After 18 years of service, Southlake Assistant City Manager Ben Thatcher is leaving to become the City Manager of Boerne, Texas.
Thatcher was honored at the June 2, 2020, City Council meeting for his years of service. In her presentation to the Council, Southlake City Manager Shana Yelverton called Thatcher “a tremendous asset to the City” and that he had worked “…tirelessly to serve our organization and the community.”
Thatcher was hired as a City Manager’s Office intern in June 2002 as he was pursuing his Master of Public Administration at the University of North Texas. After a short stay in Denton, he was hired as Southlake’s Assistant to the City Manager in November of 2004, and then promoted to Assistant City Manager in July of 2007.
During his time with the City, Thatcher has tackled numerous projects, including the establishment of financial benchmarks, and the formation of the City’s strategic management system. But it’s his work with the community and City employees where he has made his most significant impact.
With expressions like Mentor, Thoughtful, and Gracious, Yelverton used the words of Ben’s colleagues to describe a man who has not only invested in Southlake as a City but its residents and City employees.
Following Yelverton’s comments, the City Council offered their congratulations to Thatcher and his family. Mayor Laura Hill noted, “We think the world of you, we think the world of the kind of man that you are, we think the world of your family, and I’m grateful that you (his family) lent him to us.”
Thatcher’s last day with the City is June 15.
City of Southlake’s Purchasing Manager, Tim Slifka, was recently presented with the Presidential Award of Merit by the Texas Public Purchasing Association (TxPPA).
The Presidential Award of Merit recognizes a member whose level of contribution to the organization has been significant and noteworthy. In the 12 years that Tim has served as our City’s purchasing manager, this would be his second time to receive this award. The Texas Public Purchasing Association (TxPPA) is a professional association that represents over 500 purchasing professionals from across the state of Texas, including State, County, Municipal, Special Districts, and Independent School District employees tasked with purchasing duties for their represented organization.
TxPPA representatives noted that Tim’s support of the association as Treasurer and as a volunteer, his integrity and his professionalism were all standout qualities.
Southlake’s Chief Financial Officer, Sharen Jackson concurred, stating, “As the City of Southlake’s purchasing manager Tim has prioritized competency and efficiency.”
Additionally, the City of Southlake was recognized by the National Procurement Institute for seven consecutive years of excellence in public procurement, an accomplishment championed by Tim. The annual award recognizes organizations that have obtained a high score based on criteria designed to measure innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement and leadership attributes of the procurement organization. The awards are illustrative of Southlake’s financial success.
It was a great day of creative solutions for Carroll’s 18 “Odyssey of the Mind” teams on Saturday in Waller, Texas at the State Finals Tournament.
A record 15 teams medaled and 10 teams are advancing to “Odyssey of the Mind” World Finals in May.
To advance to Worlds, the top teams from across the State of Texas competed and only the top two teams in each Problem and Division compete at World Finals, held on the campus of Michigan State niversity May 24-28. Congratulations to all our Southlake Carroll OM teams, you’ve impressed and inspired your coaches and community.
Below are the Carroll teams who placed in the top three, earning medals at the state finals tournament.
|Problem / Division / School / Achievement||Coach/Coaches||Team Members|
|Diane Pierce Ogle||Grant Ogle
CARROLL MID SCH.
|Anne Vanderbush||Lindsay Vanderbush
Southlake Carroll HS
|Heather King||Miranda King
|Suman Gohel||Khushi Gohel
SC Senior High
|Inna Dietrich||Alexis Dietrich
Southlake Carroll HS
|Saroja Mummini||Sonia Naidu
|Tanuja Reddy||Vivek Reddy
SECOND PLACE (TIE)
|Niraj Mehta||Jaiden Mehta
Kenneth Warren Fambro, III
SECOND PLACE (TIE)
|Peter Kao||Livi Kao
|Anne Bean||Catt Gill
Southlake Carroll HS
|Kathy Marshall||Zack Marshall
The Carroll Dragon baseball team produced an impressive start to District 5-6A play last week.
The Dragons opened against Flower Mound, regarded as one of the top teams in the state. Carroll posted a 2-1 victory in the opener at Flower Mound last Tuesday behind ace Kole Ramage.
The Arkansas signee pitched a complete game and held Flower Mound to five hits and had 10 strikeouts. Cole Johnson delivered the clutch hit with a two-run double in the fourth inning.
While the opener was a pitchers’ duel, Friday was an offensive explosion for the Dragons. The Dragons won 19-1 stunning Flower Mound in a run-rule victory that included a 13-run second inning. Carroll finished with 16 hits.
Five Dragons had multiple hits led by Jake Murphy (3-for-4, 3 RBI) and Nik Millsap (3-for-4, 1 RBI). Johnson also had two hits and three RBI.
On the mound, Dragon sophomore Cutter Sippel went five innings and allowed two hits and one run and had seven strikeouts.
The Dragons return to action Tuesday at home at 7 p.m. vs. Trinity. Carroll is now 13-6-1 overall.
The City of Southlake recently hosted a regional training workshop focused on WAZE Connected Citizen Program (CCP). The CCP program is a free, two-way data exchange empowering cities to help give drivers a heads up to important information such as road closures, big events and crisis centers.
The training, which was held at Southlake’s DPS North Training Facility, allowed more than 80 participants from at least 40 different government and public safety agencies, transportation and engineering firms, from across the DFW Metroplex to learn about the program. It also gave participants insight to the mapping and editing tools found within the WAZE mobile application.
“The City of Southlake is pleased to be part of this program,” said Assistant City Manager Ben Thatcher. “Through our partnership with WAZE and other DFW cities, we intend to get important traffic information to drivers so they can make informed decisions about their daily commute.”
Current City uses for WAZE CCP include communicating planned road construction and road closures within the city, as well as providing daily update on targeted traffic enforcement areas. Look for more information about WAZE CCP and how the City intends to use the tool in the coming weeks.
The Carroll Lady Dragon softball team stopped a two-game losing streak with a dramatic home victory Saturday.
The Lady Dragons defeated Colleyville Heritage 16-9 to improve to 9-6-1 overall this season. It stopped a two-game losing streak to Flower Mound and Eaton.
Carroll was led by Abigail Stuart who had three hits and four RBI. The Lady Dragons trailed 9-5 entering the bottom of the fifth when they unleashed 11 unanswered runs. In the fifth the Lady Dragons scored four and then added seven more in the sixth.
The Lady Dragons finished with 13 hits and held Heritage scoreless in the top of the seventh for the victory.
Carroll returns to action in District 5-6A play Tuesday at home vs. Trinity at 7 p.m.
The Carroll Lady Dragon softball team is two weeks into the 2017 season.
The Lady Dragons are posting impressive results. Carroll is 8-4-1 after two tournaments, and won or tied its first eight games.
Carroll posted a 4-0 shutout of Rudder on Saturday. The Lady Dragons held Rudder to two hits as Allie Nuenke went five innings and had five strikeouts.
Madison Cashon and Elizabeth Egel each had two hits apiece. Cashon also had two RBI.
Follow the Lady Dragons this season on Gamechanger by clicking here. The Lady Dragons open District 5-6A play Tuesday at Flower Mound at 7 p.m.
The Carroll Dragons boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving teams both earned Region 2-6A championships last weekend in Lewisville.
The Dragons qualified all six relay teams, five divers and 20 swimmers for the Class 6A state meet in Austin. Diving coach Carolyn Hryorchuk was chosen 2-6A girls’ coach of the meet.
The state swimming and diving state meet will be held Feb. 17-18 at the Texas Swim Center on the University of Texas campus.
Regional Relay finishes for the Dragons: (ALL to State)
1st 200 med relay 1:47.25 with Kit Kat Zenick, Rachel Luevit, Anya Ittruck and Spencer Dockal
2nd 200 free relay 1:37.56 with Natalie Whalen, Amelia Rusli, Sydney Balint and Spencer Dockal
1st 400 free relay 3:32.56 with Natalie Whalen, Kit Kat Zenick, Amelia Rusli and Sydney Balint
1st 200 med relay 1:32.53 with Jack LeVant, Evan Kolde, Gus Karau and Landon Armstrong
1st 200 free relay 1:25.31 with Evan Kolde, Alex Zettle, Landon Jensen and Colter Carman
1st 400 free relay 3:02.79 with Jack LeVant, Alex Zettle, Landon Armstrong and Colter Carman
Top 3 medalists for the Dragons included: (Top 2 are State Automatic Qualifiers)
1st Alex Zettle 200 free 1:38.17 State
2nd Gus Karau 200 free 1:40.92 State
3rd Kevin Repice 200 free 1:41.00 State Call-UP
1st Natalie Whalen 200 IM 2:02.81 State
1st Colter Carman 200 IM 1:50.22 State
2nd Daniel Balint 200 IM 1:52.53 State
3rd Jaykob Williams 200 IM 1:53.36 State Call-UP
1st Spencer Dockal 50 free 24.47 State
1st Jack LeVant 50 free 20.52 State
3rd Landon Armstrong 50 free 21.36 State Call-Up
1st Kit Kat Zenick 100 fly 55.19 State
3rd Anya Ittiruck 100 fly 56.85 State Call-Up
1st Jack LeVant 100 fly 48.24 State
3rd Logan Davis 100 fly 50.17 State Call-UP
2nd Evan Kolde 100 free 46.04 State
3rd Landon Armstrong 100 free 46.24 State Call-Up
1st Natalie Whalen 500 free 4:58.37 State
2nd Ashley Zettle 500 free 5:05.45 State
1st Alex Zettle 500 free 4:25.20 State
2nd Colter Carman 500 free 4:28.68 State
3rd Chris Lindley 50 free 4:33.10 State Call-UP
2nd Kit kat Zenick 100 back 56.36 State
3rd Kevin Repice 100 back 52.94
1st Logan Davis 100 breast 57.17 State
2nd Evan Kolde 100 breast 57.89 State
1st Bridget O’Neil Diving State
2nd Allison Ward Diving State
3rd Katie Crown Diving State
2nd CJ Durant Diving State
3rd Phillip Kleiman Diving State
4th Sydney Balint 200 free 1:55.11
5th Ashley Zettle 200 free 1:55.38
5th Chris Lindley 200 free 1:43.07
5th Rachel Luevit 200 IM 2:10.02
8th Anya Ittiruck 200 IM 2:14.28
7th Brian Hochman 200 IM 1:56.31
5th Amelia Rusli 50 free 25.18
6th Tina Karl 50 free 25.19
11th Lana Jeter 50 free 25.89
5th Landon Jensen 50 free 21.74
10th Griffin Rea 50 free 22.35
4th Madelynn Tung 100 fly 58.20
4th Gus Karau 100 fly 50.44 State Call-UP
5th Daniel Balint 100 fly 50.83 State Call-Up
4th Sydney Balint 100 free 53.72
5th Amelia Rusli 100 free 54.52
13th Abby Cosenza 100 free 56.19
4th Landon Jensen 100 free 46.58 State Call-Up
7th Logan Henry 100 free 48.39
5th Ashley Woods 500 free 5:09.57
6th Eric Hart 500 free 4:40.52
4th Ashlee Shepherd 100 back 59.97
5th Miranda Faust 100 back 1:00.74
8th Brooke Guerra 100 back 1:02.20
5th Jack VandeBerg 100 back 53.16
6th Logan Henry 100 back 53.43
9th Jaykob Williams 100 back 54.86
4th Rachel Luevit 100 breast 1:06.94
5th Lillian Duma 100 breast 1:07.87
7th Tina Karl 100 breast 1:09.83
10th Natalie Gessner 100 breast 1:11.66
5th JP Reppeto 100 breast 59.56
8th Chris Ta 100 breast 1:01.94
CARROLLTON – The Carroll Lady Dragons earned a much-needed victory in District 5-6A action on Tuesday.
Carroll defeated Hebron 45-31 and earned its first district victory as the teams near the end of the first round of league action. Carroll led by three at halftime, then outscored Hebron 22-11 in the second half.
The Lady Dragons were led by Abby Zeitsiff and Gabby McBride, who each scored 13 points. Anna Gilliat added eight points. Carroll hosts Flower Mound at 6 p.m. Friday at Carroll Senior High School.
Carroll improved to 5-10 overall and 1-5 in district.
Dragons Win in Dramatic Fashion
The Dragons earned a big road victory in 5-6A vs. Hebron, winning in double overtime 58-55. Carroll trailed by seven after the first quarter and rallied the entire night.
The Dragons outscored Hebron 12-6 in the fourth quarter to force overtime. Sam Bourcy led the Dragons with 14 points, Blake Bischler added 11 and Eric Creech scored 10.
Carroll hosts Flower Mound at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Carroll Senior High School. The Dragons improved to 11-7 overall and are one of four teams in 5-6A tied for first place (Carroll, Flower Mound, Lewisville and Trinity).