Turning fear into action

Barbie Mays is turning her fear into action. While looking out of her kitchen window on the evening of Feb. 4 on Liberty Street, Mays said, it looked as though “a wall was in front of this window.” “Then I thought, ‘There’s someone looking in my window,’” Mays said. She moved away momentarily. Soon after, she looked out of her window again and said she saw someone tall, thin and athletic running from her yard along Hill Street. The same evening, her neighbor had a similar incident while cooking dinner, Mays said. “She heard something in her kitchen window,” Mays said. After the incident, feelings of panic crept in, Mays said, but she fought against letting them take root, despite having addi

Ranton reaches 500-win milestone

Every coach can name a favorite victory or two in his or her career. Shon Ranton, the softball coach at Aubrey High School, has a mere 500 to choose from. Ranton celebrated his 500th victory when the Lady Chaparrals beat Paradise 12-1 in a tournament game in Whitesboro on Feb. 14. Anticipating the win, his team had a banner on hand to commemorate the occasion. For Ranton, the most memorable game was in the state tournament in 2007, when the Lady Chaps were down 3-0 in the semifinals against Prairiland and were coming to the plate in the bottom of the seventh. Aubrey rallied to win, 4-3, and just the suddenness of the ending, especially because the team had done little offensively up to that

Cats open playoffs with sixth-straight win

Four games remained in the regular season, and the Pilot Point Bearcats needed to get some breaks and win games to make it to the playoffs. Good fortune came their way, and the team won a play-in game for the fourth spot from District 9-3A. The Bearcats stayed hot Tuesday night, extending their winning streak to six with a 61-54 win over Van Asltyne in a bi-district Region II playoff game Tuesday at Braswell High School. The Bearcats are now 19-13 as they take on Life Oak Cliff in the area round of the playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday at Flower Mound Marcus. “I thought we played really good defense with the way our game plan was,” Pilot Point coach Jeff Price said. “They’ve got some really good pla

Second-graders spread the love

Valentine’s Day came a little early for Tabitha Hellman’s class at Aubrey’s Brockett Elementary School. In the days leading up to Feb. 14, her second-graders received Valentine’s Day cards from classrooms across the United States. Hellman’s class was one of 175 second-grade classrooms that participated in the Great Second Grade Valentine Exchange. Each class mailed Valentine’s Day cards, along with a fact sheet about the class and its community, to other classes in the U.S. “Here at Brockett, we are such a character-oriented school,” Hellman said. “Being able to show kindness to people we don’t even know is a great lesson.” Each day for the past week, students have come back from lunch askin

Garage Door takes on foreign accent

The Garage Door Theater awoke slowly Tuesday night, lighting up a little more each time an actor or actress waltzed through its aptly named doorway. Actors arrived in twos and threes, big and loud, carting along personalities as colorful as the characters they portray onstage. “Hi honey, what’s wrong?” Ben Pierce said to fellow cast-member Kristina Morrow as she shuffled into the rehearsal space. “I’m pregnant,” she said, mimicking a line from the show. The pair burst out laughing. It was the last full week of rehearsal for the cast of “The Foreigner,” which begins its run Feb. 15, and spirits were high. After struggling with low rehearsal attendance because of conflicts and a plethora of wh

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