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East sweeps Sachse

East sweeps Sachse

The Plano East Panthers basketball teams swept the Sachse Mustangs in pre-Thanksgiving action Tuesday. The girls tipped things off with a 60-44 win over the Lady Mustangs in the afternoon. A 36-14 first-half advantage buoyed the Lady Panthers. Sachse responded,...

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Bond for sidewalks, trails explored

Bond for sidewalks, trails explored

 While a new James Bond flick plays in local theaters, Murphy City Councilmembers have their minds on another kind of bond — a sidewalk and trails bond.  For the complete story, see the latest edition of the Murphy Monitor. By Don Munsch...

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Proposed wastewater plant doesn’t pass the sniff test

Proposed wastewater plant doesn’t pass the sniff test

 Murphy residents and leaders last week rejected a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality proposal for their community.  At the Oct. 19 meeting, Murphy City Council approved a resolution opposing the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality application...

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District looks at rezoning elementary school boundaries

District looks at rezoning elementary school boundaries

Students attending Dodd Elementary School in the future would switch to Smith Elementary as part of a rezoning change being considered by Wylie ISD. The change would go into effect for the 2022-23 school year and beyond. Wylie ISD board members heard about the plans...

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Principals must adapt to ever-changing demands

Principals must adapt to ever-changing demands

Todd Williams traveled extensively as a child, as his father’s job took the family many places around the country.  After a trek that took the family from such places as Virginia to the Midwest to Maine, the family eventually made a stop in Texas. Williams attended...

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Sports

Plano East’s three keys to defeating Marcus

Plano East’s three keys to defeating Marcus

With all of the challenges at hand, Plano East’s season is coming to an end. The Panthers (1-5, 2-7) end the regular season and its 2021 against Marcus (5-1, 7-2). The Marauders are currently in a three-way record tie with a lot to play for in the season’s final week....

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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

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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WISD board to adopt budget next week

WISD board to adopt budget next week

All Wylie ISD personnel would receive a raise in the next school year, as the Wylie ISD board members consider the school budget at their meeting Monday, June 21, with the tax rate to be considered in August. The general fund budget (bal­anced) is expected to be...

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Student wants to answer a call to help young people

Student wants to answer a call to help young people

Most first-year high school students spend time meeting people, participating in activi­ties that interest them and try­ing to figure out where they fit in. Maddy Geller eventually found her niche at Wylie East High School, but went through some struggles, such as...

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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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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

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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Be a part of the solution, not the problem

Be a part of the solution, not the problem

It’s all over…our nation has erupted into a racial divide…probably the most unrest that we’ve seen in our lifetime. So many people are searching for a solution and many others are simply un­aware of what they can possi­bly do. I don’t honestly know if there’s anything...

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Pandemic ignites need for Open Government at all levels

Pandemic ignites need for Open Government at all levels

Texans have been wit­nessing things that would have been unthinkable until now: Surge teams, testing of nursing homes for COVID-19 and the National Guard helping to dis­infect nursing home facilities around the state. This is the time for the pub­lic to have access to...

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Clowning around with women’s rights

Clowning around with women’s rights

The Wylie mayor’s gaffe two weeks ago made me curious if he’s still clowning around, but then again, limiting someone’s ability to lead prayer in a public meeting on the basis of gender is not funny at all. Somewhere along the way in his far-too-long time in of­fice,...

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