North Texan

Educators: Funding Texas bilingual programs more vital than ever

Tue, Mar 17, 2015 - 10:46am

During this legislative session, Texas lawmakers are debating the merits of expanding or improving prekindergarten classes.

Gov. Greg Abbott has said he will push to expand the quality of the classes, while others say making them a full day instead of half a day would be a better option.

But bilingual educators in Dallas-Fort Worth, who will meet next week at their annual conference in Dallas, say improving pre-K is just the first step. Other issues are just as important to ensure Texas has an educated workforce for the future.

At a time when more than 50 percent of the state’s public school students are...

The Bridge Church finds new home

Thu, Feb 19, 2015 - 12:02pm

Duane White felt like 2015 was going to be the year for The Bridge Church.

That feeling — that faith — led White, lead pastor of The Bridge Church, to not renew the lease on office space the church used alongside holding service at the University of North Texas’ Gateway Center. White was confident The Bridge Church would soon have a place to call its own.

As the search for a permanent home continued, White stumbled on a new spot by accident, as he put it, on his way to meet with a church member.

“I saw a homemade sign that said land for sale by owner,” White said, recalling a day he was traveling on Mayhill...

Man counts blessings after surviving 2 fires

Thu, Feb 12, 2015 - 11:27am

Longtime Denton resident Jack Pettie is thankful to have survived two fires within 28 hours.

Pettie, 52, said he has lived at the apartment building at 912 McCormick St. since 2007 and understands “things happen,” but to live through and tell the story of “heroic” efforts made by first responders and “caring” landlords is the reason he sat comfortably in the lobby at Royal Inn and Suites “counting his blessings.”

The first fire was discovered shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday when a 25-year-old film student at the University of North Texas heard a crackling sound outside his second-floor apartment near campus.


Which North Texas public universities rank among the state and nation's best?

Thu, Feb 12, 2015 - 11:14am

The University of Texas at Dallas has been nationally recognized as one of the most diverse campuses in the country. It's highly selective. And it retains and graduates a higher percentage of students than most public universities in the state.

For those reasons and more, UT Dallas is the highest ranked public university in North Texas, according to a...

Towing the Line

Mon, Feb 9, 2015 - 12:49pm

Jesus Leyva was tired of turning the other cheek.

It had been only three days since Texas Impound Services towed the pickup he’d borrowed from his stepfather, and now it was happening again. As a maintenance technician, he couldn’t afford another $300 bill from the towing company.

Wearing nothing but his underwear, he rushed out of his Denton apartment in the early morning hours last June and yelled, “I have a parking sticker!”

Leyva, 47, said the tow truck driver stopped hooking up his truck and began arguing with him, claiming that he was taking the vehicle because its tire was positioned a few inches over...