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College Fair Helps Student Decide Their Future

Photo courtesy Duncanville ISD

More than 100 colleges, universities, trade schools and the armed forces filled the east cafeteria at Duncanville High School last week to help students decide their next steps after high school.

The Duncanville High School College Fair, organized by the College and Career Readiness Department, was open to all high school students and it gave them an opportunity to speak directly with college and military representatives and learn more about programs, financial aid and school culture.

Duncanville High School senior Anteia Jones plans to study pre-medicine and was able to narrow her choice schools after speaking with college representatives at the College Fair.

“I’m interested in Temple University because they are connected to a lot of hospitals in [Philadelphia],” Anteia said. “The internship opportunities also piqued my interest.”

Dallas County Promise

The College Fair event also served as an opportunity to apply for the Dallas County Promise, which covers the cost of tuition of a Promise Partner college or university that financial aid does not cover. The Dallas County Promise is essential free tuition to earn an associate degree through Dallas College and all Duncanville High School students qualify. Students can take the pledge here.

Tiffany Wilkerson, College, Career & Military Readiness Coordinator, said the next steps for students after visiting the College Fair will be to decide on a school or military branch and begin the application process. Most application deadlines are in the fall.

Duncanville High School senior Kinsey Franks is also interested in pursuing the medical field and was impressed with the program at the University of Texas at Arlington.

“It [college fair] is very informational and gets you thinking about what you want to do and the benefits of each college,” Kinsey said. “You can weigh out your options.”

Houston Urgent Care Organization Launches new Pfizer COVID-19 Pill Clinical Trial

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Next Level Urgent Care Advances COVID-19 Research, Therapeutic Options for both Treatment and Prevention

HOUSTON – One of the first Houston urgent care organizations to conduct COVID-19 monoclonal antibody research and “return to work” safety programs, Next Level Urgent Medical, LLC now launches clinical trials on a new orally administered, pill-based COVID-19 therapy.

The Next Level Urgent Care (NLUC) leadership, which recently announced that the new Regeneron Monoclonal Antibody Infusions are available at select Next Level Urgent Care locations throughout the Greater Houston area, is now also launching three clinical trials to evaluate the efficacy of a new investigational study drug developed by Pfizer – as both an alternative therapeutic to reduce severity of symptoms in recently diagnosed COVID-19 patients, as well as a preventative treatment in those exposed to an infected person.

COVID Pill Clinical Trials

Potential candidates for the COVID Pill Clinical Trials include those 18 years of age or older, who have either recently been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are exhibiting at least one symptom, or who have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 though have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person.

All study participants receive treatment for COVID-19 as prescribed by their regular doctor, in addition to the pill-based study drug or placebo.

According to Next Level Urgent Care Chief Medical Officer Robbyn Traylor MD, as COVID variants continue to fuel the pandemic, it is important that work expands in developing a variety of effective therapeutic options for both treatment and prevention.

“Since the start of the pandemic Next Level has been on the forefront of clinical research and scientific breakthroughs. It has been an honor to care for Houston through this terrible COVID-19 chapter of human history. Our company goal has been to ensure that all patients have the opportunity to receive innovative and evidenced-based medical care, whether through vaccines, monoclonal antibodies, or any other promising pharmaceutical with good early clinical trial data,” said Traylor.

“Houston is best in the nation for healthcare, and Next Level hopes to continue in that legacy of excellence,” she added.

Study participants in the NLUC COVID-19 clinical trials are seen in the Clinical Research Department at the Next Level Urgent Care Tanglewood location. The data collected is reported daily to each Clinical Research Organization, which analyzes the findings and reports them to the FDA and medical journals just a few months after the study closes.

Learn more about participation eligibility for current and upcoming COVID-19 clinical trials at Next Level Urgent Care.

About Next Level Urgent Care

The largest and fastest growing woman-owned Urgent Care organization in Houston, Next Level Urgent Medical, LLC and its family of urgent care and onsite employee health and wellness clinics across the Houston metro area are the vision of Juliet Breeze, MD, a primary care physician and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in healthcare. One of the few physician-owned urgent care organizations in Houston, which also provides occupational medicine and employer health benefits programs (Next Level PRIME), Next Level Urgent Care represents a new type of urgent care organization.

Stodola Credits Cedar Hill ISD With Shaping His Leadership Skills

Stodola headshot

Building Upon A Foundation From CHISD

(CEDAR HILL, TEXAS) U.S. Army Retired Captain Alexander Stodola is only 32 years old, but the Cedar Hill High School Class of 2007 Graduate has accomplished a great deal during those three decades.

He graduated among the top 10 scholars at CHHS, enrolled at the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated in the top third of his class there. He served eight years as a commissioned officer in the Army, including a tour as a platoon leader in Afghanistan.

Stodola retired from the Army in 2019, was hired as a project manager at the largest cancer hospital in the United States and is working on his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Rice University in Houston.

Stodola said none of it would have been possible without his foundation in Cedar Hill ISD, which he attended between 1994-2007. He lived in the same Cedar Hill home his entire life and attended High Pointe Elementary, West Intermediate and Permenter Middle School before CHHS.

Stodola’s parents still live in Cedar Hill, and his mother, Eugenia, teaches Mathematics at Bessie Coleman Middle School.

Leadership Dreams Led To West Point

“Cedar Hill gave me the tools to succeed academically,” Stodola said. “The Advanced Placement courses I took at Cedar Hill prepared me for the course load at West Point. The leadership lessons I learned at Cedar Hill – on the tennis team, Technology Students Association and Business Professionals of America planted the leadership seed in me and develop me into the leader I became.”

Stodola was always interested in joining the military, and he thought attending West Point would be the best path. He received an appointment by former U.S. Representative Kenny Marchant.

“Growing up, I always wanted to do some type of public service,” Stodola said. “At West Point, I met people from all over the United States and the world.”

Unlike non-military colleges, West Point involved many early mornings and military drills, along with physical education classes in boxing, gymnastics and swimming.
Stodola majored in Research Psychology, earning his degree in 2011. At that time, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army.

A Platoon Leader

“The Army is people-focused, and I wanted to earn a degree that would help me understand the human condition,” Stodola said.

During his time at the upstate New York-based military academy, Stodola met a female cadet studying Research Psychology, who ironically also grew up in Texas – 233 miles southeast of Cedar Hill in the Houston suburb of Humble. They married and today are parents of a toddler living in the Houston suburb of Pearland.

Stodola’s first assignment in the military was in Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he was an Airborne Scout with the 82nd Airborne Division – which is the Army’s “most strategic mobile division” according to the Baltimore Sun – for five years.

He was the platoon leader for 30 soldiers where they worked on “bringing democracy and stability to a small corner of Afghanistan.”

“Being a platoon leader was a humbling experience and a great responsibility,” Stodola said. “I learned a lot about myself and what it means to be a leader.”

After that, Stodola took on more of an administrative role with his unit and then transitioned into health care administration at a military hospital at Fort Stewart, Georgia.

That proved to be a challenge, going from infantry to a hospital setting.

“I helped run the administrative portions of the hospital, so I went from being in charge of 18-to-25 year olds to working with doctors and nurses in their 50s,” Stodola said. “You can’t talk to an 18-year-old private the same way you speak to a 50-year-old anesthesiologist.

The experience led to Stodola’s current position with MD Anderson in Houston.

“As a project manager, I am responsible for designing and constructing large equipment purchases for MRI and CT scan machines,” Stodola said. “I integrate all of the different departments and professions, work with contractors, schedule work, do inspections and integrate the clinical and operational teams, so we can treat patients.”

HHS Is Reducing Regeneron Allotment To Texas Impacting Ellis County

nurses with regeneron
Photo credit City of Ferris

On September 9, 2021 the FDA revised the emergency use authorization (EUA) for REGEN-COV also known as Regeneron, authorizing REGEN-COV for emergency use as post-exposure prophylaxis (prevention) for COVID-19 in adults and pediatric individuals (12 years of age and older) who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death.

However, Regeneron is not authorized for pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent COVID-19 before being exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, only after exposure to the virus. Furthermore, the FDA points out that Prophylaxis/prevention with Regeneron is not a substitute for vaccination against COVID-19.

Ellis County Judge Todd Little is a big advocate for the monoclonal antibodies after he and his wife received them during a recent bout with COVID-19.  He recently told Rita Cook, “It made a huge difference in our symptoms and recovery. It reduces hospitalizations by 75-80% of people who receive infusion.”


From City of Ferris DATE: September 15, 2021 @ 8:45 pm**

The Federal Health and Human Services (HHS) department changed the process for ordering Regeneron (the antibody treatment). Our partner operating the City of Ferris and Ellis County Joint Antibody Center can no longer order the drug directly from the distributor.

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) stated HHS is reducing the supply of Regeneron allocated to Texas. The entire State of Texas is receiving only 21,000 doses next week. This reduction will likely cause the Antibody Center to limit the number of people it serves and we will not be able to service walk-up patients until further notice. We are currently working diligently to secure as much Regeneron as possible, as soon as possible. Please know we are disgusted with the choice of the federal government to do this and we are working all avenues to obtain the Regeneron.

*According to a report by CNN, seven states including Texas — Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana account for 70% of Regeneron orders.

Due to what HHS felt was a disproportionate distribution of the monoclonal antibodies, they have changed the way they are allocated.

From the City Manager for the City of Ferris:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 10, 2021 (Ferris, Texas) The City of Ferris, like so many other cities, is fighting the rise in COVID numbers and our local hospitals, local physicians, City operations, and educational institutions are being pushed to their limits. With our underserved population, we are especially vulnerable to the rise in cases.

Beginning Monday, September 13, 2021 – we are launching an initiative in a effort to turn that tide.

With our COVID relief funds, we will be directing approximately $180,000.00 towards the initiative below. We were able to obtain this opportunity through relationships established prior to the pandemic and this is a great opportunity for both the City of Ferris and Ellis County. We are proud that Ferris is leading the way and putting our money where our mouth is on concern for our citizens and living one of core values of, “People First”. This is an opportunity that is not being widely seen across the State of Texas and we are grateful to have this opportunity.

This will be a “pop-up” monoclonal antibody therapy center that will treat area residents who have contracted COVID.

Those in the City of Ferris and/or Ellis County will be able to receive the antibody therapy treatment free of charge at the center set up at the “Scout House” (address on flyer). You do NOT have to have health insurance to receive treatment.

The therapy is for those with COVID who are within the first 10 days of showing symptoms.

The specific name of the drug is Regeneron and a study was conducted that showed the risk of hospitalization is reduced by 70% if the patient takes the drug. Patients will be receiving therapy injection of the antibodies. Antibodies are what your immune system typically produces on its own in response to an illness you’ve had in the past. If your body recognizes the illness, it will produce antibodies to neutralize that bacteria or virus so that it cannot infect your cells. If you haven’t been vaccinated against COVID (or had COVID previously), your body is not producing any antibodies to attack the virus. If you’ve had the vaccine or virus, you are producing some antibodies and this therapy treatment injects additional antibodies to assist in neutralizing the virus.

Multiple studies by Regeneron and other health systems showed significant success in terms of the effectiveness of the monoclonal antibody therapy. Those who receive the treatment, typically within 24-48 hours are nearly cleared of the virus. There are those who continue to develop symptoms and need to be admitted to the hospital, but it is reduced significantly by 70%.

Those interested in receiving the antibody therapy treatment can register for an appointment at mdlabtx.com and walk-ins are also welcomed/encouraged. No prescription is required. Although the treatment is open to everyone, Ellis County and City of Ferris residents will get priority if slots are limited.

This therapy center is being hosted by the City of Ferris and Ellis County. While the city and county continue to work with the state, this is very much a local effort brought about through the recommendations and support from City Manager Brooks Williams and Ellis County Judge Todd Little. Ellis County Emergency Management and City of Ferris leadership will spearhead coordination of the effort with the MDLABTX team, local physicians, local hospitals, and the Texas Department of Emergency Management.

The idea for a therapy center came about as a response to the rising number of active COVID cases in the county brought about by the Delta variant, which were beginning to overwhelm local hospitals. Another factor was the fact that there are currently only five state-funded therapy treatment sites, the closest to Ferris being a site in Fort Worth.
The desire was to figure out a way we could continue to care well for our community, reduce COVID in our community and properly treat those who do have COVID when we’re having a lack of availability in ICU beds.

We looked at a lot of different options, but the option we felt was the most viable was monoclonal antibody therapy. One of our driving forces is to reduce exposure time between a positive parent and kids that will end up in FISD classrooms and classrooms across Ellis County.

The antibody therapy treatment drug will be received through the state, and we will be requesting doses to administer at the pop-up therapy center this week. The center will operate daily and supply of the drug from the state will dictate the number of doses that are administered. Currently, the goal is to administer 60-80 each day. Currently, area hospitals in Ellis County can only administer approximately 30 doses daily. This site will instantly add significant capacity.

The City engaged local, state and federal leaders to assist in this effort and would like to thank: Ellis County Emergency Management, Ellis County Judge Todd Little, State Representative Carl O. Sherman, Congressman Jake Ellzey, and Senator Bob Hall for their efforts and support.

New COVID-19 Testing Sites In Ellis County

Ellis county COVID Test

At the moment the demand for COVID-19 testing in Ellis County is high. Its difficult to get an appointment at CVS, Walgreens or your closes urgent care. Due to demand and a high positivity rate new free testing kiosks have been established in locations across Ellis County.

Free COVID-19 Tests in Ellis County

Ennis, TX Free COVId-19 Testing

Well Health: Drive thru

Ennis Veterans Memorial Park
2301 Ennis Parkway
Register at gogettested.com

Italy, TX Free COVID-19 Testing

Italy Community Center
108 Harpold St
Register at curative.com

Red Oak, TX Free COVID-19 Testing

City of Red Oak Live Oak Multi-use Field

101 Live Oak Street Red Oak

Opens 9/22 7AM-7PM

Register: curative.com

Waxahachie, TX Free COVID-19 testing

The Waxahachie Senior Center will now have COVID-19 testing kiosks available Monday – Saturdays. To be tested, you must sign up for an appointment online. The Senior Center is located at 122 Park Hills Drive. For a listing of operating hours and to make an appointment, please click the following link:


Coming Soon COVID-19 Testing Sites

At tonight’s Midlothian ISD Board meeting, Dr. Heathcote said more testing sites in Midlothian are in the works , she estimated in 3-4 weeks there will be mobile COVID-19 testing stations. One COVID-19 rapid testing site will be at The Mile but it will not be open to the community. However, the MISD multipurpose stadium will have PCR test for community at a future date.

CVS Health Launches National Hiring Event This Friday, 3200 Positions in TX

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Photo courtesy CVS Health

Full-Time and Part-Time Positions Available

WOONSOCKET, R.I., SEPT. 20, 2021 – CVS Health announces they are recruiting qualified candidates to fill 25,000 clinical and retail jobs during a one-day national career event on Friday, September 24. And 3,200 of those career opportunities are available in TEXAS.


These new and existing positions will help the company continue to respond to the needs of communities across the country during the fall and winter months when the incidence of flu is expected to increase and as COVID-19 vaccination and testing remain in high demand.


Most of the available positions are for full-time, part-time, and temporary licensed pharmacists, trained pharmacy technicians and nurses at CVS Pharmacy store locations and will be filled as soon as possible. Additional roles that are part of the company’s recruiting efforts include retail store associates who provide attentive service, assist with purchases, and manage store inventory to ensure availability of desired health, wellness, and convenience products for customers.


In addition to flu vaccinations, the accelerated hiring campaign will aid the company in administering COVID-19 booster shots, pending regulatory approval, while continuing to offer shots to those who have yet to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and patients seeking testing at CVS Pharmacy locations across the country. CVS Health has administered more than 34 million COVID-19 vaccines and more than 32 million tests, with seamless online scheduling available at CVS.com.


“Every flu season we need additional team members,” said Neela Montgomery, Executive Vice President, CVS Health and President, CVS Pharmacy, “but this year we’re looking for even more. With the continued presence of COVID-19 in our communities, we’re estimating a much greater need for pharmacists, trained pharmacy technicians, nurses, and retail store associates. These jobs offer a rewarding opportunity to really make an impact on public health in our country.”

Candidates can text “CVS” to 25000 to begin the application process


Qualified candidates can apply for these open positions using the company’s mobile apply feature by Texting “CVS” to 25000 or by visiting the CVS Health Career Website to learn about jobs in their local area and enter a streamlined digital screening process that facilitates an online application, virtual job tryout and immediate hiring. There will be no on-site applications or interviews as the entire hiring process is virtual.


“By leveraging CVS Health’s innovation and technology, we’re making it easier for qualified and caring candidates to join our team and contribute to the company’s ongoing efforts to help solve the country’s health care challenges,” said Jeffrey Lackey, Vice President of Talent Acquisition, CVS Health.

Competitive Pay, Benefits & More

Opportunities for full-time employees include competitive pay, paid training, and a generous benefits package, including vacation, 7 paid holidays and one floating holiday, health/dental/vision insurance, employee discounted stock purchase program, 401K with company match, tuition reimbursement, career advancement opportunities, and a 20-30% employee discount at CVS retail stores.


CVS Health employees who refer full-time pharmacists or pharmacy technicians that are hired into the company will be eligible for a cash bonus.


The nationwide hiring event represents the latest investment in the company’s employees, who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic and have been rewarded with bonuses and benefit enhancements. In August, CVS Health raised the corporate-wide minimum wage to $15 an hour, effective July 2022, with incremental increases to the company’s competitive hourly rates starting immediately.


CVS Health is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. The company does not discriminate in recruiting, hiring or promotion based on race, ethnicity, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability or protected veteran status or on any other basis or characteristic prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Reggie Samples Reaches 300th Career Win as Duncanville Rolls Over DeSoto 42-21

Johntay Cook II scores on a 99-yard touchdown pass from Matt Allen. Photo by John Askew

There’s nothing better than seeing two powerhouses clash like when the DeSoto Eagles hosted the Duncanville Panthers Friday evening. It was featured on the WFAA “Friday Night Football” broadcast on YouTube, along with various other media outlets. There were college recruiters from Texas, Jackson State, Texas Southern, Oregon and TCU head coach Gary Patterson in attendance scouting future players. Senator Royce West took part of the coin flip as the team captains of Duncanville and DeSoto met in the center of the field.

Senator Royce West shacks hands with Johntay Cook II as they walk to midfield for the coin flip . Photo by John Askew

It seemed that Duncanville was about to strike first with quarterback Solomon James throwing a touchdown, but it was all for naught when a flag on the play saw the Panthers recalled out of the redzone. This one play turned the tide in DeSoto’s favor. The Eagles  defense was on point, with guys flying to the ball and making needed tackles.

DeSoto’s defensive back Devyn Bobby made a stunning interception as he jumped in the air to stop the Panthers on a key drive. The Eagles had all the confidence in the world as they started with the ball on their own one yard-line. DeSoto’s quarterback Matt Allen threw a perfect pass to four-star recruit Johntay Cook II for a 99-yard touchdown pass. Cook truly proved why he’s highly recruited with three catches and 134 yards. Allen also found Oregon Ducks commit Stephon Johnson on a seven-yard touchdown pass.

Davion Bluitt scores on 78-yard punt return for a touchdown. Photo by John Askew

Duncanville made some adjustments as the Panthers then scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter with three power runs by Malach Medlock (23att 160yds 2TDs) and shifty 31-yard run by running back Caden Durham (13att 120yds 2TDs) for touchdowns. Even the special team was able to get into the act with a 78-yard punt return by Davion Bluitt. The Panthers were up 21-14 at halftime.

The Panther’s defense was able to make Matt Allen uncomfortable as they batted balls down and pressed Allen with hits and sacks as well. It was evident that the Panthers would prevail when cornerback Lamoderick Spencer intercepted a pass and went 53 yards for a touchdown to extend the lead.

Shortly after that, the Panthers stayed on the ground as they added another touchdown by Caden Durham for his secondof the game. Duncanville was then up 42-21 over the Desoto Eagles.

Head coach Reggie Samples reached the ever elusive 300 career win. Making Coach Samples the 13th coach in Texas high school history and first African American to reach this milestone as well. Photo by John Askew

In this game Head coach Reggie Samples reached the ever elusive 300th career win. This made Coach Samples the 13th coach in Texas high school history and first African American to reach this milestone. In Coach Samples 32 years, he has 24 playoff appearances and state title appearances. The 2-1 This week, the Panthers will host Waco Midway and the 2-2 Desoto Eagles will go on the road and play Mansfield.

“Pre-Season Super Saver” Tickets Go on Sale at Santa’s Wonderland!

Santas Wonderland
Photo credit Santa's Wondreland

Santa’s Wonderland is preparing for its 24th Year of Texas Christmas Fun!

Are you counting down the days to Christmas? Thinking about putting up the Christmas tree before or after Halloween? Too soon?

Fair enough, but it’s never too early to save money. Everything is bigger and better in Texas, and Christmas is no exception! Starting September17th, “Pre-Season Super Saver” tickets go on sale for the 24th season at Santa’s Wonderland.

For a limited time/limited quantity, guests are able to purchase “Pre-Season Super Saver”
General Admission Tickets for a savings on select nights. The “Pre-Season Super Saver” ticket sale ends September 30th.

Santa’s Wonderland – a Texas Christmas Experience – is the LARGEST Christmas attraction in the Southern U.S. Featuring millions upon millions of dazzling lights and spectacular one of a kind Christmas displays. Santa’s Hayride or Private Carriage tours carry guests through our famous Trail of Lights, and the park offers dozens of additional fun Christmas attractions including: Snow Tubing at Frostbite’s Mountain, Ice Skating on one of the only Outdoor Ice Arenas in the Texas, Live Entertainment, A Live Nativity Scene, Train Rides, Mechanical Bull Rides, Acres of walkable trails through magical Christmas light displays, and of course our Texas Santa!

New for the 2021 season, guests can purchase General Admission tickets with various add-ons.

General Admission add-ons include: A Horse & Carriage Tour, the Ultimate Express Pass, the Hayride Express Pass, and Illuminations Ice Skating. General Admission tickets are required for entry.

At Santa’s Wonderland, you’ll be filled with the Texas Christmas Spirit, with regular snow
flurries, live Texas inspired entertainment, and countless activities like our walkable trail of lights, train rides, bull rides and more! The park season will be from November 12th, 2021 – December 30th, 2021.

For more information and to buy tickets, please visit https://www.santaswonderland.com/pricing

City Council Approves Mansfield Budget Without A Tax Increase

Mansfield Budget

On Monday, the City Council unanimously approved the City of Mansfield’s operating budget and property tax rate for fiscal year 2021-22. The new budget, which takes effect Oct. 1, calls for the addition of more than a dozen new city positions, two new city departments, nearly $2 million in capital equipment and more.

“I am tremendously proud of the City of Mansfield’s fiscal year 2021-22 budget because it tackles issues Mansfield residents raised in the community survey we conducted last year,” City Manager Joe Smolinski said. “We are grateful for our residents’ input on how we can build a better Mansfield, and we are committed to using public feedback in our efforts to make Mansfield a world-class hometown. This new budget is a reflection of that commitment.

The fiscal year 2021-22 budget calls for the addition of 17 new full-time positions and three new part-time positions

  • Police – Digital Media Evidence Technician
  • Fire – IT/Administrative Assistant
  • Public Records Specialist
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • 2 Rental Inspectors
  • 2 Health Inspectors
  • Rental/Health Inspector Admin
  • Engineering Inspector
  • Facilities Management Technician
  • Museum Education/Engagement Clerk
  • 2 Part-time Positions – Events and Cultural Arts

The City of Mansfield will also add two new departments:

  • a rental inspection department
  • and a health inspection department.

Both departments will be revenue-neutral and will begin with two inspectors each. With the addition of these two departments, these services will soon run through the City of Mansfield. The Tarrant County Public Health Department currently conducts health inspections in Mansfield.

Expanded Services:

  • Street Department Budget Increase
  • Updates to the Emergency Operations Center
  • Communications & Community Engagement

Program Expansions

  • Increased Funding for Historic Downtown
  • Increased Funding for Museum/Man House
  • Cultural Arts Master Plan

Other Cost Increases:

  • Sanitation Contract
  • Tax Collection Contract
  • Wi-Fi Annual Maintenance
  • Elections (Bond)
  • Property/Liability Insurance
  • Fire Overtime

Increase In Street Operations Budget

Additionally, the fiscal year 2021-22 budget increases the Street Operations budget, calls for updates to the city’s Emergency Operations Center and calls for increased funding for Historic Downtown Mansfield and the Man House Museum.

Street Construction Fund Includes:

  • Day Miar – Construction
  • E. Broad Reconstruction/Add Lanes FS#3 to SH 360 – Design
  • Main St./Russell Rd./157 Connector – Design & Construction
  • Pond St. CDBG
  • Summer Trail – Callender to Debbie Ln.
  • Heritage Pkwy – Eastbound & Intersection @ S. Main – Design
  • US 287 Frontage Rd. – Union Pacific RR to Lone Star Rd.
  •  Miscellaneous Reconstruction/Intersection Improvements

“The City of Mansfield’s fiscal year 2021-22 budget makes clear that our city is financially sound, even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create challenges for local governments across the country,” Chief Financial Officer Troy Lestina said. “We are excited about Mansfield’s future and we will continue to provide Mansfield residents with noteworthy essential services and remarkable experiences for not just the next fiscal year, but for fiscal years to come.”


Red Oak Police Arrest Two During Burglary of Home

Red Oak PD graphic

Male & Female Suspects Arrested Thursday Evening By Red Oak Police

On Thursday, September 16th, 2021 at 5:08 PM, Red Oak Police Department personnel were dispatched to a burglary of a habitation in progress in the 200 block of Brooks Court in the Waterview Farms subdivision.

The homeowner advised that he was not currently at home, but his alarm was going off and that his interior camera had been disabled. Officer Bicknell of the Red Oak Police Department was already in the subdivision and stated that he would be enroute to the address.

As Officer Bicknell arrived, he observed a silver Mercedes Benz vehicle with its hazard lights activated parked on the roadway next to the residence with a female driver. Officer Bicknell observed a male subject walking from the residence toward the silver Mercedes with multiple items in both of his arms. The male subject observed Officer Bicknell arriving, dropped the property as he ran away and jumped the fence. The silver Mercedes Benz then fled the residence and Officer Bicknell advised that he would be in pursuit of the suspect vehicle and advised the other arriving units of the description of the subject that fled on foot.

After a short vehicle pursuit, the female subject was taken into custody with the assistance of Officer Trim and Detective Nelson.

Shortly thereafter, the other Red Oak Police Department personnel located the male subject hiding in the backyard of a residence in the 100 block of Waterview Parkway. A loaded AK-47 pistol was recovered from the suspect vehicle during the inventory of the vehicle. All property from the residence was recovered and returned to the home owner. Both subjects were arrested and booked into the Red Oak Police Department jail without further incident.

The female subject was identified as Flowers, Courtnie B/F (18 Years of age) of Dallas, Texas.

1. Burglary of a Habitation
Red Oak PD Case #21RP043947
$75,000.00 Bond

2. Evading Arrest/Detention with a Vehicle
Red Oak PD Case #21RP043947
$15,000.00 Bond

3. Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon
Red Oak PD Case #21RP043947
$5,000.00 Bond

The male subject was identified as Barber, Deuntea B/M (18 Years of age) of Dallas, Texas.

1. Burglary of a Habitation
Red Oak PD Case #21RP043947
$150,000.00 Bond

2. Aggravated Robbery (Dallas County SO Warrant)
$150,000.00 Bond

The subjects have been arraigned on the offenses and are awaiting transfer to the Wayne McCollum Detention Center by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office. The Red Oak Police Department would also like to say thank you to the Ovilla Police Department personnel which assisted during the investigation.

Media Point of Contact: Lt. Marc Schroeder (469-218-7708)
Date: 9/17/2021
Case #: 21RP043947
Issued by: The Red Oak Police Department
Authorized by: Chief Garland Wolf


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