Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 111, No. 187, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 5, 2015 Page: 3 of 36
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Thursday, February 5, 2015
End of life workshop set for weekend
book sale and a free
four-part workshop on
estate planning and oth-
er issues facing families prepar-
ing for the end of life are
planned at First United Meth-
odist Church of Denton.
The annual used book sale
will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Fri-
day, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Ad-
mission is free and the public is
There will be travel, arts, fic-
tion and religious books for sale
and most will cost between 50
cents and $1, according to a
church press release. All the
money raised will benefit the
church library and various
church ministries and pro-
Dates and topics for the
workshop are: Sunday, legal
issues such as wills, durable
powers of attorney and ad-
vance directives; March 8, fi-
nancial matters such as bank
accounts, insurance, retire-
ment funds and savings; April
12, hospice care; and May 17,
funerals and memorial servic-
cussion group, is planned from 7
to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Den-
ton’s South Branch Library,
3228 Teasley Lane.
Brian Fehler, who recently
joined the faculty of Texas Wom-
an’s University as an associate
professor, will present the pro-
gram, which will discuss how a
number of theatrical and TV
movies about the threat of com-
ets crashing into the earth may
have tapped into ancient human
fears, according to an event
The program is free and open
to the public. Refreshments will
For more information, con-
tact Fred Kamman at 940-349-
8726 or Fred.Kamman@cityof-
watching is planned from 2 to
3:30 p.m. in pavilion 1. Staff
members will discuss binocu-
lars, field guides and what to do
once you’re in the field. After a
little practice using binoculars,
the class will go on a short bird
Some binoculars and field
guides will be available, or par-
ticipants can bring their own.
Bird-themed arts and crafts will
follow the program.
Park admission costs $7 for
those 13 and older. Staff mem-
bers recommend that all visitors
bring water and sun protection.
For more information about
Johnson Branch events, call
available from 10 a.m. to 2:30
p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays
by appointment at the Lewis-
ville Public Library, 1197 W.
Main St. in Lewisville.
The service will be offered in
the library computer lab
through April 15, according to a
press release from the city of
Everyone is eligible for this
free service, regardless of age or
income level. To make an ap-
pointment, call the Lewisville
Senior Center at 972-219-5050.
Appointments can be made one
week in advance. Walk-ins are
welcome, but a wait for an open
slot may be required.
For more information on li-
brary activities, check out the li-
brary website at http://
Rodeo office at 940-387-2632.
Recipients of the scholarships
will be notified by April 20.
Denton library to host class
on pioneer Texas research
Denton’s Emily Fowler Cen-
tral Library will offer a free class
on researching Texas pioneers at
3 p.m. Saturday.
The class will focus on the
early colonies, the Spanish era
and the Republic of Texas, ac-
cording to a press release from
The library is located at 502
Oakland St. Call 940-349-8752
to register or register online at
The community is invited to
join Immaculate Conception
Catholic Church parishioners on
Saturday for the fourth annual
Monsignor King Health Promo-
tion and Wellness Day.
Free health screenings and
information about health servic-
es in the community will be pro-
vided from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
2255 N. Bonnie Brae St., a
spokeswoman for the event said.
Because of the Affordable
Care Act’s Feb. 15 enrollment
deadline and other health insur-
ance issues, information will be
provided by health insurance
advisers and Health Services of
North Texas about Medicare,
Marketplace enrollment, Med-
icaid and CHIP (Children’s
Health Insurance Program).
LES COCKRELL is in-
terested in your input for Out
& About. Help share informa-
tion about Denton County
events and people by calling
him at 940-566-6887. His
e-mail address is leock-
OUT & ABOUT
Sanger library to host
presentation on gardening
A presentation on herb gar-
dening led by two Denton Coun-
ty Master Gardeners will be of-
fered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at
the Sanger Public Library.
Coral Gates is a lifelong gar-
dener and who plants herbs in-
cluding cilantro, basil, oregano,
thyme, parsley, mints and flow-
ers such as sunflowers, roses,
daffodils and lily of the valley, ac-
cording to a program press re-
lease. Chris Orosco is especially
interested in native and adaptive
plants and water-wise garden-
ing, where herbs fit because
many prefer dry growing condi-
tions, the press release stated.
They will discuss sun and
water needs of herbs, which
plants grow most easily in North
Texas and which require a bit of
effort and things to do with
herbs after you grow them.
The library is located at 501
Bolivar St. in Sanger. For more
information, call the library at
940-458-3257 or email library-
Literary discussion group to
discuss ‘Fire in the Sky’
“Fire in the Sky: The Fright-
ful Appearance of Comets in Lit-
erature,” the next session of the
Professor’s Comer literary dis-
Environmental learning area
to host night hike Saturday
A night hike is planned from
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lew-
isville Lake Environmental
Trail guides will lead partici-
pants along the Redbud Trail
and help identify the sounds of
nocturnal creatures found in the
environmental learning area.
No flashlights will be necessary.
The hike is open to ages 5 and
older. Cost is $10 per person and
registration is required at 972-
219-3930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The environmental learning
area is open to the public every
Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, call 972-
The entrance is at the inter-
section of Jones and Kealy
streets in Lewisville.
Park sets classes on
nature journals, fishing
Visitors to the Johnson
Branch Unit of Ray Roberts
Lake State Park on Saturday will
have opportunities to learn
about nature journals, fishing
and bird watching.
A class in nature journal writ-
ing will begin atlO a.m. in pavilion
L Participants will learn about the
different types of nature journals
and get some practice writing
their own. They should bring a
journal and art supplies if possi-
ble; a limited number of supplies
will be available.
A park ranger will teach the
basics of fishing from 11:30 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m. at the fishing pond.
Participants can bring their own
poles and tackle or borrow the
park’s equipment for free, but
they need to bring their own bait
— night crawlers, com and
cooked hot dogs are recom-
An introductory class in bird
North Texas Fair and rodeo
offers two scholarships
The North Texas Fair and
Rodeo is accepting applications
for two $2,000 scholarships
through April 6 from graduat-
ing Denton County students
who are applying to a junior col-
lege or university or are already
attending, according to an an-
nouncement from the associa-
Each session will be held
from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and each
will be led by experts on the se-
lected topics, the press release
Attendees may come to one
or all four sessions.
Online registration is avail-
able at http://bit.ly/lwQ622K.
Childcare will be provided with
Contact Brandi Southwell at
940-382-5478, ext. 251, or
The church is located at 201
S. Locust St. For more informa-
tion about church programs, vis-
The scholarships are the
North Texas State Fair Associa-
tion Scholarship and the Bob C.
Powers Scholarship. Powers
served as board member and
treasurer on the fair’s governing
board and started the program
to help young people in their
growth and development as well
as fostering involvement and ex-
panding their horizons, the
press release stated.
Scholarship applications are
available at www.ntfair.com, or
contact the North Texas Fair &
AARP volunteers offer free
tax help at Lewisville library
Free income tax assistance by
trained AARP volunteers is now
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gun rights activist
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great job of sticking together
and passing down traditional
First recognized were Bill
and Janie Thomas, who run
Thomas’ Ethan Allen Interiors
on the Square.
The couple moved to Denton
in the 1960s and have since been
members of the Denton Cham-
ber of Commerce and numerous
boards and committees. Bill
Thomas is a former member of
the Denton school board.
“Denton is a wonderful town
to raise a family and run a busi-
ness,” Bill Thomas said.
Both Family of the Year hon-
orees were invited onstage to re-
Michael Zampino told the
crowd he was “honored, hum-
bled and amazed” by the award.
He spoke of losing his parents
when he was 19 years old and
how that shaped his view of fam-
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“fight for open carry.”
On the first day of the legisla-
tive session, Watkins and a
group of other activists had a
heated exchange with Nevarez
in his office. Soon after, the Texas
Department of Public Safety as-
signed a security detail to the
Democratic lawmaker from Ea-
The confrontation raised
tensions around open carry, and
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who over-
sees the flow of legislation in the
Senate, suggested last week that
the issue wasn’t a priority in the
upper chamber — only to re-
lease a subsequent statement re-
That prompted a meeting
between Watkins and Patrick’s
On Wednesday, Patrick’s
spokesman Alejandro Garcia
declined to comment.
After the video was circulat-
ed, Watkins explained on Face-
book that he “was certainly not
threatening anyone” and was
“not talking about hurting legis-
lators, or anyone else.”
But Nevarez’s chief of staff
said he took the video seriously
and forwarded the video to the
DPS, which declined to com-
By Eva Ruth Moravec
AUSTIN — In an online vid-
eo Wednesday, a gun rights ac-
tivist pushing for legislation al-
lowing Texans to openly carry
handguns tells state legislators
that “treason is punishable by
Kory Watkins of Open Carry
Tarrant County posted, then lat-
er pulled, the video on YouTube,
but not before another user
The link was then shared by
groups that oppose open-carry
In the 4-minute video, Wat-
kins, 31, says, “We should be de-
manding these people give us
our rights back, or it’s punish-
able by death. Treason. Do you
understand how serious this is,
The Texas Constitution
states that a person can be con-
victed of treason only for waging
war or supporting enemies of
Watkins tells viewers to do
“more than foots in doors,” ap-
parently referring to a confron-
tation he had with Rep. Alfon-
so “Poncho” Nevarez at the Tex-
as Capitol on Jan. 13 during
which a gun rights activist put
his foot in a door to keep it from
Watkins has been a vocal ad-
vocate of legislation that would
allow open carry, something
that has been prohibited in Tex-
as almost since the Civil War.
The reform seemed primed
to pass this year in the Repub-
with leadership including Lt.
Gov. Dan Patrick pledging to
The Thomas family poses together after winning the Legacy Family of the Year award at a
luncheon in Denton on Wednesday.
in them what is important in
life,” he said.
Mike Thomson, division
chief of training and emergency
medical services for the Farmers
Branch Fire Department, spoke
for his family at the luncheon.
Thomson and his wife, Tiffa-
ny, who is a customer service as-
sistant manager for the city of
Denton, are influenced by their
parents, church and two daugh-
Match.com and OkCupid.
Anderson discussed how in-
teraction on those sites shows
that people believe starting a
family leads to a full and happy
“It’s our faith and the exam-
ple set by our families,” Thom-
All three families received
gift baskets and a compilation of
family genealogy research.
Curtis Anderson, vice presi-
dent and general counsel at
Internet company IAC, deliv-
ered the keynote address. IAC
owns dating websites such as
Zampino said he and his
wife, Selena, who own El Gua-
po’s Restaurant, are actively in-
volved in their church, commu-
nity and the lives of their four
‘We’re continually working
on the things that we do to instill
“No research challenges
that,” he said.
MELISSA WYLIE can be
reached at 940-566-6845 and
via Twitter at @Wylie_MD.
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Claire Larson, a former rifle
instructor and the Texas Chap-
ter Leader for Moms Demand
Action for Gun Sense in Amer-
ica, issued a statement saying
Watkins threatened lives of Tex-
She urged lawmakers to
“take these threats seriously too,
respect the legislative process,
and oppose the expansion of
open carry in our state.”
in part, because of signage. But
that exception for the state’s
freeways may be short-lived.
More than 40 Texas cities
have banned texting and driving
in absence of a state law.
Backers of a statewide ban
filed legislation again this week
with hopes of capitalizing on the
electronic means, engage in
gaming or any other use of the
device, besides dialing tele-
phone numbers or talking to an-
other person, while operating a
The city’s new restrictions
don’t change a statewide law
that prohibits use of wireless de-
vices while driving in a school
political momentum to reduce
For more information on
Denton’s rules, visit www.cityof
can be reached at 940-566-
6881 and via Twitter at
The state also bars drivers
younger than age 18 from using
The new ordinance also
doesn’t apply to people driving
Interstate 35, I-35E, I-35W or
their frontage and access roads,
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She was joined by fellow jus-
tices Lawrence E. Meyers and
In the opinion, Keller wrote
that the lower court did not have
the benefit of knowing what the
Court of Criminal Appeals
would rule on another case it de-
cided only recently.
In that case, Thornton vs.
Texas, the justices clarified that
when evidence exists for a lesser
offense, an appeals court is re-
quired to review that informa-
tion. In other words, the three
justices wrote that, in light of the
Thornton decision, they would
have remanded the Stobaugh
case to the lower court for con-
sideration of a lesser charge,
such as manslaughter.
Wynn said, given the Second
District Court of Appeals ex-
haustive review of the case, he
believed that the acquittal would
have held, even if the additional
legal review were ordered.
With that highest court’s de-
nial, the state has exhausted all
its appeals in the case. Denton
County District Attorney Paul
Johnson has 15 days to file a mo-
tion for a rehearing, but First As-
sistant District Attorney Jamie
Beck said the office does not in-
tend to file such a motion.
She declined to comment
further, out of respect for Kathy
Stobaugh’s family, she said.
Charles Stobaugh was re-
leased from prison in January
2014 and returned to his Denton
County home on a $25,000
He was ordered to wear a
tracki ng device pending the out-
come of the final appeal.
Wynn said he expected the
court to issue a mandate on
March 2 instructing the Denton
district court to enforce the final
On that day, Stobaugh be-
comes a free man.
fee could go into effect for the fall
2015 semester. The earliest con-
struction could start on the pro-
ject would be fall 2015, officials
After adjustments to the ap-
plication and plans for the new
student union, the measure
passed and was implemented.
Construction on the project be-
gan in 2013 and is set to be com-
pleted this fall.
University of North Texas
students passed a similar mea-
sure in April 2012, but the
school’s first request to the Texas
Higher Education Coordinating
Board to allow the student
union fee increase was denied.
JENNA DUNCAN can be
reached at 940-566-6889 and
via Twitter at @JennaF
can be reached at 940-566-
6881 and via Twitter at
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