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Congressman commemorates D-Day

Congressman commemorates D-Day

3rd District Texas Congressman Keith Self is met by his wife, Tracy, after completing a June 7 parachute jump at Mont Saint-Michel, France, in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy.A West Point graduate, Self served in the U.S. Army...

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City plans for fiscal challenges

City plans for fiscal challenges

Murphy city officials have outlined a strategic budget plan to address fiscal challenges and ensure sustainable growth. The plan was discussed during a special budget work session following the council meeting on Tuesday, June 4. For more on this story see the June...

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Storm cleanup continuing

Storm cleanup continuing

Republic Services is still picking up brush from last month’s storms but has ended the two-week special collection that removed volume restrictions.A company official told the Monday, June 18, meeting of the Murphy City Council that Republic Services had picked up 386...

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Motion challenges utility district petition

Motion challenges utility district petition

A group of Collin County residents has filed a motion with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to declare the petition for the creation of Collin County Municipal Utility District (MUD) No. 7 null and void. The petition was published Tuesday, June 11,...

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Parker denies developer’s petition

Parker denies developer’s petition

Communities & Creeks United is protesting a development between Parker and Murphy that could include a wastewater treatment plant. The Parker City Council has refused a developer’s request to remove a 103-acre tract from the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction...

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Sports

Future hoop stars pack PESH gym for youth camp

Future hoop stars pack PESH gym for youth camp

Zeke Benedetto dribbles the ball through a cone drill as Coach Shanda Tyler and camper Kiyn Bhavsar look on. Last week’s youth basketball camp had a terrific turnout. (Austin Smith/Murphy Monitor) (More Photos) While the future of Plano East softball was busy outside...

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PESH hunting for improvement in spring practices 

PESH hunting for improvement in spring practices 

The Plano East Panthers are several weeks into their spring football schedule, working hard in preparation for next fall. They will hold an intersquad scrimmage this Saturday, May 11, at 9 a.m. (Austin Smith/Murphy Monitor) (More Photos) Football is back at Plano...

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Panthers see tough season come to an end

Panthers see tough season come to an end

The Plano East Panthers have endured a frustrating spring on the baseball diamond. That season came to an end last week with a pair of losses to Coppell to drop them to 1-13 in the group. (Roosevelt Joubert/Murphy Monitor) (More Photos) The Plano East baseball season...

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PESH takes home district crown 

PESH takes home district crown 

The Plano East boys track team won the District 6-6A title at Marauder Stadium on Thursday, April 4. The Panthers edged out Coppell by a score of 129-113, with Marcus placing third (108 points) (Courtesy Photo) The Plano East track teams had quite the showing at the...

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40-0! Plano East completes perfect season with title 

40-0! Plano East completes perfect season with title 

The Plano East Panthers are the Class 6A State Champions after defeating Round Rock Stony Point 53-41. After opening the state tournament with a 61-45 victory over Lake Ridge, the guys earned their 40th victory of the season by winning the rematch with Stony Point to...

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Education

On to next chapter for WHS grads

On to next chapter for WHS grads

Wylie High Class of 2024 graduates toss celebratory streamers in the air signaling the end of the ceremony Saturday, May 25 at the event center in Allen. The Wylie High School Class of 2024 marked a milestone Saturday evening as proud parents, teachers, and community...

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City recognizes student council

City recognizes student council

Parents and students at Boggess Elementary School thronged the Murphy City Council Chambers on Tuesday, May 7, as Mayor Scott Bradley proclaimed it was “Boggess Elementary Student Council Day.” His proclamation, read by Councilmember Laura Deel, recognized third-grade...

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Plano ISD staff to get raises

Plano ISD staff to get raises

Trustees of the Plano Independent School District have voted to award all staff members a 3% pay raise for the 2024-2025 school year. “With an anticipated budget impact of $7,594,301, this increase highlights the school board’s long-standing tradition of working to...

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WISD 2024-2025 budget update presented

WISD 2024-2025 budget update presented

Each June Wylie ISD adopts its operating budget for the next school year, July 1 through June 30. Last week, as part of the planning process, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations Scott Roderick gave an update on the 2024-2025 proposed budget. For more on...

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Life & Style

Make your next family vacation more affordable

Make your next family vacation more affordable

The cost of everyday items continues to stretch many people’s budgets, even as financial experts note that inflation is cooling off. When individuals feel a pinch in their wallets, non-essentials, such as vacations, often are on the chopping block. But they may not...

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Modern convenience or modern-day nightmare?

Modern convenience or modern-day nightmare?

Plastic waste is polluting ecosystems, affecting health In the bustling urban landscape of modern America lies a problem that’s as pervasive as it is pernicious: plastic waste. And despite the concerted efforts to recycle paper, cardboard and metals, plastic continues...

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Opinion

35 Texas counties eligible for individual disaster aid

35 Texas counties eligible for individual disaster aid

Residents in a total of 35 Texas counties now qualify for individual disaster assistance following a series of severe storms and flooding that began in late April, The Dallas Morning News reported. “I thank our federal partners and emergency response personnel across...

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The Lawn Moore

The Lawn Moore

America really is The Land of Opportunity. Even if there’s only one opportunity, and that opportunity is cutting the grass.  Ashdown, Arkansas, was a pretty typical small American town in the 1960s and 1970s.  Kids weren’t just handed things. If we wanted...

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A myth understanding

A myth understanding

In the South, we believed with all of our hearts what we were told when we were children. Even if it was wrong. In the 1960s, the RCA color console TV my family had on Beech Street in Ashdown, Arkansas, could make you go blind. It could if you believed what our mom...

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On the road again and again

On the road again and again

Back in the 60s, some American college kids protested the Vietnam War, but mostly, they conducted sit-ins. Few protests were violent. Other American college kids would have contests to see how many of them they could cram into a Volkswagen. Today, some college kids...

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Aisle be seeing you

Aisle be seeing you

As a child growing up in Ashdown, Arkansas, we had two main grocery stores. Shur-Way and Piggly Wiggly. Or as my dad called it, “Hoggly Woggly.” A trip to the store was like each TV commercial had come to life. Advertising agencies at the time were very good at what...

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