Frisco’s Simpson will lead Boys & Girls Clubs



Former Frisco Mayor Mike Simpson has been hired as CEO for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County.

Photo courtesy of Arts Center of North Texas

“I look forward to this new position and working with our locations in Frisco, McKinney and Plano and the 8,000 children we support,” Simpson said. “The Boys & Girls Clubs has a great staff, dedicated and passionate Board of Directors and an unbelievable group of companies and individuals who support the organization.”
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Deion wins this round in court

NBCDFW reports that the  judge ruled Monday in favor of Deion Sanders in a protective order hearing.

Sanders’ estranged wife, Pilar, must stay 500 yards away from the couple’s Prosper home. Deion and Pilar Sanders were also both cleared of family violence charges.

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Eckenrode, Hill pick up endorsements

In the Collin County Precinct 3 Commissioner’s race, Ray Eckenrode picked up the endorsement of the Collin County Deputies Association (CCDA).


CCDA President Mitch Selman said, “Ray understands the intersection between county budgetary policy and law enforcement’s ability to provide key services to county residents. He believes in making sure Sheriff’s Office and Detention Facility personnel have the full support of taxpayers, and that the County’s annual budgets reflect these long-held priorities. Ray’s been a leading business owner and law enforcement advocate for more than a decade, and he’s the only person in this race who has the real-world experience, the budgetary insight and the personal conviction to help Collin County maintain its standing as a public safety leader not just in Texas but across the country.”

Selman said. It’s one thing to mouth platitudes to law enforcement, as Ray’s opponent has, but it’s another thing entirely to have a record of supporting and defending local law enforcement. Ray’s a graduate of the McKinney Citizen Police Academy. He’s endorsed by the McKinney Police Association. He knows firsthand the partnership between thriving business and residential sectors and a responsive, robust team of local law police and first responders. Public safety and vitality demand it, and Ray gets it.”

Eckenrode said, “I’ve always been a staunch defender of our law enforcement community here in Collin County. As a County resident, real estate professional and small businessman, I know firsthand the huge impact law enforcement has on public safety, and the positive perception it has for new business and job creation in our county. It’s vital we continue to support our Sheriff’s Office, to help them effectively fight crime and promote the peace. As Commissioner, I will already be well-informed in this vital area.”

Chris Hill just picked up the endorsements of Coalition for Better Government, Kelly Shackelford of the Liberty Institute and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility.

“Today, we need principled, conservative leaders who will stand tall and serve the community with excellence and integrity,” Shackelford said. “I am excited to endorse Chris Hill as the right candidate for Collin County Commissioner (Precinct 3). He has the professional skills and experience to serve Collin County with excellence. And more importantly, he has the personal character and values to lead with integrity. Chris shares our conservative values, and will be an excellent commissioner for Precinct 3.”

Michael Quinn, president of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility said, “As a commonsense conservative, Chris Hill will be strong voice for taxpayers on the Collin County Commissioners Court.”
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Tip411: Sheriff rolls out safety initiative

The second phase Collin County Sheriff’s Office Alert Network is now operational.

The Collin County Alert Network is a new interactive way to keep the community connected and informed through opt-in e-mail, text message and web published public safety alerts. The new initiative also enables the public to report suspicious activities easily through the tip411 anonymous text messaging code.

The first phase, the tip411 program enabling the public to submit anonymous tips to the Sheriff’s Office via text messaging began in February of 2012.


While this is not a replacement for dialing 911 in an emergency, this technology allows persons to communicate potentially helpful information. The tipster simply texts CCSO and their message/tip to 847411 (tip411). 

When Sheriff’s Office receives the message, they can respond to the tipster who will continue to remain anonymous. The Collin County Sheriff’s Office has no way to access the identity of the individual reporting the information. Citizens may also submit anonymous web tips through the system.

A new iPhone app is now available through iTunes that enables the public to send anonymous tips to the Sheriff’s Office and lets us respond, creating a two way anonymous chat.  A link to the app is located on the Anonymous Tips tab of the Sheriff’s Office page.

The second phase allows persons to sign up for The Collin County Alert Network for free via a dedicated web page link on the Sheriff’s Office website to receive alerts from the Sheriff’s Office via e-mail or as a text message to a cell phone. Through this website, The Collin County Sheriff’s Office will provide information to help maintain and improve community safety. They can also opt to receive surrounding city alerts that are on the CitizenObserver alert system.

Web: The Collin County Sheriff’s Office website is http://www.collincountytx.gov/sheriff/.

For questions about the Alert Network, please contact the Collin County Sheriff’s
Office Public Information Office at 972-547-5111 or go to http://www.collincountytx.gov/sheriff/ to sign up today.

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New regulations for Lavon, Texoma boaters

By Texas Parks & Wildlife

Recent changes mean that boaters and anglers who take steps designed to prevent the spread of invasive species such as zebra mussels, silver carp and bighead carp won’t have to worry about being in violation of state laws prohibiting the possession of certain exotic species. These changes take effect May 17.


“Boaters and anglers on Lake Texoma, Lake Lavon and the Red River and its tributaries are being asked to take proactive steps toward being good stewards of the state’s aquatic resources by draining all water from their watercraft before leaving a boat ramp and hitting the road,” said Brian Van Zee, regional inland fisheries director for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).

Zebra mussels have become well established in Lake Texoma, and they can be spread to other waters by boats. Boaters are already prohibited from transporting exotic species that are visible to the naked eye, such as adult zebra mussels.

The new regulation is intended to prevent the spread of zebra mussel larvae, or veligers, which are so tiny they cannot be seen without a microscope. Veligers can survive for days in water trapped in a boat. Boaters on Lakes Texoma and Lavon who drain all bait buckets, livewells, bilges and any other systems or receptacles that could contain water prior to traveling on a public roadway will not be considered to be in possession of zebra mussels in violation of state law, with certain exceptions.

“The regulation does allow persons to travel from one boat ramp to another on the same water body without draining water,” said Ken Kurzawski, regulations and information director for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Inland Fisheries Division. “This will allow striper guides on Lake Texoma to trailer from one boat ramp to another during the day. It will also allow bass tournament anglers to take out at one ramp and go to another for weigh-in. Guides and anglers will also be allowed to collect shad for bait in Texoma and then go below the dam to fish without draining water.”

In short, all water will need to be removed from a boat before leaving Lakes Texoma or Lavon for another lake, the boater’s home or other destination. The regulation applies to the Red River from the I-44 bridge in Wichita County downstream to the Arkansas border, including all Texas waters of Lake Texoma and Lake Lavon.

A second regulation designed to prevent the spread of silver and bighead carp also takes effect May 17. This regulation primarily affects anglers who collect live bait; it prohibits the transport of live non-game fish from waters known to be inhabited by the two species of carp. Waters affected are the Red River below Lake Texoma downstream to the Arkansas border, Big Cypress Bayou downstream of Ferrell’s Bridge Dam on Lake O’ the Pines (including the Texas waters of Caddo Lake) and the Sulphur River downstream of the Lake Wright Patman Dam.

“Collection and use of non-game fishes for bait on those water bodies will still be legal,” said Kurzawski. “The regulation prohibits the moving of live bait fish from one water body to another. Young silver and bighead carp can easily be confused with native bait fish such as gizzard and threadfin shad. Anglers need to note that while it will be legal to take shad from Lake Texoma to below Denison Dam on the Red River, it will not be legal to take live bait from the Red River below the dam back to Lake Texoma or any other water body.”

The new regulations are one part of the next phase of a continuing effort to protect the waters of Texas from invasive species. In late May TPWD will launch a public information campaign aimed at getting boaters to Clean, Drain and Dry their boats in order to help stop the spread of zebra mussels and other invasives. The campaign will use billboards, banners, signage at area businesses, buoys at boat ramps and radio public service announcements to get the message across.

Zebra mussels have the potential to hinder the water supply of communities throughout North Texas by damaging water treatment plants and clogging water supply pipelines. Once they have become established in a reservoir, there is no known way to get rid of them. Zebra mussels were brought to Lake Texoma on boats trailered in from other states with infected lakes. Stopping their transport from one water body to another by boats appears to be the only way to prevent their spread.

To learn more about zebra mussels and other invasive species or to report a suspected sighting, visit http://www.texasinvasives.org/.

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Chris Hill viewpoint: Do we really need a full-time commissioner?

By Chris Hill
Viewpoint

Are you wondering why it’s important that Collin County has a full county commissioner?

Consider this:


Recently, our commissioners court has been working hard to negotiate a North Texas Regional Healthcare Partnership. This effort took multiple meetings, including multiple trips to surrounding counties by Commissioners Court members. Court members hosted multiple conference calls with surrounding counties, made a trip to Austin to testify before the County Affairs Committee, and maintained a sustained effort with our legislative delegation. This successful initiative required full-time participation, and this is only one example of how our commissioners serve the citizens of Collin County.

We need a commissioner who will work for us!

As you can see, we need a full-time commissioner who will be an advocate for the citizens of Collin County. We can’t afford a commissioner who is busy working a second job or distracted by the responsibilities of juggling a commercial real estate business.

We don’t need half of a commissioner!

And when you consider that Collin County taxpayers pay their commissioners a full-time salary of over $100,000 with benefits, the decision is easy. Collin County deserves a commissioner who will be dedicated to serving the citizens full-time.

We wouldn’t elect a county sheriff, a county district attorney, or county judges who intended to maintain a competing business interest. So why would we accept less from our county commissioner?
Chris Hill is a candidate for county commissioner.
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