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WISD dedicates Williams Center

WISD dedicates Williams Center

There was action on and off the court Tuesday, Jan. 4 as the Williams Center was officially dedicated by Wylie ISD. The center was built with funds secured in the passage of the $193.7 million WISD bond in May 2019. Of the total bond amount, $87 million was used for...

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COVID-19 continues to surge

COVID-19 continues to surge

Health officials reported the highest single day COVID-19 case count last week with more than 1 million infections. A total of 1,082,549 new COVID-19 cases were reported Monday, Jan. 3, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The large number of new...

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New electoral maps take effect Jan. 18

New electoral maps take effect Jan. 18

Following the 2020 Census, the Texas Legislature completed the important task of redrawing the electoral maps to be used over the next decade. Three new laws are set to take effect Jan. 18 following their approval during the 87th Legislature. House Bill 1, which sets...

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Plano East wins road game over Coppell

Plano East wins road game over Coppell

Hoping to bounce back after a loss, the Plano East Panthers responded in a big way with a district victory. Traveling to Coppell (3-1, 16-9), Plano East (3-1, 21-2) jumped out to an early first quarter lead and won 54-45. Muizz Qazi scored 12 points and Brandon...

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Lady Panthers win key district game over Coppell

Lady Panthers win key district game over Coppell

In a battle of the top two teams in District 6-6A, the Plano East Lady Panthers came out on top over the Coppell Cowgirls. Plano East (6-0, 16-3) got off to a hot start and withheld a furious Coppell (5-1, 27-1) rally to win 42-37 Tuesday night. Seniors Donavia Hall...

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Sports

Plano East wins road game over Coppell

Plano East wins road game over Coppell

Hoping to bounce back after a loss, the Plano East Panthers responded in a big way with a district victory. Traveling to Coppell (3-1, 16-9), Plano East (3-1, 21-2) jumped out to an early first quarter lead and won 54-45. Muizz Qazi scored 12 points and Brandon...

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Lady Panthers win key district game over Coppell

Lady Panthers win key district game over Coppell

In a battle of the top two teams in District 6-6A, the Plano East Lady Panthers came out on top over the Coppell Cowgirls. Plano East (6-0, 16-3) got off to a hot start and withheld a furious Coppell (5-1, 27-1) rally to win 42-37 Tuesday night. Seniors Donavia Hall...

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Senior class has Panthers excited for season

Senior class has Panthers excited for season

Despite missing out on the playoffs last season, the Plano East Panthers soccer team is excited for what 2022 has to offer. The Panthers finished the season with 15 district points, winning four matches and tying three more. The new year brings plenty of optimism for...

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Plano East’s inexperience causes questions

Plano East’s inexperience causes questions

Roster turnover can create new expectations, as well as questions for an athletic program. In the case of the Plano East girls soccer team, replacing several seniors means that a young roster will have to mesh quickly. After winning two district games last season,...

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Plano East coach McCullough to retire

Plano East coach McCullough to retire

According to reports from Plano ISD officials, Plano East head football coach and athletic director Joey McCullough is set to retire. The Panthers were 2-8 this past season, capturing their first wins in almost two years in the process. McCullough, a Plano East alum,...

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Education

WISD approves plan for virtual learning

WISD approves plan for virtual learning

Wylie ISD parents wishing to have their children receive instruction online may apply for a spot in the district’s newly formed Virtual Learning Academy.  The Wylie ISD board approved a temporary virtual learning option Aug. 31 during a special meeting. VLA is...

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Teachers excited to have children back in classrooms

Teachers excited to have children back in classrooms

Whitt Elementary School fourth-grade math teacher Mad­ison Shattuck missed the con­ventional rhythms of classroom instruction last year. “Excited is mainly what I am,” she said about the return to normal classroom teaching this year, when teachers will have classes in...

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Four teachers take different paths to classroom

Four teachers take different paths to classroom

Tim Shelby left his work in retail – a national grocery chain and two pharmacy stores – to enter the teaching ranks. But while new teachers in Wylie ISD fall normally in the Millennial and Generation Z demographic, Shelby, at 63, is easily a generation removed. For...

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Free meals provided for students this year

Free meals provided for students this year

There’s still no such thing as a free lunch, even if students don’t have to pony up any money at the cafeteria this year. The United States Department of Agriculture has issued extended waivers that will allow schools to offer free meals – breakfast and lunch – to all...

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Life & Style

Send a letter to Santa this Christmas

Send a letter to Santa this Christmas

If you’re the parents/guardians of elementary school-age children, the Monitor is collecting Letters to Santa again this year. The letters will be printed in the December 23 edition of The Murphy Monitor. Please print out the attached document, have your child write...

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Dance studio makes its debut

Dance studio makes its debut

Walking into Kaiser Center for the Performing Arts for the first time, patrons might find it hard to believe it was once the site of the former home décor store, Tuesday Morning. Aisles of kitchen gadgets, shower curtains and pet beds have now been replaced with a...

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Gardener shares bounty

Gardener shares bounty

 Home gardener Catherine “Cathi” Banks has learned by trial and error how to get the most from the raised bed gardens that have lined her backyard in Murphy for the last six years.  In fact, Banks’ has not only had good luck with her gardening adventure, she...

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Homeowner goes on a kitchen garden adventure

Homeowner goes on a kitchen garden adventure

After a few years of growing the typical Texas flowers; pan­sies in the winter, impatiens in the summer in the normal front flowerbeds, homeowner Kori Hendrix realized she wanted more variety and more gardens at her Wylie home. There was ample opportuni­ty to make...

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Opinion

We’re global now

We’re global now

No matter how hard we try, we real­ly can’t avoid one another. We live in a world where what takes place some­where else on the globe has a very good chance of affecting us, along with many others. The pandemic, of course, is a useful – if sobering – ex­ample. A virus...

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Legislators can help prevent trafficking

Legislators can help prevent trafficking

The COVID-19 pan­demic has produced too many tragedies to tally, but here is one that does not get talked about enough: It has worsened conditions that leave children and youth especially vulnerable to com­mercial sexual exploitation, a human trafficking crime. Human...

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Texans urged to roll up their sleeves

Texans urged to roll up their sleeves

Gov. Greg Abbott and other Texas leaders are rolling up their sleeves to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to encourage the public to follow suit. “I will never ask any Texan to do something that I’m not willing to do myself,” Abbott said before getting vaccinated at a...

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Accusations rock Attorney General’s office

Accusations rock Attorney General’s office

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is battling back against seven top aides who accuse him of bribery and abuse of office. The aides delivered the accu­sations in a letter to the agency’s human resources director. The Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV obtained and...

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