‘Home’ cooking

Instead of binge-watching Food Network to learn how to sear, roast and steam, local residents can learn cooking basics and tips at the Taste of Home Cooking School next weekend.

Kim Phillips: Oktoberfest Comes to Denton

I open my column today with a quote from History.com: “Bavarian Crown Prince Louis, later King Louis I of Bavaria, marries Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.

Scott Burns: How to overcome fear of required distributions

Things change. Ten years ago, the most common reader question about IRA accounts was this: “How can I avoid the penalty for withdrawals taken before age 59 1/2?”

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Denton’s first brewery schedules grand opening Audacity Brew House, which will be the first craft brewery in Denton, will have three days of grand-opening parties, set to begin on Oct. 24.


DATCU breaks ground on site

For the first time in DATCU’s 78-year history, the company is planning for future growth instead of dealing with growth as it happens, company CEO Dale Kimble said.

Denton ISD trustees raise concerns about city project

One Denton school board member signaled support while others raised concerns Tuesday about the district’s possible participation in a tax-increment reinvestment zone to fund the city’s proposed convention center. City officials made a presentation during the school board’s Tuesday meeting, offering updates about the project’s reduction in size.

Knack for apps

Thirteen-year-old Preston Parks has never been the athletic type, his mother Hope said. Computers, video games and entrepreneurial aspirations are more his speed, she said.


Local business goes national

When Bookkeeper Girl was founded in 2008, founder and owner Kim Pollard knew the business would grow quickly.

This one is for the dogs

Every day ends the same way. Before I am even to the driveway, windows rolled up, AC blowing, and the radio on, I hear them.

When fees cost more than taxes

If the federal income tax did not exist, the insurance industry would beg to bring it back.I’m not kidding.

Local unemployment remains steady

Unemployment rates in the City of Denton began to decrease again, with a 4.4 percent unemployment rate in August.

NuView lands financial backing

NuView Life Sciences announced this week an exclusive licensing agreement with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., a global health care company based in Tokyo, that could eventually lead to the reopening of a Denton medical radioisotopes plant.

UNT set on buying Sack & Save site

The University of North Texas will work in the coming weeks to buy the Sack & Save grocery store at 1500 N. Interstate 35E to make way for a community services complex, officials said Thursday.

Cafe Herrera on Square closes

Cafe Herrera, a Tex-Mex restaurant on the Square, closed abruptly Friday after its rent went unpaid.

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Family business

For the past three decades, Jane Boyle kept her Denton-based bakery humming through on-the-job training like many small business owners. Various family members, including her children, have joined her on the ride through the years.

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Kim Phillips: Malone: Denton hero, champion

The young man sitting across from me is slight of frame, small even. At the same time, he exudes strength and athleticism, caged energy a tangible aura surrounding him. His physical stature is somewhat misleading in that he completely fills a space the moment he steps into it.

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Scott Burns: Social Security: It’s not all-or-nothing

Q: My husband and I are in our late 40s. We are saving for retirement with the assumption that Social Security will be bankrupt by the time we retire. We are not planning on receiving anything. We don’t feel we should rely on Social Security benefits to support ourselves. We hope to be happily surprised if we are wrong.

City plans for scaled-down project

Denton Mayor Chris Watts left room for City Council members to pull the plug on the convention center project, but they opted to keep it on life support for a little while longer.


Whole new flavors

HIGHLAND VILLAGE — Shoppers are ready to explore the new Whole Foods Market in Highland Village during a grand opening on Wednesday, and store managers will greet them with new concepts at the grocery store company’s first Denton County location.

Kim Phillips: Dig in to unearth Denton’s treasures

Little D dashes across the green square, which is divided into numerous smaller squares, each a perfect digging spot harboring various levels of wealth. Little D, sporting his bright mohawk, could unearth all the treasure in no time at all were it not for the squares’ determined guard rooster, the menacing Cluck Gable, whose sole aim is to prevent Little D’s digging success.

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Scott Burns: Websites at 1 billion and counting

No one rang a bell. And you may not have noticed. But sometime in late July the number of websites in the world may have surpassed 1 billion. That’s 1,000,000,000.

More downtowners

Downtown Denton is becoming more residential, as new neighbors started moving in last week at two new apartment complexes.


Plain old joe no more

When John Punch was working for a nonprofit in Budapest, Hungary, he became intrigued by the European coffee culture.

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Kim Phillips: UNT’s first home game kicks off collaboration

In the midst of our high-tech world, a couple of sensory powers are somewhat left out.

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Scott Burns: ‘Living benefits’ come with price

Consider Michael Kitces as the thinking man’s financial planner. He’s smart. He’s prolific. And he spends his best hours where the rubber meets the road, in the analysis of the actual financial products most of us encounter in real life. The results can be surprising.


Fresh new flow

After months of renovations, Sweetwater Grill & Tavern is back under new ownership.

Scott Burns: The five secrets to ‘happy money’

The nearest Starbucks to my house is 15 miles away. It is in the town of Bee Cave, Texas, which also happens to be the location of the West Pole.


Doughnuts with a ‘good vibe’

Canadian Healthcare, Evil Elvis and Vampire Weekend are all coming to Denton on Sept. 3, and they’ll be making regular appearances at the new Hypnotic Donuts shop just off the Square.

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Kim Phillips: The Woz speaks at UNT

My grandmother was born in Texas in 1912. There were 48 stars on the American flag, and the unsinkable Titanic sank.


Where? There!

Out of just 290 square feet of store space, new employees are creating Which Wich sandwiches inside Texas Woman’s University’s Classroom Faculty Office building.

Scott Burns: Retirement crisis a manufactured emergency

I’ve lost count of the surveys telling us that all Americans will suffer deprivation when they retire. I’m sure you have, too. A recent Harris Poll found that 74 percent of Americans worried about retirement. The National Retirement Risk Index now indicates that 53 percent of Americans are “at risk.”

Janet Laminack: Nature lovers invited to Master Naturalist class

Are you the kind of person who, when someone yells “snake!” you run toward the screamer to identify the lovely creature? Would you rather be outside than indoors even in this hot August weather?

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Firm lends talent to Habitat homes

An interior design business in Highland Village has created a way to give back to Denton, where its owner and another staffer have their roots.

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Accidental Asian fusion

This fall, whether it’s after a late night of studying or a night on the town, University of North Texas students and Fry Street loyalists will have some new places to grab a bite and a pack of cigarettes.

Scott Burns: Read between lines for dark warnings

Here today, gone tomorrow. Attention to the annual reports from the Social Security and Medicare trustees disappeared overnight. They were released on July 28, and media reports noted the lack of exciting news.


Sales tax holiday on way

School supply lists are out, shelves are stocked and advertisements of sales have been distributed for the sales tax holiday this Friday through Sunday.

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Maggie Jover: Kids benefit from time in the kitchen

Kids of all ages are usually enthusiastic about food. They like to eat, grocery shop and read books about food — and they like to cook!

Scott Burns: Inflation could be on the move

Inflation: The Chicken Little problem of the last five years. Everyone thought it — or worse, hyperinflation — was coming. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve was worrying about deflation. Our central bank targeted a 2 percent inflation rate as healthy and worried when it was lower. Inflation has obediently averaged a 2.1 percent annual rate since 2010, albeit with some big swings.


Businesses giving back

Mike Cheves is on a mission to integrate community, commerce and charity in Denton. The Denton-based consultant started working with a handful of local companies to incorporate charity into their business models in June. His client base has expanded since he started the initiative, and now he’s going to try to multiply himself by training others.

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Scott Burns: Sizing up your 401(k)

How many employers are wasting the money they spend on employee match contributions? How much can a cost-efficient plan add to your retirement security?


Heated competition

LAKE DALLAS — Rafael Ferrer took a moment to adjust his glasses, which had slipped down his nose a little in the noonday heat as he pumped more gas into the tank of his compact car. Ferrer saw the big numbers in the red-light display from the freeway as he headed into work Monday morning: $3.15 a gallon.

New app lightens social media load

University of North Texas student Jesse Stauffer and his peers are tired of hearing people lecture about what they should and should not post on social media.