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.

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.

Advocate receives honors

Delores 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.