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Deadbeat dads — and such moms as there may be — might not find Arlington to be the friendliest place to skip out on child support payments.

Dana Clarke, an assistant attorney general with the Texas attorney general’s child support division, has at least something to do with that.

Last week, she was presented with an award for being named assistant attorney general of the year in the Fort Worth region, which covers 12 counties.

Alicia Key, deputy attorney general for child support, presented the award to Clarke at the statewide assistant attorneys general conference in Fort Worth.

Thanks to Clarke’s “hard work and dedication, thousands of young Texans have the child support they need to grow healthy and strong,” Attorney General Abbott said in a statement. “Dana is an outstanding lawyer and a tremendous asset to the Child Support Division.”

Clarke was among 10 assistant attorneys general from the state’s nine child support regions and the main office in Austin to be selected for the recognition. Honorees are chosen based on recommendations from their peers and supervisors, with a particular focus on employees who are willing to go beyond their normal duties to serve Texas children.

Clarke, who joined the attorney general’s office in 2002 and is a graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law, was chosen in part because she voluntarily assumed the duties of a vacant position for several months while continuing to perform her own duties.

“Ms. Clarke is an outstanding attorney who embodies the qualities of a true professional,” Senior Regional Attorney Sue Funk said in a statement. “She is a cherished colleague, and we are lucky to have her.”

Nolan Ryan to get chamber award

Speaking of awards, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce announced last week that its 2013 Star Award recipient would be Nolan Ryan, CEO of the Texas Rangers.

Ryan will accept the award, the highest recognition given by the chamber, at the chamber’s annual meeting and awards dinner Sept. 11 at the Arlington Convention Center.

“Nolan Ryan is a tribute to professional baseball, the Texas Rangers and the Arlington community,” Wes Jurey, chamber president and CEO, said in a statement. “Mr. Ryan’s legendary Hall of Fame baseball career and his business leadership with the Texas Rangers are unparalleled in performance and character.”

During the dinner, several individuals will be inducted into the Arlington Business Hall of Fame. They are the Rev. Norman Lee Robinson, senior pastor at Mount Olive Baptist Church, and Arnold E. Petsche, founder of A.E. Petsche Co.

Robinson has been pastor at Mount Olive Baptist Church since 1966, leading the congregation in worship from 17 followers to the more than 10,000 members today.

Petsche founded A.E. Petsche in 1996 and built it to be the leading supplier of high-performance wire and cable for the aerospace industry.

The keynote speaker for the evening will be Phil Wilson, executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation. Information:

Levitt ready for fall

Levitt Pavilion Arlington will close its fifth season of free outdoor concerts with a strong musical line-up and a slight modification to its fall format.

Thursday night concerts will no longer be scheduled during the fall portion of the season. Concerts will be presented at 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

"We've found over the years that our fall Thursday night concerts have the lowest attendance," said Patti Diou, the Levitt Pavilion's executive director. "In September, there is much more competition for everyone's time with school in session and all of its activities. Having concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday means we are spending our professional artists' fees wisely on nights when more people can relax and enjoy a free concert."

Brave Combo, the traditional opening band for the fall, will play on Aug. 30. The eclectic Denton-based band was the first to perform at the Levitt when it opened Oct. 10, 2008.

Pentatonix returns to the Levitt on Aug. 31 for opening weekend. Last year the a cappella group that features three Martin High School graduates set a new Levitt attendance record of more than 12,000 fans after winning NBC's The Sing-Off.

Opening weekend concludes with legendary Texas troubadour and master storyteller, Ray Wylie Hubbard, on Sept. 1. Hubbard is one of the most requested artists at the Levitt.

Country music legend Ronnie Millsap will perform Sept.27 as one of the season’s highlights, while Foreigner will be the fund-raiser concert on Sept. 14. Tickets for this show, the only one requiring admission all year, are $35 in advance.

Call 817-543-4308, or go to

Youth summit Saturday at TCC

Hundreds of youth ages 10-18 and their families are expected at the Youth Summit on Saturday at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus to attend workshops, enjoy dynamic speakers and entertainers, and visit with vendors offering youth and family resources.

At a unique opening session, the Drum Cafe will lead an interactive drumming session where each attendee will have a drum to participate in a drumming exercise to demonstrate working in harmony.

“The purpose of the event is to empower and provide academic enrichment, physical awareness, social empowerment and referral resources that will help youth achieve success,” said event host Tavian Harris, CEO of Seasons of Change.

Headline speakers are Christian entertainer/producer Laterras R. Whitfield, actress Terri J. Vaughn and Marcus Nelson, school superintendent from Laredo. Back again for an encore are recording artist G. Harris and inspirational speakers Leslie Denman and Omar Jahwar.

The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is possible in part through the Texas Healthy Adolescent Initiative. Online registration is required for all guests before being admitted.

Register at: or call Harris at 817-532-6002.

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