Study: Dense Dallas Getting Hotter


“Cities do not cause heat waves — they amplify them.”

The Dallas area is heating up and not in a good way.

A recent study by Brian Stone, a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, found that Dallas is heating up faster than nearly every other American city. Only Phoenix, Arizona, is warming faster.

“The study … is a wake-up call for all of us who call Dallas and North Texas home,” said Texas Trees Foundation CEO Janette Monear in announcing findings of the Dallas 2017 Urban Heat Island Effect Study.

The study was conducted for the foundation with partial funding from Alliance Data of Dallas.

New HPISD Campus Welcomes Temporary Tenants


Leigh Ann Mewhirter’s first-grade class with Principal Candace Judd. (Photo: Imani Chet Lytle)

A bagpiper and a panther mascot stood at the doors of 8385 Durham St. on the first morning of classes to welcome in the new 110,000-square-foot building’s temporary tenants — University Park Elementary students — for the 2017–18 school year.

The campus is the first new elementary school to open in more than 60 years in the Highland Park Independent School District.

The original UP Elementary campus, built in 1928, was torn down in June and will be rebuilt for the 2018–19 school year. With 700 students and 80 staff members, there simply wasn’t room for growth in the old setup, district leaders said.

Bush Center to Honor Bono


President George W. Bush waves to the camera as U2 Frontman Bono flashes his signature peace sign. (Courtesy photo)

The Bush Center has announced the Forum on Leadership, hosted by President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush, a new annual gathering that will bring together leading voices for in-depth discussions on pressing issues.

Ken Hersh, president and CEO of the Bush Center, said the event will recognize individuals for outstanding leadership in their fields and communities and investigate how to promote leadership while navigating such geopolitical challenges as governing in a complex world, education, economic growth, veterans’ transition, and technological disruptions.

Scots Pound Lovejoy in 15-5A Opener


Colby Hopkins and the Highland Park defense shut down Lovejoy on Friday. The Scots forced two turnovers and won 50-7. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

LUCAS — With the schedule revealing the start of the District 15-5A schedule, Highland Park knew it was time to flip the switch.

The Scots responded in a big way, unleashing their best all-around game of the season in a 50-7 drubbing of Lovejoy on Friday at Leopard Stadium.

John Stephen Jones threw four touchdown passes and ran for another before exiting in the third quarter, while the defense came within a minute of posting its first shutout of the year.

HP Athletics Provides Positive Coaching


Courtesy HPISD

HPISD Athletics has partnered with the Positive Coaching Alliance to present a program for ninth-grade athletes. Parents of middle and high school athletes also attended a workshop on Monday for a separate program.

  • The workshop for ninth-grade athletes will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 in the HPHS gym. The program will give newest high school athletes a game plan to help them become triple-impact competitors.

HP Travels to Lovejoy for 15-5A Opener


Ryan Coxe and the Highland Park defense will face a struggling Lovejoy offense on Friday in the District 15-5A opener. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

For Highland Park, the 2017 season has started almost identically to the 2016 season — with two solid wins and one tough loss during nondistrict play.

The Scots are hoping the current season also has an identical ending to the prior one, which culminated in a Class 5A Division I state title.

But first, HP will try to repeat its District 15-5A championship. And that quest begins with a trip to Lovejoy on Friday for its third road game in four weeks.

McBee Named Trailblazer



Lynn McBee (Photo: The Family Place)

The Family Place will kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month with the Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon, a fundraiser recognizing some of the most influential philanthropists in Dallas.

“As the luncheon and The Family Place have grown, we’ve been able to recognize so many wonderful leaders and highlight the fact that domestic violence touches us all,” said Paige Flink, CEO of The Family Place.

NCL Highlander Volunteers in South Dallas


NCL Highlander chapter volunteers at Bonton Farms in South Dallas.

Members of NCL Highlander volunteered on Sept. 15 at Bonton Farms. The farm's goal is to restore health, create jobs, and ignite hope in South Dallas.

More than 100 neighborhood girls and their mothers worked the crops and tended the animals while learning more about the farm from Daron Babcock, Bonton Farms executive director.

For more information or to support the farm, go to