North Texan

Peterbilt plans expansion

Tue, Dec 9, 2014 - 10:51am

Peterbilt Motors Co., which manufactures big trucks, confirmed Monday that it will be expanding operations in Denton County, but few details were available about how much space will be added or how many new jobs might be created.

It will be the first time in 16 years that Peterbilt has expanded the plant, according to Derek Smith, public relations manager of Peterbilt.

“This expansion will help allow us to continue to serve our customers with the industry’s highest quality and most technologically advanced trucks and tractors,” Smith said.

It’s hard to mistake a Peterbilt truck as it thunders down the road....

National Guard unit opens doors to public

Mon, Dec 8, 2014 - 11:38am

The U.S. Army National Guard Armory in Denton hasn’t housed a company in several years, officials said, but times are changing.

Echo Company 949th Brigade Support Battalion began settling in its new home in September, and on Saturday, the unit opened its doors to an estimated 500 attendees during its first open house event, company commander Capt. Jason Huedepohl said.

Generally, the military is big on services and dedications, he said, but because of budget constraints, they just had a small in-house celebration for the staff until Saturday’s public event that included 14 vendors and five volunteer groups.


Scott to be inducted into Texas Tennis Hall of Fame

Wed, Nov 26, 2014 - 12:09pm

Fred Scott, who coached Abilene High School tennis team to 247 wins and the 1999 state team championship, will be inducted to the Texas Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame during ceremonies Dec. 6 in New Braunfels.

While at AHS from 1997-2013, Scott compiled a 247-47 record, won 10 district team championships and his teams were ranked in the top 10 in the state in 14 of his 16 years. He retired in 2013.

The induction ceremony will be held during the TTCA’s annual convention Dec. 5-7 at Newks Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels.

Scott grew up in Sweetwater and played tennis in high school for his father, Freddie...

Some signs don’t comply

Sun, Nov 23, 2014 - 10:09pm

The action comes swiftly. Two men circle the vehicle like big cats stalking their prey. One looks like a former NFL linebacker and the other looks like a Hell’s Angels member.

Their teamwork is unmistakable, each working in conjunction with the other as if they’ve hunted together a hundred times before.

In less than a minute, they hook the vehicle to the back of a red tow truck and lift the black car into the air. The larger of the two men jumps into the cab of his tow truck, tilts his cap to his partner and pulls out of the parking lot onto the busy street in front of the University of North Texas campus, passing a...

U.S. is now Ebola-free, and the panic is gone as well

Thu, Nov 13, 2014 - 12:55pm
Reporting from NEW YORK—

A few short weeks ago, Ebola was public enemy No. 1.

About 1,000 people were being monitored by health officials. Several schools in Texas and Ohio shut down because of a single patient who boarded a plane. A cruise ship was refused permission to dock in Cozumel, off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. President ...