Rest of year could be rainy

It looks like it could be a wetter than normal fall and winter for North Texas, according to meteorologists who claim El Niño is brewing in the eastern Pacific.

Man pleads guilty to murder

Before jurors were selected this morning in a Denton County courtroom, a 58-year-old Lewsiville man plead guilty to murder.

Board weighs site for school

Future planning is on the Denton school board agenda tonight. The board is slated to consider the location for its 23rd elementary school and amend the guaranteed maximum price for comprehensive High School No. 4.

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Drive to change lives

Somewhere in the outskirts of Denton County, the Iron Guardians prepare for their next mission. Dressed in black leather “cuts” with faded patches of a skull emblazoned on a shield with two swords crossed behind it, the bikers look menacing, as if they belong in a "Sons of Anarchy" episode.

U.S., partners start strikes in Syria

WASHINGTON — The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on Islamic State group targets in Syria, expanding a military campaign into a country whose three-year civil war has given the brutal militant group a safe haven.

Fans recommend riding rails to fair

Renata Elliot had never ridden public transit before using the Denton County Transportation Authority’s A-train to attend the State Fair of Texas a couple of years ago. Now it is her travel method of choice to attend the fair, and DCTA officials are hoping the A-train will have the same effect on others.

Blotter: Driver says men harassed her, pointed handgun

Denton police are on the lookout for a vehicle and passengers involved in a harassment complaint Sunday.

Tuesday, Sept. 23 Calendar

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Plainview not forgotten

NORTHWEST OF KRUM — The Plainview Cemetery is in fairly good shape for a 117-year old graveyard located in what was once a community considered to be the “wheat capital of the U.S.,” according to Patricia Myers, who wrote a narrative about Plainview to accompany a historical marker that was presented Sunday.

Knack for apps

Thirteen-year-old Preston Parks has never been the athletic type, his mother Hope said. Computers, video games and entrepreneurial aspirations are more his speed, she said.

Les Cockrell: Tractor revivalists to show antique implements

The Denton County Antique Tractor, Farm Equipment and Primitives Club will have its annual fall meeting and picnic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Firefighters pay respects

Sept. 11, 2001, is a day no American will ever forget, and for two Denton firefighters, it reinforced their mission to help others.

Civil rights justice lingers

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — There has only been one prosecution under the Emmett Till Act, even though the law was passed with the promise of $135 million for police work and an army of federal agents to investigate unsolved killings from the civil rights era. Some deaths aren’t even under review because of a quirk in the law.

Blotter: Man allegedly abandoned bar tab, went to get food

A 55-year-old man was arrested Saturday on charges of theft after allegedly walking out on his bar tab and stealing food items at another business, according to a police report.

Indictments

Monday, Sept. 22 Calendar

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Forever Pops

Denton artist Christie Wood spent a month grinding the bits of stained glass she used to make the face of late local blues legend Tom “Pops” Carter for his memorial statue.

District not expected to take action

City staff members are scheduled to be back before the Denton school board Tuesday to make another report on the city’s proposed convention center project. But again, the board is expected to take no action.

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Oak Street represents

A crowd dances and sings along with Aunzhane Walker at Oaktopia, a two-day music, art and culture festival in downtown Denton.

Lewisville murder suspect to face jury Monday

A Lewisville man charged with a November 2012 murder is expected to face a Denton County jury Monday.Humberto Martinez-Benitez, 58, has been sitting in the Denton County Jail in connection with the shooting...

Blotter: Police seek fast-food restaurant shooter

Denton police are looking for the person who shot out the windows of a fast-food restaurant on Loop 288 early Friday morning.

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PRESSURE BUILDING

One City Council member has dubbed it a universal failure. Perhaps the biggest showdown on Denton’s November ballot — a proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing in the city limits — came after a culmination of failures by past city leaders, state legislators and regulators, housing developers, the oil and gas industry, and home buyers themselves. Council member Dalton Gregory said he came to that conclusion after a recent visit to a new neighborhood being built next to existing gas well pad sites.

Study: Casing, cement at fault

Groundwater contamination near North Texas shale gas wells could be caused by a faulty casing or poor cement construction surrounding the casing, according to a new study published online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

Pastor has long served church’s elders

The Rev. Cliff Feeler has spent the last 25 years in Denton doing just about everything with the oldest members of First Baptist Church of Denton.

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Few sparks fly in first matchup

EDINBURG — Democrat Wendy Davis came out swinging against Republican Greg Abbott over classroom dollars and women in the first debate of the Texas governor’s race Friday night, but uncomfortably skirted whether she supported President Barack Obama.

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Breaking records; nonprofits tally up donations

North Texas Giving Day surpassed its national record for donations Thursday, collecting $26.3 million in an 18-hour period that ended at midnight.Christine Rogers, a spokeswoman for the event, said via...

Blotter: Police search for bank robbery suspect

Denton police are on the lookout for a bank robbery suspect. According to reports, police responded to a bank robbery Thursday in the 1700 block of South Loop 288 after a employee reported a man came in asking for a withdrawal before passing a note to her that read, “This is a robbery.”

Trial for former Denton teacher postponed

A former Denton High School teacher’s federal trial that was scheduled to begin Monday has been postponed.

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Girl Scout honored for memorializing local link

A Strickland Middle School seventh-grader was recognized Wednesday for her efforts to have a historical marker placed for Beulah Ann Harriss, who launched Denton’s Girl Scout movement.

UNT set on buying Sack & Save site

The University of North Texas will work in the coming weeks to buy the Sack & Save grocery store at 1500 N. Interstate 35E to make way for a community services complex, officials said Thursday.

NuView lands financial backing

NuView Life Sciences announced this week an exclusive licensing agreement with Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., a global health care company based in Tokyo, that could eventually lead to the reopening of a Denton medical radioisotopes plant.

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Giving on the lawn

Nonprofit groups set up around the Square on Thursday evening for North Texas Giving Day. The one-day event raises funds for a host of participating nonprofit organizations, which included more than 80 from Denton County this year.

Candidate wants to cut the politics

Sam Houston, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, was in Denton this week looking to spread his message and keep the wheels of his campaign spinning forward toward the November general election.

Blotter: Customer deposits checks drawn on closed account

Denton police are investigating a financial loss claim made by a bank in the 3300 block of Teasley Lane. According to reports filed Wednesday, a bank employee reported on Sept. 11 that a bank customer, a woman in her 30s, had deposited numerous checks drawn on an account with another financial institution.

Citizen police program has spots available

The Denton Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy will kick off its free 12-week program Monday.

Indictments

The following were indicted by a Denton County grand jury Thursday at the Denton County Courts Building. Listed are those indicted, the charges and the agency that made the arrest.

Locals to participate in People’s Climate March

About 20 residents from Denton and surrounding communities will participate in the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday.

Shady Shores calls public hearing on budget

The Shady Shores Town Council has called a special public hearing Saturday to consider an ordinance adopting the budget for fiscal year 2014-15.

Flower Mound to spray areas for mosquitoes next week

Friday, Sept. 19 Calendar

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Highway updates slated

35Express officials soon will go before Denton County business owners for another quarterly series of meetings related to the expansion of Interstate 35E.Each meeting, split into north, south and middle...

Certifiably scenic cities

For the first time, Denton and Corinth have joined a certified list of the state’s most scenic cities.

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Smatresk addresses state of the school

Neal Smatresk, president of the University of North Texas, has a long list of things to do this academic year.In his first state of the university address, which was presented as a first for the college,...

UNT enrollment flat overall

Enrollment at the University of North Texas stayed consistent this fall, with 36,216 students in classes — down just five students from fall 2013 numbers. There are high and low points of the data breakdown,...

Les Cockrell: Benefit auction set this morning

A silent auction and a five-week grief support group are among upcoming events announced by VNA Ann’s Haven.

Blotter: Man arrested after reported disturbance

A 51-year-old Denton man who prompted a disturbance call in the 2700 block of Roselawn Drive on Monday ended up under arrest and charged with multiple offenses, according to a police report.

Public hearing set on zoning change for Bartonville

The Bartonville Town Council will conduct a public hearing today to consider an ordinance amending the Bartonville Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Map to reflect a change in zoning for Ladera, a proposed retirement community.

Thursday, Sept. 18 Calendar

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Tree canopy concerns envelop council

Part of Denton’s long-suffering tree code may finally see some fixes from the City Council, including a program to start replacing the city’s shrinking tree canopy.