Simmons reviews Black Bear Crossing history

The history of a longtime Lake Tawakoni business was heard and upcoming events announced at Thursday’s monthly luncheon meeting of the Lake Tawakoni Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Black Bear Crossing owners Dennis and Lynn Simmons hosted the luncheon, and Dennis reviewed the business’s history.

Simmons said the beginning was in about 1977 when Martin and Betty Finstad decided it was time to leave the DFW area with their two younger sons Mike and Jay and move to Lake Tawakoni.

A small piece of property with a store and grill on waterfront property was available off FM 751. The Finstads restored “the little red store and grill” and opened it to the public.


HGTV to feature Tawakoni Grove home

A local home will be featured by HGTV on a new show, “Lakefront Bargain Hunt — Renovation.”

Local real estate agent Tracey Pitre of Lone Star Realty said she was contacted by the television channel last summer.

“They asked if I would be interested in being on their new spinoff show and if I had any clients that would fit their criteria,” Pitre said. “The original show was ‘Lakefront Bargain Hunt,’ and the spinoff is a new renovation show.”

“I had the perfect clients for this show,” she said. “Matt and Heather Armstrong and their two children, Brady and Riley, fell in love with Lake Tawakoni and were looking for a weekend home on our lovely lake.”

Matt is the owner and president of Drop Shot Tennis (tennis instruction,) and Heather is a managing partner at Sly Fox (@weareslyfox), (, Experiential Advertising Agency. They currently reside in Dallas.


West Tawakoni gives nod to event expenses

The West Tawakoni City Council approved expenses related to a fireworks display at the city park on July3 at a special meeting Tuesday night.

The meeting agenda was delayed from the regular date last week when the meeting was postponed for lack of a quorum.

The council approved a budget amendment of $3,000 to cover the cost of insurance for the fireworks display and other expenses by a 3-1 vote.

Park Board President Tomi Shoemake said the board had requested the funds to cover the insurance, Porta Potties and bounce house costs.

Councilman Leon Myers voted against after stating he thought with all that needed to be done in the city, the money could be better spent than “shooting it all up in a few minutes.”

The same split vote approved a second measure that appropriated a $250 donation to the Park Board toward the cost of the fireworks.



Quinlan FFA auction, fajitas supper April 8

Quinlan chapter of FFA will host its annual auction Saturday, April 8, at 6 p.m. at W.H. Ford High School cafeteria.

Fajitas and dessert will be served an hour earlier at 5. “Supper is free. Donations gratefully accepted,” the group states.

Proceeds will benefit scholarships, convention trips, training and to support chapter members.

Just over a month away, the event is the chapter’s largest fundraiser of the year. There will be many auction items made by FFA members as well as donated items.

“If anyone has any items to donate, please contact Nathan Griffin at or Sheryl Medders at,” the chapter requests.

QISD summer camp offered through ACE


Sheriff calls new search for Chambers

Quinlan man missing from his home since March 10

Michael Chamber of Quinlan who is missing from his home since March 10, according to the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Haines said, "The area that is being searched is based upon information gathered thus far and has not been previously searched."

Sheriff Randy Meeks said previously that it was believed that something happened to Chambers between noon and 3 p.m. on March 10 at his home in the 7000 block of FM 2101.

A small amount of blood was found in Chambers' shop, but no evidence of a struggle was indicated. His phone was gone, but his vehicles were still at the residence.

Chambers, 70, was seen on video from Quinlan Walmart entering and leaving at about 11:15 a.m. Friday, according to Sheriff Meeks.


Preparing students for success

 “Preparing students for success after high school starts with getting them excited,” said Ford High School Auto Tech Teacher J.R. Watson. Domicque Brown, Bailly Dotson, Dustin Fulbright, Louie Guynes, Joan Martinez, Jordan Parker and Diana Reyes along with Watson visited UTI and Park Place Lexus. "Not only did we get to tour the UTI facility, but we also got to visit Park Place Lexus. The students had the opportunity to see a real world dealership repair facility in full operation. To say they were blown away and impressed would be an understatement," said Watson.

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Amvets Auxiliary serves 200 pounds of crawfish

Amvets Post 36 Ladies Auxiliary spokeswoman JoAnne Ringwood said the group’s scholarship fund crawfish boil was a success Saturday and expressed appreciation to all who helped make it all. She said 200 pounds of mudbugs disappeared quickly.

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Accident closes Duck Cove Causeway for an hour

A non-injury accident closed the Duck Cove Causeway on FM 751 across Lake Tawakoni for an hour Thursday, March 9, according to Constable Kent Layton. Layton said the accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. when an SUV pulled a trailer loaded with scrap metal, the driver lost control and flipped the trailer on the bridge. The constable said the two male occupants were uninjured. The accident was investigated by the Department of Public Safety. Both constable units, a Hunt County Sheriff’s deputy and the Tawakoni South Volunteer Fire Department responded.

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Eagle Scout goal for Drace Mizell

Boles senior mounts enormous project

A 17-year-old Boles Independent School District senior has undertaken an enormous project in efforts to secure the Boy Scouts of America’s pinnacle award — Eagle Scout designation.

Drace Mizell is landscaping Hornet Alley by the football stadium as a waiting area for students. Drace is the son of David and Glyzl Mizell

He said he had discussed looking for an Eagle Scout project with Supt. Dr. Graham Sweeney, and Sweeney had mentioned the need for a waiting area for students outside.

“I thought of safe alternative to help out,” Mizell said.

He plans to build and add benches, table, planter boxes, lay flagstone and re-landscape the entry of Hornet Alley. All funds, materials and labor have been donated by local businesses.

He has secured Lowe’s, Covington’s Nursery, D. Earl’s Tax Service, Mizell’s Tree Service, Tropical John’s Landscaping and others as sponsors.


Quinlan cancels unnecessary election

Public hearing held, workshop set on zoning regs

The Quinlan City Council canceled the May city election and moved forward on changes to zoning regulations.

The council canceled the election and certified all three incumbents who filed for new terms without opposition. They include Mayor Jacky Goleman; Place 2 Councilman Tim McDaniel; and Place 4 Councilman Brandon Frazier.

A public hearing was held on proposed changes to zoning regulations, and a workshop on them was set for Monday at 7 p.m.

City Administrator John Adel said the city’s ordinance currently includes standards for new businesses wishing to locate in an existing building in the “C” Commercial Zoning District.


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