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City unveals new logo

City unveals new logo

The new brand and logo for the commercial district along FM 544 between McCreary Road and Dublin Road were unveiled last week by the city of Murphy. The two-mile stretch will be known as “The Corridor.” For the full story, see our Aug. 11 issue or subscribe...

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Panthers hope to defend state title

Panthers hope to defend state title

The hardest thing about winning a state championship is defending it. That’s exactly where the Plano East Panthers hockey team is at this season, fresh off of their best season to date. The Panthers won the 2A Texas high school state championship in January, the first...

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School safety discussed at Plano ISD meeting

School safety discussed at Plano ISD meeting

Campus-wide safety measures added over the summer were discussed by Plano ISD trustees during last week’s school board meeting. Deputy Superintendent for Leadership and Operations Selenda Anderson presented the district’s back-to-school plan during the Tuesday, Aug. 2...

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First school board candidates file

First school board candidates file

The race for four Wylie ISD places on the board of trustees officially opened July 25 and multiple candidates, including two former WISD principals, have filed. The board of trustee election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8, and there are four seats — Place 1 held by...

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Tax-Free weekend scheduled for Aug. 5-7

Tax-Free weekend scheduled for Aug. 5-7

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar encourages taxpayers to support Texas businesses and to take advantage of the upcoming tax-free weekend. This year’s Tax-Free Weekend begins Friday, Aug. 5 and runs through midnight Sunday, Aug. 7. Most clothing, footwear, school supplies...

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Sports

C&S Media 2022 all-area preseason football team

C&S Media 2022 all-area preseason football team

With just two weeks until the opening games of the football season, teams in the state are getting their preparation in for the start of the new season. For the local teams, that comes amidst various levels of expectations. In the C&S Media coverage area, Sachse...

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Panthers hope to defend state title

Panthers hope to defend state title

The hardest thing about winning a state championship is defending it. That’s exactly where the Plano East Panthers hockey team is at this season, fresh off of their best season to date. The Panthers won the 2A Texas high school state championship in January, the first...

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Perez takes over Plano East volleyball program

Perez takes over Plano East volleyball program

With late changes in the program, Plano East’s volleyball team is quickly preparing to start the regular season. Nikki Pugh, last season’s first-year head coach, takes on a new role as head coach at Berkner High School in Richardson. Taking over the team is Sarah...

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Oliver leads Panther linebackers

Oliver leads Panther linebackers

Plano East has a lot of veteran experience returning to its defense, but one of its biggest questions is at linebacker. The Panthers lost starting middle linebacker and team leader Jaxon Atchley. He led the team with 60 tackles last season and was one of the best...

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Panthers mix experience, depth in secondary

Panthers mix experience, depth in secondary

With the potential to start three seniors in the secondary, Plano East brings back plenty of depth and experience to their defensive backfield. The Panthers return one starting safety and one starting cornerback. Dezmond Smith will start at one safety spot, he started...

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Education

City unveals new logo

Council approves new hazard mitigation plan

Murphy City Council approved the hazard mitigation plan and held a public hearing during the Tuesday, July 19 regular meeting. The public hearing was for a zoning change for a 2-acre planned development near Bunny Run and South Maxwell Creek Road. The concept plan for...

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WISD discusses budget

WISD discusses budget

Dozens of students were recognizing students for their accomplishments, which took up a majority of the Monday, April 24 meeting. The Skills USA team at Wylie East High School, Wylie High School and McMillian Junior High were singled out for hard work at the meeting....

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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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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

Don’t Stand Alone

Don’t Stand Alone

As Americans we love “do it yourself”. DIY has become a national phenomenon. There are whole TV networks dedicated to DIY. Nothing wrong with that of course. It’s fun to figure things out on your own and complete a project then sit back and admire your work. ...

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Get closer to God by slowing down

Get closer to God by slowing down

By Todd Baughman I don’t know about you, but I get distracted easily.  Just typing that last sentence I’m pretty sure I had about 18 new thoughts about what I could / should be doing right now. Do you often load up your calendar and your mind with actions and...

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Just a bit peaved

Just a bit peaved

By John Moore I used to pay little attention to the world’s little idiosyncrasies, but now they seem ever present. And it’s more than slightly annoying. I can’t be the only one. When I was getting change back from the fast-food drive-thru recently, it all became...

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Circumstances don’t control my attitude

Circumstances don’t control my attitude

By Jeff Denton Cancer. Not what I was expecting to hear from the doctor. But surprisingly comforting at some level. It sure explained the extreme sickness I was experiencing. It explained twenty pounds of weight loss in three weeks. It explained months of pain that...

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Love the unlovable

Love the unlovable

By Rick Wood There’s so much going on in our world today…just turn on the news and you can hear of the tragedies that are taking place throughout our nation. Here in Texas, the town of Uvalde is mourning the deaths of nineteen elementary students and two teachers less...

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