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Les Cockrell: County desires to tell story of Denton streetcars

The Denton County Office of History and Culture will host a lecture titled “Streetcars in Denton: The Denton Traction Company” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday.

The lecture will be presented by Terrance Pohlen in the Commissioners Courtroom in the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

Pohlen’s presentation will cover the development of the streetcar and the rise and fall of the Denton Traction Co. The emergence of a streetcar line influenced the day-to-day lifestyle of individuals living in Denton prior to World War I, according to a press release from the history and culture office.

The Denton Traction Co. began as a streetcar line to develop the Highland Park area, now known as the Denia neighborhood. Highland Park was a popular picnicking spot in the early 1900s on the hill where Apogee Stadium now stands, according to the press release.

The streetcar line initially consisted of a six-mile line connecting Highland Park, North Texas Normal College (now the University of North Texas), the downtown Square and the railroad station on East Hickory Street, and was in operation from February 1908 to January 1918. Several factors led to the demise of the Denton Traction Co. as 1918 began, and the tracks were removed that year, according to the release.

Pohlen joined the UNT faculty in 2003 as an associate professor of logistics and supply chain management and serves as the director of the Center for Logistics Education and Research. He recently completed a joint study, “2013 Texas Trucking Trends,” with the Texas Transportation Alliance.

All Courthouse Museum exhibits and lectures are free and open to the public. The courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance.


Twilight Garden Club members to meet today

Members of the Twilight Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. today at the Ben E. Keith hospitality room, 2801 N. Interstate 35.

Nita Thurman will present a program on butterfly gardens.

Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 940-387-2398.


Deadline for golf tourney registration approaches

The registration deadline for a golf tournament planned by members of the Denton High School Baseball Booster Club to raise funds for repairs to the high school field is Wednesday, organizers reminded last week.

The “Divots and Dugouts” golf tournament and silent auction will be held next Monday at Oakmont Country Club, 1901 Oakmont Drive in Corinth, according to a press release.

Cost is $125 for individual golfers or $500 for a team of four. The price includes 18 holes of scramble-format golf, a cart, lunch and a certificate for a replay at the country club, organizers said.

The event will begin with sign-in and a silent auction at 11:30 a.m., followed by a box lunch. The tournament starts at 1 p.m.

For more information, visit or call Steve Ciulla at 940-391-4094.


SpiritHorse International to offer SpiritFest 2013

SpiritHorse International will offer live entertainment featuring a silent auction and family-oriented activities during SpiritFest 2013, scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The event will feature pony rides for children, bounce houses, games and other activities. There will be a costume parade and contest, a photo booth and pumpkin decorating.

Musical acts Whitney O’Neil, Redwine, Jerryriggers and Just Like Smoke will be performing throughout the evening.

Food tickets may be purchased. Information about admission and food tickets may be found at

SpiritHorse International Therapeutic Riding Center is located at 1960 Post Oak Drive in Corinth.


Giving Hope announces launch of poinsettia sale

Officials with Giving Hope Inc. have announced the nonprofit’s annual poinsettia sale.

Orders are being accepted for white, pink and red poinsettias at a cost of $20 apiece. The 10-inch pots have three plants and are provided by Rainey Greenhouses of Denton, a spokeswoman for the agency said.

The sale will continue until Nov. 28. The greenhouse will deliver all plants to First United Methodist Church in downtown Denton Dec. 4-6. Buyers then can pick up their plants from Flynn Hall at the church.

For more information or to place an order, call the Giving Hope Inc. office at 940-380-0513.


Organization plans salute to seniors at Denton mall

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program: Serving Denton County and Golden Triangle Mall will hold the RSVP Senior Salute from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 22.

The event is designed to acknowledge Denton County’s older adults for their gifts to their communities, according to an announcement from organizers.

The event will feature vendor booths catering to older adults as well as entertainment sponsored by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton. The Mayors’ Senior Stroll, to be led by Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs, will kick off the event at 9 a.m.

Following a jazz theme, entertainment at the mall’s Center Court will feature Don Bell, guitarist; DeDe Benton, pianist; and Lilly Madison, vocalist; and Ms. Senior Texas 2012. Emcee will be Suzanna Koziol of Longmeadow Healthcare Center.

Door prizes, snacks and free health screenings will be offered to attendees.

The event is open to the public. For sponsorship or vendor booth information, contact Diana Corona at or 940-383-1508.


Oakmont Women’s Club welcomes fall with event

Oakmont Women’s Club will celebrate fall with a luncheon, silent auction and fashion show beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 22 in the main dining room of Oakmont Country Club in Corinth, according to an announcement from the organization.

Cost is $20, payable at the door by cash or check made payable to the Oakmont Women’s Club.

The annual fashion show will feature items from Talbots of Highland Village. The silent auction items are being donated by local businesses and Oakmont Women’s Club members. Guests will have an opportunity to bid on items, and the winners will be announced following the luncheon.

The event is open to the public. To reserve a spot, e-mail Andrea Yanez at or call 940-321-5599, ext. 24.

Oakmont Country Club is located at 1901 Oakmont Drive in Corinth. Anyone who would like to make donations for the auction can contact Linda Harris at 940-231-1599 or


Doctor, author to speak at Woman to Woman banquet

Family physician and educator Dr. Walt Larimore is scheduled to offer the keynote presentation for the annual fundraising banquet benefiting Denton’s Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center on Oct. 24.

The banquet is set for 7 to 9 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel & Golf Club at Champions Circle, located near Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, according to an event press release.

Registration information can be found on the Woman to Woman website at

A prolific author and media personality, Larimore has been a practicing family physician for more than 30 years. Besides volunteering for the Mission Medical Clinic, a free health clinic for the poor in Colorado Springs, Colo., he teaches family medicine part time.

Woman to Woman Pregnancy Resource Center is a nonprofit organization that serves women and families experiencing unplanned pregnancies, the press release stated. The annual fundraising banquet is underwritten by individuals and businesses.

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