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Council considers higher water and sewer rates

Council considers higher water and sewer rates

Residential water and sewer rates will be going up in October, but the Murphy City Council has not yet decided how much. Chris Ekrut, chief financial officer at NewGen Strategies & Solutions reported to the Tuesday, July 16, council meeting on anticipated cost...

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Youth Citizens Police Academy starts July 22

Youth Citizens Police Academy starts July 22

DPS helicopter pilots Clay Lacey and Jordan Teel explain their mission to young cadets during a previous academy. Registration filled quickly for the week-long Murphy Police Department’s Youth Citizens Police Academy for incoming sixth through 10th graders. The...

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Disputed development still in court

Disputed development still in court

A sign advertises the sale of 100+ acres in a disputed development in Parker. Another lawsuit has been filed regarding a housing development proposed for 114 acres across from Southfork Ranch with the latest action targeting the city of Parker. Opponents continue to...

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Brown House hits home run with latest exhibit

Brown House hits home run with latest exhibit

Base Ball in Victorian America is the newest exhibit at The Welcome Center at the Brown House in Wylie. The display focuses on the Texas League, a cornerstone of minor league baseball. The Welcome Center at the Brown House in Wylie has hit it out of the park with the...

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Sports

Plano East softball camp brings out the smiles

Plano East softball camp brings out the smiles

Ava Lamb fields the throw at first after a short hit during a fun competition on Thursday. The sun was shining, and the smiles were plentiful as the campers enjoyed their final day of the camp. (Austin Smith/Murphy Monitor) (More Photos) The Plano East softball...

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Future hoop stars pack PESH gym for youth camp

Future hoop stars pack PESH gym for youth camp

Zeke Benedetto dribbles the ball through a cone drill as Coach Shanda Tyler and camper Kiyn Bhavsar look on. Last week’s youth basketball camp had a terrific turnout. (Austin Smith/Murphy Monitor) (More Photos) While the future of Plano East softball was busy outside...

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Progress the theme to Panthers’ 7-on-7 work

Progress the theme to Panthers’ 7-on-7 work

Following the end of spring football in late-May, the Plano East’s skilled position players shifted their focus to 7-on-7. The Panthers have hit the field twice already, competing in Allen and Arlington. (Austin Smith/Murphy Monitor) (More Photos) While the calendar...

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Panthers close out spring with Black & Gold Game

Panthers close out spring with Black & Gold Game

Kariem Pittman (15) breaks loose in the open field for Plano East’s Black Team in last week’s spring game at Kimbrough Field. The Panthers put on a terrific showing for the crowd in their final action in pads until next fall. (Roosevelt Joubert/Murphy Monitor)...

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Plano East football holds spring scrimmage

Plano East football holds spring scrimmage

The Plano East football team held a scrimmage last Saturday, before concluding spring football sessions this week with the annual Black and Gold Spring Game. (Roosevelt Joubert/Murphy Monitor) (More Photos) It’s been an exciting spring for the Plano East football...

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Education

Trustees approve 2024-25 budget

Trustees approve 2024-25 budget

The Wylie ISD proposed general fund budget as presented.  Courtesy Wylie ISD The Wylie ISD board of trustees approved the budget for the 2024-25 school year. Scott Roderick, Wylie ISD assistant superintendent for finance and operations, emphasized in his final...

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PESH Class of 2024 celebrates milestone

PESH Class of 2024 celebrates milestone

Plano East Class of 2024 members joyfully toss their caps in the air signaling the end of their high school careers Saturday, May 25 in Frisco. Plano East Senior High (PESH) School Senior Class President Ryann Nelson said the graduation of the Class of 2024 was a...

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On to next chapter for WHS grads

On to next chapter for WHS grads

Wylie High Class of 2024 graduates toss celebratory streamers in the air signaling the end of the ceremony Saturday, May 25 at the event center in Allen. The Wylie High School Class of 2024 marked a milestone Saturday evening as proud parents, teachers, and community...

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Life & Style

Heat exacerbates summer garden issues for Texans

Heat exacerbates summer garden issues for Texans

Mulch does double duty in a garden, preserving moisture while helping to keep weeds down. Courtesy Sam Craft/Texas A&M AgriLife Texas gardeners usually sing the same tune this time of year — the heat is oppressive, and moisture is in short supply. Some East Texas...

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Parks and Recreation the Texas way

Parks and Recreation the Texas way

Guadalupe Mountains Texas summers as a kid could be summed up with the three P’s: popsicles, pools and parks! Basically, if my siblings and I weren’t outside – running, splashing, laughing, enjoying every last second of freedom – then we were inside, sleeping for the...

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Make your next family vacation more affordable

Make your next family vacation more affordable

The cost of everyday items continues to stretch many people’s budgets, even as financial experts note that inflation is cooling off. When individuals feel a pinch in their wallets, non-essentials, such as vacations, often are on the chopping block. But they may not...

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Igniting a new beginning at the detention center

Igniting a new beginning at the detention center

One year ago, Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner announced plans to reduce recidivism rates among inmates by offering a program where they can learn better life skills, improve their education and learn a trade. “Too often, we see generations of a family stuck in that...

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Opinion

The Garden of Eatin’

The Garden of Eatin’

The great thing about growing a lot of your own food is the ability to walk out the back door and pick it. It doesn’t get much fresher than that. If there’s a downside to growing a garden (we had seven garden areas this year), it’s that it seems that most of the...

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Verses Versus Verses

Verses Versus Verses

If you’re a Baptist from the South, you’re hoping that if there’s a Pearly Gates pop quiz, the question isn’t, “What’s the third verse to any song in the hymnal?” You won’t know the answer. If you’re laughing right now, you know exactly what I’m talking about. In...

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Meat and Greet

Meat and Greet

Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.” – Anthony Bourdain Barbecue is a versatile word. It can refer to an outdoor place to cook meat; to cooking meat; and can also reference a gathering of people for the purpose of serving meat cooked...

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Real good eatin’

Real good eatin’

My grandfather called it a “Po Boy Lunch.” That meant we were having leftovers in whatever creative way my grandmother came up with. Recently, I took two biscuits from breakfast and loaded them with smoked brisket, and from the garden, purple onions and jalapeños. A...

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Comic Relief

Comic Relief

People use different ways to learn to read. Some folks use the vowels and consonants method. Others memorize how the words look.  I used both, but I had a secret weapon many didn’t know about.  Comic books.  While most kids were having, “Fun with Dick...

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