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Highway closure rejected; bridge beautification favored

Highway closure rejected; bridge beautification favored

Kansas City Southern wanted the city of Murphy to pay nearly half a million dollars for railroad crossing repairs that would require the closing of FM 544 for at least three days. The Murphy City Council said “No.” Instead, council voted at the regular Jan. 17 meeting...

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Council, PISD, Collin College trustee filing dates open

Council, PISD, Collin College trustee filing dates open

The filing period for May 2023 Murphy City Council and Plano ISD board of trustees’ elections opened Wednesday, Jan. 18, and continues through Feb. 17. Council and school board trustees will officially set the elections in their upcoming meetings for Saturday, May 6....

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Stuck on green stamps

Stuck on green stamps

My mom and her mother saved 7-1/2 books to get us that swing set. Just three years before in 1966, my parents had saved to buy their first house. Money was tight, so, if my sister and I were going to have that new addition to the backyard, Green Stamps would be the...

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Sports

Plano East Senior High School 2022 sports year in review

Plano East Senior High School 2022 sports year in review

2022 was a new beginning for Plano East Senior High School. With several new coaches, standout athletes and even state champions, the athletics department wanted to set the tone for a new culture of Panthers. That was a success, with participation increasing and teams...

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Plano East 3 keys to defeating Hebron

Plano East 3 keys to defeating Hebron

A promising start to the regular season now has questions for Plano East football. The Panthers (0-1, 3-1) lost their opening game of District 6-6A in a game that could not have gotten worse. Running back Daniel Fayombo went out with an injury, while Plano East...

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Plano East 3 keys to defeating Plano

Plano East 3 keys to defeating Plano

Plano East, fresh off its bye week, is heading into its opening game of the District 6-6A competition. The team wants to continue its hot start to the season and opens against rival Plano (1-2). The Wildcats had a tough start to this season, but could easily be 2-1...

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Education

‘Addams Family’ takes stage Thursday at WHS

‘Addams Family’ takes stage Thursday at WHS

Wylie High School’s theater department is putting on a production of a musical that has seen several iterations of a freaky family since they first debuted in 1938 as a cartoon. This year’s winter musical is “The Addams Family,” which will start its run at 7 p.m....

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Veteran officers promote leadership, patriotism

Veteran officers promote leadership, patriotism

For 103 years, members of one of the nation’s oldest patriotic, nonpartisan veterans service organizations have continued to serve their communities — and their country — with a purpose to “promote patriotism, civic responsibility, public service and leadership in the...

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That Wylie Band caps off stellar season

That Wylie Band caps off stellar season

Wylie ISD bands capped off their seasons with a performance at the UIL State Marching Band Competition in San Antonio last week. The bands at Wylie East High School and Wylie High School both qualified for the competition following a top six finish at the UIL Area...

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Incumbents carry local, state races

Incumbents carry local, state races

Unofficial vote totals are pouring in across the state with all counties reporting election results. However, the vote totals will not become official until they are canvassed by state and local entities in the coming weeks. Murphy voters approved all 15 propositions...

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Life & Style

Send a Letter to Santa this Christmas

Send a Letter to Santa this Christmas

If you’re the parents/guardians of elementary school-age children, the Monitor is collecting Letters to Santa again this year. The letters will be printed in the December 22 edition of the Murphy Monitor. Please print out the attached document, have your child write...

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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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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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Opinion

Searching for Peace on Earth

Searching for Peace on Earth

As we approach the end to another year, we often ask if we’re better off than we were a year ago. Has this year summed up to be a winner or loser? Globally, are we a better world? Are people of all nations better off? Is there more peace on earth? When we use the...

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Veterans
Don’t Stand Alone

Don’t Stand Alone

As Americans we love “do it yourself”. DIY has become a national phenomenon. There are whole TV networks dedicated to DIY. Nothing wrong with that of course. It’s fun to figure things out on your own and complete a project then sit back and admire your work. ...

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Get closer to God by slowing down

Get closer to God by slowing down

By Todd Baughman I don’t know about you, but I get distracted easily.  Just typing that last sentence I’m pretty sure I had about 18 new thoughts about what I could / should be doing right now. Do you often load up your calendar and your mind with actions and...

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Just a bit peaved

Just a bit peaved

By John Moore I used to pay little attention to the world’s little idiosyncrasies, but now they seem ever present. And it’s more than slightly annoying. I can’t be the only one. When I was getting change back from the fast-food drive-thru recently, it all became...

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Circumstances don’t control my attitude

Circumstances don’t control my attitude

By Jeff Denton Cancer. Not what I was expecting to hear from the doctor. But surprisingly comforting at some level. It sure explained the extreme sickness I was experiencing. It explained twenty pounds of weight loss in three weeks. It explained months of pain that...

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Veterans