Gift is a ‘treasure trove’

In the spirit of preservation, pieces of Argyle’s past changed hands recently. Officials with the Denton County Office of History and Culture recently received a donation of photographs and other items from the town’s history.


Sandy Lake Park blends history, fun

CARROLLTON — It’s an overcast Saturday in March. Trees still miss their leaves even though it’s been warm for a week. Many cars stuck in traffic on Interstate 35E are filled with thrill-seekers headed to opening day at Sandy Lake Amusement Park.

Lewisville Lake fisherman surprised by feral hogs

When Henry Shipes of Melissa took a kayaking trip on Lewisville Lake Sunday afternoon, he expected to catch some fish, but it’s what he caught on video that has a lot of people talking.

Judge lowers Lumsden’s bail after hearing

After a three-hour hearing in 211th District Court, attorneys for Raymond Edward Lumsden were able to get his $1 million bail on child sex charges reduced.

Abuse case details sketchy

Details surrounding last week’s arrest of Raymond Eric Lumsden on sexual abuse charges remained sketchy Monday.

Flower Mound soccer player getting back in the game

Over the past couple of years, Sam Garza is one of a small number of Marcus alumni that went on to play professionally, among those being Zach Barnes, who played for DC United. Nevertheless, Garza stood out to his former coach. John Gall said he largely attributes the success Garza has found to an incredible work ethic, combined with his athletic ability.

HB 5 to affect high school freshman

State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, R-Killeen, proposed House Bill 5 in the 83rd Legislature in February 2013 to help students explore their interests and career paths in high school, rather than after graduation. This year’s freshmen class is the first to be affected by the bill.


Next-gen interactivity

It’s a Monday afternoon, but nearly 20 Lewisville High School students, mostly seniors, aren’t in class. Instead, they’ve carpooled a few miles off campus with a mission — to help senior citizens learn how to operate iPads.

Police close shooting investigation

Flower Mound police have closed their investigation into the Friday night shooting that left one dead and one in the hospital.

Police: Woman shot in Flower Mound

Police are searching for a gunman after a woman was shot in a Flower Mound neighborhood Friday night.

City explores deal to better serve Robson

The Denton City Council agreed in principle to a partnership with Denton County Emergency Services District that could open a new fire station near Robson Ranch in the next few years.


Wildfires erupt in county

A handful of grass fires kept area firefighters busy Monday afternoon.


Path offers ride alongside rails

Trey Price is one of many Denton cyclists and runners eagerly waiting for the Denton County Transportation Authority to finish its rail trail project, which recently entered Phase 2 in Lewisville. When finished, the trail will allow users to ride or run between Denton and Lewisville alongside the A-train line, providing another travel and recreation alternative.

Les Cockrell: Cookie fiesta will help out preschool

Denton Christian Preschool is offering a Valentine’s Day alternative for those who don’t want to give the typical gift such as a card or flowers.

Pilot killed in Wednesday night plane crash near Argyle

One person is dead after a plane crashed in southern Argyle about 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, officials said. Sgt. Lonny Haschel, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the body of a twin-engine Cessna 441 turbo prop plane was intact at the crash site between Stonecrest Road and U.S. Highway 377, just north of Meadowview Drive. 

Police chief appointed

Bartonville’s Town Council unanimously approved a new police chief Tuesday night.

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Gun show loads up on varieties

Guns everywhere. Big ones, small ones. Some used to protect, others used to destroy. Rows upon rows of handguns, semiautomatic rifles, saddle rifles, shotguns. Knives, too, all shapes and sizes — some shaped like stars, others the length of swords.

Indefinite street closure announced

Barrel Strap Lane will be closed indefinitely from FM2181 to Pottery Trail beginning Thursday at 10 a.m., according to the Corinth Police Department.

Little Elm ISD hires for top position

Lowell Strike will begin his new post as Little Elm ISD’s superintendent today, after the school board confirmed his appointment to the position.

Argyle ISD mulls hiring firm

The Argyle school board will consider enlisting its law firm’s help in finding Argyle High School’s next principal, something the district hasn’t done in recent years.

Frosty temperatures to stick around

Keep the heavy coats, gloves and hat nearby. Freezing and near-freezing temperatures are expected to hang around Denton for the next couple of days.

Year in Review: Local projects fill area

Forward thinking, forward planning has been the name of the game in many of the projects, programs and decision-making done in Denton County over the course of 2014.

Police identify driver, victims

Garrett Wilhelm of Gainesville was on his way to visit his parents in Keller when he rear-ended a family of four along Interstate 35W on Wednesday afternoon, police said. The Christmas Eve accident killed 5-year-old Moriah Modisette of Cross Roads and seriously injured members of her family.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons / The Place Is Argyle

This year the Argyle Community Civic League Angel Tree served 106 children. The league sent out more than 850 Angel Tree tags for every child to receive two outfits, shoes and socks, pajamas and underwear, coats, hats and gloves and three Christmas wishes.

Ex-LISD worker placed in jail

A former Lewisville school district teacher’s aide was arraigned Sunday on a charge of improper relationship between an educator/student, according to Lewisville Police Department officials.

As good as gold

Highland Village chef Morris Salerno has basked in the limelight this year. He won a gold medal at the Expogast culinary competition in Luxembourg, was featured on the new show The Hungry Investors and has nearly completed his second cookbook.

Les Cockrell: Volunteer options expand

VNA Ann’s Haven is offering new training options for those who would like to become volunteers with the hospice care provider.

Grand jury indicts former Lewisville assistant fire chief

A former Lewisville Fire Department assistant chief was indicted Thursday by a Denton County grand jury.


Renowned just off the field

An Argyle High School senior is making a name for himself in the Texas high school football arena, and it’s not for his performance on the field.

Horn says lower caps come with a price

Denton County Judge Mary Horn is gearing up for a familiar battle in the 84th Texas Legislature. Horn and fellow Commissioners Court members are hoping a proposed bill to lower the caps on annual increases in residential property appraisals and revenue will be defeated because they say it would limit the prerogatives of local elected officials to set tax rates, create budgets and deliver needed services to Denton County residents.

Jurors indict former deputy

Former Denton County sheriff’s deputy Joe Edward Cummings has been arrested on child pornography charges.

Fourth robbery suspect arrested

The fourth and final suspect in Sunday’s home invasion robbery in Flower Mound is in police custody.

Spirit endures

ARGYLE — The horse’s eyes are the first indication that he’s a survivor. A spark of fire illuminates their blackness as if his will to live were personified into a flame that could not be extinguished, despite the number of times an unknown assailant beat him with a baseball bat.

Fourth robbery suspect sought

The remaining suspect from Sunday night’s home invasion robbery in Flower Mound was still in hiding as multiple area law enforcement agencies worked to track him down.

Officers arrest robbery suspects

Three people are in custody and one remains at large after a home invasion robbery Sunday night in Flower Mound.


St. Mark dedicates new southern site

A statue of the Savior wearing a crown of thorns looks down upon the draped altar being blessed Sunday morning by Bishop Michael Olson, whose white robes seem otherworldly as he slowly performs the dedication ritual.


Cold, hard reality

Should Mother Nature choose to dump a slew of winter precipitation on top of Denton County, she will find county officials decidedly more prepared for it than last year.

Argyle High principal hired away

Argyle High School Principal Jeff Butts is the lone finalist for the Ballinger ISD superintendent job.

TMS celebrates huge tree, community grants

They claim it’s the largest living Christmas tree in Texas, towering 61 feet over the crowd that gathered at the Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday night as part of the Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter’s celebration.

Briefly in Denton and the area

A railroad bridge demolition is scheduled for next week, and officials urge drivers traveling U.S. Highway 380 to be prepared to seek an alternate route.

Lewisville fire destroys residence

An afternoon fire in Lewisville destroyed one home and damaged another before it was brought under control by multiple fire departments Monday.

Help on wheels

It sounded like a thousand growling beasts thundering down the road as more than 1,000 bikers pulled out of Cycle Center in Denton, heading south on Fort Worth Drive toward Country Club Road.

Les Cockrell: Holiday event takes cues from past

Area residents are invited to take a trip back in time to experience a Victorian American Christmas from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Denton County Historical Park.

Police: Suspect fired gun before being shot

Lewisville police released new details in Wednesday’s attempted carjacking, but the identity of the 22-year-old suspect fatally shot by an officer was not released Thursday.

Les Cockrell: Holiday gift wrapping available at mall

Young people from First United Methodist Church of Denton will be offering their holiday gift-wrapping service at Golden Triangle Mall again this year.

Pair charged in another robbery

Lewisville police are charging two Denton County suspects with robbery and credit card abuse in connection with a Saturday robbery, officials said.

Police arrest two in robbery

Flower Mound police have identified two Denton County residents arrested in connection with a robbery Saturday afternoon, as well as a second robbery carried out in Lewisville later the same day.

Water tower permit fees on council agenda

Bartonville Town Council is holding a special meeting tonight to discuss and consider approval of building permit fees associated with the construction of an elevated water tower.

Flower Mound police arrest two suspects in robbery

Flower Mound police had two men in custody after responding to a robbery call Saturday afternoon.

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Doomed I-35E building got final purpose

Texas Land & Cattle Steak House in Hickory Creek had one last job to do before the building was demolished to give way for the expansion of Interstate 35E.