Minecraft Club Members Learning Valuable Skills

Fri, Apr 17, 2015 - 1:04pm

Whoever thought being part of a club that creates and plays video games could mean so much to a growing number of Lantana-area students likely hasn’t heard about the Minecrafters Club.

About 120 students at Harpool Middle and Rayzor and Atkins Elementary schools meet weekly to discuss and utilize computer technology that looks like it was designed in the 1980s with a modern flair. They also learn about computer coding which could ultimately lead to future careers.

“There are things like robotics, choir, music and other things for kids who aren’t sporty but there wasn’t anything for kids who like to play on computers...

'Oops!' Rick Perry Might Do It Again

Fri, Apr 17, 2015 - 12:59pm
After stumbling off the stage during his last presidential run and being indicted on criminal charges, Texas’ longest-serving and possibly most influential governor wants to redeem his political career.

By the time he left office earlier this year, Rick Perry had become the longest-serving governor in Texas history and one of its most influential.

"He definitely transformed the office," said Mark P. Jones, a political scientist at Rice University in Houston. "After 14 years of Rick Perry, no one views the office of governor as anything but...

Golden oldies

Thu, Apr 16, 2015 - 10:22am

The top jazz ensembles at the University of North Texas join forces again for a concert that celebrates a collection of Grammy-winning music that the College of Music and the UNT Music Library received last fall.

The collection: vocal music by the indelible Gene Puerling, the musician behind the Hi-Lo’s and The Singers Unlimited.

The concert: a program of Puerling’s work from the collection, performed by the UNT Jazz Singers and the UNT One O’clock Lab Band.

The show is at 8 p.m. today in Voertman Hall at the UNT Music Building, 415 Ave. C. An encore performance will follow at 8 p.m. Friday.

“Many of...

Police report violent crime decreasing

Wed, Apr 15, 2015 - 7:42am

Denton saw a 16.5 percent drop in violent crime last year compared to 2013, although that doesn’t mean the city is considerably safer, officials said.

Scott Belshaw, a criminal justice professor with the University of North Texas, said he always remains skeptical about numbers released through the uniform crime reporting system. In the program, the FBI gathers crime statistics from participating law enforcement agencies.

“You have to remember when looking at these numbers that they are just what was reported. Many things go on that are left unreported,” Belshaw said. “Another way you can look at it is that even just...

GC holds lecture, events for 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War (+video)

Fri, Apr 10, 2015 - 11:29am

It was 150 years ago that two men — men who only knew each other in passing — met in a house in Appomattox, Va. to start the long process of reuniting a nation after a civil war threatened to destroy the union that held it together.

In commemorating the formal end of the American Civil War, professors at Grayson College held a series of events and lectures related to the war and its final days.

“In a small town in central Virginia known as Appomattox the United States’ bloodiest and then most significant war in its history was being concluded,” said GC History Professor Matt Hamilton. “On this day, 150 years ago,...