Jarrell Co. Plans Renovation


The Jarrell Co. warehouse will become tenant showrooms. (Photo: Imani Chet Lytle)

The retro roto-sphere sign across Central Expressway from SMU may no longer rotate and blink, but the tall Dallas landmark still identifies a showroom of high-end appliances, plumbing, and decorative hardware.

Soon names identifying showrooms of other home improvement companies could join the Jarrell Company on the iconic sign.

“The top of the roto-sphere is 98 feet, so it’s way up there,” said architect Robert Kilduff.

National Night Out a Success Despite Downpour

John Reoch enjoying a sandwich at the National Night Out event. (Photo: Jackie Torres)

The rain on Tuesday didn’t stop Preston Hollow residents from celebrating National Night Out (NNO). In fact, hundreds of people turned up to mingle with neighbors and local police in Brad Griffith’s backyard – the traditional location for the event. (Disclosure: There was a tent!)

Tight-Knit Organization


Toussaint Pegues enjoys his new position on the court and his many interests off it. (Photo: Rob Graham)

Toussaint Pegues is a teenage entrepreneur and plays volleyball year-round. But he really wants to go to college and study medicine.

Such wide-ranging ambition is common among teenagers, but the St. Mark’s senior is able to successfully balance it all.

On the court, Pegues was an all-conference selection for the Lions last season after shifting from middle blocker to opposite. In July, he competed at the elite USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Florida.

Lakehill Preparatory School Expands Footprint


Board members, donors, educators, and parents celebrate at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. (Courtesy photo)

A recent addition to Lakehill Preparatory School gives the student population at the six-acre main campus room to grow.

Students were welcomed back to school this semester to a whole new wing at the main campus, following a 15-month expansion process where about 8,000 square feet of existing space were renovated and a 16,000-square-foot facility was added.

Opened in 1971, Lakehill is a top-rated independent school offering a college preparatory curriculum to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. After years of steady growth, headmaster Roger Perry said the campus had reached capacity.

Carillonneurs to Converge in Dallas


Highland Park United Methodist Church’s bourdon, midrange, and treble bells hang in the belfry. (Photo: Chirag Sainju)

Late one afternoon, John Acker unlocked the back door of Highland Park United Methodist Church, walked through the sanctuary, climbed the stairs to the balcony, then mounted a perilously narrow 38-step spiral staircase to reach the carillon keyboard that controls 48 bronze bells in the belfry.

In 1984, when it was installed, the four-octave Porter Memorial Carillon was the largest in Texas. Its lowest bass bell, the bourdon, weighs 2 1/2 tons and highest treble bell, 28 pounds.

Replacement of the instrument cast in the three-centuries-old foundry Fonderie Paccard would cost an estimated three quarters of a million dollars.