Arrest made in connection with theft of money from Ponder High booster club account

A former Ponder resident was arrested Thursday on a felony theft charge after police said she pocketed about $21,000 from the Ponder Fine Arts Booster Club bank account between August 2014 and December 2015, according to an arrest affidavit.


County leaders sworn to serve

Plenty of heartfelt applause and laughter showered over newly sworn county officials during a brief ceremony New Year’s Day attended by family and friends.


Christmas duty

SANGER —The day got a little merrier and brighter for law enforcement officials who worked the Christmas shift this year.

School bus in Ponder catches fire

A Ponder school bus with an unknown amount of passengers aboard caught fire this afternoon in the Longhorn Meadows mobile home park near Dish, according to witnesses. Witnesses said that everyone aboard the bus got out safely.

One dead, another seriously hurt in separate accidents on U.S. 380

One person is dead and another was severely injured this morning after two separate accidents involving tractor-trailers along U.S. Highway 380 in west Denton.

County floats penny cut in tax rate

On Tuesday, Denton County commissioners will consider a recommended $266.1 million budget and a property tax rate reduced by more than 1 cent. But before they do, the public has its chance to offer feedback on the plan.


Home to be gifted to wounded warrior

Retired soldier Randy Nantz was selected by the nonprofit Building Homes for Heroes to receive a mortgage-free, 2,600-square-foot home in the Harvest development west of Argyle.

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Library on the way

Local officials break ground Friday on construction for the new Krum Public Library, which will be built on the east side of the current library at 803 E. McCart St. The library is being built from a $1.3 million bond package passed by voters in May 2013 and is expected to be completed in the spring or summer of 2017. Future fundraisers will help with the cost of furnishing and shelving the facility. Helping to break ground are, from left, library board members Donna O’ Dania and Bonnie Barthold; Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads; Kent Sears; Kelly Ring, library board chairwoman; Donna Pierce, library director; Krum Mayor Ron Harris, Krum City Council members Justin Diviney and Austin Petersen; and Sandy Clere, president of Krum Friends of the Library.

Towns ease limits on sex offenders

DALLAS — A broad legal challenge has led more than 20 towns in Texas to ease restrictions over the last few months on where sex offenders can live instead of fight a costly battle in court.

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...


Christmas wish: Family seeks answers to uncle’s recent death

The Christmas tree in Marlen Coronado-Martinez’s living room is real. Multicolored Christmas ornaments hang from its thin branches. Her husband bought it at Sam’s Club for $30. But not many presents sit under the tree this year at her small home on Denton’s east side.

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.

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.

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.


Ponder officer kills man

Ponder resident Christine Alvoid said she heard gunfire while lying in bed between 10:15 and 10:30 p.m. Sunday, but she didn’t think much of it.

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Association looking for answers on accident

Damage early Saturday morning to a 100-year-old cemetery fence has left the Bolivar Cemetery Association searching for answers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Firefighter’s training kicked in for rescues

Gainesville firefighter Wayne Twiner has been training once a month for three and a half years with Texas Task Force 1 as a rescue swimmer.

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.

Severe weather heightened

Tornadoes, more flash flooding and hail are in the forecast for Denton County over the next several hours, according to the National Weather Service.


Further drought relief ahead

After nearly a week of blue skies and bountiful sunshine, Texas is expected to get back to the business of drought relief.

Mayor of 8 years faces off against 2

As part of an ongoing series, the Denton Record-Chronicle sent questions to mayoral candidates across Denton County to shed light on some of the issues facing each city and how the candidates plan to respond if elected. This week, we turn our attention to Krum.


Rain tops off lakes

After a week of downpours in North Texas, Army Corps of Engineers officials in Lewisville report lake levels across this part of the country are reaching capacity — and in some cases exceeding it.

Les Cockrell: Benefit performance set for April 30

RSVP: Serving Denton County will be the beneficiary of a Music Theatre of Denton’s fundraising performance of The Wedding Singer on Thursday, April 30, according to Diana Corona, RSVP executive director.

Two seek Dish mayor’s seat

Spring election campaigns in a number of Denton County towns, cities and school districts are in full swing. Election day is May 9.

County clinic data left at shop

Internal and state investigations continue at the Denton County Health Department following a security breach by an employee. In February, an unidentified employee left a USB drive at a local printing store to print a personal document from the drive.

Calls up for sheriff’s mental health unit

Denton County Sheriff William Travis was on hand Tuesday morning to give Denton County commissioners the annual report for his office.

Krum issues boil water notice for some residents

The city of Krum has issued a boil water notice to all residents living on FM2450, Finley Circle, Cole Circle, High Ridge, Rogers Circle and Gregg Road due to a water main break on FM 2450. 


Wildfires erupt in county

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

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.

Krum public hearing today on zoning request

The Krum City Council’s meeting today will include a public hearing on Denton Creek Farms’ request to amend applicable sections of the city’s zoning ordinance.

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.


New MHMR home aims to calm crises

KRUM — Golden brown leaves touched by autumn’s kiss partially cover both sides of a two-lane blacktop road leading to the home that’s not a home.


380 delays are order of the day

Denton motorists have been experiencing traffic congestion along University Drive recently after a lane switch reduced the roadway to one lane in each direction between Bonnie Brae Street and Fulton Street.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.