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Honey Dudes Do Good By Lyn Rejahl Pry, Editor

Sometimes a great idea can pop-up out of thin air; or drop-in during a conversation. While kidding around with a friend back in July 2011, Kevin Cummings of Flower Mound made an off-the-cuff remark about an idea he had for starting a new men’s ministry project at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church. Cummings had realized that some members of the community-- widows, single moms and military wives whose husbands are deployed-- need simple “handyman” help with such issues as fixing a leaky faucet, hanging a ceiling fan or repairing a fence post; just general “stuff.”  Fast forward to 2012, Cummings and approximately 60 men had joined the new ministry, Honey Dudes. The name of the ministry is a play on words taken from “honey-do’s,” the also-known-as list of “men’s” chores a wife assigns to her husband.

The bible verse that inspired Cummings to form Honey Dudes is James 1:27, which talks about looking after orphans and widows in their distress. “We do indoor or outside work, whatever helps,” he said. “Whatever two men can knock-out in 60- to 90-minutes; replace a sprinkler head, change lightbulbs or smokealarm batteries, hang a picture, get Christmas decorations out of the attic … just to name a few. We try to focus on the little repairs and chores around the house that take about an hour or less.” During the past seven years, Cummings said every now and then the Honey Dudes will get a call that’s a bit outside their level (or liability limit) of expertise. “We send two men, sometimes accompanied by one of our male youths, to take care of the ‘honey-do,’” explained Cummings, See DUDES on Page A19

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These dudes do good deeds. Back row from left: Garrett Cummings, Peter Campbell, Jay McReynolds, Ben Alves, Kevin Cummings. Front row: Bill Maddie, Chuck Moseley.

Flower Mound Visionary Remembered By Lyn Rejahl Pry, Editor

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Peter Pauls Stewart, pictured in November 2017 on the 10th floor of the Lakeside Tower, played a big role in shaping the history of Flower Mound.

Peter Pauls Stewart was a visionary. He was also persistent. And, above all, he was a closer; meaning he knew how to bring his vision to life and convince others to help him finish his project. In his 97 years, his accomplishments and contributions to North Texas and the Greater Dallas Metroplex are legendary; most notably, Thanks-Giving Square in downtown Dallas. Other projects he envisioned included: championing the first stretch of Dallas Parkway north of LBJ; extending Royal Lane from Central to Greenville; and, gaining northbound tollway access for Plano Parkway. “He could be difficult to deal with,” said his son, Dave Stewart, who delivered his father’s eulogy following his Jan. 10, 2018 death. “He was used to being a ‘contrarian,’ but he wouldn’t give up on a commitment. Some people couldn’t see his vision … even called

him crazy … but that didn’t stop him.” Luckily for the area north of DFW International Airport and Lake Grapevine, Stewart had a vision. During a dove hunt in 1973, Stewart had a vision of what would become his dearest real estate investment on lakefront acreage just northwest of the Grapevine Lake dam. The mostly rural Town of Flower Mound had a population of approximately 2,000 residents. Stewart began assembling acreage that same year, believing the site overlooking See STEWART on Page A7

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Argyle Mom Launches Nonprofit to Help Sick Kids By Mark Smith, Digital Editor

Lisa Hardy’s son, Mitchell, had vague symptoms similar to autism as a young child, including mutism and an eating disorder. When he was six, he had a “complete personality change,” Lisa said. He became aggressive, had hand tremors and a lack of awareness. Lisa and her husband, Scott, took Mitchell to many different doctors, including psychologists and psychiatrists, but the medications and therapies were not helping until they eventually found help at Duke Children’s Hospital’s autoimmune Brain Disease Clinic in North Carolina. Mitchell was diagnosed with Autoimmune Encephalitis, an autoimmune brain disease that causes an abnormal response to a strong immune stimulant, such as a virus or bacteria. He responded well to treatments, and his Julia and Scott Hardy with their kids, from left to right, symptoms improved. Madison, Morgan and Mitchell. His condition began getting even “When we moved here from Georgia in better about six months ago. Today, at age 13, Mitchell is “the healthiest he’s been June of 2016, we found it challenging to find in a long time,” Lisa Hardy said. “I’d con- a specialist to understand and treat our child’s sider him in remission from Autoimmune ongoing, previously diagnosed symptoms,” Lisa Hardy said, “but we are now with a great Encephalitis.” Autoimmune Encephalitis is on a spectrum pediatric practice, located in Flower Mound. of brain illnesses in which the immune sys- Mitchell’s pediatrician has been a great help tem attacks the brain causing a wide range in transitioning from Duke to Texas specialof devastating, rapid-onset neurological and ists.” The Hardys were also able to find other psychiatric issues. These little-known disorders are associ- parents with similar stories, all struggling ated with bacterial, viral and environmental to find resources for their children’s health, triggers and cause rapid onset Obsessive/ while facing the difficult day-to-day chalCompulsive Disorder (OCD), eating restric- lenges living with these illnesses. This experience made Lisa, a Surgical Intions along with severe behavioral deterioratensive Care nurse, realize the need to launch tion, motor abnormalities, anxiety, rage and a nonprofit. She pulled together board memdepression. bers from Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, The Argyle couple want to help people Houston and Austin with a wide range of avoid the delays to diagnosis and treatment range of backgrounds yet a common desire from years of misdiagnoses their son expeto launch the Children’s Autoimmune Brain rienced. Autoimmune diseases are not wellDisorder Association (CABDA) in July known or understood, and they want to help fund research and spread awareness.

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From the Desk of Bobbie Mitchell Denton County Commissioner, Pct. 3

Want to stay connected to Denton County? Watch for my column each month for updates and events happening in Precinct 3 and around the county. Denton County Reports Two Additional Influenza-Associated Deaths Denton County Public Health (DCPH) has reported the fourth and fifth influenza-associated deaths in Denton County for the 20172018 flu season. The current flu vaccine is critically important for preventing both Flu A and the now-growing number of Flu B cases and the DCPH reminds everyone that simple everyday preventive actions help stop the transmission of the flu. DCPH recommends a three-pronged approach to fighting the flu: 1. Get vaccinated. The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to get an annual flu shot, and the flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. 2. Remember that antiviral medications are a second-line defense against the flu. If you are experiencing fever, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, muscle aches and headaches, visit your doctor immediately, and take antivirals if prescribed. These remedies can help you recover quicker, and can potentially prevent you from being hospitalized with flu complications. 3. Take everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs. Cover your cough and sneeze, avoid people experiencing flu symptoms, stay home when you feel sick and wash your hands often. Weekly Denton County flu surveillance reports and additional information can be found at Visit for details about symptoms, treatment and prevention, and search www. to find the vaccine in your


neighborhood. Transportation Update One of my duties as County Commissioner is to manage transportation needs. We currently have several projects in Precinct 3 that are in process as we continue to look for ways to make your commute easier and improve your quality of life. FM 2499 Extension FM 2499 has been developed and constructed in five sections, from its origins at SH 121/DFW Connector in Tarrant County extending roughly 17 miles north to I-35E in Denton. Construction on the last segment-Section 5 from FM 2181 to Robinson Road – began in April of 2015 and opened to traffic on December 18, 2017. Traffic at the intersection of FM 2499 and Robinson Road is being controlled by threeway stop signs with assistance by police. The final section from Robinson Road to State School Road is expected to open soon after a traffic signal is installed. Corporate Drive The Corporate Drive project in Lewisville has several construction project sections. The first goes from Railroad Street to Holfords Prairie Road. The plan is to work with the city on the design and to construct a fourlane, divided urban roadway. The cost of the project is $34.5 million. Construction will start in March of 2020 and is scheduled for completion in December 2022. The second section is a planned four-lane, divided urban roadway from Holfords Prairie Road to FM 2281 at a cost of $4.5 million. Construction on this section will begin in July of this year and will be complete by March 2021. The final plan on Corporate Drive is the complete construction of a railroad underpass and railroad bridge at FM 544 at a cost of $15 million. Once all the preliminary work is done, construction will start in September of this year and is planned for completion by winter of 2020. See MITCHELL on Page A24


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From the Desk of Andy Eads Denton County Commissioner, Pct. 4

Hilltop Bridge Ribbon Cutting February 5 On Monday, February 5, we celebrate the reconstruction and reopening of the Hilltop Road Bridge in Argyle. This was an important safety improvement project, not just for local residents but also for everyone who traveled this route on a daily or weekly basis.  We were able to partner with TxDOT to reopen the bridge to traffic in a timely manner.  Hilltop Bridge is a single span bridge that crosses the Loving Branch Tributary (located 0.4 miles north of FM 407 near Lantana) and is roughly halfway between Tudor Lane and Whitmore Road. The bridge was originally built in 1940 as an arch bridge spanning approximately 24 feet across Loving Branch, and last rehabilitated in 1975.  With a total life of 77 years, this bridge has served Denton County well, but now it is being replaced with a box culvert design utilizing four 8 x 6 foot boxes to span nearly 40 feet. We appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this process and we thank you for supporting our capable partners at TxDOT. We’re looking forward to the ribbon cutting and reopening February 5. Early Voting Starts This Month  Early voting for the March 6 Primary Election starts February 20 and goes through March 2. Check out the Denton County voter information website for detailed early voting information, including times and locations: Remember, during early voting you can vote at any of the voting locations, regardless of your voting precinct. The filing period for a place on the General Election Ballot for the May 5, 2018, election opened January 17 and the deadline for fil-

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ing is February 16. Follow this link for the form for candidacy, which can be filed any time up to that February 16 date: http://bit. ly/FilingForm   Flu Season Continues As you may have guessed with the number of people still suffering, flu season is definitely not over. Medical providers across Denton County have voluntarily reported more than 1,500 flu cases since October 2017, and still anticipate several weeks of high flu activity. In fact, the CDC indicates flu activity can last as late as May.   Denton County Public Health (DCPH) wants to remind you that the flu vaccine remains the most effective defense for you and your family. Remember, antiviral medications are a second-line defense against the flu. If you experience fever, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, muscle aches and headaches, visit your doctor immediately, and take antivirals if prescribed. These remedies can help you recover quicker and can potentially prevent you from being hospitalized with flu complications. Continue your fight against the flu through regular hand washing, avoiding contact with individuals who are sick, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs, and stay home when you feel sick. For weekly reports on flu activity in Denton County, visit flu.   African American History Month February is African American History Month, a national celebration that also provides opportunities to learn more about our local community. The national movement to honor and celebrate African Americans has inspired communities to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs, and host performances and lectures.  In Denton County, we are fortunate to have several outlets to learn about local African American history year-round. Local libraries, universities and historical organizations, See EADS on Page A17

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Around Argyle By Argyle Mayor Donald Moser

Valentine’s Day is upon us so do forget to show that special one in your life how much they mean to you or you may be sharing a room with man’s best friend. We are excited to announce the approval of some long overdue repairs to Crawford Rd. In our January meeting the council gave approval for staff to move forward with these repairs. Included in these repairs will be a safety zone and crosswalk to access the new town park. The safety zone will include flashing lights, warning signs and a designated crosswalk. This was a request made from


members of the Country Lakes Estates HOA that I am happy to say we are able to accommodate. This will help provide residents safety as they cross to enjoy the park. Speaking of the park, we are anticipating it to be completed in March. There will be a ribbon cutting and celebration to commemorate this event. The date and time will be announced soon. We are very excited for the opening of the first Argyle Town Park. In the following months I will be brining you more information on upcoming plans for our town. We are excited with the progress this council has made in just a few short months. As we enter election season there are several issues that will be up for vote, not just three council See AROUND ARGYLE on Page A22


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Bartonville Town Update

By Bartonville Mayor Bill Scherer

Greetings from Bartonville. I hope everyone has stayed warm and healthy with this latest cold snap. Recovering from the flu myself reminds me that we are in the middle of our flu epidemic. Please be mindful and careful of those around you to try to minimize this nasty bug. This is the month of “love and romance,” but let’s resolve to only share chocolates this month. The Fiscal Year 2016-17 audit was presented to the Town Council at our January meeting. I am pleased to report that

there were no issues found by the auditor. We are pleased with this result and the affirmation of our continued fiscal responsibility. We are always interested in feedback from our residents. It has been several years since our last town survey, and we are excited to announce a new survey coming out this Spring. Save the Date! Our Annual Spring Clean Up will be held on Saturday, April 21st from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. This free event allows residents of Bartonville to safely dispose of household hazardous waste, bulk items, and electronics. Paper shredding will also be available that day. As a friendly reminder, the Town Council meets every month on the third Tuesday at 7 p.m. I invite you to the next meeting to see what is happening in our community. Happy Valentine’s and stay warm!

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the front stone steps. That final 14-acre parcel, of the 25-acre Continued from Page A1 peninsula, allowed Stewart to gain town approval in 1986 for planned development zoning. It took another 18 years, though, to get the mixed-use zoning needed for the development of the Lakeside DFW area. With his total 160acres, Stewart began to think a high-rise building might one day overlook the lake. “He always had a vision of the land on Lake Grapevine becoming a sort of ‘Manhattan’ on the lake,” said Dave Graphic courtesy of Roy Wilshire Stewart. Map from 1991 of the Stewart property and proposed route of FM 2499. He was also aware that the existing two-lane the lake just three miles north of the airport to have a “world-class potential,” said Dave dam road, which was the only access up to Flower Mound at that time, would not be Stewart. “My father wanted to leave a legacy for able to handle the resulting future traffic that people to love for generations,” said son Alan comes with growth. Stewart worked persistently-- his calling card-- to persuade highStewart in a 2015 interview. His father’s vision was embraced by the way authorities that a two-lane flyover was Tarwater family, who owned a major section required for this brand-new road. When a flood in 1981 overflowed the spillof land the vision included. way and dam road, Stewart began to generate “My pioneer family settled on 800-acres interest from governing agencies and landaround Denton Creek in 1890,” said L. Scott owners in a new route. Tarwater, a local developer. “It was imporA flyover of Hwy 121 and the southern tant to be near a water source to raise cattle area of Flower Mound led Stewart to hire and grow crops. The [U.S.] Army Corps of Engineers came in in 1948 and condemned Roy Wilshire of Kimley-Horn to design what our land, that’s now under Grapevine Lake, would become FM 2499. “I’d worked with Mr. Stewart before, when to begin construction on the dam and the lake he had a Ford dealership and the city of Dalwas finally completely filled by 1953.” las was trying to make changes to Central ExTarwater said Stewart had made known pressway,” said Wilshire. “We looked at the to his family the desire to buy the land and growth possibilities and realized a two-lane his vision for it. He’d guaranteed that his road across the dam was not going to allow financial offer-- when the time came to sell the future traffic.” the property-- would be generous; he was as After the devastation caused by the 1981 good as his word. flood, TxDOT and the property owners real“By 1984, the last member of our ‘pioneerized, “we needed to speed-up the new road,” ing ancestors’ still living in the family home he added. “Also, the U.S. Corps of Engineers was my mother, who transferred the final 14acres to him,” said Tarwater. The home had wanted us off that road on their dam.” Teaming-up with “Doc” Wilkerson [Flowbeen built in 1905 by his grandfather; Tarwaer Mound’s second mayor], Stewart set out to ter and his wife, Donna, had been married on


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create the road in a joint effort with Denton and Tarrant Counties, TxDOT, plus the communities of both Flower Mound and Grapevine. The two men convinced all the landowners to dedicate their acres to the construction of FM 2499, which was completed in the early 1990s — when the town’s population jumped-up to 15,896.

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“First and foremost, Mr. Stewart was a true ‘Southern Gentleman’” said Wilshire. “He just didn’t want to take ‘no’ for an answer, once he’d decided on an option; that was it.” Dave Stewart held the same opinion of his father. “He was always thoughtful and kind, but See STEWART on Page A21

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What’s Happening in Copper Canyon February 2018... from the desk of Mayor Sue Tejml

CoServ and Copper Canyon host 7th Annual Mayors Crime Luncheon Over 70 guests attended the 7th Annual Denton County Mayors Crime Luncheon at the Briarwood Convention Center last month. The speaker this year was Captain Jeff Davis of the Denton County Sheriff’s Office. His topic was “Drugs in Denton County.” Captain Davis emphasized how a person addicted to a narcotic, whether illegal or prescription such as an opioid, can so dramatically affect their family and co-workers. When he shared with the 70-plus attendees his own family’s sad experience with trying to cope with his sister’s addiction, you could have heard a pin drop in the room. Often the reason our judicial courts sever parental rights and release a child for legal adoption is because the biological parent cannot kick their drug addiction. And an addicted parent cannot provide a safe home for a child. But, if the child is not adoptable, then the child enters our questionable foster care environment. Over the years, Copper Canyon has tried to address at the luncheon some of the serious issues that precede or accelerate criminal activity in Denton County. For instance, human trafficking. One year we learned that North Texas is a regular distribution hub for other states. And when major sports events are hosted in North Texas, such as the Super Bowl, criminals just import more victims to serve the increased demand. We have also addressed the social issue of homeless teens in Denton County and discovered that no town in our County is immune to this critical issue. Our sincere thanks to Sheriff Tracy Murphree and his Chief Deputy Larry Kish for making Captain Jeff Davis available for the presentation. The CoServ Board and their Volunteer


Cooks Provide Delicious Brisket! Richard Muir, CoServ Board Member District #1, welcomed all the luncheon guests for his fellow Board Members present: Clint Bledsoe (District #4), Bill Ragsdale (District #6), and Curtis Talley (District #7). CoServ representatives present to also welcome luncheon guests were Tracee Elrod (Copper Canyon’s Area Manager and on Hickory Creek’s City Council), Lauren Baccus, Jennifer Ebert, Vicki Sargent and Alphonso Williams. Dawn Cobb, as usual, took many memorable photos. A CoServ employee converted a flatbed trailer into a fantastic mobile kitchen! Luncheon guests just raved about the brisket cooked on the grill of the mobile kitchen! And the delicious assorted desserts of cake and cheesecake. My thanks to Copper Canyon Council Member Bill Castleman for his professional photos commemorating the event; to our Town Administrator Donna Welsh for coordinating the invitations, the luncheon plans with CoServ, and the Briarwood facilities with Pastor Phil Geleske, Operations Director Matt Baumhardt, and Sharon Mersiovski; and to our Town Secretary Sheila Morales for warmly welcoming everyone; and to our Municipal Court Clerk Ann Horner for updating our “very easy to read” large nametags and for ”holding down the fort” at Copper Canyon’s Town Hall while the rest of our staff enjoyed being present at the Luncheon! Thanks to Mayors, Police Chiefs, County Officials, and others Attending: And our sincere thanks to the Mayors, Police Chiefs, and County Officials who took the time to attend: Mayors Donald Moser (Argyle), Janet Meyers (Aubrey), Sue Tejml (Copper Canyon), Bill Heidemann (Corinth), Steve Smith (Cross Roads), Chris Watts (Denton), Mike Donnelly (Double Oak), Lynn Clark (Hickory Creek), Charlotte Wilcox (Highland Village), and Michael Barnhart (Lake Dallas). Police Chiefs attending were: William Tackett (Argyle), Bobby Dowell (BartonSee MAYOR SUE on Page A14


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News From Town Hall By Double Oak Mayor Mike Donnelly - 972-539-9464 @DoubleOakTx

Hello from Town Hall, It is election season in Texas, Denton County and in Double Oak. March 6 Primary Elections The Democrat and Republican parties will hold their respective primary elections on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Early voting begins on Tuesday, February 20 and ends on Friday, March 2. Double Oak Town Hall will not be an early voting site. On Election Day March

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6, town hall will be a voting site for Precincts 4019-4020-4022. Please check for more information. May 5 Double Oak Town Council and School Boards General Election The candidate filing calendar has opened for those interested in running for seats on town council and school boards. Here in Double Oak, the regular two-year terms of Ted Gruenloh, Andrew Wills and Anita Nelson are expiring and are up for election. Due to an appointment of a vacant council seat last May, there is a special election for a one-year council term for the seat currently held by Stacie Stoehner. The filing period to run for a town council seat runs from January 17 to February 16 (5 p.m.). As of this column’s submission for publication, Anita Nelson has filed for office. Residents can check the town website See DOUBLE OAK on Page A21

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Flower Mound Council Message By Bryan C. Webb Place 2, Flower Mound Town Council

February 2nd was Groundhog Day when we awaited Punxsutawney Phil’s determination of when spring will arrive. On Monday, February 5th the Town Council will meet, to once again, discuss Morriss Road. The common thread between these two events is a 25-year-old movie that starred Bill Murray as a weatherman, trapped in a time warp, forced to relive the same day until he gets it right. Council members have been publicly sharing ideas, myself included, with the hope to have an informed discussion when we are able to discuss this in open session. I want to thank everyone who has shared thoughts, comments, and ideas and urge anyone who has not, to send council members an email to My forecast is that the council will hear from staff and many residents and arrive at a decision that, once and for all, addresses residents’ needs, neighbors’ concerns, and results in something we all can be proud of. On the economic development front, Stryker continues to expand and held a job fair seeking to fill 20+ openings. The 7-Eleven store across from Lakeside DFW on 2499 has opened and two new restaurants have announced plans to open: Salt Rock, a steak and seafood bar,


in The Pines shopping center (the former Twelve Stones location) and Mazzola’s Italian Pizzeria on Justin Road (the former Dolce space). Both should be open in February. The results from the Retail and Restaurant survey are in and Trader Joe’s tops the wish list of most desired retail stores with 670 votes. Residents also expressed continued interest in having an In-NOut Burger locate in Flower Mound. Whataburger is also a resident favorite coming in at No. 5. Our Economic Development staff is already reaching out to many of the companies mentioned to let them know our residents are ready for them to open a Flower Mound location. Lastly, there is a primary election on March 6. Early voting begins on February 20. There are contested races in both parties. As residents, we have an obligation to participate in our democracy and the most basic way to participate is to vote. There are issues in this election that could have a direct impact on Flower Mound. It is each of our responsibility to learn about the candidates, study the issues, and most importantly, VOTE! There is a lot of easily accessible information available from a variety of sources including: • Denton County at • Denton County League of Women Voters at, • Denton County Democratic Party at • Denton County Republican Party at Making democracy work is in your hands. Go Vote.

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Highland Village Update By Charlotte Wilcox Highland Village Mayor

We have some great news to start 2018 – Highland Village received a AAA bond rating! What does that actually mean? It means the City’s credit rating (think credit score) is the highest it can possibly be. We are issuing bonds to fund the projects our voters approved in November so are rating is reviewed to help determine the interest we will pay, etc. It’s very similar to when you apply for a loan for a house or a car, your credit rating determines the interest rate you’ll receive for that loan. It measures the City’s ability to repay debt, considers the performance of the local economy, various debt ratio measurements, and the strength of the City’s financial and administrative management. The AAA rating is a testament to the City’s consistent conservative and fiscally responsible financial policies and procedures. This is a big deal for us. Congratulations to our City staff and those who have served on Council over the years for ensuring Highland Village operates in a conservative and fiscally sustainable manner, your hard work has paid off. The bond issuance has been approved and staff is beginning the work on the street and parks and recreation projects approved in the November election. City staff evaluated the 126 asphalt pavement streets located within the City and 23 streets were identified as failing. These streets will be broken into four construction projects with construction beginning this summer. Weather permitting;

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the goal is to have the reconstruction of all 23 streets completed by summer of 2020. In the parks department, Unity Park will see an area redeveloped to add an additional softball field, Kids Kastle will be replaced with a new but similarlystyled play area and the ponds will be dredged to remove accumulated silt and address drainage issues. The engineering and design services for the new softball field are currently under staff review. City staff is currently gathering design firm information from municipalities that have had Kids Kastle type of play structures replaced or installed. Once a design firm is selected, City staff will begin the process of community input and involvement for the design and construction of Kids Kastle. The construction of the sidewalk along Highland Village Road from the Municipal Complex to Sellmeyer Lane will begin late in the summer this year. This sidewalk will increase pedestrian safety and connect residents to amenities along Highland Village Road. The addition to the Brazos Park parking lot will likely take place this summer and be complete by the fall this year. Staff is also working on receiving approval from ONCOR for the replacement of the walking track at Victoria Park. The Idlewild Court elevated storage tank will soon be repainted. The TCEQ requires steel tanks be repainted periodically to facilitate maintenance and prolong their useful life. The Idlewild tank was last repainted approximately 15 years ago. The Ladera development, a 102 unit 55+ gated community located on the west wide of the city between Chapel See HV UPDATE on Page A20

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News From Your Neighborhood

Big Announcement This Month If you have never attended a Coffee with the Community Manager event, mark your calendar for February 13. That evening between 6:30 and 8 p.m. at the Lantana Golf Clubhouse, Lantana Community Association Manager Mark Norton and his staff will be making a major announcement. The association has hosted Coffee with the Community Manager meetings on a regular basis since March 2016. The informal gatherings provide an opportunity for residents to learn more about their HOA management company and meet the staff and board of directors. Norton said that another reason behind the meet-and-greet opportunities is that it makes it easier for residents to approach the staff and ask questions; and, for the management company to build relationships with residents to keep them updated. The February event is sure to be special as the association will announce an exciting addition to the community for residents to enjoy for years to come. Please make plans to join Norton on Tuesday, February 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lantana Golf Club. HOA Website Now Accepts Payments Lantana residents now have a new way to make payments to the HOA. Residents can log on to the IAM Connected mobile app and website to make one-time


payments or set up reoccurring payments for monthly assessments. A service fee will apply. Other services offered online include the ability to purchase new amenity access cards and pay for upcoming community events. The Lantana HOA website is The mobile app is available for download by texting “iamconnected” to 59248 from your smartphone. Call the HOA office at 940-728-1660 if you need help with the app. Golf Club Names New Coach Jamie Thompson has been named Lantana Golf Club’s new Director of Player Development. Thompson is a 1988 Business graduate of the University of Oklahoma, and has been a PGA Class A member of the Northern Texas Section since 1998. Thompson has been an assistant professional at Pecan Hollow, Coyote Ridge and Bridlewood golf clubs. He has also served as Head Professional at Coyote Ridge. While at Bridlewood, he realized his true passion lay Jamie Thompson in teaching and spent his time from 2010 until 2017 as a Teaching Professional with a goal of growing the game within the community.

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Thompson accepted an offer to become the Director of Player Development at Lantana in January where he hopes to continue to expand the growth of the game through progressive junior golf initiatives. Thompson said he believes in a fundamental approach to the game of golf, which stems from a sound understanding of a player’s

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grip, posture, stance and alignment. “All facets of the game are directly impacted from these four basic tenets of golf. Once an understanding of these basics has been achieved, a player’s swing can start to take shape and grow,” said Thompson. See LANTANALINKS on Page A25

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Harvest Happenings By Page Austin, Lifestyle Manager

On Saturday, January 20, more than 40 residents participated in the annual Harvest Polar Plunge. Despite the water temperature being in the upper 30s, adults and children took the plunge to support the North Texas Food Bank. We are proud to say that because of the donations, we were able to provide more than 600 meals! Harvest neighbors love that they have an opportunity to give back and help

Northlake Notes By Peter Dewing, JD Mayor of Northlake

The Good and Unpleasant: The Good: The light at FM 407 and Harvest Way is moving forward and the parts are on order and is planned to be installed in March with no cost to the Town. The Town will start accepting electronic payments for utilities, look for updates on the website and your next water/wastewater statement. If all goes well with the updates to the accounting software and bank this should be available in March. Both 7-11s are open for business. IHOP at Hwy 114 and 35W is planning to open in February.


fight hunger in North Texas. We are so fortunate to have Harvest Farms and Farmer Ross to help educate not only how to grow produce but to help those who don’t have access to fresh produce. “We actually moved to Harvest because it is centered around a farm. It has given us the opportunity to learn more about agriculture as we are raising our family,” said Harvest neighbor Nora Thompson. Farmer Ross has become the heartbeat of the Harvest gardens. He loves connecting with Harvest neighbors and helping them be successful in their gardens. In so many ways, gardening nourishes the soul of our community.

The Unpleasant: To ensure you receive the homestead or over 65/disabled exemption you must go to the Denton County Tax Office and fill out the appropriate state forms, these are not automatic. I have only received a verbal confirmation from TxDOT that an engineering firm has been assigned to assess expanding FM 407: more to follow. If you are interested in being on any Committee or Board; such as the Economic Development Committee, or Community Development Committee, please fill out the form at If you have any comments or suggestions to improve the quality of life in Northlake, please let me know. Thanks for your time. Pete


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Robson Ranch Roundup By Don Duff, Denton City Council, District 3

Denton did not have an auditor from 2001 until the first of 2017. Craig Hametner was hired and abruptly resigned in October 2017. Denton City Council has hired Umesh Dahl as City Auditor. Although the City Auditor reports to the City Council, it is very important he is allowed to do his job without interference. The City of Denton budget for 2017/2018 reduced the tax rate to the effective tax rate. The effective tax rate is the tax rate that would not raise the city property taxes paid to more than the previous year. Under the leadership of City Manager Todd Hileman the tax rate was reduced without reducing any city services. The budget for 2018/2019 will be worked on in the coming months. Property values are increasing so the taxes you pay will increase unless the City Council reduces the tax rate to the effective tax rate. You have a voice on the City Council. The only reason that I would vote to increase the tax rate is a pressing need of first responders, police and firefighters. For Robson residents over 65 the City

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Property taxes will be frozen. Thanks to the mostly Robson volunteers that collected the 8,600 signatures to put the tax freeze on the ballot and then voted for the proposition. The county property tax is not frozen so it can increase due to the increase appraisal value of your home. The property school tax is 60%+ of the property taxes we pay. It is time we elect a Robson Ranch resident to the school board so we know how our money is being spent. The new fire station at the corner of Cleveland-Gibbs Road and Old Justin Road is progressing and should be operational this summer. The fire station will be three miles from Robson Ranch’s main entrance by way of Faught Road. This will not only reduce our fire risk, it will also low our insurance. Primary early voting begin February 20. Voting day is March 6. Last election, only about half of our residents voted. That is not good enough. You not only need to vote, you need to make sure your neighbors vote. Two very important races: Jayne Howell for Denton County Chairman. Information at jayne-howell.html Dianne Edmondson for Denton County Commissioner District 4. Information at

Argyle Fire Station 514 near Robson Ranch is expected to be operational this summer.

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while supporting children and families, we will reduce the delay to treatment, thereby minimizing disability and leading to a better quality of life,” Hardy said. “One message I want to convey is for people to consider that if your child has any kind of sudden behavioral deterioration or onset of psychiatric symptoms, it may be a sign of a treatable autoimmune illness.” To help achieve its goals, the association is hosting its first fundraiser, the CABDA for

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2017. CABDA aims to raise money for autoimmune disease research and care, as well as raise awareness and provide education about these illnesses for parents, doctors and teachers. “We believe by focusing our advocacy efforts on awareness, education, and research,

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Children 5K and 1K Fun Run, planned for Feb. 10 at Doubletree Ranch Park in Highland Village. The timed run is on a flat, fast course. With pre-registration, the event is $30 for adults and children 13+, $15 for children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and under, and there is a promo code for a $5 discount on the CABDA Facebook page: The event will include music and food, and participants will receive a race medal, t-shirt

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and free finisher photos. Special awards will be given to winners in different age groups. A virtual run option is also available for outof-area participants. For more information on Children’s Autoimmune Brain Disorder Association or to learn about sponsorship opportunities for the CABDA for Children 5K and 1K Fun Run, visit or call Hardy at 678977-9341.

Market Update With the beginning of the New Year I thought it would be good to provide you with an update on the real estate market in our area. The question always comes up “Is the market as hot as everyone says and are sellers still getting multiple offers in the first days of putting their home up for sale?” The short answer is yes, in some cases but not all. Denton counties real estate sales in 2017 will go down in the books as one of the strongest years we’ve seen in housing price increases. The real estate market in southern Denton County Amanda Pruett in 2018 is strong and our values in many sectors of the market should continue to rise. As in all markets around the US, different price ranges and property types sell at different paces. In an analysis of current listings and properties sold in the Multiple Listing Service over the last year on at least 1+ acre and located in the southern area of Denton County (area 41 of the MLS), we find the following when broken down into price range groups: Active Listings 0-250 251-400 401-600 601-800 801-1mil

Sold listings 0-250 251-400 401-600 601-800 801-1mil

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As you can see from the numbers above, all but the last price range shows way more sales than the current number of listings indicating an extremely high demand as well as an extremely low supply. Only the top price range (1millon and up) do you see a slightly higher number of listings than there have been sales but still indicating a strong market. To me the most interesting numbers are the average days on the market. The average days for active listings are 128 and the average days for sold properties are 51, which has gone down by 22 days from the average in 2016. I believe this tells us that if you want your property to sell it must be priced on the high side but competitively, be clean and in good repair. Priced competitively is sometimes the hard part dealing with acreage properties and a rising market, when we know no two properties are alike. Once a property is put on the market, based on the number of showings, and the type of buyer feedback you should learn quickly if you have priced it correctly. If you are interested in a getting a market analysis of your home and property please call. This is a great time to sell while the inventory remains low and the demand is high it will continue to remain a seller’s market. Amanda Pruett is a Realtor at RE/MAX Cross Country she has called the area home for over 30 years. Please call her with any questions regarding Homestead Exemptions. She can be reached at 469-233-1751.

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198 68 45 $899,000 $218,000 $356,000 $389,752 $141.75 48



6 5 2 $824,900 $335,000 $525,000 $563,200 $158.02 29


34 12 10 $1,250,000 $245,000 $337,500 $449,265 $148.33 69

75 27 16 $647,336 $280,000 $385,000 $405,405 $129.34 70





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ville), Rex Redden and Derek Miller (Carrollton), Debra Walthall (Corinth), James Edland (Cross Roads and Krugerville), Lee Howell (Denton), Derrick Watson (Double Oak), Andy Kancel (Flower Mound), Carey Dunn (Hickory Creek), Doug Reim (Highland Village), Daniel Corolla (Lake Dallas), Russ Kerbow and Kevin Deaver (Lewisville), Robert Crawford (Northlake), Patrick Arata (Trophy Club). Denton County Officials attending: Andy Eads (Precinct #4 Commissioner), Jody Gonzalez (Fire Marshal), Tracy Murphree (Sheriff), Larry Kish (Deputy Chief), “Hino” Hinojosa (Public Relations), Dewayne Dockery (Chief), Barry Carver (Asst. Chief), Eric Peterson (Media Relations), and Copper Canyon’s three Dedicated Deputies Maurice Floyd, Gilbert Velo, and Richard Young. Legislative officials attending: Tan Parker (Representative District 63), Jim Coffey (US Congressman Michael Burgess, District 26) Denco 911 Officials: Mark Payne (Executive Director), Greg Ballantine (Deputy Exec. Director), and Board Members: Sue Tejml (Vice Chair), Jim Carter (Municipal Representative), Bill Lawrence (Commissioners Court Representative). Emergency Services District #1: Jim Carter (President), Jon Donahue (Treasurer). Argyle Fire District: Mike Lugo (Asst. Chief) Lantana Officials: Kevin Mercer (General Manager), Max Miller (Lantana FWSD #6 Board), Dr. Andrew Kloser (Lantana FWSD #7 Board). Canyon Oaks HOA: Jean Campbell. School Districts: Tracy Scott Miller (Lewisville ISD Trustee), Matthew Garrett (LISD Security Director), Michael Leonard (Liberty Christian Campus Monitor). Republican and Democratic Primary Elections Republican and Democratic Primary Elections are both Tuesday March 6th, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Double Oak Town Hall is

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Candidates for County Commissioner of Precinct #4: Republican: #1 – Jim Carter, resident of Bartonville #2 – Itamar Gelbman, resident of Flower Mound #3 – Brenda Latham, resident of Bartonville #4 – Dianne Edmondson, resident of Robson Ranch Photo by Bill Castleman

Public safety officials from all over Denton County convened at Copper Canyon’s 7th Annual Denton County Mayors Crime Prevention Luncheon in January. the closest polling place for Copper Canyon voters, but only on Election Day March 6th. Early Voting for County Officials is Tuesday, Feb. 20th through Friday, Mar. 2nd. The closest early voting polling places for Copper Canyon voters are the Highland Village Municipal Complex and the Flower Mound Police and Municipal Court building. Tuesday, Feb. 20, through Friday, Feb. 23, early voting is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, early voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, early voting is from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb.26, through Friday Mar. 2nd early voting is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Copper Canyon has two voting precincts. The north part of Town is Precinct 4019. The south part of town from the Woodlands is Precinct 4020. You can find your precinct number by your name and birthdate or Voter Registration Identity Number on There are three Denton County races that will directly affect Copper Canyon residents: County Judge of the Denton County Commissioners Court: The County Judge is the presiding officer of the Denton County Commissioners Court. The Judge is not required to be an attorney, and the Commissioners Court is an

administrative body, not a judicial one. The Commissioners Court consists of five voting members. The County Judge is elected by all of Denton County voters. The four County Commissioners each represent one of the four geographical precincts in Denton County. Each County Commissioner is elected by only the voters in their respective Precinct #1, #2, #3, or #4. Precinct #4 is the western part of Denton County – from FM 2499 west across Interstate I-35W and including all of the town of Northlake, which is 40 square miles. (By comparison, Copper Canyon is 4 square miles or the size of the town of Trophy Club.) The following municipalities are in Denton County Precinct #4: Argyle, Bartonville, Copper Canyon, western Denton, Dish, Double Oak, Draper, western Flower Mound, Justin, Krum, Northlake, Ponder, Roanoke, Trophy Club, and the Denton County part of Haslett, Southlake, and Westlake. Also included from the unincorporated area of Denton County are Lantana’s Fresh Water Supply Districts #6 and #7 and Canyon Oaks subdivision. Republican: Andy Eads, our current Denton County Precinct #4 Commissioner, is the only Republican in the race for County Judge. Eads lives in Flower Mound and has served as County Commissioner of Precinct

Democrat: Brian Webb, resident of Flower Mound Candidates for Justice of the Peace of Precinct #3: Republican: #1 - Sherman Swartz, resident of Highland Village #2 – Bill Lawrence, resident of Highland Village #3 – James Kerbow, resident of Lewisville Democrat: Marianne Poer Vander Stoep, resident of Highland Village [NOTE: Copper Canyon is in Precinct #3 for its Justice of the Peace, but in Precinct #4 for its County Commissioner. Mayor Tejml has invited the four JP candidates to come to Copper Canyon’s February 12th Council Meeting and make a brief presentation on their individual qualifications, their plans for the Justice of the Peace Court, and answer some brief questions from our Town Council.] If no candidate receives over 50 percent of the vote in the political party primaries, the two candidates with the highest votes will have a run-off election on Tuesday May 22nd. Copper Canyon Town Council Election is Saturday May 5th: Position #1 – Steve Hill has served on See MAYOR SUE on Page A16

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IF YOU ARE 60 YEARS AND OLDER AND CAN’T LOSE WEIGHT, I know how frustrated you are. Everyone including your doctor keeps telling you that if you don’t lose weight you're going to have some major health problems! Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and even cancer are possibly knocking on your door!

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So you go on a diet and start exercising, only to find that you can’t lose weight. Does this sound familiar? You get discouraged and go an eating binge. Which in turn causes you to gain more weight? The next thing you know, you're a diabetic and on 3 different medications for blood pressure and cholesterol now! This is unfortunately, what happens to most people over 60. So what do you do? If you are tired of feeling this way and have made up your mind that this is not how you want to spend the rest of your life, I want you to pay close attention. I have discovered the secret for people over the age of 60 to finally LOSE their stubborn weight! I am Dr. Bao Thai DC with the Advanced Nerve and Laser Center. You see my specialty is nerve damage. I created a proprietary process that will help your body repair and regenerate damaged nerves and tissues. Almost all of my patients are over the age of 60. You're probably wondering how in the world does this have to do anything with me losing weight? Part of my process involves creating the perfect environment for the nerves and tissues to repair themselves. What we didn’t expect to see, is that environment also made our patient’s lose weight safely and effectively. We have people in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s losing 20 to as much as 70 pounds!! AMAZING!! The secret was creating a perfect metabolic environment that helps your body do what it wants to do. Your body is complicated! That’s why diet and exercise has not worked. You have to be able to help your body safely and effectively overcome its metabolic insufficiencies. That’s they key to success!! Losing weight for our patients meant that they: t)BENPSFFOFSHZ t"SFIFBMUIJFS t8FSFBCMFUPSFEVDFPSFMJNJOBUFBMPU of their medications t"SF)BQQZ If you are 60 years or older, there is a chance that you probably suffer from a condition that is called metabolic syndrome. Men typically will develop an apple shaped stomach where women will develop a pear shaped figure. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that causes your body to develop fat around the waist. This condition causes it hard for a person to lose weight but also it



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Council for 15 years and has filed an application to be re-elected to his current Position #1. Steve was elected Mayor Pro Tem by his fellow Council Members for six years. He then voluntarily relinquished that position and graciously nominated our longest serving Council Member Jeff Mangum (19 years) to be Mayor Pro Tem. Mangum reciprocated and nominated Steve to serve as Deputy Mayor Pro Tem. Steve retained that title until last year, when Council Member Dave Svatik nominated Council Member Valerie Cannaday for the position, due to Steve’s absences from some Council Meetings with his international business travel schedule. Valerie’s fellow Council Members, including Steve, unanimously approved her for the Deputy Mayor Pro Tem position. [NOTE: As Mayor, it is a pleasure to preside over a Council that works so well together with mutual respect for differing opinions on Town issues.] Steve served as the Chairman of the original Master Plan Committee in 2004. The Master Plan was the original brain child of former Mayor Larry Johnson, former Mayor Pro Tem Joe Chiles, and Steve. Prior to our Comprehensive Master Plan, Copper Canyon just grew with no real direction or complete building construction standards. Steve has also been the Town’s Financial Officer for over a decade. He ensures that the Town funds and property taxes, which are deposited in a local financial depository, are adequately covered by surplus collateral. He is also required by the State to complete educational courses that keep his knowledge as Financial Officer up-to-date. Steve also created our Pro Forma Budget. The Pro Forma is an invaluable tool! Steve worked for months in 2005 with myself and our former Town Administrator Paulette Hartman. We reviewed the financial history of every line item in the Town’s budget and estimated the future increase of each expense and revenue item. Steve was the one who in 2005 alerted the Staff and Council that our Town alone had too little revenue to provide quality fire pro-

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A large crowd of town, county and regional leaders attended the 7th Annual Denton County Mayors Crime Prevention Luncheon. tection and emergency medical responses for its residents. Thus was born Denton County Emergency Services District #1, which was approved by 2/3rds of the voters in 65 square miles of Denton County. In essence, voters approved up to a 10 cent increase in their property taxes. However, the voters also knew this amount would strictly be applied only to fire protection of their homes and businesses and quality emergency medical responses for their families. The property taxes of ESD #1 fund our Argyle Fire District, which provides emergency services for the five towns of Argyle, Bartonville, Copper Canyon, Draper, and Northlake and 65 square miles of unincorporated Denton County, including Lantana and Canyon Oaks. [NOTE: The County pays separately for these services to Lantana.] Every year Steve dedicates hours and hours of his personal time to make the annual revisions to the algorithms that keep our Pro Forma Budget always up-to-date with the Town’s latest Annual Budget data. The Pro Forma Budget alerts Staff and Council to any additional revenue or expense per Budget Line Item for that specific month of the Town’s fiscal year. [NOTE: The 12 month fiscal year for all Texas municipalities begins October 1st.]

Steve is Global Head of Innovation for KPMG, one of the four largest international accounting firms. In his spare time, he enjoys racing Ferraris all over the United States. He also teaches high performance driving skills in his free time. Steve lives on Copper Woods Drive on 10 beautiful acres! Position #3 – Valerie Pearson Cannaday has filed to serve a 3rd two year term on Council. She initially served on the 2009 Long Range Planning Taskforce. Valerie drove every road in Town to better understand the need for a bond election to rebuild our deteriorating 24 to 35 year old asphalt interior residential roads. Valerie also supports and contributes to the college scholarship fund for Copper Canyon high school seniors. Valerie has been recognized in “D” Magazine as one of the premier producing realtors for RE/MAX DFW Associates. Many Copper Canyon residents have appreciated her professional guidance in buying or selling their homes in Town Her husband Michael Cannaday is a builder for Precision Builders in Copper Canyon. Michael has built luxury homes on multi acre lots in Hidden Creek and will build in the new subdivision Copper Creek on the west side of Copper Canyon Road (the prior 42 acre site of Camp Summit.) Michael has

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been dedicated in saving many of the beautiful mature trees to enhance the new home sites there. Valerie and Michael live east off of Copper Canyon Rd. [NOTE: To avoid a Conflict of Interest, Valerie recuses herself from the Council’s discussion and vote, if any Council issue is affected by her husband’s building of homes in Copper Canyon.] Ron Robertson and wife Sylvia moved to Copper Canyon a year ago. They seriously renovated a home on Pilot Drive in Pilot Knoll Estates, east off of Chinn Chapel Road. The home had previously flooded when Poindexter Creek rose out of its banks. Ron has also filed as a candidate for this Council Position #3. Ron is a former Mayor of Bartonville and former Coppell City Council Member. He is the owner of Robertson Pools. Position #5 – Bill Castleman has also filed to serve a 3rd term on Council. Bill served on the Master Plan Committee in 2004. He recently undertook the coordination of the Town’s Emergency Responses with Denton County and our Argyle Fire District. As a professional photographer, Bill has kindly volunteered to take gratis photographs of Town Events: The Denton County Mayors Crime Prevention Luncheon in January, Copper Canyon’s College Scholarship Winners in April, our annual July 4th Parade, and our Santa Party for Copper Canyon Kids. Bill has also used his skills as a drone pilot to aerially video Chinn Chapel to identify blind spots for motorists due to the road’s bends and vertical rises. His aerial videos were a tremendous help to our Halff engineers in safely designing the rebuilding of Chinn Chapel. Bill and his wife Lynne moved to Copper Canyon in 1983. They live on acreage on Lonesome Dove Lane, west off of Jernigan Rd. Bill is a licensed instructor in handguns and often teaches military and law enforcement officers. Bill reviews our signs at Town Hall to be sure they comply with the State’s firearms legislation.

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like the Denton County Office of History & Culture, provide wonderful resource materials, including oral histories, photographs and documents highlighting the African American experience in Denton County. Visitors to the Denton County Historical Park (located at the corner of Carroll and Mulberry streets in Denton) can learn about Denton’s historic African American community of Quakertown and other early African American settlements across Denton County at the Quakertown House Museum.   The Quakertown House  In 1875, a group of 27 African-American families from the White Rock settlement in Dallas came to Denton. The families settled two-and-a-half blocks south of the courthouse and called the area Freedman Town. By the 1880s, these residents began buying property along Oakland Avenue and Pecan Creek in Denton, which they called Quakertown. Quakertown became a “town within a town” and grew into a thriving community that held a school, churches, restaurants and businesses. However, in 1921 the City of Denton decided to construct a new city park in the location of Quakertown and forced the residents to relocate to Solomon Hill in southeast Denton. Many of the residents moved their houses from Quakertown to Solomon Hill.  The Denton County Historical Park’s Quakertown House was one of the few homes that survived the move from its original location in Quakertown to Solomon Hill. H.F. Davidson built the home in 1904 for Arthur E. and Docia Brewer. From 1905 to 1916, M.B. Whitlock used the three-room house at 607 Bell Avenue as a rental property. In 1919, Quakertown resident C. Ross Hembry bought the property and continued to rent it out until he sold the land to the City of Denton for $2,700 in 1922 and moved the structure to 1113 E Hickory Street in Solomon Hill. Once in Solomon Hill, Hembry continued to use the Quakertown House as a rental


property until 1955, when ownership passed to his brother, Leon Hembry. From 1956 to 1971, renters continued to live in the property until Mattie Campbell purchased the home in 1973. In 2003, the city made plans to remove the historic home and make way for a new house at this address. The Historical Park Foundation of Denton County took this opportunity to purchase the Quakertown House, with the goal of preserving the home as a museum to tell the stories of Denton County’s African American communities. They completed the purchase in 2004 and moved the house to the Denton County Historical Park, restoring it to its original condition. Restoration included removing some earlier remodeling that had taken place in 1922, restoring the roof’s original wood shingles, and retaining the integrity of the structure itself. After completing the restoration, the Denton County African-American Museum opened on February 16, 2008.    The Woods House  The Woods House, located at 1015 Hill Street, is the last remaining Quakertown house in southeast Denton. In Quakertown, the house originally stood a block and a half away from the College of Industrial Arts (Texas Woman’s University) and across the street from the original Fred Douglass School. William Evelyn Woods owned the house, which he purchased for six hundred dollars, and rented out to residents while he remained on his farm located near Pilot Knob in Argyle.  In 1921, William Evelyn and his wife Alberta decided to move from the farm in Argyle to the house in Denton; however, during that same year the City of Denton began forcing residents of Quakertown to relocate to make way for a public park. With this decision, the Woods family sold their property in Quakertown and bought 8.8 acres on Solomon Hill. W.E. Woods raised his family on the property and cultivated the small acreage. After his death, his children divided the property and kept the historic home.   In 2015, Habitat for Humanity of Denton County purchased the property and ap-


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proached the Denton County Office of History & Culture about saving the historic home, with the possibility of moving the structure to the Denton County Historical Park. The County accepted the donation and the Woods House will face one final move as it finds its new permanent home at the Denton County Historical Park later this year.    Did You Know?   According to the Denton County AgriLife Extension office, there are 3,203 farms in Denton County and farmland accounts for 383,533 of the 613,120 acres in the county. In addition, pasture and rangeland totals 237,175 acres. The 131,894 acres of cropland in Denton County breaks down as follows: Hay – 59,092 acres; Wheat – 29,580 acres; Graze Out – 18,000 acres; Sorghum – 7,329 acres; Corn – 4,782 acres; Other – 2,557 acres; Idle, Sf, etc. – 10,554 acres. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is an educational outreach agency of Texas A&M University and is funded through a partnership of the U.S. Department of

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Agriculture, the Texas A&M University System, and the county commissioners courts of Texas. Each county office is supported by Extension program specialists and research scientists in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University who provide programs, tools and resources that teach people how to improve the environment, strengthen their communities, and enrich youth.  Contact the Denton County AgriLife Extension Service office at 940-349-2882.   Connect With Us  We would love to have you connected to the county by subscribing to our newsletter. Just use this link and enter your email and you’ll be up-to-date on everything going on in Precinct 4: Moreover, be sure and find us on Facebook. If you have any questions or comments, please let me hear from you. My email is and my office number is 972-434-3960.


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“Lots of Record” are lots platted prior to Copper Canyon’s incorporation As a Town in 1973. Lots on Chinn Chapel Road, north of the railroad tracks and south of the Poindexter Creek Bridge, were platted before Copper Canyon was incorporated in 1973 as a Town. Some of them remain single half acre lots, but most of the half acre lots are now combined into multi-acre residential home sites. When the Town adopted the Master Plan in 2004, it overlaid that area on Chinn Chapel with a minimum two-acre zoning per residential home site. Norman and Sherly Long lived in a rock home on 3.5 acres at 648 Chinn Chapel. In 1987 the Longs deeded one acre by metes and bounds of the 3.5 acres to a relative, so that he could use the acre as collateral to borrow money to pay off a mechanics lien. However, the Longs continued to treat the one acre as part of the total 3.5 acre home site. They never approached the Town to have the one acre platted into a home site. The fence around the perimeter of the 3.5 acres remained the same. The only access to the one acre was from the Longs’ drive-


way to their rock home. The septic field for the home continued to lie partially under the one-acre lot deeded to the relative. If the grass was mowed, the entire 3.5 acres was mowed. If not, the entire 3.5 acres was overgrown and often unkempt. The only way you could know that the one acre, fronting on Chinn Chapel Road, was separately owned was by the deed from the Longs to the relative and the fact that the relative paid the minimal property taxes on the one acre. In 2006 Shirly Long wanted to build a second home on the 2.5 acre site for a grandson. However, Town zoning required 4 acres to accommodate a second home. So, instead Shirly Long renovated her existing home to accommodate the grandson and his family. In 2016 both Norman and Shirly Long were deceased and the rock home and out buildings were dilapidated. The two parcels of land (2.5 acres and the home and 1.0 acre of unimproved grass land) went into foreclosure by two separate financial institutions. The two parcels of land had long had the appearance of a junkyard. Many old tires were piled up in the rear of the 2.5 acres alongside the railroad track. There they accumulated rainwater and were a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. The old tires were also a potential fire hazard from sparks from passing trains. At the Town’s insistence, the foreclosing entities removed the tires and all of the remaining junk and debris. Neighbors on Chinn Chapel greatly appreciated the removal of all the junk on the land Eric and Missy Rooney Purchase and Renovate the Rock Home and 2.5 acres. A year ago Eric and Missy Rooney purchased the 2.5 acres and renovated the rock home. The Rooneys said their vision was for an open, natural area to raise their five small sons. The Rooneys hoped to also purchase the one acre grassed tract, but couldn’t initially afford the extra expense while they were paying for the extensive renovation of the rock home for their family. Trail Chairman Deb Valencia was surprised to see Eric Rooney and all five of his small sons show up to help with the Town’s annual Trail Clean Up. (Deb said the youngest Rooney


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son was on his Dad’s back in a backpack!) But Eric and his four older sons picked up litter and moved small rocks off the trail that horses might stumble on. Century Custom Homes begins Purchasing Lots in Copper Canyon In 2016 and 2017 David Andrews, owner of Century Custom Homes, began negotiating to purchase residential lots in Copper Canyon. He negotiated to build a future home for Town resident Holly Frenzel on her 6 acres fronting on Orchid Hill. Andrews also purchased Frenzel’s rear 6 acres that fronted on the cul-de-sac on Mobile Drive. The Town Council approved his plat to extend Mobile Drive and build 4,000 square foot plus luxury homes there on six one-acre home sites. Andrews also purchased a half acre on the east side of Chinn Chapel at auction and built what he styled a “country cottage.” He then bought a half acre site on the west side of Chinn Chapel just north of the railroad tracks and built an identical “country cottage” at the request of the new homeowners. He also purchased an acre site on the east side of Chinn Chapel and began building a large custom home. Andrews also purchased the one-acre unplatted grassed area in front of the Rooneys’ rock home on the west side of Chinn Chapel. I asked our Town Administrator to show Mr. Andrews our Town Attorney’s legal opinion that he could not build a home on the oneacre site, as it was in an area zoned minimum two acres per residential lot. Mr. Andrews’ only recourse was to petition Copper Canyon’s Planning and Zoning Commission for a favorable recommendation to change the Town’s Master Plan and then change the Town’s minimum two-acre zoning for that area. [NOTE: The Town could not change the zoning for only that specific one acre, as that is considered “spot zoning” and is illegal.] Mr. Mathews petition was heard by our P & Z Commission at their joint meeting with Council in December. Our P&Z unanimously denied the petition to change the Master Plan and thence change the minimal residential zoning for that Chinn Chapel area. The Council decided to postpone their decision on the issues until the January Council Meeting.

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Copper Canyon Residents unite in Rejection of Changing the Master Plan and subsequently allowing Residential Lots smaller than Two Acres on Chinn Chapel. 109 Town Residents Sign an online Petition to that Effect! Prior to the January Council Meeting, Eric Rooney had posted an online Petition asking Copper Canyon residents to oppose David Andrews’ proposed change to the Town’s Master Plan allowing smaller residential lots in that area of Chinn Chapel. An incredible 109 Copper Canyon residents signed that Petition! An equally incredible 65 people signed the attendance sheet at the January 12th Council Meeting. (60 of the 65 signatures were from Copper Canyon residents.) Our Council Chambers were literally packed and all folding chairs were in use. Fifteen Copper Canyon Residents spoke at Public Input. They ALL Recommended that the Council NOT change the 2004 Master Plan! Personally, I was very proud of the sincerity and restraint of the fifteen Copper Canyon residents who spoke at Public Input. This could have been a very disruptive meeting! But it wasn’t. However, the audience warmly applauded after each Copper Canyon resident spoke. I was especially impressed by the analysis of two residents. Attorney George Bleuher lives in the Woodlands and manages his wife Dr. Denise Doolittle’s veterinary medicine practice. Bleuher said this was essentially a legal “Failure of Title.” Either (1) the Builder did not do “due diligence” prior to his purchase of the one acre unplatted lot; or (2) the Builder did do his “due diligence” prior to purchase, but counted on persuading the Council to change the Master Plan and subsequently reduce the minimum residential lot zoning from 2 acres to 1 acre in this area. A favorable Council decision would allow the builder to build a home on the one acre in front of the Rooneys’ rock home on Chinn Chapel. The second resident, Tom Giovanetti, lives on Orchid Hill and is a long-time member of the Institute for National Policy. He cautioned that a “first time bad policy decision” only fosters “more bad policy issues arising in the future.” See MAYOR SUE on Page A19

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adding that they are not set up to re-plumb or re-wire an entire house. “We showed up at the home of a lady who weighed about 95-pounds-- and was about that age-- who wanted help to jack-up her house from the foundation,” he said laughing. “I explained that such a job would need an engineer and help with the utilities and … just a bit more than the Honey Dudes can handle.” In addition to individuals, the Honey Dudes have helped such groups as CCA and Kyle’s House, as well as providing access to water to a community, which is an urban “island” without water or sewer hook-ups, in southern Oak Cliff. “We were supposed to be anonymous, but that didn’t happen,” said Cummings, adding that the Honey Dudes do not accept payment for the work they do. “I get to see the look in the guys’ eyes when they finish the job. When we are done, there is closure; we finished the

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The Council Members obviously listened to the comments of the Town Residents, and Most of the Council Members Understood their Concern. Because our Planning and Zoning Commission had unanimously rejected the Builder’s proposed change to the 2004 Master Plan, the Council would have to have a “super majority” vote of a minimum of FOUR Council Members to override P&Z’s recommendation and approve the Builder’s petition to change the Master Plan. Instead, the Council voted unanimously to concur with P&Z’s decision and deny the Builder’s petition to change the 2004 Master Plan and subsequently the residential minimum lot zoning in this area of Chinn Chapel. In the week after the January Council Meeting, I called almost all of the 60 Town residents who had attended the Council Meeting. Three things were obvious. First, the Town residents understood that the reduction in buildable lot


job ‘fighting the good fight.’” To help fund the Honey Dudes’ fight, an annual golf fundraiser was started in 2011. In addition to funding scholarships directly and through LISD, the proceeds also help seed other churches starting their own Honey Dudes Missions. “After a couple of years, we realized there were about seven churches we’d help fund, including one in Greer, South Carolina, which was supporting digging community water wells in Africa, through the Water for the World nonprofit,” said Cummings. “Now we’re hearing that there’s a ground movement growing for additional Honey Dudes groups being formed from the churches we’d seeded.” This year, the Honey Dudes Golf Fundraiser is on Sunday, March 4 at Bridlewood Golf Club, 4000 W. Windsor Drive in Flower Mound. “The burgers will start being served to golfers-- and all the event volunteers-- at noon,” said Cummings, adding that there’s a 144-golfer limit. “The four-player scramble with a shotgun start starts at 1 p.m.” size to one acre was a onetime occurrence specific to this one-acre lot. And second, they were looking at the “big picture” and considered this one-time reduction in residential lot size a bad policy decision for the future. And third, they felt that the majority of Council Members had “listened” to them, understood their concerns, and responded appropriately by denying the builder’s request to reduce the minimum residential lot size to one acre. The Future of Half Acre “Lots of Record” on Chinn Chapel These half-acre platted “Lots of Record” are still grandfathered as buildable home sites, as they were platted prior to the Town’s incorporation in 1973. But, at least two homeowners, on multiple acre homesites consisting of several platted half-acre “lots of record”, have said that they will voluntarily assume the expense of replatting their smaller half-acre lots into larger multi-acre residential parcels. These homeowners are to be commended for taking the initiative to solve a possible future problem for Copper Canyon.


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The entry fee of $100 per golfer must be pre-paid by Feb. 23 by contacting Pete Campbell by texting him at 214-906-7679, or email at: There will be prizes for a hole-in-one; firstand second-place teams, the longest drive, closest-to-the-pin, plus drawings for merchandise and a silent auction with high-end

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items held at the Bridlewood Club House. Sponsors are still being accepted by contacting Pete Campbell as listed above. Men who’d like to volunteer for Honey Dudes, or belong to a church that would like to start its own group, can contact Cummings at:, or call 972-897-5177.

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Hills and the KSC Railroad Crossing, is moving forward. Paving will begin soon which will include setting up a temporary concrete batch plant on the site. The plant


has been approved by the TCEQ and City staff will approve the placement of the facility; the City will take into consideration noise, lighting and construction dust. Good news for our residents on the west side is a quiet zone railroad cross-


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ing has been installed on Chinn Chapel Road. This project was funded through Denton County and is located inside the Town of Copper Canyon however it will benefit our residents once KCS activates the quiet zone crossing. Since the 35Express project completed many of us are using the Garden Ridge intersection to enter and leave Highland Village. We received comments from our residents that the stop signs at the intersection were hard to see causing many motorists to drive right through the intersection nearly causing accidents or in some cases an accident did occur. We contacted TxDOT and learned that stoplights were installed in anticipation of meeting warrant. However, after the warrant study was conducted, this intersection did not meet the criteria for a traffic signal. We put in a call to Commissioner Mitchell and asked her help in getting the signal lights to flash red in all directions to hopefully provide a safer travelling experience for all. Commissioner Mitchell informed us TxDOT approved setting the lights to flashing red. You can see the flashing red lights from a distance, it is still a good idea to use caution at this intersection. Thank you to Commissioner Mitchell for helping us improve the safety of our residents. We’ve also just learned signage will be placed on southbound I-35E designating the Highland Village exit. TxDOT has told us “Highland Village Exit 454A” will be added to an existing sign just north of Lewisville Lake. There is already a sign south of FM 407 for the northbound travelers. Spring and the beginning of our special event season are right around the corner. The parks and recreation department has just begun a volunteer program. There

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are many opportunities available if you’d Local artists can submit applications to participate in the Highland Village Arts Festival on May 5th at The Shops at Highland Village. The free festival will feature displays from more than 30 gallery-quality artists, as well as artist demonstrations, live music and entertainment and interactive children’s art activities. Interested artists and exhibitors should call Andrea Foreman at 972-317-7430 for an application. like to help. You can lend a hand at any of our events, help maintain a flower bed, notify us of areas that need our attention, adopt a park or a trail or even donate a tree or bench in honor of a loved one. To get started, just go to and select Volunteer to learn about all the available opportunities. The Highland Village Art Festival will take place again the first Saturday in May at The Shops at Highland Village. If you are an artist and would like to have a booth at the event, now is the time to submit your application. We partner with The Shops at Highland Village for this event and benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton County. We have some amazing artists in our area and you can see and purchase their work at this great event. As you can see, we are going to be busy this year. You can keep up to date on all the projects by following the City on Facebook or signing up to receive the weekly City Manager’s Report by selecting “Stay Notified” on the city website. I hope to see you around the City!

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our mother was usually the one who implemented his great ideas for the family,” he said. “He was kind of a ‘preachy’ grandfather; a teacher. He was a bit of a control-freak with his projects and always promoted gratitude.” He added, however, that his father had softened and “mellowed” in recent years. “In his last year of his life, he’d call one of us or his grandkids just to chat and be more grateful to his family and those around him, which was a wonderful thing,” said Dave Stewart. “His agendas had faded away and he was just more relaxed. “His property was the last to be developed and we were grateful we were able to preserve the ‘vision’ he had for such a long time; decades to hold property is rare.” Wilshire said Stewart had a specific vision for the property-- especially the peninsula-and held out until it was ready to be set-up the way he wanted. “He actually built a sort of crows-nest down on the peninsula-- you had to climb a ladder to get up there-- just so he could see the lake and its sunsets,” he said. Lake Grapevine is unique, because it runs east-and-west, unlike other north Texas lakes that run north-and-south. That means that the nine-mile length of the lake is a perfect reflection of Texas’ spectacular sunsets. As plans for the 16-story Lakeside Tower and Lakeside Village projects began to be developed, Stewart was very satisfied, but still studying the project with his real estate mind. “It gave him a lot of energy and he wanted to hold onto the plans for both projects,” said Dave Stewart. “He could see the ‘sense of place’ and that something spectacular was being created. He always said the Flower Mound site was a world-class property. ‘What other city has an airport close to such a beautiful lake?’” In November 2017, Stewart was able to view a sunset on Lake Grapevine from the 10th floor of the Lakeside Tower. It was worth the wait.


A Full Life Peter Pauls Stewart was born on May 26, 1920, in Kansas City, Missouri. He lost his mother just weeks prior to his third birthday. He and older brother Waldo, born in 1915, went to live with their paternal grandparents, William Patterson and Jessie Ewing Stewart, while their father Harry pursued his many business interests in Houston and then Dallas. Both boys attended Culver Military Academy and fulfilled their grandfather’s dream of graduating from Harvard University. Peter, however, spent his sophomore year at the University of Texas to show his devotion to Betty May Exall of Highland Park, whom he met while in high school. The couple married on July 18, 1942. Stewart served in the U.S. Army in Europe as a transportation officer and, at the end of World War II, he commanded the first trains (including supplies and refugees) to enter Berlin through the newly-created Soviet zone. He concluded his service as a captain in 1945. Stewart pursued interests in real estate with help from his brother-in-law, Henry Exall, who was chairman of the North Dallas Chamber’s streets and highway committee. Teaming with planner Marvin Springer, engineer Roy Wilshire, and broker Gifford Touchstone, he influenced road work to unlock the potential of properties. As a member of the Dallas Plan Commission in the early sixties, Stewart grew increasingly interested in discussions about downtown parks. Ideas for a “thanksgiving park” came so quickly that he always carried note cards and pens to record them. In 1964, he recruited Joe Neuhoff, Julius Schepps, and John Stemmons to join with him to found the Thanks-Giving Foundation, which purchased a triangular-shaped site at the center of downtown in 1968. New York architect Philip Johnson was selected to design the chapel and square, which was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1976. Stewart is survived by his five children, 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He joined his beloved wife Betty May Exall Stewart (who died in 2009).


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for information on elections and other town news. Town staff will update the council candidates election page as candidates file. Residents should check with their school districts on May election items and news. Our Town of Double Oak traditionally has

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a high voter turnout for all elections. Our residents hold dear the right to cast their vote and deeply appreciate the men and women who have served our great nation and remember those who have lost their lives in battle so our country enjoys free and open elections. Please get out and vote in every election. Happy Valentines Day and Presidents Day!

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seats. One very big issue is the diverting of a portion of the sales tax fees that are slated for the Economic Development Commis-



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sion (EDC) to the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) fund. This will allow the town to build this CIP fund quicker and address our road problems in a timelier manner. But, for this to happen we must put this to a vote and get the public’s in-

Argyle cowboys and cowgirls enjoyed the monthly Seniors Luncheon in January.

put. I will be releasing more information about this as we get closer to the elections. Just as a reminder, I will be at Town Hall on the first Saturday of every month at 9 a.m. for “Mornings with the Mayor.” This is a time for citizens to come up and get to know me as well as talk about any issues that may be on your mind. I always try to have a topic in mind for the day but that isn’t set in stone. So please come out and join me for some inspiring conversation, coffee and donuts. As always we are committed to serving the citizens of Argyle with the utmost Integrity and Transparency. My philosophy is to serve for the Common Good with a Common Goal with Common Sense. Seniors Cowboy Up Argyle cowboys and cowgirls enjoyed their chicken and dumplings that Jody

Bellinghausen cooked at the Argyle Seniors Luncheon in January. Our thanks to her and to the Argyle Police Department for furnishing the funds, also our thanks to all who brought side dishes to share and the Argyle Donut shop that furnished donuts, along with Donna Lumpkins for picking up groceries and the tea and ice. Thank you Cathy Chenail for being so faithful in cleaning up for us. We also want to thank our visitors for coming and hope you enjoyed yourself and will come back. Our next luncheon will be Friday, February 16, and the theme is Valentine. So grab your sweetheart and join us for fun, food and fellowship. The Argyle Seniors Western Day Luncheon. For more information contact either Stella McDaniel at 940-464-7438 or Karen Kiel at 940-464-0506. -Submitted by Stella McDaniel

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Denton County Fun Fact Denton County was established by the Texas legislature on April 11, 1846, shortly after Texas abandoned its dream of being a Republic and joined the United States, and


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Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce 55th Annual Awards Gala The Lewisville Chamber’s 55th Annual Awards Gala is Friday, February 16, at the Lewisville Convention Center at Hilton Garden Inn Lewisville from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and sponsored tables are available for $1,500, $1,000 or $800. The gala, “Unmasking the Excellence”, will be emceed by NBC 5’s Kris Gutierrez and is an opportunity for the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce to recognize its members for the outstanding work that they do in their businesses and in the community. For more information log onto their web site at Highland Village Rotary “Taste of the Village” The Highland Village Rotary Club is hosting its first ever “Taste of the Village” on Thursday, March 23, from 6–9 p.m. at Briarwood Retreat Centre, 670 Copper Canyon Rd. in Argyle. The event is a gourmet food and drink tasting night featuring multiple food stations, two breweries, two wineries, two distilleries, plus a casino party and live music from Good Therapy. Tickets are $50 per person and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Highland Village Rotary raises funds to benefit local non-profits, including Meals On Wheels, YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, Children’s Advocacy Center, Special Olympics, Fallen Officers Fund and many more. Go to their web site at taste-of-the-village for more information. Highland Village Rotary is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Go to for more information about the club and details on how to become a member. Children’s Advocacy Center “Champions for Children” Gala Save the date for Saturday, March 24, for the Children’s Advocacy Center “Champions for Children” Gala. Known for incred-

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ible décor, outstanding food and friendly, competitive live and silent auctions, this is an event you won’t want to miss. This gala raises a huge portion of the money to help in the fight for healing and justice for the children in our community. The gala will start at 7 p.m., with a 6 p.m. preview party, at the Circle R Ranch in Flower Mound. The Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County’s (CACDC) empowers child abuse victims, their families and our community through education, healing and justice. Their vision is to break the cycle of child abuse by educating families and our community to proactively protect children. For more information log onto their web site at Did You Know? The Denton County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) was established to assist the local community during a public health emergency or natural disaster with health implications by providing a rapid, coordinated and specific response. The MRC was established after President Bush’s 2002 State of the Union Address in which he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their country. It is a partner program with Citizen Corps, a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown security. Citizen Corps, along with AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Peace Corps are part of the President’s USA Freedom Corps, which promotes volunteerism and service nationwide. Denton County’s goal is to prepare over 2,000 medical and non-medical volunteers to respond. As you may be aware, during Hurricane Katrina and September 11, 2001, literally thousands of Americans rushed to Louisiana and New York City to offer assistance to the helpless victims that we all witnessed on our television news broadcasts, but many were turned away because they had not been trained to respond in concert with emergency responders at the state, local and federal levels. See MITCHELL on Page A25

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“Understanding of these fundamentals can lead to a long satisfying relationship with the great game we call golf.” Development Watch Lantana had 3,575 occupied homes as of January 29 with an estimated population of 11,619. There were 2,071 single-family building permits issued in Fresh Water Supply District


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#6 and 1,641 permits issued in Fresh Water Supply District #7 for single-family homes through the month of December, for a total of 3,712 permits. Total build-out is estimated to be 4,003 homes. The first phase of Lantana Town Center Phase II is nearing completion and businesses should be open this summer. The 15,285 square-foot, multi-tenant retail building is located on the north side of FM 407 across from Kroger. Great Clips, Casa Mia Mexican Restaurant and a nail salon have signed leases.


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The MRC is the mechanism that we use to ensure that when large numbers of Americans are injured or exposed to a health hazard, they can be treated or cared for expeditiously. In addition, Denton County also provides all the training, “Go bags” and Response gear free! Contact the Denton County Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator at 940-349-2910 or go to the web site at to send an email and let them

Connect With Us Be sure and connect with Denton County on Facebook at and on Twitter @DentonCountyTX. If you have any questions or comments, please let me hear from you. My email is and my office number is 972-434-4780.

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Passing on the Values Behind Your Success: Ethical Wills By Jeffery Price

The dynamics of wealth planning and decisionmaking for parents may seem a bit complicated and challenging. Once you start

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Three Tools for Planning Ahead for Your Kids By Taylor Mohr

Many people make the mistake of thinking that estate planning is something that is only needed when it’s time to retire or when there is a large estate to plan for. This is a huge mistake, especially for parents of minor children. If you were to pass away or become incapacitated, who would care for your kids? Who would manage any money they would inherit? Do you really want a judge, who is a complete stranger to your family, making decisions this important? In order to prevent that possibility, here are some tools young parents can use: 1. Will- This will identify who gets your assets and who will act as your children’s guardian and caregiver in the event of your death or incapacity. We recommend naming one or two backup guardians, just in case your first choice is unable or unwilling to act. 2. Trust- A trust can be created while you are

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thinking about your legacy and how you envision it taking shape, you may find yourself asking a number of financial questions, such as: How much money am I going to leave my children? Do I include extended family? Who will steer the family business? There is another crucial aspect of legacy that’s often overlooked: the values behind your success. Seventy-four percent of parents say values and life lessons are most important to pass on to the next generation. Sharing the values that shaped your success with your family helps ensure they appreciate your hard work and understand how much it means to you, and can have an impact on future generations. Consider implementing an ethical will to comple-

ment estate planning. An ethical will is a document, usually one or two pages, mentioning the values that helped shape your success. It is usually an end-of-life summary that is used in conjunction with documents that determine how your assets will be distributed. Some families write them together during family gatherings, gathering different insights and learning lessons from each other. An ethical will may mention your vision and wishes for your family and generations to come, encouraging them to make a difference, and to value your legacy. Some ethical wills offer rich insights and are highly descriptive, mentioning major life events and how they came about in shaping personal goals, beliefs and values.

Ethical wills don’t have a legal standing, but they do help pass on important life lessons, providing your family with a clear sense of your personal values. It also helps avoid any discussions or misunderstandings regarding money matters, considering it complements estate planning and can also be used to improve communication among family members; helping explain why your plan was set up a certain way.

alive or in your will and can eliminate the need for probate or for a guardian of your children’s estate. The trust agreement can dictate who will manage the money and when and for what reasons your children can receive disbursements. This gives you a great degree of control over how things happen, even after you are gone.

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enough protein through diet, our body will have to use the protein that’s available in our muscles. Protein can be found in lean meats, but also in a variety of non-meat foods, like quinoa, tofu, dairy and legumes to name a few.

3. Beneficiary Designations – By naming a trust created for your child’s benefit as the beneficiary on your bank accounts, retirement accounts, and life insurance policies, you can again eliminate the need for probate and a guardianship and maintain a great degree of control over how the funds are spent. If you have minor children, give us a call to create a complete plan for your children. Do it now because if they need it, it will be too late for you to plan. Hammerle Finley Law Firm. Give us a call. We can help. Want to receive our monthly email newsletter or book one of our attorneys for a speaking engagement? Email and let us know how we can help. The information contained in this article is general information only and does not constitute legal advice.

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Writer Stephen Covey compares the important things in life to big rocks, and says when it comes to filling your jar (life), you should always start by filling it with the big rocks, then with progressively smaller rocks, so that you can make sure to get everything in. If you fill your jar with the small pebbles first, then you’re a left with a jar of small pebbles and no big rocks. If you want to watch him describe it better than I just did, you can search YouTube for “Stephen Covey Put First Things First.” The same analogy can be used in fitness too, of course. Whether you are just starting out or have been active for many years, to achieve your goals, you have to put the big rocks first. I am giving you my list of “big fitness rocks” and why they are important. 1. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Michael Pollan says it best in his book In Defense of Food. Real food, as opposed to processed & packaged foods, has the best supply of nutrients that our body can use. Eating until you are just satisfied ensures you aren’t overeating. Eating mostly plants ensures you are getting nutrient-dense foods versus caloriedense foods. 2. Consume protein – protein is used by our bodies to build and repair our tissues. If we don’t consume

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3. Be active – Sitting is this generation’s version of smoking. Everyone does it and does it too frequently and for too long. The Animal Kingdom is meant to move, and humans are no exception. If you have a desk job, get up for a few minutes every hour and just walk around. The more activity you add to your normal day, the more calories you burn through the day. Exercise should only account for a portion of your daily activity. 4. Sleep – People often forget how important quality sleep is. It improves recovery, memory, and stress, among many other things. Eliminate electronics for at least an hour before bedtime. Turn lights down low to increase production of the sleep hormone, melatonin. 5. Have fun – when you enjoy what you are doing, your stress levels are low and your mood is good. Find some way to incorporate pleasure into your everyday life. Start with placing these big rocks into you fitness jar first and see how the rest of the smaller rocks settle in around them. Evaluate what your current fitness jar is filled with. If you are bogging yourself down with details, are you missing out on the “big rocks”? Which big rock is hardest for you to include? Adam and Debra Hammett own Serious Results Personal Training studio, now open in Parker Square. They have over 25 years of coaching experience in nutrition and training, including in-person and online options. You can apply for coaching at

February 2018

Battery Issues? Experimac Can Help! By Jordan Spillman

Mobile phone batteries have been big in the news lately, but what does it all mean and how does it affect your iPhone device? Having your phone shut off when you try to snap a quick picture or listen to your favorite song is frustrating, but a shutdown when navigating a busy highway or calling 911 can be dangerous. Why does this happen? Mobile phones are powered by lithium-ion batteries because they are thin, lightweight, and powerful. Unfortunately, it is an unavoidable fact these batteries become less effective as they chemically age, resulting in a diminished ability to hold a charge and shorter battery life. When the battery fails to provide adequate power to the power management system, the phone quits all operations and shuts itself off. This rapid shutdown is an act of self-preservation by your phone; low voltage can cause data corruption and permanent damage. Apple addressed the issue of shutdowns in January 2017 by releasing iOS 10.2.1, an update to the iPhone operating system which allows the phone to dynamically manage power consumption if the battery is not capable of



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LOCAL EXPERTS delivering peak power. When the power draw of the phone’s components exceed the capability of the battery, the power management system slows the speed of the CPU and GPU to match the output of the battery. The powersaving measures may result in longer app launch times, backlight dimming, and lower speaker volume. These sacrifices are made to reserve full functionality in more vital areas such as cellular connection, camera quality, GPS accuracy, and most importantly, to avoid unexpected shutdowns. If your phone is consistently implementing power-saving measures, it will display a notice in Settings > Battery that states “Your iPhone battery may need to be serviced.” The expected healthy lifespan of an iPhone battery is 500 cycles, which typically correlates to about two years of average use. If you have invested in an iPhone you are probably thinking that you would like your device to last longer than two years, and rightly so. Changing the battery in your iPhone is not as simple as swapping the batteries in your TV remote, but the expert technicians at Experimac are here to help. Bring your device to your local Experimac today for a free battery diagnostic and same-day battery replacement service. Experimac Highland Village 972-317-0978; 4141 Waller Creek Set 160; www.experimac/ highland-village-tx

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In Texas, it is required by law that your vehicle is insured, the registration is current, and that your vehicle is inspected on a regular basis (in most cases, yearly) to ensure it is safe and roadworthy – for you as well as for other drivers on the road. Some of the most common issues that cause inspections to fail can be assessed (and fixed if necessary) before your inspection is due. These items include: • Windshield Wipers – Your wipers should have a flexible rubber blade (not hardened), be free of rips and tears, and make full contact with the windshield. • Brakes – If drums, rotors, or brake pads are less than the manufacturers established limits, your car could fail the inspection. Your Parking Break also needs to be in good working order. • Bulbs – All exterior lights (brake lights – including your rear middle break light, high and low beam headlights, license plate bulbs, and turn signals) need to be working properly. For interior lights, if your Check Engine or Maintenance Required bulb is illuminated, your vehicle will not

pass inspection. • Horn – The horn, which is considered a safety feature, needs be in good working order emitting a sound that is audible for a distance of 200 feet or more. • Tires – All tires (except for the spare) need to be for highway use, pass a visual inspection, and pass a thread depth test with thread measuring above 1/16 of an inch in order to pass. • Window Tinting – The front driver and passenger windows must have at least 25% light transmittance, and the tint cannot be red or amber in color. Here are other areas assessed during inspections that need to be in good working order: mirrors, seatbelts, gas caps, steering mechanism, wheel assembly, and for some counties in Texas (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Kaufman, Johnson, Parker, Rockwall, and Tarrant, El Paso, Travis, Williamson, and the Houston area counties of Montgomery, Harris, Ft. Bend, Brazoria, and Galveston) your exhaust and emissions system. Whether your car passes the inspection or not, you are required to pay for the inspection service, so it just makes sense to take a moment to review the above mentioned items prior to getting your car officially inspected. Kwik Kar in Flower Mound is an Official Vehicle Inspection Station, so if you have any questions at all, come on by and we’ll get you the answers you need, as well as your required inspection service. We’ll see you soon! Visit our website at

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Area Chambers Gearing Up for Successful Year

Hockey Team Unites Community

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By John English, Contributing Writer

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Flower Mound Chamber 2017 Chairman of the Board, Nate Prevost, (left) passes the gavel to 2018 chairman, Spencer Turner, CEO at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound.

They differ in many ways and their paths rarely cross, but the chambers of commerce in Argyle and Flower Mound both have the same goal in 2018-to connect with current and future businesses better and promote their communities. After spending most of 2017 transitioning into new leadership, the Argyle Chamber of Commerce is ready

to build on some previous programs and implement new ones aimed at helping its members succeed. At the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce, where the current leadership has been in place for several years, it’s a combination of continuing successful programs while adding a few new ones. The Argyle Chamber has a new See CHAMBERS Page B11


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The Flower Mound/Marcus Hockey Club provides an opportunity for area athletes to get out on the ice.

Three years ago, the Flower Mound and Marcus ice hockey teams were near crisis mode. What with dwindling numbers, fewer players joining the program each season and the recent closure of a local rink, the Jaguars and Marauders were in danger of disbanding. And, that’s when the unimaginable happened. These two crosstown rival teams-perennial adversaries, renowned for the

fierceness and intensity of their football team rivalry, known as the Battle of the Mound-- decided to join forces and form one hockey team. Known since then as the Flower Mound/Marcus Hockey Club, its program has flourished. “Hockey had been declining in the DFW area,� said Jerry Glover, team See HOCKEY Page B15

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RAYMOND JAMES IS PLEASED TO WELCOME GLEN D. SMITH & ASSOCIATES | RAYMOND JAMES Glen D. Smith, CFP®, CRPC®, a well-known financial advisor in Flower Mound, Texas, has transitioned to Raymond James and is a Managing Partner of Glen D. Smith & Associates (GDS) in Flower Mound. Glen is a C�������� F�������� P������™ practitioner and Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM. Before joining Raymond James, Glen was a Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch. Also transitioning with Glen is Robert L. Casey, AAMS®, Senior Vice President, GDS, and Financial Advisor, RJFS; and Erica L. Doré, Client Associate, GDS, and Registered Principal, RJFS. Raymond James is one of the largest independent financial services firms in America. Its unique culture of independence gives each advisor complete freedom to offer objective, unbiased advice so they can tailor a longterm plan based solely on the financial well-being of each client and their goals. Today, of course, the company has branched out from financial planning to provide comprehensive wealth management, a full spectrum of financial services that

includes wealth solutions for high-net-worth individuals, alternative investments, trust and estate planning and several money market alternatives. Raymond James has a reputation of corporate strength and stability through any kind of market environment. The firm has experienced 119 consecutive quarters* of profitability (as of 9/30/17) and is one of the only major investment firms that did not take TARP money during the 2008 financial crisis.

“I have decided to affiliate with Raymond James because I believe their combination of award-winning research, advanced technological tools and comprehensive range of investment alternatives will permit me to address more of my clients’ investment needs and enhance the level of service I provide,” said Glen.

MEET GLEN AND HIS FAMILY. HE WELCOMES THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE YOUR FAMILY. Ever since Glen began working in the financial services industry in 2004, he has worked closely with families and individuals to craft financial plans tailored to their individual objectives, risk tolerance and time horizon. He has consistently provided sound guidance and comprehensive financial planning to help clients strategically pursue their goals. Glen holds himself to the highest standards of ethics and integrity when working with clients, ensuring their portfolio and financial plan always reflect their best interests. He has attained the prestigious CFP® certification, one of the most respected financial planning credentials among consumers and the recognized standard of excellence in personal financial planning.

As a Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM, Glen also has in-depth knowledge of the needs individuals face both before and after retirement, as well as a variety of retirement planning strategies. Born in California, Glen grew up in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where his parents are career missionaries. He remains active in the Guayaquil community as well, supporting an organization that feeds malnourished children. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family. He lives in Flower Mound with his wife, Gisella, and their children, Lucas and Nathalia. Glen invites you to have a conversation about the goals in your life. You can contact him at 469.212.8072 or

MEET ACCREDITED ASSET MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST ROBERT L. CASEY With a decade of experience in the financial services industry, Robert is knowledgeable in comprehensive financial planning and develops custom wealth management strategies for the families and individuals we serve. Robert holds a bachelor’s degree in business and is an Accredited Asset Management SpecialistSM. As the son of a Southern Baptist pastor, Robert’s love of helping others was instilled in him at a young age and has carried over to his career as he seeks to help our cli-

ents achieve financial confidence and make the investment decisions that align with their long-term goals and risk tolerance. Robert is an active member and volunteer with the Village Church, and enjoys spending time with his family and exercising in his spare time. Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, he lives in Flower Mound with his wife, Lauren, and their children, Grayson and Beckham.

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YOUR 2 CENTS Editorials, Opinion, Letters to the Editor, Forum Posts Shining a Light on Human Trafficking By State Representative Tan Parker

Together as Texans, I truly believe we need to openly discuss an atrocious, evil crime that has plagued our great state for far too long. For the past two years, the State of Texas has recognized January as Human Trafficking Prevention Month as a result of a law I was honored to author during the 2015 legislative session. In passing this legislation, my passion was to bring greater awareness in order to educate individuals on how to avoid becoming a victim of this horrific criminal act while also empowering each of us with the ability to prevent it. Through working with area advocacy groups such as New Friends New Life, I was sickened to learn the extent of this modern day form of slavery.  An estimated 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States on an annual basis and the number of U.S. citizens forced into this unspeakable crime within our country is estimated to be even higher.  The U.S. State Department estimates that 300,000 children are at risk of being trafficked domestically on an annual basis. Tragically, Texas currently ranks as the 2nd worst state in the nation for this

Conservative Women Leaders Across District Support Birkenstock As friends and colleagues of Veronica Birkenstock, we know who she truly is through daily interactions. Veronica is woman of great faith, conviction and solid conservative values by which she lives her life daily. We support Veronica Birkenstock in representing us and our District, in Congress. As a successful small business owner

Latham Best Choice for Commissioner I was privileged and honored to represent Denton County for eighteen years in the U. S. House of Representatives, the last eight years as House Majority Leader. That experience required me to evaluate many candidates. Frankly, I got pretty good at spotting the difference between those who wanted to hold an office and those who wanted to do a job of service for their constituents. As we come to the Republican Primary

violent and despicable crime. In Dallas alone, the sex trade is a $99 million dollar annual crime industry with an average of 400 trafficked teens on the streets each night. Sadly, these profound statistics aren’t just unique to Dallas, but rather represent a disturbing trend that has no geographical, socio-economic, or racial boundaries and also is hitting us right here in our very own neighborhoods. But together, we are already changing these disturbing statistics and making Texas a leader in the fight and the beacon of hope for other states as they address this crime head on. Just over two years ago, the Texas Office of the Attorney General under Ken Paxton developed the Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime Section. Now, the OAG has released their incredible, eye opening campaign “Be The One” to educate the public on the signs of human trafficking. The film, which can be viewed at: human-trafficking, also includes testimonials from individuals that never thought human trafficking could happen in their community. The truth of the matter is that it is taking place right where you are and we need to be able to recognize it. As a partner in the fight against this heartless underground activity, the Texas Legislature has also persevered in making tremendous progress in awareness, prosecution, and trafficking victim assistance. Over the past two legislative sessions, I authored several bills including legislation to increase penalties for those that solicit prostitution and persons with multiple convictions of possession of

child pornography, as well as legislation to provide an avenue for innocent victims to overturn convictions of prostitution that they were forced to commit.    However, make no mistake, more must be done to eradicate this problem, and I vow to fight this inhumane criminal activity until its completely eradicated. On a personal note, in December of 2014, my Denton County House colleagues and I were participating in a public forum as part of our preparation for the 84th Legislative Session. The issues that were discussed ranged from economic development to strengthening border security and providing a strong education system. Near the end of that forum, a brave young woman named Tonya Stafford stood up and asked the audience about their awareness of human trafficking.  The room fell silent as she courageously identified herself as a victim who was literally sold as a youth and robbed of her innocence. I cannot describe the passion and determination that further ignited in me personally that day as I had then been working for several months on developing policy to bring this issue to the forefront of the Texas Legislature.   Today, I hope you will be more informed, inspired, and committed to being a part of the solution as government cannot do it alone.  We need more people willing to shine light on the darkest of topics such as this and join the frontlines in the critical fight to save countless, precious, innocent lives. I strongly encourage you to view “Be The One.” Although many of us understand the reality of human trafficking few

here in Texas for the past twenty years, Veronica knows what it takes to grow a business, make the difficult decisions, balance and live by a budget and lead others to common goals. Veronica is the daughter of an Army Veteran. She has the appreciation for all of those who serve to protect our freedom. Even prior to running for office, Veronica organized fundraisers and donated to numerous veterans’ organizations and backs the blue. Veronica is a lifetime advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Veronica has worked with legislators on The

Hill, alongside Susan B. Anthony List, to get the right wording into bills to protect our unborn children in America. Veronica was an early supporter of President Trump due to their similar styles and belief in America First. Much like President Trump, Veronica is a strong person who does not back away from a challenge, she thrives in it. She is a tireless worker and knows how to get the job done. The seat which is supposed to be closet to The People was not meant to be a career. After sixteen years, it is time for a change in our District and this seat needs

to be returned to The People. We ask that you join us in our support of Veronica Birkenstock for Congress in Texas CD 26 for the March 6, 2018 Republican Primary.

on March 6, I am particularly interested in the choice of a new County Commissioner for Precinct 4. Given our rapid growth, our geographic location, the diversity of our precinct and today’s culture, our commissioner must face many challenges. It is obvious to me that only one candidate stands out as our best choice. That candidate is Brenda Latham. Brenda is a mature young woman who has proven her ability to serve in the community and provide leadership with moral courage and reliable character. Brenda Latham is faithful to those she represents and the duties of her of-

fice. She is known for thinking outside the box and asking tough questions to be certain our tax dollars are spent as if they were her money. Brenda did this for two terms on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees and she will do the same as our Commissioner. She has a lifetime commitment to our community and will serve us with sound ethics and morals. Brenda lives with high standards of personal and professional conduct. She combines that with hard work and creative ideas to bring policy innovations for improved government service and results.

On March 6, we have an opportunity to hire the best County Commissioner for Precinct 4. We will find her in a young, mature, proven candidate named Brenda Latham. I hope you will join me in supporting and voting for her. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve you and to bring this recommendation to you. Remember, Brenda Latham on March 6!

of us are willing to admit the magnitude of the situation. Unfortunately, for many individuals, human trafficking is their life, but it doesn’t have to be their life story. As always, it is an honor to serve you in the Texas House of Representatives. If you would like to share a thought, please feel free to contact me at my Capitol office at 512.463.0688 or by email at tan.

Lisa Hendrickson – Former Chair, Denton County Republican Party, Lantana Shirley Spellerberg – Former Mayor, Corinth Amy Hillock – First Lady, Little Elm

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February 2018

Mentoring Is Fulfilling for Nanny By John English, Contributing Writer

Cale Nanny

Cale Nanny is involved in an assortment of activities at Argyle High School, but his favorite extracurricular one is an organization called Senior Buddies, which allows him to spend time with and mentor younger students. A captain on the Argyle football team and member of the soccer and track and field teams at Argyle, Nanny said: “Every Friday, a few seniors visit a class at the Argyle Elementary School and spend about 45-minutes talking to the kids and helping them with their work.” Nanny, 18, said the program has become important to him, adding that the students he visits make it a rewarding experience. “When I walk into the Kindergarten


class I go to, the kids run up and hug me and they always want to tell me about their week,” Nanny said. “It is a really fun experience. When I was in elementary school, I always looked up to the Senior Buddies, so it’s humbling being on the other side.” The Argyle teen is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the National Honor Society, and the Young Men’s Service League. “I enjoy being involved, because you build memories through activities and make friendships that will hopefully last a lifetime,” Nanny said. “It also means a lot to give back to the school and community that has done so much for me.” Nanny carries a 103.7 on a weighted 100-grade point average at Argyle High School and is ranked eighth in his graduating class of 190 students. The senior is undecided on college, but said he hopes to play football at the college level. He said the best part about attending Argyle High School has more to do with the town itself. “I enjoy the support of the community most about Argyle,” Nanny said. “When you go to other high school games around the area, you don’t find the energy and love for the teams like our town has.” Nanny’s Favorites Favorite Subject: Math Person who most inspires me: My dad Favorite food: Fajitas Favorite Movie: Kicking and Screaming Favorite TV Show: The Office Last book I read: Hamlet Favorite musical group or performer: Randy Rogers


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Art History Appeals to Liberty Senior By John English, Contributing Writer

Reagan Stevens

Liberty Christian senior Reagan Stevens believes in and practices leading a well-balanced life. She serves as Captain of her fourtime defending state TAPPS Champion cheer team, is a member of the Art Club, an Impact Leader-- mentoring an LCS Middle School student-- and a member of the National Honor Society Stevens has also placed at the state level in the TAPPS Academics competition in such areas as Art History and Social Studies, as well as holding a 4.03 grade point average. Stevens credits the environment at Liberty Christian School for helping to

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nurture her interests. “Each of these activities challenges me in a unique way,” Stevens said. “The staff at Liberty constantly encouraged me to push myself and try new things and my friends supported me along the way, which made it possible for me to discover talents that I didn’t even know I had.” Of all of her activities, Stevens said that cheer is the one she enjoys most. “When we say that we are a ‘cheer family,’ we mean it,” Stevens said. “From running hills behind the weight room during summer workouts, to performing in front of hundreds of people-- while being filmed for ESPN at the national competition in Disney World-- I have had the opportunity to share so many fun memories with the most hard-working and fun people I know.” Stevens is planning to major in History in college, though she is still undecided on where she plans to attend. She said she likes being a young person today. “Being a teenager today is cool, because the world is changing so fast,” Stevens said. “Although it can be scary sometimes, it is exciting to be experiencing it all first-hand knowing that it’ll go down in history books later. Stevens added that although she does have a great passion for history, she does not plan to pursue a career exclusively in that field. “My dream job is to work as a curator See STEVENS Page B5

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in an art museum, because I truly believe in the influential power of Art and History in people’s lives,” she said. “I would


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Stevens’ Favorites Favorite Subject: History Person that most inspires you: My sister, Karson Favorite Food: Thai Food Favorite Movie: Ella Enchanted

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Favorite TV Show: The Office Book Currently Reading: How Democratic is the American Constitution? Favorite Musical Group or Performer: Band of Horses

February 2018

Double Oak Police Beat Submitted by Chief Derrick Watson

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relationships is dating violence and stalking. As parents, we worry about our children reaching dating age and then attempting to make life-altering decisions about interpersonal relationships based upon limited experience. I don’t believe many teens or early


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twenty-somethings have much interest in information from an old law enforcement officer. However, in 29+ years of law enforcement experience, I’ve found parents are almost always the persons attempting to pick up the pieces, and repair their children’s lives, after bad relationship experiences. A compilation of state self-reporting surveys, by the Center for Disease Control detailed the following about stalking behavior: “For both women and men, commonly experienced stalking tactics were: unwanted phone calls, voice messages, and text messages from the perpetrator; perpetrator showing up or approaching them in places, such as at home, school, or work; and being watched, followed, or spied on. “A majority of female stalking victims reported that their perpetrators made threats of physical harm (68.1%), with state estimates ranging from 49.0% to 84.0% (48 states); a similar percentage of male stalking victims reported that their perpetrators made threats of physical harm (70.3%), with state estimates ranging from 67.1% to 92.7% (5 states). “About 6 in 10 (61.5%) female victims and 4 in 10 (42.8%) male victims were stalked by a current or former intimate partner. Among states, estimates for female victims stalked by a current or former intimate partner ranged from 43.2% to 77.6% (48 states); state estimates were not statistically reliable for male victims stalked by a current or former intimate partner.” (www.cdc.

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gov/violenceprevention/pdf/NISVSStateReportBook.pdf pp 16.) What is the result of all this interpersonal relationship trouble? Higher incidences of physical violence, sexual assault, lost lives through homicide and suicide, depression, addiction and long-term interpersonal relationship problems. As a parent we recognize that a bad boyfriend or girlfriend (one who engages in high risk behaviors like binge drinking, drug use, partner abuse, early in life sexual activity) can have a devastating impact on the person we love. What can we do as parents? Role model good relationship behavior and life choices. The classic “...don’t argue and fight in front of the children...” holds true. We are the templates for our children. It’s going to be hard for them to make better choices in life if we, as parents, don’t teach strong personal decision making. Don’t ignore unacceptable choices by our teens. Drinking, drug use, early intercourse, disrespect of parents and teachers, and violent behavior are all issues that we, as parents, can address. Please attempt to speak with your child, set standards and hold them accountable to their own actions. Don’t ignore unacceptable behavior directed at your child. Dating violence, pressuring your child into sex, verbal abuse, unwanted contact via texting or social media and actual, physical, at your child’s home, school and workplace stalking are all unacceptable. See DO POLICE BEAT Page B7

February 2018

Home Sales Strong in Robson Ranch By Randy Scott, Robson Ranch Resident Realtor

Hello Robson Ranch Neighbors. I am happy to report that real estate in Robson Ranch experienced another year of strong sales in 2017. Resale homes in general continued the pattern of 2016 except that there

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Talk to your child about their relationship. Obtain counseling for your child (family therapists can be an awesome tool at improving communication between a child and a parent) and notify the police. Law Enforcement is mandated by the Texas Family Code to document instances of family and DATING violence. No, it’s not okay to demand to know where your “boyfriend / girlfriend” is every moment of the day. No, it’s not okay to destroy, or threaten to destroy, another person’s property simply because you have a family or dating relationship. No, it’s not okay to threaten people in person or through social media. No, it’s not okay to assault, or cause bodily injury to your girlfriend


were fewer homes for sale on the golf course in 2017. Home prices were up as Robson Ranch continues to be appealing as a premier Active Adult Resort Community.


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Non-Golf Course Homes Eighty-seven homes were sold in 2017, with an average selling price of $337,350 and an average price per square-foot of $164.55. This represents a 9 percent increase over 2016.

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The source of the information contained in this recap is the area Multiple Listing Service provided by North Texas Real Estate Information System. Contact Randy Scott at 832-6548806 or

Golf Course Homes Twenty-seven homes on the golf course were sold in 2017, with an average selling price of $417,342 and an average price per square-foot of $173.72. This represents a 7 percent increase over 2016.

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1/2 - Theft - 3100 block of Justin Road

1/15 - Burglary of Vehicle - 200 block of Village Estates Drive

1/3 - Public Intoxication - 3100 block of Justin Road 1/4 - Criminal Mischief - 2500 block of Justin Road

1/15 - Criminal Mischief - 100 block of Sunday Haus Lane 1/15 - Theft - 3100 block of Justin Road

1/5 - Forgery - 1500 block of Cottonwood Creek

1/17 - Sexual Assault - 2400 block of Park View

1/5 - Forgery - 1700 block of Cottonwood Creek

1/18 - Assault - 200 block of Camden Drive

1/5 - Public Intoxication - 2200 block of Justin Road

1/18 - Possession of Marijuana - 200 block of Camden Drive

1/7 - Criminal Mischief - 200 block of Glenmere Drive

1/19 - Possession of Controlled Substance - 2300 block of Highland Village Road

1/8 - Theft - 3100 block of Justin Road 1/11 - Burglary of Habitation - 600 block of Hidden Oak Court 1/12 - Assault - 200 block of Edgewood Drive 1/13 - Theft - 3100 block of Justin Road 1/14 - Possession of Marijuana - Village Parkway / Marketplace Lane 1/15 - Burglary of Vehicle - 1500 block of

1/23 - Fraud - 100 block of Willow Cove 1/23 - Possession of Controlled Substance - 3100 block of Justin Road 1/25 - Public Intoxication - 2800 block of Village Parkway 1/26 - Harassment - 3400 block of Buckingham Lane 1/26 - Theft - 1700 block of Cottonwood Creek

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$425 and caused $350 in damage. On Dec. 24 at 9:05 a.m., a man reported the theft of his $44,000 pickup from the 2200 block of Blue Sage Drive.

The following was compiled from Flower Mound Police Department incident and arrest reports: On Dec. 19 at 4:33 p.m., a 21-year-old man was arrested in the 2200 block of Timber Creek Trail on a Homeland Security warrant for possession of child pornography, a thirddegree felony, and possession with intent to promote child pornography, a second-degree felony. On Dec. 23 at 1:40 a.m., a 27-year-old woman was arrested in the 2300 block of Cross Timbers Road on suspicion of assault causing bodily injury, resisting arrest and public intoxication. On Dec. 23 at 3:06 a.m., a man reported that someone broke into his vehicle in the 1200 block of Sundown Drive and took a $1,000 rifle, $2,000 in tools, $800 in clothes and a $200 GPS. On Dec. 23 at 8:12 a.m., a man reported that someone broke into his vehicle in the 5600 block of Suncreek Path and stole items valued nearly $1,100. On Dec. 23 at 12:24 p.m., a woman reported that someone stole jewelry valued more than $1,000 from the 2500 block of Lakeside Parkway. On Dec. 23 at 2:07 p.m., Chase Bank at 4101 Cross Timbers Road reported a robbery, with a loss of $1,690 in cash. On Dec. 23 at 2:13 p.m., a man reported that someone broke into his vehicle in the 5400 block of Carriage Court and stole items valued


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On Dec. 24 at 1:03 p.m., a woman reported the theft of a $2,500 ring from the 3300 block of Cross Timbers Road. On Dec. 28 at 3:57 p.m., a man reported that someone broke into his vehicle in the 1100 block of Flower Mound Road and stole a $700 computer and $700 phone. On Dec. 28 at 8:09 p.m., a man reported that someone caused $800 in damage to his vehicle in the 2600 block of Lakeside Parkway. On Dec. 29 at 10:18 a.m., a 17-year-old man was arrested in the 3500 block of Northdale Lane on suspicion of three counts of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, all state jail felonies. On Jan. 5 at 4:05 p.m., a 24-year-old woman was arrested in the 5700 block of Long Prairie Road on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony. On Jan. 5 at 5:49 p.m., a 25-year-old man was arrested in the 4100 block of Kirkpatrick Lane on suspicion of indecency with child/sexual contact, a second-degree felony. On Jan. 6 at 12:36 a.m., an 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of deadly conduct, theft of a firearm and tampering with/fabricating physical evidence. On Jan. 6 at 11:20 p.m., a 58-year-old man was arrested in the 2100 block of Mahogany Street on suspicion of assault causing bodily injury/family violence and interfering with an emergency call. On Jan. 8 at 3 a.m., a man reported that someone stole items valued $1,250, including See FM POLICE CALLS Page B13

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The following is a summary of incident reports: On Dec. 22 at 3:18 p.m., a woman got into her car in her driveway on Forest Trail and called police because a pickup was sitting in front of her house, blocking her in. She stated

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On Dec. 27 at 3:09 a.m., someone reported seeing a suspicious vehicle behind the Snooty Pig restaurant. It was a Snooty Pig employee who told police he woke up and couldn’t go back to sleep, and he had to be at work at 6 a.m.

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On Dec. 22 at 4:38 p.m., a caller on Sandy Cove reported hearing three noises that could have been gunshots. An officer spoke with a nearby resident who said he had been outside for several minutes and hadn’t heard anything but a train did go by.

On Dec. 26 at 10:31 a.m., a house-sitter on Shadow Wood Drive reported seeing a man in the backyard, and they knew he wasn’t the regular pool cleaner. The man then asked if he could use the restroom. The house-sitter apparently left the house and took the pets with them. Police were able to speak to the homeowners, who were out of town, who said the man was the pool cleaner. They just changed pool cleaning services and forgot to tell the house-sitter.

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that she was not expecting anyone and didn’t feel safe getting out of her car. An officer came and found out the pickup was occupied by a man who was picking up his son from a friend’s house, but he had the wrong address.

On Dec. 23 at 9:36 a.m., someone reported a suspicious vehicle in the 500 block of Primrose Court. It was a worker waiting for a homeowner to arrive.

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and was waiting for her mother to pick her up. An officer was there when the mother arrived and she got her daughter. On Dec. 30 at 3:26 p.m., an officer removed a bunch of clothes and clothes hangers from the roadway on northbound I-35W. On Jan. 1 at 1:03 a.m., a husband and wife in the 300 block of Creekside Trail called police because their garage door was “frozen” and their garage code wasn’t working, and they were locked out of their house. They called back six minutes later and said they were able to get inside. On Jan. 3 at 4:46 a.m., a car crashed into a utility pole, knocking it off its base, in the 1000 block of Stonecrest Road. On Jan. 3 at 9:32 a.m., a construction company reported that someone stole “all roofing tools” from a construction site in the 1000 block of Old Justin Road. On Jan. 7 at 5:31 a.m., someone reported a suspicious person at Earl’s restaurant. It was an employee arriving early to work. On Jan. 8 at 8:41 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop in the 400 block of Crawford Road. The officer conducted a probable cause search and seized about 40 Whataburger placards.

On Dec. 29 at 1:57 p.m., a car headed north on I-35W in Argyle pulled over and three females got out and started fighting, according to a caller. The trio took off before an officer arrived.

On Jan. 11 at 9:08 a.m., someone reported a turkey was in the road at Hwy 377 and Frenchtown Road, and drivers were swerving around to miss it. An officer found two turkeys safely loitering in a nearby field. Thirty minutes later, a caller reported the turkeys were near the road again, and an officer shooed the turkeys back into the field.

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business-like focus the Flower Mound Chamber has had in place since its inception. Here’s a look at what’s ahead in the New Year for both organizations: Argyle Early in February 2017, past Board Chair Liesel Herrera brought in Jennie Roden and LeAnn Hunsucker to manage daily operations in preparation for new Board Chair Jimmy Carrick, a vice president at Cierra Bank. He started that position Jan. 1, 2018. Roden and Hunsucker, who each own businesses, introduced numerous changes after meeting for the first time in their new jobs. Their charge was to operate the chamber more as a business than a club. “We’ve tried to be a connector in the community and are building relationships,” Roden said. “We’ve been building a new name and a new direction Argyle Chamber of Commerce 2018 Chairman for our chamber.” Jimmy Carrick, with staff members LeAnn Hunsucker added that she and Roden Hunsucker and Jennie Roden. have taken time to listen to what their current and potential members have to Joining Carrick on the 2018 executive say. team are attorney Cameron Cox, the new “We believe we have a good idea of what treasurer and legal counsel; Vice Chair we want to do moving forward so we can and Argyle Town Manager Matt Jones; stabilize the group, incrementally grow Secretary Chris Dominguez, owner of and do what’s best for our community,” All About Babies; and, Herrera, director she said. of community and client relations for One way the Argyle Chamber is Lawyers Title. accomplishing their goal is through “One reason we needed to do this is a complete transformation of the our community is ‘blowing up,’” Carrick website. Launched said. “Now we’re finally getting some in late December 2017, the site allows businesses. A lot of our time spent in 2017 members to get connected, communicate was spent in planning how we effectively and promote their businesses. capture this growth. There are also a new logo, mission and “What we really want to do is connect vision statements and stability, led by the people. We want people to be Carrick and the new Board of Directors. connected and be friends and have fun They currently serve 150 members; a and not just be some ‘networking thing’ number growing by the month. they go to. If relationships are created,


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then all the other stuff takes care of itself.” Another change is an increased partnership between town leadership, the Argyle Independent School District and the chamber; something not always seen in a small community. As in the past, anyone doing business in

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Argyle is welcome to belong. And, some things that will continue are several events tied to giving back to area nonprofit organizations and individuals. These include the Taste for Good which raised $3,500 in 2017 and funded three See CHAMBERS Page B18

February 2018

Lantana Crime Watch By Tracy Murphree, Denton County Sheriff

Lantana had 151 calls for service in the month of January, including 21 alarm calls and 90 self-initiated calls by our Deputies. Lantana residents reported five Forgery/Fraud in-

cidents. The Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of an unknown male calling Denton County residents, identifying himself as Deputy James Marshall, ad-


vising they had warrants for their arrest for missing jury duty telling them to obtain gift cards to pay a fine. The Sheriff’s Office does not have an employee named James Marshall. You will never be asked to pay any fine by obtaining gift cards. The person identifying himself as a Deputy is a fraud. So please do not fall for this SCAM. Make sure any elderly friends or family members are aware of this fraud as well. You will have the opportunity to explain a “missed” jury duty to the judge. The telephone number that the scammer was calling from is 940-312-1321. If you call that number, the voicemail box states they work for the Denton


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County Sheriff’s Department. We identify as Denton County Sheriff’s Office. If you get a telephone call from a scammer, direct them to call us 940-349-1600. Do not become a victim. Our next Denton County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Academy begins March 5, 2018. This is an awesome opportunity to experience how your Sheriff’s Office operates. The class meets every Monday for 10 weeks from 6:15 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Applications can be found on our website sheriff. Hope you can join us. Are you or someone you know interested in a career in Law Enforcement? The Denton County Sheriff’s Office

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is currently hiring Detention Officers. Pay starts at $36,527 a year plus benefits. Apply online on our website. If you have any questions, contact Captain Kelly Fair at The Denton County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Job Fair on February 24, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. here at the DCSO located at 127 N. Woodrow Lane, Suite 300. I have completed my first year in office as your Sheriff. It has been my honor to serve Denton County and the Lantana community. If we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to call. Thank you for your support of this office and all of Law Enforcement!

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a shotgun, from his vehicle in the 3900 block of Oak Park Drive. On Jan. 8 at 3:41 a.m., a 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of his second DWI in the 2600 block of Long Prairie Road. He was also placed on an immigration hold. On Jan. 8 at 12:44 p.m., a 20-year-old man was arrested in the 1000 block of Harpole Road East in Argyle on suspicion of manufacture/ delivery of a controlled substance, a state jail felony. On Jan. 8 at 2:01 p.m., a man reported the theft of items valued $1,125 from the 3300 block of Long Prairie Road. On Jan. 8 at 8:17 p.m., a man in the 1100 block of Prospect Drive reported that someone broke into his vehicle and stole a $1,400 computer.

Dog Park a Target Site for Vehicle Burglaries While many vehicle burglaries in Flower occur because car doors are left unlocked, some criminals are using a different M.O. when they target The Hound Mound, Flower Mound’s dog park. Flower Mound Police Captain Wess Griffin said there have been six vehicle burglaries at The Hound Mound, 1202 South Garden Ridge Blvd., since November 2017. Each time, the burglars used window punches to break the window


On Jan. 19 at 12:23 p.m., someone reported the theft of two cows from the 6900 block of Cross Timbers Road. On Jan. 19 at 1:14 p.m., a man reported the theft of $900 cash from the 5200 block of Seville Lane. On Jan. 19 at 5:01 p.m., a resident reported the burglary of a vehicle in the 1500 block of Ash Grove Court, and a $380 gun and $4,800 watch were stolen. On Jan. 21 at 4:34 a.m., someone stole $5 worth of beer from a convenience store in the 800 block of Long Prairie Road. On Jan. 23 at 2:09 p.m., a man reported someone stole his pickup, which contained a firearm, from the 2200 block of College Parkway. On Jan. 23 at 2:57 p.m., a 36-year-old man was arrested in the 4200 block of Kirkpatrick Lane on 18 misdemeanor warrants.

and grab property inside the vehicle. Griffin said the bad guys are fast. They walk by the vehicles looking for valuables, break the window, grab stuff and take off in another vehicle quickly. There also hasn’t been a distinguishable pattern for when they target the dog park, Griffin said. The Hound Mound visitors should lock their doors, take or hide their valuables and keep an eye on their vehicles. Report suspicious activity to police. -Written by Mark Smith, Digital Editor

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president. “Many things contributed to this, but-- in the Flower Mound area-it was mainly [due] to [the] closing of the Grapevine Polar Ice rink. Both FMHS and Marcus had struggled to get enough players to fulfill teams after this closing.” What made it even more difficult for Flower Mound and Marcus hockey fans, is that it was roughly 10-years-ago when Marcus alone had three full teams and had won a state championship. Glover said that the thing that really impresses him about the program is the way the players have bonded; and, watching the camaraderie that has formed. “Many of the kids play on travel teams together-- or know of each other from competing in the past-- and they were friends,” Glover said. “The biggest hurdle was getting the Board of Directors to move forward. Ultimately, it was the parents from both schools getting together and stating they wanted to join [their] clubs that the new organization was born. “Once we got started with a transition team, I could not tell you what player or family was from which school. They truly wanted to just play hockey.” Varsity Silver coach Michael Bugbee agrees with Glover and said the team chemistry is something he noticed from the very beginning. “If I didn’t already know, I would have no idea these guys went to different schools,” Bugbee said. “This is one team, one family. There’s a lot of team pride that stems from their school pride. They’re representing their community,


not just their schools.” Forward Grant Glover, Jerry’s son and a senior at Marcus, said he does not think much about the rivalry between Flower Mound and Marcus that exists in other sports, because he has grown up playing on the same team; as have several teammates who attend Flower Mound High School. “Although it was a great experience to play for my school as a freshman, after the merger I felt as if there was a whole new feel and sense of camaraderie under the new team name,” he said. “It is a nice feeling to have a separate ideology, [other] than the football team or basketball team, in the sense that we can have our own rivalries.” Flower Mound/Marcus has a Varsity Silver team (5-8, through the first 13 games) and Junior Varsity Silver team (3-10, through the first 13 games) this season. Bugbee said, even though the records are not quite where he would like for them to be, he has seen steady improvement throughout the season. “It’s been a slow start, but the team is trending in the right direction,” he said. “We lost several key members of our team last season, due to graduation and replaced them with some great players. Over the last month, we’ve called up a couple of our JV players to reward them for their hard work and to push our Varsity players. “Since then, our team has taken a big step in the right direction, in terms of our overall competitive level. I think we’re hitting our stride at the right time of the season and we can start chipping away at the teams in front of us in the standings.” So, although the Battle of the Mound


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kids that don’t attend either school [but] live in Flower Mound, but go private or other [schools],” Glover said. “In our situation though, the pride is all about the team, not the school.”

February 2018

Flower Mound Chamber Corner By Lori Walker, President

We held our annual awards luncheon at the Denton Country Club on Jan. 26 to celebrate a successful 2017. Not only did the gavel pass from the 2017 Chairman of the Board, Nate Prevost, to the 2018 Chairman, Spencer Turner, but we also honored the many volunteers who give their time to make the programs of the chamber effective. Mary Jacoby of DATCU was named Citizen of the Year; Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford of Lewisville, Business of the Year; Christy Williams, Volunteer of the Year; Chris Haverstick of Bank of the West, Ambassador of the Year; and Kelly Murray (Murray Media Group) and Ryan Schroer (American National Bank & Trust) received President’s Awards.  The Flower Mound Chamber is a not-for-profit community organization funded by membership dues and dollars generated from businessrelated programs and special events, and serves as the information center of the community. We focus on building a healthy business community and strive to make Flower Mound a



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Wildcats at Top of Their Game By John English, Contributing Writer

Being named as the top high school basketball team in Texas is impressive. However, on Jan. 20, the Denton Guyer boy’s Wildcat basketball team was named as the number one spot on the Max Preps High School national rankings. Guyer was 27-1 at that point in the season and is showing no signs of slowing down. “With the talent level we had coming back, I knew we had a chance to do special things,” Coach Grant Long said. “The greatest thing about this team is they are mixing in hard work with that talent.” The Wildcats only loss of the season by two points came on Dec. 30 to Waxahachie; ranked sixth nationally. Guyer has won its first seven district games by more than 27 points per game. Long said he believes a number of factors have allowed the Wildcats to compete at such a high level this season. “I attribute our success to our belief in our program’s core values, which are trust, compete, togetherness, focus and toughness,” Long said. “When we share the basketball and give all-out effort on defense, we are hard to stop.” Georgetown University commitment Grayson Carter has averaged 13 points and 6 rebounds per game this season, saying that while the Wildcats have some incredibly talented players, he believes the team chemistry has a lot to do with what makes


Guyer such a tough nut to crack. “We are a family,” Carter said. “We play for each other on both ends of the floor and support each other on and off the court. Yes, we have some high major division-one athletes, but we are truly special because we believe in everyone.” Guyer has a core of seniors who have helped lead the way for the country’s best high school team in 2017-18. Senior guard Le’tre Darthard said the top ranking among high school teams is not something he and his teammates think that much about. “We are proud of our accomplishments, but feel like rankings are more for other people outside of our team,” Darthard said. “We know if we take care of what we are supposed to do on the court, the rankings will take care of themselves.” Coach Long said it is an honor to be ranked number one in the country, but added that it really only counts if his team is still there at the end of the season. “It is great recognition for Guyer and the basketball program, however it won’t mean anything if we don’t continue to be great every day at practice and in games,” Long said. “We have a long way to go to reach our goals; and, we know it’s about your ranking at the end of the year.” Senior guard Chris Craig said that there is a more immediate goal for the Wildcats this season anyway. “To bring home a state title would mean the world to us and it’s what we are striving for,” Craig said. “We have put in the hard work and want to win it all for each other. It’s something we would never forget.” With all of the hard work and dedication the Guyer boys basketball team has exhibited


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throughout the season, senior guard Brandon Bird said the team is not without its rituals, as well. “We have team dinners,” Bird said. “We have Guy Earl, our team Chaplain, deliver a message for us. We have our pregame team warm up, coach speaks to us, then Kaedric Cobbs leads us in prayer.” The Wildcats have had numerous other contributors as well. Jalen Wilson has averaged 18 points and 6.4 rebounds per game this season, De’Vion Harmon

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is averaging 17 points and 3 rebounds per game and JaKobe Coles is averaging 14 points and 7 rebounds per game for the Guyer this season. Long said his players believe in themselves and with the amount of talent he has on this year’s squad, he believes Guyer is capable of accomplishing great things. “I feel like this team can compete with anyone in the country,” Long said. “And there is no limit to what we can do.”

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scholarships. There also will be a spring event, to be announced soon, plus continuing the successful Wall (Women of Argyle Leaving a Legacy) Leadership Conference. The Argyle Chamber also will remain involved with the Teacher Appreciation event in August, in conjunction with Liberty Christian School, the Argyle ISD and Selwyn School. All future events are listed in the Upcoming Events section on the website. “One of the words LeAnn and I use daily is ‘excellence,’” said Roden. “We strive for excellence in every event, the website rollout, everything. Everybody is on the same page. Everyone is super excited.” Flower Mound The Flower Mound Chamber has been led fulltime



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by President Lori Walker since 2013, after serving on the Board of Directors for 10 years and Board chair in 2008. She guides a nationally-accredited organization that has a five-person staff, in addition to the volunteer board and offers programs befitting a growing town of more than 70,000 people; and, a growing membership of 680 businesses. “The economic impact of businesses on our community has been enormous the past 10 years,” Walker said. “I say we’re the cheerleaders for this community. We are growing, but still have that small town feel and atmosphere.” Examples of that growth include the warehouses in the Lakeside Business District, the businesses in the Lakeside DFW development and those coming to The River Walk at Central Park, including the town’s first hotel – Courtyard by Marriott – that opened late last year. Those and other businesses help keep property taxes

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reasonable for residents and help fund top amenities, including parks and athletic fields. Walker also is excited about the rebirth of Parker Square where the chamber offices are located. Since the arrival of North Central Texas College a few years ago-- and the 2018 opening of the adjacent campus of Midwestern State University-- Walker believes the complex is in the middle of a renaissance. “I never thought in my wildest dreams we’d be at the groundbreaking for a four-year university in Flower Mound,” Walker said. “That’s so exciting. It will be an affordable way to get an education. You can get your two-year at NCTC and your four-year at Midwestern.” The Flower Mound Chamber also has new leadership in 2018 with Chairman of the Board Spencer Turner, chief executive officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Flower Mound. Turner said his plan is to engage the medical community in the chamber. Past Chair Nate Prevost of Texas Lonestar Staffing was instrumental in the success of the 2017 programs and events. “I preach, preach, preach ‘people don’t do business with people with whom they don’t have relationships,’” Walker said “What the Chamber has been is the place to network and make those relationships. “We have tremendous opportunities for our businesses to market throughout the community. Our events are chamber events and business events.” Previously successful events will continue in 2018 including: the Feb. 27 State of the Cities featuring the mayors of Flower Mound, Lewisville and Highland Village; the Golf Classic in April; Leadercast Leadership Training Course in May; Unity in Communities with Lewisville and Highland Village in July; Clay Shoot in September; Fiesta Flower Mound in late October; the bi-monthly Economic Development Forums; plus periodic seminars and networking events. Also slated this year is the biennial trip to Washington, D.C., hosted by U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess. Another continuing program is SCORE, where retired executives volunteer their time to offer free confidential counseling and mentoring and meet with existing, new and potential business owners. Walker said Flower Mound’s program helped more businesses than any other in the Metroplex. A new wrinkle on a previous program involves

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how businesses introduce themselves to Flower Mound. Instead of meeting at the Town Council Chambers or the Innovate Flower Mound Center to tell their stories, the forums will continue at the businesses themselves, after a successful launch late in 2017. New for 2018 will be a series of video marketing pieces and testimonials, as part of an expansion of the Chamber’s social media outreach.

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On Jan. 15 at 12:22 a.m., a woman called police because she was in bed and heard a crashing noise. The noise was determined to be caused by items falling in the attic. On Jan. 15 at 12:03 p.m., a driver was having problems with their daughter and stopped at the police station to ask for help. An officer spoke with the daughter for a few minutes, and she calmed down. On Jan. 19 at 2:58 p.m., a resident on East FM 407 reported finding a downstairs window smashed, and she thought she heard something upstairs. Police responded and found the home to be clear. On Jan. 24 at 12:12 a.m., a resident on Harpole Road reported a suspicious truck or van in her driveway at her gate that drove away quickly. It turned out to be an Amazon delivery.


“We want people to hear from other business owners and video is kind of the new medium to do so,” Walker said. Walker continues to keep 6,000 people informed about Flower Mound businesses through a weekly e-newsletter, in which she promotes just about anything a business wants current and potential customers to know about. “I tell our new restaurants ‘we are an additional marketing arm for you,’ but we don’t know what we don’t know,” Walker said. “You need to let us know

On Jan. 24 at 6:47 a.m., a boy was spotted walking on the railroad tracks in the 400 block of South Hwy 377. He told the officer he was walking them to get to school. The officer advised the boy of a safer route to his destination. On Jan. 24 at 4:02 p.m., a man reported that his son was dropped off at a school bus stop on FM 407 and a white work truck with rocks in the back tried to pick the boy up. On Jan. 25 at 2:05 p.m., a man reported that he was locked in the Snooty Pig restaurant. He had gone to the restroom and the business apparently closed and locked him in. An officer helped get him out. On Jan. 25 at 11:12 p.m., someone reported that just about every night, they see people go into Argyle High School during the overnight hours. Officers investigated and found that it was the cleaning crew on their usual shift.

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works closely with the town’s economic development staff. “We want to deliver the best value for our members,” she said. “We’re excited and they’re excited. To watch how this has grown up in the 20 years I’ve lived here and to be part of it has been great.”




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MEET THE CANDIDATES Meet the Primary Candidates On March 6, voters will go to the polls to select their nominees for political office at the county, state and federal levels. The winners of the Republican and Democratic primaries become their respective party’s nominees for the Nov. 6, 2018 general election. For races where no candidate receives a majority of their party’s votes, a runoff election is held May 22. In the runoff, the top-finishing two candidates are on the ballot, and the one who receives the most votes gets the nomination. Primary elections can be important in preventing “clone” candidates who split their party constituency’s vote, because of their similarities. Primaries allow political parties to select and unite behind one candidate. In every even-numbered year, Texas voters may choose only one primary to vote in: Republican or Democratic. Texas voters do not register by party, but they do become affiliated with the party for that two-year period by voting in that party’s primary election. You may vote in a party’s runoff election on May 22 only if you have not affiliated with another party by voting in the other party’s primary or participating in a convention. Regardless of which party or candidates you voted for in the primary election, you may vote for the candidates of your choice from any party in the November general election. Early voting for the March 6 elections runs from Tuesday, Feb. 20 to Friday, March 2. Find more voter information on the Denton County Elections Adminis-

tration website at The Cross Timbers Gazette emailed questionnaires to candidates in selected contested Primary Elections. Excerpts from the returned questionnaires are listed by office in alphabetical order, unless there’s an incumbent (*) up for reelection. The complete candidate questionnaires, along with video interviews, will be available at www.crosstimbersgazette. com.

Top Priorities: establishing operational security on our border, President Trump has asked for funding to build a wall on our border and Congress should give him the funds; Obamacare should be completely and immediately repealed; we must address the Federal Government’s out of control spending.

DEMOCRAT Linsey Fagan, Business Owner

Veronica Birkenstock, Owner, Practical Employee Solutions

U.S. House of Representatives, District 26 REPUBLICAN

Education: Completed two-years of college toward eCommerce degree

Michael Burgess, M.D., [*Incumbent]

Top Priorities: increase the minimum wage; and, Medicare for All, such as something similar to Senate Bill 1804 with a four year roll out. linseyfagan. com Education: Undergraduate degree, University of South Carolina; M.A in Human Resources Management and Development, Webster University

Education: B.A. Biology and M.S. Physiology, North Texas State University (UNT); M.D, University of Texas Medical School-Houston; Residency, Parkland Memorial Hospital-Dallas; M.S. Medical Management, University of Texas-Dallas

Top Priorities: to secure our borders including a border wall to the south and make sure that our CBP Agents have the necessary funding and resources; secure infrastructure project funding for our District; advocate for conceal carry reciprocity among the states; to repeal and replace Obamacare and unwind Burgess’ MACRA bill.

Will Fisher, Attorney

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About Veronica • Small business owner in Texas since 1997 • Daughter of an Army Veteran • Actively Supports Veterans and Backs the Blue • Only Supports Legal Immigration • Supports "The Wall" and E-Verify • Life and Child Advocate • Will Rein in Spending and Reducing Debt • Draining the DC Swamp of Career Politicians

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MEET THE CANDIDATES Young University (BYU); J.D. University of Oregon Law School Top Priorities: universal health insurance system, with private providers, is the model that would work best for the U.S., while ensuring that every American receives the care needed with a universal, single-payer, system; hold the Trump administration to the standards of decency, compliance and transparency that are required for a healthy democracy.

Judge, Denton County Criminal Court-at-Law, No. 3

Brent Bowen, Attorney

REPUBLICAN David D. Garcia, [*Incumbent]

sity of London, School of Economics; J.D. Texas Tech University

Denton County Criminal District Attorney REPUBLICAN Paul Johnson, [*Incumbent]

docket of over two thousand new cases a year, while ensuring due process for each individual case.

for a rise in crime; future additional courts will need a Criminal District Attorney with the necessary experience to tackle the challenges and to lead such a large office.

Education: B.A. Political Science, Baylor University; J.D. Washburn University Top Priorities: improve intake, it should not take months or years to file misdemeanor and felony cases; improve technology so prosecutors are working up cases, not making copies; train staff and law enforcement; a policy and procedure manual to ensure uniformity among the courts to avoid the waste of tax dollars to defend the DA lawsuits.

Top Priorities: docket control and respect for this misdemeanor court; to ensure an efficient administration of justice, while at the same time respecting the rights of both sides in the courtroom.seankilgoreforjudge. com Susan Piel, Attorney

Judge, Denton County Criminal Court-at-Law, No. 2 Education: Undergraduate Degree, University of Texas-Arlington: J.D. University of Houston Top Priorities: Growth is our main challenge. The population will soon exceed one million. With growth, there is a potential

REPUBLICAN Sean Kilgore, Attorney Education: B.A., Hampden-Sydney College; Attended Master’s Degree, Univer-

Education: B.A. Baylor University; J.D. Texas Tech University

Education: B.A. Psychology, Texas Tech University; J.D. Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Texas; Graduate Texas College for Judicial Studies-General Jurisdiction 2009 Top Priorities: Drugs and alcohol. I have been instrumental in bringing two court programs that specialize in rehabilitating individuals who have drug and/or alcohol use issues. These programs require strict court monitoring of individuals to address their use yet still holding them accountable for their actions. reelectjudgedavidgarcia. com

Top Priorities: Managing a high-volume

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REPUBLICAN Ronnie Anderson, Administration Manager, Denton County Clerk’s Office

Education: Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D.; Texas Christian University Bachelor of Arts History Top Priorities: Rebuilding the Veterans Court Program to maximize the number of participants and ensuring their treatment while protecting the public. forrestbeadle. com

Education: University of North Texas Top Priorities: save money by making nonSee MEET THE CANDIDATES Page B24

My background and experience make me the best candidate to represent Precinct 4 on the Commissioner’s Court. Together we can meet today’s needs and with vision we can set in place the plans necessary to meet the future prepared. I look forward to hearing from you and welcome you to join this wining team!

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Transportation – Keep traffic moving safely Fiscal Responsibility – Good steward of taxpayers’ money Growth Preparation – Budgeting & planning for today’s & future needs Economic Development – Work with city leadership to bring prosperous employment Protection – law enforcement/fire/emergency

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Service to my Community 1998-2001 2004-Present 2009-2016 2010-2016 2011-2014 2015-2016 2017–Present

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MEET THE CANDIDATES sealed case files available online. I would also look at making jury services more efficient by sending reminder messages to potential jurors about their jury service date via text message. I would also look into paying jurors with a debit card. This would save the county Treasurer’s office time as well due to lost checks.

Denton County Commissioner Precinct 4

Dianne Edmondson, Retired

agement Top Priorities: Roads and bridges. Planning must ensure they are in line with the needs of growth, safety, and cost. This forms my foundational approach to fighting for the taxpayer to preserve our quality of life while managing growth. VoteGelbman. com

REPUBLICAN Jim Carter, Consultant

David Trantham, Assistant Supervisor, Denton County Clerk’s Office

Brenda Latham, Project Manager

Education: Attended Oklahoma State University

Education: B.B.A. Finance, University of Georgia; Graduate Studies, Georgia Tech, University of Tennessee, University of Michigan, TWU; and American Management Association Education: High School, some college Top Priorities: security of the statewide re:SearchTX program and Jury Services. Jury Services needs to be brought into the 21st Century. There are far more efficient methods available to summon the public for jury duty over the current process. [William Brown did not respond to the questionnaire]

Top Priorities: plan strategically for continuing growth; build, maintain and improve county roads and bridges; keep low tax rate; public safety is critical; support the sheriff and ICE in the 287(g) program. Itamar Gelbman, Self-Employed

Top Priorities: managing the growing transportation needs is one of our first challenges; working with county staff including managing the road and bridge crew and working with the state to get roads built and maintained; continue attracting quality economic development to provide jobs and maintain low taxes; keeping the public safe with adequate emergency response teams and equipment.

[Mark Yarbrough did not respond to the questionnaire]

Education: Attended Northlake and North Central Texas College Top Priorities: growth in this area is already experiencing and will continue to experience the next 10-15 years; needs to work with the City/Town leadership to ensure appropriate infrastructure needs are met; work with TxDOT to ensure safe travel, including the county-maintained roads.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree: dual major in Computer Science and Business Man-


Andy Eads, Commissioner Pct. 4

Andre "Frenchy" Rheault, Denton

Hon. Mary Horn, Denton County Judge

Bob Williams, Ranch Hand Rescue

Hon. Jim Horn, Former State Representative

Lt Christopher Muscle, Argyle Fire District

Constable Tim Burch, Pct. 4

Daniel Gibson, Bartonville

Mayor Mike and Treva Donnelly, Double Oak

Joey Hasty, Argyle Town Council

Mayor Emeritus Dick Cook, Double Oak

Shirley Rogers, Northlake

Mayor Sue Tejml, Copper Canyon

Brian Haynes, Flower Mound

Mayor David Wilson, Justin

Barry Minoff, Deputy Constable

Mayor Peter Dewing, Northlake

Sheila Morales, Copper Canyon

Mayor Scooter Gierisch, Roanoke

Lisa and Ronnie Collins, Krum

Mayor Nick Sanders, Trophy Club

Roy Morris, Flower Mound

Mayor Pro Tem Greg Lamont, Trophy Club

Gary Garrett, Former Double Oak Council

Dep. Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Wills, Double Oak

Donna Robichaux, Lantana

Sandy Jacobs, Former County Commissioner

Agustin DeAnda, Trophy Club

Tracy Scott Miller, LISD Board of Trustees

Alisa and Jeff Phillips, Flower Mound

Mac Hohenberger, Argyle Fire Chief

Andre Nicholas, Copper Canyon

Steve Hill, Copper Canyon Council

Charlie Nicholas, Copper Canyon

Jon Donahue, Argyle Council

Ann Marie Stanislawski, Denton

Roger Williams, Former Northwest ISD Board

Ashley Carter, Roanoke

Anita Nelson, Double Oak Council, Former LISD Board

Charlotte Allen, Denton

Jean Carter, Trophy Club Brandi and Robert Bird, Lantana Teresa and Mark Grawe, Flower Mound Chris Gordon, Hickory Creek Council John Ryback, Trophy Club Judy Ryback, Trophy Club Donna and Tommy Hernandez, Flower Mound Chris Amarante, Northlake

County Commissioner Andy Eads, County Judge Mary Horn, Jim Carter and Precinct 4 Constable Tim Burch Proud Veteran - Successful Businessman - Committed Public Servant

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Cord DeAnda, Trophy Club Jimmy DeAnda, Justin Barbara and Scott Doores, Copper Canyon Janet Aune, Copper Canyon Donna and Charlie Kearns, Justin Riley and Linda Mills, Trophy Club Peter and Glenda Rachwal, Canyon Oaks

Stella Moy, Flower Mound Tamara Cuthrell, Copper Canyon Kathy Duke, Former Lewisville ISD Board Carol Kyer, Former Lewisville ISD Board Beth and Ed Hayden, Trophy Club Bobby Dollak, Lewisville

Elisa and Bob Patton, Argyle Frank Crumb, Fort Worth Michael Chisholm, Flower Mound Charles Fitzgerald, Roanoke Greg Johnson, Argyle Jack Miller, Former Denton Mayor Todd Weaver, Flower Mound

David Ellerbe, Copper Canyon Eileen Kennedy, Krum Mark Rose, Double Oak Kim and Steve Holzwarth, Corinth Alice Carr, Krum Deana and David Eiland, Flower Mound Ben McGahey, Northlake Pam and George Green, Argyle Marta Menn, Argyle Shirley Thornburg, Trophy Club Donna and Denny Welsh, Bartonville Dakotah Jesel, Trophy Club Lori and Chuck Elsey, Flower Mound Russ Webb, Flower Mound (partial list due to space constraints)

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MEET THE CANDIDATES Justice of the Peace - Precinct 1 REPUBLICAN Danny Fletcher, Denton Police Sgt.

Justice, East Central University; Master Peace Officer Certification Top Priorities: performing wedding ceremonies-- which is not a duty of the office-is an opportunity for a Justice of the Peace to make extra money; no weddings should be held; efficiency-- the focus should be on the duties of the office and free up the Law Enforcement Officers to get back onto the street to protect.

Justice of the Peace - Precinct 3 REPUBLICAN James Kerbow, Property Manager

Education: Attended NCTC; Oklahoma State University; and University of North Texas Top Priorities: focus on utilizing technology to optimize efficiency in our processes and maintaining a fiscally conservative budget; and, the truancy court needs to focus on holding youth and their parents accountable.

[Incumbent Joe Holland did not respond to the questionnaire]

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MEET THE CANDIDATES William Lawrence, Consultant

Top Priorities: growth and the problems of traffic, crime, disputes and educational issues, which may show up in the courts of Justice of the Peace.

Justice of the Peace - Precinct 4 REPUBLICAN Don Cartwright, Attorney

Education: B.S., Tuskegee University; Master’s Degree in Public Administration, St. Mary’s University; Master’s Degree in Management, University of Dallas; J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law Top Priorities: will resolve the delay problem by ensuring that all matters brought before the court are disposed of in a prompt, efficient and fair manner. Sherman Swartz, Attorney

Education: Bachelor Degree in Business Top Priorities: apply conservative principles for strain of facilities resulting from rapid growth. Harris Hughey, Attorney

Education: Bachelor Degree in Business, University of North Texas; J.D., Baylor University School of Law







JUSTICE OF THE PEACE � PRECINCT 3 I am an attorney and current State Board of Public Accountancy member campaigning to serve you as your next Precinct Three Justice of the Peace. I am a veteran and former Mayor of Highland Village. I want to offer my extensive resume to the citizens of precinct three with the goal of efficient, conservative management of their Justice of the Peace office and believe my experiences in the legal arena, as a public servant and in the private sector have prepared me to lead this office with conservative principles that will produce efficient service to Denton County citizens. I am a conservative republican who believes correct legal decisions at the misdemeanor level of our legal system can save taxpayers time and money. Additionally, correct civil court decisions keep the docket clear. Getting it right the first time saves taxpayers’ dollars. Please join my campaign for qualified, conservative leadership of the Precinct Three Justice of the Peace office. ELECTION DAY EARLY VOTE FEB. 20 - MAR. 2 MARCH 6, 2018 Political Ad Paid for by the Bill Lawrence Campaign, Grace Lawrence Treasurer, P. O. Box 449, Lewisville, Texas 75067

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MEET THE CANDIDATES Education: B.B.A., Texas Wesleyan University; J.D., University of Tulsa Top Priorities: Main Challenge Issue: dockets will move forward in a timely matter; reduce the number of appeals out of this court as a steward of tax dollars. hugheyforjp. com Scott Smith, Self-employed Business Owner Education: Attended Richland College; University of Texas-Dallas Top Priorities: expand court hours to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus one night-per-week; seminars in local schools on consequences of truancy and juvenile misconduct; and, establish Teen Courts where needed.

Republican Party Chair John Dillard, [*Incumbent]

Education: Amber University (ext. Abilene Christian) Business Administration; United States Army Command and General Staff College; Armor Officer Basic & Advanced Course

Top Priorities: it has become very important that we expand our outreach program and give our precinct chairmen and volunteers the tools and resources they need to reach their precincts. As a party, we should be recruiting and training a “farm team” of conservative and qualified individuals to run for office.

Jayne Howell, Real Estate Broker Education: B.S., Texas Woman’s University; Attended North Texas State University

Top Priorities: to keep conservative, Christian values alive and well from being a target for liberalism and keep Denton County Red to improve the victory margin.

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Couple Shares Love of Volunteering

Living the Sweet Life

By Lyn Rejahl Pry, Editor

By Noelle M. Hood, Contributing Writer

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Mary Kay and Al Walker share a common bond of serving the community in a variety of ways.

Longtime Flower Mound couple, Al and Mary Kay Walker, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in August 2017. A devotion to volunteering was one of the attractions that drew the couple to each other. “We knew each other for only four months when we got married,” said Mary

Kay Walker. “It was one of the most impulsive things we’ve ever done. I knew he had a servant’s heart.” A friend introduced Al to Mary Kay, who was a divorced mother with two daughters, aged seven and nine; Al had a son and daughter, aged 14 and 10. Today, See WALKER Page C4

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Cara Vasquez is fulfilling her dream in the kitchen of The Flour Shop Scratch Bakery. “I don’t have a sweet tooth; I have a mouth filled with sweet teeth,” said Pastry Chef Cara Vasquez, owner of The Flour Shop Scratch Bakery in Flower Mound. “I love dessert and I eat sweets every day.” Her friend Debra Hammett, a Flower Mound personal trainer and nutritionist, keeps Vasquez slim as a Vogue model and

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Let’s see -- Grandma’s iced cinnamon rolls on a cold morning? Oh wait! Aunt Bonnie’s apple pie (with a gigantic scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream). Here’s a challenge: describe the torturous smell of your sister’s double chocolate chip cookies, while they are still too hot to eat. Vasquez knows that within a nanosecond of a smell-initiated memory, the recollected sights, tastes and textures will drive any normal human on a quest for mouth-watering satisfaction. “Oddly enough, I didn’t grow up tinkering in the kitchen,� she said. But her mom, a Home Economics teacher, and Lantana resident Judy Vasquez, “always cooked and baked from scratch, so I grew up knowing how good food tasted. I was interested in baking as much as anything else.� Tex-Mex, however, is her favorite food. As a child, she loved animals, saying, “I thought it might be fun to become a veterinarian when I grew up.� However, by the time she graduated from Duncanville High School, no particular career path captured her fancy. “I spent an uninspiring freshman year at the University of Texas in Arlington (UTA) and worked the front desk in a beauty salon,� Vasquez said, adding that she wanted to do something else, but what? “My mom pointed out that I enjoyed baking, so maybe I ought to think about the Culinary Institute at El Centro College in downtown Dallas,� she said. Why not? Cara enrolled. “The first time I worked in the classroom kitchen measuring and mixing and baking, I knew this was it, I’d found my life’s dream,� she said.

Satisfy your sweet tooth at The Flour Shop Scratch Bakery. Later that year, Jim and Cindy Hughes, the owners of Breadwinners Restaurants in Dallas, hired Vasquez as a baker. That decision was fateful, because-- upon completing the El Centro professional certification in 2002-Vasquez spent nine-years managing the Hughes’ multiple baking operations. “Of course all that time I dreamed about having my own bakery. Jim and Cindy encouraged me. They are my mentors.� Ideas and plans came together slowly. “A lot of my girlfriends are entrepreneurs. The owner of the hair salon, where I worked during my year at UTA, actually came up with the name ‘The Flour Shop.’� About eight years ago, even though she was a single career woman in a man-dominated industry, Vasquez decided to march forward into her bakery dream. In June 2011 The Flour Shop Scratch Bakery came to life in a modest commercial quarters in The Shops at Highland Village, almost across the street from its new spacious location. See SWEET Page C7


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the Walkers also include grandchildren: grandson, Montana in Austin; twin granddaughters Sarah, who went to Baylor and Rachel, who went to UNT; Grace, who attended Dallas Baptist University; and, Kaylee, who is starting at UT-Austin. In their younger years, both Walkers had fulltime careers, but devoted time to various areas of volunteering. “He graduated from Caddo Mills High School and had worked in a cotton farm in Farmer’s Mill with [actor and

WWII veteran] Audie Murphy, who was a friend of Al’s older brother,” said Walker. “When we visited Washington, D.C., the one place he wanted to go was to Arlington National Cemetery and pay his respect to him [Murphy was the most decorated soldier in WWII and his grave site is the most visited, after President John F. Kennedy]. It was very special.” Al had relocated to Murphy and started its volunteer fire department in 1973 and served as Fire Marshall with a used fire truck-- and many stories-- to fight grass fires on the Joe Duncan property, known as South Fork, when it was still rural before neighboring Plano had its population boom. He also served on the Murphy Planning and Zoning Commission from 1973 to 1979. In Walker’s early years, she lived in Orange-- the county seat of Orange County-- which is the easternmost city in Texas and is located on the Sabine River at the

border with Louisiana. In 1968, she moved to Farmer’s Branch. “I was a paralegal and as a member of DAPA (Dallas Area Paralegal Association) I volunteered at Legal Aid down in Fair Park,” she said. “Everything I like to do is need-based; a nonprofit.” The Walkers moved to Flower Mound in February 1996; back when FM 2499 was new, at the intersection of FM 2499 and FM 1171 there was only the Kroger and the original BYOB Bari’s across the street, plus the streets into Bridlewood were just being cut. The town was about to experience its population boom and residents were going to need facilities and services that the town’s annual budget didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in Texas to cover. Luckily, the dynamic duo of volunteers had arrived. The Walkers were-- and still are-- actively involved in the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) in Denton. “Al just celebrated his fifteenth anniversary volunteering at the front desk at Medical City Lewisville,” said Walker. Her volunteerism started with the Cross Timbers YMCA in Flower Mound and the Senior Center of Lewisville, as well as the Senior In Motion (SIM) group in Flower Mound. By 2013, Walker was on the town PALS (Parks, Arts and Library Services) Board and was involved in the effort to open Fort Wildflower. Located at the northwest corner of Garden Ridge Boulevard and Spinks Road it features hike and bike trails, a picnic pavilion, pedestrian bridge, restrooms and parking areas. With the help of local volunteers over five-days, the unique park was constructed of recycled plastic and wood-fiber materials. “In 2009, (attorney) Virginia Hammerle helped me turn the SIM Auxiliary, Inc., into a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization to raise money to support the Town of Flower Mound Seniors In Motion program,” said Walker. With that designation, Walker and other senior activists helped the SIM program grow from meeting in a room within the Flower Mound Community Church in the 1990s, through several moves, to the free-standing Senior Center at 2701 W. Windsor Drive, which opened in 2015. Using her knowledge gained through Al’s volunteer experience with Medical City Lewisville, Walker helped organize the volunteer program at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound. Her current focus is writing a grant for RSVP support of a Youth & Family Counseling event in April focusing on the national health crisis related to opioid addiction and its impact on families. Another effort close to her heart is supporting those affected by mental illness. Mental Health Grace Groups meet on the first and third Thursdays of each month at First Baptist Church of Lewisville. The church offers three support groups-- Living Grace, for individuals diagnosed with a mental illness; Family Grace, for family members who support a person diagnosed with a mental illness; and, a Grace group specifically for those affected by PTSD. First Baptist Church-Lewisville is located at 1251 W. Valley Ridge Boulevard in Lewisville. For more information or to sign up, go to:, or call the church office: 972-436-5502. She’s also looking forward to the North Texas Giving Day on Sept. 20 on the Denton Square. “A strong work-ethic was ingrained for both of us; with honesty and integrity,” said Walker. “We’re both indebted to have our lives and be able to give back to the community.”

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“This wasn’t a one-person project,” she said, “I have the most amazing parents and siblings. The bakery has definitely been a family-run operation. My Mom and Dad do all kinds of chores around here. Dad and my sister, who also lives in Lantana, do the accounting. My brother handles IT for me.” While Vasquez was growing her professional career, she met and married the love of her life, husband, Herbie Rolph, who is not a baker. After regular career hours, Rolph is the bakery’s “Mr. Do It All;” evenings, nights, weekends, holidays, vacations? You name it; he works it with a smile. “The Flour Shop is open for business regular retail hours, but a small business is definitely a do-it-yourself operation, so we all work on call 24/7/365,” Vasquez said. Eventually the young couple and their two dogs, Zoë and Murphy, joined the Vasquez clan in Lantana by purchasing a house in the Larkspur neighborhood. How does, say, a “scratch” bakery cake differ from a regular bakery cake? “We don’t use commercial mixes or sell products made from boxed mixes,” Vasquez said. “At The Flour Shop our big bin of all-purpose flour contains only all-purpose flour. If a recipe calls for room temperature butter, we use room temperature butter; not shortening. There’s a place for shortening in the home baking world, but it tastes and behaves differently from butter, thus affecting the end result. Our products taste homemade for a reason.” The staff in the bakery kitchen don’t use hand mixers and small bowls, of course. “Our 30-quart mixers are bigger, but we create our goods the same way we would at home-- taking time to cream the not-too-cold

butter and sugar to a smooth consistency,” she added. “We slowly mix in eggs and stream in milk and vanilla extract. Our goal is to avoid over-mixing.” The bakery has four big commercial ovens that bake all goods to perfection. Customers bite into light, fluffy, tender crumbs layered with great flavors. The Flour Shop offers cakes, pies, cinnamon rolls, muffins, quick breads, brownies, cookies, Oak Cliff Coffee and Henry’s Ice Cream. Take it home in a box, bag, or cup, or just sit down at a table and consume the sweet delight on the spot. “Our most popular pies are Key Lime, Buttermilk and French Silk Chocolate,” said Vasquez. That last item is made from Judy Vasquez’ own to-die-for recipe, which her daughter remembers in mouth-watering memories from her childhood. It looks almost too gorgeous to bite into, but what would be the point of avoiding the irresistible? By the way, Vasquez doesn’t cook or bake at home: “Herbie handles all that.” “Home is about memories, about making things, sharing them and enjoying life,” she said. “Home-baking is part of that. It isn’t necessary to be professional. Baking is fun, so fling around the flour and go at it.” The bakery is located at 6100 Long Prairie Road, Suite 200, between Firehouse Subs and Burgers and Brats. Stop in to test the goods and chat up the friendly staff in-person during regular business hours, Tuesday through Sunday. Check out the menu at: www., or call 972355-3600, while orders should be placed at: 972-966-CAKE (2253), or orders@ Contact the writer at


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UT & AB UT Foodie Friday: Let Someone Else Cook on Valentine’s Day This Year By Jay Marks

With all of the fantastic restaurants in our community, why cook this Valentine’s Day? My wife and I go out every year and I love that I let someone else do the cooking for us so that we can both enjoy a relaxing evening out with each other. But if you need a little help deciding where to go, here are a few suggestions. Bistecca, Highland Village

Bistecca will be hosting their annual Sweetheart Dinner this year with a special menu including classic favorites like the Steak Salerno as well as some new dishes Chef Morris Salerno has been working on like a Farm to Table salad.

Chef Salerno’s steaks are sure to make you fall in love this Valentine’s Day! To make your reservations, call Stacey at 972-318-0515 or email her at stacey@

course dinner for $65 per person with some of their fan favorites like prime filet, prime rib, salmon and more. Reserve your spot today by calling 972-899-9820.

The Table, Flower Mound I’ve enjoyed a Valentine’s Day dinner at The Table before and it was amazing. Some of my favorites on their menu are the Crispy Risotto Balls, the Cheese Plate, their Schnitzel, and their Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf. Reserve your seat for Valentine’s Day on Open Table!

Carvao Prime Brazilian Steakhouse, Flower Mound If you want to make this year’s Valentine’s Day one to remember, maybe try something a little different and head to Carvao in Lakeside DFW for your dinner. You can enjoy their gourmet salad bar and 18 cuts of meat in a beautiful environment in a fun part of town. After your meal, maybe you can head across the street to catch a movie at the Moviehouse & Eatery. To make your Valentine’s Day reservations, call 972-539-8555.

Prime Farm to Table, Flower Mound Spending Valentine’s Day enjoying Chris Flahaven’s unique and delicious menu creations sounds like a dream come true to me! If you enjoy the farm to table approach, you’ll love your meal at Prime Farm to Table, where they use only the freshest of ingredients, supporting local Texas farmers. You’ll probably want to make reservations for Valentine’s Day to guarantee yourself a table which you can do from their website or on Open Table. Yellow Rose Steak & Chophouse, Flower Mound Yellow Rose in Parker Square is now taking reservations for Valentine’s Day! They will be serving an exclusive three

Mio Nonno, Flower Mound

Maybe you and your sweetheart are big fans of Italian food. And if that’s the case, you really should think about spending

your Valentine’s Day dinner at Mio Nonno in Lakeside DFW. I love their Eggplant Parmesan, Russia Pasta, and their Ciopino which is a seafood kind of soup. Make your reservations by calling 469804-7472 or on Open Table. Savory Bistro, Bartonville

Savory Bistro in the Bartonville Town Center aims to create culinary delights that make you feel good, which sounds like the perfect place to eat for Valentine’s Day to me! They are taking reservations to enjoy their special Valentine’s 3-course meal on Friday, Feb 9; Saturday, Feb 10; and Wednesday, Feb 14. If you’d like to make your reservation for any of those days, call 940-5840255. Jay Marks is the owner of Jay Marks Real Estate and a top performing real estate broker with over 24 years experience and a passion for food.

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With live music, a welcoming modern ranch atmosphere, delicious Texas specialties, and community fire pits for s'mores & storytelling, Marty B’s is a place to kick back and make lasting memories. Immerse yourself in the sounds of Texas with live music at Marty B’s. Join us for a kicked-back atmosphere with live shows Thursday, Friday, Saturday and some Sundays, too. Enjoy larger-than-life entertainment at Marty B’s with a 11-foot HD screen, along with craft beers and cocktails in our bar. All of the meats served at Marty B’s are all natural, with no hormones, or antibiotics, ever! You will taste the difference. Come see us!

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UT & AB UT The Arts in Southern Denton County… and Beyond: Music School Educates Through Performances By Jessica Douglas

If you’re like me, seeing a gaggle of teenage boys and girls clustered in front of an unassuming retail strip center might make you a little nervous. We often jump to the conclusion that this particular demographic huddled together, many of them holding drumsticks in their hands, might be up to no good. However, if you see this group in front of the School of Rock in Flower Mound, located in the Kroger Shopping Center on the corner of Long Prairie and Cross Timbers, you couldn’t be farther off the mark. On any given night, you might see a group like this one outside this music studio and school waiting patiently for their rehearsal to begin. Yes, that’s right--band rehearsal. At the School of Rock, the music students learn to perform in rock bands. There are nine School of Rock locations in the Dallas area. The School of

Rock Flower Mound opened its doors on October 7, 2013 according to the School’s Music Director, Richard Sanchez. Sanchez, who has been with the school since its inception, makes it his daily mission to “teach the world to Rock on Stage and in Life.” Remember when taking music lessons meant sitting in isolation with one instructor while you learned songs that you would never want to play on your own? Not at this school. At the School of Rock, students according to their age, are placed in music classes that learn to play together as a band. Highly trained music instructors

cording to Sanchez, is not a trophy. The reward becomes the music that the bands play on stage together. The first School of Rock began in 1997 in Philadelphia as the brainchild of Paul Green upon whom Dewey Finn’s character of the movie “School of Rock” is loosely based. The concept of learning through performance quickly caught on and to-date there are over 200 locations in operation globally. Teaching a myriad of instruments from percussion to guitar to piano to voice, the skilled instructors of the Flower Mound School of Rock are the daily hosts of musicians from area high schools like Marcus and FMHS. Additionally, they gladly welcome musicians of all levels from ages 7 to 107 with rookie and adult class offerings. Contact the School of Rock at 972539-0761 or check them out on Facebook to get details for performance dates and class schedules.

teach the bands everything from Motown to Metallica. These bands then actually perform for audiences of their friends and families, as the bands must also market the shows and sell their own tickets. The performances are held at various locales all over DFW such as Hat Tricks in Lewisville, Lava Cantina in The Colony, Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth, and even a Rockstravaganza for all the Jessica Douglas serves as an alternate Schools takes place in Deep Ellum. The musicians not only learn mu- board member on Flower Mound’s sic appreciation and technique, but to Cultural Arts Commission. work together to overcome obstacles and challenges, and the reward, ac-

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DOUBLE OAK: February 20 - Double Oak Women’s Club General Meeting at 7 p.m. at 165 Fox Trot Lane with guest speaker Page Calloway of Calloway Financial. RSVP to www.doubleoakwomensclub. com FLOWER MOUND: February 5 - Mock Job Interview from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane.  Call 972-874-6165 or email to register. February 5 - 2018 Spring Gardening Series: Garden Container Function and Design at 7 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. Call 972-874-6165 or email fmpl@ to register. February 8 - Empty Nesters Gathering at 6 p.m. at Mio Nonno Trattoria, 2450 Lakeside Parkway #100. Happy hour at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. 817-9911128 February 10 - Women of Flower Mound’s Annual Wine Tasting Event FUNdraiser at 7 p.m. at 1700 Noble Way. Tickets $25 each or two for $40. RSVP at February 10 - Author Talk: Anna LeBaron at 12 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. Author Anna LeBaron will discuss her

memoir The Polygamist’s Daughter. Golf Club, 4000 W. Windsor Drive. February 10 – CABDA for Children 5K and 1K Fun Run at 8 a.m. at Doubletree 972-897-5177 972-874-6165 Ranch Park in Highland Village to February 12 - 2018 Spring Gardening Ongoing - Farmers Market every help children with autoimmune brain Series: Horti-Couture - What’s Hot for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at disorders. 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Flower Mound Parker Square. fourseasonsmarkets. Ongoing - Farmers Market every Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. com Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Call 972-874-6165 or email fmpl@ Highland Village Town Center parking HIGHLAND VILLAGE: to register. Through February 8 - Studio B lot. February 19 - 2018 Spring Gardening Performing Arts Center Spring Series: Native Bees for Your Garden Children’s Workshop “The Lion King LANTANA: at 7 p.m. at the Flower Mound Public Experience, Jr.” or February 8 - Mommy & Me Montessori Play Date at 1 p.m. at Lantana North Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. Call 972-966-2787. Group Fitness Room. RSVP to 940972-874-6165 or email fmpl@flowerFebruary 8 - Senior All-Stars Valentine’s 728-1660 to register. Day Party at 12 p.m. at The Robert & February 26 - 2018 Spring Gardening Lee Duvall Center, 948B Highland February 8 - 2018 Lantana Primary Series: Weed ‘Em and Reap: Weeds Village Rd. Sign up by February 6 in Candidate Forum at the Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Drive. Meet & and Watering at 7 p.m. at the Flower person or by calling 972-317-7430. Greet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Forum Mound Public Library, 3030 Broadmoor Lane. Call 972-874-6165 or email February 9-18 - Studio B Performing from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Arts Center presents “The Lion King to register. Experience, Jr.” or February 10 - Cookie Cake Decorating from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lantana March 4 - Honey Dudes Golf Fund 972-966-2787. North Group Fitness Room. 940-728Raiser from 12 to 6 p.m. at Bridlewood

Sylvie H Paroski, MD of Women’s Wellness at Flower Mound is closing her practice due to a medical condition. Dr. Paroski’s practice is located at 3051 Churchill Drive, Suite 220, in Flower Mound. During her recovery process, she will refer patients to her colleague Rudy Tovar, MD of North Texas Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates, located at 3424 Long Prairie Rd. Suite 200, Flower Mound, TX 75022. Records will be available from her old office until March 1, 2018 then transition to Dr. Trovar’s office at 972-436-7557.

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at Lantana North Group Fitness Room. Series featuring: Gina Chavez at 8 p.m. at the Medical City Lewisville 940-728-1660 Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street, Ongoing - Denton Christian Women’s Lewisville. Connection Luncheon from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month February 11 - David Lee’s debut at the at Lantana Golf Club. 972-841-6928 or Black Box Songwriter’s Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. at Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street, Lewisville. NEARBY AREAS: February 9 - Lewisville Lake Symphony presents “Drumroll” concerto at 7:30 February 15 - Denton’s State of the City p.m. at Medical City Lewisville Grand Address from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Embassy Theater, 100 N. Charles Street, Suites Denton Convention Center, 3100 Town Center Trail, Denton. Lewisville.

February 17 - Abrakadoodle Art Classes from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at February 10 - Honey Run 5K, 10K and Lantana North Group Fitness Room. 1-mile walk at 8 a.m. at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, 3310 Collins 940-728-1660 Rd., Denton. February 21 - Mommy & Me Playdate from 10:30 to 12 p.m. at Lantana North February 10 - Denton County Republican Party’s 39th annual Group Fitness Room. 940-728-1660 Lincoln Reagan Dinner from 5 to 9 February 22 - Craft Beer Exchange p.m. at Embassy Suites by Hilton with Hop & Sting Brewing Co. at 7 p.m. Denton Convention Center, 3100 Town at Lantana North Group Fitness Room. Center Trail, Denton. Sarah Palin will headline. 940-383-4446 940-728-1660

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March 2 - Kite Building from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Nash Farm, 626 Ball Street, Grapevine. Learn how to build a 19th century paper kite. www.NashFarm. org. March 3 - Musacchio Mud Mountain Challenge from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Cinnamon Creek Archery, 13794 Old Denton Road, Roanoke. 2 mile, 4 mile or kids 1K mud run challenge. Ongoing - Grace Groups - Mental Health Support on the first and third Thursday of each month from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at First Baptist Church Lewisville, 1251 W. Valley Ridge Blvd. Lewisville. or 972-436-5502.

February 15 - North DFW Chapter, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn, 785 SH 121 Bypass, Lewisville. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m.  214-755- Ongoing - Weight Loss Support Group every second Tuesday of the month at 1153 Medical City of Lewisville, 500 W Main February 22 - Our Productions St., Lewisville. Call 972-219-6786 Theatre Co. Play Reader’s Club at 7:30 p.m. at Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street, Lewisville. For ages 17 and older. February 28 - Bingo from 1 to 2:30 p.m. February 10 - Texas Tunes Concert

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By Todd Hamilton, Lead Pastor, Elevation Church, Highland Village

Discipline. This time of year, it’s easy to be turned off by the mere mention of discipline. As the character “Mayhem” in the insurance commercial points out, most of us have abandoned our resolutions for 2018 by now. Lack of discipline has to rank near the top of reasons why. Yet, without discipline very few of us would have survived childhood. It was parental discipline that kept us from playing in traffic, sticking forks in power outlets, and playing with matches. As adults, though, we often resent discipline. We grow up and think we no longer need to listen to authority figures. Sadly, the lack of discipline shows up in a lot of unwanted ways: expanding waistlines, increasing debt, wrecked relationships, and so much more. However, for those who have learned to accept discipline, to seek it and apply it in their lives, there is great reward.

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No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it, Hebrews 12:11 (NIV). “Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty,” Job 5:17 (NIV). “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise,” Proverbs 19:20 (NIV). There is no greater Authority Figure from whom we can seek and accept discipline than the Lord. And the beauty is, He is in the discipline business. He’s not a cosmic killjoy looking for someone to punish, rather He is a loving parent training you up through discipline just like your earthly parents taught you not to play in traffic, stick forks in outlets, or play with matches. “...the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in,” Proverbs 3:12 (NIV) The Pastor’s Place features articles written by a different area church leader each month.Call 940-7288284 for more information.

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Gardening: Early Garden Sweethearts By Noelle M. Hood, Contributing Writer

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cauliflower (brassica oleracea botrytis) varieties and its broccoli relatives (brassica oleracea italica). Don’t dally around about planting those six- or nine-packs of seedlings much after February 14, or the window of final success will close. These two vegetables

require a couple of months of cold air and soil to produce their luscious buds for the table, freeze, and pickling jars. Seedlings show up on store shelves around mid-January. If you’re lucky, a package may contain a dozen or more healthy little plants. Count stems and get more bang for your buck! The container should feel heavy with water and plants should be standing atattention. Using a knife, loosen and ease the soil-plug from the container; then, if necessary, use a fork to oh-so-gently pull any clumped seedlings apart. Place each in the garden 18-inches apart. A fully-mature plant will easily fill an imaginary 18x18x18-inch cube. If grown plants do not reach that size, Mother Nature has just sent you a “garden-gram” to stock the underground fridge with better nutrition next season. In February, black crickets keep a weather-eye wide-open for tender greens on good-looking stems. So, the first few weeks after planting outside, it may be necessary to dust insecticide on your babies to save them from the little Huns. Minimize dusting by hand, watering only the ground under each plant. Some of the darlings may get chewed, but they often recover, if nourished and defended with a little TLC. After the youngsters look settled, add six-inches of leaf mulch, outside a fourinch ring of open space around each

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stem, so you can water with ease. Grass cuttings form impervious mats that must be pulled back when you wish to soak the plant roots. Keep in mind that mature cauliflower rootmasses are about one-fifth the size of the upper plant. Some maturing plants may bend under their own weight, but the stems immediately reach for the sky, and still look tall and straight. After about six-weeks, the plants make a small head of buds at the tip of their main stem. When this immature cauliflower appears, tie the plant’s longest leaves up and around it with string, to keep light from turning the produce green. In warm weather, the head will take a couple more weeks to reach peak size; about eight-inches across. No genuine flowers should be allowed to develop. Just gaze with admiration, while you water and feed the growing broccoli flower. Again, don’t let it produce genuine flowers. Broccoli side-stems will continue to produce small heads for a long time after harvesting the big floret. Toss spent plants in the compost heap. Seedlings reappear at nurseries in August. A late-crop will keep you in fresh produce until the first Arctic front barrels down the side of the Rockies sometime around Christmas. All bets are off if the freeze arrives early. Spaniards cut cauliflowers apart, steam the florets, slice them, then sauté in garlic butter with salt, pepper and parsley to taste. Yum-yum, wickedly good! Tender big leaves steam up nicely, and make a good wilted “mustard greens” vegetable dish. Contact the writer at


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Spring May Come Early Again By Meteorologist Brad Barton

Our January outlook in the December issue turned out to be only half-right. Instead of being warmer than normal, January was much colder than normal. The rainfall part of the forecast was painfully accurate; much drier than normal. It is clear that we will be living with threat of fast-spreading grass and brush fires for the foreseeable future. Our coldest high temperature of the month was 27 on January 1st. Our warmest high temperatures of 74 and 75 were recorded on the 20th and 21st. Our coldest early morning low was a bone-cracking 4 degrees on the morning of January 17th. Not only that, Denton Enterprise Airport recorded six early morning lows in the teens. Combining our average daily highs and lows, our average temperature for the month was only 41 degrees, 2.4 degrees below


normal for January. Rainfall was pitiful, only 11/100ths of an inch on January 7th. Since December 23rd, Denton has recorded only onethird of an inch in nearly 6 weeks. And our prospects for rain in the near future don’t look any better. And when you realize that Denton ended 2017 with a six-inch rainfall deficit, there’s reason for concern. The U.S. Drought Monitor continues to have Denton County in the “Moderate Drought” category, which may be downgraded to “Severe Drought” if February’s rainfall is no better than in January. The Climate Prediction Center’s onemonth outlook is heavily based on a strengthening La Nina in the equatorial Pacific. Surface ocean temperatures are now consistently running 1 degree below normal and may still be cooling. Playing the averages, the current La Nina is likely to result in warmer-thannormal temperatures in February (an early spring?) and slightly drier-thannormal conditions. A mandatory burn ban for Denton County was issued on January 30. The ban prohibits all outdoor burning, including restrictions on outdoor welding and cutting torch operations,


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World War II Veteran Celebrates 93rd Birthday By Lynn Sheffield Simmons, Contributing Writer

January was a momentous month for World War II veteran Jack Beddingfield and his wife, Cleo. Jack celebrated his 93rd birthday, plus he and his wife celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary. Beddingfield was born in Anderson County, Texas, in 1924. After graduating from high school, the eighteen-year-old was drafted into the U.S. Army in November 1943. When Jack’s three-month basic training in Florida was completed, he was sent to Europe and assigned to the 117th Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Company F, 30th Infantry Division light machine gun section. His division was on its way to Normandy, France; they landed at Omaha Beach a few days after the June 6, 1944 start of the D-Day landing by Allied Forces. The Operation Overlord lasted until August and was the largest seaborne invasion in history. It began the liberation of the German occupation of Western Europe, but is the most deadly American battle, with an estimated 34,137 soldiers killed. It was assumed the war would soon be over, but German forces launched battles known collectively as the Battle of the Bulge. The Battle of the Bulge was fought from Dec. 16, 1944 until Jan. 16, 1945.

Jack Beddingfield of Argyle was in the thick of the action in World War II.

The battle was fought in the denselyforested Ardennes region of Wallonia in eastern Belgium, northeast France and Luxembourg. It was the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during World War II and is known as the largest battle fought on the Western Front in Europe during World War II. It was also the largest battle ever fought by the U.S. Army. Beddingfield was located on the Germany/France border. On Jan. 16, 1945,

he was moving with his unit near a German tank, which was shooting bullets in a different direction from his unit, but a bullet ricocheted off the ice hitting him in the back. B e d d i n g fi e l d was taken to a hospital in England where he had surgery and stayed in the hospital, until his release May 8, 1945; the same day the war ended. In October 2013, Beddingfield-- along with six other area United States

World War II veterans, dubbed “the magnificent seven”-- received the French Legion of Honor. The medal of Chevalier French Order of the Legion of Honor, France’s most prestigious medal, was presented to the recipients by Consul General de France Sujiro Seam at the Dallas City Hall. The Beddingfields live in Argyle and have been active members at the Argyle Baptist Church and the Argyle Senior Center. Lynn Sheffield Simmons will begin writing the column “Argyle-Then and Now” in The Cross Timbers Gazette next month, She is the founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. Simmons is the author of 10 children’s books and two history books on Argyle. Her website is She can be reached at Lynn@argylebooks. com

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Canine Misfits By Ralph and Pat Coppola

If you missed any our columns, you can visit the website at www.crosstimbersgazette. com and search: Canine Misfits. In Chapter 9, the misfits try to implement Barney’s plan. They get quite a surprise. Have a comment? Email us at Any comments you would like to share with the Gazette can be sent to Once again, we hope you all are on your way to a Happy and Healthy New Year! Chapter 9 It was nearly dawn. Fog hung heavy over our camp as my troop assembled at the command post. It wasn’t long before they trotted out to their assigned positions. “Dio mios!” Ruby muttered from her westerly post. “I can’t even see my paw in front of my face.” “Pipe down,” whispered Sgt. Opie just loud enough to be heard by the others. “I can see the sun rising in the east. It’ll be just a short time before the sun burns off the fog and we have a clear view of the battleground.” Meanwhile, Cpl. Barney had set up the box tilted at one end using a stick that raised it about twelve inches, which the Corporal now realized might be too big an entrance for such a small mouse. But it was too late to make adjustments. “Hopefully, this should work just as well,” he muttered to himself. Barney attached the string to the bottom of the stick and slowly walked the other end of it back to the command post where I was waiting. “All set up, Corporal?” I asked when Barney handed me the string. “We’re good to go……sir,” Barney replied, his voice slowly tapering off. His eyes were bloodshot and half closed. He even forgot to correct himself and call me ma’am. “Are you okay, Corporal?” I asked. “You look worn out.” “What? Oh. No, no. I’m….okay,” Barney yawned. “Just…waiting…on…your… order.”

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Ralph and Pat Coppola with their “misfits.” Barney tried to squelch another yawn, but he couldn’t. It was obvious he didn’t get much sleep last night amidst all the excitement of his plan being put into action. “Well, okay then,” I replied, still not quite reassured. I stepped up on top of the hot tub. “I’ll stand up here with my binoculars.” I looked over at Barney who sat on the step, leaned over with his head against the hot tub wall. “Barney?” The Corporal caught himself nodding off. “Yes?” Barney shouted, his eyes wide opened as he tried to focus. “Corporal, you stay there where I can reach down and tap you to sound your bugle. It looks like it could be a while longer, so stay awake. This fog has to lift soon.” I glanced at my watch. Almost an hour ticked off before the sun finally burned through and the fog started to fade. While everyone else still seemed attentive, Barney dozed off, his bugle perched at his lips. Suddenly, a white ball of fur popped its head from below the deck directly underneath where Barney was sleeping. No one else noticed. Then another white ball of fur popped up its head near the same spot. Then another. Then another. There must have been a half dozen white mice all sniffing around.

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My eyes were glued to my binoculars. I dared not say anything to scare them off. One of them decided the coast was clear. It jumped up on the step and landed right on Barney’s foot. Barney abruptly woke from his nap. He looked down at his boot. Startled by the sight of the enemy, Barney screamed into his bugle. “That’s the signal to CHARGE!” Bella blurted out. Frightened by Bella’s barking, the half dozen mice ran in all different directions. Two headed west, two raced east, one sprinted north and the last one scurried south. My soldiers sprang from their post in a heartbeat. And just as quickly, they all became disoriented by the sight of not just one mouse, but by six! My warriors pursued the creatures nearest to them, leaving the trail of one, only to take off after another that had crossed their path. Grass was torn up in dozens of divots. Pieces flew everywhere as if the worst golfers in the world all assembled in this one spot. The bare lawn left behind was nothing more than loose soil which had cast a murky haze over the entire yard. “This is worse than the fog,” I mumbled. I couldn’t see thing. Nothing at all. I tried to adjust my binoculars and catch a glimpse of what was happening. It was then that I accidentally pulled the string in my hand. I heard the crate crash to the ground. “Oh, oh,” I gasped. “That can’t be good.” I still couldn’t see a thing. “Well, surely we trapped at least one of the enemy?” I said to myself, but not very convincingly. When the dust settled, all the mice seemed to have disappeared. “Were they all under the crate?” I wondered. Unlikely. Under the deck seemed the only other place they could hide. I ordered Pvt. Bella to circle the deck. She ran around it over and over, screaming for them to come out. Finally, she gave up. She signaled that none retreated back under the deck. My guys were completely exhausted, except for Ruby who seemed to be remarkably alert. I suspected that she just sat where she was and let the others do all the work. I made a mental note to deal with Ruby later.

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I motioned my troop to assemble around the crate in the middle of the yard. “Gentlemen, and ladies, of course,” I said, looking over at Ruby and Bella. “Under this box I believe we have captured at least one of the enemy, possibly more.” “Hurry! Let’s raise the box, Lieutenant!” Ruby urged barely able to contain herself. “I can prepare a delicious breakfast with those mice,” she said smacking her lips. “Yum,” Bella echoed. “Not so fast, soldiers!” I warned. “We need to interrogate the enemy and find out how many more of them there are, and more importantly, where are there other camps?” I reached down to the bottom of the box. “Now, stay still,” I whispered. “I’m going to lift the crate ever so slowly. We don’t want any of those mice to escape.” As I raised the box, a tail appeared. “Wow!” Bella said in astonishment. “We caught the mother of all mice. Just look at the size of that tail!” Then Bella paused. “But, something looks awfully familiar about it,” Bella pondered as she raised her paw to her lips and squinted her eyes. I pushed the crate on its side revealing its contents. Collectively, all the soldiers gasped, including me. “And just what in tarnation are you doing in there?” I hollered. His long ears drooped over the ground. His tail slid slowly between his legs. Barney looked up meekly as he summoned up the courage to answer. “I’m not sure, Lieutenant,” Barney cried. “All I know is that I was attacked by the enemy. It seemed like a hundred of them,” Barney exaggerated, his arms outstretched as far as they would go. “When I saw I was outnumbered, I ran for cover. Next thing I know, I’m trapped under this crate,” whimpered a very embarrassed Cpl. Barney. The troop looked at each other, then back at Barney. “Only Barney could get captured by his own trap!” Ruby scoffed. The others snickered, too. Ruby lived for the moment that she could

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Something To Muench On... Building Community One Table at a Time By Kimberly Muench

A few weeks ago, while on the phone with my long-time friend Gail, she asked whether or not I’d heard of a book called “The Turquoise Table” by Kristin Schell. When I told her I had not, her response, “You should check it out; it strikes me as a very “Kim Muench” thing to do.” A few days after the phone call I was driving my daughter to her friend’s house and low and behold what did I see? A turquoise picnic table in the front yard of someone in our neighborhood! That was enough to solidify my desire to learn more. Intrigued, I ordered the book on Amazon. It turns out that Austin, Texas author and mother of four Kristin Schell published her book in 2017 with the hopes of inspiring others to do what she has done, place a turquoise picnic table in her front yard and invite neighbors to gather for casual, impromptu meals, conversations, or events. Her intention? To reestablish what so many of us running around try-

ing to keep up with life’s crazy schedule tend to neglect, and that is…building a sense of community. While reading “The Turquoise Table” I became completely enamored with the idea of becoming an instigator of developing closer relationships within my neighborhood! I LOVED the concept of creating a space in my yard where we could just sit and talk, or have a simple family meal, or invite neighbors for potluck, maybe send my teenagers out to play board games, or even host donuts and juice on the first day of school for all the kids on the block...the possibilities seem endless! I mean, how many of us really know our neighbors these days? I know I


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don’t know mine as well as I’d like to. How many of us are so busy we don’t like to think about inviting others into our homes because it feels like too much work? With a table in the front yard nobody has to come in because everyone meets outside! Let’s face it, we like to complain about our kids not having enough face-to-face interaction but we’ve got to be honest and admit that being personally present to others has taken a back seat in our own lives as well. Simple hospitality and presence is a lost art. When I’d finished the book and insisted to my husband we get a picnic table (can you believe this, we even have turquoise paint on hand from a project we did for our kitchen!), I wrote a note and placed it in the mailbox of the home where I’d seen the turquoise picnic table. Surely she’d read the book as well! After receiving my note, Kathy Ueoka called me later that day, excited about my wanting to connect about “The Turquoise Table”; she readily filled me on all of the happenings she’d experienced since reading the book and putting her own table out in August of 2017. “The first day I was painting the table in my garage and the neighbor from the corner came over to ask about why I was painting the table such a bright color.” From then on Kathy had one story after another about the monthly gatherings she’s hosted in her front yard and the neighbors she’s drawn in, not only from her own street, but from nearby streets

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as well. “When you put your table out you can register it on the author’s website and she sends an email to you with five suggestions about how to begin.” Ueoka also shared that, to date, the turquoise table idea has made it into all 50 states and 8-9 other countries! As I said, I LOVE this idea and I am in the process of getting one for our yard, but I also brought the concept to my boss at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth with a desire to implement simple presence and compassion for parents whose children are being treated. Together we’ve come up with the idea of a turquoise rolling cart that we will fill with coffee and tea and walk throughout the hospital floors serving drinks, smiles, prayers, and presence. I want to encourage you to learn the entire story behind “The Turquoise Table” because it’s much more than I can explain here and there is great need for today’s world to slow down and connect. With a little effort there is so much more we can be to one another in terms of support and encouragement. Won’t you join me in helping the world become a more connected place, one table at a time? If you already have a table or plan to become a “front yard person,” I’d love to hear about your experiences! Please reach out to me at realifeparentguide@ to share your story.

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The Soapbox: The People I Never Knew By Brandi Chambless

Approximately twenty years before the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter, a young Brit named Robert rode on horseback, alongside his brother, to the unspoiled pasturelands of Louisiana. The recipients of a land grant, they staked their claim and together began to build a life with their budding families. Fast forward some twenty years, and his son a now grown Robert, Jr. had become a man of the woods, building his home nestled along the bayou, intentionally far away from the earlier settlement his father had created. People speculated that this self-imposed state of seclusion was not only his escape from the world turning upside down in a war he wouldn’t support, but mainly because he had also done the most socially shameful act of the times when taking a French wife with his deep British lineage. Robert, Jr. lived and died by the sword he


chose, leaving behind a very pregnant French speaking wife having no way of survival in a world that had formerly been her sanctuary. Her father-in-law, though previously having rejected the woman who would become the mother of his first grandchild, took her in as his own during his time of grief. She was given entrée into the established settlement and the baby was born. This newborn baby, Robert III was my great great grandfather. He grew up to be a merchant, traveling to New Orleans often to bring wares back to the land settlement. It was in one such trip to New Orleans that Robert III met a devout Catholic woman Hannah and her traveling companion cousin Mary. He courted Hannah and brought the two home to the country, taking Hannah as his wife. In 1905, he built Hannah a home underneath the sleepy moss-laden oaks. It was there that she would give birth to three children Walter, Wallace and Beatrice. But sadly, during an epidemic of scarlet fever, all three of her children went on to Heaven within a 21 day period. For years, Hannah poured her heart out to God. Because of her prodding, land was dedicated for a pristine white church on the back side of the prairie. Eventually, God heard her prayer and not only was the church built, but He sent her three more children,

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torment Barney. She saw the opportunity and grabbed it. “Truly genius, Corporal!” Ruby goaded. “Got any other great plans up your sleeve?” Barney’s embarrassment turned to anger. He reached his boiling point, something I’ve only seen a few times before. “Quit it!” Barney snarled. Ruby didn’t take Barney’s reaction seriously. She continued her heckling, while Bella and Opie turned away to avoid the eminent confrontation. “STOP LAUGHING!” Barney yelled. It was the angriest anyone had ever seen him. Barney got right in Ruby’s face. “A raccoon will look like a Bichon Frise compared to the black eyes you’ll be wearing when I’m finished with you, Private,” Barney

threatened. Ruby was taken back by Barney’s display of rage. Finally, she realized she crossed the line. “Oh, Corporal, I’m only teasing. You


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Brandi’s Great Great Grandmother Hannah. Ruby, Hilda and Leo. Ruby was my Great Grandmother and the house I grew up in was the historical gem that belonged to her mother Hannah, the very one where the generations of my family have poured forth. I restored the hillside manor in 2011 following my father’s death, but never took up permanent residence there. I tell you this long story, Dear Reader, not to belabor my family history, but to say that we all have people we never knew that impacted our lives through the generations. Though I never knew any of these people know I tease you because I like you, don’t you?” Ruby said sincerely putting her arm around Barney’s shoulders. “Yeah? Well you have a pretty weird way of showing it,” Barney snapped. Barney reached for Ruby’s arm and pushed it off his shoulder. He turned and trudged his way back to the barracks. I tried to get Barney’s attention. “Corporal! Can I have a word with you?” I yelled. Barney stopped. He abruptly turned to face me, his shoulders drooped, his head hung low. “I’ll never live this down,” Barney whimpered. I put my hands on Barney’s shoulders and pulled him up. “It’s over now. They’ll all forget about this little episode, you’ll see,” I assured. Barney raised his head. “Look,” I said. “It’s been a hard day for all of us, Corporal. Your plan was a good one. It just didn’t work this time. I saw a change in

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with the exception of Great Great Aunt Hilda and Great Great Uncle Leo, I believe I can point out the ways I was impacted for the good and bad by the decisions they made and the part of the legacy they left behind. Last week, I made the trip toward home for what will likely be the last family gathering of this entire extended branch of my family when my Granny’s first cousin Craig passed away. Relatives from places like Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Texas came in to celebrate the life of this Purple Heart POW. After the full military honors had been given and taps was played, we gathered in the church hall bearing the family namesake for the customary benevolent gumbo. We said “keep in touch” to the cousins we had seen only once or twice a year in our lifetimes and vowed to stay connected. But I believe we all knew that we would not be passing this way again together. As we drove away, the home of Hannah and Robert was left behind silent once again, as well as the altar cloths she tatted and the original church pew she purchased in the little white church. I know life is all about looking forward, but for that particular day I so yearned to know the people I never knew. I was confident of this one thing, that someday I would be the someone that people never knew and prayed to God that I would make a difference for the good. Barney’s demeanor. “You know, Corporal, I’ve been in your shoes,” I reminded him. “You’ve been in my shoes?” Barney said with a puzzled look. “It’s a figure of speech, Corporal,” I sighed. “I’m sure that there will be other opportunities. Hit the sack, son. Forget today. I’ll see you in the morning.” I watched as Barney walked towards his bunk. He knelt by his bedside. He clasped his hands and looked up at the ceiling. I sensed he prayed for another chance. Had enough “war games” for now? Stay tuned for the next chapter of “Canine Misfits” when, after Ruby and Barney make up, Barney tags along with Ruby as she goes for her annual check-up at the vet.

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I pondered quite a while over what my topic would be for this month. I really didn’t want to write about Valentine’s Day because that would definitely involve a goodly amount of words about chocolate and, to be honest, I’m trying to be true to a diet, sort of. I was in the kitchen muttering when my husband strode in, looking for some paperwork. He had recently gotten a speeding ticket (in November) for doing 63 mph in a 50. He had to take an online safe driving course to keep the ticket off his record. This wouldn’t make the ticket go away, he’d still have to pay. “I’ve got it!” he exclaimed. “Why don’t you write an article about my driving habits? Honest, I’d be honored!” (I can’t imagine why he’d be honored to brag about his antics while in the driver’s seat, but that’s what he said.) At first I blew the idea off. Then he began reminding me, in some cases, and surprising me in others, of his tainted past behind the wheel. I do recall in another article saying he drove like he was late for an appointment but never explored his other bad habits. Ken allowed as how, back in the day, he’d had his temporary driver’s license (a piece of paper) for 15 days. He had just barely turned 16. He was stopped and given a ticket for doing 49 mph in a 30. And so it began, it would seem he was born with a lead foot! Much to my chagrin his car purchases always leaned toward stick shifts…in fact that’s what he’s driven for 55 years. His penchant for a flashy red color, on top of the stick, make him easy prey for police on the lookout.



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At 17-years-old, he was driving his the event as Ken’s vehicle coming down sister’s car, doing 55 in a 40 mph zone. the road at a high rate of speed, then comThis was in a city where his uncle was ing to a screeching halt barely missing the Mayor. The police officer recognized his patrol car (emergency vehicle) as he Ken’s last name and associated it with the backed into oncoming traffic. Mayor’s. “You git on home!! I won’ talk The judge asked Ken for his version, and to yo pappy.” So he followed my husband he responded with, “My version is just like home and spoke with his pappy. Gave my his (the arresting officer) but I would add father-in-law an earful hoping this would this: I’m just now hearing that someone get Ken’s feet held to the fire. He did not, thinks I was travelling at a high rate of however, issue a ticket. And for some rea- speed and I would wonder if that were the son, unbeknownst to Ken to this day, his case, why wasn’t I ticketed for speeding? dad just sorta patted him on the shoulder If the officer were on an ‘emergency misand said, “Don’t worry, Son, that cop has sion,’ how is it that he had the time to stop a reputation of being a bully. It’s okay.” and issue a ticket? But most importantly, This was totally out of character for Papa how could I have done any more yielding Stroup…or make that Pappy. than to have come to a screeching halt?” By the age of 18, Ken was still learning Ken “beat the rap” and walked out of the ways of the law and the temperament the courtroom to a round of applause and of some cops. While driving on a two-way thumbs up gestures from his high school street he saw a police vehicle pull in be- chums. As you can imagine, this was much tween parked cars going the opposite direc- to the chagrin of the policeman. tion. Right as Ken reached the area where Growing up behind the wheel was a the cop was, Officer Not So Nice backed painful process. Even after reaching 19 out in front of Ken. After some sassy com- years old there were lessons ahead ments going both ways, including a threat to learn. Ken played guitar in a band and to “take you to jail,” Ken was issued a ticket for “failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.” (Is our Smile is your First Impression! anyone counting how many this makes? Wait, there’s more to follow.) He was on a short military leave at the time and his return date was prior to the next Traffic Court date. The judge agreed to hear his case two weeks early on a Dr. G. Robert Marye & Dr. Janet Stone Gonzalez domestic issues’ night. When Ken walked into Our Practice is Built on Patient Loyalty the courtroom he saw Preventive friends from high school Aesthetic who were there facing a Restorative Family variety of non-traffic isCosmetic sues. Ken pleaded “not Implant Dentistry guilty.” The judge asked 940-455-2252 the arresting officer what happened. He described

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was coming home from a gig at a fraternity party. He admits to having quite a snoot full and ran a stop sign. He tried to stop but there was that elusive brake pedal to deal with. Ken could see that he was going to get a ticket and manned up to try to talk the policeman out of it. The officer said, “Son, if I were in your condition I wouldn’t be trying to talk anyone out of anything!” Yep, another ticket. You’ll be relieved to learn that Ken hasn’t had a drop to drink in years. And any concerns you might have about meeting him on the road should be allayed…since he only gets a ticket about every two or three years. I think he might be slowing down a little! You might be a bit nervous, however, to hear that in the past he has been known to have as many as three sets of brake pads per year put on his car. AND His penchant for fast cars lives on and to this day, ‘Ole’ Lead Foot’ breaks out in a sweat at the sight of a red Corvette!


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