After-school program could see funding cut

When Kaela Byrd entered the sixth grade at Denton ISD, she didn't have many options when it came to after-school activities. With her parents still at work, much of her time was spent on the couch in front of a TV.

County officials oppose tax bill

Denton County commissioners have formally opposed a bill in the Texas Legislature that county officials say is aimed at taking away more local control.

Straus hits Senate for 'cooking books' on Texas budget

House Speaker Joe Straus on Wednesday accused Senate budget writers of "cooking the books" and using an "Enron-esque" accounting gimmick to achieve their wish to spend more but not incur fiscal hard-liners' wrath by tapping state savings.

May 6 election contests list released

Denton County Elections has released the active contest listing for Denton-area elections on May 6 when voters will choose mayors, council members and school bond packages.

Denton's League of Women Voters to discuss latest from Texas Legislature

Two local political experts give a legislative update at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Ave.

Indivisible Denton members making their voices heard

Critics call them disruptive, but members insist they’re just motivated citizens, clawing back their role in a representative democracy that derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.

Denton firefighters endorse Hudspeth for District 1 City Council

Denton firefighters announced just one endorsement following a Denton City Council candidate forum Wednesday night: Gerard Hudspeth for District 1.

Party faithful party on

Burgess answers to constituents in forum

Denton parks foundation receives $100,000 gift

Story of Denton family in U.S. Supreme Court "friend of court" brief

Denton city charter review committee talks ethics reform

The city’s charter amendment committee talked frankly this week about a lack of trust between   the community and its elected officials — and how to fix it.

GOP wrestles with new direction

City seeks hotel taxes for ballfield improvements


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

Wazny won't seek another term on Denton City Council

Council member Kathleen Wazny has announced she will not seek a second term in District 3.

Tillerson family is right at home in Denton County

To hear their neighbors tell, Rex and Renda Tillerson are nice, normal people. The family bought its Bartonville land and home before Rex Tillerson became chairman and chief executive officer of ExxonMobil in 2006. Now President-elect Donald Trump has nominated him to serve as the next U.S. secretary of state. And his neighbors along Dove Creek Road are buzzing about how life might change in their rustic corner of Denton County.

Tuesday Polling Places

Tuesday is Election Day. On Tuesday, voters must go to their assigned voting precinct to cast a ballot. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those in line at 7 p.m. will be still be able to vote.

Lake Dallas post up for vote again

Three candidates are vying Nov. 8 to become Lake Dallas’ fifth mayor in a little more than a year.

Early Voting

Early voting for the Nov. 8 general election begins today and continues through Nov. 4. On Nov. 8, voters must go to the voting location for their party’s precinct.For more information, visit

3 seek Lake Dallas mayor spot

Three men are vying to become Lake Dallas’ next mayor. On Thursday, the window closed for candidates to file to run for a place on a special election ballot to fill the vacant mayor’s seat.


Council not sold on community market plan

City leaders sent an ad hoc committee back to the drawing board Tuesday after its plan to help the Denton Community Market went too far afield.

Blotter: Police: Burglar removes AC unit to enter home

Police: Burglar removes AC unit to enter homeA woman called police after she came home about 7:20 p.m. Saturday and found her home in the 1000 block of Stuart Road had been broken into.

Denton County officials float drop in property taxes for budget proposal

Denton County officials are proposing a $266.1 million budget for the 2017 fiscal year. Although the proposed budget expenses are $11.2 million above the current budget, the county’s property tax roll is expected to increase.

Election spending may be minimal

Hefty campaign war chests of Denton County Republicans likely will remain intact this year because they face little opposition on the November ballot.

City manager gets walking papers

In the end, George Campbell didn’t have the votes to stay on as Denton’s city manager. He resigned effective midnight July 1.

Oak Point and Lake Dallas fill out slates

The only remaining city council seats in Lake Dallas and Oak Point were decided during Saturday’s runoff election, with Megan Ray claiming Lake Dallas’ Place 1 seat and John Lusk winning a seat in Oak Point.

Voting locations

The following locations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today for city runoff elections in Lake Dallas, Oak Point and Frisco.

Early voting turnout low

After an extensive local election season, candidates in Frisco, Lake Dallas and Oak Point hope things will become settled once and for all this weekend.


Stucky gets GOP House nod

Lynn Stucky’s march to Austin continues into November’s general election.

Runoff election races set for today

Today is the day to settle a handful of runoff election races.

For the DRC

Ray to face Hammond in Lake Dallas runoff

LAKE DALLAS — The June 18 runoff slate for the Place 1 City Council seat in Lake Dallas is set.

Republican Polling Sites

Democratic Polling Sites

Campaign Finance Reports

Locals picked for GOP National Convention

Rafael Cruz, father of former presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, Dianne Edmondson, retiring chairwoman of the Denton County Republican Party, and state Rep. Pat Fallon are among 10 Denton County Republicans selected last weekend as delegates or alternates to the GOP National Convention, set for July 17-22 in Cleveland.

Early Voting Locations

Early voting for the May 24 state runoff elections begins today and continues through Friday. Voters can vote at any polling site during the early voting period. On May 24, voters must go to the voting location for their party’s precinct.

Crownover backs Stucky in District 64 battle

As she is on her way out after 16 years, state Rep. Myra Crownover wants Denton County voters to pass the political torch to Sanger veterinarian Lynn Stucky for her District 64 seat in the Texas House of Representatives.

District 64 runoff debate doesn’t occur

A debate between state House District 64 runoff candidates Read King and Lynn Stucky did not happen Tuesday night. King and Stucky are facing off for the Republican nomination in the May 24 runoff.

Campaign reports in

Mike Cheves made a large enough loan to his Denton City Council campaign that it’s getting second looks from his opponents in the Place 5 race.

Lake Dallas mayor’s contest draws two

Two candidates are vying for the chance to succeed Mike McCaleb as mayor of Lake Dallas on Saturday.

Lake Dallas voters set to name new council members in election

Residents in Lake Dallas will vote for three new council members when casting ballots on Saturday.

PACs inject $24,000 into city races

Two political action committees have spent a bit more than $24,000 between them to help Denton City Council incumbents stay in office.

Early voting

Early voting for the May 7 city and school elections begins today and continues through May 3. Voters can vote at any polling site during the early voting period. On May 7, voters must go to the voting location for their party’s precinct.

Hawkins responds to recall criticism

Three City Council seats are up for election on May 7, but the hottest item on the ballot is Joey Hawkins’ recall.

Controversial flier stirs concerns

A slick, four-color political mailer landed in the mailboxes of many Denton voters over the weekend asking whether they knew who was really behind the curtain of local politics.

Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe: Hopefuls weather hail of queries

April in Denton means bluebonnets, severe weather and the occasional political storm, too.

Personal city financial statements submitted

Mayor Chris Watts’ real estate portfolio has grown a bit since he was first elected two years ago.