YEAR IN REVIEW: Top Duncanville News Stories From 2017

2017 Duncanville Year in Review
Duncanville Girls Head Basketball Coach Cathy Self-Morgan talks to the media. (Photo by Dillon Clarke/Duncanville High School)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Like it or not 2017 made history. Focus Daily News takes a look back at the events and stories that had a major impact on the Best Southwest Cities of Dallas County. Below readers can explore a variety of high profile Duncanville news stories from 2017.


Meet The Candidates: Duncanville City Council Candidates

Duncanville City Council Candidates
Six Duncanville City Council candidates spoke at a Duncanville United “Meet the Candidates” forum Sunday, March 5. From left, Patrick LeBlanc, Frances Rizzo, Leslie Thomas, Dennis Schwartz, Todd H. Durant, Matthew Jones

Publish Date: March 6
Six Duncanville City Council candidates spoke at a Duncanville United “Meet the Candidates” forum Sunday, March 5. Over 60 people attended the forum hosted by the state-registered GPAC at the First Christian Church in Duncanville.


Duncanville Coyote Sightings Concern City Council

Duncanville Coyote Sightings
Coyote sightings

Publish Date: June 23 
Duncanville City Council members are discussing recent coyote sightings in Duncanville. Adam Henry, Texas Wildlife Services biologist, was invited to attend the June 20 council meeting to answer questions about coyote management programs. After his talk, the council is deliberating their next steps.


Award-Winning Duncanville Fire Department On A Roll

Duncanville Fire Department
Duncanville Mayor David Green Proclaims Emergency Medical Services Week

Publish Date: May 24 
Members of the Duncanville Fire Department attended the Duncanville City Council meeting May 16 to hear Mayor David Green proclaim the week of May 21-27 as Emergency Medical Services Week. May 24 was proclaimed as Emergency Medical Services of Children Day.


Duncanville 4th of July Celebrations

Duncanville 4th of July
Duncanville Lions Club July 4th Parade

Publish Date: June 9 
The City of Duncanville wants everyone to come out and spend time with them Tuesday, July 4, to help celebrate Independence Day in a big way. The fun starts at 9 a.m. with the annual Duncanville Lions Club July 4th Parade.


Duncanville Girls Basketball Wins 10th State Basketball Title

Duncanville Girls Basketball
Duncanville Pantherettes celebrate an emotional victory over Houston Cypress Ranch Saturday. (Photo by Brenda Arana/Duncanville High School)

Publish Date: March 6  
DUNCANVILLE—It all came down to just one game. The Duncanville Pantherettes (39-2) faced Houston Cypress-Ranch (32-7) at the Alamodome in San Antonio last Saturday night for the girl’s state basketball championship.


Duncanville Police Seek Shooters In Holiday Inn Express Robbery

Publish Date: June 18 
Duncanville police have identified the persons of interest involved in last week’s hotel robbery. This week police identified and arrested the person of interest in this robbery. He is a 14-year-old Juvenile so his name is being withheld. Another juvenile in this case has been identified and charged as a suspect . A warrant has been issued for his arrest.


2017 Duncanville Panthers–Sleeper Team In The District

Duncanville Panthers

Publish Date: August 27 
The following opening remarks were made by Duncanville High School Head Football Coach Reginald Samples in an August 23, 2017 interview with this writer.

“As coaches, our job is to train and educate the whole student. It does little good if the athlete is a good player, but fails his studies. To help insure he passes, all his courses are paramount for our staff. He either passes his school work or he won’t play on the football team,” Coach Samples said.