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.

Fire displaces two

A Tuesday afternoon fire resulted in an estimated $20,000 in damages to a house in the 200 block of Stone Canyon Drive in Highland Village, Assistant Fire Chief Jason Collier said.

County OKs funds for radio system

About $8.5 million was well spent Tuesday, according to Denton County commissioners, who approved the purchase of a new radio system for the sheriff’s office.

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Officials recover body

Flower Mound emergency officials recovered a body Monday afternoon believed to be that of a Roanoke man who went missing Saturday during a bicycle outing with friends at Grapevine Lake. Wesley Andrew Hixson, 30, was reported missing Saturday afternoon when he was separated from his riding partner on the trails in Murrell Park near Grapevine Lake. A body believed to be his was discovered in a ravine northeast of Twin Coves Marina at 2:15 p.m. Monday.

Search continues for missing mountain biker

FLOWER MOUND — A search was ongoing Sunday for a 30-year-old mountain biker who disappeared Saturday near Grapevine Lake.

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Luxury homes planned near lake

A Chinese-based developer is bringing a new luxury subdivision to Corinth, investing roughly $200 million in the area.

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Area due for a few rainy days

A rainy Sunday dropped a much-needed half-inch of rain on Denton. Though it may not reverse drought conditions Denton is facing, the chance for more rain during the week will keep temperatures below average for this time of the year.

Mental health services outlined

An upcoming meeting will cover mental health services available in the area and how to access them. Denton County MHMR Center officials will offer an informational meeting for the public from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Denton’s North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

Les Cockrell: Pilot Point calls for parade entries

An old-fashioned Fourth of July parade is being planned in Pilot Point, and entries and volunteers are needed, organizers said recently.

Locals add to lucky streak

Denton County residents have struck gold once again as two residents each claimed $1 million in lottery jackpots recently.

Texas digs in against tiny lake invaders

Boaters at all Texas lakes will be legally required to drain their boats, among other measures, to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

Argyle, Lake Dallas schools boost pay

Most employees working for the Argyle and Lake Dallas school districts can expect a pay increase come next school year.

Crews search lake for man’s body

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department dive teams were still searching Monday evening for the body of a 38-year-old Collin County man who went missing on Lewisville Lake on Sunday night.

Les Cockrell: Library stacks calendar with youth events

The Denton Public Library has scheduled a variety of programs designed to entertain and educate young people this summer.

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Argyle baseball players get special graduation ceremony

Graduating high school is a big milestone. It’s something Argyle High School went out of its way to make sure eight graduating players who competed in the Class 3A state baseball tournament in Austin last week didn’t miss.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Denton Dental Mission announces new partnership

The Denton Dental Mission at 1010 N. Elm St. held an open house recently to acquaint visitors with the updated facility and to learn how a new partnership with Vision Ministries of Denton Bible Church and First Refuge Ministries of First Baptist Church will provide free dental care for those in need.

Top of the class

The top 2014 Argyle High School graduates stand during the school’s commencement ceremony Wednesday at the University of North Texas Coliseum.

Les Cockrell: Kids’ books needed for drive

Librarians with the Denton school district and the Denton Public Library are collaborating to help youngsters in need this summer.

Victim’s body found at Lewisville Lake

A Lewisville Fire Department dive team recovered the body of a man from Lewisville Lake near Westlake Park on Sunday afternoon, Game Warden Daron Blackerby said.

Cap and gown season

Several thousand Denton-area teenagers will close one chapter of their lives and enter another in coming weeks as they pick up their high school diplomas and enter adulthood.

It’s all helping hands on deck

United Way of Denton County is getting into action this month and hopes the community follows along.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Town of Argyle receives updates on projects

Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads recently gave the Argyle Town Council an update on the projects the county has performed for the town since he took office in 2007.

Hughey has no plans to seek recount

Attorney Harris Hughey has no plans to seek a recount after suffering a narrow defeat to incumbent Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace J.W. Hand in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff election.

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Rain to continue but likely won’t bust drought

Rain has been coming to Texas in buckets, but not everyone has been under one.

Officials release IDs of two killed in crash

Officials have released the identities of two area residents killed in a motorcycle crash late Saturday on southbound Interstate 35E in Lewisville.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Five seniors win contest to earn $1,000 scholarships

The Argyle Parent, Teacher, Student Association (Argyle PTSA) scholarships were announced recently, with five graduating seniors earning the top awards of $1,000.

County ready to oppose proposed EPA rule change

A proposed rule change by the Environmental Protection Agency has Denton County officials ready to oppose it and hoping other counties do the same.

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County property values up $10 billion

Denton County property values are up $10.3 billion this year, an increase of nearly 18 percent, driven by a surge in residential and commercial growth.

Two JP races go to runoffs

Denton County voters will head to the polls one more time this month to put a final stamp on the primary election season.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Exercise caution approaching school buses

With the ending of the school year and summer vacation beginning, schoolchildren are excited and sometimes forget to take the necessary safety precautions while getting on or off school buses.

Bike rally to honor injured veteran

A slight traffic delay Saturday morning will support a good cause as a motorcycle rally raising money to assist an injured Marine passes through Denton County.

Woman critically injured in accident

A 36-year-old woman remains in critical condition in Plano following a two-car accident Monday morning on FM2181 in Corinth.

County voters oust several incumbents

Several incumbents in cities across Denton County were defeated in bids for re-election in elections that pushed voter turnout to levels not seen in recent years. Voters generally approved renewal of several sales tax proposals, however, in several towns across the area.

Argyle ISD bond package wins support

Voters in Argyle on Saturday overwhelmingly approved a $45 million school bond package, with 59 percent approving the package in complete but unofficial returns.