DCTA budget passes muster

The 2015 budget for the Denton County Transportation Authority is in the books. Board members approved the $30.6 million operating budget to help fund projects for the upcoming fiscal year that begins Wednesday.

Les Cockrell: Aubrey’s fest will put peanut on a pedestal

“Keep Aubrey Nutty” is the theme of the 29th annual peanut festival planned on Saturday in downtown Aubrey.

Flower Mound to spray for West Nile

The town of Flower Mound has learned that two additional positive mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus.

Man drowns in Lewisville Lake

A 30-year-old man drowned in Lewisville Lake on Friday night. Denton County Game Warden Stormy McCuistion said the man was swimming with several friends at Willow Grove Park when he went off a ledge in the lake and “never came back up.”

Flower Mound man arrested on murder charge

A 41-year-old man was arrested Thursday in connection with his estranged wife’s slaying, police said.

Man remains in critical condition

A 65-year-old man remains in critical condition after he was a victim of a shooting along Interstate 35E late Tuesday, police said.

Man testifies to jury

A Lewisville man who pleaded guilty to murdering his cousin testified before jurors Wednesday afternoon in a Denton County courtroom.

Denton County to spray in light of West Nile mosquito

A third West Nile virus positive pool, this one west of Sanger, has been discovered. Denton County Health Department officials announced another three-night bout of ground spraying for the area late Wednesday.

Corinth City Council approves 2014-15 budget

The Corinth City Council approved the city’s 2014-15 annual operating budget and program of services, totaling more than $32 million, during its meeting Thursday.

Man pleads guilty to murdering relative

A 58-year-old Lewisville man pleaded guilty to murder in a Denton County courtroom Tuesday morning.

County meeting heats up

Denton County commissioners got a bit chippy with each other Tuesday morning concerning the reappointment of Mike Nowels to the North Texas Tollway Authority board.

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Drive to change lives

Somewhere in the outskirts of Denton County, the Iron Guardians prepare for their next mission. Dressed in black leather “cuts” with faded patches of a skull emblazoned on a shield with two swords crossed behind it, the bikers look menacing, as if they belong in a "Sons of Anarchy" episode.

Rest of year could be rainy

It looks like it could be a wetter than normal fall and winter for North Texas, according to meteorologists who claim El Niño is brewing in the eastern Pacific.

Les Cockrell: Tractor revivalists to show antique implements

The Denton County Antique Tractor, Farm Equipment and Primitives Club will have its annual fall meeting and picnic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Flower Mound to spray areas for mosquitoes next week

Shady Shores calls public hearing on budget

The Shady Shores Town Council has called a special public hearing Saturday to consider an ordinance adopting the budget for fiscal year 2014-15.

Highway updates slated

35Express officials soon will go before Denton County business owners for another quarterly series of meetings related to the expansion of Interstate 35E.Each meeting, split into north, south and middle...

Les Cockrell: Benefit auction set this morning

A silent auction and a five-week grief support group are among upcoming events announced by VNA Ann’s Haven.

Local student wins $50,000 scholarship

Austin Sumlin, an 18-year-old from Lake Dallas, now has his choice of colleges thanks to a $50,000 scholarship.

Flu season prep work underway

Flu season is on the horizon and Denton County health officials are keeping an eye on vaccine supplies and finalizing plans for an awareness and prevention campaign.

Event drums up funds

More than 80 nonprofit agencies in Denton County will take part in Thursday’s North Texas Giving Day.

Les Cockrell: Mighty words to be read aloud for Constitution Day

The Benjamin Lyon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will sponsor a public reading of the U.S. Constitution at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Courthouse on the Square in Denton.

Local schools commemorate Sept. 11

Steven Scher, assistant band director at Krum High School, was a ninth-grader at Lawrence High School in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island on Sept. 11, 2001. It was the fifth day of school and he was sitting in his second-period world history class. He said he remembers not paying attention that day, instead looking out the classroom window. Scher said the view was the airspace above New York City.

Denton ISD tax rate goes up 1 cent

The Denton school board approved a 1-cent increase to the district’s property tax rate on Tuesday. The tax rate for the 2014-15 fiscal year is $1.54 per $100 property valuation.

County details mosquito response

While Denton County has had a calm mosquito season so far, recent discoveries have prompted health officials to tweak response plans.

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Sportsmen decry bill that would quash rule

Sporting groups representing anglers and hunters from across the country conducted a media teleconference Tuesday to discuss opposition to a proposed bill that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from establishing their proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule.

One-car accident kills woman on I-35E

A woman died in a one-car accident Sunday night on Interstate 35E in Carrollton.

Corinth City Council OKs spraying

The Corinth City Council gave its approval during Thursday night’s meeting to have the city spray for mosquitoes following a West Nile positive test result.

Neighbors concerned about Justin complex

JUSTIN — Developers with Herman & Kittle Properties met with residents and city leaders at a town hall meeting Tuesday to discuss a proposed income-based apartment complex.

Women sought in credit union robbery

Flower Mound Police and FBI officials are still on the hunt for two women involved in Saturday’s aggravated robbery of Qualtrust Credit Union in Flower Mound.

County OKs budget, small tax cut

Even with a near $15 million increase in the budget, Denton County residents will be paying a bit less in taxes for the 2015 fiscal year. The long, grueling annual budget process ended Tuesday when county commissioners voted to approve the proposed $238.9 million budget for the upcoming year, which includes the slightly lower tax rate of 27.2 cents per $100 valuation.

I-35E traffic shifts on stretch in Lewisville

Traffic on the Interstate 35E southbound frontage road between Bogard Lane and FM407 in Lewisville will shift to a newly constructed roadway beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday . This shift is expected to last through next summer.

Les Cockrell: VFW opens contests for young writers

Post 2205 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary have announced the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay contests.

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.