Club elects new officers

     The 19th Century Club elected new officers during its April 9 meeting. Rebecca Millikin was elected president and Linda Fox was named vice president. Cheryl Dill will serve as secretary, Barbara McMillan as corresponding secretary and Nora Hudspeth as treasurer.

     The meeting was held at the Pilot Point Community Opera House. Members attending were Katherine Brooks, Vera Jo Cordell, Dill, Maggie Funk, Peggy Hollar, Hudspeth, McMillan, Millikin, Kay Sprout and Fox.

     Club members also discussed and prepared decorations for their 69th annual Homecoming of the Pilot Point Community Cemetery celebration, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Pilot Point High School. Everyone is welcome to attend.

     The club’s next meeting is at noon on Wednesday, May 21.


Riley completes basic training

     Air Force Airman Austin James Riley, of Pilot Point, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland on April 4.

     While at training, he served as an Element leader for the 322 Squadron and received the Thunderbolt physical fitness award.

     Riley is currently attending technical school at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls to become a crew chief.

     Riley is a 2011 graduate of Pilot Point High School. He is the husband of Makayla Purcell Riley. His is the son of Jim and Linda Riley and the late Julie Taylor Riley. He is the son-in-law of Tammy and Jon Brown and Chad and Rachel Purcell.


Decoration day at Oak Grove

     Oak Grove Cemetery, located on FM 720, will observe decoration day on Sunday. The cemetery is 134 years old.

     Decoration day is held annually on the fourth Sunday in April.

     Information is available from Georgia George at 940-365-2187.


St. Thomas to ‘pig out’ for Africa

     St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church will host an African Pig-Out fundraiser from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the Parish Center located at 914 Charcut St. in Pilot Point.

     The event will feature a silent auction, music, dancing and a pig roast. Free babysitting is available for children under 6.

     Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 6-12. Tickets are also available at the door for $15 for adults and $8 for children age 6-12. Children under age 6 get in for free.

     All proceeds from this event go to buying pigs and building a piggery for the church’s adopted parish in Africa.

     Information is available from the church office at 940-686-2088.


Students named to honor society

     Local students were inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. These inductees are among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni initiated into the society each year.

     New inductees are Carely Ibarra of Aubrey, Bailey Vonnahme of Aubrey, Maria Garcia of Providence Village, and Courtney Johnson of Providence Village. All four students were inducted into the Texas Woman’s University chapter of the honor society.


Comedy to show at Opera House        

     Sonlight School of Denton will present the comedy “The Ransom of Miss Elverna Dower” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Pilot Point Community Opera House.

     The actors in the play, which is based on a short story, are middle school and high school students.

     Tickets will be sold at the door for $6 for adults, $3 for students and $15 for the family. Information is available from


Couple plans June wedding

     Paige Nicole Kuhn, the daughter of Brett and Stacy Kuhn of Pilot Point, and James William Bartee, the son of the Susan Long and the late Dan Bartee, are engaged to be married on June 20, 2014.

     Miss Kuhn graduated from Pilot Point High School in 2006 and from the University of Texas San Antonio in 2010 with a degree in education. She is a teacher at Wilderness Oaks in San Antonio.

     Bartee graduated from Pilot Point High School in 2007. He will graduate from the University of Texas San Antonio Health and Science Center Dental School in May.

     The wedding ceremony will be held at the Flour Mill in McKinney.


Educational gala planned in Aubrey

     The 15th annual Aubrey Education Foundation Red and White Gala is from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Tom McCutcheon Reining Horse Arena in Aubrey.

     This year’s theme is “Boots and Bling” and proceeds raised directly benefit teaching grants and senior scholarships in the Aubrey school district.

     A silent auction begins at 6 p.m. and is followed by dinner, a live auction, music and dancing.

     Tickets are available for $30 at the front desk of all Aubrey campuses and online at Tickets are also available on the organization’s Facebook page or by phone at 940-668-0073.


Park to begin book club

     The Ray Roberts Reads book club will hold its inaugural meeting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, at the Isle du Bois unit of the Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

     The club is part of the Arts in the Park initiative, which strives to provide opportunities for residents to get outside and use their creativity to connect with the natural world. Workshops in photography, nature journaling, painting and haiku have been part of this effort.

     Ray Roberts Reads will focus on fiction books of 300 pages or less.

     The club will kickoff its first meeting with a discussion of Andy Weir’s The Martian. Club members will meet at the Lost Pines Amphitheater.

     Isle du Bois is located off of FM 455 and can be reached by phone at 940-686-2148. 


Park talks frogs, bugs this weekend

     At the Johnson Branch of Ray Roberts Lake State Park, a talk about frogs begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the park’s amphitheater. Attendees will learn how to identify local frogs and toads and a short frog-spotting hike will follow the discussion. Sturdy shoes, water and a flashlight are recommended.

     Saturday, a talk about insects and spiders begins at 2:30 p.m. at the amphitheater. Aimed at children and adults, this talk includes an art project and scavenger hunt hike at the end of the discussion. Sturdy shoes and water are recommended.

     A night hike will follow Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Dogwood parking pavilion. Hikers will look for signs of insect and nocturnal animals during the 2-mile walk. Sturdy shoes, water and a flashlight are recommended.

     The Johnson Branch is located off FM 3002 and can be reached at 940-637-2636.

     At the Isle du Bois unit of the park, a Habitats and History guided hike begins at 8 a.m. Saturday on the Randy Bell Scenic Trail. Park personnel will talk visitors through the history of the park during the 2.2-mile hike.

     A nature journaling workshop will follow Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Lost Pines Amphitheater. Open to adults and children, attendees should bring along a notebook and something to write with and any cameras or art supplies desired. Children will have the chance to make their own nature journal.

     Isle du Bois is located off of FM 455 and can be reached at 940-686-2148.


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