Property owner goes big with complaint

Two billboards in Pilot Point alert people to a new wastewater treatment facility being built east of town and ask that people call the city council to voice their opinion on the plant. The individual responsible for the billboards does not identify himself or herself publicly, but one sign offers a clue, stating the city is “attempting to take my land.” The signs are on U.S. 377 North and on FM 455 just west of U.S. 377. Sharon Shelby, who lives in Dallas, posted the signs. She owns the property and is in an eminent domain fight with the city, which selected her land as the site because it meets parameters needed for a new wastewater treatment plant. The city will have an eminent domain hea

Power Packs feed students in need

With Old St. Nick’s favorite holiday closing in quick, kids around the world are once again asking themselves the ever-present, perpetually insatiable question: What do I want for Christmas this year? While some letters to Santa are crammed full of wishes for iPods and Barbie Dream Houses, other requests are more humble: clothes, warm blankets, food. It was requests like these that moved Ashley Fuller and Laurie Gist to develop the Power Packs Ministry, a program designed to help kids get the supplies they need – and not just during the holidays. “Basically, we provide weekend meals for students in need at Pilot Point Elementary and the intermediate school,” Gist said. “We give them enough f

PPISD allocates $1 million to stadium

When the Pilot Point Bearcats return to the field at Massey Stadium next fall, they have will have a new field to play on. The stadium will have a refurbished track, too. The Pilot Point School Board approved a contract from Sports Field Solutions of Fort Worth for a new synthetic field and a resurfacing of the track Wednesday night. The base bid came in at $912,999. Two alternates were added: providing possible chemical injections to stabilize the field over the entire playing area at 8-foot depths, $87,000; and an area, called a D-Area, that will include rubberized surface area behind both end zones, $56,760. The measure passed 6-0; board member Jackie Jenkins was absent. The district rece

Pilot Point teen expresses herself through dance

The moment Hope Bartram slips into her delicate pointe ballet shoes, she becomes a different person. No longer is the 14-year-old a clumsy, accident-prone freshman. She bends to tie her long satiny laces and rises an elegant dancer—flawless, she said. Perfect. “On stage she’s graceful,” Hope’s mother Toni Bartram said. “She’s fluid. You can see the joy in her movements and in her personality.” The student at Pilot Point High School has been dancing for seven years. This year, she’ll perform in The Festival Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” for the fifth time in a row. The show is something she has cherished for a long time, since the very beginning of a ballet career born, in part, from the ashes of

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