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Grapevine Police Locate SUV of Missing Woman

PRESS RELEASE

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Joyce Payne

Investigators have located the SUV belonging to a woman reported missing in Grapevine two weeks ago. After multiple searches throughout the city and lake area, a team using sonar equipment at Grapevine Lake identified a vehicle submerged nearly 400 feet from the shoreline. 

Dive teams confirmed that the make, model, and license plate number match the vehicle owned by 66-year-old Joyce Payne. Due to the depth of the SUV and murkiness of the water, police have not yet been able to confirm if Payne is inside the vehicle.  

Police and fire personnel will remain on scene until the SUV can be removed from the water.  Grapevine detectives are in contact with Payne’s family, and have made them aware of the vehicle’s discovery. The Payne family is asking for privacy at this time as they await more information.

Grapevine Police thank the public for helping search for Mrs. Payne.  Any updates on the case will be made after the vehicle is recovered.

Lockheed Martin Makes Students’ Designs to Life

POSTED BY: DFWNEWSFLASH

Fort Worth — Fort Worth ISD’s Western Hills High School’s STEM class received a surprise on Thursday, April 25, courtesy of Lockheed Martin.

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Photo: Stacey Doud

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) class has been designing 2-D models of innovative aircraft that may help solve practical problems which hamper hurricane and earthquake relief efforts.

Their classroom was secretly “renovated” for the day by Lockheed Martin, which provided equipment the students used to turn their 2-D designs into 3-D realities.

Read more from The Rambler…

Lane closures May 14-15 in Grapevine

NorthGate Constructors will conduct sewer line work this week from 6pm Tuesday, May 14 (tonight) until 12pm on Wednesday, May 15. This work is in coordination with the City and the following lane closures will be in place to accommodate this work:

  • Single right lane closed on northbound SH 26 at Bass Pro Drive. Two lanes will remain open.
  • Single right lane closed on eastbound Bass Pro Drive. One lane will remain open.
  • Full closure on westbound Prospect Way from SH 121 to Stone Myers Parkway. Two-way traffic will be maintained on eastbound Prospect Way.
  • Various lanes closed on north and southbound Stone Myers Parkway at Prospect Way. At least one lane will remain open in each direction.

Please note this work will not impact any utility services. However, you can expect additional truck traffic in these areas during this time.

What’s going on with the water towers?

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Photo: Stacey Doud

Citizens of Grapevine May have noticed that something is going on with the local water towers. The one located on Shady Brook Drive (next to the Public Works building) has been tented on and off for the past few weeks.

According to a spokesperson at Public Works, the activity is for resurfacing and repainting the towers.

“The weather has been bad, so they haven’t been able to get things done as quickly as we hoped,” she said.

She assures citizens that the work being done will have no effect on water quality or availability.

Soon, we will have newly painted water towers that will freshly represent the great City of Grapevine.

For more information, call Public Works at 817.410.3330 or visit them at 501 Shady Brook Dr.

National Police Week 2019

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Mayor Tate has declared this week (May 12 – 18) as Police Week and May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in Grapevine. Be sure to thank a police officer today!

Police Week Proclamation

Closures Due To High Lake Levels

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Meadowmere: Meadowmere Lane, Meadowmere Park, and Meadowmere boat ramp(s) are closed.

Lake Parks: Lakeview and Katie’s Woods Park are closed.

Boat Ramps: Katie’s Woods (high water) and Farris Branch boat ramps are open. All other boat ramps are closed.

Use extreme caution around the lake. Unseen debris and snakes may pose a threat to your safety.

Texas Artist Partners with Mother Nature, displays at Main Street Festival

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Does Texas possess the most beautiful rocks in the world? State recognized artist Bob Wolf thinks so. Armed with a saw, grinder, and his imagination, he cuts, grinds, and polishes semi-precious rock and sets each one into a custom jewelry setting. He, along with one hundred other artists, will be showing their art at this year’s 35th Annual Main Street Fest in Downtown Grapevine.     

“While painters use flat canvas, I use three-dimensional rock to produce pieces of art more beautiful than what I could make myself. Mother Nature is fun to work with,” says Wolf, whom the Texas Commission on the Arts has recognized twice as a State of Texas Artist finalist.

To bring out a stone’s best colors and patterns, slabs of rock are cut and then decisions are made on how to cut and shape the stone to best showcase what Mother Nature placed in the rock. Then a setting is custom made using silver and gold-filled wire. 

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Photo: Bob Wolf

Besides describing how he produces his work, visitors to Mr. Wolf’s booth can hold and see what Australian opal, Southwest raw turquoise, West Texas plume agate, and East Texas petrified palm wood look like before they are made into jewelry.

“For children, I have dinosaur bones and dinosaur coprolite to inspect with a magnifier.  When children learn what dinosaur coprolite is, they quickly return the specimens to the table,” says Mr. Wolf mischievously. [It’s fossilized dinosaur poop]

“This is our second appearance at Main Street Fest. Lots of good music, beverages, and food. We are looking forward to participating once again.”

This year’s 35th Annual Main Street Fest will be held in downtown Grapevine from Friday, May 17 from 10 am to 11:30 pm; Saturday May 18th from 10 am to 11:30 pm; and Sunday, May 19th from 11 am to 6 pm. Mr. Wolf’s art booth can be found under a banner reading “State of Texas Artist Finalist.”

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Bob Wolf at Work (Photo courtesy of Bob Wolf)

America’s Failure to Protect Its Children from School Shootings Is a National Disgrace

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Photograph by Joel Auerbach/AP

Early on Wednesday afternoon, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, had a fire drill, an eleventh-grader named Gabriella Figueroa told MSNBC’s Brian Williams. “Then we heard gunshots,” Figueroa said. “Then it went to code red. And then it was crazy.”

An individual with deadly intent was in the school building, holding an assault weapon that was designed for fighting wars. As Figueroa’s use of the term “code red” indicated, such an event is no longer considered an aberration.

Read more from the New Yorker…

‘Crying the whole time’: Principal at time of Parkland shooting announces resignation

BY MARTIN VASSOLO

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Ty Thompson

In a tearful address to his faculty, the principal who oversaw Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the time of the worst school shooting in Florida history, announced his resignation Friday afternoon.

Citing difficulty with the “pace” of his job amid heightened stress and an internal investigation, Principal Ty Thompson told stunned teachers in the school’s auditorium that he would leave his post when the school year finishes in June. He issued a statement to the families of MSD students and sent out a robo-call to parents.

Read more from the Miami Herald…

Dallas’ Lakewood Theater finds second life with hip new bowling alley

By Teresa Gubbins

The iconic Lakewood Theater will soon be home to a new bowling alley, when a Colorado-based concept called Bowlski’s opens in the long-vacant venue. According to their website, they’ll open in summer 2019.

Bowlski’s is a family-run bowling business started in Colorado by Craig and Jennifer Spivey, who have more than 10 years’ experience in the restaurant industry and five-plus years operating as bowling proprietor.

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Bowlounge and Bowlero are bowling cousins. (Courtesy photo)

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