Irving to enforce Stage 2 watering restrictions starting today

  (Irving) City of Irving officials announced that beginning Thursday, Aug. 11, mandatory watering restrictions will be enforced as part of Stage 2 of its Drought Contingency Plan.   Irving residents and businesses may not water more than twice per week on designated days, as follows: Even-numbered addresses (those ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) may […]

Free legal advice at Ask-a-Lawyer event

(Irving) Come to the Irving Central Library at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 to take advantage of free legal advice. It’s part of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Ask-A-Lawyer community service program.  Attendees whose questions require in-depth expertise or more than 15 minutes response time may be referred to the Dallas Bar Association for additional assistance. The […]

Big prizes in store at Lions Club Texas Hold’em tournament

(Royse City) The Royse City Lions Club hosts its biggest fundraiser of the year as they present the charity Texas Hold’em Tournament from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 at Luigi’s Italian Cafe, 220 E. Main St. in Royse City. Players can reserve a seat for $35, which includes dinner (salad, choice of one of two italian dinners, and drink), […]

Heath to initiate Stage 2 water conservation measures

(Heath) The Heath City Council will review mandatory Stage 2 Water Conservation measures during the Tuesday, Aug. 16 council meeting and is expected to initiate the requirements on Friday, Aug. 19.  Under Stage 2, the city will accelerate efforts to reduce water use in the community by five percent. The implementation of Stage 2 comes at […]

Extreme heat affects FM 740 expansion project

(Heath) Due to extreme heat conditions, the northern section of the FM 740 road expansion project has experienced construction delays. Concrete cannot be poured above a determined temperature and still meet Texas Department of Transportation standards. As a result, the contractor for this project – Ed Bell Construction Company – requested and received a temporary […]

Chicks keep cool during Dallas heatwave

In Wylie, these chicks sought relief in the swimming pool.   Thanks to a forum post at, we also tried this tip for helping backyard chickens survive the heat: create a make-shift air conditioner for the coop.   Construct the A/C unit out of a light-colored, rectangular, plastic trash can. Lay the trash can on its side, preferably […]

Register now for ESL, GED, citizenship preparation

Reading For Adults changes the world, one word at a time…(Rockwall) Registration is underway throughout August for the Rockwall County Library Reading For Adult program. With an anticipated student body of nearly 300 adults, the RFA is planning for another exciting year of community education. The Rockwall County Library RFA program provides free educational support […]

Wonderful learning experience, taught by unbelievable community

This weekend, my 11-year-old granddaughter, Molly Kate, and I took advantage of some of the tremendous opportunities offered in Rockwall.  On Friday night, we were welcomed by The First United Methodist Church to enjoy  “The Music Man” – produced, directed, costumed, decorated and acted by their talented youth and adult membership. I was pleased that […]

Wylie Wal-Mart takes dramatic steps to conserve energy

With Dallas under an excessive heat warning through 9 p.m. Thursday, Wal-Mart on Highway 78 in Wylie took extraordinary measures this evening to help conserve energy and keep refrigerated foods cold. At first shoppers weren’t sure what to make of the blue,  polyethylene tarps that hung in make-shift fashion over the refrigerated shelves of milk, eggs […]

Shelter pets feelin’ groovy with new promotion

The Rockwall Animal Adoption Center has a groovy thing going during August.   Rockwall Pets is sponsoring the “Summer of Love: 60s Power!” pet adoption promotion. The Rockwall shelter is lowering the adoption fee by $60 for any pet who has spent 60 days or longer at the facility.   That means the adoption fee […]