None injured by shots fired at homes in Plano

Plano Police are investigating gun shots and bullet marks on homes along Blackjack Oak Lane off East Parker Road near Hickey Elementary School on Monday night. The street is located south of East Parker Road by the Nature Preserve and Oak Point Park.

In McKinney, police are reporting that burglaries are up this fall.

Plano Police Department Tip Line: 972-941-2148.
Crime Stoppers Tip Line: 877-373-8477.

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Fine dining: Ruggeri’s warms up downtown McKinney

Find out what happened when the mayor, sheriff and two judges tried out the new Italian restaurant on the downtown McKinney Square. Read J.B.’s account at http://www.northtexasreporter.com

Freezing point: Temperature falls overnight

On Monday morning the temperature dropped to 32 as kids started back to school after the Thanksgiving holiday. Mornings are expected to be chilly all week.

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McKinney’s Mahan, U.S. win at The Presidents Cup

McKinney’s Hunter Mahan never fell behind on the final day of The Presidents Cup to beat Jason Day, 5 and 3, to earn the first point for the U.S. Team on Sunday at Royal Melbourne.

Mahan closed out Day with a 13-foot putt for birdie at the 15th hole. The Singles win was his fourth in five matches this week at the Presidents Cup.
Mahan won the first hole with a par and never looked back — building a 5-up advantage through eight holes. Day shot 44 with five bogeys and two double bogeys on the front nine holes.

Captain’s pick Tiger Woods made the putt that scored the deciding point to lead the U.S. team over the Internationals at Royal Melbourne for The Presidents Cup.  The U.S. captured six of the 12 final-day matches to win, 19-15.

Woods had trouble putting going into the final day, but sank the ones he needed Sunday to edge Aaron Baddeley, 4 and 3.

“I played well all week,” Woods said. “Unfortunately, I didn’t make putts. I hit putts well, but they just weren’t going in. Caught a lot of lips the first three days, first four matches. Today was a different deal. I, for some reason, felt it and they were pouring right in there.”

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McKinney’s Hunter Mahan makes big putt at Presidents Cup

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Hunter Mahan of McKinney and Bill Haas beat Aaron Baddeley and Jason Day, 2 and 1, at The Presidents Cup  at Royal Melbourne in Australia. The U.S. team leads the Internationals, 13-9.


HUNTER MAHAN: This has definitely The Ryder Cup atmosphere. It was difficult. It was tough. We grinded. We got 2 up and we got it back to even and Bill made two birdies. Boy, it was a lot going on today. This is an Australian team we were playing today, we heard it all day and to make it like that feels good.

Q. Were you thinking that Hunter would make that putt?

BILL HAAS: I was hoping he would because my 6 footer looked 12 feet all of a sudden. I give all the credit in the world to Hunter today. He carried me, a couple nice birdies on the back nine, carried me midway through the round and it’s fitting he made that putt there. It was his match. That was pretty special to watch.

Q. You went from U.S. Open to British Open it seemed like in two days, just talk about the conditions a little.

BILL HAAS: It went from nice, doable, rain to not that much rain, and then the wind picked up and dropped probably 15, 20 degrees maybe.

So very difficult. We didn’t make it I was struggling middle of the round, Hunter really picked me up. Could have been ugly there if he was struggling. I made a couple birdies on the back nine to feel like I helped the team a little bit and awesome to finish it off.

Q. Talk about the last putt, what it felt like.

HUNTER MAHAN: Interesting hole. I felt like coming into the green, I hit a perfect shot, it’s a brutal pin to get close to. I mean, Bill, I hit it 20 feet probably. Bill out of the rough hits it six feet, I mean, incredible shot.

I told him we have to be prepared to make our putts and sure enough Jason drills it right in the middle. It broke a couple feet. The greens are perfect so if you get it on line and I had a pure roll, and boy, it looked good the whole way. Felt good when it dropped.

Q. Talk about playing against the Australians all day, I’m sure it was a great atmosphere and a little emotion in the end when it went in.

HUNTER MAHAN: Yeah we were playing the Australian team and felt like we were playing all of Australia out there. It was fun. You have to enjoy that because this is great, and this is great to be a part of and it’s special.

It’s a great team, just I mean, they were playing well, they hit a lot of great shots when they had to, so it feels nice to get a point because we needed a full one.

Q. Talk about where you stand now, 12 9, maybe 13 9 going into tomorrow.

HUNTER MAHAN: I knew I don’t know how Jim and if we are playing every match is tough. We needed a full point right there. We had the lead, two out of the four to go and we needed a full point. A halve was going to be disappointing and we knew that.

Note: Jim Furyk and Nick Watney picked up the second point for USA in four-balls, 1-up over Adam Scott and Ernie Els.

SUNDAY SINGLES MATCHES: Webb Simpson vs. KT Kim – Dustin Johnson vs. Charl Schwartzel – Bubba Watson vs. Ryo Ishikawa – Bill Haas vs. Geoff Ogilvy and Hunter Mahan vs. Jason Day Nick Watney vs. KJ Choi – Phil Mickelson vs. Adam Scott – Matt Kuchar vs. Retief Goosen – Jim Furyk vs. Ernie Els – David Toms vs. Robert Allenby – Tiger Woods vs. Aaron Baddeley – Steve Stricker vs. YE Yang. … Play begins at 10:30 a.m. with final match set to go at 12:43 p.m. Australian time. Note on day: Keep in mind Australia is one day ahead, and it is now Sunday in Australia.

Jaynes adding endorsements

By JOE JAYNES
This is a copy of the email Joe Jaynes sent out this week.
With the passage of Proposition 10, elected county officials can announce their intentions to run for state offices in early December.
Until such time, we are putting together an endorsement list for an anticipated run for State Representative District 70. I believe the knowledge and experience developed during my time as your County Commissioner will serve Collin County well in the Texas House.

If you would like to add your name to the list of endorsers, just hit reply and type in the name(s) you would like to add and hit send. Your response will help us develop a plan for how we prepare for December.

I am proud of the conservative record that I have established on the commissioners court. For example:
I have never voted for a tax increase;
I authored the 5% county homestead exemption;
Collin County was one of the first counties in the state to receive a AAA bond rating;
We have approximately $2 billion worth of transportation projects underway to keep our citizens moving and businesses growing. At the same time, we have lowered the tax rate;
The commissioners’ court placed our employees on a pay for performance system as opposed to the traditional step system that most government entities have in place;
I led the effort in freezing taxes for senior citizens;
Among Texas’ 254 counties, Collin County has the 3rd lowest property tax rate.

We have also kept long-term personnel and retirement costs down for both current taxpayers and future generations. The median salary for county employees is 55% less than the median salary for Collin County residents. In addition, according to the Texas County and District Retirement System, county employees’ average retirement benefits are valued at less than $25,000 a year through 2025

The best news is that Collin County is one of the few major governmental entities in the nation that has their retirement program fully funded. While other counties and cities are facing multi-million dollar pension shortfalls, our fiscally conservative approach means that we have created no major unfunded liabilities to be paid for by future generations.

Again, let us know if we can count on your support. I look forward to communicating with you over the next few months concerning the issues facing Texas.

As always it is an honor serving you,
Best,
Joe

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