Question, answers for 380: TxDOT lays out plans for highway expansion

Doug and Linda Daffron had questions for Travis Owens from the Texas Department of Transportation. “I was just curious about what you’re going to do,” Doug said. The couple wanted to know what changes would be made to U.S. 380 where it touches their 5 acres of land in Cross Roads. “This is us, Doug and Linda Daffron,” she said, pointing out their property on the schematic of the road project that lined several tables in the Navo Middle School cafeteria Tuesday evening. The Daffrons were two of the more than 130 area residents, including elected officials, who attended a Tuesday evening meeting at Navo Middle School to the listen to Texas Department of Transportation officials tasked with wid

Track teams move on to regionals

Point and Aubrey track athletes moved one step closer last week to a state appearance, as they earned top-four finishes at their respective area competitions. The Pilot Point track and field members will compete in the Region II, Class 3A regionals Friday and Saturday in Whitehouse, while Aubrey heads those same two days to the Region II, Class 4A regionals in Commerce. Competitors must finish first or second in their respective events to automatically qualify for the May 11-12 state meet in Austin. An athlete also will make state if he or she is the top third-place finisher in an event out of all four regions. Pilot Point freshman Brisa Hernandez continued to impress in the 3,200 and 1,600

City of Pilot Point allows shop to open

Kevin Price’s warehouse comes chock full of dishwashers, microwave ovens, and assorted other appliances and furniture. Price’s Right Price Resale, a resale appliance company, opened Monday in a white metal building on U.S. 377N in Pilot Point. Price received a certificate of occupancy from the city a few days after he went before the City Council to explain how a city code was preventing him from opening. “To be honest, I was at the point of, am I going to get to stay or am I going to have to leave?” said Price during an interview Monday. Price, who moved in during March, rents his building from Allison Dane, and both he and Dane spoke to the Pilot Point City Council on April 9 about his bui

Pilot Point track teams second in district

Pilot Point finished second in both varsity divisions at the April 11-12 District 9-3A meet in Pottsboro. The Bearcats (124 points) placed behind Whitesboro (183) in the varsity boys meet, while the Lady Cats (105) finished behind Callisburg (146) in the girls meet. The top four finishers in each event advanced to the area meet against District 10-3A, which will be held in Ponder on April 19. The top four finishers in each event at area will advance to the April 27-28 regional meet at Whitehouse. The following Bearcats and Lady Cats qualified for the area meet: Boys 800 meters: 1. Adam Mendoza, 2:04. 1,600 meters: 1. Connor Walker, 4:34.963. 3,200 meters: 1. Connor Walker, 9:51.912. 110 hurd

A pearl of a place: 1880s hotel coming back to life

Billy Longo calls himself a history buff who wanted to do something new for The Square in Pilot Point. He ended up buying property south of The Square next to Lowbrows Beer and Wine Garden. He bought the property formerly known as the Tipton Hotel, which was built in 1885, to refurbish and transform into The Ruby Pearl Hotel, which he hopes can open early next year. “It’s going to be a fun place,” Longo said. “It’s going to be where you come and hang out with family, spend time, have drinks, eat, visit with friends. We’ll have some activities. The main thing is, on weekends, it will be a place to come and dance.” Longo, who operates First in Firetricks LLC in Pilot Point, gave a tour of the

AHS sending big group to area meet

Aubrey's track teams will be well-represented at the April 19 area meet in Princeton as a result of their showing at the District 11-4A meet this week. Twelve individuals and three relay teams earned top-four finishes at the April 4-5 District 11-4A meet, which also was in Princeton. The top four finishers in at area will move on to the April 27-28 regional meet at Texas A&M Comerce. Aubrey placed third in the varsity boys’ meet and fifth in the varsity girls’ division. The Chaparrals (84.5 points) finished behind Melissa (200) and Celina (143). The Lady Chaps scored 82.5 points; Celina (151.5) won the varsity girls’ competition meet. Kaia Saylor led the way for Aubrey with two first-place s

Kirby pushes local bidding for Pilot Point EDC grants

Chance Kirby thinks contractors from Pilot Point should have a shot at bidding on jobs that improve businesses in town. During a meeting of the Pilot Point Economic Development board Tuesday night, Kirby lobbied for requiring applicants for grants from the EDC to obtain at least one bid from a local contractor. Kirby, a member of the EDC board, made the recommendation during a discussion about the grant application requirements. “I’ve been on [the board] a year and I haven’t see anything come through that a local person couldn’t bid on,” Kirby said, adding that there was not a grant project a local contractor could not do and that Pilot Point EDC has to develop what’s here as well as what’s

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