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Karina Ramírez: Dollar General helps programs with grants

A corporate foundation provided grants to two Denton nonprofit programs last month.

The Dollar General Literacy Foun­dation presented $10,000 in total grants to the Denton Public Library and the Denton school district’s adult education program.

Steve Johnson, director of the adult and community education programs for Denton ISD, said in a news release the grant will help provide lifelong learning for adults who need to pursue the general education development program or learn English.

Rebecca Ivey, public services librarian with the Denton Public Library, said the grant will be used for the library’s Preschool Play and Read program. which introduces and increases literacy skills to children by providing hands-on activities, games and crafts.

Each organization received $5,000.

John Sweet, Dollar General district manager, said in a news release that customers’ donations help fund the grant. Each Dollar General store has containers near the cash registers where customers can make their donations. The funds collected are distributed through a formal grant process to nonprofit literacy providers nationwide.

Dollar General has 10,000 stores in 40 states.

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Acme Brick Company is one of only 12 companies nationwide to receive the 2012 Partners of Choice award from David Weekley Homes.

Acme Brick received an “A” rating for quality and service, according to a news release.

Since 2004, David Weekley Homes has analyzed supplier performance in diverse industries, provided feedback and recognized companies through its Partners of Choice program.

Bill Lemond, senior vice president of sales for Acme Brick Company, said the survey’s feedback allows his company to evaluate its level of performance in each David Weekley Homes market that it serves.

David Weekley Homes is the nation’s second largest for-profit, privately held homebuilder, based in Houston.

Based in Denton, Acme Brick Com­pany is the largest U.S. brick company, celebrating 121 years in business.

Golden Triangle Mall is sponsoring “Bag it Forward,” a program that helps provide children and teachers within the Denton school district with needed school supplies.

The program will end today, since it is part of the tax-free shopping weekend.

Shoppers can buy items from the required Denton school district supply list at the mall’s guest services.

Mall officials will donate all of the sales, as well as any leftover supplies, to Denton ISD schools that need the supplies. 

“However, if we have supplies left over within the few days after that, we will be happy to take their donation and make sure the Denton schools receive the proceeds before school starts so we can benefit as many as possible,” said Cindy Thompson, the new marketing director at Golden Triangle Mall.

Shoppers can also receive a free backpack when they redeem $125 in same-day sales from Golden Triangle Mall retailers, Thompson said.

Local nonprofits are participating in this year’s “Chase Community Giving” program.

Nearly 30,000 eligible charities have been nominated to share $5 million in grants from Chase.

Charities were nominated in June and July and beginning Aug. 6 any potential charities moved on to the eligibility period.

At least 2,500 charities will be invited to move onto the Charity Acceptance Period and the Voting Period, according to its website.

Voting will begin Sept. 6 and last through Sept. 19. Facebook users will be able to cast their votes at

The following organizations have been nominated for the grant:


■ Argyle ISD Education Foundation Inc.

■ PTA Texas Congress

■ Ranch Hands Rescue


■ Aubrey Area Youth Sports Association

■ Aubrey Fire Department Auxiliary

■ Wild Rescue Inc.


■ Day Stay for Adults Inc.


■ Chisholm Trail Retired Senior Volunteer Program Inc.

■ Court Appointed Special Advocates of Denton County Inc.

■ Denton Animal Shelter Foundation Inc.

■ Denton Community Food Center Inc.

■ Denton County Crime Stoppers Inc.

■ Denton Family Resource Center

■ Denton Friends of the Family Inc.

■ Denton High Choral Booster Club

■ Denton Humane Society Inc.

■ DFW Rescue Me Inc.

■ Guyer High School Athle­tics Booster Club, Inc.

■ Health Services of North Texas Inc.

■ Hearts for Homes

■ Interfaith Ministries of Denton Inc.

■ Kiker Express Inc.

■ Meals on Wheels

■ North Texas Solutions for Recovery Inc.

■ Opening Doors Immigra­tion Services

■ Querencia Community Bike Shop

■ Support Our Troops

■ Texas Coalition for Animal Protection

■ United Way of Denton County Inc.

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■ Boys and Girls Clubs of Denton County Inc.

■ Lake Cities Spirit of Christmas


■ Sanger Education Foun­da­tion Inc.



Last week, First State Bank announced Cross Roads resident Philip Strange was named senior vice president of mortgage lending in July.

Strange is leading First State Bank’s new mortgage division located at the downtown Denton branch, 400 W. Oak St.

The new division offers mortgage loan services to Denton, Cooke and surrounding counties and will assist customers at any of the nine First State Bank locations, according to a news release.

Strange is a graduate of Fort Worth and a former certified public accountant. He has 16 years of mortgage industry experience, the release said. Prior to joining First State Bank’s mortgage division, he was president of GSB Mort­gage Inc., according to his LinkedIn profile.

Chartered in 1905, First State Bank is the oldest state bank in Texas and has $630 million in assets.

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Aubrey resident Laura Smith was named assistant shopper marketing manager for Plano-based Rug Doctor Inc., an international manufacturer of steam-cleaning carpet machines and other related products.

Smith manages retail accounts, as well as cooperative advertising funds for large and national retailers, ac­cording to a news release.

Smith has more than 20 years of experience working in the customer-packaged goods and beverage industry.

She worked for the Dr Pepper Snapple Group for almost six years as customer service manager in developing national product launches, creating internal publications to educate senior management and developing marketing and research strategy for fact brand distribution.

Rug Doctor Inc. was originally established in Fresno, Calif. in 1972.

The company relocated its corporate offices to Plano in 1998.

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Coming up

National grocer Aldi Inc. will have hiring events from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at several locations throughout the metroplex.

Aldi is having its hiring fair to fill approximately 100 positions at all Dallas/Fort Worth stores, according to a news release.

Positions for stores in the metroplex include cashiers and shift managers, while the event also is looking for manager trainees for stores in the Houston area.

The hiring events will be held at the following locations:

■ 1628 Precinct Line Road, Hurst

■ 424 E. Pioneer Parkway, Grand Prairie

■ 805 E. Beltline Road, Cedar Hill

■ 3635 Gus Thomasson Road, Mesquite

■ 2650 Little Elm Parkway, Little Elm

Aldi Inc. has a 500,000-square-foot distribution center in Denton but, as of yet, no local supermarket.

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