September 16, 2014

  • Civic Group Thanks Firefighters on 9/11

    The Tiguas and firefighters at the station after honoring their service.

    The Tiguas and firefighters at the station after honoring their service.

    A small group took the time to recognize University Park firefighters on Sept. 11. They thanked them for their continued service and dedication to the community in remembrance of the day.

    The group is called The Tigua Princess Tribe of the Park Cities, and is a father-daughter civic group that started when the girls were in kindergarten. They are now in their junior year of high school and continue their involvement in civic projects.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Sep. 16, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Police Report: September 2 to September 7


    At 11:49 p.m., an officer spotted a silver 2012 Toyota Camry stopped with its high-beams on in the 4500 block of Abbott Avenue. The car began moving slowly, then ran a stop sign at the intersection of Abbott and Knox Street, prompting the officer to turn on his strobe lights and siren. The car stopped at the intersection of Knox and North Central Expressway, but didn’t pull over. It then headed northbound on Central, reaching speeds close to 100 mph while weaving erratically through traffic. The Toyota exited at Caruth Haven and drove eastbound, at which time the HPDPS officer lost sight of it and ended the pursuit. The same night, police reports show five car burglaries in the vicinity where the Toyota was stopped.


    5 FRIDAY
    Between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., a vandal broke a window on a blue 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe in the 4400 block of Fairfax Avenue, causing $500 in damage. Nothing was reported stolen.

    At 10:24 p.m., Peter George Sanderson, 23, of Garland was arrested in the 4700 block of Abbott Avenue on a public intoxication charge.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 16, 2014 | 12:47 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Kindness Club Starts Chain Reaction at Hyer

    A group of 4th grade boys share the challenge with Ms. Carbajal's class.

    A group of 4th grade boys share the challenge with Ms. Carbajal’s class.

    After hearing about Rachel’s Challenge, a group of students from Hyer Elementary School set out to share the message.

    They created the KC Club, which stands for kindness and compassion, and are striving to create a chain reaction of kindness through out the school. They went room to room last week, presenting the challenge to students.

    At Hyer, the students wrote notes of compassionate deeds and formed a paper chain, symbolizing the chain reaction of kindness they hope to see.

    The challenge promotes acceptance and discourages bullying. It teaches young students that kindness is not just something they do, but who they are.

    Rachel Scott was the first victim in the Columbine shooting. Her father and other supporters started the program to promote kindness and compassion.

    By Allyssa Schoonover Sep. 16, 2014 | 11:57 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Kathy Reichs Visits ‘Authors Live’

    rsz_bones_never_lie_coverDr. Kathy Reichs will speak about her book, “Bones Never Lie,” on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Her visit is part of the HPUMC “Authors Live” series.

    “Bones Never Die” is Reichs’ 17th book, which follows forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan and her run-in with a serial killer.

    Reichs is a producer on the TV show “Bones,” which is based on her books. She’s the chief medical examiner in North Carolina and a professor at UNC.

    As always, the event takes place at the church at 7 p.m., but you are welcome to reserve a space at the 6 p.m. reception for $30 (including a copy of the book). Register here.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 16, 2014 | 8:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • 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