'I'm just lucky to be alive'

As the Pilot Point softball team bus headed home after its March 21 win against Gunter, the players noticed a motorcycle mangled in a tree with its headlights piercing through the dark Tuesday night. The bus pulled over and there was a man lying in a nearby ditch about 15 yards away from the bike. The man was Pilot Point teacher and coach Daryl Hellman. Hellman remembers watching the softball game and leaving the parking lot. But it’s the four miles leading up to the accident that’s a distant memory. “I don’t remember the events leading up to the accident or what happened two weeks after,” Hellman said. “All I can remember is what people have told me.” No one truly knows exactly how the acci

'A dream come true'

Robyn Leslie kept potential ideas she would use if she ever became principal written down in her journal as far back as four years ago. On April 13, superintendent Dan Ray Gist II and the school board saw fit to remove the interim tag and make her Pilot Point Selz Middle School’s new principal. “Mrs. Leslie has been with the district for four years and we wanted to give her the opportunity with an internship. We saw a lot of positive things come back after that three week period,” Gist said. “We always want to promote from within to show people that we’re dedicated to our employees and in this particular case we felt that she earned it.” Leslie served as assistant principal at Pilot Point In

Young gun

It has been an eventful year for Aubrey freshman Kaia Saylor. Saylor, a three-sport athlete, is building quite the resume in her first year of varsity play. As the inside hitter for the Lady Chaps, Saylor was a first-team selection for District 11-4A in volleyball, as well as Newcomer of the Year. After basketball season, coaches voted Saylor as Newcomer of the Year for her contributions as the Lady Chaps post. Saylor currently participates in the high jump, triple jump and relay events for the track team. On March 23, Saylor broke the 10-year triple jump record held by Jennifer Robbins with a length of 3- 1/4 – while battling a nagging quad injury. Saylor doesn’t consider herself a freshman

Big fishin'

Lake Ray Roberts has experienced record catches in the last two months in what experts are calling a “perfect storm.” “The lake is on fire right now,” said Ron Smith, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries employee. “The nutrient load that the lake has received from the rain over the past couple of years has the lake doing very phenomenal right now.” In February and March, anglers at the lake broke three records. On March 16, Melissa resident Randy Davis reeled in the biggest catch of them all. Davis broke Trevor Gasaway’s 2009 blue catfish record of 53.09 pounds with a catch of 59.99 pounds. “We started fishing at Pecan Creek at around 8 in the morning. We caught a couple of f

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