City Blog Report, 02/05/17

Brian Loughmiller, the Mayor of McKinney, will be running in a contested election for the first time in eight years. George Fuller, and McKinney City Councilman Randy Pogue, have made clear their intentions to run for Mayor.

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Brian Loughmiller has been the Mayor of McKinney since 2009

A new aquatic and fitness center will open up to the public on March, 1st. With a 36 million dollar budget, covered by both sales tax and the city, would pay for itself in three years, according to Mayor Loughmiller. The facility will be located on the West side of McKinney.

Construction seems to not have an end in sight all over Texas, and McKinney is no different. The downtown area has recently lost 350 parking spaces due to new construction projects that began at the end of January. The project has a projected time-frame of 12 to 18 months. City Officials are still working on alleviating the issue.

A McKinney resident has been sentenced to life in prison earlier this month for the alleged murder of his wife in the parking lot of a Dollar General on McDonald street, which took place almost two years ago. James Otis Jones, 46, had apparently premeditated intentions, surely a cause for the judge’s strict sentence. Jones was sentenced to life in prison with a $10,000 fine.

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First Impressions

My first impressions of covering the city of McKinney are… slightly unimpressed. It’s certainly not an uneventful city, but obviously, when compared to cities like Dallas or Fort Worth, it comes up a bit short in dramatic happenings.

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Me Visiting the Collin County Administration Building and Court House, Looking Fly

Nevertheless, there still seems a decent amount of things to cover in this city, as would be true of any city. Named as the single best place to live in the United States by Money Magazine, stories that contrast with that picture-perfect image, I believe, will round out McKinney as a real place.

One story I’m hoping to cover from a different angle is the unanimous support of Jess Herbst has in McKinney, the first openly trans gendered Mayor in Texas. She is now Mayor of New Hope, just a few minutes East of McKinney. I’ve already established contact with the new Mayor, and hope to follow up more on that story, soon.