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By Brian Bearden
AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and State. Rep. Scott Sanford of McKinney (left) joined Gov. Greg Abbott (center) as he signed the Pastor Protection Act in Austin.
AG Ken Paxton (on left next to Pastor Scott Sanford) stated: “Texas took a small but important step to further protect the religious freedom of clergy in the face of increasing hostility toward people of faith in all walks of life. No Pastor, Priest, Rabbi or other religious leader should be forced to perform or recognize a marriage that contradicts his or her sincere religious belief.”
Gov. Greg Abbott said: “Freedom of religion is the most sacred of our rights and our freedom to worship is secured by the Constitution. Religious leaders in the State of Texas must be absolutely secure in the knowledge that religious freedom is beyond the reach of government or coercion by the courts. Today I am proud to sign into law SB 2065 – the Pastor Protection Act – to ensure that clergy in Texas cannot be forced to violate their religious beliefs.”
State Rep. Sanford said: “Thank you to Gov. Abbott for signing #SB2065 this morning, and thank you to the pastors, grassroots organizations, and dedicated Texans who testified in committee hearings and made phone calls to your elected officials – your support made this bill possible. — with Ken Paxton.”
Photos courtesy of Scott Sanford.
By Brian Bearden
Name that star: Who had six touchdowns? Who had 484 yards? Who has yet to pick his college? Who has an awesome line? Plano West’s Soso Jamabo scores six touchdowns and rushed for 484 yards against Sachse … Allen’s Kyler Murray scored five TDs … Murray passed for 381 yards and ran for 183 yards against Dutch Fork, S.C. … McKinney Boyd’s Dedrick Scrivens topped the school record for yards rushing in a game with 371 yards vs. Coppell.
Looking for fun things to do this weekend: Start by hopping over to Collin County Animal Services to adopt a pet this weekend. The shelter is having a Birthday “Pawty.”
Farmersville will honor First Responders with Public Safety Sunday at First United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. … Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano is having a successful fish fry during “Fish Tales.” …
Coffee: Mark your calendar for coffee with Mayor Maher Maso at Frisco City Hall on the fifth floor … 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday.
The Plano Bridal Show at the Plano Centre is a busy place thanks to Bridal Shows Inc. Be there from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. Brides can speak with more than 110 wedding businesses to help plan the perfect wedding. As you know, Plano Centre is making changes under new general manager Mark Jarrell.
Arts: The Frisco Association for the Arts is offering Sculptechular at Frisco Discovery Center at 8004 North Dallas Parkway. http://www.friscodiscoverycenter.com/index.php/events/sculptechular-2014/http://www.friscodiscoverycenter.com/index.php/events/sculptechular-2014/
Update: Congrats to Gregory Beck, Kyle Mitchell and Jason Mellard for taking first through third at Sculptechular on Sunday.
Dining: Try the Grilled Swordfish, Fava Bean Risotto, Sautéed Yellow Wax Beans, Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce at Jasper’s at The Shops at Legacy in Plano. … When at Gentle Creek Golf Club in Prosper, try the pan-seared red fish or the sea bass.
Ladies! The Frisco Chamber of Commerce WEB-Women Enhancing Business (Frisco) September Networking/Mixer sponsored by Functional Health Centers will be Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the Chamber Event Room. What you get: Free chair massages, door prizes, networking with successful like-minded women, and connecting with new clients and service providers. … Sci-Tech will have football starting Sept. 12 in Frisco. …
Speaking of football players Scott Turner contributes this quote of the week from Dr. Seuss: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Ringo’s Pub in Plano popped out the chicken-fried bacon for football watching this weekend.
Roads: Ann Lieber sounds off – “The Regional Transportation Council proposing 28 million spent on bike lanes in the region all while the Metroplex is being choked with gridlock and officials telling you toll taxes are the only way out of congestion and funding problems. Please attend a transportation meeting at Monday, September 8th @ 6:30pm, Pharr Library in Plano, Texas, to make your voice heard!” Location: 6200 Windhaven at Communications in West Plano.
Free concert: The Eric Gales Band and Andy Timmons will be playing at the Guitar Sanctuary at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 in McKinney. The Guitar Sanctuary will be offering 10 tables with seating for four (4) for purchase at $80 per table. See the staff in the store at Adriatica to purchase a table at 6633 Virginia Parkway. The concert will be presented by Two-Rock Guitar Amplification, Xotic/EMS guitar Effects, and The Guitar Sanctuary. … David Grissom, The Maylee Thomas Band and Paul Reed Smith will play there Friday, Sept. 19.
The Frisco RoughRiders‘ baseball season came to end with a hard-fought loss to the Midland RockHounds.
Sci-Tech will have football starting Sept. 12 in Frisco. … Greg Abbott has football friendly shirts ready for Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and more fans.
Shopping: The cardigans are in at Cotton Hearts on the McKinney downtown square. Pick from berry, grey, mocha, black and brown.
Spa: Book two or more services per person at Cooper Spa McKinney at Craig Ranch and you will receive a guest pass to the fitness center in McKinney.
Successful start: The Junior League of Collin County kicked off the fall with its mentoring program.
Bowling: Allen Bowl reports they have several leagues in need of individual bowlers to fill teams. Call 972-727-9108.
Dinosaurs Live! will be returning to the Heard Natural Science Museum and Nature Sanctuary.
Hockey: The 2014-15 Allen Americans are offering a deal for groups of 15-plus, which could receive discounted tickets and can add unique group experiences that make for a night to remember. As an added bonus, book your group by Sept. 19 and you’ll receive free tickets to our Opening Night game vs Tulsa.
Top Golf Allen will be giving away a new Blu-ray DVD player, Bacardi golf bags, Topgolf swag, Callaway golf equipment and a grill. Sign up for Top Golf’s last tournament of the season, the TGC Challenge, on Sunday Sept. 21st at 10 a.m. Registration $40 per person at http://www.topgolf.com/tgc
Jobs: Bonnie Ruth’s Bistro at Watters Creek is hiring staff members in Allen. If you are hungry, ask for Bonnie Ruth’s oven-roasted take-out special on Tuesday. … Fireball Run is looking for a Production Assistant in Frisco. Fireball Run wants someone such as a student with some ENG experience. Candidate will travel with the production beginning Sept 25th in Frisco and finishing Oct. 5 in Independence, Mo. All travel, accommodations and meal expenses paid. Applicants should submit resume and link to demo reel via email to FBRjobs@gmail.com
Movies: Scarface will be playing at Cinemark Frisco Square during the Classic Series at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Music: Tickets are on sale for October’s Courtyard Texas Music Series show featuring Zane Williams at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Courtyard Theater in Plano. Visit http://bit.ly/1CxSZK6. … Because of the threat of inclement weather, the concert in Allen on Saturday by the Rob Holbert Band has been canceled. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date. Watters Creek is always a fun place for a Saturday evening stroll.
Politics: Ken and Angela Paxton wrote a piece entitled “A Family for Educational Choice” for RedState.com http://www.redstate.com/diary/ameliahamilton/2014/09/02/ken-angela-paxton-family-educational-choice/?preview=true
Rain: Pete Delkus predicts rain today.
Balloons: The Celina Balloon Fest is next weekend. Look for balloons to lift off Sept. 12-14 at Old Celina Park, 12670 Farm-to-Market Road 428. http://www.celinaballoonfestival.com/ … Then, the Plano Balloon Festival will be Sept. 19-21 at Oak Point Park at 2801 East Spring Creek Parkway. http://www.planoballoonfest.org/
Quote: “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter. ” — Walt Disney
By Chris Hill, County Commissioner
Yesterday’s primary runoff election results hold great promise for Texas and for Texans!
Congratulations to our Republican nominees for statewide offices:
- Dan Patrick for Lieutenant Governor
- Ken Paxton for Attorney General
- Sid Miller for Agriculture Commissioner
- Ryan Sitton for Railroad Commissioner
Here in Collin County, congratulations to Matt Shaheen for his victory in the Texas House District 66 Republican runoff, and congratulations to Susan Fletcher for her runoff victory for Precinct 1 commissioner.
Regardless of which candidate(s) you supported in the primary election, these are our Republican candidates for office, they are all my candidates for the general election, and I hope they will be your candidates as well! We are certainly blessed to have such fine folks to represent us here in North Texas.
I would also like to express my heartfelt appreciation to Mark Reid, who has served with excellence and integrity as the commissioner of Precinct 1 since his appointment last November. Mark will continue to serve with passion and with honor until his term expires in December.
Thank you also to Glenn Callison for his willingness to run for Texas House District 66. I commend Glenn (and all candidates) for being willing to make the sacrifices necessary to run for public office and serve our community.
Lastly, but most importantly, thank you to everyone who voted, and especially to everyone who volunteered their time and energy helping their favorite candidates.
Chris Hill, County Commissioner
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COLLIN COUNTY TEXAS RESULTS
COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 1
SUSAN FLETCHER 54.0, Mark Reid 46.0
“I would like to take this time to thank the voters of Collin County for their vote and ultimately the trust they have placed in me to be the next elected Commissioner for Precinct 1,” Susan Hayes Fletcher said. “I am honored to have earned this trust and do not take it lightly. From day one, I was focused on running a positive issue-oriented campaign and that resonated with the citizens of Collin County. I would like to also thank my opponent, Mark Reid, for his service to the county. We need to honor those who are willing to step up and serve their community and encourage citizen participation. I would also like to thank the volunteers who gave of their time and treasure to make this campaign successful. They put their trust in me and I am proud of the campaign we ran. I look forward to the challenge ahead and ask for everyone to come together and keep making Collin County the Jewel of North Texas.”
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 4
JOHN RATCLIFFE 54.93, Ralph Hall 45.07
DAVID ALAMEEL 76.63, Kesha Rogers 23.37
TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL
KEN PAXTON 69.91, Dan Branch 30.09
STATE REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 66
MATT SHAHEEN 53.8, Glenn Callison 46.2
“Robyn and I feel truly blessed for the victory tonight and are thankful to God,” Matt Shaheen said. “I want to thank the many volunteers, statewide organizations and State Representatives who stood with me in my fight for liberty. I am grateful for the outcome tonight and what’s to come!”
TEXAS LT. GOVERNOR
DAN PATRICK 68.95, David Dewhurst 31.05
TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSIONER
RYAN SITTON 51.33, Wayne Christian 48.67
“With your support, we were able to win the runoff election for Railroad Commissioner,” Ryan Sitton said. “I can’t thank you enough for all your efforts on my behalf.
“We have a lot of work to do between now and the general election,” Sitton said. “I’m committed to working as hard as ever to earn every Texans’ vote. After all, it is important that every Texan is confident and proud of our energy industry and the Railroad Commission must be out in front representing you every day in a responsible way.
“I also want to thank Wayne Christian and his supporters for a spirited race,” Sitton said. “Wayne should be proud of his campaign and past service to our state. Thank you again for supporting me. Together we will make sure Texas leads America to becoming the global leader in energy.”
TEXAS AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER
RICHARD FRIEDMAN 56.3, Jim Hogan 43.7
SID MILLER 62.28, Tommy Merritt 37.72
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