2013: Year in review – Collin County

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Donald Hooton of McKinney holds a photo of his son, Taylor Hooton, who committed suicide in 2003 at the age of 17. His parents think the suicide stemmed from depression that followed Taylor’s decision to stop using steroids. Donald Hooton then established The Taylor Hooton Foundation to promote awareness of the steroids problem among youth.

 

by Eden Stiffman

It’s hard to believe that 2013 has already come to a close.

I’ve only been with Allen/Frisco/McKinneyneighborsgo for about six months, but in that time the area has seen many changes.

Many of the updates you’ll read in this Looking Back section tie into the theme of growth in your communities.

Constructions got back on track in McKinney’sAdriatica development, the Dallas Cowboyscommitted to Frisco as the site of their new practice facility and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Churchunveiled its new $21.8 million church and chapel. These are just a few of the stories we wrote about this past year that demonstrate how your communities are growing.

We also covered stories about people with ambition, who have inspired others and pushed themselves. People like Jeremy Cerf, who on top of attending high school, being the captain of the cross country team, working a part-time job and applying to colleges, trained to compete in seven triathlons in nine weeks to raise money and awareness for wounded servicemen and women. People like Don Hooton, who following his son’s death has led a decade-long crusade to educate young athletes, coaches and parents about the dangers of steroid use.

We wrote about individuals marking important moments in both national and local history. People like Bill Lee of Allen, who participated in President John F. Kennedy’s funeral honor guard 50 years ago. And Mike Howard of McKinney, a former Secret Service agent who protected both presidents and the family of Lee Harvey Oswald. We spoke with Ruth Whisenant, who cheered on the Allen High School football team in the 1930s and the volunteers in Anna who planned a celebration for the city’s centennial.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the New Year brings. If you have a story you think we should cover, or another you’d like to see us revisit in 2014, please give me a call or send me an email.

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