Updates

The heat is on; burn ban considered

August 4, 2015
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.

Registration continues for new students

August 4, 2015
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.

No arrest made in downtown incident

August 4, 2015
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.”

ERCOT seeks reduction in electricity use in peak time

August 4, 2015
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.

DMO Committee moving ahead as council vote draws near

August 4, 2015
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.

Two arrested in Cresson on felony drug counts

August 3, 2015
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.  

FEMA assistance intake center crew staying another week

August 3, 2015
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).

County tax rate may spike by almost 4 cents

August 3, 2015
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.

Sports Updates

Pirates reach double century mark

August 4, 2015
Granbury Pirates head football coach said the total count for those having reported to football workouts this week is now at 200 as of Tuesday afternoon, including varsity, JV and freshmen. The team will work out in pads for the first time Friday and hold an intersquad scrimmage Saturday morning at 7.

Rattlers add another

August 4, 2015
Tolar Rattlers football coach Mike Franklin said another player showed up for Tuesday’s practice. That gives the team 63 having reported for workouts so far. They will don pads for the first time Friday. They will host their annual Meet the Rattlers cookout Thursday night at 7 at Tolar High School.

Cornerstone practices underway

August 4, 2015
Cornerstone Christian coach Chris Eichenhorst said 11 players reported for practices as the Crusaders began workouts Monday. The Crusaders, state runners-up in TCAF Six-Man Division II last season, will hold Midnight Madness Friday night/Saturday morning as they practice in pads for the first time this season.

Brawner wins five medals at national swimming

August 4, 2015
Kaylee Brawner brought home five medals from the State Games of America in Lincoln, Nebraska this past weekend. She captured silver medals in the Girls 15-17 100-meterbackstroke, 100 freestyle and 50 freestyle, along with bronze medals in the 200 back and 200 free. Her sister, Kinsey, placed eighth in the Girls 13-14 200 back and 10th in the 100 breaststroke, while Kori placed 13th in both the 50 and 100 back in the Girls 11-12 division. Also from Granbury, Payton Alberts finished fifth in the Girls 11-12 100 breaststroke and 13th in the 100 free.