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Not for granted

In summer 2014, Cathy Reese had to soak herself in sprinkler water to get to sleep. She was living in a station wagon in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Denton, and it was the only way she could keep from burning up.

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Eyeing the competition

Abdon Gonzalez molds his wind-up toy with modeling dough during a toy robot-making event at Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library. Some creatively designed wind-up toys at Friday’s event included a Pikachu, a ninja with a mohawk and a color-spiked car.

Bob Moos: Denton hospitals’ care quality given 4 stars

Have you wondered how your area hospitals stack up in terms of the quality of care they provide? Emergencies obviously call for rushing to the nearest hospital.

Saturday, July 30 Calendar

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Haskins receives two-year sentence

Wee Beasties frontman Richard Haskins has been given a two-year prison sentence for a probation violation.

Blotter: Burglars make big haul from woman’s home

Numerous items were stolen from an elderly woman’s home Sunday afternoon, according to a police report.

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Candidates offer different viewpoints on education

In this modern-age election, it’s easy to get swept up in what each candidate tweets instead of their ideas on how to run the country.

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WinCo celebrates grand opening in Denton

On Thursday morning, Denton-area residents poured into the new 85,000-square-foot WinCo Foods in Rayzor Ranch Town Center at 2645 W. University Drive, eying free food samples and rows of freshly stocked shelves.

Local PAC may face penalties

A local political action committee faces possible penalties from the Texas Ethics Commission after failing to file a campaign finance report on time.

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Center celebration

Jake Laughlin, Discover Denton Welcome Center manager, welcomes the crowd and thanks those who helped create and build the welcome center, located at 111 W. Hickory St. on the Square. The center opened for business June 24 and has been celebrating its grand opening since July 4. The celebration culminated Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Also celebrating its grand opening in Denton on Thursday was WinCo Foods.

Friday, July 29 Calendar

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Blotter: Borrowed car ends up missing for woman

A borrowed car turned into a missing vehicle for a Denton woman Wednesday, according to a police report.

WinCo opens its doors in Denton

WinCo Foods opened its 85,000-square-foot store Thursday morning in the Rayzor Ranch Town Center on West University Drive.

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Local schools see various upgrades

When voters passed a $312 million Denton ISD bond package in 2013, the impetus was on building new schools to accommodate the continued growth of the district.

Storm sparks power outages

Lightning strikes knocked out power, set off car alarms and ignited one small fire in Sanger during a brief but energetic thunderstorm that also dumped 1.43 inches of rain in Denton on Wednesday afternoon.

Blotter: Woman reports being forced into prostitution

A welfare check led Denton police to a possible prostitution victim Tuesday, according to a police report.

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Thursday, July 28 Calendar

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Argyle-based business making food for politicians, delegates in Philadelphia

Large buffet trays of Italian breaded chicken tenders, Brazilian-style steak with chimichurri sauce and Asian-inspired Atlantic salmon entrees were dished out to more than 700 people at the first lunch of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Search firm hired for city manager hunt

The Denton City Council put out the “help wanted” sign Tuesday. It hired Dallas-based Waters & Co. to conduct a nationwide search to find a new city manager. If all goes well, the hire could be in place as soon as October.

All Denton County employees to get 5 percent pay increase

Before Denton County commissioners took a vote considering a 5 percent pay increase for all employees Tuesday, law enforcement officials urged them to consider boosting salaries even more for sheriff’s employees.

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Putting the art in Darth

Aaron Kays, middle, helps Ziva Kays, left, and Balin Kays, make lightsabers during a Star Wars event Tuesday at the Emily Fowler Library in Denton. Guests were treated to snacks, games and crafts. A couple of stormtroopers made it to the event to take pictures with families.

Blotter: Woman reports receiving death threat

Denton police are on the hunt for a suspect who threatened a Denton woman Monday, according to a police report.

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County gets 2nd W. Nile human case

Denton County has seen its second human case of West Nile virus, according to county health officials.In addition to the human case, a positive mosquito pool was discovered that will bring another round of ground spraying in Denton County today and Thursday.

Wednesday, July 27 Calendar

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El Guapo’s makes way for el papá

After 12 years in business, downtown Denton staple El Guapo’s is now closed. Monday was owner Michael Zampino’s last day, coordinated with his son’s birthday. Zampino’s gift to his son, the oldest of four siblings, was closing the restaurant.

Fire burns family home

As plumes of white smoke continued to rise in the air, Maria Neavez held back tears as she watched firefighters spray water on the smoldering ruins of her home. “We’ve lost everything,” she said, her voice cracking. “We’re devastated.”

Oil, gas values affect 2 ISDs

A handful of area school districts and cities saw their tax rolls shrink as the value of oil and gas wells dropped considerably since last year.

Tuesday, July 26 Calendar

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Local man fatally struck

A 71-year-old Denton County man was fatally struck by a car Sunday night while he was walking across a four-lane road in Saginaw, police said.

New Year’s shooting case will take time

It’s highly unlikely Eric Jamal Johnson will be tried in the New Year’s Day killing of college student Sara Mutschlechner before 2016 ends, according to Jamie Beck, Denton County first assistant district attorney.

Blotter: Car reported stolen found abandoned in roadway

A car that was reported stolen at 3 a.m. Saturday in the 5300 block of East McKinney Street was found unoccupied less than 5 miles away.

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Real-world application

One local Pokemon Go enthusiast is channeling her love of the game into a charitable cause. From her pop-up “Pokemon Center” on the lawn of the Courthouse on the Square, Cassidee Griffin is raising money to launch Operation: Trainers for Trainers. She hopes to have volunteers dressed as characters from the Pokemon games and cartoons visit children in hospitals, play the game with them, and give each child a plush toy to take home.

Charities could take big blow

A few homeless support and prevention agencies in Denton County could take a sizable financial hit this week. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs recently denied the agencies’ application to receive the Emergency Solutions Grant, a federally funded grant program for homeless and homeless prevention activities.

Blotter: Caller reports infant left alone in car after dark

Police were called after an infant was spotted in a locked, parked car at 10:10 p.m. Saturday in a parking lot in the 2600 block of West University Drive.

Monday, July 25 Calendar

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Thin Line goes free

Officials with Thin Line announced two major changes to the Denton film, music and photography festival for 2017.

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Despite glimpses of stardom, family always returned to focus on home

ARGYLE — Michelle Simms prayed the nickname “Hollywood” wouldn’t catch on when a friend lightheartedly poked at her surprisingly glitzy family history.“Thankfully,” she said with a laugh, “he’s the only one who calls me that.”

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Bj Lewis: Popular game a target for some

Pokemon Go is still going strong as myself and fellow (ideally Team Valor) players aspire to catch them all. The game has seen millions of downloads and millions of daily active players.

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Energy industry leaders talk efficiency

Leaders of local energy companies talked energy consumption on Saturday morning during U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess’ annual Energy Summit and Fair at the University of North Texas’ Discovery Park.

Blotter: Trailer, riding mower stolen from Unicorn Lake lot

A trailer with a $5,000 riding lawn mower was reportedly stolen sometime between late Thursday night and early Friday morning from a parking lot at the Unicorn Lake development in the 2900 block of Shoreline Drive.

Sunday, July 24 Calendar

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House on fire

While firefighters from Argyle and other departments fight a blaze nearby, police block off the road Saturday near the intersection of Frenchtown Road and Indian Trail. A vacant house on the southern edge of Argyle caught fire Saturday evening. No injuries were reported.

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.

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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.