Dillard’s confirms no store at Rayzor Ranch

Dillard’s commitment to renovate and expand its store in Golden Triangle Mall means the company will not have a location at the Rayzor Ranch Town Center, calling off 126,000 square feet of new construction, officials confirmed.

U.S. 380 west to close April 26-27

All lanes of U.S. Highway 380, west of Interstate 35, will be closed overnight on Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, while KCS Railroad conducts repairs on its bridge.

Blaze damages event center

An early morning blaze at the Buffalo Valley Event Center caused extensive smoke and fire damage to the popular wedding venue just as the wedding season has begun to kick off.

DISD names teachers of the year

Ginnings Elementary School in Denton is building quite the dynasty. For the past three years, the school has claimed the Jostens Elementary Teacher of the Year, the most consecutive educators named from one school in the past 10 years. The most recent honoree to Ginnings Elementary’s elite group was announced Tuesday when Jill Arnold, a teacher who works with dyslexic students, was selected as the district’s top elementary educator.

UNT picks finance chief

A top finance administrator at Texas A&M Commerce has been named the next vice president of finance and administration for the University of North Texas.

Les Cockrell: Master Gardeners plan spring plant sale

Members of the Denton County Master Gardener Association have announced plans for their annual spring plant sale, promising an extensive selection of plants and supplies.

Blotter: Police car totaled in two-vehicle crash

A police car was totaled during an afternoon crash Wednesday in The Colony. The police officer driving the vehicle was responding to a call with his lights and siren on when another vehicle failed to yield, T-boning the squad car at the intersection of North Colony Boulevard and Main Street during the lunch hour Wednesday, Lt. Darren Brockway said.

Thursday, April 17 Calendar

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County adopts alert system

When the next severe storm or other potentially catastrophic weather event hits, Denton County residents will have another tool to help them prepare. Code Red, an emergency notification system that is used by many area cities, is going countywide.

Food truck park to make debut tonight

After months of parking outside of grocery stores and bars, food trucks finally have a home in Denton: the Austin Street Truck Stop. Tonight, seven food trucks will be parked at the truck stop, at 208 N. Austin St., for the grand opening kick-off.

Denton resident earns rank of 49 on pi list

It’s official. Denton resident May Beth Everett now ranks 49th in the United States and 118th in the world on the Pi World Ranking List.

Blotter: Man tells police he was punched, robbed

A suspect is still on the loose after allegedly taking a man’s wallet late Monday, police said. Shortly before midnight, a 24-year-old man reported to police that he was walking to his car in the 2200 block of Stella Street when a man came up from behind and punched him in the head, according to Officer Ryan Grelle, spokesman for Denton police.

Denton Police Most Wanted

Warrants have been issued for these people, according to Denton police officials. If you see any of these people, call 911. You can leave anonymous tips at the Denton Police Department Facebook page or by using Tip411. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of Denton’s Most Wanted. Callers will remain anonymous.

Pilot Point confirms rabies found in skunk

A case of rabies in a skunk has been confirmed in Pilot Point and officials in Bartonville suspect they may also have captured a rabid skunk recently.

Students charged with aggravated assault, jailed

Two University of North Texas freshmen accused of shooting pellets at two other students on campus over the weekend have been booked into the city of Denton jail.

Wednesday, April 16 Calendar

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In the works

SANGER — It’s unusually quiet in the Sanger Public Library — even for a library. The library has been closed for about a month after freezing temperatures caused a fire sprinkler line in the attic to expand and break, flooding the library.

Companies offer specials for tax day

Procrastinators who waited until the last minute to file their federal income taxes can still get free help today — and freebies from local businesses.

Probe in early stages

Internal auditors for the University of North Texas System have spent 495 hours investigating apparent misuse of state funds for some employee benefits and payroll, and plan to spend another 2,500 hours...


City set to honor Malone during council meeting

City leaders will honor Olympic short track speedskater and silver medalist Jordan Malone during the Denton City Council’s regular meeting tonight.

Blotter: Police seek man suspected of criminal mischief

Denton police officers are looking for a man who was spotted Sunday committing criminal mischief. Officers were dispatched to a report of criminal mischief in the 1800 block of North Elm Street. It was reported that a man broke off a metal dividing pole that was used to separate a flooring store in the area from an adjacent restaurant.

Cold delays Hickory Street project

Unseasonably cold temperatures this year triggered some delays in replacing water and electric lines along East Hickory Street, part of a $3.1 million “grand street” makeover for the area, city leaders said Monday.

Saginaw woman died in plane crash

The woman who died in a plane crash Saturday night in Denton has been identified as Jennifer Lunow of Saginaw.

DCTA plans food drive

The Denton County Transportation Authority will have a food drive supporting the city of Denton’s third annual Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry, which is set for April 29.

Tuesday, April 15 Calendar

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Making the cut

While Argyle football players worked their way through the fall season to the state championship, a team of young filmmakers was right by their side at practices, taking road trips across the state and sometimes working in freezing weather. Now the filmmakers are facing a championship of their own, of sorts.

Winter could muster return

The National Weather Service reports a chance for frost to sweep across North Texas on Tuesday morning as temperatures are expected to hover close to freezing at 34 degrees.

Les Cockrell: RSVP supporters to hit the links in May

Plans for the 12th annual RSVP Golf Classic have been announced and area golfers can now sign up at www.rsvpgolfclassic.com.

Blotter: Person fires pellet gun at strangers, injuring one

One person was injured Saturday morning when someone in a vehicle reportedly drove up to unsuspecting groups of people and fired a pellet gun at them, according to a police report.

Monday, April 14 Calendar

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Plane crash investigation could take months

A single-engine airplane crashed a half mile north of the Denton Enterprise Airport late Saturday night, killing a passenger instantly upon impact.

A blast of history

Long skirts and petticoats swayed in the breeze as winds swirled about the historic downtown Square on Saturday during the first Denton County Heritage Festival.

Nature smiles on Redbud Fest

An estimated 4,500 people came out to attend the 21st annual Redbud Festival at the Denton Civic Center and Quakertown Park on a sunny Saturday.

3 stake ground in city’s top race

A spirited race for Denton mayor has three veteran campaigners vying to differentiate themselves to voters.

Bartonville election to fill mayor’s post, 2 other seats

BARTONVILLE — The races for the Bartonville Town Council in the May 10 election have shaped up to be among the most competitive among the smaller cities in Denton County, with six candidates vying for two council seats and the vacant mayor’s position.

Blotter: Arrest made in assault report

A 25-year-old man was arrested and charged with assaulting a family member Friday afternoon in the 5000 block of East McKinney Street.

Kim Phillips: Bryant and Amanda: Engaged in Denton!

The day was already special to Amanda when Bryant suggested brunch at Denton’s Le Peep, knowing it was her favorite. Bryant experienced what looked to be an embarrassing moment when the check came and his wallet was nowhere to be found. He excused himself to look for it in the car.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle PTSA taking applications for scholarships

The Argyle Parent Teacher Student Association is taking applications to award five $1,000 scholarships to Argyle High School graduating seniors who plan to continue their education by attending a college, university, or vocational school in the fall of 2014.


Deep roots

A small group of volunteer gardeners braves any weather condition each Saturday to put food on the plate of someone who might otherwise go hungry.

Reports provide financial insight

Denton residents can start casting early ballots for the May 10 election in about two weeks, but many are already writing checks to support their favorite candidates.

Denton sheriff deputy charged with official oppression

A Denton County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with official oppression and theft after being accused of stealing $1,700 in cash from two men while in uniform. Joshua G. Laningham, 28, was charged late Thursday with theft over $1,500 and under $20,000 by a public servant and with two Class A misdemeanor counts of official oppression. He turned himself in to the Denton County Jail at 10:30 a.m. Friday after being notified that a warrant had been issued for his arrest. His bond was set at $15,000.

NAACP leader to speak at UNT lecture series

Roslyn Brock, the youngest person ever to serve as chairman of the NAACP national board of directors, will give a lecture at the University of North Texas on Tuesday.

Blotter: Small fire leaves resident injured

A late afternoon fire in the 300 block of Benjamin Street on Thursday left one resident with minor burns.

Voter registration drive planned at Denton mall Saturday

A voter registration drive is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at Denton’s Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. Interstate 35E.


Firefighters raise money for MDA’s ‘Fill the Boot’ campaign

Denton firefighters can be spotted at major intersections today and Saturday as part of their annual fundraising efforts with the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s “Fill the Boot” campaign.

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Financial outlook deemed negative

The University of North Texas System’s financial outlook has been downgraded from stable to negative by two key bond rating agencies, moves that could impact the estimated $120 million expected to be needed later this year for the student union and housing projects on the Denton campus.

Three Aubrey school board races on ballot

Three school board races are on the ballot in Aubrey for the May 10 election but only one is a contested race.

Blotter: Police make four arrest during routine patrol

Denton police took three men and a woman into custody Wednesday afternoon after a routine patrol in the 1100 block of University Drive.

TCEQ OKs fine for convenience store

State environmental officials this week approved a default order fining the owner of a Lewisville Fina Mart $12,856 in connection with six violations of state rules governing underground petroleum storage tanks.

Trees to the wind

Bradford pear trees bend in the strong winds on FM455 near Sanger on Thursday