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Collin County announces economic recovery plan

Collin County announces economic recovery plan

Collin County officials recently published the Collin County Recovery Plan, a 22- page document detailing the projects the county intends to fund using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Along with ARPA funds, the plan includes State and Local Fiscal Recovery...

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Women pedal into second act

Women pedal into second act

Serving on the PTA is a great way for parents to be involved and form new friendships, but those friendships don’t have to end when the kids head off to college. A group of Murphy women — all nearing their 50s — who became friends 13 years ago while serving on the...

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Fire department does ceremony for new engine

Fire department does ceremony for new engine

Residents and Murphy Fire-Rescue firefighters got a little push-y at the re station in the early evening of Sept. 7. But this action centered on a positive kind of pushing. Fire officials held a push- in ceremony to dedicate a new re engine — 191 — at the station,...

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City approves budget, tax rate

City approves budget, tax rate

Murphy City Councilmembers approved the fiscal year 2021-22 tax rate and budget at their Sept. 7 meeting. The budget year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2022. The approved budget was $44,472,286, a 7.8% decrease from the FY21 budget, officials said. The budget includes...

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Leadership Council accepting applications

Leadership Council accepting applications

Collin County Judge Chris Hill's office is accepting applications for the 2021-22 Collin County Youth Leadership Council. The office will accept applications until Sept. 24 for the leadership program that offers high school students in Collin County a unique...

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Sports

Plano East’s three keys to beat Wylie

Plano East’s three keys to beat Wylie

The Plano East Panthers are looking to get back to the basics. After a second consecutive loss to open the season, the Panthers (0-2) have a short ride to Wylie ISD Stadium to take on the Pirates. Wylie (0-2) has struggled out of the gate this season, losing two games...

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Lake Highlands outruns Plano East

Lake Highlands outruns Plano East

The Plano East Panthers (0-2) gave Lake Highlands (2-0) all they could handle, but ultimately the Wildcats won out.  Lake Highlands scored 31 points in the first half on the way to a 55-24 victory. Plano East, playing in Kimbrough Stadium for the first time this...

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Plano East’s three keys to beating Lake Highlands

Plano East’s three keys to beating Lake Highlands

After a difficult opening week loss, Plano East faces another tough test in non-district game two. While it’s not quite as daunting as top 10 in the state Allen, Lake Highlands presents a formidable foe. The Wildcats were projected to finish second overall in District...

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Flabiano stands out as one of nation’s top kickers

Flabiano stands out as one of nation’s top kickers

Not many people can say they’re among the very best at what they do. At Plano East, the Panthers starting kicker and punter Buzz Flabiano can say just that. A season after making 14 of 17 point-after attempts and hitting a couple of field goals, Flabiano was given a...

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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

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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Checklist for new homeowners makes a move easier

Checklist for new homeowners makes a move easier

Now that you’ve closed on your first house, you’re officially a homeowner. However, before you can get comfy in your new place, you need to actually move in. If you’ve never moved into a new house, there are a few things you may not be aware of. As you make plans to...

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Hit the trails

Hit the trails

I learned how to ride a bike on a pink glitter bicycle with white wheels, a cute basket, and rainbow tassel handles. As a kid, I spent countless hours ex­ploring the neighborhood streets with my matching pink helmet. Recently, I’ve been enjoying biking once again on...

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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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