Texas tornado season
       
     
Gen. Robert E. Lee's last ride
       
     
QueerBomb
       
     
Shady Shores under water
       
     
DPD Memorial Service
       
     
NoDAPL protesters gather outside Energy Transfer Partners
       
     
Bird banding
       
     
White Rock Lake drowning
       
     
Holding in the bucking bronc
       
     
F.O.E. Pool Party
       
     
Plano Huffines takes on ALS ice bucket challenge
       
     
"Fish Camp"
       
     
Storm rips apart local Old Town businesses
       
     
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Highland Village Balloon Festival ready for liftoff
       
     
Firefighters, runners climb to save lives
       
     
LHS Latino Dancers
       
     
Gaylord Texan prepares for "ICE!"
       
     
Rosettes wait backstage
       
     
Cultural dancers shake off bullying
       
     
DCTA conducts disaster drill with city partners
       
     
Texas tornado season
       
     
Texas tornado season

CANTON, TEX. - Pastor Raul Quezada walks along the roof space of the Valley Dale Baptist Church’s second-story addition on Sunday, where much of the roofing had been ripped off from severe tornado winds on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

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Area responders, volunteers flooded relief centers set up Saturday, April 29, and the following Sunday in Canton after severe storms ripped through rural East Texas.

Four tornadoes confirmed by The National Weather Service touched down, leaving four dead and two previously missing persons found, according to a statement made by Canton mayor Lou Ann Everett to local news affiliates Monday morning.

The first tornado touched down with a brief track about 4:15 p.m. by Grand Saline. Two Canton-area tornadoes followed around 5:10 and 5:29 p.m., the latter moving along a longer track until 6:09 p.m. The fourth tornado, also traveling through Canton, hit other areas of Henderson and Van Zandt counties, lasting from 5:41 to 7:28 p.m., which the NWS determined to have traveled roughly 51 miles.

As of Monday, the four confirmed victims from Saturday’s storms have been identified as: Russell Rusty Barlow, 51, of Canton; Kenneth Hughes, 57, of Van Zandt County; Lucretia Sykes, 49, of Fort Worth; and James Clayton Young, 39, of Alba. 

Gen. Robert E. Lee's last ride
       
     
Gen. Robert E. Lee's last ride
QueerBomb
       
     
QueerBomb

DALLAS - Hundreds took to the streets of Deep Ellum and danced the night away at RBC for QueerBomb on Saturday night, June 24, 2017.

Originally started as an offshoot of Austin’s QueerBomb in 2013, the Dallas alternative pride festival provided a free, safe space to come together and celebrate each others differences in the LGBT community.

QueerBomb sets itself apart from the annual Dallas Pride, which is held every September in Oak Lawn, by entirely funding itself through community events and crowd-funding campaigns, committing to remaining free of corporate influence, according to organizers. The festival is also held the last weekend of June, widely celebrated as LGBT Pride Month in honor of the 1969 Stonewall riots.

Shady Shores under water
       
     
Shady Shores under water

SHADY SHORES - Lake Dallas children play in the mossy flood waters as Lewisville Lake increasingly creeps up over Shady Shores Road on May 30, 2015.

Over the next few months, rains continued to flood the Lake Cities area, limiting access to Shady Shores for residents of the small, lakeside community.

DPD Memorial Service
       
     
DPD Memorial Service

DALLAS - A police officer waits during the police memorial service to hand out yellow roses to family members of fallen officers in downtown on Wednesday, May 18, 2017.

Following a march of police officers and area law enforcement agencies, city officials and community members gathered at the police memorial across from Dallas City Hall to pay respect for "Police Week," continue support for those impacted by the deadly attack on police in downtown on July 7, 2016.

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NoDAPL protesters gather outside Energy Transfer Partners

DALLAS - Lewisville resident Gina Pyon holds a homemade sign in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline in Dallas on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Along with Pyon, hundreds of protesters from around North Texas met outside of the Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, the oil and gas firm responsible for the controversial pipeline project that aims to connect crude oil fields in North Dakota to central Illinois, and show support for the indigenous tribes protesting the pipeline's construction at Standing Rock.

Bird banding
       
     
Bird banding

LEWISVILLE - Right, Dr. Ken Steigman, Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) director, examines and tags two birds with a colleague at the LLELA bird banding station in August of 2015.

The LLELA bird banding station, established in 2006 and operated by UNT's IAS program, allows students and volunteer researchers to monitor and document bird migration patterns along the Central Flyway, a migratory pattern that generally follows the Great Plains in the US and Canada.

The environmental area is a sanctuary located south of the Lewisville Lake dam where the Blackland Prairies and Eastern Cross Timbers meet, nestled in between the suburban communities of Lewisville, Carrollton and The Colony.

White Rock Lake drowning
       
     
White Rock Lake drowning

DALLAS - Members of the Dallas Police Dive Team transfer the body of veteran sailor Conrad Callicoatte, 80, to shore after a two-day search at White Rock Lake on Monday, June 26, 2017.

Holding in the bucking bronc
       
     
Holding in the bucking bronc

LEWISVILLE - Rodeo officials hold closed a gate containing a bronc rider awaiting to be unleashed on the Lewisville Saddle Club arena in the annual Labor Day Rodeo competition.

The club celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Labor Day rodeo Aug. 29-31, 2014.  The rodeo included eight events each night: bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, women's breakaway roping, tie down calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, women's barrel racing, bull riding and junior barrel racing.

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F.O.E. Pool Party

DALLAS - After being closed due to torrential rains the first weekend of summer, swarms of people from across the Dallas area flooded into the Fraternal Order of Eagles' pool to kick off a season of partying and staying cool in the Texas heat on Sunday, June 11, 2017.

Plano Huffines takes on ALS ice bucket challenge
       
     
Plano Huffines takes on ALS ice bucket challenge

PLANO - From left, Zahnd Schlensker, commercial sales, and Sam Huffines dump buckets of ice water on general manager Craig Robins and finance manager Burl Thomas, respectively.

Huffines Chevrolet in Plano members took on the ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge Friday afternoon.  A popular trend on social media like Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Vine, the #IceBucketChallenge promotes viewers and participants to donate and support research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

"Fish Camp"
       
     
"Fish Camp"

CORINTH - Incoming freshmen got an early peak at high school life and learned the do's and don'ts for what is to be expected from them the next four years at Lake Dallas High School at Fish Camp on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2015.

The camp kicked off in the auditorium with a welcome from school administrators, giving students valuable information from both teachers and past students. The rest of the day included class tours, an outdoor break at Falcon Stadium and ended with a pep rally.

Storm rips apart local Old Town businesses
       
     
Storm rips apart local Old Town businesses

LEWISVILLE - Metric Motors owner David Abramians, left, looks away from what's left of his automotive business with a concerned customer and friend after the early morning's severe storm, which brought streamline wind that ripped apart the building's roofing and infrastructure.

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Highland Village Balloon Festival ready for liftoff
       
     
Highland Village Balloon Festival ready for liftoff

HIGHLAND VILLAGE - Pilot Pat Cannon releases a controlled amount of hot air from the burner into the balloon at a special preview balloon inflation and tethering for the annual Lions Club Balloon Festival. Because warm air rises, the air will not escape from the opening at the bottom of the balloon's envelope, keeping the vessel upright and inflated.

Firefighters, runners climb to save lives
       
     
Firefighters, runners climb to save lives

DALLAS - A Reunion Tower employee looks at a Roanoke firefighter's tank, decorated with family pictures and a photo of Lewisville retired firefighter Andy Allison.

Fire, military and police officials, along with friends and family, came together to give back to their everyday heroes at the first Heroes Memorial Climb at Reunion Tower in Dallas on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

Organized by the nonprofit Heroes in Action, the climb raised money through participants for the Peace Officers’ Angels Foundation, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Texas and retired Lewisville Fire Department member Andy Allison, whom retired after an injury responding to a house fire in 2012.

Climbers across three categories - competitive; fire, military and police; and civilian - ascended 57 floors of Reunion Tower twice, making the climb a total of 114 floors.

LHS Latino Dancers
       
     
LHS Latino Dancers

LEWISVILLE - Members of the Lewisville High School Latino Dancers wait backstage before their performance at the 23rd Annual North Texas Dr. Martin Luther Kind, Jr. Celebration.

This year's ceremony included performances by cultural organizations from across LISD schools, speakers from the district and community, choir performances, speech recitations and awards given to students that submitted essays and art inspired by this year's theme: "Nurturing Cultural Harmony."

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Gaylord Texan prepares for "ICE!"

GRAPEVINE - An ice sculptor carves away chunks of ice to create a snowman at the entrance of the "ICE!" experience at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine.

Enclosed in a controlled, 4-degree environment, ice carvers from Harbin in Northeast China carved and pieced together ice sculptures for the "ICE! featuring Frosty the Snowman" experience.

Rosettes wait backstage
       
     
Rosettes wait backstage

FLOWER MOUND - Dancers from the Flower Mound High School Rosettes drill team follow along the program schedule backstage during the performance of their 2016 spring show: "Get the Message."

Cultural dancers shake off bullying
       
     
Cultural dancers shake off bullying

THE COLONY - Dancers from Dallas' Schooling Talent perform on stage at the Mothers Opposing Bullying (MOB) World Unity Festival at Stewart Creek Park on Saturday, April 2, 2016.

The evening-long festival kicked off with 5K, 10K runs and a main stage for viewers to watch cultural performances from across the globe and DFW bands. Benefiting The Mothers Opposing Bullying Foundation, a locally-based anti-bullying group, proceeds and donations through the festival went towards promoting the foundation and in-school programs across the area.

DCTA conducts disaster drill with city partners
       
     
DCTA conducts disaster drill with city partners

LEWISVILLE - Denton County Transportation Authority conducted a full-scale disaster drill, simulating the response effectiveness in the event of an A-Train collision with a passenger bus, Sunday morning at Railroad Street and Bennett Road.

Cooperating with Lewisville and neighboring cities' medical, police and fire officials, DCTA personnel ran the simulation to educate participating departments and volunteers on the emergency response procedures required in such an event.

DCTA is required to complete the simulation every two years per regulations set by the Federal Railroad Administration.