Saturday’s #Quote: Jesse James

In honor of the upcoming annual National Chili Day, this week’s favorite quote comes from a local outlaw back in the day …

Jesse James was quoted as saying, “I won’t rob the bank in McKinney, Texas, because that’s where my favorite chili parlor is located.” 🤠

Question: Who makes the best chili in the county? National Chili Day is Thursday, Feb. 22. Thursday will also be National Margarita Day.

According to Wienerschnitzel, the Top 10 Chili Cities are

1. Los Angeles, California

2. Dallas, Texas

3. Phoenix, Arizona

4. Houston, Texas

5. San Francisco – Oakland, California

6. Chicago, Illinois

7. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

8. Springfield, Missouri

9. Cincinnati, Ohio

10. San Antonio, Texas

On National Chili Day, ask for the Chili Lovers Combo at the local Weinerschnitzel.

Shop Local Thought for the day: Any time you want to go back in time, shop local in historic downtown Celina, McKinney 🚴🏼‍♀️, Plano, Farmersville …

Today’s quote sponsored by Vet to Vet USA and local Rotarians.

🚣🏿 Stay positive: 🌈 Only about 90 days to go until the historic Texas Pool opens for swim season in Plano, Texas. 🏊🏻

Check it out: Collin County Historical Society

💡Self-improvement idea: Improve your companies communications and leadership skills by inviting local Toastmasters International clubs in North Texas to give you a demo meeting.


McCally replaces Lewis as mayor of Celina

Celina Mayor Jim Lewis resigned Thursday,  and Mayor Pro Tem Todd McCally takes over as Mayor.

Lewis had about a year left on his three-year term as mayor.
Celina plans to hold a special election (TBD) to pick a new mayor.
Lewis has sold his home and moved out of the city.
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Craig James running for senate

Heard it through the grapevine that former SMU Pony Express running back [B]Craig James[/B] plans to run for the Senate.

The McKinney Courier-Gazette reported in 2010 that James hinted on [B]Jeff Bolton’s[/B] KLIF 570-AM morning radio show that he may want to run.

James, the former Houston Stratford, SMU Mustangs, U.S.F.L. Washington Federals and New England Patriots star has been building his name as college football analyst on ESPN.

James, who lives north of Dallas in conservative Celina, Texas, will run as a Republican.

[B]Notable:[/B] Craig James and [B]Eric Dickerson[/B], the famed Pony Express, led SMU to a 7-3 Cotton Bowl victory over Pittsburgh in 1983. SMU plays Pitt in this season’s BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 7.

[I]The Idaho Stateman[/I] writes that running for office likely will at least temporarily take James off of ESPN. He has been heavily criticized since his involvement in the ouster of former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach and recently for his evaluation of Boise State in [I]The Associated Press [/I]Top 25, where he has the Broncos ranked No. 23 — six spots lower than anyone else.

Craig James’ news comes just as former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert introduced his legendary endorsements.


Celina celebrates 100 years on square with parade

Life moves at a slower pace in Celina, Texas, which is celebrating 100 years on the downtown square. Look for classic cars, fire trucks, emerging politicians, football players, the county judge, families, new residents, long-time citizens and every day life on the streets of Celina.

Celina raising Golden Arches

– Celina Main Street, Celina Chamber of Commerce

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Corbett Howard: Why do we need another “Damp” election?

Why do we need another “Damp” election?

On May 11, 2004 the citizens of Celina voted by a slim margin for “the legal sale of beer and wine for off premise consumption only” and by a little larger margin, but close vote for “the legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders only.”
The primary goal of that election was to secure the Brookshires grocery store and that goal was achieved, and today we enjoy a great hometown store. The sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption is about retail sale of beer and wine whether that is sold by a Grocery chain, Mass Merchandisers like Target or Convenience Stores.

Let’s fast forward to November 2009, and the adoption of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan “Celina by Choice” by the City Council. The future land use map in the plan exposed the shortcoming of 90 to 95 percent of future retail; commercial development for Celina that is outside of the wet/dry option corporate boundary voted on in 2004.

Why are we holding a new wet/dry (Damp) election? There are several economic development and competitive reasons to address, but the simplest reason is the present wet/dry map shows a retail opportunity for only about 1,000 acres of area in Celina, and the Celina corporate limits have grown an approximate additional 10,000 acres since 2004. These additional acres give Celina strategic locations on the Preston Road and Dallas North Tollway corridors as well as annexed areas on the Collin County Outer loop and on the final DNT route.

The economic development reasons for updating our option area are the tax base expansion for the City of Celina and the CISD. Tax base expansion allows increased services for both entities without adding increased property taxes. Retail development adds sales tax revenue that directly funds our parks and open spaces and creates incentive for commercial and employment centers.

The competitive reason for the updated election is to have our boundary with Prosper and Denton County competitive. Both of these entities are 100 percent optioned for wet/dry, and this creates a real economic disadvantage to us.

The last answer is to the question what does “Damp” election mean? It is the positive connotation to a wet/dry election. In Celina, we won’t ever tolerate the existence of liquor stores or beer barns, nor should we. We understand development of solid retail and commercial ventures and that is what this election is all about.
Thank you

Corbett Howard
Executive Director
Celina Economic Development Corporation

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