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.

Scout dedicated to saving pets

Devin Bray, a junior at Denton Guyer High School, has been reaching for the gold since she was a Daisy — the youngest level of Girl Scouts — in kindergarten.

Answers come at polls Tuesday

The time has finally come to settle things. After months of campaigning, debates and rhetoric, Denton County voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to determine, among many other ballot issues, who will lead the state for the next four years and just what will be the fate of hydraulic fracturing within Denton city limits.

United Way to pursue legislative action

United Way of Denton County continues to pave the way for the community it serves as the agency gears up to advocate for three key issues during the upcoming legislative session.

Multiple agencies respond to home fires

Several homes were reported to have had “small” fires near Marcus High School in Flower Mound on Friday night.

Bartonville town council approves two ordinances

The Bartonville Town Council voted Wednesday night to approve two ordinances. One of the ordinances amended the comprehensive zoning ordinance of a 4.7-acre tract of land and another granted a conditional-use permit for a half-completed water tower, according to Stacey Almond, the town administrator.

Voting turnout heavy so far

Heavy voter turnout countywide includes the city of Denton, where twice as many people have already cast ballots during early voting than did in all the spring election.

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Construction raises concern

As cars narrowly pass by one another along FM2181 at any given time of day, construction couldn’t end soon enough, officials say. Wednesday morning’s latest accident at Blue Jay Drive and FM2181 is another reason to remind residents to be mindful of construction, Corinth police said.

Bartonville council sets special meeting tonight

The Bartonville Town Council has scheduled a special meeting for tonight to consider approval of an ordinance amending the comprehensive zoning ordinance by changing the zoning designation of a 4.7-acre tract of land where the Bartonville water tower stands half-completed, according to the meeting’s agenda posted on the town’s website.

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‘True fear’

A noose hangs from a gallows in the woods, twisting in the blowing Lake Dallas wind. Posted on a window at the Swisher Courts recreation center is a sign with two demons from Japanese folklore; each is an Oni, has two horns, skin-piercing teeth and blood flowing from its devilish grin.

Bartonville mayor to conduct informal meeting today

Bartonville Mayor Bill Sherer will conduct his next monthly informal meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Town Hall, according to a press release issue by the town. Residents are encouraged to attend for...

Argyle Town Council members reschedule meeting

The Argyle Town Council has postponed its meeting scheduled for tonight and rescheduled it for 6:30 p.m. Monday, according to a press released issued by the town.

Man killed after Jeep rear-ended on toll road

A 26-year-old Flower Mound man was killed in a two-vehicle collision late Saturday on Sam Rayburn Tollway in The Colony.

Free flu clinic set for low-income residents

The Denton County Medical Reserve Corps is conducting a free flu clinic for low-income residents from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lewisville High School, 1098 W Main St.


Area water tower project still afloat

The case of the Bartonville water tower took a surprising turn at Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting when council members voted 3-1 to approve a conditional use permit to allow an elevated water tank.

County briefed on Ebola

Denton County commissioners received some positive news on the Ebola front Tuesday. Matt Richardson, director of the Denton County Health Department, and Jody Gonzalez, emergency services director, made a joint presentation to commissioners about monitoring for the virus and preparations emergency officials have made in case anything happens.

Bartonville council OKs permit for water tower

The case of the Bartonville Water Tower took a surprising turn at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting. Council members voted to approve a conditional use permit for an elevated water tank and related facilities on a 4.7-acre tract of land known as Lot 1, Block A of the Bartonville Water Supply Addition and a zoning change from residential to public/semi-public.

Public hearings planned on zoning issues

The Bartonville Town Council’s regular meeting today will include two public hearings to discuss and consider ordinances that would amend the comprehensive zoning ordinance and the town’s code of ordinances, according to a news release.

Police seek suspect in assaults

The Lewisville Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man officers say could be linked to at least three assaults on women in the past two months.

Corinth launches new notification system

Corinth recently opted out of it’s contract with CodeRED — a mass emergency notification network — and will now use Notify Me, a feature that’s built in with the city’s website and maintenance company, CivicPlus, city officials said.

County to expand area government center

Denton County commissioners are using $2.6 million to address some growing pains at the Sandy Jacobs Government Center in Carrollton.

Les Cockrell: Patch Adams prescribes joy for events in Denton

Denton Community Health Clinic will play host to Patch Adams, the physician whose early career was the subject of a 1998 movie starring the late Robin Williams, for special events on Friday.

Argyle manager resigns

Some shakeups have been happening in the town of Argyle over the last month with the resignation of another town manager. The Town Council met Sept. 29 to approve former Town Manger Charles West’s resignation and settlement agreement and appoint Trent Petty as acting town manager, according to Kristi Gilbert, town secretary.

County notes center concerns

Denton city officials were back in front of the Denton County Commissioners Court on Tuesday morning to discuss the proposed hotel and convention center project.

Denton County prepares for disease

Denton County emergency officials say they are preparing in case the deadly Ebola virus is reported here. Jody Gonzalez, emergency management coordinator for the county, said staff members have been reviewing guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since August.

Roanoke Fire Department sets open house today

The Roanoke Fire Department will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the city’s fire station, 201 Fairway Drive.

Police chief named president of association

Corinth Police Chief Debra Walthall was recently appointed president of the North Texas Police Chiefs Association.