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  • LISD makes donation to United Way of Denton County

    Lewisville ISD on Tuesday presented its $67,116 donation to United Way of Denton County from the 2015 "Touch a Heart" district-wide giving campaign.

  • Plano man evacuated after Everest avalanche

    As the earth shook around him on Mount Everest, Plano resident Hemanshu Parwani asked his climbing guide, Dave Hahn, if the experience was normal. Hahn’s expression said it all.Parwani’s group had arrived at Camp 1 about 10 minutes before the 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck near the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, on April 25. Moments later, an avalanche ripped through the Everest base camp, killing 19 climbers and guides.“It was like sitting on jello, that’s how it felt with the ice moving,” Parwani said. “Nobody wanted to move. We were all scared because of the aftershock. Probably for an hour and a half, we were too scared to move.”Prior to the earthquake and avalanche, Parwani’s quest to summit Everest was pretty much on schedule, despite the often treacherous weather. After spending about two weeks at base camp, the group of climbers and Sherpas, or Nepalese mountaineering guides, scaled the Khumbu Icefall on April 24, before climbing to Camp 1 and then Camp 2.“We were really lucky because our guide was excellent and we ended up moving our camp based on his idea that it needed to be more in the middle,” he said. “We’re lucky he did that, because when the earthquake hit our original camp would have definitely been hit by a major avalanche.”Determined to continue, and unaware of the extent of the damage, Parwani’s team sent a few members into the Icefall to figure out a plan. The next day, a 5.9-magnitude aftershock rocked the region, further destroying the climbing route. With the Sherpa Icefall “doctors” having fled to the lower valley, there was nobody left to repair the route.

  • Watters Creek at Allen to host Allen Arts Festival

    The Allen Arts Alliance and Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm is inviting the community to celebrate local talent and artisans during the center’s Allen Arts Festival from Friday through Sunday. Leading up to the festival, a variety of stores and restaurants at Watters Creek will be hosting events during Art Week from Monday through Thursday.The Allen Arts Festival will feature more than 80 juried artisans. All mediums of art such as clay, glass, jewelry, wood, sculpture, paintings, pottery and more will be explored during the festival. In addition to children’s activities and entertainment during the day, there will be concerts from 7-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2-5 p.m. on Sunday.Featured bands and performers include:Friday, May 8 | 7 – 10 p.m. | The Fox & The Bird - A folk-pop band with layered harmonies, The Fox & The Bird’s  characteristically rich orchestration is hitched to banjos, accordions, ukuleles & fiddles. Saturday, May 9 | 7 – 10 p.m. | The Bodarks - The Bodarks are a genre-creating string band who have developed their own unique Americana music.   Sunday, May 10 | 2 – 5 p.m. | The Teddy Davey Ensemble - Teddy Davey’s repertoire covers favorites from Sinatra to Nat King Cole and numerous jazz standards.

  • Allen Senior Rec Center to host 'Just for the Health of It' event

    The Allen Senior Recreation Center will host the free "Just for the Health of It" Health and Wellness Fair from 9 a.m. until noon this Friday.Over 40 vendors will be covering a variety of health-related topics, screenings and of course, free swag. Prizes provided by the vendors will be put in a drawing held during the event.The senior recreation center is located at 451 St. Mary Drive in Allen. 

  • Network of prevention: Celina PD leads county agencies' initiative against domestic violence

    With populations rising across North Texas, correlating instances of violent crime have also increased. Last spring, Celina Police Lt. Tony Griggs noticed a disturbing uptrend in domestic violence incidences. This year, he has spearheaded a new, collective initiative utilizing an evidence-based assessment to recognize high-risk situations before tragedies occur.Next month, representatives from eight local police departments, the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, the Collin County District Attorney’s office, and two domestic violence service programs will receive training by experts from the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) to implement its Lethality Assessment Program (LAP). The program teaches strategies to communicate risk levels based on empirical research and to offer preventative measures in situations deemed likely to escalate.Griggs said he first heard about the program during a conference speech in May 2014 by Dallas Police Chief David Brown.At that time, Celina was projected to hit 50 domestic violence cases by the year’s end.To combat that trend, Griggs created a comprehensive initiative with events, lectures and donation drives all focused on increasing awareness through community engagement. By December, the total number of cases had only reached 29.But, he knew Collin Countycould do more. Currently, only two police departments in Texas -- Dallas and Frisco -- have implemented the “Maryland-model” LAP. Many larger departments staff in-house victim advocates. But smaller, more rural departments often lack the resources to implement preventative programs.One of only two evidence-based lethality assessment programs recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Maryland-model assessment is based on research by Jacquelyn Campbell, The John Hopkins University School of Nursing’s Anna D. Wolf, chair and national director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation of Nurse Faculty Scholars. Campbell’s research uses quantitative analysis of data from women who survived attempted homicide by intimate partners to assess “missed opportunities” for preventing domestic homicides.

  • Collin College's Class of 2015 commencement May 15 in Allen

    Collin College will honor the Class of 2015 with commencement ceremonies at 7 p.m. Friday, May 15 at the Allen Event Center, 200 E. Stacy Road in Allen.Collin County Judge Keith Self, Collin County Judge, will deliver the commencement address. Self is a fifth-generation Texan and a 1975 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He went on to earn a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Southern California. Self retired from active duty in 1999 as a lieutenant colonel. He was elected Collin County judge in 2006.This ceremony marks the 30th anniversary of the college, which was founded in 1985 and held its first graduation ceremony May 16, 1987. That ceremony honored 12 graduates. Since that time, the college has grown from a lone campus in McKinney to seven locations throughout the district.The ceremony will be the first for incoming District President Neil Matkin, who joined the college April 6.

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  • LISD makes donation to United Way of Denton County

    Lewisville ISD on Tuesday presented its $67,116 donation to United Way of Denton County from the 2015 "Touch a Heart" district-wide giving campaign.

  • New Lewisville patrol officers sworn in

    Last month, Police Chief Russ Kerbow swore in Juan Olvera and Kyle Payne as Lewisville Police Officers. They recently graduated from the Tarrant County Community College Police Academy. 

  • Mayor reflects on time in office and looks toward the future

    After living in Corinth for a few years, it became evident to me that this city had some deep-rooted problems. I decided to get involved and was elected to the City Council in 2006.  I soon discovered that the city’s finances were in bad shape. The utility fund was bankrupt. Each year the General Fund had to be used to bail out the utility fund. Our bond rating was “A” which resulted in higher interest rates for any issued debt.  To make matters worse, our infrastructure was better suited to support a town of 3,000 residents not 20,000. Our most appealing commercial properties had no water or sewer infrastructure. The roads leading to those properties were narrow country roads.Even worse, by the time I became Mayor in 2009, we had employed 10 city managers in 10 years. Good employees were frustrated by the lack of continuity in this key leadership role. Poor employees were content to perform at substandard levels knowing they could wait-out any city manager until he/she was replaced. As the city’s reputation declined, we experienced a weak talent pool of professionals willing to consider the job whenever we attempted to hire a new city manager. The TurnaroundIt takes a long time and a steady course to turn a large ship. My predecessor began the process of improving the city’s infrastructure. While I was on the city council, Mayor Burgess put-forth, and we all voted to issue $24 million in bonds for utility and road improvements. We also began the long road to bring our Utility Fund out of bankruptcy.Since that time, we reduced our debt from its peak by over 40 percent. Our bond rating was upgraded three times and is now AA. We continue to receive solid financial assessments from our independent auditors. The Texas Comptroller’s Office has awarded the city with a Gold Award for several years for financial transparency. This year we achieved the Platinum Award.

  • Lewisville elementary students participate in field day

    On Friday, for the third year, Rockbrook Elementary and College Street Elementary joined together for a field day at Lewisville High School’s Max Goldsmith. 

  • FM Council grants temporary use of sign at Jake's

    The Flower Mound Town Council on Monday amended the comprehensive sign package standards for Jake's Hamburgers, which is located in The Pines shopping center at Flower Mound Road and Gerault Road.Jake's officials were requesting the change because the exposed green neon sign, which is already in place on the building, isn't allowed in the town's sign ordinance. The sign package was allowed by the town in error.The approval, however, is good until Feb. 28, 2016 to give the town and the restaurant owner a chance to work out a compromise. Council members were concerned about allowing the sign in violation, even though they said it wasn't the applicant's fault.Mayor Tom Hayden said he was concerned that allowing the sign to stay as it is would open the door for other businesses to want the same thing.“I know branding is important,” Hayden said. “But Flower Mound has a brand, and it doesn't include this.”Councilman Bryan Webb, however, disagreed.

  • Carrollton student finishes first in UNT College of Business contest

    Three teams of graduating seniors from the University of North Texas’ College of Business won cash prizes April 25 for placing in the spring 2015 Northwestern Mutual Integrated Business Case Competition.The competition began with 50 teams composed of seven or eight students on average. The teams had to solve a hypothetical business problem for IBM by conducting a business environment analysis. Then, the teams had to create two business proposals to solve the issue."Students had to apply their business knowledge and practical skills to address a complex set of strategic, structural, and behavioral issues related to a public corporation,” stated Derrick D'Souza, professor of management at UNT.Jasmine Harris, a senior in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, was a member of the winning group. She said the competition reinforced common lessons from the business world.“I learned that hard work actually does pay off,” Harris stated. “There were days when my team was on campus all day. We worked really hard to make sure our financials were right, our paper flowed correctly and that we had all the information to make the proposal attractive.” The following students earned first place and were awarded $750 per team member:

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  • Police honored for rescuing man from burning vehicle

    Two Mesquite police officers and a civilian were honored Monday for their actions that saved Hector Valles’ life in the early morning hours April 19.The Mesquite City Council allocated time during its regular meeting to allow the police department to award officers Autumn Soto and Ryan Nielson each with a Lifesaving Award and Police Medal for Valor. Police Chief Derek Rohde and Mesquite Mayor John Monaco presented the awards.Zachary Shipman, a civilian who assisted the officers in the rescue, was also publicly recognized by Rohde and given the department’s highest civilian award, the Citizen’s Certificate of Merit.“It’s overwhelming,” Soto said. “I still feel another officer would have done the same exact thing we did, we just happened to be closer. I’ll feel that way forever.”According to Rohde, the initial 911 call came in at 4 a.m. and two officers were dispatched to the scene.“They heard the urgency of someone being trapped in a vehicle. They knew they were less than a mile away from where this incident had occurred, so they both cleared the call they were on and went to the scene,” Rohde said.

  • Mesquite pets of the week

    Kyla is an adult female domestic shorthair mix. According to shelter staff, she is sweet, laid back, loves attention and gets along with just about anyone. The believe Kyla would be a great addition to any family. Come see her at the shelter today in Cat Kennel ZZ.Josie is an adult female Canaan mix. The shelter staff say she loves to play and snuggle. They added, Josie gets along well with children and other dogs, and would make a fantastic dog for any family. Come see her today in Kennel No. 51.There are adoption packages available that begin at $65 for cats and $85 for dogs. The packages include items such as sterilization, vaccinations and microchipping, as well as city registration for the pet. Visit for details on adoption packages.The Mesquite Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is at 1650 Gross Road in Mesquite. The shelter is open 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-5:30 p.m. Saturday. The shelter can be contacted at 972-216-6283 or

  • Mesquite ISD issues statement regarding Culwell Center incident

    The Mesquite ISD posted a statement on its website regarding the incident that took place at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland yesterday. The facility will still be the site of the MISD graduation ceremonies on May 30-31, according to the statement.The statement read, “In light of yesterday’s events at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, some may be concerned about safety for the district’s graduation ceremonies to be held there later this month. At this time, Mesquite ISD has no plans to move graduation ceremonies from the Culwell Center to an alternate location. The safety of students, staff and guests is always a primary concern for graduation ceremonies, regardless of the venue. Working with police and event center staff, Mesquite ISD will take every precaution to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all attendees.”For more information on the incident, click here.

  • GISD: After shooting, bomb scare Sunday, don't go to Curtis Culwell Center on Monday for AP testing

    Garland Police still had the Curtis Culwell Center and the area around it blocked off late Sunday night as a bomb squad sought to determine whether a vehicle with a possible incendiary device was safe, district spokesman Chris Moore said around 11 p.m."Earlier this evening, during an event at the Curtis Culwell Center, two men exited a vehicle and began shooting at Garland ISD Security Officer Bruce Joiner," a report published on the GISD web site said. "Garland Police, who were on scene, returned fire at the two men, killing both. Officer Joiner was shot in the ankle. He was transported to a local hospital, treated and released. Our thoughts are with him and his family." Students scheduled to take advanced placement testing at the center on Monday should report to their high school campus libraries instead, Moore said. "Hopefully, it will go forward."District officials are working with those who provide the AP tests to work out the details, he said.Sunday night's event at theCurtis Culwell Center, held by the New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative, was an art exhibit and contest featuring caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad and was described by organizers as a free speech event.Depicting the prophet is considered offensive by many Muslims and has led to violence before -- including the deadly shootings in France at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, known for its cartoons featuring Muhammad.

  • GISD's Curtis Culwell Center honored again by Venues Today

    For the third-consecutive year, Garland ISD’s Curtis Culwell Center (CCC) has been named by  international trade publication Venues Today one of Texas’ Top Stops—a title just 19 venues received statewide.“It feels very rewarding to be a three-time Top Stops honoree,” said CCC Director John Wilborn in a press release. “We received the title because of the volume of events we have the pleasure to accommodate.”As North Texas’ sole venue designated a Top Stop in the 5,001-10,000 capacity category, the CCC proves to be one of the area’s leading event centers. In 2014, the CCC hosted 31 shows with more than 100,000 people in attendance, granting it fifth place in the division.Although the facility’s amenities may have contributed to this reoccurring success, Wilborn credits his staff for the distinction.“You always want to have a niche market. The sales team does a great job targeting that market,” Wilborn explained. “I hope we can remain competitive and always make the Top Stops listing in the future.”In addition to its recent recognition, the CCC also snagged the Most Spirit Award for hosting a number of peppy events last year.

  • Rowlett Citizen Corps Council schedules awards banquet for May 14

    The Rowlett Citizen Corps Council and Affiliated Programs 12th annual Awards and Recognition Banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 14 at Main Street Events, 4111 Main St.The council and affiliated programs include Rowlett Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and such other similar organizations as Fire Corps, Explorers, VIPS and ARES, EastTex CERT and Sachse CERT programs.The evening will include dinner, award presentations and speakers.Tickets are $10 before May 1, $12 after. Purchase tickets online at For more information, contact Whitney Laning at 214-417-4857 or


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  • 'May the art be with you'

    Dallas Museum of Art is known for being at the epicenter of the North Texas art scene. In honor of the hollowed day in the nerd-iverse, May the 4th, DMA decided to commemorate it in the only way they know how -- through art. Check out today's photo shoot on their blog, Dallas Museum of Art: Uncrated. 

  • Star Local Music Series: Halcyon the Sun

    Halcyon the Sun's new EP "Two Years," sounds like my childhood. This album sounds like flannel shirts, Doc Martens and the kind of raw emotion and inventiveness we saw from rock music in the 1990s.The slightly raspy, cool-as-a-cucumber lead vocals from Cody Michael coupled with the driving intensity of the guitars makes for a great listening experience. I think the comparison to Nirvana might be a little passe, though there is one song that sounds like proper 1990s, space needle grunge, "Bought a Gun."What's most interesting about this album is the audio journey this band takes you on through the course of the EP. The instrumental breaks, beat switches and intricate chords puts artistry at the forefront of their music. Nothing about this music is one-note or boring. Listen to their EP below: 

  • Several of area's top hoopsters on tap for NTBCA All-Star Game

    Although the 2014-15 high school basketball season is technically over, there are still plenty of chances for fans to see several of the area's top hoopsters in action.One such example will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hebron, the site of the North Texas Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game, which features two teams of Metroplex-based hoops standouts.Below are the rosters for the 2015 NTBCA All-Star Game:Blue TeamMalachi Davidson (Plano East)Isaac Asrat (Plano East)

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