Written by Alonzo Olmedo
An estimated crowd of 1,700 boxing fans jam packed Cowboys Dance Hall in Arlington to witness The Bud Light Pro Fight Series #4. The seven bout extravaganza was emceed by Standing 8 promotions, which has quickly gained credibility in showcasing some of the most talented and rising stars in the world of boxing. Attendees included prospects from Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions.
The main event of the night included Irving native Hector “El Diamante” Vazquez (10-1) winning the vacant Texas State Super Welterweight title over Larry “Slomoshun” Smith (10-17).
From the beginning introductions, Vazquez made the most of his main event status which included a flashy ring entrance. Similar to his boxing idol Marco Antonio Barrera, Vazquez brought out a mariachi band to the liking of many fans in attendance. As he entered the ring, it was clear Hector Vazquez was the heavy crowd favorite.
Once the fight began, Vazquez was not the aggressor as he studied Smith’s moves in the first two rounds of the fight to try and determine how to approach Smith in later rounds. It was all part of Vazquez’s in-ring strategy to defeat Smith.
“Being cautious the first two rounds, and test him out. Start digging to the body towards the end of the rounds, and that’s how you put the pressure on him” Vazquez said prior to the fight.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 23:30
Written by Phil Cerroni
The costs associated with our area’s spreading highway infrastructure are mounting, and some of the proposed solutions could threaten fiscal autonomy across North Central Texas. Those were the concerns shared at the 16th Annual Transportation and Infrastructure Summit held from Aug. 6-9 at the Omni Mandalay in Las Colinas.
Both infrastructure professionals and private individuals from around Texas voiced concerns about any solution that relies on subsidies either from other states or from the Federal government. This was preeminently clear during the discussions surrounding the proposed high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston.
As Gordon Dickson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram moderated, one member of the panel of transportation writers summarized those concerns: “I guess the overriding question from a…Tea Party standpoint (is), is it a free market things? Does it pay for itself? And to what extent (will a) true high-speed rail, inter-city bullet train need some kind of infusion of public dollars?” The speaker cited the example of Southwest Airlines, questioning their contention that their fares and landing fees pay for the runways they use without relying on infrastructure subsidies, as a rail line or a highway does.
But that contention is only partially true, as audience members were quick to point out.
“The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) isn’t free. The airport infrastructure isn’t free, and I think the public needs to be aware whenever they consider cost, they have to consider the true cost and the true value, and the fact that the highways are not profitable,” said a man in the audience. “Maintaining freeways is not profitable.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 23:30
Written by Colleen Ahern
Families were turned away in droves from Irving High School Saturday, Aug. 17 after lining up to receive free school supplies. The supplies were provided by Supplies for Success, a fund sponsored by the City of Irving Fire Department and Irving Mayor, Beth Van Duyne. The drive began at nine in the morning and was scheduled to continue until two, but ended around 12:30 when the shortage of supplies was announced. Families who did not receive supplies were given a voucher, which children were told to redeem on the first day of school.
At 12:30, a line of families snaked around Irving High School and extended through the parking lot onto the sidewalk. Students were referred to the Supplies for Success drive by their school counselors and came to receive a back pack filled with the school supplies required by Irving ISD. Jessica, a volunteer with Supplies for Success, said that the cost of school supplies for just one child can really add up.
“It’s not just the back pack, it’s everything that goes in it,” Jessica said. “I stuffed several, and when you count everything that goes in them, the different colored folders, the crayons (they have to be Crayola)—all the things that are on the list provided by the school district—it adds up to $50 per bag. So if you have two kids, that’s $100 just for school supplies.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 23:29
Written by Jess Paniszczyn
Construction on the new South Irving Library has been stalled for approximately seven weeks by ground water.
Some ground water at the site had been anticipated and planned for in the design of the structure. A sump pump and two additional pumps are part of the original library design to ensure that the basement and its contents remain dry. However, when the site contractor working for Ratcliff Construction began working to set the piers, he encountered significantly more water than originally planned for and requested construction be halted until the source of the water was determined.
“We started investigating thinking that there might be a water main leak. We went through that process and did not find any,” said Casey Tate, Irving’s Capital Improvement Program Director. “We thought Millennial Fountain might be leaking, so we looked at Millennial Fountain. But it was not leaking. Then (the contractor) said he thought the water might be coming from Centennial Pond, so we lowered the pond level. After lowering the pond level for two weeks, the water in the level in the hole rose. So that didn’t make a lot of logical sense to us.
“In anticipation that something may have to be done, we did have an engineering company design a slurry wall, which would isolate the basement. It is kind of an injection of a bed line material that would seal off the ground water.”
If the City decides to add the slurry wall to the construction project, it will increase the project’s cost by approximately $280,000.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 23:26
Written by Amanda Casanova
The Irving Independent School Board of Trustees voted Aug. 26 to adopt the 2013-2014 budget.
The general fund for the next school year is expected to be about $269 million with spending totaling about $272 million. The district will have to dip into the fund balance to pay for a few one-time projects, such as $1.3 million to replace CSCOPE.
Earlier this year, in a rare vote against the recommendation of school district staff, the newly elected school board of trustees rejected the renewal of CSCOPE, which provides teachers with lesson plans and guides.
Also included in the budget is a $4.9 million compensation plan that sets salary increases of 2 percent for teachers and professional staff.
Under the new compensation plan, teachers with master’s degree will be eligible for a $1,000 stipend or a $1,500 stipend if their master’s degree is in their teaching field.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 23:25
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