Looking Back: The Best Stories of 2021 – Cross Timbers Gazette | South Denton County | Mound of flowers


Vehicles line up for driving COVID-19 vaccination appointments at Texas Motor Speedway in February, photo courtesy of Denton County

In a busy year dominated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there has been plenty of other big news – some better, some worse – in southern Denton County in 2021.

Two of the three most read stories in 2021 on crosstimbersgazette.com involved a celebrity. By far the most viewed article was the April 26 report on actor Charlie Sheen suing Itamar Gelbman, who was then running for mayor of Flower Mound. The next most read story was about Dr John Gomez of Argyle succumbing to COVID-19, and the third most popular story we have known was Dallas Cowboys legend Jason Witten, who was appointed head coach of the Liberty Christian School football team.

At the start of the year, many of the most read stories were related to the coronavirus, as vaccines became available and Denton County set the standard for immunization clinics. Then came the winter storm Uri in February. Throughout the year, our coverage of Crime, Auto Accidents, Development and New Restaurants continued to have the most clicks.

Here are the most read and talked about stories on crosstimbersgazette.com this year:

Flower Mound High School Principal Chad Russell shared this photo of himself on Twitter in February when he announced he was finally returning home after six weeks in hospital due to COVID-19.

January 5: Flower Mound director left ICU

January 10: Denton County COVID-19 Vaccination Center opens

January 17: Local doctor dies of COVID-19

January 20: Yaser Said’s son pleads guilty to hiding his father from arrest

February 1: Jason Witten named Liberty Christian head coach

February 1: Northlake Police: Woman and girl die in crash on I-35W, suspect flees

February 1: State’s largest drive-thru vaccination clinic opens in Denton County

February 13: Harvest, Justin residents identified as victims of the Fort Worth crash

February 16: Power outages continue after coldest night in 72 years

February 26: Man dies after driving car in Grapevine Lake

March 2: Abbott Ends Mask Mandate, Allowing Businesses To 100% Reopen

March 3: 2 more River Walk restaurants announced

March 15: a man smashes the door of the Argyle store for a soda

March 19: Flower Mound man stabs and strangles other drivers after crash

March 25: After this winter storm, don’t give up your plants too early

March 30: Alligator spotted near Argyle

April 4: kidnapping suspect in Corinth region arrested

April 17: Furst Ranch returns to the drawing board

April 26: Charlie Sheen files legal action against Flower Mound mayoral candidate

The back of Downing Middle School yearbooks

May 24: local manager apologizes for directory cover

May 27: Police identify and charge man who shot Flower Mound officers

June 1: Flasher shut down after several incidents in the Highland Village area

June 1: Macy’s comes to the old Stein Mart location in Flower Mound

June 4: Former Flower Mound city councilor charged with child sex crimes

A large alligator crosses the I-35W turnoff at Crawford Road near Argyle, photo by Amanda Maestas, courtesy of Denton County ESD No. 1

June 7: Photo of alligator on I-35W ramp rekindles concern

June 17: Judge Orders Gelbman To Pay Charlie Sheen Legal Fees

July 3: Former Guyer teacher pleads guilty to abusive relationship

July 6: Sisters identified as drowning victims in Lake Lewisville

July 6: Town of Flower Mound, the fire chief separates

August 21: Authorities investigate death of Denton County jail inmate

August 26: Charges laid against 4 men after police chase in Highland Village

August 30: Closure of Yellow Rose Steak and Chophouse

September 7: Woman charged after leading Flower Mound police to pursue her

September 14: Denton County Fire Marshal dies from COVID-19

September 27: Furst Ranch owner requests rezoning

September 30: Flower Mound fitness trainer accused of invasive recording

October 7: Marty B’s Coffee soon available in Bartonville

October 12: Residents hear about apartments in Highland Village stores

October 13: Police investigate high school sexual assault report

Flower Mound Rebels peewee football team.

November 19: Peewee Flower Mound football team benched for being ‘too good’

November 23: Flower Mound approves new subdivision on LISD land

November 24: Braum arrives on FM 407

November 24: Argyle and Northlake teens die in Sanger crash

December 6: Flower Mound Council rejects residential development on LISD land

December 14: Flower Mound police arrest minor over hoax threat

What does 2022 have in store for us? We wouldn’t even want to guess, but we promise to continue our mission of keeping you informed and engaged as we have for the past 43 years. Good year!


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