewed, LISD is asking the community to VOTE on which one the district should use.
Here are the two options:
The new tagline, "Real Innovation, Limitless Opportunity" is more than just a platitude; it's a bold promise that the committee and the district intends to be lasting and relevant.
Here is a little video that LISD produced showing part of the process we went through, looking at how the district should be perceived by the various stakeholders:
We would be interested to see your choice and your comments, so leave a comment below and tell us which one you chose, and why. Also, since the district would like wide community input on this, please consider sharing this link via the social media buttons at the bottom of the screen.
The Republicans' path back to the White House is clear—be less racist and less stupid. But just because the path is clear doesn't make it easy.
Barack Obama got 39 percent of the white vote amid rising resentment toward blacks among Republicans. Taking a hard line on immigration and the DREAM Act drove Mitt Romney under 30 percent among Hispanics. Radical and uninformed views on abortion and contraception handed Republicans a 31 -67 percent drubbing among unmarried women. Whatever you call it—intolerance, extremism, an allergy to reality—Republican attitudes and polices have alienated the extra 2—3 percent of mainstream white voters who could have helped Romney overcome Obama's huge majorities among minorities.
The problem is that if you took all the dumb ideas out of the GOP's fridge they wouldn't have anything to throw at the food fight. This is what drove Louisiana's Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal to say, "We must stop being the stupid party. It's time for a new Republican party that talks like adults." It tells you everything you need to know about today's Republican Party that calling on his partisans to grow up and stop saying stupid things branded him a reformist outsider.
Alright, I've fallen behind again at posting an update. Basically, I spent Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and most of the day Sunday either videoing or producing video of the City Council Retreat or the roller derby bouts. It's taking up all my spare time. Still, I've been collecting some links for you:
During the discussion over the city’s upcoming long-term plan at the Lewisville City Council retreat this weekend, the idea of using social media as a way to promote participation came up. Everyone in the room was well aware that face-to-face communication will still be the crux of the process, but there’s no denying the fact that social media outlets provide a new way to expand participation in Lewisville and encourage communication between city leaders, businesses, the media, and residents.
That said, some of that is easier said than done, especially if you don’t know where to look or who to follow. With so many possible subjects to explore on various social media networks, seemingly routine municipal matters can quickly sputter down your news feed when competing against pictures of grumpy cats and quotes from famous people superimposed over solemn photographs.
The purpose of this post is to point the average reader in the direction of social media accounts and websites that anyone active with city issues can–and should–actively engage with. To make it this bit more dynamic than just a list of links, I’ll be using an embedded Storify article: