Category Archives: Royse City

Can new Royse City city manager really “head ship on down road?”

Just reread this Royse City Herald Banner article that when new Royse City city manager Bill Shipp was introduced at the council meeting last week he said he’s “pleased to have this ship now to head on down the road.” 

Shipp’s comments were brief, stating merely “I’m pleased to have this ship now to head on down the road.”

Now that will be quite a feat! How’s he going to do that…and head a ship down a road? That would take quite some work!

Of course, maybe that’s just what he was just thinking! Putting Royse City’s finances back in the black will take some real work!

Is that what you meant, Bill, or do you just need to find a better “ship” analogy? Like “head the ship on down the river” or “up the creek?”

Whatever the case, we wish you well, Bill. Hope the ship won’t sink in your new position!

Royse City Council selects nine-person City Manager search committee

The Royse City City Council selected a nine-person search committe for a new City Manager at the Council’s meeting Nov. 18.

Members will include two current Council members, Clay Ellis and Gary Gregory; Interim City Manager Larry Lott and City Secretary Brenda Craft; RISD Superintendent Randy Hancock and local insurance agent Kari Hargrove; plus city residents Charles Hauk, Linda Pattison and Mellody East.

To select the three residents, the Council agreed to draw names and select the first three chosen.


Royse City holds off Newman Smith’s fourth-quarter rally Thursday night, winning 24-16

After taking 17-0 and 24-3 leads during the first three quarters, Royse City held off a furious 16-point rally by Newman Smith Thursday night, escaping with a 24-16 victory at Carrollton Standridge Stadium.

The Bulldogs (6-3, 4-2) were led as usual by quarterback Richard Morrison, who threw for 231 yards and three touchdowns, including a 57 yard completion to Justin Jacobs in the third quarter which proved to be the difference.

Bulldog receiver Eric Schneider caught five passes for 75 yards.

Royse City’s defense held Newman Smith (2-7, 2-4) scoreless for three quarters, but in the fourth allowed 16 points which turned a potential rout into a close game.

Al Lasker caught both fourth quarter touchdowns to lead the late charge, but Newman Smith failed to recover a desperation onside kick with less than a minute remaining.

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Royse City nearly defeats No. 1 ranked Highland Park in wild shootout, 48-45

Royse City quarterback Richard Morrison generated 500 yards of total offense, scoring two TDs and passing for four more, as the Bulldogs nearly upset the area’s top-ranked 4A and undefeated Highland Park Scots, 48-45, Friday night at Highland Park.

In the wild shootout, both teams combined for 1,000 yards of total offense and 50 first downs.

Ahead 28-7 two minutes into the second quarter, it appeared that Royse City (5-3, 3-2) was well on its way to upsetting Highland Park (8-0, 5-0), until the Scots found their composure and scored 39 straight, unanswered points during the second and third quarters, taking a 46-28 lead.

Royse City stormed back with 15 straight of their own points during the third and fourth quarters, but it wasn’t quite enough to win.

Morrison shocked the Scots crowd on the first Bulldog offensive series when he threw a 65-yard touchdown bomb to Justin Jacobs, barely one minute into the game. Then he surprised Scots fans again on the next series with a 30-yard pass to Jacobs and another 30-yarder for a TD to Devin Bryant.

The two scores marked the first time all season that Highland Park had not scored first in a game, and left the Scots down 14-0.

University of Arizona recruit Morrison finished the game with 209 yards rushing on 16 carries, and 291 yards passing, completing 16 of 31, with one interception.

Jacobs grabbed six passes for 144 yards and two TDs.

Running back Dave Frank rushed for 71 yards on only five carries.

Kicker Kollin Padon connected on five of five PATs.

Highland Park’s comeback was led by quarterback Luke Woodley, who completed 20-30 passes for 248 yards, rushed for one touchdown and passed for two more.

Scots Running back Bryan Dickenson rushed 25 times for 201 yards and one TD. He also grabbed eight passes for 77 yards.

Although Royse City lost, the Bulldogs remain in strong contention for a playoff berth.

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Royse City scores 25 straight points in second half to defeat Greenville, 35-10

Royse City came alive and scored 25 straight points in the second half to spoil Greenville’s Homecoming with a 35-10 win Friday night at Class 4A action at Cotton Ford Stadium in Greenville.

Richard Morrison completed 20-of-34 passes for 310 yards, rushed for one score, and threw for two more, all in the second half for the 11th-ranked Bulldogs.

J.T. Thompson caught seven passes on the night for 110 yards, Justin Jacobs caught four for 80 yards and Devon Bryant caught three passes for 66 yards.

Kollin Padon also kicked two field goals, of 33 and 34 yards, plus three of four extra points.

Greenville (1-5, 0-3) scored first on a 28-yard pass from Alton Dennis to Arron Johnson as the two teams played to a 10-10 first half tie.

Royse City (5-1, 3-0) held Greenville to three first downs and forced four turnovers in the second half.

They limited the Lions passing attack to just one completion in seven tries for 28 yards and two interceptions, plus recovered two Lions’ fumbles.
Greenville also was guilty of 13 penalties for 100 yards, while the Bulldogs had six penalties for 33 yards.

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Royse City passes over Richardson’s J.J. Pearce High School, 38-27

Royse City quarterback Richard Morrison passed for 294 yards and three touchdowns and Justin Jacobs caught 12 passes for 147 yards as the Bulldogs (4-1, 3-0) came from behind to defeat Richardson’s J.J. Pearce High School, 38-27, Friday night at Royse City’s brand new RCISD Stadium.

His performance overcame that of Pearce quarterback Caleb Lewis, who completed 30 of 49 passes for one touchdown.

Behind 14-7 in the second quarter, the area’s 14th ranked-Bulldogs scored 17 unanswered points to take a 24-21 halftime lead.

But Pearce, behind the passing of Lewis, finally scored again and took an early fourth-quarter, 27-24 lead.

Morrison then brought the Bulldogs back by connecting on several long passes to Jacobs. Twice he found J.T. Thompson in the end zone with TD passes of 6 and 12 yards to put the game away. The second TD catch came on a fourth and three play with just 2:24 remaining on the clock.

One key factor in the game was the Bulldogs defense, which held Pearce’s running game to just 31 yards on 18 carries.

Both teams lost a fumble and were penalized five times for similar amounts of yardage.

Royse City residents to help clean up city after cash shortfall cuts services

Over 200 Royse City citizens are expected to show up this morning to help clean up Royse City, now that the million-dollar cash shortfall has caused the once fast-growing town to cut its services.

According to Mayor Jim Mellody, citizens are expected to meet for a free breakfast at the First United Methodist Church at about 8-8:30 am.

The citizens will then be organized into cleaning crews and start cleaning streets and yards until about 10:30 am or later if they wish to continue.

Mayor Mellody said he was really proud of Royse City citizens, who are turning a sudden and unexpected problem into a great community service project.

“We have great people here in Royse City and we’re going to prove it Saturday morning. This is the way people used to solve problems in the old days and we’re going to do it here again by all joining together,” he said.

He added that he expects to see many more community service projects during the next year and that anyone who would like to volunteer today or in the future should just contact City Hall for information.

Fundraising scam alert about businesses selling advertising for Royse City ISD

A fundraising scam alert has been issued by Royse City ISD to warn businesses in Royse City not to purchase advertising on T-shirts, cups, on the radio and stadium scoreboard by a company called End Zone, which is falsely claiming to represent Royse City ISD.

There may also be other companies attempting to sell merchandize and/or advertising which are not authorized by RCISD.

The alert was issued Sept. 22 by RCISD Superintendent Randy Hancock. It reads as follows:

September 22, 2008

Dear Royse City Chamber Members:

There has been at least one company – the one we know of is End Zone – that has gone around to some of our businesses in the area and used Royse City ISD as a way to sell advertising. They were selling advertising for cups or t-shirts and in turn they have promised “air time” during our football games and ads on the scoreboard. Please be aware, these groups are not sanctioned by us and they do not have the authority to use our district for their profit. Furthermore , if necessary, we will use legal action to stop these groups if they can be identified.

If you have anyone come by your business and offer to sell you ads – please verify that they are directly connected to the district. This should only be our booster clubs or student organizations. If someone comes to you, and you do not know them, ask who they are representing and ask for the sponsor’s name. If they provide you one – tell them you want to verify the event before you agree to anything. The above mentioned group actually provided one of our employee’s name so it seemed legitimate. So feel free to actually call the appropriate campus and speak to that person before you give them any money.

I apologize to those of you that may have been caught in one of these deals. We appreciate the support we receive from everyone and we certainly do not want to see any of you taken advantage of and we don’t want others to profit from these inappropriate acts.


Randy Hancock

For further information, call RCISD at 972-635-2413.

Who is “Pastor” Steve Richardson?

“Pastor” Steve Richardson

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Just who is “Pastor” Steve Richardson, anyway?

According to his website, he’s a 36-year-old
“united methodist preacher serving a church just east of dallas in the great town of royse city.”

He’s been “married for almost 13 years to heidi” and they have three children: robert (9). sean (7) and zuri (6 months).

Following the MySpace form, he writes that he’s a “Straight, White/Caucasian, “Pisces,” Protestant, who’s a “Proud Parent” and “Post Grad” whose hometown is “Plano.”

He further reveals that he graduated from SMU (Southern Methodist University) in 2000 with a Master of Divinity Degree, which he started upon graduation from UNT (University of North Texas) in 1996 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. He was also a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Richardson says he loves “all types of music. i grew up listening to heavy metal bands of the 80s but then fell in love with country. now i love it all – hip hop to christian.”

He writes that his favorite TV shows are “24, if it ever returns,” and “i do love ‘earl’ and ‘office.’

He’s had three “friends” post messages on his site since being arrested, with comments ranging from “You’re a good man, Steve,” to “Praying for you, Heidi and the kids” to “We’re all here for you.”

Royse City rallies to beat Rockwall at its Homecoming game, 32-20

Royse City exploded with three touchdowns and 22 points in the final quarter and rallied to beat Rockwall at its Homecoming game, 32-20, in district 10-4A action Friday night at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium.

Quarterback Richard Morrison, who rushed for 157 yards on the night, threw for two touchdowns in the final quarter as the Bulldogs overcame Rockwall’s 14-10 third-quarter lead.

Morrison completed a 39-yard TD pass to J.T. Thompson and another to Justin Jacobs for 19-yards, as Royse City (3-1, 1-0) pulled away.

Rockwall (1-3, 0-1) fought back, when Adam Dingwell and Jarron White connected on their second touchdown pass of the night with 2:50 to play.

But Royse City’s Ryan Fedric, who had 108 yards rushing in the game, scored his second touchdown of the night with a 27-yard run in the final minute to ice the victory.