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March 27, 2008

Dallas No. 1 in growth

Filed under: Cedar Hill,DeSoto,Duncanville,Grand Prairie,Lancaster — cedarhilleditor @ 3:00 pm
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The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex added 162,000 residents from July 2006-July 2007, making it the biggest growing metropolitan area, in terms of numbers, in the nation.

With Houston No. 4 and San Antonio and Austin both in the Top 10, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst was right yesterday, it would seem, when he predicted a doubling of the state’s population to 45 million in 30 years.

Now, how much of this growth comes to our Best Southwest and Grand Prairie area, and what it means for state highway infrastructure that Dewhurst mentioned, local amenities like possible city-sponsored Wi-Fi in Cedar Hill and more, remains to be seen.

March 26, 2008

The death of another DeSoto child

Filed under: DeSoto — desotoeditor @ 11:28 pm

I had only been at Today Newspapers for a few months when I covered the story of a 13-year-old DeSoto boy who died.

Jonathan Hogan and a friend had skipped school and found a gun at the home of the friend. In the end, Jonathan was dead from a gunshot wound to the head and his friend was charged in his death.

This incident stayed with me for a long time, for so many reasons, not the least of which was the family who had a gun in the home for the boys to find. Guns are a completely different topic that I have flip flopped on, so I’m not going to get sidetracked in talking about it.

I hadn’t thought about the incident until earlier this week when the news broke that another DeSoto boy died. This time the death appears to be at the hands of his own father. DeSoto police have arrested Terence Potts and charged him with murder. (more…)

David Dewhurst speaks

Filed under: Cedar Hill,DeSoto,Duncanville,Lancaster — cedarhilleditor @ 6:16 pm
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David Dewhurst speaks

Lt. Gov David Dewhurst addressed the Best Southwest Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Duncanville March 26.

Dewhurst said that Texans of all political parties needed to work together for the long-term future of the state. He cited population estimates that predict the state’s population will double in 30 years, to 45 million, as a key factor in this.

Key topics he touched on were healthcare, education, highways, illegal immigration and the Real ID requirements.

For more, see the April 3 issue of Cedar Hill Today, De Soto Today, Duncanville Today or Lancaster Today

Swoosh!

Filed under: Duncanville — autoworlddavid @ 3:49 pm

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After looking at this photo from the Duncanville/Grand Prairie boys soccer playoff game March 25 in Duncanville, I began seeing a recurring theme – the “swoosh.”
See how many “swoosh” symbols you can find.

Nature lovers abound

Filed under: Cedar Hill — cedarhilleditor @ 2:48 pm
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All of Audubon Texas’ hikes in its Dogwood Canyon Nature Preserve to see the flowering dogwoods in full bloom next month have already filled up.

But, I’m signed up for one of the April 5 hikes, and Today will have a photo slideshow, in case you are still curious what all the fuss is about this biological gem.

And, Audubon may add a hike or two.

Plus, stay tuned for more information about a groundbreaking for the education center it is going to build there.

March 24, 2008

I love the spring …

Filed under: Cedar Hill,DeSoto,Duncanville,Grand Prairie,Lancaster — duncanvilleeditor @ 11:18 pm

No not because of the flowers or love is the air. March Madness is what gets me. I got my bracket all set and ready last Wednesday night. My final four was picked and I was ready for the big dance.

Only sad part is half of my pre-picked final four is out. I just knew Duke was going to at least make it to the Elite Eight, but Coach K and the boys didn’t even get to see the Sweet Sixteen. Sad days.

This tournament has had some unexpected twists and turns. After just this first weekend. I’m completely clueless as to who is going to win. For the record. I changed up my bracket include UNC, Kansas, Texas and West Virginia.  We’ll see …

March 21, 2008

Spring is here!

Filed under: DeSoto — desotoeditor @ 3:58 pm

March 20 was the first day of spring, and I am stoked.

I don’t get this way about the first day of fall or winter, not even summer. It’s just spring when I get reflective about the flowers, the weather, everything.

I pointed out to a co-worker earlier this week that spring was on its way. Only minutes later, I asked him to stop and listen. We could hear the cicadas (or locust, as I called them when I was a kid) outside of our office door. It was such a beautiful sound. That sound of the insects talking or singing, or whatever they are doing, brought back a cascade of memories for me.

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DeSoto Eagle baseball vs. Arlington Martin

Filed under: DeSoto — autoworlddavid @ 1:06 pm

DeSoto varsity boys baseball got in a Thursday night game against the Warriors of Arlington Martin.
Here is a slideshow of action from the game by Today Photographer Chris Hudson.

Martin won the contest, 16-2.

Got Taste?

Filed under: Duncanville — autoworlddavid @ 1:03 pm

Duncanville does.
Here is a slideshow from Today Photograher Chris Hudson of the 2008 Taste of Duncanville hosted by the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce and held at Duncanville High School.

March 20, 2008

Hang up, Duncanville

Filed under: Duncanville — autoworlddavid @ 1:11 pm

As schoolchildren in Duncanville head back to school following their spring break, drivers in school zones are forewarned to hang up those handheld cell phone devices.
Beginning March 24, the new “Use of Hand-held Mobile Telephones Prohibited in School Zones” ordinance takes effect. Drivers may not operate a non-hands-free mobile (cell or sat) phone or communications device in an active school zone.
According to the City, this ordinance only applies to hand-held mobile phones and texting devices, not two-way radios (CB, ham or business) or laptops (or makeup, or breakfast burritos or …).

March 19, 2008

Merit pay could come to CHISD

Filed under: Cedar Hill — cedarhilleditor @ 3:37 pm
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The Cedar Hill School Board heard a report from a special committee studying the issue of merit pay for teachers; the district has to file a request for state grant money by April 8, and the story is in the March 20 <i>Cedar Hill Today.</i>

Teachers, are you worried about having to “teach to the TAKS” even more, since that makes up a large portion of merit pay evaluations? Administrators, are you, like Board Trustee Sonya Grass, worried about the same thing? Parents?

Do you have other  concerns? I’m not saying this would ever happen in CHISD, but I think about TAKS combined with teacher pay, and Wilmer-Hutchins pops in my mind.

March 18, 2008

Lancaster once again hit with heavy flooding

Filed under: Lancaster — autoworlddavid @ 9:19 pm

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By BILL CONRAD
News Editor

UPDATE:The American Red Cross has set up a hotline for residents to call if they have flood damage that they would like assessed. If you have damage, call 214-678-4800 to speak to a Red Cross representative.

Heavy rains once again caused flooding problems in Lancaster, as Ten Mile Creek overflowed its banks near the 2200 block of West Main.

The Lancaster Fire Dept. swift water rescue team was called in to help evacuate people from their houses near the creek.

There was also high water reported near Cedar Valley College and at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Pleasant Run Road. (more…)

March 17, 2008

Is a parental code of conduct needed?

Filed under: Cedar Hill,Duncanville — cedarhilleditor @ 5:39 pm
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The Cedar Hill School District added just such a code to the student code of conduct handbook at the March 10 school board meeting. (Story in the March 20 Cedar Hill Today.)

Teachers, school administrators and parents: Is such a code needed? Will it do much good? If needed, will it reach the parents the school district most wants to reach?

And, this is not just a Cedar Hill issue. The school board took the parental code verbatim from Duncanville ISD.

March 13, 2008

Students DO care

Filed under: Cedar Hill,Uncategorized — autoworlddavid @ 1:52 pm

I was completely surprised and impressed with the outpouring of emotions from students in the Cedar Hill schools and others who have commented following our reporting of the passing of coachbell.jpg Coach Judith Bell.

This has been our most commented item on our website to date.
I myself could not believe the news as reports surfaced of this horrible event.
Seeing her interact with students and fellow faculty at the High School basketball games I could tell she was very popular, and it seemed like she always had a smile for everyone.
Here are some of the comments left for Coach Bell: (more…)

March 12, 2008

Uptown Grand Opening

Filed under: Cedar Hill — cedarhilleditor @ 4:18 pm

Buddy Herring of the MGHerring Group, Uptown Village Store Manager Norine Bowen and Cedar Hill Mayor Rob Franke all spoke at the grand opening the morning of March 12. The event went off pretty much without a hitch, except for a post-ribbon cutting balloon launch that had a balky balloon net that didn’t want to open.

Speaking of opening, a few stores’ openings have been delayed, most notably Barnes & Noble. The book seller will not move from its current location until sometime in April.

Uptown — first impressions

Filed under: Cedar Hill — cedarhilleditor @ 1:52 am
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I just got done going to the pre-grand opening gala at Uptown Village. Some preliminary thoughts:
1. The Village Green area will indeed be nice for community concerts and other events.
2. About 30 percent of the total square footage is in stores that open March 12. Another 30 percent or so, as if this time, is in stores that will open by mid-summer, pending any further space being leased.
3. The area will certainly be secure; it has a number of video cameras, with a security booth in the Village Green area. That is also where the information booth for the mall is at.

March 9, 2008

Ve’re going to Pump … You Up!

Filed under: Managing Editor — managingmom @ 8:42 am

OK, so none of the young party guests get the reference, but parents of said guests just might. And it was the grown ups, afterall, having the most fun at Peter’s Pump It Up party. (Once we surpassed the potty humor, that is.) (more…)

March 8, 2008

Uptown Village – what’s going to interest you?

Filed under: Cedar Hill — cedarhilleditor @ 4:04 am
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Uptown Village is opening March 12, in what is of course huge retail news for Cedar Hill. I’d like to hear what your favorite store or restaurant is, based on information from the March 6 issue of Cedar Hill Today:

Anchored by Dillard’s, Barnes & Noble and Dick’s Sporting Goods, Uptown Village will open with a diverse group of specialty retail stores and restaurants including Coldwater Creek, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Hollister, American Eagle Outfitters, Buckle, Aeropostale, Aveda, Finish Line, Champs, Matt’s Rancho Martinez and many others. More stores and restaurants will continue to open throughout spring and summer 2008, including Ann Taylor Loft, Jos. A. Bank, Francesca’s Collections, Ulta, Express, Patrizio, Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe, La Madeleine, LensCrafters and GameStop.

My favorite, as a regular coffee drinker, will be La Madeleine. Also, I believe this is the first La Madeleine south of the Trinity, so it’s one of the key signs of Cedar Hill getting some economic growth “recognition,” too.

Note: Uptown is having food tasting from 1-2 p.m. March 12 and 13.

March 7, 2008

A note about comments

Filed under: Uncategorized — autoworlddavid @ 3:00 pm

We look forward to the community getting involved in our blogs through comments, critiques, etc.
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Another round of snow

Filed under: Uncategorized — autoworlddavid @ 2:06 pm

Winter apparently won’t go quietly.

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North Texas was treated to another round of the frozen precip – twice in the same week.
As I spent another chilly morning scraping the ice and snow from the windows of both vehicles in the driveway, I noticed the neighbors daffodils are taking quite a beating. (more…)

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