Main Street McKinney Named Quarterfinalist for “America’s Main Streets” Contest

By 380news | Metro

McKINNEY, TX – McKinney’s Main Street program has been named a quarterfinalist for the 2017 “America’s Main Street” contest by Independent We Stand, a national small business movement. McKinney and the City of Plano are the only two cities in Texas ranked in the top 25.   Voting for the top Main Street program will take place at MainStreetContest.com through May 28. The winner will be announced June 5 and awarded $25,000. McKinney Main Street has identified three possible options to use the prize money to fund including installing wireless…Read More

Bike the Bricks brings nail biting racing to downtown McKinney

By 380news | Metro

McKINNEY, TX (May 11, 2017) – Race into Memorial Day weekend and witness the non-stop thrills and the occasional spills during the 8th annual Bike the Bricks on Friday, May 26. Spectators will have front-row seats as more than 500 cyclists from around the globe take to the bricks and tight turns of historic downtown at speeds up to 40 miles per hour in continuous races throughout the evening. Bike the Bricks, presented by the City of McKinney and McKinney Velo, has grown into the largest one-day cycling race in…Read More

Celebration of Heroes in Prosper

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PROSPER, TX – The Prosper Historical Society is honored to present a Memorial Day event titled “Celebration of Heroes” on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Frontier Park Pavilion. This community event, held on Memorial Day, is offered to honor and remember our service men and women who died while in active military service and to recognize the valor and patriotism of those who defend us now. The program will feature guest speakers, patriotic songs, readings, and recitations. Collin County Commissioner Susan Fletcher and Collin County Court…Read More

Will an Expanded Panama Canal Help Texas Ports?

By 380news | Metro

AUSTIN, TX – In 2016, the Panama Canal completed a massive expansion that allows it to accommodate many more of the larger cargo ships navigating today’s global trade routes – and it could mean new economic opportunities for Texas ports. For Texas to benefit fully from increased ship traffic in the Gulf of Mexico, however, it must expand its ports and their accompanying infrastructure. In this issue of Fiscal Notes, we examine the canal’s expansion and the impact it could have on the Texas economy. “As the nation’s top exporting state, we have an obvious interest in the Panama Canal’s expansion,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. “The canal provides an essential link between Asian economies and the West. To take…Read More

Texas Medicaid Mosquito Repellent Benefit Aims To Protect Texans

By 380news | Metro

AUSTIN, TX – Texas started providing this year’s statewide Medicaid benefit on May 1, 2017, for mosquito repellent to prevent Zika virus transmission. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is offering the repellent to more Medicaid clients to ensure additional Texans are protected from the virus that can be devastating to unborn babies. For the first time in Texas, some boys and men will be eligible to receive the benefit, as well as women ages 45 to 55. Eligible recipients can pick up mosquito repellent at participating pharmacies without needing a prescription, as Texas Medicaid has issued a standing order for mosquito repellent for the benefit. “We want to support the health and safety of Texans,” said HHSC Executive…Read More

Stretch 4 Life Academy

By 380news | Metro

Congratulations to the class of 2016-2017 Jenna Easterling and Ed Walter have passed their examination to officially become Licensed Massage Therapist. The exam allows them to practice nationally as well as in Texas. Stretch 4 Life Academy is hosting serval open house tours for next year’s enrollment. If you would like to signup please call or go online to find out more about our massage school also please call for a tour of the school. Thank you to the Aubrey area for your gracious welcome of our massage school and Clinic! If we can help anyone in the area achieve their dreams of becoming a massage therapist please call.Read More

McKinney City Council Selects DCTA as Public Transit Service Provider

By 380news | Metro

McKINNEY, TX – City Council is taking steps re-establish limited public transportation services in the McKinney Urbanized Area by selecting Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) as its service provider during their Monday meeting. Upon completion of the contract, DCTA will manage the program of public transportation services that has a current budget of $350,000 per year, with taxi service beginning as early as June 1, and demand response para-transit service starting shortly afterward. Earlier this month, the Urban Transit District board voted on a hybrid plan allowing for a taxi voucher program to begin within the next 90 days and dedicated demand response service when vehicles are acquired. The data gathered from the taxi voucher program will allow the board…Read More

City Entered Risk Level 2 of Mosquito Surveillance and Response Plan Citizen Involvement Essential to Eliminating Breeding Grounds

By 380news | Metro

DENTON, TX, May 1, 2017 – On May 1, the City of Denton entered Risk Level 2 – Enhanced Response of the Mosquito Surveillance and Response Plan. Typically, Risk Level 2 is triggered before the mosquito season is underway and centers on activities citizens can do to help the City control the mosquito population. At this Risk Level, the probability of human outbreak of the West Nile virus is low. Strategies for protecting human health and methods for minimizing mosquito populations are the main control measures emphasized under Risk Level 2. The City’s Mosquito Surveillance and Response Plan is a comprehensive plan aimed at reducing the risk of illness due to West Nile virus. City personnel have made reducing mosquito breeding grounds a…Read More

Denton to Host First-ever “Open Streets” Biking Event CycloDia to Headline 2017 Bike Month Celebration

By 380news | Metro

WHAT:   CycloDia, a Bike|Walk Denton event, will kick off this year’s Bike Month celebration. For this open-streets event, sections of McKinney, Austin, and Hickory streets will be closed to traffic for biking, as well as walking, skateboarding, and other activities. The event will feature helmet giveaways for kids, an adaptive bike rodeo for kids of all ages, “turtle races” for both kids and adults, vendor booths, and free fitness classes. WHEN:           Sunday, May 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. WHERE:Event headquarters will be in the City Hall parking lot, 215 E. McKinney St. See the attached map for an overview of activity locations. WHO: CycloDia is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Denton Parks Foundation,…Read More

Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry Food Collection Drive, May 6-12

By 380news | Metro

DENTON, TX – An estimated 115,480 residents of Denton County, face hunger and food insecurity, while one in four Texas children struggle with hunger and poor nutrition. Mayor Chris Watts seeks to increase community awareness of this critical issue facing so many of Denton’s citizens. On May 19 at 10 a.m., Mayor Watts, in partnership with the Denton Hunger Coalition, will declare the City of Denton’s sixth annual “Day of Concern for the Hungry” at a press conference held at Serve Denton, located at 1980 E. University Dr. The press…Read More

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