Pickleball: A Sport for All Ages


Randy Garrett (center) celebrates with other pickleball players after a match on converted tennis courts at Glen Lakes. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Area pickleball enthusiasts often find themselves in, well, a bit of a pickle due to a lack of local courts on which to play.

One of the fastest growing sports in the country, pickleball is a fusion of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. It is played in singles- or doubles formation on indoor and outdoor badminton-sized courts, as well as on tennis courts that are modified to include boundary lines specific to pickleball. Using small wooden or plastic racquets, players volley a whiffle-type ball across a net.

$11.5 Million Project Breaks Ground


Interfaith Family Services to offer child care, adult education. (Courtesy photos)

Interfaith Family Services will expand services to families in crisis with the construction of two three-story buildings on the agency’s campus at Ross Avenue and Hope Street.

The 20,000-square-foot Family Empowerment Center is expected to open spring 2019.

Holiday Tourneys for HP Hoopers


Ella Patterson and Highland Park will face DeSoto in the first round of the Sandra Meadows Classic on Thursday in Duncanville. (File photo: Rob Graham)

While most students are taking a holiday break, basketball players are hard at work on the court. For example, both Highland Park teams will face top-notch tournament competition this week.

The HP girls will compete in the prestigious Sandra Meadows Classic in Duncanville, which features 32 teams from around the country. The Lady Scots (8-9) will play DeSoto in the first round at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

On the boys side, HP will head to the Allen Holiday Invitational, which includes 27 teams from all corners of Texas as well as one from Canada. The Scots (10-5) will face Rowlett in the first round at 10:15 a.m. Thursday in a rematch of the championship game from the HP Scot Classic tournament — which the Eagles won 71-59 on Nov. 18.

Perot Museum’s Fifth Anniversary

Lyda Hill pictured with a white Scolecite mineral, which she recently loaned to the Perot Museum. The Scolecite is on display with a red Rhodocrosite and a green Dioptase. (Courtesy photo)

Dec. 11 was no ordinary Monday night at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. What has emerged as one of Dallas’ most popular and iconic attractions celebrated its fifth anniversary with a champagne reception and intimate dinner to thank the Museum’s top supporters and reflect on the impact this young Museum has had on millions of lives.

HPISD Bond Update


A rendering of the rebuild of Bradfield Elementary. (Photo: Courtesy HPISD)

With several projects under construction – or soon-to-be heading there – the full picture of Highland Park ISD’s $361.4 million renovation is coming into focus.

Passed by voters in 2015, the historic bond package allowed HPISD to build a new elementary school and raze and rebuild three lower schools; make technology upgrades and renovations at the district’s middle, intermediate, and high schools; and it paved the way for new athletic and parking complexes.

Here’s a snapshot of where the projects stand:

Crime Reports Dec. 18-21


A Highland Park woman, who's never served in the military, was promoted to a sergeant when her identity, including the new title, was used to open a checking account at Pentagon Federal Credit Union. The woman, who lives in the 3600 block of Shenandoah Avenue, reported to police about 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18 that she learned about the account when she received a letter from Complete Payment Recovery, which was attempting to collect payment on a $470 bounced check written at a Walmart. According to the police report, the checking account was opened Nov. 24.

HPISD Trustees Jim Hitzelberger, Lee Michael Seek Re-election


Jim Hitzelberger

HPISD board president Jim Hitzelberger and board secretary Lee Michaels have announced that they will run for re-election May 5.

“Lee and I wish to continue our service to the school district as we work through many significant renovations and improvements to our schools,” Hitzelberger said. “There is still much work to be done.”

Both Michaels and Hitzelberger are long-time residents of the community. The Hitzelberger family is now in its fourth generation in the school district.

Lee Michaels

Student Council Makes Respect a Project


Holland Wiles leads younger students in a discussion about kindness and empathy. (Photo: John Hinton)

Scots pep rallies have been a little different this year with student recognition going beyond athletic and academic achievement.

The school has celebrated students like junior Skylar Wilson for valuing kindness and respect. She received a certificate, a box of cookies, and a round of applause.

Long Cove Holiday Bash

Santa Claus. (Photo: Corbin Greer)

On Dec. 9, Long Cove hosted an exclusive holiday party for residents, benefitting Dwell with Dignity, an organization that works to create inspiring homes for deserving families all around Dallas. Donations made during the event will be used to purchase home furnishings, cleaning supplies and stocked pantries and fridges for Dwell with Dignity’s families.