Les Cockrell: Liberty Christian School to present ‘Artist’s Garden’

Liberty Christian School will present its Fine Arts Extravaganza, “Artist’s Garden,” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Argyle to elect school board members

Residents living inside Argyle school district boundaries will elect three new members to the school board and consider a $45 million bond proposal in the upcoming May 10 election.

Cities weigh regulating e-cigarettes

The growing use of electronic cigarettes by minors is meeting with growing resistance in Denton County.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Hilltop Elementary to hold chess tournament

The 2014 Hilltop Elementary Chess Tournament will be held April 28 and 29 in the school cafeteria. All of the students participating will receive a certificate. The top three from each grade-level grouping will receive medals and each group’s champion will receive a trophy.

Schools fall short at first UIL film contest

Young filmmakers from the area didn’t bring home top honors from the first UIL film contest this week but they did produce work their communities can be proud of for years to come.

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Making the cut

While Argyle football players worked their way through the fall season to the state championship, a team of young filmmakers was right by their side at practices, taking road trips across the state and sometimes working in freezing weather. Now the filmmakers are facing a championship of their own, of sorts.

Winter could muster return

The National Weather Service reports a chance for frost to sweep across North Texas on Tuesday morning as temperatures are expected to hover close to freezing at 34 degrees.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle PTSA taking applications for scholarships

The Argyle Parent Teacher Student Association is taking applications to award five $1,000 scholarships to Argyle High School graduating seniors who plan to continue their education by attending a college, university, or vocational school in the fall of 2014.

TCEQ OKs fine for convenience store

State environmental officials this week approved a default order fining the owner of a Lewisville Fina Mart $12,856 in connection with six violations of state rules governing underground petroleum storage tanks.

‘Denton Storm’ tab hits $300 million

Recent storms that battered North Texas with softball-size hail and high winds caused about $300 million in property damage, primarily in Denton County, according to the Insurance Council of Texas.

Burton to retire in June; county seeks replacement

Bing Burton, Denton County’s health director for the past 22 years, is retiring in June and county commissioners are looking for a replacement.

Medal of Honor recipients motorcade today

Denton motorists today can expect delays along Interstate 35 as more than 30 law enforcement agencies and 18 fire departments honor congressional Medal of Honor recipients with a motorcade through town.

County makes arrests in prostitution sting

A four-day crackdown on human trafficking by a federal law enforcement task force netted 15 prostitution-related arrests and three drug arrests in Denton County.

Les Cockrell: Dance troupe to perform at church in Denton

The Thai Drama-Dance Troupe is scheduled to perform at First Christian Church of Denton at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Corinth approves DATCU incentives

The Corinth City Council has unanimously approved about $330,000 in incentives that will see DATCU’s corporate headquarters move from downtown Denton to Corinth.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Maundy Thursday leads up to Easter at Argyle church

Argyle United Methodist Church will begin the Easter season with a Holy Communion service on Maundy Thursday, at 7 p.m. April 17.

Festival recalls pivotal era

The Denton County Historical Commission will have its first-ever Denton County Heritage Festival on Saturday to remember the area as it was from 1861 to 1877, during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Justice restored

Liz Williams’ prison walls have crumbled and her shackles are cut free. She is a survivor. After years of worrying, Williams is now at ease in the knowledge that the man who raped her has been locked away for good.

Faces & Places: 2014 Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair & Rodeo

The Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair and Rodeo selected the rodeo queen and princess on Saturday, March 29.

Cleanup continues; officials warn of scam artists

Officials are warning residents to beware of scam artists. Several residents reported that roofing contractors descended quickly on their neighborhoods to offer their services.

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Welcome to Texas

Four Denton County residents are extending Texas hospitality to two of the four teams in North Texas this week for the NCAA men’s Final Four.

Argyle plans first public meeting on bond package

The Argyle school board will have the first of three public meetings on the proposed $45 million bond package tonight.

County OKs deal to enforce district traffic laws

Motorists driving through special districts in Denton County will have to start obeying the traffic laws, if they weren’t already.

Fire contained

A wildfire that burned for two days in the greenbelt near Lewisville Lake was finally contained Monday afternoon, fire officials said.

Crews work to contain brush fire

A fire continues to burn in the greenbelt near FM 2499 and Lewisville Lake where officials say it is about 90 percent contained, according to Denton County officials.

Les Cockrell: UNT to observe Global Citizens Month in April

The University of North Texas will observe Celebrating Global Citizens Month in April, and the observance is scheduled to kick off Tuesday with an international food fair.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Six members of Troop 192 earn rank of Eagle Scout

Boy Scout Troop 192 members Matthew Hayden and Matthew Goodpaster, seniors at the Argyle High School, and Brandon Allison, a senior at Liberty Christian, each received their Eagle Scout awards at a Court of Honor ceremony on March 1 at the Argyle United Methodist Church.

DCLA Youth Fair & Rodeo results

The Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair and Rodeo concluded Saturday with the rodeo at the North Texas Fairgrounds in Denton. The following is a list of Youth Fair winners through Friday’s events:

Contestants vie for queen, princess

Eight young ladies stood before two judges and a large audience at the North Texas Fairgrounds this week to make the case why they should represent the Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair and Rodeo.

Corinth hears plans for Buc-ee’s

CORINTH — More than 100 Corinth residents flocked to the City Council meeting Thursday night to hear developers of Buc-ee’s travel center deliver a presentation on possibly developing a new center within the Corinth city limits.

Area schools compete in pilot UIL film contest

Three Denton County high schools will soon learn if their films are selected as finalists for this year’s UIL filmmakers competition.

Les Cockrell: Rehabilitation program to celebrate first anniversary

A program called Project Healing Waters of North Texas, dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of wounded military veterans through fly fishing, is about to celebrate its first anniversary.

Les Cockrell: Society harvesting Aubrey’s history

Members of the Aubrey Historical Society will host the Aubrey Area History Harvest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and area residents are invited to bring letters, photographs and other artifacts and share information about the items’ historical significance.

Close to the vest

Personal financial statements can offer clues to the financial interests of local officials and improve government transparency — that is, if more residents had a clue about how to find them. The little-known and rarely accessed statements contain potentially valuable disclosures from select public officials about their own property holdings, stocks and bonds, outside business interests or employment, even gifts granted to them during their public service.

Youths ready entries for fair

The 39th Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair and Rodeo will kick off Saturday at the North Texas Fairgrounds. The fair, which continues through March 29, will include more than 700 entries in various categories including breeding animals, market animals, tractor driving, public speaking and home economics from Denton County youths ages 8 to 18.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Argyle making plans for Spring Community Event

The town of Argyle is planning its Spring Community Event on Saturday, April 19 at Argyle High School, 191 U.S. Highway 377.

Residents could see additional taxes

CORINTH — Residents could see an increase in the amount of taxes they pay in Corinth after council officials voted to give new developers a break in hopes of luring new development.

Les Cockrell: Library branches announce spring break activities

All three branches of the Denton Public Library have announced activities to help families stay busy during spring break.

The real work begins

The expansion of Interstate 35E is getting busier by the day as crews work in a number of areas to complete the first phase of the 30-mile project.

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County lake levels remain low

Water levels at Denton County’s most popular lakes remain below normal because of the drought across Texas, posing potential problems for boaters and other recreational users as warmer weather approaches.

Les Cockrell: History and culture office seeks volunteers

The Denton County Office of History and Culture has scheduled a “Lunch ’n Learn” volunteer training and orientation session from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 13 at the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

Ballots at the ready

After weeks of being inundated with debates, handshakes and campaign literature, voters will go to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in dozens of Republican and Democratic primary elections.

Some candidates face no challengers in Tuesday’s primaries

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Argyle ISD students were given presentations on train safety recently by Texas Operation Lifesaver.

Early voting ends today

Today is the last day to cast an early vote in Tuesday’s primary elections.

Les Cockrell: Residents to be in carving show

Several Denton residents are scheduled to participate in the 40th annual North Texas Wood Carvers Guild Show and Competition planned for Saturday and Sunday at the Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St. in Grapevine.

Argyle ISD puts bond up for vote

ARGYLE — The Argyle school board has called a $45 million bond election for May 10 for projects including a new middle school, upgrades to athletic facilities and the high school, improvements to district technology, and new school buses.

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More cast early ballots

More than 10,000 people had cast early primary election ballots as of Tuesday afternoon, and officials believe the turnout is fueled by the attention garnered by the multiple contested races and high-profile local and gubernatorial races.

PAC cash heats up District 64 race

The hotly contested primary race for state House District 64 in Denton County is among more than two dozen Republican state representative races drawing funding from a conservative political action committee challenging leadership in the GOP-run Texas House.

Sheriff pursues grant for mobile tower

The Denton County Sheriff’s Office received commissioners’ approval Tuesday for plans to seek grants from the U.S. Department of Justice and the CoServ Charitable Foundation to buy an observation tower.