From the September 29th, “Friday Staff Reports to City Council”
The Friday Staff Report to City Council provides weekly updates between staff and Council. The city has finalized an election contract with Denton County for the upcoming 2023 Bond Election and introduced an interactive Wildlife Corridor Map on the official website. The Emily Fowler Central Library will be temporarily closed for the Arts & Jazz Festival, while the Denton Public Library celebrates its renewed state accreditation. In infrastructure, the Finance Department has earned a Certificate of Distinction, and public engagement for the Design Downtown Denton plan is in progress. Council Member McGee has highlighted the need for reconstruction on Montecristo Court, while Ryan Road reconstruction is temporarily on hold. Community engagement will be at its peak with events like National Night Out and the Community Tree Giveaway. Residents can also look forward to the Dementia-Friendly Nature Walks, Homeschool Hikes at Clear Creek, and the Halloween Harvest event at Denia Recreation Center among other activities planned for October.
Texas High School Football Schedule, Live Streams in Denton County This Week
Denton County, Texas has high school football games on the docket this week, and the inside scoop on how to stream them is available in this article. Follow High School Football this season on the NFHS Network! Keep tabs on your family or alma mater and tune in!. Other Games...
Sheriff’s Corner: Deputy’s act of bravery earns recognition
The Denton Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F) Lodge #82 awarded Deputy Preston Dunlap as the Officer of the Year. Deputy Dunlap started his law enforcement career at the Denton County Sheriff’s Office in the Detention section in August 2017. He applied for the patrol section and started his patrol career in February 2021. Deputy Dunlap is dependable and proudly serves the citizens of Denton County with a positive attitude daily.
This Denton County based photographer enjoys focusing ‘on the joy of the moment’
Macy Muzljakovich is a photographer based in Denton County and is making the leap into being a full-time photographer next year. Muzljakovich didn’t pick up a camera until she was 15 and won a scholarship to a summer art program where her love of photography started to bloom. In her free time, Muzljakovich enjoys reading, doing jigsaw puzzles and crosswords, walking her two dogs, or going paddle boarding with friends.
Three arrested in $85K worth of construction thefts in DFW, police say
CELINA, Texas — Two men and a woman were arrested earlier this month for allegedly stealing construction materials as part of an organized crime ring, according to Celina police. The Celina Police Department said several of its divisions, with assistance from the Pilot Point Police Department, served a search...
Denton County Football Roundup: Lake Dallas remains unbeaten, Newman Smith rebounds from 1st loss
Through the first five weeks of the season, the Lake Dallas football team had won every game by at least 28 points. However, the Falcons had a much bigger test Friday against Frisco Memorial. The Warriors gave the Falcons all they could handle. But, Lake Dallas showed that it can handle the pressure of a close game, surviving one last gasp by Memorial to earn a 40-37 win and improve to 6-0 overall, 2-0 in District 3-5A Division II.
Denton County suffered sizzling September
September in North Texas took the phrase “Endless Summer” seriously. Unofficially, this September was the second hottest on record. Our day-night average temperature was 84.6 degrees. Only September 2019 was hotter with an average temperature of 85.5. DFW set a new record of 8 days at or above 100 degrees last month. The hottest temperature during the month was 110 degrees on Sept. 8. During the entire summer, we endured 55 days at or above 100 degrees, which was 4th behind the summers of 2011, 1980 and 1998.
Denton Man Sentenced to 67 Years in Prison for Murder of Girlfriend
In a verdict rendered on September 27, 2023, a Denton County jury has found Tyrone Oliver guilty of the offense of Murder for strangling his girlfriend. Today, that very same jury has sentenced Oliver to 67 years in prison. ADAs Michael Graves and Sarah Wood handled the prosecution on behalf...
Denton County is adding another grand jury: What it means and how it could speed up cases
In addition to the weekly Thursday grand jury, Denton County will also hold a weekly grand jury on Tuesdays starting Oct. 3. A second grand jury is intended to have a significant effect on how quickly cases move through the county’s courts, how long inmates spend in jail and how much the county spends on inmates.
NWS warns: Ozone pollution alert in effect for North Texas Saturday
The NWS Fort Worth TX issued an air quality alert on Friday at 1:59 p.m. valid for Saturday. The alert is for Wise, Denton, Collin, Hunt, Parker, Tarrant, Dallas, Rockwall, Kaufman, Hood, Johnson, Ellis and Henderson counties. "The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued an Ozone Action Day...
Texas State Fair travel discount available through DCTA
Denton County residents who purchase the $25 State Fair of Texas combo deal through the Denton County Transportation Authority will get a free DCTA agency regional pass. The fair opened its doors Friday morning and will run through Oct. 22 at Fair Park in Dallas.
Denton County man sentenced to 20 years for distributing child porn
A Denton County man has been sentenced to two decades in federal prison for distributing child porn in East Texas. James Buck Briggs, 49, of The Colony was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison for distributing child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Damien Diggs. The district attorney's office said...
Roanoke council approves building site plan, library contract
The Roanoke City Council approved an agreement with the Roanoke Public Library and Denton County for various services. (Courtesy city of Roanoke) Police in Roanoke having a new home is coming closer to reality. Roanoke City Council on Sept. 26 approved a site plan request from McAdams for a new...
State, local elected officials give legislative update. Here's what Denton County residents should know
During The Colony Chamber of Commerce’s leadership lunch and legislative update earlier this month, Texas State Representative Jared Patterson and Denton County Precinct 2 Commissioner Kevin Falconer spoke about issues directly impacting residents at the county and state level. During the legislative update, Patterson and Falconer touched on issues...
DCTA board to consider contract extension for GoZone on-demand service
The GoZone on-demand service marked two years of service Sept. 7. (Courtesy Denton County Transportation Authority) The Denton County Transportation Authority’s board of directors will consider extending its contract with Via for the GoZone On-Demand service during a Sept. 28 meeting. In a nutshell. If approved, the item authorizes...
DCTA board approves $10.4 million contract extension for GoZone
The Denton County Transportation Authority's GoZone On-Demand service has completed more than 1.3 million rides as of August 2023. (Courtesy Denton County Transportation Authority) The Denton County Transportation Authority’s board of directors approved a $10.4 million contract extension with Via for continuing its GoZone On-Demand service another year. The...
Denton county man sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations
THE COLONY, Texas — A 49-year-old man from Denton County has been sentenced to federal prison for distributing child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Damien M. Diggs. James Buck Briggs, of The Colony, Texas, pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing child pornography and was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant.
Denton County man sentenced to 20 years in child pornography case
James Buck Briggs, a 49-year-old resident of The Colony, was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in federal prison for two counts of distributing child pornography. In December 2021, an undercover officer encountered Briggs in an online chatroom dedicated to child sexual abuse, according to a press release from the Eastern District Court of Texas.
Ozone pollution alert issued by the NWS for North Texas Thursday
On Wednesday at 2:32 p.m. an air quality alert was issued by the NWS Fort Worth TX for Thursday. The alert is for Wise, Denton, Collin, Hunt, Parker, Tarrant, Dallas, Rockwall, Kaufman, Hood, Johnson, Ellis and Henderson counties. "The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued an Ozone Action...