October 19, 2014

  • DAPS to Discuss Neurobics at Annual Meeting

    The Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society will hold its general membership meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at University Park United Methodist Church.

    Silverado Community ambassador Beth Geniewicz will present a program entitled “Neurobics: Awaken Your Senses, Stimulate Your Brain.” You can find more information here.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 19, 2014 | 10:27 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 17, 2014

  • Scots Rally Past Lake Highlands

    Highland Park defenders tackle Eddie Clinton of Lake Highlands during a 34-7 win on Friday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Highland Park defenders tackle Eddie Clinton of Lake Highlands during a 34-7 win. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    While it was business as usual for the Highland Park defense on Friday night, the offense took a slightly different approach to yield the same results.

    The Scots scored 34 unanswered points to rally past Lake Highlands 34-7 at Highlander Stadium for their 83rd consecutive home victory.

    HP bounced back from a tough loss to Mesquite Horn last week, and remained a game behind the Jaguars for the District 10-6A lead with three games remaining.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 17, 2014 | 11:36 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPISD: It’s Centennial Time!

    We’ve been gearing up for all the excitement surrounding Highland Park High School’s centennial celebrations this weekend.

    Hopefully, you didn’t miss the campus open houses this afternoon. But if you did, the fun doesn’t stop there. Sunday’s block party takes place from 2 – 5 p.m. There will be bounce houses, food trucks, a Scots museum, live performances from all different high-school groups, and a huge array of guest speakers.

    Sounds fun, right? We also took the liberty of posting some very important parking info for you.

    Go Hi-Park High!

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 17, 2014 | 5:10 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPISD to Deep-Clean Campuses This Weekend

    Highland Park ISD just released a memo on behalf of superintendent Dawson Orr saying that the school district will commence a deep-cleaning of each campus this weekend and into next week. Custodial staff will also “step up” daily cleaning measures.

    “We have checked the CDC guidelines for recommended cleaning products and the commercial grade anti-viral disinfectants currently in use on every campus exceed those recommendations,” Orr said in the memo.

    In the spirit of rumor control, the district wished to emphasize that no member of the Bradfield Elementary community was on the Frontier Airlines flight with Ebola patient Amber Vinson — a parent and student did fly from Cleveland to Dallas on Oct. 13, but on a different plane.

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    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 17, 2014 | 12:27 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Scots Look to Rebound Against Lake Highlands

    Kevin Ken and the Scots will host Lake Highlands tonight. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Kevin Ken and the Scots will host Lake Highlands tonight. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Last week’s loss to Mesquite Horn severely dented Highland Park’s chances of winning a district title in their first season at the Class 6A level. But it didn’t do much to harm the Scots’ playoff chances.

    HP sits in a three-way tie for second place in District 10-6A entering tonight’s matchup against Lake Highlands, another one of the current runners-up (North Mesquite is the other). The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Highlander Stadium.

    It should provide a solid test for the Scots (5-1, 2-1) as they look to bounce back from the 42-27 loss to the Jaguars, who now control their destiny atop the standings.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 17, 2014 | 12:10 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Hyer Carnival Will Be All Fun and Games

    From left, Arden Cryer, Jenna Bowen, and Madison McBee  Middle (l to r):  Lennox Byrd, Principal Jeremy Gilbert, Jack Bowen, Jacob Steele, and Tyler Gravlee   Seated Front (l to r):  Elise Pankratz and Lydia Pankratz

    From left, back row: Arden Cryer, Jenna Bowen, and Madison McBee. Middle row: Lennox Byrd, Hyer principal Jeremy Gilbert, Jack Bowen, Jacob Steele, and Tyler Gravlee. Front row: Elise Pankratz and Lydia Pankratz

    With events that include names such as “water wars,” “cake walk,” and “can smash,” how can this weekend’s annual carnival at Hyer Elementary School not be fun for all ages?

    The carnival has a “Stay Cool” theme this year, and will feature plenty of activities in addition to those listed above. There also will be plenty of rides and refreshments between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and of course, the community is invited.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 17, 2014 | 10:27 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • October 16, 2014

  • Documentary Has Family Ties For SMU Grad

    heroFor its filmmaker, Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound was a way not only to tell the story of an unheralded pioneer in country music, but also to explore a vital piece of family history.

    That’s because William “Joe” Saunders, an SMU graduate and the director of the feature-length documentary, is the grandson of Mize, whose influence helped to shape a music scene during the 1940s and 1950s that made the central California city a companion to Nashville during its heyday.

    The film will show on Friday night at the Angelika Film Center in Mockingbird Station as part of Dallas VideoFest, with Saunders in attendance to host a question-and-answer session afterward.

    Saunders tracks the career of Mize, whose career started in Bakersfield along with such luminaries as Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 16, 2014 | 10:20 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Lady Scots to Honor Seniors on Friday

    From left, Allegra Munoz, Caroline Downing, Eleanor Watson, and Grace Bonnet

    Highland Park volleyball seniors, from left, Allegra Munoz, Caroline Downing, Eleanor Watson, and Grace Bonnet

    Having already clinched a playoff spot in its first season at the Class 6A level, the Highland Park volleyball team still has some unfinished business as the regular season winds down.

    For starters, the Lady Scots (24-11, 9-1) will hold their Senior Night festivities on Friday prior to their home match against Lake Highlands. A brief ceremony will honor graduating seniors Allegra Munoz, Caroline Downing, Eleanor Watson, and Grace Bonnet.

    HP, which is in second place in the District 10-6A standings behind Richardson Pearce with four matches remaining, will play its final home match on Tuesday against North Mesquite.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 16, 2014 | 3:34 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Eat BBQ and Donate to Highlander Band

    Members of the Highlander Band join Mike Shannon, managing partner of Peggy Sue BBQ, to promote Friday's fundraiser. (Photo: Greg Sommers)

    Members of the Highlander Band join Mike Shannon, managing partner of Peggy Sue BBQ, to promote Friday’s fundraiser, which includes dinner and a silent auction. (Photo: Greg Sommers)

    Before you watch them march and hear them play during Friday’s football game, you can support the Highlander Band at its annual BBQ With the Band fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the HPHS cafeteria.

    The dinner and auction will feature catering by Peggy Sue BBQ, and it will even include a take-out option from 4:30 to 6:30 in the teacher parking lot off Douglas Avenue. There will be live entertainment by the Dixie Scots and various silent auction items (including six raffle baskets valued at $1,000 or more).

    The goal, of course, is to raise money for the band’s operating costs, instrument purchases and repairs, equipment and uniforms, and transportation. You can preview some of the auction items here.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 16, 2014 | 10:31 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 15, 2014

  • Books Debate Continues With School Board

    Parents and neighbors stood out in the hallway to hear at the HPISD school-board meeting. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    Parents and neighbors stood in the hallway to hear at the HPISD school-board meeting. (Staff photo: Sarah Bennett)

    The HPISD Board of Trustees clearly expected a crowd at the Oct. 14 meeting, as it was held at the Armstrong Elementary auditorium instead of the usual McCulloch Intermediate School location.

    (Update: HPISD had long scheduled the meeting to be held at Armstrong in honor of the Centennial celebrations.) But even Armstrong’s auditorium didn’t provide enough seats. Prior to the meeting’s start, parents and neighbors were gathered outside the auditorium, spilling into the hallway and lobby, straining for a chance to hear.

    The first item of note was an “Ebola update” from Dr. LeeAnn Kridelbaugh, who is a member of the medical-education staff at Cook’s Children’s Medical Center. She briefed the board on Ebola health concerns, and then met in the library with school nurses and a handful of parents with additional questions. Sources have reported that absences at Armstrong have gone up since county judge Clay Jenkins (an Armstrong parent) has been at the front of the Ebola fight — though school nurses have confirmed that there is no reason to panic. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 15, 2014 | 5:16 pm | 9 Comments | Comments RSS