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Sunshine welcomed 10 youth soccer teams and their families for the third annual Copa Familia on Saturday at Calhoun Middle School.

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Hefty chicken outranks steer

A 7-week-old chicken brought home a record-breaking $14,000 in the auction at the 40th annual Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair and Rodeo on Saturday afternoon.

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Sprucing up

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Church weathers storm effects

Friday marks the first anniversary of what became known as the “Denton Storm,” and property owners are still dealing with the aftermath.

Dave Lieber: Pre-need funeral contracts lead to Ponzi scheme

The biggest scandal in U.S. funeral home history is coming to a close. Key players are tucked away in prison.

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Making it official

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Overnight fire destroys home

Smoke awakened two people upstairs at a house northeast of Denton early Friday morning, fire officials report.

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Distilling hope

Hobbyists can brew up to 100 gallons of beer or wine at home each year free of federal oversight and taxation. They can give it away to friends and family, but they can’t legally sell it.

Argyle school moves along

Construction is progressing at a steady pace around the Argyle school district these days.

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Mellow Mushroom wins business honor

Two years ago when Kevin Moore suffered a heart attack, he was out of work for months. But his paychecks from Mellow Mushroom never stopped coming.

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Nonprofit receives first donation since split

After a few years of separation, the United Way of Denton County is presenting a grant to the Salvation Army in Denton.

Regulators outline rules on short-term loans

Federal regulators unveiled a plan Thursday for new rules meant to end the cycle of debt that often comes with payday and title loans.

Census shows steady growth

DALLAS — Dallas-Fort Worth added more new residents than almost anywhere else in the U.S. in the latest population estimates.

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Community in focus

Violet Hatcher has always taken life in stride. Every morning, you’ll see her with a yogurt in one hand and her camera in another, with a smile on her face for anyone she sees.

Tickets on sale for annual fundraiser

Tickets are on sale for the 43rd annual Denton County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet, and this year’s event is sure to please, according to event organizer Willie Hudspeth.

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Texas Department of Public Safety troopers have determined a 45-year-old Sanger man was at fault for the accident resulting in his death Tuesday morning in Gainesville.

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Looming leviathan

A school bus gets on Loop 288 from Sherman Drive as a small thunderstorm with mammatus clouds looms overhead Wednesday in Denton.

Lawsuits target jail video visitation

The new video visitation system at the Denton County Jail is the target of two lawsuits filed this week with the Denton County District Clerk’s Office.

Two vie in area mayor’s race

Campaigning once again for mayor of Oak Point is the last thing that Duane Olson wanted to do. He’d already served as mayor from 2003 to 2007 and 2009 to 2011, and running against the current mayor, Jim Wohletz, wasn’t his intention when he passed the mayoral duties on to him.

Habitat begins major project

The empty pink house is a historical marker in a neighborhood where it doesn’t belong. It’s a small, two-story frame house with boarded windows and doors near the intersection of Hill Street and Boardwalk Lane in Southeast Denton. The lawn is overgrown and bushes have overtaken one side of the house.

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Video spoof seeks to motivate students

A local teacher’s viral “Uptown Funk” video spoof is the talk of the town this week.

Blotter: Man accused of taking tires from shop’s bin

A loss prevention officer for a tire company in the 2400 block of South Loop 288 notified police when he witnessed a man pull up in his truck and remove 10 tires from a closed storage bin.

Les Cockrell: Group to work on revitalizing Denton park

A work day to begin revitalizing Denton’s Jim Carter Memorial Park is planned at 9 a.m. Saturday, according to organizers.

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Flavors fill tonight’s Taste of North Texas

Barbecue, beer and baked goods will be up for grabs at the annual Taste of North Texas tonight. Between 35 and 40 vendors will be handing out samples around the concourse level of the University of North Texas Coliseum starting at 5:30 p.m. to benefit the Denton Kiwanis Children’s Clinic.

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Family spotlights rare disease

Most parents of a 6-year-old don’t regularly think about their child’s bone marrow. But Denton resident Elyse Barnard constantly has her daughter’s bone marrow on her mind.

Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair, Horse Show and Rodeo

Thursday, March 26 Calendar

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

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Police dogs prove their sniffers are up to snuff

Dogs maneuvering through obstacle courses, “attacking” men and sniffing out a hidden person were sights to be seen Tuesday at UNT Discovery Park.

City to tackle towing rules

The City Council agreed to move ahead with new rules for towing companies in Denton, after hearing a brief presentation from the police department Tuesday afternoon.

Storied horse

A golden replica of Denton’s equine celebrity Cutter Bill now stands just inside the front entrance of Lawn Land on Dallas Drive, stirring up long-dormant conversations about the famed horse and his troubled owner.

Devon decries changes in drilling rules

A Devon Energy representative told the City Council on Tuesday night that proposed rules to consolidate gas well sites on the city’s west side would not allow the company to fully develop its holdings.

Motorcyclist killed in Pilot Point collision

A 70-year-old Sanger man was killed while riding his motorcycle through Pilot Point on Sunday evening.

Commissioners weigh in on bills

Denton County commissioners voted 5-0 Tuesday to send letters of opposition to lawmakers in Austin over several controversial House bills introduced in the 84th Texas Legislature, including one that could make possession of small amounts of marijuana a less punishable offense.

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Sandy Lake Park blends history, fun

CARROLLTON — It’s an overcast Saturday in March. Trees still miss their leaves even though it’s been warm for a week. Many cars stuck in traffic on Interstate 35E are filled with thrill-seekers headed to opening day at Sandy Lake Amusement Park.

Testimony on HB 40 varies widely

Testimony varied widely Monday on whether House Bill 40 would limit Texas cities and their ability to regulate oil and gas development during a lengthy meeting of the Energy Resources Committee.

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Liquor store opens in city

Denton’s first liquor store is officially here. The Liquor Outpost opened Saturday and is the first place to sell bottles of hard liquor in the city limits.

Street stripes

Dave Ervin, right, of Action Commercial Services, pushes a hand-liner to stripe a section of East Hickory Street on Monday in Denton.

Blotter: Police report finding drugs on three people

Two juveniles were detained and one 17-year-old was arrested on drug possession charges early Sunday morning when police spotted their vehicle parked suspiciously at a city park in the 2000 block of East McKinney Street, according to a police report.

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DCLA youth fair and rodeo

Tuesday, March 24 Calendar

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

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Opening new doors

Years in the planning and months in the making, the day volunteers open the doors to the city’s first non-emergency residential shelter is nearly here.

Officials plan to bolster marker ceremony

While the historical marker dedication for a trio of African-American cemeteries is not scheduled for a little more than a month, officials from the Denton County Office of History and Culture are hoping to reach descendents of the men and women buried there.

Ben & Jerry’s founders to speak at UNT next month

Ben, Jerry and their famous ice cream will be at the University of North Texas next month for a lecture and an ice cream party.

Kiwanis Club plans April Fool’s Day No Ride Bicycle Rally

The Denton Breakfast Kiwanis Club’s first April Fool’s Day No Ride Bicycle Rally is suitable for all — whether you’re an experienced cyclist or someone who’s never been on a ride before.

Les Cockrell: Documentary on Geraldine Ferraro to be screened at library

The Denton Public Library and the League of Women Voters will present a screening of the documentary Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way on Thursday at Emily Fowler Central Library.

Group to discuss Frack Free Denton initiative

The newly reformed Sierra Club Cross Timbers Group will have a general monthly public meeting at 6 p.m. today at Denton’s North Branch Library, 3030 N. Locust St.

Monday, March 23 Calendar

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