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.

Les Cockrell: Guild shows quilt that’ll go to winner

Denton Quilt Guild members are now booking showings of the group’s 2014 raffle quilt, which will be sold to help fund community outreach and educational programs.This year’s quilt is titled Primavera and...

Roads remain closed after northern part of county gets several inches of rain

Some county roads remained closed overnight Thursday after parts of the county saw more than 5 inches of rain, officials said.

County selects firm for preservation plan

Denton County commissioners have notched another item on their to-do list for the upcoming historical survey project.

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Despite rain, lakes still lacking

A naturalist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the water added to area lakes by last week’s heavy rainfall was nice but not enough to reopen docks that have been closed for a year.

Panel suggests county cellphone cuts

Three Denton County constables appealed a county committee’s recommendation Tuesday to cut cellphone allowances from the upcoming fiscal budget.

County’s social service funds down

A number of social service agencies will receive a lot less in funding from Denton County than they asked for, officials said.

Heat relief in forecast

The temperature swing isn’t likely to send many North Texans to the back of the closet in search of sweaters.

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Water treatment plants battle zebra mussels

Zebra mussels are here and they are not leaving anytime soon. There are state rules in place to stop the invasive species’ spread into more Texas lakes, but water providers still need to deal with the cost of the damage the creatures are already causing.

County may change project, seek more bids

Denton County commissioners are going back to the drawing board for improvements to the juvenile probation building.

Krum chief job still open

Krum city officials are still searching for a new police chief. Despite current Denton County Precinct 1 Constable Jesse Flores’ public statement last month that he had an offer from the city to be the next police chief, the City Council is continuing its search to lead the department.

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Driver killed in head-on collision

A man died after being involved in a head-on collision near a construction zone near Ponder late Tuesday afternoon.

County OKs funds for radio system

About $8.5 million was well spent Tuesday, according to Denton County commissioners, who approved the purchase of a new radio system for the sheriff’s office.

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Convention focuses on signing the Word

About 1,800 people will converge on the Assembly of Jehovah’s Witnesses near Denton for a three-day program presented in American Sign Language.

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Area due for a few rainy days

A rainy Sunday dropped a much-needed half-inch of rain on Denton. Though it may not reverse drought conditions Denton is facing, the chance for more rain during the week will keep temperatures below average for this time of the year.

Mental health services outlined

An upcoming meeting will cover mental health services available in the area and how to access them. Denton County MHMR Center officials will offer an informational meeting for the public from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Denton’s North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

Les Cockrell: Pilot Point calls for parade entries

An old-fashioned Fourth of July parade is being planned in Pilot Point, and entries and volunteers are needed, organizers said recently.

Les Cockrell: Library stacks calendar with youth events

The Denton Public Library has scheduled a variety of programs designed to entertain and educate young people this summer.

Krum picks Flores as chief

Jesse Flores, Denton County’s Precinct 1 constable, will soon report to Krum as the new police chief.

Les Cockrell: Kids’ books needed for drive

Librarians with the Denton school district and the Denton Public Library are collaborating to help youngsters in need this summer.

Cap and gown season

Several thousand Denton-area teenagers will close one chapter of their lives and enter another in coming weeks as they pick up their high school diplomas and enter adulthood.

It’s all helping hands on deck

United Way of Denton County is getting into action this month and hopes the community follows along.

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Rain to continue but likely won’t bust drought

Rain has been coming to Texas in buckets, but not everyone has been under one.

Two dead, five injured in Sunday evening crash

Two people died and five others were injured in a Sunday evening crash after a car, driving on the wrong side of the highway, struck a trio of motorcycles near the Denton County-Wise County line.

County ready to oppose proposed EPA rule change

A proposed rule change by the Environmental Protection Agency has Denton County officials ready to oppose it and hoping other counties do the same.

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County property values up $10 billion

Denton County property values are up $10.3 billion this year, an increase of nearly 18 percent, driven by a surge in residential and commercial growth.

Two JP races go to runoffs

Denton County voters will head to the polls one more time this month to put a final stamp on the primary election season.

County voters oust several incumbents

Several incumbents in cities across Denton County were defeated in bids for re-election in elections that pushed voter turnout to levels not seen in recent years. Voters generally approved renewal of several sales tax proposals, however, in several towns across the area.

Argyle ISD bond package wins support

Voters in Argyle on Saturday overwhelmingly approved a $45 million school bond package, with 59 percent approving the package in complete but unofficial returns.

Drive comes at key time

Postal workers will be collecting food donations on their regular routes Saturday in Denton County, and the United Way is in need of volunteers to help with the donations in the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

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Rain brings area temporary relief

Lines of storms brought rain Thursday to the Denton area, tangling the evening commute, forcing a planned courthouse lawn concert to move indoors and bringing more than an inch of water to thirsty lawns and pastures.

Les Cockrell: United Way chief to talk about mental health needs

Gary Henderson, president and CEO of the United Way of Denton County, will be the guest speaker for today’s meeting of NAMI Denton County.

Local voters to have their say

Denton County residents will head to the polls this week to elect mayors, council members and school trustees as well as consider bond packages and various propositions, including a new municipal development district.

Four face off for Place 1 seat in Krum

Three open City Council seats in Krum will technically be contested in the upcoming May 10 election, but with two candidates not actively campaigning, Place 1 is the biggest race.

Grand jury declines to indict sheriff

Sheriff William Travis was no-billed by a Denton County grand jury Thursday after being under investigation for more than a year by a Texas Ranger into allegations that he tried to bribe a political opponent and a former sheriff’s deputy while he was running for office.

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.