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Voters overwhelmingly pass bond issue

NEW BOSTON, Texas – By a better than 2-to-1 margin, Pleasant Grove voters on Saturday approved a $19.9 million bond issue to improve school security, upgrade technology and, most importantly of all, to build a new elementary school. The outcome was clear early. Early ballots gave a 933-238 lead to votes in favor of the measure, which finished with 71...

McKnight Road project on homestretch

Ahh, June. Silver moon, flowers abloom, memories of a delicate dance with a girl from Saskatoon. And soon, drivers on under-construction McKnight Road, a developmentally delayed cocoon, will croon a happier toon. With any luck, next month paving machines will lay the final touches on a $2.7-million, 0.9-mile project to widen the roadway from 24 to 44 feet and install a 14-foot...

Bond issue about PG’s future

Pleasant Grove’s best product is Pleasant Grove. If PG homeowners – my wife and I included –  wish to ease their share of school taxes, it would be wise to do a lot of long-range planning and a little bit of salesmanship to help grow the tax roll. In a district comprised mainly of single-family homes, that starts with good...

Hawks reap fruits of labors

Like puppies getting their bellies rubbed, the undefeated, state champion Pleasant Grove Hawks spent Tuesday basking in the glow of success. It was National Signing Day and 10 Hawk athletes – eight in football, one in baseball and one in golf, accept scholarships that will allow them to continue their playing careers while receiving an education, something that happens for...

Watkins makes most of shot he has

Houston, we have a golfer After facing down death at 13, Braxton Watkins doesn’t see a bad golf lie as such a big deal. Watkins, son of Barry and Hollye Watkins, on Tuesday signed a national letter of intent with Houston. The only thing that might surprise the people who knew him in seventh grade, when doctors discovered a brain tumor,...

District champions hungry for more

Hawks have tools to make deep playoff run As a player at New Boston and in 13 years as a head coach at Clarksville and Pleasant Grove, Billy Brewer has been a part of many great teams but has never advanced beyond the fourth round, the regional semifinals. The Hawks playoff journey begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday night against Canton at...

Hawks nail down district championship

Pleasant Grove assured No. 1 playoff seed In a bruising and contentious affair, Pleasant Grove slipped past North Lamar, 46-43, Friday night at Hawk Gym to lay claim to its first District 14-4A championship in four years and a No. 1 seed heading into the state playoffs. The Hawks rode a tenacious defensive effort and balanced scoring from Aaron Harmon, Kameron...

Canton grounds Hawks’ playoff hopes, 52-51

Eagles come out on top in physical battle MOUNT VERNON – Some nights, the magic just isn’t there, and the other team gets to celebrate like it just won the Biggest. Game. Ever. Canton (14-20) came to play, fought from opening tip to final buzzer, and emerged with a hard-fought, if unexpected, 52-51 bi-district playoff win over the Pleasant Grove Hawks Tuesday...

Texas Sports Writers love the Hawks

Coach, eight players earn all-state honors             Josh Gibson is coach of the year and Caleb Porchia the defensive player of the year in the Texas Sports Writers Class 4A all-state football team which included eight Pleasant Grove players, according to the Houston Chronicle. Tackle Nick Gavriel and fullback TJ Cole were named to the first team offense. Xavier Benson earned second-team honors,...

Caleb Portia Texas Class 4A defensive player of year

Hawk defense led by headhunter in the middle If defense wins championships, Pleasant Grove started its quest for a 16-0 season with a leg up – a middle linebacker who would go on to become the Texas Sportswriters Class 4A defensive player of the year. Many an opponent went home with a headache and a sore body after running into Caleb...