Dave Lieber: Light the highways for the public

Let’s see if The Watchdog gets this right. Our government in recent years has overseen the spending of a record $12 billion for highway improvements. Look around. We now have overpasses that shuttle us into space and new super-duper toll roads that infuriate us. But there’s one thing we can’t seem to do with our road network.

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Stylish survivors

Banquet tables were set with party hats, streamers, noisemakers and large red velvet cupcakes dressed with gobs of cream cheese frosting, all in preparation for a celebration. Music echoed throughout the room, decorated as befitting a party.

Ozone and health

What’s going onThe Environmental Protection Agency has proposed toughening the national standard for ozone, or smog. Smog is formed when nitrogen oxides combine with volatile organic compounds in sunlight....

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Science looks at benefits of milk

NEW YORK — Embattled milk producers launched a social media campaign this week to rebuild public confidence in the health benefits of their product.

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Events to celebrate Black History Month

Sunday marks the beginning of the annual observation of Black History Month in February. As Denton County offers a number of events and speakers marking the month, some residents’ views vary on the impact and importance of the celebration today.

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Sides debate ozone limits in Texas

ARLINGTON — The top doctors’ organizations in Texas, along with other groups and individuals, pressed hard this week for a much tougher federal limit on ozone, or smog.

Briefly in Denton

A former Lewisville Independent School District teacher’s aide was indicted for improper relationship between educator/student Thursday by a Denton County grand jury.

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Tuning up

PILOT POINT — Entering the Pilot Point Community Opera House feels like time-traveling through different eras of the town’s history. Over the past 115 years, it’s been a car dealership, a general store, a grocery store and a community theater.

Blotter: Police seek kidnapping suspect, provide sketch

A man who tried to grab a 12-year-old girl after she refused to get into his vehicle in the 500 block of West Corporate Drive on Tuesday dragged his right foot and had extremely chapped lips, Lewisville police said.

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Denton to get Guitar Center

Rayzor Ranch Marketplace is expanding once again. This spring, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will open in an existing space next to Mooyah Burgers, and construction will start soon for a Guitar Center and Taco Cabana.

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Airport plotting course for further expansion

Changes are on the horizon for Denton Enterprise Airport. To increase the airport’s economic benefits and meet growing business demands, Quentin Hix, director of aviation, said the airport is in need of expansion and financial self-sufficiency.

Briefly around Denton

Police warn of closures Officer Shane Kizer, spokesman for Denton police, said that from around 7 to 9 a.m. Sunday, traffic officers will be mapping this past weekend’s fatal accident involving a Toyota Camry and a motorcycle at South Loop 288 and Shady Oaks Drive.

Blotter: man arrested on charge of making terroristic threat

A 57-year-old Denton man was awaiting arraignment at the Denton County Jail on Thursday afternoon after he was arrested by Denton police Wednesday.

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District 3 hopefuls turn in candidacy papers

Two women filed for Denton City Council District 3 on Wednesday morning, the first day candidates could file for a place on the May 9 general election ballot.

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Three liquor stores working to open up in Denton

Three liquor stores could open in Denton this year, pending approval from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Police search for suspect in stabbing

As a 21-year-old man remains hospitalized from stab wounds, Denton police have issued a warrant for the alleged assailant.

Habitat for Humanity sets optimistic goal

Habitat for Humanity of Denton County announced a hefty building goal as the organization will strive to build 50 homes in the next five years to coincide with its 25th anniversary.

Little Elm resident pleads guilty to fraud

Joey Earl Cooper, 35, pleaded guilty to wire fraud Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Sherman before Judge Amos L. Mazzant.

Blotter: Police seek public’s help after attempted kidnapping

Lewisville police are asking the public to help identify a man who attempted to kidnap a 12-year-old girl in the 500 block of West Corporate Drive on Tuesday.

Les Cockrell: Group schedules five-part grief workshops

VNA Ann’s Haven will conduct a five-part grief workshop every Tuesday beginning Feb. 10, according to a press release.

Sunny days

Two fishermen try their luck at Ray Roberts Lake on a midwinter day that reached 80 degrees in Denton County on Wednesday. A cold front expected to come through earlier this morning will drop temperatures and bring windy conditions. Today’s high will only reach near 60, while Friday's high will be in the low 50s. Saturday will see an 80 percent chance of rain and a high near 45.

Thursday, Jan. 29 Calendar

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Family memories

Ernest “Fuzzy” Bowens recalled that he, his mother, sister and grandmother were just common people living in Denton. Bowens said his mother and grandmother raised him and his sisters strictly, to stay out of trouble, expecting much of them in life.

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Grant helps abuse victims

Mandy has four young children and for the past three years, she’s been going it alone. The young mother, whose last name is being withheld because she was a victim of domestic violence, said she is grateful for the help she got from Denton County Friends of the Family in building a new life for herself and her children. But it hasn’t been easy being the sole provider.

Car service Uber sets sights on Denton

Getting a ride in Denton might be getting easier. Car-for-hire service Uber is looking to launch in Denton in February, offering free rides Feb. 3-5 as a trial run.

Senate GOP unveils budget with $3B in property tax cuts

AUSTIN — Tax cuts promises from Republicans began taking firmer shape Tuesday when Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick unveiled a draft Senate budget that would deliver $3 billion in property relief to Texas homeowners.

Firefighters, spouses attend awards dinner

Dinner recently, marking this as their largest dinner to date.

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Blotter: Cooking fire displaces four

Unattended cooking caused four college students to be displaced from their home Monday evening, according to Denton fire officials.

Denton Benefit League awards grants

The Denton Benefit League recently awarded $235,551 in grants to 42 nonprofit groups that serve the Denton County area.

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Hanging on

Tears fill Julia Jacobs’ eyes as she picks up each photo of her missing daughter. It’s been almost two years since Misty Lowder went missing, and the photos of her daughter’s youth serve as a reminder of happier times, before the onslaught of heroin and bad choices decimated Misty’s life.

Mayor touts city’s growth

In his “State of the City” talk Monday night, Mayor Chris Watts said Denton has many good things going for it, and those good things far outweigh the challenges the city faces right now.

Pilot Point picks superintendent

The Pilot Point school board didn’t have to look far to find its next superintendent.

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Blotter: Police seek help in finding suspect in vehicle break-ins

Flower Mound police are trying to find a man they suspect is responsible for a string of vehicle burglaries in and around Flower Mound and are asking for the public’s help.

Retired Denton ISD educator dies at 71

Mary Smith, a mother, educator and longtime Denton resident, died Friday after she was hospitalized for a stroke.

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Dead end

At age 35, Misty Lowder’s life was spinning out of control. Hooked on opiates since her early 20s, she’d served time in the state prison system. And like many felons, she struggled to find a job.

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Girl Scout cookie season in full swing

Girl Scout cookie season is here again — the time of year when men, women, boys and girls lose their minds and much of the weight in their wallets over tiny baked treats packed with assorted flavors and a greater mission in the community.

Les Cockrell: Exhibit combines storybooks and quilts

An exhibit of children’s storybooks and companion quilts made by members of the Denton Quilt Guild will be on display Thursday through Saturday in the south dining room of Hubbard Hall at Texas Woman’s University.

Blotter: Man gets citation after officer checks on vehicle

A suspicious vehicle parked outside the Islamic Society of Denton late Saturday night led to the discovery of drug paraphernalia, according to a police report.

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Boy losing vision goes for a spin

DALLAS — It’s less than a week until Ben Pierce’s 10th birthday, and getting a chance to tip off at a basketball game could be any boy’s birthday wish.

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Long lost

Sometimes she’s curled up in a fetal position on a beige-colored carpet in a dark room. Other times she’s lying atop a mound of hay in the center of a clearing surrounded by trees. Long, dark hair always covers the side of her pale face. She never moves, and her mother never sees blood in the dreams; nothing but her daughter’s lifeless body forever trapped in a fetal position.

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Answers for some of the missing

FORT WORTH — Linda Milburn knew the homeless man with the big grin simply as “Smiley.” After two decades on the streets, and bouts with mental illness and a stroke, even Smiley didn’t know his real name.Milburn...

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Blotter: Local man charge with injury to child

Hearing set for Monday in local case

Is Michael Sullivan a journalist or a lobbyist? That question is one of a handful to be discussed in a Monday hearing involving the Texas Ethics Commission in the 158th Judicial District Court in Denton.