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Thousands of free meals share love along with nutrition

Over the last year and a half, volunteers have served more than 20,000 free meals at The Rock Church in Castle Rock. When Douglas County’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program expressed its difficulty in finding a venue to help the … more

'HalloWilcox' is school district's treat for kids

About 900 elementary school students assembled at the Douglas County School District's administrative building on Oct. 31 for an unforgettable Halloween. Inside, ghosts, witches, superheroes, trolls and other creative characters replaced … more

Residents can get help with heating costs

Need help paying your energy bills? A seasonal program can help. The Colorado Low-Income Energy Assistance Program can help Douglas County residents pay for winter heating costs. Help is available through April 30, and residents who qualify will … more

A new opportunity for students at Lone Tree site

Quinn Hunchar doesn’t like being confined to a classroom. She prefers reading books and watching documentaries. “School is not my thing,” the 18-year-old said. “I felt like I was being shoved in a box.” When she told her parents she … more

Interdenominational Christian school opens in Castle Rock

Kingsway Academy was granted occupancy of a former gym in Castle Rock just three weeks before the private school was scheduled to open. “People say it takes a village to raise a kid,” said Torrence Jackson, the school's director. “For us, … more

Complaint filed against committee backing 'commUNITY' candidates in Douglas County School Board race

A watchdog organization is calling for transparency in a complaint filed against Douglas Schools for Douglas Kids, an independent expenditure committee that is backing anti-reform candidates who are collectively known as “commUNITY” in the … more

Study sees more evidence linking earthquakes to energy waste wells

Scientists say they have more evidence that an increase in earthquakes on the Colorado-New Mexico border since 2001 has been caused by wells that inject wastewater from oil and gas production back underground, similar to human-caused quakes in … more

Local nonprofits receive grants from sales taxes

Eight Douglas county nonprofit organizations were awarded grant checks, totaling nearly $318,000, by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The SCFD was created in 1989, and money from the fund is distributed to nonprofit … more

Winter Shelter Network again opens to women, children in need

Starting this month, local churches will once again act as host to women and children in need of a place to stay. Run by 1,200 volunteers, the Winter Shelter Network, in its second year, rotates through 12 churches in Douglas County, providing … more

Judge denies motion to dismiss South Metro Fire's lawsuit against Parker's urban renewal authority

A district court judge in Douglas County has denied a motion filed by Parker's urban renewal authority to dismiss a lawsuit brought against it by South Metro Fire Rescue. South Metro filed the … more

Election help available in Douglas County

Douglas County residents who need assistance with the voting process or have questions about the coordinated election can seek help at one of four Voter Service and Polling Centers in Douglas County. Centers will be open Oct. 30 at 8 a.m., and will … more

Rocky Heights students roll out magical meal

Nearly 150 parents and community members attended Rocky Heights Middle School’s first annual Farm to Table dinner event Oct. 19, to savor flavors created by students of Julie Olsen’s culinary arts class. Students at the school were directed … more

Colorado Supreme Court visits Mountain Vista

Students and staff assembled in the auditorium of Mountain Vista High School for what senior Grace Wilson described as a “once in a lifetime” experience. On stage, behind a long table, sat the Colorado Supreme Court. Over three hours, the seven … more

Nobody’s laughing off head injuries these days

Piper Reasoner smiles as she asks a series of questions to a student in the training room at Legend High School. “What is your name?” “Are you nauseous?” “Am I in focus right now?” Minutes earlier the boy, 17, was elbowed in … more

Times are tough, but options exist for first-time homebuyers

Lacy Franks makes being a first-time homebuyer sound easy. Franks, who grew up in Black Hawk, bought her first home last September, a two-bedroom townhome just off I-225 in Aurora, for $220,000 after three months of searching throughout the metro … more

Douglas County Republican Party endorses Elevate slate

The Douglas County Republican Party announced its endorsement of the Elevate slate for Douglas County School Board on Oct. 19. A written statement said the move was a needed response to help "level … more

Elevate slate holds advantage in donations to candidates' campaigns

Campaign finance reports made public by the Colorado Secretary of State's Office on Oct. 17 show that the eight candidates for Douglas County School Board have collectively raised $168,850 - about … more

Hundreds of thousands of dollars pouring into Douglas County School Board races

Candidates' campaigns in this year's races for Douglas County School Board have already raised more than double the amount of money received by hopefuls two years ago. But the $168,850 donated … more

Teaching students how to cope socially, emotionally

Eighth-grader Morgan Fritzler is working to improve her self-awareness. “Sometimes, I have anxiety and perfectionist issues and I expect myself to get everything on the first try,” Fritzler, 12, said. “It makes me feel frustrated.” But … more

Castle Rock chamber opposes at-large mayor initiative

The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announced Sept. 28 that it is officially opposing the Nov. 7 ballot measure calling for an at-large mayor in Castle Rock. “Although we strongly believe residents and business owners in … more
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