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We're Denton Dammit: Nov. 2, 2017

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  • Lucinda Breeding
  • DRC Staff

It's been 662 days (and one holiday lighting) since former Denton resident Susan Vaughan tripped and fell on a crack in the sidewalk on the Square. The damage to her front teeth required surgery and follow-up care that cost more than $9,000. After Yvette Spicer tripped and broke her arm a few weeks later, Vaughan began a campaign for the sidewalks to be repaired.

Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads said this week that a county crew is working now on temporary fixes in preparation for this year's holiday lighting: high spots on the sidewalks are getting ground down, and low spots are being filled in. Early next year, the permanent repairs will begin, Eads said.

We've had another sighting of the feral hog of Shady Oaks Drive. Copy desk chief Mariel Tam-Ray saw the huge creature as she made her way to the office. "He looked both ways and then crossed the street," she said. "Hey, pigs are smart," reporter Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe said. But could this be a different feral hog than the one features editor Lucinda Breeding saw? She swears the pig was mostly pink with some gray patches. The latest sighting was a hog that was mostly gray. 

During Denton's Day of the Dead Festival, most of the crashes happen on the Coffin Race track. But one overly ambitious gentleman on a VBike decided to try to ride the bike down the steps outside the Wright Opera House building, home of Recycled Books. The rider made it down about three steps before the bike bounced violently and bucked the rider off. Coffin race teams making their way from the Hickory Street finish line via Oak Street gasped and yelled. We overheard a driver explain: "He popped up pretty quick, but that had to hurt." 

Gene Gumfory, one of the good guys in the fast-food industry, posted the following on Facebook: "Shiloh Field needs you! Do you have a tractor w/front end loader? We can use you help in moving compost into the field. Also need assist in moving wood chips into the field. Preparing soil for next year. Now is the time."

Shiloh Field, behind Denton Bible Church, is said to be the largest community garden in the United States. And Gene is its guardian angel.

SPAN Inc./Meals on Wheels Denton County recently hosted an appreciation barbecue picnic at North Lakes Park. More than 60 employees and volunteers, along with their families, attended, and officials said it's likely to become an annual event.

SPAN Inc. is a local nonprofit that aims to help people live full and independent lives as much as possible, providing food, transportation and social services to older people, those with disabilities, veterans and the general public. 

As only Denton can, a movement is afoot to transform the A-train into a special holiday ride inspired by the classic children's book (and blockbuster movie) The Polar Express on Saturday, Dec. 2. The event will benefit Denton County Friends of the Family. Organizers are looking for performers — characters, carolers, dancers, musicians (we vote for lots of tubas) — to help in the transformation. Contact Kim Shields at Tickets will go on sale soon.

The 2018 Republican Party primary election on March 6 is four months away, but state Rep. Pat Fallon, a Frisco businessman, has already started buying radio commercials touting his candidacy for Texas Senate. One commercial on KRLD-AM focuses on border security, with Fallon promising to oppose any legislation that might provide amnesty for illegal immigrants in the United States. State Sen. Craig Estes of Wichita Falls, who has represented Denton in the state Senate since 2001, apparently will run for re-election, setting the stage for a tough battle with Fallon.

The Texas Woman's University Concert Choir will perform at the National Collegiate Choral Organization's seventh biennial National Conference this weekend. The choir will perform a 25-minute program, "Music for Women by Women," at 5 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Baton Rouge. TWU is one of 13 choirs invited to perform at the conference. 

Parting Shot

"Being on this committee will combine my two great loves: history and controversy."

Mike Cochran, a local historian and former City Council member, on being named to the Denton County advisory committee for the Confederate monument on the Square

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