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Lewisville: 350 firefighters attend Pipes, Drums & Honor Guard ... - Star Community Newspapers
BY DAN EAKIN, Staff Writer About 350 firefighters from 14 states and Canada visited Lewisville this week for a two-day Pipes, Drums & Honor Guard Symposium at the Lewisville Convention Center and to perform before an excited crowd on the steps of...
Lewisville/Flower Mound: Fresh from the farm - Dallas Morning News
No one can convince me there's anything finer than a fresh fruit salad made with local produce. A lot of tasty fruits are in season, so head out to your local farmers market. Comments limited to 30 words or less are preferred....
Lewisville seeks public's vision for revitalized Old Town - Dallas Morning News
By WENDY HUNDLEY / The Dallas Morning News More than a decade ago, Lewisville's historic Main Street had gone the way of many old downtowns: It had become a place to drive past on the way to malls and shopping centers. That began to change in 2001 when...
Lewisville police reports - Star Community Newspapers
*Salvador Hernandez, 25, of Lewisville, was arrested Tuesday on charges of driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance. Bonds were set at $2500 on each charge. *Jimmy Glenn Starek, 20, of Lewisville, was arrested Tuesday on...
Big catches possible in May 28-29 fishing tournament - Star Community Newspapers
Fishing fans are abuzz over the possibility that one of the more than 120 teams competing May 28-29 in the fourth boatus National Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship might pull a record bass out of the rich waters of Lewisville Lake....
Carrollton-Farmers Branch board to discuss whether trustee lives ... - Dallas Morning News
At issue is whether Fleming, who has paid taxes in the Carrollton-FarmersBranch school district for the last four years, actually lives within the Lewisville school district. During early voting last week, he was told he couldn't vote in the election...
Lewisville, NC, Student Receives Presidential Environmental Youth ... - U.S. EPA.gov (press release)
(ATLANTA – May 14, 2009) EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson recognized Cory Adkins, a student at Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, NC, at the Presidential Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) ceremony in Washington, DC Adkins is one of 10 national...
Carey to say farewell at Monday night's council meeting - Star Community Newspapers
By DAN EAKIN, Staff Writer After having served nine years as mayor of Lewisville, Gene Carey will give his farewell address at a regular meeting of the Lewisville City Council at 7 pm Monday at city hall. Dean Ueckert, who was elected mayor in the May...
Lewisville Lions advance - The Herald | HeraldOnline.com
By Mychal Frost - Herald correspondent RICHBURG -- Coach Billy Keels collected his 200th career win as Lewisville staved off elimination with a 8-5 win over Buford on Wednesday. "I haven't ever thrown a pitch or hit a ball," Keels said after posing for...
Lewisville police reports - Star Community Newspapers
*Joel Cruz, 27, of Lewisville, was arrested Friday on charges of possession of a controlled substance. Bond was set at $2500. *Pauline Conner-McNeil, 48, of Carrollton, was arrested Friday on theft charges. Bond was set at $2500....

Lewisville Lake

Lewisville Lake - Aerial view of Lewisville Lake and Dam

Lewisville Lake is a man-made freshwater lake located in North Texas (USA) on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River in Denton County near Lewisville. The lake is primarily used recreationally for boating and watercraft, however, it was built for flood control purposes and to serve as a water source for Dallas and its suburbs.

Lewisville Lake is the second lake to impound the waters of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River in this area. The first lake, Lake Dallas, was constructed in the 1920s by the W.E. Callahan construction Company for the City of Dallas at a cost of $3 million. The dam, completed in 1927, was built near the village of Garza and named the Garza Dam. This dam was 10,890 feet (3,320 m) long with a 567-foot (173 m) long service spillway. Lake Dallas, with its 194,000-acre-foot (239,000,000 m3) capacity and forty-three miles of shoreline, served as the principal municipal water source for the city of Dallas for 31 years.

In the 1940s, a need for increased water storage capacity and additional flood control became apparent. The United States Congress passed the River and Harbor Act of 1945 and called for additional construction in the Trinity River basin. The Corps began construction of a new lake in 1948 that would not only incorporate Lake Dallas, but also impound Hickory Creek to the West, and Stewart, Panther, Cottonwood, Doe Branch, and Little Elm Creeks to the East.

The 33,000-foot (10,000 m) long Lewisville Dam was completed in 1955 at a cost of $21 million, and the old Garza Dam at Lake Dallas was breached in 1957 creating the new lake, known then as Garza-Little Elm Reservoir. This new lake had one hundred eighty-three miles of shoreline and a 436,000-acre-foot (538,000,000 m3) capacity.

The breaching of the Garza Dam and incorporation of Lake Dallas into the Garza-Little Elm reservoir led to confusion concerning the lake's legal name. This was compounded by the Village of Garza renaming itself the City of Lake Dallas. The federal government attempted to rename the lake as Lewisville Reservoir in 1960 only to reverse itself in 1961. The confusion persisted until the mid-1970s when the lake was officially designated Lewisville Lake.

It is generally murky with extremely low visibility. The water by the dam is clear with a visibility of 2 to 3 feet (~1 m).

The lake has many facilities for overnight camping and fishing—the black bass lake record was broken three times in 2006.

The lake is very close to a large population base in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, so during the summer months, the lake can become extremely crowded, creating optimal conditions for boating accidents. For a number of years Lewisville Lake was ranked the most dangerous lake in Texas due to the number of accidents and fatalities which occurred. Most of the fatalities are from individuals enjoying the day at the many parks around the lake and going too far out in the water. The number of actual boating accidents on the lake is fairly low. Adding to the danger for boats and other recreational watercraft, the lake contains numerous shallow areas with exposed and submerged trunks and other water hazards. Other recreation around the lake also includes a few areas for public hunting of water fowl and feral hogs (archery only).

There are four marinas based on the lake and two bars.

Party Cove located in near the old dam is home to the weekend revelers.

In 2005 Lake Lewisville hosted its first large scale bass tournament, The Bassmasters' Elite 50, Kevin Vandamn took home 1st place and a check for $100,000. He also caught, at the time, the lake record bass at 11 pounds 3 ounces (5.1 kg). The Woman's Bassmaster Tour was held in April of 2008 with angler Kim Bain winning, taking home $51,000 in cash and prizes.

There are two bridges that currently cross the lake. The main bridge is on Interstate 35E, which crosses the lake on its western finger and is a notorious traffic bottleneck during rush hour. The other current bridge is on the eastern finger of the Lake through Little Elm, connecting two halves of Farm to Market Road 720, locally known as Eldorado Parkway.

The Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge, currently under construction, will be a toll bridge connecting Little Elm via Eldorado Parkway and Interstate 35E near Swisher Road.

Three cities surrounding Lewisville Lake have their names linked to various names of the lake: Lake Dallas, Little Elm, and Lewisville.

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Lewisville High School

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Lewisville High School, the oldest of five high schools in the Lewisville Independent School District, is located in Texas. It was opened in 1897, making it the only school in the district to have celebrated its 100th anniversary.

The school's colors are maroon and white and the school mascot is "Big John", the Fighting Farmer (a reference to Lewisville's early days when it was a rural town between Dallas and Denton, as opposed to the modern suburb of today).

Lewisville was one of the first school districts in Texas to integrate, in 1963. However, Negro high school students were bused to another school until 1969.

Lewisville High School moved to its current location during the 1960s and has had several additions since then due to the city of Lewisville's large growth. Future additions and renovation are scheduled to happen in the next few years, adding a new band hall and renovating the current science labs.

Lewisville High School consists of two different campuses, Killough Lewisville High School North, "North Campus", which serves only ninth graders, and LHS "Main Campus," which serves tenth through twelfth graders. Together, their 2005-2006 enrollment was more than 3,300 students, making it the largest high school in the district.

The new location of the North Campus was dedicated in 2005.

The school has recently added another wing, which was originally suppose to accommodate all fine arts departments, but instead provides housing for band and science labs. The southern wing opened Fall of 08.

Far down in a town so noble Challenging the eye, Stands the school above all others, Stands our Lewisville High. Lewisville High to thee we shall be Ever loyal and true; Fighting always to do service For maroon and white!

Lewisville High School has several feeder schools.

As of July, 2008, LISD will construct a new high school, planned to relieve overcrowding at Lewisville High School, to be built in Southern Lewisville south of FM 3040. Lewisville High School is projected to have more than 4000 students in the near future, and the campus site has little room for expansion. This new campus is set to open in the Fall of 2011. A task force of Flower Mound citizens was created, and presented their ideas to the school board, which included building the new high school in Southern Lewisville. The proposal was that the new campus would start out as a ninth- and tenth-grade campus that Hedrick and Durham Middle School would feed into, while Huffines and Delay Middle School would continue to feed into Killough LHS North (which would convert to a ninth- and tenth-grade campus). After a certain amount of time, the southern campus would eventually become a full high school, that would include ninth through twelfth graders, and both high schools would serve at least 2000 students (Killough LHS-North would then revert to a ninth-grade campus only).

Aside from standard Math, English, Science, and Social Studies classes, LHS offers Advanced Placement courses which award college credit. Many electives are offered, including Foreign Languages, Band, Choir, Athletics, Art, Orchestra, NJROTC, Debate, and Theatre Arts. Additional technology and career elective classes are offered at the Dale Jackson Career Center.

Lewisville High School's Student Council has won the State Sweepstakes for many years and continutes to be the leader in community and school service. The Student Council contributes to the community of Lewisville through many activities that total about 100 hours a school year. Membership runs between 400-500 students per year with around 100 of those participating in the Student Leadership Course. Students mentor at local elementary schools and help with school activities daily. This council is the one resonsible for starting the "President's Club" in our state. All students are invited to be a part and only the officers are elected. This council is the student governing board of Lewisville High School.

The LHS Orchestra program is designed to develop and advance orchestral string studies at the Lewisville Independent School District's first and oldest high school, and its 9th Grade Extension Campus (Killough LHS North). The program is under the direction of Scott Deering, beginning with the 2007/2008 school year. Mr. Deering is also a past graduate of Lewisville High School. In addition to performing concerts during the school year, the LHS Orchestra also participates in orchestra competitions.

The LHS Orchestra is currently divided into three groups: Honors (Varsity), Chamber and Symphonic. The 2007/08 Varsity Orchestra distinguished itself in March, 2008 by taking top honors, known as "Sweepstakes" at the Texas Region 24 UIL Concert and Sight Reading Competition. Additionally, five of its students qualified for competition in the Texas State UIL Solo and Ensemble competition, held in May, 2008. Additional information can be found at the LHS Orchestra web site, and the LHS Orchestra Booster Club web site.

Lewisville High School's theater program has taken both plays and musicals to perform on the Main Stage at the Texas State Thespian Festival. Several students have also qualified to represent Texas at the International Thespian Festival in individual categories.

In 2005 Lewisville took the Cole Porter musical "Kiss Me, Kate" to the Texas Thespian Festival Main Stage, and the same year qualified to present "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged" at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln Nebraska.

Recent notable students who have represented the high school at ITS Festival include Stephanie Umoh and John Paul Lewis (who both served on the Texas Student State Board), Daniel Reyes who qualified as both state and national champion in solo pantomime, and Michelle Lory who qualified as a state champion in the category of duet musical with John Paul Lewis. While these individuals have recently brought accolades to the school, Lewisville holds a long tradition of excellence in theatre made possible by generations of students and teachers.

Lewisville High School's main rivals are the Marcus High School Marauders (Marcus was the second high school in the district, opening in 1981, and the schools share the same stadium, located on the LHS campus) and more recently the Flower Mound High School Jaguars; both are both located in Flower Mound, Texas.

Parker ran the fastest 100 m and second-fastest 200 m in the United States in 2003. He was also named to USA Today's All-USA boys team.

The Lewisville High School Football Team won the State Championship in 1993 and 1996 (at which time the team was featured on the "Team Cheerios" cereal box), and were State Finalists in 1972, and State Semifinalists in 1979.

The 1996 Farmers set the Texas record for most yards gained on the ground (547; the team did not attempt a single pass during the game), while the teams' combined score of 92 set the record for most points in a title game.

An earlier team achieved notability for a different reason in 1946, when members of the Fighting Farmers chased a bank robber until he was exhausted, allowing for his capture by an unarmed gas station attendant.

On January 1, 2008, sisters Amina and Sarah Said were murdered by multiple gun wounds. Police believe that their father, Yaser Abdel Said, 50, murdered his two daughters as an honor killing. The two sisters were found dead in their father's abandoned cab in the parking lot of an Irving hotel. Yaser is suspected to have fled back to Egypt.

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Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge

The Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge is a planned bridge crossing Lewisville Lake in Denton County, Texas. The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) is working cooperatively with Denton County to plan and design a toll bridge across the northwestern arm of Lewisville Lake. The new four-lane toll bridge will connect Swisher Road in Lake Dallas to Eldorado Parkway in Lakewood Village.

When complete, motorists in these fast-growing areas of Denton County will be able to travel on a new connection between Interstate 35E and the Dallas North Tollway, eliminating the circuitous (and highly congested) routes currently required around Lewisville Lake (though it would funnel traffic onto I-35E north of the bridge over Lewisville Lake, already a notorious bottleneck). The conceptual design of the project entails eight sections that, together, total 13 miles (21 km). Only the 1.7-mile (2.7 km) bridge over the lake will be tolled. The bridge will be 55 feet (17 m) above the normal water level, to allow clearance for sailboats. The "signature" of the bridge, according to the NTTA, is going to be the 360-foot (110 m) steel section with arches that rise to 60 feet (18 m) above the road deck (which resembles the arches of Austin's Pennybacker Bridge). The surfaces of this section will be lighted with LEDs at night to make the structure visible from the surrounding shores of the lake.

The project is expected to be completed in the Third quarter of 2009 (As of December 2007 per the NTTA website). The NTTA will fund and construct the toll bridge while the cities along the corridor, Denton County and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will fund improvements to the roadways approaching the bridge. The NTTA currently projects tolls across the bridge section to be $1.00 for Tolltag customers and $1.25 for non-Tolltag drivers.

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Lewisville Independent School District

LISD's enrollment has grown since 1991 more than twofold.

Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) is a 127-square mile school district based in Lewisville, Texas (USA) covering most of Lewisville and all of The Colony, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Copper Canyon, and Double Oak as well as portions of Plano, Carrollton, Frisco, Hebron, Coppell, Grapevine and Argyle.

The recent suburban growth of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has caused LISD to grow at a great pace, becoming the 100th largest school district in the United States in 2006. Proximity calculated a 28.56% increase in student population from 2000 to 2006; LISD was declared the 17th largest school district in the State of Texas in 2008. To help maintain this growth, in May 2008, voters approved a $697 million bond package.

For the 2006-2007 school year, LISD had 48,890 students enrolled, with a total staff of 5,665.

Lewisville ISD was recognized in both 2006 and 2007 as one of the 100 best communities for music education. In late 2007, Standard & Poor's upgraded LISD's bond rating to AA+, the highest rating given at the time to any school district in Texas, and one of only three nationwide.

For the 2007-2008 school year, LISD recognized 38 National Merit Finalists from a pool of 42 Semifinalists; 110 Commended Scholars and 14 Hispanic Scholars were also recognized. This represents (assuming every eligible student in LISD were to take the PSAT test) almost 16 times the national average of Hispanic Scholars, 1.6 times as many Commended Scholars, 1.2 times as many Semifinalists, and 1.2 times as many Finalists. On the SAT, LISD students score approximately 88 points higher than the National average; on the ACT, students score 0.7 points higher.

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Source : Wikipedia