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Campus Cat Group Celebrates 10 Years

Fri, Oct 31, 2014 - 2:28pm

Students walking to class Friday afternoon got a chance to cuddle with some special visitors in front of Mary Couts Burnett Library.

Frogs and Cats Together, or FACT, celebrated its 10th anniversary by bringing six kittens to campus to educate students about the feral cat population at TCU.

FACT founder and TCU’s own music and media librarian Cari Alexander said she “needed to do something” in 2004 after 34 cats and kittens were rounded up in the Worth Hills area and taken to animal control, and not all of them arrived alive.

“It was an ugly time in the history of our school,” she said...

Council votes to table convention deal until Tuesday

Wed, Oct 29, 2014 - 11:39am

For the third consecutive week, the Denton City Council declined Tuesday to authorize another $75,000 for design work on the convention center.

But the council didn’t kill the deal either.

In the first actual vote on the matter in months, the council voted 4-2 on continuing the financial request to its next meeting, which is scheduled for this Tuesday.

Council member Dalton Gregory was absent from Tuesday’s work session.

Mayor Chris Watts and council member John Ryan voted against the continuance, both expressing serious concerns about the viability of the deal that has the city building a convention...

Watkins elected treasurer of TMCA

Tue, Oct 28, 2014 - 11:56am

Deer Park City Secretary Sandra Watkins was elected treasurer of the Texas Municipal Clerks Association, Inc., at its annual meeting held in Kerrville on Oct. 23.

The Texas Municipal Clerks Association, Inc., is a statewide association with more than 940 members.

The Association operates the Texas Municipal Clerks Certification Program located at the University of North Texas, Denton. The Certification Program is recognized and endorsed by Section 22.074 of the Local Government Code, Vernon's Annotated Civil Statutes. TMCA, Inc., publishes the Texas Municipal Election Law Manual, the Texas Municipal Law and...

City to mull center issue

Tue, Oct 28, 2014 - 11:51am

Today brings the tale of two agendas, as the city takes up the convention center and the school district does not.

The Denton City Council is expected to consider over a midday meeting today whether to authorize another $75,000 in architectural services to finish drawing the convention center to its smaller size — a one-story, 69,750-square-foot building to be erected next to a 300-room, full-service hotel on University of North Texas land next to Apogee Stadium.

The council had refused to take that step for a few weeks in order to settle some of the final terms of the public-private partnership with O’Reilly...

Gender-Neutral Restrooms Open at UNT

Mon, Oct 27, 2014 - 10:25pm

On Friday, UNT officially began making its students' daily bodily activities a little less uncomfortable, with the opening of several gender-neutral restrooms on campus. The move comes as part of the yearlong push by the university to combat campus discrimination. The school has committed $100,000 toward building gender-neutral restrooms. Restrooms already exist in dormitories, but will now expand to public buildings.

"UNT being a state school, this is all an initiative driven by the student body in...