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We join reader Jo D’Lynn Ewing in asking the really tough question: Did Mother Nature get a city permit for all that tree removal she did during Tuesday night’s tornado? We’re shaking our clenched fists at the #IdiotsHillTwister and the chunk it took from Denton’s valuable, established and just all-around old tree canopy.

You can collect another Denton cool card if you know what that Idiot’s Hill hashtag means. But, if you don’t, we’re always here to help. Readers who haven’t heard the nickname for the neighborhoods northeast of TWU can learn more from a blog post by the Denton Public Library’s Chuck Voellinger:

And hey, that dramatic photo that looks like a twister, seen from the vantage point of Industrial Street, that you may have seen on social media? Some weather watchers aren’t convinced it was Tuesday’s tornado. Trey Price (@treypiano) tweets: “Complain about the oversharing of a scud cloud in front of Dan’s Silverleaf, or just move on and let it be?”

Say it isn’t so! The Dentonite, an arts and culture blog, has announced it’s shutting down after about 3 1/2 years, effective June 1. “The past three years have been wonderful, but we did not anticipate the energy it would take to keep this sustainable and ethical,” a post on the site says. The good news is the Denton Arts & Music Awards are set to continue for at least another year.

Denton pop-rock singer Jessie Frye has performed at a rally for Sen. Bernie Sanders before, when he was a Democratic presidential candidate in 2016. Well, Bernie is running again, and his team invited Frye to perform again — this time at his rally last Thursday in Fort Worth.

Tawny Rybowicz, the music minister of Trinity United Methodist Church in Denton, has put together a service of healing, “Love Your Neighbor,” at 7 p.m. May 6 at the church, 633 Hobson Lane. The service is meant to be something of a balm to the seemingly endless tension and division in the country. Rybowicz said the service includes community musical groups and speakers who promote inclusiveness and embrace diversity.

“The goal is to embrace our differences, welcome everyone, affirm their value, and love all wholeheartedly,” she said.

Denton resident and local musician Ann MacMillan thought Denton was the only town to coin a Kroger grocery store “Murder Kroger.” Then, at a curling rink in Atlanta (they have curling in Atlanta?) she spied a woman wearing a T-shirt that was clearly the Kroger logo, but said “murder.” The two chatted, and MacMillan learned that the Kroger on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Poncey-Highland, Atlanta has been the scene of a murder in 1991 and 2015. (A corpse was found in a car in the grocery store’s parking lot in 2002.)

The Greater Denton Arts Council held the reception for the 26th District Congressional Art Competition last Wednesday at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. Congressman Michael Burgess attended to announce the 17 winners of the contest.

Denton County had artists among the winners: Anu Lal, a sophomore art student of Chana Jayme at Lewisville High School Harmon, won the grand prize with her photograph “Dawn.” Lal’s artwork will be displayed for an entire year in the U.S. Capitol, and she is invited to participate in a national ceremony honoring winning artists in Washington, D.C. this summer. Sarah Wainwright, a senior at Aubrey High School and a student of Andrew Scott, won first place for her colored pencil drawing “Framework.” Her artwork will hang in Congressman Burgess’ Lake Dallas district office for the next year.

Denton resident, performer and director Mandy Rausch was among three people selected for Imprint Theatreworks’ 2019 Director Development Program. The seven-month fellowship provides candidates with immersive networking, learning and production opportunities leading up to their Dallas Mainstage debuts. The three fellows will direct a full-scale production in Imprint’s First Impressions Mainstage Festival this summer. The two other fellows are Danielle Georgiou and Nick Leos.

Parting Shot

“Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.”

— James Baldwin

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

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