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.
Lewisville 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.
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.
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.
On August 20, Dolly Shine graced the stage of Coach Joe’s Hat Tricks in Lewisville, Texas. Dolly Shine, a five-piece red dirt/alternative country outfit originating from Stephenville, has been hitting the Texas country scene heavily since their inception in 2010. Founded by frontman Zack McGuinn and fiddle/mandolin player Wesley Hall and named after his friend’s rescue horse, Dolly Shine have come a long way from their more traditional roots. After going through a few lineup changes and settling on current guitarist Jarrod Flusche, the group has adopted a very energetic alternative country style reminiscent of early Uncle Tupelo mixed with the solemn singer-songwriter sound one might hear from a typical red dirt artist.
The set opened with a bang, as drummer Johnny Goodson attacked the opening snare hit with ferocious intensity on the opener “Her Name Was Trouble.” This Drive-By Truckers-styled anthem set the tone for the first half of the night. The precision dynamics of the instrumentation were a pleasant surprise. Bassist Mariano Cordero complemented Goodson’s percussive assault by providing a tight low end, and the chemistry between Fluche and Goodson brought a raw energy to the set. Following “Her Name Was Trouble” was the equally intense “Cold Black Stare.” McGinn’s soft yet wavering vocal performance and emotional lyrical delivery was matched by the timed blast by Flusche and Goodson. The band’s punk and metal influences shined through in this track, which came to a blazing end by a stunning fiddle solo provided by Hall.
Monday is the first day back to school for the 2015/16 school year in Lewisville ISD. Since residents have been out of the habit of driving in school zones for the summer, the Lewisville Police Department and The Lewisville Texan Journal both want residents to be mindful of school zone speeds and keep their eyes on the road instead of on their mobile devices. Crossing guards will be on duty, and drivers are required to obey their signals.
Areas in and around schools will be very congested before and after school. You should consider an alternate route or allowing extra time if you travel near a school during the drop-off and pick-up times, particularly the first week of school.
School Zones Be mindful of students heading to and from school. The Lewisville Police Department increases their officer presence in school zones and around bus stops at this time each year. Chief Kerbow, referring to the school zone flashing lights, has said “pay attention to the yellow lights before you see the red and blue.”
School zone times are determined based on the schools they serve. Elementary Schools: 7:15 am – 8:15 am and 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Middle Schools: 8:00 am – 9:00 am and 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm School Zones protecting both Elementary and Middle Schools: 7:15 am – 9:00 am and 2:45 pm – 4:45 pm High Schools: 7:45 am – 8:30 am and 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
The school zone at Garden Ridge and Bellaire has unique times compared to the other school zones within the city, because it mirrors the contiguous school zones within Flower Mound. The school zone in that area of Garden Ridge and Bellaire runs from 7:00 am to 8:00 am in the mornings and 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the afternoons.
Passing a Stopped School Bus The Texas Transportation Code says that a driver must stop, when approaching from either direction before reaching a school bus displaying alternately flashing red lights. Drivers are not required to stop when traveling in the opposite direction on a divided roadway. The fine for passing a school bus is $878.
Crossing Guards The school crossing guards are part of the police department family and work very hard to keep the children safe. A Lead Crossing Guard supervises 34 guards and reports to the Traffic Sergeant. The authority of crossing guards is granted by the Texas transportation code. The school crossing guards work in extreme weather and heavy traffic. The police department says they will not tolerate drivers disregarding the school crossing guards. Please look out for them as they look out for the kids.
Cell Phones The Texas Transportation Code says that a driver may not use a cell phone while driving in a school zone unless: the vehicle is stopped, the device is hands-free, or the driver is making an emergency call to fire, police, or for a medical emergency.
Ramp from Eastbound Valley Ridge Boulevard to the Northbound Frontage Road in Lewisville Temporarily Closed Various lanes of the northbound I-35E frontage road approaching Valley Ridge Boulevard will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 through 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21.
The ramp from eastbound Valley Ridge Boulevard to the northbound frontage road will be continuously closed at this time. Eastbound Valley Ridge Boulevard traffic will turn right on Valley Ridge Circle to access the northbound frontage road.
Permanent Closure of Southbound I-35E Entrance Ramp Between Garden Ridge Boulevard and FM 407 in Lewisville New Entrance Ramp Expected to Open Fall 2015 As crews prepare to shift traffic to accommodate the next phase of construction near FM 407, the southbound I-35E entrance ramp between Garden Ridge Boulevard and FM 407 will permanently close to traffic beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19. A new southbound entrance ramp, just south of the current ramp is expected, to open fall 2015. During this closure, traffic will continue south along the frontage road to the entrance ramp near Valley Ridge Boulevard to enter southbound I-35E.
In addition to this closure, various lanes of the southbound I-35E frontage road approaching the FM 407 exit ramp will be closed overnight from 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19 until to 6 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20. Law enforcement will be on site to assist with traffic control during the nightly closures.
Nightly Lane Closures on Southbound Interstate 35E in Lewisville The two left lanes of southbound I-35E approaching the Sam Rayburn Tollway will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 through Saturday, Aug. 22. These closures are needed to relocate drainage lines in the area.
All of this work is related to the 35Express Project, an expansion of I-35E between U.S. 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.
After 28 years in business, the Kroger grocery store in Lewisville at the corner of Bellaire and S.H. 121 Business has been restocked for the last time, and will close within 3-4 weeks, according to employees.
Kroger spokesman Gary Huddleston confirmed today that store officials had made the difficult decision to close the location. The company recently opened the Kroger Marketplace store in far east Lewisville in Castle Hills at S.H. 121 and Josie Ln., and has another location in Flower Mound at FM 3040 and Gerault.
Huddleston said that all employees of the Lewisville store had been offered positions at other Kroger locations. Over the next few weeks, the store will sell down its inventory, and will not restock. One employee at the store said she thought that certain staple items like milk, bread and diapers would be restocked though.
The store was opened in 1987, according to Huddleston, and is owned by the Kroger company. Once the store is vacated, it will be put up for sale, but according to Huddleston, there is no chance of it being used as another grocery store in the near future. Kroger adds non-compete clauses to its real estate sales, meaning that the purchaser of the property would have to agree not to put a grocery store in the space for a certain period of time.
This November, Lewisville voters will vote on a bond package that will be used to pay for up to $135 million in capital improvements for the city over the next 10 years. Monday night, the Lewisville City Council approved the final ballot language, splitting the package into four propositions for voters: $71.6 million for street improvements, $10.5 million for public safety facilities, $39.9 million for parks and recreation facilities, and $13 million for an indoor aquatic center.
Proposition 1: Streets - $71.6 million $71.6 million is for arterial and neighborhood streets around the city. Sample projects include completing Corporate Drive/Windhaven Parkway from Railroad Street to Plano Parkway; connecting Valley Ridge Boulevard to the new Corporate Drive; and replacing streets in multiple residential neighborhoods. The list of actual projects could change depending on traffic and development patterns, or if outside funding is secured for some of the sample projects.
Proposition 2: Parks and Recreation - $39.9 million $39.9 million is for parks and trails, including a new multi-generational recreation center that would incorporate the current Memorial Park Rec Center and Senior Activity Center; improvements to Lewisville Lake Park day use areas and campground; and new hike/bike trails citywide.
Proposition 3: Public Safety Facilities - $10.5 million $10.5 million is for public safety facilities, including a new Fire Station #3 located closer to FM 3040 than the current station and closer to new developments in southwest Lewisville; a second-floor addition to the police administration building; and a hardened emergency operations center in the basement of Lewisville City Hall.
Proposition 4: Aquatic Facility - $13 million $13 million is for an indoor aquatic facility that would be added to the new recreation center. The proposed indoor aquatic center would be a planned Phase 2 item for the proposed multi-generational recreation center at Memorial Park. Although the Council was unanimous in putting this item on the ballot as a standalone proposition, Councilmembers seemed concerned about the high operating cost of such a facility, and the fact that it could only be done if voters also approved the parks and recreation bond proposition. The expected impact to the yearly operations budget for an aquatic facility would be $625,000.
If approved, the bonds would be sold over the course of 10 years, staggered as needed to fund each year’s projects and keep the repayment schedule as level as possible. Bonds are repaid through the debt service fund, which is funded by the Interest & Sinking fund (I&S) component of the city’s property tax rate. Lewisville voters have been paying $0.117320 per $100 valuation, but if all of the bonds except the aquatic center are approved by the voters, it is expected that the I&S tax rate could rise by as much as 1.4 cents at its highest point on the repayment schedule, resulting in a $0.131 I&S rate. For the average home value in Lewisville of $180,132, this could mean up to a $25.21 property tax increase per year*. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay up to an additional $14. City staff estimate that the aquatic center option would add 0.4 cents to that upper value, which could add an additional $7.21 per year* in taxes for the average home value.
On August, 24 the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) will enact service changes to its Connect Bus and Campus Shuttle services. The authority makes such changes each January and August to maximize efficiency and to better connect its various services.
Changes to the Connect Bus service in Lewisville include delaying the Connect Route 23 northbound at Old Town Station from 9:03 to 9:05 a.m., which will allow those departing from the 9:05 a.m. southbound A-Train service to use the Route 23 bus. Additionally, southbound Connect Route 21 in Lewisville will now leave the Walmart on Main Street at 4:02 p.m., rather than 4:05 p.m. as before. This will enable those passengers to transfer to the 4:38 p.m. southbound train at Hebron Station.