Snow shock

For a second time this week, Mother Nature left her mark of winter on North Texas, making roads treacherous and closing schools early on Friday.


Road crews try to beat back winter

City and state road crews will be trying to stay ahead of weather that has left roads treacherous after a new round of snow and ice attacked Denton County on Friday.

Local business raising money for shooting victim

Hooligans on the downtown Square is donating proceeds from certain specials today to Johnny Hackler, the man still recovering from a gunshot wound he received after leaving the bar with his friend early Feb. 20.

Filing deadline hits with storm

Secretaries for area cities and school districts scrambled to keep their doors open or make other arrangements to honor Friday’s statutory deadline for candidates filing to run in the May 9 election.

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TIA conference slated for July

Denton ISD’s instructional technology department announced this week that it will host its sixth Lone Star Technology in Action conference on July 21-22 at Ryan High School.

Briefly in Denton

The Greater Denton Arts Council announced Friday it was postponing the Community Arts Recognition Awards ceremony because of the weather.

Denton's Winter Wonderland

A Texas snowstorm that hit Denton and North Texas Friday forced early dismissals, snarled traffic and continues to grip with area.

Snow forcing early dismissals, closings, postponements

A Texas snowstorm has closed schools, snarled traffic and forced a main highway to Oklahoma to shut down after dozens of vehicles slipped off the road.


Raise the greenery

Employees of Superscapes plant a tree along East Hickory Street on Thursday. The workers planted several trees and numerous plants as part of the Hickory Street Grand Street Project, which was scheduled to be completed today but fell behind due to the recent inclement weather. City of Denton officials said the project should be completed in time for the 35 Denton festival, which begins March 13.

Man dies in vehicle accident

A 24-year-old Denton man died after suffering critical injuries in a car accident while attempting to flee police.

New homes set for Oak Point

Homes on 1-acre lots will soon surround the Prestonwood Polo & Country Club in Oak Point as part of a new residential development.

Owner of iconic venue earns arts award

Dan Mojica, the owner of one of Denton’s most venerated music venues, said he was “stunned” when the Greater Denton Arts Council told him he won the 2015 Community Arts Recognition Award.

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Group protests new inmate visitation method

Despite the cold temperatures, a crowd of a few dozen people gathered outside the Denton County Jail to protest the loss of in-person visitation in favor of Securus Technologies’ video visitation service.

Police seek ex-Pearl Jam drummer

David James Abbruzzese, a former drummer with Pearl Jam, is wanted by law enforcement in Denton County.

Briefly in Denton

Mackenzie Dianne Blagg has met requirements for the Girl Scout Gold Award.

A.H. Belo reports net income risein fourth quarter

A.H. Belo Corporation, the parent of The Dallas Morning News, reported net income of $56.5 million in the three months ended Dec. 31, compared with $17.6 million in fourth quarter 2014.


Wash could help cars’ undercarriage after winter storm

That salty solution that helped North Texans stay on the road after the ice storm earlier this week is likely sticking to the wheel wells, axles and the rest of the undercarriage of their cars and trucks.

One dead following chase, accident

The driver of a vehicle involved in a brief high-speed chase died overnight at the Medical Center of Plano. Ryan Grelle, spokesman for Denton police, said an alleged stolen Pontiac was located in front of the Denton police department around 6:40 p.m. and when two patrol units attempted to make a traffic stop, the passenger of the vehicle got out of the car.


More winter weather possible

Mother Nature gave Denton residents a little morning scare, but icy weather that gave people fits earlier this week is all but gone.

Have an outstanding warrant? Time to pay up, agencies say

Law enforcement officials across Denton County are asking people with outstanding warrants to pay up or risk being placed behind bars as the agencies take part in the statewide Great Texas Warrant Roundup initiative.

Les Cockrell: Chuck wagon breakfast set Sunday

Ridin’ for the Brand Cowboy Church, located at 5926 W. FM455 west of Sanger, is planning a chuck wagon breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday.

Blotter: Police arrest man on various charges

A 38-year-old man resisted arrest during a traffic stop in the 700 block of Dallas Drive on Tuesday night, police said. Because the man did not comply when asked to exit his vehicle, officers had to pull...

UNT administrators to teach again

Two University of North Texas administrators are returning to teaching full time by the end of the week.

Candidate files for City Council, District 2

Another candidate has filed for Denton City Council in the waning days of the May 9 election filing period. Longtime resident Keely Gilchriest-Briggs, 34, a stay-at-home mother, filed for District 2. Incumbent John Ryan first ran and won the office last year, finishing an unexpired term.

Thursday, Feb. 26 Calendar


Clear the way

The remaining ice and snow should continue melting today, as temperatures are expected to reach the mid-40s in North Texas.


Used cars often sold with unfixed defects

DETROIT — It’s a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences.

Report released of plane crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on the Feb. 4 plane crash in Argyle that claimed the life of pilot William Blake Graves, 52, of Flower Mound.


Denton County jail visits done by video

Eye contact. That, at least, is where the problem starts for visitor Christopher Klabunde and others who criticize recent changes made by the Denton County Sheriff’s Office to nix in-person jail visits in favor of a new video visitation system.

Blotter: Denton police respond to report of gunshots

Denton police respond to report of gunshotsSeveral residents at an apartment complex in the 3500 block of East McKinney Street reported hearing gunshots Monday night.

Retired Denton physician dies at 91

Dr. Conrad Kinard, a prominent member of the Denton medical community, passed away on Thursday at his home.

Wednesday closings, delays

Briefly in Denton

The city of Krum has issued a boil water notice to all residents living on FM2450, Finley Circle, Cole Circle, High Ridge, Rogers Circle and Gregg Road due to a water main break on FM2450.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 Calendar

UNT, TWU, Denton city offices remain closed

Denton County is under another winter weather advisory for a storm that could bring a few inches of snow to the area early Wednesday. Denton is currently on the western edge of the predicted storm path, so the city could get away with a brief dusting, said Steve Fano, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

Krum issues boil water notice for some residents

The city of Krum has issued a boil water notice to all residents living on FM2450, Finley Circle, Cole Circle, High Ridge, Rogers Circle and Gregg Road due to a water main break on FM 2450. 

Show of support for local control

AUSTIN — City leaders fanned out around the Capitol on Monday to let members of the Texas Legislature know why local control remains a priority for voters back home.

Round-the-clock crews tend to roads

State and county road crews burned the midnight oil Sunday night to prepare roads for what little Monday morning travel there actually was.

Blotter: Scammers claim to be with sheriff’s office

Officials from the Denton County Sheriff’s Office are out to warn county residents of two scams going around.

Winter precipitation could hamper commute across South

A wide swath of the country is expecting more winter precipitation that forecasters warn could lead to dangerous road conditions during the Tuesday morning commute.

Tuesday, Feb. 24 Calendar

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List continues to grow on Tuesday closings

Several area towns have announced cancellations of meetings scheduled for Monday evening.


Not for the timid

It’s 9 p.m. in “Cement City,” a treeless cluster of aging apartment buildings and beer stores on the west side of Denton. The neighborhood — bordered by Oak Street, Bonnie Brae Street, Prairie Street and North Texas Boulevard — earned its nickname years ago for its long stretches of asphalt and lack of green space.

Les Cockrell: One-day anime buffet on way

The Denton Public Library’s annual one-day buffet of all things anime is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Denton Civic Center and the adjacent Emily Fowler Central Library.


Woman finds recipe for rejuvenation

FLOWER MOUND — Dawn Marks Soefje, 41, never thought she would be a cottage baker. But making cakes rejuvenated her life.

Blotter: Man arrested on charge of forgery in Denton

A 42-year-old man trying to cash a “paycheck” was arrested Saturday afternoon on a forgery charge, according to the police report.

Tuesday Closings

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Jim Leavelle is agitated. The Dallas police detective who was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when Jack Ruby shot and killed him is about done with autograph seekers. It took 52 years. “I’m going to stop doing these autographs a bit,” he says. “People tell me they’re not going to sell these things. I catch them every once in a while.”