New CEO at Cinemark

Cinemark chairman Lee Roy Mitchell announced that Alan Stock, who has served as CEO of the Plano-based movie theater company since December 2006, will be turning over the CEO position to Tim Warner. Stock will continue in an advisory role as consultant.

Mitchell said, “On behalf of the board and the company, I thank Alan for his many years of distinguished service to Cinemark and his unwavering dedication to and passion for improving quality and performance in every area of our organization. We are grateful for his vision and initiatives which have contributed significantly to our growth and success. On behalf of everyone at Cinemark, I wish him the very best and with Alan remaining part of the Cinemark team, I look forward to the continued benefit of his valuable counsel and expertise.”

Stock said, “Cinemark is the industry’s leading exhibitor, and I am proud to have contributed to the company’s growth during my 26-year tenure,” he said. “It is exciting to have been part of such a great organization and have facilitated its development from 51 screens that existed when I started to 5,096 screens today. I look forward to working with Tim and the management team to ensure that we effect a seamless transition and continued success for the company.”


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The Collin County Business Press reported that before being promoted, Warner led the expansion into Latin America by Cinemark Holdings Inc. Follow more business stories on Collin County Business Press

Police describe possible suspect in kidnapping

The Frisco Police Department report that the suspect in the recent kidnapping case is described as a black male in his 20s, approximately 5-8 to 5-9 in height, wearing dark jeans and a black hooded pull over. He is of medium build with a well-groomed goatee.
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What happened?: The man is a suspect in Friday’s kidnapping of a Frisco 18-year-old woman, who was seen leaving work on the south side of the Dr Pepper Arena. Frisco Dispatchers received a 911 call from her cell phone at approximately 9:51 pm, on Friday, Feb. 17. There was no conversation on the line.

The victim was located in Muskogee, Okla., late Saturday night after calling 911 for assistance. She remained in the care of the Muskogee Police until Frisco Police Detectives arrived to speak with her. She returned to Frisco with her parents, who traveled to Muskogee upon learning that their daughter had been found.

The Frisco Police Department report they believe this to be an isolated case. Police said at this time, there is no indication that this case is related to the Dr Pepper Arena.

Frisco Police stated, “As always, we encourage our citizens to be cognizant of their surroundings and to report any suspicious activity to the police department. The investigation is ongoing at this time.”

Two injured in brewery explosion

DFW.CBSLOCAL.COM reported that two people at the Franconia Brewery were injured in a small explosion at its facility at 495 McKinney Parkway Saturday afternoon. coverage of brewery explosion
McKinney Fire Department spokeswoman Stacie Durham said one person was taken to the hospital in an ambulance while a medical helicopter took the other. Investigators say a beer compression tank exploded at about 12 p.m.

On its Facebook page, the four-year-old brewery reported that the woman taken in the helicopter had been discharged and was in good condition. The other individual remained in the hospital Saturday evening. Neither have been identified.

Durham said there was no fire as a result of the explosion. The brewery offers tours each Saturday, and there were dozens of individuals standing outside shortly after the small blast.


Rain makes winter one of wettest on record

Pete Delkus of WFAA Channel 8 reports:
“What a great rain for North Texas. We saw amounts as high as 4″+ in our southern counties to about .10″ in our northwest counties. DFW officially recorded 1.40″. That means we have received 12.41″ of precipitation since December 1…making the Winter of 2011-2012 the 6th wettest winter on record and the wettest in 14 years!!”

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Missing Frisco woman found in Muskogee, Oklahoma

DFW.CBSLOCAL.COM is reporting that Bethany Stroud, the 18-year-old Frisco woman who went missing after making a muffled 911 call Friday night, has been found in Muskogee, Okla.
Stroud called 911 just before 10 p.m. Saturday from a Braum’s location in Muskogee, about 140 miles from Oklahoma City.

She said she was kidnapped and managed to escape from her captor. Investigators are interviewing Stroud and a Frisco police spokesman said the teen is safe.

Stroud went missing Friday after leaving Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco where she worked. She made a 12- second 911 call, but a dispatcher reported no conversation on the line. story

Police: 18-year-old woman missing after placing 911 call in Frisco

Frisco Police are asking for help in locating an 18-year-old woman who went missing Friday night after placing a 911 call without saying anything on the line.

Bethany Stroud, 18, was last seen leaving Dr Pepper Arena where she works at about 8:30 p.m. Employees say they saw her walking toward her teal-colored two-door 1998 Pontiac Sunfire on the south side of the arena.

Her license plate number is CXB475. Frisco police say Stroud, who goes by Beth, called 911 at 9:51 p.m. Friday. A dispatcher reported no sound on the end of the line.

Anyone with information about Stroud or her Sunfire are asked to call the Frisco Police Department at 972-292-6000.

Arts hall, park changing operating plan

The Arts Center of North Texas Board of Directors unanimously approved the direction of the organization that would preserve the long-term vision of the regional performing arts hall and art park project and the significant assets designated for that purpose.

The Board, comprised of representatives appointed by the Owner Cities of Allen, Frisco and Plano and at-large members, decided to recommend to the Owner Cities to “spin off” the organization as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit.

The Arts Center of North Texas Board of Directors stated that utilizing this strategy, the arts project would operate as a traditional non-profit versus a quasi-governmental/non-profit entity, bringing more efficiency to the organization.  This recommendation is subject to the unanimous approval of the three “Owner Cities.”

Bob Baggett, president of the ACNT board of directors, said, “We are grateful to the board of directors for their thoughtful deliberation in reaching this decision.  The multi-city board is in unanimous consensus to preserve the long-term vision of the regional performing arts center project.  Today’s vote to spin off as an independent 501(c) (3) non-profit demonstrates the support and commitment that exists for this project which is expected to generate an economic impact of $25 million annually to the region.
Baggett said, “The performing arts hall and park is still an important contribution to the cultural and economic development of the area.  With $30 million of assets donated and committed from the private sector, and $8 million invested by the ‘Owner Cities’ in capital expenditures, pre-construction architecture and design, we believe that as the economy improves this is a significant opportunity to approach with a long-term view.
Baggett said, “Our current site is an unprecedented and ideal backdrop for a significant regional gathering place to serve the population center of Collin County. Hundreds of donors, businesses and volunteers who are advocates for the arts will be able to continue their work towards making this project a reality. In the meantime, we will operate on a bare-bones budget.”
The Arts Center of North Texas began its fiscal year October 1, 2011 with a six month business plan to determine the feasibility of replacing the City of Frisco’s capital investment and O&M commitments.  It is operating without financial support from the “Owner Cities.”   After careful review by the Board of Directors of the efforts by staff and supporters over the last five months, it was determined the organization could not replace the City of Frisco’s commitment nor function without it as well as overcome the challenges facing fund-raising.

In order to preserve the capital assets of the project, the Board evaluated three options that were presented as outlined in the 2012 Business Plan that was adopted by the Board of Directors in June 2011.  The three options were:  spin off to a private non-profit, on hiatus with all activity but maintain the organization structure or dissolution.

After an extensive executive session, it was decided to adopt a resolution to the reorganization and “spin off” as an independent 501(c) (3) non-profit organization for the purpose of constructing and operating a performing arts center.  The motion to adopt the resolution for the re-organization and spin off was made by Plano representative, Betty Muns and seconded by at-large member, Bill Shaddock. 

The resolution no. 65-2-12 states:
WHEREAS,  the Arts Center of North Texas is organized for the purpose of aiding, assisting, and acting on behalf of the cities of Allen, Frisco and Plano, Texas, by financing, constructing, owning, furnishing, managing and operating performing and visual cultural arts facilities; and,
WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Arts Center of North Texas to keep the regional vision of a performing arts facility in place, reorganize the entity to operate more effectively and to  build and operate a performing arts center; and,
WHEREAS, the Arts Center of North Texas desires to preserve the significant assets donated by the communities and honor the many dedicated donors, volunteers and supporters of the project by pursuing the vision of a state of the art regional performing arts center ; and,

WHEREAS,  it is the intent of the Arts Center of North Texas to accomplish this goal by reorganizing as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to position the organization to effectively promote a public/private partnership  for the purpose of constructing, owning and operating a performing arts center; and,
WHEREAS, the Arts Center of North Texas is currently a Texas local government corporation, jointly owned and governed by a multi- party Interlocal Agreement between the cities of Allen, Frisco and Plano, Texas.

SECTION 1.   The Arts Center of North Texas hereby recommends to the cities of Allen, Frisco and Plano, that the organization transition and reorganize as a separate independent 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.
SECTION 2.   The Arts Center of North Texas also recommends that the assets of the organization remain with the reorganized entity; including all donations, land, and intellectual material, including drawings and plans, to be used to implement the continuing vision of constructing, owning and operating a performing arts center.
SECTION 3.    This Resolution shall be effective immediately upon its passage. 
The Board of Directors has recommended to the Owner and Member Cities that each takes concurrent action to accomplish the recommended plan. In addition to the resolution, Mary Grube was named interim executive director.  Additional information regarding the resolution will be released after each Owner City has taken action.

About The Arts Center of North Texas
The Arts Center of North Texas (formerly the Arts of Collin County) is a nationally recognized, innovative, public-private partnership to develop a 100-plus acre arts park. 

Co-owned by the cities of Allen, Frisco and Plano, with operational support by member cities, Fairview and Melissa, the development of the arts park is supported with public bond monies, Collin County Open Space Enhancement funds, and additional financial support from private individuals, corporations and foundations.

Located half mile east of Custer Road on the Sam Rayburn Tollway (Hwy 121), the arts park will be completed in phases, with a 2,100-seat performing arts hall, performance meadow, and hike and bike trails included in Phase One. To learn more, visit the or call 214-495-5810.

Rotary learns about Charter schools

Charter schools can be a mystery to most parents. Bracy Wilson, the former Stonebridge Church pastor who has championed charter schools since helping his dad open the Life School in Dallas, gave the Rotary Club of McKinney a way to understand what options can be made available for students and parents outside traditional public schools.

 His talk on Friday at Rick’s Chophouse in the Grand Hotel comes as plans are under way for the Imagine International Academy of North Texas to open a charter school in McKinney this fall.


Wilson, who founded HelpCharters, LLC to offer consulting and management of charter schools in Texas and beyond, said that charter schools must meet state academic requirements while also serving their own educational mission.
“Charter schools are state funded,” Wilson said. “They have no local funding. They are not religious schools. Charter schools are not voucher schools.”

Wilson said that unlike magnet schools, charter schools don’t pick and choose students.

“Charter schools have to enroll all students,” said Wilson, who is not affiliated with the Imagine Academy that will open in McKinney in August. “By law, charter schools provide for and accommodate students. Charter schools are mission focused.”

His dad’s school, which started in Dallas, focuses on building leadership skills and character. Wilson said his mission to create charter schools came about when he saw that about 10 percent of public school seventh and eighth graders drop out. He said that about 50 percent of students in 7th through 12th grades are dropping out of state schools.

“That means that in 10 to 15 years, they will be dependent on us to support them.”

Wilson’s firm has started six schools in Texas in the last two years and will launch five more in 2012 in Dallas and Fort Worth. In 2013, 11 more are planned for Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco, Houston and Terrell.

Wilson lives in McKinney with his wife Nadine and two children, who attend school in the McKinney ISD at Minshew Elementary. He is running for the House District 70 seat for state representative against McKinney’s Scott Sanford, who was also at the Rotary meeting. Sanford’s son Ryan attends Baylor after graduating from McKinney Boyd. Sanford’s daughter Lauren attends McKinney Christian Academy.

Sanford, a CPA from Baylor who is married to Shelly, serves as executive pastor at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church.


At 2860 Virginia Parkway, the Imagine International Academy of North Texas, will open a public tuition-free charter school in McKinney.

Imagine Schools plans to serve 950 students in grades K-9 for the 2012-2013 school year. The academy will be offering an “academically rigorous college preparatory curriculum based upon the International Baccalaureate (IB) educational framework.”

The McKinney charter academy will accept students eligible to attend public school in McKinney ISD, Celina ISD, Frisco ISD, Princeton ISD, Prosper ISD, Lovejoy ISD, Allen ISD and Melissa ISD.

The academy received approval to open from the Texas Education Agency in May of 2011.

The Academy will be seeking authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization to provide the IB Primary Years Programme for students in grades K-5, the IB Middle Years Programme for students in grades 6-10, and the IB Diploma Programme for students in grades 11-12.

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As a public school option, Leadership Prep School at 8500 Teel Parkway in Frisco provides a free-tuition school with open enrollment (first-come-first-served). It will receive funding from the state and therefore will be accountable to state policies and the charter itself. For more information, go to

The Frisco school champions parent partnership, leadership development, academics, creativity and excellence.


According to the Texas Charter Schools Association, public charter schools vary in mission and model and serve a diverse range of students. An Association survey of its membership indicated that 27 percent of Texas charter schools serve high school students that have dropped out, or are at-risk of dropping out of school. Additionally, 36 percent focus on college preparation, 29 percent serve a specialized mission, and 8 percent are educating students in residential treatment or juvenile justice program.


A TEA charter was granted on March 6, 1998, and Life School of Dallas became a free tuition, open enrollment charter public school on Aug. 12, 1998. Dr. Tom Wilson, founder and Chancellor of Life SchoolS, now operates five campuses. Life School’s enrollment has increased from 266 students to more than 3,700 students in the current year.

Life School seeks to develop leaders with the necessary skills to achieve success in the 21st century. Through character training, strong academics and parent involvement Life School will be successful in fulfilling its mission.

Wilson’s Life School encourages involvement by parents and has a point system for parents. The school prides itself on saying “it is not a private school but sure does fell like one.”

All school campuses are “Recognized” based on TEA Spring 2010 test results. Life School student composite test scores exceeded those of many surrounding public school districts on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) tests last year.

Frisco, McKinney fastest growing cities in nation

MSN Real Estate reports that Frisco and McKinney were the two fastest growing cities in America during the last decade, according to figures released last week by MSN Real Estate.

The city of Frisco grew a total of 203.9 percent since 2000, for an estimated population of 102,413 in 2009. The estimated population of Frisco at the end of 2010 was 107,050, and is estimated to be 148,000 by 2015.

MSN Real Estate reported that the population of McKinney grew 135 percent between 2000 and 2009, to 127,672, good enough for second on MSN Real Estate’s list. McKinney’s population is estimated to now be more than 130,000, and its 2015 population is projected at 150,602.
Christopher Solomon of MSN Real Estate said, “No wonder city officials recently gave this city 25 miles north of Dallas the slogan, ‘Progress in Motion.’ It was the fastest growing city with more than 100,000 people in the entire country in the 2000s.”

He explained, “Frisco has some of the best schools in the state. Collin College, Dallas Baptist University, the University of Dallas, and Amberton University all have campuses in Frisco. The city is also home to minor league basketball, hockey and baseball teams, and has quality arenas and ballparks.

Many people are employed in Frisco at the large T-Mobile USA campus. The headquarters and training facilities for the Dallas Stars, a National Hockey League team, are also located in Frisco.”

“North Texas has a lot of fast-growing communities,” Solomon said, “and there’s a lot of competition for where people can live and businesses can relocate. But people have been voting with their feet and trooping to McKinney. They like that they’re within striking distance of downtown Dallas, 30 miles to the south, yet at the same time can live in a place that has elements of small-town charm.”

MSN Real Estate named the 15 fastest growing cities in America. Denton came in at No. 13, having grown 48.5 percent to a population of 122,830 between 2000 and 2009.

The 15 fastest growing cities in America were listed as:

1. Frisco, Texas

2. McKinney, Texas

3. North Las Vegas, Nevada

4. Gilbert, Arizona

5. Port St. Lucie, Florida

6. Victorville, California

7. Round Rock, Texas

8. Elk Grove, California

9. Cape Coral, Florida

10. Peoria, Arizona

11. Miramar, Florida

12. Murfreesboro, Tennessee

13. Denton, Texas

14. Henderson, Nevada

15. Irving, California
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