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Oct 08

2017

Locals Key to Convention Business, Part 1

Joe Holland is a Dentonite. He is a Denton County Justice of the Peace and owns a bicycle shop. Joe is a member of the Denton Breakfast Kiwanis club. Marvin Ruyle is a Dentonite. A letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, Marvin delivers mail right here in Denton. He is a member of the […]

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Oct 01

2017

For the Love of Dogs

Relaxing in the shade, eyes closed, white and golden-blonde hair dancing in the breeze, Ellie is tired. She works day in and day out without complaint. Lifting her head to check perimeters, because she’s never really off work, she considers how long it’s been since she went somewhere just for fun. “Too long,” she moans. […]

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Sep 24

2017

Why Not Denton?

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. It’s an elephant because it ranks among the world’s largest retail companies, and it’s in the room because it has eked its way into conversations everywhere I’ve turned the past couple of weeks.  I’m talking about HQ2. HQ2 is the economic development project of the decade, perhaps […]

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Sep 17

2017

Dentoning the Mean Green Game Day way

Dentoning, a word common in Denton culture, means participation in any facet of Denton life. One such facet that gets the university crowds and community Dentoning like no other is Mean Green football. In 2014, the CVB and Mean Green Athletics teamed up with local businesses to create and promote a Denton-style game day experience […]

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Sep 10

2017

9/11 Memorial to be Dedicated Tomorrow

I remember exactly where I was that morning 16 years ago. “Good Morning America” (GMA) with Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer filled the emptiness of the hotel room where I was attending the 2001 Texas Travel Summit in Austin. A lull in the usual pleasant GMA banter caught my attention. Chills ran up my spine. […]

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Sep 03

2017

Denton’s September events welcome Harvey victims

September in Denton is busy. Quite literally, there is a festival every single weekend this month. My planned writing schedule for this column included features about these events, the first being this coming Saturday’s Arts & Autos Extravaganza. Then came Harvey. The entire gulf coast of Texas is in shambles. Houston is devastated. Many thousands […]

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Aug 27

2017

Denton CVB wins at annual convention

Babe Ruth once said, “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” The Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) staff is a collection of individual stars. Each […]

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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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