6th annual Murphy Maize Days set for Saturday, September 27

Maize Days logoMurphy Maize Days is now recruiting food vendors, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers and non-profits to participate in this year’s event. “We’re in the planning, mapping and scheduling period right now,” Caitlyn Meehan has said. “The main entertainment stage is pretty well set with the various acts lined up, but we’re still looking for the other aspects of the festival. Right now is the perfect time for businesses, groups and individuals to think about how they want to participate.”

If you are interesting in becoming part of the Murphy Maize Days team, click on the link www.murphymaizedays.com for more information. You can also like the Murphy Maize Days Facebook page.

Just like the other 5 years, Murphy Maize Days will be held at the Murphy Municipal Complex from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free along with free parking and free shuttles. There will also be the annual 5K and Fun Runs, but they are adding a 10K this year to the event. “The additional road length is designed to attract the more serious racers and promises to elevate the run’s stature within the running community.”

Don’t forget many artists will be taking the stage throughout the day, along with a Kid Zone, market area, food and drinks, games, crafts, car show and a firework display.

So start thinking about how you or your business can become part of this annual event!

February 2014 Home Sale Statistics for the Murphy and Parker Areas

The Collin County Association of Realtors posted their statistics for February 2014 Home Sales in the Murphy and Parker areas.   Some of the numbers are interesting!   For example, new house listings this year were only 18 compared to 52 last year.  Yet, this year 19 sales were closed compared to only 17 last year. The average sales price for a home is now $367,362 compared to last year’s $409,827.  A house was on market for 48 days in February compared to 93 last year and 96.5% of the original list price was received!

Year to Date the Murphy and Parker areas have listed 47 homes and closed 43.  Their average sales price has been $376,998.  They have been on the market for 60 days and have received 95.8% of the original list price.

See the worksheet below for more detailed statistics!

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Experience Murphy…

Experience Murphy

 

Even though the city of Murphy is quite small in size compared to other cities near us, we have quite the diverse group of citizens, cultures, history and uniqueness.  Murphy’s first ever “Experience Murphy” will be the perfect time and place to celebrate this!

On Saturday, April 5th, coinciding with the Grand Opening of the new Murphy Central Park, which is located on the Municipal Complex grounds, “Experience Murphy” will debut!  Here Murphy will provide opportunities for everyone to “showcase the vast array of culture within our borders.  It will truly be a chance to experience Murphy.”  This is expected to become an annual festival.

Rob Hunter of the Ballard Street Music Company will host the event.  Some performances include Indian, Egyptian, African, Greek, Irish, Korean and Chinese artists and groups.  The finale will be by a rock band called “The Kildares.”  This is a free event for the public and food/drinks may be purchased beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Schedule of Events:

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Radio Disney Road Crew Show will be in the amphitheater

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Official Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the Park

1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Cultural Tour of Murphy through song, dance and music.

Murphy Road Construction Update:

Unknown-4According to the Murphy Messenger, this is the latest on the Murphy Road Expansion:

Begin Date March 2013 (took two years prior to clear utilities)

Projected Ending Date:  January 2015

Plan:

*Expand the three-mile long road from 2551Murphy Road from FM544 to 2514

*Increase traffic flow and safety

*Will be a six lane urban boulevard with a raised median and dedicated turning lanes

Construction Process:

Phase 1:  Build two lanes on the east side

Phase 2:  Switch traffic to the east side and begin excavating the west side

Phase 3:  Build medians and left turn lanes

Notes:

*Three additional traffic signals will be built

*TxDOT representatives Barry Heard and Juan Paredes believe the public will see “quick progess from this point out.”

*This is a $15.7 million dollar project funded by the regional toll revenue (RTR) appropriated by the Regional Transportation Council of the North Central Texas Council of Governments.  If the RTR hadn’t funded this project then it wouldn’t have happened at all.  The cities of Murphy and Parker are very fortunate.”