Back to their roots

Singleton Farms is a destination. The family-run Farm Fresh Market celebrated its grand opening Sept. 8, despite gloomy skies and unprecedentedly low temperatures. Visitors who braved the elements supported local farmers and producers by buying fresh, and the Singleton family made sure they had a good time doing it. To them, farming is more than just a job – it’s an experience to be shared with others. “Families can come out and we’ll give them a tour of the place,” Andy Singleton said. “They can see the goats and the llamas, and the pretty little stripy cows. If they want, we’ll give them a tour and talk about our process. We’re basically just showing people that natural tastes a lot better

Help for Hometown Hero

Benefit raises thousands for Pilot Point police officer Lori Powell initially said she had no words for the hundreds of people who attended a benefit for her husband, Pilot Point police Sgt. Robert Powell, on Sunday. “I never imagined that there would be a turnout like this,” she said, grateful for the number of people who love and respect her husband. “My husband would give his last dime for anyone in his community and is always willing to help anyone,” Lori said. “It’s nice that it’s coming around … that everyone would want to help him.” Powell, who has been with the police department for 16 years, was diagnosed with stage 4 B-cell Lymphoma in June and took leave from the department. The b

PPISD van, truck collide on 377

A van carrying special needs students in the Pilot Point ISD school-to-work program was involved in a wreck Wednesday morning close to the 11000 block of U.S. 377 South, near Stanley Ford. There were no injuries, said Bryan Cox, the Pilot Point assistant fire chief. A van from AM Communications appeared to collide with the PPISD van from behind. Pilot Point High School Principal Todd Southard and PPISD Superintendent Dan R. Gist were at the scene. Pilot Point police officer Preston Green said the AM Communications van rear-ended the school district vehicle as it waited for the red light. No citation was given. Two students from the high school were in the van, and they were going to a job wo

Rainy day fun

Gloomy weather can't dampen the fun for state park visitors on Labor Day Flashes of lightning danced inside towering thunderheads that hung threateningly in a churning blue and purple sky. It was Labor Day – a day that millions of Americans eagerly anticipate as a day of fun and relaxation, cookouts, smoky grills and fire pits, ketchup seeping through soggy hamburger buns, smiling faces, and sunshine. Labor Day is America’s final celebration of summer, but Monday morning, it seemed like the sunny season was already long gone, as crisp autumn temperatures and rain storms drove festivities indoors. The Isle du Bois unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park suffered from a low turnout as the threat o

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