Inspired by the past

Local singer-songwriter uses experiences to fuel his music One half of the duo Nikki and Ryan, Ryan Ready recently performed for hundreds of people in Pilot Point for Music on the Square. At one point, Ready’s 6-year-old daughter, LaKasey, joined him onstage to help him sing “Honky Tonk Blues” by Charley Crockett. It was a special moment for Ready, who graduated from Pilot Point High School, and for those who have followed his career. “Singing with her is the coolest thing that I think I’ll ever be able to do as a musician,” Ready said. “I think that’s probably the good in me, to be a father, to be in her life, to influence her, to show her music and love, and to share that moment with her.”

Jumping at the chance

They are the area’s highest flying athletes. Propelled by trampolines or spring runways, they perform explosive somersaults as part of complicated routines. From some angles, frozen in time, they could be mistaken for superheroes. Five trampoline and tumbling athletes based out of Apex Tumbling & Cheer in Pilot Point have qualified and will compete at the Stars & Stripes Championships in West Palm Beach, Florida, Saturday and Sunday. Julia Parker and Sabella Smith, both of Pilot Point, Alexa Brockett, of Aubrey, Miranda Adams, of Whitesboro, and Garrett Niewinski, of Denton, qualified for the competition. Tyler Terrell opened Apex in 2011. The 12,000-square-foot gym features 40-foot ceilings

Serving with joy

Aubrey organization implements Adopt-a-Box program Karen Mattson wanted to find a way to have families work together to help feed kids in need in their community. Lovepacs–Aubrey launched its Adopt-a-Box program officially on June 23. “I have been overwhelmed and amazed at our community,” said Mattson, the new Lovepacs–Aubrey area community leader. “I challenged our community – I had purchased 75 boxes and challenged them to fill those 75 and as to date, 90 boxes have been adopted.” Mattson drew on the examples of other groups, including the Denton and Little Elm chapters of Lovepacs, using a similar donation style. “I want to make it as easy for that person to do it, so they’ll want to cont

Ambassador for peace

Pilot Point woman to serve in Asia in Peace Corps A young and unconventional altruist is gearing up to leave Pilot Point and fly a world away – off to an exhilarating new adventure in an unfamiliar land. To 27-year-old Jessica Nordon, the impending journey is the opportunity of a lifetime. “I’ve known I wanted to be in the Peace Corps since high school,” Nordon said. “Two years in another country; I think it’s an amazing opportunity.” Now, Nordon’s dream is becoming a reality. The Pilot Point resident was accepted into the Peace Corps as an English teacher in the Education Sector. She’ll leave the United States about a week after Independence Day, planning first to stop in Washington D.C. an

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