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Buffalo roams home

ARGYLE — Bullet the bison likes to spend her days rolling in the mud, lounging in the shade and walking around the house ... and through the door, and down the hallway. Her owner, Karen Schoeve, doesn’t mind.

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Election from First Dog’s eye view

Local teacher-turned-author Heather Patterson’s first book teaches young readers about the upcoming presidential election, as explained by the Obamas’ Portuguese water dog, Bo.

Death toll at 4 in crash on 377

Two cars involved in a fatal wrong-way crash on Saturday night were each carrying a mother and daughter. All four were killed, and Denton police were investigating what happened.


Driver found not at fault

No charges will be filed against the driver of the vehicle that struck and killed 15-year-old Arely Naffarratte Friday evening.

Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe: Follow along on money trail

You need look no further than the latest finance reports to know elections mean business in Denton County.The latest reports show how candidates have fattened their campaign war chests for the March 1...

Post Oak Drive bridge to close today

The Post Oak Drive bridge over Interstate 35E in Corinth will close at noon today, according to a news release issued by 35Express. The structure will remain closed for approximately nine months while it is demolished and reconstructed.


Lakes high as releases continue

Weeks after heavy rains, some roads in Denton County remain flooded as water is being released from Lewisville Lake and Ray Roberts Lake.

City: 3 a.m. incident led to firing

The city of Corinth issued a news release through its Dallas-based law firm on New Year’s Eve to clarify its acting city manager’s reasoning for leaving one Corinth police officer jobless.

Mathews drops lawsuit against city of Lake Dallas

Lake Dallas City Council member Julie Mathews dropped her lawsuit against the city of Lake Dallas on Dec. 21, nearly six months after she initially filed it in the 393rd Judicial District Court of Denton County.

Board takes up boundary changes

The Denton school board will decide on elementary attendance zones tonight that will affect 750 children attending schools in Denton ISD’s east and south regions.


Group offers haven for abuse survivors

FLOWER MOUND — Flower Mound resident Michelle Robinson runs Shelter From the Storm, a support group for sexually abused and assaulted women. “We don’t claim this is a counseling group or to have all the answers,” she said. “But giving real-life examples of how we dealt with our abuse is beneficial to women.”

Patrols step up on I-35E

Drivers may want to slow down on Interstate 35E between Denton County and north Dallas. Police and state troopers say they have been increasing their presence in the 35Express construction zone that spans about 30 miles between U.S. Highway 380 in Denton and Interstate 635 in Dallas.

Council discusses Buc-ee's proposal

The Denton City Council discussed a proposed Buc-ee’s travel center in open session for the first time today, after meeting about the project for the past month in closed session under the alias “Project Cartoon.”


The Colony police offer advice on recording officers

THE COLONY — Catching the police on camera in The Colony won’t get you ticketed, but you will get a card with advice on recording them.

Discord roots in Flower Mound

FLOWER MOUND — It’s the kind of community that likes to think of itself as a place where everybody seems to know one another and you say hello to your neighbor at the grocery store. Lately, that’s been overshadowed by infighting on the Town Council — the grade-school kind where grudges aren’t let go of, fingers are pointed and people are called names.

Denton County communities reporting damage

By 6:30 p.m., the National Weather Service had three reports of damage in Denton County: three light poles snapped in half at Ponder High School, roof damage to a mobile home in Krum, and a semi truck was overturned on Interstate 35E in Sanger.

School zone changes ahead

The opening of Bell Elementary School will have a ripple effect on elementary attendance boundaries in Denton ISD’s eastern and southern regions.

Lake Dallas man indicted on multiple charges

DALLAS — A Lake Dallas man was indicted Thursday on multiple felonies after police say he broke into the Frisco home of his ex-girlfriend and attacked her.

Rain continues to fall in North Texas

The storms rolling through North Texas have plenty of moisture to feed off of through Saturday. A cold front pushing through North Texas figures to converge with rain from what could be a historic hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, says KXAS-TV (NBC5) meteorologist Grant Johnston.

Man’s body found under I-35E bridge

The body of an adult man was discovered this morning under the Lewisville Lake Bridge.

Early voting soon to begin

A state constitutional amendment election will be next month, but Denton County residents can get informed and cast their votes on the propositions starting next week.

Virtual view shows future of I-35E

Drivers in Denton County and north Dallas County are getting a glimpse into the future of a long-running construction project.

Area lakes, parks still feeling effects of flooding in spring

For months, volunteers have worked to fix them, but it could take years more before some areas around many North Texas lakes are repaired completely from record spring flooding.

Staff training shuts down town hall

Shady Shores Town Hall will be closed today and Friday for staff training. The mayor and city secretary will periodically read emails for residents who might need assistance.

Police: Man shot after apparent case of road rage

Lewisville police say one person was shot after an apparent case of road rage Wednesday afternoon, according to NBC5 reports.

Police warn of suspicious persons

Lewisville police are investigating two incidents involving suspicious activity after school recently.

Breaking news: I-35E southbound lanes closed at Post Oak

Officials have closed all southbound lanes of Interstate 35E at Post Oak Drive in Corinth following a multi-vehicle accident. Officials say to expect the closures to last several hours.

Aune resigns position on Argyle ISD school board

Greg Aune, an Argyle ISD school board trustee, has resigned. Board members discussed in closed session whether to leave Aune’s position vacant, appoint someone to the seat or hold a special election to fill the position at Monday night’s school board meeting.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.