City turns eye to planning

The Denton City Council turned its attention to the city’s planning department Tuesday, touring the department’s offices inside City Hall West and hearing recommendations from the interim planning director during a special work session.

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Sit tight for fireworks

They may not be the “bombs bursting in air” evoked in the national anthem, but fireworks of all kinds will light up the night Saturday at Apogee Stadium in the Denton Noon Kiwanis Club’s annual spectacle.

Altitude Trampoline Park

Trampolines to fill former grocery

More than 22,000 square feet of trampolines will cover the interior space that once housed Albertsons on Interstate 35E as part of the building’s transformation into Altitude Trampoline Park.

Health officials seek quicker mosquito reports

Denton County health officials hope to hear about West Nile virus test results in the county much sooner than they currently do.

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Zebra mussels may infect new areas

Experts fear the recent floods and subsequent release of water from several North Texas lakes could mean the spread of zebra mussels to new spots they had not yet reached.

Right to wed reaches county

Denton County added two new events to the local history books on Monday. The Denton County Clerk’s Office issued the first same-sex marriage license and a county elected official performed the first same-sex wedding.


Residents decry ‘double standard’

LAKE DALLAS — Lake Dallas City Council held a town hall meeting Monday evening to discuss its decision to remove newly elected council member Julie Mathews from office.

Deal will open up land for houses

Energy companies have tentatively agreed to limit their use of land on the city’s south side so that a residential developer can build and sell houses there.


Summertime lake access limited

Families accustomed to heading to the lake for Independence Day weekend may be forced to make new plans.

State to expand benefits to gay spouses

Same-sex spouses of state employees will now be eligible for benefits, as well as their dependents, and can enroll during the current open enrollment period.

Another charge leveled against suspect

The man charged with capital murder for killing a Denton woman is facing yet another aggravated robbery charge, police say.

Blotter: Man charged in hit-and-run

Denton police have arrested a 19-year-old man who allegedly drove away from the scene of a two-vehicle accident Sunday.

Calendar: Tuesday, June 30


Summer gardening camp combines education, excitement for children

“I want tomatoes!” “I want cucumbers!” “What about peppers?”


Field day highlights appeal of amateur radio operation

Amateur radio enthusiasts gathered Saturday for their annual field day, featuring food, ham radio practice and emergency planning techniques.


Former Lake Dallas City Council member Mathews offers perspective

Julie Mathews never considered herself a fighter.

Denton ISD: Refinancing bonds has reduced interest rates, generated extra $60M

The Denton school district’s ability to finance its bonds at a lower interest rate over the past 10 years has generated savings of more than $60 million.

Wait a bit longer

Casey Cavalier and Tod King should have been celebrating. They’d been waiting for this moment for 19 years. The gay community had come a long way from the days of police raids, when gay people hid their faces out of shame and fear. Now a same-sex couple was marrying on the steps of the Courthouse on the Square with scores of supporters gathered in celebration.


Statue debate halted

With conflict continuing to brew over Confederate imagery around the country, the effort to remove or replace the Confederate monument on Denton’s Square is at a standstill.

Dr. Adami, longtime surgeon, dies at 93

Dr. Gilbert Ernest Adami, a surgeon who practiced medicine in Denton for more than 50 years, healed countless locals and helped establish what eventually became Denton Regional Medical Center, died Wednesday. He was 93.


UNT Union to open in October

After weather delays, the opening of the new student union at the University of North Texas is now expected in October instead of August this year.

Pushback comes in Denton County

Denton County, politically ruby red, didn’t join 14 Texas counties that issued same-sex marriage licenses Friday, and that drew mixed reactions from church leaders, elected officials and others.


Clerk says software must be tweaked

Denton County Clerk Juli Anne Luke said she will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Denton County — as soon as her office is able to.

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Truck driver in fatal crash facing charges

A truck driver whose semitrailer crashed into a bus in Oklahoma and killed four members of the North Central Texas College softball team has been charged with four counts of first-degree manslaughter.


Milestone meal

For the past 15 years, Our Daily Bread has helped the homeless and disabled at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on West Oak Street in Denton with food, advice and community.

Two same-sex couples denied application for marriage license

The Denton County Clerk Juli Luke refused two same-sex couples an application for a license Friday, saying first that she needed to receive legal guidance from the district attorney's office. 


Mayor misses meeting

LAKE DALLAS — Dozens of Lake Dallas residents appeared at the City Council meeting Thursday evening to ask for Mayor Anthony Marino’s resignation.

Total Wine and More set to open this fall

Total Wine and More is finally coming to Denton, more than six months after the sale of liquor within the city was legalized.


Summertime color

The sun shines on a field of sunflowers recently off FM407 in Northlake.

Blotter: Police respond to call about funny money

Police responded to a call Wednesday afternoon after a clerk at a convenience store reported counterfeit $100 bills.

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Denton ISD to offer pre-K to additional school

Denton ISD is expanding its preschool opportunities this fall to include children from Denton City County Day School.

Friday, June 26 Calendar

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Fireworks stands open up

LAKE DALLAS — As of Wednesday afternoon, day one of fireworks sales was a bit quiet. Stephanie Meeks, manager of the Alamo Fireworks location along FM2181, only had two workers behind the counter Wednesday,...

Groups seek to exit suits

Local activists and the national nonprofit that helped them with the campaign to ban hydraulic fracturing in Denton have asked to be dismissed from a pair of lawsuits against the city.

FEMA warns of mold, offers flood aid

Although North Texas is back to being fairly hot and dry, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials want homeowners to be wary of a lingering effect of the recent wet weather — mold.

As SC honors church victims, Alabama lowers its flags

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Confederate battle flag was still flying high atop a 30-foot pole outside the South Carolina Statehouse on Wednesday as lawmakers prepared to honor their beloved black colleague with a viewing in the Rotunda. Elsewhere around the nation, leaders were already demoting the historic but divisive symbol. By the order of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Wednesday, four Confederate banners were being taken down from a large monument to secessionist soldiers outside that state’s capitol.

Les Cockrell: Foundation gives $4,000 to SPAN’s ‘Senior Paws’ program

Officials with the Denton Animal Support Foundation recently announced the awarding of a $4,000 grant to provide funding for the “Senior Paws” program established by SPAN Meals on Wheels.

Blotter: Police seek help in hit-and-run case

Police are seeking the public’s help after a 21-year-old man was found lying in the middle of Mills Road early Tuesday morning.

Lewisville Lake businesses hope to recoup loses

The businesses along Lewisville Lake have a message for the public: We are open.

Local ministry brings back Apple Tree Project

Interfaith Ministries of Denton needs help providing back-to-school assistance through its Apple Tree Project.

Thursday, June 25 Calendar

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Lake Dallas residents gather to discuss removal of city leaders

LAKE DALLAS — Nana’s Cafe is usually a place where residents gather to enjoy a good home-cooked meal of hand-pattied burgers, pot roast or meatloaf.

Grand jury summoning in near future

Pay close attention to that next jury summons, Denton County. It may be for grand jury service. The first Denton County grand jury to be convened under random selection comes in October. District Clerk Sherri Adelstein said she’s planning on mailing the new summons to about 125 Denton County residents in September.

Denton school board approves money items

The Denton school board approved $1,250 raises for teachers and adopted a $233 million operating budget Tuesday.

Business owners unsure of open carry signs’ effects

AUSTIN — The next tussle over Texas’ new open carry law is likely to come over one of its more mundane requirements: signs.

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Official sounds alarm on bug bites

Denton County commissioners received a familiar message from county health officials Tuesday.

Mayor lukewarm on deal for tony homes

A Denton-area home developer has another week to convince the City Council that a high-end home development on Ryan Road is worthy of the city’s help.

Blotter: Police respond to reported assault at apartment

A dispute over another woman led police to an assault call Monday in the 1400 block of Teasley Lane.