Lewisville Texan Journal
Vol. 4, No. 7
L ife and L iber ty in the L one Star State
Wednesday, Febr uar y 14, 2018
This edition of The Lewisville Texan Journal is a printed recap of our online stories from the past week. For timely updates on Lewisville happenings, follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/LewisvilleTexanJournal or Twitter at twitter.com/LewisvilleTexan.
Texas Attor ney Gener al issues cease-and-desist letter to L I SD over election effor ts Feb. 14, 2018 By STEVE SOUTHWEL L
Lewisville ISD has been using its social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook to advocate that teachers and parents vote in the upcoming March 6 Democratic and Republican primary elections. While the district has been advocating for sup-
Democratic congressional candidate Will Fisher addresses Lewisville residents at Mattito's while council member Brandon Jones looks on. (Photo by Leopold Knopp)
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has sent a ceaseand- desist letter to Lewisville ISD over its recent public advocacy for voting, calling it unlawful electioneering. Holliday and Brazosport ISDs also re-
ceived letters. In recent
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Fisher talks issues in L ewisville's past will sizzle to life L ewisville town hall at steakhouse in old Feed M ill Feb. 12, 2018 By L EOPOL D K NOPP
Democratic congressional candidate Will Fisher spoke to a crowded party
room at Mattito?s in Lewisville yesterday evening Feb. 11 in an effort to meet voters and address their con-
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L I SD ending school budget rollover effective next year Feb. 13, 2018 By L EOPOL D K NOPP
The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees approved a budget amendment to end the rolling forward of campus funds next year, as well as $1.8 million worth of hardware contracts at its regular meeting Feb. 12. The budget amendment was in relation to a policy that predates many of the board members. Since 2012, up to 20 percent of a school?s budget has been allowed to be rolled over into the next
fiscal year. In a workshop discussion Feb. 7, board member Jenny Proznik said the idea was that since some principals would return money to the district every year with pride and others would spend every penny no matter the use, installing a rollover would take those considerations away. However, CFO Mike Ball and his team found that most principals were simply using 80 percent of their anContinued on P2
The old Feed Mill, one of th emost important building's in Lewisville's history, will soon be a high-end steakhouse. (Photo by James Norman)
Feb. 14, 2018 By JAM ES NORM AN norman@LewisvilleTexan.com
From feeding steak to eating steak, the Lewisville Feed Mill is almost done undergoing its transformation into the new J2 Steakhouse. Owner and proprietor Jim Murray of Hickory Creek said while the journey has been long, the end for development is in sight.
?We?ve kind of saved the building,? Murray said. ?It was in rough shape. It?s taken a lot to get it back to being structurally sound.? With the original intent to open last year, several obstacles in the development have pushed it back to a 2018 opening. Getting the old feed mill structurally sound required a sizeable amount of work, which in-
cluded rebuilding all the walls and replacing the roof. Murray said they removed 18,000 pounds of tar from the roof, which had accumulated over the last century from repairs. The building?s roof is also supported by steel now, which takes the pressure off the walls. ?The building should Continued on P2
L ewisville gets dam money in Castle Hills to have president?s budget for FY 2019 special election to j oin cover phase one of the dam repair project, all the way from design to construction. She said the dam repairs will take place over three to four contracts, costing An access road leads down the upstream side of the roughly $150 Lewisville Lake dam from just east of the flood gates. million total. (Photo by Christina Ulsh) These repairs will specifiFeb. 13, 2018 cally address seepage conBy L EOPOL D K NOPP cerns on the embankment. UPDATE: U.S. Army Gray said the next step will Corps of Engineers project be to address the stability of manager Stacy Gray says the the spillway on the East side $55 million appropriated in of the dam. this budget is enough to
The USACE cannot move forward without these appropriations. If the federal budget they are attached to gets held up, then nothing will happen. However, Gray said there is a good chance ground will be broken if the appropriations pass in the budget. She also said civil funds do not expire, so they will have the money for as long as it takes to get the project done. Spokesman Clay Church stressed that though the dam does need to be repaired, it still continues to function properly. Original story: Continued on P2
L ewisville Fire Prevention Distr ict Feb. 13, 2018 Submitted Repor t
The Lewisville Fire Control, Prevention, and Emergency Medical Services District (Fire Prevention District) has called a special election for Saturday, May 5, in which Castle Hills residents will decide whether to join the district. Lewisville City Council, acting as the district board of directors, called the election Tuesday morning, Feb. 13. Early voting starts Monday, April 23 and continues through Tuesday, May 1.
Castle Hills voters can cast early ballots at any polling place designated by the Denton County Elections Office, including Carrollton Public Library, 4220 N. Josey Lane, and Lewisville Municipal Annex, 1197 W. Main Street. Election Day voting will be at the Queen Margaret Community Center, 2501 Queen Margaret Drive. Because they live in the extra- territorial jurisdiction and not within city boundContinued on P2
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outlast me now,? Murray said laughing. Aiming to create an environment of fine dining and casual atmosphere, Murray said the restaurant will serve dry- and wet- aged steaks with nothing being premade. ?If it comes in a can or a jar we don?t serve it,? Murray said. ?We make it.? J2 will seat roughly 175 patrons and feature valet parking, a patio and two bars, with one of the bars being for wine and beer tasting. Murray added he is also proud of the different materials going into the place, including several different kinds of wood tops for the bars and tables. The feed mill has housed a lot of tools from the previous century, including a seed planter, a cotton gin and a scale to weigh trucks. Murray said he is repurposing these items to help the restaurant serve as not only a place to eat, but an educational experience as well. ?James Polser, the previous owner, collected everything,? Murray said. ?It?s going to be like walking into a museum.? Polser purchased the Lewisville Feed Mill from his uncle in 1978 and ran it until 2010. It closed after 120 years of business due to the waning need for agrarian
materials. Murray said he got the name J2 from Polser and he, who both share the name James. ?[J2] works for a lot of reasons,? Murray said. ?I wanted something special, something simple.? Lewisville community relations and tourism director James Kunke spoke about the significance of the Lewisville Feed Mill and what it means to the city. ?The Lewisville Feed Mill was the longest continuously operating business in the City of Lewisville. You think about all the change that building witnessed,? Kunke said. ?That building is a direct connection to more than a 100 years ago to when most people in town were working on a farm.? Kunke said the city desperately did not want to see the building go away and were ecstatic when someone came in to buy it with the intention of restoring it, calling it a banner day for the city. ?We probably got the perfect person to buy that property,? Kunke said. ?He was a customer there, he knew the history, he had the resources to do something about it and his success in the restaurant industry means the building will continue to thrive.? Murray said he understands the significance of the building to the city and
wants to help people experience it on top of the restaurant, going as far as saying he is cohabiting the building with the history. ?It?s a part of the fiber of the town,? Murray said. ?People have been coming here all their lives, bought feed and bought hay. I used to buy hay here.? He also believes J2 can be a major piece to Lewisville?s plan to revitalize Old Town into a destination. ?When you?re a significant restaurant like we are ? we?ll bring a lot of traffic [to Old Town],? Murray said. The traffic has already started. After almost three dozen chefs from cities across the country, including Chicago and Miami, applied for the job. After several interviews, Murray chose Chef Jonathan Pauley from Uptown Dallas? Water Grill to helm J2?s new 2,400-squarefoot kitchen. With the talent onboard, Murray said the goal is to win a James Beard Award in the first year. The James Beard Awards are annual awards given out to those who show excellence in cuisine, culinary writing and education. Murray said if they don?t get an award, they will have to wait 10 years to apply for another one. As far as winning over the city and locals, Murray
described the feedback and support he is getting as positive. Murray has worked with several cities across the metroplex regarding his restaurants, but didn?t hesitate to call Lewisville the best city he?s worked with. ?They?ve been the easiest to work with,? Murray said. ?As fast as Lewisville is growing and all the inspec-
tire service center, a gas station and old buildings into restaurants. However, he said this new project is on a different scale, calling it his piĂ¨ce de rĂŠsistance. Murray declined to say how much the project had cost him, but called it a lot of money. ?It?s a significant investment,? Murray said. ?I?m not
The restaurant will include two bars. This one will be dedicated to beer and wine tastings. (Photo by James Norman)
tion and stuff they have to do, the city has bent over backwards for me ? without their support this project would have been way harder.? Prior to J2, Murray had started 11 other restaurants, most famously the Prairie House. During his 40 years in the restaurant business, he has turned a grocery store, a
going cheap here by any means. I?m putting the money in it to do it right.? After being delayed for several months, Murray said the development is almost done and has plans to open it in the next month or so. ?We can see the end of the tunnel now,? Murray said. ?It?s rolling fast ? we?re in the finish?out stages.?
21-year-old woman killed Son stabbed father at Walmar t Fr iday night Young?s criminal record in possible DWI cr ash shows this not to be his first Feb. 10, 2018 By STEVE SOUTHWEL L
Feb. 13, 2018 By STEVE SOUTHWEL L
A woman is dead after an early morning rollover crash in the 4300 block of Windhaven Parkway in Castle Hills Tuesday morning. The driver was Bailey Teel, 21, of Bethany Oklahoma. First responders received a call at 3:27 a.m. from a passenger in the car who alerted them to the crash. According to LPD Captain Mike Lane, the passenger told police that as they were traveling in from The Colony, something ran out in front of the car.
Medics arrived to find the car flipped over and heavily damaged. They initially put PHI air rescue on standby, but then canceled that. Lane said the driver had been partially ejected from the vehicle, suffering fatal injuries. Lane said the crash was being investigated as a possible case of driving while intoxicated, based on factors present at the scene. The passenger?s condition was unknown. The victim?s body was taken to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner?s office for autopsy.
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A man was stabbed after a family altercation Friday night at the Walmart on Main Street in Lewisville. Police received the call at 10:09 p.m., which LPD Capt. Casey Carter said originally came in as an assault call. Carter said the two involved were a father and son, and that the son had stabbed the father with a pointed object. Christopher Aaron Young, 29, is held in Lewisville Jail, charged with aggravated assault on a family member with a weapon. His bond is set at $25,000.
time charged with family violence. In 2011, he was arrested on two counts of family violence, mischief, and marijuana possession, and served 6 months in jail. The victim told police that his son suffers from mental illness. Radio recordings indicated the victim received lacerations to his left side, but remained conscious and breathing. Lewisville Fire Department medics transported him to Denton Regional Hospital for treatment. Another of the victim?s sons posted on Facebook Saturday
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I SD Boar d meeting Continued fr om P1
nual budgets, plus the 20 percent that rolled over from last year as part of their regular funding stream. ?On many of the campuses, we?re just carrying forward a very similar amount from year to year, so all we?re really doing is just shuffling paper,? Ball said. ?Most principals just use this
now as part of their funding stream for the second half of the fiscal year.? Some members of the board were cautious about giving principals the incentive to spend to their budget. ?I don?t want a punishment because someone either spent all their budget or didn?t spend all their budget,? board member Jenny Proznik said.
The board voted to have up to 20 percent of this year?s budget roll over as planned and then end the practice next year, hoping that principals will spend all that they need of fiscal year 2020?s budget in fiscal year 2020. The hardware contracts will go toward expanded security camera systems, as called for in last year?s bond
package, and new contracts for Internet service after the current one expires in June. The bulk of the expenditures, just under $1.5 million, will go toward 1,344 new security cameras, 843 inside schools and 501 outside them. According to board background material, the project is expected to be complete in September and come in under budget.
For continued Internet service, the board contracted with United Private Networks for three years and ESC XI Consortium for five years at the total combined cost of $306,000. The Board of Trustees holds one monthly regular meeting at the Bolin Administrative Center, 1565 W. Main St. in Lewisville. Check lisd.net for schedule
L I SD deliber ates goals for the coming year Feb. 13, 2018 By L EOPOL D K NOPP
In a lunch workshop meeting Feb. 8, the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees began hammering out its official goals for the 2018-19 school year. Superintendent Kevin Rogers outlined the district?s four cornerstones, or overarching long- term goals, and broke them down into actionable ideas to roll out over the next school year. The school district?s four cornerstones student learning, student experience, accurate stewardship of resources and engaging the community. The board discussed several ways to pursue these goals. For the first cornerstone, superintendent Kevin Rogers explained that the district
wants to find a new way of monitoring student progress, both during and after their school careers. He and the board expressed interest in exit interviews with students who do not graduate or need to be held back, as well as tracking trends in what happens to students after the enter the workforce. Taking advanced biology classes and Algebra 2, for instance, have been a significant predictors of financial success for students. Texas keeps track of student progress with the annual standardized STAAR test, but the district has had difficulty with this test in the recent past. Deputy superintendent Lori Rapp said explicitly that it was not the metric they needed.
The district?s next step for enhancing the student experience is to determine more options for advanced academies on campus. Rogers said they want to have recommendations for future academies by September and have specifically a recommendation for a middle school STEM academy by May 2019. The district?s stewardship goals are the development of a debt reduction plan related to last year?s bond package and reducing the total number of paid positions to get into line with the student population, which dropped unexpectedly last year. The district had previously discussed this item in detail at a workshop meeting
Dec. 6. ?If you have a balanced budget on paper, you?re probably cutting people and programs when you didn?t need to,? Rogers said. We certainly need to get our house in order with regard to positions versus enrollment.? Board member Tracy Scott Miller emphasized that shaving individual program budgets was probably the most harmless place to find money, something Rogers agreed with. Rogers said the board will form a committee in the coming months to determine exactly how effective several of its programs are. ?As recapture continues down the road, we?re going to need to make some tough decisions and we need com-
munity input,? Rogers said. Also under stewardship, the district plans to continue its advocacy efforts for school funding. LISD and many districts across Texas have strongly opposed the push toward a voucher system, saying that it funnels public money into private schools. The pushback from school districts against the state government is developing into a major statewide issue heading into the 2018 elections. For community outreach, Rogers said he and LISD communications staff are working on a marketing plan for the STEM academy at Donald Elementary and the collegiate academy at The Colony High School.
L I SD discusses academies in wor kshop Feb. 13, 2018 By L EOPOL D K NOPP
In a work session Wednesday night Feb. 7, the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees was updated on three of its advanced programs while also discussing budgetary policy later in the evening. The first part of the session, the board heard about its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy in Donald Elementary School, the Collegiate Academy and Career Center projects. STEM accredited schools focus not just on the listed subjects, but on a unique, applicationbased teaching methodology. Donald principal Michelle Wooten said the campus teachers and parents are all on board with becoming a STEM school, despite the sacrifices required for teachers to earn certifications and an expansion of the school day to accommodate extra engineering learning. Donald is set to become one of the first elementary schools in the country to be certified by the National Institute for STEM Education.
Far from just being on board, Wooten said the reaction has been enthusiastic ? 26 Donald teachers are on their way to becoming STEM certified instructors, despite her hoping for only a handful. She said the response from the community has been enthusiastic to the point of unintended consequences. ?I had two real estate agents call,? she said. ?They actually want to know what is happening in the last two weeks, because their phones have been ringing nonstop.? The board also received a report on The Colony High School?s Collegiate Academy, a partnership between the high school and Collin County College that will potentially allow graduates to come out with an associate?s degree in?hand. Officials noted that the degree would cost no more than $5,000 to the student. Following this, the board received a presentation on potential new career center programs. Researchers visited six neighboring school districts, examined job markets and polled residents to
Instead of meeting on the dais, the Board of Trustees and high-level staff set up a circle of tables. This could be the shape of meetings to come, as the district has committed to more workshop meetings in the future. (Photo by Leopold Knopp)
come up with four potential new programs. They were a veterinary assistant program, which was the most popular option, along with culinary arts, cybersecurity and building programs. They also said there was a possibility for an aviation technology program,
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cerns as directly as he could. Lewisville city council member Brandon Jones opened the event by encouraging attendees to vote for Fisher over Burgess. ?We can?t do anything about this person in the White House right now, but what we can do is fix these enablers, and one of them represents the 26th District right now,? he said. ?What we have to do is take that feeling of, ?What am I going to do??and, ?Here?s what you can do.'? Fisher discussed his positions with constituents for a
little more than an hour, with topics ranging from the Middle East to the prisonindustrial complex and drug laws. His most popular points were about his advocacy for single-payer healthcare and teachers?unions. ?We are the wealthiest country in the world. Out of all industrialized nations, we have the highest per capita cost of care. Much higher than the next. It?s beyond the point where it?s even arguable, in my mind,? he said. ?We?re showing the world that the emperor has no clothes.? After the discussion, Jones said that even though
Lewisville is seen as a low turnout area, events like this to stir up excitement for the coming election are what?s needed to drive participation. ?For a Sunday to fill up a small room, would we fill up the MCL Grand? I don?t know But I didn?t think they thought we were going to fill up UNT either,? Jones said. ?I think this is how it starts.? Fisher is campaigning against Linsey Fagan for the Democratic nomination for Texas? 26th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, currently held by Michael Burgess. The primary will be March 6, with
Dozens of Lewisville Texans listen to congressional candidate Will Fisher in his town hall event in Mattito's in Lewisville. (Photo by Leopold Knopp)
early voting beginning Feb. 20. The Fisher campaign
streamed the entire event on Facebook live.
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port of public education, it has not mentioned specific candidates by name. The district has been vocal about its disagreements with the Texas Legislature with regards to private school vouchers, STAAR testing and accountability, education funding in general and special education limits that were recently declared illegal on a national level and that the district says it ignored anyway. LISD Superintendent Kevin Rogers put out a video on Feb. 2 to encourage the community to vote. Paxton alleges that school districts used taxpayer resources to distribute messages to their staff and the public advocating for or against certain political candidates and measures, which is a class A misdemeanor. The letter does not name any candidates or measures that it accuses the districts of advocating for. The letter referenced a tweet it alleges the district published: ?My office fully encourages Texas schools to educate their students on civic duties and assist them in
registering to vote. But pushing faculty or others to vote for a particular person is a clear violation of the Texas Election and Education Codes,? Paxton said in a press release Wednesday. ?These school districts must understand that they are responsible, as all state agencies are, for refraining from spending public funds on advocating for or opposing political candidates. The electioneering of these school districts is unacceptable and a poor example of the civic responsibility, integrity, and honesty that Texas educators should model for our students.? The letter demands that the school districts remove the offending messaging, cease further offending communications and send a written reply to the attorney
general by Friday, Feb. 16. LISD Board President Angie Cox, who was named in Paxton?s letter, said the district would not take down the material. ?We?re drafting a letter right now back to the Attorney General respectfully disagreeing with the response,? said Cox. ?We haven?t endorsed any candidates ? we were simply sending a message about voting, and I don?t see any harm in that.? The district?s website and social media accounts
still had the video that the Attorney General?s Office objected to as of publishing. Cox said it would stay that way for awhile. ?We?re not taking it down right now,? she said. Cox said the district would await a response from Paxton?s office. She said she had been in contact with the district?s attorney, Jeff Crownover about the demand. District communications director Amanda Brim responded to The Lewisville
Texan Journal?s inquiry Wednesday afternoon. ?Lewisville ISD believes a culture of voting is vital to the future of our state and country. The right to freely elect leaders is the very definition of American freedom and we are asking students and staff to vote and understand what impact a legislator may have on their daily lives. The district respectfully disagrees with the Office of the Attorney General on this matter,? Brim wrote. She said that the tweet referenced in the letter was taken down on Feb. 7, one day after it was posted, when the district became aware their intent may have been misinterpreted. ?We dispute any characterization of the district?s get out the vote campaign as anything other than an effort to engage the LISD staff and community in their constitutional right to vote and advocate for themselves,? Brim said. ?The district will reiterate again with staff that they alone can make the decision to support a candidate and measure, and the district does not wish to impose the beliefs of its Board or Superintendent.?
Great Texas War r ant Roundup begins Feb. 24 Feb. 9, 2018 Submitted Repor t
Representatives of law enforcement agencies and courts from more than 250 jurisdictions across Texas, including Lewisville, have announced combined efforts to hold the 11th annual Great Texas Warrant Roundup beginning Feb. 24. The roundup is designed to target thousands of defendants with traffic, parking,
city ordinance, penal code and higher charge warrants from more than 250 participating jurisdictions. It is believed to be the largest joint operation of its kind, with arrests expected to continue for several days. Hundreds of thousands of notices were recently mailed statewide by participating entities. Under Texas Law, individuals that appear before a court and make a good faith
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effort to resolve their outstanding Class C warrants are afforded safe harbor and not subject to arrest. Additionally, if a judgment is rendered against an individual who is unable to pay the judgment, the individual may request a judge to assess their ability to pay and offer alternative means to satisfy the judgment. Individuals with one or more warrants are encouraged to contact the
courts that issued the warrants to resolve their cases voluntarily before they are compelled to appear by arrest. Lewisville Municipal Court can be contacted at 972- 219- 3436. The court is located at 1197 W. Main Street and is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays. Do not send another person to pay your fines. People
are subject to arrest until their payment has been accepted by the court and properly posted. Checks are not accepted. Payments will be accepted in cash, money order, Master Card, Visa or Discover. You may also pay online at cityoflewisville.com.
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Lewisville Dam, in need of significant repair, may be getting funding for it from the federal government. The federal budget proposal released yesterday includes a request for $55 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair the dam. This is among the 10 highest funded projects of the 26 construction projects for the
2019 fiscal year. Last year, the Fort Worth district of the corps found no significant environmental impact for a safety modification project to Lewisville Dam. The project would aim to minimize the potential of the dam?s failure due to seepage and stability deficiencies. The corps had found that the probability of the dam failing was minimal, but the consequences would
be catastrophic. Finished in 1955, Lewisville Dam has prevented $31.2 billion in flooding damage over its lifetime, including $2.4 billion in 2015 alone. The Lewisville Texan Journal has not seen a publically released price for the repairs. It is currently unclear if $55 million would be the total cost for the repairs, or if it would be the first in a series of
yearly installments. The Corps? budget is a component of the president?s budget, which will be presented to Congress and is subject to as much uncertainty as any other federal bill, though local members of Congress such as Michael Burgess have said they would support funding for the dam in the past. The timing of the dam repairs is important to
Lewisville because it affects projects in Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning area, such as the proposed $20 million nature center, road improvements, and waterline replacements. The Lewisville Texan Journal has reached out to the national Army Corps of Engineers office as well as the Fort Worth office, but phone lines were out Tuesday due to a fiber cut.
Castle Hills vote on fire distr ict aries, Castle Hills voters are not eligible to participate in the Lewisville City Council election being held at the same time. The Lewisville Fire Prevention District levies an eighth-cent sales tax to support fire department services. If Castle Hills voters opt to join the district, it would collect an estimated
$200,000 in additional sales tax per year, which would help pay operating expenses at the new Fire Station #8 currently under construction on Josey Lane. The city will budget about $2 million annually to operate the station starting this fall, including 18 new firefighter positions. When completed, Fire Station #8 will share with
existing Fire Station #6 the primary response duties for rapidly growing east Lewisville, including Castle Hills. Currently, those primary response duties are handled only by Fire Station #6. The Fire Prevention District was created by Lewisville voters in November 2011, and re- authorized
in May 2016 for an additional 20 years. The district boundaries match the city?s municipal boundaries, and do not include the city?s ETJ that contains Castle Hills. State law was changed in 2015 to allow cities to add all or part of their ETJ to an existing fire prevention district if approved by voters living in the affected territory.
Lewisville also has a Crime Control and Prevention District that levies an eighth- cent sales tax for law enforcement uses. State law does not currently allow the city to add ETJ areas to that district. The city will seek a change in state law during the 2019 legislative session.
Unifor m Cr ime Repor t shows mixed number s Feb. 9, 2018 Submitted Repor t
The 2017 Uniform Crime Report shows a slight increase in Lewisville, with major crimes showing declines. Lewisville Police Department captures crime statistics for both voluntary submission to the UCR and for departmental use. Lewisville has a relatively
low number of reports among several crime types, so small numerical changes can represent large percentage changes. For example, there were no murders in 2016 and three in 2017. For reported offenses in 2017, Lewisville saw a 9.4 percent decrease in Part 1 offenses over 2016 and a 13.5 percent increase in Part II crimes for an overall crime
increase of 5 percent. Increases were noted for crimes against persons, such as Robbery (46.9 percent) and Aggravated Assault (22.9 percent). Most property crime categories decreased, including Burglary of Buildings (23 percent), Burglary of a Habitation (- 16.9 percent), and Motor Vehicle Thefts (7.4 percent). The complete statistics
from the Uniform Crime Report are posted on the Police Department page on cityoflewisville.com. A more detailed map showing where all the reported crimes happened is posted on the Crime Statistics page of cityoflewisville.com. The Uniform Crime Report is an annual report issued by the FBI that presents data on selected categories of
crimes reported to participating police departments. Offenses in the UCR are divided into two groups ? Part 1 and Part II. Part I crimes encompass most violent crimes, as well as certain property crimes. Part II offenses include lesser, mostly non-violent crimes. Only arrests are reported for Part II offenses.
L ocal Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Agency L aunches Tr ansitional Housing Progr am Feb. 12, 2018 Submitted Repor t
Denton County Friends of the Family is excited to announce the launch of the Transitional Housing Program to help victims of sexual and domestic violence secure safe housing options as they transition out of the emergency shelter, flee from an abusive home or are recovering from the financial abuse that 98 percent of victims of domestic violence experience. According to Texas Council on Family Violence,
more than 80 percent of women with children experiencing homelessness have been victims of domestic violence. The launch of our transitional housing program will meet a critical need for domestic violence and sexual assault victims as they struggle to achieve financial stability. The transitional housing program provides safe housing combined with comprehensive services to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in their path to independence and
emotional well-being. The program is funded by awards from the Emergency Solutions Grant and the Criminal Justice Division Grant. The ESG offers short term housing assistance for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The CJD grant offers financial assistance for six to 18 months and additional services such as counseling, life skills, budgeting and employment. Dr. Nicole Roberts Ph.D, DCFOF, Executive Program Director announced this
week that the program placed its first client, a single mother with small children, into a safe, comfortable home. Included in the vision of this program is that the homes are furnished, decorated and stocked with essentials as families move in. If community members want to help, they can become housing partners. The support of donors and volunteers are the difference in a child sleeping on an air mattress or in a toddler bed. It?s the sofas, dishes and groceries that make the families
we serve find hope again. Without support, Denton County Friends of the Family could not aide in the positive change in the lives of the women and children we serve. If you would like to learn more about how to support the efforts of our transitional housing program with time, talent or treasure and become a Housing Partner email firstname.lastname@example.org.
L HS Choir ?Vocal M aj or ity? fundr aising concer t set for Feb 24. Feb. 9, 2018 Submitted Repor t
The Lewisville High School Choir ?Vocal Majority? fundraising concert will
take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Leo C. Stuver Auditorium at Lewisville High School, 1098 W. Main Street. The Vocal Majority has
performed to critical acclaim throughout the U.S., Canada, and the UK. They?ve won 16 international medals, including 12 gold.
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Tickets for this familyfriendly concert are $11. All proceeds will benefit the Lewisville High School Choir. Tickets are available
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Texas Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut on Space Station Feb. 13, 2018 Submitted Repor t
Students from Highland Village, will speak with a NASA astronaut living, working and doing research aboard the International Space Station at 1:10 p.m. EST Feb. 14. The 20 minute Earth- tospace call will air live on NASA Television and the agency?s website. The students will travel to Briarhill Middle School for the call to Expedition 54 astronaut Joe Acaba aboard
the space station, posing questions about life aboard the space station, NASA?s deep space exploration plans and doing science in space. Acaba arrived at the space station Sept. 12 on his third space mission and is scheduled to return to Earth later this month. Students have been preparing for this downlink by studying the solar system, universe, gravitational effects on plants and animals, plotting space station coordinates, calculating distances
to various planets, planning what to pack for a journey to Mars using surface and volume formulas and using ratios and proportions to paint a life size version of the International Space Station on their football field. About 1,000 students and teachers are expected to be at Briarhill for the downlink. Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning, perfor-
mance and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This in- flight education downlink is an integral component of NASA?s Year of Education on Station, which provides extensive space station- related resources and opportunities to students and educators. See videos and lesson plans highlighting research on the International Space Station at Nasa.tv.
Astronaut Joe Acaba. (Image courtesy NASA)
City accepting applications for annual social ser vice gr ants Feb. 9, 2018 Submitted Repor t
The City of Lewisville is accepting applications for funding for social service programs. Funds are available for a one-year grant cycle beginning Oct. 1. Applications are due by noon March 1. An estimated $90,639 is
available in Community Development Block Grant funds based on last year?s allocation. The City added $170,000 in local money to the program last year. New and previously funded applicants will be scored on the same criteria. New proposals will need to demonstrate that funding will
provide for new or expanded delivery of services and cannot be used to substitute for other funding sources. This program is open to non-profit agencies that have eligible social service programs. Other community organizations or citizen groups may not qualify for direct funding, but are welcome to
contact program staff to fill out a Community/Resident Project Proposal. Pre?Application Workshops will be held 2 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Community Development Conference Room on the second floor of Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church Street, and 9 a.m. Feb. 14, 9 a.m. in the City
Council Conference Room, which is on the first floor of City Hall. To RSVP, or to request a full notice of funding availability and an RFP or an application, contact Grant Specialist Ashleigh Feryan at 972?219?5026 or email@example.com.
L ewisville I SD Educator s Nominated for National L ifeChanger of the Year Awar d Feb. 8, 2018 Submitted Repor t
McAuliffe Elementary School secretary Karla Wentz and Degan Elementary School principal Vanessa Stuart have been nominated for the 2017-2018 national LifeChanger of the Year award. Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the U.S. who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. Wentz was nominated by her principal, Jennifer Mattingly. She has worked at
McAuliffe Elementary for 12 years, starting as an attendance clerk before transitioning to the secretary position four years ago. In addition to serving as secretary, Wentz makes significant contributions to the McAuliffe Chili Cook?off, working with vendors, businesses and the local police and fire departments. The Cook?off welcomes more than 6,000 people yearly and makes roughly $30,000 in profits each year. Stuart was nominated by Amanda Willingham, the parent of a student. Under her guidance, Degan Elementary School became a member of ?No Excuses University,? a network of schools across the U.S. that
actively promotes a comprehensive model of college readiness to all students from the moment they begin elementary school. Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2017- 2018 school year, with the grand prize winner receiving $10,000 to be shared with their school or district and other winners receiving $5,000 to $3,000. Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The grand prize finalists will also be honored at a national
Karla Wentz. (Image courtesy LifeChanger)
awards ceremony in Bermuda in the spring, where the grand prize winner will be revealed. A resource page with ideas for how to celebrate nominees can be found here. To view Wentz?and Stuart?s LifeChanger of the Year nominee profiles or to nomi-
Vanessa Stuart. (Image courtesy LifeChanger)
nate someone from your school community, visit LifeChangeroftheYear.com.
K L B Gar den Secrets class to focus on ?Hor ti-Couture: What?s Hot for 2018? Feb. 2, 2018 Submitted Repor t
Keep Lewisville Beautiful will hold its Garden Secrets class, ?Horti?Couture: What?s Hot for 2018? from 6 to 7 p.m., Feb. 15 at Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.
Join KLB and Texas A& M Agrilife Water University?s Dottie Woodson to learn about the newest and hottest design trends as attendees dig into the best new plant varieties on the market in North Texas. Come check out the many cool new trees,
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shrubs, and flowers to pick from, and the best ways to keep them thriving. Keep Lewisville Beautiful is partnering with the City of Lewisville to provide classes throughout the year as an initiative of the Lewisville 2025 vision plan.
Upcoming classes include ?DIY Rain Barrel? on March 15, ?Container Gardening? on April 19, and ?Top 100 Plants for North Texas? on May 3. For a complete list of upcoming scheduled classes, please visit the KLB website
keeplewisvillebeautiful.org. Class times and locations may vary from class to class, but are generally from 6 to 8 p.m.
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