Southlake Blvd Magazine Edition 6

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The rest of the world may have four seasons, but Southlake has five! Football season is here and we couldn’t be more excited! We trace back to the beginnings of football in Southlake to celebrate the return of Friday Night Lights.


Our Southlake football special teams have been stealing the show the last few years, which makes you think: Is there something in the water? Chris from Chris Sailer Kicking gives us the run-down on why Dragon special teams are truly the best!


A true star of Southlake, Riley Dodge is the head coach of our beloved Southlake Carroll Football team and is taking our Dragons to new heights. We chatted to Coach Dodge about his football journey, pre-game rituals and more.


Texans always do things bigger and better, and that includes homecoming mums. One can’t look at our Dragons’ mums without admiration, which may make you wonder how this tradition came about and how it got so big.


The weather is crisper, the leaves are redder, and pumpkin spice is everywhere! We share some of our local festivities that let Texans know fall is here.


One of the highlights of fall is definitely Thanksgiving, but how did this food-filled, gratitudegiving, happy holiday come about? Learn more about the origins of Thanksgiving and the traditions behind it.


This large family was one of Southlake’s first, so their roots are firmly planted in our town. We dive deep into their family history and where they all are today.


Lisa Rawls, Southlake’s LCG (Little Cowgirl), suffered a terrible horse-riding accident roughly one year ago. Bobby, her husband, shares her story of recovery and thanks our community for their support and prayers.


For this edition’s Good Food, we take a look at Ferah Tex-Med Kitchen in Southlake, ChopShop Live in Roanoke and Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Grapevine. Warning: do not read when hungry!


We visited a local favorite for this edition’s restaurant reviewFeedstore BBQ! We were wowed by our delicious meal and their great customer service.


Many gathered for the Homecoming Parade on September 14. Read more about the annual Homecoming Carnival, Parade and Pep Rally in our “How You Can Tell It’s Fall in Southlake” article on page 46

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IN EVERY ISSUE 04 Ed’s Note | 08 #Fabstuff | 10 Get Social 16 My 76092 | 18 Inspiration | 66 Health

There are two things I love about magazines. The first is the stories we get to share about what our community and people are doing, creating, or accomplishing. Somehow being part of these adventures or achievements or reflecting back on our heritage and history, through storytelling, seems to bind us to each other, finding things we share in common and ultimately contributing to our identity as members of Southlake. I believe that good storytelling is a positive thing that brings us closer together.

The second thing I love is the opportunity to connect with people. Being involved with the magazine and the story-telling platform it creates means we get to share local stories, and doing so means we need to interview and visit the people being featured. This allows us to meet with so many different people from such diverse backgrounds and all with interesting stories to tell. The people are the fabric of Southlake. We get to see the real Southlake and its positive, uplifting spirit whenever we do our stories.

I pondered on the connection part of this for a bit while drafting my editor’s letter, specifically reflecting on our last year here in Southlake. I realized that we’ve been blessed to meet some really kind and encouraging people, some of whom have become really good friends. As those friendships have grown, so has our access to more stories as people have shared ideas and concepts with us. It’s great!

By nature, most of us are inherently social in our existence. We thrive in our communities and social groups, but we’ve experienced a very unique and supportive social community here in Southlake. We see how so many of the families and residents support a wide range of local initiatives, events and charities.

As we head towards our December edition and the year ahead (wow - am I really talking about 2023?!), I look forward to telling more stories and connecting with more of our readers and business owners.

For now, please enjoy our latest edition of the magazine and feel free to email me if you have an idea for a good story about something going on or someone doing something that may make a great magazine story.

Enjoy, and God bless.


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We are both thrilled and proud to bring you the sixth edition of The Southlake Blvd. Magazine! This magazine holds such a special place in our hearts. Southlake is a truly special place, with a tight-knit community. There is a huge focus on family with extraordinary people and exceptional stories to tell! A lot of hard work, collaboration and inspiration went into conceptualizing this edition –but it’s ultimately the local residents who made it all possible. To ensure we always stay relevant and tethered to the community, we invite our readers to connect with us on all our social platforms.



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On Saturday, August 27, the Dragon Touchdown Club held the inaugural Night of Champions at The Ranch of Lonesome Dove to celebrate the start of the football season and raise money for Dragon football programs from Dragon Youth Football up through to the Southlake Carroll Varsity high school team. The theme was Dragon Championship Tailgate and the green, white and black decorations were breath-taking! Everyone enjoyed the live music, delicious food, silent and live auctions and open bar.


1. Leo and Melissa Rodriguez

Richard Montes, Willie Pile (MC for the night) & Rachel Montes

Gregg and Nicole Holtmeier, Jeff and Robyn McCourt & Bonnie and Chris Pendergrass

Keia Pile, Sarah Mackey, Bryanna Roop, Christy Renda & Jennifer Powers

Cheray and Chris McLaughlin & Joel and Elizabeth Sparks



early September, a group of supporters were invited to a private event hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Rao Kamran Ali, residents of Southlake, where they got to meet with Governor Greg Abbott and learn more about his campaign. A brief and insightful Q&A was held with the Governor and afterwards guests got to connect and network.

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They say the people make the party, and that’s definitely true for tailgates too! Darnell Dentistry kicked off homecoming in the best way possible. They ate, sang, danced, laughed and created more memories. They love their patients, friends, community and our Dragons! From Darnell Dentistry, thank you for eight incredible years in Southlake! #darnelldentistry #southlakedentist #dragons


Danielle Tucker, Heather Gillett & Carolina Del Calvo

Dr. Reid Darnell & Todd Deneaul

Laura Harryman, Michelle Davis, Veronica Darnell, Melani Windham & Laura Bennett

Our little Dragon princess

Alicia Lynch & Veronica Darnell

Laura Bennett & Laura and Scott Harryman



Pizza Food Truck celebrated their launch on September 25. Everyone tried their delicious pizza and the team had a chance to thank their founding sponsors. Keep an eye out for this bright red truck!


Kristine and Gary Kemp (founders)

Jean Xue, Jaden & Caleb Lo

Mayor John Huffman, Elizabeth and family

Kemp & Stewart and Lindsey Clark


THE PEOPLE 1. Our dedicated Police Officers keeping us safe 2. Lana Gillett 3. Miss Westlake Nicole Wingard 4. Heather & Victor Gillett
Town Square looked beautiful for Somos Southlake on October 2 to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The community came together to enjoy the live entertainment and food on offer. We already can’t wait for next year!

What, in your opinion, is the best thing about Southlake?

Definitely the “we are all one” Dragon culture and the love this town has for football.

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Meet Kaden Anderson. He is the 6’4, 205lb Carroll Dragon senior starting quarterback. In 2021, Kaden took over as starting QB after 5-star Quinn Ewers graduated a year early. He was a Texas District 4-6A first-team selection as a junior and led the Dragons to a 14-1 record and the Class 6A-I state semifinals. He is a commit at the University of Wyoming. @kaden_anderson12

When you aren’t playing football, what’s your favorite thing to do in Southlake?

Hang with friends at the lake, fish, and wakeboard.

Best spot to train?

APE Fitness and Performance is the best!

The perfect place for a date night is…

Sushi Zen and then EVO Entertainment.

Favorite dessert in Southlake?

Frozen yogurt from Yogurtland or any tiramisu!

Your absolute favorite meal is from…

I love a burrito with queso and spicy ranch from Chiloso Mexican Bistro. .

Your favorite place to chill with friends in Southlake?

We usually hang out at my house or one of my friends’ houses because our moms always make us food!



Throughout our lives, we all encounter seasons of adversity. Our pain doesn’t always look the same and everyone is fighting a silent battle of their own. Whether it be physical, financial, mental, or emotional, we are always working to find a balanced state of being as we experience life’s ups and downs.

When I was eight years old, I broke my arm. I had fallen from a tree in our front yard. My brother said that it would build character. I thought, “OK, but why did it have to be like THIS?” I learned that I wasn’t made of glass. My experience served a purpose. In order for something good to come from my pain, I must accept it.

With such a strong guarantee of experiencing pain at some point in our lives, we have no other choice but to do something with our pain. It can serve us, or it can be a great disservice to our lives. If we wish for our pain to serve a purpose, we must practice acceptance. This is how we begin to find purpose in our pain.


Our first priority is to take action. Call a therapist, start a new course, go on a church retreat or a mission

trip, join a home team, join the gym, or call Elevated Lifestyle Academy…

A writer named Ed Calderon always concludes his essays with the phrase: “Stillness is death.” If we remain still for too long, we harden – outside and within. Our hearts respond to this kind of behavior in a slow, sorrowful way. Happiness is alive! Joy is not subtle, nor is laughter meant to be hidden.

If we want to live in a state of happiness or joy, we have to get moving, no matter how painful or small the first steps may be. When we stay in our pain, we will continue to suffer. We must rise up, walk through the pain and amidst the struggle.


The personal outcome these experiences have on our lives will rely heavily on the actions we take to heal, the people we surround ourselves with, and the

environment we build for ourselves moving forward. This will determine the condition of our hearts in the end.

In 2013, I was a homeless alcoholic and addicted to drugs. Twelve years prior, I was a promising young athlete with charisma and a bright future. At age 27, I had lost everything, and my family did not want me inside of their homes. One day, I asked myself: How will I get out of this? That day, I decided to pursue recovery and to do the best with what I had been given.

Because of this decision and the actions that followed, I now show other young men and their families how to navigate through substance abuse and surrounding issues in their homes. The things that once haunted me are now the very same things that qualify me to carry out my purpose.

Your purpose will be much greater than your pain. Take action and take hope. The sun will rise.

NEAL is a life coach and founder of Elevated Lifestyle Academy, helping young men and their families pick up the pieces and start growing again. He is also the co-author of “Letters Home: A Journey Into Recovery” alongside his father, Rex Williams. Neal is passionate about educating families and helping the next generation become more equipped for their future. @nealson85


Meet the Mayor

In Southlake, October kicks off an incredible season of celebration!

We start with the Somos Southlake Fiesta, where we come together as a city to celebrate the culture and contributions of our incredible Latino community. Next comes Southlake Oktoberfest, our worldfamous celebration when the Town Square is filled with food, drink and entertainment for the whole family. Then, in late October, we celebrate Diwali Fest 2022 with our South Asian community. Southlake’s Diwali Fest is one of the largest in North Texas, so I hope you and your family can enjoy the food and dancing with all of us.

Those festivals are incredible events and three great reasons to come together to enjoy, discover, and share unforgettable experiences. I’m glad I don’t have to pick my favorite moment because it would be too difficult.

And now, November is fast approaching! The good news is that our season of celebration continues with Home for the Holidays and Christmastime in Southlake. Saturday, November 19, 2022, is when my favorite event of the year kicks off. The fun begins at 4:30 p.m. with live entertainment and activities found all over Town Square. Then at 6:00 p.m., the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony gets underway immediately, followed by a fireworks show.

There is an old-fashioned quality to Christmastime that I cherish. The pictures from each year show family and friends getting together, kids growing up, and people enjoying each other’s company. Sure, you can see storefronts and fashion change, but there is a timelessness to this event that is uniquely Southlake, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

So whether this is your first time or you’ve been here year after year, I hope to see you in Town Square on November 19. It’s a wonderful kickoff to our celebration of the season of the coming of Jesus. For more information, visit

JOHN and his wife, Elizabeth, founded their small business, Black Door Renovation, in 2016 as a project to improve the lives and homes of those around them. Now, Black Door employs 12 people and has worked in hundreds of homes around Southlake and northeast Tarrant County. John and Elizabeth serve the community in a variety of ways. John loves spending time with family, coaching kids’ sports, spending time outdoors, and playing basketball with friends. He also serves as Mayor of Southlake.


What Does Fall Mean to You?

What Southlake resident doesn’t love fall? From Halloween trick-or-treating to Thanksgiving dinner, every family has their own traditions or annual fall bucket list to make this the best season yet! We asked our locals to share their fall traditions and what they love about this time of year.

“For me, it was all about being in the kitchen with my grandmothers, my aunts, and my mom. For many years, on the weekend before Thanksgiving, my aunt would come over to the house and teach me all of my grandmother’s and great-grandmother’s recipes. Those recipes today are used here in my bakery on a daily basis. It’s about being together, your culinary heritage, being thankful, and loving the ones around you regardless of if they are blood relatives or chosen family.”

“When I think of the fall, I think of football - Friday Night Lights in Texas and watching the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day after eating more in one day than anyone eats in a week. I’ve been in North Texas for 53 years, and there is nothing better in the fall than high school football, Cowboy games, and wrapping it up with college bowl games.” - Dr Wade Parkhill

“We like to do fun things around the holidays. We started a family theme Halloween costume that we let our daughter pick. We have been colors, ninjas, inflatables, Egyptians, circus clowns, and zombies through the years. It is fun watching her laugh as she tries to embarrass us the older she gets!”

- Ashley Morrow Gingras

“I love the fall! It marks the beginning of the joyous holiday season, as well as some favorite family traditions! Fall at our house means college games playing on the TV each Saturday, stocking up on Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread before it sells out, and my favorite, everyone helping with Thanksgiving dinner, making homemade sourdough bread, cranberry relish, pumpkin pies and, of course, the turkey.”

“We love this time of year: neighborhood Halloween parades, Oktoberfest at Southlake Town Square, Thanksgiving with family, Southlake Dragon Football, Breakfast with Santa, and Home for the Holidays Annual Tree Lighting. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen baking as a family, making our traditional holiday cookies.”

“We have the tradition that every other year we all gather at my mom’s house (which is still the home my brother, sister and I grew up in located in Aledo, TX) for Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve. My mother always takes out the “good china”. We have three food items that are always a constant: my mother’s no lumps mashed potatoes and my sister prepares the French-fried onion, string green bean casserole and baked sweet potato casserole. After dinner, the whole family plays a few games, regardless of if it is Thanksgiving or Christmas. We laugh, eat, and have unstressed family time with all of us being together. This year we will have four generations together for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.”


The Bailey Family

I’ve been lucky enough to meet many of the families who have laid the groundwork here in Southlake, creating the community that we enjoy today. I had the great pleasure to learn more about the Bailey family and their very deep Southlake roots.

Valerie (Bailey) Lavalley and her mother, Paula Egger, who Valerie said is the family historian, were kind enough to spend some time sharing their story with me.

If you are like most, it didn’t take long after arriving in Southlake to feel Texan. That is just something that happens. It might be that you immediately became a Dragon by quickly donning your first Dragon spirit gear, experiencing your first Friday Night Lights, buying your first pair of cowboy boots, or simply encountering the welcoming nature of our community and its people.

Valerie comes from a family that has been in Southlake for seven generations and is very proud to be raising her two children in her hometown. She comes from a long line of hard-working farmers who cultivated the land and always put their family first. Paula said that as far as they could ascertain, their family made moves from Kentucky to Kansas, before landing in Texas. They assume it was the Homestead Act that brought them south.

The Homestead Act was signed into law by Abraham Lincoln in May of 1862. This was shortly after the Civil War and was meant to encourage growth of the west by providing settlers with 160 acres of land in exchange for a nominal filing fee. Among its provisions was a five-year requirement of continuous residence before receiving the title to the land. This Act distributed more than 250 million acres of land. The expectation was that they would improve the land.

The first of the Bailey family to lay claim in what is now Southlake was John T. Bailey, born in 1827 (Southlake wasn’t officially incorporated until 1956). Records show that they moved from Kansas after the 1850s. They were farmers with cattle and many crops, had the first horse-drawn cotton gin in the area in the 1870s, and ran a dairy as well.

Dressed in their Sunday best are Alno (second from left), Eunice (third from left), and L.N. Bailey (right). Mettie Bailey, L.N.’s second wife, is at far left in what appears to be the family’s summer kitchen or an outbuilding for their dairy business. Notice the milk can and pans hanging next to Mettie.

John was one of the founding members of the Pleasant Hill Advent Church in 1883. The church didn’t initially have a building to meet in until the early 1900s when property was donated by local resident Marion White. The church was built across from what is now White’s Chapel Church, prior to which the members met at various locations. The church was eventually torn down in order to widen FM 1709. The members stayed together and built on Carroll Road in the building that is now the Islam Center. The church’s name was changed to Southlake Christian Church. Valerie and her husband were married there as well as her sister and cousin. Paula shared that the church was widely composed of Baileys, Tates, and Stacys - three of the oldest family names in Southlake. The congregation became quite mature with only Valerie and her sister, as well as some of the Tate grandchildren,

By the 1930s, the oil and gas business across the state offered new jobs to farmers and their sons. One such enterprise was the filling station. L.N. Bailey is pictured here in front of his service station and grocery store.

As his daughter Alno Bailey Shivers recalled, “If someone needed groceries, he’d let them have them, and if he got the money, OK, and if he didn’t, OK… We wasn’t rich, but we had a fair living.” The station and grocery store faced FM 1709.


The Bailey’s house was built in the late 1800s and was said to be the first board house in the community. The structure was one of several that sat on the family’s 200-acre farm, which extended south from FM 1709 to present-day Continental Boulevard, between Peytonville Avenue and White Chapel Boulevard. Seen in this 1914 photograph is Louia Napoleon Bailey Jr.

Back row: Dulceria “Aunt Dull” (Lowe) and Burtis Robinson & Jim and Emma Daniel. Seated: Mattie Lowe, Sebron Daniel & James Polk Lowe

attending. Unfortunately, the church matured out and closed its doors around 2010.

John T. and many of the Baileys are buried in White’s Chapel Cemetery. John T. had 11 children, most of them more than likely went on to become farmers in the area, following in the family’s footsteps. He passed in 1882 due to cardiac issues. His widow lived for many years after he passed.

One of John T.’s sons was Louia Napoleon Bailey. He was known to everyone as L.N. and was born in 1878 in Southlake. He was the first of the Bailey entrepreneurs and opened a general store. The store was located where the Timberlake neighborhood is now, across from Southridge Lakes. The store was simple, named L.N. Bailey, and closed in 1942. L.N. was married five times. His first wife’s demise was met when her dress caught on fire. He had around 12 to 15 children from his marriages (records weren’t completely accurate from those times).

L.N.’s son, Earl Wesley Bailey (Valerie’s great grandfather), was born in 1900 and married Kate Sparger. Earl followed in his dad’s footsteps and had two stores in Southlake. One store was across from the shopping center from Bill Tait’s State Farm on FM 1709. The second store was where Feedstore BBQ is on S White Chapel Boulevard. They were both general stores, but the White Chapel store carried animal feed and had a filling station and grocery store. Earl retired from Precinct 3 Commission where he worked for the county doing many different county-related jobs while continuing to farm at the same time. He and his wife had 10 children. Earl passed away in 1995.

Earl’s son was Forrest Lee Bailey, born in 1923, and known as “Skeezix” to family and friends (a nickname given to him by his siblings). Paula said that no one ever called her dad Forrest. He was quite tall and thin and was also known to many as “Stretch”. Forrest was drafted into the Navy as a result of Pearl Harbor. He took a train from Fort Worth to San Diego and spent much of his time in Okinawa as a firefighter on a ship.

Valerie shared that even though he was in the Navy overseas, he still felt the need to help take care of his family and siblings. Her “Papa”, as the grandkids called him, would wait until everyone was out and then he’d sell his rations of cigarettes and such, sending the money back to his family. After his return from the Navy, he worked for Rector Well Equipment Company where he eventually retired.

Paula said that her dad did tractor work for everyone. He would eat dinner and then go and mow, plow, and repair for whoever needed it in the area. He did this all in addition to farming their land. He and his wife had three kids who all attended Carroll - Paula Egger (1970), Donna Robinson (1968), and Gaylon Bailey (1966). Forrest passed in a tractor accident at age 91 in 2015. Forrest’s brother, Joe Bailey, passed away from a farming accident as well. Joe was married to Doris Tate who was Merrill Stacy’s sister, connecting the three oldest families in marriage as well!

All five grandchildren (Donna, Paula, and Gaylon’s kids) were Carroll graduates. There are also 15 great-grandchildren and six of them are Dragons here in Southlake. Donna has one son, Justin Robinson, who was a Keller firefighter and has recently retired to Colorado. Gaylon has a daughter, Jacy Zegowitz, who lives in Crofton, MD, with four children, and a son, Colin, who is married to Megan with two kids aged six and 15, living in Southridge Lakes.

Paula’s husband is from neighboring Colleyville. Their daughter, Valerie, was a 2002 graduate and still lives in Southlake with her husband, Matthew, a 2001 graduate, with two Dragons. Her older sister, Randi Leatherwood, lives in Grapevine, not too far from home. Paula and her husband left Southlake in 2003 after Valerie graduated when they decided to move to be closer to her parents, who moved years earlier when they bought 400 acres in Wise Country as it became difficult to continue farming in Southlake. They bought four acres across the street and helped take care of Paula’s parents. Her mom just passed away in 2021. Paula found her way back home to Southlake this summer to be close to family again.

The Bailey family is definitely large in size. Paula said that she has/had 63 first cousins!

Valerie says that growing up on their family farm instilled in her a strong work ethic that she applies in all that she does. She began working in the design industry after graduating from Texas Tech, where she discovered her passion for all things interior design. Valerie continues the family entrepreneurship as well, starting her own business, Cameron Jean Interiors, named after her daughter. And the apple hasn’t fallen far, as she also raises chickens.

It speaks volumes about Southlake that these families first placed their roots here over 170 years ago and many of their descendants still live here today!

Paula was recently inducted into the Carroll Athletic Hall of Fame this year! She was a basketball player. The family has a photograph of her dad’s aunt, Alno Bailey, pictured in front of Carroll School with a basketball in her hand. Apparently, basketball is in their genes.


Valerie Lavalley, Cameron Lavalley, Silas Lavalley, Matthew Lavalley, Parker Leatherwood, Randi Leatherwood, Emerson Leatherwood, Paula Bailey Egger, Doug Egger, Gaylon Bailey, Donna Robinson, Colin Bailey, Jackson Bailey, Isabelle Bailey, Keaton Bailey, Nolan Bailey & Megan Bailey.

Although the present-day Bailey family is large and scattered all over, they are close-knit and will always cherish their unique history as one of the original Southlake families. They played a big part in what our town is today, and for that we are eternally grateful! Here are some current images of the gorgeous Bailey family.


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All of us know that football is BIG here in the Lone Star State. I don’t think many would argue that it should be added as a true season to the Texas mix, along with summer, winter, fall, and spring. This really rings true in Southlake, where the Dragon football program is heralded by many as a dynasty.

Dragon football got its start in 1961. The Dragon name was actually derived from a Southlake softball team in the 50s. The team played on an 80-yard football field (that was all they had room

for) with a team of seventh and eighth graders. Despite continued attempts to get the grass to grow, the field was mainly dirt. During the first few games, the players, coaches, and fans would be covered in dust. Shortly thereafter, the dirt was removed and the football field was extended to regulation length, while at the same time the first high school was being built.

The Dragons won their first district championship in 1965, which also happened to be Carroll’s first graduating high school class, winning their second

one in 1979. This was long before the times when Carroll was considered a powerhouse.

Then, Bob Ledbetter arrived on the scene. Coach Ledbetter’s career record stands at 208-39-1 and his teams never finished with a losing record. From 1986 to 1993, the 3A Dragons were 113-5-1, winning State Championships in 1988, 1992, and 1993. They broke the national record of 72 straight regular season wins (a record that has still not been broken in Texas). In 1993, the Dragons were recognized as the most noteworthy football team in


Texas. Coach Ledbetter also served as the school’s athletic director from 1996 to 2002, where he made the great decision to hire Todd Dodge in 2000.

Coach Dodge made the playoffs in his first season after losing the first three games. In 2001, Carroll made it to the state semifinal game, moving up from Class 4A to 5A in 2002, becoming the first team in Texas history to win a State Championship and move up a division in the same year. Dodge was the first to use the slogan “Protect the Tradition”. This slogan is something we Dragons have woven into the fabric of our community ever since.

Hal Wasson followed Todd Dodge at the helm and spent 11 years as the head coach of the Dragons, winning one Class 5A state title across that period in 2011.

In 2018, you might say Southlake went back to its tradition and hired another Dodge. This time, it was Todd’s son, Riley. Dodge attended Carroll High School where he played under his dad and Coach Wasson.

He became Head Coach of his alma mater in 2018 and has guided the Dragons to the state playoffs every season and to the UIL Class 6A Division State Championship game in 2020, where the Dragons were upset 52-34 by his father’s team, Austin Westlake. He then led our Dragons to a 14-1 record in 2021.

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If this is your first fall in Texas, you’re in for a treat. I’m pretty sure that most high school homecomings have the traditional mum (a real flower) with a few trailing ribbons donning the school colors. But here in Texas, mums have not just been taken up a notch, but by leaps and bounds!

mums short for chrysanthemums, daisy-like flowers that come in various forms and colors. Chrysanthemums were first introduced in the U.S. during Colonial times. It became known as “Queen of the Fall Flowers” after its growth in popularity. Boys started giving a mum to his date as a corsage for homecoming.


It’s homecoming time in Texas and most of us know what that means: bring on the big, larger-than-life homecoming mums found in our Lone Star State (parts of Oklahoma as well). Anyone who’s new to Texas always has a jaw-dropping moment when they see their first Texas mum. And then, the first thing that comes out of their mouths is: “What is that?” For those of us who are from here or have been here for years, sit back and watch how big and extravagant these mums can be!

In Texas, a homecoming mum is a rather large faux mum surrounded by a personalized arrangement of glitter, bells, charms, stuffed animals, lights, sport, hobby or extracurricular-related items and more, usually with ribbons and braids trailing down (many times to the ground), designed to be worn around a girl’s neck. Many have their names, jersey numbers on a stuffed mascot and graduation year. If you see mums in all white, you’ll know these are senior girls.

The male counterpart to the mum is the garter, which is a smaller (but still large), less flashy (sometimes) version of the mum worn on the bicep. The mum is typically made or ordered by the guys

(or more likely their moms!) and the garter is made or ordered by the girls. But no need to worry if you don’t have a date - many girls go in groups and make their own amazing mums! These have become homecoming staples and are a rite of passage for many high schoolers.

If you’re thinking, “Why would they wear something that large over their beautiful homecoming dresses?”, the answer is, they don’t!


These mums are never worn to the homecoming dance, but rather during the homecoming parade and football game.


Most schools across the country participate in some form of mum for homecoming, but most consist of a real flower with a small trailing of school-colored ribbon and worn on their dress or arm to the homecoming dance. How and why did Texas mums get so big?

The homecoming “mum” began as a sweet Texan token of affection given to a girl by her date in honor of the high school homecoming football game and surrounding events.

Often in-season during the early fall months in Texas, chrysanthemums became the unofficial flower of high school homecoming events.

The tradition of wearing mums

to football games seems to have started in Missouri during the first ever “homecoming football game” in 1911. Even though this tradition didn’t start in Texas, we made it bigger! Mums started showing up in Texas in the 1930s.

To many outside our great state, the mums may seem a bit extreme, flamboyant, or as an extravagant expense for one night. We Texans just don’t see things that way.

We love our Friday Night Lights, and as the sayings go, “Go big or go home” and “Everything’s bigger in Texas” is how we roll!




Great music, incredible food, and good company - ChopShop Live has it all! From Taylor Swift, Queen and Eagles tribute events to football games shown on their big screen, this spot has a great atmosphere and is worth the visit any weekend. Every event night, they run as two separate venues: outside is the live music venue with picnic tables and inside is the fullservice restaurant with a menu of hearty dishes to satisfy any appetite. ChopShop Live is known for their ‘Trash Can Nachos’ (tortilla chips, bacon, queso blanco, jalapeños, salsa and sour cream loaded up in a tin can) and ‘The Boss Hog Burger’ (a juicy half beef patty with half applewood bacon, fried egg, cheddar cheese and flaming tailpipe onion straws, served with waffle fries). They also offer a variety of starters, like waffle cheese fries and Texas twist pretzel nuggets, pub-grub, such as their loaded mac n’ cheese, and sandwiches, including sliders and melts. If you can’t get enough of ChopShop Live, you can sign up for The Shop Club to be the first to receive information on exclusive events, secret menus, special discounts and loyalty rewards!


Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

Admit it, nothing is better than a good pizza made with fresh ingredients and prepared in a brick oven. Grimaldi’s secret recipe dough, signature coal-fired brick ovens and New York-themed decor will transport you and your tastebuds to pizza bliss! To get you started, they offer classic Italian starters like caprese, bruschetta and antipasto. Then, it’s time to dig into the main attraction: the pizzas. They come in 12, 16 and 18-inch sizes with a variety of toppings from pesto, buffalo chicken and prosciutto arugula to the Brooklyn Bridge (red peppers, ricotta cheese and Italian sausage), The Don (Italian sausage, meatballs and pepperoni) and the good old margarita. For those looking for a healthier option, Grimaldi’s also offers 12-inch gluten-friendly and cauliflower bases. If you want to get creative, build your own pizza by choosing from three different bases (traditional, white with garlic, and pesto) and a wide range of toppings to create your own cheesy masterpiece. To end it all off, order one of their heavenly desserts, including cheesecakes, cannoli, tiramisu, or a selection of all three! Get a glass (or two) of wine or their signature Italian sodas, lemonades, or iced teas, and you’ve got a date night of dreams…

ChopShop Live

Back in July of this year, Ferah Tex-Med Kitchen found its home in Southlake Town Square. What a welcome addition it was! Who wouldn’t be excited by their concept of “Modern Mediterranean with a Texan Twist”? Their menu offers a variety of unique meals for those who are adventurous as well as fan favorites that any Med or Texan food-lover would drool over. The Tex-Med appetizers, such as hummus, baba ganoush, and charred salsa (all served with warm pita bread), are great to share with friends and family or devour all on your own. However, if you

are planning to share with others, we suggest their unique sharing dishes like their chef’s sampler platter, baconwrapped stuffed dates, and falafel tower. For main dishes, Ferah Tex-Med Kitchen offers dishes such as salads, classic and falafel burgers, familiar Mediterranean dishes, braised beef short ribs, and even gyros and falafel tacos - a true, mouth-watering fusion of Mediterranean and Texan food! If that doesn’t get you running through their doors, they also have great happy hour specials daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on drinks and small bites! Ferah Tex-Med here we come!


We all know Southlake is packed full of incredible high school athletes. One look at the trophy case and it’s evident how many State Championships our teams have brought home throughout the years in all sports. In the last 10-plus years, you may have noticed that there has been an impressive group of special teams coming out of the Dragon program, with several being brothers. It makes you wonder: Is there something in the water?


Ihad the opportunity to speak with Chris Sailer, founder of Chris Sailer Kicking in Los Angeles. Chris’s camps are consistently recognized as the most respected specialist camps in the world. He’s been working with kickers and punters for over 20 years, fine-tuning kicking mechanics to build the best kickers and punters possible. I asked Chris if he could offer up his thoughts on why Southlake has been so successful on the kicking front.

“Southlake Carroll is definitely one of the highest producers of quality kickers and

Chris noted that in recent years there has been a trend in parents relocating in order to find successful programs for their kids to grow under. Southlake Carroll certainly seems to fit that bill.

“Every two years, on average, there has been a kicker or punter going to a D1 university from Southlake, which is unusually high,” Chris spoke of our current kicker, Tyler White, who’s headed to Texas A&M on full scholarship, as well as Joe McFadden, a 2021 Southlake graduate who is playing at the University of Connecticut and on full scholarship.

“The Dragon roster is always deep and that helps. Tyler is a talented punter and Texas A&M is lucky to have him.”

Backfilling Tyler White’s departure is Kyle Lemmermann, a junior who is currently ranked fifth in the nation. Both Tyler and Kyle were top 12 camp attendees this year with Tyler being named a pre-season All American and Kyle a pre-season All American Honorable Mention as a junior.

“It’s rare to have one kicker of that talent level on a team, but to have two is unheard of,” he continued. “Kyle’s such a good kicker. He could really start anywhere in the country right now.”

punters in the country, most of whom are getting an opportunity to play at the D1 level,” says Chris. “There are several factors that have contributed to this windfall. First, Texas is number one in the country for football. Second, everyone knows that Southlake has a great football program. When you have great athletes, you have great mentors. In my last camp, there were five kickers in attendance from Southlake. That’s pretty unheard of. Since 2010, there’s always been between two and three Southlake kickers/punters in attendance, whereas, at most, there is usually one, if any, from any one school.”

Kyle seems to take it in his stride, saying, “I really like my teammates and special teams group. Tyler White, Jared White, Brock O’Quinn, Mason Mathews, Gabriel Ogura, and Jonathan Maclaughlin are great and make practice fun. I have learned a lot from them, and they have definitely made me better.”

The college coaches recruiting Kyle have said that the level of competition and the caliber of football played at Southlake Carroll is the best preparation for college that kickers could get. This has helped make Kyle one of the top 2024 kicking recruits in the country and Tyler, one of the top 2023 recruits. Chris noted that coming behind Kyle is his brother, Clark, who is a freshman and “is extremely talented as well”. Clark is ranked fifth in the 2026 class. He is excellent on field goals and developing into a top punting prospect.


There is another White who is also making waves: Jared White, who is Tyler’s brother and an excellent D1 level punter as well. Jared has had limited playing time this season due to his brother’s success and may be one of the best-kept secrets in the 2023 punting class.

For now, he continues to work hard as a holder and shows his punting ability in practice. Jared will undoubtedly have significant college interest after the college camps begin.

Mason Matthews, a senior, rounds out the kicking core. Mason is recovering from a muscle injury this season and should be ready to compete in the near future. He will have a strong showing at college camps this summer as well.

Although the focus may be on the kicker, every specialist will tell you that it starts with the snap. Those duties belong to Brock O’Quinn (senior) and Jonathan Mclaughlin (junior). Both are exceptional snappers!

Brock has been snapping on varsity for two years and has plenty of college interest.

Jonathan, who was injured early this season, will return next year ready to continue the special team’s tradition of excellence.

With this talent - combined with one of the best football programs in the country and great coaching - there’s no doubt we’ll continue to see some impressive kicks under the lights in Southlake!

OUR DRAGON KICKERS Kris Brown 1999 - University of Nebraska / Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys Garrett Hartley 2004 - University of Oklahoma / Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers Cade Foster 2010 - University of Alabama Drew Brown (Kris’s brother) 2014 - University of Nebraska / Toronto Argonauts (CFL) Jake Oldroyd 2019 - Brigham Young University Joe McFadden 2021 - University of Connecticut


For the last 11 years, Riley Dodge has been killing the coaching game! As the son of four-time Texas High School State Champion Head Coach Todd Dodge, it comes as no surprise that Head Coach Dodge has an incredible history as a football player and coach.

Riley was a highly talented quarterback for Carroll ISD (2005 to 2007), taking the team to win state (2005 and 2006) under his father as Head Coach. He also played for University of North Texas and McNeese State University. In 2012, Riley started his coaching career by becoming the Graduate Assistant for the Texas A&M University football team under Kevin Sumlin and Kliff Kingsbury.

In 2013, he joined the University of Texas’s football team as a Quality Control Coach under Mack Brown (2013) and Charlie Strong (2014). He then went on to become an Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach for Flower Mound Marcus (2015 and 2016), where he revamped the team’s strategies with much success. The next stop for Coach Dodge was Justin Northwest (2018) whose team was placed fifth in the area in total offense under his coaching. It was in 2018 that Riley became Head Coach of our Carroll Dragons and has been pushing them to greatness ever since!

When Riley was offered a job under Head Coach Gerry Stanford at Texas High School in Texarkana, he turned it down to stay in Southlake, where he now lives with his wife, Alexis, and three children. Riley and Alexis met when they were 12 years old and are both graduates of Carroll ISD.

“My favorite thing about coaching is experiencing the relationships that are formed between the players and their coach,” says Head Coach Dodge. “The opportunity to bring value to a young man’s life and help him reach his goals is a true inspiration to me.”

Like most coaches, Coach Dodge has a specific pre-game ritual. He has to watch one NFL film highlight before he gets on the bus to go guide his players during the game. Riley also has his own method to inspire a kid who has lost focus. “You have to find out their “why”. I believe that through open conversation and dialogue, you can really get to the root of the problem and turn it into a great experience for the player.”

It has been noticed by many that Coach Dodge has a different style of coaching. Parents and players appreciate the discipline he shows on the field. Instead of yelling and screaming at the players, he explains why he is asking them to do something, so the players really understand the game. This builds confident players both on and off the field. He truly respects the players and because of that, the players seem to have a sincere trust in him to lead.

Head Coach Dodge would love for his team to play the last weekend of the year and, of course, win! “If we are able to hoist a trophy above our heads, we have done it the right way. Until then, we must take it one day at a time.”


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Addie Nester is a sixth grader at Grapevine Faith Christian School. She has been a Southlake local since 10 months old. When she isn’t sketching, Addie can be found reading, playing tennis or hanging out with her two dogs. “Addie has a quick wit and a kind heart. She is always willing to lend a helping hand,” says Jessica, Addie’s very proud mom.

Addie has been drawing since she could first hold a pencil in her hand. Even at the young age of four, she proudly told everyone that she wanted to grow up to become an artist. At age five, Addie was already creating amazingly detailed sketches of items around the house. By first grade, she was building intricate 3D designs using only tape and paper. “It has been remarkable watching Addie’s growth through the years!” says her mom.

Addie’s medium of choice is definitely pencils as she feels the shading and blending is what makes her drawings come to life. It is also easier for her to carry paper and pencils around with her than paints. “I always leave the house with my sketchbook and two sharpened pencils. You never know where inspiration will strike!” Addie says.

Towards the end of 2021, Constituting America, a non-profit encouraging the education of the American public on the relevancy of our U.S. Constitution and our rights and liberties, ran their annual “We the Future” national artwork contest with the theme “Three Branches of Government”. After some encouragement from her art teacher, fifth-grader Addie Nester entered an original piece of artwork into the competition. To create her masterpiece, Addie used graphite and colored pencils to illustrate her own expression of the executive, judicial and legislative branches of the government –what a creative idea!

A few weeks after submitting her artwork, Addie received a phone call from actress Janine Turner herself (the co-founder of the organisation) who said that she had won the Conrad Ainslie Bauman Award for best artwork! What’s more, her gorgeous artwork featured on the cover of Constituting America’s Christmas card (which is mailed to over 7,000 Americans) and on their website.

The organization also hosted an online forum for Constitution Day and asked Addie to participate in their arts and crafts section. Her drawing was made into a printable coloring page for students

across the country. It was a huge success!

It doesn’t stop there. Southlake’s talented artist Addie has also received “Top of Team” recognition from the 2022 Texas Elementary Art Meet for her “Night in the Netherlands” artwork, a beautiful windmill scene drawn with white pastels on black paper. Only 10% of the 350 entries received this award. Way to go, Addie!

“Addie isn’t quite sure what she will end up doing in the future,” says her mom. “She does want to continue to cultivate her talents and learn to use different mediums. Right now, Addie is interested in learning how to animate. She loves to draw pictures of how she envisions book characters. She also sees herself possibly becoming an interior designer, book illustrator or maybe even an architect. The possibilities are endless!”

“I would like to thank my elementary art teacher, Monique Gorman, who has always supported me and encouraged me to take risks with my art,” says Addie. No matter how Addie decides to use her incredible art skills, we know she is going to be a huge success!


In many parts of the country, you know it’s fall when mornings are crisp and cool, leaves are changing to reds and yellows, and apple picking season begins. Here in Southlake, fall is definitely obvious, but it’s not always marked by temperature and foliage changes. You know it’s fall when Friday Night Lights are back, conversations begin about Texas-size mums and homecoming, Town Square is preparing for Oktoberfest, and Halloween and Thanksgiving plans are being made. It’s one of the best and busiest times of the year for our great town!


This year marked the 21st Southlake Oktoberfest in Southlake Town Square. As always, it was an amazing, family-friendly event with unique, handcrafted arts and crafts, live entertainment, and, of course, German food and beer. The kids had a great time in the excitement-packed children’s area!

Over 100,000 people visited our fair town throughout the weekend. As always, the highlight of the event was the wiener dog races and costume contest. There’s nothing more fun than seeing wiener dogs of all colors, shapes, sizes, and ages, dressed in amazing costumes, racing as fast as their little legs will carry them.


Nowhere in the country is football done better than here. Real tailgating happens before football games - fans go early in the afternoon to mark their spots for their tailgate party. This year, the Carroll BBQ team has smokers set up, making all kinds of amazing food. Dragon Stadium is flooded in a sea of green. Don’t think of coming to the game wearing any other color! Well, unless it’s the “Pink Out” game, then you can wear pink (a game that honors breast cancer survivors).

Dragons of all ages love Friday Night Lights. Kids are throwing footballs, little girls are dressed like the Dragon Cheerleaders, there is a loud hum of chatter around favorite foods, music wafts up as the band prepares for the game, and the new blow-dragon has his mouth wide open, bearing teeth as it prepares for our Southlake Carroll Football team to race onto the field through “smoke” as the start of the game draws near.

Of course, halftime is a chance to hit the concessions. You can get Feedstore BBQ at the game! But don’t dally! You won’t want to miss the spectacular and award-winning Emerald Belles and Dragon Marching Band performances.

The beginning of the season brings about a special excitement as everyone anticipates how our Dragons will perform. Who will be the stand-out players? Will we make it to State? It’s that time of year that pulls everyone together both on and off the field.



Just like most other things, Southlake does Halloween big. There are so many ways for you and your family to enjoy themselves on Halloween in Southlake! Preparations are in full swing for the fourth Annual Southlake Fire Department Trunk or Treat. On Wednesday, October 26th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., they will be holding Trunk or Treat at DPS Headquarters, located at 600 State Street. There will be lots of firefighters and police officers there to direct your family to the candy distribution madness. No stop is more important than getting a full-sized candy bar from your firefighters and police officers.

Bob Jones Nature Center continues its annual Haunted Family Campout on October 22. Get your tents, sleeping bags, and sense of adventure ready for the ghosts, goblins, and goodies that are lurking in the woods of the Bob Jones Nature Center. Families that are new to camping or just need another reason to sleep under the stars can enjoy the great outdoors and reconnect with nature. Campout activities include morning and evening hikes that help you learn more about local wildlife, a scavenger hunt, story time, games, and much more. Campers, bring your costumes (that you are willing to get dirty!) and spooky decorations for your campsites! Dinner, breakfast, and snacks are provided.

The City of Southlake Library has a few awesome tricks up its sleeves for Halloween. The first is painting pumpkins for kids on October 20 at the Southlake Activities Center. Pumpkins, paint, and fun are provided and best suited for kids aged five and up. Space is limited so you’ll want to register for this event soon. The second event is for adults: Spooky Mocktails with Elisa O’Callaghan on October 20. Southlake resident Elisa O’Callaghan leads this fun class teaching us how to make haunting Halloween seasonal mocktails. Registration is required for this event and restricted to those aged 21 and up only. Registration is available on the City of Southlake website.


Homecomings originally began at colleges as a celebration for the first football game of the season, where alumni would come back to visit their former campuses. Baylor actually lays claim to having had the first homecoming celebration.

Eventually, the celebration trickled down to the high school level and in Southlake it is definitely celebrated big. Homecoming season here starts with “HOCO proposals” to the homecoming dance. These proposals can be as simple as delivering a pizza with “PROM?” spelled out in pepperoni or as elaborate as choreographing a flash mob. Then come the mums for both guys and girls (see our article in this issue for the whole story) to be worn at the homecoming football game.


There is no celebration like the Homecoming Carnival, Parade and Pep Rally! The event is a fundraiser, hosted by the Carroll Senior High School Student Council. The annual carnival is always lots of fun for children and adults, with booths run by student groups, bounce houses and sponsored games. It also gives student organizations an opportunity to raise some funds. Then, the community comes together to march in the Homecoming Parade for the Southlake Carroll Dragons. Finally, the annual Homecoming Pep Rally is guaranteed to blow your socks off and create an atmosphere of Dragon spirit that makes you feel very grateful for being a part of the Southlake family. These homecoming celebrations give students, local businesses and the whole community a chance to showcase their Dragon pride and, of course, celebrate our seniors!

Because a celebration in Southlake would not be complete without some football, these homecoming events build up to the muchanticipated Homecoming Game. The game is always great, sells out quickly, and is a good time for kids and adults alike. With everyone dressed up in green and white, we truly “Protect the Tradition”.

Who can forget about our Dragon ‘royalty’? Every year, the Homecoming King and Queen is crowned and graces us with their presence throughout the homecoming festivities.

Congratulations to this year’s King and Queen, Shaheer and Hannah!



There’s no better sign that fall is coming than when you start seeing the “pumpkin craze” hitting your local coffee shops! Black Rock Coffee Bar has an exciting fall assortment as well with their Pumpkin Blondie, Caramel Apple Smoothie, Salted Caramel Chai, and Candied Cranberry Fuel. Sip Stir Coffee House’s menu has been updated to include festive and fun-filled flavors including Maple Brown Sugar, Apple Crisp, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Even if the weather doesn’t always say fall, your morning drink definitely will!


Carroll Dragon BBQ team “practices to perfection” by grilling up delicious dinners for the Dragon Touchdown Club during every home game! #tailgatezone grilling hotdogs and burgers.


Sure, everyone tailgates big at NFL and college games, but Southlake takes high school tailgating to the next level! Before experiencing a Dragon football game, when someone mentions tailgating you might conjure up an image of an SUV with the hatch open and a few chairs to enjoy some snacks before the game. On Trip Advisor, tailgating in Southlake actually ranks as the number-four attraction in town, and with good reason. Game day starts early when fans begin arriving with large smokers to prepare for tailgating that afternoon. Yes - some start early! There are catered tailgates with themes, cold beverages of all kinds can be found, tables are adorned in green and black, and inflatable dragons stand proudly at some. The truth of the matter is: it’s all tailgating and it’s all fun. Regardless of how simple or elaborate, we are all there to cheer on our Dragons to a win!


You’ll find the iconic Feedstore BBQ restaurant right in the heart of Southlake. It is a quintessential Texas BBQ restaurant that has been serving amazing, mouth-watering BBQ for more than two decades. Genuinely authentic, family friendly and built on principles of serving hearty, delicious food to happy customers, Mike Lafavers and his team continue to deliver on their commitment to “BBQ at its best”. We had a chance to visit the restaurant, try out the great food, and chat a little with Mike.

Feedstore BBQ has blended quality meat, time-tried recipes, some of the best BBQ and smoking equipment, and a passion for cooking all together. Mike shares that they like using quality Certified Hereford Beef for their brisket, St. Louis ribs are their choice of ribs, and they have been sourcing their extraordinary range of sausages locally

for some time now. Most importantly, it’s his dedication to treating all the meats they cook with proper reverence that makes their food so great. Dedicated preparation, slow, consistent cooking given the exact time it needs, selecting gas or wood heat for the right meats, and using a unique hickory wood for the smoke. This, combined with family recipes refined and handed down over many years, makes the art of cooking delicious BBQ at Feedstore BBQ happen.

We got to try out a few of our favorite meats. We dished the sliced brisket with near-black bark that somehow holds together before melting in your mouth, glistening St. Louis ribs prepared with the secret family recipe and meat that literally slides off the bone, flagship chicken that boasts a tried and tested 40-year-old recipe that hits the spot, and topped off with spicy jalapeño sausage to bring a little tang of spice to the plate. While there are loads of sides to choose from, we decided to stick with the traditional mama’s potato salad, coleslaw, pinto beans, and a side of fresh-cut fries. What a meal!

The balance of flavor, taste and smoking was just right

for us. While some might like a smokier BBQ taste, we loved that we got all the flavor in each bite without the overpowering ‘smokeyness’. Who doesn’t love, love, love meat that just falls off the bone and melts in your mouth?

It didn’t take much tempting to decide we needed a dessert. We shared a tasty peach cobbler and berry cobbler with a scoop of ice cream to round off our meal. Well, that and a soft serve ice cream!

Feedstore BBQ has something that caters for everyone. Apart from our choices, you can also choose from a menu that includes the best BBQ sandwiches, big bowl salads, a selection of meat and combo plates, the legendary Papa Bill’s Burgers, catfish, and the best southern-style sides. The menu finishes off with mouthwatering desserts and a choice of all the drinks you’ll need.

Leaving happy and having had a hearty meal and great company, it’s clear why Feedstore BBQ has been a favorite destination with locals for so long – they’ve got the all-round recipe right! If you haven’t tried it out, we’d recommend you pop on over.

530 S. White Chapel Boulevard, Southlake, TX 817-488-1445


We’ve all read amazing stories about people with amazing strength who face adversity head-on against all odds. Here’s a story of a determined, strong Southlake lady, Lisa Rawls, who did all of that and more!

Ipersonally don’t know Lisa or her husband, Bobby, but came across one of Bobby’s initial posts on a group we both belong to on Facebook.

He shared Lisa’s (who he affectionately calls LCG - Little Cowgirl) horrible, freak horseback riding accident story and put out a widespread request for prayers

for his wife as she waged a battle she was told she would more than likely not win.

There was a good chance she wouldn’t survive the night, let alone walk again.

Bobby posted this update a few weeks ago. I think it’s fair to say that many prayers made for them over the last year

have been answered, alongside a lot of hard work and therapy.

“On August, 30, 2021, I received a call that would change my life forever. Lisa broke her neck - broke her C1-C2 in a terrible horseback riding accident. Had Elizabeth York, an RN, not been on this ride, this would have been a worse story.


Elizabeth kept her alive by breathing for her until she got to the hospital.

After two and a half hours in the ER waiting to get feedback, the neurosurgeon said not to expect her to live through the night. Those are hard words to hear.

I was informed by our daughter that she was expecting her second child that morning. With that weighing on my mind, Lisa was sent to ICU where I watched her on a ventilator, helpless as I would not go to sleep until the surgeon came the next morning to try and save her life.

After five hours of surgery, he came in and said that the next 48 hours would be touch-andgo. My kids and I held a vigil, watching LCG breathe on a ventilator, not knowing what each hour would bring. It is gut-wrenching, believe me, to see your grown children cry, pray, and hold you up. I didn’t sleep for 48 hours.

The surgeon came in after two more days and told me that she would be on a ventilator for three to four weeks. We both decided that after 10 days on a ventilator, we agreed to shut down the ventilator due to a lack of quality of life.

I could not have made it through this difficult time without the help of Jan Maykus who came and helped

with our house. Lisa does everything at our home and I was helpless making beds and washing clothes. She and her daughter, Sierra Maykus, just went to work organizing, cleaning, etc.

On the fifth day, the surgeon visited LCG in the ICU and discussed the prognosis. He prepared me for the worse. We were sitting there talking and I heard LCG moaning, chewing on her mouthpiece and trying to spit it out of her mouth. The surgeon didn’t believe what he was seeing. He proceeded to check on her and all her vitals. Never underestimate a cowgirl - LCG is a tough little lady.

She was transferred to Baylor Rehab three weeks after she had her accident. I remember her checking in - the case manager had us fill out her goals as she went through her rehab. LCG was on a floor where everyone was a quadriplegic. She looked her in the eye and said her goal was “to walk out of the rehab by Christmas”. They all smiled and said that they hope to have her sitting up and using a walker by February. She worked so hard while in rehab; so hard that she would be in bed by 7 p.m. and sleep till 6 a.m.

She walked out of the rehab on December 23 all by herself. There was a good celebration at home that day. Lisa’s sister, Jennifer Scott, was a huge help to me as my business was

Never underestimate a cowgirlLCG is a tough little lady.

really growing. I could not have been more grateful. My son, Colston, moved home and was a big reason she continued rehab. He took her to and from doctors’ appointments and rehab. Most of all, I have a huge circle of friends. They took me out to dinner, sent gift cards, and called daily to see what they could do.

Kosse Maykus was there on a weekly basis to let me talk about this over lunch. I needed a rock to just listen. He continues to be there for me. I would invite myself to dinner with him and Jan because I was just lost.

Well, today I’m happy to report the LCG is about 80% back to normal after being told she would be a quadriplegic if she made it through the night.

Her spinal cord is still swollen. I’m betting by the end of this year she will be back to 90%


to 100%. She keeps amazing me with just how tough she really is. She has gone through a rough patch of feeling down, self-doubt, and frustration. We keep telling her what a miracle she really is.

I’m overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for LCG and the hundreds and hundreds of cards friends and family sent her. It kept her fighting spirit up. Today I want to tell each of you that every time someone sent a note, it made her day. Your words of kindness you wrote to me about her, I read each one to her and they made her smile. She has been around our new granddaughter, Sutton “Suga Buga”, and it has given her determination to get back to 100%. Today I want to celebrate her hard work and your support for her. All the people who brought meals, notes, gift cards, and phone calls of support. It would take me six months to write to each of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness and love.”

Lisa is currently doing much better 14 months since the injury. “I continue to rehab. It is like a job to get stronger,” says Lisa. “The neurosurgeon said it was one of the worst spinal cord injuries he had seen. My rehab nurses got me out of bed after three weeks and started baby steps to get me back on my feet to walk. The PTs worked me extra hard. I experienced

total exhaustion every day, but I started making good progress.”

Bobby and Lisa received over 2,000 letters from people she never knew. “My heart was filled with the outpouring of love from people. My husband became my caregiver. His pool business took a backseat to my caregiving by him and my son. It takes a village. So many friends stepped up to the plate to help Bobby.”

Lisa would love to get back into horseback riding, but her C1-C2 are fused together, and one mistake could make her quadriplegic. “My passion is now to help special needs kids with equine therapy. My husband and I started raising money through a music festival called Bobbyfest where people can enjoy live musicians and raise money for Amy’s Wish with Wings –an equine therapy center for children with special needs in Southlake. 100% of the money raised goes straight back to the charity. I will spend my time working on our next event which will take place May 6, 2023 - our 10th annual event!”

Lisa is a true Little Cowgirl at heart. Although she went through a major setback, her amazing recovery is a major comeback. The Southlake community will be cheering her on as she continues her rehab and progressing in a miraculous way!


Southlake offers it all and more! In every edition, we will feature sports that are focused on our younger Dragons, as they are the stars of the future! In this edition, we put a spotlight on a few local dads who freely give up their time to coach the juniors of Dragon Youth Football.



TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF Thu (my wife) and I moved to Southlake in 2015 so that we could send our two kids, Levi (12) and Adam (seven), to the best school district possible. Levi played DYF flag football as a first grader and I volunteered as an Assistant Coach. It was my first experience in coaching youth football. Levi played only one season, so I had to wait until Adam turned five years old in 2020 before I could sign him up for DYF, when I volunteered as an Assistant Coach.


I am currently coaching the kindergarten/first grade (five to seven years old) division.


I got into coaching so that I could spend more time and build strong relationships with both of my sons. However, I quickly realized that coaching also impacts the other kids on the team and being able to mentor and help each one of them be part of something bigger than themselves is what drives me to continue coaching.


My coaching style is to trust my assistant coaches and allow them to be great teachers. They have the autotomy to make suggestions and to let me know how I can be better. It really does take a village to “herd the cats” in the K1 division, so having great assistant coaches and allowing them to coach freely truly makes my job much easier.


As a head coach, I have so many more responsibilities that I didn’t have when I was an assistant coach. My primary priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of each player throughout the course of the season. The second priority is to build a team culture and identify where each player feels safe and can express themselves in their own way so that they can be the best versions of themselves as players.


I grew up in Hurst, TX, and went to LD Bell High School. I played college baseball at North Central Texas College in Gainesville, TX. I’m a licensed stock trader and I’ve worked in financial technology for the past 20 years. My wife, Amanda, manages the house and is the most amazing person on the planet! We’ve been married for 16 years and have three awesome kiddos, Chase, Carsyn and Brody.


When something a player has been working so hard on in practice finally pays off in a game. It’s not only about the fact that they did something great in the game, but it’s also them seeing that the work they put in does mean something.



I’m very fortunate to have some great team moms! They handle a lot of the admin communications and team functions so that I can focus primarily on designing practices and game plans. I do have some great assistant coaches that help a ton when it comes to executing these plans. It takes a village as they say.


Currently, I’m coaching second grade Dragon Youth Football and 13U Dragon Select Baseball.


The second grade football players just love being out there, wearing huge smiles and not taking it too seriously. They just enjoy getting to play with their buddies, which is what it’s all about at that age. For the 13U baseball guys, it’s about them becoming young men, preparing them for the next level: high school baseball. I enjoy teaching them the game and lessons that can be used not only in the game, but throughout life. I love passing down knowledge that coaches I had growing up shared with me. It is great to watch their love for and knowledge of the game grow.


My name is Brayden Burnett. My wife, Ashley, and I have three kids ages six, four, and two. My oldest is in kindergarten at Johnson Elementary. I’m currently coaching the kindergarten/first grade flag football players.


My favorite thing about coaching kids is seeing them grow. This not only includes their football skills but also how they carry themselves and how they learn to communicate with others, respond to coaching, and battle through adversity.


I have been blessed with many great coaches in my life. They taught me some of the most important life lessons regarding what it takes to be successful. I played

DYF as a boy growing up in Southlake, was a captain of the Carroll Dragons varsity football team, and then played in college for the Mizzou Tigers. To give back what


so many coaches have given me is very special to me.


I am fortunate to have some great coaches and players who care. We have three rules on our team: listen, give 100% effort, and never give up. If you show the kids that you care

about them, make it fun, and have structure in place, this allows the kids to really develop.


My biggest challenge is not over complicating the game at this level. With this age group, the best thing I’ve found is to build a player’s confidence. It’s important to teach the fundamentals of each position that the kids can grasp onto and improve on over the course of the season.



I’m a father and husband of three boys. My wife is Angelique, and my boys are Andrew (13 years old), Hudson (12 years old) and Knox (eight years old). I’m from NC and have been in Southlake for eight years. I’ve enjoyed coaching all my boys in various sports, but I’m primarily focused on coaching my eight-year-old in his first season of tackle football. I’m the Head Coach for Dragon Green in DYF football.


It’s been a blast coaching the third graders in their first season of tackle football. There is a ton of learning, and these boys are so impressionable. It’s been fun to help influence their values through coaching. These boys are so moldable and work so hard to over-exceed your expectations.


I’ve enjoyed playing sports and I couldn’t wait to help my boys learn and enjoy playing sports. Since they were tiny, it’s been a joy to spend time helping them learn how to accomplish their various sports goals and achievements.



I work with the team as a family. We need to trust each other to accomplish an assignment or task. We talk about effort, energy, and winning the preparation battle. We are so much stronger together than as an individual.


My biggest challenge is time management. I put a ton of time in preparation for practice and games. I enjoy the challenge of consistently improving effectiveness and efficiency with my coaches and my players. We are the best at getting better!

work as a family to accomplish something they could not do on their own.


I enjoy helping children exceed their own expectations. It’s so fun watching a team


Officer Steven Werner

A School Resource Officer (SRO) is a resource for Eubanks Intermediate School faculty and staff in crime prevention and the development of security measures to make campuses

School Resource Officer (SRO) was not a normal, direct line. Growing up, I wanted to be a teacher and a police officer, but never knew I could be both. So, prior to being a police officer, I was a teacher. I was certified K-12 with a special education attachment to my certification. I taught in Maryland and coached football and lacrosse at the high school. It was when I was teaching that I learned of the SRO position.

I then moved to Ohio where I became a police officer. I was in Ohio for about seven years before moving to Texas. Southlake welcomed me in as a lateral transfer officer. As luck would have it, a position as an SRO became available, so I applied and got the job!


The most common question I get is: “What is all that stuff you are wearing?”

The funniest thing I have been asked by a student was: “Do you have one of those electric zapper things?”


I love developing a relationship with the staff and students. As a teacher, I could only help a student to a point before it was turned over to the administration or the police. Now being an SRO, I can help promote a safe and positive environment for students to excel.

I want to build a positive relationship with the community to help develop a learning triangle which includes the student, the school, and the parent (at each point of the triangle). When these three things have aligned, the potential for greatness is endless.

safer. Meet our profiled Officer, Steven Werner, from Eubanks Intermediate School.


The path that I took to become a Southlake

I am here to provide the safety part of the environment. Parents know that when they drop their children off at school, they are safe. The students and staff feel safe in their learning environment, so the application of this learning environment can succeed, and students can excel.



Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. We start our mornings preparing food while watching the Macy’s parade or, for the ambitious, participate in the 5K Turkey Trot, and then sit around a table filled with turkey, mashed or sweet potatoes, stuffing or dressing, cranberries, and pumpkin pie and give thanks for the blessings of the past year.

This isn’t how Thanksgiving was first celebrated by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag. Most historians agree that the first Thanksgiving occurred in 1621 at the Plymouth colony in Massachusetts when the two groups joined for a threeday meal celebrating the Pilgrim’s first successful corn harvest. The feast was organized by Governor William Bradford who invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American Allies, including

the Wampanoag Chief, Massasoit.

The purpose of the dinner was to show gratitude to the Wampanoag people for teaching the Pilgrims how to cultivate this unfamiliar land in an unfamiliar climate. The Pilgrims struggled to grow enough food for their communities thus causing sickness and death among them. They were extremely grateful to the Wampanoag people for teaching them how to produce successful crops.

For more than two centuries, thanksgiving celebrations were celebrated by individual colonies and states. George Washington frequently declared days of thanksgiving while serving as general of the Continental Army. After becoming President, he proclaimed the first National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789. It wasn’t until 1863, at the height of the Civil War, that President

Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving as a national holiday to be celebrated each November.

It was celebrated on the fourth Thursday of every November until 1939, when Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday one week up in an attempt to spur retail sales during the Great Depression. His plan was met with great opposition and so, in 1941, Roosevelt signed a bill officially making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November once again.

Foods from early feasts were likely made using Native American spices and cooking techniques. Because Pilgrims had no ovens and the Mayflower’s sugar supply had diminished by the fall of 1621, there wouldn’t have been any pies or desserts like we enjoy today. The menu more than likely included venison, corn, shellfish, beans, nuts, dried berries, pumpkin, and turkey.

Turkey is a dish that is easily traced back to the first Thanksgiving. Pilgrims and Native Americans often hunted fowl.

Turkeys were relatively easy to capture and became a staple in the settlers’ diets.

The snapping of the turkey’s wishbone is a tradition in many families. This tradition came to America via the English, Romans, and Etruscans (an ancient Italian civilization). The Etruscans held the chicken in high esteem, believing them to be oracles able to predict the future. They would dry out the collarbone of the chicken, which was believed to have powers, thus rubbed and “wished” upon.

Although most families follow a traditional Thanksgiving menu, there are many who serve dishes important to their culture or family. Macaroni and cheese is a common dish, while others enjoy tamales and curried dishes.

Regardless of what graces your table and how you choose to celebrate, it ultimately comes down to time spent with family and friends. For that, we can all be incredibly thankful.



In a world conflicted with messages to avoid toxins and those that encourage the revolutionary results of the latest products full of toxins, how do you decide which toxins to avoid and which may be of benefit? Can your body handle toxins, or are you overburdened and needing to detox?

Multiple options and opinions can overwhelm your decision-making process, however if you understand some concepts about how your body prioritizes its internal processes, you will be better armed to choose options that will allow you to live harmoniously in your body.

Your liver is a busy organ. Its job is to clean the blood, feed the body, conjugate and clear hormones, and respond to emergencies. Your liver has one goal: keep you alive. This means that if there is a lifethreatening need, your body will prioritize the response to that need ahead of nonurgent functions. It’s a good system, until the never-ending emergency that is life never leaves opportunities to handle the non-urgent functions, which become an urgent burden.

If every meal we consume is loaded with refined sugar, carbs and low-quality oils, our body spends all its time cleaning out our arteries after each meal. Add to that a glass of wine and the chemicals in our lotions and laundry detergent, and those non-urgent functions just get pushed farther down the list.

To further complicate this conundrum, detoxing only takes place in a relaxed state. You must relax so the body knows you are safe and that it has the luxury of cleaning house. It takes effort to create an environment for your body to successfully unload burden.

In an ideal world, you would detox slowly and continually, taking 30 minutes a day to lay in the sun at lunch or sit in a nice sauna and do some dry brushing. However, reality dictates a different approach. You must plan to take a break from your toxins and create opportunities for your liver to work.


• Replace unnecessary chemicals. Do you really need that hand soap or deodorant or is there a cleaner option?

• Choose foods that have less toxins. Swap GMO grains and animal products with gluten-free, grassfed, humanely raised, and organic products when possible.

• Spend some time without electronics.


• Constipation

• Waking up groggy between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.

• Bloating and nausea

These are all signs of a leaky gut. Detoxing with an unsealed system releases toxins back into the bloodstream of a body unable to eliminate them, causing distress. You must address these symptoms before you can attempt detoxification.

You can support your body with passive detoxing that bypasses the liver, such as Epsom salt baths or infrared saunas, until you are healthy enough to safely attempt a detox.

In a world where counting calories is more prevalent than counting chemicals, take a step back and look at what nutrients you are providing for your body to rebuild, and create time for your body to clean house and keep you functioning beautifully.

HEATHER (FNTP, BCHN) is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who is board-certified in holistic nutrition. She looks at the functioning of the body, the nutrients needed for the body to run its systems, and correcting the symptoms and conditions that present themselves when there is a lack of resources.

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