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April 30, 2008

JROTC benefits CHEF

Filed under: Cedar Hill — cedarhilleditor @ 5:20 pm

Justin Gifford, a colonel in the Air Force Junior ROTC at Cedar Hill High School, is organizing the district’s first Walk-A-Thon with the help of Teril Woodward, executive director of the Cedar Hill ISD Education Foundation. Seventy-five percent of proceeds will be given to the Education Foundation, a non-profit group that gives grants to teachers in schools in the district. The other 25 percent will go toward the Hansel Martin Scholarship, named after a beloved teacher at the high school who passed away in 2006.

The walk-a-thon will be held May 10, inside Longhorn Stadium, starting at 8:30 a.m. Participants can sponsor the event in different ways: walking laps in the event, supporting those walking by pledging a set amount for each lap walked or by donating a flat rate amount to the cause.

“We are hoping to make this a rather large event in the upcoming years so we want to start it off right,” Gifford said.

For more information on how to participate in the event, whether walking or simply pledging a donation, contact Justin Gifford at 469-765-6223 or Teril Woodward at 972-291-1581 ext. 4047 or by e-mailing


April 27, 2008

Enjoy spring – honeysuckle is in bloom

Filed under: DeSoto — cedarhilleditor @ 4:20 am
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Western white honeysuckle, also known as Texas honeysuckle, is in bloom right now, and two of the best places to enjoy both its sight and its intoxicating aroma are in DeSoto.

The first place is right by the DeSoto municipal complex. Get on the Roy Orr Trail and walk east, toward Ernie Roberts Park. Even before you see all the honeysuckle, your nose will let you know you’re getting there.

The second is in Windmill Hill Preserve, from the Wintergreen Road parking lot. As soon as you start walking down the paved pathway, you’ll smell it.

White honeysuckle in bloom

April 15, 2008

TxDOT may need to fix southbound U.S. 67 service road in Cedar Hill

Filed under: Cedar Hill — cedarhilleditor @ 7:54 pm
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Right now, just north of the Pleasant Run intersection, the southbound U.S. 67 service road adds a third lane that becomes a right-turn lane into Best Buy’s parking lot. But, it’s a right-turn only lane, one that you then lose before you get the right-turn lane for Pleasant Run.

More than once, wanting to turn onto Pleasant Run, I have found myself getting in the first right-turn lane, then saying a mental “Oops” and hoping I don’t look like an idiot.

Beyond that, though, I see a situation similar to that when Cedar Hill got its big wave of economic development on FM 1382 about five years ago. Traffic was hugely backing up on the offramp from southbound 67 to 1382, with the end result that the Texas Department of Transportation had to extend the length of the offramp by several hundred feet.

Well, with continued growth in shopping at Uptown Village, more and more people are going to use the Pleasant Run access to the center. I think TxDOT needs to get rid of the inset curb between the two right turn lanes, create a single right-turn lane, and extend it back further than where it starts now.

April 14, 2008

Car shows and cruise-ins

Filed under: Cedar Hill,Duncanville — autoworlddavid @ 12:49 pm

Just as the flowers and trees emerge from their wintry sleep, springtime also brings out those shiny classic and antique cars and trucks as nearly each weekend of the month boasts some sort of show or cruise-in or any old excuse to get those hot rods and show cars out of the garage. (more…)

April 12, 2008

More than bluebonnets in Texas spring

Filed under: DeSoto,Grand Prairie — cedarhilleditor @ 7:22 pm
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Texas is renowned for its bluebonnets in April, along with other wildflowers. But, that’s not the only thing blooming this time of year.

This is a red oak, caught at just the right time of starting to put on leaves on this particular branch. This is in Windmill Hill Nature Preserve in DeSoto.

Red oak leaves start the year red too

There’s plenty of free nature to see in the area this spring. Of course there’s the bluebonnets and other wildflowers on the shoulders of I-20, I-35 and U.S. 67. There’s also trees like this in Dallas County parks in Lancaster and Cedar Hill as well as DeSoto, and city parks in those cities plus Duncanville and Grand Prairie.

April 10, 2008

DeSoto damaged by storms … again

Filed under: DeSoto,Lancaster,Uncategorized — autoworlddavid @ 12:57 pm

Almost like deja vu all over again as storms rip through the Best Southwest, with some of the most severe damage landing in DeSoto.
Fourteen years ago this month, Tornados tore through DeSoto and then Lancaster leaving a path of destruction, and three deaths.
Fortunately this time around it appears residents escaped largely unscathed, but the same cannot be said for their homes, their property or their nerves.
Fences, roofs, vehicles … the path of destruction looks to begin around the 1200-1300 block of North Hampton and moved east from there, setting its sights on 1400 blocks of Hubert and Honor, and then on to Essex and Manor streets.
From there, damage reports have come in from the MCM Grande Hotel and FunDome (the former Holiday Inn) and then across I-35E and into northern portions of Lancaster where damage reports do not seem to be as severe.

April 8, 2008

Lamb of city goes out like a Lion

Filed under: Managing Editor — managingmom @ 10:24 pm


It was fitting that on a cloudy, windy day last week a member of the Duncanville Lions Club let me know that his fellow Lion, longtime resident and community leader Wes Jespersen had passed away.


April 6, 2008


Filed under: Cedar Hill — cedarhilleditor @ 1:55 am
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This is why the city of Cedar Hill has given Audubon Texas $1 million, plus donated land to Audubon, for the preservation of Dogwood Canyon.

Flowering dogwoods

I’ll admit getting a bit lucky with this shot; I didn’t notice the butterfly had flown into the center of the cluster of flowers while I was in the middle of shooting.

More photos in the April 10 Cedar Hill Today.

April 3, 2008

Vou ao Brasil … I’m going to Brazil

Filed under: Duncanville,Uncategorized — duncanvilleeditor @ 6:29 pm

I have been thinking a lot about fantasy jobs lately. In college, I imagined having a career that took me all over the world and paid for my chic metropolitan loft apartment in New York (It could happen). Most fantasy jobs include luxury cars, mansions with microwaves in the bathrooms and a paycheck bigger than what most people see in a lifetime.
That all sounds nice and unrealistic, but my ultimate dream job doesn’t come with any kind of fame or massive salary. I have recently determined that when I grow up, I want to be a missionary. I know I’ll do a lot of other things along the way, but seriously, that is what I would love to do someday.


April 1, 2008

‘Stormy’ weather

Filed under: Uncategorized — autoworlddavid @ 5:34 pm


Despite an air of uncertainty as to the future of the Duncanville FFA program, and an atmosphere full of foul weather, baby “Stormy” came into the world Monday afternoon down at the Ag property.
Stormy is our fourth calf born at the DISD facility, with each calf being donated as a project animal to a deserving student each year.
Stormy joins her Mama (a registered shorthorn heifer) and her older sister Scarlet Aggie O’hara in our current AutoworldToday “herd.”

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