Duncanville Police Department Offering Civil Service Exam

The Duncanville Police Department is offering a Police Civil Service exam on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Individuals interested in a rewarding career in Law Enforcement are urged to fill out an interest card to be eligible for the civil service exam. The Duncanville Police Department has great opportunities in a variety of aspects of police work. If you are interested in a law enforcement career, submit an interest card by 3 pm on August 4, to be eligible for the exam on August 12. To fill out an interest card or for more information, visit www.duncanville.com. Cops

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DCHHS Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus

DALLAS (July 14, 2017) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is reporting the first human case of West Nile Virus infection in Dallas County for the year 2017. The case is a resident of the 75248 zip code of Dallas. The patient was diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease. DCHHS is awaiting confirmation of the case from the Texas Department of State Health Services. For medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons, DCHHS does not provide additional identifying information. “Our mosquito surveillance program and the county and municipal abatement teams are taking appropriate actions to ensure the safety of our residents. However, it is important for residents to take the necessary precautions,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director. The best way to avoid exposure to West Nile Virus is to avoid mosquito bites. Residents should use the 4Ds to reduce their risk: DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you’re outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET or other EPA approved repellents and follow instructions. Dress: Wear long, loose, and light-colored clothing outside. Drain: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace. Dusk & Dawn: Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. “Since there is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatments for WNV infection, residents should adhere to preventive measures to protect themselves and their loved ones,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS medical director/health authority. For more information on mosquito prevention,goto: http://www.dalascounty.org/department/hhs/mosquito_prevention.html.DCHHS

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The Honorable Marc Veasey is Guest Speaker at IOC July 31

Congressman Marc Veasey will be the guest speaker at the Indivisible Oak Cliff (IOC) July 31st meeting at Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, 3839 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas, at 6:30. The event is free and open to the public.” Veasey has represented Texas’ 33rd congressional district since November 2012. Prior to that, he was a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 2005 to 2013 serving as the Chair Pro Tempore of the House Democratic Caucus. He sponsored measures to create career and technology training in high schools, authored HB 62 which honored Tim Cole, a Texas Tech University student wrongly convicted of raping a fellow student in 1985, and authored a bill requiring a study designed to increase enforcement of the James Byrd Jr. hate crime bill. Currently, Veasey sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology and the House Committee on Armed Services. Some of the bills he has recently sponsored include HR 2830: Methane Emissions Mitigation Act; HR 2777: Give Veterans Home Loan Choices Act of 2017; HR 6495: Ensure access to DACA Act (American Dream Promise Act; HR 2070: FAFSA for All (Federal Student Aid). Formed in 2016, IOC is an active, progressive, non-partisan movement. Members participate with other organizations and routinely contact their elected representatives on a variety of issues. Members include residents of Oak Cliff and nearby suburbs. See more at http://www.indivisibleoakcliff.org or https://www.facebook.com/groups/762747637214670.Talking

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Rotary Offers Texas Flag Program

How are events like providing basic needs and supplies to less fortunate people in Africa and Texas flags in Duncanville linked? The answer is when the Rotary Club of Duncanville thinks globally and acts locally in Duncanville. Over the past few years, the Rotary Club of Duncanville displays throughout Duncanville over 1,200 U.S Flags five times a year. Now, the club is also offering Texas flags in addition to U.S. flags. The added funds from the Texas flags will expand the clubs impact. Through the club’s fundraising activities, the club is acting locally. This year, the club will support ten $1,000 Freshman College Scholarships, will continue to partner with local Boy Scout troops, will continue to support literacy projects by donating books to the Duncanville Public Library’s book mobile and funded support for Little Free Libraries throughout the city. The club is also supporting young children in the Duncanville schools with the Early Act First Knight leadership and character building program. The Coats for Folks program has been a tremendous help for people in need by gathering gently used coats and dry cleaning them so they may be available for the winter months. The club also acts internationally by supporting activities like the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Rotary International. The club has also been involved in other programs which provide shoes for people in India and recycle books for students in Africa. According to Buddy Sheppard, Lead Flag Coordinator, “The U.S. flags make an impressive presentation throughout the City of Duncanville and to add the Texas flag will show an even deeper patriotic spirit in Duncanville.” Buddy adds, “By residents and businesses supporting our flag program, we are making an impact both here and around the world. All this with two flags posted right here in the City of Duncanville.” For more information about the Duncanville Rotary Club, visit the club’s webpage at: www.duncanvillerotary.org.Flag

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Philanthropist Lyda Hills Unveils Her Most Recent Treasure – The Rare and Spectacular Eyes of Africa

delighted that millions of visitors to the Perot Museum will now get a chance to witness its radiance and glory for themselves.” Composed of several white, semi-translucent quartz crystals and large, green and black Alien Eye Fluorites, Eyes of Africa was recovered from the Erongo Region of Namibia in 2007. Alien Eyes are a unique and unusual subset of fluorite, differentiated by a vivid green color and black outer zones that create a diamond shape at each crystal’s center. They also have a naturally formed, complex crystal habit in the form of cuboctahedra (eight triangular faces and six square faces). With light, Alien Eye fluorites glow with an incredible otherworldly quality that inspired their name. The total number of Alien Eye Fluorites recovered from this find is low, amounting to less than 30 fine specimens, due to the small pocket size and the fact that there was only one single discovery. Head miner and Namibian local Herold Gariseb, along with his men, were the first to come across the spectacular specimen found in the Alien Eye pocket. Gariseb immediately knew Eyes of Africa was the “prize of the pocket” and determined it was too special for immediate release, despite high demand for these minerals. Not only was it the largest of all known specimens, but it had the highest quantity of Alien Eye flourites from that pocket. Instead of going straight to market, he stowed it away in the trunk of his white Mercedes, and it went with him everywhere. As word got around, the white Mercedes became the White Whale for collectors, including Mark Kielbaso and Jurgen Tron who ventured for days looking for the infamous mineral-toting Mercedes. After finding Gariseb, they immediately made a deal to acquire Eyes of Africa and ended up purchasing 400 diapers to protect and ship the precious piece! Hill later acquired the mineral and, by offering it to the Perot Museum, will allow millions of children and adults to experience its wonder and beauty. The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. Museum general admission is free for members. For ticket information, parking maps and other details visit perotmuseum.org or call 214-428-5555. About the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The top cultural attraction in Dallas/Fort Worth and a Michelin Green Guide three-star destination, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a nonprofit educational organization located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, with campuses in Victory Park and Fair Park. With a mission to inspire minds through nature and science.Eye of Africa

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Pet of The Week: Meet Fonzie

Who can resist this sweet face? Meet Fonzie, a lovely Anatolian Shepherd mix with plenty to love, weighing in at 104 pounds! She not only has an adorable look, but has the personality to match it as well! Although big boned, Fonzie is like a fFonzieeather when taking her for walks. She never pulls when on a leash, and likes to walk by your side. She is also a very good girl and never jumps on people. Fonzie is a very laid back gal who would love to live in a comfortable home with a comfortable bed. She would not mind sharing her new home with another laid back dog or cat. She has not lived with kids in the past, but does not seem to mind them much. Fonzie is housetrained and has kept her kennel clean since day one. She is already spayed and ready to settle into her new fur-ever home. Don’t make her wait any longer, come adopt today!

Pet of the Week PAWSOME Adoption Fee: $25

Adoption fees are normally $75, but when you adopt the Pet of the Week, you save $50 and still get all the benefits of a normal adoption including: vaccinations, de-worming, heart worm test (for dogs), microchip with registration, a collar with tag, cardboard cat carrier (for cats), and an offer for a 30-day gift of free pet health insurance. If you are interested in any of our furry friends that may be up for adoption, please visit our website Luvpets.org, call the Tri-City Animal Shelter & Adoption Center at 972-291-5335, or visit us at 1150 E. Pleasant Run Rd. in Cedar Hill, TX.* Tri adopting-it’s a way of life! *Please note that adoptions are on a first come basis and advertised pets may not be available when you arrive, but there are many, many more pets searching for a good home who would like to meet you!

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Texas Parks and Wildlife’s 25th Anniversary

Since 1991, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) has raised more than $170 million in private philanthropy to ensure that all Texans can enjoy the wild things and wild places of Texas, today and for generations to come. In 2016, we celebrated our 25th anniversary, and in our just-published annual report, we reflect on the achievements of the past while looking to the future. We know it would not have been possible without supporters like you, and we invite you to read more about what we have accomplished together. Thank you for 25 wonderful years, and here’s to the next 25!Texas parks

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High School & College Announcements


Valedictorian & Salutatorians

Cedar Hill High School

(V) Aaron Michael Riggs, 18, of cedar hill, will major in Industrial Engineering at Texas A&M University.

(S) Kathy Nhi Tra, 18 of Cedar Hill, Will major in Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

Cedar Hill Collegiate High School

(V) Katherine Nicole Alexander, 18, of Cedar Hill, will major in Psychology and Kinesiology

(S) Darrell Franklin Miller, 18, of Cedar Hill, Will major in Legal Studies at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

DeSoto High School

(V) McKenzie Daniels Washington, 18, of DeSoto, will major in Engineering at Texas Christian University.

(S) Joyce Olu Akinnibosun, 17,of Cedar Hill, will major in Pre-Health and Medical Dental at Texas Christian University.

Duncanville High School

(V) Corinne Janae Daniels, 18, of Duncanville, will major in Biology at the University of Texas at Austin

(S) Rebeca Sambrano, 18, of Duncanville, will attend the University of Texas at Austin and is currently undecided.

Lancanster High School

(V) Esmeralda Valdez, 17, of Lancaster, will major in fashion merchandising at Texas State University,

(S) Kaevyn Lei Maple, 18, of Lancaster, will major in Psychology and global studies at Texas Tech University


Baylor Announces Merit Scholarship Recipients

Cedar Hill, TX 75104, Bryce Williams, Cedar Hill Collegiate High School, Dean’s Gold

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Acton Teacher Passionate for Teaching

Duncanville, TX- Teacher at Acton Elementary School in Duncanville, Texas uses her passion for teaching to motivate and encourage others in the profession. Natalie Chase understands the rewards and challenging experiences of the profession. Not only is she passionate about writing and encouraging people with her gift, she has been helping to serve students, families, and the community for nearly 17 years. She understands that educators are in dire need of encouragement and motivation in school cultures. With the demands of the profession in mind, prompted the birth of her first book. The Teacher’s Encourager, a faith based interactive devotional, is a necessary resource for educators in their quest to provide a solid foundation and purposeful instruction for students. She uses her unique personal and professional experiences to enable her to paint rays of sunshine by encouraging educators and providing practical challenges in their personal and professional life as they live out their calling in the classroom through encouragement. Visit her site at www.teachersencourager.weebly.com for more information on how to get your copy of The Teacher’s Encourager.

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James Zander Resigns Seat On The DeSoto City Council

JamezThe City of DeSoto will hold a Special Election on Saturday, August 26, 2017 to fill the unexpired term of James Zander who resigned his seat on the DeSoto City Council on June 20, 2017. DeSoto residents who are interested in filing for this city council seat must live within the bounds of district seven (7) to be eligible. Link to district map However, all registered voters in DeSoto can vote in this special election as candidates are elected at large. Candidate Filing Information Packets can be requested by sending an email to the City Secretary at kmorris@desototexas.gov. Please include your name, address, email address and contact phone number. Packets can also be picked up in the City Secretary’s office during regular business hours. The City Secretary will accept completed candidate filings for a place on the ballot Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 am and 12 noon and from 1 pm to 4 pm through July 17, 2017. On that day, the City Secretary’s office will close promptly at 5 pm and no filing will be accepted after that time. Early voting for the special election begins on August 9th and continues through August 22nd at Disciple Central Community Church. Voting on election day, August 26, 2017, will take place at the Belt Line Conference Center located at 200 E. Belt Line Road. Please visit the City of DeSoto website at www.desototexas.gov for updates on the special election.

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