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Karina Ramírez: First Security Bank opens new location in Denton

There is nothing like returning home. Or so is the case for Danny Mitchell, president of the fourth location of First Security Bank, a community bank, which opened last month at 321 W. Oak St.

“I looked at a few other locations, and we were thinking of building a new place,” Mitchell, 62, said, “But I had worked here years ago, at the old North Texas Savings and Loan. I was here for about 16 years and thought we could renovate it.”

Two years ago, Mitchell said he began talks with the landlord of the property to see if he could use it to open the bank.

“We closed on the purchase of this building in December of 2010 and then leased it to Synergy Bank for a year,” Mitchell said. “They built a smaller building and moved to the north side of town.”

Synergy Bank moved in October 2011. Soon after, First Security Bank began renovations of the more than 9,500-square-foot building.

Mitchell said the building at first was just white.

“I talked to my builder and his decorator and they suggested something to help it stand out,” he said. “We did put a green metal roof, which is kind of our signature at each of our locations.”

First Security Bank is a privately owned institution with locations in Flower Mound, Hickory Creek and Aubrey.

In banking for 32 years, Mitchell is a 1990 graduate of Leadership Denton. He has been in Aubrey for the past 10 years. He has been a member of the Denton Rotary Club since the mid-1980s; he is also on the board of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton and the board of the Denton Division of the Dallas Builders Association.

“Banking is knowing your customers and knowing you will be taken care of,” Mitchell said.

A Denton Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and open house event is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the bank with catering provided by El Guapos.

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In incoming new business news, Pie Five Pizza Co. will open Monday at 1120 W. Hickory St. across from the University of North Texas.

Backed by Pizza Inn, a company with more than 50 years of franchise support experience, Pie Five is a fast-casual restaurant that offers individual pizzas made to order and baked in a state-of-the-art high-speed oven in less than just five minutes, a news release said.

In addition to Denton, the company will also open a new restaurant near the TCU campus in Fort Worth, 3051 S. University Drive.

Another business opening this week is Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage. The Colorado-based grocery chain is opening its 12th Texas store at 110 W. University Drive. Natural Grocers, which offers natural and organic products, also has locations in Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, Midland and Temple.

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Corinth’s CoServ Charitable Foundation (CCF) announced this week they awarded a $15,000 grant to the Denton branch of the American Red Cross.

CCF executive director Dennis Engelke presented the check to the branch’s executive director, Jim Durham, Grants and Foundations Officer Emma Bush and several volunteers and support staff, a news release said.

The funds will be used to replenish disaster relief supplies.

CoServ Electric supports the CCF, and funding for the foundation is made possible by donations from residential CoServ Electric members and CoServ Gas customers who donate to Operation Roundup by rounding up their bills to the nearest dollar.

One hundred percent of the extra pennies are used to directly support social, charitable and civic programs in the CoServ service area. Other funding sources include CoServ employee contributions via payroll deductions and one-time gifts throughout the year and employee events, the news release said.


Another company announced the results of their 2012 annual holiday fundraiser.

Classic Chrysler Jeep Doge Mazda employees raised a total of $26,000 and provided gifts, toys, food and necessary items to families in need, a news release said. Each family also received a complete turkey dinner.

The holiday fundraiser began in 2004. Staff reached out to Cross Timbers Church in Argyle, St. Mark Catholic Church in Denton, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Denton and Gateway United Baptist Church in order to find families who needed extra help.

Classic of Denton managers Rick Wick and Lisa Duchene led the team of donors, adopting a total of 53 families and collected their lists of everything they would needed for Christmas.

Rick Wick said in a news statement that the lists were inspiring and that the families never requested frivolous things. During the 2012 holiday season, Classic also made a cash donation to the Therapeutic Riding Center in Corinth, which assists children with special needs achieve their full potential with horses.


Coming up

Marking its 10th anniversary, the “You’re Beautiful! Fashion Show and Luncheon” will take place at noon Friday at the University of North Texas Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd. The event is the annual charity fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society.

Cancer survivors will inspire attendees and model clothing from local retailers.  As part of the celebration, more than 100 past models have been invited to attend the event, a news release said. Participants this year will include women, men, a college student and senior citizens.

In the past decade, the event has contributed more than $360,500 toward the American Cancer Society’s funding for cancer services, education, advocacy and research to find a cure, the release said.

Cost is $50.

For more reservations and tickets, contact Janet Mulroy at 940-382-3396. 


There will be waltz, swing and salsa dancing during the United Way of Denton County’s first Dance Tribute scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Marriott at Champions Circle, 3300 Championship Parkway in Fort Worth.

I, along with community leaders Chrissy Mallouf, Pam Wat, Kay Wright, Joey Hawkins, Chris Shade, James Stauver and Tom Tweeddale have been practicing since December with students from Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance under the leadership of professor Gladys M. Keeton.

Dancing With the Stars past participant Jake Pavelka will serve as master of ceremonies, with live music provided by jazz and swing big band The Vintage 15.

Tickets are $65 or $600 for a table of eight.

To reserve a seat or table, contact Jodi Ramón by calling 940-566-5851 ext. 102 or sending an e-mail to


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