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  • Williams High School gets new community website

    Just in time for the new school year, digitaltown.com announced the launch of williamswarriors.com, a new website for the Williams High School Warriors community.The website features the latest news and information for Warriors fans, including news, scores, schedules, community directory, photos, videos, live streams and archival content, such as yearbook photos. It also features a team store with the latest gear and apparel.Registered members of the website receive a free williamswarriors.com email address, as well as a WarriorBucks account, which allows members to send and receive funds commission-free.A mobile application is expected to be released shortly.The website also announced openings on the editorial team including writers, photographers, videographers and advertising sales.Visitors can explore the new website and register free of charge. Business owners seeking local visibility can also advertise on the site.

  • Frisco Police: Reported claim of attempted abduction at Toyota Stadium proves false

    A report on Friday of an attempted abduction of a juvenile at Toyota Stadium turned out to be unfounded, Frisco police announced on Monday."The alleged victim admitted that the attempted abduction was fictitious and the events reported never occurred," Community Services Officer Colby Hill stated in an email. "Thanks to assistance from Toyota Stadium staff and security footage, the claim was further verified as false by video footage of the area."Although this report was false, we ask that parents continue to talk to their children about the dangers of strangers, reminding them of the steps they should take to ensure their safety," Hill said.

  • FUMC Allen to host grief support program

    Every Thursday starting Oct. 1and continuing through Nov. 19from 7-8:15 p.m., VNA, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that helps older adults live with dignity and independence at home, will hold their well-known VNA SafeHavenprogram – an eight-week grief support program for children and their families who are mourning the death of a loved one. This free event will be held at First United Methodist Church, 601 S. Greenville Ave. in Allen.VNA SafeHavenis open to any child age 5 through 18 and their family who have experienced the death of a loved one. Adult professionals and volunteers will lead small groups of children of similar age in age-appropriate activities and discussions on grief and coping skills. Adult family members meet in a separate group during this eight-week program. As their children learn more effective ways to express their feelings and to acknowledge the value of each family member, parents can share and reinforce those coping skills at home.There is no cost to attend VNA Ann’s Haven’s VNA SafeHavenprogram but registration is required by Sept. 15. Registration and additional information for VNA SafeHavenmay be obtained by contacting VNA Bevereavement Coordinator Susan Bryan by phone at 972-562-0140 or email at bryans@vnatexas.org.

  • McKinney officials to hear presentations on budget, November bond election

    The McKinney City Council tonight will see a full public presentation of the proposed projects for the Nov. 3 bond election.The work session will also include a presentation on the fiscal year 2015-2016 budget, for which the city will hold a public hearing Tuesday at the regular council meeting.Tonight's agenda features talks about the design and construction of a playground at Bonnie Wenk Park and about the city's parks master plan.Work sessions are open to the public. Tonight's session begins at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 222 N. Tennessee St. in downtown McKinney.

  • Allen senior care center awarded for excellence

    Molina Healthcare of Texas, Inc., a subsidiary of Molina Healthcare, Inc., has launched a new value-based payment program rewarding nursing facilities for meeting or exceeding specific performance criteria for quality and efficiency. The Molina Quality of Living Program (MQL), a pay-for-quality program, offers participating nursing facilities financial payments based on their performance in various categories. The program is available to any contracted nursing facility located in a Molina Healthcare of Texas service area.“The Molina Quality of Living Program is not only beneficial for providers, but also for Molina members,” said Bob Kalin, AVP Long Term Care Operations, Molina Healthcare of Texas. “The response has been very positive thus far, and we are seeing many of our nursing facility partners exceed national average scores. We look forward to continuing to work with our nursing facility partners to provide our members with quality health care.”To be eligible, nursing facilities must be contracted with Molina, have earned a ranking of 4 or 5 STARs as designated by CMS on the Medicare Nursing Home compare website and serve a designated number of Molina residents in their facility. The program rewards those facilities that meet or exceed the national average scores, as well as the Texas average scores, on a variety of quality measures such as the percentage of long-stay residents who receive their flu shots or the number of hours registered nurses are available each day to facility residents. The facility can earn up to $70 additional dollars per resident per month in quality incentives.Molina members who reside in facilities that participate in the Quality of Living program are eligible to receive a number of benefits as well. Molina’s outreach team helps improve the quality of living by planning activities with the facilities that help the residents with coordination, speech and music therapy. Molina also provides the facilities with financial assistance to purchase facility equipment. Additionally, as part of Molina’s value added services, all new Molina members, are eligible to receive items such as personal blankets and personal grooming kits.In an effort to recognize all MQL program participants for their achievements in the first quarter, Molina Healthcare staff recently visited Victoria Gardens of Allen, one of the qualified nursing facilities, to deliver an awardee plaque and reward payment reflecting the first quarter results. Approximately $191,000 in payments will be delivered to 52 facilities across the state. 

  • Congratulate Frisco's Carolyn Click, who won a University of Central Oklahoma scholastic award

    Carolyn Click, of Frisco, was among three University of Central Oklahoma students recently recognized with UCO Scholastic Awards for exceptional academic work during the 2014-2015 academic year.Central’s Scholastic Awards are given annually to three students who earn the highest GPA with the most credit hours during their combined fall and spring semesters. The University Scholastic Award is given to the top junior or senior student while two Freshman Scholastic Awards are awarded the top freshman female and male students.Click, a senior forensic science and art history major, received the University Scholastic Award. Homeschooled prior to enrolling in Central, Click completed 39 credit hours and earned a 4.0 GPA.The other winners were David Ellis and Calli Finley.Ellis, a guitar performance major from Tulsa, received a Freshman Scholastic Award. The Broken Arrow High School graduate completed 34 credit hours and earned a 4.0 GPA.Finley, a psychology major from Arnett, Oklahoma, received a Freshman Scholastic Award. A graduate of Arnett High School, she completed 37 credit hours and earned a 4.0 GPA.

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  • Lewisville police arrest man on felony charges

    Speeding leads to felony chargesOn Aug. 11, at approximately 11 p.m., officer Marvin Rosales observed a vehicle traveling southbound in the 800 block of South Mill Street, going well over the posted speed limit. Rosales turned around and attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle quickly pulled into a convenience store parking lot; the driver jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot. Rosales pursued the driver, capturing him about a block away. The driver, Jonathan Deon Dillard an 18-year-old from Lewisville, was arrested for evading detention. A check of the license plate on the vehicle indicated the car was stolen out of Lewisville.Rosales located a small amount of marijuana in the center console of the car. Dillard was subsequently charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana under two ounces.LPD continues increased DWI enforcementThe Lewisville Police Department (LPD) is participating with other Texas law enforcement agencies in an increased effort to remove impaired drivers from the roadways. Now through Sept. 7, DWI enforcement officers will be on the street during the late night and early morning hours to locate intoxicated drivers and minors driving under the influence. So far in 2015 LPD has arrested 401 people for DWI. Impaired drivers are a danger to all motorists and to the police and dire as they work on the roadways.Drivers who see a suspected impaired driver are asked to call 9-1-1 and give the description and location of the driver to police.

  • LPD welcomes newest police officer to team

    Chief Russ Kerbow welcomed officer Darin Watson to the Lewisville Police Department (LPD). Watson, a veteran police officer, who has previously worked at the Dallas Police Department, was recently sworn in as the newest team member of the department.Watson is currently participating in a police mini-academy, which will familiarize him with how LPD officers provide effective community-based policing to residents. Once the mini-academy training is completed, Watson will begin field training and be assigned to first shift.

  • Town installs new flashing lights at Little Elm High School

    In an effort to increase the safety of students crossing Walker Lane to enter the grounds of Little Elm High School, the town of Little Elm has installed new flashing warning systems along three intersections, said Public Works Director Kevin Mattingly.“The town works hand-in-hand with the school district on several fronts,” he said. “We place police officers as School Resource Officers, we patrol the streets to ensure compliance with speed laws, we place signage on streets to alert drivers of pedestrians crossing, and now we have installed flashing beacons at the high school. Our goal is to keep students and parents safe as they cross Walker Lane.”Three amber-colored rectangular rapid flash beacons (RRFB) have been installed by town personnel, one each at Walker Lane and Waterside Drive, Ashford Drive and Peach Drive.The new beacons are an additional signal to motorists in both directions that pedestrians are present in the crosswalks. That extra caution, including a complete stop of all vehicular traffic, is necessary. The devices issue warnings with an irregular flash pattern, much like the emergency flashers on police vehicles.“The warning beacons can either be activated passively from a motion sensor that monitors pedestrians entering the ramp access areas, or manually by pressing the appropriate buttons,” he said. “The rapidly flashing signal is a clear indication to motorists approaching the intersections that they must stop.”The motion sensors are on back order and will be installed as soon as they arrive. The flashers can only be activated manually at this time.

  • TCEQ fines Lewisville for sewage spill

    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) formally accepted a payment from the city of Lewisville for an incident that left about 70 fish dead.TCEQ fined Lewisville $24,375 for sewage spills that occurred in July and August 2014 at Timber Creek and Prairie Creek. Both creeks flow into the Trinity River. The spills killed about 70 fish.“We paid the fine last year, but TCEQ has to go through an acceptance process,” said James Kunke, community relations and tourism director.Kunke said city officials found a sewer line Lewisville was no longer using and plugged it. He said heavy rain knocked the plug loose and some sewage seeped through. He said officials plugged the line again and cleaned up the resulting mess.“We reported the incident to the state, and they did an inspection,” Kunke said. “They found one other similar incident, but in that one it didn’t kill any fish so they imposed a fine.”Kunke said the city does not have a fund specifically designated for fines. He said the payment for the fine most likely came out of the general fund.

  • Fundraiser held for Lewisville firefighter Andy Allison

    Cobra Brewing Company and No Brother Fights Alone hosted a fundraiser benefitting retired Lewisville firefighter Andy Allison.  

  • Friday Night Sights: Week 1

    Every week during high school football season, Star Local Media will chronicle the week that was on the local gridiron through the photo lenses that captured the action. Check back every Sunday during the season for the latest edition of Friday Night Sights.

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  • Mesquite police arrest aggravated robbery suspects

    Mesquite police arrested two Dallas men -- Chauncey Lee Brown, 22, and Kenneth Brown, 26 -- believed to be involved in a string of robberies throughout the city.In mid-August, Mesquite Police Department criminal investigators noticed a robbery trend in specific neighborhoods. In a pro-active approach to solving the problem, a special robbery patrol was created. A study of previous robberies allowed investigators to determine which dates, times and areas would be more likely to have an offense. For the last four weeks investigators have been on the street with the sole goal of finding robbery suspects; last Saturday their efforts paid off.At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 29, the Mesquite Police Department received a report of an aggravated robbery in the 2400 block of U.S. 80. Officers contacted the victim, who said he was in his apartment complex parking lot, when he was approached by two black males who robbed him at gunpoint. Patrol officers arrived at the scene, and a description of the suspects was broadcast. The suspects were spotted by two investigators working robbery patrol. When the investigators attempted to stop the suspects, a foot chase began. Patrol officers and criminal investigators worked together converging on the area. The suspects ran to the second floor of a nearby apartment complex, where officers took both suspects into custody. All of the victim’s property was recovered, and the suspects were placed under arrest. No one was injured during the incident.The investigation revealed that the Browns have been involved in other recent aggravated robberies in Mesquite. Kenneth Brown has been charged with five counts of aggravated robbery and Chauncey Brown has been charged with one count of aggravated robbery. Each count carries with it a $100,000 bond.Due to the ongoing investigation, police are not releasing photos of the suspects.

  • Rockwall police looking for police impersonator

    The Rockwall police department is looking for a police impersonator who approached two individuals on Saturday August 30.The incident happened around 8 a.m. at the TA Auto Center, located at Interstate 30 and South Goliad Street in Rockwall. The victims were approached by an African-American male in his mid- 30s. The suspect informed the individuals he was with a special task force working narcotic interdiction and he needed to search their vehicles.The first victim was outside of his truck and refused to let the suspect enter his vehicle. When he told the suspect he was calling the police, the man left.At the suspect's second attempt, the victim was asleep in his truck when he was awoken to a badge in his face and was told to move to the passenger seat of his vehicle.When the victim questioned the suspect about his authenticity of being a police officer, and a two-way radio he had, the man told the suspect to get out of his vehicle.The suspect grabbed the man's wallet and pushed the victim against the passenger door before fleeing in his own vehicle, a gold or tan Nissan, possibly a Sentra. 

  • Meet Team Christina

    They call themselves Team Christina. Some have known Christina Morris since she was in diapers; others have never met the petite, vibrant woman that has captivated their hearts since learning of her disappearance in the early morning hours of Aug. 30, 2014. But no matter their relationship to the missing woman, this group of caring people has banded together and formed an unbreakable bond searching for its missing link – Christina.Thousands of people across the world have been touched by Christina’s story, thanks to the relentless determination of her family, friends and community. Meet a few of the key people fighting to bring “their girl” home.Carol Reynolds, Christina’s maternal grandmotherA frantic phone call from daughter Jonni McElroy alerted Carol Reynolds of her granddaughter’s disappearance, something she couldn’t quite comprehend at first. Christina, missing?A grandmother to many, Reynolds said she has a special relationship with Christina, who lives the closest to her than her other grandchildren.“I was there when she was born,” she recalled. “It’s hit me extremely hard because she was the one that I was closest to because we were closer in proximity. It’s just surreal.”

  • One year later, Christina Morris still missing

    For the family of Christina Morris, surveillance footage leaves a haunting last glimpse of the young woman who hasn’t been seen since walking into a parking garage at The Shops at Legacy in Plano with an acquaintance from Allen High School after a night out with friends last August.Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of her disappearance.On Dec. 13, 2014, that acquaintance – Enrique Arochi – was arrested by the Plano Police Department and charged with aggravated kidnapping after test results came back positive for Morris’ DNA in his trunk.As Arochi, who maintains his innocence, awaits trial [scheduled for scheduled for Nov. 30], Morris’ family, friends and supporters continue to search for any clues that will lead them to the missing Allen native, who would have turned 24 in July.“It’s still really not real,” said Jonni McElroy, Morris’ mother, who immediately left her home in Tulsa when she heard her daughter was missing. “This year has flown by like it was yesterday that I got that text message from her [Aug. 29, 2014] that she was going out. I told her to call me tomorrow. I didn’t get that call.“I thought we would have Christina within a day or two. Never in my wildest dreams and my worst nightmares would I ever think we would be here a year later and my fulltime job would be searching in woods, continuously getting the word out and telling my daughter’s story, putting flyers up and writing her morning letters on Facebook and not in person.”

  • Comptetitive soccer for youth in Rowlett, surrounding cities

    Youth who want to play soccer in Rowlett, Rockwall and adjoining communities can play competitively, close to home.  Oscar Rojas, a professional soccer coach with over 30 years of experience in soccer, is expanding his rosters.Coach Rojas’ teams practice two times a week, year-round at the Rise in Rockwall. The complex is conveniently located for families in Rowlett, Rockwall, Forney, Wylie, Terrell and Greenville. There are lighted indoor fields and on-site trainers. All teams play competitive league soccer and tournaments year-round.Each player will join a team based on the year they were born. The 03 team(Aug. 1, 2002-Dec. 31, 2003 ) will play in the Primetime Club Fall League, outdoor Select Tournaments in the Fall, Winter, and Spring, as well as the Rise summer and winter indoor leagues prior to joining Plano Premier League.Players are split into different categories, check below.03 team is for players born between August 1, 2002 to Dec 31, 2003; 06 team is for players with birthdays between Aug. 1, 2005- Dec. 31, 2006;07 team is for players born between Aug. 1, 2006- Dec. 31, 2007; and08 team is for players born between on Aug. 1, 2007- Dec. 31, 2008.  Practice and contact information below: 

  • Parkland director named to board of APNA

    The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) has elected Celeste M. Johnson, director of nursing and psychiatric services at Parkland Health & Hospital System, to the 2016 APNA board of directors. Johnson will serve as member-at-large, assuming the role at the organization’s 29th Annual Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in October.Johnson has more than 35 years of experience as a psychiatric mental health clinician, advanced practice nurse, educator, administrator, consultant and translator of evidence into practice. She has held her current position at Parkland since August 2014, where she provides clinical and operational leadership for psychiatric emergency, inpatient, outpatient and consult/liaison services. Before joining Parkland, she held nursing leadership positions at HCA Green Oaks Hospital in Dallas; Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and Baylor University Medical Center.APNA is a professional association organized to advance the science and education of psychiatric-mental health nursing. It is committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing, health, wellness and recovery promotion through identification of mental health issues, prevention of mental health problems and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. APNA has more than 10,000 members.“Celeste Johnson is a leader in her profession and a great asset to Parkland,” said Fred Cerise, Parkland’s president and CEO. “We are proud of her accomplishments and appreciate the work she does every day at Parkland to ensure that our patients receive safe, quality care.”“I look forward to helping fulfill APNA’s goals by sharing my experiences with innovative, evidence-based practices, education, inter-professional collaboration, advocacy and health care technology,” Johnson said.Johnson was APNA Texas chapter president from 2010 to 2013 and has been on the state chapter board for the past five years. She is a member of Dallas County’s Behavioral Health Leadership Team, past board member of Texas Nurses Association and past member of Dallas County Youth Services Advisory Board.

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  • Allen atop latest AP high school football state poll

    Allen kicked off its 2015 season in convincing (and familiar) fashion on Friday, toppling Denton Guyer, 48-16.In the wake of extending their active winning streak to 44 consecutive games, the Eagles retained their perch atop the Class 6A ranks in the latest edition of The Associated Press state poll, compiling 21 of a possible 25 first-place votes.The remaining four votes belonged to Katy and Euless Trinity -- the latter fresh off a noteworthy 26-21 upset of national No. 1-ranked De La Salle (California) on Saturday.Here are the top-10 rankings from each classification in the most recent state AP poll.CLASS 6A1. Allen (21 first-place votes)

  • Climbing up and down your family tree

    Which way do you go? Up? Or, do you climb down? Sometimes I go both ways. Both journeys throughout your family trees are acceptable and rewarding. We are hunting early ancestors when we climb up the tree. It is called ‘ascendency ancestral research.’ Our mission is to find as many ancient direct bloodline ancestors as possible, including their immediate families. These would be grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. Conversely, when climbing down the family tree we are hunting as many descendants of an ancestor as possible. We call this type of research ‘descendency’ research. We collect and identify the first, second, third and fourth cousins, etc. Sometimes I refer to it as trying to link to everyone in the world. It can get out of hand. Many sites on the Internet are for that purpose only. Frankly, I do not think I will live that long.However, I do want to find the direct bloodline ancestor, his spouse, his children, his grandchildren, and the names only of the great-grandchildren. I go no further. We call this ‘three-four generation genealogy.’ I guess you could say I use a little of both ascendency and descendency methods in my genealogy.Using DNA to connect to relatives who likewise submit their DNA results to a common site turns out to be descendency genealogical research—you are connected by bloodline.To learn more about the descendency technique and examine a descendency tree, go to www.FamilySearch.org, click on Learning Center, then type in “Descendancy Research” by Donna Potter Phillips.Whether you climb up or down your tree, just do it. Whatever technique you use, enjoy your genealogical pursuit. Your ancestors are beckoning you.The Native American genealogy section grows in the Genealogy Center

  • Baseball: East alum Arrieta tosses first career no-hitter vs. Dodgers

    Plano East alum Jake Arrieta made personal and MLB history Sunday night, tossing a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Arrieta struck out 12, walked one and threw 116 pitches in accomplishing the feat, capping off his August (6-0 record, 0.43 ERA) in a way no one has in the majors in the last 40 years. ESPN Stats & Info with the tweet confirming:Jake Arrieta in August: 6-0, 0.43 ERA Last starting pitcher w/ 6 wins, ERA that low in calendar month Jim Kaat, Sept 1974, 6-0, 0.35 ERA— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 31, 2015 The former Panther ended the showing with a bang, striking out the side (Jacob Turner, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley) in the ninth to finish off the no-no in style. 

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PDQ Frisco hosts dog adoption event

PDQ Frisco is helping lovable pups find a forever home. On August 29, PDQ Frisco will partner with The Paw Depot to host two local adoption organizations, Recycled Pomeranians & Schipperke Rescue and Bulldog Rescue Squad, at the restaurant from 12 to 5 p.m.

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