Cities weigh regulating e-cigarettes

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

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Patriotic placement

Denton County Judge Mary Horn, County Commissioner Andy Eads and Krum residents cross the Plainview bridge after it was placed and dedicated Monday in Krum. The Plainview Bridge used to be located on Plainview Road in an unincorporated part of the Denton County just west of Krum. It failed a Texas Department of Transportation road and bridge inspection in 2007 and was replaced with a new safer bridge using federal, state and county funds. County officials partnered with the city of Krum to relocate the old bridge to the park. The city repainted the bridge and put a new deck on the surface and repaired the bridge so it would be open for pedestrian traffic. Eads said the bridge will serve as a link from the neighborhood across the bridge to a walking trail to the schools in Krum.

Hero Dash planned in Krum

A one-mile fun run Saturday in Krum will emphasize raising awareness about neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that impacts one in every 3,000 children born annually worldwide.

Area church to hold benefit dinner

A Slidell man’s sudden passing on New Year’s Eve has left a strain and financial hardship on his family, and members of his community are ready to help.

Judge delays Howard trial

The case of a Ponder man charged with six counts of solicitation to commit capital murder by terroristic threat in connection with his wife of nearly 30 years was delayed Monday morning in the 362nd District Court in Denton County.

Dry season has fire danger high

While recent rainfall was welcome, officials say North Texas is still in record-breaking drought and fire dangers continue to linger.

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.


History in the painting

KRUM — A new mural looks to bring pride in its history to a local community. On Thursday, finishing touches were put on a 13-by-70-foot mural in Krum depicting the city’s farming history and significance of the railroad in the community.

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.

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

Early voting ends today

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

Two accidents reported in Justin

JUSTIN — It was a busy day for first responders in Justin on Wednesday after a mobile home caught fire and a Hurst man crashed his flatbed truck into a guardrail just a few miles down the road, according to local officials.

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.


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.

County reports ninth flu-related death

A Sanger-area child has become Denton County’s ninth flu-related death this season. The child, age unknown, had underlying health conditions and officials do not believe she had been vaccinated, according to Denton County Health Director Bing Burton.

Les Cockrell: Guest to speak at plant society

Guest speaker Lynde Dodd will present a program on stewardship and protection of the environment to members of the Trinity Forks Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas on Thursday.


Honoring the past

Denton County will receive three new historical markers from the state in recognition of the city of Justin, the old Elm Fork Bridge near Aubrey and three African-American cemeteries.

Early voting starts Tuesday

Early voting begins Tuesday in Denton County for the March 4 primary election.

Two challenge Johnson for DA

The death penalty and leadership in office are at the forefront of a hotly contested Denton County district attorney’s race, with incumbent District Attorney Paul Johnson facing two challengers in his bid for re-election this year. Lantana attorney Karen Alexander and Denton attorney Henry “Hank” Paine are each hoping to unseat Johnson in the March 4 Republican primary election.

Mental health group presents awards

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Denton County has handed out several special awards in recognition of efforts to improve and advocate for mental health care in Denton County.

County marks seventh flu-related death

A 50-year-old Aubrey area woman has died from the flu, becoming the seventh flu-related death in Denton County this season, according to the Denton County Health Department.

Missing man found dead at accident scene

A 22-year-old man who was reported missing Monday was discovered dead Tuesday afternoon after his Toyota Camry left the road and struck some trees during a one-vehicle accident along U.S. Highway 380 near Krum.


Mixed support

JUSTIN — Developers of two separate apartment projects vied for a vote of support from the Justin City Council during a Monday night meeting, but the council voted to support only the smaller development. Council members voted 4-1 in support of moving forward with negotiations with Bishop Gardens, but they took no action on the second and larger development, Villas at Justin.

Winter maintenance

A farmer mows a field on Old Stony Road recently in Ponder.

Cruz fires up crowd

GRAPEVINE — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz drew whoops, whistles and calls that he run for president Saturday night at the Denton County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner.

County judge faces competition for seat

For the first time since she ran for the office, Denton County Judge Mary Horn has challengers in her bid for another term. Corinth Mayor Paul Ruggiere and Highland Village attorney Sherman Swartz have thrown their hats into the ring to run for the county judge’s seat, creating a three-way battle for votes in the March 4 Republican primary election.

School districts assess superintendents

Several area school superintendents, including Denton’s Jamie Wilson, received their annual evaluations last month in closed-door sessions with their district’s school boards.

Filing begins for city, school May elections

Even before a single vote is cast for the upcoming March 4 primary election, another group of candidates is looking ahead to the May 10 election that will determine local city and school positions.

Man charged in accident involving deputy

A female Denton County sheriff’s deputy who was struck by a pickup truck while directing traffic Saturday evening near Krum remained at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth on Sunday in improving condition, Sheriff William Travis said.

Deputy hospitalized after getting struck by vehicle

A Denton County sheriff’s deputy was airlifted to a Fort Worth hospital after being struck by a pickup while directing traffic Saturday evening for a rodeo near Krum.


Building debt

It’s a few minutes past noon on a frigid Tuesday morning and only a handful of motorists are traveling along Hames Road in northeast Denton County. This region of the county just east of Aubrey and Pilot Point is known for its open pastures, quiet ranches and clear air, marred only by the occasional haze of dust kicked up by a tractor traveling the unpaved roads.

United Way celebrates uptick

The United Way of Denton County raised more than $2.2 million during 2013, campaign chairman Greg Sawko announced before a room filled with glitz and glamour Saturday night at the United Tribute event at the Marriott Hotel at Champions Circle.

Closures for MLK holiday announced

Federal, state, county and city offices will be closed Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday.