NCTCOG Accepting Online Input on Transportation Initiatives

By 380news | Metro

NCTCOG Accepting Online Input on Transportation Initiatives North Texans invited to comment on Unified Planning Work Program, HB 2840 Jan. 14, 2020 (Arlington, Texas) — The North Central Texas Council of Governments is conducting an online public input opportunity to allow residents to comment on transportation and air quality initiatives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Members of the public are encouraged to provide input at www.nctcog.org/input. Modifications to the Fiscal Year 2020 and FY 2021 Unified Planning Work Program will be posted for review. The UPWP for regional transportation planning…Read More

Hickory Creek Lift Station Overflow Pump Failure Leads to City of Denton Sewer Overflow

By 380news | Uncategorized

Hickory Creek Lift Station Overflow Pump Failure Leads to City of Denton Sewer Overflow DENTON, TX, Nov. 25, 2019 – The City of Denton Wastewater Utility reported a failure at the Hickory Creek Lift Station near the Old Alton Bridge around 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, which resulted in a sanitary sewer overflow in the vicinity. While the volume of the overflow is undetermined at this time, it is estimated to exceed 100,000 gallons. Staff is actively investigating the cause of the failure and the extent of the overflow. Staff…Read More

Are You Celebrating Bat Week?

By Janet Hurley | Uncategorized

Are you celebrating Bat Week? Because this annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature is happening right now October 24-31. There are approximately 1,390 bat species in the world and Texas is home to 33 species, one of the most diverse and largest locations in the U .S. Most (95%) bats are insectivores (eat only insects). However, there are bats that like to eat fruit, seeds, birds, fish and yes, even blood. But these bats are in Central and South America and don’t like human blood. Separating…Read More

New Map: What Your Neighborhood Says About Your Life Expectancy

By 380news | Uncategorized

New map highlights dramatic differences in life expectancy depending on your neighborhood in Texas  Interactive mapping tool shows people live 17 years longer in neighborhoods with highest life expectancy versus areas with the lowest Analysis finds non-medical factors like poverty rate, income, race, and education levels often correspond to large differences in how long Texans live HOUSTON, TX – New numbers show there can be than a more than a 20-year difference in how long Texans live in one neighborhood compared to another, even though they may only be a few miles apart. That’s just one of the findings from an Episcopal Health Foundation analysis of a new, interactive mapping tool that shows life expectancy rates for neighborhoods across Texas.…Read More

From the Desk of Hugh Coleman- Denton County Precinct One Newsletter

By 380news | Uncategorized

Precinct 1 Monthly News Updates Streetlights to be installed on Hickory Creek Road. I have been working with county staff and other entities including the City of Denton to install streetlights on Hickory Creek Road from Riverpass Drive to Country Club/FM 1830. A total of 16 streetlights will be installed, 10 in the unincorporated portions and six in the City of Denton portions of the road. The streetlights are to be spaced approximately 300 feet apart. The county will work with Oncor to install the streetlights and Oncor will be responsible for maintenance of the infrastructure. The county has selected Cavallo Energy Texas, state-run electricity provider for governments to use, as our retail electricity provider. This effort follows our success…Read More


By 380news | Uncategorized

    DENTON COUNTY, TX–For Immediate Release On October 14, 2019, ALL Denton County Tax Offices will close to conduct Employee Training. All locations will reopen on October 15, 2019 with normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “Our staff works very hard to serve our citizens. By bringing all of our staff together for a full day of training, we can provide important information to the entire staff that will promote and enhance continued excellent customer service”, stated Michelle French, Denton County Tax Assessor/Collector. The Denton County Tax Office offers several methods of payments including online using e-Check, credit and debit cards. Citizens can also mail in payments or use the drop boxes located at all locations.…Read More

Denton Public Library Goes Fine Free for Overdue Items

By 380news | Uncategorized

Denton Public Library Goes Fine Free for Overdue Items Starting Oct. 1 All Existing Overdue Fines Will Be Forgiven, and Late Fines Will No Longer Be Charged DENTON, TX – Beginning Oct. 1, 2019, Denton Public Library will discontinue charging overdue fines for late returns. The purpose of this policy change is to encourage library use and open checkout access to books, movies, music, and more. Denton Public Library wishes to remove barriers to library use. Overdue fines conflict with the Library’s vision to be a welcoming place that provides free, equitable access to materials and services for all. Fines disproportionately affect those who need library services the most. The Library recognizes that sometimes life can get in the way,…Read More

Denton County Horticulture Invites You to the Fall Garden Fest

By Janet Laminack | Home & Garden

Fall is finally here (at least according to my deceitful calendar.) Of course, it does not feel like it yet in Texas. Eventually we will get our two days of fall weather and everyone can break out the sweaters and s’mores.   Until then, we can pretend the days are crisp and get in the spirit with the Fall Garden Fest on October 12. This free event is from 9 am to 3 pm at the First United Methodist Church of Denton, 201 S. Locust St. Denton.   Fall Garden…Read More

Fiscal Notes: Highlights from the 86th Texas Legislature

By 380news | Business

Fiscal Notes: Highlights from the 86th Texas Legislature (AUSTIN) — In the September edition of Fiscal Notes, released today, the Comptroller’s office provides a biennial overview of the most important legislation passed during the 86th session of the Texas Legislature, which concluded May 27. The Legislature addressed several major issues, including meaningful reforms to public education and the state’s local property tax system. “My original Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE) and a subsequent update that increased the amount available for spending allowed the Legislature to pass an all funds budget of approximately $250 billion,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. “Key pieces of legislation addressed local property tax issues and provided additional state funding for teachers and public school students.” This issue also…Read More


By 380news | Uncategorized

KIDS TO DESIGN SOLDIER TRIBUTE FORT WORTH – Students across the area are being challenged to help design a Tarrant County Vietnam war-era memorial, according to project planners led by Jim Hodgson, executive director of the Fort Worth Aviation Museum. “At least 211 county residents died as a result of the conflict,” Hodgson points out. “Currently, there’s no local monument to honor those killed in Southeast Asia, but that may soon be changing. “We’re proposing a permanent display in Fort Worth’s Veterans Memorial Park on Camp Bowie Blvd. designed by…Read More

Fiscal Highlights from the 86th Legislature Legislative Session Tackled Public Education, Property Taxes

By 380news | Metro

  Fiscal Highlights from the 86th Legislature Legislative Session Tackled Public Education, Property Taxes By Ramona Reeves Published September 2019 The 86th Texas Legislature met in 2019 to write the state’s next budget and tackle a perennial challenge for Texas lawmakers — meaningful reforms to public education and the state’s local property tax system. In January, Comptroller Glenn Hegar provided a robust biennial revenue estimate (BRE) for the state, reporting that Texas’ revenues would support $119 billion in general-purpose spending for the 2020-21 biennium, 8.1 percent more than in 2018-19.…Read More

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