Quail call

Sun, Nov 1, 2015 - 12:28am

by Peggy Heinkle-Wolfe

RINGGOLD — The morning refuses to be still. Crickets and frogs croak their continuing vigils as a lightning storm rolls across the northern sky. To the east, the horizon warms from violet to pink to gold. An airplane drones. Geese call out as they jockey for position. An owl hoots.

And the wind. Always the wind.

A lilting “hoyee” nearly gets lost in that noisy quiet. But quail expert Kelly Reyna hears it. And another. Then one more. Bobwhite quail join the morning lauds with their covey calls.

Late fall’s sunrise is still a half-hour away. A passing pickup or a nosy dog might...

Tags: quail, UNT

Canales deserves credit for UNT’s successes

Sun, Nov 1, 2015 - 11:48pm

by Brett Vito

North Texas’ players and a few fans hoisted Mike Canales on their shoulders late Saturday night, the highlight of a celebration that was a long time coming.

UNT lost seven straight games to open the season, and eight dating back to last year, heading into its game against Texas-San Antonio. The Mean Green don’t have anything to play for but pride at this point, and they showed a whole lot of it during a 30-23 win against the rival Roadrunners.

Canales deserves a whole lot of credit for that milestone win as he works through his second stint as UNT’s interim coach.

“He is a players’ coach...

UNT soccer wins C-USA battle

Wed, Oct 28, 2015 - 10:46am

By Michael Kidd

While the remnants of Hurricane Patricia swept its way through the outskirts of Dallas, Texas, the Rice University and University of North Texas soccer teams were engaged in a Conference USA battle. In a game that saw warnings and yellow cards handed out on both sides, the Mean Green narrowly beat out Rice by a final score of 2-1. 

With the defeat, the Owls slipped to fourth in the C-USA rankings with one game remaining on the schedule. Rice is currently 9-6-2 on the season (5-3-1 in C-USA) and have accumulated 16 points on the season, just two points behind second-place Florida Atlantic...

Fire code forces UNT to remove bathroom locks in suite-style dorm rooms

Wed, Oct 28, 2015 - 11:33pm

by Brian Scott

It’s something most of us take for granted but many University of North Texas students won’t any longer: the lock on a bathroom door.

That’s because school leaders are in the process of removing all of the locks from the bathrooms of suite-style dorm rooms throughout the Denton campus.

The university posted an explanation on its website, saying it essentially didn’t have any other choice.

At the beginning of the year, the State Fire Marshal’s Office asked UNT leaders to make sure locks in the dorms were up to fire code, but they found certain bathroom locks were not.

The suite-...

Tags: fire code, UNT

Loss of best friend hits DaMarcus Smith hard

Wed, Oct 28, 2015 - 11:21pm

by Brett Vito

Text messages and phone calls arrived one after another on DaMarcus Smith’s phone in the early morning hours before North Texas’ game against Marshall last Saturday.

Smith, UNT’s quarterback, had talked to Demond Ramsey, a friend that was more like a brother, just hours before as he sat in a hotel, anxiously awaiting his second start for the Mean Green.

Ramsey was supposed to be at the game in Huntington, West Virginia. He had a ticket and a place in the Smith family cheering section.

Instead, a red rose adorned Ramsey’s empty seat while Smith played that day. Just hours earlier, the 23-...