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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.


April 23, 2009

The difference between news and opinion in Duncanville

Filed under: Duncanville — cedarhilleditor @ 7:56 pm

First, a blog is normally a journal of opinion, not news. That’s why an earlier blog post here doesn’t have quotes.

Second, regarding the Duncanville tea party, there is a news story in this week’s issue of the paper, in the appropriate spot on the news pages. (And, contrary to just writing what I want to, there’s this thing called “quote marks.” You can find them multiple times in that story, and I’m not quoting myself.

As for Paul Ford, well, even if people think we should have given splashier coverage to his arrest, I’m sure his backers will be out in force at tonight’s candidate forum.

Third, this is why Today instituted its “clear week” policy the last week before local elections.

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.)

September 15, 2008

Duncanville Celebrates America

Filed under: Duncanville — autoworlddavid @ 8:25 pm

Another successful celebration of America and its heroes past and present hosted by Republic Glass and Mirror’s Steve Martin, along with Wolverton Heat and Air and Subway Duncanville.
The usual overflow crowd turned out Sept. 11 for the annual event held in remembrance of a national tragedy and honoring our Police and Fire Departments.

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.

Back from Brazil with Lessons Learned: Part 2

Filed under: Duncanville,Uncategorized — duncanvilleeditor @ 8:40 pm

This summer I had the chance to spend an entire month in Brazil on a missions trip. With all the experiences and life-changing moments I had, I feel it necessary to keep these instances fresh in my mind. And in doing so, I would like to share them with you each week.
While prostitution in Brazil is supposedly illegal, it is highly tolerated. In Belo Horizonte, certain sects are set apart specifically for this purpose. So a good deal of my team’s focus was in Vera Cruz, the main district of the city. During my 2007 visit, we had several opportunities to minister here, but this year, the activity in the area had increased, which meant more crime and plenty of “customers.”
Let me paint the picture for you.


June 27, 2008

Back from Brazil with Lessons Learned

Filed under: Duncanville,Uncategorized — duncanvilleeditor @ 5:25 pm

As I stepped out of Terminal D at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport, it hit me. I was back in the United States of America. If the Texas heat and the ability to understand the conversations around me didn’t get to me, the culture shock definitely did. I stood there wanting to kiss the ground, yet break down and cry at the same time.

I had spent the last month in Brazil on a missions trip with a group of nine young adults, and in between ministering at everywhere from churches and schools to prisons and marketplaces I had grown quite attached to the nation and my interim family. This being my second trip, I already realized that I was really going to miss being in this Portuguese country.


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 13, 2008

Duncanville food service inspection scores are in

Filed under: Duncanville — autoworlddavid @ 10:36 pm

So I am sitting here feeding my face with a sandwich from Subway in Duncanville waiting for the production cycle of this week’s papers to be completed.
As I browse our city websites, I see Duncanville has released the latest health inspection scores for anywhere food is served.
Whew! Subway rocked it again with another perfect 100.
Somehow this sandwich now tastes even better…
The rest of the scores are online at

May 8, 2008

A fallen friend

Filed under: Duncanville — autoworlddavid @ 2:59 pm

I would like to share this information regarding Duncanville Police Officer P.C. Young, a friend of many in this area.

The Duncanville Police Department is saddened by the loss of one of their family members

Officer Patrick “P.C.” Young passed away early Wednesday morning. Officer Young was a career law enforcement officer; he started his career in Lancaster, Texas, in 1982 he joined the Duncanville Police Department in December 1985. During his tenure with the Duncanville Police Department Officer Young received a Certificate of Merit, 12 Police Commendations, 24 Letters of Appreciation from various police departments, businesses and citizens for the outstanding job he did. Officer Young was a certified police instructor. He held a Master Peace Officer from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education. He was a firearms instructor and had received his 5 year safe driving award. Officer Young was a member of the Duncanville Police Department’s rifle team, and worked with the law enforcement explorer program, and worked as a warrant officer of the municipal court. Officer Young is survived by his wife and 3 children.

Officer Patrick “P.C.” Young will be missed by his extended family of the Duncanville Police Department and employees of the City of Duncanville. Funeral arrangements have been made and will be held on Saturday, May 10th at noon at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses at 428 Parkerville, Rd. Cedar Hill, Texas. At the families request this will be a very brief service. There will not be a formal police ceremony.

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 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.


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


Filed under: Duncanville — autoworlddavid @ 3:49 pm


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.

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

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.

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