Farmersville Jazz on Main on March 21

The first Farmersville Jazz on Main Festival will be held downtown on March 21, organized in honor of Farmersville native and renowned jazz guitarist, Herb Ellis (1921-2010).

An indoor jazz concert which begins at 7 p.m. will be headlined by alto saxophonist Wess Anderson, and will also include performances by Daniel Louis White, and Justin Pierce.

Where: Sugar Hill Cafe, 115 S. Main Street.  Organizers say this is a beautiful, intimate atmosphere, and seating is limited.

Beverages from Landon Winery and Franconia Brewery will be available for purchase. Tickets are $50 for general admission, with VIP sponsor packages available. Get your tickets TODAY!

The event is organized by the Farmersville Main Street Program; for more information contact Adah Leah Wolf,, 972-784-6846.

Garland’s Conley hired as McKinney TX police chief

Interim McKinney City Manager Tom Muehlenbeck announced the hiring of Greg Conley as Chief of the McKinney Police Department after a national search, public input and an interview process. Conley serves as Assistant Chief of Police for the Garland, Texas Police Department.

Chief Conley has more than 27 years of experience in law enforcement. He will start no later than April 15.

Conley began his career in law enforcement in 1988 with the Mesquite, Texas, Police Department. In 1992, he was hired by the Garland Police Department where he has risen through the ranks working in a wide variety of divisions, ultimately ascending to the Assistant Chief position in 2000.

Muehlenbeck said: “Chief Conley has the integrity, strength of character, and wealth of experience we were looking for. He is a proven consensus builder, and we believe he is the best fit for the future of the McKinney Police Department.”

City officials selected finalists for the Chief of Police after a nationwide search conducted with The Mercer Group, Inc., an independent external executive recruiting firm.

David James has been serving as interim police chief during the search. Chief Joe Williams retired last summer.

Resident feedback was also used in the search following a series of public input meetings held in October. Residents of McKinney were invited to meet the finalists at a public reception on March 4 and provide feedback.

Conley is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, Texas Police Chiefs Association and the North Texas Crime Commission.

Conley earned a Masters of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri.

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Breakfast Club’s Molly Ringwald comes to MPAC on March 21

Wondering what Molly Ringwald has been up to since her heyday as the reigning redheaded queen of the ’80s, the short answer is jazz.

The McKinney Performing Arts Center will host “An Evening with Molly Ringwald” at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21.

In honor of Ringwald’s concert, residents can relive the glory days of the Brat Pack during a special showing of “The Breakfast Club” during Friday Night Flicks on Friday, March 20 at 8 p.m. at the McKinney Performing Arts Center.

Reserved seating tickets to “An Evening with Molly Ringwald” are $50, with discounts available for seniors, students, children and groups. General admission tickets for Friday Night Flicks are $8. Tickets are available for purchase online, at MPAC, 111 N. Tennessee St. or by calling MPAC’s Emerson Ticket Office at 214-544-4630.

McKinney CDC announces grants

McKinney CDC announces grants
The McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC) has announced grant awards totaling $50,000 for initiatives and activities that enhance quality of life for McKinney residents, attract visitors to the community and promote the city for the purpose of developing new or expanded business opportunities.

The grants below were awarded by MCDC:

  • Strikes Against Cancer: $9,500 for the Strikes Against Cancer baseball tournament
  • Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney: $4,000 for the Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney Fun Run and Festival
  • Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary: $3,000 for The Heritage Festival
  • McKinney Main Street: $14,000 for Bike the Bricks
  • Habitat for Humanity of North Collin County: $1,500 for Spring Bling
  • Smiles Charity: $4,000 for the Smiles Charity Concert
  • Heritage Guild of Collin County: $9,000 for McKinney Farmer’s Market; Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-off; Legends of McKinney Ghost Walk; and 42nd Annual Holiday Tour of Homes
  • Kiwanis Club of McKinney: $2,500 for the Historic McKinney Triathlon
  • American Cancer Society: $2,500 for the Relay For Life of McKinney

The mission of MCDC is to work proactively, in partnership with others, to promote and fund community, cultural and economic development projects that maintain and enhance quality of life in McKinney.

Daffodils blooming around McKinney thanks to garden club


The McKinney Garden Club completed a public landscape project in 2013 that has resulted in 8,500 blooming daffodils all around McKinney. You can find these beautiful flowers at these locations:

Finch Park and Bonnie Wenk Park
Glen Mitchell Park
Median at Virginia Parkway at U.S. 75
Three Medians on Eldorado Parkway
Median at Harden Road and Eldorado Parkway
Median at Lake Forest Drive and Cedar Elm Drive

The project was done in cooperation with the McKinney Community Development Corporation.

Florida administrator picked to run Plano ISD

Plano ISD Board of Trustees choose Lone Finalist for Superintendent

Dr. Brian T. Binggeli of Brevard Public Schools in Viera, Florida, is scheduled to start July 1 to fill position previously held by retired Superintendent of Schools Richard Matkin.

Dr. Binggeli stated: “I felt a positive connection to this dedicated and mission-driven board of trustees and feel that Plano ISD is absolutely the right move for me. The organizational values and beliefs guiding Plano ISD align with mine, particularly those centered on fostering and supporting a collaborative, professional culture that helps all children pursue excellence. I look forward to connecting with people in our schools and in our community and welcome the opportunity to serve the students, teachers, staff and citizens of Plano ISD.”

BB Board members expressed an interest in attracting national candidates for the top position in Plano ISD, and from among 103 applicants spanning 43 states, selected Dr. Brian T. Binggeli who currently serves as superintendent of schools for Brevard Public Schools in Viera, Fla.

Having been named lone finalist in a special called meeting today by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees, Dr. Binggeli will replace Superintendent Richard Matkin who retired in January after 40 years of service in public education, fourteen of those in Plano ISD.

The state of Texas requires school districts to name a lone finalist for superintendent, followed by a 21-day waiting period. The school board will vote on Dr. Binggeli’s appointment as superintendent of schools on March 26, setting a start date of July 1.

Working with search firm Ray and Associates, Inc., the Plano ISD Board of Trustees took a collaborative approach in developing a superintendent candidate profile, carefully considering input from a variety of groups including parents, students, teachers, principals and community members.


Dr. Brian Binggeli with the Plano ISD Board of Trustees — Tammy Richards, Secretary Michael Friedman, President Nancy Humphrey, Dr. Binggeli, VP David Stolle, Marilyn Hinton, Missy Bender and Carrolyn Moebius

“The candidate profile gave us a clear understanding of the type of leader we were seeking. From our first visit with Dr. Binggeli, he projected an enthusiastic and visionary mindset for education. He shared his belief that ‘every child can learn’ with a heartfelt demeanor, and provided supporting data that made him an ideal fit,” said School Board President Nancy Humphrey. “Dr. Binggeli has an ability to relate in a personal and professional manner that will be critical in connecting with our teachers from day one. He is passionate about establishing relationships that are centered on learning and support and is a definite champion for teachers.”

Dr. Binggeli became Superintendent of Brevard Public Schools (BPS) on July 1, 2009. In his current role, he is responsible for more than 73,000 students, approximately 9,000 school board employees, 82 schools, 10 charter schools and 20 special centers in a county that encompasses 1,557 square miles.

Now in his 34th year in public education, Dr. Binggeli has served in school administration for 26 years. He was director of middle education and then executive director of curriculum and instruction for Spotsylvania County Schools in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Prior to being selected as superintendent for BPS, Dr. Binggeli was the Cluster IV assistant superintendent for Fairfax County Public Schools in Falls Church, Virginia. This position gave him overall programmatic responsibility for 29 schools and 22,000 students while placing him on the leadership team of the 12th largest school district in the nation (170,000 students).

In 2000, Dr. Binggeli was selected as Henrico County Public Schools Instructional Leader of the Year. Henrico County Public Schools is host to 66 schools and over 47,000 students. He was nominated by the Richmond Area Counselors Association for the Virginia School Counselors Association School Administrator of the Year Award in 2001 and named by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals as Outstanding Middle School Principal of Virginia in 2002. In 2011, Dr. Binggeli was recognized by the Consortium of Florida Education Foundation with the Florida Star Superintendent Award.

Trustee President Nancy Humphrey said: “He has managed districts of size and understands the scale of Plano ISD. He has worked to improve achievement among all students tempered with an unwavering expectation for excellence. The board also found value in his appreciation and understanding of higher education and its connection to our school community. I appreciate his expertise in fiscal management of a large organization and feel he will understand the financial future of Plano ISD and our accountability to taxpayers. Additionally, through examples of his work, I had a glimpse of Dr. Binggeli’s collaborative spirit in working with corporate citizens. I know he understands how important it is to connect these partners to Plano ISD.”

Dr. Binggeli holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech. He earned his master’s degree from Virginia State and his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Dr. Binggeli began his career as a teacher in Elyria, Ohio in 1981 and served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal in Virginia. He has been a principal at both the middle and high school level. Dr. Binggeli has served as an adjunct professor in Virginia Tech’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Doctoral program and in the University of Virginia’s administrative licensure program.

Ready to go fishing? Trout Derby Saturday in McKinney














The McKinney Trout Fishing Derby will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 7 in the East Pavilion at Towne Lake, 1405 Wilson Creek Pkwy.

All participants must provide their own pole and bait. Children ages 16 and younger are free to fish and adults 17 and older are $3 and must also have a fresh water fishing license. This event is open to the public and includes free hot dogs and refreshments. Click here for more information or call 972-547-2686.

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