Weather-related closings

March 4, 2015
Wednesday evening
Acton Baptist Church
Granbury Methodist Church
Lakeside Baptist Church
Grace Bible Church
Granbury Church of Christ
Granbury Baptist
St. Frances Cabrini High School Religious Education
Calvary Church of Granbury
First Baptist Granbury
First Assembly of God and Primera Asamblea De Dios
StoneWater Church
Southside Baptist Church
Chamber MemberLink Breakfast
Granbury Project Graduation Style Show

Opera House to get permanent donor wall

March 4, 2015
By mid- to late April, a permanent donor wall is expected to be in place at the Opera House, replacing a temporary display. Thus far, $244,000 has been raised by community donations to offset the cost of the more than $3.4 million Opera House renovation. The Opera House reopened to the public a little more than a year ago.

Please report your weather closings, delays

March 4, 2015
Please email [email protected] to report weather closings or delays. Click on www.hcnews.com for those closings and delays.

Acton Baptist cancels Wednesday evening activities

March 4, 2015
Due to the threat of snow and ice, activities are cancelled for Wednesday night, March 4 at Acton Baptist Church. There are no Wednesday evening activities on March 11 due to spring break. Also, just a reminder that this weekend is the “Spring Forward” time change.

Icy roads expected Wednesday night through early Thursday morning

March 3, 2015
Hazardous road conditions are expected Wednesday evening through early Thursday morning after a winter blast of sleet and slow hits the area, according to the National Weather Service. About a half-inch of sleet and an inch of snow will be possible.

Council appoints transition committee

March 3, 2015
The Granbury City Council Tuesday night (March 3) appointed a four-member committee to “study the transition” for a Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) that would receive funding from the city, but would be an independent entity. The Council shied away from fully committing to eliminating the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau department and moving to a separate organization – a move pushed strongly by council member Rose Myers. The transition committee includes Jim Leitch, who will represent hotels and bed and breakfast establishments; Scott Young, president of the Historic Granbury Merchants Association; Diane Hedges, head of the Tourism Advisory Board; and Myers, who will represent the City Council. The committee will research what the conversion would entail and will report back to the Council.

Birdwell files border bill

March 3, 2015
State Sen. Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) on Tuesday (March 3) filed Senate Bill 3, the “Stronger Border, Safer Texas” Act, aimed at bolstering law enforcement resources along the Texas-Mexico border. Major functions of the bill include increasing checkpoints, creating a DPS Officer Reserve Corps of retired officers who can assist police statewide and imposing tougher penalties for smugglers. Senate Bill 3 is a companion bill to State Rep. Dennis Bonnen’s (R-Arlington) House Bill 11.

Lang resigns constable seat, plans state rep run

March 3, 2015
Precinct 3 Constable Mike Lang has resigned, and intends to run for state representative, according to Precinct 3 Commissioner Jeff Tout. County Judge Darrell Cockerham said Lang’s letter of resignation will be presented to the Commissioners Court at its next regular meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10. Commissioners will appoint a replacement to fill Lang’s unexpired term. Like current state Rep. Jim Keffer, Lang is a Republican.

Wednesday night activities canceled at Methodist church

March 3, 2015
A church has already canceled Wednesday evening activities in anticipation of wintry weather. Granbury First United Methodist Church announced that Wednesday night events are canceled. Any other cancellations? Please email [email protected]

Sports Updates

Rattlers finally play, get win

March 3, 2015
The Tolar Rattlers finally played a baseball game Tuesday, winning 9-1 at Comanche. Lance Smith got the pitching victory. Inclement weather had canceled their previous game as the season was supposed to start last week.

Pirates clinch soccer playoff berth; Lady Pirates fall in OT

March 3, 2015
The Granbury Pirates defeated Joshua 2-0 Tuesday night at Pirate Stadium to clinch a playoff berth and stay alive in the chase for the District 8-5A championship. Meanwhile, the Lady Pirates fell in a shootout to Joshua after ending regulation tied at 1. They remain in fifth place in district, chasing Burleson Centennial for the fourth and final playoff berth with three games remaining.

NCTA boys, girls two wins from another pair of state titles

March 3, 2015
The North Central Texas Academy Pioneers and Lady Pioneers are returning to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Class A State Tournament Friday and Saturday in Mansfield. The NCTA girls will be going for a fifth consecutive state championship after defeating Lubbock Kingdom Prep 55-14 Tuesday in Abilene. The Pioneers will seek a second straight title after getting past Lubbock All Saints Episcopal School 62-47. In Friday’s state semifinals at Lake Ridge High School, the NCTA boys will play Lubbock Kingdom Prep in a rematch of last season’s semifinals at 7:30 p.m. The NCTA girls will play El Paso Jesus Chapel at 4:30 p.m. Friday, also at Lake Ridge. Saturday’s championship games are at Timberview High School, girls at 1 p.m. and boys at 3 p.m.

Weather forces sports schedule changes

March 3, 2015
The latest incoming batch of inclement weather has forced some cancellations and postponements of sporting events:
Granbury Lady Pirate softball at Burleson, postponed until Thursday, varsity at 5:30 p.m., JV at 7:30 p.m.
Granbury Pirate soccer JV Gold against Alvarado Tuesday, canceled.
Tolar softball at Lake Worth Tuesday, canceled.
Granbury track Pirate Relays Thursday, canceled.
Granbury Lady Pirate Softball Tournament this weekend, canceled.
Granbury Pirate baseball tournament in Broken Bow, Okla. this weekend, canceled.
Granbury Pirate golf at Glen Rose Wednesday, canceled.
Granbury Pirate golf at Yellow Jacket Open Thursday, canceled.
Granbury Lady Pirate golf at Arlington Heights Invitational Thursday, canceled.
Granbury tennis at Ennis Tournament Thursday, canceled.
Granbury Pirate JV Purple Baseball Tournament canceled Thursday, games set for Friday and Saturday at Tidwell Field.
Granbury Pirate JV Gold baseball tournament at Western Hills canceled Thursday, games Friday and Saturday.

Lady Pirates gain basketball all-district honors

March 1, 2015
In voting by the District 8-5A girls basketball coaches for the 2014-2015 season, Caroline Forrest made first-team all-district and Amber Strange was honored as Sophomore of the Year. Also for coach Steve Schmidt’s Lady Pirates, Bryce Frank and Erin Jones were voted to the second team and Brie Steele got honorable mention. Frank had made the first team as a junior, while Strange landed on the second team and Forrest and Jones made honorable mention.

Lipan to play state semifinal game at 8:30 a.m. Thursday

March 1, 2015
The Lipan Lady Indians (32-3) learned Sunday afternoon that their semifinal game in the Class A state tournament in San Antonio’s Alamodome is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday (March 5), against Garden City (30-4). In the other Class A state semifinal, top-ranked Nazareth (32-2) will play D’Hanis (27-6) starting at 10 a.m. Thursday. Coach Amber Branson’s Lipan girls pulled away from District 18-A rival Strawn Sunday afternoon in the Region III-A tournament at Mansfield High School for a 65-40 victory that qualified them for their fourth trip to the state tournament in five years. The Class A girls state championship game is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday (Feb. 7), also in the Alamodome.