Denton Public Utility Board meetings to be broadcast

Beginning today, Denton is televising Public Utility Board meetings and making archived video available on demand on the city's website.

Storm brings damaging hail to Denton County

Severe thunderstorms rolled through Denton County on Sunday evening, bringing with it a tornado warning and reports of baseball-sized hail in Argyle and Bartonville, just south of Denton. Residents took refuge from the storm as hail pounded roofs and broke car windows.

Local Meals on Wheels volunteers worried about proposed cuts

About 1,000 Denton County seniors receive hot meals through Span Inc.'s local Meals on Wheels program, which gets funding through the Community Development Block Grants program targeted by Trump's proposed federal budget.

Texas braces for another STAAR testing season hoping to avoid last year's mess

Computer glitches erased student answers. Delivery problems meant secure testing materials were sent to the wrong locations — including a church. Thousands of tests had to be re-scored. A lawsuit was filed. And results came back so late that the education commissioner ended up tossing the tests for fifth and eighth graders.

UNT students buy renewable energy credits to power Denton campuses

The University of North Texas took a major step toward powering the campus with renewable energy thanks to a student group that is buying “renewable energy credits” from Denton Municipal Electric.

Denton County under tornado warning

Blotter: Unregistered sex offender found removing items from vehicle

Dave Lieber: Dallas attorney on quest to stop roofer crimes

AUSTIN -- Steve Badger walks the halls of the Texas Capitol in a volunteer job that, like hail, seemed to fall out of the sky. He wants to stop crooked roofers. The only way to do it is to leave his Dallas law office, knock on doors of state legislators and beg for a roofers' law.

Record-Chronicle gets 18 awards in state contest

The Denton Record-Chronicle received 14 awards, including first place in six categories, Saturday afternoon in the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors' annual journalism contest.

Monday, March 27 Calendar

Add your event to our online calendar at; email; fax to 940-566-6888; or mail to Page 2 Calendar, Denton Record-Chronicle, 314 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX 76201.

Big hearts in Little Elm little league

The Little Elm community came together to pitch in for the family of slain police Detective Jerry Walker during the opening day of Little Elm Area Youth Sports Association baseball.

Todd Hileman, Denton city manager, on tacos, craft beer and football

We caught up with Denton's new city manager, Todd Hileman, this week to ask a few questions for new folks not from here. Here's how the conversation went.

Blotter: Man caught with meth while lurking in apartment complex

A 32-year-old man was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine after somebody observed him tampering with window screens about 1:30 a.m. Friday at Rosemont at Pecan Creek, according to a police report. The apartment complex is in the 3500 block of East McKinney Street.

Trump loyalist ready to see neighbors go

At 4:30 a.m. on a windy Monday, Tamara Estes swallows vitamin B12 for energy and krill oil for her arthritic fingers. Even with her nightly Ambien, she is always up before the sun, getting ready for a job that reminds her of what infuriates her about America.

Insight Denton: Could Denton lower the voting age to 16?

Both the U.S. Constitution and state constitution clearly spell out that the legal voting age is 18, a national standard. This is also the case in the state of Maryland, but there are two cities that have lowered the municipal voting age to 16-years-old: Takoma Park and Hyattsville.

Denton County confirms first Zika patient for 2017

Local health officials announced they have confirmed the first Denton County patient with the Zika virus for 2017, an individual from Trophy Club who traveled to Mexico.

Bike/Walk Denton to host cycling day downtown May 7

Bike/Walk Denton and the Denton Parks Foundation will close several streets downtown for the city's first CycloDia on Sunday, May 7.

Kim Phillips: Volunteering makes Denton Denton

I hollered up to the front desk, "Here comes Carrell Ann! Somebody open the door for her!" From my office window, I could see board member Carrell Ann Simmons wrangling yet another beautiful, bowed basket from the back seat of her car.

Sunday, March 26 Calendar

Golf: After strong 2016, Goodwin's 2017 season already rolling

2016 was a great year for Noah Goodwin. Named the American Junior Golf Association's Rolex Junior Player of the Year, the Corinth native collected four top-five finishes in AJGA invitationals and earned one of the coveted spots on the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team.

New report: Tricep pushups led TWU volleyball players to hospitalization last fall

A new report by a consulting firm revealed that a series of 75 tricep pushup led eight volleyball players to seek treatment at area hospitals for rhabdomyolysis. The exercise, paired with dehydration and the overexertion, led to the students developing rhabdo, a condition where the muscle tissue breaks down and begins to enter the bloodstream.

Liquor regulators partying on taxpayers' tab

Texas alcohol regulators know how to party: records show they've spent tens of thousands of dollars to travel to swanky resorts where liquor flows and industry lobbyists abound.

After-school program could see funding cut

When Kaela Byrd entered the sixth grade at Denton ISD, she didn't have many options when it came to after-school activities. With her parents still at work, much of her time was spent on the couch in front of a TV.

Blotter: Alleged vehicle burglar pinned to the ground

A 25-year-old burglary suspect was pinned to the ground when officers responded to a report of a vehicle burglary Thursday in the 100 block of North Elm Street, according to a police report.

Briefly in Arts

Arts news from around the county.


The Watchdog: Dallasite on quest to stop roofer crimes

Steve Badger walks the halls of the Texas Capitol in a volunteer job that, like hail, seemed to fall out of the sky. He wants to stop crooked roofers. The only way to do it is to leave his Dallas law office, knock on doors of state legislators and beg for a roofers' law.

Light and connections: UNT art building addition links past to future

One in 17 students at UNT are pursuing a degree in the College of Visual Arts and Design. College officials hope that the new addition to the university art building will accommodate degree seekers in the year 2067.

This week's most-read stories on

The most-read stories online at DentonRC. com from Friday, March 17, through Thursday, March 23.

The Watchdog: Time to cut off the Dems

Trump, GOP leaders pull health care bill off House floor

UNT student back in Denton after surviving five days in desert

Amber VanHecke vomited after trying to chase down a truck on the southern rim of the Grand Canyon. The 24-year-old University of North Texas student had been lost and alone in the Arizona desert for four days. Her cellphone had a spotty signal. Her GPS navigation system lost power. And her SUV was out of gas.

Man arrested in connection with vandalism of Marine Corps recruiting office

A 25-year-old man was arrested Thursday on a criminal mischief charge after police and witnesses said he repeatedly vandalized the U.S. Marine Corps recruiting office in the 2200 block of South Loop 288.

County officials oppose tax bill

Denton County commissioners have formally opposed a bill in the Texas Legislature that county officials say is aimed at taking away more local control.

GSATi named small business of the year

Nine years ago, Cindy Tysinger started an information technology firm, GSATi, in her Denton home. Thursday night, her efforts to grow the company to its almost 40 employees were recognized by the Denton Chamber of Commerce: GSATi was named the Small Business of the Year 2016.

Sears at Golden Triangle Mall unconcerned despite corporate woes

Management at Sears in Golden Triangle Mall believe their storefront has no reason to fear closure despite dooming forecasts from analysts and concerns at the corporate level.

Blotter: Woman threatens to shoot, run over Denton residents

A man and woman in their 30s said a woman threatened to kill them Wednesday by running them over with her car in the 600 block of Park Lane, according to a police report.

The Place is Argyle: Incumbent Haynes and Mankin vie for Argyle Town Council Place 4

Jay Haynes is being challenged by Todd Mankin for Place 4 on the Argyle Town Council in the May 6 elections.

Cinderella Project accepting prom dresses in Denton

Purge your closet and give a North Texas teen something to wear to the prom.

Friday, March 24 Calendar

Add your event to our online calendar at; email; fax to 940-566-6888; or mail to Page 2 Calendar, Denton Record-Chronicle, 314 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX 76201.

Native Roots: Gulf Coast penstemon, a spring flowering perennial with lavender blossoms

Many people grow Gulf Coast penstemon for its showy lavender flowers in the spring. Some choose it as an alternative ground cover in part-sun location because of its evergreen foliage and prolific self-seeding.

'You Will See This Material Again'

Weed control in the lawn, pasture and even fields is the same way. You will see these weeds again. Now all you have to do is figure out what they are. How do we get a positive identification on weeds? We could purchase a book and go out and try to match up the pictures. We could go online and see if we can find a match. But have you ever thought about taking a picture of the weed with your cellphone or a digital camera?

Stranded for 5 days in Arizona wilderness, Denton woman hikes 11 miles to call for help

A Denton woman was rescued last week after spending five days stranded in a remote area near the Grand Canyon. Amber VanHecke, 24, was traveling in the Havasupai Reservation when her vehicle ran out of gas on March 12, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

Events and wedding venue coming to downtown Monroe-Pearson building

Downtown Denton is getting its first events and wedding venue: The Monroe Pearson Building. The 21,000-square-foot venue is set to open in spring 2018, 100 years after the building was first constructed.

Thursday, March 23 Calendar

Greek revival

'Eurydice' re-imagined, courtesy of Sundown Collaborative Theatre.

A good death

'The Shadow Box' is a heavy drama about death, life and hope.

Aubrey council split on city's future after deal

The Aubrey City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday night to approve an agreement to transfer water rights for the Winn Ridge development back to Mustang Special Utility District.

Straus hits Senate for 'cooking books' on Texas budget

House Speaker Joe Straus on Wednesday accused Senate budget writers of "cooking the books" and using an "Enron-esque" accounting gimmick to achieve their wish to spend more but not incur fiscal hard-liners' wrath by tapping state savings.

Autism activist to speak at event sponsored by UNT

Autism activist to speak at joint event in Dallas.