Lost and found: Ring back home

Gabe Dorpinghaus figures he lost his high school class ring around 1998 or 1999. But that’s a broad approximation, based on vague, nearly 20-year-old memories from when he and his wife last saw it. The sudden loss of the ring remained shrouded in ambiguity, until recently. Dorpinghaus still has no idea where or how he lost it, and truthfully, he said he never gave the matter much thought. “You get busy with life and stuff,” Dorpinghaus said. “I really never wore it much after high school, anyway.” Despite having abandoned his search over a decade ago, last week Dorpinghaus was contacted by the Aubrey Police Department. They had the ring. In fact, they’d had the ring for years. On his very fi

Sharing the tradition

Virgil Berend graduated from Pilot Point High School over seven decades ago, in the waning spring of 1941. He was a dedicated Bearcat, fiercely proud of his town and his alma mater. Despite his school spirit and general black and orange pride, Berend had never in his life sported a traditional homecoming mum. Not until last week. On Monday afternoon, a small group of PPHS students marched into Countryside Nursing and Rehabilitation, arms overflowing with handmade, painstakingly crafted homecoming mums. FFA officers Molly Holloway, Kassidi Tidwell, Kenedee Gist and Annie Braack distributed the spirited accessories to Countryside residents, then hung extra mums on bedroom doors. It was from th

The game of life

The Pilot Point Bearcats scored a big victory when they beat Whitesboro in a critical district football game Friday at Massey Stadium. But the team – and a particular player – scored a different kind of triumph before the game. Zak Powell plays on the Pilot Point football team, and players from units from the two teams lined up on the field – Pilot Point on offense and Whitesboro on defense – before the game started. Powell took the ball and scored a touchdown. The touchdown didn’t count in the final outcome, but the sentiment from the team and crowd will live on. “It felt pretty good,” Zak said. Zak, a senior, was diagnosed with Dubowitz Syndrome when he was 2. He has experienced additional

A night on the town

Pilot Point residents came together Tuesday evening to celebrate National Night Out. It is an evening that promotes positive relationships within the community, specifically between residents and local law enforcement. It was a night of games, camaraderie, hamburgers and sweat as locals celebrated together in the twilight of a humid October night. “This community cares for one another,” resident Lucia Rodela said. “This is important because we want to keep Pilot Point the way it is. Small and clean and nice.” National Night Out is traditionally held on the first Tuesday in August. In 2008, the National Association of Town Watch announced that Texas would celebrate the event in October instea

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