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Only 303 early voters at Rowlett annex thus far

Just read that only 303 early voters had cast ballots through last Sunday at the Rowlett Annex for Rowlett City Council positions on Mayor Pro Tem Todd Gottel’s Facebook site.

He says over 30,000 voters are registered in Rowlett!

You’ll enjoy 2-for-1 steak nights at Southern Junction

ROYSE CITY – Wednesday nights are 2-for-1 steak nights at the huge Southern Junction Nightclub & Steakhouse. My wife and I took a house guest there recently and had a great time! It’s located just 10 minutes east of Rockwall on Hwy. 276 near Blackland. Families are welcome on weeknights so you can eat and dance there with your kids. They even have a mechanical bull you can ride and have your picture taken on!

We enjoyed eating delicious $20 T-bone and New York Strip steaks – which you either season and grill yourself over an open flame or pay an extra $2 to have someone cook it for you – plus huge Idaho baked potatoes covered with all the fixins’, a large house salad and all the buttery Texas Toast you can eat.

Then we danced some of it off to the live music of the excellent Marcus Lindsey C & W House Band, which recently signed its first recording contract. The night ended at about 10 pm, when most everyone went home.

On weekends, however, you can still enjoy eating the 2-for-1 charbroiled steak dinners – if you get there before 7 pm! – plus dance into the night until 2 am or so. It’s  great entertainment for quite reasonable prices, considering all you get! Get there after 7 pm and dinners are still just $20 each.

For info, see http://southernjunctionlive.com/home.htm.

Quizno’s goes out of business in Rockwall…again!

Darn! I loved the Italian Torpedo sandwich at Quizno’s but when I went there yesterday to grab one, the door was locked and lights turned off…again!

For the second time in about two years, Quizno’s has closed in Rockwall. It also closed in Rowlett, I discovered today.

Could it be because they never advertise, except for some coupons they distribute once in a while?

I’ve seen so many businesses go out of business because they don’t advertise correctly.

I can predict some more Rockwall businesses that will go out soon because they don’t. I’ve been around long enough to spot them.

Ninety percent of businesses fail within their first five years – largely because they think they can just rely on word of mouth – among other reasons. Most don’t even have a written business plan.

What is the old saying, “If you don’t plan to succeed, you’re planning to fail!”

Good-bye, Quiznos’s Italian torpedo sandwich…again!

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.

Son of Heath Public Safety Chief brings home American flag that flew over Afgan Marine base

Just learned that the son of City of Heath Public Safety Chief Terry Garrett  has just returned home from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

U.S. Marine Sgt. Travis Garrett, a 2002 Rockwall High school graduate, brought with him an American flag that flew over the Marine base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Sept. 11, 2009.

The flag is now framed and hanging on the wall in the Heath Public Safety Dept. for all to see.

His mother is Mrs. Bonnie Rector of Dallas and step-mother is Rockwall High School Assistant Principal Shelley Garrett

Watch for a story soon in TheRockwallNews.com about Travis and his “kid” brother, Tyler Garrett, who’s a 2005 RHS grad and has already completed one tour of duty in Baghdad, Iraq.

The Garrett family really believes in public service. We should be grateful to have them in our community!

The above photo was provided  by the City of Heath and features:

Heath DPS officers display the American flag that once flew over a Marine base in Afghanistan and now hangs in their station. The flag was brought to Chief Terry Garrett by his son Travis, who recently completed a tour of duty to Afghanistan. From left: DPS Officers Brian Burton, Andrew Poindexter, Chief Garrett  and Mark Rogers. Inset into photo from left: Sergeant Travis Garrett, USMC, and Specialist Tyler Garrett, Army National Guard.

Don’t forget to read the small print in Sears ads

A friend of mine told me that he went to purchase a Kenmore washer-dryer combo at Rockwall’s local Sears store on Black Friday, after seeing a Sears ad on TV promoting their sale price of $579.

When he arrived before Noon at the Store, he was told they had already sold their allotment of four washer-dryer combos and could not sell anymore at that price.

I checked the Black Friday ad online and noticed the small print, but called the store to ask what it said because the type was too small for me to read.

The Sears store owner read the small print to me, which did read that only four per store were permitted. But my friend said the TV ad did not include such small print, or if it did, that it went by so fast he didn’t see it.

So this post is a warning…be sure to read or look out for the small print in Sears store ads (and others) this Christmas season…or anytime.

A courteous sales clerk at our local Sears store told me the reason for the limit of four combos per store. He said last year Sears held a similar sale, but by the time the stores opened in the Central, Mountain and Pacific time zones, Sears had already sold out in their Eastern Time Zone stores, which had opened an hour earlier.

This year, Sears decided to limit sales in stores across the country to prevent running out of inventory nationwide again.

Frankly, what Sears did sounds rather lame to me.  I also emailed Sears corporate and received the standard apology.

If Sears or any other stores can’t meet demand for such a loss leader sale item, then they shouldn’t advertise it for such a low price.

So don’t forget to read the small print in Sears (or other stores) ads!

Lakeside Civic Chorus event raises funds for upcoming Christmas concert

Lakeside Civic Chorus recently sponsored “An Evening of Wine and Song,” which included a silent auction to raise funds  for their Christmas Blessings Concert, Dec. 6, 4:30 pm, at Rockwall’s First Christian Church, 3375 Ridge Rd.

Vocal entertainment was provided by LCC members Shelba Gorham- Bell, Isiak Holiday, Jennifer Sanchez and James Williams, according to a press release from publicist Nancy Beaty. Artistic Director David Bush and accompanist Ken Frerichs accompanied several singers.

Hunter Hammett, sommelier from the Fairmont Pyramid Room Restaurant, paired wine with the country of the songs that were sung and offered his expert knowledge on each of his choices, she said.

Concert tickets may be purchased at the door for Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students-Free.

Beaty wrote that funds raised from the concert will benefit the Marilyn Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides a $1,000 gift to a high school senior in the Lake Ray Hubbard area who plans to pursue a college degree in music. The 2009 Winner was Trevor St. John-Gilbert.

Th non-profit organization was founded in 1984, and the chorus’ success is directly dependent on audience and sponsor support, wrote Beaty.

For info, visit Lakeside Civic Chorus.org.

Logan’s Roadhouse packs the place with great steaks, wide menu

Last night my wife and I used the coupon and tried eating at Logan’s Roadhouse for the first time since it opened in Rockwall last month.

We had a great experience and will definitely go back for more!

Look out, Saltgrass Steak House; you’ve got some serious competition!

The place was packed about 6:30 pm, but we only had to wait about 15 minutes to get a table because the restaurant seats quite a few people. I forgot to ask the capacity, but it’s similar to Saltgrass; it might even seat more.

First thing we noticed was a smiling door greeter and then peanut shells all over the gray concrete floor. The atmosphere is casual yet organized. Hostesses and our waitress were very friendly and professional.

Within a minute or two of being seated and brought water with lemon slices, we were brought some of the most delicious home-made hot rolls we’ve ever tasted with butter! It was an excellent start!

Then we reviewed the big menu, which offers a wide variety of steaks, ribs, chicken fried steak, barbeque chicken, catfish, meat loaf, burgers and lots more Texas favorites, all priced from about $5 to $25.

My wife and I decided to order and share a Black Angus porterhouse steak, with came with two sides. Splittling a porterhouse allowed us both to enjoy their best and largest steak for the same price it would cost to each order a lesser quality, smaller sirloin. 

We also ordered a baked potato and house salad, plus an extra baked potato, which comes with only butter.

The huge Black Angus porterhouse turned out to be a great selection! Ordered medium well, it came to us juicy, hot and medium, which is typical (always order a bit more well done than you want it, so I was taught!).

The steak had a delicious flavor, after being grilled over mesquite wood. It  was so large, that after my wife ate the filet, I couldn’t even finish the strip portion. No problem, now I have delicious leftovers!

We were too full to sample dessert. Didn’t even look at that menu.

The only downside to our experience was minimal. 

My wife ordered French dressing fo the salad and got Italian (which was good anyway!). The potatoes were definitely not grown in Idaho, where the very best are grown. Potatoes just didn’t have the flavor and were too flaky.

We also noticed there was no vegetable, although my wife missed it more than I did.

We left there full and happy, which is why we’ll definitely return to sample more of the menu. And those rolls…I just ate one I took home in my doggie bag. It was still delicious!

Logan’s Roadhouse is located on the I-30 north feeder road, between Saltgrass Steak House and IHOP. Parking is a bit of a problem, with all of those busy restaurants next to each other. 

Logan’s also offers a discounted menu on Monday nights.

Rockwall Auto Center offering Nobel Peace Prize with oil change

Rockwall’s Horizon Auto Center is making a little lighthearted fun of the Nobel Peace Prize recently awarded to Pres. Obama. 

It’s clever advertising. See the sign at 5335 Horizon Dr.

Good job, owner Ken Sterling!

Hope you don’t lose any biz from Obama supporters – but you can’t please everybody, anyway!