Dallas County Offers Free Back to School Immunizations
United Realty & Associates opens office in downtown area
|Chris Brickman (center) owner of Runited Realty & Associates cuts the ribbon for the realtor's new office located in historic downtown Grand Prairie. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Members of the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce Branding Irons hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome United Realty & Associates to downtown Grand Prairie.
The full service real estate firm located at 111 West Main opened its office in the recently renovated historic downtown area.
Police seek robbery suspect
Grand Prairie police seek the public's help identifying two robbery suspects.
On July 15th at around 10:05pm, two suspects entered a convenience store in the 3500 block of South Carrier Parkway. The suspects attempted to purchase beer but could not produce valid identification.
July 22, 2014
Theater Dance Day - summer camp performers at the Uptown Theater
|Summer campers from the Dalworth Recreation Center perform at Theater Dance Day at the Uptown Theater. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
About 150 Summer Campers, ages 6-15, took the stage Tuesday at the Uptown Theater for Theater Dance Day.
Theater Dance Day is part of a six week Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation summer camp initiative focused on theater, dance, and fitness.
Tip a Cop July 24 at Texas Roadhouse for Special Olympics
July 21, 2014
Three injured in two alarm apartment fire
|Grand Prairie firefighters fight a two alarm fire at an apartment complex in the 300 block of Renfro Street. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Three people had to be transported to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation after a fire Sunday night at an apartment complex in the 300 block of Renfro Street.
The fire that broke out around 9:30 pm went to two alarms and heavily damaged two units.
July 18, 2014
School Board discusses using Lamar Elementary to house undocumented children
Photos by Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - © 2014
It was standing room only at Thursday's Grand Prairie ISD School Board meeting to hear the presentation about the federal government's plan to temporarily use vacant Lamar Elementary as a short term shelter for unaccompanied children that have crossed the border.
Dr. Vern Alexander and Dr. Jerry Hunkapiller stated that the building was in need of repairs that would take some time to make before children could be housed in the building. The cost of these repairs and upgrades along with operating expenses would be covered by federal funds.
July 15, 2014
Notice of Public Hearing on Interstate 30 Improvements
Click on Public Hearing to view larger version of Public Notice.
July 14, 2014
Lions Club to host benefit car show on July 19
The Grand Prairie Host Lions Club, in conjunction with Grand Bank of Texas, Garden Ridge and Mustang Sally’s Productions, will be hosting the 2nd annual Grand Prairie Lions Classic Car Show on Saturday, July 19, 2014.
The event will be a full class show with awards given in 27 different classes, including “Best of Show”. Proceeds will benefit The Texas Lions Camp, a summer camp for handicapped, diabetic and children with Down syndrome.
July 11, 2014
Texas Family Musicals opens summer season with "The Roy Orbison Experience"
|Chris Trimboli as Roy Orbison in Texas Family Musical's "The Roy Orbison Experience" at the Uptown Theater. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Texas Family Musicals opened its 2014 Summer Season Friday night at the Uptown Theater with a celebration of the music of Roy Orbison.
The Roy Orbison Experience features Chris Trimboli as Roy Orbison, the legendary rock and roll artist from Wink, Texas. He is joined by a spectacular cast of singers and dancers. U
One killed in traffic accident on North Carrier Parkway
|Photo by Grand Prairie Police|
A Grand Prairie man is dead after a traffic collision that occurred at about 12:48 pm Friday at the intersection of North Carrier Parkway and Highway 161 frontage road.
Police said Benny Torres, 27, was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze in a southeasterly direction on Carrier Parkway when he ran the red light at the northbound frontage road of Highway 161. A 1994 Isuzu box truck that was on the frontage road entered the intersection and collided into the passenger side of the Chevrolet.
July 10, 2014
Dallas man dies from injuries after motorcycle crash on Tuesday
Police said Francisco Moreno, 47, was riding a 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle eastbound when he collided with the back of trailer being pulled by a pickup. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Grand Opening for Golden Chick on Carrier Parkway
|Jennifer DeBaun (center), co-owner, cuts the ribbon at Thursday's ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce Branding Irons at Golden Chick restaurant's grand opening. Bob Fitch Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
The Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce Branding Irons hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of Golden Chick's newest restaurant located at 900 South Carrier Parkway.
July 09, 2014
School district's statement on Lamar Elementary School as possible shelter for unaccompanied children
As you may have heard, the Grand Prairie ISD was contacted by officials in Dallas County and asked about using the former Lamar Elementary School (and former AEP) as a possible shelter-in-place for children who are currently in South Texas in make-shift shelters. We are currently on a short list of potential sites to be used and no final decision has been made.
Dubiski Career High School Receives $10,000 National Grand Prize for Act Out Loud Teen Safe Driving Campaign
More than 200 schools participated in this year's event by designing a t-shirt, poster and hosting a teen safe driving rally. The schools were judged on student involvement, strength of teen safe driving messages, creativity of activities, and community and school administration involvement.
July 07, 2014
Message from Mayor Ron Jensen about shelter for unaccompanied children at Lamar School
July 04, 2014
Grand Prairie school possible site to house immigrant children
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced the selections but said nothing has been decided and the list could change. He said the county would like to hear from the community before a final selection is made. Jenkins can be reached at 214-653-7949.
Governor Perry appoints Dr. Hull to State Board for Educator Certification
July 02, 2014
Police search for murder suspect
Billy Wayne Jarrett
Update 7/5/2014: Just after noon, a citizen spotted the suspect near the 1500 block of North Belt Line and called police. Jarrett was arrested without incident. He is charged with murder and held on a $100,000 bond.
At approximately 1:10 am, Wednesday morning, police responded to a stabbing in the 1500 block of North Belt Line Road.
Police found an unresponsive male with a stab wound in the chest lying in the roadway.
The victim was transported to Dallas Methodist Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Based on evidence collected at the scene and witness statements, detectives obtained a murder arrest warrant for Billy Wayne Jarrett.
Police describe Jarrett as:
June 30, 2014
High School singing duo reunite for performance at The Uptown
|Grand Prairie High School Alumni and former singing partners Michael Smith and Dahn Keith Scott reunite for "A Trip Back Home" concert Monday night at The Uptown Theater's Graff Chevrolet Ultra Lounge. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
After 35 years, Grand Prairie High School Alumni and singing duo Dahn Keith Scott and Michael Smith reunited Monday night for a concert at The Uptown Theater.
The two began singing and writing songs together while still in high school. After graduation in 1978, they entertained at upscale restaurants and hotels around the Dallas area for almost 2 years.
Dallas Children's Charities makes donation to Children First Counseling Center
|Hallie Brady, Natasha Alexander, Roy Whitfill, Steven Howard, Richard Whitman and Darcy Harris. Submitted photo|
By Richard Whitman - Dallas Children's Charities
On June 26, Dallas Children’s Charities made a donation to Children First Counseling Center. The donation is to provide continued funding to the Play Therapy Center and related program.
Children First provides mental health services for children and adolescents who have been victimized by abuse and/or neglect.
June 25, 2014
Police announce enhanced DWI enforcement for 4th of July
The Grand Prairie Police Department, with funding from the Texas Department of Transportation, will have additional officers looking for intoxicated drivers starting Friday, June 27th and going through Monday, July 7th.
Grand Prairie Police and TxDOT encourage citizens to make responsible decisions. Make a plan to stay where you are, designate a driver or call a cab.
June 24, 2014
Advantage Academy becomes one of the first charter schools in Texas to access Permanent School Fund guarantee
Eagle Advantage Schools, Inc., a 501©3 non-profit organization which operates Advantage Academy and its three public charter school sites, has become one of the first in Texas to access the Permanent School Fund (PSF) guarantee. Advantage Academy currently has over 1,700 students enrolled in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Permanent School Fund operated by the Texas Education Agency guarantees bond issues to Texas public schools, allowing districts to borrow at a substantially lower interest rate. The PSF guarantee was previously reserved for traditional public schools only.
June 21, 2014
Grand Prairie Wellness Center to Close
After serving almost 50,000 patients and providing about $7.9 Million dollars in services since 2001, the Grand Prairie Wellness Center plans to close its doors at the end of June 2014. The center provided free medical and low-cost dental services to low-income families, many who walked to the clinic for service.
“The Wellness Center has been financially stressed for some time now due to the loss of three large grants and bleak prospects for replacing them or even growing our income,” Chuck Poffenbarger, Board President, said. “At a Board of Directors Special Meeting Tuesday night, June 17, the board concluded that we are no longer a financially viable organization and should terminate patient services at the end of this month, June 30th.”
June 18, 2014
Fallen Grand Prairie police officer remembered at 10th anniversary memorial service
|Denise and Erin Hunter, wife and daughter of slain Grand Prairie police officer Sergeant Gregory Hunter, release a white dove at Wednesday's memorial service marking ten years since Sergeant Hunter was slain at the Walmart parking lot. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2010|
Hundreds of police officers, firefighters, Walmart employees and local citizens gathered Wednesday morning at the time and spot, ten years ago, that Sergeant Gregory L. Hunter was gunned down.
For many, it brought back vivid memories of the day in 2004 that the highly decorated officer, devoted husband, father and Christian was killed protecting the citizens of Grand Prairie.
June 17, 2014
Mrs. Ruthe’s Fig and Fudge Fest at Grand Prairie Farmers Market
|File photo ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2010|
Press Release/City of Grand Prairie
The Grand Prairie Farmers Market, 120 W. Main St., is gettin’ figgy with it for the inaugural Mrs. Ruthe’s Fig and Fudge Fest on Saturday, July 26 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The city lost its legendary Grand Dame and Mayor Pro Tem Mrs. Ruthe Jackson at age 92 last year. Mrs. Ruthe loved picking figs from her mother’s trees and ate chocolate fudge every chance she got. This festival will celebrate her life of service.
June 16, 2014
New sculpture welcomes visitors to Lake Parks area
|A crane lowers a bronze sculpture on to its display at Mildred Walker and State Highway 360. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Thanks to the generous donation from the Grand Prairie Sports Facilities Development Corporation, a new seven foot bronze sculpture was installed Monday at the intersection of Mildred Walker Parkway and State Highway 360.
The sculpture is part of a Gateway and Streetscaping project that welcomes people to the Lake Parks area.
June 14, 2014
Hot Rods and motorcycles fill Market Square
|Some of the more than 70 cars and bikes that lined the streets around Market Square for the 6th annual Car & Bike Show. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
More than 70 hot rods, custom and antique cars along with a variety of motorcycles of all types filled the streets and parking lots around Market Square Saturday for the 6th annual Car and Bike show.
The large crowd got an up close look at fine craftsmanship of the cars and bikes then voted for their favorites.
June 13, 2014
Get fit GP to host ‘guys night out’ at QuikTrip Park June 17
Anyone (not only the guys) with a Get Fit GP voucher will receive a free ticket to the game, redeemable at QuikTrip Park, 1600 Lone Star Parkway. Pick up a voucher at any of the following locations (or print voucher from www.gptx.org/GetFitGP):
Chamber welcomes new member at ribbon cutting
|Linda Ness (center) with Rainwater Business Advisors at Friday's ribbon cutting ceremony at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce office. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
A ribbon cutting ceremony welcoming Rainwater Business Advisors to the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce was held Friday after the monthly Coffee Cup Connection meeting at the Chamber office.
Rainwater is a mergers and acquisitions firm that serves and advises business owners on selling their companies for the maximum amount, while minimizing risk and tax implications.
June 12, 2014
Arts Council's summer musical "Hello Dolly!" opens Friday at the Uptown Theater
|©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Hello Dolly’s opening on Broadway. To honor this landmark musical, the Grand Prairie Arts Council, celebrating its 35th anniversary, made Hello Dolly! its 2014 Summer Musical, opening on Friday at the Uptown Theater.
Performances at set for June 13-14 and 20-21 at 8:00 pm; June 14-15 and 21-22 at 2:00 pm at the Uptown Theater, 120 East Main Street, Grand Prairie, 75050. Tickets are $11, $17 and $22 with discounts for groups of 10 or more. Purchase tickets available online: www.artsgp.org, or call the Uptown Box Office: 972-237-8786.
June 11, 2014
Threat of severe weather on Thursday
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth advised there is a significant chance of severe weather across parts of North Texas on Thursday.
A cold front will move through the area during peak heating which will lead to a very unstable atmosphere. Thunderstorms are expected to develop along and ahead of the front and quickly become severe.
June 10, 2014
School district offers free summer meals program
Chamber of Commerce spotlights two businesses
Golden Chick in Grand Prairie joined the Chamber May 21, 2014. Golden Chick is a fast-food restaurant serving golden fried chicken to over 120 stores. Golden Chick opened a new location in Grand Prairie to serve our community their delicious fried chicken at the beginning of 2014. For your catering needs contact Store Owner Jennifer DeBaun, email@example.com or call (214) 924-4817. Or for lunch stop by 900 S. Carrier Pkwy in Grand Prairie.
June 09, 2014
High school singing duo to reunite after 35 years for a performance at the Uptown Theater
|Dahn and Michael in 1978 promotional photo|
Grand Prairie High School 1978 alumni and singing duo Dahn Keith and Michael Smith, will reunite after a 35 years for an evening of music on June 30 at the historic Uptown Theater.
Michael and Dahn began singing and writing songs together while still in high school.
June 07, 2014
Crawfish Boil at the Farmers Market
|Dustin Clement owner of Heads and Tails Crawfish checks some of the 800 pounds of crawfish he cooked for the annual Crawfish Boill at the Farmers Market. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
A Saturday's Crawfish Boil at Farmers Market more than 800 pounds of boiled crawfish, 200 pounds of potatoes and 800 ears of corn was served to the hundreds of visitors.
The festival included a beer garden, live music by the band Crawfish and plenty of free fun for the youngsters.
One killed in fiery crash on South Belt Line
|One person killed in fiery crash in the 1700 block of South Belt Line. Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Update 6/10/2014: Police identified the victim as Adrian Rosales, 20, of Grand Prairie.
One person was killed Saturday morning in a fiery crash in the 1700 block of South Belt Line.
Police said the accident occurred at about 10 am when a car traveling southbound at a high rate of speed swerved to avoid a car that was trying to pull out of Kingston onto South Belt Line.
June 06, 2014
"Our Town" photography show at the Uptwon
|Michelle Tilley talks with Nancy Boone about her photograph in the National Endowment for the Arts "Our Town Photography Show." ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Friday night, the Uptown Theater hosted the "Our Town Photography Show" featuring photographs by participants in the city's "Weed and Seed" Program.
Assisted by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, the City of Grand Prairie and several local sponsors, the ten participants got cameras, lessons in art, photography and learned how to mat and frame photographs.
Suspect in police officer shooting faces attempted murder charge
Andre Darnell Hall
Andre Darnell Hall, 35, is being held in the Arlington jail. Bond has not yet been set.
The Grand Prairie officer, a member of the SWAT, was shot in the arm while serving a narcotics search warrant at the Forest Ridge Apartments, 2508 Forest Point Drive, in Arlington.
Injuries to the officer were non-life threatening.
Police officer shot serving search warrant
|Police outside of unit at the Forest Ridge Apartments in Arlington after a Grand Prairie police officer was shot serving a warrant. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
A member of the police SWAT team was shot Thursday night while serving a narcotics search warrant in Arlington.
Police spokesman Detective Mark Beseda said the SWAT team was serving the warrant around 9:30 pm at the Forest Ridge Apartments, 2508 Forest Point Dr.
As officers made entry into an apartment unit, the suspect opened fire, striking the officer in the hand.
June 05, 2014
Principal makes good on promise to students, eats worms
|Dickinson Elementary School Principal Julio Toro eats fried worms to make good on a promise to students that reached an advanced level on the STAAR assessment. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
On Thursday, Julio Toro, Principal at Dickinson Elementary and Christi Harris, Assistant Principal, made good on their promise to eat worms if students scored an advanced level in two or more categories of the STAAR assessment.
Fifty-two students in the third, fourth and fifth grade achieved advanced levels on the assessment. They assembled in the computer lab where Mr. Toro had a deep fryer setup along with worms ready for frying.
June 04, 2014
Second suspect in last week's cell phone robberies surrenders to police
|Robert Mungia||Johnathan Walton|
Tuesday morning, Johnathan Walton, 17, wanted in connection with last week's cell phone robberies, surrendered to police.
On May 27, police were investigating the cell phone robberies of two individuals when an off-duty officer in his marked take home vehicle spotted the suspect's car. When the officer tried to stop it, the suspects fled, leading police on a chase through neighborhood street.
June 03, 2014
Grand Prairie first graders given free dental kits by local Masons
All first graders at eight Grand Prairie elementary schools recently received free prevent tooth decay kits through the Fantastic Teeth Fan Club. Jimmy Emmons led members of Thomas B. Hunter Masonic Lodge, Mountain Creek Masonic Lodge, and Sam R. Hamilton Masonic Lodge in assembling and delivering 877 kits to the schools.
The Fantastic Teeth Fan Club, sponsored by Masonic Home and School of Texas, strives to prevent suffering from toothaches, reduce missed school days due to dental problems, and cut costs for dental treatment.
June 02, 2014
Crawfish Boil at Farmers Market on June 7
Roy Orbison Experience opens July 11 at the Uptown
May 29, 2014
Grand Prairie Pushups for Charity fundraiser to support our troops
Participants at Pushups for Charity raise money by completing as many pushups as possible in 90 seconds. The Grand Prairie PUC has set a goal of raising $2,500 and completing 10,000 pushups.
Go to http://www.crowdrise.com/grandprairiepuc to join the Grand Prairie Pushups for Charity team.
May 28, 2014
UT Arlington teams with GPISD to pave way for more students to earn college degrees
|UT Arlington President Vistasp M. Karbhari speaks at Tuesday's press conference announcing a partnership between the Grand Prairie Independent School District and UTA. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Press Release: University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington announced Tuesday a new partnerships with the Grand Prairie Independent School Districts for a significant expansion of Bound for Success, the early admissions initiative aimed at increasing the number of high school students who earn a college degree.
The collaborative program provides high-achieving students deferred, unconditional admission provided they graduate with a recognized college preparatory diploma and satisfy the Texas Success Initiatives requirements.
Three in custody after armed robberies, police search for fourth suspect
|Officer Richard Gambino takes an armed robbery suspect into custody in the 2000 block of South Belt Line. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Police have two juvenile females, one adult male in custody and are still searching for another male, all suspects in two armed robberies that occurred Tuesday evening.
The first robbery occurred around 6:20 pm at the Barbara Bush Elementary School, 511 East Springdale. An individual walking in the neighborhood had their cell phone stolen at gun point.
The victim gave dispatchers a description of the suspects and their vehicle, a white Lexus with a black rear bumper.
May 26, 2014
One dead after watercraft accident on Joe Pool Lake
Assistant Fire Chief Bill Murphy said two couples were riding their personal watercrafts when one collided broadside with the other, striking the driver.
The collision was witnessed by an off duty Dallas firefighter who was boating with his family. The firefighter pulled the unresponsive victim from the water, administered CPR while his wife drove the boat to shore where they were met by Grand Prairie paramedics.
May 25, 2014
Chance of rain the next 5 to 7 days
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth said a slow moving upper level low will bring chances of showers and thunderstorms to Grand Prairie for the next 5 to 7 days.
Locally heavy rain is possible which may result in flooding or flash flooding.
May 24, 2014
"There Will Be No Sad Songs" the last concert of Hank Williams
|Kevin Kratzke as Hank Williams in the Texas Family Musicals production of There Will Be No Sad Songs. ©Bob Fitch/Grandf Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Texas Family Musicals recreated the final concert of country music icon Hank Williams with its production of There will be No Sad Songs that played Friday and Saturday at the Uptown Theater..
Starring Kevin Kratzke, No Sad Songs began with Willimam's struggling in his final performance on December 16, 1952 at the Austin Skyline Club. The concert lasted on 22 minutes.
May 21, 2014
Magician, entertainer David Hira delivers motivational message to Chamber of Commerce
|Magician, entertainer, motivational speaker David Hira speaks at Wednesday's Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
David Hira, entertainer, magician and motivational speaker, was the keynote speaker at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon held Wednesday at the Ruthe Jackson Center.
Hira, a successful entrepreneur and nationally recognized foreign trade expert, entertained the large crowd as he delivered an inspirational message about building strong teams of diverse people and looking "outside of the box."
Postal Service warns customers of fraud attempt
Recently, the Postal Inspection Service has received complaints from individuals nationwide related to fraudulent emails and phone calls. The caller is stating a package that was unable to be delivered. These emails and phone calls are attempting to gather personal identifying information.
The email, which claims to be from the US Postal Service, includes a message related to an attempted or intercepted package delivery. The customer is told to click the link or open an attachment then print the label.
May 20, 2014
Jorja Clemson, Jeff Copeland and Lila Thorn sworn in to City Council
|Council members Jorja Clemson, Jeff Copeland and Lila Thorn are sworn in at Tuesday's City Council Meeting.©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
|Mayor Ron Jensen honors Grand Prairie Police Officer Mark Calvert for his work with Santa Cop. Officer Calvert retires at the end of May. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
City to host Memorial Day Service
40-year-old man killed in motorcycle crash on Carrier Parkway
Police said at about 8:35 pm Michael Steven Holmes, 40, of Grand Prairie was riding a 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle southbound on Carrier. He lost control of the motorcycle, colliding with a 2008 Honda turning onto Desco from Carrier.
Arts Council's Annual Summer Musical and 35th Anniversary Celebration
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Hello, Dolly’s opening on Broadway at the St. James Theatre, and the Grand Prairie Arts Council proudly honors this landmark musical by making part of our 35th Anniversary Season, as our 2014 Summer Musical.
May 18, 2014
Run for the Wall riders stop at Dubiski High
|Junior ROTC Cadets salute a veteran that took part in the Run for the Wall motorcycle ride that stopped at Dubiski Career High Saturday. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Hundreds of motorcycle riders with the Run for the Wall, rumbled into Grand Prairie Saturday for a stop along their way to Washington DC. The ride began Wednesday in Rancho Cucamonga, California and concludes on May 23 in Washington DC. There, the riders will take part in Memorial Day services and visit the Vietnam Wall.
The annual motorcycle ride's mission is to promote healing among all veterans and their families and friends, to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action, to honor the memory of those Killed in Action from all wars, and to support our military personnel all over the world.
May 16, 2014
Volunteers build learning garden at Lee Elementary
|Volunteers work to construct an outside learning garden at Lee Elementary ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
About fifty employees of Sabre, a global technology company, along with teachers, students and volunteers from the community, partnered with REAL School Gardens Friday to construct a learning garden at Lee Elementary School.
Police Memorial Service to honor fallen officer
|©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
On Thursday, the Grand Prairie Police Department held its annual Police Memorial Service on the steps of the Public Safety Building to honor those officers that have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Grand Prairie has lost two officers, Lyndon F. King was killed by a drunk driver in 1982 and Sergeant Gregory L. Hunter gunned down in 2004.
May 14, 2014
Dallas County Health and Human Services to test students at South Grand Prairie High School for tuberculosis
After contacted by DCHHS, Grand Prairie ISD sent a letter to parents saying that although it is not a confirmed case of TB, the student is being kept home as a precaution. The school district is currently working with DCHHS to ensure necessary measures and precautions are taken.
May 13, 2014
South Grand Prairie High School Ballet Folklorico performs at the Walt Disney World Resort
|Photo by The Walt Disney Company|
Press Release: The Walt Disney Company
The South Grand Prairie High School Ballet Folklorico members became stars of their own Disney show on May 11, 2014 when they entertained guests at Waterside Stage in Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort. They traveled over 1,100 miles from Grand Prairie, Texas to take part in the Disney Performing Arts Program.
May 12, 2014
Stormy Monday possible
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth said it could be a stormy Monday as a strong cold front moves through the area.
A solid line of thunderstorms is expected to develop and intensify along the cold front by this afternoon. This activity will gradually move southeast through the area this evening.
Blues at the Uptown hosted by radio station KNON
|Eric Knudson performs at the Blues at the Uptown hosted by radio station KNON. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Radio station KNON and Number Juan Tequila brought Blues at the Uptown Theater Saturday night. The free concert featured Carolyn Wonderland, Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King, and EKG.
Prior to the concert, fajitas from Los Lupes were sold in the lobby to raise money for the not for profit radio station.
May 11, 2014
Soroptimist International honors Girl of the Year winners
|©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
DeSoto man drowns at Joe Pool Lake
May 10, 2014
Election results - sales tax for recreation center and water park wins
Proposition 1 - Sales tax for recreation center and water park
For - 3.465
Against - 1,190
Cooler with a good chance of rain next week
An unusually strong cold front and a slow moving upper level storm system will affect Grand Prairie early next week.
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth said the system will bring another very good chance of widespread beneficial rainfall along with much cooler temperatures.
The best chances of rain and thunderstorms will occur when the front moves through the area on Monday and Monday night. The rain chances will continue into Tuesday with much cooler temperatures in the 50s and 60s.
May 08, 2014
Dedication Ceremony for Lorenzo de Zavala Environmental Science Academy
|Nancy McGee, Grand Prairie ISD's English Language Arts Facilitator, world recognized explorer and underwater filmmaker, speaks at Thursday's Lorenzo de Zavala Environmental Science Academy dedication. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Grand Prairie ISD held a dedication ceremony Thursday for the Lorenzo de Zavala Environmental Science Academy that opened this school year.
The building that is environmentally focused features:
Chamber of Commerce hosts ribbon cutting for new neighborhood market
|Margaret Diggs, owner of Lakeridge Neighborhood Market, cuts the ribbon at a ceremony hosted by the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce Branding Irons. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Members of the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce Branding Irons hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Lakeridge Neighborhood Market, 5145 Lakeridge Parkway.
Owner Margaret Diggs said the market stocks items to meet the diversity of the neighborhood. The store carries specialty items for a wide range of ethnic food from African to Asian.
May 07, 2014
Police nab burglary suspect after lengthy manhunt
|Detectives search the vehicle of a suspected burglar that fled from police. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
It was an alert police officer that noticed a broken window to house in the 800 block of Robinson Court that led to the capture of burglary suspect Wednesday afternoon ending a nearly two hour manhunt after the suspect fled from police.
The incident began around 12:20 pm when a officer tried to stop a black Chevrolet Impala for a minor traffic violation. The vehicle fled with the officer in pursuit.
Dubiski Senior awarded National Merit Scholarship
Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that Paul H. Nguyen, a Senior at John A. Dubiski Career High School, as a winner of one of this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarships.
The $2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.
Schools Receive $520,000 from Texas Trust just by using a debit card
Press Release - Texas Trust Credit Union
Texas Trust Credit Union's Spirit Debit Reward program has generated more than a half million dollars for local schools.
From August 2011 through the end of March 2014, schools in the Grand Prairie, Mansfield, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Athens school districts received $520,213 from Texas Trust. Since the beginning of this year, Texas Trust has donated more than $25,000 a month to participating schools.
Each school has a custom-designed debit card. Schools receive 15 cents each time their school Spirit Debit Reward card is used to make a purchase. Within the five school districts, there are14 high schools, two administration offices, and one education foundation participating in the program.
May 05, 2014
Three in custody after theft, pursuit
Police were called to the store around 3:50 pm concerning four suspicious persons believed stealing power tools.
When police arrived, the suspects fled from the parking lot in a pickup truck.
May 04, 2014
Chance of heavy rain and storms later this week
A large upper level system will move from the Rockies to over the Plains by the end of the week that will bring a chance of severe weather to parts of north and central Texas Thursday and Friday.
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth said computer models differ on the timing and strength of the system, but overall there is the potential for severe storms with locally heavy rainfall due to abundant Gulf moisture. Rainfall amounts could range from between one half to 2 inches, with locally higher amounts possible.
May 03, 2014
Four Performances of Disney's "Little Mermaid" at Uptown on Sunday
|©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
The Dallas Summer Musical (DSM) Academy of Performing Arts is presenting four performances of Disney's Little Mermaid Sunday at the Uptown Theater.
There is no cost for admission. Performance times are: 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm and 3:30 pm.
27th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration
|© Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
The Cinco de Mayo committee in conjunction with the Grand Prairie ISD, City of Grand Prairie, and other community businesses and organizations put together the city's 27th Annual Cinco de Mayo celebration that was held Satuday in the downtown area.
A parade that lasted nearly two hours, kicked off the all day celebration that featured free entertainment, arts and crafts, Tex-Mex festival foods, bounce houses and much more.
May 01, 2014
There Will Be No Sad Songs at the Grand Prairie Uptown Theater
|Kevin Kratzke as Hank Williams in Texas Family Musicals' "There'll be no Sad Songs". © 2012- Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter|
Press Release - Texas Family Musicals
The 314 people who crowded into the popular Austin Skyline Club on December 16, 1952 were totally unaware that they were watching the last concert of the legendary country music icon, Hank Williams.
This historical concert comes back to life at the Grand Prairie Uptown Theater in There Will Be No Sad Songs Friday, May 23, produced by the Texas Family Musicals starring popular singer/actor Kevin Kratzke. Although he is best known for his expert portrayal of Buddy Holly in the long running production of The Night the Music Died, he thrilled the audience as he played Hank Williams in theaters around the country in 2011. The show will play just one weekend Friday and Saturday at the beautiful Uptown Theater. There are 7:30 p.m. evening performances on Friday and Saturday with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Saturday.
Four Scouts in Troop 498 achieve Eagle award
|(L-R), Aaron Vu, Charlie White, Timmy Stuard, and Houston Miller received Eagle Scout awards.|
By Judy White
Grand Prairie Boy Scout Troop 498, chartered by The Woods United Methodist Church, is pleased to announce that four of its members have achieved the Eagle Award, the highest honor that can be achieved by a Boy Scout. The four were recognized in a formal Eagle Court of Honor on Monday, April 28, followed by a reception including a video of their Scouting experiences and displays of their achievements. All four boys received final approval for the honor in December, and are members of the H. Ross Perot, Jr. Eagle Class of 2013. All are also members of the Order of the Arrow Brotherhood, Scouting’s National Honor Society.
Prayer at the Bell held at City Hall Plaza
|Pastor Joseph Trinh prays during the National Day of Prayer held at the City Hall Plaza. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
For the first time, the city's Prayer at the Bell in honor of National Day of Prayer was held without the leadership of Ruthe Jackson. Instead, Council Member Jorja Jackson Clemson took over the prayer vigil for her prayer warrior mother who died last year.
Police investigate attempted abduction of a student near Bardin and Robinson Road
The male told the student to get inside of the truck. The student acted properly and fled from the man.
April 30, 2014
First Baptist Church to hold moving sale
The hours on Thursday and Friday are 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Items for sale include children’s toys, books, teaching materials, furniture and many other items. All items are priced to sell. All sales are cash and carry. All sales are final.
For more information, please call 972-262-5146.
Arson investigators search for suspects in string of fires set Wednesday morning
Assistant Fire Chief Bill Murphy said a witness reported seeing a suspicious person in the area of Travis Elementary School, 525 NE 15th, at about the time of the school's dumpster fire.
April 29, 2014
Dallas Children Charities becomes sponsor of Grand Prairie Youth Boxing Program
|Police Chief Steve Dye receives a check from Richard Whitman with Dallas Children Charities to help sponsor the Grand Prairie Youth Boxing Program. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Dallas Children Charities delivered a check to Police Chief Steve Dye on Tuesday to help sponsor the Grand Prairie Youth Boxing Program. To date, Dallas Children Charities has contributed $5,000 to sponsor the boxing program in 2014.
Texas Trust's VP of Mortgage Lending named top performing mortgage professional
For the third consecutive year, Richard Whitman, Vice President of Mortgage Lending at Texas Trust Credit Union, has been named a Five Star Mortgage Professional.
Whitman scored in the top one percent for client satisfaction among 15,700 licensed mortgage loan originators in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. The Five Star Professional award recognizes mortgage professionals based on an independent consumer satisfaction survey. More than 28,500 homebuyers who purchased homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth market between March 2013 and September 2013 were surveyed.
The 2014 award winners were selected based on feedback from buyers of homes worth $150,000 or more. Buyers rated mortgage professionals on key criteria such as integrity, negotiation, and closing preparation, and on whether they would highly recommend the professional to a friend or family member. Award recipients were required to have an active Texas license and no record of disciplinary action.
April 28, 2014
Community Dental Care opens clinic at E. Carlyle Smith, Jr. Health Center
|Mayor Ron Jensen and County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Community Dental Care Center at the E. Carlyle Smith,Jr. Health Center. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
Community Dental Care’s Grand Prairie Dental Center held its grand opening for the new state-of-the-art family dental center located at 801 Conover Drive inside the E. Carlyle Smith, Jr. Health Center, Parkland Health & Hospital System’s newest community-oriented primary care center.
April 27, 2014
Early voting, April 28 - May 6
Dates and times:
Monday, April 28, 2014 through Friday, May 02, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, May 03, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, May 04, 2014 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday, May 05, 2014 and Tuesday, May 06, 2014 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Motorcycle officers show off riding skills at competition
Photos by Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - © 2014
More than a hundred motorcycle officers spent nearly a week in Grand Prairie honing their skills and competing against one another at the JWA Spring Classic Police Motorcycle Skills and Competition held at the Home Depot's parking lot, 5280 South Highway 360.
Thousands visit 3rd Annual Main Street Festival
|Award winning Texas country musician Roger Creager closed out this year's Main Street Festival with a concert at the main stage. ©Bob Fitch/Grand Prairie Reporter - 2014|
More than eleven thousand visitors came to the downtown area for the 3rd Annual Main Street Festival held April 25-26.
Hosted by the Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation Department and sponsored by Texas Trust Credit Union, the two day festival featured performances by Roger Creager and Grammy-Award-Winning Los TexManiacs featuring Rick Trevino, Augie Meyers and Flaco Jimenez.
April 26, 2014
Driver arrested after fatal crash on I-30
Police said Amber Searcy was driving a 2004 Ford Taurus westbound on I-30 at about 2 am when she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the center barrier near Belt Line Road.
Searcy and two passengers exited the vehicle leaving the disabled vehicle parked in the inside lane of traffic without lights.