September 2013

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McKinney Magazine

McKinney's Johnny Quinn is a Competitor Still

Former McKinney High football star Johnny Quinn is a member of the U.S. National Bobsled Team with a goal of representing the USA at the 2014 Olympic Games.

Sports Leagues for Adults in McKinney

Sports Leagues for Adults in McKinney

Being an adult no longer means you have to put away the bats and balls and confine your athleticism to surfing the big screen TV.

Pedal Power: Cycling in McKinney

Pedal Power: Cycling in McKinney

While McKinney is a great place for business, raising a family and shopping, it's also a great place for riding a bicycle too. Writer Christopher Foster tells us why.

Stoked to Skate at McKinney’s Gabe Nesbitt Community Park

In development since 2011, McKinney's skatepark is long awaited, and many residents are 'stoked.' The park provides skating, scootering and inline bliss.

For Gun Owners, Safety Must Be Priority One

With sales up and hunting season upon us – and since it only takes one gun gaffe to ruin your whole day – now’s a fine time to review safe practices.

AirPower Expo Coming to McKinney

The Commemorative Air Force, a flying museum bringing the sight, sound and smell of World War II aviation, comes to Collin County Regional Airport on Oct. 3-6.

McKinney's ManeGait Delivering Unbridled Hope

McKinney's ManeGait Delivering Unbridled Hope

GaitWay to the Brain is a new program offered by ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship that builds upon and amplifies the benefits that participants receive through riding horses.

Oktoberfest: Festival Time in McKinney

In five short years, McKinney Oktoberfest, scheduled for Sept. 27-28, has become a family favorite community event for our citizens and visitors across the globe.

Bratwurst Recipes for Your Liebchen

This year introduce your family to traditional Oktoberfest faire at your McKinney home. Bratwurst is one of the most popular items served at Oktoberfest celebrations.

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Don't Mess With Texas Leads to Reduction in Roadside Trash

Don't Mess With Texas has helped reduce visible litter by 34 percent on TxDOT-maintained roadways between 2009 and 2013, according to TxDOT's 2013 Texas Litter Survey.

Boyd Principal Earns Distinguished Leadership in Science Award from STAT

McKinney Boyd principal Rick McDaniel has won the Distinguished Leadership in Science Award from the Science Teachers Association of Texas.

McKinney Community Support Grant Applications Accepted

The City of McKinney announces the availability of grant funding for eligible non-profit agencies and community organizations serving residents of McKinney.

How To: Rag Wreaths

Writer Simri Davis shares a fun and easy way to display your team spirit: rag wreaths! They are simple and easy to create; all you need are a few supplies and some time.

'Middletown' Kicks Off New Season at Collin Theatre Center

Will Eno’s “Middletown,” a contemporary take on Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” will run from Oct. 3-16 in the John Anthony Theatre at the Spring Creek Campus in Plano.

Leaving a Legacy: Collin College Welcomes Organ Donation Advocates

As part of its Distinguished Speaker Series, Collin College will welcome organ donation advocates and Coppell residents Todd and Tara Storch on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Comedy at the Courthouse Returns to McKinney

The McKinney Performing Arts Center brings stand-up acts to downtown McKinney during the Comedy at the Courthouse series every Wednesday night in October.

Boyd Crushes Lewisville, Prepares for District Play

Boyd Crushes Lewisville, Prepares for District Play

Week 4 of the 2013 football season for the three McKinney ISD high schools was Sept. 26-27. McKinney North lost to Sherman, 55-44.

‘Timeless Treasures’ Fall Home Tour to Benefit The Samaritan Inn

The “Timeless Treasures” Fall Home Tour benefiting The Samaritan Inn, scheduled for Oct. 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McKinney Vintage Inn.

Collin College's Destination College Hosts 'The Princeton Review: Getting In'

“The Princeton Review™: Getting In” will be held on Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Living Legends Conference Center at Collin College’s Spring Creek Campus in Plano.

McKinney ISD Earns State's Highest Financial Rating for 11th Consecutive Year

McKinney ISD received a rating of “Superior Achievement” under the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas financial accountability rating system.

Cockrill Band Earns National Winner Recognition from the Foundation for Music Education

The Cockrill Middle School Symphonic I Band earned National Winner recognition in the Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors project held recently.

Wish 100 Gears Up for a Fifth Year of Granting Wishes by the Mile

The fifth annual Wish 100 cycling event will be Saturday, Oct. 5 in Historic Downtown McKinney beginning at 8 a.m. outside the McKinney Performing Arts Center.

McKinney to Spray Area of City for Mosquitoes on Thursday

McKinney is set to spray an area of the city on Thursday, Sept. 26 to control mosquitoes after a positive mosquito pool for West Nile Virus was confirmed.

High School Football Report for McKinney ISD for Week 4

Week 3 was good for McKinney High and not so good for McKinney Boyd. Writer Rick Atkinson gives you a guide to gridiron action for Week 4 for McKinney ISD schools.

Fire at McKinney's Virginia Oaks Apartments Displaces Residents

A structure fire at 2520 W. Virginia Street on Tuesday morning resulted in extensive damage to eight apartments and left 32 residents in need of shelter.

Make A Difference Day Projects Set a New Record Through Volunteer McKinney

A record number of projects (20) have been posted through Volunteer McKinney for Make A Difference Day, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26.

Collin College Continuing Education Hosts Writer’s Workshop

Collin College Continuing Education will host the second annual Writer's Workshop on Oct. 4-5 at the Courtyard Center, located at 4800 Preston Park Blvd. in Plano.

McKinney to Spray Area of City for Mosquitoes on Wednesday

McKinney is set to spray an area of the city on Wednesday, Sept. 25 to control mosquitoes after a positive mosquito pool for West Nile Virus was confirmed.

MISD Students Selected for Lone Star Leadership Academy Camps

For four McKinney ISD students from have been selected to participate in Education in Action’s 2013 Lone Star Leadership Academy spring break and summer camps.

Grace Lake Ministries to Host Obstacle Fun Day on Oct. 20

Come practice your trail skills at Grace Lake Ministries' "Obstacle Fun Day" on Sunday, Oct. 20 beginning at 2 p.m. at Strange Ranch in Anna.

McKinney’s Tax Ratification Election Proposition to Amend Tax Rate Passes

On Sept. 21, the McKinney Independent School District held a Tax Ratification Election for McKinney residents, and the amendment passes by a 60-40 margin.

More McKinney ISD Campuses Named Healthy Zone Schools

This year, five McKinney ISD campuses have been named Healthy Zone Schools by the Cooper Institute®, and four have been named Healthy Zone In-Training Schools.

Public Meeting Set for McKinney Hazard Mitigation Plan

A public meeting is scheduled to offer an overview of the City of McKinney Hazard Mitigation Plan and give the public an opportunity to offer recommendations.

McKinney-Based Sanchez Advisory Group Expanding to New Office Building to Accommodate Growth

The Sanchez Advisory Group announced plans to build a new headquarters building across from the Oak Hollow Golf Course at 2000 N. McDonald Street in McKinney.

NTTA Offers Wide Range of Improvements for Customers

The North Texas Tollway Authority will roll out customer service enhancements in response to feedback from drivers who use NTTA roadways in McKinney and elsewhere.

Collin County Commissioners Court Approves Tax Rate Cut

The county population continues to grow at a dynamic pace, and we've taken a careful and deliberate approach to address the needs of our expanding community.

McKinney High Off to 3-1 Start With Big Win Over North Garland

McKinney High Off to 3-1 Start With Big Win Over North Garland

Week 3 of the 2013 football season for McKinney ISD high schools was Sept. 19-20. McKinney High, McKinney Boyd lost and McKinney North had a bye.

North Texas Giving Day Donations Crush the National Record, Raising More Than $25 Million in One Day

The fifth annual North Texas Giving Day crushed the national record and raised more than $25.2 million in 17 hours, surpassing 2012 results by $10.8 million.

McKinney Fire Dept. Hosts Officer Cadet from Poland

Damian Walpuski, a third-year student at the Main School of the Fire Service in Warsaw, Poland, is completing a four-week internship with the McKinney Fire Dept.

McKinney Main Street is Seeking Adult Volunteers for Annual Oktoberfest

McKinney Main Street is seeking adult volunteers for Oktoberfest, including greeters at the entrances and individuals to sell beer tickets.

Find Your Voting Location for the Tax Ratification Election

The final voting day for the Tax Ratification Election is this Saturday, Sept. 21 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The following steps will help you identify your precinct voting location

McKinney Home Values Continue to Climb Even as National Market Cools Off

Prudential Texas reports that the north Dallas suburb of McKinney has seen its home values hit one the highest peaks in the city’s history in recent weeks.

United Supermarkets, Including Market Street, to be Acquired by Albertson’s

Market Street, with locations in McKinney and other towns, and its parent company United Supermarkets, agreed on Sept. 9 to be acquired by Alberton's.

InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival Launches Into 34th Year

The InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival will proudly launch into its 34th year Sept. 20-22 at Oak Point Park in Plano.

Professional Fire Fighters of McKinney Make Contribution to MDA After 'Fill the Boot Campaign'

The Professional Fire Fighters of McKinney spent three days in May collecting money for MDA and made a contribution of $18,656.38 to the organization.

Wounded Warrior Receives a Raytheon Welcome Home

The groundbreaking for a home for retired Air Force serviceman Brandon Byers was held on July 22. Raytheon donated more than $10,000 to Helping a Hero for the home.

High School Football Report for McKinney ISD for Week 3

Week 2 was good for McKinney Boyd and McKinney High and not so good for McKinney North. Writer Rick Atkinson gives you a guide to gridiron action for Week 3 for McKinney ISD schools.

Market Street Offers Bonus Smart Reward Points for Flu Shots throughout September

Market Street is launching “The Flu Ends With U” program, where guests are rewarded 500 Smart Rewards bonus points upon purchasing their flu vaccines.

Spirit of the Cowboy Comes Alive at Chestnut Square Historic Village in McKinney

The Wild West is coming to McKinney when cowboy celebrities and entertainers arrive at the Spirit of the Cowboy Festival at Chestnut Square Historic Village.

Rock The Vote Coming to Collin College

Rock the Vote events will be held Oct. 1-3 at Collin College. Oct. 1 in Frisco, Oct. 2 in Plano and Oct. 3 in McKinney.

US 75 Southbound Ramp to SH 121 Northbound to Close in Melissa

Work is beginning on US 75 between County Road 275 (Telephone Road) and Melissa Road that will widen the highway to six lanes with two-lane frontage roads.

McKinney Police Department Investigates Death at Towne Lake

The McKinney Police Department are investigating a possible drowning at Towne Lake. The incident occurred on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.

Mayor Encourages Participation in H-E-B Community Challenge

The second-annual Healthy at H-E-B Community Challenge has begun, and McKinney is in it to win it. The H-E-B Community Challenge runs through Nov. 1.

Collin College Auteur Film Series Screens 'Edward Scissorhands'

Collin College’s Auteur Film Series will screen its first film of the season, “Edward Scissorhands,” beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 26 at he Spring Creek Campus.

McKinney Earns Scenic City Award, Certification Recognizes High-Quality Standards

McKinney is one of just seven Texas municipalities awarded Scenic City Certification on Sept. 3 by the Scenic City Certification Program of Scenic Texas.

Collin College Hosts Emergency Preparedness Fair

Learn how to prepare and plan for potential natural and man-made threats at the Emergency Preparedness Fair held at all three Collin College campuses.

McKinney High Wins Second Game of Season

McKinney High Wins Second Game of Season

Week 2 of the 2013 football season for the three McKinney ISD high schools was held Sept. 12-13. McKinney Boyd and McKinney High both won, while McKinney North lost.

Historic McKinney Farmers Market Voted Tops in Texas

At midnight on Sept. 9, it became official ... the Historic McKinney Farmers Market is the No. 1 Farmers Market in Texas with a total of 973 votes.

Oktoberfest Returns to Downtown McKinney

McKinney Main Street is preparing for non-stop activity during the upcoming annual Oktoberfest in Historic Downtown McKinney on the weekend of Sept. 27-28.

TAPS Sets Another Single Day Record for System Trips

On Sept. 4, TAPS Public Transit set a record for all system routes across the agency’s 7-county service area: 3,580 trips, the most in their 27-year history.

Clarifying Misconceptions About McKinney ISD and the Tax Ratification Election

Curtis Rippee, President of the McKinney ISD Board of Trustees, addresses some misconceptions regarding the district and the proposed increased tax rate.

MISD Semifinalists Named in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program

Nine McKinney ISD high school students were among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Don’t Miss Out on the September Second Saturday Event in Historic Downtown McKinney

You are invited to enjoy a fun filled evening of art, shopping, music, food and spirits on Saturday, Sept. 14 in downtown McKinney.

Caron Texas Presents Caron Cares: A Day of Discovery and Recovery

The Caron Cares symposium is designed to facilitate dialogue and education about addiction, treatment and recovery for families and professionals.

McKinney Church Takes Going Green in a Unique Direction

Trinity’s Celebration Garden and Columbarium is a modern, green alternative to cemeteries that have historically been an integral element of Church sites.

High School Football Report for McKinney ISD for Week 2

Week 1 was good for McKinney High and not so good for Boyd and North. Writer Rick Atkinson gives you a guide to gridiron action for Week 2 for McKinney ISD schools.

Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11

'McKinney Through the Eyes of an Artist' Coming to Orisons Art

Orisons Fine Art and Framing presents "McKinney Through the Eyes of an Artist: Original Views by Tomlinson and Bruu," beginning Saturday, Sept. 14.

McKinney Pastor Keeps Congregation Focused for 20 Years

Trinity Presbyterian Church in McKinney has grown from 200 to over 700 members under the leadership of Reverend Patrick E. McCoy.

Texan Wealth Management Opens in McKinney

Texan Wealth Management is pleased to announce the opening of their new office in McKinney, under the direction of Sarah Marshall.

Dr. Bernard Weinstein to Keynote at Governor’s Small Business Forum

Bio of Bernard L. Weinstein, Associate Director of the Maguire Energy Institute and an Adjunct Professor of Business Economics in the Cox School of Business at SMU.

Caddy Run to Kickoff End of Summer Bash in McKinney

Cadillac Pizza Pub is joining with the McKinney Firefighter Association to throw a family-friendly “End of Summer Bash” on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Flags to Fly at Half Staff on Sept. 11 for Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance

Congress has designated September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day," and requested the observance as an annually recognized "National Day of Service and Remembrance."

Collin County Chambers and Partners to Host Governor’s Small Business Forum

The Allen Fairview, Frisco, McKinney and Plano Chambers of Commerce will be co-hosting the Governor’s Small Business Forum on Friday, Oct. 11 in Allen.

City of McKinney Earns Three National Savvy Awards

The City of McKinney Communications and Marketing Department was honored with three awards at the national Savvy awards competition.

Time is Almost Up for Habitual Violators to Pay Tolls During Grace Period

The NTTA’s grace period for habitual violators (owe at least 100 past due tolls) to pay overdue tolls without administrative fees ends Friday, Sept. 13.

Absent Accomplice to McKinney Burglary Gets 45 Years

Winford Raynard Watkins of Dallas received 45 years in prison for his role in aiding in the burglary of a McKinney home.

Sheriff Terry Box to Serve as Honorary Chair of CASAs for Kids Tournament

CASA of Collin County announces that Collin County Sheriff Terry G. Box will serve as honorary chair of the CASAs for Kids Classic Golf Tournament.

ERCOT Prepared for Upcoming Fall and Winter Demand

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) expects to have enough power available to serve peak demand needs this coming fall and winter.

Boyd, McKinney North Fall Short on Friday Night

Boyd, McKinney North Fall Short on Friday Night

Week 1 of the 2013 football season for McKinney ISD high schools was held on Sept. 5-6. McKinney High won, while McKinney Boyd and McKinney North both lost.

Collin College Celebrates Constitution Day

Collin College invites students and the Collin County community to participate and celebrate Constitution Day 2013 on Tuesday, Sept. 17. All events are free and open to the public.

Sprouts Farmers Market Opens in McKinney

Sprouts Farmers Market, one of the fastest growing natural food retailers in the country, will debut its first store in McKinney on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7 a.m.

Public ADA Compliance and Accessibility Meeting Set for Sept. 12

The City of McKinney is seeking public comment on a draft Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan at a public input meeting on Thursday, Sept. 12.

Sunrise Center is New Home for Ranchland Church in McKinney

Ranchland Church is excited to announce its move to a new location in the Sunrise Center, 2414 W. University Dr., located on US Hwy 380, directly across from Raytheon.

McKinney to Spray Area of City for Mosquitoes

McKinney is set to spray an area of the city in order to control mosquitoes after the first positive mosquito pool for West Nile Virus was discovered.

Gov. Perry Announces TEF Investment in USAA Creating 680 Jobs in Plano

Gov. Rick Perry announced USAA is expanding its information technology operations in Plano, creating 680 jobs and more than $31 million in capital investment.

High School Football Report for McKinney ISD for Week 1

Week Zero was good for North and not so good for Boyd and McKinney High. Writer Rick Atkinson gives you a guide to gridiron action for Week 1 for McKinney ISD schools.

McKinney Youth Theatre Presents Shrek the Musical

Shrek the Musical is a Tony Award® winning stage musical now lands in McKinney for the first time, with performances at Heard-Craig Hall on Sept. 12-15 and Sept. 19-22.

McKinney City Council Approves Purchase of Assets at Collin County Regional Airport

The McKinney City Council authorized the City Manager to sign a binding contract to purchase assets the city does not already own at Collin County Regional Airport.

September 2013 Issue of McKinney Magazine is Now Available

The September 2013 issue of McKinney Magazine contains stories and photos about sports, leisure and more.