Aubrey ISD plans to hire two more police officers

Aubrey ISD students and faculty will soon see new police officers on their campuses. The district plans to hire two new officers as soon as possible to upgrade security at its campuses. Superintendent David Belding said after meeting with the school board in closed session on March 21 that the district will add two officers to the Aubrey ISD Police Department. The district is accepting applications for the positions. The board discussed school safety in the executive session but didn’t vote on any measures afterward. District spokeswoman Amy Ruggini said the board will amend the district’s budget to cover the additional expense at an upcoming meeting, Currently, Chief Scott Collins is the on

Curling up with a good movie

Movie maven donates 10,000 movies to Pilot Point Community Library The way Mike Breslin explains it, his habit of watching movies occurred by circumstance, in the way so many people find something to do to keep themselves occupied when they are sick or injured. Breslin, of Pilot Point, had a motorcycle accident in 1999 and recuperated for months, so he needed something to watch. He started out with LaserDiscs, which didn’t have a long shelf life. He owned few VHS movies before LaserDiscs. “You didn’t have Netflix or streaming or things like that, and then DVDs started,” Breslin said. “I can’t really come up with a fully rational explanation for a probably irrational thing. It was just a hobb

Turning on the heat; Petition, group seek to preserve site of old Ice House

A local group in Pilot Point wants to preserve the Ice House building on Main Street and has created a petition for its effort. The building, in the 100 block of East Main Street, has been closed for decades, and Marie Ware wants to keep the Ice House and use the property as a park. The building belongs to the city. A petition has been started on by a group called Friends of the Ice House, and more than 100 people have signed the petition, with paper and online signings available. “Visitors are charmed by Pilot Point and its history and have been taking pictures of themselves at the Ice House for years,” the petition stated on Ware said she protested on The Square on S

Teacher rebounds from accident to run in Cowtown

Myranda Williams had friends beside her as she walked the Cowtown Half Marathon on Feb. 25. She gets emotional thinking about how friends and fellow Aubrey educators Kristin Giddens and Juniper Wingert were with her that day, especially in light of everything that has happened to her in the last ninth months. Williams, a fifth-grade math teacher at Aubrey Middle School, was critically injured in an accident while riding her bicycle last June in Monahans, located outside Odessa. A car hit her on June 10 and caused injuries that required her to be airlifted from the scene and taken to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. The injuries required several surgeries for Williams, an inveterate runner

How do we keep kids safe?

'School officials looking at ways to enhance safety of campuses' Dan R. Gist pauses before answering a question on many people’s minds since the school shooting Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead: Should teachers be armed? Gist, superintendent of Pilot Point ISD, said he wants to talk to the school board about the subject at its March meeting. However, he is open to the idea of arming teachers, a proposal that has been rasied by President Trump. “It is an option, and it’s an option we’ve got to consider in today’s state,” Gist said. “It is an option. There are other considerations, but that is a consideration we’ll have to look at.” Various options are being considered in

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