Letters to the editor, Sept. 16

Cafe Herrera on Square closes

Cafe Herrera, a Tex-Mex restaurant on the Square, closed abruptly Friday after its rent went unpaid.

Budget, rate hikes on slate for council

The city’s 2014-15 budget, and all the ordinances needed to make it go, fill the City Council agenda today. While no public hearing is scheduled, residents can still comment on the matter as part of the regular proceedings, which begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Smatresk to give update on UNT

Neal Smatresk, the president of the University of North Texas, will give the college’s first ever state of the university address on Wednesday.

Blotter: Mother’s intervention prevents theft

A Denton mother’s intervention prevented some domestic thievery Sunday afternoon. Police officers were called to a home in the 1500 block of Knight Street about an assault that had just occurred.

Old cemetery gets notice

A local Eagle Scout helped obtain one of the latest historical markers in Denton County for the Plainview Cemetery.

Road Work

Tuesday, Sept. 16 Calendar

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Reigning in reining

AUBREY — Yellow Jersey looks like a champion as he performs in the arena. Muscles firm and thick, a sleek tan coat, a blond mane and a tail that flows with his graceful movements as he spins, slides forward, moves backward as if he were dancing to music only he can hear.

Flu season prep work underway

Flu season is on the horizon and Denton County health officials are keeping an eye on vaccine supplies and finalizing plans for an awareness and prevention campaign.

Event drums up funds

More than 80 nonprofit agencies in Denton County will take part in Thursday’s North Texas Giving Day.

Les Cockrell: Mighty words to be read aloud for Constitution Day

The Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will sponsor a public reading of the U.S. Constitution at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Courthouse on the Square in Denton.

Blotter: Two men arrested after handgun fired on I-35E

Two men were arrested Saturday evening after police said they fired two rounds from a handgun into the air while driving north on Interstate 35E, according to a police report.

Indictments

The following were indicted by a Denton County grand jury Thursday at the Denton County Courts Building. Listed are those indicted, the charges and the agency that made the arrest.

Monday, Sept. 15 Calendar

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Ties to the past

Crews unearthing a century’s worth of dirt and pavement on East Hickory Street have found cross ties from the city’s first passenger rail systems, including the short-lived street cars that ran from the Square.

County cracks down

Heroin and other hard drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine have been on the streets long enough that spikes in their use come and go, but one thing always remains the same: use of these types of drugs can lead to fatal consequences.

TWU freshmen to get home on campus

The 14 Texas Woman’s University students still living at the Holiday Inn between Dallas Drive and Interstate 35E are expected to move to campus this week.

Dave Lieber: DPS should be open about fingerprint plans

Most people probably don’t know that the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety is a battle-hardened veteran of the war on terrorism. Steven McCraw was named director of President George W. Bush’s Foreign Terrorism Tracking Task Force a month after 9/11.

Blotter: Woman charged after leaving kids home alone

A 43-year-old woman was charged with abandonment after she left her two children home alone Friday.

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Hot rods on the Square

The business end of a roadster parked at the Arts, Antiques & Autos Extravaganza on Saturday in Denton.

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Slick shooters

Debbie Erlinger shoots at a target balloon during a demonstration of Cowboy Mounted Shooting for the North Texas Horse Country group on Saturday in Valley View.

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Walking for a cure

Purple-clad participants fill the sidewalks of South Lakes Park during the 2014 Denton Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday in Denton.

Parkland proposition a challenge

Ballot propositions aren’t known for their clear use of language. And in November, Denton voters may find one of the seven propositions especially challenging. Voters will be asked whether to approve or deny the sale of about 1.7 acres of land in North Lakes Park. But the proposition doesn’t tell voters what comes next.

Rain reaction

Umbrellas were out in force on the campus of Texas Woman’s University as light rain and drizzle fell throughout the day Friday. A cold front that arrived Thursday brought much cooler temperatures on Friday as afternoon highs only reached the mid-60s. Today’s forecast from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth calls for cloudy skies and a high of 72, while Sunday will be cloudy with a high of 82.

Chik-V, West Nile strike people

The first human case of the chikungunya virus has appeared in Denton County, along with the year’s first human case of the West Nile virus.

Police arrest man in ‘rapid offense spree’

Denton police arrested a 26-year-old man they say went on a “rapid offense spree” early Friday that included the rape of a woman.

Aubrey school board remembers trustee

AUBREY — The Aubrey school board took a moment at its meeting this week to remember trustee John Brogdon and the impact he made on the district. Brogdon, who joined the school board in 2010, died Sept. 4. He was 63.

Blotter: Homeowners association reports removal of trees

Members of a homeowners association reported to police Thursday that several trees have vanished from their neighborhood.

Aubrey ISD names Jones as interim Early Bird principal

AUBREY — The Aubrey school district this week named Delore Jones interim principal for its Early Bird Learning Center. Jones will serve in the position through the first semester.

Courtesy photo/Denton ISD

Royal Raiders

Ryan High School seniors Michael Cannon and Whitney Brann were named the homecoming king and queen at the school’s homecoming pep rally Thursday.

Sen. Nelson to speak at GOP meeting

State Sen. Jane Nelson will be the keynote speaker at the Denton County Republican Party’s meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Denton County Elections Administration office, 701 Kimberly Drive, Suite A101. Nelson, R-Flower Mound, is expected to give an update on the upcoming elections and a legislative preview.

Kevin Freeman to speak at club meeting

Financial analyst and best-selling author Kevin Freeman will be the featured speaker at the Sept. 17 lunch meeting of the Denton Republican Women’s Club at El Guapo’s Restaurant, 419 S. Elm St. Freeman is expected to discuss the global economic state of affairs.

Saturday, Sept. 13 Calendar

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Courtesy photo/Richard Reed

All things equine

The cowboy looks as if he traveled through time, sitting astride his white stallion, wielding a six-shooter and hitting target after target with a precision not seen since the wild days of the Old West, when infamous outlaws haunted the stagecoach trails.

TWU reports steady figures

Texas Woman’s University on Thursday reported its fall enrollment at 15,075 students at its campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston.

Local schools commemorate Sept. 11

Steven Scher, assistant band director at Krum High School, was a ninth-grader at Lawrence High School in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island on Sept. 11, 2001. It was the fifth day of school and he was sitting in his second-period world history class. He said he remembers not paying attention that day, instead looking out the classroom window. Scher said the view was the airspace above New York City.

Police warn of jury duty scam

Denton police are warning residents to be on alert for a jury duty scam that’s hitting the area. Sgt. Danny Fletcher said officers received a handful of reports Thursday about someone alleging he is Investigator Mike Harris, badge No. 1080, and is calling because a warrant has been issued for their arrest after they missed jury duty.

Blotter: Police seek elusive shoplifting suspects

Denton police haven’t been able to locate two individuals who stole items from a discount store Wednesday night.

Electric Zombie Run set for Saturday

Walking Dead wannabes are invited to participate in the annual Electric Zombie Run on Saturday at North Lakes Park in Denton. Registration for runners begins at 6 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12 Calendar

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City invites residents to preview draft plan

City planners are conducting the last community forums planned for resident feedback on how Denton should grow.

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County GOP opens Denton headquarters

With the American flag to her back outside the window of her new office, Dianne Edmondson predicted a Republican sweep in the upcoming general election.

Some unsure of data in report

The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce released Wednesday the full report it commissioned from The Perryman Group for the current economic impact of Barnett Shale gas drilling and production on the region’s economy.

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Class learns about 9/11

The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks happened before several seventh-grade students in Chelsey Ellis’ reading class were born.

Les Cockrell: Program to explore genealogy research methods

Members of the Denton County Genealogical Society will meet today at Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library for a program on using newspapers for genealogy research.

Blotter: UNT police searching for clues in bike thefts

The University of North Texas police are searching for suspect information linked to recent bicycle thefts.

Subdivision breaks ground

Construction of a new subdivision in Little Elm is officially underway, and the first 400 homes will be ready by spring 2015.

Thursday, Sept. 11 Calendar

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City plans for scaled-down project

Denton Mayor Chris Watts left room for City Council members to pull the plug on the convention center project, but they opted to keep it on life support for a little while longer.