Denton ISD

Middle school’s latest design plans unveiled

The Denton school board viewed the latest design plans for the district’s eighth middle school this week.

Former UNT professor faces charges for child pornography

A former University of North Texas criminology professor faces nine felony counts of possession of child pornography. James Francis Quinn, 59, of Denton, resigned his university post effective June 4, according to UNT spokeswoman Margarita Venegas.


Outdoor church expansion risk some Ponder residents

PONDER — Church expansions seldom raise concerns, but the one going up in Ponder isn’t your average sanctuary.


Estimated cost to haul statue nearby would be $15K

The battle cry for those against the Confederate Soldiers Memorial on the Courthouse on the Square lawn is simply to remove it.


Inspired by Australia, Facebook group promotes love for local trees

Chris Briggs was waiting at the airport for his wife, council member Keely Briggs, when he heard something strange on the radio.

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Blotter: Police investigate nude photo claim

A woman reported to police Wednesday morning nude photos of her have surfaced online.

Friday, July 31 Calendar

Add your event to our online calendar at; email; fax to 940-566-6888; or mail to Page 2 Calendar, Denton Record-Chronicle, 314 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX 76201.


Sanders reaches supporters in Denton

President Barack Obama in 2008 was the first presidential candidate to engage a national audience with social media and web chats, hosting virtual campaign rallies using the networking power of the Internet.


Lunch chats offer benefits

Picking through a box of Sourlicious Golden Raisins, 11-year-old Kyleigh Barrett discusses various book and movie series with Leticia Landeros, a graduate student at Texas Woman’s University.

DCTA to get system on own

Denton County Transportation Authority officials plan to obtain a rail safety technology system for the A-train on their own.DCTA officials had been working on a partnership with Dallas Area Rapid Transit...

Travis’ campaign reports flawed

William Travis has spent the last three years of his term as Denton County sheriff expanding the county jail, traveling to Austin to combat marijuana legislation and keeping county streets safe for pedestrians in places such as Lantana and Robson Ranch.

First positive West Nile sample found in Denton

A mosquito sample has come up positive for the West Nile virus, the first this year within the Denton city limits.

Man attempts to flee police

Cleveland Browns quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel has some family in trouble with the law, officials said Wednesday.

Blotter: Police arrest woman on assault charge

A 48-year-old woman was arrested on an assault charge at a home in the 2500 block of Natchez Trace late Tuesday.

Les Cockrell: Items abound in Denton garage sale

A garage sale is planned from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday inside Erwin Hall at Denton’s First Presbyterian Church.Members of the Presbyterian Women’s group have just about filled the facility with items...

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Thursday, July 30 Calendar

Add your event to our online calendar at; email; fax to 940-566-6888; or mail to Page 2 Calendar, Denton Record-Chronicle, 314 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX 76201.


County values total $78B

All counted, Denton County property is valued on the tax roll at nearly $78 billion this year.


Summer heat brings new purpose for old building

Part of the city’s old animal shelter has a new purpose, at least for now — helping people escape extreme heat and cold.


Council tables decision on setbacks

The Denton City Council postponed a vote on reducing setbacks after more than 30 residents spoke at a special public hearing Tuesday night. The council tabled until Aug. 4 its decision on whether to reduce setbacks between gas well sites and places like homes, schools and businesses.

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Blotter: No arrests made in recent pharmacy break-in

Nothing was reported taken after a break-in at a pharmacy in the 3300 block of Mayhill Road late Monday, according to a police report, and an investigation has not led to any arrests.

Wednesday, July 29 Calendar

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Setbacks likely to tighten up

The Denton City Council will likely reduce the required distance between gas wells and homes and businesses in the city limits tonight in an effort to meet new standards required by Texas House Bill 40.

Denton ISD aims to tackle truancy

Denton ISD officials will explain changes to its truancy practices in a workshop discussion at a school board meeting tonight. The passage of House Bill 2398 last legislative session is the reason for the change. Beginning Sept. 1, truancy is no longer considered a Class C misdemeanor that results in jail time.

Wading right in

Two-year-old Oliver Royar, right, grabs his hat and laughs after getting splashed at Denton’s Water Works Park on Monday. The forecast from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth calls for high temperatures in Denton and North Texas to continue in the upper 90s to near 100 through Sunday. There is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms on Friday.


Boy Scouts drop blanket ban on gay adult leaders

NEW YORK — The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons.

Blotter: Woman runs from police, charged with possession

A 57-year-old woman didn’t run fast enough to escape from the clutches of law enforcement Sunday evening.


Briefly in Denton and the Area

Tuesday, July 28 Calendar

Add your event to our online calendar at; email; fax to 940-566-6888; or mail to Page 2 Calendar, Denton Record-Chronicle, 314 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX 76201.


From the ground up: Principal discusses plans for Braswell High School’s opening

LITTLE ELM — It’s a hot 93-degree day and Leslie Guajardo is at the Braswell High School construction site.

Krum EDC sees high interest for open spots

Krum officials are reporting more applications for the city’s economic development corporation board than ever before.

Les Cockrell: Volunteers needed to serve as greeters

The Denton County Office of History and Culture needs volunteers to serve as docents, and a “Lunch ’n Learn” orientation and training session has been planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10.


State health insurance markets struggle with cost challenges

WASHINGTON — State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama’s health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. These challenges could lead more of them to turn over operations to the federal government or join forces with other states.

Blotter: Woman arrested after reported disturbance

A 42-year-old woman was arrested Saturday night for reportedly causing a disturbance and allegedly getting violent with an officer.

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Briefly in Denton and the Area

Monday, July 27 Calendar

Add your event to our online calendar at; email; 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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Getting time to heal after concussions helps UNT grad get back on the court

Brandan Walton’s head whipped around to see what happened as a thunderous cracking sound echoed through Humphrey Coliseum in 2011.


Project boosted by special district funds behind schedule in Flower Mound

FLOWER MOUND — A man-made river should be flowing through the center of the River Walk at Central Park in Flower Mound, a 158-acre public improvement district west of Moriss Road and north of FM1171. But this river is filled with dirty, brown water from May’s rains. The enhanced water flow doesn’t seem as enchanting as its pictures look in the 2013 proposal for the project.

The Dallas Morning News

Game expo a feast for core fans

DALLAS — With the promise of exclusive reveals and a celebration unlike any other, QuakeCon 2015 rocked gamers’ worlds this weekend. The four-day gaming convention comes to a close today at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

Dave Lieber: Mailbag shows businesses hurt tons of people

Here are real letters from folks like you to The Watchdog. Note: I use senders’ initials because you can write to me without worrying that your name will be published without permission.


Businesses growing frustrated with shortage of high-speed Internet in parts of city

City leaders may tap Denton’s do-it-yourself attitude to fix a high-tech problem: lack of local access to high-speed internet.


Mathews' Lake Dallas council seat safe for now

The “Citizen Chapman” saga began its next chapter Friday morning at the Denton County Courthouse when Judge Vicki Isaacks granted former Lake Dallas City Council member Julie Mathews a temporary injunction to prevent the city from filling her open council seat.


County's smaller towns get spotlight

Denton County history often focuses on the city of Denton, but county towns such as Pilot Point, Krum and Ponder harbor their own rich histories. A new exhibit will put those small-town stories on display.

UNT NAACP earns top honors

At a conference in Philadelphia, the University of North Texas NAACP chapter took home national awards in the youth and college division for Voter Empowerment, Economic Empowerment and Chapter of the Year.

Corinth Police Department

Banana trailer fire shuts down northbound Interstate 35E

Today in Denton

BlueCross BlueShield to drop individual PPO plans in 2016

About 367,000 Texans will lose their individual health insurance policies next year when BlueCross BlueShield of Texas stops offering its Blue Choice PPO (preferred provider organization) plans.

Lewisville shooting victim identified

The man killed in Lewisville has been identified as 19-year-old Jarrod DeWayne Black, according to Troy Taylor, chief death investigator for Denton County.