Energy to burn

Pilot Point senior developed passion for basketball early in life If you ask Jabari Anderson if he would like to have the responsibility to take the game winning shot every time, his answer, without hesitation, will be a strong yes. Anderson found the love for basketball after his parents decided to get him involved in sports to burn some of that energy he had as a kid. “I had a lot of energy, too much energy if you ask me, when I was a kid,” he said. “I think that’s when my mom and my dad made the decision to get me into something. I found a love for basketball and football, and the rest is history.” Anderson is the starting guard for the Pilot Point Bearcats basketball team. He got the cal

Debating change

Cross Roads approves zoning change for planned development For the Cross Roads Market Square project, the second time was the charm. At their joint Monday night meeting, the Cross Roads Planning and Zoning Commission and the Town Council approved changing the zoning of the 33-acre property owned by local developer Fred Nichols from agricultural to planned development. “The projected buildout sales tax revenue of $900,000–I can’t remember the exact number–and then also the potential for the hotel tax opens up so many different avenues,” Mayor Bob Gorton said Tuesday. “If the town doesn’t expand its sales tax base, it’s inevitable that we will have to go to an ad valorem tax.” Gorton supports

Pilot Point students hear about vaping risks

Students at Pilot Point High School and Pilot Point Middle School were educated on the dangers of vaporizing substances including alcohol, nicotine, marijuana and other drugs on Friday. The school decided to give the presentation because it seems like vaping is becoming more common and popular, PPHS Assistant Principal Tammy Niemczyk said. “We catch kids vaping probably monthly,” she said. “[The presentation] was a preventive in educating them on all the effects of vaping.” Motivational speaker and workshop coordinator for Johnson’s Success Through Attitude & Respect, Patrick Johnson, gave a presentation about the danger of vaping and other recreational drug use to the freshmen and sophomore

Hiking in the new year

Area residents turn out for first day hike at Ray Roberts Lake Close to 200 hikers showed up on the first of the year at the Ray Roberts Lake State Park to embark on a 2.2-mile hike along the Randy Bell Scenic Trail as part of the First Day Hike nationwide initiative. Babies, kids, teens and adults all bundled up in hoodies, hiking jackets and beanies, with water bottles and hiking sticks in hand, weaving in and out of the woods as they hiked the paved trail during a cloudy and relatively cold day. Maintenance Specialist Brenna Seron led one of the two groups through the woods, explaining everything from the flora, waterfowl and fauna to the prescribed fires that recently took place in certa

Little Free Library open to all

Teacher places free books in front yard Literature lovers young and old of Pilot Point now have a Little Free Library to visit near the Square that opened its bright red door mid-day Friday. Pilot Point resident and teacher Nikki Smith wanted to do some good for the community and share her love of books. Her dream came true with a Christmas present from her dad, Tom Smith. “If you want to do one, you just make one or buy one,” she said. “My dad built me that one. I asked for that for Christmas and he built it for me. And, it’s a schoolhouse because I’m a teacher.” Tom said Nikki mentioned in passing she wanted to put up a Little Free Library in her yard after she moved to Pilot Point. “Nikki

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