September 15, 2014

  • UPPD Releases Sketch of Sexual Assault Suspect

    Sexual Assault 14-00937The University Park Police Department released a sketch today as it continues to look for a suspect in an aggravated sexual assault incident on Sept. 7 near the SMU campus.

    UPPD said the suspect is a black man in his early 20s with a “football player build,” with close-cropped hair and a tattoo on the left side of his neck. The tattoo featured a crown with script writing below it. (Strangely, however, it’s not included in the sketch.)

    The man is suspected of attacking a female jogger from behind at knifepoint in the 6700 block of Willard Drive at about 11:15 p.m. on Sept. 7. Anybody with information about the case should call UPPD at 214-363-3000 or Detective Marshall at 214-987-5359.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 15, 2014 | 1:55 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 12, 2014

  • Scots Blank Prosper to Remain Unbeaten

    Highland Park's Kevin Ken caught three first-half touchdown passes against Prosper. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Highland Park’s Kevin Ken caught three first-half touchdown passes against Prosper. Click on the photo to view a gallery of the game. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Poor field position didn’t faze the Highland Park offense on Friday night. Swirling winds and intermittent rain likewise didn’t rattle the Scots. And neither did the Prosper defense.

    In their final nondistrict test, HP crushed Prosper 54-0 at Highlander Stadium to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2011. The Scots also easily extended their home winning streak to 81 games.

    HP started fast and didn’t slow down until the game was well out of reach. Brooks Burgin completed 19 of 29 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns, all without playing a snap in the second half. His favorite target was Kevin Ken, who tallied 10 receptions for 159 yards and three scores — again, all before halftime.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 12, 2014 | 11:31 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • More Middle-School Skeeters Invade

    More mosquitoes have invaded the McCulloch Intermediate School/Highland Park Middle School area, so the campus areas will be sprayed after 9 p.m. on Saturday night.

    Do your part, drain standing water, and report any areas to the city at 311.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 12, 2014 | 5:30 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • CPPC to Unveil Expanded Facility on Sunday

    Connecting Point of Park Cities will celebrate the grand opening of its new facility with an event at 3-5 p.m. on Sunday at Central Christian Church.

    CPPC is an all-inclusive day program for adults with disabilities that has the endorsement of Clayton and Ellen Kershaw, who spoke at and donated items for a fundraising luncheon for the center earlier this year.

    The event is open to the public, and will allow visitors to meet CPPC staff members, tour the expanded facility, and learn about various programs. There will be refreshments and a raffle, as well. To RSVP, email

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 12, 2014 | 5:17 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Scots Hope to Keep Rolling Against Prosper

    The Highland Park defense will try to slow down Prosper tonight at Highlander Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    The Highland Park defense will try to slow down Prosper tonight at Highlander Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    While the offense has been as advertised, the Highland Park defense might be the primary reason why the Scots are on the verge of a 3-0 start for the first time since 2011.

    HP began the season with a shutout of Frisco Centennial — a perennial playoff team, by the way — then held off Pulaski Academy from Little Rock, Ark., last week in a 48-42 thriller.

    Now the Scots (2-0) turn their attention to Prosper for their final nondistrict test at 7:30 p.m. today at Highlander Stadium.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 12, 2014 | 11:05 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Meet the 2014 Ten Best Dressed Nominees

    Fashionistas With Heart

    Left to right: Patty Leyendecker, Heather Esping, Lynn McBee, Mary Clare Finney, DeeDee Lee, Hall of Fame honoree Lee Ann White, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Ashley Hunt, Christi Urschel, Margaret Hancock, and Nancy Carlson. (Photo: Dana Driensky)

    Nancy Carlson

    Favorite designer? Marni, Balenciaga, and Dior — Marni makes great dresses, Balenciaga has the best shapes and fit, and anything Dior is always perfect. Favorite outfit in your closet? I’m really comfortable in a jacket, short skirt, black tights, and flat boots. Fashion era you miss? ‘60s and early ‘70s — designers like Pucci and Courregès; models like Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton. Fashion faux pas? I’ve made a million. Favorite charity? Crystal Charity Ball helps so many children in Dallas each year. The arts are also essential — I love TACA and the Dallas Museum of Art.

    Heather Esping

    Favorite designer? Lanvin, Valentino, Celine, Zac Posen, and of course Nina Ricci. Favorite outfit in your closet? My sun-protected tennis top from SK Girl. I know that when I put that on I will get to exercise, have fun with my friends, and ward off any further sun damage. Fashion era you miss? ‘60s — I love how the women dress on Mad Men. It’s so feminine and put-together. Fashion faux pas? Wearing shoulder pads in everything in the ‘80s. Favorite charity? I feel drawn to organizations that give children a chance at a better education. It’s their perseverance and dedication that allows the program to succeed.

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    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 12, 2014 | 10:55 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 11, 2014

  • Lady Scots Set to Spike District Foes

    Highland Park fell in four sets to Rockwall-Heath, but hopes for better luck in District 10-6A play. (Photo: Jeff Kane)

    Highland Park fell in four sets to Rockwall-Heath, but hopes for better luck in District 10-6A play. (Photo: Jeff Kane)

    The hope for the Highland Park volleyball team was that a rigid nondistrict schedule would prepare them for the rigors of the Lady Scots’ first season at the 6A classification.

    On Friday, HP can begin to see if that strategy paid off when the Lady Scots host Richardson Berkner in their District 10-6A opener.

    HP (15-10) enters district play without much momentum after consecutive losses to Rockwall-Heath and Southlake Carroll, both in four sets. Heath rallied past the Lady Scots last Friday (24-26, 25-15, 25-21, 25-16), while Carroll proved its status as a state-title contender on Tuesday (25-19, 25-15, 29-31, 25-12).

    However, HP has competed favorably for years against schools with larger enrollments, and its new district isn’t loaded with perennial powerhouses.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 11, 2014 | 3:25 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Rockwell Historian to Discuss Multiculturalism

    Norman Rockwell historian Jane Allen Petrick is coming to the First Unitarian Church of Dallas this October.

    Petrick will speak on her book Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell’s America. The narrative explains the motivation behind Rockwell’s art and the reasons for his commitment to display multiculturalism in his illustrations.

    The event will be held by the Interfaith Council of the Thanks-Giving Foundation on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Sep. 11, 2014 | 2:30 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • The Rotary Club is Out For Blood (Donations)

    RTG6arkTLWhat better way to give of yourself than through a blood donation? The Rotary Club of the Park Cities will sponsor a community blood drive on Friday with the help of Carter BloodCare.

    You can donate either on the third floor of Highland Park Town Hall (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or at the University Park Library (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Appointments are accepted at either location, but they’re not necessary.

    The organizers remind everyone to bring a photo ID, and to drink plenty of fluids during the four hours or so before you give blood.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 11, 2014 | 11:58 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Girl Scout Participates in Service Challenge

    Highland Park High School student Claire Crofford recently returned from Outward Bound Costa Rica’s Service Challenge Destination. Crofford was one of 23 Girl Scouts nationwide who were selected to participate, and was one of only five to receive the Elliot Wildlife Values Project Scholarship for the trip.

    The Girl Scouts dug trenches at the local rainforest reserve, painted an elementary school in an indigenous village, and contrasted remote tree limbs. Amid their laborious projects they were able to learn about the wildlife, culture, and geography of Costa Rica as well as practice their Spanish.
    At the end of the project, they spent a day adventuring, white water rafting, and taking a canopy tour of the jungle — gaining a new perspective on the place where they worked the last few weeks.

    “I feel like I have gained friends and a unique cultural experience,” Crofford said.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Sep. 11, 2014 | 11:20 am | No Comments | Comments RSS