Looking to catch up on local news? Here are five must-read stories impacting the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

1. Crash rates, fatalities rise in some North Texas counties in 2022

The North Central Texas Council of Governments reported rising automobile crash rates and fatalities in parts of North Texas, according to its annual 2022 safety performance report.

Staff presented the report’s findings to the Regional Transportation Council as efforts get underway to improve traffic safety in Dallas-Fort Worth. The Roadway Safety Plan, approved by the council in March, aims to eliminate fatal crashes from all transportation modes by 2050.

The 12-county region saw about a 6% decrease in fatalities overall with about 864 deaths reported in 2022, according to the report. Crashes saw a 0.5% decline with about 125,530 incidents reported.

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2. Collin County Association of Realtors announces name change

The Collin County Association of Realtors has been renamed Collin County Area Realtors as part of a rebranding effort.

The rebrand is an effort to reflect the association’s diverse membership that spans beyond Collin County. By rebranding, the association aims to ensure all members are reflected in its brand and voice, according to a news release.

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3. H-E-B to open in Prosper in 2025

Grocery store chain H-E-B announced it will open a Prosper store, according to a Sept. 19 news release.

The store will be located on the southeast corner of Frontier Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway, and it is slated to open in 2025, according to the release.

H-E-B stores will also be coming to Melissa, Allen and Rockwall, according to the release.

More information about these stores will be released at their respective groundbreakings early next year, according to the release.

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4. Sip + Savor brings wine country flavors to Highland Village

Co-owners and spouses Jenn and Scott Sharrer had a dream of combining Jenn's love of wines and Scott's love for food. So, the Sharrers opened Sip + Savor in Highland Village in 2022.

Jenn and Scott love hosting their friends and family at their house for dinner parties. Their passion for hospitality, food, wine and good times carried over to Sip + Savor.

Jenn and Scott practiced making meals together in their kitchen with their friends and family as taste-testers, until they got it right.

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5. Carroll ISD considers sending message with recapture resolution

Carroll ISD might be joining the ranks of Keller ISD after the school board’s robust discussion about making recapture payments Sept. 11. KISD voted Sept. 11 to withhold its 2024-25 recapture payment.

During the discussion, Place 6 Trustee Alex Sexton voiced his concern about the possibility of withholding the district’s recapture payment.

“If we were to pass this resolution, I think we’re saying in plain English [to the state] that we’re not going to pay you, and that could come with some consequences,” Sexton said.

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