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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Crime: Anna Police say shots fired at drivers on Highway 5

Police say be alert for someone shooting at vehicles driving on Highway 5 through Anna, Texas. 

Police reporting drivers have been targeted along a tree line on Hwy. 5, which is east of U.S. 75.

Hwy. 5 is the main route through the fast-growing Collin County town north of Dallas and McKinney.


Alert police if you see or hear anything.


UPDATED WITH TV REPORTS

Check out KVII TV report: Shots fired in Anna

WFAA TV: At least four drivers shot at on Anna highway


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

This week in Frisco TX



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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Check out classic car calendar for Collin County TX

Take your ride to join other car fans around Collin County

Put these classic car events on your calendar and check them out
WEDNESDAYS
PLANO TX
Pep Boys Speed Shop in Plano TX hosts a gathering the last Wednesday of every month on "Hump Day" from 4-8 pm. Hot dogs. Location: 928 West Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, TX 75023. Contact: Contact Brian (BT) Thompson 972-422-7575 - speedshop0704@pepboys.com

THURSDAYS
ALLEN TX
Every Thursday at 7 p.m. at Stacy's Furniture parking lot at U.S. 75 and west on McDermott. Contact: Marcos Pena at 214-287-1645

McKINNEY TX
Gather at front of Kohls off U.S. 75 and Eldorado each Thursday at 8 p.m.

SATURDAYS

FAIRVIEW TX
The Morning Maniacs meet each Saturday at 8 a.m. near Whole Foods in Fairview TX on east side of U.S. 75 at 205 Stacy Road Fairview,Texas 75069.

McKINNEY TX
Car Guys & Gals gather for coffee at La Madeline restaurant west of U.S. 75 Central north of Eldorado at 8 a.m. every Saturday.

Second Saturday group meets at 7 p.m. Fuddruckers at 380 Towne Crossing between Taylor Burk Drive and University Drive - Hwy. 380 at 2025 N Central Expressway in McKinney TX.

The Downtown McKinney Morning Maniacs group drives up the for a 7:30 a.m. gathering on the last Saturday of each month On The Square. Contact Wendy Meagher at 972-832-6599 - wendy.meagher@att.net

PLANO
Cars and Coffee meets the first Saturday morning at 6800 Dallas Parkway, Plano TX

PRINCETON TX
'Chuz to Cruz' east on Hwy. 380 to Princeton TX to Belairs n Burgers at 133 W. Princeton Drive on the first Saturday night of the month. Contact Tom Hoyt - 214-533-0287

WYLIE TX
Wylie is wide away for Morning Coffee, Cars and Bikes at 8 a.m. on Saturdays at Meteor Hamburgers at 620 TX-78 #627, Wylie, TX between Brown and Marble Streets. Contact: Scott Belshe - Scott.Belshe@gmail.com

On the last Saturday, car enthusiasts meet at 3 p.m. in the sHome Depot parking lot at 951 S Westgate, Wylie, TX off Hwy. 78.

To update this list or add your club, email collincountyheadlines@gmail.com



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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

State Rep. Matt Shaheen announces Texas Armed Services Scholarship; program now accepting applications

Matt Shaheen's office is accepting applications for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program.

To honor service in our Nation's Armed Forces, I am excited to announce that I am accepting applications for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program for citizens in District 66 (West Plano and Far North Dallas).

This program was created by the Texas Legislature to encourage military service through Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs at Texas colleges and is open to Texas high school students who meet a high level of academic achievement. You can download an application at the following address under the "Media" tab on the bottom of the website: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=66

Feel free to call my Capitol office with any questions at 512-463-0594. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 29. Below are the qualifications for the program:

The High School graduate must meet at least two of the following four academic criteria:
• Student is on track to graduate or graduated high school with the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) or the International Baccalaureate Program (IB).
• A high school GPA of 3.0 or higher.
• Must achieved a college readiness score on the SAT (1070) or ACT (23).
• Ranked in the top one-third of the prospective high school graduating class.
An interested individual must first make the below commitment: 
1. Complete four years of Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) for college.
2. Graduate no later than six years after the date first enrolled.
3. After graduation, enter into:
      i. A four-year commitment to be a member of the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air National Guard, Texas State Guard, United States Coast Guard, or United States Merchant Marine; or
      ii. Contract to serve as a commissioned officer in any branch of the armed services of the United States.
Once a candidate has met these requirements, they need to send our office the following:
a. Official High School transcript
b. Letters of Recommendation (3, one of those needs to be from your JROTC officer if applicable)
c. Resume
d. Brief Essay: Topic- "What does America mean to you?" (MLA Standard, 300 words min, 350 words max)
If awarded the scholarship and the commitments are not upheld, the grant will then be considered a loan and must be paid back. The way the grant will become a loan is if the student fails to:
• Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
• Fulfill any terms of the terms of the scholarship.
• Fulfill a four-year commitment to be a member of the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air National Guard, Texas State Guard, United States Coast Guard, or United States Merchant Marine; or
• Contract to serve as a commissioned officer in any branch of the armed services of the United States.
If selected:
a. Student will receive a "Notice of Selection" to turn into the Institution's financial aid office.
b. The financial aid office will certify your program eligibility to the Higher Education Coordinating Board. Because program eligibility requirements include that you be enrolled in the institution and in the ROTC program at that institution, the financial aid office cannot provide their eligibility certification before those two criteria are met.
c. Once the Higher Education Coordinating Board receives the institution's eligibility certification, you will receive an email requesting you to complete your Texas Armed Services Scholarship application online at www.hhloans.com.

It is an honor to represent you and your family in the Texas House of Representatives. Together we can ensure that we pass on a strong, secure and prosperous Texas to the next generation.

Regards,
Matt Shaheen
Texas State Representative
District 66 - Collin County
OUR NATION'S MOTTO: IN GOD WE TRUST

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Monday, June 13, 2016

North Texas Tollway Authority trustees meeting June 15


The North Texas Tollway Authority Board of Directors will conduct its regularly scheduled monthly board meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, in the boardroom of the NTTA Administrative Offices at 5900 W. Plano Parkway in Plano.

The North Texas Tollway Authority, a political subdivision of the state of Texas, is authorized to acquire, construct, maintain, repair and operate turnpike projects in the north Texas region. The nine-member board is comprised of Chairman Kenneth Barr; Vice Chairman Bill Moore; and Directors William D. Elliott, Matrice Ellis-Kirk, Mojy Haddad, John Mahalik, Michael Nowels, George “Tex” Quesada and Jane Willard.

NTTA serves Collin, Dallas, Denton, Tarrant and Johnson counties and owns and operates the Dallas North Tollway, President George Bush Turnpike, Sam Rayburn Tollway, Addison Airport Toll Tunnel, Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge, the Mountain Creek Lake Bridge and the Chisholm Trail Parkway. NTTA is able to raise capital for construction projects through the issuance of turnpike revenue bonds. NTTA toll projects are not a part of the state highway system and receive no direct tax funding. Tolls are collected to repay debt and to operate and maintain the roadways.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERT: Portion of DNT in Plano to close this weekend

ROAD WORK - The Dallas North Tollway between State Highway 121 and Spring Creek Parkway will be closed beginning this Friday night, June 10, until 5 a.m. on Monday, June 13. The closure is needed for the demolition of a portion of the bridge at Tennyson Parkway to be demolished.

Also, the Tollway will be closed again between SH 121 and Spring Creek Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday, June 17, until 5 a.m. Monday, June 20 so that beams can be set across the DNT for the Tennyson Parkway bridge. Check it out.


Now through Wednesday, June 15
  • North- and southbound left lanes of Dallas Parkway (DNT frontage road) between Parker Road and the Sam Rayburn Tollway will be closed continuously through Wednesday, June 15.
  • U-turn lanes at Parker Road, Windhaven Parkway, Spring Creek Parkway, and Legacy Drive will be closed continuously through Wednesday, June 15.
  • Thoroughfare B, the U-turn area south of Spring Creek Parkway, is reduced to one lane in each direction under the DNT bridge through Wednesday, June 15.

    NOTE: Closures will be used as needed. No two consecutive U-turns will be closed at the same time.

    Now through Monday, June 20
  • Southbound right lane of Dallas Parkway (DNT frontage road) from Tennyson Parkway to Spring Creek Parkway closed now through Monday, June 20.
  • Northbound right lane of Dallas Parkway from Parker Road to south of Spring Creek Parkway closed now through Monday, June 20. 

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

North Texas Congressman Sam Johnson congratulates 22 Collin County students on Service Academy appointments



Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) hosted his annual Academy Appointee Send-Off Ceremony to congratulate the 22 Collin County students who received appointments to U.S. Service Academies or one of the preparatory schools this fall.

“It is my honor to congratulate these young men and women who have been chosen as the future leaders of our Armed Forces by the prestigious United States Service Academies,” Congressman Johnson said. “It is no easy task to receive an Academy appointment – students must excel academically and athletically over the years, and they must also contribute their time, talent, and effort to the community. The nomination process to even be considered is competitive, and these students’ appointments prove they are the gold standard. Seeing their commitment and love of freedom, liberty, and democracy gives me great hope that America’s best days are ahead. I thank them for their willingness to serve, and I wish them the best on the endeavor they are about to undertake.”

Students interested in learning more about service academy applications should contact Gabriella Pate in Johnson’s Plano office at (469) 304-0382.

In addition, every fall Congressman Johnson hosts a free Academy Information Session on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 with all branches represented for Third District students and families. The session provides students with an opportunity to learn more about each Academy and decide if military life is for them. Third District residents must be between the ages of 17 and 23 to be eligible to apply.

ACADEMY APPOINTEES - CLASS OF 2020

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Timothy Barber Farmersville High School

Parker Noren, McKinney Boyd High School

Mark Simpson, Liberty High School

Connor Spencer John Paul II High School, Fairview

Conley Walters, McKinney High School


U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY

Peyton Long, Jesuit College Preparatory School, Plano

Richard Tapia, Lone Star High School


U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY

Chris Aselton, Plano Senior High School

Jake Baumert, Lovejoy High School, Lucas

Madison Bryant, Liberty High School

Jaxson Deaton, Frisco High School

Andrew Durham, Plano East Senior High School

Katelyn Gross, Ursuline Academy of Dallas, Plano

Elias Jesus, Valley Forge Military Academy, Plano

Jonathan Lindstrom, New College Preparatory Academy, McKinney

Kaelynn Mayes, Plano West Senior High School

Aidan Mulligan, McKinney High School

Kevin Rinkliff, Plano West Senior High School

Nicholas Perovich, Imago Dei Homeschool, McKinney

Corinne Schnell, Prince of Peace Christian School, Plano

Amelia Trotter, Plano West Senior High School

Morgann Yancey, Plano West Senior High School

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Japan-America Society Dallas-Sendai Young Ambassadors chosen; Plano Silver Eagle Academy student selected

Congratulations to the 2016 Dallas-Sendai Young Ambassadors

Left to Right:
Jesus Cantu
School of Science and Engineering Magnet, Dallas
Katherine Alejo
Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, Dallas
Katrina Platt
Silver Eagle Academy, Plano
Carmel Joseph
Dr. John Horn High School, Mesquite
Janrose Samson
Dr. John Horn High School, Mesquite
Zain Khoja
Hebron High School, Carrollton
Dallas and Sendai have been International Friendship Cities since 1997. Sendai is 180 miles north of Tokyo. It is the political, economic, scientific, and cultural center of northeastern Japan. The Dallas-Sendai Young Ambassadors program builds friendship and goodwill between our two cities. The Young Ambassadors will meet city officials, interact with Sendai teens, share Texas culture, and form lasting friendships. Students will stay with host families in Sendai - experiencing everyday Japanese life firsthand.
      
The 2016 Dallas-Sendai Young Ambassadors program is part of the TOMODACHI NAJAS Exchange Program, which is made possible through generous contributions from Toyota Motor Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Hitachi, Ltd.  
           
  
Additional support is provided by NEC Corporation of America.


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Thursday, May 26, 2016

McKinney TX - Bike the Bricks races cancelled because of severe weather



Because of the threat of severe weather, Bike the Bricks and accompanying activities scheduled for Friday, May 27 in Historic Downtown McKinney have been cancelled. The City of McKinney holds the safety of our athletes, spectators and volunteers as its primary concern.

Live entertainment will relocate to the Courtroom Theater at McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St. The public is invited to attend free concerts by Crystal Yates at 8 p.m. followed by Taylor Phelan at 9 p.m. Seats are limited and based on a first come, first served basis. For upcoming events, visit www.downtownmckinney.com.

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