Celebrating Mother Earth

Students from the University of North Texas gathered Tuesday in the Library Mall during EarthFest.

Town accepts deal on water tower

The Bartonville Town Council has agreed to accept a settlement offer in its long-running battle with a local water supplier over construction of a water tower, an offer that included recovering $350,000 in legal costs and related costs for the town.

Radio issue gains boost

Denton County commissioners took another stride Tuesday toward replacing the county’s weathered communications system.

Man struck, killed by train in Denton

A man was killed instantly late Monday when he was struck by a train near Dallas Drive and Johnson Street in Denton. The man, who had not been identified Tuesday, was on the railroad tracks near Dallas Drive when he was struck by a Union Pacific Railroad train, according to Officer Orlando Hinojosa, spokesman for the Denton Police Department.

Performance marks Di Fiore’s last as UNT faculty member

Linda Di Fiore laughs when recalling a colleague on the University of North Texas College of Music faculty trying to explain to his voice students how they should dress for an audition. “He said, ‘Dress like you’re going to a Di Fiore lesson,’” the award-winning mezzo-soprano and regents professor recalled.

Two vie for seat on Northlake Town Council

Northlake Town Council member Rena Hardeman is facing challenger Mike McBride in her bid to keep her Place 2 seat in the May 10 election.

Illinois accident claims life of Sanger trucker

ROCHELLE, Ill. — A Sanger truck driver died in a fiery crash involving three semi-tractor-trailers Friday night on Interstate 39 in Ogle County, Illinois State Police said. Ralph W. Maness, 60, of Sanger, died at about 8 p.m. Friday after his truck rear-ended another semi driven by William M. Spearman, 41, of Chicago.

Blotter: Lewisville police seek public’s help in finding armed robber

Lewisville police are seeking the public’s help in finding a man they say they believe committed three robberies.

Railroad crews to close section of Pertain Street

Crews with the Union Pacific Railroad will close Pertain Street just south of Mingo Road in Denton from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today to make emergency repairs.

Central library to close during jazz festival

In a spirit of cooperation with the Denton Festival Foundation, the Denton Public Library will close the Emily Fowler Central Library during the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival.

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Events to mark Earth Day

Free food, live performances and a vendor fair will help mark Earth Day celebrations at the University of North Texas today for the annual EarthFest event.

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Leggett to exit DCTA

Dee Leggett, a fixture with the Denton County Transportation Authority the past seven years, is moving on.

Dish to vote on tax options

Dish town leaders are asking voters to consider three sales tax propositions for the May 10 election that they say will help keep the tiny municipality sustainable.

Northlake considers public improvement district

NORTHLAKE — Town officials are considering the creation of a public improvement district to help make $4.5 million in needed improvements, including installation of a new water line to the town’s largest neighborhood, road repairs, the addition of a hike-and-bike trail and landscaping.

Blotter: Man jailed after weapon found in vehicle

Denton police arrested one man in connection with an apparent case of road rage in which a passenger in one vehicle allegedly pointed a handgun at another motorist Sunday night.

Three people taken to hospital after wreck

An accident involving three vehicles — including a tractor-trailer truck — shut down northbound lanes of Interstate 35E at the Corinth exit for a few hours Monday.

Tuesday, April 22 Calendar

In the cloud

A small discharge of cloud-to-cloud lightning erupts at sunset on the backside of a large thunderstorm complex as it moves out of eastern Denton County recently.

Tax office to upgrade processing system

The processing of vehicle registrations and property tax payments in Denton County is about to get a whole lot faster.

Aubrey council races on ballot

The Aubrey City Council election has four contested races on the May 10 ballot, including three incumbents who are vying to retain their seats.

Denton County now under severe thunderstorm watch

Denton County remains under a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Argyle to elect school board members

Residents living inside Argyle school district boundaries will elect three new members to the school board and consider a $45 million bond proposal in the upcoming May 10 election.

Les Cockrell: Liberty Christian School to present ‘Artist’s Garden’

Liberty Christian School will present its Fine Arts Extravaganza, “Artist’s Garden,” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Blotter: Noise complaint leads to arrest at party

A noise complaint led to at least one arrest Saturday after Denton officers responded to a report of a loud party in the 3200 block of Windbrook Circle.

Monday, April 21 Calendar

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Hunting season

As the countdown began Saturday morning, children of all ages clamored to be the first on the rainbow-scattered lawn at Quakertown Park for Denton’s annual Easter Eggstravaganza egg hunt.

District 2 rivals vow to listen

A veteran campaigner and a political newcomer are vying for a Denton City Council seat that represents north- and east-side neighborhoods, as well as a few neighborhoods on the west side of central Denton.

Creativity soon to fill park

If you are an arts enthusiast of any kind, next weekend’s Denton Arts & Jazz Festival will be right up your alley.

Cities weigh regulating e-cigarettes

The growing use of electronic cigarettes by minors is meeting with growing resistance in Denton County.

Blotter: Burglar tries to steal dishwasher, floods home

An attempt to steal a dishwasher went awry after the burglar ended up breaking a water line, causing thousands of dollars in flood damage to a home.

Kim Phillips: On Denton’s horizon

A convention center suitable to a city with the population and scope of Denton has been an initiative for the CVB, the Chamber of Commerce and the city of Denton for nearly a decade.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Hilltop Elementary to hold chess tournament

The 2014 Hilltop Elementary Chess Tournament will be held April 28 and 29 in the school cafeteria. All of the students participating will receive a certificate. The top three from each grade-level grouping will receive medals and each group’s champion will receive a trophy.

Jim Stodola: For next vacation, go deep south to Puerto Rico

Unless you are a snow skier or enjoy pushing your car out of a 3-foot snow bank, I suggest that you take your next near term vacation way south. Remember, even Atlanta was hit hard recently.

TWU confirms its new leader

Carine Feyten was officially named the next chancellor and president of Texas Woman’s University and has announced a start date of July 1.

Ex-town secretary sues Shady Shores

The former town secretary of Shady Shores has filed a lawsuit against the town, alleging she was fired because she refused orders to destroy a tape recording of a public meeting.

Historic debate

Denton’s oldest buildings will be up for new discussions at City Hall, where city leaders will begin tackling historic preservation issues in the coming months.

Guyer prom expected to be at event center

The Guyer High School prom is expected to go on next Saturday at Buffalo Valley Event Center, a popular venue damaged in a one-alarm fire earlier this week, according to an official from the school.

Blotter: Man reportedly assaulted by nephew with knife

A man was reportedly assaulted Thursday night by his nephew, who was armed with a knife, according to a police report.

UNT finances off by $23 million

The University of North Texas has potentially overstated its financial position by $23 million since 2012 due to misreporting, according to documents released by the university.

Best of Denton

The votes are in, 142,634 to be exact, and they are counted. Here is the results of this year's Best of Denton.

UNT students face additional charges

Two University of North Texas students accused of firing a pellet gun at two students on campus are facing additional charges after police said they injured a 15-year-old boy while he was coming home from school.

Festival seeks more help

The Denton Festival Foundation hopes to recruit more enthusiastic Denton Arts & Jazz Festival fans to volunteer during the three-day event.

Officials: No new plans to clean up air

ARLINGTON — State environmental officials reaffirmed Thursday that they have no plans to add new control measures to clean up North Texas air, insisting that air quality will meet federal standards by 2018.

Denton County woman killed in crash

A Denton County woman was killed Thursday afternoon after a vehicle accident at U.S. Highway 380 and Preston Road in Collin County.

Schools fall short at first UIL film contest

Young filmmakers from the area didn’t bring home top honors from the first UIL film contest this week but they did produce work their communities can be proud of for years to come.

Blotter: Woman’s vehicle vandalized

A 22-year-old Denton resident walked out of her home recently to discover her vehicle had been vandalized.

Friday, April 18 Calendar

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Dillard’s confirms no store at Rayzor Ranch

Dillard’s commitment to renovate and expand its store in Golden Triangle Mall means the company will not have a location at the Rayzor Ranch Town Center, calling off 126,000 square feet of new construction, officials confirmed.

U.S. 380 west to close April 26-27

All lanes of U.S. Highway 380, west of Interstate 35, will be closed overnight on Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, while KCS Railroad conducts repairs on its bridge.

Blaze damages event center

An early morning blaze at the Buffalo Valley Event Center caused extensive smoke and fire damage to the popular wedding venue just as the wedding season has begun to kick off.