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Incumbent will continue to serve

Incumbent will continue to serve

Murphy residents will see no change on the dais as all incumbents were re-elected to city council. There were four places on the ballot, Place 1, Place 2, Place 4 and Place 6. In Place 1, Elizabeth Abraham received 675 votes over challenger Karan Chetal, who received...

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Collin County values continue to rise

Collin County values continue to rise

Collin County property values once again show an increase, according to figures released by Collin Central Appraisal District (CCAD). The CCAD mailed the 2022 real property appraisal notices to property owners on April 15. Business personal property mailings are...

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Plano East athletes enjoy new energy in spring

Plano East athletes enjoy new energy in spring

The Plano East Panthers are turning the page on a new chapter and the team’s senior leaders are already noticing a change.  With head coach Tony Benedetto taking over the Plano East football program, the athletes have taken to the field with renewed energy this...

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Election results tallied

Election results tallied

Unofficial election results have been reported for the May 7 election. In the city council races, incumbent Elizabeth Abraham won Place 1 with 675 votes. Jennifer Berthiaume and Ken Oltmann won Place 2 and Place 4, respectively. Both candidates ran unopposed. The...

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Sports

Plano East athletes enjoy new energy in spring

Plano East athletes enjoy new energy in spring

The Plano East Panthers are turning the page on a new chapter and the team’s senior leaders are already noticing a change.  With head coach Tony Benedetto taking over the Plano East football program, the athletes have taken to the field with renewed energy this...

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Schedule set for Plano East football

Schedule set for Plano East football

Football season is around the corner for the Plano East Panthers. With spring approaching, the Panthers will gear up for a new season filled with plenty of intrigue. While Plano East did not have any changes from UIL’s realignment, they welcome a new era under head...

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Plano splits season series with Flower Mound

Plano splits season series with Flower Mound

Entering the time where wins become absolutely necessary, Plano East was able to hold serve by splitting their series with Flower Mound.  Plano East (2-6, 6-14-1) sits in a three-way tie for last in the District 6-6A standings, but the win puts them just two...

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Hayes leaps for gold at Jesuit

Hayes leaps for gold at Jesuit

In the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays in Dallas, Plano East senior Aiden Hayes won gold in the boys 6A high jump (6’04”). More than 30 schools from Texas and Oklahoma met at Jesuit High School and the PESH track and field team finished in the top ten in 11 events.  The...

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Five-run fourth dooms Plano East

Five-run fourth dooms Plano East

The Panthers were cruising to a 5-2 lead in district play before the fourth inning went downhill. Plano East (1-2, 4-9-1) gave up five runs to Lewisville in the top of the fourth inning and eventually lost 11-7. The Farmers scored those runs despite just one hit in...

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Education

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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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

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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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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Set sail for fun times this summer

Set sail for fun times this summer

If I could bottle up a bit of June’s dreamy, luminescent sunshine, I would spritz it all year long to prolong that mag­ical early summer feeling. It’s practically impossible to feel sad this time of year when the outdoors beckons you every day. This is your chance to...

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Artisan, inventor fuse marriage, creativity

Artisan, inventor fuse marriage, creativity

Sue Darte blames her daugh­ter and a jewelry making class she took nine years ago for ig­niting a passion for the art of fusing glass. “A retail glass company had a Groupon coupon and I brought my daughter-in-law with me to make two pieces of jewelry,” Sue said. In...

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Opinion

What are you listening for

What are you listening for

By Ray Miranda Two guys are walking in the heart of New York City. As you can imagine they hear honking horns, the sounds of cars moving, people talking – really, just a whole at once. As one guy talks, he notices the other looks like his mind is wandering. He’s...

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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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