Take care, it’s hot out there. A heat advisory is in effect through Thursday evening with temperatures approaching triple digits and heat index values exceeding 105 degrees. Rain? At least not for another 10 days, according to forecasts. A burn ban will be considered for Hood County, authorities said.
Granbury ISD continues to register students new to the school district. On Wednesday, Crossland Ninth Grade Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Acton and Granbury middle schools will be open from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Elementaries will be open weekdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. High school students new to the district will register Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 11-12.
A mid-afternoon disturbance Tuesday between a husband and wife attracted multiple law enforcement vehicles to the corner of West Pearl Street and Crockett Street at the downtown square in Granbury, but Granbury Police Department Deputy Chief Alan Hines said no arrest was made because no law was broken. The two had been driving in separate vehicles and parked on Crockett Street, according to one witness, and a man was eventually placed in handcuffs by officers. However, Hines explained, the man was only detained in handcuffs until officers were able to determine that no offense had occurred. Although there were reports that a firearm may have been involved, Hines stated that “the subject did not have a weapon.”
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the power grid operator for most of Texas, has requested that electricity consumers limit or reduce their use when possible during the peak hours, 3-7 p.m. Demand recently created three consecutive July records, including last Wednesday when the 67,000-megawatt mark was reached for the first time since 2011.
The DMO Transition Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 5) to create a draft contract or Memorandum of Understanding for the City Council to review. The council will vote at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 18, whether to kill the city’s CVB department and fund the creation of a Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), which would have an independent board. The four-member committee is asking for $600,000 in Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) revenues and $100,000 from the city’s General Fund annually, as well as a three-year commitment from the city. The meeting will take place at the Inn on Lake Granbury, located at 202 W. Doyle St. It is open to the public.
Ginger Marie Phillips, 41, of Cresson, and Lisa Elaine Belanger, 50, of Fort Worth, were arrested Friday by the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit at Phillips’ home on felony drug charges, Lieutenant Johnny Rose said. Phillips was found with 100 grams of a liquid drug called GHB, plus more than 16 grams of methamphetamine, Rose stated. Belanger was found in possession of under 1 gram of meth, Rose added.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster assistance registration intake center that opened here last week will remain open through Saturday, Aug. 8, Emergency Management Coordinator Ray Wilson said. The center is in the meeting room at the Hood County Annex I building, 1410 W. Pearl St. Residents with damage due the flooding and storms between May 4 and June 22 can see a FEMA representative about potential assistance. The center will be staffed 11 a.m.-6 p.m. through Friday (except Thursday, 1-6 p.m.). On Friday, however, it will be in the Fire Marshal’s Office in the Emergency Operations Center, 401 Deputy Larry Miller Drive. On Saturday, the center will be open 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., back at Annex 1. You can also call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
The proposed budget submitted by County Judge Darrell Cockerham calls for a tax rate increase of almost 4 percent. Taxes on a home valued at $100,000 would increase by about $40, he said. Public hearings on the budget will be held at regularly scheduled meetings of the Commissioners Court on Aug. 11 and Aug. 25, and the budget will be adopted in September. Reasons for the proposed tax rate increase will be detailed in the Wednesday, Aug. 5, issue of the HCN.