Cisneros bid ruled too late

Mario Cisneros decided too late to declare as a write-in candidate for Pilot Point mayor. The deadline for that was Feb. 19, according to Alice Holloway, the city secretary. The former city of Pilot Point public works director met with city officials on April 18. He received a letter from Holloway explaining about the deadline. “As there were no other candidates for the position of mayor, the city has cancelled the election for that position and declared the unopposed candidates elected,” Holloway wrote. Cisneros said he decided to declare as a write-in candidate because he had been approached by residents to run for mayor. He worked for the city for 18 years but said he retired in October w

Church members search for way to save building

Pilot Point’s Central Christian Church is an impressive sight to see – from a distance. The historic structure’s painstakingly crafted architecture is reminiscent of a tapered bell tower, rising powerfully out of swaying foliage. Decades-old stained-glass glistens in scattered sunlight, painting colors across the building through windows that swoop and bend along the sanctuary’s high-reaching arches. The structure itself points heavenward, brushing the undersides of tree branches with pointed rooftops dipped in gray. The peeling paint, splintering wood and shattered glass fixtures are less noticeable from a distance. Razor-thin cracks as slight as spiders’ webs plague windows, holes the size

NEPD considers using drones

Last month, the Northeast Police Department sent investigator Matthew Dusek to drone school. The department is considering investing in unmanned aerial vehicle technology and training so it can use footage for crash scene reconstruction. Hosted by the Euless Police Department, the course gave Dusek a chance to use drone footage and three-dimensional modeling software. Right now, a severe crash requires road closures in part to give investigators time to map out the incident with surveying equipment. The hope is that using drones, the time spent doing that would be cut substantially, Dusek said. This is important not just for the convenience of motorists, but also to lessen the risks of “seco

Community turns out for education gala

The 22nd gala of the Pilot Point Educational Foundation started on a somber note. Pastor Todd Witte of Midway Church acknowledged the heartache many in attendance were feeling following the death of a Pilot Point student April 12. “But what I love about Pilot Point and what I know about our community is that in challenging and hard times, we rally together,” Witte said. “From businesses and schools and our church community, we link arms and we love each other well.” PPISD Superintendent Dan R. Gist had the student’s death on his mind, and said he was grateful to see the community’s support for the foundation. “Pilot Point’s like that,” Gist said. “They always come out and support the schools

Group to connect foster children with mentors

Rather than go hungry, Logen Miller said, he scavenged for food from neighborhood trash cans. Inside his foster home, he said, he was surrounded by drugs and alcohol. He was neglected and underfed. A few months shy of 18, he ran away. “On paper, I looked like I was the worst kid in the world,” he said. “I was on multiple drugs and all sorts of stuff. I had very aggressive behavior. I was a runaway risk and I would hit things, put holes in walls, throw chairs, all sorts of stuff.” Logen is more stable now because he was referred to WAY Alliance, a nonprofit that had not launched officially. Founded by Joy, who lives in Aubrey, the nonprofit is working to help change outcomes for young people

Little pony draws attention, admirers

Mouse the mini-pony made his grand debut into the world in the wee early hours of March 24, plopping onto the rolling green pasture next to his proud and exhausted mother, Sparkles. “He’s a silly little thing,” Mouse’s owner Deanie Deal said. “He runs and bucks, and he’s just a couple days old.” Deal said she was well aware that Sparkles was about to pop. She looked out into the field one morning and suddenly, there was Mouse. Standing at only 15 inches tall, the mini-pony is a sight to behold. With deep brown eyes and a coat the color of chocolate, Mouse has a personality 10 times his size. It seems no person is a stranger to the personable little pony. In his first week of life, Mouse accu

Schools see rise in vaping

Incidents involving students found with e-cigarettes or vape pens in school increased dramatically last year and the issue is still trending upward. “It’s an epidemic,” said Todd Southard, Pilot Point High School principal. “There is no doubt in my mind that it is on the rise.” Possession of cigarettes or tobacco products is prohibited in school codes of conduct and Texas statute requires every district to track disciplinary incidents. In 2016-2017, Pilot Point Independent School District reported no incidents involving tobacco products. It reported 23 last year. Most, if not all, of those incidents involved e-cigarettes or vape pens, said Trina Brown, Pilot Point ISD director of federal pro

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