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The Dallas Examiner

3/21/2013, 1:52 p.m.

DALLAS

The Walmart Supercenter, located at 3155 W. Wheatland Road, recently donated several prizes to help Methodist Charlton Medical Center Heart of the Community Challenge participants get moving to good health. The generous donation included gift cards, healthy-eating cookbooks, exercise DVDs and mats, weights and blood pressure machines. The store is now a partner of the community challenge, joining the American Heart Association, Cedar Hill ISD and Chef Cassondra. The challenge promotes heart disease education and prevention during a free 16-week program that encourages the entire family to have fun while improving their overall health. Participants receive free health screenings before and after the challenge. For more information, visit http://www.methodisthealthsystem.org/charltonheartofthecommunity.

DALLAS

Women for Women against Violence will be held March 22 on the second floor in room 203A and B at the Henry Wade Juvenile Justice Center, located at 2600 Lone Star Drive. The symposium, hosted by the Dallas Peace Center, will feature a candid discussion on violence against women. Retired Army Col. and United States Diplomat Ann Wright will speak about violence against women in the military, as well as international and domestic abuses.

"A diverse panel of women will explore how violence affects women from every ethnicity, social economic status, and age," said Terry Smith, Juvenile Services Director of the Dallas County Juvenile Department. "Their personal testimonies about the direct impact of violence will provide information and motivation to help develop workable solutions to this epidemic."

Women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Panel speakers will include: Dr. Terry Smith, executive director of the Dallas County Juvenile Department; Judge William Mazur of the 304th District Court Judge; Norma Westurn, executive director and owner of Centro de Mi Salud LLC; Dr. Hind Jarrah, executive director of the Texas Muslim Women's Foundation; and Debra Mitchell-Ibe, program director of Community Outreach at The Family Place.

DeSOTO

The city of DeSoto held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday to commemorate the construction of a vertical flight facility in the city.

The Dallas suburb partnered with the Texas Department of Transportation, Aviation Division, DeSoto Economic Development Corporation and Sky Helicopters to construct a 22,225 square-feet operator hangar, a 10,000 square-feet private hangar, a heliport apron, taxiway and helipad. Services that operate from a vertical flight facility include public safety, emergency medical services, corporate business transport, broadcast news media, flight training and personal use.

"The vision for a vertical flight facility in DeSoto is obviously long range and there are no guarantees, but we have positioned ourselves for the future as aviation expands to meet the needs of our entire regional transportation system which can never completely meet the demands as our population continues to grow," said Bobby Waddle, former mayor of DeSoto.

The heliport will benefit the city as an economic and transportation entity but also contribute to the growth of the aviation industry in the North Central Texas region. According to a 2005 TxDOT impact study, the aviation industry created over 28,000 jobs, a $1.1 billion payroll, and has a total economic impact of over $4.2 billion.