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Basketball coaches announced for Prosper Rock Hill High School; Prosper ISD hires Stephanie Shaw, Shawn Williams

Stephanie Shaw

Prosper’s Rock Hill High School has selected Stephanie Shaw, currently the Byron Nelson High School Head Girls Basketball Coach, as the Girls Basketball Coach.

Coach Shaw comes to Prosper after coaching for three years at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club, Texas, near Lake Grapevine, where she was named the 5-6A Coach of the Year coaching the team to the first Bi-District game in four years.

Before Byron Nelson, Coach Shaw’s career was in Oklahoma where she served as Head Coach and Associate Athletic Director at Claremore High School.

Before coaching at the secondary level, Coach Shaw coached for six years at the university level as Assistant Coach at Oklahoma City University, Assistant Coach at Wayland Baptist University, and Head Coach for Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Coach Shaw earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Wayland Baptist University where she played basketball receiving several recognitions. She then earned her Master’s in Secondary Education from East Central University in Ada, Okla. She is certified in Physical Education K-12 and is a Registered Athletic Administrator. 

Coach Shaw says: “Athletics is a tool that should be used as a reflection of life, in order to prepare young student-athletes for the trials and tribulations that they will face later in their lives. … My goals every year are to prepare my players and coaches with the tools to become better people on and off the floor. I strive to not allow student athletes or coaches to accept themselves as they are but, instead, show them a vision of what they could become, and help them achieve that vision.”

Shawn Williams

Rock Hill has chosen Shawn Williams as Boys Basketball Coach.

Prosper ISD Athletic Director Valerie Little said: “Coach Williams is bringing a wealth of knowledge from college basketball to high school basketball, which will be critical in building the Rock Hill basketball program. His passion and love for kids and basketball will be evident to anyone that meets him. He is the epitome of a player’s coach, and we are looking forward to his energy propelling the Rock Hill program forward.”

A graduate of Duncanville High School, Coach Williams earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in University Park on the Hilltop in Dallas where he also received a Masters of Liberal Studies. Coach Williams served as a Graduate Assistant Coach at SMU from 2013-2015. 

Coach Williams was a key part of the 2007 State Championship Basketball Team at Duncanville High School where he was later named Mr. Texas Basketball in 2009. He continued his career playing at SMU for Coach Larry Brown from 2011-2015. 

Since graduating from SMU, Coach Williams has been at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, serving as a Special Education Teacher and Varsity Assistant Coach. He is married to Veronica, and they have two daughters, Rose (5) and Reign (3) who will be attending elementary school in Prosper ISD. 



DFW: New in town? Tour Dallas Cowboys’ The Star in Frisco #visitFriscoTX

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Sign up for a VIP Guided Tour of The Star in Frisco. The Guided Tours will last for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Family, friends or business associates coming to town? What better place to take guests than to go see the Dallas Cowboys World Corporate Headquarters at The Star in Frisco?

With a VIP Guided Tour, Dallas Cowboys fans have the opportunity to experience the training facility of one of the best-known sports teams in the world. The VIP Guided Tours are small in size.

According to DallasCowboys.com, highlights of the VIP Guided Tour Include:

FORD CENTER AT THE STAR is a state-of-the-art, 510,000 square-foot indoor athletic facility shared by the Dallas Cowboys, the City of Frisco, and Frisco ISD’s high schools.

COWBOYS NFL DRAFT WAR ROOM: Each year, the NFL draft will be conducted in this state-of-the-art War Room designed with superior technology and fully interactive video wall.

THE NIKE STAR WALK is a collection of the 10 most significant milestones in Dallas Cowboys history, along with a display of the evolution of the team’s uniforms dating to 1960.

DALLAS COWBOYS SUPER BOWL MEMORABILIA AND STATION: A display of all five Super Bowl Trophies and Rings from the years of 1971, 1977, 1992, 1993 and 1995. The Super Bowl Station is a complete collection of memorabilia from all five Super Bowl championships.

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THE GRAND ATRIUM, with its Italian marble floors adorned with names and quotes of Dallas Cowboys players and coaches, hangs artist Leo Villareal LED sculpture titled “Volume Frisco” (2016). This dancing LED display includes more than 19,200 white LED lights embedded in 160, 40-foot-long, stainless steel mirrored rods hanging from the ceiling.

Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or at the Ford Center Ticket Office. Ford Center Ticket Office is open Sunday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

If you have a group of 10 or more or want more information, contact the Dallas Cowboys Star Tours at 972-497-4720 or visit TheStarTours@DallasCowboys.net.


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Law enforcement, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas takes horse, donkeys, cat and more than 100 dogs for veterinary evaluation

The SPCA of Texas responds to more than 3,000

Animal Abuse/Neglect calls each year.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA of Texas) is caring for a horse, six donkeys, a cat, 19 puppies and 119 dogs after law enforcement was called in this week over in Hunt County.

The case is heading for a civil custody hearing, according to the SPCA of Texas.

Hunt County is east of McKinney.


Want to adopt a pet? If you want to adopt a pet or livestock, check out the pets ready to take home in McKinney at the SPCA of Texas.

Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center and Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic
8411 Stacy Road/FM 720 west of Custer Road
McKinney, TX 75070

Asking Brides? What is best place for your wedding, reception in DFW?


We asked, and local brides answered. If we want a place to start to look for a place to have a remarkable wedding, what venue do you recommend.

Top wedding venues by location:


Barn Hill Vineyard – 11917 CR 509 Anna TX – P: 214-537-1047

River Road Chateau – 5511 CR 424 Anna TX – P: 214-425-4445



Bill Bates Cowboy Ranch – 5454 CR 126 Celina TX – P: 972-382-4995

Chandler’s Gardens – 7150 CR 206 Celina TX – P: 972-954-7643

Eden Hill Winery and Vineyard – 4910 Eden Hill Lane east of Preston Road Hwy. 289 – P: 214-850-4081

Rusty Barn at The Ranch – 744 Bourland Bend Celina TX – P: 469-684-1801

The Venue at Waterstone – 10455 CR 133 Celina TX – P: 214-444-0008


NOAH’S – 351 Southwind Lane – Fairview TX – P: 469-600-8421


Fairy Tale Manor – 10865 Preston Road Frisco TX – P: 214-624-5180

Frisco Heritage Center – 6321 Paige Street – Frisco TX – P: 972-905-4985

Magnolia Terrace –6910 Pecan Street Frisco TX 75034 – P: 214-872-1947

Stonebriar Country Club – 5050 Country Club Drive Frisco TX – P: 972-375-9571

The Vine in Frisco TX – 8849 Carroll Circle Frisco TX – P: 469-751-8463

Verona Villa – 6591 Dallas Parkway Frisco TX – P: 972-837-8034


Bella Donna Chapel – 6641 Mediterranean Drive McKinney TX – P: 972-836-7718

Bingham House – 800 South Chestnut Street McKinney TX – P: 972-529-1883

Chestnut Square Historic Village – 315 South Chestnut Street McKinney TX – P: 972-562-8790

Cotton Mill – 610 Elm Street across Hwy. 5 from downtown McKinney TX – P: 972-838-7558

D-Vine Grace Vineyards – 3747 Grace Ranch Trail McKinney TX – P: 214-450-6837

Eldorado Country Club – 2604 Country Club Drive McKinney TX – P: 972-529-6779

Gather in Downtown McKinney TX – 207 East Virginia Street McKinney TX – P: 972-548-8882

Grand Hotel and Ballroom – 114 West Louisiana Street McKinney TX – P: 214-726-9250

Heritage Ranch and Golf Country Club – 465 Scenic Ranch Circle McKinney TX – P: 972-886-4700

McKinney Performing Arts Center – 111 N Tennessee Street in Downtown McKinney TX – P: 972-547-2650

Mitas Hill Vineyard – 2300 Vineyard Hill Lane McKinney TX – P: 972-316-7991

Myers Park and Event Center – 7117 CR 166 McKinney TX – P: 972-548-9742

Piazza on the Green – 6200 TPC Drive McKinney TX – P: 214-383-2500

Rock Creek Ranch – 4934 FM1461 McKinney TX – P: 469-742-9847

RoseMary Barn – 2929 CR 338 McKinney TX – P: 972-249-7218

Stonebridge Ranch Country Club – Dye Course: 7003 Beacon Hill Road and Hill Course: 5901 Glen Oaks Drive in McKinney TX – P: 972-529-5993

Surrey House and Gardens – 312 South Tennessee Street McKinney TX – P: 972-727-0709

The Sanctuary Music and Events – 6633 Virginia Pkwy #102 in Adriatica McKinney TX – P: 972-540-9293


The Bird’s Nest – 1 Country Ridge Rd, Melissa TX – P: 214-385-7768


Stone Crest – 160 Rockcrest Road in New Hope near McKinney TX – P: 972-544-6848


Cross Creek Ranch – 3406 Dublin Road – Parker TX – P: 972-221-0167

Southfork Ranch – 3700 Hogge Drive east of U.S. 76 in Parker TX – P: 972-442-7800


34 Events Downtown Plano Historic Event Venue – 1017 East 15th Street Plano TX – P:  469-885-1849

Crystal Banquet Plano – 6300 Independence Parkway – Plano TX – P: 972-491-6880

event1013 – 1013 East 15th Street Plano TX – P: 972-890-7970

Reflections on Spring Creek – 1901 E Spring Creek Parkway east of U.S. 75 Plano TX – P: 972-633-9595

Rooftop Event Spot – 1000 14th Street #400 – downtown Plano TX – P: 972-423-5535


1899 Farmhouse Wedding Venue – 7450 FM982 across lake from Lucas TX on 546 and south of Hwy. 380 down 982 in Princeton TX – P: 469-212-6975


3R’s RANCH – 1695 Coit Road Prosper TX – P: 972-762-3117


Canyon Creek Country Club – 625 West Lookout Drive Richardson TX – P: 972-231-1466

Richardson Woman’s Club – 2005 North Cliffe near Sherrill Park GC in Richardson TX – P: 972-238-0841


The Castle in Rockwall -2071 Clem Road north of Interstate-30 Rockwall TX – P: 469-702-1222


Chapel at Ana Villa – 5921 Stonecreek Drive The Colony TX – P: 972-624-8017




The Grove in Aubrey TX – 6100 Wildcat Road Aubrey TX – P: 214-695-7874


The Windsor at Hebron Park – 3016 E Hebron Parkway Carrollton TX – P: 972-306-3300


Tower Oaks Haven – 528 North Shore Lane – Lake Ray Roberts in Valley View TX – P: 940-580-2709


Best Day Ever Ranch – 5927 Rose Hill Road, east of 75 and west of 69 north of 121 in Whitewright TX – P: 903-546-6424

Notable: No venue made this list if surveys includes more than one bad wedding experience. We did not list all local area wedding venues.

As a disclaimer, had our wedding at the former home of Audie Murphy in Addison at Dovie’s Restaurant, which held court south of Belt Line Road and west of Midway Road for a long time back when Addison was about as far north as Dallas went.

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Dance educators assessment awards Frisco ISD high schools a top rating

All 10 Frisco ISD high school dance programs received the highest rating, Division 1, in the Dance Educators Assessment of Learning (DEAL) assessment.

Frisco Liberty and Memorial high schools hosted the highly anticipated event that was a culmination of the technical and execution elements taught during Dance I, a class offered for first-year dance students at all high schools.

Frisco ISD requires no prior experience or dance training to participate in Dance I.

“The class is meant for accessibility for everyone and doesn’t require a lifetime of dancing,” said Nika Carter, a DEAL officiant. “A dancer’s only limitation to their success is their desire. Many do not find their niche until they take a dance class and their worldview immediately expands.”

During a fast-paced span of 45 minutes, students were taught a dance routine, cleaned and polished this routine, performed it and received a rating. Three judges evaluated everything from technical aspects of the performance to whether students sought clarity through relevant questions during instruction.

The DEAL process is based on the Dance I Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), which includes specific vocabulary and expectations as it connects to movement.

“The format is similar to sight reading with music and a lot weighs on the Director who must learn along with the students,” Carter said. “The question is can the students apply what they learned quickly, think on their feet and quickly pull off a performance in a limited time.” Source: Frisco Texas schools

Roads under repair in Plano through 2021; allow extra time and avoid speeding once you get past construction zones

Allow an additional 20 to 30 minutes if driving through Plano these days on Custer, Parker, Independence or Preston or Coit Road. Traffic is backing up at peak driving hours.

Look for additional lanes closing between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. around the city.

There has also been about $100,000 in concrete work on Shiloh Road down near Plano Parkway and Renner Road.

If it seems like Parker Road is always under construction or repairs or lanes closures, know that the current 18-month $3.8-million project that started in June is expected to run deep into 2020 around Alma and Rainier east of Custer.

Custer Road is also under repair around Parker Road.

Coit Road will get about $6.4 million in road work from Parker on up to Spring Creek then finally to SH 121. The whole project could run late into 2021.

Spring Creek is under construction on side streets where homes face the parkway between Alma and Custer. Slow down for school zone there, too.

There’s wall and sidewalk work on Independence and Rainier, where a crew tore down neighborhood brick wall 10 weeks ago. Residents said they came home to find pets loose and backyard wall removed.

Plano Parkway work will run through March 2020 from Ohio Drive over to Commerce Drive.

Jupiter Road will be worked on from Allen to 14th in Plano. The $4 million road work and sidewalk could run far into 2021.

Slow down when you see the orange cones and construction signs. And beware, drivers are not given much warning before needing to move over a lane.

Remember to allow extra time if driving through Plano to Richardson, Allen, Carrollton, Frisco or The Colony. Don’t speed through Plano.

Plano Principal’s message about loss of three lives in crash on Hedgcoxe

Dear Plano Senior High Families:

The Plano ISD community experienced the devastating loss of three young lives over the weekend, including a former and a current student at our school. We want our families to know that, along with our counseling team, additional counselors and administrative staff will be here tomorrow, and for as long as needed, to assist students and faculty in coping with this loss. We ask that parents please join us in encouraging students to take advantage of these counseling services as needed. We appreciate your compassion and continued support as a school community during this difficult time.


Sarah Watkins

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