Over 400 seniors to graduate tonight

May 28, 2015
A large senior class – 420 – will graduate tonight in the Granbury High School ceremony. The event starts at 7 in the Fort Worth Convention Center. It’s one of the largest classes ever at GHS, school district spokesman Jeff Meador said.

Two Tolar students win state academic meet

May 28, 2015
Two Tolar High School students are University Interscholastic League state champions in Class 2A competition. Junior Coleman Morrison won first in prose interpretation, and senior Ryan Forbis won first in persuasive speaking. Freshman Levi Adamek placed fifth in poetry interpretation. Overall, Tolar was the second-place speech team. In social studies, senior John Cox was sixth-place individual, while the team of Cox, senior Hannah Rodgers, junior Casey Key and freshman Abby Leatherman was the second-place team for social studies.

Floodwaters lapping at homes in Rolling Hills Shores

May 28, 2015
Lake Granbury floodwaters are lapping at the steps of homes in Rolling Hills Shores northwest of Granbury. Homes may escape flooding if rain holds off, Commissioner Steve Berry indicated. “The Brazos River Authority has done a really good job of managing the water between Possum Kingdom and Granbury,” Berry said.

Officials visit door-to-door; Red Cross shelter available in Weatherford

May 28, 2015
Emergency Management Coordinator Ray Wilson said that county officials went door-to-door Wednesday evening in the Rolling Hills Shores subdivision in northern Hood County to inform residents about potential flooding south of the Horseshoe Bend, which is also on the Brazos River, but in southern Parker County. Wilson said that no Hood County residents have been asked to evacuate, but with more rain predicted today that the flooding possibility here is “hard to predict.” Wilson said residents in that part of Hood County who may need to evacuate their homes are welcome to take shelter at a Red Cross center set up at 1007 S. Main Street in Weatherford. Jeff Young, also with Hood County’s Emergency Management team, said that water was “up to the porch” on some Rolling Hills Shores homes Wednesday night, but the Brazos River Authority is “doing a great job keeping the water regulated” with its flood gate management. Sheriff Roger Deeds said that, as of this morning (May 28), all gates at Possum Kingdom Lake are currently closed.

Sheriff: no reports of new floods, wind damage; house attic burns

May 27, 2015
As of about 7:30 p.m. (May 27), Sheriff Roger Deeds had not received any new reports of flooding or wind damage from a thunderstorm that blew through Hood County earlier this evening. Firefighters wrapped up their work putting out a house fire on West Baja Court in Stockton Bend by 7:50. Smoke was reportedly billowing out of the eaves of the home after it was called in to 911 shortly before 6 p.m. The cause has not been announced, but there was lightning in the area.

Low areas flooding on north end of lake

May 27, 2015
Some low areas are flooding along the north end of Lake Granbury from the rising Brazos River. Rolling Hill Shores residents have moved vehicles and other possessions to higher ground. Trees and debris are being carried by the current. A woman said she saw a TV float down the lake.

Low areas near Lake Granbury may have flooding

May 27, 2015
Low areas along Lake Granbury north of FM 51 bridge could experience flooding Wednesday night into Thursday morning, authorities said. The Brazos River was rushing at the Tin Top bridge Wednesday afternoon because of Possum Kingdom Lake releases. The extra amount of water could come into some subdivisions along the north end of the lake including Rolling Hills Shores, Arrowhead Shores, Lake Granbury Harbor, Long Creek, Oak Trail Shores, Whippoorwill Bay, Laguna Vista, Abes Landing, Laguna Trees and any other low areas that have flooded in years past, Sheriff Roger Deeds said. “This could vary up or down from any more rain and runoff we receive tonight,” the sheriff said. “We will be monitoring weather conditions and communicating with the Brazos River Authority and will update any changing conditions.” Map of area

Flooding not expected south of deCordova Bend dam

May 27, 2015
The Brazos River Authority says that releases began at the deCordova Bend dam last night in anticipation of increased water coming downstream. The release rates are well within the range of non-flood levels, at 21,500 cubic feet per second. Pecan Plantation Fire Chief Dave Raffa said the release rate has to climb to 50,000 cubic feet per second before floods become a concern. Parker County Emergency Services will hold a press conference this afternoon to discuss plans for the Horseshoe Bend area, which is expected to experience minor flooding when the river crests late tonight or early tomorrow.

Sports Updates

Pirate 2015 football schedule announced

May 27, 2015
The Granbury Pirates’ 2015 football schedule has been released. The Pirates, coming off a 1-9 season, will play five home games, opening at home against Azle on Aug. 28. Other home games include Corsicana on Sept. 11, Burleson on Sept. 25, Joshua (homecoming) on Oct. 16, and six-time state champion Aledo on Oct. 30. Road games are at Denton on Sept. 4, Everman on Oct. 2, Cleburne on Oct. 9, Burleson Centennial on Oct. 23, and Crowley on Nov. 6.

NCTA wins Henderson Cup

May 22, 2015
North Central Texas Academy has been awarded the Henderson Cup for the Class A division by the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools. The award goes to the school with the best overall performance in athletics, academics and art throughout the school year. This is the sixth time for NCTA to win the award and the first since 2004.

Area fishing report

May 22, 2015
Granbury is being maintained full. The Brazos has been releasing water to keep the level constant. Muddy water has been pulled all the way through the reservoir. Catfish, bass and crappie are being caught in 1 to 6 feet of water in the backs of sloughs. If you can locate the stripers and sand bass and use silver slabs you can catch fish. Possum Kingdom and Bridgeport have risen significantly. However, they still have a way to go to full level. Hybrids are good on Bridgeport. Stripers to 15 pounds continue to be caught on Possum Kingdom mid- lake upstream of the mudline.

Pitch, Hit & Run winners

May 22, 2015
These youngsters won their respective categories at the recent Boys & Girls Club Pitch, Hit & Run Competition:
Chase Cantrell, All-Around Boys 7-8 champion.
Weston Cantrell, All-Around Boys 9-10 champion.
Caleb Anderson, All-Around Boys 11-12 champion.
Pete Brown, All-Around Boys 13-14 champion.
Kaylin Quicksail, All-Around Girls 7-8 champion.
Jack Hernendez, Boys 7-8 Pitching champion.
Ryan Ogoesby, Boys 7-8 Running champion.
Jesse Hemmerling, Boys 9-10 Pitching champion.
Jack Damphousse, Boys 9-10 Hitting champion.
Cordel Gibson, Boys 11-12 Runing champion.