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Career Advancements There is nothing like returning home. Or so is the case for Danny Mitchell, president of the fourth location of First Security Bank, a community bank, which opened Mitchell last month at 321 W. Oak St. Two years ago, Mitchell said he began talks with the landlord of the property to see if he could use it to open the bank. “We closed on the purchase of this building in December of 2010 and then leased it to Synergy Bank for a year,” Mitchell, 62, said. “They built a smaller building and moved to
the north side of town.” Synergy Bank moved in October 2011. Soon after, First Security Bank began renovations of the more than 9,500square-foot building. Mitchell said the building at first was just white. “I talked to my builder and his decorator and they suggested something to help it stand out,” he said. “We did put a green metal roof, which is kind of our signature at each of our locations.” First Security Bank is a privately owned institution with locations in Flower Mound, Hickory Creek and Aubrey. In banking for 32 years, Mitchell is a 1990 graduate of Leadership Denton. He has
been in Aubrey for the past 10 years. He has been a member of the Denton Rotary Club since the mid-1980s; he is also on the board of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton and the board of the Denton Division of the Dallas Builders Association. “Banking is knowing your customers and knowing you will be taken care of,” Mitchell said. A Denton Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and open house was held Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the bank with catering provided by El Guapos. I Classic Mazda Internet Director Darius Moghadam was named the number one individual sales consultant in the state
of Texas of all Mazda dealerships. Moghadam handles every aspect of the purchasing process, from Moghadam scheduling the initial appointment to delivering the vehicle and thoroughly explaining every feature and option, a press release said. His intimate knowledge of his product earned him the number one position in the Gulf region and in Mazda’s Dallas/Fort Worth “Walk Around” contests. The contests rank Mazda product knowledge, competitive product knowledge and overall communication skills as competitors
demonstrate vehicles to a panel of judges, a release said. Moghadam also came in third in the national “Walk Around” competition. Moghadam completed 276 sales for 2012. His average monthly sales of 23 easily outperformed the national salesman’s average of 10-12 sales per month, a release said. Richard Allen, a past President of the Mazda National Dealer advisory council, said in a news statement Moghadam is a dedicated employee. “He exemplifies everything we want to be here at Classic, not only in sales volume, but in the overall experience that the customer has when they shop at Classic Mazda,” he said.
ed. Members received 0.2 percent based on their annual average of all balances, according to the news release. Dale Kimble, DATCU president and CEO, said in a news statement that the team is proud that again this year the credit union’s performance enabled the nonprofit to reward members with a bonus dividend. I
North America. IDC consolidated its facilities in Southlake, Dallas and California into the Alliance location in 2005. A year later, IDC expanded to encompass the entire building, adding 130,000 square feet to its existing 200,000 square feet of leased building space, the release said. Hillwood Properties is a commercial real estate investor and development firm. For more information, visit www.westinghousesolarlights. com and www.hillwood.com.
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Small businesses do well during holidays Small-business retailers like Sleeping Lizzards picked up a lot of momentum during the 2012 holiday season. Beth Klein, co-owner of Sleeping Lizzards, a gift shop located off the Square on Elm Street, said colorful LED finger lights were the key item that sold during the holidays. Klein said she and her business partner, Roxane Clark, had a great holiday sales season, which she attributed in part to the weather. She said customers felt reluctant to shop during the early weeks of December, when the weather reached 80 degrees. Lora Amyx-Gorman, co-owner of Amyx Fine Jewelry, said her customers shopped every day during the holiday season and bought jewelry at all prices. Tim Loyd, owner of Atomic Candy, another young business in Denton, said his sales went well. But he ran out of items way too early. The SpendingPlus report was released by MasterCard Advisors in partnership with Wells Fargo.
Small retailers saw a 5.2 percent improvement in sales over 2011, according to the Dec. 12 report. I
Consumers stock up on Hostess products Indignant pastry lovers nationwide stocked up on their beloved Twinkies and took to the Internet to express their dismay at the news when Irvingbased Hostess Brands announced it was going out of business in November. Shakil Fiddiqui, manager of the Shell/7-11 on McCormick Street, said when the news broke late last year, people did stop by his gas station and convenience store to purchase Hostess products. “We carried them,” he said.“but they stopped delivering about four weeks ago.” Fiddiqui said some of his customers are still asking for Hostess products. I
New hookah lounge opens in Denton Nite Davis opened the Denton Hookah Lounge at 1776 Teasley Lane in December. The location formerly housed
H2O, another hookah lounge, which closed last year. His goal was not only to bring back the business for the sake of the previous customers, but also to introduce new people to the world of hookah lounges. “It was a really good business opportunity I could not pass by,” Davis said. The Denton Hookah Lounge offers approximately 100 flavors of tobacco divided among three levels. Each level contains more than 30 types of tobacco flavors. Business hours are from 6 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday, and 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/ DentonHookahLounge or call 940-320-9066. I
DATCU members receive bonus dividend For the fourth consecutive year, DATCU members started the year with a little more money in their pockets. Officials with the credit union announced earlier this week that member owners received a total of $974,672.78 as a bonus dividend Jan. 1, a news release stat-
IDC renews lease with Hillwood properties Hillwood Properties, developer of the 17,000-acre AllianceTexas master-planned community, announced that International Development Corporation (IDC) renewed its lease on a 330,000-square-foot property located within the Alliance Gateway at 899 Henrietta Creek Road in Roanoke, a news release said. IDC is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of consumer and industrial green energy solutions. It sells products and accessories with energy alternatives. The company owns the worldwide franchise to distribute Westinghouse Solar Lights. Its AllianceTexas center handles all the distribution in
Kohl’s hosts job fair to fill positions Kohl’s Department Stores hosted a job fair from Saturday, Jan. 12 through Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 2900 W. University Drive, to fill approximately 105 positions. The retailer plans to open a Denton store at 2620 W. University Drive in March. Among the job positions, Kohl’s is looking for register operators, department associates, customer service associates,
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Calendar of Events Altrusa International Inc. of Denton meets for its monthly dinner and program at Vigne Wine Shop & Deli, 222 W. Hickory St. Cost is $10 per person. Call 940-387-5031 for reservations or visit www.altrusadenton.org. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m.
American Association of University Women, Denton Branch meets at the Chestnut Tree, 107 W. Hickory St. Call 940-898-3797. Dinner cost is $17. Visit www.aauwdenton.org or e-mail email@example.com Wednesday, March 6, 6 p.m.
Association of Business Contingency Planners, North Texas Chapter has its monthly luncheon at the Boy Scouts of American, 1325 W. Walnut Hill Lane in Irving. Cost is $35 per person. For more information, visit http://northtx. acp-international.com/index. php/events Tuesday, March 5, noon
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Aubrey 380 Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 25th Anniversary by hosting a Casino Night at Aubrey Library Community Room, 226 Countryside Drive. Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament entry fee $20 (in addition to admission ticket). For more information, visit http://business.aubreycoc.org/ events/details/2013-casinonight-1099 Saturday, March 2, 6 p.m.
Business of the Year, Ambassador of the Year and Volunteer of the Year will take place at Le Beaux Chateau 2701 Corporate Drive in Flower Mound.
NAACP, Denton County Chapter meets at the Denton Housing Authority, 1225 Wilson St.
Thursday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.
Pilot Point Chamber of Commerce will host its 62nd Annual Banquet at the Parish Center at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, 400 N. St James Road.
Hickory Creek Planning and Zoning Commission meets at Hickory Creek Town Hall, 1075 Ronald Reagan Ave.
Tuesday, March 12, 6 p.m.
Denton League of United Latin American Citizens No. 4366 meets at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave. Saturday, Feb. 16, 9:30 a.m.
Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas, Greater Denton Division has its monthly meeting and luncheon at Texas land & Cattle, 8398 S. Stemmons Freeway in Hickory Creek. Cost is $15 for builders and associates with online reservations; $18 walk-in. Call 940383-0853. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 21, 9 a.m. Thursday, March 21, 9 a.m.
Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce meets for its weekly coffee at Corinth City Hall, 3300 Corinth Parkway. For more information, visit http://www.lakecities chamber.com Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, 7:15 a.m.
Lake Cities Netweavers business networking group meets at the IHOP restaurant off Interstate 35E in Hickory Creek. Cost is $12. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 9 a.m.
Small Business Breakfast meeting sponsored by the North Central Texas College Small Business Development Center at the Denton Chamber of Commerce. Call 940-380-1849. Tuesday, March 12, 7:15 a.m.
The Power of A Healthy Woman, a conference to increase knowledge of health risks among women and to raise awareness among women about disease prevention and health promotion will take place at Texas Woman’s University Hubbard Hall Building. Early registration is $35, late registration is $50 and on-site is $75. For more information, e-mail email@example.com. Saturday, March 2, 8 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 14, 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 8 a.m.
Lake Dallas 4A Economic Development Corp. meets at Lake Dallas Municipal Complex. Monday, March 4, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m.
Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce 31st Annual Awards Evening announcing Citizen of the Year,
SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives offers free management counseling for prospective new business owners or existing business in trouble. Confidential, one-hour counseling sessions are available by appointment every Wednesday at South Branch of the Denton Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Call 940-349-8752 to make an appointment. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 9 a.m.
Investment Perspective Seminar hosted by financial adviser Kathy R. Bauer of Edward Jones at 2925 Country Club Road, Suite 101A, in Denton. Coffee is complimentary. Call 940-482-0280
Thursday, March 7, 8 a.m.
Denton Planning and Zoning Commission meets in the council chambers at City Hall, 215 E. McKinney St.
Friday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 6, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13, 7:15 a.m.
Denton Black Chamber of Commerce meets at the Denton Housing Authority, 1225 Wilson St.
Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m.
Women Business Owners of Denton County will hold its monthly luncheon at Los Toreros, 2900 Wind River Lane, Suite 134 in Denton. Visit http://wbodc.org. Tuesday, March 5, 11:30 a.m. Please tell us about your event or meeting by e-mailing Karina Ramírez
Lake Dallas 4B Community Development Corp. meets at Lake Dallas Municipal Complex. Monday, March 11, 7 p.m.
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Should we keep dancing? “When the music stops, things will be complicated. But as long as the music is playing, you’ve got to get up and dance. We’re still dancing.” — Citigroup CEO Chuck Prince, Summer 2007
ecently the Dow Jones industrial average recrossed the seemingly significant 14,000 mark. The previous attempt to cross this threshold reaches back to 2007 — before the fall of Lehman, before the government-sponsored entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac went into conservatorship, before subprime mortgages were polite dinner conversation. Back then, the now infamous CEO of Citigroup — one of the
Jonathon FITE | worst offenders within subprime mortgage crisis — told the Financial Times in July 2007 as long as there was still liquidity chasing these mortgage products and massive leveraged buyouts, the bubble-like activities could continue. But even he knew that the frenzy would come to an end. Chuck Prince retired from Citigroup in November 2007 just as the
dominoes were starting to fall. But a lot has changed over the past five years. When the Dow was last at 14,000, the figure represented a frothy valuation, a multiple of future earnings well above the long-term historical average of about 15 times. Today the same mark represents a seemingly fair multiple of future earnings between 12 and 13 times, well below the long-term average. In addition, corporate profits are much stronger, balance sheets are swimming with cash, and the prevailing interest rates are at multi-decade lows creating cheap financing for future growth activities. This does not even consider the fact most stock investors have been on the sidelines the past several years or hiding out
in bond funds. Only now are retail investors beginning to return to the market. If they were to seriously adjust their portfolios from bond-heavy allocations to more stock weighted ones, the Dow and other indices could have lots of room to run. While all of this may be interesting, the Dow is not the economy nor may it represent the holdings in your portfolio. The Dow is simply a collection of 30 businesses that has captured the imagination of stock investors around the world and is perhaps the most widely quoted index in the financial media. The real question becomes are there good opportunities to put your money into today? The answer is yes, but the number of cheap values is much fewer than they were just a month or two ago. In our own fund, my business partner and I are avoiding
bonds of any kind as we believe the financial health risks to one’s portfolio mirror those of the bubonic plague. Long dated bonds represent the highest risk, because once long-term interest rates begin to rise these holdings will get decimated. But even medium or near-term bonds in high-yield portfolios offer plenty of risks, as well. These high-yield bonds — debts typically tied to more risky companies — have had a phenomenal run over the past couple of years. These bonds offer a seemingly good spread, about 5 percent, above their government backed brethren. But while this difference between the yield in the two types of bonds represents a typical spread seen over the years, the nominal yields do not compensate investors for the inherent risks that these bonds
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“FAMILY LAW IN THE LEGISLATURE”
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The Texas Family Law Foundation is an organization that operates on donations. The Texas Family Law Foundation employs a lobby team and the head lobbyist is Steve Bresnan. Family law attorneys make up the membership of the Foundation and volunteer their time to testify before the legislature and perform bill reviews. The Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas has proposed legislation for this legislative session of which the Foundation will support. On the agenda for this legislative session are several important family law bills: Enforcing Divorce Agreements The first bill is with regard to enforcing divorce agreements. In a divorce there is a final court order, the divorce decree, which is filed with the court. However, parties to a divorce can elect to have their actual property settlement in a separate agreement. This separate settlement agreement is not filed with the court and assures the parties of confidentiality of their property settlement. The ability of these agreements to be enforced has often been a concern. The proposed bill would allow these agreements to be enforced just as the court-ordered divorce decree can be enforced.
Child Support It seems each session there is an important bill regarding child support. Under current
law, a child support “payor” who is behind on their payments can avoid being jailed by paying the amount due just before a hearing to hold the child support payor in contempt. The proposed bill prevents this situation by allowing a court to impose contempt (jail). This will save on tremendous resources being spent on child support enforcement cases Grandparent’s Rights The law on grandparent’s rights is everchanging. When a grandparent files a suit to get court-ordered visitation with their grandchild, the grandparent must attach a sworn affidavit that contains, along with supporting facts, the allegation that denial
of visitation with the child by the grandparent would significantly impair the child’s physical health or emotional well-being. The court must deny the grandparent the right to sue and dismiss the suit unless the court determines that the facts stated in the affidavit, if true, are sufficient. Many courts require that an expert testify to show this harm. The proposed bill makes it clear that expert testimony is not required in connection with an affidavit of a grandparent for proof of harm when seeking visitation with a grandchild. The bill also requests the elimination of the requirements that that grandparent’s child be dead, gone, in prison or incompetent, in order to get visitation with their grandchild.
Session Begins Tuesday, January 8, 2013 (1st day) — 83rd Legislature convenes at noon Friday, March 8, 2013 (60th day) Deadline for filing bills and joint resolutions other than local bills, emergency appropriations, and bills that have been declared an emergency by the governor Monday, May 27, 2013 (140th day) Last day of 83rd Regular Session; corrections only in house and senate Session Ends Sunday, June 16, 2013 (20th day following final adjournment) Last day governor can sign or veto bills passed during the regular legislative session Monday, August 26, 2013 (91st day following final adjournment) Date that bills without specific effective dates (that could not be effective immediately) become law
Spousal Maintenance In 2011, the spousal maintenance statute was completely overhauled. Court-ordered spousal maintenance has limits as to duration and amount. Parties in a divorce have the ability to agree to spousal maintenance for any duration or amount they so choose. The proposed bill authorizes courts to enforce by contempt (jail) and wage garnishment spousal maintenance that is agreed upon, as opposed to court-ordered maintenance, to the same extent that the court could have originally imposed the maintenance by order. Any agreed spousal maintenance that exceeds what the court could have originally imposed by order cannot be enforced by contempt (jail) and wage garnishment. Gestational Agreements Gestational agreements are allowed under current law. However, current law allows only married couples to enter into gestational agreements. The proposed bill is intended to also authorize a single individual to enter into a gestational agreement, in addition to a married couple. *These important bills were created by family law attorneys across the state who are out there in the trenches practicing family law every day. These bills are very important to family law and impact many families across the state and the nation.
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Cultural economics I
n 2010, the North Texas Business Council for the Arts commissioned a study to examine the economic impact of arts and culture in North Texas. Their findings just might surprise you. During one of the most challenging economic times in recent history — from 2007 to 2009 — the creative sector in North Texas had an economic impact of over $3 billion; and from 1990 to 2009, a total impact of $15 billion. You might ask the question, how is that possible? In order to better understand cultural economics, it is helpful to gain a clear picture of the components involved in the economic impact of arts and culture. Consider the following sources: I Direct sales — tickets to performances, admission to museums, cover charges for bands and memberships to arts organiza-
Aimee BISSETT | tions make up a significant source of economic impact. I Direct expenditures — the employment of 12,000-plus fulltime equivalents across North Texas in the creative industries, in addition to the procurement of supplies and services through vendors and purchasing. I Indirect expenditures — audiences boost ancillary spending at local restaurants and shops, and for transportation, parking, and lodging. Creative
sector employees spend a portion of their wages boosting the local economy, as well. I Construction costs — consider also the one-time costs and employment impact associated with the construction of a new performing arts venue, museum or center. In recent years, we have seen a nationwide shift in the economic base of our country. America no longer relies on manufacturing as the primary economic driver in our nation’s economy. Today, our economy is based in the technology and service industries. With this change, comes the need for changes in our economic development activities. We can no longer rely heavily on recruiting new manufacturing companies to Denton, in hopes that those companies will bring with them lots of jobs and tax revenue. We must
diversify our efforts and be proactive in our response to new trends. I believe that the community of Denton is particularly wellsuited for fostering the growth and success of our cultural economy. What makes Denton unique? I Local-centric — Denton is truly a locally-minded community; this mindset is a part of our culture. From local food and farming to local shopping, local music, a thriving downtown and an ever-increasing focus on alternative transportation, Dentonites are “local-centric.” I Culturally rich and diverse — Denton is producing talent for the creative sector at a rapid pace. From musicians to film producers to creative technology entrepreneurs; we’re on the leading edge of creative talent in our community. A “Denton Creatives” movement is under way, where those involved in the creative sector are coming together to collaborate and share ideas.
I Downtown Revitalization — Building renovations and new locally-owned businesses are popping up all over Downtown Denton. The A-train has moved in, the local food truck movement continues to forge ahead and downtown music events and festivals are growing each year. How can we foster the growth of our cultural economy? Spend your money in Denton. Try new things, visit a new restaurant when they open, shop at a new local store, try locally-grown food, visit the Community Market, check out one of our many cultural opportunities this spring: Thin Line Film Festival, 35 Denton Music Festival, the Denton Redbud Festival, Denton Arts and Jazz Fest, the Storytelling Festival and many more. These cultural endeavors are vital to the local economy. AIMEE BISSETT is the new economic development director for the City of Denton. She can be reached at aimee.bissett @cityofdenton.com.
The Bill of Rights: A tale of constitutional compromise
ith the Second Amendment debate at the national forefront, I thought it appropriate to take a short historical look into how the Second Amendment came into existence. In researching the issue, I quickly became sidetracked from my initial notion for this article — and hopefully saved myself from becoming a target of opponents on either side of the debate. As we all are aware, the Bill of Rights represents the first 10 Amendments to the United States Constitution. Typically, an amendment” to a document represents either an “addition” or “revision” to the prior document. Common sense would tell us that an amendment is necessary because the original document either left out an important point or topic which should have been addressed or reflects a change to a point or topic in a prior document which is either incorrect or no longer acceptable to the par-
Scott ALAGOOD | ties affected by such document. If you take a look at all of the amendments to the U.S. Constitution other than the Bill of Rights (11th through the 27th Amendment), each one was proposed and ratified at different times and for varying, but specific reasons. Over time, our country found subjects and issues which were not adequately addressed or which needed to be completely changed in the Constitution, and made the necessary changes through the amendment process. However, the amendments constituting the Bill of Rights
were different. Not only do they enumerate certain individual and states’ rights that we all deem inviolate, they also played a significant role in the Constitution as we know it being approved by the Constitutional Convention of delegates and later ratified by two-thirds of the states. Following the victory over England for independence, the national government was established under the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation were a loosely held agreement between the 13 sovereign and independent states. Under the Articles, the states retained most, if not all, of the power to regulate commerce. The national government had no power to tax nor supply any meaningful defense. It had no ability to settle disputes between the states. Effectively, the national government following the Revolution was weak, with most, if not all, of the power remaining with the states.
With each state having its own ability to print money, inflation was ravaging the country. Supposedly, a pound of tea in some areas of the country could sell for upwards of $100. Farms were being forcefully sold to satisfy debts and taxes, and the agricultural economy of the nation was in trouble. With upper class Americans becoming increasingly afraid of uprisings by the common working class — who on occasion took to the streets with muskets in hand to make known their displeasure with their economic standing and class — the leaders of the time realized something had to change. It seems that some things remain the same even after the passage of two centuries. In 1786, James Madison and John Tyler had offered a proposal in the Virginia assembly that a national Continental Congress be allowed to regulate commerce throughout the Confederation of states. With the help of a young
lawyer from New York named Alexander Hamilton, Madison requested Congress to call to action delegates of the states to meet to revise the Articles of Confederation. Congress followed the wishes of Madison and Hamilton, and the states’ delegates all gathered in Philadelphia in the late spring of 1787 — with the exclusion of Rhode Island, who refused to attend. The Continental Convention was met with opposition from all sides. Large states squared off against the smaller ones about allocating the states’ representation in Congress by population. The northern states quarreled with the southern states over how to count slaves for the purpose of taxation and representation. The Abolitionists confronted the proponents of those who wished to continue the slave trade. By late summer, the delegates were worn down from the constant debate ALAGOOD | CONTINUED ON PAGE 7
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over these and other issues, but somehow managed to find enough common ground to send a proposed Constitution to the drafting committee. Although the final draft of the proposed Constitution was approved by the delegates, Article 7 of the proposed Constitution required its ratification by two-thirds of the states. While the fundamental principles enumerated by our Constitution had been agreed to through compromise, throughout the drafting and ratification process, it was still apparent that a great divide continued to exist between those who thought that the new federal government should be strong (the Federalists) and those who believed that the individual states should retain the most rights and powers (the Anti-Federalists). Interwoven in the struggle between states’ rights versus federal power was the issue of slavery. The southern
states continued to believe that a strong federal government would effectively kill the southern economy, or at best southern commerce would be simply dictated by the northern states through the power of the federal government. With newspapers being the primary method of disseminating news to the country at the time, a battle of articles ensued between the Federalists and the AntiFederalists over this conflict. The Anti-Federalists wrote articles claiming that the proposed Constitution was nothing more than a mechanism for wealthy and upper class Americans to control the common working folks. The tenor of such articles compared the new Constitution to the kind of government that the Colonies had just fought against in the American Revolution. In response to the AntiFederalists’ propaganda, the Federalists enlisted Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James
Madison to respond in support of the new Constitution. Eighty-five essays, most of which were written by Hamilton, explained the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and why the country needed to have a much stronger form of federal government. These essays were known as the Federalist Papers. According to Thomas Jefferson, the Federalist Papers were the “best commentary on the principles of government ever written.” One of the Anti-Federalists’ principal points in opposition to the proposed Constitution was a lack of a “bill of rights” which could protect the individual from an expansive, oppressive, impersonal, and unresponsive federal government. The Federalists countered with the proposition that the new Constitution only gave the federal government the specific powers enumerated therein, with all other powers being reserved by the states. The Federalists believed that the individual rights of citizens were
already protected through each of the individual state’s constitutions, and therefore, the enumeration of such rights in a federal Constitution would be “superfluous.” However, the AntiFederalists continued to assault the new document on its vagueness and for its lack of specific protections against tyranny. It was in this argument that the Anti-Federalists held the trump card. Even Thomas Jefferson, who generally favored the new government set out in the Constitution, wrote to James Madison that “a bill of rights” was “what the people are entitled to against every government on earth.” Even James Madison, a staunch Federalist, ultimately came to believe that a “bill of rights” was necessary for the Constitution to be accepted by the population of the country. By January of 1788, five of the necessary nine states had ratified the new Constitution — Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia and Connecticut.
However, proponents of the Constitution knew that the new government would either pass or fail by what occurred in the conventions of Massachusetts, New York and Virginia. The ratification process seriously stalled in Massachusetts, when John Hancock — who was elected to preside over the Massachusetts Convention — came up with a curious case of the gout and left the convention unable to foster the necessary block of votes to ratify the Constitution. Through a compromise, better known as the Massachusetts Compromise — and supposedly with back door promises to Hancock about his potential future as a vice-president or president of the U.S. — Hancock was miraculously cured of his gout. With the help of Samuel Adams, Hancock convinced the Massachusetts delegates that a “bill of rights” would be added following the ratification of the new Constitution. ALAGOOD | CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
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Ribbon Cuttings Denton Chamber of Commerce The Denton Chamber of Commerce held the ribbon cuttings for Pratt, Aycock & Associates, PLLC at 2442 Lillian Miller Parkway Suite 100 and Dani Raeâ€™s Gulf Coast Kitchen, 2303 Interstate 35E on Jan. 10.
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represent. Think about it: would you lend to a risky, over-indebted borrower for 5 percent? No these bonds have had a terrific run over the past couple of years but investors today should not chase these returns much higher. Eventually they may be the ones left holding the bag. So given the risks of bonds today, value-based investment seekers ought to consider opportunities in private businesses, real estate or equities. Unfortunately, many investors do not have the capital or the competence to invest in private businesses and much of the easy money in real estate has left the building. Yet, even though the best bargains here may have gone, these asset classes may provide good inflation protection over time. To the extent investors have a competence or capability in these areas, they could represent smart investment opportunities today. Even so, there are still lots of values to
be had in today’s equity markets. Unfortunately, they are less likely to be found in the midst of the Dow or spread across S&P 500. With the exception of the large cap technology space — where we are able to find wellknown names that also happen to be bargains hiding in plain sight — the places we are seeing the most value today are in small to midsize businesses below the $2 billion market cap range. In fact lots of opportunities can be found with companies in the $250-$500 million market cap range. Famous newsletter writer Jim Grant, who pens the bi-monthly Interest Rate Observer, recently published a study that echoes much of this sentiment. The study shows that over time the best opportunities are often found in those companies that do not benefit from extended analyst coverage amongst the big Wall Street banks. Why would JPMorgan or Goldman Sachs spend analyst time covering some podunk little $300
million business when they can gin up much more excitement talking about the prospects of Google or Facebook or General Electric? Because of this lack of coverage, smallish businesses are often unwatched and unloved, and the market price can often be severely dislocated from the true intrinsic value of the business. This is where we spend most of our time hunting for bargains. If you have the time to look, and the inclination to value the business operations, and the patience to wait for sentiment change, you can create lucrative opportunities within your portfolio. The music may be playing and lots of people seem to be coming to the dance, but the most important thing for value investors to be mindful of is who they choose as their dance partner. JONATHON FITE is a managing partner of KMF Investments, a Texas-based hedge fund, and an adjunct
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he 27th Small Business of the Year award will be presented during the Denton Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Holiday Inn. Nearly 75 percent of the chamber’s current membership accounts have fewer than five full-time employees, validating the spirit of this recognition as a testament to the free enterprise system. The 2011 award was presented to Tonya and Larry Parker, the co-owners of Denton Depot. The original owner of Denton Depot, Sherrie Day, received the 1994 Small Business of the Year Award. Nominees were considered primarily based on businessrelated accomplishments as of
Chuck CARPENTER | Dec. 31, 2012, and typically include a combination of comparable growth indices, innovation and the ability to overcome adverse circumstances. The differentiating criteria typically includes facilities expansion or improvements, management techniques, innovative merchandising and/or marketing practices that help set the nominee apart from their competition. The featured program will
include brief presentations from the U.S. Small Business Administration and North Central Texas College. The Denton Chamber has partnered with these two entities continuously since 1987 to house a satellite Small Business Development Center. This is a unique service that sets the Denton Chamber apart from most of the other local chambers in the area. The membership luncheon will be sponsored by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Tickets are $30 per person and now available at the Denton Chamber office. CHUCK CARPENTER is the president of the Denton Chamber of Commerce. He can be reached at dcoc@ denton-chamber.org.
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While this “compromise” was a victory for the Anti-Federalists, it also allowed the Federalists to gain the necessary number of states needed for the ratification of the Constitution. In July of 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the Constitution. In keeping with its promise of compromise, the first Constitutional Congress submitted 12 amendments for ratification by the states. By the end of 1791, three-fourths of the states
had ratified the 10 amendments that we now call our Bill of Rights. It is interesting to note that when the Constitutional delegates left Philadelphia after the convention, few believed that the newly proposed Constitution was the perfect form of government for our country. It had been forged through bitter battles and rancorous debate, with violence or the threats thereof looming at all times. All sides sacrificed certain firmly held and well-founded ideals in order to gain victories on others.
Benjamin Franklin once said that the adoption of the new Constitution had been akin to a game of dice, with each of the players being of such diverse prejudices and interests that they were unable to make any move without finding opposition. Ultimately, it took a “compromise” to gain ratification of the Constitution so that a new government could be established which Abraham Lincoln would later describe in his famous Gettysburg Address as being “of the people, by the people, and
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More than $101 billion is being projected for general-purpose spending in the 2014-15 biennium, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced. The state estimates general revenue collections from taxes, fees and other income will be $96.2 billion for the 2014-15 biennium, the comptroller said in a news release. About $3.6 billion would be set aside from those funds and placed in the stateâ€™s Rainy Day Fund (the stateâ€™s saving fund), leaving $92.6 billion in net general revenue. The comptrollerâ€™s office projected an $8.8 billion ending balance from the current biennium, giving the Legislature an estimated $101.4 billion for general-purpose spending. The comptroller said the stateâ€™s largest revenue sources came from sales tax â€” more than half of the stateâ€™s revenue â€” generating approximately $54.9 billion in the 2014-15 biennium. The stateâ€™s other tax revenue sources come from motor vehicle sales taxes, oil production tax and the stateâ€™s franchise tax revenue. All sources are projected to increase in 2014-15. The Texas economy is projected to increase by 3.4 percent in fiscal 2013 and in fiscal 2014, the comptroller reported. For fiscal year 2015, the economy is projected to grow by 3.9 percent. John Polster, the countyâ€™s transportation consultant, said it was too early to tell if any of the extra revenue would trickle down to county officialsâ€™ interests. Denton County Health
Department Director Bing Burton said he made a special request to the Department of State Health Services for additional funding for immunizations, tuberculosis and for public health preparedness but was not sure if the Legislature will choose to utilize any of the funding in that direction. The city of Denton collected $25,886,938 in sales taxes in the first three quarters of 2012, according to a report published in November. Dr. Robert Bland, chairman of the University of North Texas public administration department, said the state comptrollerâ€™s office had delivered good news, and now the state is in better shape to restore services that were lost last year and to provide better services.
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Old street, new changes By Rachel Mehlhaff
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View up East Hickory Street looking west towards the Square
Jimmy Normile remembers looking out his shop window and seeing a pasture. It was back when East Hickory Street was a gravel road and a trolley used to run around Denton. It’s easy to picture sitting in the old chairs at the front of his shop that now face the Denton Fire Station. Stepping into his shop is like stepping back in time. Barney’s Auto Parts has been on the street for 52 years and has remained despite the changes. In the past few years, East Hickory Street has changed
from a few auto supply shops to a “hip, happening place,” as John Storrie, the owner of Parachute Works, calls it. There are restaurants and apartments that now fill the space. The land near Barney’s shop turned into the Hickory Street Lofts with retail space on the first floor. Weinberger’s and the Campus Barber Shop moved in on the first floor.
Further down the road is Andaman Thai Restaurant, Mellow Mushroom, a pizza restaurant, and Cellar 22, a wine shop. Next to the pizza restaurant is the building the Storrie family owns. The changes mean the older businesses are going away but Normile plans to stay as long as he can.
Storrie remembers the East Hickory Street Normile talks about. His grandpa bought the property where Travelstead Auto Parts is located in 1947 and Storrie started working there in 1971. But the auto supply shop was shut down at the end of the year. And the Storrie family is deciding whether to lease or sell the property. The improvements mean the older businesses are going away but Normile plans to stay as long as he can. “Change is always inevitable,” Storrie said. And more change is coming.
IMPLEMENTING CHANGE The city is working on its downtown implementation plan, which includes improving the East Hickory Street corridor. Some of the work on the street has already begun but the majority of the project won’t begin until this fall, said Julie Glover, economic development program administrator. A couple of years ago, as part of the Downtown Implementation plan, parking along Hickory Street was changed from parallel to diagonal. It added another 35 spots or so, Glover said.
COST BREAKDOWN Local engineering firm Michael Baker Corp. is designing the “Grand Street” project. Dallasbased Caye Cook & Associates will also help with the design. The pre-design cost estimated for the “Grand Street” project is about $2.8 million. Below is the breakdown: Existing facilities demolition, new pavement, sidewalks, drainage: $1,601,054 Streetscape and landscape: $408,935 Street lighting: $139,250 Railroad crossings: $53,760 Contingency at 20 percent: $440,600 Inspection fees (3.5 percent), testing (1.5 percent), Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation: $133,680 Total pre-design construction cost estimate: $2,777,280 The design fees for the firm are an estimated $336,000. Below is the breakdown: Design: $168,957 (6.4 percent) Streetscape/landscape: $64,730 (2.4 percent) Railroad design and permit: $15,874 (0.6 percent) Survey and SUE: $54,696 (2.1 percent) Geotech: $9,923 (0.4 percent) Parking lot: $11,705 (0.4 percent) Meetings (non-design related): $9,886 (0.4 percent) Total design fee: $335,771 (12.7 percent)
Travelstead Auto Supply on East Hickory Street.
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“East Hickory has just boomed,” she said. Part of the new plan for the street will be to change the parking. At a recent Denton City Council meeting, council members decided to change the parking along East Hickory Street to back-in parking. This will increase the parking from 234 to 320 spaces. Arora, who presented the plan to the council, said there were safety advantages to back-in parking. This change in parking
Joggers run past Barney's Auto Parts, which has been on East Hickory Street for 52 years.
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makes it easier to see oncoming traffic when it’s time to leave, he said. It also makes for safer loading. As part of the project, the city is planning to redo the sidewalks, add trees, benches, bike racks and planters. “The city owns the right of way to the building,” Glover said. The project won’t just be surface level. The city plans to update the sewer and water lines under the street that have been there for 75 to 100 years.
The work will be between Austin Street and Bell Avenue. With more restaurants and entertainment venues the volume of waste is going up, Glover said. A similar project was done on the Square in 2000, when sidewalks were widened and leveled out. The city also plans to consolidate trash and recycling. Bike lanes will not be added to Hickory Street, Glover said, but they will be on Mulberry Street.
“It doesn’t mean people can’t ride bikes,” she said, adding that there will be a “share the road” sign. The city plans to add a “Walk of Fame” on the sidewalks along Hickory Street. There will be granite blocks on it with people’s names who are from Denton and are famous, Glover said. There is a committee working on a list of names, she said. “It will be a good thing for Denton,” she said, calling it a “tourist attraction.”
The initial vision for East Hickory Street was to make it an arts corridor. Euline Brock, a former mayor, had the vision to bring the arts to the areas. The Center for the Visual Arts anchors the corridor on the east and the Campus Theatre anchors it on the west. Margaret Chalfant, executive director of the Greater Denton Arts Council, said while the vision for the “Grand Street” HICKORY | CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
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project changed, it is moving in the right direction. “I think it is meeting most of the expectations that we have and it’s continuing to evolve,” she said. The arts have revitalized Hickory Street, she said. “The arts encompass music, they encompass drama, they encompass visual arts, dance,” Chalfant said. Dan’s Silverleaf, located on Industrial Street, was the first to bring arts into the area. In the past few years, 35 Denton has started holding its music festival on Hickory and Industrial streets. And in 2012, Denton’s Day of the Dead festival used Hickory Street for its coffin races. But it’s not the exact vision some had in mind, Chalfant said. There aren’t any art galleries on Hickory Street and she had hoped there would be an artist in residence, who would live and have a studio on the street. It hasn’t happened but it doesn’t mean it won’t, she said. Chalfant said the arts from the Square are spilling over into Hickory Street. There is UNT on the Square and many of the businesses on the Square display art from local artists. A Creative Arts Studio hosts art walks the first Friday of each month and the Center for the Visual Arts hopes to be included in those once construction on the Hickory Street sidewalks is completed, she said. She said she thinks the new sidewalks will make the street more pedestrian friendly, she said. “These Friday-night arts events will pull in people from all over the region,” Chalfant said. PAYING FOR CHANGE The entire cost of the “Grand Street” project is estimated at $3.1 million, said P.S. Arora, the HICKORY | CONTINUED ON PAGE 17
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city’s assistant director of wastewater, in an e-mail. Residents approved the bonds for improving the downtown streets during the 2005 election, he said. Funds were identified to improve Pecan, Walnut and Austin streets, Arora said. And Community Development Block Grant funds were used to improve Cedar Street. In 2011, the city decided the funds for Walnut and Austin streets should be reallocated for use on East Hickory Street, he said. With the reallocation there is $1,777,970 in established funding for the “Grand Street” project, Arora said. Another $950,000 was allocated by the CIP Oversight Committee in August 2012 from the Pecan Street project. The city is still working to secure the remaining $372,000, Arora said. Improvements to Hickory Street on the other side of Bell Avenue were funded through a federal grant because of the Atrain station that was built across from the Denton Police Department. Glover said the last piece of that project is the improvement to the railroad tracks. There are big gaps around the tracks and it’s uneven, she said.
THE CHALLENGES OF CHANGE But with all this change comes some challenges. For one, there is a lot more traffic, Normile said. “It’s go, go, go,” Normile said. “It’s nothing like it used to be.” He said he feels like people are more concerned about the dollar than anything else. “We didn’t have all those code enforcement fees,” he said. Storrie said one of his biggest issues he’s had is the amount of beer bottles, cigarette butts and trash that now line the sidewalks. The influx of restaurants on or near Hickory Street has contributed to the problem, he said. And both Storrie and Normile
agree there is less parking. “They are going to have to address the parking issue,” Storrie said. “They need to build a parking garage.” It’s getting more and more difficult to be a service business on this street, he said. The city is encouraging new businesses to be mixed-use, which means there is retail and residential space. Brian Lockley, director of planning and zoning for the city, said new property on the street is encouraged to be mixed-use, which is what Storrie anticipates would be built on his family’s land. Travelstead Auto Supply used to be one of the biggest auto supply stores around, he said. The improvements to automobiles and the new automotive stores, like O’Reilly’s Auto Parts and Autozone, have made it more difficult for auto parts stores like Travelstead. “Cars don’t wear out like they used to,” Storrie said. The business just slowly started shrinking, he said. He left the business about a decade ago to start his parachute packing business, he said. His brother was keeping the store going. And the 102-year-old building isn’t in the best shape, he said. That’s why, although it isn’t easy to go through change, this is a pretty good time for it. Storrie said he thinks the city’s plans are good. “I like all the improvements,” he said. “It’s cool that there are really neat places to go down here.” Glover said the work will happen building by building. “It’s not going to be pretty during the process,” Glover said. “We’re going to do everything we can to assist businesses.” She said she thinks it will be easier to keep businesses updated using social media. “It’s going to be loud; it’s going to be dusty,” Glover said. “When it’s finished it is going to be fantastic.” Kevin Jones, who owns Shine It Auto Detail, said all the change has helped his business but
agrees that business will be tough during construction. He’ll have to rework how he handles his business so that dust doesn’t get on his newly detailed cars. But he’s prepared for that. “When you’re a business you have to be ready for change,” he said. Jones moved his detailing shop into the neighborhood in 1996, before the Square was brought back to life. And even if he hasn’t been on the street as long as Normile and Storrie, he’s still seen it change a lot. He was there before Dan’s Silverleaf, Rooster’s Roadhouse and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop moved in. Jones has seen business increase with the addition of businesses on Hickory. While people are grabbing a bite to eat from Weinburger’s or Mellow Mushroom, they notice his shop, he said. “It’s a lot nicer,” Jones said. “It’s helped my business out.” Staff writer Peggy HeinkelWolfe contributed to this report. RACHEL MEHLHAFF can be reached at 940-566-6889. Her e-mail address is email@example.com.
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New yoga studio to start offering classes Valerie Warren and her staff will begin offering yoga classes at her new studio, Authentic Yoga Life, located at 218 N. Austin St., next to NV Cupcakes. This will be Warren’s first business venture. Before dedicating herself to opening a yoga location, Warren spent 26 years as a flight attendant with American Airlines. She fell in love with the practice of yoga four years ago and because she had acquired a business degree in 1985, she said it was the right time for her to create something she loves and share it with others. She said the business is about “staying present, playing big and being real.” A grand opening event is scheduled for Feb. 23. I
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and young professionals. Father-and-son owners Mike and Grant McGuire worked with their project manager, Jason Williams of Links Construction, on the renovation project, which took up half of last year. The goal of the project was to preserve the building’s original exterior and update the interior to something new and relevant, said Grant McGuire, 24. He described the Treehouse as a niche bar, a place where students could go at 21 as well as in their late 20s and after. During the day, Mike McGuire said the bar feels like a restaurant; at night, the lights go down and clients can enjoy the bar atmosphere. 1-19
Unemployment rate in Denton stays same The unemployment rate didn’t change much from November to December. In fact, for the city of Denton and
Denton County, it didn’t change at all. But the numbers remain below the same time last year. The city unemployment rate remained at 4.8 percent from November to December, with 3,053 people looking for work, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. It is down seven-tenths of a percentage point over the same time last year when it was 5.5 percent. The county unemployment rate held steady at 5.2 percent, with 19,976 people looking for work, according to the workforce commission. Denton County’s rate is down ninetenths of a percentage point from December 2011, when it was 6.1 percent. 1-20
Pie Five Pizza Co. opens across from UNT Pie Five Pizza Co. opened at 1120 W. Hickory St. across from the University of North Texas. Backed by Pizza Inn, a company with more than 50 years of franchise support experience,
Pie Five is a fast-casual restaurant that offers individual pizzas made to order and baked in a state-of-the-art high-speed oven in less than just five minutes, a news release said. In addition to Denton, the company will also open a new restaurant near the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth, 3051 S. University Drive. I
Foundation announces grant to Red Cross Corinth’s CoServ Charitable Foundation (CCF) announced a $15,000 grant to the Denton branch of the American Red Cross. CCF executive director Dennis Engelke presented the check to the branch’s executive director, Jim Durham, Grants and Foundations Officer Emma Bush and several volunteers and support staff, according to a news release. The funds will be used to replenish disaster relief supplies.
• Secure, specialized Alzheimer’s/Dementia care • Medication assistance • Internet game room/Ice cream parlor • Wellness center/Physician visits • Housekeeping & laundry • Beautiful enclosed courtyard • Activities & social programs • Pets welcome • Concierge services available • RN and LVN on staff 5 days and on call 24/7
Experience the Difference Willow Bend Assisted Living
River Oaks Assisted Living
2125 Brinker Rd., Denton, TX 76208
1530 East Sandy Lake Rd., Coppell, TX 75019
and Memory Care Community
License # 104946
and Memory Care Community
Rosewood Assisted Living
and Memory Care Community 4141 Long Prairie Rd., Flower Mound, TX 75028
License # 105287
— compiled from staff reports
Vital Statistics BUILDING PERMITS The following building permits were issued by the Denton Planning and Development department in February. Commercial alterations and commercial permits reflect the owner or tenant and the address of the business. Residential permits include the address and the total valuation of the home. CERTIFICATES OF OCCUPATION Creative Assembly System, 2321 N Masch Branch Road, No. 366 Hooters, 985 S. I-35E Vacant, 4234 N. I-35 COMMERCIAL ALTERATION Bell Multi Family LTD., 214 S. Bell Ave. 1106 Bosses Pizza, 420 E. McKinney St., No. 100 Denton County Customs, 3701 E McKinney St., Building 7, No. 105 Denton Regional Hospital, 3535 S. I-35E Elite, 3651 Shelby Lane Holleyhills Apartments, 900 Londonderry Lane, No. 133 and 135 Iconic Village Apts., 2413 W. Hickory St. Jung and Roderick, 508 S. Elm St. Jung and Roderick, 508 S. Elm St. RDA Promart, 2324 San Jacinto Blvd., No. 215 Renaissance Courts, 1224 E. Hickory St., No. 11 Rench Wealth Management, 2556 Lillian Miller Parkway, No. 105 Roayal’s Catering, 503 W. University Drive Robinson Restoration, 5244 Dakota Lane Sidewalk Café, 2900 Wind River Lane, No. 130 Sugar Queen Cupcakes, 2320 W. University Drive, No. 1450 T-Mobile, 1400 Dallas Drive Urology Association of Denton, 3204 Colorado Blvd. Wind Properties DN LLC, 3300 Fallmeadow St.
COMMERCIAL Jeff Forrest, 127 N. Woodrow Lane McDonalds, 2121 S. Loop 288 R.R. Marketplace LP, 2640 W. University Drive, No. 1256-1266 RESIDENTIAL Aaron Corum 1300 Kendolph Drive Beazer Homes 3204 Glen Crest Lane Beringer Homes 101 Gable Court 107 Gable Court 113 Gable Court Biofix Holding Inc. 100 Gable Court 112 Gable Court 118 Gable Court 125 Gable Court 130 Gable Court DR Horton Texas LTD. 1112 Nora Lane 3001 Pecan Tree Drive 3132 Buckthorn Lane
First Texas Homes 4117 Autumn Path Road 5217 Red Wolfe Road Forestar Real Estate Group 3300 Glen Crest Lane 4126 Boxwood Drive 4128 Boxwood Drive 4212 Red Wolfe Road 7308 Desert Willow Drive 8004 Bishop Pine Road History Maker Homes 3805 Cliffside Drive 5409 Del Rey Drive 5417 Del Rey Drive Innovation Builders 2904 Siena Drive 3620 Tuscan Hills Circle JB Sandlin Real Estate 5808 Eagle Mountain Drive Robson Ranch (GC) 11512 Parkcrest Drive 11604 Parkcrest Drive 11605 Southerland Drive Rumaldo Rodriguez 723 N. Crawford St. Smith, Leeann and Charles 3433 Farris Road BM
State House LP 3621 Bentley Court
Vital Statistics OIL AND GAS LISTINGS The following oil and gas reports for the month of February were posted by oilandgasreports.com LLC, P.O. Box 1540, Corpus Christi, TX 78403. For more information, visit www.oilandgasreports.com. DENTON COUNTY Lease: Alliance TMS Unit Operator: Quicksilver Resources Inc. Location: 708.79-acre lease, G. Cardinas, Survey, A-215; 2.8 Miles SE of Justin Field: Newark East (Barnett Shale) Total Depth: 9000' Lease: Alliance TMS Unit Operator: Quicksilver Resources Inc. Location: 708.79-acre lease, T&P RR Co./C. Hayden, Survey No. 94, A-1662; 3 miles SE of Justin Field: Newark East (Barnett Shale) Total Depth: 9000' Lease: Alliance TMS Unit Operator: Quicksilver Resources Inc. Location: 708.79-acre lease, G. Cardinas, Survey, A-215; 2.8 miles SE of Justin Field: Newark East (Barnett Shale) Total Depth: 9000' Lease: Alliance TMS Unit Operator: Quicksilver Resources Inc. Location: 708.79-acre lease, G. Cardinas, Survey, A-215; 2.8 miles SE of Justin Field: Newark East (Barnett Shale) Total Depth: 9000' Lease: Alliance TMS Unit Operator: Quicksilver Resources Inc. Location: 708.79-acre lease, G. Cardinas, Survey, A-215; 2.8 miles SE of Justin Field: Newark East (Barnett Shale) Total Depth: 9000' Lease: Alliance TMS Unit Operator: Quicksilver Resources Inc. Location: 708.79-acre lease, G. Cardinas, Survey, A-215; 2.8 miles SE of Justin Field: Newark East (Barnett Shale) Total Depth: 9000'
Lease: Dcco "2" - Smith "B" (SA) Operator: Devon Energy Production Co. LP Location: 4015.21-acre unit, W. Pafford Survey, A-1679; 5.6 miles SW of Ponder Field: East Newark (Barnett Shale) Total Depth: 7954' Lease: Great Expectations Unit Operator: Arp Barnett LLC Location: 781.16-acre unit, C. Cooksey, A-270; 2 miles W of Hickory Creek Field: Newark, East (Barnett Shale) Total Depth: 9000'
Operator: Enervest Operating LLC Location: 1600-acre lease, R.R. Jowell Survey, A-660; 9 miles W of Krum Field: East Newark (Barnett Shale) Total Depth: 9000' Lease: M.T. Coles Operator: Enervest Operating LLC Location: 2461.4-acre lease, R.R. Jowell Survey, A-660; 9 miles W of Krum Field: East Newark (Barnett Shale) Total Depth: 9000' Lease: M.T. Coles Operator: Enervest Operating LLC Location: 1600-acre lease, R.R. Jowell Survey, A-660; 9 miles W of Krum Field: East Newark (Barnett Shale)
Total Depth: 9000' Lease: Nobles-Holley Operator: Devon Energy Production Co. LP Location: 594.31-acre lease, BBB&C RR Co. Survey, A191 5 miles NW of Krum Field: East Newark (Barnett Shale) Total Depth: 9000' Lease: Nobles-Holley Operator: Devon Energy Production Co. LP Location: 594.31-acre unit, J. W Haynes & M.D. Bulliion, A-629; 4.3 miles NW of Krum Field: East Newark (Barnett Shale) Total Depth: 9000' Lease: Nobles-Holley Operator: Devon Energy Production Co. LP
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Location: 594.31-acre unit, BBB&C RR Co, A-191; 4.3 miles NW of Krum Field: East Newark (Barnett Shale) Total Depth: 9000' Lease: Nobles-Holley Operator: Devon Energy Production Co. LP Location: 594.31-acre unit, BBB&C RR Co, A-191; 4.3 miles NW of Krum Field: East Newark (Barnett Shale) Total Depth: 9000'
Lease: Rayzor West Gas Unit 5h Operator: Eagleridge Operating LLC Location: 395.3-acre lease, J. Perry, A-1040; 0 miles Within Denton Field: Newark, East (Barnett Shale) Total Depth: 8600'
Lease: Harris Ranch-Westgate (SA) Operator: Vantage Fort Worth Energy LLC Location: 198.82-acre lease, R. Whitlock, A-1403; 3.8 miles NW of Denton Field: Newark, East (Barnett Shale) Total Depth: 9000' Lease: Harris Ranch-Westgate (SA) Operator: Vantage Fort Worth Energy LLC Location: 198.82-acre lease, R. Whitlock, A-1403; 3.8 miles NW of Denton Field: Newark, East (Barnett Shale) Total Depth: 9000' Lease: John Marshall Operator: Hep Oil Company Ltd. Location: 243.5-acre lease, E. L. Stockley, Survey, A1089; 6 miles N of Whitesboro Field: Sandusky Total Depth: 7870' Lease: M.T. Cole Operator: Enervest Operating LLC Location: 1600-acre lease, R.R. Jowell Survey, A-660; 9 miles W of Krum Field: East Newark (Barnett Shale) Total Depth: 9000' Lease: M.T. Coles
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ASSUMED NAMES The following names (followed by DBA and address) were posted in February in the Denton County Clerkâ€™s Office. NAME â€” DBA/ADDRESS
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Amanda Cave, Mandy Cave Watercolor, 1724 Red Oak Ct., Denton Andrea Edwards, Edwards Construction, 1809 Westminster, No. 3, Denton Andrew Hawkins, Hawkeye Hobbies, 709 Denton St., Denton Anthony Max Palmer, max Palmer Construction, 8424 Stallion St., Denton Art Behrens, A.C. Behrens Sporting Equipment LLC, 500 Northridge St., Denton Asif Hemani, Tobu Oriental Eatery, 2201 S I-35E, Denton Austin Roberts, Bustin Out Bail Bonds, 312 Audra Lane, Denton Benjamin Stewart and Taylor Brewer, The New Video Guys In Town Co., 2509 Jamestown St., Denton Billy White, Billy White Construction, 3939 Teasley Lane, No. 83, Denton Boyd Burton, Speedwell Capital, 4728 Redbud St., Denton Boyd Burton, Speedwell Healthcare Partners, 4728 Redbud St., Denton Brad Roblyer, 4R Services, 1509 Lakeview Blvd., Denton Caleb Shafer, Shafer & Bros Property Management, 2225 Woodbrook St., Denton Chad Howard, Padscape, 3105 Mark Lane, Denton Charles F. Jerger, Xpress Painting & Renovations, 805 Westway St., Denton Charles W. Goolsby, The Denton Chapter of the Iron Order MC, 1419 Meadow St., Denton Collin Decker, Smart Truss, 2301 W. Oak St., Denton Cynthia L. Meyering, C. Meyering LMFT, 2008 Hollyhill Lane, Denton Daniel Wall, Many Sparrows, 1919 Locksley Lane, Denton Debbie M. Hubbard, HoneyRose Gifts Etc., 2400 Stockbridge Rd, No. 2310, Denton Debbie M. Hubbard, Wind Rain & Fire Music Company, 2400 Stockbridge Rd, No. 2310, Denton Derick Powell Morgan, DP Morgan and Co., 330 Carmel St., Denton Devan and Kristina McDonald, D&K Gourmet Services, 420 Audra Lane, Apt. G, Denton Esmeralda Guierrez, R&E Drywall, 5505 Fishtrap Road, No.
1, Denton Evan Ishmael, Street Rat Skate Shop, 3900 Titan Trail, Denton Fredonja Anderson, Fredonja Photography, 3400 Joyce Lane, Apt. 171, Denton Gloria Stephens, Rudolph and Odie Mae Phillips Scholarship, 1304 Heather Lane, Denton Guy W. Jones, G&L Financial Strategies, 1421 N. Elm St., Suite 100, Denton Guy W. Jones, GuyLynn Financial, 1421 N. Elm St., Suite 100, Denton James Bear, Three III Insulation, 9304 Grandview Drive, Denton James Khobyari, Strange-Notes Publishing, 620 W. Collins St., Denton James Khobyari, Underworld USA, 620 W. Collins St., Denton Janice Bigby, Danice Bigby, 1105 Sandpiper Drive, Denton Jason B. Early, Jason Early's Merchandise, 507 Magnolia St., Denton Jesse R. Wilkins, Wilkins Carpet Installation, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd., Denton Jesus M. Ardon, Red's Texas Dogs & More, 1255 S. Loop 288, Denton Joel Nickerson, Chromatic, 708 Headle St., Denton Joey P. and Amy K. Hawkins, Royal's Bagel, 503 W. University Drive, Denton John A. and Lenora L. Bowers, Bowers Enterprizes, 421 Casie Court, Denton John Burgess, 1 AAA Fast Bail Bonds, 1504 E. McKinney St., Suite 600, Denton Jorge Vargas, Ranger Lawn CARE, 3605 Antler Circle, Denton Joseph F. Bateman III, Bateman Baseball Academy, 1602 Anna St., Denton Joseph Reppert, Joe Peppert Custom rifles, 3204 Old Orchard Lane, Denton Katelyn E. Patrick, BloggerLust, 1155 Union Circle, Denton Katherine Ralph and Dayna Van Aken, Out Denton, 1412
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The following sales permits were issued by the State Comptrollerâ€™s Office for February. The list includes the owner, name of business and address within the area codes of 75034, 75065, 75068, 76201, 76205, 76207, 76208, 76209, 76210, 76226, 76227, 76234, 76249, 76258, 76259 and 76266. 75022 Julie Germain, Julie Germain, 1212 Porter Road, Bartonville 75034 Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 8999 FM423, Little Elm Sign Kingz LLC, Sign Kingz, 15222 King Road, Suite 202, Little Elm 75065 Blank Slate Tees Inc., Blank Slate Tees, 2002 S Stemmons Freeway, Lake Dallas Jessica Rakes MRS, Shark Attack Services, 303 Sycamore St., Lake Dallas MSE Esthetic Services LLC, MSE Esthetic Services LLC, 210 Livingston Drive, Hickory Creek Omosede Kate Ohenhen, Victorious Fashions and Accessories, 317 Georgian Oak Court, Lake Dallas Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 1035 Hickory Creek Blvd., Hickory Creek 75068 Darien Patterson, Bayou Unlimited, 2748 Lone Ranger Trail, Little Elm Indulge Your Senses Inc., Indulge Your Senses, 2763 E. Eldorado Parkway, Suite 155, Little Elm Ivan Ibarra, Gears-Plus, 348 Sleepy Hollow Trail, Little Elm Michelle Rojas, Michelle Rojas, 2413 Breanna Way, Little Elm Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 1005 W. Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 2774 E. Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox,
Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 2591 FM423, Little Elm Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 416 W. Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 11801 FM423, Little Elm Shannon D. Hock, Shanstar Photography, 15008 Waters Drive, Little Elm Timothy Alan Ely Jr., Camelot Collectables, 640 Aqua Drive, Little Elm 76201 Christopher Reid and Adrianna Sargent, Anna Danae, 1221 W Oak St., Denton Eduardo Gomez, Centro Hispano, 924 W. University Drive, Denton Fish Man Tanks LLC, Fishman Aquarium Co., 347 E. Hickory St., Denton Gould Pro Inc., Express Care Denton, 2001 Denison St., Denton Grip UNT LLC, Grip UNT LLC, 1200 W. Hickory St., Denton J & J's Pizza On The Square Inc., J & J's Pizza On The Square, 118 W. Oak St., Denton Jared Freelain and Christopher Moorer, 905 Cleveland St., No. 3306D, Denton Jason B. Early, Jason Early's Merchandise, 507 Magnolia St., Denton JesÂŁS Fabi N. Delgado Sr., Fabys Purses Bows and More, 913 Sunset St., Denton Jessen Lane, Lane Entertainment Vending, 1121 S Ave. B, Apt. 4, Denton Juan Rolando Chavez, Streetart Signs, 901 Sunset St., Denton Maria G. Marquez, Kimy's Resale, 108 N. Locust St., Denton Martha Ann Hooten, Hootens Buff-N-Wax Floors, 1728
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Denton, $784.14 Black-Eyed Pea, 2420 S. I-35E, Denton, $263.76 Bono's Chop House & Saloon, 2025 N. Highway 287, Decatur, $3,331.86 Boomerjack Wings No.8, 407 W. University Drive, Denton, $1,403.64 Brunswick Zone – Denton, 2200 San Jacinto Blvd., Denton, $3,388.14 Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar, 1400 S. Loop 288, Suite 110, Denton, $9,788.10 Cabana Beverages, 1300 N. I-35E, Denton, $201.46 Casa Torres Mexican Restaurant, 2708 FM51, Decatur, $2,313.22 Chili's Grill & Bar, 600 S. Highway 287, Decatur, $5,807.76 Chili's Grill & Bar, 8394 S. Stemmons Freeway, Hickory Creek, $3,660.58 Chili's Grill& Bar, 2406 N. I-35S, Denton, $4,121.32 Chilitos Private Club Inc., 619-623 S. Denton Drive, Lake Dallas, $192.08 Chipotle Mexican Grill, 1224 W. Hickory St., Denton, $57.82
SALES TAX | CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24 Cordell St., Denton North Texas Vapor Shop LLC, North Texas Vapor Shop, 347 E Hickory St., Denton Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, DVD Rental By Redbox LLC, 1629 W. University Drive, Denton Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 2321 W. University Drive, Denton Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 101 W. University Drive, Denton Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 1415 W. Oak St., Denton Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 1223 McCormick St., Denton Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 2750 W. University Drive, Denton Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 500 W. University Drive, Denton Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 116 W. University Drive, Denton Seven Mile Cafe LLC, Seven Mile Coffee Co., 529 Bolivar St., Suite 109, Denton Sharida Inc., Bar Rio, 801 Eagle Drive, Denton Vendamerica Inc., Sprint Fast Wireless, 2320 W. University Drive, Suite 1499, Denton Zahra Virginia Cain-Akbar, Lil Chickens, 800 Westway St., Denton 76205 Edward F. Muccioli, Italian Bicycle Parts, 1117 Indian Ridge Drive, Denton Hunter Sourcing LLC, Hunter Sourcing LLC, 1501 S. Loop 288, Suite 104, Denton Jacob Oyervidez, Tire Express, 2408 Roselawn Drive, Denton Michael John Powell, Powell Custom Interiors, 1973 Colorado Blvd., Apt. A, Denton Pamela G. Marin, Very Posh Interiors, 1405 Sandy Creek Drive, Denton Pizza Hut of America Inc., Pizza Hut No. 311423, 1600 Teasley Lane, Denton Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 2434 S. I-35E, Denton Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 1515 S. Loop 288, Denton Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 1700 S. Loop 288, Denton Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 1610 Teasley Lane, Denton Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 1592 S. Loop 288, Denton Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 719 S. I-35E, Denton 76207 Datalog Acquisition LLC, Datalog Acquisition Corp., 2301 N.
Masch Branch Road, Denton James Burke and Rose Burke, Rose's Repair, 3813 Hampton Road, Denton Jarrell Towing Inc., EJs Towing, 2008 Metro St., Denton Kenneth Leroy Weaver, Kenz Lenz Photography, 9628 Sandlewood Drive, Denton Target Corporation, T 3897, 3255 Airport Road, Denton Waterski Boats of Dallas LLC, Dallas Ski Boats, 2401 Worthington Drive, Suite 145, Denton 76208 Ash Grove Cement Company, Ash Grove Cement Company, 2450 Collins Road, Denton Calvin T. Dial, Speedy Janitorial Service, 7200 Silktree Court, Denton Catherine Rowland, Equis Jane Design, 6303 W. Shady Shores Road, Denton Chrysta Ealey, Chrysta Ealey, 6513 Shiloh Lane, Denton Edgar C. Pitts III, Jetrefilm Entertainment, 3808 Calvert Lane, Denton Fun Night Out LLC, Fun Night Out LLC, 3409 Capetown Drive, Denton Rochelle Cummings, RGR Enterprises, 6025 Sun Ray Drive, Denton 76209 Boxo Labs LLC, Boxo Labs LLC, 3500 E. McKinney St., Denton Daen Enterprises LLC, Smokin Crow, 2700 Moncayo Drive, Denton Lucio Garcia III, Quiki Lawn, 505 Woodford Lane, Denton Lynn M. Beckford, Katie Lynn's Creations, 1009 Stuart Road, Denton Maricela Orta and Victor Maldonado, Vl Scapes, 2733 Stockton St., Denton PYZ LLC, Bosses Pizza & Sandwiches, 420 E. McKinney St., Suite 100, Denton Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 101 S. Loop 288, Denton Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 1609 E. McKinney St., Denton Shane Patrick McCarthy, McCarthy's, 320 Mockingbird Lane, Denton Susan Lauren Dietz, Susan Dietz Photography, 908 Laguna Drive, Denton TR's Market Inc., In & Out Texaco, 1516 E. McKinney St., Denton Vertis Kelly, Ark Solar, 1416 Copper Ridge St., Denton 76210 Allen Meyer, Meyer Enterprises, 2700 Old Alton Road, Denton April Marie Hays, Amalgam Art Studio, 2107 Brazos Drive, Corinth Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC, Firestone Stores No. 24JT, 4151 FM2181, Corinth Ctmm Management LLC, Fastsigns, 2119 Sadau Court, Denton Dentoncool LLC, Dentoncool LLC, 3012 Montebello Drive, Denton Eastex Packaging LLC, Eastex Packaging LLC, 3107 Palos
Chuy's, 3300 Wind River Lane, Denton, $13,814.36 Cool Beans, 1210 W. Hickory St., Denton, $8,556.24 Courtyard By Marriott, 2800 Colorado Blvd., Denton, $374.78 Cow Camp Steakhouse, 3142 N. Highway 287, Decatur, $228.34 Crazy Horse Saloon and Dance Hall, 1982 E. Highway 380, Decatur, $569.38 Crossroads Bar, 1803 N. Elm St., Denton, $2,457.14 Dan's Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St., Denton, $4,968.18 Denton Country Club, 1213 Country Club Road, Argyle, $4,844.28 Denton Side Bar, 109 Ave. A, Denton, $3,838.24 Don Jose Mexican Food and Cantina, 301 N. Highway 287, Decatur, $500.22 El Fenix-Denton Texas, 2229 S. I-35E, Denton, $2,068.50 El Guapo's, 419 S. Elm St., Denton, $2,415.28 Ernesto's Mexican Restaurant, 10279 FM455E, Suite 1, Pilot Point, $3,015.18 Frilly's, 1803 S. Highway 287, Decatur, $3,985.10 Fry Street Public House, 125 Ave. A, Denton, $11,430.16 Fry Street Tavern Club, 121 Ave. A, Denton, $10,751.72 Fuzzy's Taco Shop, 109 N. State St., Decatur, $2,495.36 Genghis Grill - The Mongolian, 2416 Lillian Miller Parkway, Denton, $612.36 Good Eats No.729, 5812 N. I-35, Denton, $0 Hailey's, 122 W. Mulberry St., Denton, $980.28
Hannahs, 111 W. Mulberry St., Denton, $11,379.34 Hickory Street Lounge, 212 E. Hickory St., Denton, $5,281.78 Hilton Garden Inn – Denton, 3110 Colorado Blvd., Denton, $990.92 Holiday Inn Denton, 1434 Centre Place Drive, Denton, $561.68 Hooligans Private Club, 104 N. Locust St., Denton, $11,854.08 Hooters of Denton, 985 S. I-35E, Denton, $8,360.52 II Charlies Private Club, 809 Sunset St., Denton, $9,536.66 J.R. Pockets Club, 1127 Fort Worth Drive, Denton, $5,244.96 Jackie's, 201 Main St., Lake Dallas, $3,855.88 Jag Private Club Inc., 119 S. Elm St., Denton, $5,242.30 Joey's Ristorante Italiano, 26735 US Highway 380 E., Little Elm, $1,188.04 Johnny Carino's Italian, 1516 Centre Place Drive, Denton, $2,078.58 Keiichi, 500 N. Elm St., Denton, $712.60 Kobe Sushi & Steak LLC, 2832 Eldorado Parkway, Suite 208, Little Elm, $532.28 Lake Cities Post No. 88 America, 105 Gotcher Ave., Lake Dallas, $2,698.64 Lake Dallas Point Restaurant, 303 Swisher Road, No. 100, Lake Dallas, $3,766.70 Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Drive, Argyle, $2,553.32
Verdes Drive, Corinth H. Dale Luttrell, Sculptures In Wood, 1 Oak Forrest Circle, Denton Hortencia M. Salas Et Al, Sidewalk Café, 2900 Wind River Lane, Suite 130, Denton Jennie Coleen Newbrand, Coleen's Collections, 1631 Cedar Elm Drive, Corinth Jonathan Robert Denney, Safe Software, 3221 Como Lake Road, Denton Kameron Voller, Bionic Software, 3513 Lake Country Drive, Denton Margarita Lopez, Margarita Lopez, 3912 Teasley Lane, Denton Merla R. Pittman, Merla Ruth's, 9085 Teasley Lane, Denton Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, DVD Rental By Redbox LLC, 8100 S. I-35E, Corinth Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 4351 FM2181, Corinth Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 4001 FM2181, Corinth Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 3200 Teasley Lane, Denton Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 5021 Teasley Lane, Denton Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 5000 Teasley Lane, Denton Robyn R. Johnson, Goodie Shack, 7705 Hidden Path Lane, Denton
Rental By Redbox LLC, 26730 US Highway 380 E., Little Elm Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 26731 US Highway 380 E., Little Elm
76226 Alan K. Reeves, On Duty Promos, 9501 Havenway Drive, Denton Ann D. Burks, Ab Creations, 631 Sunset Court, Argyle Candice Nanette Michels, Creative Designs, 1324 Appaloosa Circle, Bartonville Foster+Fathom LLC, Foster+Fathom LLC, 100 Winding Creek Way, Argyle FTS - Argyle IV LLC, Fuzzys Taco Shop, 421 Highway 377 S., Argyle JKS Electric Inc., JKS Electric Inc., 751 Badminton Drive, Bartonville Michael G. McCollum, Sunshine Carpet Cleaning, 800 Rockgate Road, Bartonville Michael John Hodson, Action Engraving, 848 Indian Trail, Argyle Sage Dining Services Inc., Liberty Christian School, 1301 S. US Highway 377, Argyle Wade AMG LLC, Wade AMG LLC, 4070 Trey Lane, Suite E, Argyle 76227 Cheers Spirits & Liquor LLC, Cheers Spirits & Liquor, 928 S. Highway 377, Suite 106, Aubrey Cinter Enterprises Inc., Aubrey Florist, 400 S Highway 377, Cross Roads Cinter Enterprises Inc., Slay Memorial Funeral Center, 400 S Highway 377, Cross Roads CVS Pharmacy Inc., CVS/Pharmacy No. 10138, 11101 US Highway 380, Cross Roads Family Dollar Stores of Texas LLC, Family Dollar Store No. 9407, 915 S. Highway 377, Cross Roads Karen Snyder, O Sebastian, 1212 Goldeneye, Aubrey Level One Paving Inc., Level One Paving Inc., 6315 Lone Star Lane, Aubrey Linda Applin, ASA Group Electrical Contracting, 3036 FM2931, Aubrey Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, DVD
76234 Airgas USA LLC, Airgas USA LLC, 1400 W. US 380, Decatur Donna J. Leake, Jump Party Texas LLC, 1000 N. Trinity St., Decatur Jody Dean Dubois, Stone Strong of Texas, 501 N. Highway 287, Decatur JVK Enterprises Inc., JVK Enterprises Inc., 1035 County Line Road, Decatur Lee Roy Davis, Big Lee's Draincleaning and Plumbing Repair, 1304 N. Melba Doyle Park Road, Decatur Platinum Cleaning and Restoration LLC, Platinum Cleaning and Restoration LLC, 100 W. Walnut St., Decatur Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 800 S. Highway 287, Decatur Relentless LLC, Relentless LLC, 715 County Road, No. 3051, Decatur 76249 Bruce The Builder of Texas LLC, Bruce The Builder of Texas LLC, 2519 S. Branch Road, Krum Daniel A. Anderson, Daniel's Mobile RV, 501 W. McCart St., Krum Stiff Peaks Confections LLC, Stiff Peaks Confections LLC, 413 S. 1st St., Krum The Flower Shop LLC, The Flower Shop LLC, 202 W. McCart St., Suite A, Krum 76258 Cinter Enterprises Inc., Huff/Slay Funeral Home, 424 S. Washington St., Pilot Point Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 460 S. Highway 377, Pilot Point Terry D. Rumbo, Rumbo Rescue Ranch, 612 McFarland St., Pilot Point Western Dressage Association of America, Western Dressage Association of America, 10000 Wilson Road, Pilot Point 76259 Syracuse Food Group LLC, Syracuse Food Group LLC, 903 N. FM156, Ponder Virge Mack Isaacs, VMI Custom Leather, 1919 Seaborn Road, Ponder 76266 Courtney Knaitt and Nathan Kniatt, Kniatt Mechanical, 4022 Lois Road W., Sanger Ibrahem Mohamed Ouda, Sanger Discount Tobacco, 904 S. 5th St., Sanger Melissa L. Chambers, Blue Daze Vintage, 1102 Serendipity Circle, Sanger Mindy Ann Mcneill, Mpressive Screen Printing, 701 Denton St., Sanger Nathan L. Pegues, S&N Waste, 819 Vernon Court, Sanger Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 1006 N. 5th St., Sanger Redbox Automated Retail LLC, DVD Rental By Redbox, Redbox Automated Retail LLC, 651 N. Stemmons St., Sanger
Los Charros, 2763 E. Eldorado Parkway, Suite 105, Little Elm, $974.96 Los Jalapenos Restaurant, 420 W. Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm, $141.12 Los Toreros Restaurant, 2900 Wind River Lane, Suite 134, Denton, $1,737.96 Los Toreros Restaurant, 2900 Wind River Lane, Suite 134, Denton, $2,667.98 Los Toreros Restaurant, 2900 Wind River Lane, Suite 134, Denton, $2,608.06 Love Shack, 113 E. Hickory St., Denton, $0 Lowbrows Beer and Wine Garden, 200 W. Washington St., Pilot Point, $409.92 Mable Peabody's Beauty Parlor, 1125 E. University Drive, Suite 107, Denton, $3,196.20 Mellow Mushroom, 217 E. Hickory St., Denton, $4,545.24 Metzlers Food and Beverage Inc., 1251 S. Bonnie Brae St., Denton, $684.60 Mexi-Go Restaurant, 2831 Eldorado Parkway, Suite 112, Little Elm, $1,060.92 Mi Sueno Club, 2648 FM407E, Suite 150, Bartonville, $2,716.00 Mi Taza Latin Tex-Mex Cafe Res, 5017 Teasley Lane, Suite 101, Denton, $678.44 Miguelito's, 1521 E. McCart St., Krum, $1,089.62 Norman Heitz Memorial Post 104, 501 Thompson, Lake
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ASSUMED NAMES | CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24 NAME — DBA/ADDRESS Briarwood, Denton Katherine Ralphy and Joshua Mann, Keep Denton Queer, 1412 Briarwood, Denton Kathleen Bransford, Polyphony Press, 620 Emery St., Denton Luis Gachuzo and Max B. Chartrand, Affordable Septic Inspection and Repair, 1500 Stratford St., Denton Luis Gachuzo and Max B. Chartrand, Inside and Out Home and Auto Repairs, 1500 Stratford St., Denton Lynene M. Miles, Lil Stompers Daycare, 3101 Lipizzan Drive, Denton Mark Graham, Denton School of Music, 1203 N. Fulton St., Denton Mel Knight, Fuzzy's Taco Shop Denton South, Denton Michael J. and Diane L. Miernik, Miernik Design, 3620 San Lucas Lane, Denton Mike White, TWO Bs and V, 424 Bryan St., Denton Mike White, TWO Bs and V, 424 Bryan St., Denton Rae H. Murphy, Rae Property Management, 2300 Double Oak Court, Denton Randy Webb, Webb's County-Wide Bail Bonds, 1504 E. McKinney St., Suite 100, Denton Rene Medina Jr., Medina Auto Repair, 505 Fort Worth Drive, Denton Robert L. and Cynthia S. Allen, Starkey Allen Enterprises, 269 Gardenview St., Denton Robert Wickham, DentonVending.com, P.O. Box 2637, Denton Roger Thomas Horrell, Roger Thomas, 2201 Pembrooke Place, Denton Shanna Peratta, All-American Reporting, 301 Dallas Drive, Suite 109, Denton Simple View LLC, At Home in College, 600 N. Loop 288, Denton Simple View LLC, Commercial Realty Company, 600 N. Loop 288, Denton Simple View LLC, Flash Finish LLC, 600 N. Loop 288, Denton Tamela Shafer, LivingArts by Tamela, 817 N. Elm St., Denton Tanner Blankenfeld, B Advertising, 2434 Lillian Miller Parkway, Denton Tanner Blankenfeld, B Advertising, 2434 Lillian Miller Parkway, Denton Teresa Ann Parrish, Re-Cutz Barbershop, 214 S. Bell Ave., Suite 1105, Denton Tesia D. Wells Ph.D., Wellness Family Therapy, 7820 Hinkley Oaks Drive, Denton Thomas Christman and James Christman, Christman Cable, 202 Mission St., Denton Tommy L. King, Tom King Consulting, 1770 Timber Ridge Circle, Denton Travis J. Wiley, Wiley Designs, 8001 Stallion St., Denton Victor M. Maldonado and Maricela Orta, VL SCAPES, 2733 Stockton St., Denton
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LIENS The following liens were posted in February at the Denton County Clerkâ€™s office.
STATE TAX LIENS NAME/ADDRESS Benjamin R. Rivera, 148 2500 Fort Worth Drive, Denton Danny B. and Karen B. Mathews, 2307 Birchbrook Court, Apt. 101, Denton Danny H. Tyler, 2601 S. Mayhill Road, Denton George Hollins, 6305 Throughbred Trail, Denton GSAT Inc., 100 W. Oak St., Suite 200, Denton Jimmy L. Davis, 1429 Kings Row, Denton Karol K. King, 8109 Hidden Path Lane, Denton Luis A and Ruth S. Sanchez, 2713 Valencia Lane, Denton Luis Sanchez, 2713 Valencia Lane, Denton Michael Stapp, 624 W. University Drive, Apt. 288, Denton Scot A. Widmer, 3502 Meadowlark Lane, Denton Sukhothai Restaurant Inc., 1800 S. Loop 288, Suite 224, Denton Veronica L. Sanchez, 601 N. Loop 288, No. 10, Denton
1040 1040 1040 1040 941 1040 1040, 6672 1040 6672 1040 1040 941 1040
$26,936.14 $43,257.60 $21,819.83 $7,557.95 $172,411.77 $49,576.45 $41,759.36 $810.55 $10,037.34 $20,755.06 $22,810.35 $20,445.94 $25,682.38
01/02/2013 01/02/2013 01/14/2013 01/02/2013 01/15/2013 01/02/2013 01/29/2013 01/02/2013 01/02/2013 01/11/2013 01/02/2013 01/11/2013 01/22/2013
TYPE Mixed Beverage Gross Receipts Tax
REC. DATE 01/25/2013
TYPE 1040 1040 1040 1040 941 1040 1040, 6672 1040 6672 1040 1040 941 1040
AMOUNT $26,936.14 $43,257.60 $21,819.83 $7,557.95 $172,411.77 $49,576.45 $41,759.36 $810.55 $10,037.34 $20,755.06 $22,810.35 $20,445.94 $25,682.38
REC. DATE 01/02/2013 01/02/2013 01/14/2013 01/02/2013 01/15/2013 01/02/2013 01/29/2013 01/02/2013 01/02/2013 01/11/2013 01/02/2013 01/11/2013 01/22/2013
TYPE 1040 1040 6721 1040 1040, 6672
AMOUNT $34,222.99 $19,270.78 $15,120.77 $89,355.28 $206,071.28
REC. DATE 01/11/2013 01/02/2013 01/11/2013 01/29/2013 01/22/2013
CONTRACTOR GP Land Management Inc. Kleber Custom Homes Inc. Noble Village Classics Wyndham Custom Homes LLC Acreage Property Inspections Tremont Construction Services Ltd.
AMOUNT $363,645.00 $316,897.00 $318,873.00 $151,500.00 $24,700.00 $875,252.00
REC. DATE 01/11/2013 12/31/2012 01/10/2013 01/29/2013 01/22/2013 12/31/2012
RELEASE OF STATE TAX LIENS NAME/ADDRESS Banda Ranch LLC, 824 Cruise St., Denton
FEDERAL TAX LIENS
NAME/ADDRESS John E. Holman, 112 Ave. D, Apt. 208, Denton Michael W. Jackson, P.O. Box 51682, Denton RBS Supply Inc., 2271 Masch Branch Road, Denton Rodney W. Haire, 117 Visalia, Denton William B. Hunt, 2104 Twin Creeks Circle, Pilot Point
RELEASE OF FEDERAL TAX LIENS
NAME/ADDRESS Benjamin R. Rivera, 148 2500 Fort Worth Drive, Denton Danny B. and Karen B. Mathews, 2307 Birchbrook Court, Apt. 101, Denton Danny H. Tyler, 2601 S. Mayhill Road, Denton George Hollins, 6305 Throughbred Trail, Denton GSAT Inc., 100 W. Oak St., Suite 200, Denton Jimmy L. Davis, 1429 Kings Row, Denton Karol K. King, 8109 Hidden Path Lane, Denton Luis A and Ruth S. Sanchez, 2713 Valencia Lane, Denton Luis Sanchez, 2713 Valencia Lane, Denton Michael Stapp, 624 W. University Drive, Apt. 288, Denton Scot A. Widmer, 3502 Meadowlark Lane, Denton Sukhothai Restaurant Inc., 1800 S. Loop 288, Suite 224, Denton Veronica L. Sanchez, 601 N. Loop 288, No. 10, Denton
NAME/ADDRESS Craig and Stacey Smith, 1008 Harpole Road E., Argyle Deborah K. Scoggins, 10630 Bobbie Lane, Pilot Point Kathleen M. Boren, 531 Village Way, Argyle Kyle and Hallye Fletcher, 111 Petes Court, Ponder Mark and Kristie Laird, 9020 Yucca Circle, Sanger Robert J. and Terry Lee Widmer Jr., 11351 Hill Top Road, Suite 201, Argyle
MIXED BEVERAGE TAX | CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25 Dallas, $2,094.68 Oak Street Drafthouse Club, 308 E. Oak St., Denton, $11,904.90 Oakmont Country Club, 1200 Clubhouse Drive, Corinth, $3,868.76 Ollimac Company, 1400 Corinth Bend, Suite 103, Corinth, $1,403.78 On The Border, 2829 S. I-35E, Denton, $5,765.48 Outback Steakhouse, 300 S. I-35E, Denton, $6,009.22 Papi's Cantina Private Club, 421 Highway 377 S, Argyle, $0 Papi's Cantina Private Club, 421 Highway 377 S, Argyle, $0 Pedro's Tex Mex & Grill, 209 S. Washington St., Pilot Point, $416.22 Pei Wei Asian Diner, 1931 S. Loop 288, Suite 130, Denton, $233.52 Phil Miller Post No. 2205, VFW of Denton, 909 Sunset St., Denton, $1,813.14 Pilot Point Columbus Club, 221 N. Prairie St., Pilot Point, $72.80 Pizza Hut, 730 S. Highway 377 S., Pilot Point, $19.46 Pourhouse Sports Grill, 3350 Unicorn Lake Blvd., Denton, $5,282.62
Prairie House Restuarunt, 10001 Highway 380, Cross Roads, $1,956.36 Red Lobster No.6349, 2801 S. I-35E, Denton, $3,344.88 Reunion On The Square, 106 N. Trinity St., Decatur, $0 Ringers, 807 Eagle Drive, Denton, $1,838.90 Riprock's, 1211 W. Hickory St., Denton, $13,437.76 Rockin' Rodeo, 1009 Ave. C, Denton, $11,937.66 Rocky's Sports Bar, 2000 W. University Drive, Denton, $5,134.64 Rooster's Roadhouse, 113 Industrial St., Denton, $5,033.84 Rosa's Cafe and Tortilla Factory, 1275 S. Loop 288, Denton, $266.56 RT's Social Club Inc., 1100 Dallas Drive, Suite 124, Denton, $15,869 Rubber Gloves, 409 E. Sycamore St., Denton, $2,004.10 Ruby-Jeans Social Club Inc., 309 N. FM156, Ponder, $1,110.48 Schmitty's, 407 W. Eldorado Parkway, Suite 1, Little Elm, $408.24 Sushi CafĂŠ, 1401 W. Oak St., Denton, $101.22 Sweetie Pie's Ribeyes, 201 W. Main St., Decatur, $648.90 Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., Denton, $7,114.66 Swishers, 501 E. Swisher Road, Lake Dallas, $0
Texas Land & Cattle Steak House, 8398 S. Stemmons Freeway, Hickory Creek, $3,439.10 Texas Roadhouse, 2817 S. I-35E, Denton, $7,298.62 The Abbey Inn Restaurant & Pub, 101 W. Hickory St., Denton, $7,922.88 The Aztec Club, 720 W. University Drive, Denton, $2,600.92 The Bears Den, 11670 Massey Road, Pilot Point, $0 The Garage, 113 Ave. A, Denton, $7,542.64 The Green House, 600 N. Locust St., Denton, $4,532.08 The Labb Club, 218 W Oak St., Denton, $6,037.50 The Lion's Den, 2700 E. Eldorado Parkway, Suite 250, Little Elm, $1,483.72 The Olive Garden Italian, 2809 S. I-35E, Denton, $5,030.20 Three Fins Seafood Grill, 2303 S. I-35E, Denton, $1,196.02 University Lanes, 1212 E. University Drive, Denton, $2,357.18 Verona Pizza Italian Restaurant, 201 Loop 81/287N, Decatur $294.00 Villa Grande Mexican Restaurant, 12000 US Highway 380, Suite 100, Cross Roads, $2,465.68 Villa Grande Mexican Restaurant, 2530 W. University Drive, Suite 114, Denton, $2,058.28 Vitty's Club Inc., 1776 Teasley Lane, Suite 102, Denton, $4,053.84 Wild Horse Grill, 9400 Ed Robson Circle, Denton, $2,823.80 Wing Town, 4271 FM2181, No. C316, Corinth, $0
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