Galloway Kicks Her Way to Bronze in Rio

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Jackie Galloway of Team USA fought her way to a bronze medal in taekwondo in her Olympic debut on Saturday.

Jackie Galloway of Team USA fought her way to a bronze medal in taekwondo in her Olympic debut on Saturday.

Congratulations to Jackie Galloway, the SMU student who won a bronze medal in taekwondo at the Summer Olympics in Brazil on Saturday.

Galloway, 20, earned a 2-1 win in the bronze-medal match in the heavyweight class by a 2-1 score over Gwladys Epangue of France. Earlier, she lost to Mexico’s Maria Espinoza in the semifinals.

Galloway, a Wylie native representing the United States, won three of four matches in her Olympic debut. She was an alternate for Mexico in the in 2012 Olympics, but didn’t travel to the event.


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.”

 


Here’s to New Beginnings

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September is a time for new beginnings. Summer trips come to an end, neighborhood pools shut down, and families settle in to the routines the new school year brings. And despite what North Texas thermometers say, the sweet relief of fall is just around the corner … eventually.

For me, this month feels like the true beginning of my time here at People Newspapers. The past six weeks have been a whirlwind of meeting people in the community, trying to remember coworkers’ names, and figuring out simple things like where to park my car or find a good cup of coffee. It’s been hectic but exhilarating, and I’m so excited to be a part of this team. 


I Need a Vacation from Vacation

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When I asked my son how his family beach vacation was, he reminded me that going to the beach with his family was an out-of-town trip, not a vacation. Going out of town with just his wife was a vacation. Ah yes, how well I remember those days.

Vacation. The word itself bears examination. What exactly are we “vacating?” The Brits and Europeans go on “holidays”, not vacations. Sounds a bit more festive. Perhaps that’s because we Americans cannot seem to completely get away from our work ethics or our electronic devices.

We’re looking for an end result, be it competitive tanning, the thrill of a new or exotic place, or checking off another landmark. (I will just have returned from the Chautauqua in the Adirondacks near Syracuse and Niagara Falls.) Sort of an adult camp with speakers and programs. I’ve never been to that neck of the world!) My main focus as a single lady was to go be with adults and unplug. It was indeed soothing to miss those political conventions.


Aggravated Robbery on Lemmon Ave

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Highland Park police received a 9-1-1 call around 2:18 p.m. Thursday Aug. 18 reporting an aggravated robbery at the TitleMax store in the 4800 block of Lemmon Avenue, according to a press release sent out by Highland Park Department of Public Safety last night around 7 p.m.

HPDPS Lt. Lance Koppa said today that multiple officers were on the scene in under two minutes. Officers searched the surrounding area but were unable to locate a suspect. Koppa said investigators were “not ruling out” the possibility that the suspect had a getaway vehicle, since he was able to disappear so quickly. 


Scots Face Test in Scrimmage at PESH

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Highland Park will face Plano East in a scrimmage tonight. The Scots open the regular season next week with a home game against Rockwall. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park will face Plano East in a scrimmage tonight. The Scots open the regular season next week with a home game against Rockwall. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The curtain goes up on a new Highland Park football season one week from today. So consider tonight’s scrimmage as the dress rehearsal.

When the Scots face Plano East at 7:30 p.m. at Kimbrough Stadium, it will be an opportunity for players, coaches, and onlookers to gauge the progress of the team after two weeks of fall practice.

There are the usual refining of schemes and battles for starting positions — none more significant than at quarterback, where head coach Randy Allen hasn’t named a starter yet. He’s been watching seniors Michael Clarke and Jack Fain compete with junior John Stephen Jones for the spot.

The scrimmage also will provide a look at the experienced HP defense. Although the Scots are young in the secondary, the quartet of starting linebackers — including John House, Matt Gahm, Bennett Brock, and Marshall Ballard — likely is among the best units in the Dallas area.


PTAs Strive to Build Better Schools

HPISD PTAs organize fundraising events such as the Hyer Bazaar and campaigns like Mad for Plaid. (Courtesy Photo) 0
HPISD PTAs organize fundraising events such as the Hyer Bazaar and campaigns like Mad for Plaid. (Courtesy Photo)

They say it takes a village to raise a child. One important component of Highland Park ISD’s village is the Parent Teacher Association. PTAs provide volunteers, generate extra funds, and remain involved in any possible way within a school district.

Park Cities People asked three PTA presidents what makes up a successful PTA and what the HPISD community can look forward to for the 2016-17 school year.

What are the key components to a successful PTA?
Lisa Kilpatrick, HPHS: The willingness of the parents to volunteer and take an active role in their students’ education.


Scots Host Season-Opening Tournament

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Phillip Quinn advanced to the state tournament last spring for Highland Park.

Phillip Quinn advanced to the state tournament last spring for Highland Park.

Fall might be a month away, but fall tennis season gets underway this weekend for Highland Park, with the Scots hosting a tournament in conjunction with Plano West. Matches will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and will offer a rare opportunity to see HP at home during the fall team schedule.

The District 15-5A slate begins on Tuesday with a home match against Lovejoy, but eight of the other 10 matches will be on the road, including nondistrict matchups against Southlake Carroll (Sept. 9), Allen (Sept. 23), Grapevine (Sept. 24), and Plano West (Sept. 30).

District matches include trips to North Forney (Aug. 30) and West Mesquite (Sept. 6) followed by a home match against Mesquite Poteet (Sept. 13). The Scots will then play at Forney (Sept. 20) and Wylie East (Oct. 4) before postseason play.


Lady Scots Win Home Opener in 5 Sets

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Jordan Westendorff and Highland Park topped Byron Nelson in five sets on Tuesday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jordan Westendorff and Highland Park rallied past Byron Nelson in five sets on Tuesday. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Highland Park’s home opener came down to a nail-biting third set against Trophy Club Byron Nelson on Tuesday.

However, the Lady Scots twice rallied from a one-set deficit, then outlasted the Bobcats 15-13 in the fifth set to claim the nondistrict win.

HP (6-2) in playing at the NISD Volleyball Classic tournament this weekend in Justin. The Lady Scots will face Justin Northwest, Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe, and El Paso Chapin in pool play on Thursday, with bracket play on Friday and Saturday.

After the tournament, HP will travel to Keller on Tuesday. The next home match will be Sept. 30 against Mansfield.