Posts by Todd Jorgenson

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    • Todd joined People Newspapers in November 2013 after stints with the Terrell Tribune, the Denton Record-Chronicle, and The Dallas Morning News. He grew up in Minnesota and graduated from TCU.
  • Fearing to Sign Books Today at HPV

    Dean Fearing

    Dean Fearing

    Renowned chef Dean Fearing will sign copies of his book The Texas Food Bible from 3-5 p.m. today at the St. Michael Woman’s Exchange in Highland Park Village.

    Fearing, who lives in Bluffview, opened Fearing’s restaurant in Dallas in 2007, and it has since won several national awards. Copies of the book are available at the shop or by calling 214-521-3862.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 1, 2014 | 11:07 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Speedflex to Mix Fitness and Fundraising

    Burn calories and raise money at the same time? What’s not to love, then, about the inaugural “Speedflex-a-thon” slated for Saturday at the new Speedflex location in Preston Center — well, except perhaps the name.

    Here’s the deal: There will be 16 teams with 10 members each, working out for 30-minute sessions over a 12-hour period — from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. — to burn a collective 75,000 calories, as monitored by the Polar Team Pro system and displayed throughout the center.

    For motivational purposes, a handful of local celebrity captains also will be on hand, including former Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco, sportscaster Dale Hansen, health and fitness guru Larry North, former Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers, news reporter Calvert Collins, and football legend Roger Staubach.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 1, 2014 | 10:01 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Police Report: September 15 to September 21


    SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: A Camry in a Pear Tree

    At 10:21 p.m. on Sept. 17, the driver of a black 2014 Toyota Camry rear-ended a white 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee at the intersection of Knox Avenue and Abbott Avenue. After the collision, the Camry jumped the curb and struck a Bradford pear tree, snapping it in two pieces as the Camry came to rest on top of the tree. Both vehicles were towed from the scene, and no injuries were reported.


    HIGHLAND PARK

    15 MONDAY
    Between 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 6 a.m. on Sept. 15, a thief stole a canvas bag containing a portable DVD player and various children’s DVDs from an unlocked black 2002 Lexus SUV in the3600 block of Potomac Avenue. A homeowner two blocks away found the bag discarded on her property later that morning.

    Between 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 6 a.m. on Sept. 15, a thief stole a Volvo station wagon from a driveway in the 3900 block of Potomac Avenue. The key was stolen along with a case of Winchester shotgun shells from an unlocked black Mercedes SUV parked next to it. The perpetrator also rummaged through an unlocked blue Ford Explorer. Police later found the Volvo backed into a detached garage in the 2600 block of Milton Avenue in University Park, where a silver 2011 Jeep Wrangler, valued at $20,000, had been stolen along with a $1,600 set of Taylor Made golf clubs, a $400 pair of Maui Jim sunglasses, and a $200 Husky compressor.

    Between 9 p.m. on Sept. 14 and 10 a.m. on Sept. 15, a vandal rummaged through a white Volkswagen Jetta in the 3800 block of Potomac Avenue. There were no signs of forced entry, and nothing was reported stolen. Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 30, 2014 | 12:25 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Watch a Former HP Player Crush a Wayward Fan


    Highland Park alums made plenty of nice plays on the football field at colleges around the country on Saturday.

    But one of the best didn’t even count, and it wasn’t made by a player. Former HP standout Anthony Schlegel is now a strength and conditioning coach at Ohio State, his alma mater.

    During the second quarter of OSU’s game against Cincinnati on Saturday, a fan ran on to the field. Schlegel didn’t like that, and you’ll see his awesome response in this video.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 29, 2014 | 6:16 am | 7 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Scots Rally Past Stallions in 10-6A Opener

    HP's Daniel Gouskos chases North Mesquite quarterback Ja'Quez Gooch on Friday. The Scots won 29-9. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    HP’s Daniel Gouskos chases North Mesquite’s Ja’Quez Gooch on Friday. The Scots won 29-9. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    MESQUITE — In case there was any doubt, District 10-6A will not be a cakewalk for Highland Park.

    That much was proven on Friday, but so was the resiliency of the Scots during a 29-9 victory over North Mesquite at Hanby Stadium in the program’s long-awaited debut in the new 6A classification.

    HP rallied from an early 9-0 deficit with 29 unanswered points, and seemed to get stronger as the game progressed on both sides of scrimmage.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 26, 2014 | 11:46 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Here Are Your Homecoming Queen Hopefuls

    One of these six girls will be the next homecoming queen at HPHS.

    One of these six girls will be the next homecoming queen at Highland Park High School.

    Homecoming week starts Monday at Highland Park High School, and so it’s time for some homecoming queen nominees.

    Accordingly, the HPHS student council has announced that Leah Jackson, Peyton Ward, Shannon Shiffer, Bailey Pogue, Grayson Baird, and Meghan McCollum are in contention for the honor.

    The nominees will be introduced on the field at halftime of the Oct. 3 football game against Richardson Pearce, with the winner being announced after a student-body vote at the homecoming dance the following night.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 26, 2014 | 4:46 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Scots to Face Stallions in 6A Debut

    The Scots will return to action tonight when they travel to face North Mesquite in the District 10-6A opener. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    The Scots will return to action tonight against North Mesquite in the District 10-6A opener. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    After much discussion and dissection, Highland Park can prove tonight that it belongs with the big boys.

    Maybe that’s overstating it somewhat, but the Scots nevertheless will make history with their debut at the Class 6A level tonight against North Mesquite. The District 10-6A opener will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at Hanby Stadium.

    HP has several factors working in its favor as it enters the state’s largest UIL classification, including a history of competing favorably against schools with larger enrollments.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 26, 2014 | 12:19 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • The Police Want to Take Your Pills

    medications.02It’s time to clean out your medicine cabinet. You can dispose of your old and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday when the local law-enforcement groups participate in the annual Drug Enforcement Agency Take-Back Day.

    The Highland Park Department of Public Safety, the University Park Police Department, and the SMU Police Department will accept unwanted medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can find other drop-off locations here.

    In addition, UP will hold a free community recycling event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday in the parking lot at Highland Park Middle School. Among the items accepted are many paper products and documents, as well as electronics and computer supplies.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 26, 2014 | 7:47 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • YMSL Chapter Spending Time in the Kitchen

    It’s time for the members of the Park Cities Young Men’s Service League to don their aprons and get their hands greasy. The group of Highland Park ISD seniors will participate in a cooking class with Two Sisters Catering executive chef Jonathan Stirnweis on Sunday.

    The goal is learning how to cook a few delicious and healthy meals as part of the YMSL Life/Practical Skills curriculum. The 4 p.m. class is being hosted by VNA Meals on Wheels near Love Field.

    YMSL is an organization that encourages leadership skills and collaborative philanthropy between mothers and sons. The local chapter supports charities including Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, North Texas Food Bank, Operation Kindness, Dallas Ramps, and the Dallas Arboretum.

    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 25, 2014 | 10:20 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPHS Grads Take Religious Satire to Big Screen

    The low-budget film "Believe Me" opens on Friday at the Highland Park Village Theatre. (Photo courtesy Riot Studios)

    The low-budget film “Believe Me” opens on Friday at the Highland Park Village Theatre. (Photo courtesy Riot Studios)

    Will Bakke and Alex Carroll are Christians, something they readily admit and embrace. But they’re adamant that Believe Me is not a Christian film.

    The feature debut of the two Highland Park High School graduates is a satire about blind trust and the power of platforms, told through the story of college students who create a fake religious charity as a method for generating some quick cash.

    There’s a redemptive element to the story, but Bakke and co-writer Michael Allen were more interested in switching up the approach of most faith-based films that tend to be more heavy-handed with their beliefs.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Sep. 25, 2014 | 11:52 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
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