I’m working on a story about a Denton resident documenting the stories of World War II veterans across the U.S. During my reporting, I started to wonder — who are the Denton County WWII veterans from a U.S. Census standpoint and where do the most veterans live in Denton County.
Click the image below to see a map of where WW II vets are scattered throughout Denton County.
The state has four levels of emergency readiness. In other words, the state’s regional authorities will activate a particular level based on the nature of the emergency. The highest level is Level I. Click on the image below to see how the state determined the level of emergency for the explosion in the city of West, which was activated as a Level II incident.
Click on the image below to follow Twitter updates on the explosion in West, Texas. Multiple sources are reporting an explosion in West, Texas. A Denton County official says the county’s emergency services are on standby to help with the explosion, if needed. The DPS Region 1 State District Coordinator is assessing the needs of the situation, according to the county official.
Click on the image below to see which cities the Boston Marathon runners from Denton County reside. The map will be updated once we can confirm the conditions of each runner.
Click on the cities to see the name of the runners. Cities in white had no listed runners.
Earlier this week, the Sanger city manager told council members it will take 10 years and about $8.7 million to rehabilitate the city’s most distressed roads and water utilities.City Manager Mike Brice presented his proposal to the council during a workshop session, where he outlined how the city would finance improvements and upgrades to the city’s infrastructure.According to Brice’s plan, the costliest expenses are repairing roads and adding a new water well costing about $3.3 million and $2.7 million, respectively.
Find the full story here - Sanger city manager presents cost outline
Click the image below to enter an interactive map.
Regional Denton County municipalities are gearing up in an attempt to prevent any chance of another West Nile virus outbreak like the one the county experienced last summer.
The outbreak resulted in regional leaders opting for a aerial spraying to reduce the number of WNV carrying mosquitoes. Leaders are now asking residents to eliminate standing water and use mosquito dunks in their ponds.
The first case last year was reported at the end of May.
Click on the image below to review last year’s outbreak and to see why regional leaders don’t want a repeat of 2012.
Click on this map to see how the virus moved through the county in 2012.
According to the most recent state data, the total outstanding debt for Denton County water utility districts hit the $1 billion mark for the first time last year.
Read my story about how the number of districts doubled within the last ten years – The Cost of Growth.
Click the graphic below to see a brief breakdown of the debt.
About a week ago, the Denton Record-Chronicle published a series of stories that investigated payday and title lending businesses to determine the impact of their presence in Denton.
Our investigation found payday and title lending locations proliferating in Denton near lower-income neighborhoods.
Most of the storefronts have opened in Denton in the past decade, with 14 of the 39 businesses opening in the past five years and half of those operating in the city a year or less. The investigation also found that less than two-thirds of those storefronts appear to be licensed with the state.
Read the story here - Easy credit flourishes
Click the image below to see a demographic/economic breakdown of the neighborhoods located near payday and title lending locations.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, click the map below to see where the most residents with Irish ancestry live in Denton County. The higher the number of residents with Irish ancestry, the darker the shade of green a region will be on the map.
Use the map below to see who’s running for a seat on your local city or town’s council. Click the image below to enter an interactive map. Then click on your city/town to see a list of the candidates names. (Election previews are coming soon.)
Map made using Google.