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Murphy man sentenced in fraud scheme

Murphy man sentenced in fraud scheme

 A Murphy man on Sept. 16 was sentenced to 31 months in prison and three years of supervised release for perpetrating a fraud scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice stated in a news release.  Justice officials said Fahad Shah, 45, schemed to fraudulently...

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Construction continues on retail center

Construction continues on retail center

 Construction continues on a building at the Murphy Marketplace that’s expected to house some new retailers in Murphy.  The building, with more than 8,600 square feet, was designed to accommodate up to six tenants, including a drive-thru restaurant, but a...

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Murphy prepares for NNO events

Murphy prepares for NNO events

 Some Murphy residents are ready for a night out — a night out in their neighborhoods, to be precise. Especially after a year of the pandemic.  Murphy Police Department is gearing up for National Night Out, set for Oct. 5 when residents can meet their...

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Murphy, Wylie man arrested

Murphy, Wylie man arrested

A Wylie man was arrested on a charge of continuous trafficking of persons while a Murphy man was arrested on two charges, one of which was prostitution, a Wylie Police Department release stated. On Sept. 13, Wylie policed began investigating a possible case of human...

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Collin County announces economic recovery plan

Collin County announces economic recovery plan

Collin County officials recently published the Collin County Recovery Plan, a 22- page document detailing the projects the county intends to fund using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Along with ARPA funds, the plan includes State and Local Fiscal Recovery...

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Sports

Plano East’s Hall commits to SMU

Plano East’s Hall commits to SMU

Donavia Hall found the perfect transition after her senior year. The District 6-6A MVP enters her senior season as the leader of the Plano East girls basketball team. Before playing this season, Hall decided to commit to SMU for the 2022 school year. For Hall, meeting...

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Lake Highlands outruns Plano East

Lake Highlands outruns Plano East

The Plano East Panthers (0-2) gave Lake Highlands (2-0) all they could handle, but ultimately the Wildcats won out.  Lake Highlands scored 31 points in the first half on the way to a 55-24 victory. Plano East, playing in Kimbrough Stadium for the first time this...

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Plano East’s three keys to beating Lake Highlands

Plano East’s three keys to beating Lake Highlands

After a difficult opening week loss, Plano East faces another tough test in non-district game two. While it’s not quite as daunting as top 10 in the state Allen, Lake Highlands presents a formidable foe. The Wildcats were projected to finish second overall in District...

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Flabiano stands out as one of nation’s top kickers

Flabiano stands out as one of nation’s top kickers

Not many people can say they’re among the very best at what they do. At Plano East, the Panthers starting kicker and punter Buzz Flabiano can say just that. A season after making 14 of 17 point-after attempts and hitting a couple of field goals, Flabiano was given a...

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East can’t keep up with Allen in loss

East can’t keep up with Allen in loss

Early in the season, Plano East is ready to work on some mistakes. Heading to Eagle Stadium for the Tom Landry Classic on Aug. 27, the Panthers hurt themselves in their 56-30 loss against Allen. Starting right off on the opening kickoff, Buzz Flabiano blasted the ball...

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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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Students learn valuable skills from national group

Students learn valuable skills from national group

Camryn Shupe considered herself lacking a certain charac­teristic before her involvement with SkillsUSA. That trait — confidence — has grown since she started with the national organization that seeks to help secondary school and college students build per­sonal and...

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Wylie ISD to target math instruction

Wylie ISD to target math instruction

Wylie ISD will receive mil­lions of dollars from the last stimulus package, with some of that money targeted to help increase school district math testing scores. Drops in WISD math scores on the STAAR from 2019 to 2021 could be seen especially in grades five through...

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Educator looks back with fondness on career

Educator looks back with fondness on career

When longtime teachers leave the profession, many if not all leave with lasting mem­ories. For Wylie High School re­tiree Teri Harrington, who re­tired at the end of the 2020-21 school year, those 23 years of memories came inside and out­side the classroom. Harrington...

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Life & Style

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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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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Make Mother’s Day bloom

Make Mother’s Day bloom

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re fortunate enough to still have your mom or grandmother in your life why not plan a special trip to honor them this year? We all know flowers and lunch are nice but how about escaping town to visit a place where...

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Waste in the water

Waste in the water

Pictures of trash on beaches, a whale found with a belly full of garbage and turtles with plastic straws up their nose are no laugh­ing matter. They are all just a tiny snapshot of reality today. The impact of the world’s overuse of plastic is causing hav­oc on the...

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Opinion

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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Pandemic messes with Texas, prompts new message

Pandemic messes with Texas, prompts new message

Even during a pandemic, it’s best to not mess with Texas. Texas Department of Trans­portation officials noticed more personal protective equipment -- face masks, wipes and gloves -- on the side of roads and high­ways, so they called in the big guns for a new round of...

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School year brings an Apple for students, too

School year brings an Apple for students, too

Students across Texas returned to campuses last week as schools and universities scrambled to put into place new lesson plans that best accommodate a pandemic. For many school districts, this meant greatly expanding the technological resources of their students to...

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Texas tries nation’s first virtual criminal trial

Texas tries nation’s first virtual criminal trial

A Texan’s speeding ticket put her in the legal history books last week. To combat the backlog in criminal cases created by the pandemic, a Travis County justice of the peace conducted the nation’s first virtual criminal trial. The case was livestreamed on YouTube, and...

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This is a time of testing for all of us

This is a time of testing for all of us

A few weeks ago, The New York Times ran an article noting that with the U.S. preoccupied by the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, and massive unemployment, “its competitors are moving to fill the vacuum, and quickly.” Russia, China, North Korea, Iran....

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