Many heroes recognized in second half of the year


Much of the second half of 2013 seemed to be about recovering from the first half – the devastating tornado and the shootings of two officers. The face of the Granbury City Council changed after a December runoff election, businesses and organizations celebrated milestone anniversaries, and a secret Santa saved Christmas for layaway customers who had missed the payoff deadline. All things considered, 2013 ended on a high note.


Granbury police officer Chad Davis, injured in a shootout with the man who killed Sgt. Lance McLean, attends the fallen deputy’s funeral in a wheelchair.

County commissioners support Sheriff Roger Deeds in requesting that state officials name Loop 567 in honor of the McLean, who was killed in the line of duty.

Project 44 gives 10 sets of car keys to Rancho Brazos tornado victims.

A potentially dangerous railroad crossing used by many Tolar High School students on the way to school gets a safety upgrade after multiple requests from school officials.

The city of Granbury retires its aging green trolley.

The local Critical Incident Stress Management team counsels first responders emotionally impacted by the May 15 tornado.

deCordova resident Fred Taylor, former TCU head football coach, dies at 93.


The District Attorney’s office begins an investigation of the appraisal district based on information provided by Joe Polino, vice chairman of the Appraisal Review Board and a 30-year peace officer.

Katy McLean, widow of slain Deputy Lance McLean, receives a wheelchair-accessible van to help in the transport of her two special needs children.

Former Mayor David Southern announces that he will challenge Mayor Pro Tem Nin Hulett in the race for mayor.

Commissioners say they will research whether to create a Public Defender office.

Alex Azar of deCordova, who was an active duty Marine from 1956-1960, is selected as the Marine of the Year for the Marine Corps League, Department of Texas.

As revenues drop with the lake level, merchants with lake-related businesses look for other ways to make money.

Former GHS tennis players Mason Luedeker and Allison Hedgecock become engaged on the tennis courts.


The Granbury City Council approves $1 million life insurance policies for the city’s 32 law enforcement officers.

The Granbury Pirates football team play their first game on the artificial turf at the renovated Johnny Perkins Field at Pirate Stadium.

Realtors and homeowners are left high and dry with waterfront properties that were prime real estate until the lake level dropped.

Richard Beall and Delana Holderness celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Brazos Barber Shop, which their father, Curley Beall, opened with his friend, Jack Caskey, in 1963.

Volunteers work to restore the tornado-damaged home of the uninsured Flores family.

A fire causes significant damage to the back portion and contents of Corbin’s Closet Kids Consignment and Boutique and Ms. Vicki’s School of Dance on Highway 377 East.

The Granbury ISD Education Foundation hosts the premier 50 Fellas Foodfest at the Granbury Reunion Grounds to help fund teaching grants and the annual academic recognition banquet.

The Lake Granbury Newcomers Club celebrated its 35th anniversary with a style show from the 1970s and 1980s.

The folks at A&A Welding lost one employee to a heart attack and nearly lost another the same way, but their faith is restored by what appears to be the image of Jesus in a piece of metal.

Gov. Rick Perry presents the Star of Texas Award to wounded Granbury police officer Chad Davis and the widow of Sgt. Lance McLean during ceremonies in Austin honoring first responders killed or wounded in the line of duty.


Paula Smith and her 11-year-old special needs son, Dylan, receive a new home from Habitat for Humanity. Habitat’s Carol Davidson is named 2013 Opal Durant Granbury Woman of the Year.

County officials are pleased with an offer from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to cap the $28.9 million Cresson bypass at $11.8 million.

A 16-year-old boy calls 911 to turn himself in for being a drug dealer.

Cheerleader Marley Weeks and football player Drew Estes are named GHS homecoming queen and king.

Cancer survivor and paramedic Georgette Hudson responds to an emergency call only to find that it is her home that is engulfed in flames.

The Granbury Pirates’ football victory over Western Hills improves the Pirates to a 6-0 start for the first time in 45 years.

Fort Worth firefighter and Granbury resident Homer Robertson wins the World Champion Chuck Wagon Competition in New Mexico.

Granbury city officials offset the cost of the Opera House renovation by offering naming sponsorships for the stage, staircases, chandeliers and other aspects of the historic theater.

Granbury School Superintendent Jim Largent gets some blow-back from teachers on his request that they use school time to phone parents about the upcoming $85 million school bond election.

The GHS band earns a Division I superior rating at the University Interscholastic League regional marching competition.

A steering committee tells members of the Commissioners Court that the library could lose its accreditation if it is not expanded or moved to a larger facility.


Wounded Granbury police officer Chad Davis returns to work.

Officers with the Granbury Police Department grow beards to raise money through the Santa Cops program to benefit Kids Armour of Hope.

Election Day does not resolve two races for the Granbury City Council, necessitating a December runoff.

The voter-approved recreation center finally moves forward, while plans for units three and four at the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant are placed on hold.

Officials at the Hood County Justice Center see an increase in the number of people representing themselves in court.

Tolar Police Chief R.C. (Rodney) Cox resigns.

Granbury’s Cindy Dennis wins five ribbons at the State Fair for pickled and canned veggies.

Childhood girlfriends rally to help Crystal Green with home repairs in the wake of her head injury and her husband’s Gulf War Syndrome.

Longtime physician Larry Padget dies.

The retired steam unit at Luminant’s deCordova plant on Lake Granbury is imploded after being idle for three years.

Christmas for Children organizers report getting more than 70 requests for beds.


An order from an administrative judge angers county commissioners who resent having to pay a court-appointed attorney an additional $16,000 for his work in two cases.

Homeowners are upset because the low lake levels are making their seawalls collapse.

An ice storm results in several days of closings, but does not prevent a dressed-to-the-nines crowd from turning out for the red carpet gala celebrating the re-opening of the newly renovated Granbury Opera House.

Two years after baby Riley Alston was saved from a starvation death by a quick-thinking teenager, it is reported that he is thriving.

A few days before Christmas, an anonymous woman donates $2,000 to pay off Walmart layaways that include toys.

Bikers with Warriors for Christ Christian Fellowship deliver Christmas gifts to children who have an incarcerated parent.

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