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Print Edition - 02/06/2016

Print Editions of LTJ
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/2/6 6:31:23 (12 reads)

Open in new windowHere is the Feb 6, 2016 print edition of The Lewisville Texan Journal:

You can find free copies at any of these locations.

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UIL district realignment: What does it mean for Lewisville?

Posted by MikeIbanez on 2016/2/5 18:07:40 (467 reads)

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The reclassification and redistricting of Texas high school sports districts took place on Monday and not much has changed for the Lewisville High School athletic department.

LHS boys and girls teams will still be in one of the state’s most competitive districts. It’s just the length of the bus rides and names of opponents that will change.

Since the UIL groups schools from the same school district in its athletic districts, regional rivals Marcus, Flower Mound, and Hebron will continue to be district opponents. Those four schools will have a new group of district foes from outside Lewisville ISD, though.

Southlake Carroll, Euless Trinity, Hurst Bell, and Trophy Club Byron Nelson will join the four LISD schools in the new District 5-6A beginning next football season. The four new faces replace Plano, Plano East, Plano West, Allen, and McKinney Boyd, which will be anchoring the new 6-6A and will be joined by McKinney, Wylie and Denton Guyer.

At first glance, it is noticeable that Lewisville will no longer have to contend with the Allen football machine. Instead, the Farmers must now face Carroll and Trinity, which have combined for eight state football championships since 2000.

“We’re trading power for power,” LHS football coach Gregg Miller said upon inspection of his new district opponents. “When you play high school football in this area, you’re going to have to play good teams to make the playoffs. It’s evened out a little but you still have to show up and play every Friday night.”

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The man behind Hat Tricks joins Lava Cantina

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/2/4 8:50:00 (1204 reads)

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In the early 2000s, Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe Avezzano bought a mom-and-pop dart bar to turn into the concert venue of his dreams. Coach Joe’s Hat Tricks, a 300-person bar and restaurant, officially opened its doors Dec. 3, 2003.

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Tony Avezanno (Photo submitted by Tony Avezanno)

Over the 12 years Tony Avezzano, his son, owned and operated the venue, Hat Tricks booked musical acts that rivaled Dallas County clubs like Bomb Factory, Trees and the Verizon Theater. Hat Tricks was featured in an article in Rolling Stone magazine, made multiple Dallas-centric “best of” lists, and won awards for its food.

Last year, Avezzano sold his obsession to local entrepreneur Jason McDermott. He said he has mixed emotions about leaving Hat Tricks behind.

“We worked really hard to establish it as a live music venue and a credible place to eat good food,” he said. “I’m proud of what we did. But I’m just as excited to move on to a new chapter and a different direction.”

Avezzano said he did everything from managing the bar and staff to bar-tending and cooking himself.

“It was a full-time, 7 days a week and 365 days a year obsession,” he said. “My mom and I even had our Thanksgiving dinner there with customers who had no other place to go.”

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Anglers successfully press city for pass sales

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/2/3 9:30:00 (363 reads)


A group of fishermen sought answers for why the city was not yet selling Lake Park and Tower Bay annual passes at the city council meeting Monday. By Tuesday afternoon, they had the answer they wanted to hear.

The two parks are Lewisville’s public access points to launch boats into Lewisville Lake. Flooding and a construction project had both parks closed until this past Friday when Tower Bay was reopened.

It costs $10 to launch a boat at Tower Bay, but many residents normally pay for a discounted annual pass that allows unlimited launches at Lake Park and Tower Bay. The city normally sells the annual passes at Lake Park, where employees affix the non-transferrable pass to a motorist’s windshield upon purchase. The passes cost $50 for non-residents and $25 for residents. Senior citizens get half price.

However, Lake Park remains fully closed until at least mid-March for a construction project, and the city was not selling the passes anywhere else, according to parks director Bob Monaghan.

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Bielicke found guilty of murder

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Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/2/2 12:00:00 (276 reads)

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A Denton County jury has delivered a first degree murder verdict with a 65-year prison sentence to Lewisville resident Stephen Bielicke. He was responsible for the shooting death of Flower Mound resident Verland Johansen, who was 65. The men did not know each other.

Lewisville police responded around 10:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 2014 to calls of a drive-by shooting in the 200 block of South Stemmons Freeway.

Johansen, who was unarmed, was driving northbound on the service road while Bielicke shot at him. He was hit, lost control of his car and hit a highway guardrail. Bielicke fled the scene.

Johansen was taken to Medical Center of Lewisville. He was later flown by CareFlite to Baylor Hospital in Dallas. He died there.

The altercation began earlier in the night.

Bielicke had visited convenience stores to call and threaten his ex-wife.

Johansen was inside the QuikTrip near SH 121 and Main St. when Bielicke walked in and started a confrontation. Johansen left, but Bielicke followed while shooting at him.

Bielicke stopped twice at the 7-Eleven store at Corporate Dr. and SH 121 Business, once before the shooting, and once afterward. On the second visit he yelled at a woman in the store, and showed his pistol.

An employee took down his license plate number as he left the scene.

Officers ran the information and found Bielicke at his home. After receiving search warrants, police found the gun and shell casings matching those found on the highway and the gun.

The Denton County District Attorney's office credited assistant district attorneys Paul Hiemke and Rick Daniel, investigator Joe Erwin and the Lewisville Police Department for the successful prosecution.

Steve Southwell contributed to this report. Mugshot photo via Denton County Sheriff's Office

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Opinion: Lewisville Lake gas rights leasing bad for residents

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/2/2 8:40:00 (600 reads)


Last week, I wrote about how the federal Bureau of Land Management intends to lease some of the land under Lewisville Lake for natural gas development.

We were fortunate to have a reader bring this to our attention so that we could share it with you while the public protest period is still active. Two prior public comment periods went without anyone from our area weighing in because the notice given by BLM was by all but legal standards insufficient.

The BLM thinks that posting quarterly notices deep within the website of its New Mexico office constitutes informing the public. We think this situation perfectly underscores the need for local media, and why Texas law requires so many government proposals to be posted in local newspapers. Had BLM sent notice to The Lewisville Texan Journal, as a local news source, it would have received ample public comment.

Lewisville Lake is vital water supply for hundreds of thousands of people. Caution is advised for natural gas development, and any other industrial activity in the watershed. Operators must use best practices and regulators must carry a big stick. I wish I could say I trusted the Texas Railroad Commission (the state’s oil and gas regulators) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to wield the regulatory stick when warranted.

Nevertheless, the drilling won’t take place on Corps property. Railroad commission logs from nearby wells show that the horizontal drilling is around 9,000 feet below ground level. The maximum depth of Lewisville Lake is 67 feet. I’m more worried about contamination of underground aquifers which the drilling will pass through than lake contamination. The Corps of Engineers excludes hydraulic fracturing within 3,000 feet of the dam. With the proposed lease being miles from the dam, I’m not worried about any effects on it.

The reason this particular lease ought to be postponed or canceled has more to do with economics.

BLM is narrowing the prospective pool of bidders by leasing only the northeastern side of this arm of the lake, rather than leasing a similar amount of land that would stretch from shore to shore. It is setting up for a sweet deal for a single operator to bid the minimum and walk away with public minerals on the cheap.

Had BLM proposed leasing the land stretching from shore to shore, operators with existing pad sites on both sides of the lake could bid against each other for the opportunity to develop it. Too often, the taxpayers foot the bills for privatized profit and socialized risk.

If we are going to lease the land for drilling, we should at least have a better chance of getting more revenue from it.

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Upcoming Events Around Lewisville and the Surrounding Area

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by Pmoulard87 on 2016/2/1 1:10:00 (225 reads)

Open in new windowThere are many arts, recreation and leisure, and educational opportunities coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Listed below is a selection.

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Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In February - "Master Class" - Greater Lewisville Community Theatre
The Greater Lewisville Community Theatre production of Master Class will run three weekends, February 12 - 28 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Directed by M. Shane Hurst, This Tony-Award-winning play by four-time Tony-Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, is as close to opera as real-life diva Maria Callas’ life was. As her career winds down, we see her as a glamorous, commanding, and surprisingly drop-dead funny teacher holding a voice master class at Julliard. Alternately dismayed and impressed by the students she sees, she retreats into recollections about the glories of her own life and career – her youth as an ugly duckling, her fierce hatred of her rivals, the unforgiving press that savaged her early performances, her triumphs at La Scala, and her affair with Aristotle Onassis. It culminates with a stirring monologue about sacrifice made in the name of art. RATED PG-13. GLCT is located at 160 W. Main St. in Lewisville. The entrance and parking are in the rear off of Elm Street. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for 65 & over or 18 & under. Call for reservations (recommended) at 972-221-SHOW (7469). Additional information is available at

Friday Feb. 5 - 14 - LISD High School Art Exhibition
A juried exhibition of high school art work will be on display Feb. 5 through Feb. 14 at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N Charles St. Student works of visual art from all five of the district’s high schools will be on display. Adonis Carcamo, owner of Pomegranate Underground art gallery in Lewisville will jury the competition. An opening reception and awards presentation is Feb. 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. The exhibition is free, and open to the public.

Saturday, Feb.6 and Sunday. Feb.7 - Levisville Premier Gun Show
The Premier Gun Shows at Lewisville with over 400 tables of guns, knives, ammo, and shooting supplies. The public is invited to buy, sell, or trade. Hours are Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. General admission - $8 CASH only, Weekend Passes - $12 CASH only, Children under 12 - Free, uniformed police officers - Free. Event takes place at the Premier Event Center, Lakeland Plaza, 1165 S. Stemmons Frwy. For more information see:

Monday, Feb. 8 - LISD School Board Meeting

Monthly school board meetings take place at the Bolin Administrative Center located at 1565 W. Main St. Closed sessions are from 6 - 7 p.m. and open sessions begin at 7 p.m. All meetings can be watched from a live stream at

Saturday, Feb. 13 - Household Hazardous Waste Collection
From 9 a.m. - noon, bring household hazardous waste like chemicals and pesticides, used oil and leftover paint, batteries and old electronic items to the Lewisville Residential Convenience Center, 330 W. Jones St., for recycling or proper disposal. Must be a Lewisville resident. More info:

Saturday, Feb. 27- Denton County SKYWARN Spotter Training Class
Come out to the Denton Public Safety Training Center, Denton, Texas. 9 a.m. - noon for the basic storm spotter training class and 1 - 4:30 p.m. for the advanced class. For information see

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Sunday, Feb. 28 - Lewisville Lake Symphony Presents: “ Prokofief's "Peter and the Wolf"
Enjoy an afternoon of ballet and symphony music at Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf presented by the Lewisville Lake Symphony. The show will include performances by the LakeCities Ballet Theatre, narration by Chip Waggoner of Fox 4, an Instrument Petting Zoo, and a workshop to craft your own instrument. The show will be held at Frederick P. Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle Drive, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Adults (18+), children $5 and a special family rate for $25. To purchase tickets in advance and for more information visit or call 972.874.9087.

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Tuesday, Mar.1 - Flower Mound Preparatory & Philharmonic Orchestras Spring Concert
The Flower Mound Preparatory & Philharmonic Orchestra's will be performing their Spring Concert on Tuesday, March 1 2016 at the Trietsch Ministry Center located at 6101 Morriss Road
Flower Mound, TX 75028. The concert is free of charge and will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/1/31 21:30:00 (391 reads)

Local Ham Radio club to give free lessons
Lewisville Ham Radio Association is offering a five-week course to Lewisville residents who want to learn about Ham radio and prepare for the technician’s license.
Bob Burkett will teach the first class at 7 p.m., Feb1 at the Central Fire Station, 188 N. Valley Parkway. Classes will be held each Monday night until the test on March 5. The classes are free but the exam costs $15. The text book The AARL Ham Radio License Manual, Technician level is optional. Bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Students who pass the exam will be licensed as technicians and will receive a one-year membership in the Lewisville Ham Radio Association.
Sign up for the class by visiting, calling 972-839-9652 or emailing
Adam Schrader

GLCT announces winter production opening
The Greater Lewisville Community Theatre recently announced Master Class, its winter production, will run at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays from Feb. 12-28 at 160 W. Main St. in Old Town Lewisville.
GLCT veteran M. Shane Hurst will direct the play.
Tickets for Master Class are $18 for adults, and $16 for seniors ages 65 and older or children 18 and younger. Call 972-221-7469 for reservations. For more information, visit
Adam Schrader

AARP offers income tax assistance at the library
Trained AARP volunteers will provide free income tax assistance at the Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main Street, starting Monday, Feb. 1. Assistance will be available from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through April 13 in the library’s computer lab.
This program is offered to people age 50 and older. AARP is unable to assist in returns containing rental properties and farming or business expenses. To make an appointment, call the Lewisville Senior Center at 972-219-5050. Appointments can be made one week in advance. Walk-ins are welcome, but might be required to wait for an open slot.
For more information, visit
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Kristi Hassett named to TAMSA Board of Directors
Lewisville ISD Board Trustee Kristi Hassett was recently voted to the Board of Directors of Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment.

Hassett has been a member of TAMSA since the 2013 legislative session. Hassett, a graduate of Marcus High School, is passionate about the Speak Up for Texas Public Schools initiative. She has testified on the topic in front of the Texas Senate Education Committee and House of Representatives Public Education Committee.

According to a news release, “TAMSA started in 2011 as a statewide, grass roots organization of concerned parents that supports a more reasoned approach to student testing. Its mission is to improve public education in Texas through the use of meaningful and effective student assessments that allow for more productive classroom instruction and more efficient use of public funds.”
Adam Schrader

Latham to retire, Proznik has filed for her seat
Frisco resident Jenny Proznik announced Monday that she filed to run for Place 5 on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees. Brenda Latham announced she will not seek re-election for the seat last Friday.

“I do want to thank all those who have not only supported me in past campaigns, but those who have prayed for, encouraged and mentored me as a Trustee,” Latham said in a press release.

Latham said that her successor should address the cost, loss of class time and logistics of Lewisville High School’s three campuses and push for establishing a college, career readiness campus in LISD.

“Dual language for non-English speaking students is just not acceptable,” she said. “These students deserve better.”

Proznik serves as the Legislative Liaison on the LISD Council of PTAs and LISD Parent Liaison to the Frisco Mayor’s Youth Council. She was on the Arbor Creek Middle School board from 2009-2015 and president of the Hebron PTSA from 2013-2015. Proznik holds a Journalism and Public Relations degree from The University of Oklahoma. She is a 2014 PTA Lifetime Award winner.

Todd DeDecker, of Highland Village, will serve as the treasure for the campaign. For more information about Proznik’s campaign, visit facebook/com/ProznikForLISD or
Adam Schrader

LISD students compete in district meet
Over half of the Lewisville High School swimmers that competed in last weekend’s district meet at the Westside Aquatic Center qualified for next weekend’s regional competition.

Ethan McGee shared boys swimmer of the meet honors with Steven Cheng and Connor Owens of Flower Mound. McGee finished first in both freestyle sprint events and anchored the Farmers second-place 200-meter freestyle relay.

Meanwhile, Kara Eisenmann finished first in the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly. She shared girls swimmer of the meet honors with Marcus’ Lauren Savoy and Hebron’s MacKenzie Garcia-Hynds.

Brian Fisher (2nd-diving), John Moore (6th-100 backstroke), Sydney Boyer (5th-100 backstroke; 6th-200 freestyle), Ellis Ko (2nd-100 breaststroke), Kayla Wofford (1st-diving) and Allison Oropeza (4th-diving) qualified for the Feb. 5-6 regional meet, which will also take place in Lewisville.
Mike Ibanez

Town Council approves measures to keep Fortune 500 company
Last Thursday, Flower Mound town council members approved measures to allow Stryker Communications to expand from approximately 115,000 square-feet to a new location with more than 200,000 square-feet.

Had the council not approved the measures, Stryker would have looked to relocate to another community, according to a press release. The company plans to consolidate offices in Charleston, S.C. and Coppell with the new site.

Stryker Communications is a division of Fortune 500 company Stryker Corporation. The medical supply company uses its Flower Mound location for sales and marketing, research and development. The company opened in the Lakeside Business District in 2005 with more than 200 employees. The expansion would allow the company to employ more than 400 local employees, according to the release.
Adam Schrader

FMHS to present 'Guys and Dolls'
Flower Mound High School students will present Guys and Dolls at 7 p.m. Feb 4-6 and at 2:30 p.m. Feb 7 in the school’s Jack and Donna Clark Auditorium, 411 Peters Colony Road.
The Broadway musical celebrates the glory days of 1940's Times Square New York City.
For tickets, visit
Adam Schrader

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Weightlifters bring home state medals

Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/1/31 21:06:18 (229 reads)

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Pictured are left to right: Diane McLeod, Willie McLendon and Jason Jacobs. (Photo by Mike Ibanez)

Willie McLendon is developing weightlifting champions in a non-descript strip mall on the corner of I-35 and Business 121 in Lewisville.

McLendon, the owner of the Crossfit 3040 business in Lakeland Plaza, recently took a handful of athletes he trains to the Texas State Weightlifting Championships in San Antonio— and returned with a combined two gold medals, two silver medals and six new state records.

All medals were earned in the USA Weightlifting Masters Division, which consists of competitive weightlifters greater than 35 years old.

Sanctioned events include two lifting disciplines, the snatch and clean and jerk. The snatch involves lifting weight directly overhead while the clean and jerk involves powerlifting the weight to a standing position before pressing it overhead.

McLendon finished first in the men’s 105 kilogram weight class (ages 35-39) and set a new state record for that class in the snatch (244 pounds), clean and jerk (308 pounds) and overall total.

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5 North Texans head to world derby games

Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/1/31 20:40:00 (1009 reads)

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Dr. Feelgood speeds away from the pack after scoring points for TXMRD. (Photo by Roy Moore, Control Images)


Five North Texans will represent Texas at the second Men’s Roller Derby World Cup tournament July 21-24 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Teams from 22 countries will compete for the championship title in the biannual tournament.

According to, 15 countries competed in the inaugural tournament in March 2014 in England. Team USA dominated that tournament, collectively outscoring opponents 1,655 to 251. TJ “TIP” Binkley, 31, was on the original Team USA roster.

“I'm very excited to skate with all the new and old names on this roster. There are 11 of the original 2014 team on this roster,” he said. “I can't wait to take the track with this talented group of guys.”

Men’s Roller Derby Association revealed the 2016 Men’s Team USA roster on Jan. 18, after 120 skaters competed in two days of grueling tryouts in Iowa and Florida. The charter consists of 20 skaters and two alternates.

Binkley is a member of Texas Men’s Roller Derby, a local men’s league, with Kyle Divers, Brannon Smith, Bryan O’Neill and Joel Herrera. Binkley, Divers, Smith and O’Neill will skate for Team USA. Herrera will take the track for Team Mexico.

Brannon “Dr. Feelgood” Smith, 24, said that tryouts was a three-tier elimination system and consisted of skill proficiency drills, endurance and scrimmages.

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