Should Texas require hands-free cell phone use while driving? Time to tell your lawmakers

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Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. At 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field.

Have you noticed how many drivers around you are buried in cell phone use? Now imagine if they were all intoxicated. How safe would you feel?

It’s not a stretch. Motorists on cell phones can mimic drunks with their weaving, unusual and varying speeds, and slow reaction times. The distracted can even be worse than the inebriated: Editors at Car and Driver magazine once tested reaction times and found that they actually braked more quickly while having consumed the legal limit of alcohol than while they were texting.

Worse yet, in a test of over-the-road truckers, a 2009 study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found the risk of collisions went up 23 times when the drivers were texting as opposed to not.

That’s one of many reasons Texas followed many other states in outlawing texting and driving in 2017. And while we will never know the extent of any correlation, road fatalities dropped 4 percent in Texas to 3,567 last year.

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Tyler teen known for nationwide law enforcement appreciation campaign surprised by ‘blue family’

By Alex Leroux and Jeff Wright 

TYLER, TX (KLTV) – A Tyler teenager who has spent years thanking police officers and first responders with her nationwide ‘Savannah Says Thank You’ campaign has received her own gesture of appreciation.

Members of Tyler Police Department surprised the family of Savannah Solis outside of their Tyler home Thursday morning. Savannah, her mother, and brother have recently been facing serious medical issues, and police officers wanted to show their support to the family. Officers collected donations throughout the week and offered them to the family to help relieve some burden of medical bills. The family also has a GoFundMe page set up to accept donations as well.

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Savannah, her blood family and her blue family

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Dallas Morning News cuts back on printing and staff at Plano facility

By Teresa Gubbins

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A.H. Belo Corporation, the parent company of The Dallas Morning News, is taking a big step back from the world of print.

According to a release, the company will no longer provide print services to small business clients. In addition, The News is cutting down on the number of local and national commercial print customers it serves, from the previous tally of more than 30 down to five.

The changes will result in 92 total roles being eliminated, including 57 existing staff. The printing operation is located at the facility on Plano Parkway in Plano.

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Grapevine City Officials Announce the Passing of Ted R. Ware

IMG_6091Former Mayor Pro Tem Ted R. Ware passed away yesterday at the age of 86. Mayor Pro Tem Ware served the City for 40 years. Mr. Ware served the City as Chairman of the Planning & Zoning Commission beginning in 1968 for 10+ years before his appointment to a vacancy on the City Council in 1979. The next year he was elected by the citizens of Grapevine to continue serving on the City Council. He was then appointed by his peers to serve as Mayor Pro Tem that same year. Mr. Ware retired from his service in 2008.

He will be remembered as an icon in Grapevine and was honored with the first plaque placed on the City’s Walk of Fame on Main Street in October 2008. Ted R. Ware Plaza, which is the focal point of the Settlement to City Museum Complex located at Church and Hudgins Streets, was also named after Mr. Ware in 2013 for his many years of dedicated service to the City. City flags will be flown at half-staff through Sunday, March 3 in memoriam of Mr. Ware.

Family and friends will be received at his visitation today, Friday, March 1 from 5 – 7 pm at the Convention & Visitors Bureau Grand Hall, 636 South Main Street. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 2 pm at Church at the Cross, 3000 William D. Tate Avenue, Grapevine.

Grapevine Historical Society celebrates Texas Independence Day March 2

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​​Mark your calendars for our Texas Independence Day Celebration. We will be hosting an event on Saturday March 2nd at the Torian Cabin, 215 S. Main Street, located in Liberty Park in Historic downtown Grapevine, from 10 am – 2:00 pm.

​There will be live musicchili served from a covered wagonhayrides and lots of fun for the whole family to enjoy as Mayor of Grapevine William D. “Bill” Tate kicks the event off, in honor of Texas Independence and Grapevine’s 175th birthday festivities. 

Special Kick-Off Program at 10:30 am: Honorable William D. Tate / Council Woman Duff O’Dell / State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione / David Hansford as “Sam Houston”  

** Free admission!​**

Our March program will feature Jack Edmondson – a Texas Historian and accomplished author, whose works include The Alamo Story, several journal articles, performances in several films, and on the History and Discovery Channels. Since 1985 his primary passion has been historical reenactments of famous Texas characters including Jim Bowie, Sam Houston, William Travis, and General Tarrant. Please join us on Monday, March 25 at 7:00 PM at the Grapevine Public Library to hear his reenactment during this month as we celebrate Texas independence. Our programs are always free and open to the public with refreshments served at 6:30 PM.

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You Can Now Take A ‘Rage Yoga’ Class That Comes With Beer Breaks And Lots Of Swearing

For many, yoga has been a way to reduce stress and promote relaxation. For others, having to breathe, inhale, smell lavender, and keep silent can be even more stress-inducing than calming. So, instead of having a regular ol’ “namaste” yoga class, there’s a brand new kind of yoga class on the market catered to those who need to scream it out.

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Rage Yoga, according to CBS News, originated in Texas by yoga instructor Ashley Duzich.

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The Oscars forgot R. Lee Ermey in this years Memoriam

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Marine Corps veteran and beloved character actor R. Lee Ermey was missing from the “In Memoriam” segment of the 2019 Academy Awards telecast.

Ermey, who passed away in April 2018, is best remembered for his role as Gunny Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s classic movie “Full Metal Jacket,” a legendary performance that should have made him a lock to be included in the video segment.

Ermey also played memorable roles in “Se7en,” “Mississippi Burning,” “The X-Files,” “Toy Story 2” and that 2003 remake of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” He also hosted the TV shows “Mail Call” and “Lock ‘N Load With R. Lee Ermey.”

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Texas Horned Lizard Making a Comeback From the Brink

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Texas-Horned-Lizard-660x390Texas named the Texas horned lizard, also known as the Texas horned frog or even the “horny toad,” as the state reptile. Due to its low numbers across the state, conservation groups consider it a threatened species. In recent years, though, the Texas horned lizard seems to be surging back, thanks to the efforts of some dedicated individuals.

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The 2019 Texas Wildflower Season Could Be the Best One in 10 Years

BY SHANNON RATLIFF

Texas-Wildflower-Report-2019-793x526If you live in Texas and, like us, wait with bated breath for those first few wildflowers to start popping up in the open fields, then this might be the best single piece of news you read today. The Texas Bluebonnet and Wildflower Report for the 2019 Spring Wildflower Season Outlook was recently released by Wildflower Haven and there is good news all around. The report found that wildflowers and the famous bluebonnets of the Texas Hill Country could bloom earlier than usual this year because we saw above-average rainfall across the state this fall and winter.

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Grapevine PD warns citizens about mail theft

IMG_6088Grapevine officers are getting reports of mail theft near Hughes Rd and 360. Please remind friends and family: if they are victims of mail theft, please report the crime to the U.S. Postal Inspectors, either by phone or online at 877-876-2455 or https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov.