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May 27, 2009

Texas Lege, TxDOT and red-light cams

Filed under: Cedar Hill,Duncanville — cedarhilleditor @ 12:26 am

Cedar Hill has avoided being in red-light camera limbo, while Duncanville may not be so lucky. The Texas House’s version of Texas Department of Transportation sunset renewal forbids cities from either starting or renewing red-light camera contracts after June 1.

The Cedar Hill City Council took care of that business at its May 26 meeting, extending its contract with American Traffic Solutions by 15 years.

That said, the state senate’s version of TxDOT renewal has no such restrictions. The two different bills will have to go tp conference committee. With this year’s Lege almost done, such conference negotiations will have to be brief.


May 20, 2009

Emmert throws hat in ring for DalCo judge race

Filed under: Cedar Hill — cedarhilleditor @ 6:59 pm

Cedar Hill City Councilman Wade Emmert told me, at a Cedar Hill Chamber of Commerce event yesterday, he’s official about seeking the Republican nomination for the Dallas County Judge race next year, and that he’ll have an official announcement party June 4. Emmert says state Sen. John Corona and former Dallas County Judge Margaret Keliher are both suposed to be in attendance. Mike Pappas and Ebby Halliday are among the heavy hitters on his steering committee.

April 25, 2009

An American Indian chief wants the land back

Filed under: Cedar Hill — cedarhilleditor @ 5:27 am

Chief Loop-Nine of the Wichita Nation to the peoples of what will someday be called southern Dallas County and northern Ellis County:

This land was not yours before. If you could not peacefully dwell on the land of the Wichita in our own style, without your European crops, you did not have to stay here. And your European livestock scared away the deer, overgrazed the grass and eroded the stream banks.

And this phrase “eminent domain.” It does not exist, nor any equivalent to it, in our language, not even if emphasized by one of our bows and arrows or even one of your guns. But, we know what the phrase really means, especially when emphasized like that.

However, our prophets have long foresight, far distant into the future.


April 24, 2009

Joey Dauben raised a rabble in Cedar Hill @ Loop 9

Filed under: Cedar Hill — cedarhilleditor @ 2:32 am

While there were many fine, upstanding residents of Cedar Hill and various Ellis County cities at the special hearing on Loop 9 in Cedar Hill April 23, there was more than a small scattering of people bringing some baggage to the event.

Let me put it this way. (more…)

April 21, 2009

Best Southwest Earth Day event needed

Filed under: Cedar Hill,DeSoto,Duncanville,Lancaster — cedarhilleditor @ 7:30 pm

Juneteenth is celebrated jointly every year, and individual BSW cities have their trash-offs in April, around the time of Earth Day. Plus, Cedar Valley College is becoming a leader in green building technology education and Northwood University is putting it into practice.

So, why not a joint Earth Day event?

October 8, 2008

CH and DV voters have spoken on school tax

Filed under: Cedar Hill,Duncanville — cedarhilleditor @ 6:16 pm
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By a decisive margin in Duncanville and a massive one in Cedar Hill, voters in te Oct. 7 special election for a 13-cent tax increase for the Cedar Hill and Duncanville school districts said “no.”

If you were one of the people who voted no, what do you think the district should do? Cut admin jobs? Cut teachers? Cut salaries across the board? Cut extracurricular spending? Dip into reserve funds? Run a deficit budget? A mix of several of the above?

If you voted “yes,” especially if you work for one of the two school districts, the same question for you, in the sense of which do you think will be easiest and least painful of all the above options?

And, if you’re on either side of this issue, what do you think the Texas Legislature should do next year? (Note — the report is that the Lege will focus mainly on transportation issues.)

July 10, 2008

Best Southwest cities ask Legislature for more dog control power

July 8, the Cedar Hill City Council joined its Duncanville counterpart in officially memorializing the Texas Legislature to allow cities to have more control over specific breeds of dogs.

Cedar Hill City Councilmembers specifically disavowed wanting to ban pit bulls or other types or breeds of dogs, but said they do want the freedom to be able to enact certain controls on certain types of dogs, such as additional fencing requirements.

Currently, Texas law prohibits cities from enacting any breed-specific ordinances.

Today Newspapers will have an editorial column on the issue July 17.

Ironically, last night, after being at another event in Cedar Hill, I saw a pit bull running loose in DeSoto on my way home.

July 2, 2008

Texting Craze Gone Crazy?

Filed under: Cedar Hill,DeSoto,Duncanville,Grand Prairie,Lancaster,Uncategorized — duncanvilleeditor @ 8:42 pm

Texting and e-mail have become the new way to communicate, and for some the only method of communication. Instead of seeing a group of friends waking around the mall gabbing with one another, nowadays, it’s more common to see the same group sitting in the food court with their faces glued to their high-tech cell phones, speaking in their own language.

June 10, 2008

What’s all this then?

Industry leaders much smarter than I are predicting the end of “paper” in newspapers within ten years. Many media companies are already heading in that direction with advances in online offerings on many fronts and in multiple formats. News agencies are now media agencies and, before long, that long-favored descriptor for old-school journalists – “He has ink flowing in his veins” – will fade from our vocabulary just as we no longer fill up with “high-test.”
In the meantime, here at Today Newspapers we really can’t say what the future holds other than this industry is faced with all sorts of challenges from all different sides but still facing a common dilemma – delivering community news you want. (more…)

May 22, 2008

What stores and restaurants do you want here?

Filed under: Cedar Hill,DeSoto,Duncanville,Grand Prairie,Lancaster — cedarhilleditor @ 2:16 pm
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May 29, I will have a column in the various issues of Today Newspapers about getting more stores and restaurants, i.e., “north of the Trinity” type stores, to our area, complete with webmail and e-mail contacts for how to reach these folks and tell them they need to come here.

Well, this blog post is your chance to play along.

I and other Today editorial staff brainstormed the stores and restaurants we could think of, but our list certainly wasn’t exhaustive.

We’d like to hear from you, too, and let you start the game now.

If you have a favorite store or restaurant that we don’t yet have in our area, please list it here. If you have a webmail or e-mail contact for that company, please include that.

That May 29 column is here.

May 3, 2008

Some not-so-good economic news for Cedar Hill

Filed under: Cedar Hill,Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 5:57 pm
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A second major retailer in six months with a Cedar Hill location has filed for Chapter 11 protection.

As a New York Times news analysis predicted about a month ago, Linens ’n Things has filed for bankruptcy, joining Bombay, which went out of business last fall.

And, it will be closing its Cedar Hill store, at the Plaza in Cedar Hill, as part of its reorganization. That’s one of five Dallas-area stores, 10 in Texas, and 120 across the country it will shutter, while planning to stay in operation as a company during the bankruptcy process.

<blockquote>“The significant deterioration in the mortgage, housing and credit markets and the resulting impact on the retail marketplace, particularly the home sector, has overwhelmed the operating and merchandising improvements that we have made over the past two years,” said Robert J. DiNicola, Linens Holding executive chairman, in a statement.

“We are making the strategic decision to use a Chapter 11 filing to proactively address our capital structure and ensure that our stores will remain well stocked while we work through the steps to align the capital structure of the company with the realities of today’s business environment,” DiNicola said.</blockquote>

The company has a total of 589 stores in the U.S. and Canada; Canadian stores are not affected by the filing.

Like Bombay and other home furnishing retailers, the recent housing crunch is believed to have contributed to Linens ’n Things’ problems.

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 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 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.

March 27, 2008

Dallas No. 1 in growth

Filed under: Cedar Hill,DeSoto,Duncanville,Grand Prairie,Lancaster — cedarhilleditor @ 3:00 pm

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

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

Nature lovers abound

Filed under: Cedar Hill — cedarhilleditor @ 2:48 pm

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 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.

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