Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 110, No. 318, Ed. 1 Monday, June 16, 2014 Page: 1 of 14
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For the sake of creature comforts
By Jenna Duncan
he last time Mike Minnick was in
Denton, he had just bought a
I new bike for his grand adventure
about a year and a half ago.
Since then, he has traveled thou-
sands of miles from Maine to the Flori-
da Keys, over to New Orleans and Aus-
tin. This weekend, he made it back to
Denton on his bike with his best friend,
The two are on an unusual adven-
ture on an odd-sized bicycle, slowly
making their way across the country
and stopping in small towns and big cit-
ies along the way to help raise money
for local animal shelters.
Minnick, 38, normally goes to an an-
imal shelter with Bixby, takes some
photos and tries to help a dog get adopt-
ed, and gets media coverage along the
way. The only thing he asks is for people
to rescue animals or donate to their lo-
cal shelter — never to him or 4-year-old
“He’s a celebrity,” friend Leslye Rosin
See BIKE on 5A
miles on his
bike with his
last week on
ABOVE: Vegetables are on display for judges
during the 2014 Denton County Fruit, Vegeta-
ble, Herb and Flower Show on Saturday at the
Denton County Historical Park.
LEFT: Zane Barnett, 6, registers to enter his
white eggplants in the Denton County Fruit,
Vegetable, Herb and Flower Show on Saturday.
Photos by Matt Garnett/For the DRC
School board weighs
increase to district’s
debt service tax rate
By Britney Tabor
The Denton school district is pro-
posing a 1-cent increase to the debt ser-
vice portion of the tax rate, which would
take the debt service rate to the state’s
The district is also proposing a gen-
eral operating fund budget that in-
cludes a nearly $4.7 million shortfall.
Balanced budgets are projected for the
debt service and child nutrition funds.
A public hearing laying out tax rate
and budget proposals for the upcoming
fiscal year was held at last week’s school
board meeting. The Denton school
board is expected to adopt the new fis-
cal budget, which takes effect July \ at
its next meeting June 24 and set the dis-
trict tax rate in September.
Under the proposal, the debt service
tax rate would rise to 50 cents per $100
property valuation, up from 49 cents.
Fifty cents is the maximum rate that
school districts can ask homeowners to
pay toward debt service.
The 1-cent tax rate increase would
add $10 to the annual tax bill for ahouse
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Casey Kasem, the radio
host of American Top 40
and the voice of cartoon
character Shaggy died
Sunday at a hospital in
Washington. He was 82.
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Library stacks calendar with youth events
^^■he Denton Public Library
has scheduled a variety of
I programs designed to en-
tertain and educate young people
Danielle Bradley, a Texas State
Park interpreter, will visit the li-
brary to lead ‘Wildlife Detectives,”
a program for ages 5 and older.
Participants will learn how to use
observational skills to find traces of
animal activity, according to a li-
The program will be offered at
3 p.m. Tuesday at Emily Fowler
Central Library, 502 Oakland St.,
and at 3:30 p.m. July 17 at South
OUT & ABOUT
Branch Library, 3228 Teasley
Art Explorers, a series about art
and artists for ages 6 to 8, will be
offered in four installments at
North Branch Library, 3020 N.
Locust St. Each session will begin
at 3 p.m., and participants will
hear a story, discuss artwork and
create their own art at each ses-
Dates and titles are: Wednes-
day, “Monet: Wax Resist Water-
colors”; June 25, “Picasso: Cubist
Portraits”; July 9, “O’Keeffe: Close-
Up Flower Paintings”; and July 23,
“Magritte: Surrealist Collages.”
An indoor/outdoor program ti-
tled “Exploding Science” will give
participants an opportunity to
make scientific explosions. Best for
ages 6 and older, the program will
be offered at 4 p.m. Wednesday at
South Branch Library. Registra-
tion is required.
Engineering for Kids will fea-
ture a book about engineering and
a project designed to introduce
participants to the fun and chal-
lenge of engineering. This pro-
gram is for youngsters in kinder-
garten through third grade and
will be offered at 3:30 p.m. Thurs-
day at South Branch Library and
4:30 p.m. July 17 at Emily Fowler
It’s a Girl Thing Book Club of-
fers girls ages 10 to 14 and their
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