Patient Finds Spiritual Healing in Hospital

Donna Kohler celebrated her transformation with her Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital team. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Donna Kohler celebrated her transformation with her Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital team. (Courtesy Photo)

“It was the best thing that ever happened. It was basically 532 days to a second chance.”
–Donna Kohler

As Donna Kohler makes her way into her new apartment with the help of her walker, she stops to ask a building worker about her newborn baby — an event Kohler can relate to.

“My son just had a baby — my first grandbaby,” Kohler said with a smile. “It’s nice to hear some good news, finally.”

The good news comes after a string of the opposite. Kohler entered Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sept. 27, 2013, because of a duodenal ulcer and wasn’t released until 532 days later in March 2015.


Clutts to Chair High School Theatre Awards

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John Clutts, left,

John Clutts, left, will chair the fifth annual Dallas Summer Musicals High School Theatre Awards.

Preston Hollow resident John Clutts has been named chair of the fifth annual Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards.

The deadline for high schools to register in the competition is Oct. 2. The award show is set for April 14, 2016. The two students who win Best Featured Male and Best Featured Female performer will get an all-expenses paid trip to New York to compete in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.

“I am honored to chair this program and be a part of its continued development and success,” Clutts said. “The reach of this program across North Texas is growing and we look forward to even more schools participating next year.”


Longhorns Crush Hillcrest, Lions Rally Late

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Kylan Harrison caught two touchdown passes for W.T. White during a 44-21 win over Hillcrest on Friday at Loos Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Kylan Harrison caught two touchdown passes for W.T. White during a 44-21 win over Hillcrest on Friday at Loos Stadium. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Last year, Hillcrest dominated neighborhood rival W.T. White in the season opener to kick off one of the best season in recent program history.

On Friday, the Longhorns turned the tables with a convincing 44-21 victory over the Panthers. Whether WTW will enjoy the same degree of success later this season remains to be seen — its district is much tougher, for one thing — but at least it’s a sign that things are moving in the right direction.

“They’re a good test because they’re a great team,” said third-year WTW head coach Rudy Powe. “Playing them really well at this point in the year is really good.”

Jackson Fults ran for two touchdowns and passed for two others as the Longhorns found the end zone on all four of their first-half possessions.


Panthers, Longhorns to Kick Off Season

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Jackson Fults will lead W.T. White against Hillcrest in the season opener on Friday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

Jackson Fults will lead W.T. White against Hillcrest in the season opener on Friday. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

A year ago, Hillcrest had its best year since 2000, coming within five points of an undefeated regular season and a District 11-5A title.

The challenge for the Panthers now becomes carrying that momentum into this season, given that Hillcrest lost most of its playmakers from a squad that finished 9-2 after a first-round playoff loss to Terrell.

The Panthers will feature plenty of new faces when they take the field on Friday against neighborhood rival W.T. White at Loos Stadium in the season opener for both teams.


Movie Night on Northaven Trail

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BigHero6Unwind with some food and a movie on Friday night on the Northaven Trail. Friends of the Northaven Trail, a volunteer group supporting the maintenance of the trail, are showing Big Hero 6 at Dealey Park at 7:30 p.m.

Dickey’s barbeque and cookies and lemonade from Corner Bakery Café will be provided. Congregate in the respite area of Dealey Park next to 10937 Edgemere Road. The movie will begin at dusk.


Patriots Hope First Win Starts a Trend

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Kendrick Bright accounted for three touchdowns for Thomas Jefferson. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Kendrick Bright accounted for three touchdowns for Thomas Jefferson. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

ADDISON — Let’s tip our caps to the football team at Thomas Jefferson, which opened the season with a 26-6 victory over Fort Worth North Side on Thursday at Loos Stadium.

That might sound like a modest accomplishment, but it’s a little more significant for the Patriots, which haven’t won a season opener in more than a decade. In fact, TJ hasn’t had a winning record at any point in any season since 2002.

It’s true that the victory came against a school with a similar streak of futility in recent years, but the Patriots hope it could provide the confidence to launch a resurgence.

It provided the first career win for new head coach Philip Murray, a former Lovejoy assistant who has spent the offseason trying to instill a more positive mentality both on and off the field.


BGCT Salutes Baylor Nursing School

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From left, Johanna Bridges, Baylor nursing student; Dr. David Hardage, executive director of Texas Baptists; Dr. Shelley Conroy, dean of Baylor’s Herrington School of Nursing; and Baylor nursing students Michael LoSasso and Kendal Glendinning.

More than 100 people watched a Passing of the Mantle ceremony held by the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing and the Baptist General Convention of Texas on Wednesday afternoon.

“Texas Baptists have been blessed by this building for close to 30 years. God has used it to positively influence the spiritual lives of many people all over Texas and beyond,” said Dr. David Hardage, executive director of Texas Baptists.

The ceremony, adapted from Bible verse 2 Kings 2:9, was meant to exemplify BGCT passing its spiritual legacy with the community to the nursing school, which is moving into the Texas Baptist’s old building in the 300 block of North Washington Avenue.

“The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing will be blessed to carry on the legacy of faith and good works the Baptist General Convention of Texas has provided over the years in this beautiful facility,” said Dr. Shelley F. Conroy, dean and professor of the LHSON.


How Will Area Football Teams Fare?

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Episcopal School of Dallas

2014 record: 9-2
Coach: Richard Williams
Notable: The Eagles won the SPC Division II title last fall for the first time since 2007. … Most of the skill players from last year’s high-powered offense are gone, but RB Nakeie Montgomery returns after scoring 10 touchdowns in 2014. … ESD plays its first five games away from Jones Family Stadium, and has just two regular-season home games on its schedule.

Date Opponent Time
8/29 Houston 2nd Baptist* 7:00
9/4 at St. Mark’s 7:00
9/12 at San Augustine 4:00
9/18 at Whitesboro 7:30
9/25 at Houston Christian 7:00
10/2 Houston St. John’s 7:00
10/9 at Bellaire Episcopal 7:00
10/16 Houston Kinkaid 7:00
10/23 at Cistercian 7:00

* at Bullard Brook Hill


Hillcrest Principal Ready For a New Challenge

Leeann Bartee, a Fort Worth resident, comes to Hillcrest from Richland Middle School in Birdville ISD. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Leeann Bartee, a Fort Worth resident, comes to Hillcrest from Richland Middle School in Birdville ISD. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Leeann Bartee was ready for a change, even if it was going to be a geographic challenge.

Bartee began her tenure as Hillcrest High School’s principal yesterday. She’s a Fort Worth resident and previous principal at Richland Middle School in Birdville ISD.

“It’s a little bit of a drive, but it is absolutely worth it,” Bartee said. “Being able to be a part of Hillcrest with the legacy and strengths of the staff and talents of the students is more than I could have ever dreamed.”


Police Report: August 10 to August 16

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DALLAS

10 MONDAY
At 1:56 a.m., a burglar broke into Ulta at Preston Forest Villageand stole merchandise.

At 2:01 a.m., a miscreant broke into Pearl Vision at Preston Oaks Shopping Center and stole office equipment.

Between 2:34 and 2:41 p.m., a shoplifter stole merchandise from Minyard Sunfresh Market in the 4300 block of West Northwest Highway.

At 6:17 p.m., a larcenist stole clothing from Victoria’s Secret at NorthPark Center.


Eatery is a Thai Game

Eddy and Chris both recommend the dumplings as a Kin Kin favorite. (Courtesy Photo) 0
Eddy and Chris both recommend the dumplings as a Kin Kin favorite. (Courtesy Photo)

Preston Forest may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of Thai food. But one restaurateur wants to change that. Enter chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin, known as “Chef Eddy.”

He founded Kin Kin Urban Thai in Fort Worth and Oak Lawn. This summer, he’ll open a third location in Preston Forest.

“We want to be the neighborhood Thai restaurant,” he said. “You can come in and grab a quick bite or have a date night. We have something for everyone.”

In order to become the “neighborhood Thai restaurant,” Thretipthuangsin knows he has to offer variety in his menu. Items such as a Thai Scottish Egg and a Thai-inspired burger can be found, in addition to classics such as dumplings, curries, and pad Thai.