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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?


July 30, 2008

Big fire in DeSoto

Filed under: DeSoto — cedarhilleditor @ 7:03 am
Fire at Brookhollow Apartments

Fire at Brookhollow Apartments

Did not have time to put anything on our blog last night, after taking pictures at the Brookhollow Apartments fire, but am posting one now. See the July 31 DeSoto Today for more, with follow-up as the cause of the fire becomes known.

Slideshow of images taken by Steve Snyder and Chris Hudson

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.

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 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.

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

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

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.


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.

March 6, 2008

Welcome to Today Newspapers Weblogs!

Filed under: Cedar Hill,DeSoto,Duncanville,Grand Prairie,Lancaster,Uncategorized — autoworlddavid @ 9:12 pm

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