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Karina Ramírez: Report: Denton No. 2 most wind-blown county

A new report ranks Denton as the second stormiest county in Texas last year.

The report, conducted by Allstate Insurance Co., states that hail and wind whipped more Allstate-insured homes in Denton and Taylor County (Abilene) than any other part of the state last year.

Dallas County ranked fifth and Tarrant County placed ninth, according to the report.

The number of hail- and wind-related homeowner insurance claims increased 45 percent overall in Texas among Allstate customers last year, with Abilene having the sharpest increase in claims at 1,866 percent, according to the company.

“Abilene had a significant storm around Easter last year that caused the spike in claims,” Allstate spokeswoman Kristen Beaman said in an e-mail.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area, including Denton, saw the second-highest increase, with claims spiking 157 percent.


The city of Denton issued the following certificates of occupancy in March:

* Bookish Coffee, wholesale coffee, 101 Elm St.

* Charlie’s Wireless, retail sales, 728 Fort Worth Drive

* Denton County Children’s Advocacy Center, professional services and office, 235 W. Hickory St., Suite 201

* Clear Star Aviation Denton, light aircraft maintenance, 4650 Lockheed Lane, Suites 102 and 105

* DPF Cleaning Specialists, storage, 2820 Virginia Circle, Suite 109

* Eagle Sticker & Lube LLC, quick vehicle servicing, 421 Eagle Drive

* Family Development & Behavioral Health, professional service and office, 3300 Sundown Blvd.

* Gary Franks, self-service storage, 4824 Lockheed Lane

* Horizon Food Mart, convenience store, 1205 University Drive

* Pedron Aircraft Works LLC, light aircraft maintenance, 4736 Lockheed Lane, Suite 101

* Sweet Serenity Boutique, retail sales, 913 Sunset St.

* The Republic at Denton, apartment complex, 500 Inman St.



Last month, Wells Fargo Advisors investments manager Michael J. Peschel qualified for the firm’s Premier Advisors Program.

This is the fifth consecutive year the Argyle resident has earned the honor, which recognizes an employee’s work to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction, according to a news release.

To qualify for the Premier Advisors Program at Wells Fargo Advisors, financial advisers must demonstrate a high level of production and a commitment to professional service. The Premier Advisor Program represents the best of the best of advisors at Wells Fargo Advisors, the release stated.

Peschel has been a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors for 15 years and has 17 years experience in the brokerage industry. He earned his bachelor’s in finance from Texas Tech University in 1995, according to his LinkedIn profile. 

Wells Fargo Advisors is the trade name used by two separate registered broker-dealers and non-bank affiliates of Wells Fargo & Co.: Wells Fargo Advisors LLC and Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network LLC. With $1.1 trillion in client assets as of Dec. 31, Wells Fargo’s brokerage businesses are comprised of 15,263 full-service financial advisers and 3,548 licensed bankers, the release stated.


Coming up

DATCU is getting ready for its annual Shred Day to help protect area residents from identity theft. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon April 21 at the bank’s downtown Denton branch, 225 W. Mulberry St.   

For the first time this year, nonmembers have been invited to participate for a minimum donation of $5 to benefit United Way of Denton County.

Area residents are invited to bring paperwork that could contain sensitive information — such as receipts, credit cards and tax documents — to be shredded.

For more information, call 1-866-387-8585 or visit


Davanti Salon and Spa will be celebrating Earth Month by hosting “Appointments for the Earth” from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 15.

During the event, salon employees will offer haircuts for a $30 donation and professional brow waxes for a $10 minimum donation.

Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Clean Water Fund, whose mission is to develop strong grass-roots environmental leadership and to bring together diverse constituencies to work for change.

During the event, participants will also be able to register for Aveda’s Annual Walk for Water, a 6K walk to be held April 29 at Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave. in Dallas.

Davanti Salon and Spa is the official Denton registration location for the walk.

For more information, call 940-380-1196 or e-mail


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