Grand jury declines to indict sheriff

Sheriff William Travis was no-billed by a Denton County grand jury Thursday after being under investigation for more than a year by a Texas Ranger into allegations that he tried to bribe a political opponent and a former sheriff’s deputy while he was running for office.

Industry hiring brings relief

Peterbilt is expected to hire about 150 new employees this year, one of the local manufacturing plants adding jobs and, in turn, lowering the city and county unemployment rates. While statewide manufacturing is up 1.1 percent from last year and has increased a fraction of a percent from February to March this year, this seems to be the largest local driver of low unemployment rates, said Erica Sullivan, economic development analyst for Denton.

Park prepped for fest

Sounds of trumpets, saxophones and jazz tunes will flow from Quakertown Park when the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival kicks off Friday.

DISD administrator tapped for new job

Robert Bostic, the Denton school district’s assistant superintendent for academic programs, is the lone finalist for the Stafford Municipal School District superintendent job.

A-train strikes cyclist

A bicyclist was injured Thursday morning when he was struck by the Denton County Transportation Authority’s A-train in south Denton.

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Armey names town in suit

A former U.S. congressman is challenging a settlement between the town of Bartonville and the local water supplier over the construction of a water tower adjacent to his home.

DISD set to change grading system

The Denton school district is changing its grading system in secondary schools by moving to a nine-week grading period with less emphasis on homework and extra credit assignments.

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‘Little d’ bike racks coming

Denton city leaders will unveil new “Little d” bike racks at 6 p.m. today in front of the Courthouse on the Square at the corner of Elm and Oak streets.

Les Cockrell: Nursery school slates basketball fundraiser

Hoops for Moore, a basketball fundraiser to benefit Denton’s Fred Moore Day Nursery School, is planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the gym at Denton High School, 1007 Fulton St.

Blotter: House party leads to two arrests

A small house party in the 200 block of Folly Beach Road went awry after midnight Wednesday.

Community leader Don Johnson dies

Don Johnson, a collegiate basketball All-American who rose to prominence in Denton as a businessman and community leader, died on Monday after a long battle with cancer. Johnson was 83.

Officials identify man killed by train

The man who was struck and killed by a Union Pacific Railroad train late Monday night has been identified as Jose Joel Chavez Morales of Denton.

Hilltop PTA to make presentation on bond package

The Hilltop Elementary School PTA will host a presentation tonight on the Argyle school district’s proposed $45 million bond package and a candidate forum for the people running for three vacant seats on the school board.

Thursday, April 24 Calendar

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Celebrating Mother Earth

Students from the University of North Texas gathered Tuesday in the Library Mall during EarthFest.

Town accepts deal on water tower

The Bartonville Town Council has agreed to accept a settlement offer in its long-running battle with a local water supplier over construction of a water tower, an offer that included recovering $350,000 in legal costs and related costs for the town.

Radio issue gains boost

Denton County commissioners took another stride Tuesday toward replacing the county’s weathered communications system.

Man struck, killed by train in Denton

A man was killed instantly late Monday when he was struck by a train near Dallas Drive and Johnson Street in Denton. The man, who had not been identified Tuesday, was on the railroad tracks near Dallas Drive when he was struck by a Union Pacific Railroad train, according to Officer Orlando Hinojosa, spokesman for the Denton Police Department.

Performance marks Di Fiore’s last as UNT faculty member

Linda Di Fiore laughs when recalling a colleague on the University of North Texas College of Music faculty trying to explain to his voice students how they should dress for an audition. “He said, ‘Dress like you’re going to a Di Fiore lesson,’” the award-winning mezzo-soprano and regents professor recalled.

Two vie for seat on Northlake Town Council

Northlake Town Council member Rena Hardeman is facing challenger Mike McBride in her bid to keep her Place 2 seat in the May 10 election.

Illinois accident claims life of Sanger trucker

ROCHELLE, Ill. — A Sanger truck driver died in a fiery crash involving three semi-tractor-trailers Friday night on Interstate 39 in Ogle County, Illinois State Police said. Ralph W. Maness, 60, of Sanger, died at about 8 p.m. Friday after his truck rear-ended another semi driven by William M. Spearman, 41, of Chicago.

Blotter: Lewisville police seek public’s help in finding armed robber

Lewisville police are seeking the public’s help in finding a man they say they believe committed three robberies.

Railroad crews to close section of Pertain Street

Crews with the Union Pacific Railroad will close Pertain Street just south of Mingo Road in Denton from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today to make emergency repairs.

Central library to close during jazz festival

In a spirit of cooperation with the Denton Festival Foundation, the Denton Public Library will close the Emily Fowler Central Library during the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival.

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Events to mark Earth Day

Free food, live performances and a vendor fair will help mark Earth Day celebrations at the University of North Texas today for the annual EarthFest event.

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Leggett to exit DCTA

Dee Leggett, a fixture with the Denton County Transportation Authority the past seven years, is moving on.

Dish to vote on tax options

Dish town leaders are asking voters to consider three sales tax propositions for the May 10 election that they say will help keep the tiny municipality sustainable.

Northlake considers public improvement district

NORTHLAKE — Town officials are considering the creation of a public improvement district to help make $4.5 million in needed improvements, including installation of a new water line to the town’s largest neighborhood, road repairs, the addition of a hike-and-bike trail and landscaping.

Blotter: Man jailed after weapon found in vehicle

Denton police arrested one man in connection with an apparent case of road rage in which a passenger in one vehicle allegedly pointed a handgun at another motorist Sunday night.

Three people taken to hospital after wreck

An accident involving three vehicles — including a tractor-trailer truck — shut down northbound lanes of Interstate 35E at the Corinth exit for a few hours Monday.

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In the cloud

A small discharge of cloud-to-cloud lightning erupts at sunset on the backside of a large thunderstorm complex as it moves out of eastern Denton County recently.

Tax office to upgrade processing system

The processing of vehicle registrations and property tax payments in Denton County is about to get a whole lot faster.

Aubrey council races on ballot

The Aubrey City Council election has four contested races on the May 10 ballot, including three incumbents who are vying to retain their seats.

Denton County now under severe thunderstorm watch

Denton County remains under a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Argyle to elect school board members

Residents living inside Argyle school district boundaries will elect three new members to the school board and consider a $45 million bond proposal in the upcoming May 10 election.

Les Cockrell: Liberty Christian School to present ‘Artist’s Garden’

Liberty Christian School will present its Fine Arts Extravaganza, “Artist’s Garden,” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Blotter: Noise complaint leads to arrest at party

A noise complaint led to at least one arrest Saturday after Denton officers responded to a report of a loud party in the 3200 block of Windbrook Circle.

Monday, April 21 Calendar

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Hunting season

As the countdown began Saturday morning, children of all ages clamored to be the first on the rainbow-scattered lawn at Quakertown Park for Denton’s annual Easter Eggstravaganza egg hunt.

District 2 rivals vow to listen

A veteran campaigner and a political newcomer are vying for a Denton City Council seat that represents north- and east-side neighborhoods, as well as a few neighborhoods on the west side of central Denton.

Creativity soon to fill park

If you are an arts enthusiast of any kind, next weekend’s Denton Arts & Jazz Festival will be right up your alley.

Cities weigh regulating e-cigarettes

The growing use of electronic cigarettes by minors is meeting with growing resistance in Denton County.

Blotter: Burglar tries to steal dishwasher, floods home

An attempt to steal a dishwasher went awry after the burglar ended up breaking a water line, causing thousands of dollars in flood damage to a home.

Kim Phillips: On Denton’s horizon

A convention center suitable to a city with the population and scope of Denton has been an initiative for the CVB, the Chamber of Commerce and the city of Denton for nearly a decade.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Hilltop Elementary to hold chess tournament

The 2014 Hilltop Elementary Chess Tournament will be held April 28 and 29 in the school cafeteria. All of the students participating will receive a certificate. The top three from each grade-level grouping will receive medals and each group’s champion will receive a trophy.

Jim Stodola: For next vacation, go deep south to Puerto Rico

Unless you are a snow skier or enjoy pushing your car out of a 3-foot snow bank, I suggest that you take your next near term vacation way south. Remember, even Atlanta was hit hard recently.

TWU confirms its new leader

Carine Feyten was officially named the next chancellor and president of Texas Woman’s University and has announced a start date of July 1.

Ex-town secretary sues Shady Shores

The former town secretary of Shady Shores has filed a lawsuit against the town, alleging she was fired because she refused orders to destroy a tape recording of a public meeting.

Historic debate

Denton’s oldest buildings will be up for new discussions at City Hall, where city leaders will begin tackling historic preservation issues in the coming months.