Living the American Dream

Living the American Dream

By Sonia Duggan The United States is a nation built by immigrants. Some of the earliest settlers came in search of religious freedoms, while the majority of immigrants came to America seeking economic opportunities that would provide them hope for a better life. Today, not…

Anniversary of an Ax Murder

Anniversary of an Ax Murder

By Sonia Duggan Forty years ago, Friday, June 13, 1980, a Fairview housewife killed a Wylie middle school teacher in such a horrific way that some will never forget. Candace Montgomery, 30, wielded a 3-foot-long ax she found in the garage at the home of…

Ahead of the Curve

Ahead of the Curve

Creative content designed the ABC way By Sonia Duggan For the past decade, Barton Damer has been the creative visionary at the helm of Already Been Chewed, a design, motion graphics and 3D animation studio. Damer and his team of artists have helped build businesses,…

Lifesaving connection

Lifesaving connection

By Sonia Duggan Connections. They can be logical, sequential or relational, or in the case of Gynovel Henry and Nate Hawkins, they can be life altering.  March 26, 2018 is a date many will remember. It was the day that Gynovel, Nate and 23-year-old Killian…

Beckett’s battle

Beckett’s battle

Mom’s blog chronicles son’s fight for his life By Sonia Duggan Beckett Burge is a superhero. On some days the 4-year-old will don a cape, but most days his winning smile, along with an arsenal of medication and family support, is his superpower against the…

Living the sweet life

Living the sweet life

Say it with Sugar owners dish on love, life, work By Sonia Duggan Monica and Treg Whitaker’s love and respect for each other is even sweeter than the frosting they make or the cakes they bake. Their marriage of 17 years is truly a partnership.…

Charting new territory

Charting new territory

Quest for learning transforms local residents By April Towery As a new year and a new decade begins, the resolutions are big – and many have been years in the making.  We talked to Collin County residents who have made major life changes to better…

25 years of singing, serving

25 years of singing, serving

By Sonia Duggan It’s evident that Allen Stroud and his flock of singing seniors have a good thing going.  For 25 years, the Pastor of Music at First Baptist Church in Wylie has been orchestrating and conducting practices, concerts and trips for the Silver Chords…

Speak up!

Speak up!

Local Toastmasters groups foster confidence, camaraderie By April Towery  There could be singing. There might be dancing. And there will definitely be laughter.  Adults gathering at a bank or church basement to critique each other’s speeches may seem out of the comfort zone for some,…

Sweet Success

Sweet Success

Caramel company calls Wylie home By Joe Reavis From a suggestion by her husband that she should take culinary classes, Rain McDermott of Wylie earned three culinary degrees and founded Dallas Caramel Company to create handcrafted candies shipped throughout the United States. The word is…