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Injuries pile up in Plano East loss

Injuries pile up in Plano East loss

Without star running back Ismail Mahdi and starting quarterback Drew DeVillier, the offense struggled for Plano East.  Plano East (1-4, 2-6) struggled to get consistent yards against Plano (1-4, 2-6), losing 28-14. Mahdi, one of the top runners in all of 6A, led the...

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Plano East’s three keys to defeating Flower Mound

Plano East’s three keys to defeating Flower Mound

Plano East (1-2, 2-4) is in the playoff race. That means a contest on the road against Flower Mound (1-2, 2-4) is critical. With four teams all within a game of each other for the final two playoff spots, the Panthers and the Jaguars will desperately need to win this...

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Fire department to have open house

Fire department to have open house

Murphy Fire-Rescue officials invite people to learn about fire operations and have some fun, too, at its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16.  A CareFlite helicopter is scheduled to appear during the event, said Murphy Fire Marshal Perry Elliott. ...

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Controller retires, looks forward to next phase

Controller retires, looks forward to next phase

Ernie Bannister spent most of his career in the private sector.  He decided to give the public sector a whirl and took a job at the city of Murphy after finding out about an opening at the city.  Bannister, the city’s controller, will retire at the end of this...

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Sports

Veteran presence has Panthers undefeated

Veteran presence has Panthers undefeated

Last season, the Plano East hockey team wanted to build a culture. In 2021, the team is now poised to make a run, starting the season undefeated. Opening the season on Sept. 23, the Panthers are 4-0, led by an offense that has scored 35 goals over the four games. For...

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East outscored 22-0 in second-half of loss

East outscored 22-0 in second-half of loss

Things were looking good for Plano East in the first half.  However, the second half proved fateful as Hebron (1-3, 1-0) outscored East (1-3, 0-1) 22-0 to win the game 29-18. Ismail Mahdi accounted for 181 of the Panthers’ 274 total yards in the game.  Mahdi...

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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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Plano East’s three keys to victory over Hebron

Plano East’s three keys to victory over Hebron

The Plano East Panthers are confident heading into District 6-6A competition. Getting healthy on their bye week after their first win in two years, Plano East (1-2) travels to Hebron (0-3) on Sept. 24. The Hawks are winless but played a competitive non-district...

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Education

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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Teacher enjoyed connections in classrooms

Teacher enjoyed connections in classrooms

Steve Boatman met a reali­ty this winter he had not dealt with in decades. He was not in school. Whether as a student or teacher, Boatman has been in a place of learning since he was a boy, stretching back to the 1960s. Boatman retired mid-year from Wylie ISD’s Whitt...

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Wylie ISD to phase out remote learning

Wylie ISD to phase out remote learning

Wylie ISD officials said re­mote learning will not be avail­able to students this year, but they gave no word last week on what families who should do if they prefer the remote method. In a letter to parents, WISD Superintendent David Vinson alerted parents about the...

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Life & Style

Sisters on the Fly celebrates 21 years of adventure

Sisters on the Fly celebrates 21 years of adventure

Imagine being part of a group where only women are allowed. No kids, no husband, no pets. Your only responsibili­ty is for yourself – and making sure you have fun! Sure, there’s a caveat. You must be willing to commune with nature as you fraternize with a group of...

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Safety steps for spooky fun

Safety steps for spooky fun

Traditional family activities like trick-or-treating create fun moments and memories, but the effects of COVID-19 on this Halloween will bring about change for the spooky excite­ment. You can still ensure a special night for your little ones and all the ghouls,...

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Colorful crop

Colorful crop

When Murphy resident, Bryan Galen took a career aptitude test in high school he thought the results were a joke. He was told his perfect career would involve agri­culture. However, over the years, the idea has grown on him. While living in Dallas with his wife Kristen...

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Try a new way to travel

Try a new way to travel

Despite the COVID-19 pan­demic, families are still finding ways to make the most of un­usual schedules to plan a get­away. With more flexible work and school arrangements, many families are embracing the idea of a “flexcation,” an emerging travel trend where families...

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Opinion

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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Trade enforcement creates American jobs

Trade enforcement creates American jobs

Roughly one in four American workers has filed for unemployment since the pandemic began. To stem the historic tide of unemployment, policymakers quickly put together a series of legislative packages to help companies keep their workers on payroll. An often-overlooked...

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How can we police our communities better?

How can we police our communities better?

The killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis was a brutal, senseless and avoidable tragedy, and one our country has witnessed countless times before. In many ways, his death was the match that ignited na­tionwide conversations about the racial injustices that...

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