Collin County Future Mobility Oct 2023

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Natural gas charges going up

Natural gas charges going up

Murphy residents will pay more for natural gas next month, but not as much as the company wanted, Finance Director Berna Fitzpatrick-Walker reported. The Murphy City Council unanimously approved an average monthly increase of $6.47 or 7.31% for Atmos Energy service....

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Collin County Future Mobility Oct 2023
Dry times ahead as drought worsens in state

Dry times ahead as drought worsens in state

Drought, generally defined as an absence of water caused by insufficient precipitation over a period of time, is as old as the Bible. “Thus I was; in the day the drought consumed me,” said Jacob as he described his hardships as a shepherd (King James Version, Genesis...

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City adopts budget, tax reate

City adopts budget, tax reate

Property owners will get a break in Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 as the Murphy City Council adopted a lower tax rate despite a budget that will spend 1.7% more. Nobody showed up to speak at council’s public hearings at the Tuesday, Sept. 5, meeting at which councilmembers...

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Matching money for veterans tribute

Matching money for veterans tribute

If you had been thinking about donating to the Murphy Veterans Tribute (MVT), now is the time to do it. North Texas Giving Day (NTxGD) is Sept. 21, but early donations are now being accepted and are matched dollar-for-dollar up to $7,000, said Tribute President and...

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Parks proposition on November ballot

Parks proposition on November ballot

Texas ranks 35th nationally in state park acreage per resident. But voters will be asked in November to help improve that ratio. Proposition 14 on the Nov. 7 ballot would amend the state constitution to create the Centennial Parks Conservation Fund allowing the Texas...

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Collin County Future Mobility Oct 2023

Sports

State Fair of Texas 2023 SFOT
Plano East star Chineke commits to Iowa

Plano East star Chineke commits to Iowa

The University of Iowa has a history of sending defensive linemen to the NFL and now adds a Plano East star to its roster. Chima Chineke, Plano East's starting defensive end, committed to be a Hawkeye this morning. A three-star recruit rated by 247sports, Chineke had...

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Panthers flex depth at offensive line

Panthers flex depth at offensive line

While Plano East feels confident in their skill position players for next season, their most stable position on offense is along the offensive line. The Panthers didn’t have a single senior offensive lineman last season, but that inexperience now turns into an...

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Plano East impresses at TABC Showcase

Plano East impresses at TABC Showcase

There was a buzz in the air Sunday for Plano East Senior High School at the TABC Showcase at Southwest Athletic Center in Carrollton. Taking on three teams that finished in the final eight last March, Plano East won two out of three games and looked like one of the...

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State Fair of Texas 2023 SFOT

Education

WISD bond election specifics

WISD bond election specifics

At the first Wylie ISD Board of Trustees meeting of the school year on Aug. 21, the board unanimously voted to place a $298 million bond proposal on the Nov. ballot. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7 and early voting is from Oct. 23 to Nov. 3. “The...

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State Fair of Texas 2023 SFOT
Eight Murphy students win scholarships

Eight Murphy students win scholarships

The Murphy Chamber of Commerce Foundation has awarded $1,700 scholarships to eight high school seniors. The scholarships were available to career and technical education (CTE) students, home-school and private school students and college-bound Plano ISD and Wylie ISD...

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Former Panther now Plano East principal

Former Panther now Plano East principal

Shepton High School Principal David Jones, a Plano East Senior High School graduate, has been named to succeed Plano East Principal George King, who is retiring after 40 years of service in public education. Plano ISD trustees confirmed Jones’ appointment at their...

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Wylie High School graduates 711

Wylie High School graduates 711

The top two graduates of the Class of 2023 focused on each graduate’s uniqueness and the continuous ability to improve oneself in their commencement speeches to their classmates last week. Wearing the school’s colors of maroon, black and white, Wylie High School’s...

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Leading Plano East students excel in science

Leading Plano East students excel in science

The top two students in Plano East Senior High’s Class of 2023 are both headed to Massachusetts. Valedictorian Shriya Bhat, with a grade point average 4.88, plans to attend Harvard University, where she will study cellular and molecular biology. Salutatorian Otto...

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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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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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Gardener shares bounty

Gardener shares bounty

 Home gardener Catherine “Cathi” Banks has learned by trial and error how to get the most from the raised bed gardens that have lined her backyard in Murphy for the last six years.  In fact, Banks’ has not only had good luck with her gardening adventure, she...

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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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Opinion

A product of our generation

A product of our generation

If we’re honest, some products aren’t that different from each other. But during the 50s, 60s, and 70s, our moms were extremely loyal to the ones they liked. And advertising had a lot to do with mom’s loyalty, and ours. Growing up in front of a large, RCA console TV...

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Finding a home for things left behind

Finding a home for things left behind

This column appears in over 30 papers in the South. I’m always pleasantly surprised by the number of messages I receive and from where they come. Often, they’re related to a previous column and the person writing shares a memory or story that was stirred by what they...

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Channeling my youth

Channeling my youth

 I remember my parents’ first remote control. It was me. You hear a lot about child labor laws and how working kids is against the rules. It’s cruel. It’s unusual. It’s punishment. By John Moore To Login to read the full story or to subscribe, visit...

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Right on cue

Right on cue

As a kid growing up in Ashdown, Arkansas, there were places I was supposed to be found and a couple of places I wasn’t. One of the places I was never supposed to be found was in the pool hall. By John Moore To Login to read the full story or to subscribe, visit...

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In the grooves

In the grooves

Auto tune. Ever heard of it? Neither had any of the singers and songwriters we grew up with. Today, technology has taken the place of many things. Including real talent. Auto tune is a device that can take someone who sings off key and tune them to where it sounds as...

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