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.

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.

Couple opens doors to dream

One couple’s dream became a reality this week when their Dickey’s Barbecue Pit franchise in Sanger finally opened its doors.

County’s social service funds down

A number of social service agencies will receive a lot less in funding from Denton County than they asked for, officials said.

Sanger ISD calls tax ratification election

SANGER — The Sanger school district is asking residents to consider a 13-cent operations tax rate increase on Sept. 6.


Searchers find man’s body

LITTLE ELM — The body of an apparent drowning victim was recovered from Lewisville Lake on Monday afternoon.

Arrest made in child pornography case

A recent arrest could be the first of its kind for Aubrey, law enforcement officials said Saturday. Police charged Bruce Allen Trotter, 50, with possession or promotion of child pornography, a second-degree felony, on Thursday night and booked him into the Denton County Jail.

Heat relief in forecast

The temperature swing isn’t likely to send many North Texans to the back of the closet in search of sweaters.

New Sanger principal from down the road

Charlene Parham, an assistant principal at Guyer High School, will begin work as principal at Sanger High School on Monday, according to the district’s superintendent.

4 collision victims still hospitalized

Two children remain in serious condition and two adults also remain hospitalized after a two-vehicle accident in Aubrey on the Fourth of July.

Shop dabbles in everything

SANGER — Barry Durham pulls up to Findings: A Little Bit of Everything in his white pickup to unload some new cargo for the shop he co-owns with his wife, Joanna.

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Water treatment plants battle zebra mussels

Zebra mussels are here and they are not leaving anytime soon. There are state rules in place to stop the invasive species’ spread into more Texas lakes, but water providers still need to deal with the cost of the damage the creatures are already causing.

County may change project, seek more bids

Denton County commissioners are going back to the drawing board for improvements to the juvenile probation building.

County OKs funds for radio system

About $8.5 million was well spent Tuesday, according to Denton County commissioners, who approved the purchase of a new radio system for the sheriff’s office.


Area due for a few rainy days

A rainy Sunday dropped a much-needed half-inch of rain on Denton. Though it may not reverse drought conditions Denton is facing, the chance for more rain during the week will keep temperatures below average for this time of the year.

Mental health services outlined

An upcoming meeting will cover mental health services available in the area and how to access them. Denton County MHMR Center officials will offer an informational meeting for the public from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Denton’s North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

Les Cockrell: Pilot Point calls for parade entries

An old-fashioned Fourth of July parade is being planned in Pilot Point, and entries and volunteers are needed, organizers said recently.

Locals add to lucky streak

Denton County residents have struck gold once again as two residents each claimed $1 million in lottery jackpots recently.

Texas digs in against tiny lake invaders

Boaters at all Texas lakes will be legally required to drain their boats, among other measures, to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

Eland Farms water district sues Pilot Point

Eland Farms, a water district near Pilot Point headed by real estate developers, sued the city of Pilot Point for trying to annex 20 acres of land from Eland Farms that the city says is part of its extraterritorial jurisdiction.

Les Cockrell: Library stacks calendar with youth events

The Denton Public Library has scheduled a variety of programs designed to entertain and educate young people this summer.

Pedaling in peace

A bicyclist enjoys the peace and quite during a ride down Wildcat Road near Aubrey recently.

Surveying the damage

David Harkin and Amanda DiMarsico look at a portion of the roof that blew off her barn and wrapped around the fence between their properties on FM455 east of Sanger after storms with high winds and heavy rain swept through Denton County early Monday morning. CoServ reported that 302 of its members near Ray Roberts Lake temporarily were without power following the storm, which dropped just under a half-inch of rain at Denton Enterprise Airport. The airport also recorded a top wind gust of 45 mph.

Event to show off Sanger square

Sanger business owner and longtime resident Brenda Houchin-Childress wants more people to see what her city’s downtown has to offer, so she’s helped organize the first-ever Sanger Trade Day this Saturday.

Benefit for longtime Aubrey resident set

It didn’t take long for a group of area residents to decide they needed to help a friend who has been hospitalized since the middle of May.

Student’s essay inspires

PROVIDENCE VILLAGE — Emily Betenbaugh-Harris is like other 11-year-old children. She enjoys going to the park, playing, her stuffed animal collection, cartoons, coloring and taking her dogs for walks. She also has autism.


New apartments coming to Aubrey

A new apartment complex is set to open in Aubrey next year, bringing 150 units and amenities unlike current options in the city limits.

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Third time, with charm

SANGER — Jay Coin always enjoyed cooking barbecue, but he spent seven years building up the nerve to open a restaurant.

Les Cockrell: Kids’ books needed for drive

Librarians with the Denton school district and the Denton Public Library are collaborating to help youngsters in need this summer.

Cap and gown season

Several thousand Denton-area teenagers will close one chapter of their lives and enter another in coming weeks as they pick up their high school diplomas and enter adulthood.

It’s all helping hands on deck

United Way of Denton County is getting into action this month and hopes the community follows along.


Known for her presence

AUBREY — Maintaining perfect attendance is something Aubrey High School graduating senior Bridgett Parker has worked on her entire school career.


Rain to continue but likely won’t bust drought

Rain has been coming to Texas in buckets, but not everyone has been under one.

Rep. Fallon’s staff to meet constituents

The staff of Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Little Elm, will be on hand Thursday, May 29, to meet with constituents during “mobile office hours” in Lakewood Village, Pilot Point and The Colony.

County ready to oppose proposed EPA rule change

A proposed rule change by the Environmental Protection Agency has Denton County officials ready to oppose it and hoping other counties do the same.

Downtown Aubrey car show to benefit VVA chapter

The fourth annual Classic Car Show in Aubrey on Saturday will feature cars, shopping and activities.


Pilot Point aims to outflank payday lenders

With new zoning rules for payday and title lenders, Pilot Point this week became the 10th Texas city to enact land-use regulations as a way to rein in predatory lending.

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County property values up $10 billion

Denton County property values are up $10.3 billion this year, an increase of nearly 18 percent, driven by a surge in residential and commercial growth.

Two JP races go to runoffs

Denton County voters will head to the polls one more time this month to put a final stamp on the primary election season.

County voters oust several incumbents

Several incumbents in cities across Denton County were defeated in bids for re-election in elections that pushed voter turnout to levels not seen in recent years. Voters generally approved renewal of several sales tax proposals, however, in several towns across the area.

Argyle ISD bond package wins support

Voters in Argyle on Saturday overwhelmingly approved a $45 million school bond package, with 59 percent approving the package in complete but unofficial returns.

Drive comes at key time

Postal workers will be collecting food donations on their regular routes Saturday in Denton County, and the United Way is in need of volunteers to help with the donations in the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.


Rain brings area temporary relief

Lines of storms brought rain Thursday to the Denton area, tangling the evening commute, forcing a planned courthouse lawn concert to move indoors and bringing more than an inch of water to thirsty lawns and pastures.

7 vie for 3 council spots in Oak Point

Three incumbents are facing four challengers in their bids to hold onto their seats on the Oak Point Town Council. Voters in Oak Point also will decide on a proposition on the ballot on whether to reauthorize a sales tax of one-fourth of 1 percent for street repairs and maintenance.

Les Cockrell: United Way chief to talk about mental health needs

Gary Henderson, president and CEO of the United Way of Denton County, will be the guest speaker for today’s meeting of NAMI Denton County.

Local voters to have their say

Denton County residents will head to the polls this week to elect mayors, council members and school trustees as well as consider bond packages and various propositions, including a new municipal development district.

Phone scam reported in Sanger

Officials with the city of Sanger said its electric customers are reporting suspicious phone calls from individuals who demand immediate payment to avoid having their service cut off.

Grand jury declines to indict sheriff

Sheriff William Travis was no-billed by a Denton County grand jury Thursday after being under investigation for more than a year by a Texas Ranger into allegations that he tried to bribe a political opponent and a former sheriff’s deputy while he was running for office.

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.