Ex-Lake Dallas teacher arrested for improper relationship with student

Early this afternoon a former Lake Dallas High School teacher was arrested by Corinth police on a charge of improper relationship between an educator and a student.

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.

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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.

Mathews back on Lake Dallas council following temporary injunction

Julie Mathews will be returning to her take her place as a duly elected member of the Lake Dallas City Council.

Lake Dallas mayor resigns

The Lake Dallas City Council will have its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday evening to consider and take action to accept the resignation of Mayor Tony Marino, according to the agenda.

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Residents decry ‘double standard’

LAKE DALLAS — Lake Dallas City Council held a town hall meeting Monday evening to discuss its decision to remove newly elected council member Julie Mathews from office.

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Summertime lake access limited

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

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.

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Former Lake Dallas City Council member Mathews offers perspective

Julie Mathews never considered herself a fighter.

Lake Dallas explains removal

Lake Dallas City Council released a press release addressing its actions in removing newly elected council member Julie Mathews from office at Thursday’s council meeting.

The Colony police interested in man arrested in Frisco

A man arrested by Frisco police Thursday afternoon could be linked to the death of a Denton woman. The Colony Police Lt. Darren Brockway said Deon Kingston, 19, is “a person of interest” in the June 10 shooting death of Samira Siwakoti, 31.

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Mathews’ ousting spurs questions

Now that Lake Dallas city leaders have ousted newly elected City Council member Julie Mathews, everyone is wondering what will happen next.

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Lake Dallas council votes Mathews out

LAKE DALLAS — The City Council voted 4-0 on Thursday evening to remove newly elected council member Julie Mathews from office, despite 69 percent of voters electing her to the Place 1 seat.

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.

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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.

Softball: A league of her own

It’s Friday morning and Alicia Mathney calmly walks out the door with her two small girls on her hips. After getting them in the car, Mathney, a successful Mary Kay independent beauty consultant, slips into the front seat to begin a long day of running errands and dropping off orders. She checks herself in the rearview mirror to touch up her lipstick one last time before driving off.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wildfires erupt in county

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

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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.