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Family from The Colony goes all out with Halloween display

After two years in Little Elm, Chris and Jennie Fuller had never decorated the outside of their home for the holidays.

Victim in crash was Sanger woman

Denton County’s chief death investigator on Tuesday identified April Moore, a 30-year-old Sanger resident, as the victim of a head-on collision Monday.

County briefed on Ebola

Denton County commissioners received some positive news on the Ebola front Tuesday. Matt Richardson, director of the Denton County Health Department, and Jody Gonzalez, emergency services director, made a joint presentation to commissioners about monitoring for the virus and preparations emergency officials have made in case anything happens.

Friends raise funds for officer’s widow

April Jones’ voice cracked as she described the final days and moments of her husband, Northeast police Officer Johnnie Jones, before he succumbed to a bacterial infection Monday morning. “To hear your best friend tell you they are tired and they want to go is the worst pain ever,” she said.

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Driver dies in two-vehicle collision in Sanger

One person died at the scene of a Monday afternoon accident on FM455 near Sanger High School.

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Gainesville to honor hanging victims

In October 1862, a local militia in Cooke County hunted down and arrested 150 farmers suspected of being Unionists, Indian sympathizers or abolitionists living among residents of a Confederate North Texas.

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Hope for restoration: Sanger group raises money to refurbish 112-year-old church

SANGER — The Presbyterian Church of Sanger is a building out of time. Built in 1902, it’s weathered severe storms, several droughts and the gas drilling boom that has changed the surrounding landscape. Paint, once a vibrant shade of white, flakes from siding worn by age as the noontime sun peaks over the lone steeple reaching toward the cloudless heavens.

Two-tire attack

Ken Ballard of Aubrey looks like a warrior suited up for battle. Black riding gloves, an orange Cheesy Riders jersey, a black helmet and sunglasses are his gear, and his 2009 Cannondale Six 5 road bike is his weapon as he rides to end multiple sclerosis.

Les Cockrell: Patch Adams prescribes joy for events in Denton

Denton Community Health Clinic will play host to Patch Adams, the physician whose early career was the subject of a 1998 movie starring the late Robin Williams, for special events on Friday.

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Civic leader Buddy Cole dies

“He was just a good dad,” Alan Cole said of his father, Buddy Cole. Buddy Cole — a former county judge, Texas Master Naturalist and a member of the National Guard, among a litany of other community service positions — died Thursday morning at the age of 80.

Report: Sheriff's deputy tests negative for Ebola

The Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin says negative results were returned Thursday, indicating that a Dallas County deputy does not have the Ebola virus.

Explosions in fire ignite home

Burning trash in northwest Denton County nearly turned deadly Tuesday afternoon when a series of explosions caused flames to ignite three structures on a property just west of Bolivar.

County notes center concerns

Denton city officials were back in front of the Denton County Commissioners Court on Tuesday morning to discuss the proposed hotel and convention center project.

Crash kills Pilot Point man

A 25-year-old man from Pilot Point was killed in a one-vehicle crash west of Sanger early Sunday.

Denton County prepares for disease

Denton County emergency officials say they are preparing in case the deadly Ebola virus is reported here. Jody Gonzalez, emergency management coordinator for the county, said staff members have been reviewing guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since August.

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Festival celebrates Aubrey’s peanut farming past

AUBREY — Roy Lantrip, 74, knows a thing or two about farming. Like many Aubrey residents, he farmed peanuts with good buddy Doyce Looper, who died a few years back at the age of 81.

Woman gets aid to fight cancer

Tonight’s Dig For the Cure volleyball benefit in Aubrey will support a school district administrator who is fighting a second bout with cancer.

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Crash probe to take time

As remembrances for four members of the North Central Texas College softball team continue, those investigating the team bus’ collision with an 18-wheeler Friday night in Oklahoma describe a process that will take weeks, if not months.

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No sign of truck braking in crash

The tractor-trailer that collided with a bus and killed four members of the North Central Texas College women’s softball team drove straight through an interstate median without any signs of braking or trying to avoid the collision, federal investigators said Sunday.

Les Cockrell: Aubrey’s fest will put peanut on a pedestal

“Keep Aubrey Nutty” is the theme of the 29th annual peanut festival planned on Saturday in downtown Aubrey.

Four die in crash

Softball players Grace Blagg and Emily Gibbons had just reached the North Central Texas College campus in Gainesville on Friday night when news of what happened to their teammates started spreading.

Denton County to spray in light of West Nile mosquito

A third West Nile virus positive pool, this one west of Sanger, has been discovered. Denton County Health Department officials announced another three-night bout of ground spraying for the area late Wednesday.

County meeting heats up

Denton County commissioners got a bit chippy with each other Tuesday morning concerning the reappointment of Mike Nowels to the North Texas Tollway Authority board.

Board weighs site for school

Future planning is on the Denton school board agenda tonight. The board is slated to consider the location for its 23rd elementary school and amend the guaranteed maximum price for comprehensive High School No. 4.

Rest of year could be rainy

It looks like it could be a wetter than normal fall and winter for North Texas, according to meteorologists who claim El Niño is brewing in the eastern Pacific.

Knack for apps

Thirteen-year-old Preston Parks has never been the athletic type, his mother Hope said. Computers, video games and entrepreneurial aspirations are more his speed, she said.

Les Cockrell: Tractor revivalists to show antique implements

The Denton County Antique Tractor, Farm Equipment and Primitives Club will have its annual fall meeting and picnic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Les Cockrell: Benefit auction set this morning

A silent auction and a five-week grief support group are among upcoming events announced by VNA Ann’s Haven.

Reigning in reining

AUBREY — Yellow Jersey looks like a champion as he performs in the arena. Muscles firm and thick, a sleek tan coat, a blond mane and a tail that flows with his graceful movements as he spins, slides forward, moves backward as if he were dancing to music only he can hear.

Flu season prep work underway

Flu season is on the horizon and Denton County health officials are keeping an eye on vaccine supplies and finalizing plans for an awareness and prevention campaign.

Event drums up funds

More than 80 nonprofit agencies in Denton County will take part in Thursday’s North Texas Giving Day.

Les Cockrell: Mighty words to be read aloud for Constitution Day

The Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will sponsor a public reading of the U.S. Constitution at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Courthouse on the Square in Denton.

Aubrey ISD names Jones as interim Early Bird principal

AUBREY — The Aubrey school district this week named Delore Jones interim principal for its Early Bird Learning Center. Jones will serve in the position through the first semester.

Local schools commemorate Sept. 11

Steven Scher, assistant band director at Krum High School, was a ninth-grader at Lawrence High School in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island on Sept. 11, 2001. It was the fifth day of school and he was sitting in his second-period world history class. He said he remembers not paying attention that day, instead looking out the classroom window. Scher said the view was the airspace above New York City.

Subdivision breaks ground

Construction of a new subdivision in Little Elm is officially underway, and the first 400 homes will be ready by spring 2015.

Denton ISD tax rate goes up 1 cent

The Denton school board approved a 1-cent increase to the district’s property tax rate on Tuesday. The tax rate for the 2014-15 fiscal year is $1.54 per $100 property valuation.

County details mosquito response

While Denton County has had a calm mosquito season so far, recent discoveries have prompted health officials to tweak response plans.

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Sportsmen decry bill that would quash rule

Sporting groups representing anglers and hunters from across the country conducted a media teleconference Tuesday to discuss opposition to a proposed bill that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from establishing their proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule.

Back on duty

Denton County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Godi was presented with a Gold Star of Texas Award in Austin on Wednesday by Gov. Rick Perry.

County OKs budget, small tax cut

Even with a near $15 million increase in the budget, Denton County residents will be paying a bit less in taxes for the 2015 fiscal year. The long, grueling annual budget process ended Tuesday when county commissioners voted to approve the proposed $238.9 million budget for the upcoming year, which includes the slightly lower tax rate of 27.2 cents per $100 valuation.

Les Cockrell: VFW opens contests for young writers

Post 2205 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary have announced the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay contests.

Two killed, two injured in Sanger crash

A one-vehicle accident in Sanger on Tuesday night left two dead and two hospitalized, officials said. Sgt. Lonny Haschel, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the accident occurred at 6:21 p.m. Tuesday when a 2005 Nissan Altima, driven by 21-year-old Steven Wilkerson of Sanger, was traveling west on View Road at a high rate of speed.

Commissioners approve changes to lure job seekers

Denton County commissioners are making a few personnel moves in hopes of luring more law enforcement-related job seekers to Denton County.

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First day goes smoothly

Monday brought a couple of firsts for fourth-grader Samantha Raney. It was her first day at a brand new school and in a new district. The Adkins Elementary School student transferred from Lewisville ISD. She said she felt edgy and nervous being at a new school.

Library fund limited

PONDER — The Betty Foster Public Library in Ponder doesn’t look like a library. It looks more like a large, cramped office filled with too many books.

Sanders confirmed as new superintendent in Aubrey

Longtime Aubrey school district employee Debby Sanders was named the district’s superintendent, as trustees voted to officially hire her during Wednesday night’s board meeting.

Commissioners OK new health records system

Paper records are finally on their way out of Denton County health services. A new $95,000 records management system approved by county commissioners will consolidate records for easy access by all health services departments, including that of the jail, and help keep the county in state compliance.

County conducts hearing on budget

The county’s budget process is nearly done. Commissioners notched another step forward Tuesday evening with the first of two public hearings presenting the proposed 2015 Denton County budget.

County juvenile facility opens

It took five years, but the ribbon has officially been cut on the Denton County Juvenile Detention Center expansion.

Hunts for superintendents progress

The Aubrey and Little Elm school districts have made progress with searches for their next superintendents, but Pilot Point hit a speed bump this week.