Author Jess Paniszczyn

Trophies, karate tournaments are bigger in Texas

Trophies, karate tournaments are bigger in Texas

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Photo: Hoping to take home a six foot trophy, Shakayla Venson (16), a student of the Five Dragon Martial Arts school in Austin, competes in the Big ‘D’ Nationals. /Photo by John Starkey More than

Byron Nelson kickoff starts annual tournament activities

Byron Nelson kickoff starts annual tournament activities

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Photo: Sitting down for a chat, Byron Nelson defending champion Joe Trahan, discusses his past and his passion for golf with Brendon Todd during the AT&T Byron Nelson kiickoff. /Photo by John Starkey The Salesmanship

Motorcycle officers improve skills through competition

Motorcycle officers improve skills through competition

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Photo: Before competition officially begins, a rider practices driving through one of the motorcycle challenge courses. /Photo by Windy Lopez Approximately 80 motorcycle officers from around the Metroplex and from as far away as Corpus

Teen book festival energizes reading community

Teen book festival energizes reading community

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Photo: Hundreds of teens stand in line waiting to meet their favorite authors during the North Texas Teen Book Festival hosted at the Irving Convention Center / Photo by John Starkey The inaugural North Texas

Elks’ barbeque cook-off undeterred by cold weather

Elks’ barbeque cook-off undeterred by cold weather

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Photo: Even as the temperature hovers around freezing, Bob Daughrity, a member of the Angry Cow Cookers from Allen, Texas, keeps close watch on the food cooking inside his oven. / Photo by John

La Cima Club presents Legacy Award to Maura Gast

La Cima Club presents Legacy Award to Maura Gast

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Photo: Maura Gast receives the La Cima Legacy Award 2014 / Photo by John Starkey Family, friends and admirers filled the Skyline Room as the La Cima Club presented the La Cima Legacy Award 2014

Winter Festival of Acoustic Music takes its final bow

Winter Festival of Acoustic Music takes its final bow

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Photo: Headliners, Stephen Humphries on hammer dulcimer and Jesse Isley on guitar, perform in concert during the Winter Festival of Acoustic Music. / Photo by John Starkey After 29 years of melodic and educational

Islamic religious leader discusses freedom of speech

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A small group of people, most of them Christian, gathered in the Islamic Center of Irving for a special town hall on Feb. 1. Imam Zia Sheikh, a religious leader at the center, discussed

Strong economy bolsters Irving’s vital hospitality industry

Strong economy bolsters Irving’s vital hospitality industry

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Photo: Recognizing excellence in the community, Mayor Van Duyne helps the ICVB present the Carpenter Award to the Fluor Corporation. / Photo by John Starkey The Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau (ICVB) presented the Irving

Science fair makes learning exciting

Science fair makes learning exciting

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Photo: All of the Irving High School Biomedical Sciences Academy students whose projects were recognized with awards during the science fair will advance to the regional science fair competition which will be held in