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Driver shortage a ! ects student transportation

NEED A DRIVING The clubs have 3 LOCATIONS that served more than 6,000 YOUTHS

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County need more bus drivers to provide access to their nationally recognized programs in McKinney, Frisco and Plano. Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County Current bus drivers At least seven bus drivers needed

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McKinney ISD and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County are both looking for bus drivers after a nationwide driver shortage was worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, o ! cials said. Competition with private companies and a relatively long training and licens- ing process for commercial drivers is contributing to the shortage. Not having enough drivers can cause delays, MISD Chief Accountability O ! cer Geo " Sand- erson said. Or it could result in services stopping altogether, like with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County, which had to temporarily cease student pickups fromsixMcKinney schools. “Not having a pool of drivers available CONTINUED ON 16

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Abuswaits outside theMcKinney Boys &Girls Clubs of Collin County location. The clubs currently have only two drivers. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The city of McKinney and state entities are investing in local road projects to improve pedestrian access on the east side, lengthen several roadways and widen freeways. In early May the city had about 75 active projects that in addition to roadways, included drainage, lighting and signal improvements, McKinney Capital Improvements Manager Nicholas Ataie said. More than $500 million is being spent to address current and upcoming mobility concerns.

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located on Virginia Street. Yvonne Evans, a state-licensed master aesthetician, of- fers preventative and anti-aging services by appointment that aid individuals with rosacea, environmentally damaged skin, acne and more. 469-363-7546. www.yvonneslabelleskin.com 5 8 Burnside Air Conditioning, Heating and Indoor Air Quality is moving to a new property across the street from its current space. At the April 20 McKinney City Council meeting, council agreed to change the zoning on the property located on an acre in the southeast corner of US 380 and College Street from planned development to neighborhood commercial. Currently, the family-owned company is at 209 W. University Drive. The company will be able to expand its operations in the new facility, documents stated. The business provides air conditioning and heater repair and main- tenance. A timeline for the relocation was not announced. 214-736-8775. E . L O U I S I A N A S

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bean food products. Customers can shop both online and in stores. 682-888-4023. www.seinyaaafricanfood.com COMING SOON 4 Mad for Chicken , a Korean-style fried chicken joint based in New York, will be opening a location at 216 W. Virginia St., Ste. 102, McKinney, later this spring. The franchise is known for its signature soy garlic fried chicken as well as unique Korean-inspired dishes such as hot stone kimchi and bulgogi bowls. https://madforchicken.com 5 A Crumbl Cookies location is coming soon to University Drive in north McKin- ney. The shop will be located at 3194 Uni- versity Drive, Ste. 200, and is set to open Thursday, May 20, as of press time. Crum- bl Cookies o ! ers a weekly rotating menu of fresh-baked cookies, such as Strawber- ry Poptart, Cosmic Brownie, Cinnamon Swirl and Muddy Buddy. Mainstays such

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6 Jim’s Pizza relocated from 208 W. University Drive, McKinney, to 2107 W. Eldorado Parkway, Ste. 110, McKinney, in the Eldorado Park Shopping Center. The new location opened April 12. The veter- an Italian restaurant has been serving the local community since 1969 and is known for its pizzas as well as its bu ! et and sal- ad bar. 972-542-1293. www.jimspizza.info 7 Yvonne’s LaBelle Skin Spa held an open house May 2 for the new location of the business at 1609 North Waddill St., McKinney. The spa was previously

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its new startup company, Load Right LLC, is expanding its headquarters in McKinney. With the expansion, Falkon will create 20 new jobs over the next three years. The company’s physical headquarters at 2150 S. Central Expressway, Ste, 190, will be expanded with another 3,000 square feet. Falkon Technologies was founded in 1998 and has written over 3.8 million lines of code, per a news release. Previous jobs include building web apps, mobile apps and custom APIs for business-to-business integrations. 469-854-3600. www.falkon.net ANNIVERSARIES 10 Hidden Springs of McKinney Senior Living hosted a Texas-style celebration April 14 to mark its # rst anniversary. The event was a dual celebration, as Hidden Springs is now welcoming residents to its new memory care neighborhood. The community opened in March 2020 with 130 independent-living apartments. In fall 2020 it added 40 assisted-living apartments, and this month it added 27 memory care apartments. The commu- nity is located at 6421 McKinney Ranch Parkway, McKinney. 972-445-9844. www.hiddenspringsmckinney.com 11 Medical CityMcKinney celebrated 100 years of service on April 1 at 4500 Medical Center Drive, McKinney. The city hospital employs more than 1,100 people, has 750 physicians on sta ! and treats more than 38,000 patients through the ER annually, according to a news release. The FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON A new community with 1,376 homes is coming to 450 acres in McKinney. Taylor Morrison, in partnership with Pulte Homes, announced March 30 that it had purchased the ! rst two phases of the joint development. The community, called Highland Lakes , is located on the north side of Bloomdale Road and south of FM 1461. Homes in Highland Lakes will start in the low $300,000s, a news release stated. Construction started in April and will consist of multiple phases. Taylor Morrison will o " er 15 # oor plans ranging from 1,650 square feet to 3,450 square feet, and Pulte Homes will o " er

11 # oor plans ranging from 1,690 square feet to 3,600 square feet. Highland Lakes will have an amenity center that will o " er a pool, ! tness center and park. A trail system will also link the community with the on-site lake. Model homes are expected to be open by fall 2022. www.taylormorrison.com www.pulte.com

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MAY 20 ‘JOHNNY A: JUSTME… ANDMY GUITARS’ The Guitar Sanctuary presents an intimate evening performance celebrating iconic British songs from the 1960s by John Antonopoulos, known professionally as Johnny A, with support from Americana duo The Imaginaries. A Grammy Award- nominated musician, Johnny A has had a 20-year career de ! ned by his genre- blending instrumental guitar music. 8 p.m. $15 (standing room only), $30 (general seating), $150 (VIP table for four). The Sanctuary Music & Events, 6633 Virginia Parkway, McKinney. 972-540-9293. www.showclix.com/ event/johnnya2021 20 FARMFRESH CRAFT CUISINE DINNER In a reimagined event to allow for social distancing, foodies can enjoy a walking culinary experience on the grounds of Heritage Village, a collection of historic homes and buildings that showcase how locals lived in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Attendees will be able to visit with farmers, chefs and other vendors serving a variety of small plates and cocktails. The event will also include live music and ra " es. 6:30-10 p.m. $75 (general admission), $100 (VIP). Heritage

Village at Chestnut Square, 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney. 972-562-8790. www.chestnutsquare.org JUNE 06 ‘ANIGHT ON BROADWAY’ The McKinney Philharmonic Orchestra and singer Agostina Migoni will pay homage to the sounds of some of the most critically acclaimed musicals, such as “West Side Story,” “The Sound of Music,” “Chicago” and more. Seating is limited to allow for social distancing. 7 p.m. $25. First McKinney Church, 600 Lake Forest Drive, McKinney. https://app.gopassage.com/events RACEFOREMBRACEVIRTUAL 5K The McKinney Young Professionals are holding a virtual 5K to raise funds for Embrace Texas, a nonpro ! t that provides resources to adopted and foster children and their families. Ahead of the June 12 race day, participants can pick up their race packet at Tupps Brewery on June 10 and catch a performance by singer- songwriter Alexa B Heart; packet pickup is also available at the McKinney Chamber /a-night-on-broadway 10 THROUGH 12 of Commerce o # ce June 11. 4-7 p.m. (June 10), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (June 11). $45 (includes T-shirt and ! nishers medal), $55

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This fourth annual old-fashioned country fair will feature carnival rides, in ! atables, contests, live music, a petting zoo, a beer and wine garden, food trucks and more. Proceeds from the event bene " t ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship, which provides therapeutic horse-riding programs for children and adults with disabilities. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $20 (per car through June 10), $25 (per car after June 10). ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship, 3160 N. Custer Road, McKinney. www.manegait.org/ events/countryfair (Photo courtesy ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship)

their morning participating in their choice of four free outdoor ! tness classes. Attendees are asked to bring their own water, mat and towel. 8:45-9:30 a.m. (Fitcamp), 9-9:50 a.m. (yoga), 9:30-10:15 (Zumba), 10:15-11 a.m. (High Fitness). Free. Bonnie Wenk Park amphitheater, 2996 Virginia Parkway, McKinney. 972-547-7486. www.mckinneytexas.org

(with tote bag add-on). Tupps Brewery, 721 Anderson St., McKinney; McKinney Chamber of Commerce, 1700 N. Redbud Blvd., McKinney. 972-542-0163. www.mckinneychamber.com/events/ details/race-for-embrace-virtual-5k-8932 19 FITNESS PARTY McKinney residents can spend

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1 Senior Recreation Center & Senior Pool renovations Crews recently completed construction on this facility, and the o ! cial reopening was May 3. With completion, the building has been wholly refreshed and has a new, reorganized " oor plan: What was once the # tness room is now the billiards room, and the former multipurpose space is now the # tness space. Parks and recre- ation sta $ have also added about 1,800 square feet of new space by repurposing patio areas to help accommodate the center’s growing membership. “It will feel like a brand-new facility when you walk into it,” Director Michael Kowski said in a previous interview. Timeline: spring 2020-May 2021 Cost: $5 million

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ELECTIONRESULTS

Results from the May 1 general election

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RESULTS BREAKDOWN

See who won races for McKinney City Council, McKinney ISD board of trustees and the results of MISD propositions. Results are uno ! cial until they are canvassed.

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MCKINNEY ISD PROPOSITIONS PROP A

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MCKINNEY ISD BOARD MEMBER, PLACE 1

Voters have given the district the permission it needs to continue its method of making recapture payments. The ballot asked voters to allow the district to purchase attendance credit from the state with local tax revenue, and 76.9% of voters were in favor of this. PROP B Voters approved MISD’s proposed increase to its property tax rate for maintenance and operations. Results show 65.5% of voters were in favor of the measure. The district will now lower the tax rate for its debt service, resulting in an overall $0.03 decrease. PROP C Voters were asked if MISD should issue $245 million of bonds for improvements to school facilities and the purchase of land and buses. The proposition was passed with 63.3% votes in favor and 36.7% votes against. PROP D MISD proposed issuing $30 million in bonds to allow the district to continue providing a laptop for every MISD student in grades 3-12 and a tablet for all learners in second grade and below for the next # ve years. Voters approved the measure with 62.7% of the vote.

2% Jimmy R. Stewart 30.5% Thomas Meredith 67.4% George Fuller

45% Maria McKinzie 55% Larry Jagours

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MCKINNEY COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT 1*

62.7% Philip Hassler 37.3% Anthony Congine

7.7% Johnny Moore 32.3% Stan Penn 40.8% Justin Beller 19.2% Cris Trevino

MCKINNEY ISD BOARD MEMBER, PLACE 3

12.7% Erwin Garcia 49.5% Chad Green 37.8% Kathi Livezey

MCKINNEY COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT 3

48.2% Vicente Torres 51.8% Gere’ Feltus

MCKINNEY ISD BOARD MEMBER, PLACE 7

27.8% Serena Ashcroft

MCKINNEY COUNCIL MEMBER, AT ! LARGE POSITION 1

21.6% Joy Booth

39.9% Brian J. Magnuson

48.3% Harvey Oaxaca

60.1% Charlie Philips

2.4% J.B. Franze

*STAN PENN AND JUSTIN BELLER WERE SET TO ENTER A RUNOFF ELECTION FOR JUNE 5. PENN ANNOUNCED HIS WITHDRAWAL FROM THE ELECTION, AND THE CITY HAS CANCELED THE RUNOFF AND NAMED BELLER THE ELECTED CANDIDATE.

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News fromMcKinney & Collin County

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HIGHLIGHTS COLLIN COUNTY The county spent far less from its general fund in the last ! scal year than budgeted, and the county’s revenue exceeded initial projections, according to the county’s 2020 comprehensive annual ! nancial report. Considering challenges o " cials faced last year, the county’s bottom line is “extremely healthy,” county commissioners were told April 19. MCKINNEY ISD The district announced May 10 that it will not o # er virtual instruction during the 2021-22 school year, and starting May 24 masks and face coverings will be optional throughout the district. These plans are contingent on direction from the Texas Education Agency. Collin County Commissioners Court Meets May 24, June 7 and June 14 at 1:30 p.m. www.collincountytx.gov McKinney City Council Meets May 18, June 1 and June 15 at 6 p.m. www.mckinneytexas.org McKinney ISD MEETINGSWE COVER

17-acre buy sets up future Independent Financial expansion MCKINNEY Independent Finan- cial announced April 19 that it has purchased 17 acres near its current headquarters at Craig Ranch. The purchase brings Independent Financial’s corporate campus to nearly 30 acres, tripling the busi- ness’s original footprint, according to a news release. “This additional land gives us options and preserves the property to ensure it remains available,” said David R. Brooks, chair, president and CEO of Independent Bank Group, in the news release.

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MCKINNEY Craig International shed more light May 6 on its plans for a mixed-use development called District 121, located at the northeast corner of SH 121 and Alma Road. The $250million project will span over 17.85 acres adjacent to Craig Ranch and will be anchored by the newKaizen Development’s eight-story o ! ce tower. In addition to o ! ce space, District 121 will o " er retail, corporate and restaurant development, along with other uses such as a hotel and an open lawn area called The Commons. “We’ve spent the last year on eco- nomic studies and reworking the site plan tomake sure this dynamic dining

and entertainment destination is viable,” said David Craig, CEO of Craig International, in a news release. Craig is developing the project with partner Miles Prestemon and property owner Baber Younas. District 121’s goal is to o " er corporate headquarters and space for daytime employment. There are no plans to add residential to the area, so the space has more room for retail and entertain- ment options. The project will break ground inMay and the # rst phase is slated to open in the spring of next year. That phase will include the Kaizen o ! ce building and The Commons.

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5 Cavalli Pizza Napoletana 6851 Virginia Parkway 972 ! 540 ! 1449 www.cavallipizza.com X X X 6 Cristina’s Mexican Restaurant 2811 Craig Dr., Ste. 110 214 ! 544 ! 2800 www.cristinasmex.com X X X

1 11/17 1910 N. Stonebridge Drive, Ste. 180 972 ! 363 ! 0031 www.eleven17.net X 2 54th Street Drafthouse 3645 W. University Drive 469 ! 293 ! 1954 www.54thstreetgrill.com

3 Anamia’s Tex Mex 1821 N. Lake Forest Drive, Ste. 100 214 ! 385 ! 2700 www.anamias.com X X 4 Cadillac Pizza Pub 112 S. Kentucky St. 972 ! 547 ! 3833 www.cadillacpizzapub.com X

7 E.J. Wills Gastropub 1910 N. Stonebridge Drive, Ste. 100 214 ! 592 ! 0145 www.ejwillsgastropub.com X X 8 First Watch 3530 W. University Drive, Ste. 300 469 ! 281 ! 0999 www. " rstwatch.com X

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19 Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen 216 W. Virginia St., Ste. 101 469 ! 631 ! 0075 www.sugarbacon.com X X 20 Super Shack 2901 S. Central Expressway 469 ! 714 ! 4897 www.supershack-mckinney.com X 21 Taco Crush 2960 W. Eldorado Parkway, Ste. 5 469 ! 714 ! 4800 www.mytacocrush.com X 22 Uncork’d 301 N. Custer Road, Ste. 180 214 ! 592 ! 8841 www.uncorkdwinebar.com X X

23 Wing Bucket 3510 W. University Drive 214 ! 856 ! 3570 www.wingbucket.com X X 24 The Yard 107 S. Church St. 469 ! 631 ! 0035 www.yardtx.com X 25 Zin Zen Wine Bistro 6841 Virginia Parkway, Ste. 104 972 ! 547 ! 4620 www.zinzenwine.com X X X

16 Local Yocal BBQ & Grill 350 E. Louisiana St., Ste A 469 ! 225 ! 0800 www.localyocalbbqandgrill.com X 17 Mesa’s Mexican Grill 7820 W. Eldorado Parkway 469 ! 617 ! 3090 www.mesasmexicangrill.com X 18 Spoons 100 E. Louisiana St. 972 ! 548 ! 6900 www.spoonscafe.com X X

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BUSINESS FEATURE Mitzi’s Sonoma Yearslong friendship leads to ! ne wine, gift shop L ongtime best friends MichelleMorrical and Kathy Pollard combined their two passions to create a venture inMcKinney about a year and a half ago. Mitzi’s Sonoma, a ! ne wine and gift shop in down- townMcKinney, features more than 100 ! ne wines in tandemwith dozens of local, seasonal gifts such as jewelry, food and ! gurines. The project combiningMorrical’s knowledge of wine with Pollard’s keen insight into gift-giving is designed to foster friendshipwith the community. “We want to be perceived as relational,”Morrical said. “We want to be in fellowshipwith our customers.” The business tucked just o " theMcKinney Square is designed to feature a homey, folksy atmosphere, where guests can stroll through, peruse and enjoy conversa- tionwith the two owners. The pair says they originally started this business to ensure they stay friends and keep upwith each other, and their business model re # ects that desire. Mitzi’s Sonoma is a place where customers can purchase wine, then returnwith feedback for more re ! ned recommendations. In addition, those seeking gifts can receive a “concierge-like” experience to ! nd the perfect present. “We want to have a personal relationshipwith the people that come in,” Pollard said. Moving forward, the owners hope to open a new patio space for wine-tasting events in the coming months. In addition, they are aiming to expandwine and gift o " erings further at Mitzi’s Sonoma. Morrical and Pollard hope those who discover Mitzi’s Sonoma also discover their down-to-earth, amicable attitudes, whether guests enjoy $100 or $10 bottles of wine. “We go into these hoity-toity wine shops, and they’re kind of snobby,”Morrical said. “We kind of wanted to do something that wasn’t snobby—like a hometown place.” BY MATT PAYNE

From left: Kathy Pollard and Michelle Morrical are the owners of Mitzi’s Sonoma. (Photos by Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)

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From left to right is Andy, Keith and ZachHarrell. Keith and his two sons own and operate Petra.

The Beef Mexicana dish sells for $15.95 . (Photos Courtesy Petra)

The Shrimp Ensalada dish sells for $14.50 at Petra.

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Petra Mexican-food mainstay brings family, community together O pening Petra was some- thing that brought Keith Harrell’s family together to Several members of Harrell’s family would lend a hand over time to work at Petra, which is managed by several of his children as well as Harrell’s wife.

Petra 7200 W. University Drive, Ste. 100 214-842-4875 www.petramexican.com Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Something unique to Petra is that many dishes incorporate the guajillo chile, which owner Keith Harrell says evokes traditional ! avors found in authentic Mexican food. Several familiar with the style have complimented Petra’s work, according to Harrell.

Authentically prepared Mexican dishes featuring strong spices alongside a full-service bar are in store for those who pay a visit to Petra. According to Harrell, those familiar with traditional styles of cooking implemented at his restaurant frequently compliment the fare. Over the years, Harrell said Petra has aimed to ! ll a void in quality Mexican-food o " erings, and serving a city he and his family have lived in for years adds to the experience. “We see Petra as a means of caring for the community,” Harrell said. “We really do. That’s not a platitude … it’s a way to stay connected with people and to care for them.”

work toward a common goal. The Mexican eatery has been serving McKinney since 2007 after the former counselor teamed up with a professional chef to undertake the endeavor. At the time, Harrell was working as a counselor in Dallas. He said that line of work was something he could hardly share and talk about with his family each day. But the restaurant industry has allowed for his whole crew to pitch in. “It’s been wonderful for us,” Harrell said about his restaurant. “It’s allowed us to do what we do well, which I think is to serve.”

Originally a “Mexican Pei Wei” eating concept that focused on fast-casual dining, Petra has evolved over the years to become a more traditional, sit-down experience. Harrell said that while people are still able to go in and out in a reasonable time at his restaurant, this transition was for the better, allowing for guests to truly enjoy themselves in a more intimate setting. “It’s much more a restaurant that you would feel is attached to a small neighborhood or something of that nature,” Harrell said.

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