Roads remain closed after northern part of county gets several inches of rain

Some county roads remained closed overnight Thursday after parts of the county saw more than 5 inches of rain, officials said.

Factors could impact wallets

Denton’s double-digit growth in property values means the property tax rate won’t increase this year, but that may not translate into more money in people’s wallets.

County website gets $150,000 overhaul

Checked out lately? Denton County’s website received a $150,000 overhaul recently to make it cleaner, easier and more convenient to use for county-related business.

District plans to add pre-K programs

The Denton school district plans to expand prekindergarten to four more elementary schools this fall.


Seniors prepare for ‘game’

More than 100 high school seniors are at the University of North Texas this week preparing for the biggest game of their lives.

Flower Mound cancer rates up

Breast cancer rates in Flower Mound are 22 percent higher than expected, according to a new report from the Texas Department of State Health Services released Wednesday.

Denton police release jail takedown video

Denton police, under public pressure, released a video Wednesday of former city jailer Darius Porter using improper use of force on an inmate earlier this month.

Bartonville cancels its forum on police

Bartonville town leaders have canceled a community forum planned next week that would have discussed the future of the town’s police department.

Les Cockrell: State park to offer four yoga classes

A yoga class will be offered at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park beginning Tuesday, according to a park press release.

Blotter: Man pulled over for speeding ends up in jail

Denton police pulled over a 43-year-old man for speeding and ended up taking him to jail Tuesday. According to reports, police said the man’s vehicle was clocked at 57 mph where the speed limit is set at 45 near University Drive and Loop 288.

Thursday, July 31 Calendar

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Officials refine grading details

As Denton schools prepare for changes in how middle and high school students are graded, officials say consequences for not turning in assignments will look different at each school.

Upgrade underway

Construction on University Drive has the busy thoroughfare down a lane in each direction between Bonnie Brae and Hinkle while cooler temperatures prevailed with rain clouds in the distance Tuesday.

Body recovered at Lewisville Lake

A Lake Dallas man suspected of stabbing a relative late Saturday was found dead Monday night in Lewisville Lake.

County selects firm for preservation plan

Denton County commissioners have notched another item on their to-do list for the upcoming historical survey project.

Blotter: Two arrested after car stopped for erratic driving

Denton police stopped a vehicle in the 2400 block of Wildwood Lane on Monday night after officers observed the car swerving on the road with a missing headlight.

Sheriff to oppose marijuana measures

Denton County Sheriff William Travis will represent Texas sheriffs in the fight against marijuana.

Wednesday. July 30 Calendar

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Advocate receives honors

Dolores Vann sat in the comfiest easy chair at Greg and Jane Naugher’s house and waited for her scoop of vanilla, even though she didn’t get the same formal invitation to the Denton neighborhood’s ice cream social that her neighbors did.

Corinth P&Z OKs zoning change

CORINTH — The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the city approve a zoning change that could bring the biggest Buc-ee’s travel center to the region.

UNT budgets for surplus funds in ’15

DALLAS — University of North Texas officials project that the school will have a $12 million surplus in fiscal year 2015, the first surplus at the university in recent years.

County active in tax zones over the years

If Denton County climbs aboard Denton’s proposed hotel and convention center project, it will be the sixth tax-increment reinvestment zone that it has been involved with in the past 19 years.

Singer SoMo arrested in Hickory Creek

Singer and former University of North Texas student Joseph Somers-Morales was arrested Sunday night on a drug charge in Hickory Creek.

Pre-K registration set for Wednesday, Thursday

Registration for the Denton school district’s pre-kindergarten programs is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at Denton High School.

Heart lounge to be subject of open house

Heart patients at Denton Regional Medical Center will have a new facility in which to recover from their procedures.

Blotter: Man accused of damaging cars with hands

Police took a Denton man into custody after his brief battle with parked cars late Sunday.

Tuesday, July 29 Calendar

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Peak performance

The University of North Texas’ Friday Night Lights event at Apogee Stadium on Friday was the culmination of a series of football camps UNT conducted across the state this summer.


Gator tales circulate at lake

HICKORY CREEK — Whether you have seen an alligator looming along the shores of Lewisville Lake or not, residents urge visitors to swim with caution.

Les Cockrell: Class gives start to young documentary filmmakers

Denton’s North Branch Library will offer a documentary filmmaking workshop for youths ages 11-18 in three sessions next month.

Blotter: Meth found on man arrested on other warrants

An arrest on past warrants led to a new charge for one Denton man. After police made a traffic stop in the 1100 block of Teasley Lane on Saturday evening, the driver was found to have outstanding warrants for his arrest. After he was arrested, a small bag of a substance determined to be methamphetamine was found in his pocket, according to a police report.

Cooking fire damages Roanoke restaurant

A Saturday afternoon restaurant fire in Roanoke required a number of Denton County’s first responders.

Denton Police Most Wanted

Warrants have been issued for these people, according to Denton police officials. If you see any of these people, call 911. You can also leave anonymous tips on the Denton Police Department’s Facebook page or by using Tip411. Denton County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of Denton’s Most Wanted.

Monday, July 28 Calendar

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Working on his swing

Sweat trickles from Jeffrey Barnett’s brow and drops onto his damp black T-shirt as he guides his partner up and down the dance floor while music ranging from Al Green to Maroon 5 blares over the sound system.

Board: Pharmacy must be shut down

It’s been two weeks since the Texas State Board of Pharmacy enacted a temporary 90-day suspension of the licenses for Denton-based Megs Pharmacy and its owner and pharmacist Susan Megwa..

Blotter: Report: Four in custody after attempted escape

Four men are in custody after fleeing a residence they attempted to rob Friday morning, officials said.

Texas Sunset Advisory Commission earns honor

The National Legislative Program Evaluation Society awarded the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission a Certificate of Impact for 2014. The group recognized the commission demonstrating “significant impact on state government.”

Kim Phillips: Don’t take Denton for granted

Denton is a product that sells. Our team at the Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau knows this intimately as our purpose for existing is to do exactly that. And it is a job about which we are passionate. I believe we have one of the best CVB teams in Texas, and having a great product to market is absolutely our strongest asset.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Snake population down in Argyle

Brian Hall is contracted by the town of Argyle to handle the animal control duties and recently said, “I have not had the amount of snake calls this year as I have in the past.”

Investigation ends with firing of jailer

A jailer with the Denton police department has been fired after an investigation determined that he used excessive force on an inmate.

County tax rolls rise

Denton County and many of its cities and school districts saw growth of 10 percent or more in their tax rolls this year, according to certified totals released this week by the Denton Central Appraisal District.

DCTA taking survey results into consideration

The people have spoken and the Denton County Transportation Authority is listening.

Officials search for robbery suspects

Numerous law enforcement agencies are joining together to search for bank robbery suspects on the loose in North Texas, officials said.

Blotter: Three warrants found for man accused of shoplifting

A 55-year-old man was jailed Thursday after he was accused of shoplifting, police said.

Technology Today: Old PCs still have a purpose

It happens every single day in America. Someone gets a new computer.


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.


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 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.