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Turning Windy And Colder

North and Central Texas Cold nights are expected this weekend, with temperatures falling to near or below freezing across much of the region Saturday or Sunday night. Dry and seasonable weather at the start of the week will transition to clouds and chances for rain mid to late week as …

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MPISD – News

. MPHS Health Science teacher Amanda Hutchings reacts to receiving her surprise Patricia Brown, MPHS Cafeteria Manager, celebrates the news A busload of Wallace staff members rejoice over the gift MPJH teacher and coach Luke Craddock was pleased to learn he would not have to carry a ham back on …

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Mt Pleasant Police Identify Stabbing Suspect. Additional Charges Filed

On Wednesday, December 6, MPPD Officers and Detectives responded to a stabbing that had occurred at Priefert Manufacturing. EMS was transporting one of the two victims to Titus Regional Medical Center, and the suspect had left the scene. During the investigation of this incident, detectives obtained two arrest warrants for …

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Paris Police Report For Friday, December 8

Michael John Cain Officers responded Thursday at 2:28 pm to the 1900 block of Bonham St on a Welfare Concern. They found Michael John Cain, 34, passed out on the sidewalk. They determined that Cain was intoxicated and a danger to himself, so they arrested him for Public Intoxication. During …

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Thunderstorms Possible Saturday

North and Central Texas Today will start mild and cloudy. The clouds will clear mid to late morning, from west to east, with mostly clear skies in the afternoon. Expect breezy southwest winds for much of the day. An elevated fire threat exists across western North and Central Texas this …

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Holiday In The Ark
Nov 24 – Dec 17 all-day

Join the Endangered Ark Foundations for their Third Annual Holiday in the Ark in Hugo. It runs from November 24 through December 17 and is fun and filled with winter and Christmas activities.

MPISD – MPJH Theatre Presents, “The Wizard of Oz”
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 9 @ 10:00 pm

Dorothy (Madison Zepeda, left) tells Aunt Em (Summer Murrillo, center) and Uncle Henry (Jose Jimenez, right) about meeting Miss Gulch on her walk home

Zeke, a.k.a. The Cowardly Lion (Joey Dunn, left), tells Dorothy (Madison Zepeda) to have courage when she talks to Miss Gulch

Dorothy (Madison Zepeda) gazes into the Professor’s, a.k.a. The Wizard (Kevin Mendoza) crystal ball

Dorothy (Madison Zepeda, left) is welcomed to Munchkin Land by (L to R) Ensemble member (Danika Beckham), Leader of the Winkie Guards (Emma Sanders) and Glinda the Good Witch (Gracie Martinez)

Dorothy (Madison Zepeda) meets The Scarecrow (Dawson Hernandez)

Contact: Kelly Cowan

MPHS and MPJH Theatre to present The Wizard of Oz

The Mount Pleasant High School and Junior High School theatre programs announce their first productions of the season, The Wizard of Oz, Youth Edition, by L. Frank Baum, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg. 

Join Dorothy and her loyal companion Toto as they “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” through the Land of Oz, determined to reach the Emerald City, where the great and powerful Wizard of Oz will help them get home. Of course, along the way, Dorothy encounters witches, both good and bad, Munchkins, talking trees, and winged monkeys. But most importantly, she befriends three unique characters: a Scarecrow with no brain, a Tin Man with no heart, and a Lion with no “nerve.” 

Their journey to happiness and self–awareness is a glowing testament to friendship, understanding, and hope in a world filled with beauty and ugliness.

The cast includes Madison Zepeda (HS) Kelsie Shelton (JH) as Dorothy, Summer Murillo (HS) Baylee Bean (JH) as Aunt Em, Jose Jimenez (HS) Jayson Carrillo (JH) as Uncle Henry/Doorman, Dawson Hernandez (HS) Nicholas Gonzalez (JH) as Hunk/Scarecrow, Joey Dunn (HS) Camden Plowman (JH) as Zeke/Lion, Sunni Anderson (HS) Gavin Hays (JH) as Hickory/Tinman, Sadera Lampard (HS) Manny Almiedasasi (JH) as Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch, Kevin Mendoza (HS) Grace Berry (JH) as Professor Marvel/Wizard, Gracie Martinez (HS) Ella Rosewell (JH) as Glinda, Addy McQueen (HS) as Nikko, Emma Sanders (HS) Yoseline Nava (JH) as Leader of the Winkie Guards, Noah Campbell and Silas Futrell as Featured Monkeys, Ensemble/Chorus members Peyton Robinson, Danika Beckham, Makayla Mather, Allison Mendoza, Roger McKay, Hannah Carr, Calvin Lee, and Jayanna Townlin-Crow, and Dancers Stella Arzate, Marley Broach, Maria Castillo De La Torre, Evie Dominguez, Blakely Garrett, Lynndsie Phan, Angela Ramirez Moreno, Valerie Rodarte, Gracie Rodriguez, and Aileen Sorto. The Crew includes Stage Managers Sara Guerrero, Evie Dominguez, and Evelyn Whisenhunt, Wyatt Adkins (JH) on sound, Enrique Hernandez (HS), Caylee Middleton (JH) on lights, set managers Raul Torres and Tristan Trejo, Props Mistress Kynlei Bryson (JH), with costumes and make-up by Yorely Rodriguez, Charisma Dickerson, Alexandra Santos (JH), and Colt Covey.

All performances are in the Mount Pleasant High School auditorium. The high school cast will perform on Thursday, November 30, and Friday, December 8, with both performances at 7:00 pm. The Junior High actors perform on Friday, December 1, and Saturday, December 9, with both performances at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at the door, cash or check only, and are $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, and $3.00 for kids under 12. MPHS Theatre is under the direction of Jordan Chambers, and Crystal Francis directs MPJH Theatre.

Dec 9 all-day

Saturday, December 9, 2023

  • Wallace FBLA meeting, 10:00 a.m.
  • MPJH Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz, MPHS Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
  • MPJH All-Region Band at TMEA Region IV Clinic and Concerts, Paris JH
  • MPHS Freshman All-Region Band at TMEA Region IV Clinic and Concerts, Paris JH
  • Basketball

MPHS Boys Varsity at Corsicana tournament (away)


Tommy Lee Biker Run – Pittsburg
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dec 11 all-day

Monday, December 11, 2023

  • CDC training for new volunteers, 8:05 a.m.
  • Brice 3rd grade awards, 10:00 a.m.
  • Corprew Christmas store open
  • Wallace choir performances at Brice 8:30, Corprew 9:30, Sims 1:30, Fowler 2:10
  • MPHS Tiger Doll Booster Club meeting, MPHS Cafeteria, 6:00 p.m.
  • MPISD Board meeting, MPISD Admin Building, 5:00 p.m.
  • Basketball

MPJH Girls at Marshall (away), 4:30 p.m.

Red River County Genealogical Society
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The annual Christmas meeting of the Red River County Genealogical Society will be at the Detroit Community Center this year. The meeting will be on Monday evening, December 11. Members and friends of the society are encouraged to come and enjoy the evening. Everyone should bring finger foods or refreshments to go with the Christmas season.

Jamie Miller will be on hand to present a program on the history of the building and Detroit in general. The building is located directly south of the Detroit Post Office on F.M. 410 South. For more information, call vice-president Johnie Lee at (903) 982 – 5309.

Dec 12 all-day

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

  • CDC Safe Riders car seat program, 4:00 p.m.
  • Brice Kindergarten field trip
  • Brice 3rd grade music program, 6:00 p.m.
  • Corprew Christmas store open
  • Corprew pictures with Santa
  • Sims 2nd grade musical, 6:00 p.m.
  • Wallace 5th grade field trip
  • Basketball

MPHS girls JV1, JV2, & Varsity at Marshall (away), 5:00 p.m.

Dec 13 all-day

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

  • CDC Parent Resource Day, 8:05 a.m.
  • Brice 1st grade awards, 9:00 a.m.
  • Corprew awards—4th, 2nd, and 1st grades
  • Corprew Christmas store open
  • Fowler Student of the Month
  • Wallace 5th grade field trip

MPHS semester exams—1st, 5th, & 7th periods

Dec 14 all-day

Thursday, December 14, 2023

  • CDC Head Start/Pre-K/ECSE Christmas lunch for assigned classrooms
  • Brice 2nd grade awards, 1:30 p.m.
  • Brice 4th grade awards, 1:45 p.m.
  • Corprew Christmas store open
  • Corprew awards—3rd, Kinder, & S3
  • Corprew PTO meeting & 3rd grade musical, 5:15 p.m.
  • Wallace 6th grade awards, 8:00 a.m.
  • Wallace 5th grade awards, 12:30 p.m.
  • Wallace Choir concert, Wallace gym, 7:00 p.m.
  • MPHS semester exams—2nd, 4th, & 8th periods  
  • Basketball

MPJH Boys vs. Marshall (home), 5:00 p.m.

  • Soccer

MPHS Girls Varsity vs. Princeton (home), 5:00 p.m.

Dec 15 all-day

Friday, December 15, 2023

  • MPISD Early Release Day

o CDC—12:35 p.m.

o Elementary campuses—noon.

o Wallace Middle School—12:30 p.m.

o Junior High—1:00 p.m.

o High School—12:30 p.m.

  • Brice Kindergarten awards, 10:30 a.m.
  • MPHS semester exams—3rd & 6th periods  
  • Basketball

MPHS Boys JV & Varsity at Royse City (away), 5:00 p.m.

MPHS Girls JV1, JV2, & Varsity vs. Tyler High (home), 5:00 p.m.