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District looks at rezoning elementary school boundaries

District looks at rezoning elementary school boundaries

Students attending Dodd Elementary School in the future would switch to Smith Elementary as part of a rezoning change being considered by Wylie ISD. The change would go into effect for the 2022-23 school year and beyond. Wylie ISD board members heard about the plans...

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Principals must adapt to ever-changing demands

Principals must adapt to ever-changing demands

Todd Williams traveled extensively as a child, as his father’s job took the family many places around the country.  After a trek that took the family from such places as Virginia to the Midwest to Maine, the family eventually made a stop in Texas. Williams attended...

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Injuries pile up in Plano East loss

Injuries pile up in Plano East loss

Without star running back Ismail Mahdi and starting quarterback Drew DeVillier, the offense struggled for Plano East.  Plano East (1-4, 2-6) struggled to get consistent yards against Plano (1-4, 2-6), losing 28-14. Mahdi, one of the top runners in all of 6A, led the...

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Plano East’s three keys to defeating Plano

Plano East’s three keys to defeating Plano

Plano East wants to claw its way back into the playoff conversation. To do that, the Panthers (1-3, 2-5) must win their first home game of the year against Plano (0-4, 1-6). The Wildcats sit in last place of the District 6-6A standings and represent a good opportunity...

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Veteran presence has Panthers undefeated

Veteran presence has Panthers undefeated

Last season, the Plano East hockey team wanted to build a culture. In 2021, the team is now poised to make a run, starting the season undefeated. Opening the season on Sept. 23, the Panthers are 4-0, led by an offense that has scored 35 goals over the four games. For...

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Sports

Injuries pile up in Plano East loss

Injuries pile up in Plano East loss

Without star running back Ismail Mahdi and starting quarterback Drew DeVillier, the offense struggled for Plano East.  Plano East (1-4, 2-6) struggled to get consistent yards against Plano (1-4, 2-6), losing 28-14. Mahdi, one of the top runners in all of 6A, led the...

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Plano East’s three keys to defeating Plano

Plano East’s three keys to defeating Plano

Plano East wants to claw its way back into the playoff conversation. To do that, the Panthers (1-3, 2-5) must win their first home game of the year against Plano (0-4, 1-6). The Wildcats sit in last place of the District 6-6A standings and represent a good opportunity...

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Veteran presence has Panthers undefeated

Veteran presence has Panthers undefeated

Last season, the Plano East hockey team wanted to build a culture. In 2021, the team is now poised to make a run, starting the season undefeated. Opening the season on Sept. 23, the Panthers are 4-0, led by an offense that has scored 35 goals over the four games. For...

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Plano East’s three keys to defeating Flower Mound

Plano East’s three keys to defeating Flower Mound

Plano East (1-2, 2-4) is in the playoff race. That means a contest on the road against Flower Mound (1-2, 2-4) is critical. With four teams all within a game of each other for the final two playoff spots, the Panthers and the Jaguars will desperately need to win this...

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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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