Commissioners approve changes to lure job seekers

Denton County commissioners are making a few personnel moves in hopes of luring more law enforcement-related job seekers to Denton County.

Traffic grinds to halt after crew hits line

Power lines strung across Interstate 35E in Corinth prompted police to close northbound and southbound lanes, including service roads, causing a backup of traffic in both directions for hours Tuesday afternoon.

Argyle public hearing lasts late into the night

ARGYLE — The Argyle town council unanimously voted to table Hat Creek Development's zoning request change for the proposed Highlands of Argyle residential community until a later date.

Slideshow: Back to school in Lewisville ISD

The Lewisville ISD shares its back-to-school photos on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #lisdb2s14.

Argyle weighs growth

Argyle will have public hearings at 6 p.m. today on amendments to the town’s comprehensive plan and future land use plan, and to its thoroughfare plan, and on a zoning change requested for a proposed housing development.

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First day goes smoothly

Monday brought a couple of firsts for fourth-grader Samantha Raney. It was her first day at a brand new school and in a new district. The Adkins Elementary School student transferred from Lewisville ISD. She said she felt edgy and nervous being at a new school.

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New school opening in Lantana

The Denton school district is slated to open a new elementary school today in the Lantana area. Adkins Elementary School will open its doors to about 300 students, according to district officials.

Library fund limited

PONDER — The Betty Foster Public Library in Ponder doesn’t look like a library. It looks more like a large, cramped office filled with too many books.

Briefly in the area

A Flower Mound crew will spray for mosquitoes Monday and Tuesday night in the Lake Forest Estates neighborhood after officials confirmed that a mosquito sample tested positive for West Nile virus.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: New school employees take part in 3-day training session

New employees with the Argyle Independent School District met recently for three days of training. The 19 staff members had discussions, became acquainted with the Argyle school district, toured the town and got acquainted with each other.

Lake Dallas set to swear in new board member

The Lake Dallas school district will swear in a new board member Sept. 15. On Tuesday, Lake Dallas school trustees unanimously appointed Steve Payne to fill the unexpired Place 2 school board term. Carol Jula, who resigned earlier this summer, previously occupied the seat.

Commissioners OK new health records system

Paper records are finally on their way out of Denton County health services. A new $95,000 records management system approved by county commissioners will consolidate records for easy access by all health services departments, including that of the jail, and help keep the county in state compliance.

County conducts hearing on budget

The county’s budget process is nearly done. Commissioners notched another step forward Tuesday evening with the first of two public hearings presenting the proposed 2015 Denton County budget.

Body of Denton-area man found in lake

The body of a 27-year-old Denton area man was recovered by the Lewisville Fire Department this morning. His name is yet to be released.

Cats, dogs warm new homes through event

LAKE DALLAS — Two-year-old Addison Feldpausch stopped by the Lake Dallas Animal Shelter with her parents early Saturday afternoon to pick out a cat.

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Animal shelters prepare for special day

Animal shelters in Flower Mound, Lake Dallas and Lewisville will join more than 35 other shelters across the Dallas-Fort Worth area Saturday for “Empty the Shelter Day.”

Former Lewisville fire official accused of stealing from charity

DALLAS — A former Lewisville assistant fire chief accused of stealing money intended for charity told police he was in debt and had an addiction problem.

County juvenile facility opens

It took five years, but the ribbon has officially been cut on the Denton County Juvenile Detention Center expansion.

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‘Somewhat surreal’ incident leads to arrest

A 60-year-old Corinth man who shot at officers and firefighters Monday in Far North Dallas espoused anti-government views and claimed to be starting his own nation called “Dougie-stan,” police said Tuesday.

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Community honors family killed in crash

ARGYLE — On Sunday, hundreds of candles were lit in honor of four members of a local family at a candlelight vigil held at Argyle United Methodist Church.

Crash kills 4 from Argyle

Argyle residents LeAnn and Michael Miller and their children Zoey, 12, and Miles, 7, were killed Friday when a pickup collided with the family’s van on U.S. Highway 550 in New Mexico.

Shooting victim takes the stand

Faith and prayer are what got her through the Aug. 18, 2012, shooting that left her barely able to breathe, Nancy Howard told jurors Thursday during the trial of her former husband, John Franklin Howard.

Hunts for superintendents progress

The Aubrey and Little Elm school districts have made progress with searches for their next superintendents, but Pilot Point hit a speed bump this week.

Battle over land, water

The Texas Water Development Board met Thursday in Austin to consider the inter-regional conflict between two regional water plans involving the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir in northeast Texas.

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911 call elicits emotion

Jurors listened as 911 recordings provided an emotional soundtrack Tuesday for opening day proceedings in the trial of a Ponder man accused of plotting to have his wife killed.

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Sides select jury in murder-for-hire trial

A jury was seated Monday in a Denton County courtroom to hear the case of a Ponder man who is accused of plotting to have his wife killed.

Car goes into water in Farmers Branch

State troopers are still investigating the cause of a crash that sent a motorist into a body of water Sunday afternoon in Farmers Branch.

Les Cockrell: Guild shows quilt that’ll go to winner

Denton Quilt Guild members are now booking showings of the group’s 2014 raffle quilt, which will be sold to help fund community outreach and educational programs.This year’s quilt is titled Primavera and...

Software to help county manage juvenile cases

Denton County juvenile probation department recently unveiled new case management software, part of its efforts to go all paperless.

Roads remain closed after northern part of county gets several inches of rain

Some county roads remained closed overnight Thursday after parts of the county saw more than 5 inches of rain, officials said.

County selects firm for preservation plan

Denton County commissioners have notched another item on their to-do list for the upcoming historical survey project.

Body recovered at Lewisville Lake

A Lake Dallas man suspected of stabbing a relative late Saturday was found dead Monday night in Lewisville Lake.

Singer SoMo arrested in Hickory Creek

Singer and former University of North Texas student Joseph Somers-Morales was arrested Sunday night on a drug charge in Hickory Creek.

Cooking fire damages Roanoke restaurant

A Saturday afternoon restaurant fire in Roanoke required a number of Denton County’s first responders.

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Gator tales circulate at lake

HICKORY CREEK — Whether you have seen an alligator looming along the shores of Lewisville Lake or not, residents urge visitors to swim with caution.

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Despite rain, lakes still lacking

A naturalist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the water added to area lakes by last week’s heavy rainfall was nice but not enough to reopen docks that have been closed for a year.

3 districts seeking superintendents

Three Denton County school districts are trying to find new superintendents this summer as the school year rapidly approaches. Aubrey, Little Elm and Pilot Point are among 42 Texas school districts with superintendent vacancies, according to TexasISD.com. The website is a source of school news for educators.

Solar-powered fusion: Team heads to Austin as part of challenge

A ray of sunshine is what it takes to fuel one Liberty Christian School team. On Wednesday, 11 students from the Argyle school hit the road bound for Austin as participants in the 21st annual high school Solar Car Challenge.

Towns’ police talks at end

Double Oak has decided to end its informal talks with Bartonville over providing police services. The Town Council voted 3-2 on Monday to end the discussion.

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Heated competition

LAKE DALLAS — Rafael Ferrer took a moment to adjust his glasses, which had slipped down his nose a little in the noonday heat as he pumped more gas into the tank of his compact car. Ferrer saw the big numbers in the red-light display from the freeway as he headed into work Monday morning: $3.15 a gallon.

Panel suggests county cellphone cuts

Three Denton County constables appealed a county committee’s recommendation Tuesday to cut cellphone allowances from the upcoming fiscal budget.

Dismissal bell marks start of program

Lake Dallas school district parents will have an opportunity Tuesday to preview the district’s new after-school program, InZone Extended Day.

County’s social service funds down

A number of social service agencies will receive a lot less in funding from Denton County than they asked for, officials said.

Lake Dallas school trustee resigns

Lake Dallas school board secretary Carol Jula said the July 21 meeting will be her last as a school board member. Jula said she plans to relocate to Fort Worth and gain “some personal time.”

Heat relief in forecast

The temperature swing isn’t likely to send many North Texans to the back of the closet in search of sweaters.

More riders hop on DCTA

Denton County Transportation Authority ridership keeps climbing, but the agency is still waiting for that major Interstate 35E-related spike in the numbers.

Les Cockrell: Early maps of Southwest on view

Denton’s North Branch Library will have an exhibit illustrating early mapmakers’ perceptions of the American Southwest throughout July.

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Water treatment plants battle zebra mussels

Zebra mussels are here and they are not leaving anytime soon. There are state rules in place to stop the invasive species’ spread into more Texas lakes, but water providers still need to deal with the cost of the damage the creatures are already causing.

County may change project, seek more bids

Denton County commissioners are going back to the drawing board for improvements to the juvenile probation building.

Lake Dallas changes school attendance zones

Four future housing developments within the Lake Dallas school district have had their elementary school attendance zones changed, according to school officials.