UNT to preserve 30 years of TV news

Wed, Jan 14, 2015 - 10:53am

KXAS-TV (NBC 5) is turning over 30 years’ worth of news footage to the University of North Texas Libraries for preservation.

That’s about 10,000 reels of 16 mm film from 1950 to 1979, most of which hasn’t been seen since it flickered across viewers’ Westinghouse and Philco television sets. Billed as the state’s first newscast, The Texas News aired on what was then WBAP-TV.

“We are committed to helping UNT preserve what helped shape North Texas into the great place today’s viewers call home,” said NBC 5 president and general manager Tom Ehlmann in UNT’s announcement of the partnership.


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Les Cockrell: Library sets ‘Big Playdate’ for young children

Thu, Jan 8, 2015 - 11:10am

Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library will host a “Big Playdate” for young children at 10 a.m. on Saturday featuring ideas for fun activities that encourage early literacy.

Designed for ages 5 and younger and their caregivers, the come-and-go program is free and will feature tips on turning ordinary household objects into toys. The library, Denton school district and the University of North Texas will provide hands-on examples of activities to interest young children.

The library is located at 502 Oakland St. For more information, contact Stacey Irish-Keffer at 940-349-8718 or

Local Museum gets grant money to preserve Humble Echo newspaper

Wed, Oct 29, 2014 - 11:56am

A part of Humble’s history will be preserved online thanks to a grant given to a local museum.

The Humble Museum received a grant for $1,000 from the University of North Texas to preserve copies of the Humble Echo, which is no longer in publication.


The university offers their “Rescuing Texas History Mini-Grants” which provide up to $1,000 of digitization services to libraries, archives, museums, historical societies and other groups that house historical materials, according to their website.

Once materials are scanned at the university libraries, they are hosted on The Portal to Texas History...

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Reflections on our public library

Mon, Oct 27, 2014 - 11:13am

Mineral Wells contains many hidden gems, and one of the best ones is our local public library.

Have you ever been to the Boyce Ditto Public Library? It’s located in the southeast part of town close to Lamar Elementary School. It’s in a large modern building, and it has librarians to help with anything the public might need from a library – and more.


I have followed the library for years, in its bad times, and now in its good times. Palin Bree is our library manager, and she and her staff of knowledgeable workers make going to the library a joy, whether you are three or one hundred three!

Of course, the...

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Storytelling sessions give voice to Dallas gay community’s history

Mon, Oct 27, 2014 - 10:57am

Cece Cox takes the stage in the dimly lit nightclub like a stand-up comic.

“I swear, you just cannot make this stuff up,” says the lanky lawyer, hinting at mischief.

Then, she unreels stories of a double murder in Dallas’ Reverchon Park in 1988, of more murders in the early 1990s, of candlelight vigils and a state district judge who stirred local gay rights activists when he acknowledged giving lighter sentences to the killers of gay men.

“We’ve got to speak out,” Cox tells the crowd.

So they do.

Every three months for the last three years in a free event called Outrageous Oral, members of the...

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