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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.

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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.

Les Cockrell: Donations taken around the clock

North Texas Trinity Cowboy Church of Sanger will hold its third G6 project to help the community beginning on Sunday, according to an announcement from the church.

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.

Wednesday, Nov. 12 Calendar

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Developers seek several zoning changes

The Justin Planning and Zoning Commission will be holding three public hearings on zoning changes Tuesday at City Hall. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Burgess to speak at Precinct 4 meeting

U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess is scheduled to discuss updates about Ebola, terrorists of ISIS and information about Obamacare at a Denton County Precinct 4 town hall meeting at 7 p.m. today.

Authorities ID woman in fatal accident

Authorities identified a woman recently killed in a single-vehicle accident in Krum. Sandi Joann Boland, 48, of Krum, died after she crashed her white Ford Ranger pickup Tuesday morning on FM1173 near Barnett Road, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lonny Haschel.

Krum woman killed  in traffic accident

A woman was killed Tuesday morning in a single-vehicle accident in Krum, officials said.

Explosions in fire ignite home

Burning trash in northwest Denton County nearly turned deadly Tuesday afternoon when a series of explosions caused flames to ignite three structures on a property just west of Bolivar.

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.

Krum council to decide on water use

The Krum City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today to take action on approval of a water use and temporary access agreement with Vantage Energy of Fort Worth.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Plainview not forgotten

NORTHWEST OF KRUM — The Plainview Cemetery is in fairly good shape for a 117-year old graveyard located in what was once a community considered to be the “wheat capital of the U.S.,” according to Patricia Myers, who wrote a narrative about Plainview to accompany a historical marker that was presented Sunday.

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.

Old cemetery gets notice

A local Eagle Scout helped obtain one of the latest historical markers in Denton County for the Plainview Cemetery.

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.

Rhome woman killed in accident with semi

A 50-year-old Rhome woman was killed in a four-vehicle accident that closed State Highway 114 for several hours Monday night, according to Texas Department of Public Safety officials.

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.

Controlled burn set for LBJ National Grasslands

Officials plan a controlled burn of about 480 acres in the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands in Wise County for today or Friday, depending on weather conditions.

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.

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.

Krum names new police chief

The Krum Police Department has a new police chief. Terry Hargis has been serving as interim police chief for several months. And Monday night, Krum City Council members voted to officially hire him as Krum chief of police, according to city attorney Lance Vanzant.

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.

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.

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.

Krum schools to change start, dismissal times

The Krum school district is modifying start and dismissal times at four of its five schools.

County juvenile facility opens

It took five years, but the ribbon has officially been cut on the Denton County Juvenile Detention Center expansion.

Battle over land, water

The Texas Water Development Board met Thursday in Austin to consider the inter-regional conflict between two regional water plans involving the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir in northeast Texas.

Software to help county manage juvenile cases

Denton County juvenile probation department recently unveiled new case management software, part of its efforts to go all paperless.