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Karina Ramírez: U.S. Aviation marks grand opening over two days

Karina Ramírez As planned, U.S. Aviation held a grand-opening celebration at Denton Airport this weekend.

The event kicked off Friday afternoon with speeches from Mike Sykes, the company's CEO; Mayor Mark Burroughs; Diane Helms from the office of state Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls; and airport manager Quentin Hix.

The festivities continued Saturday with aircraft exhibits and displays by aviation vendors. AmSafe Aviation's Richard Heitzman discussed inflatable seat belts on airplanes, and David Harsay of Raisbeck Engineering explained the enhancements to the Beechcraft King Air. Michael Combs talked about his 'round-the-U.S. "Flight for the Human Spirit," which he embarked on last April in an effort to celebrate life and the pursuit of one's dreams.

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Taxpayers have until Monday to fill out their 2010 tax returns.

The Internal Revenue Service has been strongly encouraging taxpayers to e-file this year.

Anyone receiving a filing extension has until Oct. 17 to file 2010 returns.


Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton and Texas Health Resources will conclude their monthlong Moms Rule Sweepstakes on Monday. The grand-prize winner will receive a year's worth of free groceries or diapers. Other prizes - including an iPad, Flip video camera, stroller and car seat installation - will be given away to runners-up.

In order to participate, visit and choose one of three possible ways to enter the contest: request a woman's information kit, with tips on individual and family health; play a word game; or share a favorite "mom phrase."

In a recent news release, Stan Morton, president of the Denton hospital, said the website was designed to "be a one-stop resource for moms to find trusted health information and also to find other moms in their community with whom to interact."

The site offers information about pregnancy, infertility, baby care, breastfeeding and general health tips.

A Texas Health Moms page is also available on Facebook and can be found by searching for the group's name.


Phill Henton recently joined Northstar Bank as chief compliance officer. Henton

With a degree in business administration from the University of Houston, Henton has more than 23 years of FDIC experience, according to a news release.

Henton is married and is an avid fisherman.


Sarah Muniz, insurance services agent with DATCU, recently won the Texas Sales Award from the MetLife insurance company.

Muniz earned the recognition for writing a policy for the company's comprehensive new Grand Protect insurance package.

To celebrate her achievement, a management team from MetLife visited Muniz at her Denton office to personally congratulate her. Lorie Huber, regional sales director for MetLife, praised Muniz for her dedication and superior knowledge of the needs of customers in the Denton area.

The MetLife award comes about two months after Muniz was named Credit Union Financial Group's Agent of the Year for 2010.

Coming up

Benchmark Hospitality International will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

Hotel and restaurant positions are available for a new hotel and conference center opening in Westlake.

According to an announcement, the company will provide on-the-spot job offers with most shifts available Monday through Friday or Sunday through Thursday. No experience is required for most positions.

For more information, visit or text the word BENCHMARK to 447363.


Guyer High School's second annual High Octane Chili Cookoff and Car Show will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at the school, 7501 Teasley Lane.

The event will benefit Guyer's orchestra and band. Trophies will be awarded for Best of Show, Orchestra Teachers' Pick, People's Choice, Outstanding Club Participation, Best Paint, Best Interior and Best Engine. Also featured at the event will be live performances, a children's activity area with a bounce house, and pet adoptions.

Registration - which will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. - costs $20.

For more information, contact Dan Herod with Mustang Sally Productions at 214-244-7296 or visit

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is