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Questioning the Unquestionable

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This month, our cover story involves a murder. This may be common in some publications, but it’s not a topic we delve into often. I suppose we should be thankful for that. Most of the challenges we face are of a less violent variety.

The thing that struck me about this murder was the fact that it wasn’t just some drunken argument that got tragically out of hand. If the allegations are true, this was a pre-planned ambush. In my mind, it’s hard to imagine anyone being capable of something so cold and brutal. I want to know what the killer was thinking. At what point in the decision-making process did he or she evaluate all of the options and determine homicide was the best one? We may eventually learn the motives, but no matter what they are, I doubt I will truly understand.


UP Fire Chief Remembers Fallen Captain

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A memorial marks the spot in Hunt County where Captain Robert Poynter was found dead Friday night. (Photo by Joshua Baethge)

A memorial marks the spot in Hunt County where Captain Robert Poynter was found dead Friday night. (Photo by Joshua Baethge)

University Park Fire Chief Randy Howell addressed the media Monday afternoon to discuss the death of Captain Robert Poynter.

The chief first learned of Poynter’s death Saturday morning. He said it was among the most difficult calls he has had to take during his 30-year career.

“Everyone here is coming to grips with the events of the weekend, and following news reports just like everyone else,” Howell said.

Howell remembered Poynter as a man who loved to travel and spend time with his family, especially his three daughters. The chief recalled when Poynter served on a taskforce with three others during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Originally tasked with training officers and helping residents receive federal aid, Poynter ended up searching for bodies and cataloging the dead.

Poynter also worked the recent fire at Goff’s Hamburgers, one of the largest in UP history.

“Bob was a much respected firefighter and leader in our department,” Howell said. “He served his community with distinction.”

Poynter’s funeral will be held Thursday in Sanger. Members of the UP Fire Department are helping the family with arrangements and will participate in the service.


HPHS to Present Grease the Musical

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Katie Krasovec, Mira Martin, Sydney Favors, and Sarah Grace Zandstra in "Freddy My Love" (Photos courtesy of Kathleen Parsons)

Highland Park High School’s fall musical Grease will go up Sept. 10 in HPHS’ Palmer Auditorium.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday Sept. 6 at the Fine Arts Box Office at the front of HPHS and are available by cash or check 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on weekdays and one hour before each show time. Prices are $10 for reserved seating on the first floor and $8 for general seating in the balcony.

Performances times are as follows:
Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7pm
Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2pm
Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2pm (matinee due to HPHS homecoming)
Sunday, Sept. 18 at 2pm


Lady Scots Sweep Past Midlothian

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E.C. Stanzel and Highland Park rolled past Midlothian on Tuesday and will travel to Rockwall-Heath on Friday. 0))

E.C. Stanzel and Highland Park rolled past Midlothian on Tuesday and will travel to Rockwall-Heath on Friday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

After finishing up tournament play last weekend, Highland Park returned home and swept Midlothian in a nondistrict match on Tuesday.

At the Lone Star Circle of Champions tournament in Plano, the Lady Scots defeated Colleyville Heritage in the first round of bracket play before falling to Hebron.

Next up, HP will travel to Rockwall-Heath on Friday before conclude the nondistrict portion of its schedule on Tuesday against Mansfield.


Highland Belles Name New Honor Squads

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Highland Belles drill team director Shannon Phillips recognized these belles for their excellence in dance and high kick.

All Americans Front row: Catherine Magee, Jillian Ellis, Maddie Basso, Landry Myers, Olivia Gruber, Flora Kate Richards, and Emily Watson Second row: Caroline Thomas, Liv Brink, Jenna Peck, Grace Dodd, Casey Bowden, Brooke Marvel, Talle Olsen, and Anna Cimorelli (Photo courtesy of Margaret Watson)

All Americans
Front row: Catherine Magee, Jillian Ellis, Maddie Basso, Landry Myers, Olivia Gruber, Flora Kate Richards, and Emily Watson
Second row: Caroline Thomas, Liv Brink, Jenna Peck, Grace Dodd, Casey Bowden, Brooke Marvel, Talle Olsen, and Anna Cimorelli (Photo courtesy of Margaret Watson)


HP Girls Finish Strong in Relay

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Highland Park finished eighth at the Greenhill Six-Mile Relay at Norbuck Park.

Highland Park finished eighth at the Greenhill Six-Mile Relay at Norbuck Park.

The Highland Park girls finished eighth out of 44 teams in the top division at the season-opening Greenhill Six-Mile Relay on Saturday at Norbuck Park.

The quartet of Sydney Cox, Olivia Scott, Stephanie Mara, and Julia Helton completed the course in a time of 37 minutes, 30 seconds. Southlake Carroll won the race.

The Scots will return to action on Sept. 3 at the Marcus Invitational at North Lakes Park in Denton.


SMU Reveals Master Plans

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SMU has unveiled plans for a new Indoor Performance Center as they stride closer to the finish line on their $150 million athletics facilities master plan, which was approved by the Board of Trustees last fall and will serve 17 sports on campus, and more than 400 student athletes.

Phase one projects include a full-sized football field surrounded by a 300-meter track that will replace the current track and soccer field site, a new outdoor football practice field adjacent to the center, and a new soccer stadium to replace the current soccer practice fields along Mockingbird Lane.

Construction for this first phase will begin once 80 percent of its expected $50 million price tag is pledged by donors and will be scheduled for completion within 16 months from that date. According to SMU officials, the project is not expected to impact traffic.


Volunteer State Guard Searches Turtle Creek for Body

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The third battalion of the Texas State Guard was searching Turtle Creek this morning for the body of Mark McCullers, the SMU officer who went missing after being washed away by flood waters in July.

The volunteer military group planned to walk into the creek and try to bring up underbrush to find him, as part of their search and rescue training, but were impeded by the heavy rain.

Lt. Col. Richard Steele, the group’s commanding officer, said they were only able to search one area of interest, since the others were flooded.

They were not able to find anything, but Steele said “we’re going to continue to train in the community until all areas have been searched.”

Steele’s company of about 34 is a part of the Texas military forces, but they all serve on a volunteer basis. “Hopefully,” he said, “we can help bring some closure to the family.”

 


Fire Destroys Iconic Burger Joint

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On the hottest day of the year, firefighters and police from University Park, Highland Park, SMU, and Dallas spent hours fighting to control a fire that eventually consumed Goff’s Hamburgers on Hillcrest Avenue near SMU on Friday Aug. 12.

NBC 5 reported that smoke was seen billowing from the University Park institution around 1 p.m. Shortly before 7 p.m., the city of University Park tweeted that the fire was controlled, but that a portion of Hillcrest Avenue near the fire scene would remain blocked throughout the night.

As of 11 a.m., the city of University Park announced that Hillcrest is now open to traffic.

However, several surrounding businesses were evacuated and have been closed until further notice due to heavy damages sustained during the fire.