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Breaking it down

Denton resident Nancy Stockdale had thought about composting for months to help her home garden.

Kim Phillips: Put pen to paper and break free

I am a list-maker. Mainly, I love scratching things off the list. What a feeling! A feeling I can only realize by making the list in the first place. And the act of scratching off? Think about the sound and what goes into making it. A beautiful, organized list on actual paper. Pen in hand, poised above that to-do item that was just done. Then pen meets paper and the sound of ink on ink on paper shouts, “You did it!” I love that.

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Scott Burns: Minutes can vary on the hedonic clock

Anticipating the future is confusing. It’s unknown, for one thing. And we don’t have any tools for measuring. What I can tell from reader mail is that we put a steep discount on the future. If it ain’t soon, it ain’t. You would be amazed at the number of 55-year-old people who casually assume they will be dead and buried by 70.


Audacious brewing

Inside of a large, bright green warehouse, the first batches of commercially produced craft beer in Denton are nearing perfection inside of the new Audacity Brew House.

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Kim Phillips: Denton does Day of the Dead

It is happening this Saturday on Industrial Street in downtown Denton. Día de los Muertos — Day of the Dead.

Scott Burns: Are we (still) quitting at the wrong time?

Over the past 50 years, our life expectancy has increased. So has our health, however many television advertisements to fix various maladies we have seen. So why is it that more of us retire earlier than...

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Protect and serve

Badgers BBQ, a new restaurant in Lewisville, has a mission. Owners Emilee and Erich Klein serve family-style barbecue, but they also want to use their restaurant to honor “the badge”: law enforcement, firefighters and soldiers in the community.

Kim Phillips: Denton places second in contest

Since the January issue hit newsstands, Texas Highways subscribers and faithful readers in Denton have raced to mailboxes and stores every month, eagerly flipping pages to the Texas Top 40 Destinations feature. In truth, this scenario has happened in cities all across the state and beyond among the magazine’s nearly half-million readers. What’s all the hoopla?

Scott Burns: Odds are, you’re better off managing your money

Charles Ellis hammered the latest nail in the coffin of professional money management. His article “The Rise and Fall of Performance Investing” appeared in the summer issue of The Journal of Portfolio Management. It declares the era of performance money management over.

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Hickory Street work tough on businesses

Employees at Weinberger’s Deli used to see a lunch-rush line stretching to the front door or out of it on most work days. The restaurant is in a prime spot for Denton’s downtown workers, sitting right along the 200 block of East Hickory Street.


Real world skills

While college classes help students learn the technical skills they need to be successful in a career, most don’t teach the soft skills students need to land the job, like resume writing or interviewing.

Gavel goes to Denton

Introducing your asset manager to account-loss risk

Q: What are the mechanics of changing to a discount brokerage firm? Who are some of the major discount players besides Fidelity?

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Shift Coffee is back up and running out of the renovated Adagio building on South Locust Street.


‘Home’ cooking

Instead of binge-watching Food Network to learn how to sear, roast and steam, local residents can learn cooking basics and tips at the Taste of Home Cooking School next weekend.

Kim Phillips: Oktoberfest Comes to Denton

I open my column today with a quote from “Bavarian Crown Prince Louis, later King Louis I of Bavaria, marries Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.

Scott Burns: How to overcome fear of required distributions

Things change. Ten years ago, the most common reader question about IRA accounts was this: “How can I avoid the penalty for withdrawals taken before age 59 1/2?”

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Denton’s first brewery schedules grand opening Audacity Brew House, which will be the first craft brewery in Denton, will have three days of grand-opening parties, set to begin on Oct. 24.


DATCU breaks ground on site

For the first time in DATCU’s 78-year history, the company is planning for future growth instead of dealing with growth as it happens, company CEO Dale Kimble said.

Denton ISD trustees raise concerns about city project

One Denton school board member signaled support while others raised concerns Tuesday about the district’s possible participation in a tax-increment reinvestment zone to fund the city’s proposed convention center. City officials made a presentation during the school board’s Tuesday meeting, offering updates about the project’s reduction in size.

Knack for apps

Thirteen-year-old Preston Parks has never been the athletic type, his mother Hope said. Computers, video games and entrepreneurial aspirations are more his speed, she said.


Local business goes national

When Bookkeeper Girl was founded in 2008, founder and owner Kim Pollard knew the business would grow quickly.

This one is for the dogs

Every day ends the same way. Before I am even to the driveway, windows rolled up, AC blowing, and the radio on, I hear them.

When fees cost more than taxes

If the federal income tax did not exist, the insurance industry would beg to bring it back.I’m not kidding.

Local unemployment remains steady

Unemployment rates in the City of Denton began to decrease again, with a 4.4 percent unemployment rate in August.

NuView lands financial backing

NuView Life Sciences announced this week an exclusive licensing agreement with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., a global health care company based in Tokyo, that could eventually lead to the reopening of a Denton medical radioisotopes plant.

UNT set on buying Sack & Save site

The University of North Texas will work in the coming weeks to buy the Sack & Save grocery store at 1500 N. Interstate 35E to make way for a community services complex, officials said Thursday.

Cafe Herrera on Square closes

Cafe Herrera, a Tex-Mex restaurant on the Square, closed abruptly Friday after its rent went unpaid.

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Family business

For the past three decades, Jane Boyle kept her Denton-based bakery humming through on-the-job training like many small business owners. Various family members, including her children, have joined her on the ride through the years.

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Kim Phillips: Malone: Denton hero, champion

The young man sitting across from me is slight of frame, small even. At the same time, he exudes strength and athleticism, caged energy a tangible aura surrounding him. His physical stature is somewhat misleading in that he completely fills a space the moment he steps into it.

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Scott Burns: Social Security: It’s not all-or-nothing

Q: My husband and I are in our late 40s. We are saving for retirement with the assumption that Social Security will be bankrupt by the time we retire. We are not planning on receiving anything. We don’t feel we should rely on Social Security benefits to support ourselves. We hope to be happily surprised if we are wrong.

City plans for scaled-down project

Denton Mayor Chris Watts left room for City Council members to pull the plug on the convention center project, but they opted to keep it on life support for a little while longer.


Whole new flavors

HIGHLAND VILLAGE — Shoppers are ready to explore the new Whole Foods Market in Highland Village during a grand opening on Wednesday, and store managers will greet them with new concepts at the grocery store company’s first Denton County location.

Kim Phillips: Dig in to unearth Denton’s treasures

Little D dashes across the green square, which is divided into numerous smaller squares, each a perfect digging spot harboring various levels of wealth. Little D, sporting his bright mohawk, could unearth all the treasure in no time at all were it not for the squares’ determined guard rooster, the menacing Cluck Gable, whose sole aim is to prevent Little D’s digging success.

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Scott Burns: Websites at 1 billion and counting

No one rang a bell. And you may not have noticed. But sometime in late July the number of websites in the world may have surpassed 1 billion. That’s 1,000,000,000.

More downtowners

Downtown Denton is becoming more residential, as new neighbors started moving in last week at two new apartment complexes.


Plain old joe no more

When John Punch was working for a nonprofit in Budapest, Hungary, he became intrigued by the European coffee culture.

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Kim Phillips: UNT’s first home game kicks off collaboration

In the midst of our high-tech world, a couple of sensory powers are somewhat left out.

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Scott Burns: ‘Living benefits’ come with price

Consider Michael Kitces as the thinking man’s financial planner. He’s smart. He’s prolific. And he spends his best hours where the rubber meets the road, in the analysis of the actual financial products most of us encounter in real life. The results can be surprising.


Fresh new flow

After months of renovations, Sweetwater Grill & Tavern is back under new ownership.

Scott Burns: The five secrets to ‘happy money’

The nearest Starbucks to my house is 15 miles away. It is in the town of Bee Cave, Texas, which also happens to be the location of the West Pole.


Doughnuts with a ‘good vibe’

Canadian Healthcare, Evil Elvis and Vampire Weekend are all coming to Denton on Sept. 3, and they’ll be making regular appearances at the new Hypnotic Donuts shop just off the Square.

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Kim Phillips: The Woz speaks at UNT

My grandmother was born in Texas in 1912. There were 48 stars on the American flag, and the unsinkable Titanic sank.