North Texan

New voters boost numbers to record high

Sun, Oct 19, 2014 - 10:11pm

Voter registration has hit a record high statewide and Denton residents, particularly those younger than 25, did their part to boost the numbers.

The Texas Secretary of State’s office announced Thursday a record high of 14,025,441 Texans who have registered to vote in time for the gubernatorial election. The previous record came in 2012 when 13,646,226 Texans registered to vote in time for the presidential election.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 26.4 million people live in Texas. Census officials estimate that 26.6 percent of Texans, or about 7 million, are younger than 18.

In Denton County, 11,...

Professor reigns over sound waves

Sun, Oct 19, 2014 - 10:06pm

With more than a quarter of a century worth of experience, Samuel Sauls can tell you just about anything you need to know about college radio. Sauls began his relationship with radio years ago. He said: "My background is radio. That's what I started in the 1970s."Since his first introduction to the field as an undergraduate student, Sauls has mastered his craft, having been an associate professor at the University of North Texas for 29 years prior to his current role as an adjunct professor at Susquehanna. Working at Susquehanna after having retired from the University of North Texas seemed like the next logical step for Sauls....

‘Hot under the collar’

Thu, Oct 16, 2014 - 10:31am

Residents have complained about a full-page color ad on the back page of Wednesday’s Denton Record-Chronicle, saying they did not give permission for their names to be used in a political ad.

The ad claimed that 8,000 Denton residents do not support the proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing, a reference to the plebiscite petition Denton County Taxpayers for a Strong Economy submitted to the Denton City Council on July 15.

The ad listed 350 names of people urging residents to vote no in the upcoming election.

Neither Denton County Taxpayers for a Strong Economy nor the public relations firm...

Local civil rights groups quiz candidates

Tue, Oct 14, 2014 - 11:17am

Denton’s chapters of the NAACP and LULAC combined forces for a candidate forum Monday night in Southeast Denton.

The two civil rights groups found that they had common interests in education, health care, immigration reform and minimum wage, according to Al Sanchez, of the League of United Latin American Citizens. They invited all the party candidates for county, state and federal offices from Denton County to the event and asked each of them five questions over those shared concerns.

“What better way to lift our communities,” Sanchez said. “We still have lots to learn about these candidates.”

He told the...


Fri, Oct 10, 2014 - 2:40pm

As the University of North Texas seeks to take property that for decades has been home to a Sack & Save grocery store, the chorus of voices questioning government’s ability to confiscate private property in order to grow government is mounting.

A recent column discussed UNT co-opting a “green, mean spirit” after the Board of Regents green lighted ...