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Karina Ramírez: U-Haul joins forces with local auto-repair shop

Last week, myBay Automotive announced the addition of U-Haul truck and trailer rentals to its auto-repair business.

“It seemed to really fit since we are in the self-rental service business,” said Jessily King, co-owner of the store located at 1019 Dallas Drive.

King said she heard good things from other U-Haul community dealers and thought adding the service would help many customers.

King and her husband, Jason, opened myBay Automotive in April, offering a new place where customers could self-service their vehicles. They provide the tools and the space.

Kenneth Birch, president of the U-Haul Company of Fort Worth, said U-Haul was partnering with a quality independent business.

Now, myBay Automotive has moving equipment and supplies designed specifically for moving household furnishings, including moving vans, open trailers, closed trailers, furniture pads, appliance dollies, furniture dollies, tow dollies and auto transports, a news release said.

Business hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, call 940-591-1616 or visit


To support local Denton public schools fine arts programs, Courthouse Collection will sell Brighton Americana bracelets for the next two months.

For every purchase of the Brighton Americana bracelet, with a retail price of $48, Brighton and Courthouse Col­lection will donate $24 to the Denton public schools fine arts programs.

Owner Karen Wilson says her store has been selling Brighton products for the past five years and thought it was a good product.

“This year it’s the first time Brighton allowed us to choose the program we can donate to,” Wilson said Friday. “The funds will stay local.”

The limited edition bracelet will be on sale through July 31.

For more information, visit the Courthouse Collection Facebook page,


Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar said the Texas economy expanded in May and gained 15,300 positions, making for the 22nd consecutive month of added employment. In the past year, private sector employment in Texas has shown a 3.3 percent annual growth rate, Alcantar said in a news release.

The private sector has added 287,800 jobs in the past year in Texas. The leisure and hospitality industry gained 6,900 positions in May, adding 52,000 jobs over the last year, more than any other industry in Texas, officials with the workforce said.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Texas remained at 6.9 percent in May, down from 8.1 percent a year ago. It remains well below the national unemployment rate of 8.2 percent.


How much are you spending on your dad today?

The latest survey from the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, revealed that the average person will spend $117.14 on dad’s Father’s Day gift this year. The figure is up 10 percent from $106.49 last year, closing the gap between its biggest competitor — mom with $152 average spending. Total spending for Father’s Day is expected to reach $12.7 billion, the federation said.

Items for dad this year will include more of a special outing style of gift such as golf, eating out or heading to a sporting event, electronic gift items, apparel, gift cards, sporting goods and books or music, according to the federation.


Coming up

Jeremy Sander, the new Main Street program coordinator with the city of Pilot Point, will be the guest speaker at the Pilot Point Chamber of Com­merce luncheon to be held at Lantana Resort, 2200 FM1192 at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Cost is $12. Interested attendees need to RSVP by Tuesday. For more information, call 940-686-5385 or e-mail


Starting Monday, tourism professionals from across the Southwest will convene for one week at Texas Woman’s Uni­versity for an intensive curriculum of tourism marketing and management courses. The event is sponsored by the Texas Travel Industry Association.

For more information, visit


The Denton Chapter of the Hispanic Women Network of Texas will play host to a membership drive on July 21, beginning at 10 a.m. at El Guapos, 419 S. Elm St.

For more information, visit or e-mail


Karina Ramírez can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her email address is