Wounded Landmark

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Preservation Tree Service workers replace support cables on Highland Park's historic old monarch pecan tree.

Highland Park’s grand old monarch pecan has become a troubled tree — troubled enough to pose a public danger and prompt talk of restricting access and modifying Christmas traditions.

“If you had to stand in that spot for 152 years, how would you look?” asked Micah Pace, Preservation Tree Service arborist. Pace recently assisted in a risk assessment of the landmark tree in the median of Armstrong Parkway near Preston Road.

The Dallas firm found four main spots of decay: to a structural root southeast of the trunk, to two limbs high above the ground, and to the upper trunk.


HP Village Aims to Conduct Quieter Construction

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Highland Park Village officials hope to finish renovations in about one year. (Photo: Courtesy Omniplan)

If sound-curtailing measures at Highland Park Village work as planned, snoring spouses would get blamed more often for keeping neighbors up than heavy construction equipment operating through the night.

With crews giving one Village building a major makeover while adding a small addition to another, procedures and equipment are being employed to reduce noise leaving the construction site, said president and CEO of A.G. Hill Partners Joe O’Brien. A.G. Hill manages the trusts that own Highland Park Village.

Before the Town Council recently authorized overnight work at the site, O’Brien outlined steps workers will take to mitigate noise after 10 p.m.


Athlete’s Foot Locker Scholarship Totals $20,000

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HPHS senior Jackson Dugger is joined by his parents during a surprise April 28 scholarship presentation. (Photo: Joshua Baethge)

Highland Park High School senior Jackson Dugger was surprised with a $20,000 check during the April 28 school pep rally. He was one of 20 students from across the nation to receive a scholarship from the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program.

According to Foot Locker officials, Dugger was chosen in part for his volunteer efforts. During his time in school, he worked with the Boys and Girls Club of America, the Lost Boys of Sudan, and Operation Kindness. He also completed more than 500 service hours in efforts to help underprivileged youth.


Dumar Named New Bradfield Principal

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Regina Dumar

Regina Dumar has been named the new principal of Bradfield Elementary. She replaces Chris Brunner, who announced her retirement earlier this year.

"I am pleased to welcome Regina Dumar to the Highland Park ISD family," HPISD Superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg said."Regina meets the key critical attributes that were identified by Bradfield parents and the administration, and I know that she will be an excellent leader at Bradfield and in the district."


Scots Look to Hold Court at State Tourney

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Highland Park will continue its tradition by sending a pair of doubles teams to the 5A state tournament this week in College Station.

Highland Park will look to continue its stellar legacy at the UIL state tennis tournament beginning Thursday, when two doubles teams will take the court in the Class 5A quarterfinals in College Station.

Logan Lett and Katherine Petty will open the draw against Jamison Teague and Crystalyn Shirley of Corsicana. In mixed doubles, Phillip Quinn and Madison McBride will start the tournament with a match against Will Walsh and Emma Reeves of San Antonio Alamo Heights.

The semifinals in both brackets will be later Thursday, with the finals slated for Friday at the Mitchell Tennis Center.


Belles Earn Cornerstone Scholar Athlete Award

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Courtesy Highland Belles

Fifteen Highland Belles were recently awarded the Cornerstone Scholar Athlete Award.

Front row: Jillian Ellis, Jenni Phillips, Anna Cimorelli, Claire Lake, Caitlyn Staunton; Second row: Cameron Kenyon, Margaret Mary Mencke, Destiny Duclow, Jenna Peck, Ellie Gribble Back row: Catherine Magee, Camille Sockwell, Eleanor Gambrell, Kaki Glieber, Cecily Work


Bush Library Offers Free Admission to Military Members, Families

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The permanent exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center includes a model Resolute Desk in a full-scale replica of the Oval Office. (Courtesy bushcenter.org)

Participating in this summer’s Blue Star Museums program, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017.

“Presidential Libraries provide people the chance to see, hear, and participate in the important events that made us who we are as a nation,” said Brig. Gen. Patrick X. Mordente, director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. “Because of the unique role the military has played in U.S. history, we are particularly proud to be a part of the Blue Star Museums program.”


Police Reports: May 8-14

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SKULDUGGERY OF THE WEEK: TUNES TOO HOT TO HANDLE?

What did the black hoody-and floral pants-clad woman in a white SUV get by snatching two packages at noon May 6 from the front of a home in the 4500 block of Rheims Place? Pot holders and music tapes, according to a report made at 10:45 a.m. May 8.

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Taken overnight before 8:05 a.m.: $240 Ray-Ban sunglasses from a 2008 Mercedes GL450 at a home in the 3200 block of Drexel Drive.

Reported at 3:30 p.m.: A man identifying himself as “Sgt. Jackson” made harassing calls to a resident in the 4400 block of Lorraine Avenue and claimed to have an arrest warrant for her son, who attends college in North Carolina. The caller threatened to blow her “… brains out” after she called him a con artist and told him to stop phoning.


Ronnie Marks Sports Festival

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Michael Woram, a second grader at Hyer Elementary, tries out his HP Scots flag carrying skills at the annual Ronnie Marks Sports Festival. (Photos: Chris McGathey) Click "read more" to view the whole gallery set.

Elementary students from around the Park Cities converged on Highlander Stadium Monday for the annual Ronnie Marks Sports Festival.

They competed in a variety of activities and test of athletic skills featuring HPHS varsity athletics. The event was sponsored by the Highland Park Sports Club and the HPISD Athletic Department.