Lowbrows owner died as he lived

Friends describe Bob Albrecht as a quiet man who would help others when they needed it. David Delcourt remembers a man who never said goodbye when he left a room. “We’d be playing dominoes or be having a beer and you’d look up and say, ‘Where’s Bob?”” Delcourt said. “And somebody would say he left 15 minutes ago. “Well, he left the same way on this earth. Nobody was with him. He went out to his wife’s flower garden and laid down.” Albrecht, owner of Lowbrows Beer and Wine Garden and a champion of the arts in Pilot Point, died Monday at his home in Sanger. He was 71. Albrecht’s passing is a “great loss” to the community, said longtime friend Jay Melugin. “He was very much to himself, but he h

P&Z OKs zoning for development

A proposed new housing development in north Pilot Point has undergone some changes since it was first introduced to the Planning and Zoning Commission on May 7. The P&Z saw a set of changes Monday and added some new recommendations during the meeting. Commissioners approved a zoning change for the 113-acre property from commercial-single family residential to planned development-single family residential, and the Pilot Point City Council will now give its consideration to the zoning change on Monday. The proposed development is 1,200 feet north of the intersection of U.S. 377 and North Washington Street and is on the west side of U.S. 377. On May 7, the P&Z rejected the zoning request, and a

Libraries keep kids reading during summer

Summertime for kids and parents is a chance to get away from school, but not to escape learning. Both the Aubrey Area Library and Pilot Point Community Library have set up numerous programs over the next couple of months to encourage learning, which includes getting residents, particularly children, to read as much as possible. The reading program not only encourages youngsters to read, but it also gets them ready for the next academic year. “They talk about children losing their momentum in their academic skills,” Aubrey library director Kathy Ramsey said. “So, the children who do read during the summer wind up in a better place academically than they did when the school year ended. The chi

Abbott proposals said a start

Gov. Greg Abbott’s proposal to deal with horrific shooting incidents, such as the one at Santa Fe High School, includes receiving support from local school and law enforcement officials. That is through the expansion of mental health screenings, which can be used to identify potential threats and get students the help they need preventatively. “One of the biggest things for me in this is the prevention,” Aubrey ISD Superintendent David Belding said. “Identify students who are in crisis ahead of time and be proactive to prevent anything from ever happening is something I’m interested in researching into what he is proposing, and how that fits in.” According to the Texas Tribune, the governor

Not just horsing around

Tom McCutcheon has made competing in the World Equestrian Games a family affair. In 2002, at his first one, McCutcheon, now 51, represented the U.S. along with his brother Scott. Then, in 2006 and 2010, McCutcheon again went back to WEG with his father-in-law, Tim McQuay of Tioga, and four years ago, McCutcheon again made the U.S. contingent along with his wife, Mandy. Now, in 2018, McCutcheon is headed back to the WEG accompanied by yet another family member, his son Cade. “It’s pretty incredible,” McCutcheon said. “At the last games, I told Mandy that it would be fun, at some point, to be on the team with Cade. But, I thought I would more than likely be too old to be on the team with Cade.

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