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Registrations now open for annual fishing tournament

Registrations now open for annual fishing tournament

The gray days of January will soon give way to future fun activities planned for Murphy residents. One fan favorite activity planned for February is the ninth annual Rainbow Trout Roundup set for Saturday, Feb. 25, at the municipal pond at City Hall, 206 North Murphy...

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Highway closure rejected; bridge beautification favored

Highway closure rejected; bridge beautification favored

Kansas City Southern wanted the city of Murphy to pay nearly half a million dollars for railroad crossing repairs that would require the closing of FM 544 for at least three days. The Murphy City Council said “No.” Instead, council voted at the regular Jan. 17 meeting...

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Crosstown Showdown games extend beyond football

Crosstown Showdown games extend beyond football

A year-round competition gives two Wylie schools the opportunity to get one over on their crosstown rivals in a series of four events. The Crosstown Showdown Games pit Wylie High School and Wylie East High School against one another in four categories: athletics,...

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FM 544 to remain open

FM 544 to remain open

The Murphy City Council has refused to close FM 544 for at least three days to allow Kansas City Southern to improve its railroad crossing. Following a work session, council rejected the plan at its regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 17. The project, which would have...

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Sports

Plano East beats Lewisville, Udo sets career mark

Plano East beats Lewisville, Udo sets career mark

The Lady Panthers are one win away from a playoff berth after beating Lewisville Friday night. Plano East is now 7-4 in District 6-6A, tied with Flower Mound for third place with just three games remaining. Sema Udo and Destiny Jones were in double figures for the...

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Plano East shuts down Hebron in second half

Plano East shuts down Hebron in second half

The No. 18 ranked Plano East Panthers shut down the Hebron Hawks in the second half, winning their fifth district game Tuesday night. The Hawks were held to just 15 points in the second half, as Jordan Mizell scored a game-high 21 points in the Panthers' 57-43 win....

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Plano East Senior High School 2022 sports year in review

Plano East Senior High School 2022 sports year in review

2022 was a new beginning for Plano East Senior High School. With several new coaches, standout athletes and even state champions, the athletics department wanted to set the tone for a new culture of Panthers. That was a success, with participation increasing and teams...

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Plano East season closes with road loss to Marcus

Plano East season closes with road loss to Marcus

Plano East (0-7, 3-7) wraps up their 2022 season winless in district play, losing to Flower Mound Marcus (5-2, 6-4) 50-7 on an unusual Thursday night at Marauders Stadium in Flower Mound.  The Panthers again struggled with their passing game as the playoff-bound...

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Education

Crosstown Showdown games extend beyond football

Crosstown Showdown games extend beyond football

A year-round competition gives two Wylie schools the opportunity to get one over on their crosstown rivals in a series of four events. The Crosstown Showdown Games pit Wylie High School and Wylie East High School against one another in four categories: athletics,...

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‘Addams Family’ takes stage Thursday at WHS

‘Addams Family’ takes stage Thursday at WHS

Wylie High School’s theater department is putting on a production of a musical that has seen several iterations of a freaky family since they first debuted in 1938 as a cartoon. This year’s winter musical is “The Addams Family,” which will start its run at 7 p.m....

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County livestock show opens Jan. 7

County livestock show opens Jan. 7

Several FFA and 4-H students will step into the show ring in a culmination of months of hard work preparing animals for the show ring, and potentially an auction.  Students will parade their pigs, cattle, sheep, poultry and goats around the show ring next week to...

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Life & Style

Healing power of horses helps local youth

Healing power of horses helps local youth

A love of horses, a heart for helping and an unwavering faith led one woman on a quest to blend her passions into a nonprofit that touches lives daily. Lynn Turner’s lifelong journey culminated nine years ago with Heavenly Hooves, a nonprofit that provides equine...

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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 22 edition of the Murphy Monitor. Please print out the attached document, have your child write...

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Veteran delivers message of faith at luncheon

Veteran delivers message of faith at luncheon

Finishing up a Veteran’s Day speaking tour, Vietnam veteran and Rowlett native Tim Lee delivered a message of perseverance and faith at the quarterly Murphy Chamber of Commerce meeting Nov. 15. The luncheon was sponsored by the Murphy Veterans Tribute organization and...

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Opinion

Book ’em

Book ’em

My grandfather was a blacksmith. To supply his shop with the metal, wood, and other materials he needed to operate, he attended auctions. Auctions that sold all types of items. Since his shop was located in Ashdown, Arkansas, that gave him close proximity to the...

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Veterans
Stuck on green stamps

Stuck on green stamps

My mom and her mother saved 7-1/2 books to get us that swing set. Just three years before in 1966, my parents had saved to buy their first house. Money was tight, so, if my sister and I were going to have that new addition to the backyard, Green Stamps would be the...

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Searching for Peace on Earth

Searching for Peace on Earth

As we approach the end to another year, we often ask if we’re better off than we were a year ago. Has this year summed up to be a winner or loser? Globally, are we a better world? Are people of all nations better off? Is there more peace on earth? When we use the...

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Tis the season

Tis the season

Here we are again…it seems like just a few months ago we were celebrating year-end holidays, and now we’re just days away from Christmas Day. How time flies! Christmas may hold different meanings for many people. For some, they remember family and friends that are no...

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Spider-Man and prayer

Spider-Man and prayer

Have you seen the first Spider-Man with Toby McGuire? I love that movie and I watched this one part the other day. After he gets his spidey powers he starts learning how to use them. He’s climbing walls and jumping from building to building. At one point, he remembers...

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Veterans