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Helping hand

Pat Smith started his job as the executive director of Serve Denton with the understanding that he’d be a short-timer.

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Through the haze

A dense fog blankets downtown Denton as drivers make their way down West Oak Street on Sunday.

Blotter: Minor caught trespassing

A minor was detained Saturday night for visiting Golden Triangle Mall, where he was banned, according to police.

Dave Lieber: Let’s put a stop to lying contractors

The other week, I went to small claims court to watch a DeSoto business owner exact revenge on a roofer who relieved him of a $7,700 deposit but provided no roof. The roofer, Lucas Ray Currier, took the deposit money and disappeared.

Holiday closures

Federal, state, county and city offices will be closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Monday, January 16 Calendar

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Creative fuel

Stoke, Denton’s city-sponsored co-working space, has hired a full-time director after five months without one. The 9,000-square-foot space opened in August at the Railyard, a development with apartments and office and restaurant space next to the Brock Downtown Denton Transit Center.

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A hard look at modern slavery

Organizations that work to prevent human trafficking gathered under one roof Saturday to discuss the modern-day slave trade in Denton and surrounding communities.

Blotter: Man arrested after bar fight

Police arrested a 24-year-old man in the 100 block of Avenue A near the bars on Fry Street after they said he assaulted another person at a bar and fled from officers.

Sunday, January 15 Calendar

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The latest: I-35E beautification

What’s new? Denton approved a $700,000 contract this week to pay for items that will make the North Texas Boulevard crossing over Interstate 35E more beautiful, including landscaping, lighting, decorative sidewalks, signage and lighted medallion signs. The University of North Texas made a $300,000 contribution to help pay for the work.

Dave Lieber: In the Statehouse, let’s make sure you get heard

I love the Texas Legislature. You don’t hear those words very often. But ever since I visited for the first time, in 1995, and watched then-Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock work his magic over everyone, I see the lege for the good it does. Who says that these days?

Argyle ISD keeps Wright as head

The Argyle school board has extended its contract with Superintendent Telena Wright through June 2020.

Pilot of small plane killed in Cooke County crash

A 27-year-old Era man and Sanger High School graduate died Thursday night after crashing his biplane in a pasture near County Road 325 and FM51 in Cooke County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Blotter: Woman arrested after reporting assault

A 20-year-old woman on Thursday claimed her boyfriend held a gun to her head and pinned her down during an argument at an apartment complex in the 1100 block of Palmwood Place.

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Rheault recognition

Frenchy and Teri Rheault, right, smile for portraits as they were honored Friday with a star in the sidewalk of Campus Theatre in Denton. The granite star bears the couple’s names and signifies their support for the arts in Denton.

Saturday, January 14 Calendar

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Rain on its way

Denton residents will dodge an icy bullet this weekend as flooding, power outages and heavy ice accumulations threaten portions of the southern Plains north of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Denton Municipal Electric amends contract

The ink had barely dried on the city’s contract to build a new natural gas-fired power plant before Denton Municipal Electric came back to change it this week. But whatever that contract change is, it’s a secret.

Senior tax freeze placed on May ballot

Denton homeowners with a disability or age 65 and older will have the chance to vote themselves another tax break this year.

Blotter: Police respond to report of man with knife

Denton police said they received a call about a knife-wielding man in a parking lot Wednesday afternoon near a Home Depot on Brinker Road, but they later determined he was actually cleaning his fingernails with the blade.

Friday, January 13 Calendar

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Denton County eyes bids for complex in fall

Denton County officials anticipate accepting bids this fall for construction on Phase III of an administrative complex, with work slated to begin in early 2018.

Agency identifies driver in chase

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified Jeffrey Lemonds as the man who led police on a chase through Aubrey on Tuesday and later shot himself in a pasture in the 5600 block of U.S. Highway 377.

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Denton ISD mulls more teachers

Denton ISD board members got a preliminary look Tuesday night at the fiscal impact of hiring more elementary school teachers. Tracy Johnson, the district’s human resources coordinator, presented six options that would bring in more elementary teachers to reduce class sizes, especially for schools in low-income areas.

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Mother-daughter duo to model at cancer benefit

When Candy Bowens told her three daughters she had stage three breast cancer in 2002, she gathered them all at her house and had them sit down.

Blotter: Man reportedly stabbed by children’s mother with key

Denton police are investigating an alleged assault on Tuesday afternoon after a 38-year-old man said his children’s mother stabbed him with a key and brandished a knife at a home in the 3800 block of Camelot Street.

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Thursday, January 12 Calendar

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Commissioners reject sidewalk injury claim

Denton County commissioners on Tuesday denied an injury claim submitted by a Denton woman who fell on the downtown Square sidewalk nearly a year ago.

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Lynn Stucky takes oath of office in Austin

AUSTIN — The start of the 85th Texas Legislature showed words still matter. Denton’s newest representative to the Texas House of Representatives, Lynn Stucky, shouted “present” for the roll call and took his oath of office alongside 149 other legislators midday Tuesday.

Man dead following police chase in Aubrey

A roughly 16-minute police chase in Aubrey ended Tuesday morning with a man shooting himself with a shotgun in a pasture near the 5600 block of U.S. Highway 377, according to Lt. Orlando Hinojosa, a spokesman for the Denton County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities have not yet identified the man, who died at the scene.

Denton ISD board members blast new school rating system

Denton ISD board members joined school officials across the state in denouncing a new state accountability system that grades schools on an “A-F” scale.

Homeless man found dead in Denton identified

Richard Gaskin has been identified as the homeless man who was found dead near a wooded area behind LA Fitness in the 1300 block of South Loop 288. Police initially said Gaskin, 36, was found dead in a tent out in Friday’s freezing temperatures. But the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office lists his official time of death as 6:09 p.m. Saturday.

Blotter: Animal cruelty suspect in custody

A former Denton animal shelter employee faces a charge of cruelty to a non-livestock animal after he was accused of throwing a kitten to the ground on Dec. 15 at the Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center.

Wednesday, January 11 Calendar

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Schools to evaluate superintendents

School boards across the area will meet in the coming weeks to evaluate district superintendents and discuss salaries. Although their contracts typically last for three years, public school superintendents...

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UNT makes national ‘Sugar Baby Schools’ list

More than 400 students at the University of North Texas use the website SeekingArrangement.com to find partners to help pay their tuition, according to data from the website. In 2016, the site added 42...

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City Attorney Burgess set to retire

Denton’s city attorney announced she plans to retire in February. Anita Burgess sent members of the Denton City Council an email late Friday announcing her plans. She thanked them for the opportunity to serve and the confidence they showed in her work.

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Long reach

Drivers on North Bonnie Brae Street pass under an arch formed by a basket crane Monday near West University Drive in Denton. Utility workers are raising the electrical lines in advance of the expansion of new substations on the city’s west side.

County set to consider report on complex

Denton County commissioners will consider a schematic design report for the third phase of the county’s administrative complex today.

Blotter: Man shoots himself with stolen gun

A 21-year-old man was arrested Sunday afternoon after he accidentally shot himself in the leg with a gun he was allegedly attempting to steal, according to a police report.

Tuesday, January 10 Calendar

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Denton's city attorney Anita Burgess to retire next month

Anita Burgess has announced she plans to retire as the attorney for the city of Denton in February. In an email to the City Council late Friday, she thanked members for the opportunity to serve and for the confidence they placed in her.

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Point-in-Time volunteer talks homelessness in Denton

As more encampments shut down in Dallas, local officials and nonprofit coordinators suspect that the homeless population in Denton is growing. But homelessness sometimes proves difficult to quantify.