Visitors to Ray Roberts Lake State Park this weekend should find plenty to keep them entertained.
Staff members from the Denton County MHMR Center visited the Denton Square Thursday to display green ribbons and post a sign for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which was observed May 5-11.
With the theme of “Living Green with Style,” the Denton County Master Gardener Association’s 2013 Spring Garden Tour will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
PILOT POINT — Justine Wollaston was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1969 and speaks with an English accent that has inherited a bit of Southern twang since she moved to Texas at age 12. Wollaston, barely 5 feet 5 inches tall in boots, is a freelance artist with a carefree attitude who can work in any medium.
The CoServ Charitable Foundation recently presented grants of more than $25,000 to three Denton County recipients, according to a CoServ press release.
The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area will host a program titled “Stars on the Prairie” and featuring Clyde Camp, a master naturalist and amateur astronomer, at 8:15 p.m. Friday.
The folks at Texas Cowboys Against Cancer recently reported that their fourth fundraiser to benefit people diagnosed with cancer resulted in record donations and ticket sales.
Early voting kicks off today in Denton County. Numerous races fill area ballots, giving people the opportunity to shape the development of their cities by voting on everything from city and school district leaders to propositions.
A spring senior fitness assessment will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon Friday at Denton’s C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, 1500 Long Road.
PILOT POINT — A state housing improvement program can help residents in Pilot Point improve their homes if the structures are distressed and present a health hazard.
SANGER — After nearly 30 years serving three Denton County school districts, Jackie McBroom said he’s retiring. McBroom, 59, is the assistant superintendent for educational services for the Sanger school district. He officially retires June 30. Throughout his career he’s worked as an educator for the Aubrey, Pilot Point and Sanger school districts.
Officials with American Legion Post 71 have announced the selection of 41 high school juniors from the Denton area for Texas Boys State.
Denton County emergency personnel were ready to respond to the massive plant explosion in West on Wednesday night, relaying to state officials that the county was on standby and available if needed.
A program on mammals, hikes and a family “fish school” are among the activities available to area families this weekend at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.
PILOT POINT — The Pilot Point school board selected Byron Terrier of the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District as its lone finalist for the superintendent job. Board members voted 6-0 on the selection after meeting for just under 30 minutes at a special board meeting Monday. According to state law, the board must wait at least 21 days before it can officially hire Terrier.
Residents headed to social media pages to share and find news about friends and co-workers participating in Monday’s Boston Marathon that was interrupted by two bombs that exploded near the finish line. The Boston Marathon’s website listed seven participants from Denton and one each from Hickory Creek and Providence Village. There were a total of 42 registered participants from Denton County.
Members of the Denton Breakfast Kiwanis will present their annual pancake supper and silent auction from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2255 N. Bonnie Brae St.
The Sanger school board this week passed a resolution to nominate Kent Crutsinger for the superintendent of the year award.
Denton County commissioners are throwing their support toward a developer with eyes on bringing yet another special district to Denton County.
Denton County Sheriff William Travis has recalled $115,500 in drug forfeiture money that his predecessor pledged to four area constables for in-car video systems, and that change has left at least one constable scrambling to better equip his deputies’ vehicles.
Deputy Superintendent Debby Sanders will serve as acting superintendent for the Aubrey school district in the absence of James Monaco. Last week, Monaco said in a letter to the Aubrey school board and district staff that he planned to step down June 30, and the board named Sanders as the acting superintendent.
Local municipalities are discussing the best approaches to defend against the possibility that another West Nile virus outbreak may occur throughout the region this summer. In May 2012, Denton County reported its first human case of the virus of the year, which originated in the southern portion of an unincorporated part of the county. That was the first in a series of cases that led to the worst outbreak on record, according to county and state health data.
SANGER — The city manager told council members Monday night it will take 10 years and about $8.7 million to rehabilitate the city’s most distressed roads and water utilities. City Manager Mike Brice presented his proposal to the council during a workshop session, where he outlined how the city would finance improvements and upgrades to the city’s infrastructure.
It took a couple weeks, but Denton County commissioners Tuesday decided on the firm that will handle the collection of delinquent court fines in the county. After hearing from Judge Beck Kerbow, who is the majority user of the collection services, commissioners voted 3-2 to have a one-year contract with an option for three years drawn up for the firm she has been using the past few years — McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen PC.
Denton County Sheriff William Travis presented his version of the “state of the union address” before Commissioners Court on Tuesday morning. The report, Travis said during a phone interview, was to present what had been going on within the Denton County Sheriff’s Office since he took over Jan. 1.
PILOT POINT — The idea to shoot a short film about a giant tomato worm that served as a soldier in World War I started as a joke among a few friends in Pilot Point. But as scenes were written and ideas were bounced around, sometimes over alcohol, many felt that the idea was “so crazy that it just might work” as a short feature.
The 10th annual Edible Book Festival at the University of North Texas is planned from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today and the event is free to those who want to enter a tasty creation or sample the entries, according to a news release from UNT.