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The holidays are a special time of year when we spend time and make memories with family and friends. It’s a time to be thankful for all we have and how fortunate we are to live in Denton County.

Our children attend the best schools and universities; our communities provide safe, secure neighborhoods and an abundance of businesses. We have plentiful career opportunities, good roads with manageable commuting time, and so much more.

At Denton County, we’d like to offer our sincere thanks for the support many of you demonstrated in voting for our Transportation Road Improvement Program (TRIP 22) with almost 75 percent voting in favor of the $650 million in bonds for future road projects. It comes at a perfect time as we spend the last of our 2008 road bonds.

On a more personal note, I want to thank the voters of Denton County for re-electing me to the Office of Denton County Judge. It was a great honor to serve Denton County residents during the first term and I plan to work closely and collaboratively with our county officials and employees to continue doing the good work we’ve started and plan to expand going forward.

In collaboration with our communities and other state and local partners, our list of road projects cover all four regions of the county and will take us into the 2030s as we continue to be among the fastest growing counties in the state and the U.S.

Safety and ease of access continue to be top priorities for our residents and for Denton County’s future economic development.

We are also thankful for the collaboration with our community partners in addressing needs within our county. Soon, we will be cutting a ribbon to celebrate the opening of the new Our Daily Bread Community Shelter on Loop 288, which will provide all-around services to the homeless across our county.

We continue to work with our non-profits to address escalating mental health needs, food insecurity, affordable housing and other issues to ensure all of our residents’ needs are met.

In the past four years, we have weathered much, figuratively and literally. We met with our cities, school districts and other entities to overcome the challenges the pandemic brought to our doorstep by creating cooperative endeavors ranging from testing to vaccines. We also came together during Winter Storm Uri, helping each other through the week-long aftereffects of a statewide electrical outage. We came together again this past winter to ensure smooth operations continued.

From those many Zoom meetings, the Denton County Mayors Council was formed to discuss shared experiences, ongoing challenges, and upcoming events such as the 88th Legislative Session starting in January 2023.

We meet with our area Chambers of Commerce to support buying local and to plan our bi-annual Denton County Days, with the next one planned for March 2023.

In the next four years, we will continue building on our countywide collaboration across all organizations throughout Denton County. Individually, we can achieve our separate missions. Together, we can effect change that will continue to make Denton County THE best place to live, work and play.

We, at Denton County, wish each and every one of you only the best this holiday season. Thank you for all you have done and will do in the days, weeks, and years to come.

Connect With Us

If you have any questions or comments, please let me hear from you. My email is andy.eads@dentoncounty.gov, and my office number is 940-349-2820. For more information, register for my newsletter at Dentoncounty.gov/countyjudgenewslettersignup

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Flower Mound Mayor’s Message — December 2022 https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/2022/12/09/flower-mound-mayors-message-december-2022/ Fri, 09 Dec 2022 12:00:42 +0000 https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/?p=66176 Hello, Flower Mound! I want to talk about something that’s near and dear to my heart, particularly during this time of year – shopping local. Just last month, voters passed three propositions that reauthorized the Town’s dedicated sales tax for Fire Control, Crime Control, and Street Maintenance, keeping the sales tax rate in Flower Mound […]

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Hello, Flower Mound! I want to talk about something that’s near and dear to my heart, particularly during this time of year – shopping local.

Just last month, voters passed three propositions that reauthorized the Town’s dedicated sales tax for Fire Control, Crime Control, and Street Maintenance, keeping the sales tax rate in Flower Mound at 8.25 percent. So what’s that mean?

One-fourth of one percent sales tax will continue going to fire control, 1/4th of one percent sales tax will continue going to crime control, and 1/4th of one percent sales tax will continue going to street maintenance and specific capital improvement projects. The Town also dedicates 1/4th of one percent sales tax to park and recreation improvements, but that measure was a one-time vote and is not required to be reauthorized, so it was not on November’s ballot.

This is big news. In fiscal year 2020-2021, these sales tax measures contributed approximately $3.4 million each to our fire, police, street maintenance, and parks and recreation capital projects and operations. Here’s what sales tax will support:

Fire Control: One-fourth of one percent sales tax dedicated for fire control and prevention for 20 years; Maintain full staffing in seven fire stations, and add more as necessary; Maintain 22 of the 134 commissioned fire positions and 0.5 of the 5 civilian support positions in the department, and fund one-time purchases to support Fire Department operations.

Crime Control: One-fourth of one percent sales tax dedicated for crime control and prevention for 20 years; Maintain eight police beats, and develop additional beats as necessary; Maintain 27 of the 108 sworn police positions and 9.5 of the 39 support staff positions throughout the department, and fund one-time purchases to support Police Department operations.

Street Maintenance: Reconstruction of a portion or the entirety of the following roadways: Amhearst Lane, Buckner Drive, Canongate Drive, Emory Drive, Flower Mound Road, Lake Bluff Drive, Lakeside Parkway, Lopo Road, Marcus Drive, Old Gerault Road, Prospect Drive, Timber Creek Road.

Rehabilitation of a portion or the entirety of the following roadways: Amhearst Lane, Buckner Drive, Canongate Drive, Emory Drive, Flower Mound Road, Lake Bluff Drive, Lakeside Parkway, Lopo Road, Marcus Drive, Old Gerault Road, Prospect Drive, Timber Creek Road.

Since this dedicated sales tax measure was first approved in 2007, these funds have contributed to the reconstruction and rehabilitation of a portion or the entirety of numerous streets and roads in Flower Mound, totaling approximately $22.7 million in completed projects.

Although it may be convenient to shop online during the hectic holiday season, those sales tax dollars have a big impact on Flower Mound. I’m so thankful for our thriving business community. We’re lucky to have so many great, unique businesses. Thank you to everyone who continues to shop and dine at our local establishments – not just during the holiday season, but throughout the year.

I hope you and your family have a safe and memorable Christmas and New Year’s. Throughout December, please visit flower-mound.com/specialevents for all our upcoming events for the whole family. I look forward to seeing you at our Dec. 3 Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting and around town during this magical season.

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C. Stroup: Bugs drive me bananas! https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/2022/12/09/stroup-bugs-drive-me-bananas/ Fri, 09 Dec 2022 10:00:44 +0000 https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/?p=66182 Don’t read this if you don’t have a strong stomach. I don’t but I felt I should warn others of the perils of bugs in unexpected places at unexpected times…especially with this being the season for bunches of baking ~ beware. Banana bread is one of my favorite holiday pleasures. As the name implies one […]

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Don’t read this if you don’t have a strong stomach. I don’t but I felt I should warn others of the perils of bugs in unexpected places at unexpected times…especially with this being the season for bunches of baking ~ beware.

Banana bread is one of my favorite holiday pleasures. As the name implies one of the main ingredients is, but of course, bananas. It’s a given you have to peel them before you can use them in this dish. However, don’t be cavalier about discarding them. Flies find banana peels a most desirable place to lay their eggs. I have a hideous memory of a fly in the house after some peels had beckoned from the trash can. It was the morning after I had made banana bread. Shoeless, I stepped onto the kitchen floor and felt something squishy between my toes. OMG the floor was literally covered in maggots! They were fat, squirmy, wiggly, disgustingly dirty white larvae slithering all over the place. I couldn’t get ahead of them. They just kept pouring out of the trash can…DUH didn’t dawn on me to take it outside. I tried to coral them using a broom but they just rolled up into a ball. So sweeping them into a dust pan was just silly because they simply unrolled and wiggled out. It was all I could do to keep from losing my Christmas cookies. I found a container of insect killer and liberally coated the entire kitchen floor. The “new and improved” pleasant scent described on the can wasn’t what it was cracked up to be and contributed to my nausea. All it did was make the room reek and had a limited effect on the maggots. Frantic and desperate I tiptoed to the pantry to fetch the hand held vacuum. And wouldn’t ya know larvae had slithered under that door as well! Bending way forward, to grab the vacuum without having to move my feet again, I was able to suck up a reasonable number of the sickening worms and remove the trash can.

For weeks on end as I’d cross that floor I was fearful there might be more maggots in store!

A more recent encounter with creepy-crawlies also stems from me and my banana bread. I had pre-measured my flour and sugar out into bowls before dealing with the bananas, butter and eggs. When I started to add these other ingredients I could have sworn I saw the flour move! At closer inspection I did see the flour move! It was full of teeny, tiny, itsy, bitsy brown bugs. And the bag of flour up in the cabinet was infested as well. These little creeps were running rampant on three of my cabinet shelves! I hardly felt I deserved such a fate especially since I consider myself a pretty tidy housekeeper. So how did these nasty critters invade MY clean territory?

Sometimes Google can be a very good thing and I turned immediately to Siri for an answer. I wasn’t crazy about the explanation but at least I learned what to call these insects and what to do about them: they are called WEEVILS and come in many varieties. Evidently they are not fussy as to how many food groups they live in. But the ones that are of most concern to me are those containing dry wheat, flour, oats, rye, barley, rice and corn. So on Siri’s recommendation, much to my chagrin, I purged my pantry and cabinets of all of these items. $$$. Out came the vacuum cleaner, next the hot soapy water and then a strong solution of vinegar water.

Before restocking the internet advised to be sure and check the expiration date on any and all packages. It was explained that weevils can survive food processing and packaging. The females will then lay eggs inside the grains, or even in the crevices of the bags. So for flour and grains, in particular, put them in the freezer for at least one week before storing them in the house. Now, mind you, this does not make the weevils disappear, they just freeze to death. And if you don’t notice them moving around in your mixing bowl and pour them into your recipe, well, after 140 degrees for 15 minutes they go belly up.

So what I came away with is this nasty fact:

The only way to get rid of weevils is to eat them ~ for dinner, for lunch or even a snack.

Don’t be alarmed ‘cause this is okay,

Since they’re loaded with protein you need every day!

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CCA: 50 years of bringing hope and changing lives https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/2022/12/08/cca-50-years-of-bringing-hope-and-changing-lives/ Fri, 09 Dec 2022 02:44:30 +0000 https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/?p=66174 Gilbert Montez is the kind of guy who prefers to give straight answers to every question. And for the most part, he is always spot-on — especially if the conversation has anything to do with Christian Community Action and the countless blessings the organization has provided families in need for almost 50 years. But ask […]

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Gilbert Montez is the kind of guy who prefers to give straight answers to every question. And for the most part, he is always spot-on — especially if the conversation has anything to do with Christian Community Action and the countless blessings the organization has provided families in need for almost 50 years.

But ask him when CCA’s birthday is, and you’ll get two dates — and a third somewhere in the middle.

“There’s no true birth date,” Montez said with a laugh. “For our upcoming gala, we chose a date in the middle.”

CCA President Gilbert Montez (Photo by Lynn Seeden/Seeden Photography)

You can’t blame Montez, who proudly serves as CCA’s president and CEO and is as equally bought into the cause as the people who stand beside him. He knows the organization’s Christ-centered history like the back of his hand, and, in his defense, there really isn’t a definitive start date. The first gathering was on February 22, 1973, but the seven people there that night weren’t thinking about starting an organization. They were there for Bible study and became inspired by the story of the Good Samaritan and the teachings of Matthew 25, where Jesus said taking care of the least of us is as if you are taking care of me.

Those messages profoundly affected them, so much so that they immediately set out to serve others. The only problem was that they didn’t know any poor people. They’d have to find them — which, sadly, wasn’t a difficult task.

Hence, the birth of CCA — though it didn’t become a 501(c)(3) until that November. What started with seven people is now one of the largest private nonprofits in Denton County, with 28 staff members and nearly 6,000 volunteers. Annually, CCA provides more than 12,000 individuals and their families with services ranging from food to financial assistance, toys and gifts for Christmas, school supplies, spiritual counseling, and training programs to break the cycle of poverty.

They still use February 22 internally, but to honor both dates, Montez said they chose April 1, 2023, for their gala and to celebrate 50 years of bringing hope and changing lives in Denton County.

The event will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Grapevine and will be a birthday like none other.

“We are celebrating 50 years of God’s favor, so we want a big birthday party,” Montez said. “Recently, a young man reached out to us with a financial contribution. When he was young, his dad got sick and died, and then his mom left. He told me that in those difficult times, CCA helped keep the lights on and their bellies fed. Now, he’s doing great and has his own family — and he was in a position to give back and say thank you. We had another woman who was once a single mother who CCA helped and is now on our board. It’s those stories of life change that we want to celebrate. I’ve been blessed far more than I deserve. This team and I have a chance to make a real difference in people’s lives.”

He added, “When I think about the thousands of people CCA has helped, I can’t help but think, wow … what a humble and God-centered beginning for this organization. And we’ve managed to maintain that purpose for 50 years.”

Sadly, the demand for the services that CCA and many other area nonprofits provide isn’t slowing down. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic practically in the rearview mirror, inflation, job losses, limited healthcare options, tragedy, and other factors continue to make life challenging for underserved families. And then there are the individuals and families who not long ago were financially independent and had previously never relied on social services to pay their electric bill or help with groceries.

As a result, CCA is experiencing all-time numbers.

In the nearly three years Montez has been the president and CEO, CCA has distributed 3.9 million dollars to families in its community. Its pantry, which looks like a grocery store, serves over 700 families weekly. During their last fiscal year (July 2021-June 2022), they helped 842 children with back-to-school supplies and clothes. They also served 37,000 meals to children during the summer in that stretch. Over 1,100 children received Christmas presents, and those numbers should increase this holiday season.

Approximately 1.5 million dollars was provided to prevent homelessness.

But that’s not all. CCA also offers spiritual care and counseling, life skills and job readiness, and classes such as ESL, computer and financial literacy, one-on-one coaching, and more. Through careful case management, CCA’s holistic approach from rescue to transition helps families in need achieve self-sufficiency for the long-term.

“There is need all around us, yet we don’t always open our eyes to see it,” Montez said. “Just think about when you’re at the grocery store, and you see the family in front of you at the checkout line, quietly putting things back that they can’t afford [once they see how much everything will cost]. That’s a family of poverty right in front of you. These people walk through our doors every single day. I try to look ahead for relief, but I don’t know when it’s going to change.”

The good news is that CCA will continue leading the effort to reach the light at the end of the tunnel eventually. Not only has the organization been entrenched in what it does for the past 50 years, but the people behind the scenes are equally as committed. Many have served in their roles for 10, 15, and even 20 years.

On top of that, the community — from everyday individuals to civic groups, government officials, and other nonprofits —continues to step up and provide additional support for CCA’s efforts.

“We have people here who have survived some lean years at CCA but remain committed to the purpose,” Montez said. “We also wouldn’t be where we are without the support we’ve received from the community. We have 250 volunteers a month who help with everything from answering phones to unloading food and providing financial assistance. We care about making a difference in whatever way we can. For example, we are getting ready for Christmas and are about to put smiles on 1,500 children’s faces with the toys and stuff we give to their parents.”

He added, “That’s 1,500 children who will have the kind of Christmas my grandkids will have. And it’s all because of the people we have here at CCA and a community that supports us.”

To learn more about CCA, visit ccahelps.org.

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AgriLife: 4-H is 4 everyone https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/2022/12/08/agrilife-4-h-is-4-everyone/ Fri, 09 Dec 2022 00:36:16 +0000 https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/?p=66165 By Steven Baringer, Denton County 4-H & Youth Development Agent, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension It’s time to enroll your kids in the best positive youth development program in Texas! We are halfway into the new 4-H year! As part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program provides inclusive opportunities […]

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By Steven Baringer, Denton County 4-H & Youth Development Agent, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

It’s time to enroll your kids in the best positive youth development program in Texas! We are halfway into the new 4-H year! As part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program provides inclusive opportunities to youth ages 8-18 in grades 3-12 for personal growth, community service, and fun. Texas 4-H reaches around 500,000 youth per year.

By joining a club in their county, youth have the opportunity to participate in one or many projects, with 43 diverse options to choose from in Agriculture and Livestock, Family and Community Health, Leadership and Citizenship, Natural Resources, and STEM. Youth gain life skills while giving back to their community and making new friends.

Research shows Texas 4-H members excel in comparison to other Texas students. Youth who are involved in 4-H programs are four times more likely to give back to their communities, two times more likely to make healthier lifestyle choices and two times more likely to participate in STEM activities.

“Because there is such a variety of project options, every young person can something in which they are interested,” Texas 4-H Youth Development Program Director Dr. Montza Williams said.

“Developing personal interests under the leadership of older teens or adult volunteers generates many learning opportunities and bridges past and present. Members get to explore interests in a positive environment with the safety net of caring mentors.”

To join 4-H, youth pay a $30 fee. 4-H registration takes place online and that information or link can be provided by your local County Extension Agent or found on texas4-h.tamu.edu.

In addition to the youth and AgriLife Extension personnel in the program, adult volunteers assist agents with 4-H programming in the county, by providing leadership and education in the various project areas.

“Our volunteer leaders get to share their passions with the 4-H members,” Williams said. “Texas 4-H volunteers love what they do and enjoy sharing their interests in particular projects with young people.  They also have a desire to see members grow and become the best individual they can be.”

Adult volunteers also register online and pay $10 to be considered a registered 4-H volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering with the Denton County program, contact your County Extension Agent for more information about where to plug in and how to get signed up.

To learn more information about Denton County 4-H, please contact Denton County AgriLife Extension Office at denton-tx@tamu.edu, 940-349-2884 or denton.agrilife.org/4h.

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Flower Mound, Highland Village welcome back S.T.A.R.s https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/2022/12/08/flower-mound-highland-village-welcome-back-s-t-a-r-s/ Thu, 08 Dec 2022 23:32:26 +0000 https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/?p=66163 The town of Flower Mound and city of Highland Village are welcoming back S.T.A.R (Sad Tree Along Road) season. This is the 12th straight year of the S.T.A.R. program, in which residents spread holiday cheer by decorating trees along public roads. Both municipalities ask residents to follow a few simple rules: Avoid trees on roads […]

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The town of Flower Mound and city of Highland Village are welcoming back S.T.A.R (Sad Tree Along Road) season.

This is the 12th straight year of the S.T.A.R. program, in which residents spread holiday cheer by decorating trees along public roads.

Both municipalities ask residents to follow a few simple rules:

  • Avoid trees on roads managed by TxDOT, such as FMs 407, 1171 and 2499. Choose a safer, less busy roadway
  • Be sure your decorations do not block visibility and don’t endanger yourself or others to decorate the tree
  • Follow all HOA rules and regulations
  • If the tree is on private property, ask for permission
  • Please secure all decorations so they can withstand all types of weather and remove the decorations on your tree on or before Jan. 3

If you do decorate a S.T.A.R., share it on social media with the hashtag, #HelpaSTAR.

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Lewisville man charged with racing, intoxication assault after crash https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/2022/12/08/lewisville-man-charged-with-racing-intoxication-assault-after-crash/ Thu, 08 Dec 2022 22:22:49 +0000 https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/?p=66159 A Lewisville man was arrested after he allegedly crashed into another vehicle while racing on the Sam Rayburn Tollway on Wednesday night. Just after 9:30 p.m., a Ford Mustang and a Chevrolet Corvette were racing in the southbound lanes of SRT, near Standridge Drive in Lewisville, when the Mustang rear-ended another vehicle, a Hyundai Elantra […]

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Jordan Brown, photo courtesy of the Denton County Jail

A Lewisville man was arrested after he allegedly crashed into another vehicle while racing on the Sam Rayburn Tollway on Wednesday night.

Just after 9:30 p.m., a Ford Mustang and a Chevrolet Corvette were racing in the southbound lanes of SRT, near Standridge Drive in Lewisville, when the Mustang rear-ended another vehicle, a Hyundai Elantra not involved in the race, according to a news release from the Texas Department of Public Safety. The impact caused the Mustang to veer into the Corvette’s lane and collide with it, causing the Corvette to swerve into the median and roll over.

The 43-year-old male driver of the Corvette and the 30-year-old male passenger were transported to nearby hospitals with stable and critical injuries, respectively. The driver of the Elantra, a 32-year-old woman, was treated and released at the scene.

The driver of the Mustang, 27-year-old Jordan Brown, fled the scene on foot and was later located by law enforcement, who determined that Brown was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Brown was charged with two counts each of intoxication assault, racing on highway causing serious bodily injury, and accident involving serious bodily injury.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Oncor considering routes for transmission line through Northlake, Argyle https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/2022/12/08/oncor-considering-routes-for-transmission-line-through-northlake-argyle/ Thu, 08 Dec 2022 21:28:10 +0000 https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/?p=66150 Oncor Electricity Delivery Company is proposing a new transmission line through southwest Denton County, and it’s considering several different routes that could affect residents in parts of west Flower Mound, Argyle, Northlake and Justin. The company is holding a public meeting from 4-7 p.m. Thursday At the Marriott Hotel & Golf Club at Champions Circle, […]

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Oncor Electricity Delivery Company is proposing a new transmission line through southwest Denton County, and it’s considering several different routes that could affect residents in parts of west Flower Mound, Argyle, Northlake and Justin.

The company is holding a public meeting from 4-7 p.m. Thursday At the Marriott Hotel & Golf Club at Champions Circle, 3300 Championship Parkway in Fort Worth, to provide more information to the public about the proposed Ramhorn Hill-Dunham 345 kV Transmission Line Project, which will connect two proposed switches, one south of Rhome in Wise County and the other located southeast of the FM 1171 and Hwy 377 interchange.

Map of proposed routes for Oncor’s proposed Ramhorn Hill-Dunham 345 kV Transmission Line Project.

Oncor is considering a handful of different routes for the utility poles, and some are more direct than others. The proposed Ramhorn Hill Switch is around 16 miles west, and a little south, of the proposed Dunham Switch, but some of the routes under consideration would have the transmission line jogging several miles north of the Dunham Switch and cutting through residential areas in Argyle.

Carmelita Lechowit, a resident on Forest Trail, said she and her husband received a brief letter during the week of Thanksgiving from Oncor to notify them of the proposed project.

“It was very vague, the link they provided didn’t work and a lot of people seem to have disregarded it,” Lechowit said. “It feels kind of shifty, the timing and vagueness of the letter, and that’s frustrating.”

The least direct proposed route under consideration would take the transmission line right alongside Forest Trail.

“For a community that has existed for over 25 years, with large trees and properties with large acreage, it’s mind-boggling as to why this one street is being targeted,” Lechowit said. “I don’t understand why this quiet, rural street would be targeted for something that won’t even be serving our community.”

Lechowit said they’ve learned from Oncor that there would be a 50-foot easement on either side of the poles in this project, and that would take up her entire front yard. After speaking to realtors, the Lechowits expect that the power lines would likely cut their property value by half, and she said they would not be able to find another property in the Argyle area that they could afford that could accommodate their horses.

“We obviously don’t want this in our front yards, cutting through our town,” Lechowit said. “We’re trying to collectively express that Argyle should not be the path of least resistance.”

Another Forest Trail resident, Meagan Johns, said “the environmental impact alone of this proposal on the dwindling Cross Timbers Forest is devastating” if the Forest Trail route is selected, as hundreds of trees would be cut down and Forest Trail would “no longer be a forest.”

“They can easily go down the other two proposed routes down FM 1171 along the existing transmission lines or along an open field with an existing transmission line, and this will result in minimal impact on the Cross Timbers Forest,” Johns said. “Ultimately, Austin and the Public Utility Council will decide which of the four routes they will choose, but they do not see or live in our community in Denton County, they do not realize that we will lose a post oak habitat and a large portion of the remaining Cross Timbers Forest if they remove the forest down Forest Trail.”

Argyle Councilman Ron Schmidt said the town of Argyle is “very concerned” about the proposed routes through town, and the Town Council plans to adopt a resolution to oppose those routes.

“The problem has been that people didn’t understand what this was,” Schmidt said. “Less than half of those directly affected say they either didn’t get a letter or didn’t understand what it meant.”

Schmidt said the proposed line could also go through a future Argyle ISD school property at Furst Ranch.

“It’s mind-boggling why they would consider this a plausible route,” Schmidt said. “Why would it not run down FM 1171, where nobody would be affected?”

Schmidt said residents will meet from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Argyle Town Hall to discuss ways to oppose the line routes through Argyle.

Oncor’s website says the proposed transmission line will help the company “ensure that a reliable electric system is in place to support electric load growth,” and the proposed line “will provide an additional and essential transmission-level electric source to the area to facilitate future developments, maintenance needs and generally improve electric reliability to the area.” The project has been endorsed by ERCOT as “critical to the reliability of the ERCOT transmission system.”

An Oncor spokesperson, Kerri Dunn, said Oncor is early in the process, and the proposed project wouldn’t be completed until 2025 at the earliest. The company will narrow down the route options and hand it over to the Public Utility Council, which will also consider public input and decide on the best route for the transmission line.

Dunn said public input is important to Oncor, and there will continue to be more ways to provide feedback after Thursday’s meeting. If you have questions about the Oncor public meeting, contact Ifeoluwa Adetoro at 214-486-4918. Email transmissionprojects@oncor.com to provide input. For more information, visit www.oncor.com/transmissionprojects.

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Summit Club of Flower Mound elects new officers https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/2022/12/08/summit-club-of-flower-mound-elects-new-officers/ Thu, 08 Dec 2022 16:05:30 +0000 https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/?p=66145 For the first time in over a decade, the Summit Club of Flower Mound will have a new president. Club members elected new officers on Thursday. Bill Wetherbee and Duane Francis will continue in their roles of VP Information Services and Treasurer, respectively. Chuck Chester will step into the role of VP Community Activities, and […]

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For the first time in over a decade, the Summit Club of Flower Mound will have a new president.

Club members elected new officers on Thursday. Bill Wetherbee and Duane Francis will continue in their roles of VP Information Services and Treasurer, respectively. Chuck Chester will step into the role of VP Community Activities, and Bryan Webb was elected club president, according to a news release from the club.

Claudio Forest, who had served as club president for 11 years, will be taking on the advisory role of Past President, previously held by Gerald Robinson. The club has grown in membership, activities and community presence under Forest’s leadership, and was named Flower Mound’s Outstanding Organization of the Year in 2018.

“Claudio’s impact on the club and Flower Mound will be long lasting,” Webb said. “He led by example the Summit Club motto of Community Leadership through Community Service.”

This year the club gave $25,000 in gifts and grants to area organizations, awarded 82 fifth and eighth grade students Academic Excellence Awards, and supported Robotics and Technology teams at Flower Mound and Marcus the High Schools. The club cooks at community events including Children’s Parade on July 4th, Family Campout at Twin Coves, Veteran’s Day Ceremony, Flower Mound Rotary’s Reindeer Run and Breakfast with Santa. The club also recently launched the Flower Mound Smoke Fest BBQ competition that has attracted dozens of pitmasters from across North Texas and allowed thousands of residents to enjoy barbecue tastings while raising funds for area charities and organizations.

The club meets on the first Thursday of each month at Bari’s Pizza and Pasta restaurant. Click here for more information.

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Gov. Greg Abbott bans TikTok on state phones and computers, citing cybersecurity risks https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/2022/12/07/gov-greg-abbott-bans-tiktok-on-state-phones-and-computers-citing-cybersecurity-risks/ Thu, 08 Dec 2022 01:23:18 +0000 https://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/?p=66137 Gov. Greg Abbott banned the social media platform TikTok from government-issued cellphones and computers on Wednesday, becoming the latest GOP governor to target the video-sharing app over cybersecurity fears. Abbott cited concerns that TikTok posed a threat to state information given that the app is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance Ltd. Last week, FBI […]

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Gov. Greg Abbott banned the social media platform TikTok from government-issued cellphones and computers on Wednesday, becoming the latest GOP governor to target the video-sharing app over cybersecurity fears.

Abbott cited concerns that TikTok posed a threat to state information given that the app is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance Ltd. Last week, FBI Director Chris Wray expressed worry that the Chinese government could use the app’s recommendation algorithm to manipulate content or users. He warned that the Chinese government doesn’t share the United States’ values and said “that should concern us.”

The video-sharing app, which has popularized dance trends and inspired viral challenges, had almost 87 million users in the U.S. in 2021. The federal government has warned of TikTok’s security risks for years. In 2020, then-President Donald Trump threatened to ban the app.

Republican governors in South Dakota, South Carolina and Maryland have banned TikTok from government-issued devices. Republicans in Wisconsin petitioned their Democratic governor to do the same.

In letters to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dade Phelan and state agency leaders, Abbott said banning TikTok from government-issued cellphones, laptops, tablets and desktop computers would protect sensitive information and critical infrastructure from the Chinese government.

“TikTok harvests vast amounts of data from its users’ devices—including when, where, and how they conduct Internet activity—and offers this trove of potentially sensitive information to the Chinese government,” Abbott’s letter read.

Abbott acknowledged that TikTok has said its data is stored in the U.S., but he expressed concern that the Chinese government could use the app to surveil American citizens.

The governor also directed the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Information Resources to develop a plan to address the use of TikTok on the personal devices of government employees. One area of focus Abbott mentioned included network-based restrictions that would prevent access to TikTok while on agency property.

Abbott left some room for flexibility in the social media ban, allowing state agency leaders to use TikTok for law-enforcement investigations and “other legitimate uses.”

Closer to home, State Rep Jared Patterson (R-Frisco) filed House Bill 896 that would prohibit minors from obtaining social media accounts in Texas. Specifically, the legislation seeks to limit social media usage to profile accounts 18 years of age and older, requires profiles to utilize photo identification as a means of age verification, allows parents the opportunity to request account removal of their child, and grants enforcement of deceptive trade practices to the Office of the Attorney General if violated.

“The harms social media poses to minors are demonstrable not just in the internal research from the very social media companies that create these addictive products, but in the skyrocketing depression, anxiety, and even suicide rates we are seeing afflict children,” said Greg Sindelar, CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

“Social media is the pre-1964 cigarette. Once thought to be perfectly safe for users, social media access to minors has led to remarkable rises in self-harm, suicide, and mental health issues,” said Rep. Patterson. “The Texas legislature must act this session to protect children because, thus far, the social media platforms have failed to do so. HB 896 is a solution to this crisis.”

 

 

A majority of this article by William Melhado, The Texas Tribune. This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2022/12/07/greg-abbott-tiktok-ban/.

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