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Thank goodness for the Texas Legislative Reference Library, because Denton County Democrats didn’t know the last time county voters sent a Democrat to the Texas House of Representatives.

For the trivia buffs out there, Michelle Beckley is the first Denton County Democrat to win a seat in the Texas House of Representatives since Tip Hall, D-Ponder, won in 1984. Beckley ousted GOP incumbent Ron Simmons in District 65.

Everyone can exhale now that midterm elections are over. But we still can chuckle at a poorly worded sign that was reportedly at a Texas polling place. The sign said: “No campaign materials or clothing allowed in polling place.” Denton voters got a good laugh at the idea of naked voting.


A poorly-worded sign that was reportedly at a Texas polling place forbade “campaign materials or clothing” in the polling place. Denton voters got a good laugh at the idea of naked voting.

The North Texas Tollway Authority is bracing for whatever the winter brings — especially snow. The authority is hosting — wait for it — snowplow driver training from 10 to 11 a.m. on Nov. 7.

How do you train to clear snow from roadways when nary a flake has appeared? You plow mulch. No harm in being prepared, we guess.

Were you a fan of Mad Men? Well, the Mayborn School of Journalism tips a pillbox hat to the real-life forerunners to the fictional Peggy Olson.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, the school presents Mad Women: A Celebration of the Women Who Changed the Face of Advertising in the Lyceum at the UNT Union. The event tells the story of five women who became pioneers in advertising., an online magazine about the firefighting industry, gave the City of Denton Fire Station No. 2 a silver award in its 2018 Station Design Awards.

The local station was in the Career 2 Station category, for stations of less than 15,000 square feet.

A station in Kennewick, Washington, took the gold award, and a station in Conroe won the bronze award.

The Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio in Denton designed the city’s fire station.

Goku, a character from the anime series Dragon Ball, is one of the latest large balloons that will travel aloft on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route. Sonny Strait, the Denton voice actor and comic book artist who originated the role of Krillin in Dragon Ball Z, reflected on the inflatable Goku. “It really makes me smile to realize we’ve officially made it into American popular culture,” Strait said.

The documentary “Don’t Frack With Denton” picked up several awards at the Colorado International Activism Film Festival: Best in Show for a Documentary Feature; Best Cinematography for a Documentary Feature Film; Best Soundtrack/Audio/Music for a Documentary Feature Film; and Best Production Design for a Documentary Feature Film.

The members of Congregation Kol Ami, a Denton County synagogue, got a delightful surprise at Friday’s shabbat services. In response to the mass shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, more than 100 people of all ages and faiths were there to show grief and solidarity with the local Jewish community.

Parting shot

“The days that I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, I have really good days.”

Ray Wylie Hubbard, singer-songwriter

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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