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LPD Lieutenant Haynes Graduates Command College

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/3/4 8:55:31 (94 reads)

Open in new windowLieutenant Scott W. Haynes of the Lewisville Police Department recently graduated from the Leadership Command College - Class 72 of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.

The program, taught by a consortium of universities throughout Texas, provides law enforcement administrators and executives with the skills necessary to effectively manage police agencies and deliver a high level of service to their communities. Module I, focusing on leadership, is taught at the Center for Executive Development at Texas A&M University. Module II at Texas Woman's University focuses on the political, legal, and social environment of law enforcement.

The program concluded on February 27, 2015 with training in law enforcement administration at the third module, held at Sam Houston State University.

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The Last First

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/2/28 0:20:00 (351 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowBy Jackie Pock Gibbons

As a singer/songwriter/blogger I spend my days looking for creativity under every nook and cranny. I find that with any dramatic experience, comes the possibility for more material. So when life throws me a curve ball, I welcome it with the hopes that I can at least get a solid song or blog out of it.

However, the challenge then becomes finding good material when life is easy breezy! What’s a girl to write about when there’s no drama to inspire her?

I recently met my good friend Kyle for lunch to help him brainstorm some lavish ideas for his girlfriend’s fast approaching birthday. While he was naming off various idea’s like skydiving or a trip to Vegas, the only opinion he got from me was a big ol’, “Hell No! Don’t ever get ME a gift like that. I’m not adventurous and I don’t care!”. He then asked one of the most profound questions I have heard in a very long time; “Jackie, when was the last time you did something for the first time?”

Boy did that stop me in my tracks. I quickly tried to rack my brain for something interesting…I mean, I’ve done cool stuff in my life, haven’t I? Sure, I’m deathly afraid of heights so that puts the kibosh on a lot, but beyond that there’s got to be something…

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Sandhill Crane: Rib-eye in the Sky

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Posted by LW1953 on 2015/1/25 16:53:55 (431 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowBy Larry Warnack - Field to Feast-- Texas Style

Known as “rib eye in the sky”, Sandhill cranes are great tasting and low in fat. They are great on the grill, but be careful not to over cook. My favorite two ways to cook them: Coffee-crusted Sandhill crane fillets, and bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers stuffed with grilled Sandhill crane fillets and cheese. There is still a short amount of time left to hunt them, with the season ending west of I-35 on February 1st.

Open in new windowA Texas hunting license with migratory game bird stamp and a free federal Sandhill crane hunting permit are required in order to hunt them. For more information on the regulations, see the Texas Parks and Wildlife 2014-15 Outdoor Annual. Sandhill Cranes may be taken with lead shot. However, Wildlife Management Areas and Federal Wildlife Refuges have special regulations requiring nontoxic shot for all game bird hunting, including Sandhill Cranes.

Larry Warnack is a long-time Lewisville resident who loves to hunt, fish, and cook. You can keep up with Larry on his Facebook group,Restaurant and Recipe Share.

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Texas Public Schools: What is the First Objective?

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/12/2 20:51:48 (432 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowBy Bobby Rigues

By now, you have heard the buzz words such as “HB5,” “TEKS,” “endorsements,” and “community and student engagement.”

Referencing the words above, consider the following – a new educational paradigm is rapidly developing. Elementary children are now exposed to new levels of rigorous learning. Middle school students are being introduced to the value of high school academic planning. High school students are now offered additional course choices to engage interest. Our sons and daughters will be graduating with diplomas reflecting a personal interest in their education.

Administrators and classroom educators are diligently working to stay one step ahead of the wave of change. Active school board trustees are recognizing the unprecedented pace now required to stay current on today’s educational issues. And of course, at the center of it all is the most important entity – the parent.

Why the parent and not the child? The Texas Education Code provides us with ten objectives for public education. Did you know that the first objective listed does not mention anything about academics, school finance, fine arts, or sports? In fact, the very first objective found in the Texas Education Code focuses on you – the parent.

TEC Sec. 4.001. (b) Objective 1 states; Parents will be full partners with educators in the education of their children.” That sentence is worth reading twice.

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Shooting at RaceTrac on FM 3040

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Posted by mamask8z on 2014/11/26 16:20:00 (555 reads)

This was a breaking story. For the full story, click here.

Update: Lewisville police have shot and killed a man who they say was running from police in a stolen car, wrecked, and then attempted to carjack someone. Witnesses say the suspect then pulled a shotgun and fired it once in the direction of police. When he tried to cock the shotgun again, police shot him. More as soon as we can get it.

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Winter is Coming!

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/11/6 23:10:11 (487 reads)

Open in new windowBy Shannon Richardson

It's been hot most of this fall.

Up until a week ago I was still using my air conditioner.

But winter is coming. Really. It is. I promise.

The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a cold, wet winter for us who live in Lewisville.

And although you might or might not know it, in the time before modern weather forecasting, people used to rely on folklore to try to predict what kind of weather they would have in the winter.

One of these folk tales is to cut a native persimmon seed in half and inside the seed will be a shape. The shape you see (fork, knife or spoon) determines what kind of winter weather you'll have to deal with:

- Knife: Cutting wind (very cold)
- Spoon: Shovel (wet, heavy snow)
- Fork: Normal Winter.

So to test this, I found a persimmon tree growing in my neighborhood and I picked a ripe one.

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A Story About Molly

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/10/26 19:25:29 (2821 reads)

Open in new windowBy Shannon Richardson

In honor of Red Ribbon Week at LISD, I’d like to share with you a story that happened to the daughter of a friend of mine.

This is a story about Molly.

Molly likes to party. Molly goes to lots of parties and concerts.

Lots of famous people know Molly.

Some famous musicians write songs about Molly.

Sometimes at concerts you hear people shout ‘Do you know Molly?’ or “Have you seen Molly?”

Maybe even you knew Molly once.

Molly sounds like a pretty popular person, but really, Molly is a killer.

Molly killed my friend’s daughter, Jessica.

Jessica had just moved to San Marcos to attend Texas State University. One weekend about a month ago, Jessica had attended a concert at Austin City Limits Music festival. It was at the concert that Jessica met Molly.

From the moment Jessica met Molly, there was trouble. Molly caused Jessica to shake and tremble; her heart racing. Jessica’s skin grew ashy in color. Her arms and legs began to flail. She lost consciousness and collapsed. And at 21 years of age, Jessica went into cardiac arrest-a heart attack. She just couldn’t handle Molly. Jessica’s friends flagged a policeman down for help. The policeman called paramedics. The paramedics performed CPR on Jessica to try to keep her alive. Then the paramedics took Jessica to the hospital while the police went to Jessica’s parents’ house to tell them the bad news: their only daughter was in very serious condition at the hospital.

While in the hospital, Jessica’s temperature shot to a dangerously high 106 degrees, hot enough to cause brain damage. Her eyes and nose began to bleed. Soon, her brain did too. The hospital put Jessica in a temperature-induced coma to cool her body down and try to help it heal. By the time her parents arrived, Jessica was near death. Three days later, Jessica was gone.

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Officers Receive Life Saving Awards

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2014/8/25 17:46:54 (658 reads)

Open in new windowOn Monday, August 18, Police Officer Tim O’Hare and Texas Department of Public Safety Corporal Dy Norng were recognized at a Lewisville City Council meeting for their official actions on April 24.

On April 24, Lewisville Dispatch received a call from a suicidal person and plotted the cellular caller around the intersection of the 121 Tollway and Interstate 35E. The Tollway Authority was also notified and dispatched State Troopers to the area. Lewisville Officer Tim O’Hare arrived and contacted a male sitting on a cross member between two bridges with his leg over the railing. The individual kept shifting his weight which made officers believe that the subject was, in fact, planning to jump. Officer O’Hare continued to engage the man while DPS Corporal Dy Norng approached the man from behind and shoved him at Officer O’Hare. Officer O’Hare quickly grabbed him in a bear hug and pulled the man to safety.

The Police Department’s Awards Committee met to review this incident and recommended Officer Timothy O’Hare and DPS Corporal Dy Norng receive the Life Saving Award. If not for their quick response and immediate actions, this individual would have most likely jumped to his death and possibly even hurt or killed others below. Pictured from left, are Police Chief Russ Kerbow, Officer Tim O’Hare, DPS Corporal Dy Norng, and Mayor Dean Ueckert.

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Movie review: "Boyhood"

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Posted by DougLane on 2014/8/2 14:42:02 (667 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new window
Boyhood (August 2014)
Written & Directed by Richard Linklater
Starring Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke & Patricia Arquette
Rated: R
Review: 10/10
Open in new windowBy Doug Lane

Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” is unlike any film you have ever seen before. It’s very rare that a movie that not only meets expectations, but raises the bar in which films should be made; in short, it’s a masterpiece.

The movie follows Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane), his sister (Lorelei Linklater) and their divorced parents (an excellent Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke) for twelve years, but the only real antagonist they face is just life itself. In particular, we literally see Mason Jr. grow from an inquisitive, curious boy to a critical, but still curious young man. But to understand how the movie functions, you have to understand how it was made. Linklater fits twelve years of production (with the same actors) into 165 minutes without the film feeling compromised. It feels more like a compilation of Raymond Carver stories as opposed to a Hollywood film.

One would think a project of this magnitude is bound to run into problems, or at the very least lose consistency throughout. However, the film captures the same poignancy from the first frame to the last. Every shot is delicately staged, every song effectively picked, every frame filled to the brim with the stuff that makes the movie flow instead of simply exist. By flow, I mean that time ceases to be a frame. What feels like twelve years is actually only 165 minutes of screentime.

In that aspect, the film is a technical marvel. But even then, the Transformers franchise falls under the same category. The reason I consider this movie a masterpiece is the combination of the technical and the narrative. The movie isn’t concerned with cinematic conventions like an intricate plotline, or an actual antagonist, or really anything that most people would recognize as a movie.

Much like in real life, the mundane becomes extraordinary. Sometimes the best drama comes from a simple conversation between father and son about magic, or remembering the first real conversation with a significant other, or even talking about the perception of time. These are real moments, unfolding off-screen and enchanting us as we live (or relive) vicariously through Mason and his family.

It’s this immersion that gives the movie its real power. We see and feel each character grow, develop and react to each other, their environment, and themselves. Never before have I felt life so accurately depicted on-screen. Watching the movie took me back five years, when I was in Mason’s place, and I empathized with him, but it also individualized Mason as his own character: similar to me, but with a story wholly original to him.

I was genuinely moved by the end of “Boyhood” and don’t know if I will ever experience another movie quite like it. It is a beautiful piece of art that transcends its category of being a “just a film” and into something greater: a generation-defining masterpiece.

Writer's note: MPAA gave this film an "R" rating, but the film's distributors IFC states that they consider the film appropriate for "mature adolescents."

Doug Lane is a Lewisville resident, attending the University of North Texas, where he studies literature. Lane graduated from Lewisville High School, where he wrote movie reviews for the Farmers Harvest
Copyright 2014, Doug Lane - Licensed to the Lewisville Texan Journal

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Movie Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Posted by DougLane on 2014/6/30 14:10:00 (828 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowTransformers: Age of Extinction (June 2014)
Directed by Michael Bay, Written by Ehren Kruger
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer & Stanley Tucci
Rated: PG-13
Review: 1 / 10
Open in new windowBy Doug Lane

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” is an experiment in temperament and patience. In Michael Bay’s fourth outing with the series and third with writer Ehren Kruger, the duo once more cram a surprisingly whole lot of nothing into 165 minutes. What the film creates in explosions and action sequences, it forgets in everything else. A talented cast, including Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer, can’t save this insipid script from collapsing onto itself.

It’s hard to describe the plot of this film because it feels like six different movies going on at the same time. Cade Yager (Wahlberg) and his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz) discover that the truck they want to scrap and sell for parts is none other than Optimus Prime. But CIA specialist Harold Attinger (Grammer) wants to kill all the Transformers, so they make an agreement with bounty hunter Transformer named Lockdown to hunt them down, while Joshua Joyce (Tucci) wants to melt old Transformers down for he makes a deal with Attinger to give him the scrap Transformers he destroys in exchange for money, which leads back to Yager and company. Then there’s a bunch of running, fighting, screaming, more running, more get the idea. The few plot points and story beats that get sprinkled throughout only confused the already bloated story or detract from the explosions and effects.

This seems to be a consistent problem with this franchise: the movies get longer, the plots get increasingly contrived, confusing, and the tone gets surprisingly grimmer. Remember how silly the first “Transformers” was, but it seemed to recognize that it was a movie about transforming cars, so it didn’t take itself seriously? Sure, there were plenty of flaws, but they were manageable in terms of the entire film.

Sure, one could argue that this film isn’t meant to be taken seriously, that it’s just “fun” and that you shouldn’t try to critique a Transformers film. But that seems to bring up two problems, one being how “fun” is this film? Of course that’s a subjective point, but comparatively speaking, I find Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” a fun (if silly and ultimately inconsequential) film. That sense of adventure, character and color is completely drained in this film, leaving only a bleak and grim shell of what this movie could be.

But the second problem, and most importantly, is this: how much does one want to turn off their brain in exchange for actual value? Meaning comes from artistic vision, not spectacle. Bay’s movie falls into the latter: a barrage of meaningless images and sounds, hastily put together so that it feels comfortable, but not engaging. It’s a pure economic transaction between producer and consumer with the art completely stripped away. Producer gets a marginal surplus profit, consumer gets a workable product, everyone’s happy, onto the next one.

With “Transformes: Age of Extinction,” the Hollywood capitalistic machine becomes that much stronger, the magic of filmmaking eradicated, ironically reflected in the film’s tone. The question now isn’t how the Transformers films could become better, but how much worse can they become. It seems that while the money rolls in, Michael Bay will continue being Michael Bay; being one of the best businessmen, while being one of the worst artists.

Doug Lane is a Lewisville resident, attending the University of North Texas, where he studies literature. Lane graduated from Lewisville High School, where he wrote movie reviews for the Farmers Harvest
Copyright 2014, Doug Lane - Licensed to the Lewisville Texan Journal

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