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.

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.

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.


Further drought relief ahead

After nearly a week of blue skies and bountiful sunshine, Texas is expected to get back to the business of drought relief.

Rogers lone finalist for LISD superintendent

Lewisville ISD’s school board has named Kevin Rogers the lone finalist for superintendent of the sprawling educational complex that serves 53,000 students on 69 campuses located in 13 cities.

Coffee firm to land in Northlake

A whole lot of jobs and coffee are on their way to Denton County.


Rain tops off lakes

After a week of downpours in North Texas, Army Corps of Engineers officials in Lewisville report lake levels across this part of the country are reaching capacity — and in some cases exceeding it.

Construction to resume at Argyle ISD

ARGYLE — Limited construction of Argyle ISD projects are expected to resume today. At a Monday meeting, the Argyle school board approved three motions related to construction halted earlier this month following the deaths of two workers in less than a week at the Argyle High School construction site.

Les Cockrell: Benefit performance set for April 30

RSVP: Serving Denton County will be the beneficiary of a Music Theatre of Denton’s fundraising performance of The Wedding Singer on Thursday, April 30, according to Diana Corona, RSVP executive director.


Show of support

ARGYLE — The threat of rain Sunday morning didn’t keep North Texans away from the Argyle Community Concert to raise money for the families of two construction workers who were recently killed in two separate incidents at the Argyle Middle School and High School campus.

Crews render artillery shell found in Copper Canyon safe

A 155 mm artillery shell prompted a code red alert to be issued to some county residents after midnight Friday.

County clinic data left at shop

Internal and state investigations continue at the Denton County Health Department following a security breach by an employee. In February, an unidentified employee left a USB drive at a local printing store to print a personal document from the drive.

Murder suspect surrenders to Lewisville police, second suspect remains at large

Police said 23-year-old Adrian Quigley, a resident of The Colony, turned himself into authorities. He was wanted for capital murder.


Second person dies at Argyle ISD building site

ARGYLE — A father is grieving the loss of his son after accidentally running over him with a truck Tuesday on the campus of Argyle High School, where a construction worker was killed less than a week ago.

Argyle ISD halts construction

ARGYLE — The Argyle school board voted unanimously to retain a safety consultant and to suspend all construction work following the deaths of two workers in less than a week at an Argyle High School construction site. The two separate votes were taken during an emergency board meeting Tuesday.

Calls up for sheriff’s mental health unit

Denton County Sheriff William Travis was on hand Tuesday morning to give Denton County commissioners the annual report for his office.


Gift is a ‘treasure trove’

In the spirit of preservation, pieces of Argyle’s past changed hands recently. Officials with the Denton County Office of History and Culture recently received a donation of photographs and other items from the town’s history.


Sandy Lake Park blends history, fun

CARROLLTON — It’s an overcast Saturday in March. Trees still miss their leaves even though it’s been warm for a week. Many cars stuck in traffic on Interstate 35E are filled with thrill-seekers headed to opening day at Sandy Lake Amusement Park.

Lewisville Lake fisherman surprised by feral hogs

When Henry Shipes of Melissa took a kayaking trip on Lewisville Lake Sunday afternoon, he expected to catch some fish, but it’s what he caught on video that has a lot of people talking.

Judge lowers Lumsden’s bail after hearing

After a three-hour hearing in 211th District Court, attorneys for Raymond Edward Lumsden were able to get his $1 million bail on child sex charges reduced.

Abuse case details sketchy

Details surrounding last week’s arrest of Raymond Eric Lumsden on sexual abuse charges remained sketchy Monday.

Flower Mound soccer player getting back in the game

Over the past couple of years, Sam Garza is one of a small number of Marcus alumni that went on to play professionally, among those being Zach Barnes, who played for DC United. Nevertheless, Garza stood out to his former coach. John Gall said he largely attributes the success Garza has found to an incredible work ethic, combined with his athletic ability.

HB 5 to affect high school freshman

State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, proposed House Bill 5 in the 83rd Legislature in February 2013 to help students explore their interests and career paths in high school, rather than after graduation. This year’s freshmen class is the first to be affected by the bill.


Next-gen interactivity

It’s a Monday afternoon, but nearly 20 Lewisville High School students, mostly seniors, aren’t in class. Instead, they’ve carpooled a few miles off campus with a mission — to help senior citizens learn how to operate iPads.

Police close shooting investigation

Flower Mound police have closed their investigation into the Friday night shooting that left one dead and one in the hospital.

Police: Woman shot in Flower Mound

Police are searching for a gunman after a woman was shot in a Flower Mound neighborhood Friday night.

City explores deal to better serve Robson

The Denton City Council agreed in principle to a partnership with Denton County Emergency Services District that could open a new fire station near Robson Ranch in the next few years.


Wildfires erupt in county

A handful of grass fires kept area firefighters busy Monday afternoon.


Path offers ride alongside rails

Trey Price is one of many Denton cyclists and runners eagerly waiting for the Denton County Transportation Authority to finish its rail trail project, which recently entered Phase 2 in Lewisville. When finished, the trail will allow users to ride or run between Denton and Lewisville alongside the A-train line, providing another travel and recreation alternative.

Les Cockrell: Cookie fiesta will help out preschool

Denton Christian Preschool is offering a Valentine’s Day alternative for those who don’t want to give the typical gift such as a card or flowers.

Pilot killed in Wednesday night plane crash near Argyle

One person is dead after a plane crashed in southern Argyle about 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, officials said. Sgt. Lonny Haschel, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the body of a twin-engine Cessna 441 turbo prop plane was intact at the crash site between Stonecrest Road and U.S. Highway 377, just north of Meadowview Drive. 

Police chief appointed

Bartonville’s Town Council unanimously approved a new police chief Tuesday night.

DMN file photo

Gun show loads up on varieties

Guns everywhere. Big ones, small ones. Some used to protect, others used to destroy. Rows upon rows of handguns, semiautomatic rifles, saddle rifles, shotguns. Knives, too, all shapes and sizes — some shaped like stars, others the length of swords.

Indefinite street closure announced

Barrel Strap Lane will be closed indefinitely from FM2181 to Pottery Trail beginning Thursday at 10 a.m., according to the Corinth Police Department.

Little Elm ISD hires for top position

Lowell Strike will begin his new post as Little Elm ISD’s superintendent today, after the school board confirmed his appointment to the position.

Argyle ISD mulls hiring firm

The Argyle school board will consider enlisting its law firm’s help in finding Argyle High School’s next principal, something the district hasn’t done in recent years.

Frosty temperatures to stick around

Keep the heavy coats, gloves and hat nearby. Freezing and near-freezing temperatures are expected to hang around Denton for the next couple of days.

Year in Review: Local projects fill area

Forward thinking, forward planning has been the name of the game in many of the projects, programs and decision-making done in Denton County over the course of 2014.

Police identify driver, victims

Garrett Wilhelm of Gainesville was on his way to visit his parents in Keller when he rear-ended a family of four along Interstate 35W on Wednesday afternoon, police said. The Christmas Eve accident killed 5-year-old Moriah Modisette of Cross Roads and seriously injured members of her family.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons / The Place Is Argyle

This year the Argyle Community Civic League Angel Tree served 106 children. The league sent out more than 850 Angel Tree tags for every child to receive two outfits, shoes and socks, pajamas and underwear, coats, hats and gloves and three Christmas wishes.

Ex-LISD worker placed in jail

A former Lewisville school district teacher’s aide was arraigned Sunday on a charge of improper relationship between an educator/student, according to Lewisville Police Department officials.

As good as gold

Highland Village chef Morris Salerno has basked in the limelight this year. He won a gold medal at the Expogast culinary competition in Luxembourg, was featured on the new show The Hungry Investors and has nearly completed his second cookbook.

Les Cockrell: Volunteer options expand

VNA Ann’s Haven is offering new training options for those who would like to become volunteers with the hospice care provider.

Grand jury indicts former Lewisville assistant fire chief

A former Lewisville Fire Department assistant chief was indicted Thursday by a Denton County grand jury.


Renowned just off the field

An Argyle High School senior is making a name for himself in the Texas high school football arena, and it’s not for his performance on the field.

Horn says lower caps come with a price

Denton County Judge Mary Horn is gearing up for a familiar battle in the 84th Texas Legislature. Horn and fellow Commissioners Court members are hoping a proposed bill to lower the caps on annual increases in residential property appraisals and revenue will be defeated because they say it would limit the prerogatives of local elected officials to set tax rates, create budgets and deliver needed services to Denton County residents.

Jurors indict former deputy

Former Denton County sheriff’s deputy Joe Edward Cummings has been arrested on child pornography charges.