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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 […]

Unique treasure hunt attracts all ages

Unique treasure hunt attracts all ages

Wylie Rocks brings creativity to downtown By Sonia Duggan For the past two years, a quiet game of hide-and-seek has been going on in Wylie. First it started downtown, then it spread to the library and local parks. Before long, these unique treasures hidden in […]

The spice of life

The spice of life

Local company mixes up tasty dips, soups By April Towery Everyone thinks their mama’s home cooking is the best – but the children and grandchildren of Carmela Randack may have an advantage in that competition.  Carmie was born in Pittsburgh, and her family moved to […]

The truth about roads

The truth about roads

Funding, costs, repairs create confusion in Collin County  By Wyndi Veigel Roads are the topic of discussion on social media, restaurants, downtown events and even at the local Dairy Queen. How roads are funded, who is responsible for costs associated with byways and how road […]

Prehistoric discovery

Prehistoric discovery

By Wyndi Veigel If you’re a fan of fishing, boating or swimming in Lake Lavon, you might be surprised to discover the area now covered by the lake has a bit of a prehistoric past. A Wylie family with an affinity for combing the shores […]

A ghost town named Eureka

A ghost town named Eureka

On the far eastern edge of Wylie lies a significant parcel of land, rich in history: The lost ghost town of Eureka.  This small community played an important part in the Wylie development before the first railways rolled into Wylie on October 13, 1886. Originally […]

When cotton was king

When cotton was king

Residents remember good old days on the farm By April Towery For many, cotton brings to mind images of a fluffy white ball that removes polish from a fingernail or applies ointment to a wound. For another generation, however, it’s a commodity they and their […]

Labor  of Love

Labor of Love

By Sonia Duggan Whether by experience or keen observation, many of us know motherhood is not a walk in the park. Every stage, from infant to early adulthood, presents a new set of challenges that eventually they will grow out of. But for mothers of […]