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City hits $2.4 million snag in Valley Ridge extension project

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/8/29 9:40:00 (549 reads)

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The 28-month, $14.6 million project to extend Valley Ridge Boulevard from Mill Street to College Street has hit a snag that will increase the cost by $2.4 million, and extend the time required for completion by 6 months. Contractors doing excavation at the site have discovered an estimated 53,000 cubic yards of unsuitable organic fill material such as lumber, tree limbs, and steel rebar which will have to be excavated, tested and hauled off to the local landfill. Additional suitable earth fill would need to be brought in to take the place of the excavated material.

An initial geotechnical investigation of the site before the project began had estimated 7,000 cubic yards would need to be removed. Under the city’s contract with the project’s contractor, Mario Sinacola and Sons Excavating, any quantity change exceeding 25% triggers a renegotiation. The Lewisville City Council was informed of the problem at its August 17 workshop meeting, and they approved the $2.4 million change order as part of the consent agenda.

53,000 cubic yards of buried material will have to be removed and replaced with suitable earth fill. Original project estimates figured that amount about about 7,000 cubic yards. The excavation adds 6 months to the 28 month project.

Lewisville city engineer David Salmon told the council that the property was originally transferred to the city by dedication thirty years ago for future Valley Ridge right-of-way when the property between Prairie Creek and College Street was platted. The city did not have to pay for the land. Salmon went on to explain that in the 1950s and 60s, the area had been excavated for gravel and sand and it was filled in at some time after that. Engineers expected a much smaller amount of unsuitable fill, based on the original geotechnical examination. The original bore holes found chunks of concrete and asphalt. Once the project was under way, the contractor started running into a lot of organic matter like tree limbs, lumber and rebar. “You normally don’t want chunks of concrete and asphalt under your road, but really don’t want [these] under your road,” said Salmon.

“The only real explanation to that is that we tend to do a more intense investigation especially when you’re close to the creek - because of the bridge and doing the deep pours,” said Salmon. “But as you get further away from the creek, generally you don’t have these types of issues; well in this case, it was almost a reverse where the worst debris was actually further from the creek.”

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Saddle Club to Host Labor Day Rodeo - Sept 5, 6

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/8/29 9:31:07 (49 reads)

Open in new windowNext Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6, the Lewisville Saddle Club will host its 51st annual Labor Day rodeo. The event is held in conjunction with the City of Lewisville in the Lewisville Saddle Club Arena, 101 Parkway Dr.

Up to 2,500 fans per night will pack the bleachers to see 300 competitors in events like bronc riding, breakaway roping, mutton bustin’, tie-down calf roping, team roping, barrel racing, and bull riding.

The Lewisville Labor Day Rodeo is sanctioned by the United Professional Rodeo Association (UPRA) (http://urodeo.com). These contestants are competing for cash and buckles, adding to their earnings for the year.

At the end of the year, the UPRA takes to top 15 earners to the
finals, where it awards around a half million dollars in prize money.

In addition to the standard rodeo events, the Labor Day Rodeo brings pageantry with the opening ceremony of the grand entry and flag presentation, and a tribute to the US armed forces.

The stock contractor this year is CWT Rodeo Company of Kopperl, Texas. The announcer is Mack Ginn, and Chase Nolen is the rodeo clown.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Active duty military personnel are free. Advance tickets will be available at the arena today at a discount of $2 off if purchased from a saddle club member.

Concessions are available during the rodeo with beer and wine by Gilley’s and funnel cakes and other goodies available from Ms. Piggy’s.

- Lewisville Saddle Club

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Upcoming Event s Around Lewisville and the Surrounding Area

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Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2015/8/29 7:14:27 (43 reads)

Open in new windowAs per usual, here are many arts, leisure events, and educational opportunities coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Listed below are selected events.

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Saturday, August 29 - Alexandra Tayara Live at Pomegranate Underground.
Pomegranate Underground welcomes Alexandra Tayara, a Denton, Texas indie folk artist. Tayara's sultry and atmospheric folk compositions are something that needs to be seen.Doors open at 6:00PM with a $5.00 cover. Food and beverage provided by TJ's Pizza. Pomegranate Underground is located at 418 N Stemmons Fwy, Lewisville, TX 75067.

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Saturday, August 29 - Midnight Full Moon Tour
Join Gateway Ghost Tours on Saturday August 29 for a very special Midnight Full Moon Tour. The tour starts at 11:45 p.m. and will meet at Tierney's Cafe, 208 E. Main Street. The cost is $20 per person in advance and $25 at the door. If you have already been on a tour or are a first timer, when the sun sets on the sleepy little town of Lewisville, Texas you are in for an over the top boost of your adrenaline with the Midnight Full Moon Tour! When the hands of the city hall clock line straight up then all bets are off. Be sure and bring your camera and make sure the battery on your cell phone is fully charged to capture what happens after midnight. Ghost Tours will provide you with the tools of the psychic such as the divining rods and pendulums to tap into the paranormal energies in Old Town. Also available will be ghost meters for the real ghost adventurer in you as well! Tierneys is located at 208 E Main St, Lewisville, TX 75057.


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Saturday, September 5 - Sunday, September 6 - Labor Day Rodeo
The City of Lewisville and The Saddle Club have joined forces yet again to bring the annual Labor Day Rodeo including bare back bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, a women's breakaway roping, tie down calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and women's barrel racing. The rodeo will be held nightly at the Lewisville Rodeo Grounds, 101 Parkway Drive Lewisville, Texas 75057, from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., with tickets for admission being $10 per adult and $5 per child, and is free for active military, and concessions will be available for purchase.

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Monday, September 7 - N.W.A's DJ Yella and Lil Eazy E Live at Hat Tricks
This Labor Day, Hat Tricks brings hip hop legend DJ Yella to Lewisville! Yella’s innovative G-Funk production discography covers a vast collection of late 80’s and early 90’s west coat hip-hop that includes artist like J.J.Fad and The D.O.C. Joining Yella on stage witll be Lil Eazy E, the legendary rapper’s eldest son and succesor who also helms the present day Ruthless Records. Tickets are on sale as of August 15 for $20. For more information visit http://www.hattricksdallas.com. Hat Tricks is located at 101 E Corporate Dr #300, Lewisville, TX 75067.


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Saturday, September 10 - Keep Lewisville Beautiful Keyhole Gardening Class
Each month Keep Lewisville Beautiful holds a FREE Gardening class at the Lewisville Public Library (1197 W. Main Street Lewisville, Texas 75067 in the community room) from 6-8 p.m. For more information about upcoming classes, to register your seat, or to volunteer as a speaker, please email info@keeplewisvillebeautiful.org or call 972.538.5949.

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Saturday, August 12 - LISD Fork and Pencil Benefit Dinner
You don’t want to miss The Fork and Pencil 2015!
Come enjoy an Evening for Education benefiting the students and teachers of LISD on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 785 State Highway 121, Lewisville, TX 75067.Taste your favorite offerings from a variety of local restaurants and bakeries while sipping refreshing beverages and bidding on great items in both the live and silent auctions… All while L!melight* provides the soundtrack for a great evening!Tickets are $130 per couple, $75 per person, and tables of 10 are also available.
For more information or to register for the event, visit LISDEF.Com/forkandpencil
or call 469-948-2022

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Friday, September 18 - Lewisville Lake Symphony 32nd Season Opener.
Patrons who attend the first concert of the 32nd season of the Lewisville Lake Symphony on Friday, September 18, will have the opportunity to experience the work of two exceptional young artists. They will hear Christopher Lowry, winner of the 2015 Lewisville Lake Symphony International Competition for Strings, performing Bartok’s Viola Concerto with the orchestra. Before the concert and at intermission they will enjoy viewing the artwork of Amie Deng, a junior at Coppell High School.

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Friday, September 25 - Saturday, September 26 Lewisville Western Days
Lewisville Western Days will have entertainment for all ages from live music, parades, to children's playground starting 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, ending at 11:30 p.m. both nights. For Free admission tickets, go to www.lewisvillewesterndays.com The tickets are only accepted until 7 p.m., after which it is $10 per person; children under 10 are free. For the children, there is the Kid Kountry Playground. A wristband can be purchased for $12 that will allow for play on both days of the festival! There will also be a large variety of live music including Lynyrd Skynyrd on Friday night. The Cattle Drive Parade will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday traveling one mile starting at Cowen St. east on Main St. to Mill St., then south to Purnell Support Center. Valet parking is available for $10 per vehicle starting 4 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday at the CCA, cash only. Public parking on Elm St., Kealy St., College St., Lewisville Special Services Offices, LISD Offices, DCTA Old Town and DCTA Hebron Station. Entrance gates are located at Poydrons Plaza South, Mill and Elm St., Main St. and Kealy St., Charles St., and Walers St., Church St. and Herod, and Main St. and Milton St.


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Sunday, September 27 - American Sailing Association's Mizuno Invitational
This competitive sailing showcase will be held at Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park located at Valley Ridge Blvd, Lewisville, TX 75057 and Lake Park located at Lake Park, Trotline Road, Lewisville, TX 75057 a. For more information visit the tournament website at asa.com or Nesa Grinder at 214.868.7775.

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Supervisor wins senior pageant

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/8/28 18:56:44 (67 reads)

Open in new windowBy Andrew A. Wyatt
wyattandrew@rocketmail.com


This August, Jill Beam, supervisor of the Lewisville Senior Activity Center, won the 2015 Ms. Texas Senior America Pageant in Dallas. In addition to the overall title, she was also named Ms. Congeniality and won the Mary Frances Hansen Volunteer Award.

This is the first year that Beam has been allowed to compete for the title. Prior to 2015, she presided as director of the Ms. Texas Senior America Pageant in 2012 and 2013.

The pageant champions healthy aging and mental and physical well-being. It aims to promote the belief that once one reaches the age of 60, one hits the “Age of Elegance.” Ladies are eligible to compete for the title at 60 years old.

Contestants are judged on four categories: philosophy of life, talent, evening gown and interview. For her talent exhibition, she performed one of her favorite musical numbers, “Show Off” from “The Drowsy Chaperone.” The routine consisted of singing, dancing, piccolo playing and baton twirling.
Beam previously entered the Miss Dallas Baptist College Pageant, where she won Miss Congeniality.

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Farmers football falls short against Rowlett

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/8/28 7:10:00 (261 reads)

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GARLAND -- The Lewisville Fighting Farmers varsity football team ignited a sputtering running game, forced the Rowlett Eagles offense into numerous third down situations and regularly pinned their opening game opponent deep in its own territory with a sound kicking game.

But it was ultimately a handful of explosive plays initiated by Rowlett quarterback Logan Bonner that put Lewisville behind early in a game that was never in doubt, sending the Farmers home with a first-week 38-20 loss at Homer B. Johnson Stadium.

Bonner torched an inexperienced Farmer secondary for touchdown passes of 66, 43, 69, and 99 yards. The four long scoring passes accounted for 277 of his team’s 541 total yards.

LHS coach Gregg Miller was complimentary of Bonner leading up to the game and knew his young defensive backs would be tested early and often against one of the Metroplex’s finest signal callers. His defensive front’s inability to pressure the Arkansas State commit early only made matters worse.

“We have some young kids in our secondary,” Miller said after a long post-game meeting with his team. “I knew we were a little suspect going in and this was probably a bad night to get burned that fast and that often.”

Rowlett opened the scoring five plays into the new season when Bonner connected with LaDarius Dickens on a 66-yard scoring play. After the Eagles denied Lewisville a first down on the Farmers’ first possession, Bonner led the Eagles on a seven-play drive culminating in a 43-yard pass to Josh Lewis to make the score 14-0. Both scores came after the Lewisville defense had forced third-and-long situations earlier in the drives.

By the time Lewisville running back Dontae McGee went six yards to cross Lewisville into Rowlett territory for the first time, the Farmers were already down 21-0 in the second quarter. After an impressive 11-yard scramble by quarterback Aubreion Bobb extended the drive, junior wideout Tyrell Shavers shook double coverage and pulled in a pass from Bobb for a 24-yard touchdown, the Farmers’ first score of the game and season.

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Fighting Farmers face Rowlett Eagles in Thursday game

Sports
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/8/26 20:30:00 (404 reads)

Open in new windowBy Michael Ibanez

Lewisville High School football coach Gregg Miller wants to evaluate as many players as possible while striving for a season-opening win, Farmers running back Dontae McGee is looking forward to running the ball on a healthy knee for the first time in over a year, and football fans all over Lewisville are just happy that meaningful football is back.

LHS opens another football season tonight in Garland against Rowlett. Kickoff at Homer B. Johnson Stadium is at 7 p.m.

Tonight’s game opens a two-game non-district schedule for the Farmers before they begin district play against the likes of three-time defending state champion Allen and area preseason top 10 McKinney Boyd. Miller emphasizes the importance of momentum going into district play, but tempers it somewhat with his desire to evaluate as many of his players as possible.

“Our goal is to perform well, get as many people into spots where we can evaluate them, and do everything we can to win the game,” Miller said before Wednesday’s practice. “It’s a delicate balance. We don’t want to show everything, but we also don’t want to go into district play executing everything for the first time.”

Lewisville may be difficult to evaluate going into tomorrow’s game for Rowlett coach Doug Stephens. The Farmers enter the season with a pair of new coordinators. Brandon Franklin and Austin Kaehn will lead the offense and defense, respectively, after serving as position coaches under Miller previously.

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Police ID suspect in July murder

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/8/26 13:56:45 (1871 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville Police detectives have obtained a Capital Murder warrant for the arrest of 19-year-old Cariea Lashae McCord (pictured right) in connection with the death of Jarrod Dewayne Black.

Black was shot to death on July 23. Police received a shooting call that day near the intersection of Forestbrook and Oakbend. Black was found in his car in the middle of the street. Witnesses reported two black suspects fleeing on foot. A subsequent police perimeter was unable to contain the suspects.

McCord is a black female, 5’06”, and 130 pounds. McCord’s whereabouts are unknown at this time, and she may be in hiding. Anyone with any information on her location is urged to contact the Lewisville Police Department or the agency in the jurisdiction she may be found.

Detectives are still working to identify another person that was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting. Anyone with information on this second person, or who has additional information about this murder is urged to contact the Lewisville Police Department crime tip line at 972-219-8477 (TIPS). Tipsters can also text anonymously by using the keyword TIPLPD, with the information to 847411. Tipsters can also contact Denton County Crime Stoppers at 800-388-TIPS (8477). Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be elibigle for a cash reward.

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Lake Dallas coach arrested for sex with student

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/8/25 22:36:23 (836 reads)

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Former Lake Dallas softball coach Dugan Walker, 59, of Corinth was arrested Monday on a felony charge of improper relationship with a student. A former female student alleged that she had sex with Walker at his house in November of 2013 - her senior year at Lake Dallas High School. She was a player on the school’s softball team that Walker coached.

The young woman, now attending junior college, told a cousin about the relationship at a recent family gathering, and that resulted in the victim’s mother contacting the school principal, who contacted police.

According to the probable cause affidavit that police used to obtain the arrest warrant, police interviewed the victim, who told them that Walker had made advances toward her, and frequently communicated with her by text message. Allegedly the text messages included things like “I’m bach’ing this weekend. You should come over” or “My wife’s not home” The affidavit describes an incident where Walker convinced her to go to his house on November 4th, 2013. At the house, is where the victim alleges that he made his move - first kissing her, then pulling her on top of him and undressing her. She said the two had intercourse unprotected, but that he told her he had a vasectomy.

The victim told police that continued to text her after the one incident, but that she just wanted a coach/player relationship, and that she rejected his further advances.

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Lewisville schedules mosquito spraying

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/8/24 17:17:31 (250 reads)

Open in new windowFrom a submitted report

Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed the fifth and sixth positive West Nile Virus mosquito traps this year in Lewisville. The positive samples came from traps collected in the 600 block of Holford’s Prairie Road in east Lewisville and the 500 block of Legends Drive in Old Town. Both are among nine core testing sites throughout the city. This is the second positive test this year for both sites.

Spraying for both locations is scheduled for the nights of Monday, Aug. 24, and Tuesday, Aug. 25, starting at 10 p.m. each night. Spraying will be conducted by trucks from public streets. The insecticide being used is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and poses minimal risk to humans and the environment. Spraying will occur within a half-mile radius of each location.

City crews are regularly walking through and visually inspecting creeks and drainage channels to look for potential mosquito breeding sites. The city has nearly a dozen workers in the Parks and Animal Services divisions who are state-certified to apply anti-larval dunks or localized pesticide to curb the mosquito population. Residents also are encouraged to report standing water on city-maintained property by calling Lewisville Animal Services at 972.219.3478.

The Texas Department of Health operates a toll-free WNV information line in both English and Spanish at 888.883.9997, and has expanded information posted on its Web site at tdh.state.tx.us. Denton County Health Department also has information about West Nile virus at 940.349.2907, or online.

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LTJ Print Edition

Miscellaneous
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/8/22 10:40:00 (198 reads)

You can find free copies of The Lewisville Texan Journal beginning each Saturday morning in the following locations:

- The Lewisville Public Library
- Mama's Daughters Diner
- The MCL Grand Theater
- Coffeeholic
- Hat Tricks
- Bahama Buck’s
- Tierney’s Cafe and Tavern
- Pomegranate Underground
- Lewisville Senior Activity Center (Monday)
- Batteries Plus
- Mill Street Diner
- Square One / The Local Beer Garden
- Landmark Grill
- Old Town Inspection Station
- More locations to be announced soon

Archives:
- 8/29/2015
- 8/22/2015
- 8/15/2015

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