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Stress unleashed

Willis Library at the University of North Texas had some unusual visitors Monday — nine therapy dogs. In just two hours, hundreds of students were able to play with the therapy dogs to help reduce their stress levels as they begin studying for finals.

Fires burn in Ferguson, gunshots heard in streets

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Flames engulfed at least a dozen businesses in Ferguson early Tuesday and gunfire kept firefighters at bay after protests over the decision not to indict a police officer in Michael Brown’s death turned violent, despite pleas for peace from Brown’s family and others.

Police arrest two in robbery

Flower Mound police have identified two Denton County residents arrested in connection with a robbery Saturday afternoon, as well as a second robbery carried out in Lewisville later the same day.

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Campers get creative with castoffs

Ten elementary school-age children spent the first day of Thanksgiving break at Camp SCRAP making grapes, plums, apples and other fruits and foods of papier-mache.

Blotter: Broken-down Honda scooter goes missing

A Denton man told police that someone took his Honda Elite 80 motor scooter Sunday evening, even though the vehicle was missing a side plate and wouldn’t run.

Tuesday, Nov. 25 Calendar

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Church on the range

SANGER — The red building looks more like a barn than a church. A black sign with a silhouette of a cowboy kneeling in front of a cross is the only indication that this is a place of worship.

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Doomed I-35E building got final purpose

Texas Land & Cattle Steak House in Hickory Creek had one last job to do before the building was demolished to give way for the expansion of Interstate 35E.

Les Cockrell: Donations taken around the clock

North Texas Trinity Cowboy Church of Sanger will hold its third G6 project to help the community beginning on Sunday, according to an announcement from the church.

Blotter: Boy finds prescription pills hidden inside candy box

A secret stash of hydrocodone pills in a candy box could have led to deadly results for a 5-year-old boy, according to a Denton police report.

Flower Mound police arrest two suspects in robbery

Flower Mound police had two men in custody after responding to a robbery call Saturday afternoon.

Water tower permit fees on council agenda

Bartonville Town Council is holding a special meeting tonight to discuss and consider approval of building permit fees associated with the construction of an elevated water tower.

Monday, Nov. 24 Calendar

To tell us about your event or meeting, visit DentonRC.com and click on “Let Us Know” for our online forms; email to 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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Rally forth

Despite the slick roads and a brief hail storm, an estimated 250 cyclists participated in the Denton Breakfast Kiwanis’ 32nd annual Turkey Roll on Saturday.

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Some signs don’t comply

The action comes swiftly. Two men circle the vehicle like big cats stalking their prey. One looks like a former NFL linebacker and the other looks like a Hell’s Angels member.

City prepares for challenges

Political activists and the City Council took bold steps this week against challenges to Denton’s new ban on hydraulic fracturing and against the energy industry’s property rights claims in the city.

Blotter: Police make arrest after disturbance call placed

A fight between a man and woman prompted an onlooker to call Denton police Friday evening.

Irving resident indicted on murder charge

An Irving man accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife was indicted recently by a Denton County grand jury.

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Tech support

Patrick and Emily McLarty can relate to families faced with mounting medical bills. “We’ve experienced what that’s like, and the uncertainty and the fear,” Emily McLarty said. She said she and her husband know all too well what it’s like to have the rug pulled from underneath.

State’s shift could reverberate

Denton learned a little more about its changing self this week during a League of Women Voters program that examined Texas’ changing demographics and its growth as a minority-majority state.

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Students feast, forge fellowship

One of Brenda Sweeten’s major concerns going into holiday breaks is what some students have or don’t have planned.

Hurst pair accused of exploiting children

A single obscene photo on Instagram helped local and federal authorities zero in on a Fort Worth man they say has admitted molesting more than 100 children and possessing thousands of illegal pornographic images.

Denton jobless rate less than 4 percent

The city of Denton’s unemployment rate was less than 4 percent for the second month in a row. According to data released from the Texas Workforce Commission, unemployment in October was 3.8 percent in Denton, 4.3 percent in Denton County and 5.1 percent for the state.

Blotter: Double Oak police seek help in vehicle burglary case

Double Oak police are asking for the public’s help in finding four men who allegedly burglarized a vehicle in the 500 block of Whispering Oaks Drive at 12:37 p.m. Thursday.

Grand jury indicts area man on murder charge

A Denton County grand jury indicted Stephen Bielicke on a murder charge Thursday.Bielicke, of Lewisville, has been in jail since he allegedly chased Flower Mound resident Verland “Scott” Johansen along...

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Dinner and a shot

Dietrich Parks gets a flu shot from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton nurse Kathy Cantrell as Our Daily Bread, a community soup kitchen, hosts a Thanksgiving dinner on Friday in Denton.

Saturday, Nov. 22 Calendar

To tell us about your event or meeting, visit DentonRC.com and click on “Let Us Know” for our online forms; email to drc@dentonrc.com; fax to 940-566-6888; or mail to Page 2 Calendar, Denton Record-Chronicle, 314 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX 76201.

Argyle hires Frederiksen as city manager

The town of Argyle hired Paul Frederiksen on Wednesday to serve as the new city manager. Frederiksen steps into his new role Dec. 22, taking over the responsibilities of Trent Petty, a former city manager...

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Early Turkey Day

Residents gather for the annual Senior Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.

New report looks at fracking amid drought

Hydraulic fracturing of natural gas and oil wells threatens America’s water supplies in drought-stricken areas, according to a report released Tuesday by the Environmental Working Group.

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Students’ research gains notice

Three research projects from seven local high school students have gained the attention of the country’s top researchers in recent months.

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Obama orders rile up GOP

WASHINGTON — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families.”

Skies are likely to pour this weekend

The Dallas-Fort Worth region and the Red River counties around Wichita Falls remain the driest areas in Texas, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor. But a forecast for significant rainfall on Saturday — more than 2 inches in some places — could bring welcome relief.

Blotter: Fire in Krum displaces family of five

Overnight booms that sounded like “explosions” rattled a street in Krum on Wednesday, displacing a family of five.

Police arrest health care worker

Corinth police arrested a 39-year-old man after the officers discovered he had been neglectful to three people he was hired to care for, according to a news release.

Turkey Roll to go on rain or shine

Denton Breakfast Kiwanis is conducting its 32nd annual Turkey Roll on Saturday, and the show will go on, rain or shine, organizers said.

Heidemann appointed to Corinth city council seat

The Corinth City Council held a special session Nov. 13 to appoint Bill Heidemann to the council, filling the vacancy left by Jim Mayfield, according to a news release.

Friday, Nov. 21 Calendar

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Red kettle kickoff

Santa Claus rings the bell as Mayor Chris Watts prepares to put the first dollar in the kettle at the Salvation Army Red Kettle Kickoff at Golden Triangle Mall Wednesday morning November 19 2014, in Denton

State Bar disciplines assistant DA

A Denton County assistant district attorney has until Monday to file an appeal after the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee placed him on probated suspension recently.

Team takes risks for win

If three University of North Texas students used real money in a recent investment competition, they would be rich.

Les Cockrell: Hospital to offer free flu shots to residents

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton will be at Our Daily Bread community soup kitchen on Friday to offer free flu shots to the community.

League of Women Voters slates presentation today

The League of Women Voters of Denton invite the public to join them at 7 p.m. today at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave., to learn more about the state’s changing demographics.

Frisco ISD responds to former Ryan administrator issues

Frisco ISD revealed Wednesday that a post a Denton ISD administrator shared on her personal Facebook account was a “manipulated image.”

Blotter: Blanket reported stolen after injury

A 35-year-old Denton man reported his blanket was stolen after he was struck on the head Tuesday morning.

Coats for Kids Ride in need of coats, jackets

The annual Coats for Kids Ride is working to collect new coats, hooded sweatshirts and larger sized coats this year for the motorcycle ride on Sunday, Nov. 30.

Burgess to serve as subcommittee chairman

U.S. Rep. Michael C. Burgess, R-Lewisville, has succeeded U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, Mich., to serve as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade for the 114th Congress.

Construction to begin on University Drive

Construction crews will close inside lanes and parts of the median on University Drive daily through Friday and again Monday and Tuesday.

Thursday, Nov. 20 Calendar

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