HUGS go to ... Vivian Casper, Texas Woman’s University professor of English, who is celebrating 50 years at the university this year.

HUGS go to ... the Argyle baseball team for taking home a bevy of awards from the Texas Sportswriters Association. Texas Tech signee Dillon Carter was the co-player of the year in Class 4A, while skipper Ricky Griffin earned coach of the year honors. The Eagles had four players selected to the first team, two to the third team and one honorable mention. Argyle went 40-1-1 this past spring to capture its second straight state championship.

HUGS go to ... Brave Combo, Denton’s Grammy Award-winning polka band, on its 40th anniversary this year. You can catch one of a few local anniversary shows at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lone Star Attitude Burger Co. on the downtown Square.

HUGS go to ... the Denton County folks who are reviewing their recipes and working on home economics-style projects for the upcoming contests for everything from jelly to sewing at the North Texas Fair and Rodeo on Aug. 16-24.

HUGS go to ... local artist Jason Lee, who handily airbrushed the unitards of the performers of Cats, which opened Friday at the Campus Theatre. Many of the stripes, spots and color washes on the Jellicle cats were created by Lee. This weekend’s run of the Denton Community Theatre show is sold out.

HUGS go to ... the University of North Texas football team, which practiced on its new outdoor grass field for the first time this week. The field was installed this summer in the space next to the Lovelace and McNatt Families Practice Facility and is part of the overall complex. The field is just another example of how UNT donors are contributing to the advancement of the UNT athletic department’s programs.

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