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.

Les Cockrell: Liberty Christian School to present ‘Artist’s Garden’

Liberty Christian School will present its Fine Arts Extravaganza, “Artist’s Garden,” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Aubrey council races on ballot

The Aubrey City Council election has four contested races on the May 10 ballot, including three incumbents who are vying to retain their seats.

Cities weigh regulating e-cigarettes

The growing use of electronic cigarettes by minors is meeting with growing resistance in Denton County.

Denton County woman killed in crash

A Denton County woman was killed Thursday afternoon after a vehicle accident at U.S. Highway 380 and Preston Road in Collin County.

Schools fall short at first UIL film contest

Young filmmakers from the area didn’t bring home top honors from the first UIL film contest this week but they did produce work their communities can be proud of for years to come.

Blaze damages event center

An early morning blaze at the Buffalo Valley Event Center caused extensive smoke and fire damage to the popular wedding venue just as the wedding season has begun to kick off.

Pilot Point confirms rabies found in skunk

A case of rabies in a skunk has been confirmed in Pilot Point and officials in Bartonville suspect they may also have captured a rabid skunk recently.

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In the works

SANGER — It’s unusually quiet in the Sanger Public Library — even for a library. The library has been closed for about a month after freezing temperatures caused a fire sprinkler line in the attic to expand and break, flooding the library.

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Making the cut

While Argyle football players worked their way through the fall season to the state championship, a team of young filmmakers was right by their side at practices, taking road trips across the state and sometimes working in freezing weather. Now the filmmakers are facing a championship of their own, of sorts.

Winter could muster return

The National Weather Service reports a chance for frost to sweep across North Texas on Tuesday morning as temperatures are expected to hover close to freezing at 34 degrees.

Three Aubrey school board races on ballot

Three school board races are on the ballot in Aubrey for the May 10 election but only one is a contested race.

‘Denton Storm’ tab hits $300 million

Recent storms that battered North Texas with softball-size hail and high winds caused about $300 million in property damage, primarily in Denton County, according to the Insurance Council of Texas.

Burton to retire in June; county seeks replacement

Bing Burton, Denton County’s health director for the past 22 years, is retiring in June and county commissioners are looking for a replacement.

Medal of Honor recipients motorcade today

Denton motorists today can expect delays along Interstate 35 as more than 30 law enforcement agencies and 18 fire departments honor congressional Medal of Honor recipients with a motorcade through town.

County makes arrests in prostitution sting

A four-day crackdown on human trafficking by a federal law enforcement task force netted 15 prostitution-related arrests and three drug arrests in Denton County.

Les Cockrell: Dance troupe to perform at church in Denton

The Thai Drama-Dance Troupe is scheduled to perform at First Christian Church of Denton at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Faces & Places: 2014 Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair & Rodeo

The Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair and Rodeo selected the rodeo queen and princess on Saturday, March 29.

Festival recalls pivotal era

The Denton County Historical Commission will have its first-ever Denton County Heritage Festival on Saturday to remember the area as it was from 1861 to 1877, during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Cleanup continues; officials warn of scam artists

Officials are warning residents to beware of scam artists. Several residents reported that roofing contractors descended quickly on their neighborhoods to offer their services.

Tower to remember

Nine-year-old Ben Pierce is slowly chipping away at his wish list of places he wants to see before he loses his vision. On Wednesday, Pierce, his parents and his five siblings visited what might seem like an unlikely destination for most people to visit — a water tower. But for Pierce and his family, it was significant, meaningful, and as he put it, “awesome.”

County OKs deal to enforce district traffic laws

Motorists driving through special districts in Denton County will have to start obeying the traffic laws, if they weren’t already.

DCLA Youth Fair & Rodeo results

The Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair and Rodeo concluded Saturday with the rodeo at the North Texas Fairgrounds in Denton. The following is a list of Youth Fair winners through Friday’s events:

Contestants vie for queen, princess

Eight young ladies stood before two judges and a large audience at the North Texas Fairgrounds this week to make the case why they should represent the Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair and Rodeo.

Area schools compete in pilot UIL film contest

Three Denton County high schools will soon learn if their films are selected as finalists for this year’s UIL filmmakers competition.

Les Cockrell: Society harvesting Aubrey’s history

Members of the Aubrey Historical Society will host the Aubrey Area History Harvest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and area residents are invited to bring letters, photographs and other artifacts and share information about the items’ historical significance.

Plan for apartments meets opposition

Homeowners in Savannah in east Denton County are collecting signatures on a petition opposing the proposed construction of an apartment complex on a site where community leaders had promised a long-awaited retail and commercial center.

Close to the vest

Personal financial statements can offer clues to the financial interests of local officials and improve government transparency — that is, if more residents had a clue about how to find them. The little-known and rarely accessed statements contain potentially valuable disclosures from select public officials about their own property holdings, stocks and bonds, outside business interests or employment, even gifts granted to them during their public service.

Youths ready entries for fair

The 39th Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair and Rodeo will kick off Saturday at the North Texas Fairgrounds. The fair, which continues through March 29, will include more than 700 entries in various categories including breeding animals, market animals, tractor driving, public speaking and home economics from Denton County youths ages 8 to 18.

Review of court ruling sought

The Denton County District Attorney’s office has filed a petition to the state’s highest criminal court, in hopes that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals will reverse Charles Stobaugh’s overturned murder conviction.

Les Cockrell: Library branches announce spring break activities

All three branches of the Denton Public Library have announced activities to help families stay busy during spring break.

The real work begins

The expansion of Interstate 35E is getting busier by the day as crews work in a number of areas to complete the first phase of the 30-mile project.

Water damage

SANGER — The silence inside the Sanger Public Library this week was replaced with the sounds of rumbling floor dryers and a work crew removing carpet that was damaged by a fire sprinkler line that flooded the library Monday.

Aubrey officials looking to form MDD

AUBREY — Officials in Aubrey are asking voters in May to expand the city’s sales tax collection beyond the city limits by using a tool few municipalities are using to collect revenue from future development.

Les Cockrell: History and culture office seeks volunteers

The Denton County Office of History and Culture has scheduled a “Lunch ’n Learn” volunteer training and orientation session from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 13 at the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

Ballots at the ready

After weeks of being inundated with debates, handshakes and campaign literature, voters will go to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in dozens of Republican and Democratic primary elections.

Some candidates face no challengers in Tuesday’s primaries

Early voting ends today

Today is the last day to cast an early vote in Tuesday’s primary elections.

Les Cockrell: Residents to be in carving show

Several Denton residents are scheduled to participate in the 40th annual North Texas Wood Carvers Guild Show and Competition planned for Saturday and Sunday at the Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St. in Grapevine.

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More cast early ballots

More than 10,000 people had cast early primary election ballots as of Tuesday afternoon, and officials believe the turnout is fueled by the attention garnered by the multiple contested races and high-profile local and gubernatorial races.

PAC cash heats up District 64 race

The hotly contested primary race for state House District 64 in Denton County is among more than two dozen Republican state representative races drawing funding from a conservative political action committee challenging leadership in the GOP-run Texas House.

Sheriff pursues grant for mobile tower

The Denton County Sheriff’s Office received commissioners’ approval Tuesday for plans to seek grants from the U.S. Department of Justice and the CoServ Charitable Foundation to buy an observation tower.

County reports ninth flu-related death

A Sanger-area child has become Denton County’s ninth flu-related death this season. The child, age unknown, had underlying health conditions and officials do not believe she had been vaccinated, according to Denton County Health Director Bing Burton.

Les Cockrell: Guest to speak at plant society

Guest speaker Lynde Dodd will present a program on stewardship and protection of the environment to members of the Trinity Forks Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas on Thursday.

Packed race for JP in Precinct 5

The announced retirement of Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace Mike Bateman has created a six-person scramble in the March 4 primary election to be his replacement.

Les Cockrell: Library to host animè events

The Denton Public Library will conduct several events for area animè fans Saturday at Mini-A-Kon VII.

Early voting starts Tuesday

Early voting begins Tuesday in Denton County for the March 4 primary election.

Two challenge Johnson for DA

The death penalty and leadership in office are at the forefront of a hotly contested Denton County district attorney’s race, with incumbent District Attorney Paul Johnson facing two challengers in his bid for re-election this year. Lantana attorney Karen Alexander and Denton attorney Henry “Hank” Paine are each hoping to unseat Johnson in the March 4 Republican primary election.

Mental health group presents awards

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Denton County has handed out several special awards in recognition of efforts to improve and advocate for mental health care in Denton County.

County marks seventh flu-related death

A 50-year-old Aubrey area woman has died from the flu, becoming the seventh flu-related death in Denton County this season, according to the Denton County Health Department.