Industrial interns learn skills

LONGVIEW — Fresh from being laid off at Trinity Rail Car Co., 25-year-old Chance Freeman needed a job to support his family of four plus one on the way and a dog.

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Kim Phillips: Lively radio DJ spreads energy

The DentonRadio.com studio pulsed with energy like an electric current as I entered the Discover Denton Welcome Center.

Scott Burns: Return to normal interest rates bad for Feds

In 1995, the total debt of our government was an impressive $4.9 trillion. It has, of course, become much more impressive since. Gross government debt at the end of 2015 was nearly four times higher, $18.1 trillion.

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A new Asian restaurant is taking the former space housing Flatlanders Taco Company on Oakland Street.


Crafting a market

The way we drink, and think about drinking, is changing. Businesses serving and selling craft beer have blossomed in Denton in recent years, with the busiest restaurants making sure to feature local craft beer to match changing tastes.


First convention center event booked

Denton’s new hotel and convention center has inked its first deal: hosting the 2019 Texas-Oklahoma District Convention for Kiwanis International.

What’s open, what’s closed

The food truck frenzy is strong right now. There are three new Denton-based trucks making regular appearances at Austin St. Truck Stop and other locations: Leila’s, Beware of Dog and Big Knife Tacos. Leila’s specializes in vegetarian Iranian and Mediterranean food, Beware of Dog serves up gourmet hot dogs and, of course, Big Knife does tacos.


Heather Steele: Why you need a marketing analysis

Let’s just put this out there: Marketing in 2016 ain’t simple. It’s not straightforward or hugely predictable. There’s no generic map to guide you to success, and the path that works for one business doesn’t always work for another.

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Study: Most of methane hot spot comes from natural gas leaks

DENVER — A puzzling concentration of the greenhouse gas methane over the Southwest appears to come mostly from leaks in natural gas production, scientists said Monday.


Jonathon Fite: Invest where sentiment, catalysts collide

As value investors, we are intently focused on the finances and operations of our portfolio companies. Sitting in on quarterly earnings calls is crucial to updating our report card for companies and their management, and making sure our investment idea is on track.

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Tina Mims: Learning from others leads to success

At Texas Woman’s University, our motto is “We learn to do by doing.” I extend this credo to successful business ownership by evoking Voltaire, who once said, “Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?”


Scott Alagood: Water rights in spotlight with Texas’ growth

According to the Texas Water Development Board, Texas’ population is expected to increase from approximately 29.5 million to 51 million between 2020 and 2070. It is projected that over half of the population growth in Texas during that period will take place in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and the cities and counties surrounding Houston.

World Trade Center mall reopens

NEW YORK — The reopening — and reinvention — of the World Trade Center mall Tuesday reflects how much lower Manhattan has changed since the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Experts: Fort Worth Botanic Garden needs $15M in updates

FORT WORTH (AP) — Three times since March, the Conservatory at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden closed to the public because a leaking irrigation system flooded the 30-year-old metal and glass structure, itself suffering stress fractures and equipment malfunctions that twice this past winter caused temperatures inside to drop to 38 degrees.

Chuck Carpenter: My Town Rocks connects Denton firms to patrons

The Denton Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce our affiliation with a new app-based service designed to connect local business owners with patrons in real time. The chamber board recently endorsed...

Study to look at wells, quakes

ENID, Okla. — The Oklahoma Geological Survey is studying the relationship between seismic activity and wastewater injection wells with a survey in the Arbuckle formation.


Ford looks to produce fully autonomous car by 2021

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. intends to have a fully driverless vehicle — no steering wheel, no pedals — on the road within five years. The car will initially be used for commercial taxi or ride-sharing services; sales to consumers will come later.

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Policymakers hearing more taxpayers pipe up about their growing burden

Researchers and policymakers know people are more likely to pay their taxes when they’re confident they are paying their fair share. But these days, many North Texans wonder how they’ll survive surging property values as their annual tax bills climb ever higher.


Fair question

Most people believe they pay their fair share of taxes, but researchers have found those same people don’t believe other people are paying their fair share.

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Water from air

In the blackland prairie of Texas, an ocean is hundreds of miles away. But Benjamin Blumenthal, co-founder and chief executive of SunToWater Technologies, says we’re all standing under the sixth ocean — the one that’s above our head.

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Kim Phillips: Music big part of DJ’s lifestyle

Before DentonRadio.com, there was Banter. Located on Oak Street where 940’s Kitchen & Cocktails is today, Banter was a musical hangout especially favored by singer/songwriters.

Scott Burns: Managed mutual fund empire strikes back

The fat lady has sung. All that is left is for the curtain to fall. That, some would say, is the condition of managed mutual funds in 2016.

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The Paragon Network, a membership service for pilots to help them find fixed-base operators, has added Business Air’s Denton location to the network.

Macy’s plans to close 100 stores, boost online investment

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy’s plans to close about 100 stores next year and boost its online investments, the nation’s largest department store chain said Thursday, as it tries to become more nimble in an increasingly fierce market. The closures represent close to 14 percent of its stores under the Macy’s brand.

Delta struggles through third day of computer problems

NEW YORK (AP) — Delta fliers faced delays, cancelations and more headaches Wednesday as the Atlanta-based airline struggled with its computer systems for the third straight day.


News in the news

The Denton Record-Chronicle office is moving, but the paper isn’t going anywhere. Construction is set to begin on the newspaper’s new building in September. It will be just west of Loop 288 and is scheduled for completion by next July.

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After three food delivery services launched in 2015 and all closed, two new concepts have entered the Denton market.

Kim Phillips: Tenacity key trait in DJ’s life

Scrunching her expressive face rather comically, Isabel Deniz did not have to ponder long the answer to my question, “Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?”

In 80 years, DATCU has grown from humble start

DATCU opened 80 years ago today, starting in a one-room building on the campus of North Texas State College.

Scott Burns: Middle class now closer to bottom than top

How are you doing? On a treadmill to nowhere? Bailing as fast as you can, but still sinking? How we answer such questions depends a lot on what we see around us and how things are measured.

Solid U.S. hiring in July added 255,000 jobs and lifted pay

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a healthy 255,000 jobs in July, a sign of confidence in the economy that will likely ease concerns about signs of weak growth in the midst of the presidential race.

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Boca 31 serves up Latin flair

Before working at four Ritz-Carlton locations, chef Andres Meraz spent a year as a line cook at Akelarre, a Michelin three star-rated restaurant in Spain. In contrast to his career in fine dining, Meraz has opened his first restaurant, Boca 31, in Denton to serve Latin street food.

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Kim Phillips: Listen to records with DJMikey

“Hey, want to come over and listen to records?”When I was a kid, this is what we did. Video games didn’t exist yet. Nor did VHS, DVDs, CDs, Blu-ray, Apple TV or Netflix. Neighbors walked or rode bikes to each other’s houses to do what we now call “hang out.”

Scott Burns: Texas Hill Country folks deal with growth

DRIPPING SPRINGS — Things change. When my wife and I returned to Texas in 2009, things were not looking good. The real estate crash was in full swing. The stock market had fallen massively.

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El Guapo’s makes way for el papá

After 12 years in business, downtown Denton staple El Guapo’s is now closed. Monday was owner Michael Zampino’s last day, coordinated with his son’s birthday. Zampino’s gift to his son, the oldest of four siblings, was closing the restaurant.

Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.83B, marking end of an era

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.83 billion, marking the end of an era for a company that once defined the internet.

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Sweet memories rise

For many Denton residents, Davis Purity Bakery was an institution. Originally located on Hickory Street and eventually Locust Street, the family-owned bakery had been a popular place to get wedding cakes, doughnuts, cupcakes and other delectable pastries since it opened in 1953.

Kim Phillips: DJs spin with style at center

The Discover Denton Welcome Center opened June 21 to a ready Denton audience. Some 2,710 people visited the store in our first nine days. Now that our grand-opening month is nearing its close, the numbers have settled into an average 1,500 to 2,000 visitors per week.

Scott Burns: Social Security, Medicare in trouble today

The Social Security and Medicare trustees reports, released last month, came and went faster than a bad sitcom. One day they were news. The next day no one remembered, a casualty of the Brexit vote.

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Grant program remains frozen

Palm Tree Boutique was one of the last to get funds through the downtown reinvestment grant program after the Denton City Council directed staff to put the program on hold last fall. Now, there’s $209,000 in the fund balance, and while there seems to be consensus that the funds should help small businesses, the questions now are how and where.