Ghost means business

His are the footsteps in the dark that cause stage lights to flicker as he approaches. He’s been called an optical illusion when he appears sitting in the auditorium, as if he were watching an old movie.

Voting turnout heavy so far

Heavy voter turnout countywide includes the city of Denton, where twice as many people have already cast ballots during early voting than did in all the spring election.


Feds probe company

Which federal agency was behind the raid on the offices of Alan Ritchey Inc. on Wednesday in Valley View? That’s a mystery several people were wondering about Thursday morning after federal agents stormed the business in unmarked cars and blocked the parking lot in their search for evidence.


Nurse bucks quarantine on bike

FORT KENT, Maine — Insisting she is perfectly healthy, nurse Kaci Hickox again defied the state’s Ebola quarantine Thursday by taking a bike ride with her boyfriend, and Maine health authorities struggled to reach a compromise that would limit her contact with others.

Blotter: Local family displaced by overnight fire

Six family members were displaced after an overnight fire at their Denton home. Kenneth Hedges, spokesman for Denton Fire Department, said crews were dispatched at 11:40 p.m. Wednesday to the 1800 block of Mohican Street. Upon arrival, firefighters reported smoke coming from the garage.

Bartonville town council approves two ordinances

The Bartonville Town Council voted Wednesday night to approve two ordinances. One of the ordinances amended the comprehensive zoning ordinance of a 4.7-acre tract of land and another granted a conditional-use permit for a half-completed water tower, according to Stacey Almond, the town administrator.


Police: Be safe on fright night

The night of ghouls and goblins is upon us, and officials want to ensure everyone has a safe and fun evening. Officer Ryan Grelle, spokesman for the Denton Police Department, said that while the department hopes those who go trick-or-treating have a great time, officers want them to have a safe holiday.

Dave Lieber: Beware trick when renewing driver’s license

On this Halloween, I want to tell you about a trick or treat when people try to renew their driver’s license or Texas ID card or make any changes online. It’s a treat when they go to the correct government website as most do. But it’s a trick when a customer ends up at a look-alike website that takes their money. These shadowy websites send them information about their license, but don’t do the actual work. Only the government can do that. So suckers pay more for a middleman.

Friday, Oct. 31 Calendar

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Voting numbers continue ascension

Voter numbers in Denton County just keep climbing.Early voting totals cracked 6,000 for the first time Monday as the second week of early voting rolls on.

Remember the fallen

Bagpipes are played as Denton County firefighters honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice at the annual Denton County Memorial Ceremony at Firefighter's Memorial Park on Loop 288 on Wednesday in Denton.

Attorney who sued city disbarred

The State Bar of Texas has disbarred the attorney who filed a mineral takings lawsuit against the city. Charles Chandler Davis of Argyle appeared before a special disciplinary panel on Sept. 26 and received a judgment of disbarment on Oct. 2, according to documents obtained in an open records request. How that disciplinary action affects the case Davis filed — Arsenal Minerals and Royalty, et. al., v. City of Denton — remains to be seen.

Issues with grading continue

For a second straight week, parents are voicing concerns publicly about the secondary school grading policy implemented this fall by the Denton school district.

TWU shies from frack involvement

Texas Woman’s University officials distanced themselves Wednesday from a paid political advertisement sent to Denton voters about the proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing in the city.

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Construction raises concern

As cars narrowly pass by one another along FM2181 at any given time of day, construction couldn’t end soon enough, officials say. Wednesday morning’s latest accident at Blue Jay Drive and FM2181 is another reason to remind residents to be mindful of construction, Corinth police said.

Blotter: Man charged with unlawful restraint

An 18-year-old man currently sits in the Denton County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond after he allegedly took his ex-girlfriend from school.

Ryan High student injured in accident

A Ryan High School student sustained minor injuries in an alleged hit-and-run accident Wednesday.

Les Cockrell: Groups to present charity ball

Tickets are still available for the Nov. 15 U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Charity Ball sponsored by the Lance Cpl. Jacob R. Lugo Detachment of the Marine Corps League in partnership with the University of North Texas Veterans Center.


Federal agents descend upon area business

Federal agents surrounded Alan Ritchey Inc. in Valley View on Wednesday morning, raiding both the main office and the north office locations.

Group shares message at TWU

Measured by Character is conducting a free event Saturday night to share its inspirational message of life having purpose and meaning.

Restaurant to have grand opening

Pollo Tropical will celebrate its grand opening at 10 a.m. Friday at 2220 S. Loop 288 in Denton.

DATCU makes list

Denton’s DATCU Credit Union is among the top 50 healthiest credit unions in the country.

Thursday, Oct. 30 Calendar

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‘True fear’

A noose hangs from a gallows in the woods, twisting in the blowing Lake Dallas wind. Posted on a window at the Swisher Courts recreation center is a sign with two demons from Japanese folklore; each is an Oni, has two horns, skin-piercing teeth and blood flowing from its devilish grin.

Council votes to table convention deal until Tuesday

For the third consecutive week, the Denton City Council declined Tuesday to authorize another $75,000 for design work on the convention center.

Council to reconsider ordinance

The Denton City Council plans to revisit the city’s sign ordinance as it relates to the display of the U.S. flag, after Andre “Frenchy” Rheault got a ticket Thursday for displaying too many flags at his storage yard on Dallas Drive.


Phil Collins donates vast Alamo collection to state

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — British pop star Phil Collins on Tuesday handed over his vast collection of artifacts related to the Battle of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution to the state of Texas.

Fired up about safety

FireClowns, left to right-Booster (Charlie Schenck), Flash (Hank Morrow), Deputy Ray-Ray (Ray Harder), Sheriff Shane (Shane Robert) and CJ (Chris Johnson) perform a skit promoting fire safety at McNair Elementary School on Tuesday morning.

Blotter: Police charge man with family violence

Denton police made an arrest after midnight Monday when responding to an assault call, officials said. Officers responded to the 2300 block of Georgetown Drive at 12:45 a.m. after a wife alleged that her husband had woke her up and began screaming at her, reports show.

Bartonville council sets special meeting tonight

The Bartonville Town Council has scheduled a special meeting for tonight to consider approval of an ordinance amending the comprehensive zoning ordinance by changing the zoning designation of a 4.7-acre tract of land where the Bartonville water tower stands half-completed, according to the meeting’s agenda posted on the town’s website.

Firefighters to honor their fallen today

Members of fire departments from across Denton County will gather today to pay respects to those who have fallen in the line of duty.

Driving range grand opening

Denton parks officials plan a grand opening for the new driving range at North Lakes Park for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Wednesday, Oct. 29 Calendar

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Ban’s foes far outspend proponents

The record books will likely stay inked for a while: A proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing in the city has spurred more than $772,000 in political donations, the most expensive campaign in Denton’s history.

City to mull center issue

Today brings the tale of two agendas, as the city takes up the convention center and the school district does not.

Bartonville mayor to conduct informal meeting today

Bartonville Mayor Bill Sherer will conduct his next monthly informal meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Town Hall, according to a press release issue by the town. Residents are encouraged to attend for...

Problems reported at UNT polling site

Voters continue to put up high early voting totals in what is expected to be one of the biggest voter turnouts Denton County has seen.

Lake Dallas seeks better use of taxpayers’ money

The city of Lake Dallas has called an election to dissolve its Economic Development Corp. so that the sales tax money used to fund it can be used to lower property taxes and repair streets and sidewalks.

DISD to consider calendar, upgrades, bonds

A future school calendar, campus improvement plans and school bond business are on the Denton school board’s agenda for consideration tonight.

Blotter: Fire prompts evacuation of TWU residence hall

A small fire in the Stark Hall residence tower on the Denton campus of Texas Woman’s University caused an evacuation Sunday night, according to a news release issued by the university.

Argyle Town Council members reschedule meeting

The Argyle Town Council has postponed its meeting scheduled for tonight and rescheduled it for 6:30 p.m. Monday, according to a press released issued by the town.

Tuesday, Oct. 28 Calendar

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River restoration

A fly fisherman stands in the middle of a river, whipping his fishing line back and forth as if he were an artist painting a masterpiece. It’s a natural movement, and the 8-foot rod acts like an extension of his person, similar to the weapon he once held fighting in the Iraq War.

Screen star Takei to talk at UNT tonight

Star Trek actor George Takei, who’s been called the most influential person on Facebook, will speak at the University of North Texas Monday night, and tickets are still available.

Les Cockrell: Trick-or-treaters invited to Boo Bash on campus

The annual Boo Bash is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the University of North Texas Coliseum.

Blotter: Man’s vehicle stopped in traffic on University Drive

A vehicle stopped in the middle of a busy roadway led to the arrest of a 39-year-old intoxicated man, according to a police report.

Man injured after motorcycle leaves road

A 27-year-old motorcyclist remained in critical condition Sunday after an accident late Saturday, Denton police said.

‘FrackNation’ to screen at UNT, director to visit

The University of North Texas College Republicans will present a screening of the documentary FrackNation at 5 p.m. Tuesday, and director Phelim McAleer will answer questions after the screening.

Man killed after Jeep rear-ended on toll road

A 26-year-old Flower Mound man was killed in a two-vehicle collision late Saturday on Sam Rayburn Tollway in The Colony.


N.Y. outlines Ebola policy

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday night fleshed out guidelines for the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa that he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered two days earlier, bringing the state closer in line with federal protocols.