Competitive market

Sat, Jul 16, 2016 - 4:46pm

By Julian Gill

People looking to buy a single-family home in Denton County should be ready to make aggressive offers, according to real estate agents in the area.

The North Texas housing market has boomed as new jobs come to town and out-of-state buyers compete with locals for a sparse selection of single-family homes.

The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University tracks data that includes how much time it takes to sell all available properties in Denton County. In January, the number of months it took to sell the properties was 1.9, one of the lowest points for the statistic in the last five years....

Add sizzle to your grill game

Thu, Jun 30, 2016 - 8:09am

Charcoal briquettes or fresh tank of propane? Check. Platter of pretty cuts of meat? Check. Ice cold beer, lemonade and citronella candles? Check, check and check.

We’re headed for the Fourth of July weekend, and it’s time to fire up the grill. While you wait for it to heat up, here’s some food for thought about what’s on your grill this weekend.

It’s what’s for dinner

In the rush of internet memes about modern American patriotism, bacon hogs the spotlight.

You’ve seen them. A toddler nuzzles a happy pig through a fence, with the words “I love you, future bacon” stamped across it. An image of bacon...

UNT art class to paint murals

Sat, Jun 25, 2016 - 3:56pm

A University of North Texas summer art class are dressing up the outside of Cupboard Natural Foods with murals.

Students in the mural painting class at UNT will paint murals. The artists will paint a mural of a still life of fruit on the east-facing wall of the grocery store, where the shop’s large recycling bins are lined up. They will paint a collage on the west wall of the store.

Kate Colin teaches the course in the UNT School of Visual Art & Design.

Artists painting the east wall: Sam Wiggins, Crawford King, Jaime Rangel and Ambergrace Navarrete.

Students painting the west wall: Dalton Green,...

Tags: Arts, denton, UNT

This Drug-Sniffing Car Tracks Down illegal Chemical - In The Air

Thu, Jun 9, 2016 - 11:34am

By Lauren Silverman 

It’s a Monday morning, and someone’s getting ready to cook a batch of the illegal drug PCP near the University of North Texas in Denton.

I’m riding in the backseat of a Ford Fusion with Guido Verbeck, a forensic scientist and professor at UNT, to an empty trailer home that looks abandoned.

That’s where “the cook,” as they call it, is about to go down.

Verbeck doesn’t work in law enforcement, though he does look the part, with a clean shaven head and rugged cowboy boots.

We’re here to test out a drug detection device Verbeck created. It’s a big black metal machine...