As of this past weekend, Lewisville residents needing to make household repairs or do some painting or yard work no longer have to drive to one of the big box stores on either side of town for supplies. Westlake Ace Hardware held a grand opening Saturday and Sunday for its new 10,800 square foot store at 1116 W. Main Street. The centrally-located hardware store is in the site of the former CVS drug store in the Main Valley shopping center on the southwest corner of Main Street and Valley Parkway.
With a 9,000 square foot sales floor, the store sells typical hardware products like nuts, bolts, nails and screws, as well as tools, plumbing, electrical supplies, and paint. The store also has pet care, outdoor living, and barbecue products, and tools for gardening and lawn care.
Loren Casey, a ten-year employee of Westlake, was selected as general manager for the store. Casey said that of the 91 stores owned by Westlake, this store has a smaller format than the others. Regardless of the square footage, the store seemed not to be lacking in selection of the critical products needed to maintain a home and lawn. Anxious residents packed the store for the grand opening, snapping up bargains and enjoying free root beer floats the store was providing as part of the festivities.
Westlake is a wholly-owned, independent subsidiary of Ace Hardware Corporation, in business over 100 years, and a part of the Ace distribution network since 1959. “Westlake Hardware is a growing, vibrant brand and valuable resource for our customers in the markets we serve,” said Tom Knox, CEO of Westlake. “Our mission is to help customers keep their households running smoothly by providing the highest level of service, know-how, and products. We look forward to becoming a trusted and valuable member of the Lewisville community.”
The dedication ceremony for Wayne Ferguson Plaza, located across from Lewisville City Hall at 150 W. Church Street, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be followed by a free “Sounds of Lewisville” concert by Blaze of Glory: the Bon Jovi Experience at 7 p.m. on the plaza stage.
Wayne Ferguson Plaza is a 1.5-acre urban park and community gathering place built in the heart of Old Town Lewisville. It is adjacent to the historic Main Street commercial district and MCL Grand public arts center. The plaza was open to the public for the first time during the city’s recent Western Days festival. Local dignitaries and members of the Ferguson family will be in attendance, along with members of the Lewisville High School Choir and NJROTC.
Food will be available for purchase before and during the concert from Eat Jo Dawgs and Ruthies Food Trucks. Those attending are welcome to bring their own food and beverages to the event, although the use of glass containers is strongly discouraged. Smoking and vaping will be prohibited in the Lower Lawn directly in front of the plaza stage during the ceremony and concert, and in the splash pad and children’s play area at all times. Smoking will be allowed in the Upper Lawn and on the perimeter walkways. Well-behaved pets on a leash are allowed.
Inspired by the sculptural manner in which water carves the landscape of the North Texas Tall Grass Prairie, the design of Wayne Ferguson Plaza takes on a contemporary sweeping gesture using water as a link east to west and unites the plaza with MCL Grand. A linear water feature runs parallel to a boardwalk, guiding residents and guests throughout a garden filled with swathes of native grasses and wildflowers. The water feature is designed as a cooling amenity and a gathering place surrounding the central stage and lawn terraces. A water fall serves as a dramatic backdrop for the plaza stage.
The final design was developed after a series of detailed workshops that included public charrettes where residents and the business community were able to offer their vision of the park space and how it would one day be used.
By Tracy Kirk The award-winning choirs of Lewisville High School will perform their first concert of the year Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lewisville High School Stuver Auditorium. The performance will include classical and pop music and feature all five LHS concert and show choirs.
LHS's choral program is enjoying record enrollment this year. The program's commitment to musical and performance excellence is earning it accolades. The choirs were selected as "Best In Class" and "Overall Winners" at the 2015 Gulf Coast Showcase of Music and three choirs earned Sweepstakes, the highest possible scores, at UIL contests last year. Choir celebrates the success of its seniors who go on to earn scholarships and attend prestigious colleges. This year the choir will contribute to the success of its seniors by providing more scholarships than ever.
The choir is one of the most successful and robust programs at LHS thanks to the leadership of directors Steven DeCrow and Whitney Watson, the strong choral programs at the feeder middle schools, and the support of the LISD Fine Arts Department.
Ten plays into Friday night’s game at Max Goldsmith Stadium, Lewisville defensive back Cortez Thomas had picked off Allen quarterback Mitchell Jonke and the Farmers had capped a seven-play drive with a six-yard touchdown pass from Aubreion Bobb to Josh Adebayo to take an early 7-0 lead.
The deficit was the first that three-time defending state champion Allen had experienced since the first half of its first game of the season, against Denton Guyer.
Then the Eagles rattled off 52 consecutive points en route to their 49th straight victory, a 52-7 beating of the Farmers.
Allen, the top-ranked Class 6A team in the state, improved to 6-0, including a 4-0 mark in District 6-6A. Lewisville fell to 2-3 overall, 1-2 in district.
Despite the lopsided score and inability to find the end zone after his team’s early success, Lewisville coach Gregg Miller was optimistic when asked to identify positives in his team’s defeat.
“I saw a lot that was positive,” Miller said. “I felt real good about the way our kids played with the exception of our tackling which has plagued us all year. The first half was competitive and our kids didn’t quit.”
Q: We noticed the other day, taking our normal exit from I-35E southbound at Fox Avenue, that they have a solid white line painted where you would normally turn to go westbound on Fox. Does that mean we can’t turn there? - L.S. - Lewisville
A: Thanks for asking about this. I noticed the same thing the other day when I took that exit. I made my turn out of habit before I could even realize I was crossing a white line. I wondered about that myself, and worried about whether I could have gotten a ticket or worse.
Normally if you want to go westbound on Fox Avenue, you take the Fox exit, and turn right before you go under the bridge. But crews recently moved that exit southward, to where you would have to turn pretty much immediately after you exit. We went out and photographed the exit the other day, noting that the solid white line there is new, but there are also four yield signs placed on the access road to require traffic to yield to exiting vehicles from I-35E. There are no signs that we could see warning traffic that they can’t go westbound on Fox from there.
Making the situation worse, many people rely on GPS navigation apps, which certainly will be telling people to exit there to go westbound on Fox.
We reached out to Russ Kerbow, Lewisville Chief of Police, to ask about the situation and how his officers are handling it. Here is his response:
Great question! TxDOT has actually been marking exit lanes like this for the past couple of years in lieu of posting yield signs that would typically have motorists on the frontage roads yield to exiting traffic. Painting a solid white line for a few hundred feet along the lane exiting the highway creates a barrier that allows traffic exiting from the highway and traveling along the frontage road to merge when making lane changes. So, the short answer to your question is that one should not cross the solid white line.
Lewisville senior RS Nnenna Ijona listens before serving the ball.(Photo by Anthony Mazur)
By Anthony Mazur
Lewisville High School Volleyball hit Marcus hard Tuesday night, coming out on top over Marcus. The match lasted 4 sets, with Lewisville winning the first two 25-9 and 25-18 due to hard-hitting from the offensive side. However, unable to put the match to rest, the Lady Farmers were forced to go into a fourth set after Marcus won 25-20. Lewisville senior RS Nnenna Ijoma explained that the team was unable to win in three due to a breakdown in communication.
“In the third set, I think we lost communication and our defense broke down,” Ijoma said.
In addition to fixing some errors in the communication, the Lewisville players were encouraged by their coach during the timeouts, reminding them that the girls are making history, finally beating Marcus on the Marauder’s court.
“We’ve never beat Marcus on their home court,” Ijoma said.
In the future, Lewisville will make sure to keep playing full of energy, and to continue hitting hard.
The Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that it supports the $135 million bond package that goes before voters this November 3. The chamber's board of directors passed a resolution in support of the package, saying that the continued investment in the basic infrastructure of public property is required to maintain and enhance economic activity, and that the city would have enhanced public safety, traffic efficiency, and quality of life opportunities.
Chamber president Ray Hernandez served on the Blue Ribbon Capital Projects Committee that examined all of the city's capital needs, and prioritized them into the package being presented to voters. “The City of Lewisville understands the need for investment in basic infrastructure as the community continues to grow,” said Hernandez. “The updated recreational facilities will allow the city to remain competitive with neighboring communities.”
This November 3, Lewisville voters will vote on four bond propositions used to pay for up to $135 million in capital improvements for the city over the next 10 years. Proposition 1 is for $71.6 million in street replacements. Proposition 2 is for $39.9 million in parks and recreation facilities, including a new multi-generational recreation center. Proposition 3 is for $10.5 million for public safety facilities, including a new fire station #3, and a second floor addition to the police administration building. Proposition 4 is for $13 million for an indoor aquatic facility as part of the new recreation center in prop 2.
Together, if passed, the propositions would raise the property tax rate by as much as 1.8 cents per $100 valuation. For the average Lewisville home value of $180,132, this would result in a maximum $32.42 increase in today's dollars.
With over 700 members, the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce is an independent, non-profit advocacy organization for local business that works on improving the economic, civic, and cultural strength of the Lewisville area.
Early voting begins Monday, October 19 and lasts through Friday, October 30. Election day is November 3, with voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Lewisville Texan Journal will post specific locations and times soon.
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Lewisville Police officers are investigating a "suspicious person" incident that occurred at a school bus stop, Tuesday morning. At approximately 7:00 a.m., a 9-year-old student was at her bus stop in the 2100 block of Uecker Lane (near The Enclave Apartments) when she reported being approached by an unknown male suspect. She stated that the white male ran towards her, with his arms extended, as if he was going to grab her. The student immediately screamed and fled to nearby apartments.
The student described the male as being in his 30’s, average height, but skinny, and having a dark-colored beard. She did not see any vehicle associated with him or see what direction he fled.
Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information that would benefit the investigation is encouraged to call the Lewisville Police Department at 972-219-3600 or the TIPS line at 972.219.TIPS (8477). Anyone with a cell phone may also send an anonymous tip by texting “TipLPD” and their message to 847411.
Note - 9/27/2015: After weeks of being down due to a dead radio, we finally got the radio back after sending it in to get fixed. Tonight we got it hooked back up, but were still having difficulty with the live stream. After some investigation, it was determined that our hosting provider, Serverhostingcenter.com, was somehow corrupting the feed, causing all sorts of squawks, pops, and bizarre noises. We switched to ReliaStream which has been great so far. We are still looking into a way to stream to Android and iOS devices. Feel free to chip in, if you like. We've spent about $1,000 on this project so far, and donors have kicked in well over half.
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