MAY 11 ROUNDUP: 15 Dallas-Fort Worth-area stories

Business returned May 8 at Blondie's Salon in Plano. Employees and customers wore masks as the establishment practiced coronavirus safety precautions. (Courtesy Blondie's Salon)
Business returned May 8 at Blondie's Salon in Plano. Employees and customers wore masks as the establishment practiced coronavirus safety precautions. (Courtesy Blondie's Salon)

Business returned May 8 at Blondie's Salon in Plano. Employees and customers wore masks as the establishment practiced coronavirus safety precautions. (Courtesy Blondie's Salon)

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No shortage of clients for some of Plano's earliest salons to reopen

Hair and nail salons across Plano reported balancing new safety measures with a high demand for their services on the first day salons were allowed to reopen in Texas.

Jupiter Road project in Plano to stretch between 14th Street, Park Boulevard in coming weeks

Crews continue to repair pavement and sidewalk on Jupiter Road in Plano, stretching between 14th Street and the northern city limits.



Frisco ISD to host outdoor graduation ceremonies at Toyota Stadium

Frisco ISD will hold 10 separate graduation ceremonies for its high school graduates at Toyota Stadium in late May and early June.

Plano mayor joins officials in 14 other Texas cities calling for financial assistance for local governments

Plano’s mayor joined 14 of his Texas counterparts in calling on Congress to provide “broad fiscal assistance” to state and local governments.

McKinney salon owners reopening with new safety protocols

As part of Texas’ phased reopening, Gov. Greg Abbott has allowed barbershops and salons across Texas to reopen May 8 as long as they follow social distancing and sanitation regulations.

GALLERY: 3 Frisco hair salons begin welcoming clients on first day of reopenings

Some Frisco hair salons are reopening their doors after weeks of closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On May 8, Texas hair salons, barbershops and nail salons were permitted to reopen under certain guidelines per Gov. Greg Abbott’s phased reopening for the state.

Frisco's latest monthly sales tax revenues down 12% year-over-year

Frisco saw a 12% drop in sales tax revenue allocated for May compared with the same month a year ago, according to data released by the state.

Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake salon, barbershop owners react to May 8 reopening

May 8 marked the first day salons and barbershops in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake could reopen their doors.

Denton County to use $2.2M to help small businesses affected by coronavirus

Denton County Commissioners Court will launch a small-business grant program May 13 to provide up to $10,000 in grants to the Denton County businesses that were closed the longest due to the coronavirus.

First draft of Richardson ISD budget includes funding bumps for literacy, pre-K and special education programs

The first draft of Richardson ISD’s school year 2020-21 budget was presented to trustees May 4.

Salons, boutiques, barbershops reopen in Keller, Roanoke, Northeast Fort Worth

An announcement earlier this month by Gov. Greg Abbott paved the way for salons and barbershops to reopen May 8 in Keller, Roanoke and Northeast Fort Worth, prompting business owners to determine how best to do so.

eight11 Place reopening helps give downtown Frisco sense of 'coming back,' co-owner says

When eight11 Place reopened its dining room and patio May 1, co-owner Josh Nassef said it felt like things were getting back to normal.

Operating at 25% capacity, the downtown Frisco wine bar and restaurant is limiting seating to 10 people inside and just seven tables on its patio. But the live music the eatery is known for hosting added a sense of normalcy to the atmosphere, Nassef said.

The PREP School at Panther Creek moves opening date for preschool in Frisco

The PREP School at Panther Creek is now aiming to open in late May or early June at 11000 Panther Creek Parkway, Frisco.

With no fans in the stands, auto racing returns to Texas Motor Speedway

On June 6, after nearly a three-month hiatus, auto racing will make its triumphant return to the 1.5-mile oval track at the Texas Motor Speedway in northeast Fort Worth.

Despite COVID-19 shutdowns, Richardson sales tax revenue up by more than 5% in March

Newly released data shows Richardson’s sales tax revenue was up in March despite statewide orders that forced many retailers to close their doors.

Daniel Houston, William C. Wadsack, Olivia Lueckemeyer, Ian Pribanic, Elizabeth Ucles, Makenzie Plusnick, Anna Herod, Gavin Pugh and Miranda Jaimes contributed to this report.



MOST RECENT

There were 175 active cases of COVID-19 in Frisco as of July 8, according to data from the city’s public health dashboard tracking COVID-19 cases, which is the highest number of active cases in Frisco in the last two weeks. (Community Impact staff)
Frisco reports 175 active cases of COVID-19

The average number of active cases between July 1-7 in Frisco was 156, according to city data. This case average the week before was 125 cases.

Early voting is underway in Collin County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
DATA: More than 20,000 Collin County residents cast ballots in the first week of early voting

As of July 7, 15,423 votes had been cast in person, and 5,173 mail-in ballots were received.

Census worker
2020 census: Bureau prepares nonresponse follow-up field operations

For individuals who have not responded to the 2020 census, one of about 500,000 census takers will visit the their household between Aug. 11-Oct. 31.

The following map shows UT Dallas student enrollment by country or origin. (Courtesy UT Dallas)
Federal order means thousands of UT Dallas exchange students must return to in-person learning this fall

International students are limited in the number of online classes they can take outside of a pandemic, but those restrictions were relaxed earlier this year when COVID-19 forced many universities to shut down.

Emler Swim School's Emler@Home curriculum features instructional videos for teaching children how to swim at home or in a local pool. (Courtesy Emler Swim School)
Emler Swim School offering online curriculum for children 10 and under

The program offers parents instructional videos for teaching children how to swim at home or in a local pool.

Frisco City Council unanimously approved a request for a new 7-Eleven convenience store to sell alcohol, as the store had previously done when it was a Shell station for 18 years. (Screenshot courtesy city of Frisco)
Frisco City Council OKs request for new 7-Eleven to sell beer, wine

Frisco City Council approved a request for a planned 7-Eleven convenience store to sell beer and wine, as the store had done when it was previously a Shell station for 18 years.

The Texas Education Agency released guidelines about on-campus activities, attendance requirements, and health and safety precautions for the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Education Agency issues guidelines for 2020-21 school year

The guidelines address on-campus activities, attendance requirements, and health and safety precautions that should be enforced at Texas schools this year.

chamber sign on building
Frisco Chamber of Commerce to livestream State of the City event

The Frisco Chamber of Commerce will offer a free, public livestream of its State of the City panel discussion set for July 14.

In addition to mini golf, the business offers an arcade, a laser maze and mini bowling. (Courtesy Monster Mini Golf)
Monster Mini Golf now offering bowling, mini golf, laser maze in Frisco

Monster Mini Golf opened last month on Preston Road.

blood donation
Frisco first responders square off in Battle of the Badges blood drive

The annual Frisco Battle of the Badges blood drive will be held July 17-18 at several locations in the city.

Construction on the $4.2 million project could begin as early as October 2021. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Plan to widen Coit Road in North Frisco in the works

Construction on the $4.2 million project could begin as early as October 2021.