Lewisville Texan Journal
Vol. 4, No. 28
L ife and L iber ty in the L one Star State
Wednesday, July 11, 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.
I nvader s sought DFW-based PAC funded mar ij uana in par tisan flier s in June r unoff weekend bur glar y, one slain by resident
I vor y Tatum I I I , who sur vived forcing entr y into the Oaks of L ewisville apar tment with only a cut on his eye. (I mage cour tesy L ewisville PD)
July 11 2018 By L EOPOL D K NOPP and JAM ES NORM AN
The suspects intended to take back an unspecified amount of marijuana in the burglary last week that ended with one suspect dead and the other in custody, according to an affidavit acquired by the Lewisville Texan Journal. According to the affidavit, Ivory Dewayne Tatum III and his friend, Edgar Espino had gone to an apartment at the Oaks of Lewisville at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday July 8 to confront the occupants about an unspecified amount of marijuana the suspects believed had belonged to Espino. Lewisville police Capt. Jesse Hunter had previously said there was no evidence to suggest that
Espino and Tatum had a previous relationship with the occupants. Upon arriving, Espino knocked on the door while Tatum stood behind him. When the door was opened, Espino, who was armed with a handgun, forced his way into the apartment and was shot immediately by one of the occupants with a shotgun. Tatum, surprised to see his friend had been shot, entered the apartment to help Espino and was hit in the head and held at gunpoint until police arrived. According to radio traffic, Espino was dead when they arrived at the scene. Tatum was transported to the Medical Center Lewisville hospital for treatment with a wound on his face. A detective arrived at the hospital around 2 a.m. and began questioning Tatum, who initially gave a fictitious account as to why they had gone to the apartment. The affidavit states he eventually admitted his intent during the course of the interview. Tatum was handcuffed a little before 5 a.m. and was
The front and back of the flier s sent out by the Nor th Texas PAC for Tr ust, Honesty and I ntegr ity. (Flier from Nor th Texas PAC for Tr ust, Honesty and I ntegr ity)
July 11, 2018 By L EOPOL D K NOPP Knopp@LewisvilleTexan.com
A Carrollton City Council member may be involved with the partisan fliers that were sent out
concerning Neil Ferguson and Ronni Cade in the late stages of their runoff election last month. The morning of June 15, Lewisville voters found fliers in their mailboxes related to
the runoff election between Ferguson and Cade for the Place 2 City Council seat. The fliers painted a highly partisan picture of the two candidates, singling Continued on P3
High-voltage tower sky background (photo cour tesy of Deposit Photos)
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L ewisville's M usic City more City negotiates with electr ic companies as than j ust a shopping mall July 10, 2018 By L EOPOL D K NOPP
Some of the more noticeable things about Music City Mall ? Lewisville ? at some entrances, the very first thing you notice ? are the
corvettes parked on the ground floor of the mall. They?re everywhere. When John Bushman and his ownership group, Investment Corporation of America, purchased Vista Ridge Mall at auction late
M all owner ship tr ies to keep its stages filled with shows on weekends. (Photo by L eopold K nopp)
last year, the ultimate goal was to fill it with people. In order to do that, they?ve filled it with stages, play areas and new shops, many of which are locally owned. New foot traffic indicates that they do, in fact, fill the mall with people on many nights and weekends. Assistant general manager and sales director Natalie Boyer said that traffic has increased, but they don?t exactly know by how much. Boyer said mall traffic is tracked with automated devices that count the number of cars coming into the seven main entrances ? allowing for the fact that some of these vehicles are headed to nearby restaurants as well ? but when the mall was purchased, they discovered these trackers had Continued on P4
r ate increases loom July 11, 2018 By JAM ES NORM AN Norman@LewisvilleTexan.com
Both electric transmission and distribution utilities that serve Lewisville have requested to increase customer rates in the past couple months, with Lewisville City Council rejecting an application by Oncor Electric and suspending an increase by Texas-New Mexico Power. TNMP, who serves a majority of Lewisville, submitted a filing in late May, wanting to increase system-wide transmission and distribution rates by $33.3 million, according to background material provided to the council. At their June 18 meeting, council suspended the increase and hired Lloyd
Gosselink and consultants to evaluate it.The suspension lasts for 90 days after the set date for the increase, which was set to be July 5. Oncor Electric submitted an application to the city in early April, which was rejected by council at their May 7 meeting. According to background material provided to the council on that item, Oncor was attempting to increase their distribution revenues of a little more than $19 million, but the city found the increase unreasonable. The increase would impact the DFW Metroplex. Both the resolution to reject Oncor?s increase and the one to suspend TNMP?s price increase also call for Continued on P5
Resident kills one invader in weekend bur glar y, police say deceased had weapon, forced entr y Continued fr om P1
charged with burglary of habitation with intent to commit another felony. He was transferred to Denton County Jail on Sunday with a bail set at $100,000. As of Wednesday evening, Tatum was still being held there. The gun used by Espino has not been traced, according to officials. Police are currently trying to get in contact with witnesses who had been in the apartment. Hunter said there was several ounces of marijuana found in the apartment, but added there was no way to tie any of the drug to an individual. Hunter also said LPD?s narcotics division is not involved in this investigation and no arrests have been made in connection with the drugs as
the focus on the marijuana was in connection to the burglary rather than the drug itself.
Update July 9 Officials have released new details on what was initially described as a burglary that resulted in the death of one of the intruders last weekend. Police now think it?s possible that this was an attempted home invasion. Police responded to the call of a person being shot just after 1 a.m. Sunday July 8 at the Oaks of Lewisville apartment complex. When they arrived, they found one suspect with a large cut on his face and another shot dead by the apartment?s occupants. Lewisville police Capt.
Jesse Hunter said it now looks more like a home invasion or robbery than it does a burglary. He said the suspects were armed and that police believe they knew the residents of the apartment were home. Hunter said there?s no evidence to suggest the suspects and the residents had any prior relationship. Hunter said one resident shot one of the intruders and secured his handgun, then held the other until police arrived. The survivor, 17-year-old Ivory Tatum III, was taken to the hospital for treatment and then charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit another felony. His bail was set at $100,000 and he was transferred to Denton County
Jail on Sunday. The dead suspect has been identified as 16-year-old Edgar Espino. Hunter said he was the one who had been armed. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner?s Office has officially ruled his death the result of a shotgun wound to the chest. The Lewisville Texan Journal will update this story with more information as soon as it becomes available.
Or iginal stor y July 8 Police responded to a call of person shot at the Oaks of Lewisville just after 1 a.m. this morning to find one would-be burglar with a large cut on his face and another shot dead, according to radio traffic. LPD Capt. Kendall Lynn
said that police are still investigating, but it appears the two had forced entry into the apartment and were shot and apprehended by people inside. The surviving suspect, Ivory Tatum III, 17, was taken to Medical City Lewisville for his facial wound and then to Lewisville Jail, where he is being held for burglary habitation with the intent to commit another felony. His bail has not been set. According to radio traffic, police and firefighters had prepared a helicopter to evacuate the gunshot victim, but determined he was already dead when they arrived. The Lewisville Texan Journal will update this story with more information as it becomes available.
Annual city budget wor kshop set for Aug. 11 July 6, 2018 Submitted Repor t
Lewisville City Council will hold its annual budget workshop 9 a.m. Aug. 11 in the Glenmore Savage Community Room of the Municipal Annex, 1197 W. Main Street. The workshop is open to the public. Public hearings and City Council votes on the budget, property tax rate, and water/wastewater rates will be held during public meetings later in August and September. The City of Lewisville has launched two new interactive online tools to help residents understand the budget process. Currently, all
City departments are preparing their budgets for submission to the City Manager. The first tool is the Balancing Act simulation tool. This interactive tool offers residents a fun and easy opportunity to learn about the budgeting process while gaining insight into the challenges faced by their elected officials during this process. The Balancing Act tool details the city?s revenue and department specific spending. Residents can change the allocation of funds from one department to another with the goal of creating a balanced budget. Results will be forwarded to
the City Council during the Annual Budget Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 11. The second tool is the Tax Receipt. This application estimates the portions of sales and property taxes paid by residents that are available to use for City services. This app is a quick, easy way for residents to see how their tax dollars are distributed and utilized throughout the city. Residents can access the Balancing Act tool through Aug. 8. Residents can access the Tax Receipt tool year-round. To access these two budget tools, visit cityoflewisville.com and
The L ewisville City Council met 8/12/2017 to discuss and approve a budget and tax r ate for 2017/18. (Photo by Steve Southwell)
click on the red bar at the top of the page. Once on the new page, simply click on Balancing Act or Tax
Receipt titles to begin the process.
City selects ar tist for Wayne Fer guson public ar t bronze statue July 6, 2018 Submitted Repor t
Lewisville has entered into a $90,000 agreement with Sanger artist David Iles to create and place a bronze sculpture of Wayne Ferguson in the plaza that bears his name in Old Town. Placing a historic
sculpture in Wayne Ferguson Plaza is one of the top recommendations in the Public Art Master Plan approved by City Council earlier this year. Iles was recruited by the Ferguson family for this project. Through his studio, Bolivar Bronze, he has successfully
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completed numerous large-scale outdoor sculptures. The sculpture will depict Ferguson seated on the wall along the boardwalk, under the shade of a redbud tree, about 50 feet from the gateway off Charles Street. He will be wearing his
favorite boots and hat while looking at a map of the plaza. To one side will be a stack of rolled maps, representing the many projects Ferguson brought to Lewisville. On his other side will be a stack of personal items illustrating his life and
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character, including a saddle blanket, chaps, spurs and his hand-made buck knife. Total cost for the sculpture is set at $90,000 with a project timeframe of eight to 12 months.
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Ferguson out as a Democrat with a liberal agenda and ascribing to him several views that he has never expressed, and contrasted Cade as a conservative. Local municipal elections are non-partisan. Despite the fliers? support for her, Cade was furious when she saw them. She said she was completely blindsided. ?I screamed. ?I said, ?I hope this doesn?t cost me an election,?? she said. ?I would publicly apologize to Neil, but I didn?t do it.? Cade took public backlash for the fliers online, but her poll performance went up after the fliers came out. Ferguson would go on to defeat Cade, winning his third full city council term, but very narrow margin. He led her by 338 votes in the May 5 general election, but a third candidate Mary Smith siphoned off enough votes from the two of them that it was only good for 47.63 percent of the total vote, necessitating a runoff. But in that runoff, Ferguson only led Cade by 46 votes, and actually earned fewer than she did on election day itself ? the day after these fliers came out. Barely visible on the flier, hidden in the shadow of a picture of Cade, is the funding disclosure ? Paid for by the North Texas PAC for Trust, Honesty and Integrity. The PAC?s website says its mission is to recruit, train, promote and financially support
candidates across every available platform, and lists Lewisville school and city elections as two of a handful of ?targets.? It states, ?we must combat the left by winning every local down ballot election.? The PAC has raised $14,047.37 and spent $13,017.51 this year as of July 11, according to the Texas Ethics Commission website. The PAC website lists two of its principals as treasurer Tom Washington and Carrollton City Council member Mike Hennefer. The PAC?s mailing address is Hennefer?s business office in Dallas. Hennefer was elected to the council in 2017, and had previously run for the Texas District 65 Representative seat, losing in the primary to Ron Simmons in 2012. Simmons would win the general race and is up for re-election this year. Hennefer declined comment for this story. The PAC website quotes Hennefer in saying, ?The opposition is ugly. They are using fear and falsehoods.? Several of the claims on the PAC?s Lewisville fliers are either unconfirmed or misleading. The fliers say Ferguson supports sanctuary cities, restricting Second Amendment rights, open borders, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez, House of Representatives minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D- San Francisco) and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D- New York) ? views he has never publicly expressed. For Cade?s part, the flier
The funding disclosure is barely visible next to a picture of Cade. (Enlar gement of flier from Nor th Texas PAC for Tr ust, Honesty and I ntegr ity)
says she will enforce the law on sanctuary cities, evoking an ongoing national debate on immigration policies, with ?law? underlined for emphasis. The possibility of becoming a sanctuary city, or a municipality that does not fully cooperate with national efforts to enforce immigration law, has not been a topic of conversation in Lewisville. Cade said she?d never heard of the PAC, Washington or Hennefer, and
was shocked to learn he was a councilman in Carrollton. However, she said she?d been told that local Democratic groups had endorsed Ferguson, and that Democrats have nationally decided to get more involved in local campaigns. Cade said she was told that was the impetus for the North Texas PAC sending out its fliers. Cade referred specifically to the United Democrats of Denton County, whose Facebook
page posted an endorsement of Ferguson May 2, along with nine other candidates in unrelated races. The page has 84 likes, and the specific post has no interactions. Cade and Ferguson were both publicly committed to running a clean campaign, and had expressed respect for each other in the past. Cade had previously served on Lewisville?s City Council in the ?90s, and said she was frustrated with the growing national split between liberal and conservative Americans. She said party politics had no place in local elections. ?The municipal and the school board elections are non-partisan, and there?s a reason for that,? she said. ?You can do your national platforms and stuff like that on a state level, county level, whatever, but when you?re talking about a city council level and a school board level, we?re there to represent everybody.? Ferguson agreed, saying that party politics has no place on council whatsoever. ?When you can convince me there are potholes with a ?D?and others with an ?R?on them, and we need to figure out which ones should be funded for repair and which should not, I will know it is the end of sanity and rational government at City Hall,? Ferguson said. ?It will also be the end of progress accomplished through teamwork. Keep the national talking point out of local government, and we will all be the better for it.?
?Thr ive?groundbreaking set for July 20 July 6, 2018 Submitted Repor t
Lewisville Parks and Recreation Department will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for Thrive, the city?s new multi-generational recreation center, 10 a.m. July 20 outside Memorial Park Recreation Center, 1950 S. Valley Parkway. City Council unanimously voted to name the new 87,000-square-foot facility ?Thrive? at its July 2 meeting. The $46 million facility will be built on the property where the Senior Activity Center and Memorial Park Recreation Center currently sit, replacing both buildings. Construction is expected to begin in August and the facility is expected to open in 2020. During construction, Memorial Park Recreation
Center activities will transfer to the Frederick P. Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle. Senior activities scheduled July 9-20 will be held in the Glenmore Savage Community Room at the Municipal Annex, 1197 W. Main Street. The city will open a temporary Senior Center inside Music City Mall on July 23. The 8,000-square-foot site is on the second floor of the mall, near Macy?s. Entrance 4 will be used as the main entrance to the new site, and additional handicap parking spaces are being installed. Anyone coming to the site by DCTA bus will be dropped off and picked up outside Entrance 6. The $46 million Thrive was one of the main components of the bond package passed by
Lewisville voters in November 2015. It will feature an indoor pool area, a gymnasium, an indoor walking track, an expanded fitness area, community rooms and an indoor playground for children. The facility also will feature a Render ing of Thr ive multigener ational center via City of L ewisville public art component please visit the Thrive page will remain as shown. being created by Andrew on cityoflewisville.com. The Dufford. final design of the building To learn more about may look different from the Thrive, and to see artist artist renderings, but the renderings of the facility, floor plan and amenity layout
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Under new owner ship, focus shifts to providing exper iences and events at moder nizing mall Cleo?s Creations On the other side of the mall, upstairs at the elbow between JC Penney and Dillard?s, is Cleo?s Creations, the personal art gallery of local artist Cleo Boone. Cleo?s Art Gallery, where he plans to display the work of local artists year-round, is just across the walkway. Boone, a Fort Worth native and TCU graduate, has been painting all his life. Self-taught from the age of 5, he specializes in optical illusions and paintings that appear different from different angles. Continued fr om P1
been broken for years and hadn?t been replaced, among several other items that needed repair. The Bushman group poured money into the mall, replacing the majority of the lighting and several HVAC units and adding new signs to each of the entrances. New tracking devices, which were installed in mid-March. Boyer said the traffic number for April was about 1,025,000 cars. That?s more than 34,000 cars per day on month without a holiday weekend ? Easter fell in March this year ? and that?s also the first full-month traffic count for the Lewisville mall in years. She said the next months averaged 1.1 million, meaning the traffic is still growing. ?I wish I would have had them here in the first place, because it was a ghost town,? Boyer said. Boyer said the previous owners had been hit by a ?perfect storm? of circumstances, with mounting debt, construction on I-35E hindering traffic and the retail market shifting more and more to online sales all at once. ?They weren?t spending any money, they weren?t marketing, they weren?t counting traffic,? she said. ?A couple of retailers said they had been waiting for someone to call them back for more than a year.? It was to the point, she said, that some retailers weren?t even able to get a hold of someone to pay their rent to. The Justice and Express stores had already decided to close before Investment Corp. won the auction, and Sears was already on the path to its downsizing nationally.
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Boone has been active since coming to Music City Mall from Valley View Mall in Dallas, hosting art walks every third Saturday of the month for local artists to display their work outside of the gallery. He said all but one artist sold a piece at the first walk in May. ?I?m living my dream. I have my own gallery, and I have a gallery for other artists,? he said. ?When these artists come in here, I?m going to tell them the same thing ? you can do this. Dreams do come true.? Boyer said that none of the 20 plus stores and attractions she has signed leases with have closed.
The two-stor y play area installed in M usic City M all -- L ewisville. (Photo by L eopold K nopp)
Antoj os Cr avings Jason and Marie Blake didn?t need to start a restaurant. Marie had managed her own law firm for seven years, and Jason had been working on-and-off as a Medicare fraud investigator for a decade. Jason Blake said that when the topic of Antojos Cravings first came up, it was as a retirement job, but they both liked the idea so much that it became a pressing need. They first looked for places to make a free-standing restaurant, but couldn?t make it work until
mall ownership shifted and they were able to move into the old DQ spot, which had been vacant for years. He called the location outstanding, saying they have regulars who come into the mall just for their elotes and drinks. ?For most people, I think, the American Dream is to have your own thing and eventually employ people,? Jason Blake said. ?We?re looking to expand. We think we can expand inside of six months to a year.?
While there are shops that opened after the auction that have already closed, she said those leases were already signed when she got here. American malls are collapsing. In the face of online shopping allowing people to pick out exactly what they want, the practice of browsing through several stores has faded away. The concept to get around this is the concept behind Music
City Mall ? Lewisville and its original Odessa location ? make the mall not just a place to shop, but a place to be. So, while the tenants remain the mall?s source of income and shopping remains the tenants? source of income, other attractions abound. The mall installed a two-story playground in May. A variety of the newer tenants, like Charming Cat
A 1963 Stingr ay Split window Coupe sits outside The Tool Box at M usic City M all. (Photo by L eopold K nopp)
Corner and the Game Time video game arcade, are places where you buy time to be there instead of items to take away. Management has worked to consistently fill the mall?s stages with bands. Boyer said the idea of filling malls with experiences that can?t be replicated online extends to the stores as well. She said the shops that do well are the ones that are adaptable, active on social media and focused on customer service, shops that reach out to potential customers where they live and then give a tangible benefit to being there in person. ?What?s making the retailers successful now is
getting back to customer service,? she said. ?People are looking for experience, which is why the malls that are doing good have all the other experiences now.? And then, for shoppers who still want to see more, there are the corvettes. Despite having never been closed, Music City Mall has a grand opening scheduled for Aug. 11. The attractions for the event are still being finalized. The mall hosts several events, including lock-ins at the Game Time arcade and monthly art walks outside Cleo?s Creations on the second floor. Follow the mall on Facebook for up-to-date events and announcements.
The Tool Box Tool Box owner Aaron Homan wasn?t quite sure what to call his store at first. The shop buys and sells new and used hardware, but it all goes further than that ? Homan endeavors to know more about the equipment he?s selling than most retailers, and it?s not uncommon for him and employees to take broken equipment apart for parts and rebuild other pieces. He said most of his sales are driven by social media and word of mouth instead of foot traffic, so when people actually come into the storefront, they do it for what he eventually called a ?hardware experience.? ?We?re definitely apart from the herd in terms of pricing and experience, and some people just like coming here to hang out,? he said. ?Most people, when they
come in here, their eyes light up. We didn?t know if it would work in a mall, but it?s snowballed.? Homan was living and operating out of a storage unit when the business started in 2015. Drawing in customers online, he eventually built a business that was ready for a physical location in Valley View Mall in Dallas. After a few years in that dying mall, he moved to Music City, and has big plans for the shop there. Homan said he plans to open a second storefront across the way, this one focused on home fixtures while keeping the original storefront dedicated to hardware. Eventually, he wants to start holding seminars on how to work with tools and connect the store with local trade schools.
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hiring Gosselink, which has worked with the city in the past. The firm will review both filings and negotiate with Oncor. In its filing, TNMP requested an approval of a 23.4 percent increase to residential rates and an 11.8 percent increase in street lighting rates. The average customer bill would have seen an increase of $12.21. If the city fails to pursue action on the suspension prior to Oct. 3, which would be the 90-day mark, the increase will be deemed effective. According to testimony from TNMP President Neal Walker, more than eight years have passed since the company?s last base rate change. Walker stated the company has filed this to address increases in cost of
service, which have been serving customers but not being reflected in the rate base. In short, the request allows TNMP to update its rate base to reflect new expenses and considers impacts from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The details of this increase show TNMP has a projected cost of service of a little less than $332 million. This has led to a revenue deficiency of around $31 million, according to testimony. ?We anticipate that this will probably continue through most of the rest of this year,? TNMP Communications Representative Eric Paul said. ?What we are doing at this point is responding to RFI?s (Request for Information) [from the cities].?
These RFI?s deal with a litany of things, such as invoices for expenses, legal fees, information regarding specifics to the increases and outlines of plans and programs. Oncor?s request comes under the ?Distribution Cost Recovery Factor,? which was a rule passed in 2011 that allows utilities to increase rates on an annual basis to match new capital expenditures made on their distribution systems, according to the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power. The increase was set to occur in September, and would see an increase of about 22 cents for every 1,000 kilowatt-hour bill. Oncor representatives could not be reached for this story after several attempts and calls to their media
department dating back to three weeks ago. But the application submitted to the city shows the company requesting approval for a Distribution Cost Recovery Factor, which would allow them to adjust rates based on how their distribution costs change. Another thing the application notes is the reduction of tax rates due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which reduced the company?s federal income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. This new tax rate would eventually allow customers to save money on their rates. The new DCRF would anticipate this new tax rate, but the application itself does not propose it at this time. According to a Dallas Morning News article, Oncor will be working with the
Public Utility Commission of Texas to try and figure out the best way to return these tax benefits to their customers. At the time of their last negotiation with the PUC, the rate had already been settled by the time the tax overhaul took place. Oncor serves the eastern part of Lewisville, with TNMP serving the majority of the city. While electric customers purchase their electric power directly from retail electricity provider, the transmission and distribution utility?s portion of the bill from TNMP or Oncor is passed along to the customer. For more information about these potential changes, you can visit TNMP or Oncor?s websites.
Obituar y: Cr aig Bennett Thompson July 11, 2018 Submitted Repor t Craig Bennett Thompson, beloved husband, cherished friend, entrepreneur, singer, skydiver, mighty man of valor, and son of God, passed away suddenly on July 6, 2018. Craig embraced life with unrivaled passion and made friends everywhere he went. He was a unique, kind, and gifted man who used his humor, talents, and love of Jesus to invite people into authentic relationship. Once a person entered Craig?s world, they were a friend for life. An eager learner and natural leader, Craig also had a remarkable gift for reinvention. Following his service in the United States Navy, which included three years traveling throughout Japan as a sumo wrestler, Craig explored careers in the hotel industry and software sales before pursuing his dream of becoming a big band singer. As the front man
for Big T & the Bada-Bings, he entertained audiences from Texas to Tokyo, and performed in London at the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. His musical pursuits led to the divine appointment of meeting his wife, Leslie, who was both the love of his life and his business partner. Together, Craig and Leslie explored numerous entrepreneurial ventures, from running a small retail store to launching two online television networks, designing websites, and developing mobile applications. In 2014, Craig created GlobalVideoHQ, one of the first companies in the DFW Metroplex to provide aerial photography and videography with drones. The venture also provided the pretext for Craig to earn his pilot?s license, the realization of another lifelong dream. Perhaps his greatest passion, however, was serving in prison ministry. For the past
several years, Craig traveled four hours round-trip almost every Wednesday to share a time of worship, teaching, and small group discussion with offenders at the Powledge Unit in Palestine, Texas. His willingness to be transparent about his own life?s struggles opened the door for others to experience healing, and led hundreds of men into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Craig?s love for the Lord and his compassion for people from every walk of life was evident to all. Although he was a natural-born entertainer, he focused on making others feel valued, and to be a ?living bridge of hope.? As one friend posted on his Facebook timeline, ?The Craig I knew never sought the limelight, but rather was a shining angel full of belly rolling laughter, a quick wit, and an enveloping embrace.? He was a mentor to many and a brother to countless more. Craig leaves a legacy of
love and generosity that spans the globe and will live on for generations. Craig is survived by his adoring wife of 14 years, Leslie; his mother Ann Bailey; his sister Laura Badger; his nephew Chad White and niece Tessa Maynard. He is preceded in death by his father, Bill Cr aig Bennett Thompson ? 1964 ? 2018 (Photo cour tesy Thompson, L eslie Thompson) and sister, Ridge, 3601 Huffines, Toni White. Services will be Carrollton, TX 75010 at held this Saturday, July 14th, at 4:00pm. All are welcome. The Branch Church ? Vista
M ar ty Haggar d comes to M CL Gr and on July 21 July 6, 2018 Submitted Repor t
Marty Haggard, the oldest son of the legendary Merle Haggard, will perform a tribute to his father 6 p.m. July 21, Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. After touring with his father for four years, Marty began a solo career in 1985 and one of his first releases, ?Trains Make Me Lonesome,? garnered him a
nomination as best new male country artist. He would shift to gospel music and Christian ministry in the mid-?90s. In 2010 he recorded a tribute album that consisted of 15 of his father?s classics and began performing a tribute show in Missouri. Come hear a show filled with stories and songs honoring one of America?s music icons through the eyes of someone who knew him best. Marty also will be sharing a few original songs
of his own and will be joined by world-class musicians. Come enjoy an evening of real country music, Haggard style! Tickets are $25 advance general admission and $30 the day of the show. All tickets can be purchased on martyhaggardtickets.com. M ar ty Haggar d is the oldest son of M er le Haggar d, and is playing in L ewisville on July 21. (I mage cour tesy M ar ty Haggar d M usic)
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Sounds of L ewisville: The threat of r ain moved this week's enter tainment inside the M CL Gr and Theater where a full house rocked out to The Fool Hear ts (below) and Forever M ac: A Celebr ation of Fleetwood M ac (above) - (Photos by Steve Southwell)
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