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Immunization battle heating up in state

AUSTIN — Texas could be the epicenter for the nation’s next major fight over stricter requirements for immunizations as rates of schoolchildren who refuse shots for non-medical reasons climb in America’s second-largest state.

Firefighters battle fire at vacant Denton Hair Salon

Authorities said firefighters are battling a one-alarm fire at a Denton hair salon Thursday morning.

Residents urged to get flu shots

In the midst of National Influenza Vaccination Week, officials with Denton County Public Health are encouraging residents to get a flu shot.

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Remove and replace

City workers remove bushes Wednesday from a sidewalk area at the corner of Locust and Hickory streets in downtown Denton before filling the space with concrete. Workers pulled up hawthorn bushes, planters and irrigation systems damaged by cars and trucks that frequently miss the corners.

Blotter: Man arrested on burglary charge

A 21-year-old man was arrested on a burglary charge Tuesday night after police said he broke a window in one building and tried to enter the adjacent building by prying open a door.

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Thursday, December 8 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.

Denton City Council bans people from using handheld devices while driving

People may no longer hold their cellphones while driving in Denton. After more than nine months of debate and compromises, the Denton City Council agreed 6-1 to ban drivers from using handheld devices behind the wheel.

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Unconventional option

This season canned goods can be used to pay off parking tickets at the University of North Texas in a new initiative from transportation services.

Area’s 1st hard freeze forecast

While parts of North Texas have had freezing temperatures already this year, the first hard freeze is forecast for this week.

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Deceased police recruit did standard exercises

Chris Murray, a Frisco police recruit who died last Thursday after collapsing during a physical exam at the Denton Police Academy, completed the same type of cardio and weight exercises as other recruits, according to Denton police Sgt. Keith Olson.

Student housing project postponed

While a 300-bed apartment project on West Hickory Street didn’t get clearance from the Denton City Council, developers with EdR Collegiate Housing could still bring back a proposal to build the complex.

County hires Phillips as elections administrator

The Denton County Commissioners Court officially hired Frank Phillips back as the county elections administrator Tuesday.

UNT grads, faculty among Grammy nominees

A host of University of North Texas College of Music graduates and alumni picked up Grammy Award nominations on Tuesday, and one faculty member recorded an album produced by a pair of nominees.

Blotter: Man arrested after standoff receives new charge

A 28-year-old Denton man has been charged with aggravated assault with a weapon after police initially charged him with unlawful restraint following a Monday evening standoff with police in the 3200 block of Wagon Trail Drive.

Wednesday, November 6 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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Proposed handheld ban drives man

For longtime Denton resident James Shaffer, tonight’s City Council meeting is personal. After months of delays, the council is scheduled to vote on a proposed ordinance that would ban Denton drivers from using handheld wireless devices while driving.

Resident arrested after standoff

A Denton man was arrested Monday evening after police say he barricaded himself in his home in the 3200 block of Wagon Trail Drive with his wife and two small children.

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Bathroom repair a problem

Kathie Walker came home from the hospital last week to her Denton apartment with no toilet or shower.

County set to consider election official’s pay

Denton County commissioners will consider the salary for the county’s new elections administrator today.

DISD, city discuss issues at meeting

Officials from Denton ISD and the city of Denton sat down Monday morning for their annual joint meeting where they discussed issues that overlap between the two organizations. Much of the discussion centered on the state’s 85th legislative session, which gets underway in January.

Rawlings targetspension system

DALLAS — Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to stop the Dallas Police and Fire Pension system from allowing retirees to pull their deferred retirement funds from the ailing system.

Blotter: Teenage cousins report robbery, gunshots

A 16-year-old boy told police early Sunday that one of three suspects, two of whom were wearing red bandanas around their faces, displayed a gun after stealing his cellphone in the 3400 block of Paisley Street.

Tuesday, November 6 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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Ease and grace

Smiles adorned, toes cramped and excitement evident in each face, members of the Denton Dance Conservatory power through the final days of preparation before their annual holiday ballet, "A Gift for Emma."

Report: Man with rifle barricades self in house; Denton police on scene

The Denton Police Department's tactical unit is investigating a man who has barricaded himself inside a home with a rifle in the 3200 block of Wagon Trail Drive, according to police. Police do not know if anyone else is in the home, and they could not provide specific identifying information for the man or the weapon.

Blotter: Man’s pickup stolen; his wife’s vehicle burglarized

A man reported his 2000 GMC Sierra truck stolen Saturday morning in the 1900 block of Paisley Street.

Dave Lieber: Hustler busted but keeps his business

Let’s step into the world of a modern-day high-tech entrepreneur who became a millionaire off unsuspecting suckers, not once but twice. But as good as he was, he was also bad. He was tagged by the Federal Trade Commission, not once but twice, 10 years apart on two different kinds of computer schemes.

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Monday, December 5 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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Growing need, growing shelter

Generous donations and city involvement are to thank for the coming growth of Monsignor King Outreach Center on Woodrow Lane, says Roy Metzler, president of the nonprofit’s board of directors.

Donations sought for Shop With a Cop

Denton residents can start making monetary donations to the Denton Police Officers’ Association for this year’s Shop With a Cop event, which will be at 7 a.m. Dec. 19 at Wal-Mart at 1515 S. Loop 288.

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Fire torches warehouse party in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. — Firefighters struggled to get to bodies in the rubble Saturday after a fire tore through a converted Oakland warehouse during a late-night electronic music party, killing at least nine people and making the charred structure unsafe for emergency crews to enter. Officials said at least two dozen more were missing in the rubble of the building.

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Dave Lieber: Don’t pay for homestead tax break

Texans are receiving notices in the mail asking if they want to pay to designate their homes as a homestead. If you read that sentence and think it has something to do with getting a homestead exemption on property taxes, you’d be wrong.

Blotter: Vehicle was carrying drugs when it hit house

Officers discovered 29 nitrous-oxide “whippet” canisters and less than 2 ounces of marijuana inside a 29-year-old man’s vehicle that he crashed into a home after midnight Friday, according to a police report.

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Sunday, December 4 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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‘Beyond happy’

Months of anticipation became a well of emotions for Jennifer Coon of Burleson on Friday. Four hundred and fifteen days ago, a blond-haired, blue-eyed baby boy entered the lives of Coon, her husband, Christopher, and their “fur babies,” 17-year-old Ernie, a Jack Russell terrier, and 15-year-old Sundance, a rat terrier. What was different about Friday?

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Festival faithful brave rain

“It’s not raining!” shouted City Council member Joey Hawkins as a crowd gathered on the downtown Square for the 28th annual Denton Holiday Lighting Festival. Apparently, Hawkins’ proclamation wasn’t enough to convince Mother Nature.

Weather leads to change in plans for some celebrations

Multiple Denton County cities and towns have either canceled scheduled holiday events for today, modified events or moved activities indoors because of rain.

The Case of the Pyramid of Gifts

Some Denton residents are sharing the “secret sister” post on Facebook, one that pledges if you send a $10 gift to a secret sister, you will get 36 gifts in return.

Blotter: Woman says man pointed gun at her

A 24-year-old woman told police Thursday afternoon that her boyfriend pointed a black semiautomatic handgun at her head and pulled the trigger several times near a residence in the 400 block of North Bradshaw Street.