Nation Street Preachers Conference protest

Jim Gilles yells into the ear of Kelli Williams, a University of North Texas music performance student, during a demonstration March 30 on the university campus. For the second day in a row, members of the National Street Preachers Conference, which was taking place in Arlington, gathered in a free speech zone at UNT with speakers and signs. Students came out during a university closure to protest the actions and words of the demonstrators.

A look at Denton County through some of the year's top photos:

Fire drill

A Denton firefighter uses a cut-off saw to tear apart a garage door during commercial structure training July 25 at the former Carriage Square shopping center. Some of the techniques and drills that firefighters performed were forcible entry, advancing hoselines and roof ventilation.

Mini mall

A construction crew tears down the front facade on Feb. 7 at the Downtown Mini Mall. The owner of the business and the property, Denton resident Leo Will, selected Prosper-based Tactical Demolition to tear down the remaining building facades and remove the debris following a devastating fire on Dec. 26, 2017.

Hugging saint

Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, known as Amma the hugging saint, left, looks into the eyes of a follower after embracing during the first day of her two-day gathering June 21 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center. Best known for her hugs, people travel from all over to see the humanitarian and spiritual leader.

Denton High School graduation

A Denton High School graduate celebrates while walking across the stage May 25 during commencement exercises at the University of North Texas Coliseum.

Horse show

Brandy Sorrells rides her horse during a speed competition on the first day of the Denton County Youth Fair horse show March 25 at Denton County Cowboy Church in Ponder. Youth from around the county gathered to race horses in a variety of events such as barrel racing and pole bending.

Building fire

Denton firefighters assess damage outside Kelly Saw & Tool on Nov. 19 in the 1700 block of Shady Oaks Drive during a two-alarm fire. Fire crews battled the blaze for several hours, but no injuries were reported. Officials said the fire caused nearly $1 million in damage.

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