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UNT announces it will receive largest bequest in school history from Voertman estate

Tue, Oct 17, 2017 - 2:25pm

The University of North Texas announced Tuesday that it will receive the largest bequest in its history from the estate of Paul R. Voertman, the former owner of Denton's iconic Voertman's Bookstore and a local patron of art and music.

Voertman died June 21 at the age of 88.

A celebration of his life and a concert to honor both him and his longtime partner, the late Richard Ardoin, will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday at UNT's Murchison Performing Arts Center. The public is invited to attend.

Voertman's gift to UNT, projected to be at least $10 million, is designated to the colleges of Liberal Arts and Social...

From the C-Suite: Why a digital disruption is needed in retail

Mon, Oct 16, 2017 - 2:25pm

Currently there are two types of retailers selling online: Digital natives such as and Warby Parker, and traditional brick-and-mortar retailers that expanded their operations into this channel.

The DNA of digital natives is often designed to build, test, learn and analyze, and then adapt and change. At these types of companies, this behavior is repeated continuously, with no finish date or end point in...

Two students from Abilene named National Merit semifinalists

Wed, Sep 20, 2017 - 6:09pm

Two students from Abilene have been named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship competition.

  • Eliana Pigott is a senior at Abilene High School.
  • Marianne Yuan is a student at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science in Denton.

Less than 1 percent of all high school seniors are named semifinalists who will continue in the running for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships. About 90 percent of semifinalists become finalists and about half of finalists become Merit Scholars.

Pigott, daughter of Kelly and Susan...

Alumnus, local comic book artist staging first ever Texas Latino Comic Con

Thu, Jul 6, 2017 - 5:58pm

By day, Hector Rodriguez is an unassuming fifth grade teacher at McKinney ISD.

But by night, he has a whole other identity as an up-and-coming Latino comic book artist whose creation, El Peso Hero, has become an international sensation.

The Hispanic bulletproof crime fighter with super strength battles crime along the southwestern Texas-Mexico border. He brings down corrupt border patrol officials, saves minor from falling into the clutches of the drug cartels and helps immigrants cross the border safely.

The stories draw on Rodriguez’s own upbringing in Eagle Pass, a border town in Southwest Texas, and a...

When the county sheriff handled Texas executions

Thu, Jul 6, 2017 - 5:54pm

There was a time in Texas history -- from just before the days of the republic up until 1923 -- when death sentences were carried out by local authorities. Back then the method of executing a convicted criminal was by hanging.

During that time, 467 people were executed this way, 60 percent of which were African-American. Eighteen were hanged in Harris County. The executions were an event, with thousands gathering outside to catch a glimpse of the condemned or to hear his final words. Such scenes played out often in the 122 Texas counties that performed executions.


Veteran law enforcement officer West...

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