Genetic link

Nine-year-old Chrissy loves her little sister, Amanda. They used to play with building blocks in their grandparents’ living room in Justin before disease took away Chrissy’s use of her legs.

Dispute draws to close

A dispute between the Denton Fire Fighters Association and the city has come to an end after more than a year. Arbitrator John Barnard ruled this month that then-Fire Chief Ross Chadwick’s appointment of Fire Marshal Laura Behrens last year did properly fall in the guidelines of the association’s meet-and-confer agreement.

Council to be briefed on virus response

Two Denton County health officials will brief the Denton City Council on Tuesday afternoon on local response to the Ebola virus.

Blotter: Man says vehicle window was broken by a punch

A man told police his car window was shattered by his stepdaughter’s boyfriend, according to a report. Police received a call of criminal mischief Saturday afternoon in the 400 block of Londonderry Lane. The caller said his stepdaughter’s boyfriend punched the vehicle’s window with a closed fist, causing an estimated $800 in damage.

Woman’s shooting death ruled suicide

A “suspicious death” Denton police were investigating Saturday in the 3900 block of Kirby Drive has been declared a suicide, officials said.

Developers seek several zoning changes

The Justin Planning and Zoning Commission will be holding three public hearings on zoning changes Tuesday at City Hall. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 20 Calendar

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Bound by love

Chrissy Grube hangs just above the gym floor, the tips of her ballerina shoes flat on the floor as she dances with the help of a harness attached to the ceiling. She moves her arms to the music, but her hands refuse to follow. A princess crown perches atop her short brown kinky hair, and her red-rimmed glasses only enhance the sparkle in her golden-brown eyes.

Editor’s note: Compelling stories can pop up anywhere

Sometimes, good stories present themselves when you least expect them.

Police probe death

Neighbors were in shock Saturday to find crime scene tape surrounding a home in what is “usually a quiet neighborhood.”

Parties set to square off on Nov. 4

The Denton County Democratic Party is fielding a hefty slate of candidates, both county and statewide, in an attempt to unseat Republican incumbents in the general election.

Blotter: Welfare call leads to arrest of woman in Denton

Denton police responding to a welfare call Friday night left with a suspect in handcuffs, police said.

County GOP slates ‘FrackNation’ screening

The Denton County Republican Party is hosting a screening of the documentary FrackNation at 3 p.m. today in the Commissioners Courtroom at the Courthouse on the Square.

Early voting party to feature Brave Combo

Brave Combo will headline a “Polka the Vote” kick-off party for early voting at 7 p.m. Monday at the amphitheater in Quakertown Park.

Denton Parks Foundation plans meeting Monday

The Denton Parks Foundation is holding an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Denton Civic Center for the new playground that will replace the Eureka Playground at South Lakes Park.


Living with laughter

Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams says humor saved his life. During his last two years of high school in the 1960s, the 69-year-old said he was beat up almost daily because of his refusal to be silent about the racial injustices around him. Before the age of 20, he had spent three stints in a mental hospital for attempting suicide, he said.

New voters boost numbers to record high

Voter registration has hit a record high statewide and Denton residents, particularly those younger than 25, did their part to boost the numbers.

Taking on Ebola fears with facts

Denton County health officials are working to fight Ebola fear with facts. Even as a trio of confirmed U.S. cases have occurred, and the public’s trust is in question, Denton County Health Department Director Matt Richardson is urging calm and providing information to deal with the virus threat.

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Gainesville to honor hanging victims

In October 1862, a local militia in Cooke County hunted down and arrested 150 farmers suspected of being Unionists, Indian sympathizers or abolitionists living among residents of a Confederate North Texas.

Police seek suspect in assaults

The Lewisville Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man officers say could be linked to at least three assaults on women in the past two months.

Blotter: Police arrest woman on evading arrest charge

A 33-year-old woman evaded police officers who responded to a disturbance report at an apartment building in the 2500 block of Charlotte Street at 7:50 a.m. Thursday, according to a police report.

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Raising awareness

Firefighters at Denton’s Central Fire Station are shown Thursday wearing black T-shirts with pink, breast cancer awareness logos. The shirts are on sale at the station, 332 E. Hickory St., this month from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for $15 each or two for $25 (cash or check only). Proceeds will be split between the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.

Saturday, Oct. 18 Calendar

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Frack check

Mailers, fliers and door hangers about the proposition to ban hydraulic fracturing in the city limits have papered Denton homes in recent weeks.


Calls for travel ban on rise

WASHINGTON — Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government’s ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the U.S. from the West African outbreak zone. The White House said other measures are more effective.

Officials report financial balance

DALLAS — Staff and consultants with the University of North Texas have straightened out the university and system’s finances for fiscal year 2013 after months of work.


Spanning the gap

As Texas Woman’s University officials continue talks about expanding the campus on the east side of Bell Avenue, the closed pedestrian bridge is re-entering the planning conversation.

Blotter: Injured man charged with public intoxication

A 21-year-old man with bloody wrists came into an area business in the 3200 block of Elm Street late Wednesday, police said.

Corinth launches new notification system

Corinth recently opted out of it’s contract with CodeRED — a mass emergency notification network — and will now use Notify Me, a feature that’s built in with the city’s website and maintenance company, CivicPlus, city officials said.

Friday, Oct. 17 Calendar

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‘Hot under the collar’

Residents have complained about a full-page color ad on the back page of Wednesday’s Denton Record-Chronicle, saying they did not give permission for their names to be used in a political ad.

Second nurse infected with Ebola

DALLAS — The Ebola crisis in the U.S. took another alarming turn Wednesday with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a patient and flew across the Midwest aboard an airliner the day before she fell ill, even though government guidelines should have kept her off the plane.

Bogomol pleads guilty to charges

A former Denton High School journalism teacher pleaded guilty to child pornography charges Wednesday. Gregory Bogomol, 38, of Fort Worth, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas and pleaded guilty to two counts of production of child pornography, officials said.

Les Cockrell: Denton Public Library sets genealogy event

The Denton Public Library will host an after-hours event offering tips and resources for genealogy research on Friday, according to the library.

Showing solidarity

Participants in Denton’s annual White Cane Day event on Wednesday walk around the Courthouse on the Square using white canes in solidarity with the blind and visually impaired.

Texas DPS continues to issue voter IDs

The Texas Department of Public Safety has resumed issuing Election Identification Certificates to voters for the upcoming general election.

Blotter: Fatal fire in Hickory Creek under investigation

A deadly Tuesday morning fire remains under investigation, officials said. Lake Cities Deputy Fire Chief Chad Thiessen said a call came in about a fire around 4 a.m. Tuesday and within minutes, officials discovered a home fully engulfed in flames in the 1100 block of Hickory Creek Road in Hickory Creek.

DISD slates class on pre-K attendance for tonight

A pre-kindergarten parent engagement/attendance class is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at Denton ISD’s central services annex, 230 N. Mayhill Road in Denton.

Bike ride to honor missing children

In honor of missing and exploited children, Denton County will conduct the inaugural Texas Ride for Missing Children on Friday.

Thursday, Oct. 16 Calendar

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City seeks volunteers to help clean up waterways

City officials are seeking help to keep the city’s waterways clean through three events this fall: a Stream Clean event in November, the regional “Reverse Litter” campaign and a photo contest.

Second health care worker diagnosed with Ebola

A second health care worker has tested positive for the Ebola virus, according to preliminary lab results released early Wednesday.


Hope for restoration: Sanger group raises money to refurbish 112-year-old church

SANGER — The Presbyterian Church of Sanger is a building out of time. Built in 1902, it’s weathered severe storms, several droughts and the gas drilling boom that has changed the surrounding landscape. Paint, once a vibrant shade of white, flakes from siding worn by age as the noontime sun peaks over the lone steeple reaching toward the cloudless heavens.

Council puts center project on pause

The Denton City Council told staff to stop working on the convention center project until the city gets an answer from O’Reilly Hospitality Management on whether the deal can go forward without tax breaks from the county and school district.

Residents step up to debate

It was the debate that was. Then it wasn’t. Then it was again. Although the representatives in support of Denton’s proposed fracking ban pulled out of what had been a bipartisan-sponsored forum Tuesday night, opposing voices were heard from two residents in attendance who sat on the panel opposing Denton attorney Richard Hayes, representing the anti-ban side of the debate.

Bartonville to decide on water tower

The Bartonville Planning and Zoning Commission is meeting tonight to decide whether to grant a zoning change to a 2-acre residential estate that would allow a conditional use permit for the half-completed water tower that’s been dividing the town for four years.

Blotter: Firefighters respond to morning blaze in Denton

As Denton fire officials approached a single-story home Monday morning, smoke was clearly visible, officials said.

County to expand area government center

Denton County commissioners are using $2.6 million to address some growing pains at the Sandy Jacobs Government Center in Carrollton.