Pilot Point steps up to help fellow Texans

Tyler McNairy did his part to help folks in Southeast Texas who are suffering because of the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. “I can’t hand out $20,000-$30,000, but I can lend a hand,” he said Tuesday, as he moved donated items around in a truck headed for a charity organization. McNairy, along with dad Dan McNairy, who owns Dan Equipment, contributed items for relief efforts at trucks parked in front of Nick’s Restaurant in Pilot Point. Nick Vraniqi, owner of the restaurant, and wife Misty assisted people as they drove by to drop off items for the two trucks. Chandler Cabinets donated one of the trucks for Nick to use to drive goods – such as water, toiletries and dog food, among others –

Solar Eclipse inspiration

Roy Bowling made the trip to Ray Roberts Lake State Park Monday afternoon to join millions around the country in viewing the first total solar eclipse in the U.S. in over 30 years. He said it was arguably “the most photographed event in our nation’s history.” The total solar eclipse could be viewed in its totality from Oregon at 10:16 a.m. PDT to 1 p.m. EDT in South Carolina. Boling, 23, is a geo-scientist who received his masters degree in geo-physics at Texas A&M and his bachelor’s degree at Colorado School of Mines, a research university in Golden, Colorado. “I’ve always had a passion for astronomy and geology,” Boling said. “I had to come out and view this because this is the first sola

Kicking off the action

The Pilot Point Bearcats, Aubrey Chaparrals and Tioga Bulldogs will complete their first full week of padded practice Friday. The next step in preparing for the season is seeing how each team’s playbook works against other teams when scrimmages begin this weekend. Meanwhile, the Braswell Bengals finished their first week of fall practice in T-shirts and shorts as they gear up for a scrimmage on Aug. 25 against Grapevine Faith. David sets high expectations Danny David got a chance to watch his team in full pads for the first time since he became coach. He said last Friday’s practice lacked physicality. “It wasn’t as physical as I’d like, but that’s to be expected considering the change in sys

Public gathers for town hall

Amber Briggle asked U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess where he stood on gay and transgender rights. Other people asked him where he stood on other issues, like the economy and environment. Burgess (R-Pilot Point) heard some strong opinions from his constituents at his town hall meeting Aug. 3 at Braswell High School’s gym. Burgess, who represents District 26, made no formal opening remarks and asked patrons to keep conversations civil. Remarks during the evening were met with boos and cheers and sometimes a mixture of both. Some people in the audience yelled at questioners when they didn’t like their questions or opinions or when they seemed to take too long to make remarks or ask questions. At one

Young Miss Texas

Teen finds pageants help build confidence Justice Thompson knows that beauty pageants get stereotyped, just as other activities are perceived in a certain way. But she has discovered that being in pageants helps girls be comfortable in their own skin. Thompson, 16, an incoming senior at Aubrey High School, recently won the Miss Texas Teen title, which included 85 contestants. The state contest was held in Dallas. She now will compete at the National American Miss Teen contest in in Anaheim, Calif. She will compete against contestants from across the country over the Thanksgiving weekend. “This isn’t my first state title,” she said. “I won Miss Pre-Teen Texas and Miss Junior Teen Texas, so th

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