Want to stay connected to Denton County? Watch for my column each month for updates and events happening in Precinct 3 and around the county.
Primary Vote March 6
Both the Republican and Democrat Primary Elections will take place on March 6. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Log onto our website at http://votedenton.com for your voter precinct and location information.
Lewisville Chamber Names Citizen of the Year
At the Lewisville Chamber of Commerce’s 55th Annual Awards Gala on Feb. 16, Lewisville Police Chief Russ Kerbow was named Citizen of the Year.
Each year the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes its members for the outstanding work they do in their business and in the community with awards for Citizen of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.
Kerbow’s career at the Lewisville Police Department started as a police officer from 1978 to 1983, then held the rank of sergeant from 1983 to 1991. Promoted to lieutenant in 1991, he served as patrol shift watch commander until 1997 and then commander of criminal investigations from 1997 to 2001. In 2001, he became a captain, then was named Chief of Police in 2007.
Lewisville Police Chief Russell Kerbow recently announced his upcoming retirement in August 2018 after serving the community for nearly 40 years. Chief Kerbow is a long-time member of the Lewisville Noon Rotary Club and also serves on the DATCU Board of Directors.
I want to congratulate Chief Kerbow on this well-deserved honor, and commend him on his decades of service to Lewisville.
Sheriff Tracy Murphree Updates Court
On Feb. 27, Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree provided a department update to Commissioners Court. He and his staff have implemented many changes over the past year, including the creation of an Internal Affairs Division, creation of a sex offender registration deputy position, and the creation of a community relations division. In addition, the department hosts the Citizens Police Academy, a Women’s Empowerment Program, and is working on implementing an Explorer program.
Over the past year, the Drug Enforcement Unit has confiscated 60,140 grams of cocaine, 27,504 grams of methamphetamines, 20,629 grams of marijuana, 16,713 grams of black tar heroin and 1,767 grams of white heroin. This equates to $7.2 million in total drugs seized, $2.4 million in currency seized, $422,000 worth of vehicles seized and $32,000 worth of weapons seized.
Denton County Reports Ninth Influenza-Associated Death
Denton County Public Health is reporting three additional adult influenza-associated deaths, totaling 12 influenza-associated deaths for the 2017-2018 flu season.
Flu season is not over yet. The flu continues to be a serious health threat, and as the number of influenza-associated deaths rises, DCPH continues to recommend preventive steps to protect the health of our communities.
First, get vaccinated. The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is to get an annual flu shot, and the flu vaccination is recommended for everyone six months and older.
Second, remember that antiviral medications are a second-line defense against the flu. If you are experiencing fever, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, muscle aches and headaches, visit your doctor immediately, and take antivirals if prescribed. These remedies can help you recover quicker and can potentially prevent you from being hospitalized with flu complications.
Finally, take everyday preventative actions to help stop the spread of germs. Cover your cough and sneeze, avoid people experiencing flu symptoms, stay home when you feel sick and wash your hands often. These steps will help prevent respiratory viruses, including influenza, respiratory syncytial virus and rhinovirus.
Weekly Denton County flu surveillance reports and additional information can be found at www.DentonCounty.com/flu. Visit www.cdc.gov/flu for details about symptoms, treatment, and prevention, and search www.vaccinefinder.org to find the nearest vaccine in your neighborhood.
Denton County Fun Fact
On Feb. 8, 1896, 122 years ago, the cornerstone was laid for the Courthouse-on-the-Square in Denton, and it’s still visible today!
Upcoming Community and Nonprofit Events:
Flower Mound Summit Club “Western Saloon & Casino Night” March 3
The Summit Club of Flower Mound presents the 2018 Western Saloon & Casino Night 7 to 11 p.m. March 3 at Circle R Ranch. This is a fantastic event provides a great way to give back to your community while having fun at the tables. Casino games include blackjack, roulette, slots, poker and of course, craps.
A Texas BBQ starts off the night, followed by dancing and live music by Terry & Friends. You’ll enjoy a live and silent auctions, as well, plus door prizes and raffles. Come join the fun! For more information log onto http://summitclub.org/.
Highland Village Rotary “Taste of the Village” March 23
The Highland Village Rotary Club is hosting its first ever “Taste of the Village” 6 to 9 p.m. March 23 at Briarwood Retreat Centre, 670 Copper Canyon Rd, Argyle, TX 76226.
The event is a gourmet food and drink tasting night featuring multiple food stations, two breweries, two wineries, two distilleries, a casino party and live music from Good Therapy. Tickets are $50 per person and sponsorship opportunities are still available.
Highland Village Rotary raises funds to benefit local non-profits, including Meals On Wheels, YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, Children’s Advocacy Center, Special Olympics, Fallen Officers Fund and many more.
Go to their web site for more information.
Highland Village Rotary is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Go to www.HVRotary.org for more information about the club and details on how to become a member.
Children’s Advocacy Center “Champions for Children” Gala March 24
The Children’s Advocacy Center “Champions for Children” Gala is 7 p.m. March 24 at Circle R Ranch. This event has become one of the region’s premier charity fundraisers and raises a huge portion of the money to help in the fight for healing and justice for the children in our community.
Since its inception, community leaders, local celebrities and up-and-coming regional chefs have joined forces through this event to fight child abuse in Denton County. Known for incredible decor and top-notch food, the formal event also features a silent auction and live auction and appetizers and desserts by local celebrity chefs.
For more information, log onto their website.
Cloud 9 Charities “Giving & Golf Tournament” April 2
Join Cloud 9 Charities for their fourth annual Giving & Golf Tournament at Lantana Golf Club April 2. Registration is at 8 a.m. and breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages, contests and prizes are just part of the fun.
Cloud 9 Charities hosts fundraising and awareness events that address the needs of local families by providing funding to established nonprofits, which has included Grace Like Rain, Ally’s Wish, Special Abilities of North Texas, and Communities in Schools of North Texas, just to name a few.
Go to their event page for information and tickets.
Flower Mound Chamber 29th Annual Golf Tournament April 4
Golf season is just around the corner and there are lots of opportunities to play golf for a good cause. The Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce is hosting their 29th annual Golf Tournament on April 4 at Bridlewood Golf Club.
Registration and the putting contest begins at 11 a.m. and the driving range opens at 11:30 a.m. After lunch and the putting contest, the shotgun start is at 1 p.m., and an awards dinner follows the afternoon of golf.
Women of Flower Mound Spring Fling Fashion Show April 14
On April 14, the Women of Flower Mound are partnering with The Shops at Highland Village for their most popular FUNdraiser of the year. Stop by from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to see the latest women’s, men’s and children’s spring fashions provided by The Shops of Highland Village merchants.
In addition, attendees will sample menu items in our “Taste of the Shops” and enjoy a scrumptious dessert table. A Gift Basket fundraiser will give attendees the opportunity to take home beautifully themed gift baskets, as well. With more than 30 themed baskets, there’s something for everyone.
Guests will also receive Shops goodie bags filled with samples, coupons and exclusive offers, and participating Shops merchants will offer specials for Spring Fling attendees to enjoy after the show. This event is open to members, non-members, friends and family, and RSVP’s are open now. Just log on for tickets and information.
Did You Know?
The Denton County Fire Marshal’s Office and Office of Emergency Management, headed by Fire Marshal Jody Gonzales, provides for, supervises, supports and trains all Fire and EMS departments within unincorporated Denton County. They also focus on providing for the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Denton County in accordance with the Texas Local Government Code, county policy and sound emergency management practices.
The department administers Denton County Alert, an emergency notification system you can sign up for to receive timely and critical messages to your choice of communication method, including landline, cellular, text, email and TTY devices.
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