Cycling – Bike the Bricks cancelled because of severe weather in McKinney TX; Crystal Yates, Taylor Phelan free concerts moved in to McKinney Performing Arts Center on square

Severe weather forced a decision to cancel the annual Bike the Bricks event in McKinney TX
Severe weather forced a decision to cancel the annual Bike the Bricks event in McKinney TX

Because of the threat of severe weather, Bike the Bricks and accompanying activities scheduled for Friday, May 27 in Historic Downtown McKinney have been cancelled. The City of McKinney holds the safety of our athletes, spectators and volunteers as its primary concern.

Live entertainment will relocate to the Courtroom Theater at McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St. The public is invited to attend free concerts by Crystal Yates at 8 p.m. followed by Taylor Phelan at 9 p.m. Seats are limited and based on a first come, first served basis. For upcoming events, visit

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Heroes for Children golf tournament June 17 at TopGolf Allen TX; charity event benefits families of children battling cancer


Heroes for Children has announced that its 2016 Golf Tournament with all proceeds going to Benefit Families with Children Battling Cancer will be in Allen at TopGolf.

The Heroes for Children golf event, chaired by Randal Locke, will be from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, June 17 at 1500 Andrews Parkway, Allen, TX.

Register online at:

Your cost: $120 for individual adult tickets, $60 for children 17 and under

Sponsorships: Range from $500 – $10,000

Details: Guests of all ages are invited to join Heroes for Children to sip drinks, savor tasty bites and

participate in a chance to win awards, raffles and prizes during three hours of TopGolf play. To sign up, purchase tickets or for more information about this event, please visit

Heroes for Children is a unique nonprofit organization that provides financial and social assistance to families with children battling cancer. Since 2005, Heroes for Children has helped alleviate families’worries, giving them comfort and a brief respite from the everyday challenges of fighting cancer and care giving. Since its inception, more than $5.5 million has been given to 4,500 families in need. To learn more about Heroes for Children, please visit

Crime alert: Beware of ‘bank jugging’

By David Tilley, Plano Police Department

Hello Plano neighbor,

I know I have shared this before but it has been awhile and it’s still happening. Several law enforcement agencies across the state, including Plano, have been working on cases of a crime identified as “jugging”. The Plano Police Department offers the following information on what “jugging” is, what citizens can be aware of, and things they can do to reduce their risks of becoming victims of this crime.

• The term is used to describe suspects who sit in bank parking lots and watch customers go in and out of a bank. The suspects follow the customers they believe are in possession of cash and look for an opportunity to burglarize their vehicles or rob them directly.
• “Juggers” most frequently target customers carrying bank bags, bank envelopes and coin boxes.
• Most “jugging” Burglary of Motor Vehicles occur at a retail or commercial business the customer stops at after leaving the bank.
• If a customer leaves the bank and does not leave their money unattended in the vehicle most “Juggers” will go back to the bank to target another banking customer; however, some “Juggers” will confront the customer in an attempt to rob them by taking the money by force.

• Occupied vehicles backed into parking spaces with clear view of the front doors of the bank, ATM or commercial drive thru line.
• Vehicles arriving at bank with no occupants entering the bank.
• Vehicles changing parking spaces.
• Vehicles with dark tinted windows with little or no visibility of the occupants.
• Vehicles with multiple occupants.

• Always be aware of your surroundings.
• Conceal money before leaving the bank. Never openly carry bank bags, envelopes or coin boxes.
• Be aware of anyone following you from the area of a bank.
• If you suspect you are being targeted, call 911 from your cell phone and keep the dispatcher informed of your location, the direction you are traveling, and drive toward the police station until marked police cars are able to locate you.
• Do not leave or try to hide your bank bag or bank envelope in your vehicle when you exit at your next destination, even if it’s your residence.

Senior Wellness Fair at Plano Senior Rec Center May 25

The Plano Senior Recreation Center invites older adults to participate in a unique Senior Information & Wellness Fair which will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 25. The Plano Senior Recreation Center, 401 West 16th Street in Harrington Park, hosts this annual celebration.

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Burton Gilliam on history of Allen TX

ALLEN CITY TV – Before the arrival of the European and American immigrants into the Allen area, Caddo and Comanche Indian tribes inhabited the region. The Indian tribes migrated westward as the early settlers entered the area. The tribes were eventually removed to the Indian territory to the north of the Red River. One of the last known conflicts between the early settlers and the Indians took place in 1844 along Rowlett Creek near the existing railroad. A historic marker along SH 5 near Rowlett Creek commemorates the event.

Immigrants of European descent began arriving into the Allen area in the early 1840’s in search of free land, traveling the Texas Road and the Central National Road constructed by the Republic of Texas. A stage line ran from Bonham through McKinney to Allen and Plano, crossing Rowlett Creek where SH 5 now crosses. Allen was part of the Peter’s Colony Land Grant from the Republic of Texas to the Texas Emigration & Land Company

The Houston and Texas Central Railroad (H&TC), constructed through Allen in 1872, laid out the original township of Allen. The H&TC was acquired by J.P. Morgan & Company in1877 and by the Southern Pacific in 1883. In 1918, the H&TC erected a combination freight/passenger depot in the Allen Central Business District. The first train robbery in Texas took place in Allen on February 22, 1878, when Sam Bass and his associates pillaged the train. Allen was a short ride from their hideouts in the Elm Trinity brush lands

In 1907 the Texas Traction Company (Interurban) purchased right-of-way on the west side of the H&TC main line track to construct the Interurban line through Allen as a stop on its route from Denison to Dallas (completed in 1908). In 1915 a devastating fire destroyed most of the business district between the Interurban tracts and the railroad. The Interurban closed in 1948 and the population of Allen declined to 400 in 1950.

The town was officially incorporated in 1953. Home Rule Status was adopted in 1979 with a Council/Manager form of government. The construction of US 75 in 1960 had a similar impact on Allen’s future as the railroad almost a century before. In the 1980s, Developmental Learning Materials and InteCom, Inc. relocated to Allen, leading the way for further corporate startups and relocations

The Allen Heritage Guild was established in 1996 to assure tomorrow’s heritage by recording past and current milestones for the city.

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