Texas Trust Credit Union earns Diamond Award for school district's Spirit Reward Card
The credit union received awards for:
The credit union received awards for:
|Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia honors the Grand Prairie Youth Boxing Program for winning at the Golden Gloves Tournament. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia delivered a proclamation honoring the Grand Prairie Youth Boxing Program to Police Chief Steve Dye Tuesday at the organization's boxing gym
Dr. Garcia also honored six boxers who recently won at the Dallas Golden Gloves tournament. The winners include:
Recently, 12 selected firefighter/paramedics and one assistant chief completed basic police SWAT training along with receiving advanced tactical medical training to become a part of the police department's elite SWAT team. The SWAT Paramedics are now assigned to one of the two SWAT teams to assist as on scene paramedics during high risk incidents.
|Police Chief Steve Dye congratulates Larry Simmons who was promoted to Deputy Chief at a promotion ceremony at the Public Safety Building. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
It was a historic moment for the Grand Prairie Police Department Monday afternoon with the promotion of Lieutenant Larry Simmons to Deputy Chief. Simmons became the first African-American to attain the chief rank in the department's 105 year history.
Others promoted at the ceremony are:
On April 12 the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce and the City of Grand Prairie held a Dragon Boat Festival at Loyd Park on Lake Joe Pool. Twenty-two teams participated in the one day event.
|Raquel Esparza and her dauther Emma Esparza, 2, enjoy a drink with their meal at the opening of the new Dairy Queen. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Enthusiastic about the return of Dairy Queen to Grand Prairie, customers were standing in line outside the restaurant to place their orders at Thursday's grand opening. Located at 2640 West Interstate 20, the restaurant is one of only a few DQs in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
The one hundred promotional DQ Cakes that were on hand Thursday, sold out in less than forty minutes. Customers who bought one of the cakes received a “Grand Prairie DQ Premier Customer” membership card worth fifty-two free Steak Finger Country Baskets (one per week for an entire year).
|Students at the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy perform "Dora's Pirate Adventure" at the Uptown Theater. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Twenty-eight outstanding middle school students at the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy (GPFAA) performed its first musical Wednesday night to a packed crowd at the historic Uptown Theater.
The musical, Dora's Pirate Adventure, is about Dora the Explorer and her friends on an adventure to save their treasure chest from the Piggy Pirates.
|Members of the Grand Prairie Police Honor Guards salute former Police Chief Fred Conover at Wednesday's funeral service. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Hundreds attended Wednesday's funeral service for former Police Chief Fred Conover who died on April 10 at 83.
Conover who was a Grand Prairie High School graduate, joined the Grand Prairie Police Department in 1954. He worked his way through the ranks to become Chief of Police in 1961. He was promoted to Director of Public Safety over police, fire and civil defense in 1971.
The opening on April 17 of Dairy Queen's (DQ) newest restaurant in the nation, marks the long awaited return of the popular restaurant to Grand Prairie. The doors open at 10 am with the first one hundred customers who buy a DQ Cake will receive a “Grand Prairie DQ Premier Customer” membership card that entitles them to fifty-two free Steak Finger Country Baskets (one per week for an entire year).
Located near the Premium Outlets Mall at 2640 W. Interstate 20, the Grand Prairie DQ is one of a few in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. The 4,440 square foot DQ seats 102 guests inside and another 24 outside in the open-air patio.
The awards were given during National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, 2014.
On May 10, Grand Prairie voters will be asked to vote for or against using a ¼ cent retiring sales tax to build and operate a mega recreation center and indoor/outdoor water park. In 2015, the city will pay off the debt to build QuikTrip Park and The Summit. This means that the 1/8 cent tax for each of these venues can go away or be continued for another project for voter approval.
There will be a public information meeting about the sales tax and the proposed recreation center on April 22 at 7 pm at The Summit's Wings Theater.
|Horses exit the final turn to head for the finish line in the second race of opening night at Lone Star Park. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Spring Thoroughbred racing returned to Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie Thursday night. The season runs through July 12.
Opening weekend is packed with exciting Thoroughbred racing, great music and many more entertaining activities you won’t want to miss.
This weekend's entertainment include:
The chase began around 10:55 am Thursday morning when officers attempted to stop a vehicle that a wanted felon was believed to be inside.
During the chase, the passenger jumped out of the car, fleeing on foot. He was immediately taken into custody and faces charges for evading on foot.
|Ryan Moore (center), owner of Chicken Express, cuts the ribbon at Thursday's ceremony hosted by the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Members of the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce Branding Irons hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday to welcome Chicken Express, 5165 Lake Ridge Parkway, to Grand Prairie.
For owners Ryan and Amy Moore, this their second Chicken Express restaurant. Their other location is in Cedar Hill.
|Firefighters remove an elderly woman from a car that crashed into a house in the 900 block of SW 5th. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
An elderly woman was injured Wednesday night when the car she was driving crashed into a house in the 900 block of SW 5th around 9:00 pm.
The woman was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
|File photo - Jen Percival as Ethel Waters in "His Eye is on the Sparrow" at the Uptown Theater on October 27, 2012. © 2012- Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter|
Texas Family Musicals is bringing back one of its most popular shows to the Grand Prairie Uptown Theater, the Off Broadway bound musical Ethel Waters-His Eye is on the Sparrow. Performances will be on April 11 at 7:30 pm and April 12 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm.
This moving and emotional production stars New York actress, Jen Percival who is just recently starred in Big River at New York’s Westchester Broadway Theater.
|Tom Collins with The Summit pickleball team competes in the Men's Doubles event at the Texas Senior Games held in San Antonio. Submitted photo|
Eleven members of The Summit pickleball team traveled to San Antonio to take part in the annual Texas Senior Games.
The three day pickleball tournament held April 1-3 attracted 200 players, 50 and older, from across Texas.
|The Tejas Brothers kicked off the Grand Prairie Arts Council's April Concert in the Park series at The Summit Garden Plaza. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Friday night, The Tejas Brothers opened the Grand Prairie Arts Council's Concerts in the Park series at The Summit.
A large crowd gathered in the Garden Plaza to hear The Tejas Brothers play their unique blend of Texas music with a Latin flair.
One of the highest honors awarded in the Auntie Anne’s franchise system, the “Pretzel Perfect Store Award” recognizes top-performing stores who are committed to providing high-quality guest experiences. Boasting more than 1,080 stores domestically, only 28 Auntie Anne’s stores were presented with this esteemed award.
|State Senator Royce West speaks to the students of the Young Men's Leadership Academy at Kennedy Middle School. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Thursday morning, State Senator Royce West spoke to students at the Young Men's Leadership Academy at Kennedy Middle School about leadership, commitment, education and economic reality.
Calling the students "men of the future," Senator West told the young men, "Each and every one of you will be responsible for being a leader."
|Police stop a blue Ford Mustang at the Sunridge Apartments after the driver led officers on low speed chase with a child in the car. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Police took a man into custody at the Sunridge Apartments, 145 West Pioneer Parkway, just after 11 pm Monday night after leading officers on a 15 minute low speed pursuit with a child in his car.
The incident began on Grand Prairie Road when the suspect fled from a traffic stop. The child was strapped into a child's car seat in the rear passenger seat.
Grand Prairie police are asking the public for help identifying a suspect that stole over $300 worth of clothing on March 11 from the Saks 5th Avenue store at the Grand Prairie Premium Outlets mall.
The suspect was wearing a green Texas Rangers ball cap, blue t-shirt, blue shorts, and appeared to be wearing an ankle monitor on his left ankle.
|Officer Bo Stegall competes in the Coppell-Grapevine Police Motorcycle Skills Competition held March 22 and 23. Photo by Sergeant Eric Hansen|
Motorcycle officers Bo Stegall and Tim Sliva brought home trophies from the Coppell-Grapevine Police Motorcycle Skills Competition held March 22 and 23 at Grapevine Mills Mall.
Sergeant Eric Hansen, Traffic Section, said the accident occurred around 5:35 pm when Christian Brown, 23, driving a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle at high speed, failed to stop for a red light at the intersection. The motorcycle slammed into the driver's side of a 2007 Kia that had moved into the intersection on a green light.
|A fiery crash Saturday night on Interstate 30 kills one unidentified person. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter|
One unidentified person is dead after a fiery crash Saturday night on eastbound Interstate 30, east of Belt Line Road.
Police spokesman Detective Lyle Gensler said the crash occurred around 9:15 pm.
|Alan Ladd, owner of Main Street Workwear, cuts the ribbon at Saturdays ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce Branding Irons. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter|
Members of the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce Branding Irons held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Main Street Workwear in downtown Grand Prairie.
The store features a full line of Dickies work clothes items from hospital scrubs to attractive work slacks.
|Fire Chief Robert Fite extends his arm to beat Police Chief Steve Dye in the Chase the Chief 1K fun run at Saturday's opening of the Grand Prairie Farmers Market. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Hundreds packed Market Square Saturday morning for the opening of the Grand Prairie Farmers Market.
With thirty vendors on hand, visitors shopped for a range of items from fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh bread and sweets, meats, coffee, a variety of arts and crafts items and much more.
|Grand Prairie firefighters remove debris from around a SUV that crashed into a vacant building in the 3900 block of Westcliff Road. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
The driver of a SUV westbound on I-20 Saturday morning at about 7:30 am, lost control of his vehicle and veered off the freeway between South Belt Line Road and the Dechman Bridge.
The SUV traveled several yards through a field before it crashed into a vacant building in the 3900 block of Westcliff Road, burying the vehicle completely inside the structure.
"Advantage Academy has made great strides and a conscious effort towards excellence both financially and academically,” said Angela McDonald, Advantage Academy Superintendent. “I am proud of our FAST rating and am confident that we will continue to see continual improvement in both areas."
"And what do you do for a living, Mrs. Levi?" asks Ambrose Kemper in the first scene of this most delightful of musical comedies. "Some people paint, some sew...I meddle," replies Dolly ... and we are off on a whirlwind race around New York at the turn of the twentieth century, as we follow the adventures of America's most beloved matchmaker! Hello, Dolly! is full of memorable songs including Put On Your Sunday Clothes, Ribbons Down My Back, Before the Parade Passes By, Elegance, Hello, Dolly!, It Only Takes a Moment and So Long, Dearie.
|Mayor Ron Jensen congratulates Dubiski Career High School Automotive teacher Michael Weston for the outstanding work students did rebuilding a used police motorcycle the city donatated to the school in November. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Mayor Ron Jensen got to experience the craftsmanship of Dubiski Career High School Automotive Technology students firsthand Monday when he took the former police motorcycle for a test drive the students rebuilt.
The bike was donated to the school by the city after it was taken out of police service with more than 80,000 miles on it.
A cold front will push through Friday night bringing a chance of showers and thunderstorms to Grand Prairie. Some of the thunderstorms could strong, producing gusty winds, downpours and small hail. But, severe weather is not expected.
|Mayor Ron Jensen gives his first State of the City address to a large crowd of listners at the Ruthe Jackson Center. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Hundreds of listeners packed the Ruthe Jackson Center Thursday night to hear Mayor Ron Jensen's first State of the City address.
Hosted by the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce and the City of Grand Prairie, Mayor Jensen gave an overview of the city's 2013 accomplishments and a list of goals for 2014.
The mayor's top goals for 2014 include:
|Fire Chief Robert Fite speaks at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter|
Daniel Puder, champion mixed martial arts fighter, author and founder of My Life My Power, a non-profit anti-bullying organization, delivered a motivational message Wednesday evening to the boxers in the Grand Prairie Police Youth Boxing program.
Bullied in his youth because of a learning challenge, Puder credits his involvement in sports for developing him into the person he is today.
|Fire Chief Robert Fite speaks at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter|
Fire Chief Robert Fite was the featured speaker at Wednesday's Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon at the Ruthe Jackson Center.
Chief Fite, who came to the department in 2012 after almost four years as chief of the Georgetown, Texas fire department, spoke to the large crowd about how the chief role of the department has changed from fire protection to emergency medical provider.
|File photo ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2013|
5'9"The suspect also has a distinct tattoo of the number “7” between his eyebrows, dots or teardrops below his eye and stars on his neck.
During the 1-mile fun run at 8:15 a.m., participants of all ages can chase Police Chief Steve Dye and Fire Chief Robert Fite as a warm-up for the 5K starting at 8:30 a.m. at Grand Prairie Farmers Market, 120 W. Main St.
The libraries offer Tech Café once a month to help customers access digital content such as ebooks, emagazines, and eaudiobooks. Tech Café sessions will run through June 2014. Bring your own wireless device (ereader, tablet, laptop or phone) to your nearest Grand Prairie library and learn how to access our newest apps and electronic services.
The job fair, for veteran job seekers, active duty military members, Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses, will be held at the Grand Prairie Reserve Complex, 379 Armed Forces Drive, Building 8300.
Lone Star Park will accept applications and conduct interviews for employment during the 2014 Spring Thoroughbred season, which begins Thursday, April 10 through Saturday, July 12.
The informational forum is for middle and high school students from across North Texas who are interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy.
Hosted by the cities of Grand Prairie and Irving, the training prepared volunteer amateur radio operators and interested residents to accurately report weather conditions to the Weather Service.
A spring-like storm system will bring a round of rain and thunderstorms to Grand Prairie on Saturday. The storms will occur mainly during the afternoon and evening hours, some will be strong to severe.
The main severe threats are large hail and damaging winds, but there is some potential for an isolated tornado.
FREE Concerts RAIN OR SHINE! Fridays in April - 7:00 pm. The Summit Garden - 2975 Esplanade, Grand Prairie, 75052. Rain venue: The Summit Ballroom.
|Photo courtesy Traders Village|
Traders Village Grand Prairie (TVGP) will celebrate the return of spring Saturday, March 22, with the grand opening of two new restaurants and the new Fleafall drop ride that’s sure to produce screams of delight.
|Members of the First Baptist Church's Serendipity Singers led by Joel Salazar sing "Dig a Little Deeper" at the Lifeline Shelter Gospel Concert, Saturday night at Calvary Baptist Church. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
LifeLine Shelter for Families held its 9th annual gospel concert Saturday night at Calvary Baptist church.
the large crowd got to see an array of talented singers and musicians performing an assortment of gospel music.
|A Dragon Boat crew practices at Joe Pool Lake for the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival on April 12. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Saturday's cold, dreary weather did not keep boat crews away from the practice session for the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival on April 12 at Loyd Park on Lake Joe Pool.
Grand Prairie police with assistance from a helicopter and K-9 are searching the area around South SH 360 and Kingswood/Green Oaks for a missing 54 year old man.
Ismael Rodriguez, a mentally challenged man, was reported missing from the 2800 block of Alcot around 6 pm today.
Hispanic MaleAnyone seeing Rodriguez is asked to call 911.
54 years old
Missing several teeth
Beginner, novice or expert researchers are welcome. Society members and library staff members will be on hand to help answer questions, help with searching for information.
|Dr. Ellen Ochoa speaks at the dedication ceremony of the Ellen Ochoa STEM Academy at Ben Milam Elementary. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Grand Prairie ISD held a dedication ceremony Thursday for its new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) academy, the Ellen Ochoa STEM Academy at Ben Milam Elementary School.
Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Director of the Johnson Space Center and a veteran astronaut, is the first Hispanic woman to go into space. She made a total of 4 space missions, logging nearly 1,000 hours in orbit. Prior to her astronaut career, she was a research engineer.
Carlton Adams, 35, has been charged with Endangering a child - felony 2 and Evading arrest - felony 3. He is also being held on a no bond warrant out of Colorado for failure to appear.
The incident began around 10 am when an officer stopped Adams on a minor traffic violation near Shady Grove and SH 161. As the officer was exiting his patrol car, Adams sped off and appeared to throw a small baggie from the car. Officers later searched the area, no baggie was found.
The Grand Prairie police are asking the public's help in identifying a robbery suspect that injured a loss prevention employee at Bloomingdales at the Outlet Mall.
The suspect stole a stack of True Religion jeans from the store then fled in a silver or white older Ford Taurus.
|Thick smoke and debris filled the air from a fire at a strip plaza at 3424 East Main Street. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter|
Smoke and debris from a fire at a strip center filled the air on the east side of Grand Prairie Monday afternoon. The fire that broke out around 1 pm completely destroyed a building that housed six businesses in the 3400 block of East Main.
|Neighbors console the homeowner as firefighters battle to control a house fire in the 400 block of SW 14th. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter|
Grand Prairie firefighters braved bitter cold temperatures and patches of frozen ground to battle a fire that heavily damaged a house in the 400 block of SW 14th Sunday afternoon.
For the Dallas/Fort Worth area, hazardous travel conditions are expected but ice accumulations should be light. Many bridges, overpasses, and secondary roads will likely be icy and some main roads may also become icy. In addition, any sleet will also result in hazardous road conditions.
|Rachel Edwards learns to play the guitar at Iglesia Renovacion Espiritual church's music outreach program. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Each Saturday, Iglesia Renovacion Espiritual Church is filled with the sounds of classical, hip-hop, jazz and Christian music as students get private lessons and practice their musical techniques at the church's community outreach program, Grand Prairie School of Music.
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth said an arctic cold front will arrive on Sunday with temperatures plunging 30 to 40 degrees in just a few hours. The front will bring a chance of rain and a few storms to the area.
|Photo courtesy Grand Prairie Police|
If you are a lawbreaker in Grand Prairie, your next encounter with the police might be with Grand Prairie's top cop, Police Chief Steve Dye.
Last week, the chief spent some time on patrol. His efforts netted 6 arrests and seized a large amount of narcotics. His arrests took a known gang member and a known car thief off the streets.
|File photo ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie is hosting Job Fairs on Tuesday, March 4 from 10 am - 2 pm and Thursday, March 6 from 4 - 8 pm for seasonal, part-time and full-time positions.
Applications will be accepted and interviews conducted for employment during the 2014 Spring Thoroughbred season, which begins Thursday, April 10 through Saturday, July 12.
|Dr. Mark Sheets, DVM (center) at Tuesday's ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce Branding Irons at the grand opening of the Animal Clinic of Grand Prairie's new building. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Dozens of well wishers packed the Animal Clinic of Grand Prairie, 614 North Belt Line, Tuesday for the grand opening of its new 7,500 square foot full service animal clinic. One featured guests was Dr. Bob Wilson, DVM, owner of the clinic for 41 years before retiring in 1999.
Grand Prairie police are asking the public's assistance in indentifying the suspect that robbed the Shell Gas Station, 2501 South Belt Line Road.
Memorial service: Saturday March 1, 2014 at First United Methodist Church, Mansfield. Visitation with family and friends will be at 1:30pm. Service will begin at 3PM. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Tara Patterson Memorial Fund for the women's basketball program at Southwestern College, 100 College St., Winfield, KS 67156.
|Opening ceremony of the Special Olympics Texas basketball tournament at Grand Prairie High School. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter|
More than 1,100 athletes and over 100 teams from across the Dallas/Fort Worth area took part in the Special Olympics Texas Area 10 basketball tournament held Friday and Saturday.
|Doris Ford (L) explains the mission of the Soroptimist International of Grand Prairie at Saturday's "Non Profit Expo" at The Summit. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
|A firefighter sprays water on hot spots at a fire at the Grand Courtyard Apartments. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
The fire department was called to an apartment fire at the Grand Courtyard Apartments, 525 West Westchester, around 7:30 pm Friday.
|Firefighters remove an injured special needs student from a school bus involved in an accident at the intersection of Trinity Boulevard and frontage road of SH 161. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Two Grand Prairie ISD special needs students and a bus driver received minor injuries Friday afternoon when the school bus they were riding was struck in the rear by a commercial box truck around 3 pm at the intersection of the northbound frontage road of SH 161 and Trinity Boulevard.
|Grand Prairie Arts Council's production of "Dreamgirls" ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Performances are set for:
The agreement requires Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to fund $294 million, NTTA to be responsible for road operations and maintenance. The agreement must still be approved by the Texas Transportation Commission.
Days and hours of voting:
This free event showcases over 30 local nonprofit organizations and the services they provide to benefit Grand Prairie.
Firefighters responded around 9:30 pm Sunday to 86 East Mountain Creak Lane on a report of a man unconscious in a house that was filled with gas.