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.

Fourth robbery suspect arrested

The fourth and final suspect in Sunday’s home invasion robbery in Flower Mound is in police custody.

Spirit endures

ARGYLE — The horse’s eyes are the first indication that he’s a survivor. A spark of fire illuminates their blackness as if his will to live were personified into a flame that could not be extinguished, despite the number of times an unknown assailant beat him with a baseball bat.

Fourth robbery suspect sought

The remaining suspect from Sunday night’s home invasion robbery in Flower Mound was still in hiding as multiple area law enforcement agencies worked to track him down.

Officers arrest robbery suspects

Three people are in custody and one remains at large after a home invasion robbery Sunday night in Flower Mound.


St. Mark dedicates new southern site

A statue of the Savior wearing a crown of thorns looks down upon the draped altar being blessed Sunday morning by Bishop Michael Olson, whose white robes seem otherworldly as he slowly performs the dedication ritual.


Cold, hard reality

Should Mother Nature choose to dump a slew of winter precipitation on top of Denton County, she will find county officials decidedly more prepared for it than last year.

Argyle High principal hired away

Argyle High School Principal Jeff Butts is the lone finalist for the Ballinger ISD superintendent job.

TMS celebrates huge tree, community grants

They claim it’s the largest living Christmas tree in Texas, towering 61 feet over the crowd that gathered at the Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday night as part of the Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter’s celebration.

Briefly in Denton and the area

A railroad bridge demolition is scheduled for next week, and officials urge drivers traveling U.S. Highway 380 to be prepared to seek an alternate route.

Lewisville fire destroys residence

An afternoon fire in Lewisville destroyed one home and damaged another before it was brought under control by multiple fire departments Monday.

Help on wheels

It sounded like a thousand growling beasts thundering down the road as more than 1,000 bikers pulled out of Cycle Center in Denton, heading south on Fort Worth Drive toward Country Club Road.

Les Cockrell: Holiday event takes cues from past

Area residents are invited to take a trip back in time to experience a Victorian American Christmas from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Denton County Historical Park.

Police: Suspect fired gun before being shot

Lewisville police released new details in Wednesday’s attempted carjacking, but the identity of the 22-year-old suspect fatally shot by an officer was not released Thursday.

Les Cockrell: Holiday gift wrapping available at mall

Young people from First United Methodist Church of Denton will be offering their holiday gift-wrapping service at Golden Triangle Mall again this year.

Pair charged in another robbery

Lewisville police are charging two Denton County suspects with robbery and credit card abuse in connection with a Saturday robbery, officials said.

Police arrest two in robbery

Flower Mound police have identified two Denton County residents arrested in connection with a robbery Saturday afternoon, as well as a second robbery carried out in Lewisville later the same day.

Water tower permit fees on council agenda

Bartonville Town Council is holding a special meeting tonight to discuss and consider approval of building permit fees associated with the construction of an elevated water tower.

Flower Mound police arrest two suspects in robbery

Flower Mound police had two men in custody after responding to a robbery call Saturday afternoon.

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Doomed I-35E building got final purpose

Texas Land & Cattle Steak House in Hickory Creek had one last job to do before the building was demolished to give way for the expansion of Interstate 35E.

Les Cockrell: Donations taken around the clock

North Texas Trinity Cowboy Church of Sanger will hold its third G6 project to help the community beginning on Sunday, according to an announcement from the church.

Hurst pair accused of exploiting children

A single obscene photo on Instagram helped local and federal authorities zero in on a Fort Worth man they say has admitted molesting more than 100 children and possessing thousands of illegal pornographic images.

Grand jury indicts area man on murder charge

A Denton County grand jury indicted Stephen Bielicke on a murder charge Thursday.Bielicke, of Lewisville, has been in jail since he allegedly chased Flower Mound resident Verland “Scott” Johansen along...

Argyle hires Frederiksen as city manager

The town of Argyle hired Paul Frederiksen on Wednesday to serve as the new city manager. Frederiksen steps into his new role Dec. 22, taking over the responsibilities of Trent Petty, a former city manager...

Police arrest health care worker

Corinth police arrested a 39-year-old man after the officers discovered he had been neglectful to three people he was hired to care for, according to a news release.

Heidemann appointed to Corinth city council seat

The Corinth City Council held a special session Nov. 13 to appoint Bill Heidemann to the council, filling the vacancy left by Jim Mayfield, according to a news release.

County gives OK to recommended projects

Denton County commissioners gave approval Tuesday to recommendations made by the capital improvements committee for proposed projects over the next 10 years.

Corinth to hear update on road construction

The city of Corinth is holding a meeting tonight with the Texas Department of Transportation to receive an update on the construction of FM2181, according to a public notice.

Bartonville Council slates hearing on amending plan

The Bartonville Town Council will hold a public hearing tonight to consider an ordinance that would amend the town’s Code of Ordinances by adding a new section on personal notice requirements to the comprehensive plan, according to the agenda.

Argyle Town Council set to consider zoning change

The Argyle Town Council will meet tonight to consider an ordinance approving a zoning change from agricultural district to planned development single-family residential for 5T Ranch, according to the agenda.

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Progress comes slowly to Old Town Lewisville

Six months after its original completion date, the new look of downtown Lewisville’s Old Town Plaza is still a work in progress. “It’s just one of those projects that just seems to have been snakebit,” city spokesman James Kunke said.


One year down, more to go

A year of the 35Express project is in the books. With heavy construction work underway on the 30-mile corridor of the expansion project, Denton County residents are that much closer to enjoying relief for the often-congested Interstate 35E.

First responders navigate traffic

Sirens blaring, horns honking and nowhere to go. This has turned into a common scene along Interstate 35E as construction continues to widen the highway.


Neighbors work on compromise

Representatives of an equine therapy center and a planned 173-house development in Corinth sat down Thursday to discuss how both projects could coexist.Charles Fletcher, founder of SpiritHorse Therapeutic...


SpiritHorse fights for home

CORINTH — The little boy, Ben, grabs the saddle from his therapist as if he’s a true cowboy. He leans slightly back, tongue protruding from his mouth as he puts his arms underneath the saddle and accepts its weight on his short legs.

Lewisville ISD superintendent to retire

LewisvilleSuperintendent of Lewisville ISD to retireLewisville ISD Superintendent Stephen F. Waddell announced his retirement Tuesday evening.

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Love, selflessness defined slain man

The old saying “cherish every moment with those you love” has new meaning for Ellen Johansen. The Flower Mound resident lost her husband of 39 years, Verland “Scott” Johansen, on Sept. 26 after he struggled for his life with a gunshot wound. Earlier that week he was on his way to a Frisco hotel, where he worked as a night manager, when he was shot while driving along Interstate 35E in Lewisville.

Honor awaits patriot

TROPHY CLUB — In the doorway of a two-story house in Trophy Club, an elderly man presents himself with silvery hair and a medium build.


Portrait of a veteran

LAKE DALLAS — World War II veteran Paul Hudgins, 88, is sharing his memories through picture books he writes and illustrates for his grandchildren.

Plan will save county on interest

In the face of an improving bond market, Denton County officials have a chance to save some taxpayer dollars.

Les Cockrell: A twist on shopping

An alternative gifts fair is planned for Friday through Sunday at Miller Center, located inside Denton’s First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Locust St.


Argyle band wins fourth straight

It was dreary outdoors Tuesday, but that didn’t stop Argyle from celebrating the high school band, which brought home its fourth straight state championship.

Officials ID body

A victim of a deadly fire in Hickory Creek last month has been identified. Robert John Basinski, 52, was found dead in his Hickory Creek home Oct. 14 after officials discovered a raging early morning fire.


Poll watchers keep eye on skies

Denton voters will need to bring boots and an umbrella along with their voter guides to the polls today. Meteorologists expect a steady rain, with an occasional embedded thunderstorm, as a cold front arrives in time for Election Day. Whether it affects overall voter turnout remains to be seen.

Wall divides landowners

HICKORY CREEK — Not all of the land being cleared for the new, wider Interstate 35E is firmly in the state’s grip.