The Dallas Arboretum is Blooming


The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, named by Architectural Digest as one of the "15 Breathtaking Botanical Gardens to Visit This Season," will present Dallas Blooms, its annual floral festival that is the largest in the Southwest, from February 24 to April 8.

Themed "A World of Flowers," this year's festival will feature an explosion of color from more than 500,000 spring-blooming blossoms, thousands of azaleas and hundreds of Japanese cherry trees.

Conner Leads Scots to State Tourney


Defending state champion Aidan Conner will be one of six Highland Park wrestlers competing at the state tournament. (File photo: Rob Graham)

Highland Park will send six wrestlers to the UIL state tournament this weekend after a runner-up finish in the team standings at the Class 5A Region III meet on Feb. 17 in Bryan.

The Scots won regional titles in two weight classes, including Spencer Buchholz at 138 pounds and defending state champion Aidan Conner at 195 pounds.

Conner, a junior, is unbeaten in 45 dual matches this season. He will start his state-title defense against Lubbock Monterey’s Makyiah Sandoval (31-7) on Friday at the Berry Center in Cypress. Sandoval was fourth at the Region I meet.

Krewe de Kidds Masquerade

Dr. Mark Deuber, Cary Deuber, Big Al Mack, Melissa Rycroft, Dalton Rapattoni, Kellie Raspberry, Jenna Owens, J-Si Chavez, and Jason Castro. (Courtesy photo)

The inaugural Krewe de Kidds masquerade presented by Ideal dental, benefiting the Kidd’s Kids Teen Trip with Caroline took place on Jan. 27 at the House of Blues in Dallas.  More than 300 guests attended the Mardi Gras-themed event and enjoyed Cajun food and drinks with music by DJ Mike Morse of Radio DJs and live performances by The Castro’s (including front man Jason Castro from Season 13 of “American Idol”) and King, Dalton Rapattoni who was one of the top three finalists on Season 15 “American Idol.”

‘Stormin’ Norman’ Bagwell a Hands-On Leader


Bank of Texas CEO Norman P. Bagwell serves on several boards, including those for the Baylor Healthcare System and the Salesmanship Club foundations. (Photo: Bob Lukeman)

Norman P. Bagwell, CEO of Bank of Texas and executive vice president of BOK Financial, loves hardware stores and do-it-yourself projects.

“I’ll try pretty much anything once,” he said, recalling how when he was young and broke he installed a sprinkler system, an arduous endeavor that involved, “digging holes, laying pipe, and running wires.

America’s Pastor Dead at 99


President George W. Bush greets the Rev. Billy Graham. (White House Photo by Eric Draper Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum)

A great man, a humble servant, and a shepherd to millions has passed on – words from former President George W. Bush on the death of America's pastor the Rev. Billy Graham.

Scots Rally to Win Playoff Opener


Will Enzor led Highland Park in scoring as the Scots rallied past Texas High on Tuesday in the 5A playoffs. (Photo: Mark Martin)

By Chris Parry / Special Contributor

LONGVIEW — Highland Park shook off a slow start to produce a 9-0 spurt in the first half and an overwhelming 15-0 run in the second half in their playoff opener on Tuesday.

The Scots took care of Texarkana Texas High 67-54 in a Class 5A Region II bi-district playoff game. HP advances to the area round, and will face state-ranked Little Elm at 7 p.m. Friday at Flower Mound Marcus.

The Scots were led by senior guard Will Enzor’s 27 points, six rebounds and six steals. Cade Wagner was just as impressive, dropping 23 points while connecting on three 3-pointers.