Second Alvarez case assault suspect arrested in Pasadena

November 25, 2015
Police in Pasadena, Texas, arrested Evan Gustin Wednesday morning on a misdemeanor warrant issued by Parker County authorities in connection with an alleged assault involving 25-year-old Granbury High School graduate Charles Alvarez Jr., according to Weatherford Police. The first warrant in the case, also for an assault charge, resulted in the arrest last week of Rachel Alexander Dover, 20, of Weatherford. Alvarez’s family members believe he was the victim of a beating Feb. 7 in Weatherford. He died later that night in a Fort Worth hospital.

Injured man flown from scene of crash on Loop 567

November 25, 2015
A man injured in a vehicle crash in the 2500 block of Loop 567 at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday was trapped until being extricated by first responders, according to emergency scanner traffic. An air ambulance reportedly was called to fly the man to an area hospital. His identity and condition are not yet known.

Hair Shack in Tolar temporarily closed after building hit by vehicle

November 25, 2015
The Hair Shack in the 8700 block of Highway 377 in Tolar across from Boatman’s BBQ, is temporarily closed with one window boarded up as a result of damage sustained just before 6 p.m. Tuesday night when a vehicle crashed into the front of the building.

FOL makes significant donation

November 25, 2015
A $10,000 donation was presented to the Library Foundation from Friends of the Library for Hood County during the Wine, Song & Friends program Thursday night. FOL hosted the event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Hood County Library and to promote the “Fifty for Fifty” campaign. FOL has pledged a total of $50,000 for the future expansion of the library.

Local kids benefit from Toys for Tots

November 25, 2015
For people who are worried that Toys for Tots is taking toys out of Hood County, stop it. “Last year we collected 1,108 toys here,” said Jack Parsons, Toys for Tots coordinator in Granbury. “And delivered 7,800 to local charities here.” How can 1,000 toys magically become 7,000 toys? “Once the charities are approved, we use the buying power of the Marine Corps Reserve to guarantee three toys per child,” Parsons explained.

In Wednesday’s Hood County News

November 24, 2015
–The Country Christmas Night of Lights silver anniversary kicks off the holiday season Friday evening in downtown Granbury. The 7 p.m. parade highlights the magical event.
–Tolar High School is expected to move up to Class 3A competition next fall.
–Granbury’s Sara Miskovic may become the next Martha Stewart. She makes homegrown, homemade delectable edibles from the farm she grew up on.
–Nonprofits Hood County Christmas for Children, Hood County Children’s Charity Fund, Inc. and the Paluxy River Advocacy Center were presented with proceeds from this year’s GranScary event.

County offices to close earlier than planned for holiday

November 24, 2015
County Judge Darrell Cockerham says the county will follow the city’s lead and close earlier for the Thanksgiving holiday than originally planned. County offices – including the Tax Assessor-Collector’s office, which handles vehicle registrations – will close at noon on Wednesday (Nov. 25). City and county offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30.

Wilson, Hohan named first, second VPs of SFFMA

November 23, 2015
Ray Wilson was elected first vice president and Matt Hohan second VP Saturday in Mineral Wells during the District 16 meeting of the North Central Texas chapter of the State Firefighters and Fire Marshals Association of Texas. Wilson is a member of the Tolar Fire Department, and is Hood County’s fire marshal/emergency management coordinator. Hohan is a veteran member of the Granbury Volunteer Fire Department.

Sports Updates

Rattlers looking for more history

November 25, 2015
Class 2A Division I Region II semifinals
Tolar Rattlers (8-4) vs. Bosqueville Bulldogs (8-4)
6 p.m. Friday, Venus Bulldog Stadium
Notable: The Rattlers have won four straight, including a pair of thrillers in the playoffs over Mart, 41-35 thanks to a late goal-line stand, and 21-20 over Valley View thanks to a blocked extra point. This matches Tolar’s deepest playoff run since they went to 11-man four decades ago. Bosqueville ended the regular season with losses to Crawford and Mart, getting outscored 69-0, but has since rebounded strong in the postseason with wins over Hico (34-27) and Clarksville (43-0). Tolar quarterback Colby Trinkle needs less than 200 yards to set the team’s single season passing record. The Rattlers own a 5-2 all-time series over Bosqueville, including three straight wins over this season and last. The Rattlers won earlier this season, 20-7, as this will be the second straight year the teams have met in the regular season and playoffs.

Pioneers one win from state final

November 25, 2015
Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Six-Man Division III state semifinals
North Central Texas Academy Pioneers (9-1) vs. Wichita Falls Notre Dame Knights (10-2)
2 p.m. Friday, Bridgeport’s Bull Memorial Stadium
Notable: Notre Dame is ranked No. 2 in the state by Sixmanfootball.com and North Central Texas is No. 3. The Pioneers defeated the Knights 96-50 earlier this season at NCTA, breaking an eight-year losing streak to Notre Dame. NCTA running back Mekhi Hyman has rushed for 3,372 yards and 67 touchdowns.

Area boys basketball

November 24, 2015
Abilene Cooper 72, Granbury (1-2) 61
Eric Kirchner scores 27 to lead Pirates Graford 71, Tolar (0-3) 65
Bryce Farmer tops Rattlers with 24 points and Stevie Morphew adds 19 Lipan (2-0) 66, Paradise 52

Area girls basketball

November 24, 2015
Granbury (1-2) 59, Stephenville 47
Lady Pirates finish with 21-8 run. Erin Jones leads with 18 points, while Amber Strange scores 16 with 19 rebounds. Lipan (7-1) 67, Mineral Wells 36
Lanie Roberts scores season-high 37 for Lady Indians Tolar (1-2) 34, Eastland 30 Tuesday
Midlothian 44, Granbury 37 Tolar (2-2) 73, Strawn 22
Jordan Berry leads Lady Rattlers with 20 points.