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    • Elizabeth is a Park Cities native whose first job in journalism was on the Highland Park Middle School's Tribal Tribune. She went on to serve at as an editor-in-chief of The Bagpipe in high school and of The Collegian at the University of Richmond, in Virginia.
  • Pool Passion Becomes Life’s Work

    Ches Hudel chats with caregiver Maria Farias as Chris Diduck instructs in the pool. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    After 67 years, Ches Hudel still has a passion for helping people with special needs find joy in the pool . (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    She refers to it as her life’s calling, and it’s hard to dispute Ches Hudel’s claim about her work in adapted aquatics when you consider she’s been doing it for 67 years.

    Hudel makes the journey about five days each week from her home near White Rock Lake to the Park Cities YMCA, where she helps teach therapeutic swimming lessons for people with a variety of afflictions, such as autism and Down syndrome.

    And at age 83, she’s still as passionate about her work as ever.

    “I’ve never really thought of it as a job,” Hudel said. “I still love it.” Read More…

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Oct. 9, 2014 | 8:30 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Dead Fish Mystery Under Investigation

    Dead fish were spotted at Lakeside Park near Beverly Drive this morning. (Photo: Pat Martin)

    Dead fish were spotted at Lakeside Park near Beverly Drive this morning. (Photo: Pat Martin)

    UPDATE: This morning, a crew from Highland Park’s Town Services was deployed to clean up the unusual collection of dead fish at Lakeside Park.

    The town has already contacted the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, HP public information officer Sgt. Lance Koppa said.

    Per procedure, Koppa said that they would send samples of the water and the fish, which predominantly seemed to be 1 to 3-inch shad, to both agencies.

    They don’t know yet what the cause of death was, but it probably had something to do with runoff from the deluge on Thursday after our prolonged dry spell, Koppa said.

    He emphasized that it’s not a definitive answer, but that when accumulated waste, landscaping chemicals, and decomposing vegetation in the street was washed downstream, it could have led the water to deoxygenate, killing the fish.

    We’ll keep you posted if we learn anything else.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Oct. 4, 2014 | 5:11 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Dead Fish Spotted at Lakeside Park

    Dead fish were spotted filling Exall Lake on Lakeside in Highland Park. (Staff photo: Pat Martin)

    Dead fish were spotted filling Exall Lake on Lakeside Drive in Highland Park. (Staff photo: Pat Martin)

    This is just what you want to see on your morning walk. Not.

    Our publisher, Pat Martin, sent us this photo this morning when she was walking her precious pup at Lakeside Park. Has anyone seen this before?

    We’ve got lots of theories about runoff from the storm to someone cleaning out their bait bucket, but no real answers.

    We’ll be contacting the town officials, but until we have a response, we’d love to hear your theories.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Oct. 4, 2014 | 12:13 pm | 3 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Happy Texas Wine Month

    In August, we brought you stories about wine in the Texas Hill Country. Now that it’s October, aka Texas wine month, and now that the weather has just the hint of coolness, it’s the perfect time to take that weekend getaway we know you’ve been meaning to take. Click on the map for a full guide to towns and cities that are home to wineries and vineyards ripe for visiting. The map is sorted into three groups from shortest to longest driving distances. We hope it proves useful in planning your trip. Safe travels.

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    Click this map to open a directory of Wineries and Vineyards in Texas. (Map: Curtis Thornton/Google)

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Oct. 1, 2014 | 9:30 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Dr. William F. Brown

    pdf_bill_brown_picture (5)[1]William Franklin Brown was born May 23, 1921 in Joplin, Missouri to Sallie Alexander Brown and Dr. William Wylie Franklin Brown.  Before Bill graduated Joplin High School his mother took him  to look at colleges. She had a long time girl friend who had married and lived in Dallas. His mother’s friend insisted she and Bill come to Dallas, stay with her, and tour Southern Methodist University. Bill fell in love with Dallas and the school.

    After  graduating S.M.U. he attended the University of Kansas Dental School, Kansas City, Mo. In 2003 he was inducted into the Joplin Mo. Sports Hall of Fame for his championship basketball. He was a member of SMU Kappa Alpha Order. Bill served as a dental officer in the Army, and was stationed in Japan for 3 years during World War II. One of his assignments was Sugamo prison where Japanese generals and warlords were tried, convicted and sentenced for war crimes.

    Upon his discharge from the army he returned to Dallas to begin his dental practice. He officed in the  Medical Arts Building and in Oak Cliff. After the Medical Arts Building was torn down he moved to the Preston Road and Forest Lane area and retired in 1993 after 47 years of private practice. He was a life member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association and Dallas County Dental Association. He also held a license to practice in the state of Missouri until the time he retired in 1993. Bill was a member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church. He was a member for well over 57 years of the Dallas Country Club. He dearly loved to golf and to play cards. Unfortunately due to his health he had to quit golf.  But nothing could or would keep him away for long from the 19th hole.  He enjoyed the friendship of the membership.

    Preceded in death by his parents and only sibling, Marjorie Brown Bunn. Doc Brown is survived by his son, Gary Randolph Brown and daughter Sandra Denise Brown, His wife Cheryl Jackson Brown and her son Carl Russell Hensch. His sister’s children: Judy Bunn Flickinger, Cindy Bunn Mates, Stephen Bunn, and their families, and his niece, Peggy Lubben Gould and her family.

    Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 24, at Preston Hollow United Methodist Church, a reception followed at the Dallas Country Club. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.


    By Elizabeth Ygartua Sep. 26, 2014 | 4:56 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Charles Edward “Buck” Paschall Jr.

    Charles Edward Buck Paschall Jr.

    Passed away September 21, 2014, at home suddenly at the age of 63. Buck was born in Dallas, TX on January 23, 1951 to Barbara Groves Paschall and Charles E. Paschall Sr. He was preceded in death by his parents Barbara G. Paschall and Charles E. Paschall Sr. of Highland Park.

    Buck graduated Highland Park High School and Texas Tech University where he earned a degree in business and lettered in football. He was a loyal member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity at Tech and enjoyed SAE and Tech events throughout his life.  He was also a member of The Terpsichorean Club, Calyx Club, Brook Hollow Golf Club, Park City Club and Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, FL.

    He will always be remembered as a loving husband, brother, father, step-father, grandfather, and friend. Buck was larger than life to all who knew and loved him, he was gregarious, fun-loving and always sported a contagious laugh and smile. Whether it was hunts on the ranch in South Texas, playing golf, sport fishing, boating, or horseracing, all who shared in his amazing life were forever touched by Buck’s big heart.

    He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Mary Ann Paschall, who felt he was the greatest man she had ever known. He was a loving, fun, and caring husband, step-father, father, and brother. His wife felt he loved his boat as much as he did her. He loved his grandchildren and felt his grandson, Jimmy, hung the moon. He is also survived by two sisters: Barbara Averitt and husband Don, Sue John and husband Phil, all of Dallas; step-daughter, Allison Thies and husband Jimmy; grandchildren, Paige and Jimmy Thies, all of Fort Lauderdale, FL; his loving dog, Sophie and three daughters: Stephanie, Elizabeth and Peyton of Dallas.

    The family will receive friends for visitation at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home on Thursday evening, September 25th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, Friday, September 26th at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home with graveside interment service immediately following at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Donations may be made to Sigma Alpha Epsilon at or The American Diabetes Association, 4100 Alpha Rd #100, Dallas, TX 75244-4399.

    Sparkman Hillcrest

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Sep. 24, 2014 | 5:02 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Dallas Summer Musicals is Doing “Nice Work”

    If you’re looking for something to do this weekend or next, Dallas Summer Musicals is showing “Nice Work If You Can Get It” through Sept. 14. I went the other night and was blown away by the costumes, choreography, and singing. The last few shows I’ve been to at the Music Hall at Fair Park haven’t made me want to get out of my seat and dance, but this one did.

    George and Ira Gershwin’s music and lyrics were put to good use in the hands of an able cast and crew, including local Highland Park High School grad Carl DeForrest Hendin as Swing and understudy for Duke.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Sep. 5, 2014 | 3:28 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Calling All Fellow HPISD Alumns


    Highland Park ISD is celebrating its centennial this year and we want to know what you loved most about attending HPISD schools. Send us your remembrances, anecdotes, and photos to by next Wednesday for a chance for them to appear in our special HPISD Centennial Section. Go Scots and Raiders… and Panthers.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Sep. 3, 2014 | 12:40 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Frank Oliver Seay, MD

    Frank Oliver Seay colorFrank Oliver Seay, 90, passed away in his sleep Aug. 26, 2014. He was born October 15, 1923 at 8 a.m. at home in Groesbeck, Texas to Mary Oliver Seay and Lewis Martin Seay Sr. He had an older brother by seven years, Lewis Martin Seay Jr.  Frank attended grade school and high school in Groesbeck, where he was salutatorian of his graduating class of 1941 and was awarded the Science Medal.  In high school, he played the trumpet in the band all four years and was on the tennis team.  Frank was president of his class all four years, as well as yearbook editor for two years.

    After high school, Frank attended Baylor University as a pre-med student and was in the Navy college reserve.  Doctors were needed during WWII, so the Navy sent him to SMU where Frank met Nancy Louise Weakley, the love of his life, on her first day at SMU at a mixer. He was an upperclassman attending SMU on a three-year program to expedite his advancement to Baylor Medical School in Houston. He went on to attend Baylor Medical School in Houston where he received a B.S in 1945 and then graduated with honors and a medical degree in 1947.  He also became a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

    Frank went to Parkland Hospital Dallas for his internship and residency training, which was interrupted by the Korean War. He was a member of the U.S. Navy reserve and served as a Flight Surgeon. In 1951, he was ordered to the prestigious flight training school in Pensacola, FL, where he trained with Navy jet pilots for two years.  From 1951-1953, Frank was a Senior Lieutenant and was ordered to Cecil Field and later to the U.S. Navy Hospital in Jacksonville, FL.  Following an honorable discharge granted by President Dwight Eisenhower, he and Nancy returned to Dallas to raise their family.

    He had been offered a position in the Southwest Clinic at Medical Arts Hospital prior to being called to serve. In 1954, Frank joined a 12-member multi-specialty group in internal medicine at Southwest Clinic.  He remained with the group for 25 years and became medical director for 15 years.  During this time, he was president of Medical Arts Hospital twice.  He also served on the St. Paul Hospital Board for two years, vice president for one year and became chief of staff in 1973.  While the Southwest Clinic was downtown with the Medical Arts Hospital on the top two floors of the same building, the dream was to offer doctors who often had to split their time between an office and several hospitals a new option – offices and a major medical center in one complex.  Thus, the beginning of what is now Medical City Dallas Hospital. Frank, and then Southwest Clinic Manager Bob Wright, were chosen to lead the planning effort, and their team designed, constructed and implemented the opening of North Dallas’ first major medical facility.  Frank became the first chief of staff of the Hospital in 1974. In 1986, he joined Dallas Diagnostic Association at Medical City. He also served as medical director for the Sun Oil Texas division for 17 years.  Frank retired in 1999 in an internal medicine practice after 50 years.

    Throughout his life, Frank was an active member of numerous professional and social organizations, including: Dallas County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, American Medical Association, Society of Internal Medicine, Associate Member of the American Pulmonary Association (now the American Lung Association), Dallas Country Club and Highland Park United Methodist Church.

    Frank is preceded in death by his parents Mary Oliver Seay and Lewis Martin Seay Sr. who died tragically in a car accident in 1956; older brother Lewis Martin Seay Jr.; and his loving wife of 66 years, Nancy Louise Weakley Seay. He is survived by three children: daughter Diane Seay McNulty, PhD and husband Michael; son Frank Michael Seay; and daughter Sally Seay Kreimborg and husband Bob. Additional survivors include four grandchildren: Brynn Bagot Allday and husband Taylor; Patrick McNulty, Timothy McNulty and wife Linda, MD; and Kate White and husband Nate White PhD; as well as six great-grandchildren:  Avery Seay Allday, Angus Stuart Allday, Aidan Sawyer Allday, Elias Patrick McNulty, Bradley Lawrence White and Carolyn Ross McNulty.

    A true gentleman and family man, Frank will be greatly missed by all of those whose lives he touched.  A private family burial will be held Sunday, August 31, 2014 in Groesbeck, Texas.  A celebration of his life will be held Friday, September 5 at 11 a.m. in Cox Chapel at Highland Park United Methodist Church.  A reception will follow at Dallas Country Club, 4155 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75205.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association/Dallas

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Aug. 29, 2014 | 4:46 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Caroline Thompson & David Richards

    John Cain Photography

    John Cain Photography

    Mary Caroline Thompson and David Joseph Richards were married June 7, 2014 at Rio Roca Ranch, the groom’s family ranch in Graford, Texas. The Rev. Chad Scruggs officiated their sunset service, on a bluff overlooking the Brazos River. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail reception on the lawn followed by a night of dining and dancing. The bride and groom made their exit through a shower of white rose petals before reaching their vintage Cadillac convertible.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Philp Thompson Jr. of University Park. She is the granddaughter of Ms. Dorothy Eloise Malone of Highland Park and the late Mr. Jacques Bergerac of Biarritz, France, and the late Mrs. Mary Carol Thompson McKean of Highland Park and the late Mr. John Philp Thompson, also of Highland Park.

    The groom is the son of Ms. Nancy Tartaglino Richards of Highland Park and Mr. Michael Dennis Richards of University Park. He is the grandson of Mrs. Mary Kate Cooper and the late Mr. Billy Glen Richards, both of Dallas.

    The bride was escorted down the aisle on the arm of her father and presented in marriage by her parents. For her wedding Caroline chose an elegant couture bridal gown by Carolina Herrera. The ivory silk Mikado gown featured a sweetheart neckline and top stitchdetails. Its waist was adorned with Chantilly lace and included covered buttons down the back. The fluted silhouette flowed into a pleated, sweeping train. A piece of lace from her mother’s wedding dress was sewn into her gown. Her veil featured a double layer of illusion and had Alencon lace detail scattered along the trim and swept past the edges of her train. Caroline carried a white hand-tied bouquet of peonies, roses and hydrangeas.

    Assisting the bride as maid of honor was her sister, Miss Lauren Elizabeth Thompson. Bridesmaids included Margaret Louise Arnot, Mary Martha Bauman, Catherine Lee Branch, Emily Elisabeth George, Alice Carroll Hunter Johnson, Shannon Riley Potter, Melissa McMillen Russo, Alyson Arnold Smith, Christin Marie Snodgrass, and Sterling Ann Stensrud.

    Among the members of the house party were Rebecca Kathryn Brown, Hutton Whitney Hipps, Molly Elizabeth Mcguire, Flora Kate Richards, Jennifer Salim Richards, and Bailey Britt Weaver. The flower girls were Shelby Elizabeth Sorgenfrei and Anne Charlotte Sorgenfrei.

    Attending the groom as best man was his brother, Michael Stewart Richards. His groomsmen included William Roy Arthur, John Arthur Barnes, Robert Wilson Brown, Jacob Andrew Garrett, James Trevor Heaney, Robert Barnard Kupchynsky, Harrison McCullough Park, Jonathan Samuel Perlman Jr., John Philp Thompson III, William Crawford Thompson, and Robert Hunter Yates. Ushers were Jeffrey Leary Brown, Paul Carson Coon, William Alley Richards, Wesley Evan Shaw, Grady Lee Moses Shropshire, and Peter Callier Stavinoha.

    The bride is a graduate of Highland Park High School.  She received a Bachelor of Science in corporate communications with a focus on business from the University of Texas at Austin.  Caroline was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority where she served as pledge class president and pledge trainer. Caroline is a principal of Windsor & Park Group, LLC, a fundraising and event planning firm.

    The groom is a graduate of Highland Park High School. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in entrepreneurial management from Texas Christian University. David was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity where he served as pledge class president. David is in real estate asset management for Castle Peak Homes.

    Following their honeymoon to Bora Bora, the couple has made their home in University Park.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Aug. 22, 2014 | 11:01 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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