10 best books of 2017 by local authors

This list, arranged in no particular order, is limited to books that were published in 2017 and written by authors who live in Dallas-Fort Worth.

The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla OlsonThis dystopian thriller, published in June, focuses on a formerly privileged girl named Eden who escapes a labor camp in 2049. As the first in a two-book deal with HarperTeen, the novel is a standalone for now with the potential to become a young adult series turned movie franchise à la The Hunger Games.

Olson, a University of North Texas graduate who lives in Denton, received an offer for the...

UNT alumnus recognized for war effort

Nearly 76 years after he dropped out of school to join the war effort, Temple resident Paul Poston Sr. was honored for his sacrifice.

Poston, now 100 years old, was enrolled at the University of North Texas in 1941. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he left school to work at the Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant in Texarkana. He was one semester away from graduating.

On Thursday, representatives of the university came to Temple to present Poston with a certificate on behalf of UNT President Neal Smatresk.

The certificate states that it was presented to Poston “for sacrificing his personal educational...

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UNT students to vote on increase in athletics fee

North Texas students will vote on a potential increase in student fees this week that would significantly boost funding for the school's athletic department.

UNT currently has a fee of $10 per semester credit hour for athletics. The school's athletic department also receives a portion of a student services fee.

The proposal would increase UNT's athletics fee to $16.25 per semester credit hour but would eliminate the student services fee. The result would be a net increase for students of $4.25 per credit hour that would provide the athletic department an additional $3.5 million per year.

The vote...

Fine named first team All-Conference USA

North Texas quarterback Mason Fine was named to the All-Conference USA first team on Tuesday, when the league made the first of two postseason honors announcements.

Running back Jeffery Wilson, wide receiver Jalen Guyton and kicker Trevor Moore were all named to the second team. 

Offensive linemen T.J. Henson, Sosaia Mose, Elex Woodworth, wide receiver Michael Lawrence, defensive lineman Roderick Young, linebacker E.J. Ejiya and safety Kishawn McClain were all honorable mention picks.

Linebacker JoJo Ozougwe was named to the All-Freshman Team. 

C-USA will announce its superlative honors on...

Artist spotlight: Anna Jalkéus

There is a superheroine in Denton, and she lives in the mind of composer, harpist, and singer Anna Jalkéus. Her name is Estrogenia, and Jalkéus wrote a 3-part harp concerto during the spring of 2017 depicting her origin story and eventual fight with archenemy the Big Orange Monster. Estrogenia’s strength and abilities are fictional, of course; but when one takes a look at Jalkéus’ own skills and achievements, they might wonder if the real superhuman living in Denton is none other than Estrogenia’s creator herself.

Jalkéus is a member of many groups in Denton, including but not limited to Emilio Mesa’s project ...

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