Monthly Archives: August 2010

Heath Hawks offense looked good vs. Rowlett Friday night

Found some details about Rockwall-Heath’s scrimmage last Friday night vs.  Rowlett.

In one 12-minute quarter of play at Homer B. Johnson stadium in Garland, Rockwall-Heath running back Dorian Lawry (#20 pictured above) carried five times for 120 yards and scored once from 44-yards out.

First-year starting quarterback Ross Hudson hooked up twice with junior receiver Clark Pope for 48 yards.

Sounds like Heath still can move the football.

Heath, Rockwall football teams ranked in Area 4A top 20

Rockwall-Heath has been ranked 10th and Rockwall 13th in the 2010 preseason rankings by five Dallas Morning News high school sports writers.

Heath returns four starters on defense and four on offense from last year’s team which finished 7-4, including running back Dorian Lawry (pictured above).

Rockwall returns seven starters on offense and five on defense from last year’s team which finished 4-6, including running back Josh Broach (pictured above).

Other teams from the revamped District 10-4A are also ranked.

Highland Park, with one starter returning on offense and one on defense, is ranked second from last year’s 11-2 district championship team.

Richardson Pearce is ranked 14th, with one starter returning on offense and four on defense. They finished 6-5 last year.

Wylie, returning three of offense and three on defense, is ranked 16th after finishing 3-7 last year.

Tex-Mex restaurant to open soon at The Harbor

Luna de Noche Tex-Mex Grill will soon be opening at The Harbor, across from Gloria’s, where several other restaurants have come and gone during the past few years.

With five other locations already in operation in Dallas, Northpark, Victory Park, Garland and Plano, the Tex-Mex restaurant certainly has the experience to last.

This will be the third restaurant at The Harbor to serve Mexican food.

No other details are yet available.

Rockwall Racers Swim Team tryouts this week

Tryouts for the Rockwall Racers Swim Team will be Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 25 and 26, from 4- 5 pm,  at the RISD Aquatics Center located at 1205 T.L. Townsend next to Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium.

Swimmers from ages 5-18 are invited for the competitive USA Club Team and learn-to-swim program.

In order to try out, swimmers must be able to backstroke across the 25-yard pool and return with freestyle.

Swimmers should bring their suits, towels and goggles.

After-school programs offered at six RISD elementary schools

After-school programs for prekindergarten through sixth-grade students will be operated by Rockwall ISD at six RISD elementary schools, beginning this week.

Featuring special interest classes, homework help, fitness fun and nutritious snacks, the “ROCK” (Reaching Out Connecting Kids) program costs $250/mo. per student or $125/mo. for students eligible for free/reduced price lunches. A discount is available for multiple students. There will be no charge for August or June.

Operating from 3 to 6 pm, the program is available at the Amy Parks-Heath,  Cullins-Lake Pointe, Hartman, Hays, Pullen and Shannon campuses. Parents can pick up their children at any time and must provide transportation.

According to the RISD website, the program was developed at the request of numerous parents with children in RISD schools.

For info, contact Karen Hunter at 469-698-7140 or

No change in 2010-11 Rockwall ISD tax rate

The Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees maintained the 2010-2011 RISD tax rate of $1.47 per $100 valuation for the fourth year in a row last week.

According to Mike Singleton, the school district’s chief financial officer, $1.04 of the rate will be for maintenance and operation and 43 cents will be for payment of principal and interest on debt.

It will support the RISD budget for the year that was approved in June.

New restaurant, three new stores coming soon to Rockwall

Mi Cocina Mexican restaurant, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts, HomeGoods and Maurice’s are coming soon to Rockwall.

According to a news release from the City of Rockwall, Mi Cocina is scheduled to open Dec. 1 where TGI Fridays previously was on the I- 30 south service road. It is part of the MCrowd restaurant group that includes Taco Diner and The Mercury.

Jane Taylor, Director of Design for MCrowd, said customer requests to locate in Rockwall was one of the reasons the company selected the city.

“We’re a local small-town chain restaurant in the DFW area, and we’ve noticed how fast Rockwall is growing,” she added. “We appreciate how very cooperative the city officials have been. They have gone above and beyond to accommodate us, and it’s been really good to work with them.”

HomeGoods and Jo-Ann’s will be located in Phase 2 of Rockwall Plaza (Phase 1 includes Belks and Penney’s), also located along the I-30 south service road. They are expected to open in the summer of 2011. Lease talks are continuing with several other businesses in the center.

Jo-Ann’s operates more than 745 stores in 48 states.

HomeGoods offers an eclectic mix of home fashion items from furniture and rugs to kitchen and bed and bath – all priced 20-60 percent less than department and specialty store prices.

Maurice’s, a small-town specialty shop for women, will open Oct. 20 in Phase 1 of Rockwall Plaza, next door to Justice for Girls. The two retail shops are owned by Dress Barn. Maurice’s will offer clothes ranging from size 1 to 24 along with accessories and shoes.

Announcement of several other major retailers and restaurants locating in Phase 2 of Rockwall Plaza are expected soon pending lease agreements.

Healthier Youth Fair this Saturday at TrainUp

Train Up Teen Fitness Center in Rockwall will be hosting a “Healthier Youth Fair” to kick off the 2010 school year this Saturday, Aug. 21st, from 11 am – 5 pm, at 2504 Ridge Rd, at the intersection of Yellow Jacket Ln.

The event is free and the public is invited.

Rockwall Pediatrics will be on-hand providing free health and stress tests and personal trainers will be conducting physical fitness tests.

There will be a dance performance at 2:30 and various prizes will be given out throughout the day. A dunk tank and inflatable water slide will also be there.

For more info, contact Train Up Fitness.

Rockwall now has a beautiful new Best Western Plus hotel

Wow! Rockwall now has another beautiful , virtually brand-new hotel!

After undergoing a major $450,000 renovation, the new Best Western Plus Rockwall Inn and Suites – formerly the Holiday Inn Express – now offers 60 all-new guest rooms with contemporary furniture, including 15 mini and one-bedroom suites.

Located at 996 E. I-30, just east of Rockwall Ford, the very modern hotel is owned and managed by the hotel ownership group JAGH Hotels, LLP, which owns several properties nationwide.

The property is located at 996 E. I-30, just east of Rockwall Ford, and was previously a Holiday Inn Express.

I  was invited for a tour of the new hotel last week and below are some photos of what it actually looks like:

Each standard room is elegantly-decorated and offers either a king-sized bed or two double beds, a 32” flat-screen TV, microwave, and refrigerator, plus coffee/tea maker, hair dryer, AM/FM alarm clock, iron and ironing board.

Each suite and mini-suite features a whirlpool hot tub, 42” LCD TV and in-room sofa-sleeper.

In addition, there is a meeting/banquet room with 1,050 square feet which accommodates 75 people.

Plus there’s a beautiful indoor pool and whirlpool tub.

Daily, weekly and monthly rates – available for local, vacation and business travelers – start at $89.99 per night for one bed, $99.99 per night for two beds, $109.99 for mini-suites and $129.99 for one-bedroom suites.

For more details, see the feature news story at

For reservations, ask for “Grand Opening” specials for a limited time at 972-722-3265.

Heath student Jonathan Fuller wins national Junior Olympics high jump championship

A Rockwall Heath High School student won the national Young Men’s high jump championship at the USATF Junior Olympics in Sacramento CA last week.

Jonathan Fuller, 17, who will be a senior this fall at Heath, defeated 35 of the best high school high jumpers in the nation by leaping a new personal best of 6 ft. 10 3/4 inches.

His improved his Class 4A Texas championship title leap of 6′ 8″ by 2 3/4 inches.

Three other athletes also jumped 6-10 3/4, but had to settle for second, third and fourth places, based on number of attempts and a jump-off.

Watch for a more complete story soon at

Congratulations, Jonathan! See you at the Summer Olympics soon!