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Lancaster Hosts Interactive Budget Workshop

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Lancaster Hosts Interactive Budget Workshop

Lancaster Interactive Budget Workshop Open To Residents

LANCASTER—The City of Lancaster invites all Lancaster residents to participate in an interactive budget workshop in the form of a town hall meeting.

This interactive budget workshop will include an opportunity for citizens to interact with the Lancaster City Council and staff, provide budget feedback, and ask questions regarding city services and departments.

Topics include property tax trends, sales tax trends, fund overview, proposed FY 16/17 budget, and the budget schedule.

Two meetings have been scheduled: Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.

Both meetings will be held at the Lancaster Recreation Center, Grand Hall located at 1700 Veterans Memorial Parkway. For more information please call 972-218-1300.

DART Vehicles Partner With Safe Place Program

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DART Offers Transportation To Youth In Trouble With Safe Place Program

DALLAS—North Texas youth in crisis have a new fleet of safe places, thanks to DART’s participation in the national “Safe Place” program. Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people needing immediate help and safety.

DART is working with the Safe Place program to transport youth escaping dangerous situations to the nearest QuikTrip convenience store, which is a designated “safe place.” Once inside the store, runaways and at-risk youth can wait for a Safe Place agency partner to connect them with professional help. The convenience store chain has been part of the national effort since 1991.

“Working with a well-established organization like Safe Place helps us to protect our most vulnerable riders and make our community safer for everyone,” said Tim Newby, DART vice president of transportation.

The transit agency began the collaboration with Safe Place as part of its ongoing effort to address human trafficking. Runaways and other youth in danger are often targets for traffickers. DART began working to raise awareness of human trafficking in 2015 through a series of posters and public service announcements on buses, trains and stations.

All DART buses and Light Rail trains will have a Safe Place decal prominently displayed on the exterior and interior of the vehicle. Minors who see the decal will know DART can help get them to safety.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) serves Dallas and 12 surrounding North Texas cities with rail, bus, paratransit, and rideshare services. For more information, please visit DART at www.dart.org

Once a minor notifies the operator that he or she is in need of help, the operator – who has received training on handling these situations – will alert DART’s Bus Control Center, who in turn will initiate steps to transport the minor to a Safe Place facility.

Learn more about the Safe Place program at NationalSafePlace.org.

DeSoto ISD Campus Principal Positions Filled

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DESOTO—DeSoto ISD has long held a philosophy of growing our own –both students into teachers and current staff into administrators. While not always possible, district administrators provide guidance and professional development to encourage campus educators to advance.

Recently, three current staff members were called to lead campuses, after three were promoted during last year. Utilizing a team hiring process with input from a school committee, we welcome the 2016-17 campus principals as they prepare to start the school year. Three promoted July 25:

Arista Owens-McGowan
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Arista Owens-McGowan – Principal DeSoto High School
Mrs. Owens-McGowan has been in education for 19 years, serving in DeSoto ISD since 2008 as an assistant principal at DHS and Amber Terrace, and the principal at Cockrell Hill ES. She received her Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Oklahoma and the Master’s of Education from UTA. She and her husband of over 20 years have two wonderful sons. She is excited about her new role at DHS and looks forward to leading the Eagles.

James McBride
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James McBride – Principal West Middle School
Mr. McBride has 22 years in education as a teacher and an assistant principal, and most recently the DeSoto ISD Math Supervisor for the past two years. He obtained his Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Jarvis Christian College and has a Master’s in Education from Midwestern State and Masters of Arts from UTA. He believes all children can learn through collective concentration of four pillars of excellent instruction: engagement, rigorous content, ownership of learning and relevance. Together schools can be successful in children attaining their full potential.

Leetha Harper
Leetha Harper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leetha-Nicole Lecadre-Harper – Principal Cockrell Hill Elementary
Mrs. Harper started 15 years ago teaching in Garland ISD before becoming an assistant principal at the DeSoto Freshman Campus and East Middle School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Jarvis Christian College and Master’s in Education Administration from Prairie View A&M. Mrs. Harper firmly believes all children need a positive learning environment that encourages exploration, enhances student development and promotes student achievement. She states, “each child an educator comes in contact with should experience positive growth by the end of the school year.” She and her husband have three beautiful daughters.

Brandon Ward
Brandon Ward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brandon Ward – Principal East Middle School
Mr. Ward was promoted from Northside Elementary to East Middle School last year. Ward, a DeSoto High School alum, has been working in DeSoto ISD since 2008.

Lori Mathis
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Dr. Lori Mathis – Principal Northside Elementary
Dr. Mathis was promoted from assistant principal at East MS and DHS to Northside Elementary last year. She has been with DeSoto ISD since 2008.

Nicolas Johnson

Nicholas Johnson – Principal McCowan Middle School
Mr. Johnson, formerly with the district’s Gear UP grant as a family advocate for a year, was promoted to McCowan in December of last year.

Profile: Deidre Hannible, Woodridge Elementary Principal
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Deidre Hannible – Principal Woodridge Elementary
Mrs. Hannible returned to DeSoto ISD after a couple of years away to take over Woodridge Elementary when Mr. Robert Torres moved to Director of Technology. She was formerly an assistant principal at Ruby Young ES.

Kelvin Oliver
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Kelvin Oliver – Principal Ruby Young Elementary

Mr. Oliver has worked in several education roles in three previous districts before coming to DeSoto ISD including special education teacher, math specialist and assistant principal. “I feel I’ve already been embraced as a member of the DeSoto ISD family.”

DeSoto Grow Your Own – student to educator program:
We use the Texas Association of Future Educator program at DeSoto High School to award a scholarship and future contract to one student each year. Applications open in the spring for the $2,000 scholarship.

Full Principal List by Campus:

Emory Price
Amber Terrace Discovery & Design Early Childhood Academy

Leetha Harper
Cockrell Hill Elementary

Shana Hawthorne
The Meadows Elementary

Wesley Pittman
Frank D. Moates Elementary

Dr. Lori Mathis
Northside Elementary

Deidre Hannible
Woodridge Elementary

Kelvin Oliver
Ruby Young Elementary

Brandon Ward
East Middle School

Nicholas Johnson
Curtistene S. McCowan Middle School

James McBride
West Middle School

Arista Owens-McGowan
DeSoto High School

Homer Webb
DeSoto Alternative Education Program (DAEP)

Reggie Lewis
WINGS – Dropout Recovery Program

Dallas Baptist University Summer Commencement Gets New Venue

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Dallas Baptist University Summer Commencement Held At Pilgrim Chapel

DALLAS—Dallas Baptist University awarded 203 degrees during its Summer Commencement Service, on Friday, August 5, 2016, which took place on the DBU campus. During the ceremony, Rev. Bertrain Bailey, senior pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, provided the keynote address, and Barbara Pedersen, a distinguished educator and long-time friend of the University, received an honorary doctorate.

This Commencement Service was particularly special as it marked the first time that Commencement was held in Pilgrim Chapel. In years past, the event took place in the Burg Center, yet this year, new president Dr. Adam Wright requested a change in venue, which allowed for the worship service to take on an extra level of meaning and significance for the graduates and all those who participated.

A Missouri native, Barbara Pedersen was born and raised in a small farming area region that quickly showed her the value of church, community, and education, elements that helped to shape the remainder of her life. She later met and fell in love with a young man named Herb Pedersen, and the two soon married and moved to the big town of Springfield. While newlyweds, Herb accepted a call into pastoral ministry, and since that time, the Pedersens have served in a number of churches in both Missouri and Texas, including two years spent in Barbara’s hometown of Mountain Grove.

Throughout her time as a pastor’s wife, Barbara has taught countless Sunday school lessons, visited the sick and the shut-ins, comforted those who were grieving their lost ones, and hosted showers for those who were getting married or expecting. She also traveled to several countries, including Israel, Turkey, Syria, Germany, Australia, Mexico, and parts of Africa. In every way possible, Barbara became the epitome of what it means to be a partner in ministry with Dr. Pedersen.

After completing her bachelor’s degree from then Dallas Baptist College, she went on to complete her Master of Education and a Mid-Management Certificate from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. In the fall of 1978, she began working for the Dallas Independent School District as a second grade teacher, and for nearly 25 years, she remained in the classroom, teaching in Duncanville and Midlothian for a variety of grades and serving as an assistant vice principal. In 2004, she retired from teaching elementary school and began serving as an adjunct instructor at her alma mater, Dallas Baptist University, where she continues to help guide DBU students on how to become servants to the students they teach.

In 2007, in recognition for her service to the University and to the community, the DBU Women’s Auxiliary Board presented her with the Ruth Award, and in 2010, the College of Education named her a Distinguished Alumna.

Of all the areas in which Barbara has served, perhaps none mean more to her than her family. The Pedersens have been partners in marriage for more than 50 years. They have three adult daughters, Rhonda, Angela, and Elizabeth, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

The Pedersens currently reside in Midlothian, where Dr. Herb Pedersen serves as pastor of Longbranch Community Baptist Church.

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Providing the keynote address for the service was DBU Alumnus and Trustee, Rev. Bertrain Bailey, senior pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church.

Rev. Bailey is the third oldest son of Bertrand and Juandalyn Bailey, and was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As one of ten brothers and sisters, Rev. Bailey made his mark as an excellent high school track star and upon graduation, he began his collegiate track career at Southern Nazarene University, and in 1999, transferred to Dallas Baptist University. He went on to complete bachelor’s and master’s degrees from DBU and a master’s degree from Liberty University and is currently working on a doctorate from Liberty University.

In 1998, Rev. Bailey was named the pastor of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Daingerfield, Texas. For almost a decade, he led this congregation, and through his spiritual leadership, the church grew from 71 members to over 600. During this time, the church saw over 100 individuals accept Christ as their Savior.

In addition, he led the church through several capital campaigns, helping to upgrade the facilities and build a new church sanctuary to accommodate the increasing membership. While at Mt. Moriah, he began DETOUR, a mentoring ministry for teenage boys in the area, a ministry that he continues to serve as President and CEO.

In October of 2007, the historic St. John Missionary Baptist Church called Rev. Bailey to lead their church. Since that time, he has continued to pour his energy into preaching the Gospel and proclaiming the Kingdom of God, while helping the church to update its facilities and expand its congregation.

In addition to his work at the church, Rev. Bailey has led numerous revivals and spoken at colleges and conventions across the nation, including the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education and the National Baptist Convention, USA.

In February of 2010, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson asked Rev. Baily to serve as the distinguished guest chaplain at the Opening Session of the U. S. House of Representatives. He was chosen as one of the top 20 up and coming preachers under the age of 40 in America, and serves on numerous committees and boards, including the DBU Board of Trustees. This past year, he served on the DBU Presidential Search Committee.

Bailey and his wife, Kim, have three daughters, Lauren, Lundyn, and L’oreal.

Lauretta Hill To Lead DCCCD Public Safety Division

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DCCCD Public Safety Division
Lauretta Hill

DCCCD Welcomes New Commissioner Of Public Safety

DALLAS—Trailblazing police veteran Lauretta Hill, has returned home – to lead the Dallas County Community College District’s law enforcement division.

Hill, who grew up in Oak Cliff, is the first person to serve in the newly-created position: commissioner of public safety and security for the district. DCCCD’s board of trustees approved her appointment in June; her first day was Mon., Aug. 8.

“I’m excited. It’s a chance to come home. It’s a great opportunity,” Hill said. “It’s a new position. It’s taking seven police departments and collectively making them one cohesive police department on seven different campuses. I’m happy about the opportunity to build something.”

Dr. Joe May, DCCCD’s chancellor, said, “We are pleased to hire Lauretta Hill as our district’s first commissioner of public safety and security. DCCCD serves thousands of students and employees; their safety is a top priority. We are confident that our new commissioner will be an excellent leader whose experience will help us shape a cohesive and strong law enforcement division.”

Hill is responsible for managing the district’s public safety operations and initiatives, including campus safety, risk management, campus policing, emergency medical response and preparedness. She oversees a staff of more than 150 and also is responsible for recruiting, hiring, handling performance evaluations and numerous other duties. Her new job at DCCCD marks the first time Hill is working in her hometown.

Hill comes to Dallas from the city of Miami Beach, where she served as deputy police chief for the last two years. She was the first black woman to serve in that job as “number two” in the police command, and she also was the highest-ranking black officer in Miami Beach.

“It was bittersweet leaving, but these opportunities don’t come around all the time,” Hill said.

Her hiring comes on the heels of a national story in Dallas that began with tensions between police and citizens. A peaceful protest march ended in violence on July 7 when a lone gunman fatally shot four Dallas police officers and one DART officer. Two police officers from El Centro College were wounded, and the gunman took refuge in El Centro’s downtown campus, where he died.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington with a master’s degree from Texas Christian University, Hill started her law enforcement career in 1994. During her 20 years with the Arlington Police Department, she rose to the rank of deputy chief, a first for a black woman.

While in Arlington, she led the security operations for Super Bowl XLV in 2011 – the first time the Super Bowl was played in Dallas-Fort Worth. Hill also led security operations for the 2010 NBA All-Star game. Both events were held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

A graduate of the FBI National Academy and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Hill has received numerous commendations.

Legal Notice: DeSoto 08-14-16

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CITY OF DESOTO INVITATION TO BID

SOLICITATION NUMBER: PKR-1602-RFB
RELEASE DATE: August 14, 2016
DUE DATE: August 29, 2016 at 2:00 P.M.

Bid Title: Christmas Trees (Interior and Exterior) for the Holiday Seasons

The City of DeSoto, Texas, is accepting sealed bids for Christmas Trees (Interior and Exterior) for the holiday seasons.

Sealed bids, of best value, will be received and time stamped at the Action Center located at 211 E. Pleasant Run Road, DeSoto, TX 75115 until 2:00 P.M. on Monday, August 29, 2016. Bids will be read out loud at 2:30 P.M. Any bid received after 2:00 P.M. on August 29, 2016, regardless of the mode of delivery, shall be returned unopened.

Specifications and other bid documents can be downloaded free of charge from www.publicpurchase.com or requested by email from [email protected]. The City is not responsible for any vendor’s cost associated with the preparation and delivery of bid documents.

The City of Desoto reserves the right to reject any or all bids, in whole or part, to waive any informality in any bid or accept bid which, in its discretion, is in the best interest of the City of DeSoto.

Letitia L. Shelton
Director of Finance

Michelle Carter Hometown Olympian Makes History

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Michelle Carter Hometown Olympian Makes Sports History
Michelle Carter

Michelle Carter Wins First U.S. Women Shot Put Medal Since 1960 Rome Olympic Games

RED OAK—It’s not as glamorous as gymnastics, but the Women’s Shot Put had its fair share of drama as Ovilla native Michelle Carter took home the Gold at the Rio Olympics.

Carter, who has always been a top contender in the field, qualified for the finals but later fell behind athletes from New Zealand and Hungary. She remained in the third position throughout most of the finals. It looked as if Valerie Adams of New Zealand would win with her first and best throw of 20.42 meters.

As the trials came to a close there was something different in the cards. Carter’s last throw was better than four aces as she hurled her shot 20.63 meters to clinch a spot in the record books.

“I knew I had more in the tank,” Carter told reporters. “And to be able to go out there and put the pieces together and pull it out, I’m just really excited.”

Michelle wasn’t the only one excited about her accomplishments. Her father and coach Michael Carter placed in the same sport 32 years earlier. More than a month ago, he predicted their trip to Rio wouldn’t be in vain.

Adams was hoping for her third Olympic gold.

Coincidently, the first and only American female to place in the Women’s Shot Put since its introduction in 1948, was also another African American woman from Texas.

Earlene Brown of Laredo, Texas, took part in three Olympic games from 1956-1964. Also the daughter of professional athlete, Brown set records in both the shot put and discus throw.

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Carter Follows Father’s Legacy

The 30-year-old Carter set another mark at her third Olympics. She and her father, Michael Carter, are now Team USA’s first father-daughter combination to medal at the Olympics.

Carter is one of very few athletes to go to the Olympics multiple times as she follows the legacy of her father. Michael Carter brought home the silver medal in the shot put at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He is also well-known as a three-time Super Bowl winner during his standout career as a nose tackle for the San Francisco 49ers.

Michelle says her father always downplayed his accomplishments, focusing on family life instead.

“He didn’t really talk about it. That’s one thing he didn’t want to do,” she remarked. “He didn’t want to pressure us to do anything. If we chose it, it had to be on our own. He never wanted us to do anything we didn’t enjoy.”

Council Presses For Expanded Glenn Heights Bus Service

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Glenn Heights Bus Service Topic Of City Council

GLENN HEIGHTS —Participation in the Dallas Area Rapid Transit [DART] System was the main topic of discussion at this week’s Glenn Heights City Council meeting. A number of Dallas area cities have discussed changing the way DART receives funds from the cities. Glenn Heights felt the time was right to examine the issue, although talks at the meeting did not result in any vote to change the current DART support structure at this time.

Mayor Leon Tate said “As it relates to DART, the City of Glenn Heights is operating in good faith with our DART partner, but our priorities cannot get lost in their interest to grow. We have waited patiently for the DART Board and our DART Board member to call a meeting to discuss a plan to reestablish fixed bus routes in our city.”

Tate said citizens are asking for an increased service level. “… a level they expected when voting to be a member of DART 30 years ago,” he said.

North Texas Cities Consider Elections to Authorize Reallocation Of DART Sales Tax Funds

Council is analyzing the city’s legal position to insist DART reestablish the bus routes within city limits. Officials are also looking into the idea of joining other DART member cities to leverage recent state legislation passed to support and strengthen Glenn Heights’ demands.

During the recent session of the Texas State Legislature, Governor Greg Abbott signed HB-157 into law. The bill authorizes a city to hold an election to restructure sales tax revenue use. By doing so, it allows a city to determine whether dedicated sales taxes should be increased, decreased or reallocated to better serve its needs.

In a memo dated July 12, University Park Mayor Olin Lane Jr. suggested to Mayor Tate, University Park and possibly Highland Park might consider legislation that considers cities without DART service being able to call an election on even-numbered years based on HB-157 passed at the last session.

This would allow cities to reallocate two cents of sales tax and reapportion the money in 1/8 cent levels, according to the memo. In essence, if DART doesn’t acquiesce to member demands, their respective sales tax contributions could be cut or rescinded wholly.

In the even number year’s elections, 0.25 cent would go to DART to keep these cities as members, 0.25 cent returned to citizens as an ad valorem tax relief and 0.25 cent would be used by cities for crime control, economic development and street maintenance.

The memo also stated, “If DART refuses to accept our election and withdraws its service then we are absolved of all accumulated debt that DART has apportioned to the individual cities.”

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DART operates 90 miles of bus and light rail routes with 62 stations throughout North Texas. Currently, DART operates a weekday express route [206] which travels from the Glenn Heights Park and Ride to Downtown Dallas during morning and afternoon rush hours.

According to a 2014 survey, Route 206 is the busiest express route, carrying 962 weekday riders on its 56 trips each weekday. This requires a total of 11 buses operating as frequently as every eight minutes during peak period.

The only bus service within city limits is the DART On-Call. The service operates in short one way trips operating within peak hours Monday through Friday from 5:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Non-stop trips can be scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. from anywhere in the On-Call zone to the Wal-Mart on Wheatland Road and Interstate 20 West, and vice versa.

The DART On-Call vehicle can be boarded at the Glenn Heights Park & Ride located at 1200 E. Bear Creek Road at :25 and :55 past the hour during peak hours of operation.

Tate has been working with DART to increase DART’s service in the city for some time.

Recently, officials from DART and Glenn Heights introduced a new “wrapped bus” designed to highlight expanded On-Call service in the city. The fanfare event, held this past March was thought to usher in a new era of expanded bus service within the 7.5 mile city limit.

“The city of Glenn Heights has been a partner since 1983,” said DART President Gary Thomas during the ribbon cutting. “You saw the vision then and we appreciate that. Glenn Heights has grown ten times the size since that day in 1983. It’s one of the fastest growing cities in our entire region. The opportunities are unlimited.”

Brandon Hixson Releases New Gospel Album

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Brandon Hixson Releases New Gospel Album

Brandon Hixson Releases New CD “Picture of You”

ENNIS—Brandon Hixson, the Worship Pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Ennis has just released a new CD project titled, “Picture Of You.” Hixson was the former singer and saxophone player for the Dallas, Texas Christian band, Racing Gravity, best known for their radio single, Only By His Grace.

“The album is a reflection of all of the musical styles that have influenced me,” stated the 39 year old singer. “I have loved music ever since I was a little boy in Waco, Texas. My mom would play the Top 40 songs of the day and we would always sing and dance along with the radio. The radio really was the soundtrack to my life. It still is. My two children, Caleb and Caylin, love listening to music too. Picture of You has Country, 80’s, 90’s, Rock, Contemporary Christian and the mushy love ballads that we all secretly love,” Hixson laughed.

The album features collaborations with Dove Award winning songwriter and producer, Dave Tough. It also includes collaborations with Alexander Nikiforov, EgorF, Eva Wilson and Pavel Shilov. His wife, Karen, also helped write several songs on the release.

The single, Take The First Step has already been featured on several radio stations in the United States. It will also serve as the theme song to an upcoming Christian movie set to release in 2017. Brandon dedicated the album to Marv and Rindy Ross of the 1980’s popular band, Quarterflash.

“The music of Quarterflash really inspired me when I was really young. Their music continues to move and encourage me, even as an adult. It’s an honor for me to thank them this way”, the former minister of music at First Baptist Church in Cedar Hill concluded. The album is available at iTunes, CD Baby and Rhapsody. For more information, visit www.brandonhixson.com

2017 Nissan Armada New King of the Road

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2017 Nissan Armada
The New second generation 2017 Nissan Armada boasts new exterior features and a myriad of new technology to bolster driver comfort and safety.

2017 Nissan Armada King of the Road

As fuel prices have dropped, families are ready to hit the highways in “king of the road” full size SUVs. Large SUV sales are averaging 250,000 units per year, and are expected to increase this year!

Nissan feels it is poised to move up in market share for the segment with the introduction of an all-new Armada model this August. The profile of previous Armada buyers shows that 43% of consumers who move on to the Armada have previously owned a large or full-size SUV. Another 39% of Armada buyers are moving up to full-size from other sizes and styles of vehicles. Those buyers are generally in their early 40’s, are married with children, college educated and earn more than $135,000 annually.

Although there was a global version of the large SUV (the Patrol debuted in 1951), the Armada itself was first seen on our shores at the New York Auto Show in 2003. It was built on the rugged platform of the first generation Nissan Titan. There was only one major change in the Armada since then, when a new interior and front end design was introduced in 2008.

2nd Gen Armada Packs More Horsepower

Ring in the second-generation! My first glimpse of the new Armada was this past February at the Chicago Auto Show. This month I had a chance to drive it near Monterey, California. Miles and mud under the tires later, it’s clear it was worth the  wait.

The powertrain is completely new with a standard 5.6 liter V8 engine boasting 390 horses (vs 317 previously) with 394 lb-ft of torque. Unlike some other Nissans, the Armada has a seven speed automatic transmission. The wide gear range (previous model was a five speed), ATF warmer and shift change response improvements have combined to provide the best fuel economy the Armada has ever experienced. Two-wheel drive models are EPA rated to provide 14 mpg in the city and 19 during highway driving. Four-wheel drive models only drop one mile per gallon from those levels.

Armada Boasts Best In Class Towing

The new Armada is the vehicle to own if you have a large trailer to tow with Best-in-Class towing capacity of 8,500 pounds (for both the two-wheel and four-wheel drive models). This compares with the Chevy Tahoe at 6400/6600, the Toyota Sequoia at 7100/7400 and the Ford Expedition at 6500/6600.

I found the 2017 Nissan Armada exceptionally quiet during both on-road and off-road driving. It was easy to converse with front and rear seat passengers. I was also very impressed with the comfort of the seats and found the power lumbar support very helpful. Although I didn’t need them, there were standard heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

A feature that I remember seeing in Nissan vehicles prior to those of other manufacturers, the around-view monitor with moving object detection is even better than in previous models. It now provides full 360-degree views while backing up and moving forward. Armada is equipped with both front and rear sonar as well as something I can no longer live without, a blind spot warning system with the Around View Monitor.

A Predictive Forward Collision Warning System is of particular interest. This new Nissan innovation warns the driver of risks beyond what their eye can see. The system senses the speed and distance of vehicles ahead. Buyers can also select Intelligent Cruise Control, Distance Control Assist, Forward Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Prevention and Warning Systems.

Note the two grab handles to help passengers get both in and out of the new 2017 Nissan Armada. Many manufacturers have said it wasn't possible to include such handles due to air bag placement. Nissan has found a way to satisfy customers who find getting into such a large vehicle a challenge.
Note the two grab handles to help passengers get both in and out of the new 2017 Nissan Armada. Many manufacturers have said it wasn’t possible to include such handles due to air bag placement. Nissan has found a way to satisfy customers who find getting into such a large vehicle a challenge.

Anyone who has not shopped for a full-size SUV lately might be a bit taken aback by many being priced in the $60,000-$90,000 range. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the 2017 Nissan Armada MSRP begins at only $44,400. Of course, there are available options for those who want more, but it is nice to know that a brand-new supersized SUV can actually be brought home for such an economical price.

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