Council, family agree on timeline for Burks house

The city of Pilot Point and the Harris family gained traction on finding a solution to the question of what to do about the house at 522 East Burks Street. Since 2014, the structure at that address has been considered by the city staff to be substandard and thus a hazard. However, the core portion of the house consists of a former African-American one-room schoolhouse that the family deeply wants to preserve. “OK, so as I understand this from your meeting, we should probably adopt this order as substandard, then deem it historical, and then give them a time period, either 30 up to 90 days, to determine a time period for them to remove the added addition and bring it back down to the historic

Community turns out to help Cotton family

Faces both familiar and new filtered through the crowd in the Summit Church parking lot Saturday, showing their support of Ariel Porter, a Providence Village girl who was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer this year. Proceeds raised among the smoky air and optimistic smiles exceeded $4,000 to help Nathan and Tasha Cotton pay for the expenses the family is facing in the wake of Ariel’s illness. “She has had a positive attitude, she’s been such a strong fighter, and she has never complained one time through the process,” Tasha said. “This girl had brain surgery and she came out only on Tylenol, so she’s been—she is such a strong warrior.” Ariel’s life was turned upside d

Festival draws in large crowd

The Farmers and Merchant Bank was struck again by the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo Saturday. Pilot Point celebrated the 10th annual Bonnie and Clyde Days at The Square on a cool, clear day. In 1966, Pilot Point hosted Hollywood filmmakers and actors as they filmed a bank robbery scene at the Farmers and Merchant Bank for the 1967 Hollywood blockbuster film “Bonnie and Clyde.” Wayne Purser has played a cop every year the re-enactment has taken place. “It’s crazy,” he said. “It’s Pilot Point’s claim to fame. You know, it’s something for us to do. We talked about it 10 years ago and said, ‘Let’s just have a reason to have a festival,’ so we picked this.” Bonnie and Clyde never actually robbed

Setting the pace

Bruce having breakthrough season for Bearcats Injuries prevented Javon Bruce from tapping into his potential in 2018, but so far this year, he’s having a breakthrough season, putting the Bearcats in the thick of the race for the district championship. The Pilot Point senior leads the Bearcats in rushing and scoring with 629 yards and 12 touchdowns in six games. He is averaging 7.7 yards per carry and could be on his way to a season totaling more than 1,000 yards. Bearcats head coach Danny David said he has definitely noticed a difference in Bruce’s physical form this season. “He is stronger,” he said. “He’s faster, and he’s healthy. He got hurt last year at this time in our Whitesboro game a

Building a tradition

Drumlines from area schools compete at first PPHS invitational at Massey Stadium Students from six different high schools braved the heat Saturday morning as they showcased their talents in front of a small but joyful crowd at the first Pilot Point Drumline Invitational at Massey Stadium. Springtown High School took first place, Decatur High School came in second and Community High School took third. Six high schools, Trenton, Brock, Ponder, Decatur, Springtown and Community, all battled it out on the 50-yard line in an event that lasted a little over three hours. Pilot Point’s drumline closed the event with an exhibition performance with songs that included Crosby, Stills & Nash “Our House”

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