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First Response Photography: McKinney National Airport went on alert Saturday as small plane landed

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McKinney National Airport declared an Alert 3 (incident) Saturday afternoon, according to First Response Photography. Witnesses saw the plane coming in and said the plane didn’t sound right. No reports of injuries.

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Why fly into McKinney National Airport?

McKinney National Airport, formerly known as Collin County Regional Airport at McKinney, is a public use airport located in McKinney, Texas, approximately 30 miles north of downtown Dallas.

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McKinney National Airport breaks ground on new hangar


The McKinney National Airport recently broke ground on a new 10,000-square-foot hangar that will accommodate transient aircraft, from single-engine aircraft to medium-size jet aircraft for either long-term or short-term stays. The airport secured contracts to completely fill the new hangar before construction began.

“As more pilots learn McKinney National Airport is a first-rate option for corporate jets, general aviation and business customers, hangar space will continue to be in high demand,” said Ken Wiegand, McKinney National Airport Director. “We offer incredible amenities like on-site customs, a location on the fringe of Class-B airspace and award-winning ground services. McKinney National Airport is open for business.”

McKinney National Airport is home to business aircraft that travel worldwide. In 2012, the airport received national designation by the FAA and renamed the airport to McKinney National Airport to don its newly earned categorical ranking. The national category designation is earned by the number of annual operations, sophistication of infrastructure, aero-medical service and number and type of based aircraft. Only 84 general aviation airports in the country are in this national category.

McKinney Air Center, the fixed-base operator (FBO) that provides fuel and other services to aircraft at McKinney National Airport, was voted the best in the nation in the 2016 Pilots’ Choice Awards by In addition, the Pete and Nancy Huff Air Traffic Control Tower at McKinney National Airport was named #3 in the Pilots’ Choice Awards and was also awarded the 2015 Facility of the Year by Robinson Aviation Inc. for its significant contributions to the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System.

Ad valorem tax revenue generated by the airport and FBO helps pays for local road improvements, emergency services, education and more.  Additional information

Power out across North Texas for more than 200,000

Straight-line winds, some reaching 83 miles an hour in Tarrant County, have knocked down trees and power lines and spread debris across North Texas this morning. Power is out for about 200,000 North Texans, according to the power company.

Tarrant County was under a pair of tornado warnings, and Collin, Denton, Dallas and Hunt counties are under a severe thunderstorm warning before sunrise this morning.

In Collin County at 3:30 a.m., the storm is blowing through McKinney before passing on to the northeast.

Updated, 4 a.m., expect delays in driving to work and school across the area this morning.

McKinney TX means business

McKinney, Texas, means business.

McKinney is known for being a small town than means big business.

McKinney means bringing jobs and careers to Collin County. Why not work and live in a place known for high quality parks, schools, things to do?

McKinney is one of the fastest growing cities in Texas and the United States, and its leaders plan to maintain McKinney’s quality of life from its historic downtown to it new corporate headquarters, hospitals, hotels, colleges and schools.

Thanks to the leaders inspiring McKinney Economic Development.

Collin County – Texas High School Football roundup

Brian Bearden’s Texas High School football quick hits

Scoring: Celina’s Cash Conder (11-99 rushing) scored from the 18, 35, 5 in 42-7 win over Melissa.

Farmersville’s Caleb Twyford scored three touchdowns vs. Kemp.

Frisco’s Austin Shaw caught two for 80 yards.

Frisco Centennial’s Connor Martin kicked field goals from 27 yards twice in a 41-7 win over Frisco.

Frisco Lone Star kicker Cameron Scott made seven extra points vs. Little Elm.

McKinney North’s Ronald Jones scored six touchdowns against Wylie East on runs of 3, 36, 38, 6, 59 and 50 yards.

PCA’s Eric Stevenson (13-46 yards) scored three touchdowns on bursts on 3, 3 and 2 yards

Plano West’s Soso Jamabo scored seven touchdowns in a 62-30 win over McKinney Boyd. His scoring runs came from 31, 2, 6, 10, 4, 68 and 1 yards out.

Plano West kicker Parker Davidson had 14 points vs. Boyd on 8 point-after-kicks and two field goals (37, 32 yards).

Princeton’s Julio Vasquez made two FG’s and three of point-after kicks.

The Colony’s Kendrick Johnson (8-139 rushing) scored on runs of 30, 39 and 50 yards vs. Frisco Independence.

Big plays: Allen’s Lee Morris caught a big fourth-quarter 13-yard scoring pass from Kyler Murray as Allen struck back for a 35-24 come-from-behind win over Flower Mound Marcus.

Farmersville’s Cole Anderson had a 40-yard fumble return in a 62-7 win over Kemp.

Frisco Centennial’s Riley Brasuell scored on an 80-yard pass play from Court Walker in a 41-7 win over Frisco. Walker also found Jackon Grimes open for a 41-yard scoring strike in the third quarter.

Lovejoy’s Kevin Davis had a 76-yard return in a 55-42 victory over Denison.

McKinney’s Donnie Porter recovered fumble in end zone in third quarter for a 17-13 lead over Wylie.

McKinney Boyd’s Brandon Bowling scored on a 61-yard pass play from Grant Restmeyer in high scoring matchup with Plano West.

McKinney North’s Ronald Jones, who averaged a first down every time he handled the football, scored on a 50-yard run in the fourth quarter against Wylie East for his sixth touchdown in the game. He had a 59-yard run in the third quarter for six points and a 37-27 lead.

Plano West’s Bennett Dubrow scored on a 57-yard TD pass from Robert Colmery (6-8-0, 114 yards) against Boyd.

Prosper’s Bailey Mack (4-86 yards receiving) scored on a 63-yard pass in 34-7 win over Sherman.

Wylie’s Carson Cook hauled in a 24-yard TD pass to Darius Carter in the fourth quarter in 27-24 win over McKinney.

Wylie East’s Justin Bailey scored on a 60-yard catch in the second quarter and a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. Eno Benjamin scored on a 48-yard pass from Braden Shewmake in the fourth quarter as East pulled ahead in a 49-46 win.

Rushing: Allen’s Kyler Murray averaged 4.7 per keeper, and David Feliciano averaged 4.3 yards rushing against Flower Mound Marcus.

Celina’s John Franklin scored on a 31-yard run and finished with 83 yards rushing on 11 tries vs. Melissa.

Farmersville’s Darrin Pennington averaged 10.5 yards a carry en route to 209 yards on 20 attempts in a 62-7 win over Kemp. Cole Anderson averaged 11.8 yards on four rushes.

Flower Mound Marcus’ Nathan Hopkins ran for 207 yards and two TD against Allen on 35 carries.

Frisco’s Paul Terry (4.9 yards rushing) ran 31 times for 154 yards and a TD vs. Centennial.

Frisco Centennial’s Anthony Pegues (17 for 184 yards) had one touchdown from 53 yards out vs. Frisco. Pegues gained 10.8 yards per carry.

Frisco Legacy Christian’s Chase Eisenmann had 173 yards rushing on 21 carries and two TD in 49-35 loss to Tyler Grace. Eisenmann caught four passes for 70 yards.

Lone Star’s Robert Hall averaged 7.4 yards rushing and scored on TD runs of 4, 8 and 16 yards in a 56-14 victory at Little Elm.

Lovejoy’s Chase Tucker (7.6) ran 13 times for 99 yards against Denison.

McKinney North’s Ronald Jones averaged 10.3 yards per carry on his way to 393 yards against Wylie East.

PCA’s Colin Whitaker ran 12 times for 113 yards, averaging 9.4 yards. DeOne Williams (6.3 yards) scored once. Ryne Carter (2-71 yards) scored from 38 yards away against TCA.

Plano’s Brandon Stephens ran for 271 yards on 25 carries and scored from 37, 70, 2 and 3 yards out in the Wildcats’ 35-13 victory over Flower Mound. Stephens also averaged 16.7 yards per catch with three for 50 yards. He even went 1 for 1 passing.

Plano’s Lopaka Yaro averaged 6.9 yards rushing vs. Flower Mound.

Plano West QB Robert Colmery averaged 7.9 yards on keepers for 126 yards.

Prosper’s Robert Mahone averaged 5.6 yards and ran for 81 yards and a 5-yard TD vs. Sherman.

Wylie East’s Enos Benjamin had 228 yards rushing on 28 attempts in a 49-46 win over McKinney North. He scored on runs of 4, 25, 27, 64 as well as the 48-yard pass play from Braden Shewmake with the outcome on the line in the fourth quarter.

Passing: Allen’s Kyler Murray (11-18-0) had no interceptions while passing for 218 yards and 3 TD against Flower Mound Marcus.

Anna’s Gage Scribner (5-14-1, 79 yards) had three TD strikes against Callisburg, connecting with Eric Jackson, Brandon Dossett and Barry Sims.

Farmersville’s Chase Hasker (12-14-0, 187 yards) threw for two touchdowns vs. Kemp. He also averaged more than five yards on keepers.

Frisco Legacy Christian’s Chase Moake (11-27-0) passed for 229 yards and two TD’s vs. Tyler Grace.

Lovejoy’s Bowman Sells (11-17-0) passed for 194 yards and two TD to beat Denison.

Frisco Lone Star’s Jason Shelley (12-15-0) passed for 222 yards and three touchdowns and had 78 yards and a pair of TD’s on a dozen quarterback keepers against Little Elm.

McKinney Boyd’s Grant Restmeyer (12-28-0, 308 yards) passed for three touchdowns against Plano West, including a 43-yard touchdown to Jacob Cantrell. Seth Washington (3-3) threw for 100 yards in reserve.

Melissa’s Taylor McGehee (8-21-1) passed for 132 yards and a TD against Celina.

Prestonwood Christian’s Ryan Cash (21-26-0) passed for two TD and 258 yards vs. Trinity Christian – Addison.

Princeton’s Colt Collins went 14-28-0 for 240 yards and two touchdowns in 27-14 win over Gainesville. Collins bolted for an 11-yard TD run in fourth quarter too.

Prosper’s Justin Kiedinger (12-16-1) passed for 154 yards and three TD in 34-7 victory over Sherman. Prosper’s QB ran 12 times for 5.6 yards.

Wylie East’s Braden Shewmake (12-21-2) threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns vs. McKinney North.

Receiving: Allen’s Jalen Guyton caught eight for 180 yards vs. Flower Mound Marcus.

Farmersville’s Cole Anderson had four catches for 84 yards against Kemp.

Frisco Lone Star’s Michael Johnson caught two passes for 93 yards vs. Little Elm. Jordan Jones had two for 65 yards and two touchdowns from the Lobos’ 49 and 20 on passes from Jason Shelley.

Lovejoy’s Steven Prudhome had 113 yards receiving vs. Denison.

Melissa’s Christian Norton had 106 yards receiving on three catches, including a 73-yard TD vs. Celina.

Prestonwood’s Michael Irvin caught nine passes for 97 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown in the second quarter against TCA-Addison.

PCA’s Collin Whitaker had a key scoring catch from 23 yards out.

Princeton’s Zach Torres caught three passes for 103 yards with a 24-yard scoring catch in the first quarter against Gainesville.

Prosper’s Bailey Mack had four catches for 86 yards vs. Sherman.

Texas High School Football Results

Allen 35, Flower Mound Marcus 24

Bishop Dunne 47, John Paul II 0

Callisburg 48, Anna 28

Celina 43, Melissa 7

Denton 50, Chisholm Trail 14

Denton Guyer 40, Keller 33

Farmersville 62, Kemp 7

Frisco Centennial 41, Frisco 7

Frisco Lone Star 56, Little Elm 14

Frisco Wakeland 17, Frisco Liberty 3

Keller Central 37, Denton Ryan 29

Lewisville 38, Hebron 20

Lovejoy 55, Denison 42

Pilot Point 57, Bonham 14

Plano 35, Flower Mound 13

Plano West 62, McKinney Boyd 30

Prestonwood 56, TCA-Addison 13

Princeton 27, Gainesville 14

Prosper 34, Sherman 7

Wylie 27, McKinney 24

The Colony 56, Frisco Independence 2

Tyler Grace 49, Legacy Christian 35

Waco Reicher 35, McKinney Christian 13

Wylie East 49, McKinney North 46

OCT. 3 Football Games

Private Schools

John Paul II at Prestonwood Christian

Legacy Christian at Tyler All-Saints

McKinney Christian at Irving The Highlands

District 6-6A

McKinney Boyd at Plano East (Kimbrough Stadium)

Plano vs. Plano West (John Clark Stadium)

Flower Mound Marcus at Flower Mound

District 9-5A

Frisco vs. Heritage (Toyota Stadium)

Independence vs. Centennial (Memorial Stadium)

Lone Star at The Colony

Wakeland at Little Elm

District 10-5A

Denison at McKinney

McKinney North at Prosper

Sherman at Lovejoy

Wylie vs. Wylie East

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TxDot grant gives McKinney National Airport a lift

The Texas Transportation Commission has approved the granting of $1,756,202 in federal funds to reimburse McKinney National Airport for the cost of land it acquired in 2010 as part of the $45 million project to replace the old runway.

Project costs will be funded through the City of McKinney and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Aviation Facilities Grant Program, which preserves and improves the state’s general aviation airport system.

Airport Executive Director Ken Wiegand said: “Federal and state grants administered by TxDOT provide the kind of financial assistance our airport needs to continue to grow and provide top-quality service to our business aviation customers. McKinney National Airport has been fortunate to receive outstanding support from FAA and TxDOT over the past 12 years.”

The runway in McKinney was constructed at 7,002 feet long and 150 feet wide with a weight-bearing capacity of 450,000 pounds. It was the largest in single development project in TxDOT Aviation history. The width and weight-bearing capacity can accommodate larger, heavier aircraft.

This year, TxDOT expects to provide approximately $60 million in funding for planning, constructing and maintaining community airports. Approximately 275 community airports in Texas are eligible for funding.

Notable: Ken Wiegand, an accredited member of the American Association of Airport Executives, holds a commercial pilot’s license in helicopter and fixed wing aircraft and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Wiegand, a 20-year military veteran, has been executive director of Mckinney National Airport since 2002. He served 10 years as executive director of the Winchester Regional Airport Authority in Virginia and eight years as Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation. He has been recognized for his accomplishments by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Commonwealth of Virginia and most recently by the Texas Department of Transportation as its 2008 Airport Manager of the Year.

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