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A new police chief for Double Oak

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In current news, the Denton County town of Double Oak just announced a new police chief this past week. The new chief will be filling in the place of previous chief, Derrick Watson. Though Double Oak is a fairly quiet town, it still definitely was in need of a new head to its police force in Watson’s absence.

The new chief

Double Oak’s city council decided to appoint Ruben Rivas as the new chief on Monday, November 16th. Rivas has been an officer in the town for over 15 years now. He’s been in law enforcement for even longer, with 21 total years now. Rivas also holds the certification of Master Peace Officer, awarded to him by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. He’s also a graduate of the FBI’s law enforcement academy. Regardless of his experience, the previous Chief Watson leaves him some big shoes to fill.

Chief Watson’s leaving

Double Oak’s citizens loved Watson for his hard lines and care for the community. He had served in the Dallas police department before moving around to other cities around the DFW area. In Double Oak, he quickly became a fixture. The town’s residents will surely miss seeing him around.

He took a new position in Plainview, a small city between Lubbock and Amarillo. In Plainview, Watson will become the new chief of police and oversee a larger area than before. Though we and Double Oak are sad to see him leave, we’re happy to see him moving up in the world. Chief Watson will be officially starting his new role on December 1st.

In accordance with Chief Watson’s leaving, Double Oak’s new chief will also be starting his new position on December 1st. Chief Rivas won’t have to change too much, since he’s already on the force. Either way, the town is glad to see him — proven even more so by city council’s unanimous vote for him as chief.

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Grapevine School news

In other news, the city of Grapevine is no stranger to dealing with the COVID pandemic at this point. Grapevine-Colleyville ISD recently decided to postpone football games and other sporting events for the time being. After Coronavirus cases saw a sharp uptick across the US, they made the decision to hold off. Because of this, the district also prepared to postpone classes and even close schools if the virus continues to spike in their area.

New business for Grapevine

A new business recently announced plans to move its base of operations to Grapevine. E & A Transpro, Inc. was originally a large shipping and logistics company based out of Illinois. They have decided to relocate their headquarters and primary facilities to Grapevine to be nearer to their distribution lines. Excitingly, the logistics company will most likely be bringing new jobs to the area. We’ve included the link to their careers page here to help you in your next job search. Be sure to keep an eye out for postings!

Holiday fun for the family

Last but not least, the North Pole Express train ride will be returning to the city this year. The popular Grapevine attraction will allow riders to take a holiday themed ride through part of the city. The train takes riders to the “North Pole” and partners with Great Wolf Lodge, a company known for its kid-friendly hotels.

Doing things differently this year, the train will operate at half capacity to advocate social distancing. Either way, its sure to be a blast for the whole family and get everyone in the holiday spirit.

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City lists open bid for removal of “Shingle Mountain”

On September 24th, an open bid for the removal of the controversial 70,000 ton mountain of shingles in South Dallas to the nearby McCommas Bluff Landfill was posted.

Shingle Mountain, the abandoned roof shingle recycling facility off of Central Expressway, has been more than an eyesore for years to the city. Area residents and environmental activists alike have called for its removal due to the danger it poses to air quality, since the shingles cause fiberglass dust to fill the air. To attempt getting the mountain removed, one resident went so far as to create the Southern Sector Rising organization. The group works with other legal groups, including Downwinders At Risk and Texas Rising, to push for not only the removal of Shingle Mountain, but also changes to environmental zoning in Texas that protect low income and minority neighborhoods from other similar incidents.

Due to the massive effort by members of the Dallas community, the city listed the opening worth $450,000 and has already received bids from multiple businesses. The top bid will still have to pass City Council in a vote happening on October 13th, so members of the city are nervous, but remaining hopeful, that this will finally be it for Shingle Mountain.

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