CFT Announces First Hughes Award Winner


Jack Kinnebrew (center) celebrates his award with Monica Egert Smith and Dave Scullin (Courtesy Communities Foundation of Texas)

Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) announced that Jack M. Kinnebrew of Strasburger & Price, LLP has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the first Vester Hughes Award, which was established to honor individuals who most embody the spirit of the late, respected tax lawyer, Vester T. Hughes, Jr.

CFT works with families, companies, and nonprofits to strengthen the community through a variety of charitable funds and strategic grant making initiatives.

Police Reports: May 15-21



A failed auto theft attempt before 8:45 a.m. May 16, left a vehicle parked overnight near Inwood Lawn Equipment on Northwest Highway with a broken window and steering column.


15 Monday
Around 5 a.m., a robber used a handgun to take money from Einstein Bagels on Royal Lane.

Taken between 12:40 and 1 p.m.: property from the back of a mowing company’s vehicle at a home in the 6000 block of Preston Haven Drive.

Taken between 2 and 5 p.m.: a vehicle from the parking lot at NorthPark Center. 

Congressman Visits Shelton School


Congressman Jeb Hensarling and son Travis (center) with fellow students and history teacher LuAnn Dolly.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R – Dallas) recently took to a different style podium. Instead of one used in Washington, D.C. as Chairman of the House Finances Committee, he stood behind the podium at Shelton School and presented a lesson on the United States Constitution to seventh grade students.

Hensarling was introduced by his son Travis, a Shelton seventh-grader. ]Travis led the introduction by enlisting a round of applause for teachers present in the audience.

Hensarling spoke with students about the Constitution, the Constitutional Convention, the Declaration of Independence and Articles of the Confederation. “You should get an ‘A’ in this course,” he told one student who correctly answered many questions about how an idea becomes a law.

Not all student questions were serious ones. Students queried Hensarling with “Have you ridden on Air Force One,” “Where do you live,” and “Do you have a pen used by the President to sign laws?” Hensarling, who’s been a congressman for 14 years, described his everyday schedule to students, his D.C. living quarters, and his travel arrangements. He cautioned students to help him track his time, with the admonition that “politicians can be known for talking too long.”

“We were pleased to have the congressman on our campus. And I’m proud of the way our students conversed candidly with him” middle school history teacher LuAnn Dolly said. “This makes history come alive for our students.”

Socialite of the Century

Former society columnist, Agness Robertson, still adored by many. (Photo: Daniel Driensky) Click "read more" to view the full photo gallery.

Attending even half the social events in Dallas would be like a full-time job.

For Agness Robertson, it was just that.

For nearly 20 years, Agness was the People Newspapers’ society editor. Along with her photographer husband, Tom, the two often attended up to five events a day.

Her weekly columns, which were all branded with a caricature of her and Tom, detailed exactly what happened at those events; from what someone wore to what the small talk was, she knew it all.

Tom took the pictures – Agness covered everything else. They were a staple not only to the newspaper but also to Dallas society.

Jesuit’s Rapping Running Back Isn’t Slowing Down

Jackson finds success in sports, school, and music. (Photo: Tanner Garza)

During the past year, Evan Jackson rushed for more than 1,200 yards on the football field, released his first hip-hop mixtape, and started an impromptu clothing line.

And by the way, he is heading to an Ivy League school in the fall with hopes of a career in either finance or law.

The multitalented Jesuit senior admitted that his graduation on May 27 will cap a whirlwind year of unexpected success.

To The Class of 2017


Graduation season is here again. All you eager young students are being unleashed from the classrooms, ready to take on the world.

Of course some of you may be a little nervous about the unknown future that is staring you in the face. A blank page can be scary, but that fear will soon pass.

Hats off to all of you parents out there. You managed to do something right if your kids are crossing the stage. I’m sure some of you can’t wait to get them out of the house, while others are already experiencing separation anxiety. I suspect many of you may be feeling a little of both.

Gilliam, Kohrs Team Up for Silver at State


Hillcrest’s Anne Gilliam teamed up with Zane Kohrs to win a silver medal in mixed doubles at the 5A state tournament. (Photo: Tim Hurst)

By Joshua Koch / Special Contributor

COLLEGE STATION — Dallas ISD schools aren’t known for a consistent presence at the UIL state tennis tournament. But for the past two years, a pair of friends have been proud to carry the torch for Hillcrest.

Anne Gilliam, a junior, and Zane Kohrs, a senior, each competed at the Class 5A state tournament a year ago in singles. Gilliam made history by winning a gold medal.

Yet the duo decided to not compete individually this season and team up instead. Gilliam chose to forego a shot at defending her title to join Kohrs in mixed doubles.

After reaching the finals, Gilliam and Kohrs lost to Highland Park’s Phillip Quinn and Madison McBride in three sets (3-6, 6-0, 6-2) on Friday at the Mitchell Tennis Center.

Conservation Curriculum

David Yarnold talks to students about climate change and birds. (Courtesy Greenhill School)

The Greenhill School doesn’t shy away from teaching kids the hard truths about climate change — including that many species, including some in students’ own backyards, face endangerment.

According to the Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report, 314 species of North American birds could disappear from their current ranges by 2080.

David Yarnold, president of the National Audubon Society, recently came to Dallas to moderate two panels at Earth Day Texas — a festival held April 21-23 in Fair Park that attracted researchers, filmmakers, and conservationists from all over the world.