Civil Air Patrol Honors St. Mark’s Student


Samuel Goldfarb and John Dorie. (Courtesy photo)

Skills honed over the summer at the Lone Star Emergency Services Academy in Nacogdoches helped Samuel Goldfarb play a role in the Civil Air Patrol’s response to Hurricane Harvey.

The Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the United States Air Force, is devoted to emergency services, cadet programs, and aerospace education.

Goldfarb, now a St. Mark’s Academy sophomore and a cadet second lieutenant, served at CAP’s Denton Incident Command Post, working on plans for demobilization as relief efforts wound down.”

Gun Talk Over Salad


My lunch bunch had a spirited debate over school shootings. Some blame violent video games and movies, some poor parenting, some mental health and opioids, but everyone blames the gun lobby. And greed.

That raising the age limit, stronger background checks, and waiting periods wouldn’t have prevented some of the shootings wasn’t washing with the grandmothers. All of us have spouses, or exes, or sons who have firearms. Yet the NRA spokesman reminds me of the one for the tobacco lobby.

HP Girls Make Their Mark at Texas Relays


Brynn Weakley and her Highland Park teammates ran well in the 4x800 relay at the Texas Relays in Austin.

Highland Park took three girls relay teams to the prestigious Texas Relays over the weekend in Austin, and the Lady Scots were competitive in all three races.

HP placed 16th out of 61 teams in the 4x400 relay, ninth out of 29 in the 4x800 relay, and 14th out of 39 in the distance medley relay. Maddy Stephens and Mary Warriner Kemp each ran in all three races.

Also last week, the Lady Scots were seventh in the team standings at the Mesquite ISD Invitational meet at Hanby Stadium. Grace O’Keefe won the 1,600, and HP also had podium finishes from Sophia Oliai (3,200), Morgan Thompson (discus), and Caroline Morton (high jump).

O’Neal, Lady Scots Advance in Playoffs


Sarah O'Neal's hat trick lifted Highland Park to a 3-0 victory over McKinney North on Tuesday in a 5A playoff game. (Photo: Rob Graham)

By Randy Jennings / Special Contributor

In the latest step by the Highland Park girls soccer team toward a potential UIL record seventh state title, another hero emerged.

Senior midfielder Sarah O’Neal accounted for all three goals to lead Highland Park to a 3-0 victory over McKinney North in a Class 5A Region II area round playoff game on Tuesday at windy Wildcat-Ram Stadium.

“This team has been four years in the making,’’ O’Neal said. “I play every game now like it is the last one.’’

Third Owners Give Tart Major Remodel


After flooding, Tart Bakery keeps dishing unique treats. (Courtesy photo)

Sam and Nancy Major hadn’t planned on remodeling so soon after becoming the third-owners of Tart Bakery, but they didn’t have much choice.

The husband and wife duo bought the business on Lovers Lane east of the Dallas North Tollway in September of 2016. Three short months later, the pipes began acting up, causing flooding that impacted the bakery as well as the business next door.

Moody Family YMCA Gives Reniger Leadership Award


John Reniger received the 2018 Charles E. Seay Award. (Courtesy photo)

The Moody Family YMCA has awarded John Reniger the 2018 Charles E. Seay Outstanding Leadership Award. The Seay Award is given annually, since 1990, in recognition and appreciation of volunteers who have demonstrated distinguished service and exemplified the purpose and ideals of the YMCA.

Charles E. Seay served on the Park Cities YMCA Board of Management, contributed financial resources, as well as provided leadership to capital and annual support campaigns, and raised countless dollars for the YMCA.

Former Parish Episcopal football coach joins SMU staff


After winning 100 games as head coach of Parish Episcopal's football team, Scott Nady is moving to the Hilltop.

Nady announced on his Twitter account that he was hired as the special teams analyst for SMU, joining a young coaching staff that has the Pony's pointing in the right direction.

"Very pleased to share that I have accepted the position of Special Teams Analyst on the SMU football staff!," Nady wrote on Twitter. "I’m humbled and incredibly grateful! I hope to see all of you in the stands this fall! PONY UP!!!"

Nady started the Parish Episcopal football program in 2003 and held the head coaching position until 2016. Episcopal won the TAAPS state championship in 2010 and 2014.