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Democrat sees land office as ‘bully pulpit’

Denton residents are taking an increasing interest in lower-profile races on the statewide ballot as the fight over the city’s right to regulate oil and gas development enters a new arena.

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Despite rain, lakes still lacking

A naturalist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the water added to area lakes by last week’s heavy rainfall was nice but not enough to reopen docks that have been closed for a year.

3 districts seeking superintendents

Three Denton County school districts are trying to find new superintendents this summer as the school year rapidly approaches. Aubrey, Little Elm and Pilot Point are among 42 Texas school districts with superintendent vacancies, according to TexasISD.com. The website is a source of school news for educators.

Blotter: Suspect hits officer

A Denton officer was punched in the chest by a man at a local medical facility, according to police reports. Police said the incident began after a man called into police shortly after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. When officers arrived, the man, who was incoherent, agreed to be transported to a medical facility on Scripture Street. While in the waiting room, the man questioned why the officer was holding his identification.

Friday, July 25 Calendar

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Jailer placed on leave

A 38-year-old Denton man is claiming he was a victim of police brutality, and now he wants justice served. Jason Wayne Bishop was picked up early Saturday in the 100 block of Avenue A on suspicion of public intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor, Denton police said. During the booking process, Bishop began to be uncooperative and was forced to the ground by jailer Darius Porter, who has since been placed on administrative leave, police said.

Union of steel and stone

Construction crews are pouring concrete and planting the steel structure for the new student union building at the University of North Texas.

Solar-powered fusion: Team heads to Austin as part of challenge

A ray of sunshine is what it takes to fuel one Liberty Christian School team. On Wednesday, 11 students from the Argyle school hit the road bound for Austin as participants in the 21st annual high school Solar Car Challenge.

Les Cockrell: Texas Roadhouse event to benefit Special Olympics

Texas Roadhouse restaurants in the area will participate in the Tip a Cop event today.

Blotter: Three-vehicle crash sends one person to hospital

Roadway construction along northbound Interstate 35E in Corinth on Tuesday night was a factor in a major accident that left one person hospitalized, police said.

Thursday, July 24 Calendar

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Heated competition

LAKE DALLAS — Rafael Ferrer took a moment to adjust his glasses, which had slipped down his nose a little in the noonday heat as he pumped more gas into the tank of his compact car. Ferrer saw the big numbers in the red-light display from the freeway as he headed into work Monday morning: $3.15 a gallon.

Panel suggests county cellphone cuts

Three Denton County constables appealed a county committee’s recommendation Tuesday to cut cellphone allowances from the upcoming fiscal budget.

Towns’ police talks at end

Double Oak has decided to end its informal talks with Bartonville over providing police services. The Town Council voted 3-2 on Monday to end the discussion.

Prostitution sting nets arrests in The Colony

Roughly a dozen women from across the Dallas-Fort Worth area were picked up during a prostitution and human trafficking sting operation recently, law enforcement officials said.

Blotter: Police say ax handle was used in aggravated assault

A 47-year-old man was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he struck another man multiple times with an ax handle, Denton police said.

Lone Star Technology in Action conference begins

From tips for creating a website to learning Google basics and from using 3D printers and pens to building a social media presence, the fifth annual Lone Star Technology in Action conference offers something for educators and local residents alike.

Wednesday, July 23 Calendar

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Grand closing

Construction workers closed Hickory street at Bell Avenue Monday . Hickory will be closed from Bell to Railroad avenues until Aug. 21 as crews install a new sewer line — part of Hickory's "grand street" reconstruction.

New UNT law school draws interest

Around the country, fewer people are applying to law school. Then there’s the UNT Dallas College of Law. It expected about 350 applications for the inaugural class — and got more than 600.

Wallace to take NCTC’s reins

Brent Wallace, chief academic officer at North Central Texas College, will be the next president of the community college and start the job Aug. 1.

Flower Mound teen dies in go-kart accident

Kierstin Eaddy met everything with passion. She had a passion for track and field, Girl Scouts, horses and helping others. The Flower Mound teenager also had a passion for racing go-karts and was thrilled to participate in a timed race sponsored by the Sports Car Club of America at Texas Motor Speedway this past weekend.

Blotter: Accused scofflaw booked on tolls complaint

The Colony police booked a 41-year-old man into the Denton County Jail at about 4 a.m. Saturday on four counts of failure to pay tolls.

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Students learn facets of modern journalism

Work as a multimedia journalist has many facets. It requires someone who can write a story for print or a broadcast package, shoot and edit video, anchor the news, blog, use social media, take photographs and upload them, among other things.

Tuesday, July 22 Calendar

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Wish granted

The wineries that James Wood has visited stretch from California to the French countryside. A lover of fine wines, Wood remembers those trips from decades past as some of his most memorable with his wife and friends.

New app lightens social media load

University of North Texas student Jesse Stauffer and his peers are tired of hearing people lecture about what they should and should not post on social media.

Dismissal bell marks start of program

Lake Dallas school district parents will have an opportunity Tuesday to preview the district’s new after-school program, InZone Extended Day.

Les Cockrell: Denton library’s improv class open to teens

The Denton Public Library will offer teenagers a three-day workshop on improvisational acting skills beginning Tuesday, July 29, according to an announcement from the library.

Blotter: Police search for clues, suspect in school break-in

Denton police are searching for clues and a suspect in a Saturday evening elementary school break-in.

Monday, July 21 Calendar

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Apple Tree reaches its goal

An official with Interfaith Ministries of Denton said the nonprofit agency has met its Apple Tree Project donation goal, which will allow distribution of backpacks, school supplies, clothing and shoes to 1,500 needy schoolchildren in Denton next month.

County’s social service funds down

A number of social service agencies will receive a lot less in funding from Denton County than they asked for, officials said.

Couple opens doors to dream

One couple’s dream became a reality this week when their Dickey’s Barbecue Pit franchise in Sanger finally opened its doors.

Open hoods, closed roof

Blotter: Report: Woman flees squad car after arrest

Denton police said a woman somehow escaped from of the back of a squad car Friday afternoon.

Kim Phillips: Council learns definition of a long day

Last Tuesday night’s marathon City Council meeting got a lot of people thinking. The subject under consideration was whether or not to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, within the Denton city limits. This is a hot topic with passions high on both sides of the conversation. More than 500 people attended the council meeting, with some 110 citizens signing up to voice their opinions. The meeting opened at 6:30 p.m. and ended more than eight hours later. Council members and staff finally left City Hall around 3:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle seniors launch Bible study

Argyle Senior Center will begin a nondenominational Bible study at 9 a.m. Friday. Larry Simmons will be conducting the studies and inviting different speakers from the Argyle community.

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Rising to the challenge

Children have challenges. Some have more than others. A camp hosted by Texas Woman’s University this week taught 17 children with big challenges about independence and the need to stay fit and active.

County sizing up flood damage

After a hectic day of dealing with flooding from almost a foot of rainfall in parts of Denton County on Thursday, conditions were rapidly returning to normal Friday, said Jody Gonzalez, the county’s emergency management coordinator.

Program gives students glimpse of college life

Students and staff members flowed in and out of the University of North Texas Career Center on Friday, where they spoke with a group of special high school visitors.

Blotter: Report: Man arrested after firing shotgun

The sound of a shotgun being discharged brought Denton police to a residence in the 1100 block of Teasley Lane on Thursday night.

Teen pronounced dead at scene after crash

A Decatur teenager was killed Friday morning in a single-vehicle accident in Denton County, officials said.

Area gets decent dousing

A storm that dumped almost a foot of rain in parts of Denton County on Thursday morning brought flash flooding that stalled cars, stranded motorists, endangered livestock and trapped people in homes, officials said.

UNT hopes to brew revenue

University of North Texas football fans will be able to buy beer in public sections of Apogee Stadium this fall for the first time, a move school officials believe will help grow athletics revenue and ticket sales.

Land commissioner weighs in on ban

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson believes Denton’s proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing would cost the children of Texas.Patterson wrote a letter to Mayor Chris Watts objecting to the ban prior...

Blotter: Denton police take man into custody on warrant

A 28-year-old man wanted on a charge of endangering a child attempted to run from Denton police officers when they tried to serve a warrant at his home in the 500 block of Maddox Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Friday, July 18 Calendar

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24-hour rainfall totals

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service reported the following rainfall totals for Denton, Wise and Cooke counties.