DART Rebates to Fund Roadwork


(Illustration: William Bubba Flint)

A three-year conversation about whether Highland Park and University Park would remain in the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system has secured about $33 million for capital improvement projects in the Park Cities.

The funding will come in the form of a rebate from the voter-approved one-cent sales tax shoppers in both cities pay to DART and a match from the Regional Transportation Council.

University Park Mayor Olin Lane Jr. said the deal with DART had become lopsided. “We wanted it to be more equitable for us,” he said.

Lane said when UP became a charter member of DART 30 years ago, the city had 10 to 12 bus routes. Today, the city has two.

Fall Festivals Offer Family Fun


Front row from left: Blake Koch, Isabelle Le, Elly Gale, Caroline Gale, George Erwin, and Cooper Koch. Back row from left: Drew Hamilton, Clara Erwin, Hyer Elementary Principal Jeremy Gilbert, William Ridgway, Thomas Purnell, Will Thrash, and Rhodes Hamilton. (Courtesy photo)

Pumpkins, face painting and carnival rides, oh my.

PTA members for three of Highland Park ISD’s four elementary schools are gearing up for fall festivals.

From cakewalks and confetti eggs to zip lines and Euro bungees, these fundraising events are designed to engage the entire family.

Park Cities to Host Recycling Event Oct. 7


Photo courtesy: HPISD

The Park Cities will host a recycling event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 in the SMU parking lot on the south side of Burleson Park.

Clear out your garage, attic, and closets of old financial and medical documents, outdated or unused electronics, and even clothing and furniture.

Jones, Scots Hold Off North Forney


John Stephen Jones threw four touchdown passes and also ran for a score during a 63-42 win over North Forney. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

On a night when the Highland Park offense was almost impossible to stop, the defense did just enough.

The Scots outlasted previously unbeaten North Forney 63-42 on Friday at Highlander Stadium in a game that, as expected, was filled with offensive fireworks on both sides.

HP will carry a four-game winning streak into its bye week before hosting undefeated West Mesquite in a critical District 15-5A clash on Oct. 13.

Coach’s Grandson Shares in HP Legacy


Conner Allen is making an early impact in a crowded Scots backfield. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

One of Conner Allen’s most vivid football memories comes from when he was still in elementary school, at a game in which he didn’t even play.

Allen was in the stands in Waco in 2007, when Highland Park lost a nail-biter to Lake Travis in the Class 4A state championship game.

“That was the first football game that I cried at,” he said. “That memory is seared into my brain.”

He has always been a fan from afar of the team coached by his grandfather, Randy Allen. But this summer — just in time for his senior year — his connection to the program became closer than ever when his family moved from Austin to Dallas.

Lessons From Hurricanes 101


Growing up in North Dallas suburbs didn’t equip me with much perspective on hurricanes.

Neither did a dozen years writing and editing out west in San Angelo. There, rain-starved weather watchers look longingly at satellite images of named storms, hoping one might follow just the right path to bring the deluge needed to end drought and replenish reservoirs.

My remedial lessons in weathering hurricanes wouldn’t begin until 2005, the year I moved to Baton Rouge. Experienced South Louisiana residents know what to do before a storm makes landfall. Newcomers get to figure out why the bread aisle is empty at the supermarket.

Scots to Battle Unbeaten Falcons


Scully Jenevein and Highland Park will try to outscore high-powered North Forney on Friday at Highlander Stadium. (Photo: Melissa Macatee)

A lot has changed in the three weeks since Highland Park last played on its home field.

Two consecutive road wins have turned a team trying to recover from a slow start to a team trying to keep its momentum heading into the heart of District 15-5A play.

Standing between the Scots and a four-game winning streak is resurgent North Forney, who visits Highlander Stadium on Friday carrying plenty of confidence of its own.