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Election Filing Begins


If you’d like to serve on the Highland Park Town Council, the University Park City Council, or the Highland Park ISD Board of Trustees, you need to get your paperwork in order.

Those looking for a spot on the May 5 ballot have until Feb. 16 to file paperwork. Filing began today.

In Highland Park, all six seats on the Town Council are up for grabs, including the mayor's seat. The same goes for University Park, where the City Council has five members, including the mayor. But in Highland Park ISD, only two of the seven seats – the ones held by Lee Michaels (Place 1) and Jim Hitzelberger (Place 2).

Hitzelberger and Michael have both announced they will seek reelection.

The deadline to file as a write-in candidate is February 20.

Parade To Honor State Champs


A victory parade has been scheduled to honor the 2017 back-to-back State Champion Highland Park football and tennis teams.

"Like last year, this community celebration will be a fun event for the entire family," HPISD officials announced in a press release.

Crane falls at UP Elementary construction site


A fully extended crane fell over at the UP Elementary construction site on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy Highland Park ISD)

A crane fell over early Wednesday afternoon at the UP Elementary construction site, but no one was injured, University Park officials said.

"Emergency crews were dispatched to the construction site just after 1 p.m.," reported Steve Mace, the city's community information officer. "The crane was positioned near the south entry gate."

Scots Make History, Rally for Title


Congratulations to HP for its second straight 5A Division I state championship. The Scots rallied past Manvel 53-49 on Friday. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

Reload. Repeat. Mission accomplished.

Highland Park never wavered from that mantra, even when Manvel led by 10 points with less than three minutes remaining in Friday’s Class 5A Division I state championship game at AT&T Stadium.

Two touchdowns later, propelled by grit and determination, the Scots rallied for a stunning 53-49 win to capture back-to-back state titles for the first time in the program’s decorated history.

Scots Hold Off Ryan, Will Play for Title


James Herring and the HP defense helped swing the momentum midway through Friday's semifinal win over Denton Ryan. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

ARLINGTON — As the clock struck midnight at AT&T Stadium, Highland Park officially punched its ticket back to the Class 5A Division I state championship game.

A dynamic offense and an opportunistic defense combined to lift the Scots past previously unbeaten Denton Ryan 45-35 on Friday in the state semifinals, erasing the Raiders’ hopes for revenge while getting HP one step closer in its quest to repeat.

The Scots (14-1) will face Manvel (14-0) at 7 p.m. Dec. 22 in the state championship game on the same field where they have won more games than any other high school team.

Ryan Seeking Revenge in HP Rematch


Conner Allen and the Highland Park offense will look to keep rolling on Friday against undefeated Denton Ryan. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

As the defending Class 5A Division I state champion, Highland Park has had the proverbial target on its back all season.

However, it’s unlikely any opponents have had a potential matchup with the Scots circled on the schedule more than Denton Ryan, which will clash with HP on Friday in a rematch of last year’s state semifinal at AT&T Stadium.

The Raiders led HP in the second quarter a year ago when star quarterback Spencer Sanders suffered a knee injury. The Scots went on to post a 31-24 victory to propel them into the state title game.

Make Sure the Lost Boys Have a Happy Birthday


Here are some of the birthday boys who will be celebrating Jan. 6.

You won't want to lose your invitation to the eighth annual Birthday Party for the Lost Boys of Sudan.

Friends of the Lost Boys, a local nonprofit that provides outreach and financial support to the refugees, is collecting new or gently used items between Dec. 30 and Jan. 5 for the celebration, and they need help. 

Bushes React to Death of Ruth Altshuler


FROM LEFT: Ruth Altshuler stands with Pi Beta Phi grand president Paula Shepherd in 2015.

UPDATE: A live webcast of a memorial service Thursday to honor renowned civic and philanthropic leader Ruth Altshuler will be available at

Ruth Altshuler, a Dallas icon of leadership and philanthropy, died Friday at age 93.

News of her death drew reaction from the likes of the Bushes, Troy Aikman, and former Dallas Police Chief David Brown, who tweeted, “Our prayers are with her.”

Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush issued a statement on Saturday.

“We are heartbroken by the loss of our dear friend, Ruth Altshuler,” they said. “Dallas has lost an outstanding civic leader in Ruth. Ruth taught us the lessons of philanthropy, service, and friendship. She was charming, humble, talented, generous, and funny. We loved being with her, and we will miss her.”