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June 29, 2009

An old LISD dog won’t learn new tricks?

Filed under: Lancaster — cedarhilleditor @ 5:26 pm

The Lancaster School Board is slated to name one finalist for its new superintendent June 29.

That’s after the district selected three semifinalists the week before but refused to release their names when asked.

Given Lancaster’s history in this area with superintendents, I think the district would want to take a different tack.

In 2006, when Cedar Hill ISD wound up hiring Horace Williams, the district not only named all three semifinalists by name, but, had open meet-and-greet times for the public with each of the three.

For a school district that, from where I sit, pretty much inflicted its previous superintendent, Larry Lewis, on the public as a lone finalist, the public relations on this looks bad even if it isn’t illegal.

And, given that Board President Carolyn Morris had the most acrimonious relationship with that former superintendent, Lewis, of anybody on the board, you would think that she, if anybody, would know better.

So, there you go, Lancaster residents, especially parents of school children. Your board, more than five years after a hiring disaster, and with the example of another local school district on how to do things right, has given the impression it still doesn¹t care about you.


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 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 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

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 18, 2008

Lancaster once again hit with heavy flooding

Filed under: Lancaster — autoworlddavid @ 9:19 pm


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 6, 2008

Welcome to Today Newspapers Weblogs!

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

You asked for it, you got it!
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