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.
  • CARE Fundraiser to Feature Herren, Kershaws

    Chris Herren

    Chris Herren

    Highland Park High School alums Clayton and Ellen Kershaw have built quite a portfolio when it comes to philanthropy and community involvement. Their latest effort will be co-chairing the 30th annual CARE breakfast on Monday at the Omni Hotel.

    The fundraiser for the Dallas-based nonprofit Chemical Awareness, Resources & Education will include a presentation by Chris Herren, a former Boston Celtics player whose basketball career was cut short by substance abuse. His story was the subject of a powerful documentary that aired recently on ESPN.

    The event starts at 8 a.m. Tickets and table sponsorships are available by calling 214-526-8986 or at

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 30, 2014 | 12:52 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • PC&S Luncheon to Honor Community Heroes

    David Hudgins

    David Hudgins

    Presbyterian Communities and Services will hold its fifth annual Each Moment Matters luncheon at noon Friday at the Hilton Anatole, raising money for the Faith Presbyterian Hospice Caring Fund.

    The luncheon will honor 44 agents of community change and philanthropic visionaries in Dallas. The keynote speaker will be David Hudgins, a television writer and producer for such shows as “Everwood” and “Friday Night Lights.”

    The event is being chaired by Clare Buie Chaney, with Barbara Lord Watkins as honorary chair. You can purchase tickets or table sponsorships by calling 214-316-4575 or at

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 30, 2014 | 12:21 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Scots Baseball Club to Hold 2015 Tryouts

    The 2015 season for Scots Baseball Club doesn’t get underway until next spring, but in the spirit of planning ahead, the youth organization will hold open tryouts beginning this weekend for kids ages 6-18.

    Tryouts are slated for Nov. 1, Nov. 8, and Nov. 15 at Scotland Yard at Highland Park High School. You can visit here to request a tryout by filling out the registration form.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 30, 2014 | 12:08 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Lady Scots Await 6A Playoff Debut

    Highland Park enters the volleyball playoffs as the second seed from District 10-6A.

    Highland Park enters the volleyball playoffs as the second seed from District 10-6A.

    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
  • 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.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 29, 2014 | 12:02 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • 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
  • Church, Government Leaders to Talk Ebola

    Local government and church leaders will gather at Park Cities Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Wednesday to discuss the response to the recent Ebola crisis.

    Those leading said forum include Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, District 13 council member Jennifer Gates, and members of the Vickery Meadow Improvement District. They’ll meet with leaders from Temple Emanu-El, Wilshire Baptist Church, NorthPark Presbyterian Church, Unite Dallas, and Park Cities Baptist, and more than 100 other faith-based communities from the area.

    A few other presenters include schools and nonprofits who helped with Ebola response in various ways during the past six weeks. At any rate, it sounds like a lot of folks will be packed into the Great Hall on the second floor of the Community Life Center.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 28, 2014 | 11:39 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • HPMS Girl Lifts Into Second at National Meet

    Highland Park Middle School student Alexandra Thornton finished second in her age group in the recent International Youth Invitational weightlifting meet at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

    Thornton was second in the snatch (51 kilograms), clean and jerk (66 kg) and overall total (117 kg). I could provide more analysis, but it’s probably just better to let the above video speak for itself.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 28, 2014 | 5:32 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Highlander Strings to Haunt Shoppers

    The Highlander Strings will be in costume when they play at NorthPark Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

    The Highlander Strings will be in costume when they play at NorthPark Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

    The season-opening performance might be a little scary for any orchestra, but that holds true for a different reason for the Highlander Strings on Tuesday.

    The orchestra will perform its annual “Hauntcert” at 7 p.m. at NorthPark Center, in the first-level plaza below the AMC movie theater.

    The musicians will be in costume, and will perform some Halloween-themed selections in their playlist including Thriller, Phantom Tango, In the Hall of the Mountain King, and the James Bond theme.

    The concert is free and open to the public, of course, and also will feature an appearance by the Highland Park Middle School orchestra.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 27, 2014 | 8:44 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPISD Opens ‘Flu Clinic’ on Wednesday

    flu-clipart-22_flu2 copyHighland Park ISD is trying a proactive approach to health during the upcoming flu season. The district will emphasize preventative care during a “flu clinic” from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 7/8 Assembly Room at Highland Park Middle School.

    The Health Matters clinic will offer flu shots for $25 each and the FluMist nasal-spray vaccine for $35 per dose. It’s open to the community, regardless of whether families currently have children in the district, and most insurance plans are accepted.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 27, 2014 | 2:07 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
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