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BREAKING NEWS: UIL Announces Realignment Cutoff Numbers, DeSoto Drops To 5A In Fall
The DeSoto Eagles and Lady Eagles will be competing in Class 5A come the fall, according to the realignment cutoff numbers released by the University Interscholastic League on Friday morning, Dec. 8. The minimum enrollment for Class 6A is 2,275. DeSoto High School reported 2,127, the UIL noted. In football,...
U.S. Department of Education Announces $93 Million in Grants to Support Research and Development at HBCUs, TCCUs and MSIs
The U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced today $93 million in grant awards to 20 colleges and universities to support research and development at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs), and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), and to improve completion rates for underserved students. The grants...
Warm Today, Blustery Tomorrow: Kevin’s Focus DFW Forecast for Friday, December 8, 2023
Today will feel like anything but December…but a strong cold front will bring us back to normal!. Today will be warm and windy with decreasing clouds. Temps will reach for 80° this afternoon as winds crank up to 10-20 MPH sustained, gusting up to 25-30 MPH. Lows tonight should settle in the low 50’s.
Dallas College Set To Train South Dallas Workforce with New Facility in Shops at RedBird Development
DALLAS – Dallas College will celebrate the official opening of its Workforce Center at RedBird with a ribbon cutting on Friday, Dec. 8. The facility, occupying approximately 53,000 square feet, will deliver training in information technology, health care, manufacturing, logistics, customer care and more. Immediately following the ribbon cutting, guests may tour the facility and watch demonstrations of robotics technology, forklift simulation as well as high-tech allied health training equipment.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Reminds Retailers of New E-Cigarette Law Designed to Protect Youth
(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding retailers that beginning Jan. 1, 2024, it will be a crime in Texas to market, advertise, sell or cause to be sold an e-cigarette product in certain containers that are designed to appeal to minors. “It is illegal to sale e-cigarettes...
Desoto City Council discuss approved amended minutes with or without corrections
DESOTO – The DeSoto City Council took over 20 minutes at DeSoto’s council meeting Tuesday to decide whether to approve or not to approve 25 regular and special meeting minutes that went back as far as March 2021 up to November 2023. Place 2 Pierette Parker had the...
RED ROOF® OPENS NEWLY CONSTRUCTED RED ROOF INN® HUTCHINS, TEXAS
HUTCHINS, TEXAS, December 7, 2023 – Red Roof®, the leader in economy lodging, has announced the opening of the Red Roof Inn® Hutchins, Texas. The newly built Red Roof Inn Hutchins is a 41-room hotel that offers free Wi-Fi, a free expanded cable package, a snack center and free coffee in the lobby.
Dallas’s Largest Annual Whiskey Festival Returns With 200+ Whiskies
On Saturday March 9, 2024, attendees of the Dallas Whiskey Riot festival will be able to try more than 200 whiskies from local, regional, national, and international brands while also enjoying creative whiskey cocktails, opportunities to meet master distillers, and more. WHAT’S INCLUDED?. General admission tickets are $90 and...
Brazil’s São Paulo FC and Botafogo Join 2024 Gordon Jago Super Group Lineup
DALLAS, Texas (Thursday, Dec. 7) – Dallas Cup, the oldest and most prestigious international youth soccer tournament in North America, has announced that Brazilian sides São Paulo FC and Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas will compete in the Gordon Jago Super Group at the 2024 Dallas Cup presented by Coca-Cola.
Warm for a Bit, then Cool for a While: Kevin’s Focus DFW Forecast for Thursday, December 7, 2023:
Enjoy two more days of Spring weather before winter returns to cool us down for the rest of the forecast period. Today will be breezy with highs in the upper 60’s. We’re getting more sun than I expected, so some could crack 70°. Tonight we dip down to the mid 50’s, then tomorrow we’ll be quite warm in the upper 70’s to around 80°. It will be windy as well, and lows will drop to the mid 50’s.
Texas Economy Expands Faster Than U.S. 4 Quarters In A Row
AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today celebrated Texas’ continuing economic momentum as new data released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows the Texas economy expanded faster than the nation as a whole for the fourth quarter in a row. Second quarter 2023 real GDP—the value of all goods and services produced—grew in Texas at an annual rate of 4.9%, well ahead of the U.S. which grew at 2.1%.
Duncanville Kicks Off Holiday Season with Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade
Duncanville kicked off the holiday season in style with a Christmas tree lighting and parade of colorful floats Dec. 1. Thanks to the City of Duncanville for sending these great photos from the downtown parade and tree lighting festival held at Armstrong Park last Friday. Featured Photo: Keep Duncanville Beautiful...
FOUND SAFE: DeSoto Police Seek Information Concerning Whereabouts of 27-Year-Old Woman
12/7/23 UPDATE: Ms. Garcia has been found safe according to the DeSoto Police Department. Desoto Police are investigating a missing persons case involving 27-year-old Arlington Resident Amber Garcia and are seeking the public’s help in locating her. Ms. Garcia was briefly taken into custody in DeSoto for a misdemeanor...
Cedar Hill Class of 1994 Valedictorian Returned to the District
(CEDAR HILL, TEXAS) Brian Ward keeps his Tuba in the backseat of his car. It shows that the 1994 Cedar Hill High School Valedictorian is never far from the instrument he played for most of his life. In fact, he still plays with the Carroll Wind Symphony, which has grown...
Drug Bust In Red Oak: Three Arrested, Methamphetamine, Stolen Weapons, and Cash Seized in Major Operation
Lauren Chambers, 35; Jon Michael Sullivan, 54; and Brad Murray Tenhagen, 55, were arrested following a drug bust near Red Oak, Texas. The Ellis County Sheriff’s Officer Special Response Team executed a search warrant on December 1 in the 500 block of Maple Leaf, where they discovered drugs including a kilogram of methamphetamine, 15 grams of amphetamine, 3 grams of alprazolam,1 gram THC, drug paraphernalia, weapons, stolen vehicles and $18,500 in cash.
HHSC Provides Family Violence Notice, Resources to Texans
AUSTIN – The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is providing printable materials listing services and resources for Texans being threatened or exposed to family or dating violence. Senate Bill 1325, signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in May 2023, requires HHSC to provide printable resources for law...
DCHHS Launches New Website to Help Combat the Fentanyl Crisis
DALLAS (December 5, 2023) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) launches a new website to fight against fentanyl and its devastating effects in Dallas County – fightfentanyldc.com. The website provides important information, in both English and Spanish, about Fentanyl and the dangers of using this illicit drug. According to DCHHS mortality data, in 2021, Fentanyl claimed the lives of over 150.
New Disney Lorcana Trading Card Game Set Arrives February 2024
Into the Inklands Debuts Location Card Type, New Disney Characters and More. SEATTLE, Dec. 6, 2023 – Ravensburger, the acclaimed publisher of award-winning board games and high-quality toys and puzzles, revealed today the newest expansion to the Disney Lorcana Trading Card Game (TCG), named Into the Inklands. The third installment of the wildly popular Disney Lorcana TCG, Into the Inklands introduces location cards, which feature beloved Disney story settings and offer players special abilities and interactions. The set also debuts new in-game mini-stories and expands featured characters. Into the Inklands will be released first at local game stores on February 23, 2024, followed by mass market retailers on March 8, 2024.
Lancaster Resident Wins Hilton’s Highest Honor
Hilton Reveals 2023 CEO Light & Warmth Award Winners. MCLEAN, Va., November 30, 2023 – Hilton (NYSE: HLT) announced today the recipients of its 2023 CEO Light & Warmth Award, recognizing 15 individuals and two teams from Hilton-branded hotels. The CEO Light & Warmth Award is the company’s highest honor celebrating Hilton team members around the world who bring Hilton’s values to life through their inspiring leadership and passion for providing exceptional hospitality. Among this year’s winners is Toni Ramos, Development Coach, Hilton Reservations and Customer Care, based in Dallas.
Waxahachie Man Sentenced To 70 Years For Beating Mom To Death
Ellis County and District Attorney Ann Montgomery announced that Chad Gillen, 37, of Waxahachie, Texas, was convicted of murder by a jury and sentenced to 70 years in prison. In 2010, Karen Gillen suffered a stroke, which left her disabled. As a widow, her only child, Chad Gillen, was charged with her care. Though disabled, Karen would attend church and occasionally have visitors. However, during the Covid shutdown, Karen stopped going to church, going out in public, and having visitors to her home. It appeared that no one, other than her son, had any contact with her for six months.
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