Dustin Butler
Dodd Elementary rezoned

Dodd Elementary rezoned

Sometimes change is inevitable, especially in a growing school district such as Wylie. Students attending Dodd Elementary School will attend Smith Elementary beginning in the 2022-23 school year. The board approved the rezoning Dodd Elementary, as well as a slew of...

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2022 political primary season opens

2022 political primary season opens

Filings opened last week for candidates seeking nominations in the March 1, 2022, political primaries and remain open for two more weeks. The first day to file was Nov. 13 and the final day is Dec. 13. Candidates for county-level offices sign up with county political...

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Council amends planned developments

Council amends planned developments

Murphy City Council held several public hearings, authorized an agreement with the Texas Council of Governments for aerial photography services and extended the mayor’s Declaration of Local Disaster ordinance in the Nov. 16 regular meeting. The first public hearing...

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Tax bills coming soon

Tax bills coming soon

Murphy residents should watch for the arrival property tax notices in the coming weeks.  Tax statements on behalf of taxing entities throughout Collin County will be mailed this month, Tax Assessor-Collector Kenneth Maun reported. Statements usually go in the...

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Law allows Texans to carry without permit

Law allows Texans to carry without permit

Beginning September 1, Tex­as residents who are eligible to own a handgun are no longer required to be licensed to carry one — openly or concealed. Gov. Greg Abbott signed HB 1927 into law last month, along with several other pieces of leg­islation that aim to protect...

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Changes underway at Collin County jail

Changes underway at Collin County jail

After a Collin County grand jury declined to indict eight offi­cers in the death of Marvin Scott III, Sheriff Jim Skinner said he welcomes their recommenda­tion to convene a work group to identify lessons learned from the incident. Scott, 26, was arrested in Al­len on...

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Special legislative session announced

Special legislative session announced

Gov. Greg Abbott an­nounced a special session of the Texas Legislature start­ing July 8. The June 22 announce­ment did not specify what legislative priorities will be included in the agenda but said the items “will be an­nounced prior to the conven­ing of the special...

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Little Free Libraries promote reading

Little Free Libraries promote reading

Throughout the U.S., little box-like structures are popping up in neighborhoods, parks and school – anywhere people gather – to offer free reading material. For many, those little boxes packed with books hold the key to promoting literacy for chil­dren and adults who...

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Legislative session comes to an end

Legislative session comes to an end

The 87th Texas Legislative session ended May 31 after Tex­as Democrats staged a walkout that dissolved the quorum need­ed for a vote, killing Senate Bill 7, known as the Election Integ­rity Protection Act. If passed, the bill would have set uniform early voting hours,...

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