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Page 2 * Cedar Hill Today • Thursday, June 29, 2006
brings home awards
Two of Today New-
spapers’ sister papers won
first places at the 2006 Better
Newspaper Contest held in
The Woodlands June 22-24.
Cedar Hill Today won a
first place in general excel-
Judges said, “Stories, lay-
out, columns show a hip
sense of humor. Fun to read.
Today photographer Chris
Hudson won a first place in
sports photography for
Judges said the picture of
an athlete suspended in air
reaching for a basketball was
a “great action moment, love
the one hand on floor sup-
porting everything you see.”
The second shot submit-
ted for the category was also
a basketball picture.
Hudson and peer David
Goodspeed joined forces to
take second place in feature
photography for DeSoto.
Lancaster Today took a
second in photography for a
photo by Hudson and another
by Nghia Tran.
Duncanville Today won a
second in feature story, sec-
ond in community service
and a third in news photo.
The feature stories were
written by Editor Angel
Jenkins Morris and were said
to have been “well written.”
The community service
award was given for a series
of stones written about local
youth violence and teen safe-
ty. Judges said “this was a
solid look at an extremely
important local issue. The
newspaper led the communi-
ty in reporting the stories,
providing reader input and
getting the people involved in
discussing the issue.”
Lancaster Today placed
third in sweepstakes in its
division, placing second in
feature photo, second in fea-
ture story, second in headline
writing, third in column writ-
ing and third in page design.
Both the feature stories
were written by Editor Steve
Judges said, “Both stories
have a snappy lead, good
photos ... and reader-friendly
explanation of technical
Publisher Robin Gqoch
said she was pleased for the
staff to again be recognized ,
for their excellent work and
dedication to community
journalism, which is reflect-
ed in the look of the papers
on a week-to-week basis, not
just at contest time.
The event marked the
127th summer convention of
the Texas Press Association.
One hundred and 22
newspapers were entered in
the weekly divisions.
CEDAR HILL TODAY
DeSoto revisits beer, wine sales
Economic Development Corporation may finance phone survey
By BRIAN ALLEN
With Duncanville reaping the benefits
of beer and wine sales and supporters in
Lancaster making another petition push,
the DeSoto Economic Development
Corporation revisited the issue June 26.
Executive Director Layne Ballard said
packaged beer and wine sales for off-prem-
ise consumption has been a topic of discus-
sion for at least four years.
“Another item is liquor sales in restau-
rants that serve 75 percent iood,” Ballard
said. “At Chili’s in Lancaster you can now
get a beer with your meal without having to
do anything. In DeSoto an owner has to pay
for the liquor, get a permit and account for
the bottles. Then the consumer has to give
them their driver’s license and they’re made
a temporary member of that establishment.
It costs Outback Steakhouse a lot more to
do the same business that Chili’s does
across the street.”
Ballard said the DEDC may help
finance a $12,500 telephone survey of reg-
istered voters that would determine
whether a beer and wine referendum would
succeed in DeSoto.
DEDC has raised $6,000 toward the
cause and would go back to business own-
ers to help with the $70,000 estimated to
put ihe referendum on the ballot.
“It’s a religious issue, it’s a political
issue, it’s a crime issue,” Ballard said. “The
only way we can legally do anything is as
an economic development issue.”
The corporation’s legal counsel, Peter
Smith, was not at the meeting so the board
tabled the debate pending a discussion of
what the DEDC can legally spend on the
Jerry Raines, pastor of Hampton Road
Baptist Church, was on hand to voice his
opposition. He said most of the successful
petition drives he was aware of were lead
by the citizenry.
By Ballard’s own admission DEDC’s
informal numbers place the community at
no more definitive than 50/50 on beer and
“And if you raise $70,000 in support
with taxpayer dollars, where’s our $70,OOQ
to defeat it? (as taxpayers) I’m only speak;
ing for myself, I’m not speaking for any
ministerial alliance. I do feel like I’nj
speaking for my church but then no Baptist
speaks for another if he has any sense at
Ballard said the potential economic
merits make the referendum at least worth
“Costco is in Duncanville because of
beer and wine,” he said. “It would have
been here if we had it (packaged beer and
wine sales). We have a Winn-Dixie that’s
empty and another grocery store in Al-
bertson’s that’s about to be empty. We havq
people that would be standing in line to fill
those if we had beer and wine. All thosq
dollars are going across the street because
they’re not going to stop drinking.”
DeSoto beer and wine supporters would
cast their lot with Tim Reeves, a consultant
who boasts an undefeated track record on
beer and wine referendums. Reeves spear*
headed Duncanville’s successful 20031
package sales election. ,
Food pantry combats summer slump, needs your help
The summer slump in dona-
tions to the Cedar Hill Food
Pantry is causing concern to
Director Gene Sims and pantry
Emergency financial sup-
port is immediately necessary
to ensure that the food needs of
pantry clients can continue to
be met, Sims said.
Traditionally, donations are
lean this time of year, but the
rising cost of utilities and the
increasing number of clients
has put a strain on the balance
Also, free and reduced-price
school breakfasts and lunches
are not usually available in the
summer, causing more families
to depend on food donations
from the pantry.
Pantry members are work-
ing on several plans to generate
a steady income to cover
expenses, but they don’t expect
any of these plans to come to
fruition for many months.
Anywhere from 800 to more
than 1,000 needy persons con-
tinue to seek food services
from the organization.
Donations may be made by
contacting Sims at 972-293:
2822, or checks can be mailed
to Cedar Hill Food Pantry at
P.O. Box 2694, Cedar Hill, TX'
75106. All donations are tax
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Gooch, Robin. Today Cedar Hill (Duncanville, Tex.), Vol. 41, No. 12, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 29, 2006, newspaper, June 29, 2006; Duncanville, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth623952/m1/2/: accessed February 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Zula B. Wylie Memorial Library.