Providence park dedicated to heroes

'Providence Village park dedicated to heroes from all walks of life' A circle of American flags marked the spot where the Hero Park monument will stand. Memorial Day marked the dedication of Hero Park, the first town park in Providence Village, which is intended to honor service members, first responders and other community heroes. Eric Mattson, a Marine and Army veteran and former firefighter, came up with the idea. Eric, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, wanted to see progress on the park before his disease advances more. He and his wife Karen Mattson are the founders of the Providence Village Hope Foundation, which has the goal of providing funding for Hero Park. “I think for Eric the s

Much done, a lot left to do

David likes where athletic program is heading Danny David returned to his roots, so to speak, a little more than a year ago, when he assumed the athletic director duties at Pilot Point High School. David, who came over after more than 10 years in Collinsville, was part of two Pilot Point state championship football teams during the early 1980s. Now, as the man overseeing the Bearcat and Lady Cat athletic programs, David has spent 15 months helping Pilot Point return to athletic glory. The school is off to a good start. During the 2017-18 season, Pilot Point produced playoff teams football, boys basketball, baseball and softball, as well as boys and girls cross country teams that made the sta

They made the right choice

"I chose to be in the program to make my mom proud" Merlinda Montoya and Breann Rangel will accomplish a first Friday. They will be the first members of their family to graduate from high school. The two Pilot Point High School seniors participated in the Choice program at the school. Choice allows interested students an alternative path to finish high school. Montoya and Rangel, along with fellow seniors Karina Davila, Jaida Tapia and Codie Wheeler, will walk the stage at commencement Friday night along with their classmates at Denton Bible Church. Choice allows at-risk students to accelerate and get through the academic program quicker, PPHS Principal Todd Southard said. “It’s done on comp

P&Z to consider new plan for development

The Pilot Point Planning & Zoning Commission will meet in a joint session with the City Council Monday to discuss and possibly vote on a revised plan for a 113-acre development planned for U.S. 377N. The joint meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall before a regular council meeting at 6:30. P&Z rejected the developer's original plan, which included 557 5,000-square-foot lots, on May 7. The P&Z agenda for Monday includes reconsideration of the May 7 vote. The council also is scheduled to hold a public hearing and vote on the plan Monday night. City officials met with the developer Thursday to discuss possible revisions to the plan. According to a memo by city staff repared for Monday's

Festival founder says performance likely his last

Festival founder says performance likely his last Jay Melugin is expecting to especially enjoy this year’s North Texas Songwriters Festival. The event, Melugin’s brainchild, hits a milestone: 10 years. But there’s another reason for him to enjoy this year’s event: It’s his last festival, and he figures it will be his last time to perform. “I don’t imagine I’ll perform again in public,” Melugin said. The festival will be held May 19-20 at the Garage Door Theater inside the Pilot Point Community Opera House, 110 S. Washington St. Admission is free. The event will be from 1-7 p.m. May 19 and 1 p.m. to an undetermined time May 20. “I’m kind of retiring this year and handing the reigns to Beau Fo

P&Z rejects 113-acre development

Members of the Pilot Point Planning & Zoning Commission reviewed the development plan with Jay Childs of Dietz Engineering at City Hall Monday night The Pilot Point Planning and Zoning Commission shot down a zoning request for a proposed housing development at its meeting Monday, but the Pilot Point City Council will now have its chance to look at the development in a hearing at its meeting Monday. The council meets at 6:30 p.m. During a lengthy discussion Monday, three P&Z commissioners expressed reservations with the housing development, which sits on 113 acres located 1,200 feet north of Washington Street and the U.S. 377 intersection, on the west of side of 377. The development would spa

Property owner seeks to save trees

Sidewalk construction has started on The Square in Pilot Point, but one property owner is unhappy about part of the city project: removal of five trees that line the Liberty Street sidewalk. Gretta Buchanan wishes the city did not have to take out the trees, which rest on top of the sidewalks. “They’re just aesthetically pleasing,” Buchanan said. “People like to sit under them needed shade and character to The Square.” and visit. They bring much needed shade and character to The Square.” Buchanan owns some land on the south side of The Square, and her cousin, Tom Kam of Austin, owns a portion, too. The trees are on top of the Atmos gas line, said City Manager Alan Guard, and must be removed.

‘The glow around you’

Dwayne Carroll’s grandfather absolutely refused to talk about his heritage. At the age of 16, Carroll began asking about his Native American ancestors, hoping to learn something about the rich and colorful culture that had once been equated to shame, a heritage he’d never been told to take pride in. He was met with a tight-lipped frown and no answers from his half-Cherokee grandfather, who was born in a time when Native Native American blood was regarded as a genealogical disgrace. After that day, Carroll knew that if he wanted to learn more about his family’s origins, he’d have to do some digging. And so he did. Through intense research, Carroll not only discovered his great-grandmother’s g

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