October 29, 2014

  • Lady Scots Await 6A Playoff Debut

    After a runner-up finish in District 10-6A play, Highland Park is ready for its first run into the Class 6A volleyball playoffs.

    On Tuesday, the Lady Scots (28-11) fell in four sets to district champion Richardson Pearce (25-22, 25-19, 11-25, 25-23) for the second time this season. That left HP in second place, meaning it will meet the third-place team from District 9-6A.

    The opponent won’t be determined until Irving Nimitz and Irving MacArthur break their tie later this week, with the Lady Scots taking on the lower-seeded of those teams. The bi-district match will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Duncanville.

    In the meantime, HP will play a postseason warm-up match at Waxahachie at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 29, 2014 | 4:28 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Home Tours Showcase More Than Pretty Facades

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    Courtesy photos

    Home tours abound when the holidays come ringing. Luckily, with so many choices comes the chance to see a wide array of architecture and design styles. There are even a few with a cause.

    The New Friends New Life tour — which will feature four homes on Beverly Drive, Windsor Lane, Southwestern Boulevard, and Lakeside Drive — takes place on Nov. 23 and features something more than just good looks: proceeds go to the namesake organization, which helps to empower trafficked girls and sexually-exploited women.

    “The lives of women and children are transformed and families are restored because of the community support,” executive director and honorary chair Katie Pedigo said.

    Corporate and family sponsors include a few notable names, including Allie Beth Allman, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, and Gail and Gerald Turner.

    Homes for the 15th annual tour were announced at a party on Sept. 18. Highlights include a “floating” staircase and an outdoor mural. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 29, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Bradfield Students Enjoy Spooktacular Carnival

    Sisters Julia and Anna Grace Simpton held live snakes at the event.

    Sisters Julia and Anna Grace Simpton took on the scary snakes at Spooktacular.

    Bradfield Elementary School students and friends took part in some Halloween fun on Saturday at the school’s Spooktacular carnival.

    This year there was food, music, and plenty of activities. Students could play at the dunking booth, get scared in the haunted house, and even hold live snakes. The kids may have been spooked, but there seemed to be nothing but smiles at the event.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Oct. 29, 2014 | 1:57 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Races to Watch: County Judge

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    Ron Natinsky

    Republican and Far North Dallas resident Ron Natinsky faces Democratic incumbent Clay Jenkins in the race for county judge. Natinsky is a Hillcrest High School graduate and a former city councilman, where he served the city for six years.



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    Clay Jenkins

    Jenkins, a Park Cities resident and parent of HPISD students, has been in the spotlight for the past year due to his proposal to house undocumented children within Dallas County as well as his efforts to curtail Ebola in Dallas.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 29, 2014 | 1:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Pastor: Ebola Fears Don’t Define Dallas

    With the Ebola situation in Dallas having stabilized for now, and lives having returned mostly to normal, we’re left to reflect on what the past two months have taught us.

    Rev. Brent A. Barry, lead pastor and head of staff at NorthPark Presbyterian Church, chooses to take an optimistic view of how Dallas handled itself during such fearful times, and how elected officials, volunteers, and faith-based leadership came together and showed resolve.

    Anyway, he was kind enough to send us his thoughts in a letter, which we’ve printed in its entirety after the jump. It’s worth reading.

    Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 29, 2014 | 12:02 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Highlander Strings Wow NorthPark Crowd

    A video posted by Park Cities People (@pcpeople) on

    If you missed the Highlander Strings Orchestra last night, you missed a good show. The orchestra wrapped up the night with a much applauded version of the James Bond theme song. Great job kids. Now I feel like I need to go practice my scales.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Oct. 29, 2014 | 10:29 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • End of Road Nears in Election For State Seat

    race-for-108-1Momentum has been growing for a long time for the two remaining candidates after the Texas House District 108 seat, soon to be vacated by Rep. Dan Branch. For Leigh Bailey and Morgan Meyer, only a few days stand between them and election results. But it’s been a long road.

    Republican Morgan Meyer defeated two other party hopefuls in the March and May primaries, first with small business owner Court Alley and then with investment businessman Chart Westcott, both of whom grew up in the Park Cities. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 29, 2014 | 10:05 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Races to Watch: District Attorney

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    Craig Watkins

    A product of the Dallas public school system, Craig Watkins was first elected in 2006 as the first African-American district attorney in Texas. Watkins has faced criticism after using forfeiture funds to settle a car accident in 2013.


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    Susan Hawk

    Susan Hawk is a former felony prosecutor and criminal court judge, and has tried more than 150 jury trials. She has served as a member of both the Republican and Democratic parties.

    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 29, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • World Stroke Day Galvanizes Education

    Today is World Stroke Day. If you don’t know the warning signs and symptoms, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, headquartered here in Dallas, has an easy acronym for you to remember: FAST.

    F: Face drooping

    A: Arm weakness

    S: Speech difficulty

    T: Time to call 911

    As the daughter of a young stroke survivor, my mom had a stroke when she was in her 30s, I’m always interested in spreading awareness about strokes. You can join me in pledging to end strokes here.

    According to the Stroke Association, strokes are the leading cause of long-term disabilities in the U.S. and is the fourth leading cause of death. Worldwide more people die from strokes than from causes attributed to AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.  If you’d like to learn more about strokes, click here.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Oct. 29, 2014 | 9:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 28, 2014

  • HP-Pearce Rematch Will Decide 10-6A Title

    Highland Park will travel to face Richardson Pearce tonight in the regular-season finale.

    Highland Park hopes to celebrate with a share of the 10-6A title after it faces Richardson Pearce tonight.

    The Highland Park volleyball team has been waiting more than three weeks for a rematch with Richardson Pearce, after the Mustangs handed the Lady Scots their only District 10-6A loss in four sets on Oct. 3.

    HP will get the chance for revenge tonight, as Pearce and HP meet in Richardson with the district title on the line. The Mustangs (31-10, 13-0) can win the district outright with a victory, while the Lady Scots (27-11, 12-1) can clinch a share of the crown if they prevail.

    If the two teams wind up tied, they can either flip a coin or hold a tiebreaker match to determine playoff seeding. Looking ahead to the bi-district round next Tuesday, the top seed in 10-6A likely will meet Skyline, while the second seed would face either Irving MacArthur or Irving Nimitz.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 28, 2014 | 3:37 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS