Police officer shoots, kills armed man

A man died at a Pilot Point residence Friday morning after he was shot by a police officer who responded to a report of a fight in progress. The Department of Public Safety reported that police were called about 11:15 a.m. at a house in the 500 block of East Division. When officers arrived, they saw a man with a gun in the driveway of the house, DPS Lt. Lonny Haschel said in a report on the incident. According to Pilot Point police, Haschel said, the suspect went into the house and police entered after hearing sounds of a struggle. Officers reported that the man produced a gun and ignored police commands, Haschel said. A Pilot Point officer then fired his service weapon, striking the suspect

Pressure cooker

The excessive heat that has covered much of North Texas in the past week, hitting highs in the 110-degree range, likely will be back for an encore. So, people who work outdoors have to remain vigilant about protecting themselves, especially in the afternoons and early evenings when the her bears down the most. Some avoid the sun. A little before 10 a.m., Dean Cordell, who serves on the Pilot Point City Council, volunteered to drive a riding lawnmower over grass on Broad Street near Washington. “Just mowing some of the city right of way,” he said during a short break. He planned to do some high grass on Washington Street. “I’m just trying to get The Square to look a little better,” he said. “

Running down a dream

Chasing a childhood dream drives Cade “Gibby” Gibson these days. “All I have ever wanted to be was a rodeo cowboy,” he said. Gibson is getting his shot: He is a rookie freestyle bullfighter in Shorty Gorham’s American Freestyle Bullfighting circuit. The 2016 graduate of Tioga High School played football and baseball for the Bulldogs. He was the quarterback of the football team, and he ultimately got a scholarship to play college baseball. “[Baseball] was a good opportunity for me, but it was not my dream,” Gibson said. Gibson’s college roommate finally convinced him to chase his dream. “We had a lot of talks about it,” Gibson said. “Something was missing in my life, and it was my childhood d

It's time to start talking football

Local high school football teams will find themselves in new districts this fall. Dave Campbell’s Texas Football hit local newsstands late last week, and fans of Pilot Point, Aubrey and Tioga will be happy to know their teams were picked to make the playoffs in the new districts. But Pilot Point coach Danny David keeps matters in perspective. “I don’t put much stock in the ratings; all that does is sell magazines for the most part,” he said. He includes other ratings services, such as Harris and Padilla Poll, as not meaning much before the season stars. “But they’re good to look at,” he said of preseason predictions. “It’s good for people to talk about at the coffee shop – who’s rated where,

David Lay to head up Lady Bearcats basketball program

David Lay chose a well-known high school coach’s surname as the middle name for one of his sons. Richard Scofield had that kind of effect on Lay, the new girls basketball coach at Pilot Point High School. Lay was named to the post in June, taking over for Molly Weatherred, who coached at PPHS for one season before taking a job in Canton. Lay has coached both boys and girls basketball at other schools. “At the heart of it, I’m just a coach,” Lay said, explaining whether he had a preference. “I love coaching kids, I love seeing them grow and develop. A coach has such a special role. You get to be a mentor; you get be a father figure. You get to be a big brother; you get be a friend. You get to

City urges water conservation

Children wanting to beat the heat by making a dash to the splash pad at Old City Park in Pilot Point will have to wait until further notice. The city implemented Stage II voluntary water conservation Tuesday because of a well that went out and needed repair. The well is near Wilson and Harrison streets, northwest of Massey Stadium, and it went down Monday. The well is expected to be offline until mid-next week. Stage II affects mainly watering of lawns and involves the entire city, said Mario Cisneros, public works director. Because the conservation stage is voluntary, no one will receive tickets for non-compliance, City Manager Alan Guard said. Signs about the conservation will be placed ar

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