Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Apply for Your 2021 Mail-in Ballot 

Eligible voters are now able to request a ballot by mail for 2021.

Denton and Tarrant County registered voters are eligible to request and receive a ballot by mail if any of the following conditions prevents them voting in-person during the early voting period or on election day:

  1. Expected absence from the county during both the early voting period and on election day. (The ballot must be mailed to an address outside the county)
  2. Disability
  3. 65 years of age or older
  4. Confinement in jail and not finally convicted of a felony.


You can get started by filling out the Tarrant County ballot by mail application or the Denton County ballot by mail application.

For more information, visit our Ballot by Mail webpage.


North Texas Region joins together again to continue the fight against West Nile virus


Collin Dallas, Denton and Tarrant Counties are coordinating efforts to fight the West Nile Virus.

The North Texas health departments of Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties are again coordinating their planning efforts to make a collective impact on this year’s West Nile virus season.

The 2012 West Nile virus season was unexpected and took a significant toll on the health of citizens of the North Texas region.  Ground and aerial spraying were used in areas of the region to reduce the mosquito population potentially carrying the virus.  In 2013, North Texas health departments enhanced collaborations to prevent a potential recurrence.  Dallas and Tarrant counties began trapping and testing mosquitoes earlier than in 2012 and continued additional activities on a limited basis throughout the year.

Both counties also requested additional funding from their respective Commissioners Courts to hire more staff members. As a result of the magnitude of the outbreak in 2012, Denton County Health Department began trapping and testing mosquitoes in the unincorporated areas in 2013.  Collin County adjusted staffing to accommodate the changing situation.

In 2014, new “case definitions,” also known as reporting requirements, will change how human West Nile virus cases are counted.  These changes may lead to an increase in the number of reported human cases.

“Knowing that people are crossing county boundaries daily makes it more important for us to be strategic in our actions,” commented Collin County Health Care Services Director Candy Blair.

“Just as in 2013, we will continue to focus on the emergence of positive mosquitoes as an early indicator of West Nile virus activity.  By reducing the mosquito population we will hopefully reduce the number of human cases” said Tarrant County Public Health Director Dr. Lou Brewer.

“A major component of our unified approach will be the residents in each county,” said Denton County’s Health Director Dr. Bing Burton. “We need their help in eliminating and reducing mosquito breeding areas in and around their homes.”

“Increased vigilance by all of us will help identify and eliminate mosquito breeding locations throughout the area and also give us an edge in our collective battle against West Nile,” added Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zachary Thompson.

All four counties will echo the prevention messages, which if followed, can help reduce human cases by reducing exposure to mosquitoes. Citizens can defend themselves against mosquitoes that may potentially carry the virus by remembering and following “The Ds”:

  • DRESS to avoid mosquito bites by wearing long, loose and light-colored clothing when outside;
  • DEFEND yourself by using insect repellents approved by the EPA or CDC;
  • DUSK to DAWN outside activities should be avoided when possible, and especially if one isn’t  dressed and prepared with repellent; and
  • DRAIN all areas of standing water in and around the home, including wading pools, pet dishes and birdbaths.  

For more information on prevention of West Nile virus infection, please visit:

Dragon Academic Team Captures Sweepstakes Title

Congratulations to the Carroll UIL Academic Team as they captured another top 3 Overall Sweepstakes Title at the Denton Ryan UIL B Invitational Meet. Coaches say the meet was a challenge and a testament to the overall strength of this year’s team. Next up for the UIL Academic Team is the District Meet, March 22 @ Northwest High School.  Results are listed below:

Denton Ryan HS UIL B Invitational Meet Results:

Southlake Carroll – 3rd place Overall Standings

Social Studies – 1st place Team (coached by Mr. Irish)

Individual Standings:

  • 1st place – Jared Chaney
  • 2nd place – Kelsey Taeckens
  • 3rd place – Kelly Danner
  • 4th place – Alexis Bowen
  • 7th place – Bronwyn Sutherland

Computer Science – 1st place Team (coached by Ms. Woessner)

Individual Standings:

  • 2nd place – Elijah Snow
  • 3rd place – Anjie Liang
  • 6th place – Shyam Sabhaya

Current Events – 2nd place Team (coached by Ms. Frank)

  • 2nd place – Daniele Brombilla
  • 5th place – Ray Teer

Literary Criticism – 3rd place Team (coached by Mr. Irish)

Individual Standings:

  • 6th place – Anthony Munson

Journalism (coached by Ms. Rose)

Individual Standings:

  • 5th place Feature Writing – Samantha Smith

Science (coached by Mr. Olson and Mr. Nell)

Individual Standings:

  • 5th place – Drew Anderson

Other teams that had strong showings:

  • Math, Number Sense, and Calculator Applications (coached by Mr. Tubbs)
  • Accounting (coached by Ms. Rose)
  • Spelling (coached by Mr. Irish)

Carroll UIL Academic Places High at Invitational

The Carroll Academic Team is in third place in overall standings following the recent Flower Mound High School UIL A Invitational Meet. Carroll is third out of 25 schools that competed. The team is now preparing for next month’s Denton Ryan High School UIL B Invitational Meet. That event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8.

The results of the Flower Mound meet are listed below:

Computer Science – 1st place Team (coached by Ms. Woessner)
Individual Standings:

  • 1st place – Anjie Liang
  • 2nd place – Reid Long
  • 3rd place – Elijah Snow

Social Studies – 1st place Team (coached by Mr. Irish)
Individual Standings:

  • 1st place – Kelly Danner
  • 2nd place – Bronwyn Sutherland
  • 6th place – Kelsey Taeckens
  • 7th place – Jared Chaney
  • 8th place- Alexis Bowen

Literary Criticism – 3rd place Team (coached by Mr. Irish)
Individual Standings:

  • 6th place – Kenny Martin

Ready Writing (coached by Mr. Irish)
Individual Standings:

  • 3rd place – Sydney Colon

Journalism (coached by Ms. Rose)
Individual Standings:

  • 4th place Headline Writing – Cindy Folefack
  • 5th place Headline Writing – Kara McIntyre

Other teams that had strong showings:

  • Current Events (coached by Ms. Frank)
  • Math, Number Sense, and Calculator Applications (coached by Mr. Tubbs)
  • Science (coached by Mr. Olson and Mr. Nell)
  • Accounting (coached by Ms. Rose)
  • Spelling (coached by Mr. Irish)

Early Voting Starts 10/22 ends 11/2 for General Election

Early voting for the November 6, general election begins October 22ndand ends November 2nd.  For Tarrant County voters, Town Hall, 1400 Main Street,  is a early voting location.  For Denton County voters, early voting takes place at the Svore Municipal Building (Trophy Club MUD), 100 Municipal Drive, Trophy Club, Texas.  The early voting schedule is as follows:

  • October 22-26, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • October 27, Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • October 28, Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • October 29-November 2, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information on early voting and Election Day (November 6th) times and locations, please visit the voter’s page on the City of Southlake Website or contact the Southlake City Secretary at 817-748-8015. The City website also contains a link that will help you find out if you are registered to vote.