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Denton library to include old yearbooks

Denton Public Library will include historical editions of Denton High School’s yearbook, The Bronco, to the Portal to Texas History, located at The yearbooks, ranging from 1905 to 1950, have been digitized and added to the online collection in the Portal to Texas History, a gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas created and maintained by The University of North Texas Libraries.

The digital yearbooks are keyword searchable by name. Denton Public Library has contributed 1,956 photographs, old newspapers, documents, books, and other Denton memorabilia from Denton Public Library’s historical collections to the Portal since 2007.


UNT group headed to Cuba in 2017

University of North Texas faculty and students, including president Neal Smatresk, will head to Cuba in May 2017 to pursue educational and cultural ambassadors, making UNT one of the first American universities to collaborate with Cuba. John Bourgeois, the retired commander of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, reached out to the UNT College of Music with the opportunity to visit Cuba.

In September, conductor Dennis Fisher and College of Music dean John Richmond will travel to Cuba and meet with the President of the Instituto Cubano de la Musica, representatives of music conservatories and the Banda Nacional de Conciertos to discuss collaborations. Eventually, the College of Music will send the Symphonic Band and the Latin Jazz ensemble.


UNT Press shares new book

The University of North Texas Press’ newest book, Rounded up in Glory, is a biography documenting the life and career Artist Frank Reaugh. Reaugh lived from 1860 to 1945 and was called “the Dean of Texas artists.” His pastels documented the wide-open spaces of the West as they were vanishing in the late nineteenth century, and his plein air techniques influenced generations of artists.

His students included twentieth-century Texas painters like Alexandre Hogue, Reveau Bassett, and Lucretia Coke. Reaugh also invented a portable easel that allowed him to paint in high winds, and developed a new formula for pastels, which he marketed. He was a founder of the Dallas Art Society, which became the Dallas Museum of Art, and was central to Dallas and Oak Cliff artistic circles for many years before dying isolated and poor in 1945.


Local author released first book of series

New local author E.R Raabe’s first published YA fantasy-adventure novel Tomorrow We Die gets released — it is the first installation in the Tomorrow Series.

Raabe is a college student who has lived in Denton for more than 18 years.

The novel is the first book in a three-part series following the adventures of Hippolyte Falcor, a young thief who hires himself out as a bodyguard to escape the police and a curse. Like every other boy in the country, he’s cursed to morph into a dog and die before age thirty. The second book is slated for publication in early 2017. The novel is available on Kindle and in print from


Group gives Denton affiliate high praise

Keep Texas Beautiful, a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement organization, recently named Denton a Gold Star Affiliate, which is the highest status a community affiliate can achieve. Denton’s affiliate organization, Keep Denton Beautiful, implemented programs to prevent litter, reduce waste, beautify community areas and educate local citizens last year.

During the 2015-16 program year, over 6,000 community volunteers participated in 288 programs and projects, planted 2,102 trees, cleaned up 38,940 pounds of litter, completed 40 beautification projects and hosted 116 educational presentations for schools and the community.

— Staff reports

Memphis, Tenn.

New complex to be built at Graceland

Graceland officials say a new 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex will be built across the street from Elvis Presley’s former home-turned-museum.

Officials with the Memphis-based tourist attraction said Thursday that the $45 million complex will include exhibits that highlight the late singer’s life and career exploits in music and film. Presley died in Memphis on Aug. 16, 1977.

Graceland says the entertainment complex is part of a $137 million expansion that includes the construction of a $92 million hotel, The Guest House at Graceland. The 450-room hotel is set to open Oct. 27.

The Commercial Appeal reports that the new complex will replace the existing complex, which contains a car museum, restaurants and memorabilia shops. Graceland says it is set to be completed in the spring of next year.


New York

Rihanna to perform, receive honor at VMAs

Rihanna’s work is being honored at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.

MTV announced Thursday that the 28-year-old pop star, who released her first album in 2005, will earn the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the Aug. 28 show in New York City. Rihanna will also perform at the awards show.

Her hits and highly viewed music videos include “Umbrella,” “We Found Love” and “Work.” She has won the VMA for video of the year twice.

Past recipients of the Video Vanguard Award include Madonna, Guns N’ Roses, Peter Gabriel, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West.

The VMAs will air live from Madison Square Garden. Beyonce is the leading nominee with 11, followed by Adele, who is up for eight awards.

— The Associated Press

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