North Texan

Ashtray starts fire at apartment near UNT

Mon, Feb 9, 2015 - 11:57am

A one-alarm fire displaced six people Sunday night when smoking material from an ashtray ignited an upstairs apartment on McCormick Street, according to fire officials.

The fire started shortly after 7 p.m., when resident Zach Jones, a 25-year-old film student at the University of North Texas, heard a “crackling” sound outside his second-floor apartment near campus.

Jones opened the front door and saw flames crawling seven feet up the wall. He said he quickly grabbed some water but couldn’t extinguish the flames.

Jack Petty, 52, a downstairs tenant, heard Jones rushing about upstairs when he noticed the fire...

Sounding Off: What services would you like to see added to Denton County Transportation Authority?

Thu, Feb 5, 2015 - 1:04pm

Are you pleased with the services of the Denton County Transportation Authority in southern Denton County? What services would you like to see added?

Doug Fulmer, Flower Mound: I ride the A-train on a regular basis. I think they do a great job.

But I think Where’s My Ride is a colossal waste of taxpayer money.

I would much prefer that they take the million dollars it is going to cost and reduce the times between buses to less than 30 minutes, or extend the hours that the A-train is available, or increase the frequency of stops in the evening and on weekends, when I’d like to connect to DART in the evening. Or...

Denton’s history receives more recognition

Tue, Feb 3, 2015 - 11:56am

Denton scored another round of recognition as the Texas Historical Commission awarded historical markers to the Denton County Historical Commission for an individual and two buildings, all prominent in the city’s history.

The designations — awarded to the Christal House in Denton, Denton’s 1927 City Hall and Edna Westbrook Trigg, recognized as a historical person — join the scores of other markers that officials and county residents have worked for in the past several years.

“We lose track of who built the houses and why they were significant to them,” said Randy Hunt, one of the current Christal House homeowners...

Wade graduates from certification program

Wed, Jan 28, 2015 - 11:46am

Angie Wade, City Secretary, City of Glen Rose, graduated from the Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program on Jan. 22.

Graduates complete approximately 200 hours of individual study over a four-course curriculum and attend eight two-day seminars for an additional 100 hours of classroom study. The curriculum includes selected texts and a number of special readings on the topics of public administration, election law, budgeting and finance, municipal law and personnel management.


The Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program, located at the University of North Texas, located in Denton, is a university-...

Spartan Bistro serves career lessons

Wed, Jan 28, 2015 - 11:43am

The students operating Spartan Bistro at Centennial High School are ready to serve.The juniors and seniors helping to put together meals of culinary excellence are mostly on the track to become chefs of varying specialties, while others are simply in it for the experience."If I had a restaurant, I would trust them in my restaurant," CHS Principal Jimmy Neal said. "They do a really good job; they're good kids."Culinary arts teacher Erica Boykin, who is in her first year with Burleson ISD, said she enjoys teaching the blossoming chefs. This is Boykin's third school culinary program, following three years at Dallas ISD and one...