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Grant program remains frozen

Palm Tree Boutique was one of the last to get funds through the downtown reinvestment grant program after the Denton City Council directed staff to put the program on hold last fall. Now, there’s $209,000 in the fund balance, and while there seems to be consensus that the funds should help small businesses, the questions now are how and where.

Study: City pay largely in line

Several years of pay increases have kept wages and salaries for most city of Denton employees competitive, as far as the public sector goes.

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Cradle of care

CORINTH — The pews are long gone, the stained-glass windows have been replaced and a bulletin board covers up the baptistery. The bell-less steeple remains, but the inside of the red building is a bit chaotic with cardboard boxes strewn about and memories tucked away.

Blotter: Report: Call for help brings conflicting stories

A call for help brought out Denton police but conflicting stories made things tough for the officers Thursday afternoon, according to a police report.

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A potential charter school in Denton will have to wait another year for it to become a reality.

Saturday, July 23 Calendar

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Southern Denton area cleared of trees to make way for homes

Acres of old trees have been bulldozed to make way for more homes near Pockrus Page and Swisher roads in southern Denton. Some homeowners in the area are upset the land has been cleared. Others are glad the builders are back at work.

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Repaying kindness

Florist Mary Ann DeBerry, right, hands resident Betty Montgomery a flower arrangement at the Denton Rehab & Nursing Center on Thursday. DeBerry chose to give arrangements at this particular facility because her mother was a resident there. She says it is a way to repay the center for taking good care of her mother.

Sen. Ted Cruz's speech hits home

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz faced more backlash Thursday, including heckling over breakfast with the Texas delegation, after he refused to endorse Donald Trump for president Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Despite vandals' attack, Denton teen continues goal to help families

Mia Cagle was not going to let vandals stop her from raising money for the families of fallen police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

Friday, July 22 Calendar

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Blotter: Grocery store in Denton reports theft

Denton police have a few clues to go on after a Wednesday grocery store theft, according to a police report.

Appeals court: Texas voter ID law discriminates; orders fix

AUSTIN — Texas’ strict voter ID law discriminates against minorities and the poor and must be weakened before the November elections, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, giving more than a half-million registered voters a likely easier path to casting a ballot.

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Longtime Denton favorite Davis Purity Bakery’s last day scheduled for Saturday

Years ago, early risers and truck drivers occasionally knocked on Davis Purity Bakery’s front door at about 4 a.m., waiting to buy the family-owned bakery’s doughnuts, cakes, pies and other goods.

Lake Dallas council selects city manager

LAKE DALLAS — Lake Dallas selected Matt Shaffstall as its new city manager.After a discussion that lasted about two minutes, council members voted 4-0 in a special meeting Wednesday to officially hire Shaffstall.

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Pokemania strikes Apogee

More than 400 people attended the Pokemon Go event on Wednesday at Apogee Stadium. During the event, the servers went down and that caused play to stop for a bit. Some Pokemon that were listed at Apogee Stadium were Magikarp, Rattata and Diglett.

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Recycled art

Kendra Wood cuts a star out of paper as she and other kids use leftover material to create recycled works of art led by staff from SCRAP Denton on Tuesday in Denton.

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Crew earns top award

Members of the Denton County Sheriff’s Office Community Policing Unit were recently awarded for their service.

Thursday, July 21 Calendar

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Blotter: Child found in street median returned to family

Denton police returned a child to his home after he had been found in the middle of a street Tuesday night, according to a police report.

Council clears way for DME’s land deal

Denton Municipal Electric moved swiftly Tuesday to secure the land it needs to build a new natural-gas fired power plant on the city’s west side.

Denton County officials float drop in property taxes for budget proposal

Denton County officials are proposing a $266.1 million budget for the 2017 fiscal year. Although the proposed budget expenses are $11.2 million above the current budget, the county’s property tax roll is expected to increase.

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Paying it forward

Thirteen-year-old Mia Cagle, in blue, decided to create a lemonade stand Tuesday on the Square in downtown Denton — instead of having a party for her 14th birthday — to help raise money for the families of the police officers killed July 7 in Dallas.

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County sees human case of W. Nile

Denton County’s first human case of West Nile virus for 2016 has been diagnosed in a resident from an unincorporated area of the county near Little Elm.

Warrant: Texas police chief asked woman to expose herself

A South Texas police chief has been suspended pending an investigation into allegations that he asked a woman to show him her breasts in exchange for earning credit toward community service.

Bullet train group adds to team

DALLAS — The developers of a high-speed bullet train between Dallas and Houston added two former public officials to its team, the company announced Monday.

Wednesday, July 20 Calendar

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Blotter: Drug buy goes bad for local man

A drug buyer with bad luck turned to Denton police for help Monday night, according to a police report.

IS group claims responsibility for train attack in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for an ax-and-knife attack on a German train that left at least five people wounded, but authorities said the 17-year-old Afghan asylum-seeker who was shot and killed by police as he fled the scene appears to have self-radicalized and had no direct link to the extremists.

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UNT, TWU ready for campus carry

Local university police departments are in the last few weeks of preparation for the campus carry bill to go into effect, a law that allows people with concealed handgun licenses to carry in school buildings.

Election spending may be minimal

Hefty campaign war chests of Denton County Republicans likely will remain intact this year because they face little opposition on the November ballot.

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Standing tall

A tall crane stands Monday in the middle of Interstate 35E and North Texas Boulevard, where the bridge is being replaced in Denton.

County to consider contract with law firm

County commissioners will consider continuing services with its existing law firm for delinquent property tax collection and delinquent court fines and fees services today.

City could see decrease in property taxes

Denton’s interim city manager is expected to draft next year’s budget with a property tax decrease.

Blotter: Domestic disturbance leads to man’s arrest

A domestic disturbance led to a man’s arrest on several warrants Sunday, according to a police report.

Tuesday, July 19 Calendar

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Elida Tamez finds lessons in patience and humility, from cancer to frack fight

Nothing about the shiny surface of Elida Tamez’s life suggests she would have been an environmental activist. Even after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1999, she got a second lease on life that turned out to be a long and happy one.

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Genealogist undaunted by challenge

An IBM retiree who began tracing his family lineage about 30 years ago now teaches others how to do the same, no matter what roadblocks they may run into on their journey.

Blotter: Early-morning fight breaks out at burger restaurant

A fight involving 10 people broke out at 3:20 a.m. Saturday in the Whataburger at 1708 S. Loop 288.

Monday, July 18 Calendar

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Elida Tamez moved to act

The sun had begun warming another hazy June sky when Elida Tamez saw a semi-tractor truck starting down Nail Road. She looked for her friends by a cluster of mailboxes that serves a small neighborhood...

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School nurtured a community

Sarah Parker can’t remember the exact years she served as a physical education teacher and basketball coach at Fred Moore High School — she left more than 40 years ago.

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Drag pack

Cars including a Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro, left, and Ford Mustang, right, line up by class during Friday Night Drags at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

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Taught with technology

Wyatt Tooch tries out an Ozobot during a mobile exhibit from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science on Saturday at Denton’s North Branch Library. Ozobots are color-sensing robots that can be coded through drawing and a computer.

Blotter: Woman wants to hold egg-throwers accountable

A 28-year-old woman is pressing charges against four men who allegedly egged her car Friday afternoon in the 1000 block of Bayfield Drive.

Indictments

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

Sunday, June 17 Calendar

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