City begins bond project plansFrisco City Council approved selling $59.8 million worth of bonds for capital improvement projects.

The bonds will help fund improving road infrastructure, parking structure for the police facility, fire department facilities and equipment, senior center, expansion of city hall and more infrastructure improvements.

The bonds to be sold were approved by voters during the May elections this year. The $59.8 million in bonds is the first of the $267.825 million in voter-approved bonds to be sold from this latest bond election.

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Construction on the Dallas North Tollway will widen the roadway on both sides. Nicole Luna

Beginning today the North Texas Tollway Authority toll rates increase from 16.16 cents to 17.06 cents per mile for TollTag customers.

ZipCash customers, those who do not have a TollTag account, will pay at least 50 percent more for tolls.

The increase is part of a biennial toll rate schedule that was first approved in 2009, according to NTTA.

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The following city and county offices will close Friday for the July 4 holiday:

County Offices Closed for Independence Day
All county offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, for the holiday. This includes parks offices, public works, courts and all other administrative offices. Offices will re-open Monday, July 6.

City Offices Closed for Independence Day
City of McKinney administrative offices, City Hall, McKinney municipal courts, recreational facilities, Senior Center and Dr Pepper Star Center will be closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4  in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

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Due to increased water levels at Lake Grapevine, the July 4 fireworks show will not be available for viewing at lake parks.

The 25-minute fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. and can be viewed at the designated Grapevine Mills parking lot.

For this show the Gaylord Texan Hotel’s rooftop parking garage will be limited to overnight hotel guests only.

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Tucker Hill is known for its home design which features classic southern architecture with large porches, columns and what the neighborhood calls a “front porch lifestyle.” This week, however, the neighborhood has donned red, white and blue for a patriotic contest that welcomes visitors into Tucker Hill.

This is the 2014 "Patriotic Porches on Parade" winner.

This was last year’s “Patriotic Porches on Parade” winner. Tucker Hill

The neighborhood’s “Patriotic Porches on Parade” contest highlights front porches, landscaping and home exteriors with patriotic decor. Online voting has already started on Tucker Hill’s Facebook page and will continue through July 3.

Those interested can click to view the photo album, which features all of the homes participating in the contest, and simply click the “like” button to vote. However, Tucker Hill encourages visitors to drive through the neighborhood to see the homes in person.

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