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Aug 20

2017

North Texas Fair & Rodeo prepares to grow…again

Bright neon lights swirl. Carnival rides twist and turn. Crowds cheer in the rodeo arena. Music fills the air thick with hay, animals, fair food and cotton candy. It is fair week in Denton! The North Texas Fair and Rodeo (NTFR) opened this past Friday night to thousands of fair-goers delighting in Denton’s oldest and […]

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Aug 13

2017

North Texas Fair & Rodeo Opens This Friday

In September of 1897, Denton was a booming town of about 2,500 people clustered around what is still the heart of Denton, our downtown square. Things looked a lot different then. Our beloved 1896 Courthouse-on-the-Square was brand-spankin’ new. Both of our universities were still dreams-in-the-making, and agriculture was the top economic driver. Even the Denton […]

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Aug 06

2017

Original Independent Masterpiece

My mother believes in the power of art, that it broadens our minds and enhances our overall life experience.  While we were growing up, she saw to it that we kids were exposed to live theatre, concerts, orchestras, and museums as the family budget could afford. And it didn’t stop there. I took piano lessons […]

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Jul 30

2017

Celebrate, Tolerate, Agree to Disagree

“I would rather be where I am celebrated, not just tolerated.” Someone made this statement during a meeting I attended. To put it in context, this person was talking about dreams, about the work and focus and perseverance invested in making them reality. The point was: just as important as the dream itself is where […]

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Jul 23

2017

The Importance of the Denton Chamber of Commerce, part 3

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve visited the Denton Chamber of Commerce’s beginnings and looked at examples of its impact on the community over the years. We’ve delved into how this Chamber’s structure is especially unique among Chambers of Commerce and why that benefits our community. In this final column of this series, we’ll […]

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Jul 16

2017

The Importance of the Denton Chamber of Commerce, Part II

Today is the second story in this three-part series about the Denton Chamber of Commerce and its role in the Denton community. Last week, we looked at the Chamber’s beginning in Denton 108 years ago. We reviewed some of many projects led by the Chamber over the years, demonstrating the Chamber’s lasting impact in various […]

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Jul 09

2017

The Importance of the Denton Chamber of Commerce

It was 1909 in Denton, Texas. The population had boomed from less than 400 people when the city was established as the Denton County seat back in 1857 to nearly 5,000. The railroad had arrived, two universities were influencing the city’s identity as a college town, and agriculture was the top industry according to the […]

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Jul 02

2017

Discover Denton Celebrates Birthday and Independence Day

Happy 4th of July! This is one of my favorite holidays. I’m not sure how it became a favorite as a kid – perhaps gathering with family at the lake, eating watermelon, homemade ice cream and shooting fireworks. Wonderful memories, those are. As an adult, I think it’s more the patriotism that swells in my […]

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Jun 25

2017

Discover Denton Welcome Center turns one

The hot and muggy morning had no effect on the high spirits inside. Sporting what would be the daily attire in this place from now on, staff members in #dentoning T-shirts scurried about tending to last-minute details. “Just fifteen more minutes!” someone shouted. After years of planning, months of construction and many weeks of training, […]

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Jun 18

2017

The Dumpling Bro himself – John Kang

In this column last week, we met The Famous Dumpling Bros food truck owner John Kang and learned about the creative crowdfunding project which engages passionate supporters of small, local businesses to invest in their expansion. Today, in the second of this two-part series, we’ll get a glimpse into what drove this man to food-trucking […]

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