Monthly Archives: March 2010

Tom Thumb to open May 5 in north Rockwall

Just learned from the City of Rockwall that the new Tom Thumb store is scheduled to open May 5 in the Shoppes at Stone Creek, a brand new 15,000 square-foot strip shopping center north of Rockwall on SH 205 & SH552.

According to the City’s news release, their new “Lifestyle” format store will feature a “one-stop shopping” concept, more prepared foods and specialty items with the focus on customer service.

For more details, read the article at TheRockwallNews.com.

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County baseball scores

Scores from March 23, 2010:

Rockwall-Heath 6, Royse City o

Rockwall 3, Richardson Pearce 1

Mississippi high school cancels prom over same-sex couple

With proms across Rockwall County only weeks away, here’s a story that caught my attention. Could this ever happen at a school here?

From YouTube.com:

An small northern Mississippi school district in Itawamba County last week canceled a high school prom after a lesbian student demanded that she be allowed to bring her girlfriend as her date.

The American Civil Liberties Union had stepped in and demanded that the Itawamba County School District allow Constance McMillen, 18, to attend with her date.

A school board statement Wednesday announced the district wouldn’t host the prom on April 2 at Itawamba County Agricultural High School.

McMillen wanted to escort her girlfriend who is also a student. She was also denied permission to wear a tuxedo.

A school district policy requires that dates be of the opposite sex.

The district’s statement never mentioned McMillen’s request, but officials said the change was made because of recent distractions.

District officials say they hope private citizens will host a prom, as one hotel owner has offered to do.

Any comments? Are there any gay couples in Rockwall County high schools?

Biden drops F-Bomb at historic signing

Vice President Joe Biden stuck his foot in his mouth again at the historic signing of President Obama’s health care plan signing yesterday, dropping an F-Bomb on-air without realizing it could be heard through the microphone just before Obama spoke to celebrate the passing of the bill.

Biden’s profane whisper is the latest in a string of gaffes that have made his foot and mouth a legendary pairing.  Here is yesterday’s:

Half-Price Books begins book buying March 15 in Rockwall

Half-Price Books will begin buying books, music, movies and games for cash  at its new Rockwall store this Monday through Saturday from 9 am-5 pm, and will start selling books and be open for business on a regular basis beginning March 22.

The new store will open where Circuit City previously was located, in the Rockwall Crossing Shopping Center south of I-30, between the freeway and Ralph Hall Parkway, at 959 E. I-30, suite 101, 75087.

According to their website, the first 100 people through the door daily during their Great Opening celebration from Monday, March 22 through Sunday, March 28 will receive a free tote bag and $5 Half Price Books gift card (limit one per person, 16 years of age and up).

Each day, one lucky shopper will win a $100 gift card!

For more info, call 214-771-4295.

Owner, developer of The Harbor files for Chapter 11 reorganization

The company which developed and owns the lakeside entertainment and shopping district in Rockwall called The Harbor has filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy code.

According to a City of Rockwall news release issued late Tuesday afternoon, the City has been notified that Mariah Bay Leasing Corporation, owned by Rockwall-area residents Rob and Sarah Whittle, filed for reorganization so the company could address their financing issues and “come out of this in a stronger and better position.”

Rob Whittle says that business is actually “off  the charts” and never been better at the restaurants, movie theater and hotel, but that he’s trying to get the debt reorganized and interest rates reduced “so retailers can get the rent concessions we need to give them.”

Twelve businesses have gone out of business since The Harbor opened in November, 2006. Seventeen businesses are currently open there.

For more details about the reorganization, read the more complete story at TheRockwallNews.com.

GOP Primary run-off election for three offices April 13

If you missed registering to vote or voting in the Republican Primary election last Tuesday, you can still do both for the April 13 vote. Just visit the Rockwall County Elections Office website.

There were four outright winners last Tuesday in the GOP Primary Election:

Incumbent County Commissioners Lorie Grinnan and David Magness, plus political newcomers Shelli Miller as County Clerk and County Chairman Paul Wilson. Since no Democrats announced they will run for local offices, the Commissioners and Miller will all take office next January. Wilson will take office at the County GOP convention this June.

Six more candidates are still battling for offices in the run-off election coming April 13.

Either retired corporate exec and military officer Jerry Hogan or veteran banker Kevin Fowler will displace current County Judge Chris Florance, who now becomes a lame duck through the end of the year.

Current Justices of the Peace David Karr and Larry Holloway have run-offs against assistant Garland Fire Chief Jack James and community volunteer Nancy Beaty, respectively.

As Bush political strategist Karl Rove says, “Vote early and vote often!”