Allen TX – How creating a water supply changed Collin County; check out historic Old Stone Dam

In this episode of The Tales of Allen, Host Craig Erickson takes us on a trip to the old stone dam. The dam was used to fill steam engines on their way to Dallas and thus a town was built and the City of Allen was born.

Original City of Allen video – 2007

Frisco ISD: Why did Lone Star reach state final?

Frisco ISD-TV’s Erin Davis tackles the drive behind Lone Star High School’s record-setting football season.











Allen TX – Honoring the Choctaw

For centuries, the Choctaw pursued peaceful agricultural endeavors in the southeastern United States.

The Choctaw tribe contributed soldiers to the U.S. in every major war since the Northwest Indian War (1785-1795) and the War of 1812. Choctaw Code Talkers provided crucial intelligence by communicating in the Choctaw language during World War I and World War II, dumbfounding the enemy.

Deemed one of the five “Civilized Tribes” because they adopted many colonial practices, including many converting to Christianity, the Choctaw were forcibly relocated to Indian Territory in 1830 by the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek.

Representing the Choctaw nation, Ryan Spring discusses the History of the Choctaw up to the Trail of Tears at the Allen Public Library.

A GIS/GPS specialist for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Historic Preservation Department, Spring received his bachelor’s in anthropology from the University of Arkansas in 2011. He was hired by the tribe to implement GIS (Geographic Information System) and GPS (Global Positioning System) technology to aid in protecting sites important to the Choctaw people, creating cultural maps for education, and conducting Choctaw cultural presentations, research and advisement.

“Being a member of the Choctaw Nation means I have the duty to respect my ancestors, do my best to aid my family and tribe, and to make the future culturally and environmentally sustainable for future generations of Choctaw people,” Spring said.

Spring is enrolled at Southeastern Oklahoma State University to earn his master’s in Native American Leadership. He enjoys playing Choctaw stickball for the Choctaw Nation’s stickball team as well as helping coach stickball to youth and adults in his community.

Congressman Sam Johnson on Justice Scalia’s passing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) stated: “Justice Scalia faithfully served our Great Nation in the High Court, and he courageously defended America’s Constitution as our Founding Fathers intended. His passing is a great loss not only for the Supreme Court, but for all Americans.  I pray that God comforts Justice Scalia’s family during this difficult time.  I also pray for our country and the man or woman who eventually succeeds him. Justice Scalia’s successor has big shoes to fill, and America wants, needs, and deserves the kind of Constitutional leadership Scalia provided.”

Did you know? Young Antonin was an exceptional student, graduating as valedictorian from Xavier High School in Lower Manhattan, first in his class at Georgetown and magna cum laude at Harvard Law School, according to The New York Times.

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Frisco ISD: Lebanon Trail mascot arriving Feb. 19

Will it be the Lebanon Trail Blazers, Lynx, Longhorns or Wranglers?

Future students of the new Frisco ISD high school voted in January – their choice will be revealed before the Texas Legends game on Friday, Feb. 19 at Dr Pepper Arena.

The game versus the Bakersfield Jam begins at 7 p.m. The mascot will be revealed just before the game, at approximately 6:45 p.m.

Frisco ISD families are invited to purchase discount tickets to the game to hear the announcement first-hand. Tickets are available through Feb. 18 at this link.

Lebanon Trail Principal Devin Padavil visited current eighth graders at Clark, Fowler and Hunt middle schools in January to meet students and ask for their input regarding the school mascot, values and other ideas for their new school.

Lebanon Trail High School is named for the community of Lebanon, which predated Frisco by about 50 years. Lebanon grew in the 1800s as settlers moved to Texas looking for land and opportunity. It was a stopping place for ranchers moving cattle along the Shawnee Trail, which became known as the Preston Trail, and later, Preston Road.

School colors are green and gold.

Finalists for school mascot were chosen based on suggestions from future students, families and the community at large. The winning choice garnered 53.6 percent of the vote, with the second choice earning 41.7 percent.

“I’m excited to continue working with students and parents to build a culture for our new school,” Padavil said. “The Class of 2020 will establish what it means to be a part of Lebanon Trail High School – from starting clubs and organizations to leading the school for years to come. It only makes sense that they start by picking a mascot that will define future traditions and values of our school.”

Lebanon Trail High School is the ninth Frisco ISD high school. It will open this August at 5151 Ohio Drive with freshman only.


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