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Denton group the Brashers could be on televisions nationwide soon. Their jingle for Folgers is one of five finalists in a nationwide contest, with voting running through April 24. You can check it out and vote here: We're just impressed they made a music video before sunrise.

District 2 council member Keely Briggs has been in a quasi-campaign mode the past few weeks, since she didn't draw an opponent in her re-election bid. Briggs has been attending candidate forums but, unlike the candidates in the contested races, she isn't sitting up in the hot seats. Instead, she's writing questions down and posting them on her blog,

District 3 council member Kathleen Wazny says she's not ready to announce that she's leaving Denton, even though she and her husband, Ray Wazny, have their Robson Ranch home on the market. However, she says when their home sells, they plan to move to Austin — not for politics but to be closer to children and grandchildren there. Are there support groups in Austin for former elected officials returning to private life?

Denton elementary school music teacher Randy Smith will publish his third book on April 22. Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters With Dolly Parton is Schmidt's third title through Chicago Review Press. The music teacher has published books about Karen Carpenter and Judy Garland with the publisher. Dolly on Dolly is a collection of interviews spanning five decades of Parton's career. The book includes  material gathered from publications including Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, Playboy and Andy Warhol's Interview magazine.

No surprise that a little sports car in Denton, home to North Central Texas College, Texas Woman's University and University of North Texas, would have a personalized license plate boasting "GOT PHD." You know what else isn't a surprise? That said car, parked head-first Friday on back-in-only East Hickory Street, also Got Ticket.

Controversy-prone Denton musician Richard Haskins is out of prison, where he spent time for parole violations related to an earlier charge for a Denton bank robbery. The artist has been forthcoming about his mental illness, and it's no secret that Haskins has struggled with alcoholism. In letters he sent to us while in the county jail and prison, Haskins said he's written lots of music.  He'll celebrate his homecoming in the only way he can: a show at 7 p.m. April 7 at Killer's Tacos, 424 Bryan St. Cover is $10, and tickets are available here.

Readers, take note: The North Texas Book Festival  will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory St. Buy books, meet authors and  bring the kids for an egg hunt. Learn more on the festival website:

Denton resident Mary Beth Butler got an alert for possible severe weather on her phone last week. She opened it to find a warning for flaming tumbleweeds. "This is not happening near me, but I'm feeling worried for the Panhandle," she said. In other news, a Denton punk-country outfit just got a name.

We're not sure how long Denton residents have been calling the Kroger on University Drive "Murder Kroger," but it fits because of that jammed parking lot alone, and we approve. 

Parting Shot

"There is no executive order; there is no law that can require the American people to form a national community. This we must do as individuals and if we do it as individuals, there is no president of the United States who can veto that decision."

 — Lawyer and teacher Barbara Jordan

Denton Dammit is an old-fashioned gossip column about people, places and things in and around Denton. Send your submissions to Lucinda Breeding at