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Disappeared But Not Forgotten: Texas Cold Cases – 2009 Ferris Double Homicide

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Johnson residence Ferris, TX

Ferris, TX 2009 Double Homicide Cold Case

FERRIS – It’s a small city of 2,500, and cold cases don’t sit well there.

In 2009, a Grand Prairie woman and her boyfriend were murdered in their bedroom inside a house in Ferris on S. Church Street. The suspect or suspects still remain at large. It has turned into a case with more questions than answers.

At one time, former Ferris Chief Eddie Salazar, even had photos of the victims, Janine Johnson and her boyfriend Stephen Taylor as well as two other victims from a homicide there hanging on his office wall.

In the City of Ferris, although they have less resources than larger cities, Ferris Police Chief John DeLeon says this case has not been forgotten and is being worked on regularly.

Crime Scene Details

Police estimate the murders took place in the late evening hours of March 21 or early morning hours of March 22, 2009 while the couple were sleeping. There was no indication of forced entry into the home. Police said at the time they also did not find tracks indicating anyone had been creeping around the home.

According to police, all the blood from the murder was contained in the bedroom and there was no blood found in any other part of the home.

It was a city public works employee who informed police about the situation at the S. Church Street address after being alerted by Taylor’s brother who said he had arrived at the house to check on the two living there.

When police entered the home they found both Johnson and Taylor had been violently butchered. Taylor had been stabbed repeatedly with around 70 stab wounds and Johnson had as many as 50 stab wounds found on her body. As for a motive, the police are at a loss.

While the case has remained unsolved, every good law enforcement officer knows that somewhere there is a detail that might have gone unnoticed.

In 2019 during an interview with Johnson’s family, her mother Diana seemed hopeful the murderer will be discovered.

Could DNA Hold The Answer?

At that time the Ferris Police Department had also taken this cold case to the Cold Case Committee in Austin, a committee of about 20 people. This committee looked at these files and agreed more could be done.

Several years ago in Ferris’s fiscal year budget, $8,565.28 was included in the budget for DNA collection with the SW Institute of Forensic Science for DNA testing for this murder investigation.

The fact is technology has changed since these murders occurred in 2009 and detectives in Ferris thought perhaps they could cull some additional clues from the DNA.

DeLeon said too “[We] are in the process of investigating and studying the case. Officers had gathered evidence that was sent to the Dallas FBI Office, Dallas County Forensics as well as Texas DPS Forensics. Officers are still collecting evidence and analyzing the evidence that has been collected.”

Indeed, this cold case is still being worked and DeLeon is hopeful the murderer/murderers will be brought to justice.

Why this Case Went Cold

According to Chief DeLeon “Shortly after the homicide, Ferris Police Department sustained a constant change of personnel. Every Officer from then on assigned to the case would have to begin the Investigation from its inception so as to get familiarized with the background and the witnesses or personnel involved. This meant sifting through evidence as well as evidence that had been sent for forensic testing, reaching out to witnesses, following leads that had been submitted as tips, making sure that all pertinent paper was submitted i.e., search warrants and reading through witness statements just to name a few. Resources available to the Police Department then were minimal. Currently the resources have improved and getting much better thanks to the current Police Staff and City Administrators.

What’s Next?

Ferris Police Department and the Officers currently assigned to the case reached out to a Cold Case Foundation in mid-to-late 2020 and have been in constant contact with the Foundation disseminating information as needed. It has been a slow process, but the Ferris Police Department as well as the Foundation have to scrutinize all the original paperwork making sure that nothing pertinent falls through the cracks.

The Ferris Police Department is cognizant that the conditional factor in solving the case is that it must be worked. The Ferris Police Department owes it to the victims loved ones and to the citizens of Ferris to bring those responsible for this heinous crime to justice. There is no statute of limitations on this crime. The Ferris Police Department with the help of surrounding agencies and The Cold Case Foundation will prevail.

Anyone with information about this crime can contact the Ferris Police Department at 972-544-2225 or contact the Ellis County Crime Stoppers organization at 972-937-PAYS. Callers can remain anonymous.

Midlothian Family Loses Home In Fire, Community Rallies Around Them

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Harder Family home after the fire

Dallas Police Office Matt Harder Loses Home In Fire

MIDLOTHIAN – The Harder family had lived in Midlothian 12 years when their home burned to the ground during Texas’ recent arctic freeze.

Matt Harder, who has also worked with the Dallas Police Department in the patrol division for 12 years, said he has been working on the streets of Dallas for as long as he has been living in Midlothian. When his home burned down on February 18, however, he and his family discovered the meaning of good neighbors.

“We have had so many people in our community help us, whether that is helping us clean off pictures and things we tried to salvage, giving us gift cards or praying for us,” Harder said.

To begin, Heroes of Midlothian gave the Harder family a gift card for $500 and then another $40 gift card to Fuzzy’s Tacos.

Police uniforms damaged

The Fireplace Was The Cause of The Fire

Harder said the fire started in the chimney. The chimney became overworked since they were burning a fire around the clock for warmth. The family had been without power for the week with the fireplace the only source of heat.

“We were using the fireplace to keep the house warm,” Harder explained. “It then started the attic on fire, resulting in the ceiling collapsing and burning the rest of the house down.”

I spoke with Midlothian Fire Chief Dale McCaskill about the dangers of fireplaces, and what happened that led to the Harder’s fire.

He said homes that were built beginning in around the 90s have metal inserts in some cases – as in the case of the Harder fire – and the fireplaces and chimneys are not made to burn fires that are designed to heat the home. These fireplaces with the metal inserts are for short fires – like maybe a cold night watching a movie.

He said fireplaces with these metal inserts are not “in and of themselves” bad, but just not for long-term fires to heat a home. The masonry fireplaces that one would use to heat a home cost about $7000 to $10,000 more in a home.

Harder Family
Harder Family

Harder’s wife Melanie, youngest daughter Alyssa, two dogs Libby and Berkeley, and the family cat Chloe were living in the house at the time.

“Our cat Chloe sadly did not make it out of the house,” Harder added.

Midlothian Volleyball Team Went Into Action To Support Teammate

Even so, the Midlothian ISD Volleyball team wanted to help. First they tried to help the family find their cat. They also worked to make sure Alyssa did not have to worry about her Volleyball team uniform.

“The Harder Family has been involved in Midlothian Volleyball since Alyssa was in middle school,” said Heather McMichael of Mac Marketing LLC. “Our families have grown up together within this program. When we heard about the house fire and it being one of our own, we immediately began collecting donations for them.”

McMichael said one of the biggest worries for Alyssa was her concern for her practice shirts and volleyball shoes/knee pads.

“With one phone call to the coaches, we had new practice jerseys for her, a new backpack, knee pads, spandex, etc.” McMichael explained.

The coaches also spoke with their supplier for court shoes and they agreed to ship Alyssa a new pair of shoes at no charge.

“We are like one big family,” McMichael said. “We support one another through the good times and even the bad. We’ll continue to support the Harder’s throughout the coming months as they clean up and rebuild.”

Matt concluded “The house was burned down completely, resulting in a total loss. We would have to completely rebuild the home and then move back in, so it will be a while.”

As the community comes together for the Harder family, they have decided they will definitely stay in Midlothian.

Harder said for the time being they are in a rental house in Midlothian for the next year, “while we figure out the next steps.”

Fire Safety Tips

Chief McCaskill suggests always have an annual cleaning of your fireplace. Never leave a fire unattended. Also, remember fire starter logs have a lot of chemicals that can perhaps cause problems down the road if you do not have an annual chimney cleaning.

 

 

 

Christmas Parades, Tree Lightings, Activities In DFW Area

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2020 DFW Area Christmas Parades-Tree Lightings-Holiday Activities

 ‘Tis the season to be jolly, and who says you can’t be jolly while social distancing and wearing a mask?
Yes, COVID-19 has changed the way things are being done in 2020, including Christmas celebrations. However, the area still has numerous activities planned to celebrate the holidays.

Cedar Hill

December 1, 2020 Holiday on the Hill Drive-Thru Parade

Cedar Hill Holiday on the Hill flyer

The City of Cedar Hill is kicking off the holiday season with a “Holiday on the Hill Drive-Thru Parade” on ❄️December 1st, at 6:00 pm at Valley Ridge Park. We will have various city departments represented, and will be handing out holiday goodies + cheer for the kids. Please join us! Sponsored by City of Cedar Hill and Methodist Charlton Medical Center.

December 3 Virtual Tree Lighting & Concert 6pm-8pm

We invite you to our annual Tree Lighting with Mayor Mason, as well as a holiday concert via Facebook Live. Please join us for this festive holiday event the whole family can enjoy from home!

DeSoto Holiday Drive-In Movie

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Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8:30 PM CST – 10:15 PM CST

Grimes Park $20 per vehicle/per movie with concessions available

5:30-7pm Elf

8:30-10:15 How the Grinch Stole Christmas

DeSoto Winter Wonderland December 12

DeSoto Winter Wonderland Poster

DeSoto Parks & Recreation and the DeSoto Public Library bring you Winter Wonderland with Arts, Crafts, and Painting on December 12th at the DeSoto Civic Center from 11 AM to 3 PM. This event is free for all ages under 13. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their Elves will be there to greet you. Join us as we celebrate the Holiday Season.

 

Ennis Christmas Celebrations

Ennis downtown shopping map

Calendar of Events:

Nov 28 Small Business Saturday with Carolers and Live Reindeer
Dec 3 Christmas Bluebonnet Market & Sip Shop & Stroll
Dec 5 Cookies with Mrs. Claus & Lucky’s CC Car Show and Toy Drive
Dec 11 Giant Snow Hill
Dec 12  Snow Hill
Dec 12 Our Lady of Guadalupe Procession

Grand Prairie Christmas Activities

Grand Prairie Lights Poster

Prairie Lights Drive-Thru Holiday Light Experience – A Total In-Car Event for 2020.November 26-December 31 (Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve), 6-10 PM daily
*Lynn Creek Park at Joe Pool Lake
*$30 per car (up to eight people), price reduced for 2020. A Fast Pass (line jump pass) is available for $99. Additional fees apply for limos, shuttles, and commercial vehicles.

*Videos from Santa, through Dec. 20. Would you like a personalized video from Santa?
Complete the requested information and get a personal, customized video greeting from Santa for your child. One video per child. $30 per video. Video greetings will be sent to the e-mail provided during purchase from the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce. Call the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce with questions 972-264-1558 or e-mail [email protected]

Mansfield Hometown Holidays

 

Mansfield announced changes to their Hometown Holidays schedule due to a ride in COVID-19 cases. We have all the details in an article https://www.focusdailynews.com/mansfield-changes-hometown-holidays-schedule/

Midlothian

Midlothian Tree Lighting flyer

Midlothian Tree Lighting Ceremony, Dec. 1, 6-7 p.m. Usher in the holiday season with an evening of community fellowship, Christmas spirit and the ​lighting of the beautiful Christmas tree in Heritage Park on North 8th Street.

Festivities will continue in historic downtown on Saturday, Dec. 5 with the Southern Star Christmas Celebration from 1 to 5 p.m. and the annual Light-Up Parade at 6 p.m. Finally, on Friday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. “The Grinch” will be shown. For more information, go to https://www.midlothian.tx.us/628/Special-Events

Southern Star Christmas

Christmas Adventure

Christmas is coming! Is your family ready to celebrate? Our Drive Thru Christmas ADVENTure is an interactive, drive thru event for families on Dec 2nd from 6-8pm. We will walk through the four weeks of Advent to help us get ready for the coming of Jesus in engaging, fun activities! Stations around our parking lots will focus on HOPE, PEACE, JOY, LOVE and the miracle of CHRISTMAS and end with our live nativity. Bring your friends and neighbors, pile into the car, dress up in your favorite christmas attire, and spread some JOY! This is a community event, there is no registration or cost to our families.
If you would like a free four week Christmas devotional and supplies for your family (Advent in a Box) please register at this link: https://forms.gle/Gjie8bEP5Y7JNpPM6
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Dallas Trains at Northpark

Trains at Northpark
Trains at Northpark 2016

Seeing the trains at Northpark has become an annual tradition for many DFW families. The exhibit is open from November 14 until January 3. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced.

This year ALL tickets must be purchased online in advance for a specific date so they can manage capacity. All proceeds from ticket sales go to helping families at Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

Admission prices listed below:$10.00 for adults
$5.00 for children (ages 2 – 12) and senior citizens (age 65 and older)
Children under 2 admitted free.

Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

These tickets are non-refundable. Please be sure to pick your preferred, correct date of admission.

Waxahachie Christmas Events

In lieu of the Community Tree Lighting & Christmas Parade, Christmas cheer will abound in Waxahachie with safe alternative events for both residents and visitors alike to enjoy!

City of Waxahachie Virtual Facebook Tree Lighting – December 1
Downtown Holiday Window Reveal & Decorating Contest – December 3
Downtown Kick-Off to Christmas – December 4
Christmas Tour of Lights – December 4 – 19

We’ll keep updating this list as cities update their event calendars.

 

DeSoto Mayor McCowan Makes Stunning Announcement at Council Meeting

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Headshot DeSoto Mayor McCowan

McCowan Shares She’s Fighting Lung Cancer

DeSoto Mayor Curtistene McCowan began Tuesday evening’s city council meeting saying people know she is a fighter and she has something she must disclose. About a week and a half ago, she didn’t feel right and thought it was her asthma. She went to her doctor and he sent her to the emergency room, which first diagnosed her with pneumonia.

More tests were done and it turned out she has cancer in her right lung. Doctors worked with her to agree on a course of action to fight the disease.

“There will be days that will seem normal and days that I will need to lay low,” she said. There will be times like tonight when I can conduct the meeting and other times when our very capable Mayor Pro Tem Kenzie Moore will need to take over.”

Using a baseball analogy, she said she may not be able to go all nine innings every time, but she has an excellent person in the bullpen in Mayor Pro-Tem Kenzie Moore to take over for her and finish the game.

She requested prayer in that she knows she is a child of the most high God and turns now to her heavenly father. “When we work together there is nothing we cannot accomplish. When we pray together we can move a mountain.”

DeSoto City Council members React

Regarding Mayor McCowan Councilmember Candice Quarles said she supports her and thanks her for her energy, service and to say thank you.

Dinah Marks said sometimes it is more important to do rather than say and that she believes in stretching out to God. She thanked the Mayor for her leadership over the years. “We are here for you if there is anything you need.”

Nicole Raphiel continued , “You know we are here for you … I appreciate how resilient you are. I see God’s hand in your life, Mayor McCowan.”

Andre Byrd said “I am praying for you … Not only am I praying for you but for your husband and family as well.”

Kenneth Govan of the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce said “You have always been a steadfast and strong leader. You don’t have to announce your faith in God. It is evident to all.”

Curt Krohn, Chairman of the DeSoto Economic Development Corp related to Mayor McCowan, “You have energy like anyone else in the world does not have. You are loved. DeSoto is better because you are at the helm.”

Kisha Morris Perkins said “You are my second mom. I love you. We love you. The city loves you.”

“We Will Always Be There For You”

City Manager Brandon Wright expressed himself saying “We look forward to the opportunity to lift you up. I can’t stay up as late as you do. If you back it up (your energy level) you will go down to our level. We love you and look for this chance to support you.”

Kenzie Moore related, “For me it’s such a great pleasure to know you are here because you always respond. God will walk with all of us and hold our hand.” He said the comfort of knowing she was always available when he and the city needs her, has always been of the utmost comfort.

City Attorney Joe Gorfida told Mayor McCowan to “lean on him and everyone in the city in any time of need. We will always be there for you.”

Find The Right Face Mask For You

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Kids wear face masks from Rafi Nova

Stylish & Functional Face Masks For Kids & Adults

As Texas experiences an upswing in COVID-19 cases, Governor Abbott has mandated masks be worn in public spaces. And as the Saharan dust storm moves through our state, those of us with asthma or COPD, may want to wear a mask outside. So, we’re taking a look at different masks available, in an effort to show you masks can be comfortable and stylish even in the Texas heat.

Casupo.co

Casupo.co offers reversible face masks for children and adults made of 100% cotton. We received the blue camo which is camo on one side, solid navy on the other side. The face mask comes in a “pouch” that you can use to carry your mask when not in use, or place inside pouch when washing in machine. The nose piece is great for getting a snug fit and preventing glasses from fogging. The Casupo face mask was one of our favorites-well made, comfortable, has a pocket for removable filter and we love the pouch.

Man wearing navy blue camo face mask
Marlon models the navy camo face mask by Casupo

These masks are great quality and handmade in California. Adult masks start at $25, kids masks $23. Masks are washable and reusable.

Casupo.co donates a portion of their profits to FUNDANICA, a non profit organization dedicated to providing medical assistance to a children’s hospital in Venezuela. At the end of June, they’ve donated $3000 to FUNDANICA.

Fase Wear

If you’re looking for unique designs to show your fun side, check out the masks by Fase Wear. We think Fase Wear has some of the most creative and fun designs for kids and adults. They have sunflowers, roses, The Joker, Jason and so much more. Bonus: each mask comes with two filters.

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11 year old wearing a childrens face mask from Fase Wear

My 11 year old daughter likes the designs Fase Wear offers and the stretchy material. She found their masks to be comfortable. Straps are adjustable and masks are washable.

Kenny Flowers

Do you live at the beach or love beach wear? Kenny Flowers masks are fun, stylish and pair well with your beach wear. Their masks feature tie straps, making it easy to adjust without the pulling from elastic. Available in a 2 pack matching masks, or a 3 pack variety-either 100% cotton or 100% rayon.

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Brian Eastman wearing a Kenny Flowers face mask-see the flamingo?

These masks are soft and comfortable, and don’t hurt your ears, with fun designs. We are in love with the flamingo print! Oh and if you want to be really stylish, buy a matching shirt.

Also, Kenny Flowers gives back, for every mask sold, they donate a mask to someone in need in Bali and 100% of all proceeds to Direct Relief – a non-profit delivering medical-grade masks – along with exam gloves, isolation gowns, and other protective gear to healthcare organizations in the USA.⁣

Proper Cloth

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Brian Eastman wearing a face mask from Proper Cloth

The masks from Proper Cloth have a very polished look about them. These masks could be worn to a business meeting or out for a nice dinner. They use a smooth 100% cotton shirting fabric with an anti-microbial finish, the result is a comfortable mask. Also, the mask comes with a removable filter of 3-layers of non-woven polypropylene. The polypropylene meltblown core to provide significantly more protection versus fabric-only masks. (lab test certified to filter out >/= 85% of 0.1 micron-sized particles)

Proper cloth masks are for adults available in small or large for $25. Note: the design has two straps that fit over your head, to prevent the mask from slipping. We found it takes time to adjust to the straps if you are not used to the design. But on the flip side, we found that these stayed on while talking, covered our chin well and didn’t need to be adjusted due to slipping!

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Side view of double straps of Proper Cloth face mask

For every mask you buy, they donate a mask to local healthcare workers and others on the front lines.

Rafi Nova

Rafi Nova is a small, family owned business that has pivoted to make masks for children and adults. They offer a wide variety of designs for children and adults.

9 year old wearing a teen performance face mask
9 year old wearing Rafi Nova teen performance mask

We like their performance masks which are made with a lighter material for summer. The masks feature 3 layers of materials, including an anti-bacterial layer and a filter (non-removable), a unique adjustment toggle and adjustable nose bridge. They also sell the smile masks, with transparent panel.

I have asthma which is often triggered by extreme heat or cold. Wearing the Rafi Nova performance mask, even in 90+ degree temperatures, I was still able to breathe without issues. Also, the toggles and nose piece prevented my glasses from fogging up. The teen performance masks were my daughter’s favorite.

Two pack of performance masks are $30. *Masks do run small, so order a size up* Rafi Nova also sells ear savers and filters for your mask.

The Tie Bar

Man models face mask from Tie Bar
Marlon wearing a facemask from The Tie Bar. A 5 packs is $30.

The Tie Bar makes masks for the gentleman in your life that wants to be safe and stylish. Their 100% cotton masks come in a 5-pack of designs featuring some of their favorite menswear patterns. Tie Bar masks are washable, have adjustable ear loops, flexible wire at nose and room for a filter. While the designs are made from menswear, many of them can be unisex. The 5-pack of dapper masks is $30. For the price you can have a mask for everyday of the week, and match your outfits.

Note: the companies featured sent Focus Daily News masks to try, so we could share our personal experience with our readers. These are non-medical face masks designed to cover your face to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Catch A Drive-In Movie At AT&T Stadium This Month

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drive-in movie AT&T stadium

With traditional movie theaters closed due to safety precautions, drive-in movie theaters are making their comeback. AT&T Stadium is participating in the Tribeca Drive-In series this July. Families can hop in the car and catch a classic film for $26 per vehicle to $35 for a double feature.

So, what’s on the big screen? The schedule has more than 30 iconic movies and comedy acts scheduled to show on big screen outside the Stadium. Movies will often be grouped into themes, including Music Movies, Sports Sundays and Kids’ Nights.

July 9, 2020

7:00 pm Palm Springs- When carefree Nyles (Andy Samberg) and reluctant maid of honor Sarah (Cristin Milioti) have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated when they find themselves unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other. (90 minutes)

9:45 pm John Wick- When a retired hit man is forced back into action by a brutal Russian mobster, he hunts down his adversaries with the ruthlessness that made him a crime underworld legend.

July 10, 2020

6:45 pm Back to the Future-In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the ’50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry.

9:45 pm Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure: Our non-heinous heroes Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are in danger of flunking history! But when the righteous Rufus (George Carlin) arrives in a time-travelling phone booth, the dense dudes discover their destiny! (90 minutes)

July 11, 2020

3:00 pm Inside Out- When 11-year-old Riley moves to a new city, her Emotions team up to help her through the transition. Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness work together, but when Joy and Sadness get lost, they must journey through unfamiliar places to get back home.

6:45 pm Spy Kids-The children of secret-agent parents must save them from danger.

9:15 pm Black Panther-When an old foe puts his homeland of Wakanda and the entire world at risk, you king T’Challa must release Black Panther’s full power to save them. (134 minutes)

July 12, 2020

6:00 pm Jerry Maguire-A successful sports agent, fired for being honorable, fights for his ideals and those who depend on him. (139 minutes)

9:30 pm- Love & Basketball- This story tells of childhood adversaries and talented athletes who have a love for the game of basketball and each other. Each pursues their dream of basketball success through high school, college and the pros, but along the way they must face their own personal hurdles. (124 minutes)

Movies run through July 26, check the website for a complete listing.

July 16, 2020

The Joker in Dark Knight
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9:15pm- The Dark Knight- “The Dark Knight” reunites director Christopher Nolan with star Christian Bale, who returns to continue Batman’s war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. (152 minutes)

July 17, 2020 Special Double Feature Night

6:30 pm- Mean Girls-Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George. (97 minutes)

9:30 pm- Superbad- Two co-dependent High School guys comically struggle between girls and their own separation anxiety. (113 minutes)

July 18, 2020 Matinee

The Goonies
The Goonies Publicity Photo

2:00 pm- The Goonies- Steven Spielberg, Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon films) and Chris Columbus (Harry Potter films) collaborate to create an epic children’s adventure of subterranean caverns, sunken galleons and a fortune in lost pirate treasure (114 minutes)

6:00 pm- Be Water- In 1971, after being rejected by Hollywood, Bruce Lee returned to his parents’ homeland of Hong Kong to complete four iconic films. (97 minutes)

9:15 pm- Straight Outta Compton- Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how five young cultural rebels – armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent – stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group (147 minutes)

July 19, 2020 Special Double Feature

6:30 pm- Friday Night Lights- Based on a book by author H.G. Bissinger, the small and economically depraved town of Odessa, Texas obsesses over the local high school football team as a a means of escape.(118 minutes)

The Wonder Woman
The Wonder Woman Publicity Photo

9:30 pm- Wonder Woman-Gal Gadot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) returns as the title character in the epic action adventure based on the DC Super Hero. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior (141 minutes)

July 23, 2020 Special Double Feature

6:00 pm- Meet The Parents- Male nurse Greg Focker meets his girlfriend’s parents before proposing, but her suspicious father is every date’s worst nightmare (108 minutes)

9:15 pm- Meet The Fockers-All hell breaks loose when the Byrnes family meets the Focker family for the first time. (115 minutes)

July 24, 2020 Special Double Feature

6:00 pm- Girls Trip- When four lifelong friends—Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish—travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, braw…(122 minutes)

Bridesmaids Cast
Bridesmaids

9:15 pm-  Bridesmaids- Annie (Kristen Wiig) is a single woman whose own life is a mess, but when she learns that her lifelong best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), is engaged, she has no choice but to serve as the maid of honor. (125 minutes)

July 25, 2020

2:00 pm- The Lego Movie-The first-ever full-length theatrical LEGO movie follows Emmet an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person (the MasterBuilder) and the key to saving his LEGO world.

6:00 pm- Inside Man- A tough detective (Denzel Washington) matches wits with a cunning bank robber (Clive Owen) as a tense hostage crisis unfolds. (129 minutes)

9:30 pm- Do The Right Thing- This powerful visual feast combines humor and drama with memorable characters while tracing the course of a single day on a block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn.

July 26, 2020 Special Double Feature

7:00 pm Pee Wee’s Big Adventure- When Pee Wee Herman’s most prized possession, his bicycle, is stolen, he embarks on a cross-country journey to find it.

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Beetlejuice

9:45 pm Beetlejuice- A happy couple with a lovely country house die in a car accident and must haunt their old home while waiting to be processed into heaven. Too nice to be scary, they befriend the new tenant’s daughter

Drive-In Tickets & Questions

All tickets are available for online purchase only. Only one ticket per vehicle required, regardless of how many passengers.

The Drive-In will open 60 minutes before the listed show time. It is recommended to arrive at least 30 minutes before the gate time found on your ticket. Parking spots will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Vehicles will be spaced every other parking spot or at least six feet apart. All vehicles must face forward.

Masks are Required

Upon entering, the driver and each passenger must show that they have their own mask. Masks will be required anytime a guest leaves the vehicle.

Temporary restroom facilities will be available onsite, although it is encouraged to use the restroom before arriving. Onsite restrooms will undergo enhanced cleanings before, during and after each event.

Concessions will be available. Guests are expected to practice social distancing while waiting in line for services.

Tribeca Drive-In Summer Series

“At Tribeca’s core, we aim to bring people together through the arts to send a signal of unity and resiliency to the world during challenging times,” said Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder and CEO Jane Rosenthal. “As an immediate and safe solution, we’re excited to bring new and classic works from filmmakers, creators, and artists to communities across the country through the Tribeca Drive-In series. As the nation begins to emerge from months of quarantine, we look forward to movie theaters reopening and hope that the Drive-In serves as a reminder of the magic of the moviegoing experience.”

“The Tribeca Drive-In series is a tribute to movies and the shared experience of watching them, even if from our cars. In anticipation of theaters reopening imminently, we look back at what we love about the big screen experience,” added Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder Robert De Niro.

 

 

 

 

 

Tami Tobey: “In November, You Can Hold Me Accountable – I’m Not Resigning Today”

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Tami Tobey at MISD Board Meeting on 6-15-2020 screenshot from livestream

Dozens Speak To Board At Marathon Meeting

Last night, dozens attended the Midlothian ISD Board meeting to speak out about the actions of board member Tami Tobey. Recently, a photo of Ms. Tobey was sent to the Dallas Observer, showing her dressed as tennis player Serena Williams. The photo has sparked outrage throughout the community with over 3500 people petitioning for her to resign, including several members of the board.

One gentleman, Mr. Wayne Howard, said he had graduated from the school system back in the 1960’s and reminisced about how things were back in those days. He pointed out, “We’ve got a church here that’s been around 100 years. You’re throwing around ‘you talked to the community leaders, the black community leaders’, who did you talk to? Ain’t nobody been over in my neighborhood. Ain’t nobody been over to the church. Who did you talk to?” The audience responded with applause and cheers.

He acknowledged the board members took a hard job. He emphasized “I don’t want you to hear me, I want you to feel me.” And he welcomed the new black members to the community. His remarks were powerful, whether you watched it in person or online. He said he had not been attending school board meetings recently, but fully intended to in the future. “I got my eye on you”. His insights were invaluable and the conclusion of his remarks were met with long applause.

The Board meeting continued until nearly 2 a.m. so details of each speaker’s thoughts cannot all be presented here, but suffice to say, the vast majority shared their belief that Ms. Tobey should resign. It was emotional as adults and young people shared their personal experiences and the impact of Mrs. Tobey’s actions.

A Community Speaks From Experience

One young lady, Olivia Natividad, who graduated in 2016 said she was of Hispanic descent and was immediately judged by her looks, even before she spoke. She said she was told by a guidance counselor that there wasn’t any ‘English as a second language class’ available. She said no translator was available right then, before she even spoke. “That experience still breaks my heart, and embarrassed me five years later,” she said. “I have never had to fight so hard for education in my life … Racism and intolerance will continue until Jesus comes,” she said. “But we have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus now. Diversity is not complicated, and there are many people here willing to help, so do better.”

That may seem incredible, but Ms. Natividad, continued “During my time as a student, I was sexually harassed by an educator, called racial slurs by my peers. When I brought my concerns to staff I was told I was over-reacting and I should be flattered by the attention.”

Next, Dr. Lisa Taylor Cook spoke, “I have come here today to advocate for changes to better our future,” she began. “We felt welcomed (to the city) as a multiracial family as I’m African-American and my husband is caucasian. At the time we moved here, our oldest was just entering third grade and our youngest had just turned three.”

She continued that at all levels in Midlothian schools, her children had amazing teachers but there were also biases that surfaced “every step of the way.”

“The expectation (an elementary teacher had) of my biracial son and of his non-white classmates was different,” she said. “At middle School, when I enrolled my daughter into the pre-GT classes I was challenged on if she could ‘make it’ in the class. I was surprised by this question as she had a 4.0 at the time. In addition, my husband and I were asked about our own educational levels and if we understood that pre-GT classes were challenging. I had to explain to the counselor that both my husband and myself were working on our PHDs.”

Ms. Cook said an experience in high school – just this school year – was even more disturbing. “A teacher told the class that she didn’t understand and didn’t believe in interracial couples and didn’t understand why these couples were having children.” The teacher continued that “she hoped her white children would not be with anyone who was black. This teacher felt her words were not offensive to my biracial child or the black student who was in her classroom.”

“Each of these times, I have had administrative support to minimize the biases that were influencing my children’s education. While she said she was able to advocate for her children, not everyone is able to do that. She continued that there should be steps taken by ISD board members: First, there should be a code of conduct for board members including how and why a board member can be dismissed and there should be a public timeline on when board members need to attend classes on diversity awareness. “Statements that are racist and discriminatory cannot be tolerated. There need to be consequences for such actions if necessary. These need to be included within the boards operating procedures.”

Yvonne Tomlin said she was a 2018 graduate of Midlothian High School. “At some points in time, I felt that I was prejudged by the color of my skin and not by the talents I had brought to the table … Racism is wrong today, has been wrong yesterday, and was wrong in 2012. The color of my skin is not just a party costume or some hip trend.”

MISD Board Member, Tami Tobey, Refuses To Resign

With a raised voice, you could hear the anger, frustration and defensiveness from Tobey. “This country was founded on change. There are certain things that are completely unforgivable…. Some of the biggest things I’ve learned were not on the mountaintops,” Tami Tobey said. “They were in the valleys.”

“It would have been much easier. Let me tell you, every mentor I have … let me tell you, they all said resign,” Tami Tobey said after dozens of residents of Midlothian told her to do just that at the Monday, June 15 Board of Trustees meeting. “Pray about this over the weekend. Run away! Get away from all this! … But, you know what, I don’t answer to but one person. I wanted bad to hear – Resign! You have a life. You have a business. You have plenty of things to keep you busy … This was a calling for me. I came here to serve kids. And my God still says stay.”

“The voters put me in this position,” Tobey continued. “And there is a process for me to leave … In November, please hold me accountable … I’m not resigning today!”

“She’s Gotta Go”

As she spoke, several members of the audience talked back, telling her she was making things worse. Some briefly chanted “she’s gotta go” before the Board President called the meeting back to order. When she told those in attendance, “In November you can hold me accountable!” A few people clapped and made noise, while others responded. One attendee said you’re showing your white privilege by saying hey listen I did this, but guess what who cares?

Ms. Tobey’s comments came after over an hour of citizens comments, all for the most part, expressing displeasure over her having appeared in blackface in 2010 and 2012. She tried to argue the difference in “painted face” vs. “black face” but the audience pushed back, clarifying they are both offensive. Many expressed their experience that there were problems within the district itself, not only with Ms. Tobey.

MISD Board Encouraged Tobey To Resign

Board President Matt Sanders introduced a resolution encouraging Mrs. Tobey to reconsider her resignation. Tobey introduced an amendment to the resolution to “correct it to the right year which was 2010 and also to include instead of painted face, blackface is what I allegedly did” and discussion ensued. At which point, the audience reacted to her using “allegedly”, by showing a poster with the picture. “Not allegedly, you did it,” they responded.

MISD Board Meeting Tami Tobey
Symphony Lowe and other Midlothian citizens discussed the upcoming MISD Board Meeting and how they felt about Ms. Tami Tobey remaining on the School Board prior to Monday evening’s meeting. Photo by Rita Cook.

In total, with other business being discussed including the budget and the 2020-2021 MISD calendar, the meeting lasted over six hours. The underlying message to the MISD board, “You’re on notice. We are watching.” This won’t be the last time the community speaks out about the inequality perpetuated in Midlothian ISD. The ball is rolling.

Focus Daily News encourages everyone to watch the board meeting. While we can tell the story, hearing the emotions and words spoken can’t be communicated with the same impact as hearing them yourself.

Red Oak Man, Lucas Cates, Life Forever Changed By COVID-19

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Lucas Cates in hospital
Red Oak resident Lucas Cates had never even been to the hospital when his COVID-19 story began

Red Oak Resident Lucas Cates Shares His Personal Experience With COVID-19

RED OAK – He was a bodybuilder who thought he would never find himself with the COVID-19 virus.

He did.

He doesn’t even know how he got the virus.

But he did.

Red Oak resident Lucas Cates was a healthy 6’2,” 250-pound, 39-year-old man a few months ago.

That all changed when Cates discovered he had COVID-19.

In a nutshell he spent 24 days in two different hospitals and came out with not only COVID-19 as a diagnosis that almost killed him, but he now must spend the rest of this life with congestive heart failure.

“I knew no one who had COVID-19 before me and I was around no one who had it,” Cates began telling his story as he sat across from me at a local diner in Red Oak.

Lucas Cates-Rita Cook

“I was the guy walking around out there who thought I was invincible,” he said. “I didn’t quarantine myself like I should have or adhere to social distancing.”

Cates said before being in the hospital for COVID-19 he had never been to the hospital at all.

He originally got sick in December with 104 temperature, but that was pre-COVID-19, so the doctor had no idea what the diagnosis was at that time.

“Someone Was Standing On My Chest”

Fast forward to the end of March when Cates noticed he was having a hard time breathing.

“It felt like someone was standing on my chest, that was around March 29 and I thought this was not a big deal,” he said.

He didn’t let it bother him and he continued with his life.

He went to the gym the following Monday; his breathing was very heavy.

Tuesday, he saw his trainer and at this point he described it “I was breathing really heavy, but we worked through it.”

Finally, at around 4 a.m. that night he went to Mansfield Methodist with chest pains.

He had x-rays taken, but said he was telling the doctors at the hospital there was no way it could be COVID-19.

What the x-rays ended up revealing was congestive heart failure. To be on the safe side the hospital gave him a COVID-19 test since one of the symptoms is heavy breathing.

A Positive Test

It was not even 24 hours when he got the call from the CDC – he had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

“My world was turned upside down,” he explained. “I had been around my children and my girlfriend and I was ashamed and guilty. Not only had I exposed myself and got it, but exposed other people.”

Back to Methodist Mansfield he went where he stayed for eight days where he took another COVID-19 test.

Finally he was released to go home.

That did not last long because within eight hours he was back at the hospital unable to breathe.

“They said your heart is in worse condition than we thought, it is less than 20% and that is why you are having trouble breathing,” Cates said.

His doctors told him the congestive heart failure was a result of the COVID-19 and probably his smoking history had something to do with it too.

“The more I have learned about congestive heart failure it is not like arteries clogged or something that can be fixed, it is a disease that deteriorates your heart. So that is what is causing my breathing,” Cates explained.

He still has trouble breathing as he tells me his story. Every few minutes he must stop and take some labored breaths.

But his breathing has gotten much better since he was released from the hospital not only with an oxygen device, but also a $30,000 life vest too and a $100,000 bill.

COVID-19 Tests, An Unpleasant Experience

He mentioned the unusual number of COVID-19 tests he has had to take too.

“The first one was positive, then there was the second one and the third one was to test the second one – you know, the tests are also only 60% accurate. So, the fourth test was to look for antibodies. That was before I even left Mansfield Methodist and then Presbyterian had to test me again.”

Cates said if you have not had a COVID-19 test that can be horrendous as well.

“The test is the swab being stuck up to your brain practically and they turn it five times,” he said in detail also showing me a video of the way it is done.

“It was horrible, they try to downplay it, saying it is like the flu test, it is nothing like the flu test,” he said.

Two Hospitals & 24 Long Days For Lucas Cates

At Mansfield Methodist they did give him the Hydroxychloroquine and “some other concoction” as he described it.

After Methodist Mansfield he had a colleague who directed him to Presbyterian where she had some contacts.

The goal there was an elective surgery for his heart. That was a no go since during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic elective surgeries were not allowed.

Even with the knowledge of having COVID-19 and congestive heart failure, which he said can be a recovery time of up to two years and an extremely strict diet and strong medication, he said the feeling of loneliness in the hospital is what really sticks in his mind.

“I was in isolation for 24 days and it got so bad,” he said. “Every time they came into the room they had to dress out and put booties on and these pants and vest. In fact, it cost $15 of our tax dollars every time they go into the room. It got to the point if they forgot something once, they went out they would just basically just open the door and throw it in there.”

Isolation Was Traumatic

Isolation, Cates said that was as bad as the virus too.

“You see no one. They do not see your face and they call you ahead of time and say we are about to come into the room so mask up and stay on the bed. You feel like you are dying already and then the feeling that they do not want to get near you. It messes with your mind and that was the biggest thing. I finally got out and it was like getting out of jail.”

Since he was in the COVID-19 wing he was not able to receive flowers, since flowers can’t be sanitized. He did receive care packages from his friends. And his former girlfriend organized people to stand outside his hospital window with “get well” signs. She also stayed on the phone with him for many hours since he was all alone in the hospital room.

“I was in the COVID wing and I asked questions,” he said. “How many people are in this unit and they said they could not tell me. How many people have died, they said they could not tell me. They would not let me leave my room or see anyone being rolled by, that was weird. My worse fear was that I was going to go in and die and be all alone.”

Near Death Experience

Several weeks ago, he went to have the elective procedure done and he had a scope done through his wrist. He almost died during the process.

“My heart rate got down to 30 beats a minute,” he explained. “I reacted weird to it. I’d never been in the hospital and this was all new. I told him something was not right and then I heard the voices saying, ‘he is dropping, get nurses.’”

Cates said he know what it feels like to die now.

In fact, he started saying his last words. His body heated up and he could hear the doctors and nurses yelling.

“I was trying to hold my bowels, I was thinking of my kids and I thought this is the end, this is how I am going to go on this table.”

Oh, and one more thing he added “The doctor said they were upping my meds for three to four months and then I am to go back and see how it is going. If it has not significantly changed, they are going to put me on the heart transplant list – at 39 years old.”

After all the trauma he has now been through he said his mission is to educate people.

The doctors told him he only had three to eight years to live.

Whatever the future holds, Lucas Cates said his goal is to not only pass that eight-year mark, but to make sure no one else has to ever tell a story like the story he just told me.

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Walmart Changes Store Hours Again, Adds Senior Hours

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Walmart publicity photo

For the second time in a week, Walmart is altering their normal hours to help with COVID-19. Starting Thursday, March 19, Walmart stores will change operating hours to 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Stores that open later than 7 a.m. will continue their regular starting hours. This new schedule will make it easier for associates restock the shelves for customers while continuing to clean and sanitize the store. While the store hours change for customers,  associates will continue to have access to their regular scheduled shifts and full hours.

Special Senior Shopping Hours

Walmart recognizes older customers could be more vulnerable to the coronavirus and to better support them, Walmart is offering special shopping hours. From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. This will start one hour before the store opens. Pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open during this time.

Item Limits

Walmart will limit items in certain categories including paper products, milk, eggs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, water, diapers, wipes, formula and baby food.

Other Changes

Auto Care Centers will be temporarily shut down so those associates can focus on stocking and cleaning the main store.

Vision Centers will operate on their normal schedule, providing essential services only such as glasses repair and helping customers pick up existing orders.

Suspect Matthew Gonzalez Arrested In Murder Of DeSoto Woman

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Matthew Shane Gonzalez

DeSoto Murder Suspect Matthew Gonzalez Arrested

According to DeSoto Police, last night 21 year old DeSoto resident Mason Varela was stabbed at her home. The sole suspect, her ex-boyfriend Matthew Shane Gonzalez, has been arrested.

At approximately 8:20 p.m Monday evening, police were called to a home in the 1200 block of Greenbrook Drive. Upon arrival, they found a hispanic woman lying in “a large pool of blood” outside the front door. The victim had been stabbed several times in her face and upper body.

She stated to her father over and over again, “It was Matthew. It was Matthew. It was Matthew.” In the legal world that’s called a “dying declaration”. Those were the last words spoken by Ms. Varela.

The stepfather witnessed Matthew Gonzalez flee the scene in a gray 2000 Nissan Maxima. Detectives attempted contact with Mr. Gonzales by calling and pinging his phone. After obtaining more information and continuing to investigate, an arrest warrant was issued for Matthew Shane Gonzalez.

Earlier today police arrested the suspect MATTHEW SHANE GONZALEZ, a 20 year-old Hispanic male, (Date of Birth: 08-16-1999) in Irving. Detectives tried to interview Mr. Gonzalez after his arrest, but he exercised his right to remain silent. At the time of the press conference, the suspect has not made a statement.

DeSoto Press Conference
Detective Pete Schulte conducts media briefing on DeSoto homicide of Mason Varela

DeSoto Police stated the victim and the suspect were in a relationship for almost four years. The relationship ended about a month and a half ago. Gonzalez was described as possessive and controlling.

DeSoto PD Confident Gonzalez Committed Cold Blooded Murder

“And we do believe based on the evidence we’ve found today, that this was a calculated, cold blooded murder. We believe Mr. Gonzalez waited for Ms. Varela to return from walking her dog when he approached her. He brutally attacked her with a knife or some other sharp object,” stated Detective Pete Schulte.

Schulte stated DeSoto Police Department is “confident” Mr. Gonzalez committed this murder. He’s currently in jail, and will go through the justice system in Dallas county.

There’s no indication there was any argument prior to the attack. Police state the suspect took steps after the crime to hide his tracks . They believe this is another indication the crime was planned in advance.

Domestic violence spikes in November and December. DeSoto Police Department wants everyone to know if you are suffering from domestic violence in your home please call police. There are many things police can do that does not involve your loved one going to jail.

DeSoto Police Department asked the victim’s family for a photo of the victim and they declined. They’ve requested privacy while they grieve and we intend to honor their request.

Remembering Joshua C. Johnson

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Joshua C. Johnson Editor

Joshua C. Johnson 1982-2019

How does a wordsmith run out of words? No, I’m not speechless, I could talk about our friend and editor’s merits for days. However, with the news of Josh’s passing, the sadness has depleted my word bank. The loss of Joshua is in many ways immeasurable. I never imagined sitting at his desk and doing my best to pay tribute to him.

I often described Joshua as the “gentle giant”. Even with his intimidating size, there was nothing threatening about Josh. He had a way of putting anyone and everyone at ease. Blessed with the ability to handle difficult situations with decorum and grace, he was able to improve any situation.

I first met Joshua Johnson in March of 2007. We were looking for an editor who could do everything … write, edit, lay out the newspaper, send the pages of the newspaper through the equipment which magically turns the pages from digital ones and zeros to hard images on what are referred to in the business as “plates.”

From there, a pressman takes over and does some more magic turning those plates into ink on paper.

Joshua had a very impressive record with the newspaper he was working for at the time so we made him an offer. Fortunately for us, Joshua accepted, and the second week of April took his place behind the desk he would call home for the next 12 years.

Over that time period, Joshua became not just a member of the Focus Daily News family, but an integral part of the communities in southern Dallas County and northern Ellis County.

I have never met anyone, whether from city governments, local school systems, Chambers of Commerce, businesses, churches, or accounts who have advertised over the years who did not have wonderful things to say about Joshua. In some way or another he had a positive impact on everyone he encountered.

Joshua’s talent did not stop with the written word. In every part of life, there are people with bad attitudes who attempt to spread their ill will to those around them. Joshua always had the knack of quieting them down and putting everyone at ease. He handled all situations I witnessed with decorum and grace.

I remember one instance when a delivery driver entered the office and saw a certain political poster. He immediately “lit into Joshua” about politics.

As only Joshua could, he put the driver at ease and they almost became friends. To this day, I can’t really remember how he did it – only the result. Joshua handled every occasion with that kind of diplomacy. I can only wish I could handle all situations as well as he.

Since those early days in 2007, Joshua kept doing more and more to serve the newspaper and the community. He would see me literally pulling my hair out (yes, once I had hair) over the tedious task of counting and billing out the legal notices placed by local cities. It’s a thankless, but very necessary job.

He started pulling each paper where a legal notice appeared and measured it according to the instructions of the government entity placing it. From that moment forward, I would find the entire job done and on my desk every month.

In 2010, I had a number of heart attacks and had to be hospitalized for quintuple bypass surgery. I spent a couple of weeks in the hospital, much of which was in intensive care. Joshua took over all aspects of newspaper management in my absence and in the months thereafter while I slowly recovered.

He didn’t do it for the money. God knows, there isn’t much money in local newspapers – he did it because of who he was – no longer what he was hired to be, an employee, but a trusted member of the family and the best friend a person could have.

And he did it well. Joshua was an award-winning Editor at Focus, recognized most recently for his legal reporting. But he didn’t enter competitions for fame, he entered so he could learn where we could improve the paper. He had a thirst for knowledge and a vision for personal and professional growth.

The week since Joshua has been gone has been the toughest week I can remember in my adult life – and there have been some really bad ones. I have found myself breaking into tears on many occasions, often when having to tell someone else about Joshua’s passing. It is too hard to believe that someone so vibrant and full of life could be gone.

There is not one person on the small Focus’ staff who did not break into tears when they learned of his passing. We all keep thinking this must be a week that is just a bad dream – a dream we will wake up from. Why can’t this just be a bad dream and tomorrow we can walk into the offices and find Joshua sitting at his desk hard at work with his easygoing smile and positive attitude…

We will never be able to provide an adequate tribute to his memory, but we are trying as we put together this special issue, with comments from many of the people he touched throughout his all-too-short life.

Perhaps I can say it, using the same analogy I used when I told our children about his passing. They both broke down, crying uncontrollably. I said, “God must have needed Joshua more than we did. Rest assured he is now at God’s side and doing his bidding in heaven, just as he did it here on earth.”

Joshua – We Love You! I love you! I don’t know of anyone who has met you, who didn’t love you.

“Until We Meet Again!”

Ashlyn Summers of Waxahachie Wins Big Tex Youth Livestock Scholarship

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Ashlyn Summers of Waxahachie receives scholarship

Ashlyn Summers, an 18-year-old student in Waxahachie, was recently awarded a Big Tex Youth Livestock Scholarship from the State Fair of Texas. Despite having to cancel their largest fundraiser, the 2020 Fair due to Covid-19, they awarded $1 million in college scholarships to 170 Texas students. Ninety seven scholarships went to students involved in youth livestock activities.

Ashlyn said, “I have been involved in FFA and 4-H since I was 8 years old, and I have been very blessed to be so involved in the livestock industry for that time as well. As a Junior member, I had been exposed to many aspects of pig shows so far, by attending many State and National events in which I have been fortunate enough successfully participate and travel all over the USA. I have made so many friends, contacts, and connections throughout the livestock show community.”

Ashlyn Summers College Plans

“My plan is to start getting my A.S degree at Weatherford College, and transfer to Tarleton State University to get my Agriculture Communication and Marketing Degree,” she added.

“I hope to further my knowledge, skills, and experiences to help me in my career after the completion of my degree. I will continue to give back and work within the agricultural field in addition to helping youth with their show pig projects. I plan to continue to be involved within the livestock field by pursuing a career within the Ag Communications,” she said.

“I would ideally like to work for firms such as Showpig.com, the Purple Circle, or become a show Feed Representative. I have been so deeply involved with show pigs for so many years that I feel that I would be best utilized within those avenues. I am so excited to have earned the State Fair of Texas Scholarship and am very grateful,” Ashlyn said.

The Fair awarded $1 million in new college scholarships this year to 170 students throughout the Lone Star State. They are also currently funding more than 450 Big Tex Scholars already attending colleges and universities across the state.

Big Tex Scholarships

Sixty seven Pete Schenkel Scholarships, 97 Youth Livestock Scholarships, two Seasonal Employee Scholarships, one Benny Clark Memorial Scholarship, one Peggy Sloan Memorial Scholarship, and two Terry Griffin Memorial Scholarships were awarded this year. Since its establishment in 1992, the Big Tex® Scholarship Program has continued the State Fair’s nonprofit mission, supporting agriculture, education, and community involvement.

Ashlyn Summers of Waxahachie receives scholarship
State Fair of Texas

A total of 97 Youth Livestock Scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors from across the Lone Star State, including Ashlyn Summers of Waxahachie. Students receive a $6,000 grant, renewable each semester if they meet the renewal criteria. Students must attend an accredited college, university, or trade school within the state of Texas. Recipients must enroll in, and pass, a minimum of 12 hours each semester to qualify for renewal. In addition, the students must achieve a minimum 2.5 GPA their first semester and a 3.0 cumulative GPA for every semester thereafter.

The Fair congratulates these deserving students on their accomplishments, and is happy to support them in pursuing a higher education. The State Fair of Texas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not receive any government funding or support. Its nonprofit purpose is funded through the proceeds from the annual State Fair of Texas event. This year’s exposition runs Sept. 24-Oct. 17 at Fair Park in Dallas.

Wanted For Capital Murder: Adrian Sandoval

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Adrian Sandoval

Ennis Police Search For Murder Suspect Adrian Sandoval

This afternoon the Ennis Police Department issued a news release saying Adrian Sandoval is wanted for Capital Murder. He’s been described as 5’6 and weighing 180 pounds and possibly in the Dallas area. Sandoval does have family in the Ennis area.

Ennis Police Department says a warrant for Capital Murder has been issued for Adrian Sandoval and entered in TCIC and NCIC. They also warn he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Sandoval is wanted in the connection of a shooting that occurred on December 4, 2020. Ennis Police responded to a report of numerous shots fired in the 900 block of Merriott Street in Ennis, TX. Officers arrived to discover two deceased males in a vehicle. The males were identified as Rodney Dent III and Caleb Clark. The men had been shot multiple times.

Two suspects were identified during the investigation Dontriel Perry, who has been arrested and charged with capital murder and Adrian Sandoval who is still at large.

 

Please call 972-875-4462 if you have information on the whereabouts of Adrian Sandoval. Subject should be considered armed and dangerous.

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Announces Sunday Funday Promotion

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Photo courtesy Hyatt Regency Hill Country

Pet Friendly Travel Options At Hyatt Regency Hill Country

San Antonio, Texas (May 6, 2021) – Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, the premier Texas Hill Country resort located on 300 acres in San Antonio, is providing the Sunday Funday experience for guests. The resort also announces its pet-friendly travel options for 2021.

“With summer right around the corner, we are thrilled to bring back the ‘Sunday Funday’ promotion in order to help travelers and our local guests find great rates for their late-spring and summer vacations to our Hill Country resort,” said Steven Smith, General Manager at Hyatt Regency Hill Country. “Additionally, we are happy to announce our pet-friendly travel experience for 2021. For just a $100 per stay pet fee, guests can bring the entire family along including their four-legged friends for an unforgettable, convenient, and comfortable getaway.”

Special Promotional Rates

Through the Sunday Funday promotion, guests can receive rates starting at $129 per night when they arrive on a Sunday and stay at least two nights. The promotion is available when booked through the resort’s website at HyattRegencyHillCountry.com. Certain blackout dates apply including the Memorial Day and July 4 weekends.

The resort provides special accommodations for guests traveling with their pets. The property’s pet-friendly rooms are located on the ground floor and provide patio access that opens directly to a grassy area for convenience. Guests who check-in with their dogs also receive a welcome amenity with a dog bed and a water bowl for their pet’s use during their stay. Guests are asked to contact the resort in advance of their visit to arrange pet-friendly accommodations.

Hyatt Regency Hill Country provides a premier summer getaway at its award-winning water park. Guests can enjoy the 950-foot Ramblin’ River, a lazy river pool modeled after the nearby Guadalupe River to replicate an authentic Texas river float experience. It also features a FlowRider wave simulation which creates a barrel-less wave for surfing, bodyboarding, and kneeboarding, as well as a two-story water slide and four pools. Guests can also enjoy daily yoga classes from Southtown Yoga Loft, championship golf at Hill Country Golf Club, and relaxing treatments at Windflower Spa.

For more information or to book a Sunday Funday getaway to Hyatt Regency Hill Country, please call 210 647 1234 or visit HyattRegencyHillCountry.com.

About Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa

The AAA Four-Diamond Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is nestled upon 300 acres of the historic Rogers-Wiseman family ranch. It’s just 16 miles from the San Antonio International Airport and famous downtown River Walk. The 500-room resort offers casual elegance and authentic Texas hospitality, while beautifully blending the convenience of the city with the peaceful charm of the Texas Hill Country.

Resort amenities include the full-service Windflower – The Hill Country Spa, featuring 21-treatment rooms with world-class services, a five-acre water park with a FlowRider® wave machine, two-story waterslide, four swimming pools, country-style lazy river, more than 100,000 sq. ft. of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space, and much more. A variety of excellent on-site food and beverage options are available, including award-winning Antlers Lodge, offering a unique Texas dining experience that overlooks Hill Country Golf Club, the resort’s lushly landscaped 27-hole Arthur Hill-designed golf course. Windflower – The Hill Country Spa, Antlers Lodge, and Hill Country Golf Club are available for both resort guests and the general public to enjoy. For reservations or information, contact 210 647 1234 or visit us at hillcountry.regency.hyatt.com.

 

Ennis Police Have Bank Robbery Suspect In Custody

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Ennis Suspect

Ennis State Bank Robbed On April 29, Suspect Arrested May 6

On April 29, 2021 at approximately 1:25 pm the Ennis Police Department responded to a robbery at Ennis State Bank 815 W. Ennis Ave. in Ennis, Ellis County, Texas. Officers from the patrol division and CID responded to the location. Special Agents from the Dallas field office of the FBI also responded.

The suspect reportedly handed the bank teller a note that read, “THIS IS A ROBBERY. 30K. DON’T BE A HERO.” He told the teller to place cash into a folder, then fled the scene.

The investigation revealed that the suspect entered and left bank property on foot towards a grocery store. Video from area businesses and responding patrol vehicles was instrumental in helping to identify the suspect and his vehicle, a silver Dodge Challenger.

Information developed by Ennis Police Department officers and investigators lead to the identification of the suspect through license tag identification by Texas Department of Public Safety.

In the early morning hours of May 6, 2021 the suspect identified as Michael W. Wilson 34 of Dallas, Texas was taken into custody by special agents of the FBI and officers from the Dallas Police Department.

Suspected In Other Bank Robberies In North Texas

Wilson is a suspect in a number of other bank robberies in the north Texas area. The incidents were repeatedly caught on surveillance camera.

During a robbery at a bank in Dallas on Feb. 9, Mr. Wilson allegedly flashed a demand note that read, “This is a robbery. I have a gun.” After grabbing several thousand dollars from the frightened teller, he fled with the money and demand note — but left a deposit slip on the counter.

Investigators lifted a latent fingerprint off of the slip. They ran the print through a police department database, but failed to turn up a match.

Wilson is slated to make his initial appearance in federal court today.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Dallas Violent Crimes Taskforce conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Dallas Police Department, the Ennis Police Department, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Briggs is prosecuting the case.

“Cotton Patch Gospel” Invites Audiences Outdoors

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Cotton Patch Gospel invites audiences outdoors

The Firehouse Theatre invites their audience to join them outdoors for a rousing rendition of “Cotton Patch Gospel” May 6-23. The joyful musical, directed by Joey Folsom with music direction by Sonny Franks, seems to be a great choice for their first outdoors production.

“Cotton Patch Gospel” also serves as the kickoff show for Firehouse Theatre’s 2021-22 season. The inspirational musical is filled with bluegrass, country, and toe-tapping gospel music that accentuates “the greatest story ever retold.”

David Moore, “Firehouse Theatre’s Executive Director, said, “We wanted our first show of the season to be about faith. Something special to lift our patrons’ spirits. And because we wanted our first show to be produced outdoors in our back lot, this musical seemed like the perfect opportunity.”

Cotton Patch Gospel Performances

All performances will take place in the rustic back lot at The Firehouse Theatre, 2535 Valley View Lane in Farmers Branch.

The musical’s book is by Tom Key and Russell Treyz, with music and lyrics by the late, great Harry Chapin. Based on Clarence Jordan’s book “The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John,” the show’s action takes place in a rural Georgia setting. The musical opens with “Somethin’s a brewin’ in Gainesville,” where Herod is Mayor of Atlanta in this retelling of the life of Jesus.

Cast members are Petra Milano, Colin Phillips, James Prince, Dave Rankin, and Braden Socia, with Joey Folsom as Director and Sonny Franks as Music Director. Stage manager and technical director is Dave McKee.

Cotton Patch Gospel will be produced in accordance with the theatre’s Risk Mitigation and Code of Conduct, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and City and County health and public safety authorities. More information about these protocols can be found on the theatre’s website.

Tickets to the show are $36 for adults, $32 for seniors, and $28 for students and first responders. Visit TheFirehouseTheatre.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Firehouse Theatre

The Firehouse Theatre’s 2021 season continues with a mixture of indoor and outdoor performances. The musicals include “Roaldl Dahl’s Matilda the Musical,” “In the Heights,” “Bright Star Concert Version,” “Legally Blonde,” and “Elf The Musical!” A production of “Godspell JR,” directed by Broadway’s Ashley-Kate Adams, is also planned for June 19-20.

The Firehouse Theatre is an award-winning theatre company performed in historic Firehouse #1 located in vibrant Farmers Branch, Texas. The Firehouse presents imaginative live performances and training through engaging artistic expression. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit thefirehousetheatre.com or call the box office at 972-620-3747.

Cedar Hill ISD Set For Families First Week

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Families First week

Inaugural Families First Week At CHISD

(CEDAR HILL, TEXAS) As the school year comes to a close, Cedar Hill Independent School is ready for a week-long celebration with Longhorn Families.

“This is going to be an exciting time for Longhorns, old and young,” said Alicia Davis, CHISD Director of Family & Community Engagement (FACE). “We have a wonderful series of events planned that our families will definitely enjoy.”

 

The inaugural Families First First week is Monday, May 17 through May 21. During the week, the community is asked to post encouraging messages to families via their personal social media pages using #FamiliesFirstCHISD. The District will recognize campus parent liaisons during the regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting on May 17 at 7:30pm in the Turk Cannady Meeting Room.

 

Tuesday, May 18 will feature a FACE and GEAR UP Family Resource Fair. The virtual event will feature informative sessions such as summer options for scholars, college preparation, family financial planning and importance of joining PTA. The resource fair is free and anyone can log on to attend.

 

On Wednesday, May 19, CHISD is partnering with local restaurants to provide discounts to families in celebration of the power of family dinner.

Cedar Hill’s Got Talent Show

Thursday, May 20 at 6 p.m. the CHISD parent liaisons will host the Cedar Hill’s Got Talent Show. The show will highlight scholar talent and will be streamed via the FACE Facebook page.

 

Finally, the week will wrap up with “Friday Family Movie Night” at Cedar Hill First United Methodist Church. The FACE office has teamed up with the local church to provide a free viewing of “Raya & the Last Dragon.”

 

For more information on Families First Week, visit chisd.net/FACE.

DA Won’t Seek Death Penalty In Murder of Carla Walker

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Glen McCurley
Glen McCurley Photo courtesy Tarrant County

McCurley Awaits Trial in Tarrant County For 1974 Murder of Carla Walker

(Fort Worth, TX) – The Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office today filed paperwork seeking a sentence of life in prison, not the death penalty, for Glen Samuel McCurley, 78. McCurley was arrested on a charge of capital murder September 21, 2020, for the 1974 murder of Carla Walker.

“The decision to seek or not to seek the death penalty is one of the most important decisions this office makes,” Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson said.

“After much analysis, and with the support of the family of Carla Walker, we have determined that justice would best be served in this case by waiving the death penalty and seeking a sentence which ensures this Defendant will spend the rest of his days in prison.”

Kim D’Avignon, an assistant criminal district attorney and chief of the Adult Sexual Assault team, is prosecuting this case.

Carla Walker, 17, was abducted, sexually assaulted and strangled after a Western Hills High
School Valentine’s Day dance on February 17, 1974. She was with her boyfriend at the time of her abduction. Her body was found three days later in a cement culvert on Pearl Ranch Road near Benbrook Lake.

The case went unsolved for 46 years before it was reopened in 2019. Male DNA was found on Walker’s bra, police were able to identify the suspect by matching the DNA according to an affidavit for McCurley’s arrest. McCurley was arrested in 2020. He is awaiting trial in the Criminal District Court No. 1 of Tarrant County.

DeSoto City Council Recognizes Youngest NASA Intern and Prodigy

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DeSoto City Council
At Tueday's DeSoto City Council meeting council recognized 12-year-old prodigy Alena Wicker

12 Year Old Prodigy Alena Wicker Recognized By City Council

DESOTO – Due to COVID protocols, it was a virtual handshake on Tuesday evening with DeSoto City Council, from a 12-year-old prodigy who will reportedly be the youngest intern ever in NASA intern program.

After all, she’s ready for an internship since at the ripe old age of 12 she just graduated high school this last weekend.

At the DeSoto City Council virtual meeting Tuesday night council “met” north Texas resident Alena Wicker as she gave them all a virtual handshake hello.

“Her name is in the wind,” said DeSoto Mayor Rachel Proctor when she introduced Wicker, who received a proclamation from the Mayor and City of DeSoto for graduating high school, operating her own business, and enrolling at Arizona State University.

Obsessed With NASA From An Early Age

Her NASA craze began when she was just four years old.

With the stars in mind, the day in DeSoto was therefore designated Star Wars Day and DeSoto Communications posted a “May The 4TH Be With You!” greeting on City social media platforms.

The introductions between the City of DeSoto and Wicker began when the girl and her mother Daphne dropped by the mayor’s office to bring her one of Wicker’s “Brown Stem Girl” hoodies.

Rachel Proctor Alena Wicker
Rachel Proctor Alena Wicker Photo courtesy City of DeSoto

Mayor Proctor commented on her Facebook page at that time “She’s headed to college to double major in Astronomical and Planetary Science and Chemistry. And what’s more, she’s fulfilling her dream of becoming the youngest African American to intern for @nasa this summer all while giving back and mentoring other young women to follow in her footsteps.”

An Honorary DeSoto Resident

Over the weekend the Mayor spent time at Wicker’s graduation festivities getting to know her better too.

“She has been someone who has stolen my heart and I knew she had to come to the council meeting tonight so the city could meet her,” Proctor said. “She is not a DeSoto resident, but she is an honorary resident and we want to recognize her.”

Wicker’s passion for all things STEM started with LEGOs and her mom said that at just four years old “Alena would always say that she was going to work for NASA and she would point to the stars.”

DeSoto Emphasizing Academic Excellence

Council pointed out too that with examples like Wicker, it is helping DeSoto’s progress with its educational goals placing a greater emphasis on academic excellence in the lives of the city’s youth.

“For my graduation I was excited because the head of NASA came to give me my proclamation and he gave me my diploma,” Wicker concluded. “I had a lot of mayors come and one was Mayor Proctor and I loved them all.”

For now, Alena Wicker is definitely reaching her goals and it seems she has landed among the stars.

DeSoto City Council Votes Yes on Water Distribution Master Plan

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DeSoto Water tower
DeSoto water tower Photo by Kristin Barclay

Water Distribution Master Plan for DeSoto Passes

DESOTO – Earlier this week the DeSoto City Council voted yes on a Water Distribution Master Plan that will take the city into the next 25 years.

At the end of the presentation before council voted unanimously to accept, DeSoto Mayor Rachel Proctor reminded residents, “Council is looking at solutions to offset any costs for the capital project related to this distribution plan.”

The water master plan could include a rate increase, but in the long term it looks at the needs for the future in the city of DeSoto. Also considering a look at the long-term investments of the city’s asset management.

The idea it was noted is to “get in front of repairs to control costs” and council agreed.

Currently in the City of DeSoto there are 54,000 served in the system; 1000 customer connections; 22 square miles; 200 miles of water main; two pump stations; one booster station, which is a pressure tank; three elevated tanks and three ground storage tanks with approximately 1 million gallons. The idea for expansion will look at doubling that amount of water in gallons.

It was pointed out that the water system was tested during the area’s last cold weather event as to whether the current system could handle it and the city confirmed it can take the load, while also preparing for the future.

The project as presented was a look at the data collection, field investigation, water distribution model and various technical memos. It considered a five-year look as well as the 27 projects planned over the next 20-plus years.

Overall, it was said the purpose of the Water Distribution Master Plan is to create a framework to allow the city to know where it is going and where it is now in order to assure the city’s water infrastructure will continue to meet current and future water needs while also providing safe drinking water as well as adequate water flow and pressure to meet normal and peak demands.

House Bill 4072 (HB 4072)

Council voted yes to send a letter of opposition regarding House Bill 4072 regarding the amount of sales tax a city can collect. It was pointed out that overall the city relies on tax for economic development agreements that allow the city to repay those over time. This House Bill if passed would take away money from the city of DeSoto.

“If the city council is okay with me going ahead and officially saying we are opposed to it then I can contact our legislatures and let them know – that allows us to get more engaged in the process,” DeSoto City Manager Brandon Wright said.

Police Week & Peace Officers Memorial Day

DeSoto Police
Photo courtesy DeSoto Police Department

The City Council recognized Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day with Place 4 Councilmember Andre’ Byrd reading the proclamation.

Byrd presented the proclamation to DeSoto Police Chief Joe Costa.

May 15 of each year is Peace Officer’s Memorial Day and the entirety of the week is named Police Week.

The proclamation states “This is to pay tribute for all those men and women who have lost their lives protecting us and we honor all those who wear the badge and keep the peace and the valor and distinction they stand with.”

It was noted that over 23,324 US Law Enforcement officers have “made the ultimate sacrifice” with one death every 57 hours somewhere in the United States in the performance of their duty. In 2020 law enforcement officer fatalities did drop 150% from 2019.

Chief Costa thanked the council and invited all to the May 12 Memorial Celebration at 9 a.m. at the DeSoto Police Station.

“I appreciate all your support,” Costa concluded.

Whiskey Cake Hosts May Pairing Dinner Featuring WhistlePig

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WhistlePig whiskey
WhistlePig whiskey Photo Whiskey Cake facebook

Popular farm-to-fork kitchen and bar hosts six-course dinner starring pork and whiskey pairings on May 25

DALLAS (May 6, 2021) – Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar is bringing home the bacon! Literally. Whiskey and pork-loving Texans won’t want to miss this month’s pairing dinner featuring different cuts and cooking methods of pig paired with WhistlePig Whiskey.

On Tuesday, May 25 at 7 p.m., WhistlePig Ambassador Doug Ward will guide guests through a six-course pairing dinner at Whiskey Cake in Plano. The neighborhood joint invites locals to explore rye whiskey with complementing pairings during its May Pairing Dinner featuring a special prix-fixe menu, developed by Whiskey Cake Chef Stephen Rego and Bar Manager Alan Dean.

“Each Whiskey Cake location’s local chefs and bar team members collaborate to create one-of-a-kind pairings every month that guests won’t be able to experience anywhere else,” Dean said. “It’s a lot of fun getting to partner with Rego to craft these unique dinners for everyone here in Plano. This particular pairing is special because Doug will be onsite to walk guests through the delicious flavors of WhistlePig’s rye whiskey.”

The one-of-a-kind dinner will include:

Amuse-bouche

  • Pork Wings Two Ways ­– Start the night with Alabama white and hickory dry rub pork wings paired with “When Pigs Fly,” a cocktail featuring WhistlePig PiggyBack, peach-thyme tincture and citrus.

First Course

  • Nashville Pig Ear Salad – Sip on “Piggie Smalls,” a cocktail mixed with WhistlePig Farmstock, local honey, lemon and soda, paired with a frisee salad with remoulade dressing.

Second Course

  • P.B.L.T. – Enjoy crispy pork belly with heirloom tomato, garlic-herb goat cheese and a micro mix paired with a straight pour of WhistlePig Farmstock.

Third Course

  • Memphis Marinara – Experience WhistlePig OldWorld with cabernet reduction and Amaro Nonino in the “Trading Places” cocktail, perfectly paired with local pasta, wagyu meatballs and smoked gouda.

Fourth Course 

  • Pork Ribs – Indulge in Memphis dry rub pork ribs with a creamy peach slaw paired with a straight pour of WhistlePig 10 Year.

Fifth Course

  • Brown Butter Bourbon Blondie – Top the night off with a brown butter bourbon blondie and The Sweet House candied bacon and praline ice cream, paired with a straight pour of WhistlePig Piggyback.

“I created this menu to feature pork in every dish without it becoming overwhelming or repetitive by the end of the dinner,” Rego said. “Alan pairs the fat and salt content of the different cuts of pork I chose with each cocktail and lets the whiskey shine as much as possible by playing to their strengths. The finishes of the WhistlePig bottles also match beautifully with the backbone of my dishes. We look forward to sharing our specially curated menu and introducing WhistlePig’s award-winning rye whiskey to guests.”

Tickets Available Now

Tickets for this special event are $85 per person, tax and gratuity not included. There are limited seats available. To purchase a ticket, call the restaurant at 972-993-2253 or email [email protected].

Whiskey Cake sources flavors, seasonal ingredients and ideas straight from local farms, creating innovative dishes and cocktails expertly crafted in its scratch kitchen and bar. Its chefs transform simple, seasonal ingredients into classic American dishes with local flavor using slow cooking methods on its live wood grill, smoker and spit.

In addition to offering farm-to-fork dishes, Whiskey Cake’s experienced bartenders hand-make cocktails and bold elixirs from premium liquors and fresh ingredients picked straight from their on-site garden. Whiskey Cake also offers 350 different whiskeys and a wide selection of micro-brewed beers, whiskey flights and curated wines.

About Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar

Founded in Front Burner Restaurants, LLC, Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar is a quirky neighborhood restaurant best known for its locally sourced, farm-fresh food and garden-to-glass cocktails. From its commitment to local ingredients and sustainable practices to its innovative food and drinks, Whiskey Cake is constantly exploring and challenging the status quo. Whiskey Cake currently has restaurants in Oklahoma City and Friendswood, Katy, Las Colinas, Plano, and San Antonio, Texas. To learn more about WhiskeyCake, visit whiskeycake.com.

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