By Ricky Vaughan, Fire Chief, Denton County Emergency Services District No. 1
After receiving a petition from the citizens of Argyle, Bartonville, Copper Canyon, Corral City, Lantana and Northlake, Denton County Emergency Services District No. 1 will have propositions on the ballot for a Special Election.
The ballot will ask the residents to vote for or against:
Early voting will run Oct. 23 through Oct. 28, Monday–Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Oct. 29, Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Oct. 30–Nov. 3, Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m. at Fire Station 511, 511 Gibbons S., Argyle, TX 76226.
Election Day will be Nov. 7 from 7 a.m.–7 p.m. at one of our three fire stations based on your voter precinct. Precincts 4179, 4181, 4183, 4184, 4197, 4198, 4199, 4200, 4207 will vote at Station 511. Precincts 4193, 4195, 4196, 4215, 4216, 4217, 4218, 4220, 4222 will vote at Station 514 in Harvest, and Precincts 3156, 3157, 4182, 4201, 4202, 4203 will vote at Station 513 in Lantana. Find more info at dentoncountyesd2.org
The proposition for creating Denton County Emergency Services District No. 2 is to address the continued population growth across the district and the resulting increases in call volume. By creating an EMS district overlay for ambulance services, residents within the proposed territory will receive sustainable funding for providing both Fire and EMS services.
If the voters do not approve the proposition creating DCESD 2 to separately fund EMS services, DCESD 1 will continue to operate with its current funding but will adjust its service delivery model by looking at options for contracting out for ambulance services.
If voters do not approve the annexation proposition on the ballot, the area known as Lantana will be serviced through a contract basis by the ESD. However, the Board of Commissioners will have to review and revise funding and response times to those areas that reside outside the current District boundaries.
We look forward to sharing information about these proposals with citizens over the coming month. If you would like more information about the creation of ESD 2 you can visit the following website: dentoncountyesd2.org
For the month of August, the Denton County ESD #1 responded to 255 calls, with 55% being medical related and 45% being fire or service related.
If you would like to sign up for free emergency notifications from Denton County Emergency Services District #1, you can do so by calling 940.464.7102. Weather notifications are automatically generated for our citizens within the Denton County ESD No. 1 when the National Weather Service issues a “watch” and/or a “warning.”
To reach Chief Vaughan, send an email to RVaughan@DentonCountyESD1.gov or call 940.464.7102. For more information, please visit DentonCountyESD1.gov
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Denton County is inviting the public for “a night of glamour and giving back” at its upcoming The BIG DEAL Casino Night.
The fundraising event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at Circle R Ranch in west Flower Mound and will offer guests “an unforgettable journey back to the Roaring’ 20s, complete with glitz, glamour and the opportunity to make a difference,” according to a news release from the organization.
“The BIG DEAL Casino Night is not just another fundraiser, it’s a celebration of the impactful work done by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Denton County,” the nonprofit said in a statement. “The organization’s mission to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships is at the heart of this event. It’s an opportunity for the community to come together in a spirit of unity, camaraderies and philanthropy.”
Highlights of the evening include:
Guests are encouraged to don their most stylish Roarin’ 20s attire. All funds raised will directly support BBBSDC.
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here. Use coupon code BIGCOUPON23 for Buy One Get One General Admission tickets through Tuesday.
Southern Denton County has a new full-service floral shop, following the Sept. 9 grand opening of Trophy Blooms in Highland Village.
Owner Madeline Ricketts, 24, said she chose Highland Village for her second location because she was looking for a city that cared about small businesses and a community that supported its neighbors.
“The community support from Highland Village is overwhelmingly wonderful,” Ricketts said. “That’s important for people like me trying to promote our small businesses; the people in this area care.”
Ricketts, who lives in the Argyle area, started selling and delivering floral arrangements out of her parents’ laundry room when she was attending Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club.
“I needed an art credit and found out the school had a floral department, so I took a floral class in junior year,” Ricketts said. “I loved it, I had a natural talent for it, but I didn’t think it’d be my career.”
That changed a few years later when she was attending the University of North Texas and she decided to focus on business and hospitality courses.
“My clientele was picking up, I worked my first wedding and I started to dream about running my own floral business and possibly opening a storefront,” she said.
Before graduating from UNT, Ricketts found a space for lease in Southlake Town Square and thought it would be perfect for her new business, Trophy Blooms, and opened it a few weeks after graduating in May 2021. The shop sells plants, walk-in arrangements and gifts, and Ricketts stays busy with weddings, funerals and other events. The business also offers workshops, where guests can come and create their own arrangements with others.
“As time went on, the Southlake shop was exceeding expectations and is now self-sufficient,” she said. “Last summer, I decided it was time to expand, and I was led to Highland Village.”
The Highland Village shop, located in Bowery Park at 2570 FM 407, Suite 135, offers everything the Southlake location does – including daily deliveries and even same-day flower deliveries — and serves all of southern Denton County. Ricketts said customers can expect consistency and quality at both locations.
“You’re going to run across the same people at the new location,” she said. “Getting to know regulars is important to us.”
Ricketts said she hopes her story encourages other young entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams.
“I want people to know they can go after the things they want; dream big,” she said. “A lot of people are afraid to make that commitment and put all their money on the line, but it was the best decision I ever made.”
Trophy Blooms is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 945-250-5112 or go to trophyblooms.com.