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Full Closure of SH 121 Business at I-35E TONIGHT

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/17 21:20:00 (1266 reads)

Open in new windowAs work begins to partially demolish the I-35E bridge over State Highway 121 Business, east and westbound SH 121 Business between the north and southbound I-35E frontage roads will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 through Friday, March 6.

Detours are as follows:
· Eastbound SH 121 Business traffic will turn right onto the southbound frontage road to Corporate Drive, travel east across the Corporate Drive bridge and continue down the northbound frontage road to eastbound SH 121 Business.

· Westbound SH 121 Business traffic will turn right onto the northbound frontage road, to Fox Avenue, travel west across the Fox Avenue bridge and continue down the southbound frontage road to access westbound SH 121 Business.

During this closure, motorists will use the north and southbound frontage roads to access SH 121 Business.

In addition to this closure, the SH 121 Business flyover ramps will be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 through Friday, March 6.

This work is related to the 35Express project, an expansion of I-35E between US Highway 380 in Denton County and I-635 in Dallas County. All closures are subject to weather conditions and may be postponed, if necessary.

For more information on the 35Express project and to sign up to receive text alerts, please visit www.35Express.org or call 214-483-7777.

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Updated: Fox Avenue Bridge Demolition and Reconstruction to Start This Month

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/2/15 21:50:00 (3215 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowDrivers and pedestrians using the Fox Avenue bridge over I-35E will soon be limited to using only half the bridge. As part of the bridge’s reconstruction for the I-35E expansion project, the singular protected pedestrian walkway over I-35 and the southern half of the bridge currently serving eastbound traffic will be demolished.

In late February, the current eastbound lanes of Fox Avenue will be closed down, and crews will prepare to begin demolition, so that a new walkway and eastbound lanes can be built. The lanes were originally scheduled to be shut down Saturday night, but were still open as of Sunday morning. AGL has not provided the exact timing for the closure of the lanes, but AGL spokeswoman Kimberly Sims said that the bridge would remain open to traffic with at least one lane in each direction throughout construction. Demolition of the south side of the bridge is scheduled for early March. Dates are still tentative, but will be firmed up soon.

During construction of the south side of the bridge, pedestrians will use a walkway on the North side of the bridge. While the pedestrian bridge may have seen use by school children in the past, current zoning within Lewisville ISD is such that no children currently have to use the bridge to get to and from school each day. Tommy Ellington, Executive Director of Student Services for LISD said that AGL had been in touch with him, and that he had no concerns about the bridge, and that he understood there would be a barrier between traffic and the temporary walkway.

The new pedestrian walkway being constructed will be separated from traffic by a barrier, and will have a fence rather than a full cage enclosure like the current one.

After the construction is completed on the new side of the bridge, all vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be diverted to it while the north side is demolished and rebuilt. The newly expanded Fox Avenue bridge is expected to reopen in 2016.

The diagram at right (not to scale) illustrates the closure. Click to enlarge.

Update 2/17/2015
We have updated the story to note that the timing has changed just a bit for the Fox Avenue bridge partial closure and reconstruction. Currently, the word is that closure would be in late February with demolition beginning in early March. This could compound the problem at night with the SH 121 Business full closure at I-35E, which is detouring westbound traffic through the Fox Avenue bridge. That closure is scheduled to last until March 6th. Hopefully, AGL will keep that in mind when deciding whether to delay closure. We'll provide further updates as we get them.

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Two-Alarm Apartment Fire Leaves Nine Displaced, One Firefighter Injured.

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/2/15 19:26:00 (1116 reads)

Open in new windowSunday morning about 10:24, Lewisville firefighters were dispatched to Huntington Circle Apartments at 409 W. Round Grove Road to fight a fire that had broken out in an upstairs apartment in Building 8. A caller reported hearing an explosion before the fire broke out. Smoke and flames were showing as Engine 163 showed up, so a second alarm was given. Units from Flower Mound and Coppell also showed up to help on the scene.

The power was quickly disconnected, and firefighters got water on the fire, reporting it knocked down by 10:35, and completely out by 10:44. The firefighters were able to get the fire knocked down before it could get into the attic and spread to any other units.

One firefighter was transported to Medical Center of Plano after he fell on his back while wearing an air pack. We learned that the firefighter had fallen from the truck and ended up with a fractured tailbone. The battalion chief on duty said that he was released from the hospital and is already back at the station.

A family of 9 that occupied the apartment could not be located immediately when firefighters arrived, so there was concern initially that there could be children in the unit. The fire department was able to reach the family by phone. The American Red Cross was assisting with temporary shelter and other needs for the displaced family.

Other residents of the building were evacuated during the fire. Only the one unit was damaged by fire. The outside of the building shows moderate damage, and other units may have suffered minor smoke or water damage, but the Chief said the last he had heard, the other residents would be able to stay, but might end up in hotels for a brief time until there could be some cleanup. We contacted the complex management to inquire, but have not yet heard back from them.

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Enjoy the Sun; Big Changes Coming Sunday, with Snow Possible Tuesday

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/14 13:10:00 (271 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowIt's a gorgeous day Saturday in Lewisville, and a great time to go for a walk or take your dog to the dog park. Highs today will be in the mid 70s with southwest winds 5-10 mph. But big changes are in store for the coming week, with freezing temps on Sunday, and possible snow on Tuesday. Here are the updates from the National Weather Service:

A strong cold front will slowly move through the area from the northeast on Sunday. Clouds and showers will develop behind the front with afternoon temperatures only in the 40s and 50s. Ahead of the front, high temperatures will be around 70 degrees. Temperatures will get colder over the entire area Sunday night with rain becoming widespread. Temperatures should fall below freezing in northern areas, which means freezing rain would result in light icing of elevated surfaces across the shaded area. There are currently no indications that this will be a significant winter storm event in Texas, but conditions will be worse farther north and east across Oklahoma and Arkansas where the air will be colder.

As the main upper level disturbance moves through the southern Plains early Tuesday...some light snow will be possible across much of North Texas. It's still a little too early to determine exact locations and amounts but surface temperatures are expected near or slightly above freezing. This should limit any accumulations during the morning hours. At this time...no significant impacts are expected across North Texas.

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AirCheckTexas Offering Motorists Vouchers to Replace Polluting Vehicles

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/2/14 11:10:00 (265 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowThe Dallas-Fort Worth area has long failed to meet national air quality standards, due mostly to pollution from vehicles. For a limited time, a program that has helped lead to the replacement of more than 30,000 older vehicles since 2002, has free money to help citizens with cars that can't pass emissions tests to upgrade to newer vehicles.

ARLINGTON - The AirCheckTexas "Drive a Clean Machine" Program began accepting applications for replacement assistance in North Texas on Feb. 9, offering qualifying motorists up to $3,500 vouchers toward the purchase of newer, more fuel efficient vehicles.

Last year, 652 vehicles were replaced when this component of the program was open.

North Texans whose vehicles have failed the emissions portion of the state inspection in the past 30 days or are more than 10 years old are encouraged to apply for replacement assistance if they meet the income criteria and vehicle requirements. A family of four earning $72,750 or less per year may receive assistance.

Assistance is open to vehicle owners in nine Dallas-Fort Worth area nonattainment counties (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall and Tarrant). AirCheckTexas is one of many programs implemented to help North Texas reach attainment of the federal government’s ozone standard, which it has until 2018 to meet.

This is the fourth year in a row the replacement assistance has operated on a limited basis, following a reduction in funding. The repair component of the program, offering vouchers worth as much as $600, has continued year-round.

The program offers $3,000 vouchers toward replacement of vehicles with newer, cleaner automobiles. The amount increases to $3,500 for hybrid, electric or natural gas-powered vehicles.

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Keep Lewisville Beautiful Wins Top National Honors

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/14 10:54:47 (237 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowKeep Lewisville Beautiful received a first place Keep America Beautiful Affiliate Award and a Storytelling Award at the annual Keep America Beautiful national awards dinner, held during the recent 2015 KAB National Conference in Washington, D.C.

Keep Lewisville Beautiful was honored for distinguishing itself as the top exemplary affiliate organization in the 50,001-200,000 population category. Taking first place in its category, the organization was honored for its outstanding community improvement programs.

KLB also was honored with a special Storytelling Award, one of just five affiliates recognized in the nation. This award recognizes KAB affiliates who have demonstrated the successful use of different communications tools – traditional and nontraditional – to tell their affiliate’s story. The award evidences that Keep Lewisville Beautiful has done an exemplary job of raising awareness about community issues and motivating and engaging the community to take action through effective storytelling.

KLB took first place in its population category for its implementation of multiple community improvement programs in 2014:

Spring Clean Up: The KLB organization brings together thousands of local volunteers annually to benefit the community through litter prevention and cleanup. In 2014, KLB had a record 686 volunteers who contributed 2,638 volunteer hours removing 9.8 tons of trash from the Lewisville community in just three hours.

Make-A-Difference Day projects: 390 KLB volunteers logged 1,170 beautification hours by planting 1,260 Texas Native prairie grasses and an estimated 270,000 wildflowers from seed as part of National Planting Day. In addition, volunteers built plots in Lewisville’s organic community garden, cleared out abandoned plots, improved walkways and installed three compost bins for community gardeners.

Trinity Trash Bash Waterway Cleanup: Almost 400 KLB volunteers helped remove 6.6 tons of illegal dumping and litter from local creeks, streams, shoreline and waterways. In conjunction with the cleanup, KLB hosted a special Texas Arbor Day celebration and hosted an educational expo.

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Nightly Lane Closures for Ramps from Sam Rayburn Tollway to I-35E

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/14 10:28:09 (215 reads)

Open in new windowThe right lane of the east and westbound Sam Rayburn Tollway to southbound I-35E ramps will be closed overnight from 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14 until 6 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15. One lane of traffic will remain open on the ramps.

Law enforcement officials will be onsite to help direct traffic.

This closure is needed for work related to the 35Express Project, an expansion of I-35E between US Highway 380 in Denton County and I-635 in Dallas County. All closures are subject to weather conditions and may be postponed, as necessary.

For more information on the 35Express Project or to sign up for traffic alerts, please visit www.35Express.org or call 214-483-7777.

From a submitted report

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Upcoming Events Around Lewisville and the Surrounding Area

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/12 22:50:00 (544 reads)

Open in new windowAs always, there are a ton of events coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Here are some selected events that you may find interesting.

Open in new windowSaturday, February 14th: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
The City of Lewisville operates a household hazardous waste collection center that provides residents with a convenient, safe and environmentally sound way to get rid of waste materials that should not be put into the landfill.

The Residential Convenience Center, 330 W. Jones Street, will be open Saturday, February 14th, from 9 a.m. until noon, to accept materials from Lewisville residents, who must provide a driver’s license for proof of residency.
More information...

Tuesday, February 17th: State of the Cities Luncheon
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Hilton Garden Inn

Join the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce for the State of the Cities Luncheon, featuring the Mayors of Lewisville, Highland Village, and Flower Mound. The mayors will give a recap of 2014 and discuss the growth and reinvestment plans for 2015.
Registration info is here.

Thursday, February 19th: LHS-Harmon Chin Cultural Festival
Lewisville High School’s Harmon campus is hosting its annual Chin Cultural Festival Feb. 19 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. The celebration of Chin National Day will include music, food and dancing. Admission is free. For more information, email Jack Martin at martinj@lisd.net or Steven Ceu at ceut@lisd.net.

Open in new windowFriday, February 20th: Symphony presents Dazzling Talent concert
Lewisville Lake Symphony presents Dazzling Talent, featuring cellist Sai Sai Ding, Friday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m., at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased on line at lewisvillesymphony.org.

Cellist Sai Sai Ding, 2015 Grand Prize Winner of the Vernell Gregg Young Artists Completion, will perform as soloist with the Lewisville Lake Symphony. Sai Sai will play Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. In addition to performing with the Symphony, Sai Sai receives the $1,000 Bill and Grace Lawrence Scholarship.
More information...

Saturday, February 21st: Vocal Majority Choral Concert
Dallas-based men's chorus “The Vocal Majority” will perform a benefit concert for LHS Choir on Saturday, February 21, 7 p.m. at the Stuver Auditorium at the LHS Main campus. This will be a great show! Purchase tickets for $11 here.

Check out the video of the Vocal Majority's winning contest song from this past summer.

Saturday, February 21st: Texas Tunes: The Waymores play MCL Grand Theater
The Waymores continue the Texas Tunes series at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater at 8 p.m.
Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris and Don Henry are three of Nashville’s finest singer-songwriters, all with strong ties to Texas music. They are known, individually, for their compositions (wrote songs for Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Trisha Yearwood, Miranda Lambert, Linda Ronstadt and dozens of others) and for outstanding solo work. But real magic happens when the three unite on stage and in the studio.
More information...

Tuesday, February 24th: Heart Health Class
To support ongoing health education, Medical Center of Lewisville presents the “Marathon to Good Health” series through its HealthyU program. Monthly events are free and feature physician speakers, health education, motivation and support. The monthly series is held at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.

“Heart Health” will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24. Dinner starts at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be obtained online at lewisvillemedical.com. For more information, call 972.420.7444 or email renee.berres@hcahealthcare.com.

Thursday, February 26th: Children’s Magic Show
C.J. Johnson’s Children’s Magic Show will be held Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., in the Performance Hall of the MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles Street. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 972.432.8982.
Johnson was born in St. Louis and currently lives in the Texas Hill Country outside Austin. His fascination with magic came at an early age when he was given a magic book, “Dunninger’s Monument to Magic,” for Christmas one year. In 1985, he auditioned for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Clown College. Though not accepted into that year’s class, the audition changed his life. In 1991 he was awarded “Best Comedy Magic Act” by the Texas Association of Magicians, and he’s performed at several of their conventions since that time.

In 1994, Johnson began touring theaters and convention centers performing shows as fundraisers for police groups and civic organizations. At about the same time, Johnson began an earnest study of hypnosis. He became a certified and registered hypnotherapist through the American Board of Hypnotherapy and is now one the most in-demand stars of the hypnosis world, with appearances at casinos, corporations, colleges, night clubs and high schools throughout the country.

Friday, February 27th: Free Heart Screening
Lewisville Estates senior living community is offering a free heart screening from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on February 27th. The screening takes place at Lewisville Estates, 800 College Parkway, and is open to the public. For more information, visit their website or call 972-919-0265

Saturday, February 28th: PediPlace Gala at MCL Grand
PediPlace Gala 2015, “Fun and Games,” will be held Saturday, Feb. 28, 7-11 p.m., at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street. Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased at PediPlace.org.
At this year’s event, guests will enjoy music, casino games, laser tag, shuffleboard and lots of other fun surprises as they enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres. More than 425 people attended last year’s extravaganza.

PediPlace provides healthcare to 6,200 children throughout North Texas where the need for primary care is significant. PediPlace patients receive immunizations as recommended, treatment when needed, and follow-up case management services to help them remain healthy and strong. Funds raised at the gala will benefit programs that allow PediPlace to make healthcare a reality for every child.

For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Shari K. Markey at shari.markey@pediplace.og or 469.322.3660.

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Miscellaneous Links for Wednesday

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/11 9:00:00 (297 reads)

We don't always have the time to cover every newsworthy story in our city, but we do like to share links to stories that we think would be interesting to our readers. Here are some that we've been reading:

Many Lewisville residents get their cable television, telephone, and internet service from Verizon. Sometime next year, Frontier Communications Corporation will take over Verizon’s business in this market.

There has been a lot of talk about vaccines recently, as measles has re-emerged in the United States. There has been a fair amount of controversy over parents who refuse to vaccinate their children due to non-medical reasons. The Texas Tribune did an investigation of the rates of non-medical vaccine exemption in Texas School districts. Denton ISD came in pretty high at 12.4% non-medical exemption, while Lewisville ISD has a very respectable 1.18%. (Update: Denton ISD says its number was a mistake.)

Lewisville Fire Department has announced it’s 2015 Keeping Tradition Alive Honor Guard, Pipes & Drums Symposium will take place on May 7th and 8th. The public jam and concert at City Hall will be held on Friday, May 8th, and they intend to bring back the Killdares to perform.

Lewisville and Coppell are working together on the reconstruction of the intersection of Lake Vista Drive and MacArthur, which is in Lewisville, but is highly used by Coppell residents in their commutes.

This is really going to happen. For real. They promise. Commence holding your breath now.

The Dallas Morning News has a special project called Transparency 2015, where they rated the overall transparency of governmental agencies in the area. The City of Lewisville scored an “A” rating with 96.2%. We agree with the score, and will note that the City of Lewisville is usually prompt and courteous, and seems to hold transparency as a core value. Lewisville ISD earned a “B” with 88.5%, mostly due to poor web customer service, and a failure to post online meeting notices. Longtime readers will note that The Lewisville Texan Journal has criticized LISD on these items before. While it is getting better, it has a way to go.

Worldpac Inc., an auto parts distributor, has opened a regional distribution center in Lewisville.

Rep Michael Burgess (R, Lewisville), along with Rep Crhis Van Hollen (D, Maryland) have introduced the Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act (H.R. 292)

Lewisville hired Yolanda Wilson as neighborhood services coordinator. The Lewisville Leader has more on what she’ll be doing.

Flower Mound Councilman Bryan Webb wants the town to do something different to bring in more young families.

Here’s a nice piece about Lewisville sculptor Ken Wheatley.

Lewisville firefighter Andy Allison had a nice retirement ceremony.

Baha’i Faith Center in Lewisville got a new playground.

Courtney Marlow, a junior at Lewisville High School earned her Girl Scout Gold Award.

The Town of Flower Mound received a grant to help with construction of a new lane at Gerault and FM 2499.

A teen brought a fake gun to LHS’ Harmon campus, and got in some trouble.

State Rep. Ron Simmons would like to hear your thoughts on allowing the open carry of handguns in the State of Texas. He asks citizens to contact him and let him know if the legislature should pass open carry with a required license, without a required license, not at all, or something else. You can email him here.

ULTA Beauty is opening a new store in Lewisville.

The Big D Stair Climb raised funds to fight leukemia, and Lewisville city employees took part. The event this year honored Lewisville Fire Chief Tim Tittle, who himself battled leukemia.

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Police Chase Ends in Crash, Arrest, and Drug Discovery

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/9 21:10:00 (4036 reads)

Open in new windowA high-speed police chase of an apparently intoxicated driver ended Saturday night in a crash on Mill Street, and the recovery of methamphetamine that police say the suspects intended to sell.

The incident began about 8:21 p.m. Saturday, when Lewisville Officer Drake Bartlett saw a blue Chevy Cobalt make a sudden u-turn at the 1800 block of east SH 121 Business. The driver of the vehicle allegedly failed to yield, and caused an oncoming vehicle to have to brake. The suspect vehicle accelerated southbound on 121 at high speed, unable to stay in a single lane. Bartlett began pursuit of the vehicle, which was making erratic lane changes with the left turn signal activated. When the officer activated the siren, the suspect vehicle sped up, and the officer chased him at speeds reaching up to 100 miles per hour.

The suspect continued to lead police on the chase, down Main Street to Railroad Street, to College Street, and eventually to Mill Street, where the suspect turned north towards the lake, and reached speeds up to 105 MPH.

As the pursuit travelled north on Mill Street, Bartlett slowed down a bit and briefly lost sight of the vehicle as it travelled over a hill. In the 1600 block, near where Mill intersects Jones, an innocent driver was in the left lane, trying to get over to the right lane when their car was struck by the suspect car. The suspect’s car then jumped the right curb and came to rest against a metal fence or gate at the golf course, damaging it.

Both the driver and passenger of the vehicle fled police, leading to a 200-yard foot chase across the golf course. Eventually Bartlett caught up with the driver, who was allegedly uncooperative even at gunpoint, but was taken to the ground and handcuffed. Officer Michael Hernandez and Sergeant Jesse Hunter located the passenger in the golf course with the help of the department’s police dog, Officer “Nitro”.

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