Chris Hill urges firm stand on Boy Scout values

For years, The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), a private organization headquartered right here in North Texas, have honorably stood strong against attacks from homosexual activists. But after decades of standing strong, the BSA has indicated it may change its constitutionally protected policy, saying it is “discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation.”
The BSA has been instrumental in building the character of tens of millions of boys in our country, including countless boys right here in Texas, and developing them into men. The organization has led by example and stood on principle in resisting the constant bullying efforts of the homosexual activists looking to undercut the values and mission of the organization. Retreating from their long-held and principled policies would be devastating to the organization and would undercut the values that have allowed the organization to successfully develop the character of so many boys.

The BSA Board plans to meet next week to consider this action. It is critically important that they hear from those that share the long-held values of the Boy Scouts. Please contact the Boy Scouts of America at their national office in Irving, Texas and tell them you support the organization standing firm on their moral values and that they should not change their policy on homosexuality.

Sincerely,

Chris Hill
District Chairman
Lone Star District
Circle Ten Council
Boy Scouts of America

Eagle Scout, 1993

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Boyd dances to top at Showtime International

Photo by VICTOR ARROYO

The McKinney Boyd Bailadoras dominated the Showtime International Winter Classic last weekend in Keller. The ladies were awarded first place for their Pom, Hip-Hop, and Lyrical dances and second place for their Novelty dance.
Boyd won Sweepstakes, Applause, Champions Circle, Grand Champion and Judges awards.
The Elite, Kick and Officer dances won first place. 
Soloists Emily Norris and Sydney Kennedy received first place honors, as did the trio of Nicole Pederson, Courtney Gagnon, and Victoria Dibia and the duet of Amanda Merkle and Jordan Benanti
 Jane Rha, Jacqueline Parson, and Maikha Toutche each took home solo finalist awards.

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Valentine’s Day carriage rides

Happy Trails Carriage Service: “We are still taking reservations for the Valentine’s Day week and weekend. The rides are $65 for 20 minutes and $90 for the half hour ride. A complimentary rose, glass of red or white wine and chocolates will be on the carriage as we take you and your sweetheart to see the beautiful Historic homes in McKinney. Call 214-662-6705 today for reservations! Times available are 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00 and 10:00.”

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McKinney Education Foundation appoints director

Edie Heinicke is new Executive
Director  of the McKinney
Education Foundation.
Edie Heinicke has been appointed as the new executive director of the McKinney Education Foundation after a regional search and selection process.
She replaces Melanie Perkins, who left in August.
MEF Board president Ted Cantrell said: “We are very fortunate and excited to welcome Edie to our team at MEF. She will be an effective leader of MEF and a passionate advocate for our mission to inspire McKinney students and teachers toward excellence in education.”
Heinicke is a member of the Junior League of Collin County.
Heinicke said: “I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such a wonderful organization. I look forward to continuing to grow our scholarship and grant funding to McKinney ISD students and faculty.”

She has 10 years of executive management, finance, strategic planning and fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector. She served as the District Director of the Boy Scouts of America in Tyler, Texas, for six years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in both Human Services Management and Recreation Administration from Missouri Valley College. 
The McKinney Education Foundation (MEF) is a non-profit education foundation that serves four core functions: scholarships, college applications, teaching enrichment and alumni relations. It was founded in 1991 to centralize, simplify and enhance the process of raising money for and awarding scholarships to deserving graduates of the McKinney Independent School District (MISD). 
MEF employs professional college advisors in each high school who assist students in preparing for higher education admissions and identifying additional individual education funding. MEF also offers Classroom and Professional Development grants for MISD staff.

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Sen. Paxton: Senate committee assignments

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst announced the new committee assignments for members of the Texas Senate late last week.  As the presiding officer of the Texas Senate, the Lt. Governor exercises a number of important powers, including the power to appoint all Senate committee chairs and vice chairs as well as to appoint members to the various committees. 

All bills must pass through the committee process before being considered on the floor of either the Texas Senate or Texas House of Representatives.  In the House, each committee is assigned jurisdiction over a specific subject matter, and the Speaker refers legislation to House committees based on those subject matter jurisdictions.  The Senate rules, however, do not specify subject matter jurisdictions for Senate committees.  The Lieutenant Governor may refer legislation in the Senate to any standing committee or subcommittee, although unofficial subject matter jurisdictions are usually followed.  
Per the new Senate committee assignments, I have been named Vice-Chair of the Senate Transportation committee.  This committee consists of nine members and typically hears legislation relating to our state highway systems, airports, freight rail and passenger rail and seaport infrastructure and authority.  Laws relating to transportation funding and operation of toll authorities, transit authorities and the Texas Department of Transportation are also handled by this committee.  The actions of this committee are essential for managing the construction and maintenance of our state’s infrastructure in order to this keep up with our rapid population growth, particularly in North Texas
I have also been assigned to serve on the Senate Education Committee.  This committee also has nine members and hears bills relating to all aspects of K-12 education and public schools, including school finance legislation, curriculum issues, school district operations, school discipline and campus safety issues.  The Legislature has a constitutional obligation to adequately fund public schools, so this committee is also of vital importance to our state.
I will also serve with three of my Senate colleagues on the Intergovernmental Relations committee.  This committee oversees legislation relating to cities, counties, hospital districts and special purpose districts.  Legislation referred to this committee typically  include bills relating to the creation, expansion and jurisdiction of special purpose districts, country authority and laws that govern county government and city authority and laws that govern city government, including issues relating to annexation.

I was appointed to serve on the Government Organization committee, which is a six person committee.  Traditionally, this committee has jurisdiction over legislation that is based on recommendations from the Texas Sunset Commission.  The committee will work on many of the sunset bills that govern the efficiency and effectiveness of many state agencies as well as other legislation that will seek to make state government more effective and efficient.
Finally, I will serve on the Senate Jurisprudence Committee.  This six person committee handles legislation that affects state and district courts and civil procedure and laws.  As an attorney by trade, I look forward to offering my education and experience to this particular committee. 
Upon announcing Senate committee assignments, Lt. Governor Dewhurst also announced his priorities this legislative session.  These priorities include balancing the budget without raising taxes, improving public education and increasing highway capacity and drinking water resources for our state’s growing population.  I, too, am committed to these goals and look forward to the work ahead of us this session.
For more information on Texas Senate committees, including members, meeting schedules, minutes and a list of bill referred to the various committees, please visithttp://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/Commit.htm.

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51-year-old man sentenced to 30 years

 William Laube

51-year-old Dallas resident William Laube was sentenced today to 30 years for molesting a child, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis. 
Jury trial testimony revealed that Laube, while staying in the child’s house in Richardson, sexually assaulted his five year old nephew by touching his genitals. The assault was discovered when the victim began acting out sexually with other children after the child and his mother had moved out of state. As a result, the victim was taken to a counselor, where he revealed the assault.  
During the trial, the jury heard evidence that this was not the first time Laube molested a child. He committed the same type of crime against another male relative almost 15 years ago. There was also background evidence showing that the defendant had not worked for 20 years, and spends some of his time cutting out pictures of male genitals from porn magazines to make collages. He would then display those collages in the windows of his home to neighbors and passersby.

Laube was convicted of two counts of indecency with a child. One count was for touching the child, and he received a maximum 20-year sentence. The second count was for exposing his genitals to the child, and he received a maximum 10-year sentence for that. The judge stacked the sentences ordering Laube to a 30-year prison term.
The defendant will now be transported to Dallas, Texas, to answer to pending charges for the second male relative.
Assistant District Attorneys Crystal Levonius, Janet Cook, Claire Miranda, and Shannon Miller prosecuted the case and were assisted by District Attorney Investigator Kenny Newton. The case was investigated by Detective Yoshida and Detective Hay of the Richardson Police Department. Visiting District Judge James Fry presided over the case.  

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State Rep. Sanford gives invocation in Austin



On Thursday, State Rep. Scott Sanford said: “This morning I had the honor of delivering the invocation during the opening of the House of Reps. It is always humbling to look around the Chamber and know that I get to serve the people of District 70 in this amazing Capitol.” #txlege

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Plano ISD rolling out new academy programs

This year marks the launch of exciting new choices for Plano ISD students with the opening of the Academy Programs of Plano. 

Three distinct new academies will debut this fall — Plano ISD Health Sciences Academy, Plano ISD Academy High School and IB World School at Plano East. 

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Plano ISD Health Sciences Academy:
Collin College Partnership

Watch this video in HD about the Plano ISD Academy High School produced by the Plano ISD communications department.
The Plano ISD Health Sciences Academy is an exciting choice for students interested in pursuing careers and further education in healthcare. Opportunities include college credit, technical certificates, hands-on experience and mentorship from healthcare professionals. The academy offers a rigorous academic program that prepares students for the demands of a four-year university or pre-med program and gives them the tools needed to enter the workforce after graduation. Read full story

Plano ISD Academy High School:
Texas Instruments Partnership

Watch this video in HD about the Plano ISD Academy High School produced by the Plano ISD communications department.
The project/problem-based learning community of Plano ISD Academy High School will foster a professional environment, inspire creativity and empower students to collaborate and compete in a rapidly changing world. With an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), student learning will focus on real-world experiences and problems with an interdisciplinary curriculum as they collaborate with others both inside and outside of school. Read full story

IB World School at Plano East:
IB Program Graduates

Watch this video in HD about the IB World School at Plano East produced by the Plano ISD communications department.
The IB World School at Plano East Senior High will build on the existing International Baccalaureate (IB) program foundation to create a fulfilling four-year experience for those motivated students interested in learning and understanding the world from different perspectives. This school-within-a-school program for ninth through twelfth grades will strengthen the experience of Plano ISD students who choose to participate in the IB Diploma program. Read full story

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