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Pilot Point alumni Tyrone Bruce and DaCoven Bailey are back in town for the holidays from their first semesters in college, eager to relax and see their friends and families. Bruce and Bailey graduated from Pilot Point High School in May and went to college on football scholarships. Bruce plays center for Alma College, and Bailey plays both receiver and defensive back for Rutgers. Alma College is in Alma, Mich., and Rutgers is located in New Brunswick, N.J., outside New York City. “It’s been one of the best experiences I’ve had so far,” Bruce said about his first semester away from the comforts of home. “I think it was the right choice for me go up there and find something new. I’ve found ne

Holiday spirit

The Shepherd’s Storehouse parking lot was filled with dozens of cars Wednesday morning as volunteers joyfully unloaded care packages into the trunks of families in need of food and clothing. This is the 29th year the Angel Tree program has served the community by providing toys and clothing for hundreds of families. Every year, PointBank provides a turkey for the families to cook on Christmas day. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 p.m. to noon, The Shepherd’s Storehouse offers assistance with everyday needs such as help with medical bills or rent. “Just about any physical need that our people have, we’re able to meet it,” Storehouse director Luther Slay said. “We’ve been doing this f

Sharing is caring

Debbie Vaughn cherished her son’s smile and the effect he had on others. Bryan, a special needs man, never spoke a word, but he said “a million words through his smiles.” “He smiled at everyone,” she said. Bryan suffered from craniofacial dysplasia and had a stroke at birth. He did not walk until he was 10 years old, and he had been able to walk until eight years ago. He had another stroke and that condition put him in a wheelchair. He suffered myriad health and physical problem and required constant care. He lived at home and died in August. He was 42. Vaughn wanted to find a way to honor her son. She created Bryan’s Pantry, which provides free food at some area fire stations, including one

Gone, but not forgotten

Dorothy Davis was always happy to see her older cousins, Joe and James Fritcher. When she was a child, she thought she’d never see them again. The Fritcher brothers served in the U.S. Navy on the USS California in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Initial news was they had perished that horrible day. The Post-Signal even reported the news of their deaths on Dec. 18. But the news turned out to be erroneous. The Fritchers, who hailed from Pilot Point, had indeed survived the attack from the Japanese. Mrs. Davis, who was 10 at the time of the attack, and others in the family would be elated when they eventually saw Joe and James again one day. And Joe didn’t mind telling stories about what happened

Fire ruins family's holiday

A fire in a rural area northeast of Pilot Point on Thanksgiving Eve destroyed two homes and a neighboring cabinet shop, leaving nine people looking for places to live over the holiday. The fire broke out at about 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Grayson County fire investigators were on the scene Saturday morning, but officials didn’t respond to a request for more information earlier this week. There were no injuries. Five occupants lived in the home on the property where the fire started. The neighboring home had four occupants. The fire started in a cabinet shop next to a house in the 400 block of Emerald Glenn Lane. The fire destroyed the shop and home on that property and spread to a home

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