Onetime UFC combatant helps run McSweeney Martial Arts in Plano and more DFW news

James McSweeney (left) was a UFC fighter for years before he became the part-owner of a mixed martial arts center in Plano. (Courtesy McSweeney Martial Arts)
James McSweeney (left) was a UFC fighter for years before he became the part-owner of a mixed martial arts center in Plano. (Courtesy McSweeney Martial Arts)

James McSweeney (left) was a UFC fighter for years before he became the part-owner of a mixed martial arts center in Plano. (Courtesy McSweeney Martial Arts)

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Former UFC fighter rolls 'with the punches' at McSweeney Martial Arts in Plano

James McSweeney built part of his career on taking hits and delivering them. But the former UFC fighter said starting a mixed martial arts arts gym a few months before the start of a global pandemic has tested him like nothing else.

Carpenter Park Athletic Complex opens in Plano



The Carpenter Park Athletic Complex is now open in Plano for games and practices.

The north side of the nearly 40-year-old complex had been under renovation since spring 2019. It reopened fully Aug. 18, according to a release from the Plano Parks & Recreation Department.

The Consignerie relocates to a new Plano location on Preston Road

The Consignerie has moved once again to a new location at 1900 Preston Road, Ste. 229, Plano. The store specializes in resale of top-end furniture, home decor and accessories.

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Bear Creek Running Co. finds perfect fit in Keller Town Center


For someone with a love of running and more than 20 years of experience on the business side of the sport, Mark Murphy said he found a perfect fit with the city of Keller and a location near Bear Creek Park.

Lewisville-Flower Mound-Highland Village

Flower Mound small businesses scoop up funding from Denton County grant program

Cities and towns in southeast Denton County received a significant portion of local CARES Act funding for small businesses.

Flower Mound, a town with 9% of the county’s population, received more than 200 small business grants—roughly 15% of the total number awarded through the Denton County OPEN program, according to county numbers released Aug. 18.

Liesbeth Powers, Daniel Houston, Olivia Lueckemeyer and Ian Pribanic contributed to this report.



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