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.

Battle over land, water

The Texas Water Development Board met Thursday in Austin to consider the inter-regional conflict between two regional water plans involving the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir in northeast Texas.

Software to help county manage juvenile cases

Denton County juvenile probation department recently unveiled new case management software, part of its efforts to go all paperless.

Les Cockrell: Guild shows quilt that’ll go to winner

Denton Quilt Guild members are now booking showings of the group’s 2014 raffle quilt, which will be sold to help fund community outreach and educational programs.This year’s quilt is titled Primavera and...

Roads remain closed after northern part of county gets several inches of rain

Some county roads remained closed overnight Thursday after parts of the county saw more than 5 inches of rain, officials said.

County selects firm for preservation plan

Denton County commissioners have notched another item on their to-do list for the upcoming historical survey project.

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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.

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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.

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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.