County leaders sworn to serve

Plenty of heartfelt applause and laughter showered over newly sworn county officials during a brief ceremony New Year’s Day attended by family and friends.

Briefly in the area


Dew year


Becoming Bengals

LITTLE ELM — Locals once called the area “Fruit Jar Junction.” With myriad addresses listed under towns such as Little Elm, Aubrey, Cross Roads and Oak Point, one thing seems to unite the people living in the U.S. Highway 380 Corridor between Denton and McKinney: the schools.


Christmas duty

SANGER —The day got a little merrier and brighter for law enforcement officials who worked the Christmas shift this year.

Driver of 18-wheeler that collided with train dies

The driver of the 18-wheeler that collided with a train in Sanger on Friday died about an hour after the accident, according to Carol Lawson, a spokeswoman for the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office. The office has not yet released his identity. Investigators have completed initial examinations, and they will not perform a full autopsy, she said. The office did order toxicology tests, which could take up to 90 days.  


Train drags 18-wheeler in Sanger

SANGER — A tractor-trailer and a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train collided about 2 p.m. Friday near Bolivar Street in central Sanger.

18-year-old who died after rollover accident identified

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man who died Thursday in a rollover crash in far north Denton as Isael Lopez-Camilo, an 18-year-old Denton resident.

County floats penny cut in tax rate

On Tuesday, Denton County commissioners will consider a recommended $266.1 million budget and a property tax rate reduced by more than 1 cent. But before they do, the public has its chance to offer feedback on the plan.


Close-knit till the end

LITTLE ELM — After 130 years, Elm Ridge United Methodist Church on Fishtrap Road held a final Sunday service filled with reminiscing, tears and friendship.


Vision of history: Sanger reviving 1902 church

SANGER — After falling into disrepair and disuse, the historic Sanger Presbyterian Church will be refurbished and returned to its city.

Pilot Point man dies after being hit by train

A 56-year-old man was fatally struck by a train in the 200 block of West McKinney Street in Pilot Point on Monday.

Man dies in I-35 crash in north Denton

An 18-year-old man is dead following a single-vehicle crash late Thursday afternoon in north Denton, according to Denton police.

Accident in Pilot Point kills woman

A 74-year-old Whitesboro woman was killed in a three-car accident this morning in Pilot Point. 

Woman dead as result of domestic disturbance in Pilot Point

One woman is dead and the accused shooter is in the hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a Wednesday night domestic disturbance in Pilot Point.

For the DRC

Car strikes truck on I-35, killing driver

A motorist has died after a car struck a semi-trailer truck, slid underneath and erupted in flames Monday on northbound Interstate 35 near Rector Road, according to Denton police.

Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe: Follow along on money trail

You need look no further than the latest finance reports to know elections mean business in Denton County.The latest reports show how candidates have fattened their campaign war chests for the March 1...


Lakes high as releases continue

Weeks after heavy rains, some roads in Denton County remain flooded as water is being released from Lewisville Lake and Ray Roberts Lake.


Traveling man

AUBREY — Danny Kerr loves his golf cart. It’s his only form of transportation. He drives it to the grocery store where he shops, to the sandpit where he volunteers and to the doughnut shop where he often gets doughnut holes and a Dr Pepper.

One in jail on assault charge

A suspect in Monday afternoon’s shooting in the Paloma Creek area in eastern Denton County is in custody. Ian Alexander Brown, 26, was arrested Wednesday morning in Carrollton on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Pilot Point man charged with theft of equipment

A Pilot Point man faces a theft charge after investigators say they found more than a dozen pieces of stolen construction equipment on his property.

Denton County communities reporting damage

By 6:30 p.m., the National Weather Service had three reports of damage in Denton County: three light poles snapped in half at Ponder High School, roof damage to a mobile home in Krum, and a semi truck was overturned on Interstate 35E in Sanger.

School zone changes ahead

The opening of Bell Elementary School will have a ripple effect on elementary attendance boundaries in Denton ISD’s eastern and southern regions.


All manner of dogs welcome

CROSS ROADS — Mike Frazier drives in his truck with two dachshunds sitting passenger-side and three Labradors staring out the back-seat windows. Frazier is the director of I Am Dog Rescue, one of the newest dog rescue organizations serving the Denton area.

Rain continues to fall in North Texas

The storms rolling through North Texas have plenty of moisture to feed off of through Saturday. A cold front pushing through North Texas figures to converge with rain from what could be a historic hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, says KXAS-TV (NBC5) meteorologist Grant Johnston.

Denton ISD carving out zone for Bell Elementary

Denton ISD is preparing for public meetings Nov. 3 and Nov. 5 to discuss attendance boundaries for Catherine Bell Elementary School.

Aubrey ISD requests police on campuses

AUBREY — Additional police presence was requested this week on all Aubrey school district campuses following threats to the administration brought on by a recent dress code dispute. The district has also announced it’s implementing dress code modifications.

Early voting soon to begin

A state constitutional amendment election will be next month, but Denton County residents can get informed and cast their votes on the propositions starting next week.

Bolivar Cemetery Association

Association looking for answers on accident

Damage early Saturday morning to a 100-year-old cemetery fence has left the Bolivar Cemetery Association searching for answers.

Locals to have say on tax rate

Denton County residents are invited to get a walk-through of the proposed tax rate for the next fiscal year. Tonight, commissioners will hold the first of two public meetings concerning the proposed tax rate that would see residents paying about a penny less on their tax rate.


Dry spell could dry up

Wetter weather is on the horizon, at least according to the latest forecast, and that could end the third longest streak of consecutive days without rainfall in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Curbs on methane expected

Environmentalists and the oil and gas industry, longtime adversaries, expect new rules for reducing methane emissions to be proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the coming weeks. The question is whether the new rules could ultimately bring relief to polluted North Texas skies.

Blotter: Pair attacks man outside his apartment

Denton police are still looking for a motive in an attack Monday night outside a man’s apartment.


Summertime lake access limited

Families accustomed to heading to the lake for Independence Day weekend may be forced to make new plans.

Trailer gets stuck on tracks in Sanger

Access is currently cut off in Sanger after a trailer from an 18-wheeler got hung up on some railroad tracks and was later hit by a slow-moving train, according to Sanger Fire Chief David Pennington.

Right to wed reaches county

Denton County added two new events to the local history books on Monday. The Denton County Clerk’s Office issued the first same-sex marriage license and a county elected official performed the first same-sex wedding.


Red River bridge worries ran high

ON THE RED RIVER — Glenn Seekins sits on the muddy banks of the Red River. With a Bud Light in his hand and fishing lines in the water, he said he didn’t have anything better to do on his Monday off.

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Critically injured boy improves

A little boy injured in a fatal weekend collision is getting better, officials say. Five-year-old Ryland Brown of Aubrey suffered serious facial and head wounds Saturday night in a head-on collision in the 9900 block of Sherman Drive. The 22-year-old woman driving the child was found dead at the scene, Denton police said.

Storm victims eligible for aid

The Federal Emergency Management Agency amended the President’s Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance for Texas on Friday, adding several additional counties to the list, including Denton County.


Water hems in RV park

NEAR SANGER — Cheryl Burlingame called into work Saturday and Monday to say she couldn’t make it in. Her chances today weren’t looking too good, either. At least not unless there is a drastic change to the high water that has pinned Burlingame and other residents of the Lighthouse Cove RV Park at the Ray Roberts Lake Marina to their homes.


Same answer

For five months, the border wars have been raging across the U.S. Highway 380 and FM720 corridor east of Denton. And the casualties have been high. Families have been forced from their homes. Neighbors have betrayed neighbors. It was only a matter of time before the wars erupted in law offices and courtrooms.

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Waters extend reach

Denton resident Allen Harrison saw two people standing on top of a car in Lewisville Lake. Then he got in the lake and swam. He and several passers-by were able to rescue the car’s driver and her son from inside the vehicle, bringing them safely to shore Saturday afternoon.

Appraisal appeals rolling in

An estimated 10,000 Denton County residents have filed appeals of their 2015 property tax appraisals, but officials said Monday they expect that group of unhappy taxpayers to be about the same size as last year.

On tornado’s trail

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth reported that the Mother’s Day tornado that struck southwest Denton was a category EF1, with wind speeds between 86 and 110 mph. The tornado touched down shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday near Hilltop Road and Country Club Road and ended just behind the Whataburger on Fort Worth Drive north of Interstate 35E, according to coordinates provided by the weather service.

Rain puts lakes past threshold

The Denton County Sheriff's Office released a statement earlier today saying no evacuations were necessary in the greenbelt south of Ray Roberts Lake.

Governor signs disaster declaration

Shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, word came from the governor’s office that Gov. Greg Abbott had signed a disaster declaration for Denton County as well as Bosque, Clay, Eastland, Gaines, Montague and Van Zandt counties. Additional counties may be added to the declaration that will be sent to Washington, D.C., as the weather situation continues to develop.


Firefighter’s training kicked in for rescues

Gainesville firefighter Wayne Twiner has been training once a month for three and a half years with Texas Task Force 1 as a rescue swimmer.

Well fire rouses neighbors

Residents along West Windsor Drive in northwest Denton were still shaken Friday by a fire and explosion at a natural gas well site in their neighborhood during severe weather Thursday night.

Severe weather heightened

Tornadoes, more flash flooding and hail are in the forecast for Denton County over the next several hours, according to the National Weather Service.

Weather likely to dampen weekend

Denton County residents can expect weekend weather conditions similar to those that produced an EF1 tornado Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service.