The Lewisville Texan Journal

The Lewisville Texan Journal News and Opinion for Lewisville Texas, the Lewisville Texan Journal is about life and liberty in the Lone Star State. The Lewisville Texan Journal no longer prints a paper, but we do share the stories of others here.
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Covering happenings in Lewisville, TX

Mission: To inform, entertain, and raise the level of discussion in Lewisville, TX. We try to fill in the gaps around local news coverage, and provide a forum for citizens to discuss and share their opinions on the issues that affect us all.

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We always recommend early voting.  You can find out everything you need to know by visiting the Denton County Elections ...
10/17/2020
Denton County, TX Elections

We always recommend early voting. You can find out everything you need to know by visiting the Denton County Elections website for early voting: https://www.votedenton.com/early-voting-in-person/

This year there are a lot of early voting locations, and more hours to serve you. Vote early and avoid the long lines on election day.

Early Voting in Person **Click here to view Early Voting locations, dates, and times for the current election** Where can I vote? Denton County registered voters may vote at any early voting location. View upcoming election information here: Click Here What is early voting? We understand your busy s...

10/17/2020

Earlier in the week, we heard concerns from a local resident about a minor inconsistency in early voting procedures related to the little paper receipt they print before they make your ballot. Some of us are used to keeping that little slip of paper and throwing it away at home. This year, it appears some polling locations were giving these to the voter, and others were keeping them.

We asked the Denton County Elections office if they could clarify what the deal is with these receipts. Here is their answer:

"When we first got the PollPad system, we had a choice to make to either give the tickets to the voter or to keep them. The vendor recommends that we keep them (I’ll explain why in a bit), but leaves it up to each individual county.

We have in the past decided to give them to the voter, but that presents its own set of issues. People complained that too much of their personal information was on it and could be an impetus for identity theft, and we find them everywhere; in the trash, in the parking lot, etc. We get complaints that the tickets actually even exist!

The vendor recommends that the election workers keep them (and this is what some counties do) for a very simple reason. If for some reason the data from the PollPad was lost we can take the tickets and basically re-build the election (much like you could do in the past with the old handwritten paper ledgers). We have a printed record of everyone that voted and could go back and enter that information (you wouldn’t have their signature, but you could enter the voting history so someone couldn’t vote twice). While the likelihood of that happening is very remote, it actually happened a few weeks ago in another Texas County. That county has always kept the receipts and they were able to use them to rebuild their election. (Just as a note, it was not the fault of the equipment, it was an employee of the county that was working to set up their November election, and accidentally deleted the election they had ongoing). So, keeping the receipts saved them."

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As always The Lewisville Texan Journal recommends voting early. Lines are shorter, and you can vote anywhere during early voting. Election day voting leaves little time for problemsolving or transportation issues. You don't know if you might be sick or otherwise somehow unable to get to the polls on election day. Get it done now and cut down on the number of text messages and phone calls from campaigns.

10/15/2020
Denton County Elections Administration

Other Lewisville locations for early voting:
- Hedrick House
- Music City Mall
- Macedonia Ministries

Nearby:
- Flower Mound Town Hall
- Castle Hills Community Center
- Highland Village Municipal Complex

October 15, 2020 – Denton County Elections Administration has temporarily closed the Fred P. Herring Recreation Center at 191 Civic Circle in Lewisville after a poll worker tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.
As part of the standard contact tracing performed with each positive case by Denton County Public Health (DCPH), any individual who has had extended exposure will be notified and asked to quarantine.
The location will be thoroughly sanitized on Thursday. The site will reopen at 7 a.m. on Friday with new poll workers.

We want everyone to vote.  Plenty of early voting hours this year.  Get out there and be heard.  Good job so far!
10/15/2020

We want everyone to vote. Plenty of early voting hours this year. Get out there and be heard. Good job so far!

On Day 2 of Early Voting in Denton County:

2016 - 19,306
2020 - 33,842

Day 1 - Early Voting in Denton County:
2016 - 16,955
2020 - 35,944

Find out more info at votedenton.com.

Fyi
10/13/2020

Fyi

*** Rumor Control ***

We have received several phone calls and emails with concerns over initials on the back of ballots (both on mail ballots and ballots in the polling sites). The initials "FP" appear on the back of each ballot because state law requires it; specifically the early voting clerks initials. The early voting clerk is Frank Phillips, Denton County Elections Administrator.

So, don't fear, the "FP" is supposed to be there!

Texas Election Code Sec. 85.0311. EARLY VOTING CLERK TO SIGN BALLOTS. (a) The early voting clerk's initials shall be placed on the back of each ballot to be used at the polling place. (b) The early voting clerk shall enter the initials on each ballot or a deputy early voting clerk shall stamp a facsimile of the initials on each ballot.

Developer Hines plans new Lewisville business park
10/13/2020
Developer Hines plans new Lewisville business park

Developer Hines plans new Lewisville business park

Houston-based developer Hines is ramping up its industrial building operations with a project planned in Lewisville. Hines, which has been best known in...

Woman drowns in Lewisville Lake
10/12/2020
Woman drowns in Lewisville Lake

Woman drowns in Lewisville Lake

A woman drowned in Lewisville Lake on Friday night after officials said she jumped off a boat near Sneaky Pete’s in Lewisville and did not resurface.

Police respond to man threatening self-harm - Cross Timbers Gazette | Southern Denton County | Flower Mound | News
10/11/2020
Police respond to man threatening self-harm - Cross Timbers Gazette | Southern Denton County | Flower Mound | News

Police respond to man threatening self-harm - Cross Timbers Gazette | Southern Denton County | Flower Mound | News

Police were called to the 700 block of Cross Timbers Road in Flower Mound on Saturday afternoon to assist a man who was threatening to harm himself. Flower Mound Police responded to a mutual aid call from the Lewisville Police Department at approximately 5:03 p.m. Saturday behind the Tom Thumb at Cr...

This seriously needs to stop.  If you know who the firebug is, say something.  These fires have been devastating to thos...
10/07/2020

This seriously needs to stop. If you know who the firebug is, say something. These fires have been devastating to those who have lost their cars.

Lewisville Fire Department needs your help in solving a case of suspected arson at 247 E. Southwest Parkway. Multiple vehicles have been damaged or destroyed by arson dating back to July of 2019. If you have any information about this crime, please contact Denton County Crime Stoppers or Lewisville Fire Department.

☎️Denton County Crime Stoppers - 1.800.388.8477 or dentoncountycrimestoppers.com
☎️LFD - 972.219.3580

Lewisville Police Department
10/02/2020

Lewisville Police Department

The North Texas Tollway Authority has changed the speed limit signs along SRT/SH 121 frontage roads, lowering the speed limit from 55/60 to 50 mph.

The speed limit has been lowered across most of the SRT corridor due to high crash rates and increased traffic. Remember to #SlowDown and #DriveSafe!

Lewisville Fire
09/30/2020

Lewisville Fire

Some of our men are still deployed in California battling these wildfires.
These pictures tell the story of what our firefighters, and many others from around the world are dealing with this fire season!
Solid work gentlemen, and stay safe!

Wind advisory today.
09/27/2020
Fort Worth/Dallas, TX

Wind advisory today.

Dry and gusty conditions will result in critical fire weather conditions across a broad portion of the western U.S. and into the Plains. Elsewhere, a strong cold front will push across the central U.S. Showers and thunderstorms will be common ahead of the front, with a dramatic drop in temperatures....

Lewisville Police Department
09/25/2020

Lewisville Police Department

Piping has fallen from the overpass at Interstate 35-E and Main Street. Expect delays for Southbound traffic until repaired.

UPDATE:

The metal piping contains electrical conduit. It is being hoisted up and tied to the structure. Expected to open in approximately 30-45 minutes.

SECOND UPDATE 8:17 pm:

Could be another hour. The crew has to ensure safety and are securing the pipe in a better manner.

UPDATE @ 8:43:

THE HIGHWAY IS OPEN!!!!!!

Lewisville ISD approves tax rate - Cross Timbers Gazette | Southern Denton County | Flower Mound | News
09/24/2020
Lewisville ISD approves tax rate - Cross Timbers Gazette | Southern Denton County | Flower Mound | News

Lewisville ISD approves tax rate - Cross Timbers Gazette | Southern Denton County | Flower Mound | News

The Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees voted to approve the tax rate for the 2020-21 school year at a Sept. 21 special meeting. The new combined tax rate will be $1.3473 per $100 valuation. The rate is an $0.0098 increase from the 2019-20 rate. The maintenance and operations portion, now managed by Ho...

It's good when they get caught.
09/24/2020

It's good when they get caught.

Last week, Lewisville Police Department Detectives in the Property Crimes Unit served a search warrant relating to an identity theft case. During service of the warrant, detectives discovered additional potential identity theft victims, hundreds of stolen checks, a firearm, and more than 22 grams of methamphetamine. There are seven active warrants against the suspect, and the investigation is ongoing. Due to incidents like this, LPD encourages everyone to closely monitor their credit reports and financial accounts.

Lewisville set to open Thrive rec center Oct. 3 - Cross Timbers Gazette | Southern Denton County | Flower Mound | News
09/21/2020
Lewisville set to open Thrive rec center Oct. 3 - Cross Timbers Gazette | Southern Denton County | Flower Mound | News

Lewisville set to open Thrive rec center Oct. 3 - Cross Timbers Gazette | Southern Denton County | Flower Mound | News

The City of Lewisville is set to open Thrive, the city’s new 87,000-square-foot multi-generational recreation center, on Saturday, Oct. 3. The new facility, located at 1950 S. Valley Parkway, features a natatorium, gymnasium, indoor walking track, expanded fitness area, community rooms, an indoor ...

Griddy is a different kind of electricity retailer. You pay a $9.99 monthly fee, and your electricity is charged at whol...
09/18/2020
Sign up for Griddy and we both receive a $50 credit.

Griddy is a different kind of electricity retailer. You pay a $9.99 monthly fee, and your electricity is charged at wholesale rates. 99 percent of the time, those rates are substantially lower than what you would pay retail.

Your account is prepaid, so you load it up with whatever funds you want to, and they reload it from your credit card each time you use up your funds.

Here are the average per kWh prices I paid over the past year:

Sept. 2020: 2.7 cents (to date)
Aug. 2020: 4.2 cents
July 2020: 2.2 cents
June 2020: 1.6 cents
May 2020: 1.8 cents
April 2020: 2.2 cents
March 2020: 3.1 cents
Feb. 2020: 1.9 cents
Jan. 2020: 1.7 cents
Dec. 2019: 1.7 cents
Nov. 2019: 2.7 cents
Oct. 2019: 3.7 cents

Most Lewisville residents have TNMP as their lines-and-poles provider, so your bill is going to have those normal fees on there in addition to the above, plus taxes. All-in, your rate's probably between 8 and 10 cents. No contracts, no credit check.

If this is something that appeals to you, you can use this link to sign up and get a $50 credit.

Griddy provides access to wholesale electricity for a monthly membership. We have no markups. No contracts. No early termination fees. Our members in Texas save up to 40% by making the switch.

Denton County Public Health
09/17/2020

Denton County Public Health

Press Release: 65 New COVID-19 Cases in Denton County

September 17, 2020 – Denton County Public Health (DCPH) announced 65 new laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Denton County, of which 60 are active cases. This increases the cumulative, countywide total to 11,382 confirmed COVID-19 cases. DCPH also reported 62 newly recovered cases of COVID-19, increasing the countywide recovery total to 9,736.

“Denton County appreciates the updated guidance on reopening from Governor Abbott today,” said Denton County Judge Andy Eads. “This guidance will allow many of our local businesses to open to 75% capacity beginning next week, as well as further clarification on the resumption of family visitation at long-term care facilities.”

“We know it is critical for families to visit their loved ones in nursing homes, memory care centers, and long-term care facilities here in Denton County. We are eagerly following the Governor’s lead on long-term care facility reopening guidance, as we know these community members are among our most vulnerable. We ask our community members to continue to use extreme caution as they re-enter these facilities and follow the guidance these facilities provide to protect their loved ones and the other patients served.

Denton County Commissioners Court is eager to have more businesses opening at greater capacity and know our community members are eager for that too. Denton County Commissioners Court recognizes the financial hardships our local businesses have had to endure throughout these closings due to COVID-19. Denton County Commissioners Court has allocated over $35,000,000 in federal CARES funding to over 1,400 Denton County businesses, and remains committed to support and assist as some local businesses will sadly remain closed longer due to the Governor’s Executive Order.”

To minimize spread of COVID-19, DCPH asks all community members to continue to:
• Maintain at least six feet of physical distance in public settings and when around individuals outside of the household
• Wear masks or face coverings, which should cover both the nose and mouth, in public settings and when around individuals outside of the household
• Wash and/or sanitize hands frequently
• Stay home if you are symptomatic, have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19, or have pending COVID-19 lab results

For additional COVID-19 data including active case information by municipality, hospital capacity, and ventilator utilization, visit dentoncounty.gov/COVIDstats. For information regarding DCPH’s upcoming testing centers, please visit dentoncounty.gov/COVID19testing. For additional COVID-19 health and safety recommendations, visit dentoncounty.gov/COVID19.

Lewisville Parks & Recreation
09/16/2020

Lewisville Parks & Recreation

We are working to establish a city-wide wayfinding program that connects parks, trails, open space preserves, and recreation facilities within the City of Lewisville boundaries.


Prototype signs for trails are currently located along the Prairie Creek and Garden Ridge Trails near LL Woods Park.


Please visit these locations and let us know what you think of the signs. We need your input to ensure we make the best choice for you! Complete the survey on playlewisville.com

#PlayLewisville #ParksandRecLV #LewisvilleTX

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