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July 2, 2009

Goodbye, Farewell and Amen…

Filed under: Uncategorized — autoworlddavid @ 3:47 am

R.I.P. Today Newspapers, formerly Suburban Publishers, Inc.


June 24, 2009

Help police help Special Olympians

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 9:41 pm

If you’re looking for a place for dinner June 29, consider Texas Roadhouse in Grand Prairie that night, at Great Southwest and I-20 in Grand Prairie.

Police officers from both Grand Prairie and Duncanville will be working for tips for Special Olympics and its torch run from 5:30-9 p.m.

June 17, 2009

Duncanville gets new city commission

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 3:01 am

At its June 16 meeting, the Duncanville City Council approved creating a multicultural commission. Read details of what this will involve, and the discussion behind its formation, in the June 25 issue of Today.

May 22, 2009

Royce West for AG?

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 10:39 pm

Interesting if he means it. He recently told WFAA he was interested in running for Texas Attorney General. Didn’t say when. Of course, the Best Southwest’s state senator would be running against Duncanville native Greg Abbott if the current AG is still in office.

That said, I thought Royce would be interested in being the first chancellor, or president, or whatever of UNT-Dallas School of Law, if it is indeed lifting off the ground.

Also, I’ll guess that Royce wants to see who would be running for governor, and otherwise getting the details of the statewide political lay of the land, before jumping in. (Right now, though Houston Mayor Bill White should be a great candidate for the Senate seat that Kay Bailey Hutchison is expected to vacate, I can’t for the life of me think of anybody jumping off the radar screen as a Democratic candidate for governor.)

April 28, 2009

Bailey’s Prime Plus is the bomb

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 7:56 pm

I just got back from a special “sneak peak,” or “sneak eat,” at Bailey’s Prime Plus, the upscale Cedar Hill steakhouse that officially opens in Uptown Village April 29. (David Goodspeed, Today’s automotive editor and webmaster, has some video up here.)

Bailey’s is the latest, and greatest, of “north of the Trinity comes south” to hit our area. Steaks run $24-$45. Appetizers are creative and varied, as are side items and desserts. And, if you’re an oenophile, you’ll get an eyeful at Bailey’s glass-encased wine “cellar” just inside the entrance.

A more detailed story is in this week’s paper, with further details in the May 7 edition.

For people who have wanted to comment on this post, first, note our new comments policy at the top right of the page. We require a legitimate e-mail address, among other things.

Second, an oenophile is a lover of wine. Third, if you compare prices at Bailey’s to, say, a place like Old Warsaw or Bob’s Steak and Chop House, they’re actually pretty darned reasonable.

April 22, 2009

Will new EPA mercury rules mean cleaner BSW air?

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 8:50 pm

How much will the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed cuts in mercury emissions from cement kilns affect TXI and other Midlothian (Texas) cement-makers, and by extension, air quality in Cedar Hill and other southern Dallas suburbs?

It’s to be hoped that the new regulations not only reduce mercury emissions, but produce better accountability in tracking just how much these plants do emit.

With the EPA wanting cuts of 75 percent or more, it’s clear its serious.

Happy Earth Day!

April 20, 2009

Vietnam Wall a moving event

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 11:03 pm


I stopped by the Vietnam Memorial Wall in DeSoto last Saturday night; happened to talk to Carole and Karyn Dobroski, mother and daughter. Carole’s brother-in-law, John, was killed in Vietnam in 1971. You can see the full story about the Wall in the April 23 issue of Today.

April 15, 2009

Dear Duncanville tea-partiers

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 8:57 pm
Tea-party protestors stand outside Duncanville city hall.

Tea-party protestors stand outside Duncanville city hall.

First, it’s nice to be read on the editorial page, even if disagreed with.

That said?
First, you ARE represented. If (assuming you’re Republicans) your party is out of presidential power after eight years …

It’s called “democracy.” Deal with it.

As for “overtaxed”? Nobody’s increased  your tax rate. Even above $250,000, it’s still only being moved back to what it was when Clinton became president and less than what it was when Reagan left office.

Fortunately, nobody I talked to personally was a Ron Paul-style goldbug.

Gold has little intrinsic value; what pricing it has is largely assigned by human greed.

As for tea-party pusher Dick Armey, if his flat tax idea is so good, why did he never, ever propose a flat tax for corporate income taxes?

April 9, 2009

A rhetorical question for Paul Ford

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 7:39 pm

If one of your rental tenants appeared to slip, fall and have back problems just like you appeared to slip, fall and have back problems at the April 7 Duncanville City Council meeting, your reaction as a landlord would be?

April 6, 2009

Anti-Loop 9 effort too little, too late, too pot-stirring

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 9:01 pm

Former Ellis County mucker Joey Dauben, who has moved to New Hampshire but, for some strange reason, feels compelled to still blog about Best Southwest, is trying to mount a “Stop Loop 9” effort, overlooking that fact that, if area residents really wanted to stop it, public hearings on the loop started about…

Five years ago. On the pages and webpages of this newspaper, such meetings were announced in advance, then written about afterward for people who did not attend but might be interested.

Self-inflicted ignorance is no excuse for last-minute monkey-wrenching of the nature of Dauben’s effort, despite his pleas for “eternal vigilance.” As for property losses, some property owners, who have currently-undeveloped property, will GAIN if the loop is ever built.

April 3, 2009

A simple, but money-losing, red-light cam solution for DV

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 9:43 pm

As I noted in this week’s paper, the vast majority of red-light camera citations come from just two intersections: southbound 67 service road at Cockrell Hill and Danieldale roads.

And, it also seems apparent that, if not a no-tolerance policy, Duncanville has a small-tolerance policy on stop-line issues.

Solution? Simple, camera-enforceable, and black and white.

But, it would probably cost the City of Red-Light Cams about $600,000.

Ban right-on-red turns at those two sites.

So, what say you, City Manager Kent Cagle? Mayor David Green? Police Chief Brown?

If safety is the ultimate concern, banning right-on-red turns WILL take care of that.

April 2, 2009

First three issues…

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 11:50 pm

Sorry that I’ve not posted here in a while. Well, our first three issues of the new combined BSW edition of Today are under the belt.

Perfect? No. But, as I said, we’re working out some kinks. And, we probably will for a few weeks still. Doing my, and our, best, to get as equal as possible representation of each city on the front page each week.

Of course, some weeks have more “hard news” in one city than in another, and also trying to get both “hard” and “soft” news on the front page, and pictures, but we’re doing what we can.

March 23, 2009

A new era at Today Newspapers

Filed under: Uncategorized — autoworlddavid @ 1:57 pm

Thursday, March 19, is the start of a new era for Today Newspapers.
Regular readers in Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville and Lancaster will notice stories from other cities in this issue, similar to what we have done in the past over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
The four separate issues of Today have been combined into one.
This is not an easily undertaken step.
But, it’s one Today saw as necessary.
In an editorial page column three weeks ago, I mentioned that one of the single biggest items of overhead for newspapers, including Today, was the cost of newsprint paper.
Combining the separate editions from the four Best Southwest cities we serve will let us achieve definite economies of scale.
We do know that, in the past some readers in each of those four cities have commented strongly about seeing news from other cities alongside that of their own in our combined editions.
At the same time, we know that the interconnectedness of the four Best Southwest cities, from having a special joint Best Southwest Chamber of Commerce, through many businesses being members of all four individual cities’ chambers of commerce, has increased over the past several years. Along with that, many of those businesses have advertised in all four separate Best Southwest editions of Today in the past.
That, then, has led to several other joint projects by the four Best Southwest cities, such as the annual Juneteenth event and Best Southwest Bookfest.
Also, three of our cities have a common emergency dispatch agency and a common animal shelter.
We also know that civic leaders from one community regularly keep tabs on another city’s activities. One example of this could be from last fall, when both the Cedar Hill and Duncanville school districts asked voters to consider school tax increases.
Sports is another example. Although DeSoto is not currently in the same athletic district as Duncanville and Cedar Hill, it usually has been in the past. And, when Lancaster gets to 5A status, it would most likely join the same district.
We hope to make this transition as smooth as possible. That includes both the news and the advertising sides. It won’t go perfectly, of course; on the news side, we will do our best to juggle each city’s amount of news, front page placement and so forth; we will have some advertising details that will be adjusted on the fly, too.
But, we believe this can and will work, and thank you for staying along with us on the ride.

February 24, 2009

TWITTER – What’s this?

Filed under: Uncategorized — autoworlddavid @ 3:56 pm


Twitter – what the heck is twitter?
You may have heard this word being tossed around in overheard techy conversations or even seen it on TV recently. But what is it?
Twitter is a microblogging service that has been around since 2006 but only recenly seen increased popularity – explosive popularity. Some estimates have seen usage rise 900 percent this year.
I have using Twitter for more than six months on the automotive side and more recently switched to the newspaper account as my primary outlet.
I can post “tweets” (as they are called) from my cell phone anywhere I get service and can also receive “tweets” from accounts I have signed up to “follow.” is the homebase for this latest, greatest little application, and there you can find FAQ lists as well as links to their blog and other applications that enhance Twitter such as Twhirl.
I prefer Twitter for its ease of use and interface with portable devices. Any phone with text capability can send tweets.
Users are limited to 140 characters which is great as it keeps things short and to the point and should further info need to be distributed, URLs are sent as links in Tiny URL form.
Is this just another passing fad? Perhaps, but for now it is a great way to keep up and keep informed in the least intrusive and most portable or mobile way yet.
Follow us at
Tweet, tweet.

February 6, 2009

Duncanville Police capture murder suspect, advise caution

Filed under: Uncategorized — autoworlddavid @ 5:55 pm

The Duncanville Police Dept. has captured a subject wanted in connection with the stabbing death of a 76-year-old Duncanville man. The crime occurred Feb. 5 in the 200 block of Larry Lane. What is not clear at this point is if this subject is connected to a pair of recent violent home invasion robberies and police are warning citizens to remain alert and cautious.

December 24, 2008


Filed under: Uncategorized — autoworlddavid @ 5:32 pm

Today Newspapers would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
Our offices will close Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, at 1 p.m. and re-open Monday, Dec. 29, at 8:30 a.m.
We will also be closed for the New Year’s holiday.

December 11, 2008

Not too late to help ELF in Cedar Hill

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 8:58 pm

Dorinda Rupert of the Cedar Hill Fire Department says fundraising for ELF and friends, and other fire department projects, has done well despite current economic conditions.
EMS, LawEnforcement, Firefighters, or ELF & Friends, is a non-profit organization operated by the Cedar Hill fire and police associations.
ELF has had 167 applicants this year, Rupert said. Gifts were distributed at the Cedar Hill Senior Center Dec. 15.
Rupert said recent ELF donations included Comtex Communications and Tait Radio each donating $1,500 worth of bicycles to the cause.
ELF Trees are located at Wal-Mart, at 631 Uptown Blvd., Uptown Village’s Information Kiosk at 305 W. F.M. 1382, Fire Station No. 1 at 1212 W. Belt Line Road, the Police Department at 285 Uptown Blvd. and Zula B. Wylie Library, at 225 Cedar St.

October 15, 2008

Tax election — out of sight, out of mind in CH?

Filed under: Uncategorized — cedarhilleditor @ 8:59 pm

Just a little tidbit of curiosity, but I noticed the Cedar Hill ISD website still doesn’t have any information up about the Oct. 7 tax election.

October 6, 2008

This chair rocks…

Filed under: Uncategorized — autoworlddavid @ 6:15 pm

On our way down to visit our friends Leroy and Lynn Baker (formerly of Duncanville and Duncanville FFA) we stopped by this Texas-sized rocking chair on US281, five miles south of I-20.
Great retirement gift for Big Tex!

September 9, 2008

Cowbell hazard

Filed under: Uncategorized — autoworlddavid @ 6:16 pm

I spotted this warning notice on the new Duncanville Panther Football website:

” Cowbell Warning!!
We have been advised that the new cowbells interior ball has a tendency to fall out of the bell. The remedy is to simply use a pair of pliers to crimp the balls attachment wire loop slightly tighter where it connects to the interior of the bell. So bring the noise, but bring it safely………”

While I am sure this has no connection with the fact that Duncanville has closed the gates on the FFA livestock program, I just find the timing ODDLY coincidental.

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