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2017 in Review

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Our supercharged southern Denton County economy continued to hum along in 2017, but development pressure caused the usual political backlash. Mother Nature also put pressure on us in the form of giant hailstones and we could not escape the effects of Hurricane Harvey at the gas pump. Once we found fuel, a new restaurant was always just around the corner.

As we jump into our 39th year of serving southern Denton County, let’s pause for a moment and take a look back at the past 12 months. Here are our picks for the top news stories of 2017 (in no particular order):

It’s taken nearly a decade and multiple developers, but Flower Mound’s “downtown,” The River Walk at Central Park, made big progress in 2017 with the official opening of the river walk and the town’s first hotel.

“Downtown” Flower Mound becoming reality

Hotel gets warm welcome

Hail storms pounded southern Denton County in March and April, putting a twinkle in every roofer’s eye.

Hail pummels southern Denton County

Hail falls on Flower Mound

Argyle got a new mayor and two new council members in May as development backlash swept the town.

Growth concerns determine Argyle election

Lots of new restaurants opened in 2017, including a new Texas Hill Country-themed eatery in Bartonville and a long-awaited local Mexican chain that took up residence on FM 2499 in Flower Mound.

Marty B’s restaurant opens in Bartonville

Mi Dia opens in Flower Mound on Monday

Highland Village residents voted in November to approve two bonds totaling $7.15 million for street and park improvements.

Highland Village voters approve bonds for parks, roads

Trump called, he answered. Bartonville resident Rex Tillerson was tapped as U.S. Secretary of State in February.

Tillerson confirmed as next Secretary of State

Argyle police in July investigated the town’s first homicide since the department was established in 1981.

Affidavit: Argyle murder suspect shot roommate during fight

Gridlock was eased (a little) when TxDOT cut the ribbon on Phase 1 of the billion dollar 35 Express project in November.

TxDOT cuts ribbon on Phase 1 of 35Express project

School funding got a boost in May when bonds were approved by voters in Lewisville ISD and Argyle ISD.

Lewisville ISD voters approve bond proposition

Argyle school board approves bond proposal

Hurricane Harvey’s effects were felt in southern Denton County, as gas shortages hit the area in late August.

Gas shortages, price hikes affect southern Denton County

Northlake is set to double in population, as Hillwood Communities closed on its largest residential development to date.

Hillwood closes on Pecan Square in Northlake

When is one ever enough? Flower Mound officials approved the town’s second and third hotels in 2017.

Lakeside Crossing project approved

Town Council gets The Point

Big just got bigger. The real estate company that developed Lantana was acquired by the country’s largest homebuilder in July.

D.R. Horton acquires Lantana developer Forestar

The new Southwest Denton County Courthouse opened in July in west Flower Mound and brought local government closer to residents.

Southwest Denton County Courthouse hosts grand opening

Bobby Dowell was appointed as Bartonville’s police chief after Corry Blount moved on.

Bartonville appoints new police chief

The Liberty Christian cheerleaders continued their winning ways and took state for the fourth year in a row.

Liberty cheerleaders take state title fourth consecutive time

HGTV’s Property Brothers helped open the new Tanger Outlet mall in October.

Tanger Outlets cuts the ribbon at Fort Worth grand opening

We said our final goodbyes in 2017 to dedicated public servants: Double Oak Mayor Pro-Tem Steve Durbin, former Lewisville ISD Trustee Marjory Kent Vickery, former Flower Mound Fire Chief Eric Metzger, former Highland Village Mayor Bill Thorne and longtime Flower Mound town employee Danny Hartz.

Double Oak mayor pro-tem passes away

Former Lewisville ISD board member Marjory Vickery passes

Tejml: So many will miss Eric Metzger

City to honor former mayor

Longtime Flower Mound employee passes away

The Argyle girls basketball program earned “dynasty” status after winning its third consecutive Class 4A state championship in March, capping off a stellar career for retiring coach Skip Townsend.

Argyle girls complete three-peat

Successful Argyle girls basketball coach retires

What was your top story of 2017? Tell us in the comments below. Happy New Year!

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