The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drive will visit Golden Triangle Mall Friday through Sunday. Toy collection sites at the mall will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Service members and civilian volunteers will be posted at each mall entrance collecting toys and cash donations.
Meteorologists expect rain today to change to freezing rain by the time daytime workers and students are heading home. Whether the cold front that arrived Wednesday afternoon will be deep enough and cold enough to bring sleet is something they had less confidence in predicting, according to Tom Bradshaw of the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
The Denton County Office of History and Culture has announced holiday programs including a Santa collection on display at Denton’s Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum and seasonal music at both the Bayless-Selby House Museum and African American Museum.
Sam Alexander wasn’t the only one who noticed it at about 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, when he heard a big boom. The windows and patio doors of his Sanger area home rattled. “I was just sitting here at my computer and my glass was just bouncing,” Alexander said.
The third annual “Coats for Kids” motorcycle ride is planned for Sunday, and the ride is free with the donation of a new coat, organizers said.
SANGER — Tracy and Katrina Norris were overwhelmed with the support they received Saturday when a group of veterans showed up to assist building out their unfinished restaurant. After a dispute with their general contractor, the couple had not only missed the planned opening of the Dickey’s BBQ Pit franchise they purchased but also were $75,000 in debt.
The page was ripped from the Teletype machine when the final news alert came over. “President dead,” it said. The teletypewriter pages from Nov. 22, 1963, are among more than 700 pieces of history in a Denton exhibit surrounding the life of President John F. Kennedy and his death 50 years ago this week.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has predicted a dramatic drop in North Texas ozone levels over the next three years, according to a preliminary model of air quality from now through 2018. But will it happen? The agency doesn’t have a good track record with predictions.
SANGER — The Sanger school board this week adopted new criteria for criminal background checks for job applicants, volunteers, student teachers and anyone else who interacts regularly with students, a move members say will add consistency to the district’s policy.
Members of Women of Wisdom Denton held a breast cancer awareness march Oct. 26 followed by a rally at Fred Moore Park.
Recovery continues from weekend storms as another round gears up for mid-week, officials say. Lightning struck a house in the 10000 block of Kildee Trail in Bolivar and set the roof on fire. No one was injured inthe blaze, according to Lt. Casey Welborn of the Sanger Fire Department.
Good Samaritan Society — Lake Forest Village recently awarded a $5,000 grant to Health Services of North Texas, according to a Good Samaritan Society press release.
As the third day of early voting in the Nov. 5 constitutional amendment election arrives, Denton County numbers have started out fairly positive at the polls. Elections Administrator Frank Phillips reported that 695 ballots were cast Monday and 742 on Tuesday.
The Denton Public Library will get in the spirit of the season this week with programs for children and teenagers.
The second annual A Night of Mystery on Hospitality Hill progressive dinner benefiting the United Way of Denton County will be held Thursday.
While the practice of allowing constables and deputies to work off-duty jobs is an accepted one, Denton County Judge Mary Horn wants constables to stay within budget and to keep county vehicles in their assigned precincts. “It’s really very simple — just do your job, stay in budget [and] in your own precinct,” Horn said.
SANGER — At one time, the graves in Duck Creek Cemetery were cared for and possibly maintained by the families of the deceased, some of Sanger’s earliest residents. Today, however, many graves are marked by headstones that are split in half or cracked, and some graves have no markers. Old, worn silk flowers decorate a few headstones, and empty plastic flower pots are spread throughout the cemetery — evidence that it’s been a while since anyone has paid their respects at the site.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Sept. 22 at WildRescue, Inc.’s Denton headquarters to commemorate new rabbit shelters made possible by an Oklahoma Plains Senior Girl Scout’s Gold Award project.
Todd Price, a member of the Denton Rotary Club, recently was honored with the Cliff Dochterman Award, which recognizes Rotarians who act as role models and render service to the world Scouting movement, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides.
Denton County has a lot of bridges that need a lot of work. A recent report from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration lists thousands of North Texas bridges as needing repair, with a few hundred in Denton County listed in varied conditions.