HUGS go to ... the Denton city employees working in Development Services, who have decreased the average number of days to approve a new construction project (now at 76 days) by more than half since 2017. Their review of construction plans is an important public safety measure the city cannot afford to shortchange, but their improved efficiencies also save money for those investing in Denton.
HUGS go to ... Golden Triangle Mall for allowing Denton Community Theatre to relocate its black box from the new North Central Texas College location downtown to the mall. Thanks to Golden Triangle Mall, Denton now is home to two black box theaters.
HUGS go to ... the memories that remain from the grand celebration 100 years ago today (recounted in today’s front-page article from Annetta Ramsay) honoring the 828 area veterans who had returned from World War I. The day’s festivities, which included a parade and rodeo, drew an estimated 10,000 people to the downtown Square, all captured by Denton’s fledgling newspaper, the Record-Chronicle, which itself celebrated 16 years in operation that very day.
HUGS go to ... Guyer High School’s Trace Jewell and Lake Dallas High School’s Brandon Engel for committing to service academies this past week. Jewell will join the Naval Academy after finishing his senior season with the Wildcats, while Engel will enroll at the Air Force Academy. They’re the second and third area players to commit to a service academy this summer. Guyer’s Seth Meador pledged to the Air Force in June.
HUGS go to ... the road crews that recently striped Duchess Drive, where the Denton Record-Chronicle is located. We suspect the striping might be a preliminary measure toward making it illegal to park on Duchess near the new DATCU location, which we also would support as a needed safety improvement on the curvy road.
HUGS go to ... everyone who pitched an idea at Thursday’s “Big Ideas” creative mixer at Stoke. More than a dozen community members got on the big stage and shared what they’re passionate about — ideas that could lead to big dividends throughout our community.
HUGS go to ... Denton Bible Church for donating the land and the Salvation Army for the necessary fundraising and planning to build the new Denton Social Services Center to serve the homeless. Praise also goes to all the agencies that are trying to make a difference in our community. (Submitted by Lealand Dean, community member on the Denton Record-Chronicle’s Editorial Board.)
SHRUGS go to ... Denton’s creepy cicada killers, the thick and scary-looking wasps that paralyze our favorite tree singers so they can lay eggs on the zombie-like body of the cicadas they sting. When those wasp larvae grow, they feed on the living cicada. Nature is nothing if not a horror film in miniature, and cicada killer wasps have been out in force.
HUGS go to ... the city’s video production team for being named a finalist for Overall Excellence in the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Government Programming Awards. DTV is also a finalist for two other videos, one profiling the Denton Fire Department and another highlighting the city’s culture with a profile of Isaac Hoskins, which are available on YouTube. The awards will be given Sept. 26 at the group’s annual conference in Tampa, but the Denton production team is already a winner with us.