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Community Spotlight - February

Feb 12, 2014 11:21AM ● By Anonymous

Carroll Dragon Coir

It's been a busy new year for Southlake and surrounding cities, ranging from featured lunches on USA today to a Colleyville entrepreneur to Carroll ISD putting in place future goals to make Dragon Nation better than it already is. 

Dragons Select Region Honor Bands

Carroll Independent School District recently completed a multi-phase audition of 22 students to determine placement and advancement to the Area Audition. The nearly two dozen Dragons were selected to the Region 24 Honor Bands, which held a concert Jan. 23 and 24 at Frisco Heritage, Liberty and Little Elm high schools. Junior Piccolo player Hannah Bronson advanced to the Area Audition round competition on Jan 11. at Abilene Christian University.

10 Carroll Students Sing into All-Region Choir

Almost a dozen choir students made the 2013 All-Region Choir, including Sarah Carron, May Chinn, Lauren Fancher, Talia Flores, Sophia Formella, Colton Hess, Elizabeth Hick, Megan Pierson, Kate Pruitt and Tori Tew. These students were chosen out of roughly 550 singers from the region to represent the top 200 in the Region XXIV Choir. They will have the opportunity to participate in the Region Clinic and Concert under the direction of Texas Woman’s University’s Joni Jensen. 

Southlake Witnesses Water Increase

The Fort Worth City Council voted to approve retail water rates, taking effect Jan. 1, which is important to Southlake residents and businesses because the city purchases water from Fort Worth. Various factors influence the development of a water rate structure, such as the cost to purchase raw water. The Tarrant Regional Water District increased Fort Worth’s cost of raw water by $9.3 million because population growth and water demand make it necessary to build additional infrastructure to route water to local areas. Southlake residents may see a pass-through increase on the bill received in Feb., with a 12-percent increase for the first 40,000 gallons consumed and a 16-percent increase for consumption in excess of 40,000 gallons.

Lady Dragons Dominate District Opener

The Carroll Lady Dragons won the District 4-5A opener, reigning over Keller Central 57-25 at Carroll Senior High School. Carroll improved to 10-3 overall and was led in scoring by Priscilla Smeenge with 17 points. Anna Hurlburt assisted with 12 points and Madison Drescher scored eight points. The Lady Dragons held Keller Central to single digits in all four quarters.

Carroll Swimming/Diving Sweeps Invitational

Lady Dragons and Dragons swimming and diving swept the Mansfield Invitational. Carroll Green was the top scorer for the boys and girls, earning 747 and 801 points, respectively. Additionally, Carroll Black girls and boys placed in the top 10, earning 171 and 156, respectively. The top individual finishers for the Dragons included Casey Rose, winning first place for the 50 free, and Lauren Crown also winning first in diving.

Grapevine Purchases Former Texas Ranger’s Land

The Grapevine City Council set aside $29.5 million to purchase property owned by former Texas Rangers player Rafael Palmeiro. Palmeiro’s property is located near Grapevine Mills Mall; a mixed-used development called Garden of Grapevine was planned for the land but was never resurrected. The 185-acre property was scheduled for foreclosure, but Palmeiro filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2011, halting the foreclosure process. The property is worth $43 million and will be sold for development.

Colleyville Might Toss Out Sidewalk Map

As the city looks to increase walkability and refine an ordinance some residents deem unfair, the map that dictates where sidewalks are required in Colleyville may be scrapped. Some property owners are unhappy with the ordinance because it forces residents to either build a sidewalk or pay into an escrow fund. While no final decisions were made, the city staff will draw up policies for the council to view in the future. 

Keller ISD Film Festival Entries Accepted Until March

The Keller Film Festival presents an opportunity for students to develop visual literacy by expanding educational experiences in Keller Independent School District this year. Students have seven entry categories to choose from, including story, comedy and animation. Entries must be submitted for acceptance by March 18. Films will have an opportunity to be honored at the Film Festival Awards Ceremony in May.

GCISD School Lunch Featured in National Publication

The Grapevine Colleyville Independent School District’s School Nutrition Services department was featured in a USA Today post dedicated to national school lunches. The album features photos of school lunch trays from districts across the country, which provides important nutrition while being both tasty and visually appealing. GCISD meals are planned by a registered dietitian to meet necessary guidelines. 

CGISD Plans to Expand College Options

Together with Tarrant County College Northeast, Grapevine Colleyville Independent School District filed an application with the Texas Education Agency to establish an Early College High School (ECHS), which supports to the district’s plan to focus on providing opportunities for all students to graduate ready for college. An ECHS campus would allow students to earn their high school diploma and as many as 60 college credits, while having access to college facilities, services and resources. If approved, the ECHS will open in the fall of 2014 to any incoming ninth graders in the district.

ExxonMobil Awards GRACE for Assisting Families

Exxon chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson presented Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange a holiday gift of $50,000 to help relief efforts for struggling families and individuals. The organization will use the gift to further assist homeless individuals during the year by providing vital services such as food, clothing and transitional-housing placements to more than 4,500 persons and families annually. The gift will help to create more opportunities for roughly 500 additional families.

Lash Lounge Owner Takes the Spotlight

Founder and owner of Colleyville’s own Lash Lounge, Anna Phillips, was featured in Entrepreneur magazine. This power woman is the first entrepreneur listed on a slide show of 7 Tips for Women Who Want to Own a Franchise. This high-end beauty salon specializes in semi-permanent eyelash extensions. Phillips soaked in the entrepreneurial and creative drive after working as a massage therapist at Google.

The Sky’s the Limit for Carroll ISD

Carroll Independent School District is slated to far exceed goals set for the New Year. The district is coming off marquee academic success given the higher number of merit scholars Carroll has ever seen, coupled with increased participation and scoring in Advanced Placement classes. The district will spend 2014 developing a strategic plan to guide Carroll with a vision to 2020. A committee of staff and community members will lead the process.

Carroll ISD Participates in Bowl Game

Nearly a handful of Carroll Independent School District interns from the Marketing and Sports Information program worked ESPN gameday duties at the Armed Forces Bowl, held at Texas Christian University’s Amon Carter Stadium. High school interns Estelle Cottingham, Jarred Repice, Adam Kit and Trevor Booth had a host of duties on and off the field, including hanging posters, stocking merchandise and working field goal nets.

Carroll Jazz Band Perform at State Conference

Carroll Jazz Band members are in full swing rehearsing for a list of upcoming high-profile performance. The biggest performance will take place on Feb. 14 at the Texas Music Educators Association’s annual conference in San Antonio. Invitation to play at the conference goes to only one group annually. A blind audition process chose Carroll, which was handled by a panel of judges who are college educators from around the state.

Staying Alive Event Premieres in Southlake

The Southlake Chamber of Commerce will host its first Staying Alive in Southlake CPR Training Event on Saturday, Feb. 15. The day will include a tour of the new fire station and sessions that will teach attendees hands-only CPR. Additionally, various activities and information on how to save someone’s life will be available for everyone. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Southlake Fire Department, located at 160 E. Dove Rd.