Volunteers Saturday converged on Copperas Branch Park East to plant hundreds of trees in anticipation of its opening this Spring. The park, which is not yet open to the public, was funded by the I-35E expansion project as mitigation for taking out park land on the West side of the highway.
Volunteers from local environmental and civic organizations including Keep Lewisville Beautiful, Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and the University of North Texas gathered at the park where they were welcomed by AGL representative Kimberly Sims, and Denton County Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell.
The park includes nearly a mile and a half of brand new walking and bicycling trails. A 20-space parking lot has been added near Tower Bay park at the trailhead. A 12 foot wide section of trail over 2,300 feet long runs from the trailhead along a newly constructed embankment just east of the DCTA tracks to the Copperas Point peninsula. There, a one-mile 10-foot-wide hike and bike trail loops around a considerable portion of the peninsula. The trees were planted on either side of the trail, and will provide shade for walkers and bicyclists once mature.
AGL’s environmental compliance manager Eric Huff explained that crews have been working on the park, removing invasive and non-native vegetation. In addition to the 250 trees planted Saturday, crews were preserving various native and established plants and shrubs, and will install more than 1,500 native or adapted plants including oak and pecan trees, native grasses, and wildflowers such as bluebonnets and black-eyed susans.
The area of the park that will open had previously been accessible to the public, but In 1988 after the completion of Ray Roberts Lake, the Corps of Engineers increased the conservation pool level of Lewisville Lake from 515 feet to 522 feet above sea level. This submerged the road leading to the peninsula, making the area basically inaccessible.
The entire park, including permanent restroom facilities, is fully accessible to the disabled. While it is not designed to be accessed by vehicles, the trails will allow park maintenance vehicles and first responders to access it by vehicle. The park will be managed by City of Lewisville Parks and Leisure Services.
We will provide an update when we learn when the park will open to the public.
Community members and commuters to receive update on I-35E Expansion
Commuters, residents and business owners are invited to learn more about the 35Express Project, an expansion of Interstate 35E between U.S. Highway 380 in Denton County and I-635 in Dallas County, by attending one of three community meetings. All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and will highlight a different segment of the 30-mile corridor.
North Segment (Cities of Corinth and Denton) Tuesday, March 24 - 6:30 p.m. Glory of Zion Ministries, Global Spheres Center 7801 I-35E South Corinth, Texas 76210
South Segment Meeting (Cities of Farmers Branch and Carrollton) – NEW LOCATION Tuesday, March 31 - 6:30 p.m. City of Carrollton Senior Center 1720 Keller Springs Carrollton, Texas 75006
Middle Segment (Cities of Lewisville, Highland Village, Hickory Creek, and Lake Dallas) Thursday, April 2 - 6:30 p.m. MCL Grand Theater 100 North Charles Street Lewisville, Texas 75057
Those not able to attend the meeting in person can follow along on Twitter, @35Express, use #35ExpressChat to ask questions or join in on the conversation. For more information about the 35Express Project visit www.35Express.org, or call 214-483-7777.
Lieutenant 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.
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…
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.
A 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On 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.