Frisco Family Services adds five fantastic members to board of directors; each brings skills, talents, heart to serve Frisco

Frisco Family Services is pleased to announce five new members to its Board of Directors:

Gary Carley, Executive Vice President at North Dallas Bank;

Tyler Clutts, Senior Associate at Rubicon Representation;

Christopher A. Korst, Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer at Rent-A-Center, Inc.;

Lara Salinas, Human Resources Director at Essilor of America, Inc.; and

Christina Tribble, Assistant Vice President, Administration at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Frisco, who joined Frisco Family Services Board of Directors July 1, 2017.

“We’re very excited to welcome these five new members to Frisco Family Services’ Board of Directors,” said Nicole S. Bursey, Frisco Family Services’ Executive Director. “Each of them brings great skills, talents and a real heart to serve our community, which is so beneficial to our organization.”

Frisco Family Services Board Officers are:

Stephen Hadzima, M.D., President (Chief Medical officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano);

Karen Cunningham, Immediate Past President (Senior Human Resources Consultant at The Hopkins Group);

John Valker, Vice President Operations and Operations Committee Chair (President/Owner at 360 IT Services);

Dan Manley, business consultant;

Ken Schwartz, Secretary (Senior Counsel at Conifer Health Solutions); and

Andrew Sefzik, Assistant Secretary (Attorney at Strasburger & Price, LLP).

Completing the 2017-2018 Board of Directors, we have

Helen Babbe, Vice President at HH Global;

Molly Bullington, Community Volunteer; and

Robert Chase, Senior Vice President at BB&T Dallas.

Frisco Family Services is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to help members of our communities who are facing hunger, homelessness and other urgent needs improve their quality of life and achieve self-sufficiency.

Frisco Family Services houses Frisco’s only community Food Pantry, and sells and distributes clothing, furniture, and household items through Frisco Resale.

Frisco Family Services also offers life skill classes, educational assistance and employment support to adult clients, financial assistance for bills, utilities and prescription medications, as well as resource and referral assistance.

Seasonal programs include: The Summer Lunch Program, Back to School Fun Fair, Thanksgiving Meal Program, Holiday Store Program and the Silver Bells Holiday Social and Celebration.


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Dallas Cowboys Star report: Dak, Dez strike fast in win over Colts

By Brian Bearden

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott says timing is better than ever with receiver Dez Bryant after going 95 yards before hitting Dez with a 32-yard touchdown pass.

Prescott was 4 of 4 on the opening drive. Bryant caught the first of four passes for 23 yards.

Prescott completed 7 of 8 vs. the Colts and the touchdown pass in Dallas’ 24-19 preseason NFL

victory on Saturday night. …

Quarterback understudy Cooper Rush went 4 for 4 on his first drive with a touchdown against the Colts. Dallas scored again on the next drive on a Rush TD pass to Lance Lenore.

The Cowboys had more excitement in the early part of the fourth quarter on a 20-yard run by #45 Rod Smith of Ohio State.

Linebacker Jaylon Smith of Notre Dame says it is a dream come true to be on same team with his brother. Smith was the defensive player of the game Saturday.

Allen’s Uzoma Nwachukwu, the wide receiver from Texas A&M, had a good play for the Cowboys.

Sports trivia: Fred Brown caught a touchdown pass for the Colts late in the game. One of his last catches in college was on a pass from Dak Prescott.

Only one roster cut this summer, going from 90 to 53 players Sept. 1.

Big loss: Former Arkansas football coach Frank Broyles passed away this week. Broyles had a big impact on Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who attended the memorial service.

Next, the Cowboys will be back in Frisco practicing at The Star. Have you made plans to see the Cowboys practice? Note: Practices are already sold out at The Star. You will need a ticket to get into practice.

“Our guys are playing hard, and it was good seeing the young guys flying around,” owner Jerry Jones said. “I like the attitude. It is exciting.”

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The Dallas Cowboys Star Report is sponsored by fans of the Salvation Army and Cowboys.

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State Rep. Matt Shaheen makes it official, decides against State Senate run

Matt Shaheen serves as District 66 representative in the State House of Representatives

Texas State Rep. Matt Shaheen of Plano announced today that he won’t be running against Phillip Huffines in the Republican Primary race for State Senate in District 8.

Shaheen said: “After much prayer, counsel and reflection on the Special Session, I have decided to seek another term in the Texas House of Representatives serving the citizens of House District 66. It is clear that the battle for the future of a better Texas lies in the House of Representatives, and I belong in that fight.”

Texas Senate 8

Phillip Huffines is running for Texas Senate in Republican Primary

Phillip Huffines said: “Matt Shaheen is a principled conservative and a true patriot. The constituents of House District 66 are fortunate to have him serve as their representative in the Texas House. I look forward to working with Representative Shaheen on the campaign trail. Our campaign will continue to work hard to put out our conservative message, and earn every vote. We gain momentum every day.”


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Collin County Courts: McKinney TX man given life without parole for murder of wife, her twin sister

Kelley Eugene Bigham, 52, of McKinney, Texas was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to Capital Murder of his wife and her twin sister, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.
On June 20, 2016, Bigham, who was estranged from his wife, Karen Bigham, returned to the marital residence on High Pointe Drive in McKinney to retrieve some of his belongings. Police said Bigham’s adult daughter and Karen Bigham’s twin sister, Kathy Boobar, were also at the residence.
The prosecution said that Bigham (pictured) displayed a handgun and then told his daughter to leave. Immediately upon leaving the residence, Bigham’s daughter heard her mother yell “call 911,” and then heard two gun shots.
Police said Bigham fled and drove east to Rains County where his family lived. Bigham was arrested at his father’s house by the Rains County Sheriff’s Department with the assistance of the East Tawakoni Police Department and the Texas Rangers.
Several family members were present for the plea and gave emotional victim impact statements.
They spoke of the love and friendship Karen, a hairstylist, and Kathy, a bank president, shared as well as how their tragic murders affected their community. Approximately 2000 people attended the twin sisters’ visitation and funeral services. District Judge Benjamin Smith accepted Bigham’s guilty plea and assessed the automatic sentence of life in prison without parole.
Assistant Criminal District Attorney Lisa Milasky King prosecuted the case, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Kenny Newton and District Attorney Victim Assistance Coordinator Susanne Riggs. McKinney Police Detective Craig Owens investigated the case, with assistance from McKinney Police Sergeant Russel May and Texas Ranger Reuben Mankin.
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Staying in House: Representative Matt Shaheen not expected to run for State Senate


Former County Commissioner and current Texas State Rep. Matt Shaheen won’t be running for State Senate, our sources tell us.

The Senate post is currently held by Van Taylor, who is expected to run for retiring Sam Johnson’s seat in the U.S. Congress.

With Shaheen staying in the House, Dallas County GOP Chair Phillip Huffines has a clear path for the Republican nomination in the District 8 race for State Senate.

Expect an announcement later this week.

Shaheen lives in Plano and represents District 66.

This story sponsored by the Lincoln Society of Collin County

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CASA: Sign up for Sheriff’s Shootout ‘Fore’ Kids 9-90; Stonebridge Ranch CC hosting Sept. 26 golf tournament


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Smoke restaurant announces on Facebook that doors are closing at Plano location

Nancy Nichols reports Sunday morning on that Smoke will be closing its doors in Plano, Texas, on Preston Road.

We’ve never known Nancy Nichols to be wrong. She beat everyone to the story.

Smoke’s post on Facebook on Sunday confirmed the story a little later.

This is what Smoke posted …

“After 2 1/2 years of business, we are sad to announce that we are closing our Smoke Plano location after our brunch service August 13th.

We’d like to publicly thank our landlords at Eden, the City of Plano, the neighborhoods of Willow Bend, Prestonwood, and the other surrounding 13 neighborhood associations. We would also like to thank the many employees, past and current, who have contributed their time to help us try to succeed. We have made many great friends and employed a ton of great people.

We will be relocating our current staff to our other restaurant concepts. We truly tried to make it work, but to put it simply there is no more gas left in the tank. Thank you for your support. We could not have made it this far without you.

Please don’t forget to join us at our Smoke Restaurant Dallas location for the same great food. We would also love to serve you at our other sister restaurant concepts: Bolsa Restaurant The Theodore Chicken Scratch The Foundry Bar.”

That was from SMOKE on Facebook

Is it tough to make it in the restaurant business today. Consider: The average household income within a mile of Preston and Park is more than $100,000 a year per household in Plano.

Plano has already lost a number of restaurants recently such as Pollo Tropical, Spaghetti Warehouse, TGI Friday’s, Corner Bakery (because of fire).

One of our CPA friends said the she notes the average person between the ages of 20 and 50 no longer has as much free spendable income to go out to eat with the family, when meals for three or four could cost more than $50, including drinks.

She has been advising young families to not buy tea or soft drinks, because those now average almost $3 per person. Ask for water instead.

Also, the CPA notes, people are waiting longer to get married. Plus, many families now have one parent. And, CPA notes many no longer have extra money because health, auto and home insurance costs have erased dining out money. Whatever the reason some big names are closing, we continue to support local restaurants, shops and chambers of commerce and the BBB (see Brian Reagan in McKinney for way’s to build your local business

Here are local restaurants with locations we like because of the food and customer service. Continue supporting these …

Angelo and Vito’s Pizzeria in Plano (Legacy and Independence)

Babe’s Chicken in Frisco near railroad downtown

Bavarian Grill in Plano (west of 75 on Parker)

Brother’s Pizza in McKinney (on Eldorado)

Bill Smith’s Cafe in McKinney (Hwy. 380 east of U.S. 75)

Cadillac Pizza in McKinney (downtown square)

Campisi’s in Plano (Parker and Preston)

Covino’s in Plano (Parker and Independence)

Eddy’s Pizza in Plano (Custer and 15th)

El Norte in Plano (near the DPS driver’s license location on Parker)

Fishmonger’s in Plano on 75 near bridge

Harry’s at the Harbor in McKinney (Adriatica)

Hedary’s in Allen

Hutchin’s BBQ

Jasper’s in Plano at Shops of Legacy

Kula Revolving Sushi Bar in Plano (75 and Legacy)

Latin Pig in Plano (Custer and Parker)


Lockhart Smokehouse in downtown Plano

Norma’s Cafe in Frisco and Plano

Olive Burger

Pie Five pizza

Rick’s Chophouse in McKinney (Downtown Square)

Rio Bravo in Plano (Alma and Legacy)

Salsa TexMex in Frisco and Plano

Sea Breeze Fish Market and Grill in Plano

SMOKE in Plano (Closed Aug. 13, 2017)

Steve Fields Steak and Lobster in Plano

Sushi Shack in Plano (Parker and Independence)

The Original Pancake House in Plano (on 75 or on tollway)

The Pantry in McKinney (Downtown Square)

Tino’s Too in Plano north of downtown on Ave. K

Tony’s Cafe of Plano (Alma and Spring Creek)

Yama Izakaya and Sushi

and all the new spots at Legacy West

and you know what, we say thank you to the hard-working people at Fuddrucker’s, BJ’s Brewhouse, Market Street, Jason’s Deli, McDonald’s, Whataburger, In and Out and Denny’s and all the pizza and chinese delivery folks …

TRIP ADVISOR Best restaurants in Plano

We left a few good restaurants out. Wish ones should be recognized?

Be sure to leave a comment to tell everyone your favorite local restaurant that deserves attention and local support … Thank you for sharing, and supporting local chambers and business.


CHICAGO TRIBUNE – Applebee’s, IHOP closing locations

FOX BUSINESS – It is not just Applebee’s; other restaurants are closing too

FORBES – The 10 Big Chains that are closing restaurants

And thanks again to the great reporting by Nancy Nichols. Read all of her reviews in D Magazine and subscribe


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Waldrip family saw education as door to success; new Frisco ISD Superintendent ready to know every student by name and need as he guides fast-growing school district


Get to know Frisco ISD’s new Superintendent

SET COLLEGE AS A STEPPING STONE: Growing up in a small town in West Texas, there was never any doubt that Frisco ISD Supt. Mike Waldrip and his younger brother would go to college.

“It was a non-negotiable as far as my father was concerned,” Waldrip said. “He didn’t really care what we did or where we studied, but we were going to college because he always felt like it was going to do things for us that he and my Mom never had the ability to do because they lacked that kind of education.”

The Waldrip family viewed education as a gateway to success – a philosophy Mike Waldrip carried with him and has shared with thousands of students over the course of his 35-year career as a school teacher, coach and administrator.

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS, CREATING CAREERS: Now as new Superintendent of schools at Frisco ISD, many of the lessons he learned as a young person, such as the importance of hard work and personal relationships, have shaped the leader and educator he is today.


CWPostAs a student in Post in northwest Texas – a rural community (pop. 3,800, 2,600 elevation) founded by C.W. Post, who launched Post Cereals – Waldrip played every sport available, including football, basketball and track. He says his coaches, along with his fourth grade teacher, inspired him to pursue a career in education.

“I made that decision very early on that that’s what I wanted to do with my life,” he said. “I just remember thinking in middle school, it would be really cool to teach and coach because these guys look like they’re having a lot of fun doing what they’re doing.”




Angelo State – San Angelo Texas

At a towering 6 feet-6 inches, Waldrip played basketball for a year after high school at Angelo State University.

Waldrip earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech, where he studied physical education and biology.


After graduation, he put Lubbock, Texas, in his rear view mirror to take on his first teaching and coaching job in in the South Texas community of Victoria, before moving on to Goliad and then west to Seminole. In all, he spent 16 years as a biology teacher and basketball coach.

“I always liked trying to create a situation in the classroom where kids could involve themselves in the learning and they could be inquisitive and ask questions and learn some things for themselves,” Waldrip said.

Sul Ross State University

Sul Ross State – Alpine Texas

He went on to serve as assistant principal at Seminole High School and earned his master’s degree from Sul Ross State University in 2000.


In 2002, a one-time rival on the basketball court – former Centennial High School and Clark Middle School Principal Randy Spain – recruited Waldrip to Frisco ISD.


Waldrip served first as principal at Clark Middle School; and then as the District’s first-ever director of secondary instruction.

Waldrip opened Liberty High School as principal in 2006, something he says was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of his career.


“Just being able to put a complete staff together, open a high school brand new and set the vision and course for what the school was going to be like,” Waldrip said. “I always said I wanted Liberty to be a place where kids enjoyed coming to school and teachers enjoyed coming to work, and that’s what we tried to focus on to create that type of environment for everyone.”




North Texas – Denton Texas

Waldrip earned his Doctor of Education from The University of North Texas in 2008 and  in 2010 he move to central administration, where he oversaw data systems, program evaluation and various Frisco ISD departments.

“I have always believed that you can’t make informed decisions unless you have some things to inform your decisions,” Waldrip said. “Data doesn’t necessarily give you all the answers, but it certainly helps narrow the areas where you need to look to find those answers.”


In 2014, Waldrip accepted the position of superintendent of schools in nearby Coppell ISD. He says the experience prepared him for the job in Frisco ISD, which now has more than 56,000 students. Frisco ISD is poised to soon become the third largest school district in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“I think being the leader of any school district, you see the importance of engaging the community in what you’re doing and telling your story,” Waldrip said. “It’s important to solicit the community’s input because it is their school district and you want to provide the kind of education that they want for their kids.”



Frisco ISD is home for Waldrip and his wife Lisa, who have two sons who graduated from Frisco ISD schools. Waldrip said he’s inspired by the school district’s mission statement to know every student by name and need

“I think they [Frisco families] think, ‘Well that’s a place that I would like for my kids to go to school, if those people are really focused on knowing my child by name and knowing what their needs are,’” he said. “I think that’s a huge unifying factor for the school district, even though people come from different communities, areas and backgrounds.

“Frisco ISD has a long legacy of providing a quality education and there is no reason for this not to continue,” he said. “We have educators up for the task and a community that desires and supports this type of education for their kids.

“I am very blessed to be able to lead Frisco ISD in that work,” he said. “My wife and I couldn’t be happier to be moving back to the place we call home.”

Dr. Waldrip succeeds Dr. Jeremy Lyon, who retired in June after more than four years as Frisco ISD superintendent and 31 years in public education. The selection of Dr. Waldrip as lone finalist concluded a two-month search for Dr. Lyon’s replacement. With the assistance of Jenny Preston Consulting, the Board garnered public input from community members as well as FISD staff to develop a wish list of qualities the District desired in a new superintendent.

During the almost 60-day process, applications were received from across the country.

Frisco ISD School Board President Anne McCausland said: “Hiring a superintendent is the most far-reaching decision a school board will ever make. This Board focused its energies to find the best fit for our students, staff, parents and community. We are thrilled to have Dr. Mike Waldrip continue our commitment to student achievement and keep Frisco ISD a destination district.”

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Severe thunderstorm warning for Collin County with possible rotations

Stay alert. Possible rotations in this severe thunderstorm.





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Almost time for school

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