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Happy Thanksgiving, Denton. Let’s start off with a blast from the past. Remember the mannequin challenge? Back in 2016, the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival tried to orchestrate a massive mannequin challenge. It didn’t go so well. But it’s a fun way to get pumped for this year’s event, which is next Friday.

The dispute between beer juggernauts Pabst and MillerCoors could effect your barbecue spread from Denton’s Juicy Pig. Quick summary of the situation: MillerCoors has been brewing Pabst beers since Pabst shut down its Pearl Brewery in San Antonio in 2001. Miller has brewed Pabst on a contract that ends in 2020.

Lone Star, the only beer the Juicy Pig sells, and Pearl are brewed at the Miller plant in Fort Worth. MillerCoors has reported that it either has to reduce the amount of beer it’s brewing or charge more than Pabst wants to pay.

Oh, and Pabst is suing Miller. If Pabst goes out of business, Lone Star dries up — at least until another company comes along and buys the Lone Star brand. Anyway, don’t panic yet. But maybe order a Lone Star with your barbecue just in case.

Highland Village made the SafeWise list of the 50 safest cities in Texas. SafeWise reviewed 2016 FBI crime statistics and population data.

The list is based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery) in each city per 1000 people.

If there was a tie, SafeWise also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and car theft).

Highland Village was No. 13 on the list. Is it terrible that we kind of feel like the beige blandness of Highland Village makes it easy to miss?

Strickland Middle School won a field trip to Sea Life Grapevine. Sea Life asked Dallas-Forth Worth area schools to work together as a class to create a themed piece of art made from reused plastic bags, lids, straws and other materials that are harmful to sea turtles. Strickland’s entire sixth grade will be able to visit Sea Life for a behind-the-scenes experience and educational workshops. The winning class was a collaborative effort between Strickland Middle School sixth-grade science teacher Jessica Bejarano and art teacher Esther Bourgeois. The school’s art project will be on display in the aquarium’s admission area.

A Texas Woman’s University dean and a theater faculty recently joined two TWU theater alumni in an interactive presentation at the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences. Abigail Tilton, the dean of the TWU College of Arts and Sciences, and Noah Lelek, theater faculty member, took part in a presentation abut faculty and responsibility in reporting student sexual assault at the council’s recent conference.

Guess what? Krampus is coming back to Denton. The Bearded Monk is the rallying point for Krampusnacht at 7 p.m. Dec. 5. The Christmas half-goat, half demon comes to us from ancient European folklore. The huge, hairy beast — fabled to whip naughty children on Christmas — used to give out presents during the Holiday Lighting Festival, but he scared some children and was shooed off the downtown Square and then not allowed to join the festivities as a vendor. This year, instead of waiting for a towering figure to arrive with gifts, Krampusnacht is open to anyone who wants to dress as the holiday demon (feel free to pass out appropriate gifts — don’t make it weird) and join the Krampuslauf parade at 8 p.m.

We don’t mean to be slackers, but Denton residents who already have Christmas lights and yard decorations up and blinking are giving us this panicky feeling. On one hand, it’s been a rough year and we need a little Christmas. On the other hand, aren’t we kind of disrespecting Thanksgiving just a little? (We’re looking at you, Forrestridge Estates.) And to those who are holding off until Friday to haul out the lights, well, thanks for making us feel less hurried.

Is it just us, or is Denton mad for heated feline houses? We’ve seen lots of social media posts about setting out heated shelters for feral cats, who rank among the most entitled and least grateful of the cat universe. We’re cool with feline reticence and kindness toward critters, but that seems like an extra nice thing to do for an animal who is probably using your mulch as a litter box.

Parting shot

“What’s y’all’s biggest fear in a relationship?”

“Marrying into a family that runs 5Ks on Thanksgiving.”

— Twitter user @_BlaineB

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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