Free and clear

Midway Baptist Church pays off debt, provides money to Tioga Church Members of Midway Baptist Church burned copies of bank documents and the church celebrated the retiring of $3.5 million in debt. “It feels absolutely amazing,” lead pastor John Theisen said. “We’ve been blessed.” In 2007, the church borrowed money for the purchase of 10 acres of property and the construction of its main worship building, its preschool and other buildings. Since then, it has had to allocate about $250,000 a year for debt payments, Theisen said. Now clear of that debt, it will increase its support of missionary work and church sponsorships. With the first step in that effort, Theisen announced the sponsorship

Chief rounds up new posse

The patch on the uniform will feature the Texas state seal and Pilot Point on the rocker. Riders will wear Fort Campbell cavalry hats and cavalry-bib Western shirts. Horses will have specialized tack with a star in the middle. “It will be a professional-looking organization,” Pilot Point police Chief Conner said, referring to the newly organized Pilot Point Mounted Posse. Conner approached the Lake Ray Roberts Equestrian Trails Association with the idea of members helping to organize a mounted posse program. Other communities have mounted representatives of public services, he said. And many of those communities aren’t located in horse country like Pilot Point. The goal is for the newly form

Ceremony honors those who serve

“Taps” floated on the breeze Monday on The Square in Pilot Point. First responders, military veterans and civilians stood under the gazebo on The Square for a short ceremony, brought together by organizer Lynn Maher, in early observance of Flag Day. “You’ve been, in a sense, not ignored, but not given the credit you deserve,” Maher said. “And that’s why we started this.” Maher and her husband Ted started Flying Flags of Patriot Love as a way to honor military veterans living and dead. After Ted’s death in March 2009, Maher has decided to expand the program to include first responders. “Because the world has changed so much since Ted’s original concept, flags need to be flown that represent a

With new season looming, Cats start summer workouts

Logan David lagged behind most of the other camp participants during the Bearcat lap. He vomited as he ran. The incoming Pilot Point High School freshman left guard joined about 50 other high school athletes this week for the start of Pilot Point Bearcat Summer Pride. The summer strength and conditioning camp runs four days a week through July 26 -. Preseason workouts will begin on Aug. 5. A way for athletes to train before the start of football season, the camp is also open to Pilot Point Independent School District athletes in other sports. Coaches Keith Peacock and Robby Perez supervised in the weight room as camp participants performed squats, power cleans, ab exercises and overhead squa

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