Crowley Star (Crowley, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 50, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 24, 2014 Page: 1 of 14
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Across McCart Avenue from the Bill R. Johnson CTE center, heavy equipment is
moving dirt as phase one development of The Bridges of Creekside has begun.
Students from Crowley and
North Crowley high schools will
be showing off their artistic prow-
ess at the CISD Fine Arts Show,
5:30-7:30 p.m., tonight (Thurs-
day). The show will be held at the
Bill R. Johnson CTE Center, 1033
McCart in Crowley. All mediums
will be featured and students will
be available for a meet and greet,
along with refreshments.
Parents Defeating Autism is
holding Spring Ensembles, a pia-
no recital featuring children on the
autism spectrum and their siblings
at 3 p.m. April 27 at the United
Methodist Church of Crowley. The
theme of the recital is learning
to work with others to achieve a
common goal. The concert is pre-
sented by Jan Boyd of Boyd Music
Studio in Crowley. The community
is invited to attend and encourage
these young performers as they
grow in their talents.
By KYP SHILLAM
Crowley has been good to LGI
So good, that the company
has broken ground on its latest
neighborhood The Bridges of
Creekside at the corner of Mc-
Cart Avenue and E. FM 1187.
"We have started develop-
ment on phase one, which will
be around 160 homes," said LGI
chief marketing officer Rachel
Eaton. "Right now we're starting
on infrastructure, but the plan
is to start putting homes on the
ground in January of 2015."
When fully developed, the
Bridges will boast 700 homes
complete with sidewalks, a walk-
ing trail and parks, Eaton said.
"We have not decided on a
pool or gotten too specific on
what community amenities will
be," she said.
However, LGI hopes a CISD
elementary school will be part of
"Crowley ISD does own prop-
erty in the development, which
was a positive feature when we
purchased the land from the
original owner," Eaton said,
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Firearms were stolen from a Crowley
residence April 19 at about 10:30 p.m., ac-
cording to a Johnson County Wise Eyes
Johnson County Sheriffs Office depu-
ties were dispatched to the 10,000 block of
Sunrise Drive in reference to a burglary of
"Upon arrival, deputies were met by the
complainant who advised the residence
had been forcibly entered while the resi-
dents were away at a family gathering. The
complainant advised two firearms had
been stolen from the residence, a .22 cali-
ber pistol and a 9mm caliber pistol," said
Sheriff Bob Alford.
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CISD SCHOOL BOARD
The Crowley Cemetery As-
sociation will hold its annual
membership meeting at 3 p.m.
April 27 at the clinic building of
the House of Hope, 200 North
Hampton Road. Anyone owning
a lot in the cemetery is automatic-
ly a member of the association. If
you have questions, call Ray Cun-
ningham 817-297-1 155.
The final Stars in the Park
Spring Concert is at 7 p.m. Friday
at Bicentennial Park. Little Skynyrd,
a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band, will
wrap up the four concert series.
The event is free and attendees are
reminded to bring a lawn chair or
blanket. Stars in the Park is spon-
sored by the City of Crowley.
The Crowley Lions Club will
host United States Representative
Joe Barton, sixth Congressional
district, at its noon April 23 lun-
cheon meeting and open house.
The event will take place at the
Compass Bank Heritage Room in
Crowley. Barton will address the
assembly on topics he's facing in
Congress. Open to the public, a
reservation is required for the free
lunch. Call Suzanna Powell at
817-996-7000 to reserve a plate.
Those wishing to better navi-
gate life after divorce are invited to
Divorce Care, a support group and
Bible study that offers help, hope
and healing through Jesus Christ.
Topics discussed include depres-
sion, anger, forgiveness, loneliness,
children, single lifestyle and finan-
cial issues. The group meets at 6:30
p.m. Wednesdays at Fort Worth
First Church of the Nazarene, lo-
cated at 2001 E. Main in Crowley.
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CROWLEY STAR/KYP SHILLAM
Although Crowley residents enjoyed eggs and bunnies, local churches were the focal point of many Good Friday and
Easter observances. Remembering the betrayal and death of Christ, First Baptist Church presented a Living Lord's Sup-
per performance depicting the night Jesus was betrayed (bottom). Jesus, played by Keegan Whitter, gives his life on
the cross, played by a masked student as the symbol of man's sin (bottom right). Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus,
First United Methodist Church praise dance troupe Spirit Moves ushered in the light of the world with four moving
numbers during the UMC sunrise service Easter morning (top). Reminding all of Christ's royalty and purity, Fort Worth
First Church of the Nazarene displayed the three crosses of Calvary throughout the week (top right).
By KYP SHILLAM
Crowley ISD is ahead of the curve in
offering career and technology training,
including technical classes, a reality the
CISD school board took advantage of at its
Monday meeting by approving dual credit
technical courses for local credit.
“In House Bill 5, the legislature lays out
it’s expectation that school districts will
develop dual credit technical courses in
which students can receive individual cer-
tifications,” explained Superintendent Dan
Powell. “Because we have many of these
programs already in place, our students
have a big advantage.”
In short, students enrolled in technical
programs at the Bill R. Johnson Career
and Technology Center can now graduate
with school credit as well as vocational cer-
tificates needed for employment. Courses
on the list approved by the board include
criminal law, certified nursing assistant,
phlebotomy, pharmacy technician, elec-
trocardiography, intro to teaching, intro to
special populations, and practicum in law,
public safety, corrections, security and fire
“This will allow us to better support our
students through being able to get them
these certifications,” said Powell, noting
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CROWLEY CITY COUNCIL
FLAGS FOR THE FALLEN
Fire marshal, water plan approved
By KYP SHILLAM
Amending the city staffing plan, the
Crowley City Council paved the way for
the fire department to fund its own fire
“It’s something the city has been
needing,” said city manager Robert
Loftin after the meeting. “As Crow-
ley grows, especially with the influx of
new businesses, we need our own fire
marshal to review the building plans to
check for sprinkler and fire suppression
systems are being installed, how many
fire extinguishers do they have and do
they have escape plans. It’s almost a
full-time position in itself.”
A fire marshal, said Loftin, also
checks public buildings annually to
ensure the correct number of working
extinguishers are present and that fire
systems are in place and working.
“We’ve never had a true fire mar-
shal. In the past, it was just added onto
someone’s duties,” he said.
Most recently, Emergency Manage-
ment coordinator Larry Stewart was
filling the role. With a retirement on
the crew, interim chief Pleasant Brooks
saw the time was right to restructure
and expand the fire marshal position.
In doing so, the department is actu-
ally saving a part-time salary as the fire
marshal will also take on the duties of
Emergency Management coordinator.
“If the city has had a glaring need, fire
marshal is it,” said Loftin, who noted the
new fire marshal will be sent to the police
academy so they can perform fire inves-
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CROWLEY STAR/KYP SHILLAM
A breezy day brought beauty to the Celebration of Life service for Lance
CpI. Mark Boterf of Crowley, as dozens of fluttering American flags lined
the path to Alsbury Baptist Church Friday. Boterf was remembered by
friends and his nine brothers and sisters as a kind and generous man
who brought his Bible to Crowley High School daily, befriended the out-
casts and made an impact for the Kingdom of God. Boterf was killed
April 8 at Camp Lejuene , N.C. in what officials said appears to be an
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