Monthly Archives: August 2009

New Dragonfly Asian restaurant opening soon at The Harbor

A new upscale Asian restaurant called the “Dragonfly Asian Grill and Sushi Bar” will be opening soon at The Harbor in Rockwall, where French restaurant Cote D’Azur previously was.

I recently met the very nice and friendly owner, Lori Ann Price, who welcomed and spoke with me even though I showed up unexpectedly and she was in the middle of organizing the restaurant. That seems like a sign of good things to come!

Lori also owns the Tom Tom Asian restaurant and a sports bar in the Dallas area, she said.

When I asked her why she thought Dragonfly would succeed where two other restaurants failed, she smiled and said her organization has plenty of experience in the restaurant business and knows they will succeed in Rockwall.

She said they chose the name Dragonfly specifically for this location because there are so many of the exoticm harmless flying insects flying around Lake Ray Hubbard.  

She said they hope to open the eatery in early Sept.

Sounds great to me! We’ve been searching for a really good Asian restaurant. We’ve had too many bad experiences with Chinese food restaurants in Rockwall, although I’ve heard both Kyoto and Edohana are excellent Japanese restaurants.


Jason Castro talks about his new single


Here’s an article from last week’s Entertainment Weekly about Jason Castro’s new single and debut album:

Jason Castro talks about his new single, his upcoming debut album, and (not) getting the last laugh

Rockwall Yellow Jackets win ’09 season opener; defeat Midland last night, 31-26

Rockwall High School Coach Scott Smith said last month that Rockwall’s Yellow Jackets have plenty of talent this year and “can be as good as they want to be.” If Friday night’s victory over Midland is any indication, Rockwall could be pretty good.

Junior running back Josh Broach ran over Midland newly-installed 4-3 defense for 193 yards on 31 carries, scoring four touchdowns, leading the Yellow Jackets to a 31-26 victory last night in their 2009 season opener at Midland’s Grande Communications stadium.

Broach scored all of the Yellow Jackets’ TDs – scoring in every quarter – on runs of 1,1, 6 and 22 yards.

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Click here to read another account of the game in Midland’s Reporter-Telegram.   





El Rojo Coyote Cantina to open in Rockwall at former Smitty’s restaurant

Received a note recently from former Rockwall City Council member Bob Cotti to look out for a new restaurant opening soon in Rockwall called El Rojo Coyote Cantina.

It will move in to the former “Smitty’s” restaurant in Old Town Rockwall on Hwy. 66.

Mexican restaurants always seem to do well nowadays. We’ll have more information for you soon.

Chandler’s Landing Country Club foreclosed upon; to be auctioned off Sept. 1 in Rockwall

chandlers landing club

Out of business for over the past month, Chandler’s Landing Country Club in Rockwall has been foreclosed upon and will be sold to the highest bidder Sept. 1 at the monthly Rockwall County Sheriff’s auction.

The foreclosure auction takes place the first Tuesday of each month outside the front door of the Rockwall County office building at 1101 Ridge Rd.

According to Chip Imrie, president of the Chandler’s Landing Community (Homeowner’s) Association, Club owners David and Susan Gaskill had filed for bankruptcy protection but no other option is now left since their case was recently dismissed. 

The Gaskills did not respond to requests by phone for comments.

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‘Cash for Clunkers’ ending, has been big help for Rockwall auto dealers

Cash for Clunkers

Now that the federal government has announced the “Cash for Clunkers” program in ending Aug. 24, Rockwall area auto dealers say the  program has been a big help for boosting sales during the past two months, although collecting payments has been very difficult.

Sales have increased about 25-30 percent at Lakeside Chevrolet and Heritage Buick Pontiac GMC, according to their respective owners/general managers Bob Holliman and Robert Bobo.

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County law enforcement agencies announce program to deter Labor Day drunk driving


Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney Kenda Culpepper and law enforcement agencies from across Rockwall County held a joint news conference Aug. 20 to announce a new pilot program designed to deter more people from driving drunk on County streets and highways over the Labor Day weekend.

Between Labor Day and New Year’s Day is traditionally the period when the most drivers are arrested for driving while intoxicated.   

Culpepper explained that individuals who are arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated over the Labor Day weekend and who refuse either a breath or blood sample will now be required by a court order to provide a blood sample.

She said the new “2009 Labor Day No Refusal Weekend” program will finally provide the district attorney’s office with the scientific evidence they need to convict a drunk driver in a trial. The program will run from Midnight, Sept. 4, to 5 pm, Sept. 8.

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