Pilot Point teen repeats as state champ

Pilot Point’s Josh Briggs rode away with his second straight state title in reining cow horse at the Texas High School Rodeo Association state finals in early June at the Expo Center of Taylor County in Abilene. “It was a lot of fun to get to do it twice,” he said. “It was a really proud moment,” said his mother, Jill. “He worked really hard. It was fun to be in the stands to cheer him on, and a lot of friends and family were able to be there this year, so it was just very exiting.” Briggs, 17, who is home-schooled and will be a senior this year, will now move on to the national finals for the event in Gillette, Wyoming, from July 17-23. He rode his 11-year-old Quarter Horse, named S.V. Whi

Angler profits from his passion

By Don Munsch Assistant Editor Lloyd Walker started fishing about the time he started walking. With fishing in his blood, he eventually took the bait, turning his passion into a livelood. Walker owns Xcite Baits, manufacturing fishing lures from a 2,400-square-foot warehouse on U.S. 377 in Pilot Point. His products are sold at sporting goods stores throughout the country. “We can make about 10,000 baits a day,” he said. “When that machine gets going, it’s very fast.” Walker will celebrate four years at his location in Pilot on Aug. 12. He has been in business for 10 years. He formerly worked for Nikon, selling microscopes. “We started real, real small, out of a garage and built our way up,

Hot Wheels

Hundreds of people went to the Pilot Point Square Saturday to enjoy the festivities of the third annual Hot Rods & Heroes event. “It’s always great to see people come out and appreciate Pilot Point, and appreciate the first responders,” Pilot Point Main Street Program Director Lenette Cox said. “Cars are something everybody likes; even if you don’t know a lot about them.” Attendees enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers grilled by the Pilot Point police and fire department, and Time Machine Car Show owner Ray Hershey hosted a custom car show. More than 100 cars lined The Square, some dating as far back as the early 1900s. “This event was for the first responders of Pilot Point,” Hershey said. “We w

Man arrested on vehicular manslaughter charges

A Tioga man was held in Denton County Jail this week on felony charges for allegedly causing a wreck Saturday that resulted in two deaths. Barry Keith Boyd, 47, has been charged in the deaths of Ralph Muirhead, 52, of Corinth, the driver of a motorcycle, and Shannon Casada, 50, of Dallas, his fiancée, both of whom died at the scene. Boyd has been charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle and one count of an accident involving injury or death. Boyd remained in Denton County Jail Thursday morning on bonds totaling $300,000. Bond on the intoxication manslaughter charges was set at $125,000 for each count; the charge of accident involving injury or death caried a $50,00

Mission accomplished

Aubrey High School senior Brandon Dodd set a goal last year to do something that his classmates would take for granted. He wanted to walk across the stage to accept his diploma. On the evening of May 26 at the University of North Texas Coliseum ­— and before a standing ovation ­and emotional family members ­— Dodd achieved his goal. Dodd, who just turned 19, can’t take walking for granted. His health suffered setbacks in the months leading up to graduation. He was born with spina bifida, which is a neurological defect that can cause paralysis from the knees down, said his mother, Heather Rich. Dodd has had to endure some recent surgeries. Dodd moved to Aubrey when he was about 12, Rich said.

Summer time

Eric Smithson took his family to Ray Roberts State Park on Memorial Day for an afternoon of peace and quiet, but he encountered droves of people looking for a good time. Smithson, along with thousands of other visitors, came to the lake for a day of relaxation and fun in the sun. “We easily had over 5,000 people here on the lake today,” state park police officer Adam James said. “That’s just including the people in the day use areas.” For hours on end, as far as the eye could see, jet skis zipped up and down the lake as riders enjoyed a day away from the stresses of life. Steve Coker, owner of Ray Roberts Water Sports, wants all of his customers to have a good time, but he has one rule: Yiel

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