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Property tax protest deadline looms

Property tax protest deadline looms

Residents who want to file a property tax protest have a fast-approaching deadline, according to Collin Central Appraisal District. CCAD Chief Appraiser Bo Daffin said the deadline to a file property tax protest is Monday, May 16. For notices mailed on April 15, the...

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PISD board discusses mental health

PISD board discusses mental health

The Plano ISD Board of Trustees discussed mental health and received a financial service update during the Tuesday, May 3 meeting. Linzy Evans, a social worker at Sigler Elementary, updated the board on student, family and community services. Evans said that...

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Council recognizes student artists

Council recognizes student artists

Although council chambers are usually a place to conduct city business, council had the opportunity to recognize student artists during the Tuesday, May 3 regular meeting. The artists recognized were the winners of the Keep Murphy Beautiful art contest. The...

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Sports

Plano East athletes enjoy new energy in spring

Plano East athletes enjoy new energy in spring

The Plano East Panthers are turning the page on a new chapter and the team’s senior leaders are already noticing a change.  With head coach Tony Benedetto taking over the Plano East football program, the athletes have taken to the field with renewed energy this...

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Kelley wins three gold at regionals

Kelley wins three gold at regionals

Plano East’s senior Tiriah Kelley heads to Arlington after first place finishes in three events at the District 5/6-6A Area Track and Field Championships. Ron Poe Stadium in McKinney was the site for the Areas. Kelley earned first place in the girls 100-meter dash...

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East beats Coppell in final home game

East beats Coppell in final home game

While still outside playoff positioning, the Plano East softball team finished the year off on a high note.  The Lady Panthers (3-9, 8-16) defeated Coppell 2-1 on Tuesday, April 19, to give the team their third win in District 6-6A. East got a strong start from...

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PESH athletes qualify for area

PESH athletes qualify for area

Plano East senior Tiriah Kelley earned two gold medals in the District 6-6A Track and Field Championships at Murphy’s Kimbrough Stadium. Kelley finished first in both the girls 100-meter (11.62) and 200-meter dash (24.01). Ismail Mahdi placed third in the boys...

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Education

Top WHS students announced

Top WHS students announced

The top ranked graduates at Wylie High School said hard work and a little bit of luck helped them earn the number one and two spots.Wylie High School rankings place Alina Nguyen as valedictorian and Reiki Hingorani as salutatorian of the class of 2022. Alina posted a...

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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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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

What are you listening for

What are you listening for

By Ray Miranda Two guys are walking in the heart of New York City. As you can imagine they hear honking horns, the sounds of cars moving, people talking – really, just a whole at once. As one guy talks, he notices the other looks like his mind is wandering. He’s...

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Choose to be loved

Choose to be loved

By Lynn Burgess A verse that has been on my mind lately is John 3:16. If you’re familiar with the bible at all, you probably know this verse… For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not...

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Ravages of drought not far from Texans’ minds

Ravages of drought not far from Texans’ minds

By Jeremy B. MazurThe trials of drought weave throughout the story of Texas in tales of devastation that had lasting effects on the families, businesses, and communities that survived them. These withering dry times prompted Texans to make big changes to shore up...

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Two guys turn 90

Two guys turn 90

By Todd Baughman This weekend I had the opportunity to celebrate two men in my life turning 90 years old.  One was my grandfather Bob Houser and the other, my friend and founding pastor Gene Getz.  These milestones gave me the opportunity to celebrate the...

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