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Unemployment rate in Texas is at its lowest since 2008

March 19, 2014
Unemployment rate in Texas is at its lowest since 2008

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in January, the lowest since November 2008. It was down from 6 percent in December 2013, and remained below the nation’s January unemployment rate of 6.6 percent.

Texas employers expanded their payrolls in January with the addition of 33,900 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs for a total of 322,400 jobs added over the year.Read the rest

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State sales tax revenue is up

March 19, 2014
State sales tax revenue is up

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said today that state sales tax revenue in February was $2.2 billion, up 5.8 percent compared to February 2013.

The sales tax figures represent January sales reported by monthly tax filers.

Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their March local sales tax allocations totaling $553 million, up 4.1 percent compared to March 2013.Read the rest

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Building Permits

March 19, 2014

The City of Granbury approved 18 building permits in February valued at $1,784,926. Nearly $1.7 million of that total was for nine new residential and new townhouse construction permits.

Dawn Hawk, 411 E. Bridge St., accessory building, $800.

Al Johnson, Hopper Custom Homes, 2534 Vineyard Drive, new townhouse, $162,920.

Al Johnson, Hopper Custom Homes, 2536 Vineyard Drive, new townhouse, $140,930.

Al Johnson, Hopper Custom Homes, 2538 Vineyard Drive, new townhouse, $134,590.Read the rest

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Februrary Restaurant Scores

March 19, 2014

Food service health inspection scores are posted monthly by the city of Granbury.

Inspections occur about twice a year, not all businesses are inspected each month. Each violation has a demerit value, and this is subtracted from 100 to give the inspection score.

Restaurants with a failing score of 59 or below are closed immediately and must be re-inspected before opening.Read the rest

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Business Briefs

March 12, 2014

COMMUNITY COUNTS

SAVINGS PASS FROM BEALLS

Bealls will be rewarding their customers who make donations to Mission Granbury through its “30 Days of Giving” campaign.

All Bealls customers who visit the Granbury store between March 1-30 will be invited to donate to Mission Granbury.

Bealls is giving every Mission Granbury donor a Community Counts Savings Pass that entitles shoppers to a 30 percent discount on regular, sale and clearance items.Read the rest

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Warm welcome for Warren

March 5, 2014
Warm welcome for Warren

Warren Ketteman, the new executive director of the Lake Granbury Area Economic Development Corporation, was the man of the hour at a reception held in his honor in the council chambers at Granbury City Hall. Ketteman, pictured here seated at one of the tables with his wife, Lisa, chatted with City Council member Gary Couch and former council member Lisa Johnson.Read the rest

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Book signing

March 5, 2014
Book signing

Brandy Herr, author of the book “Haunted Granbury” and co-founder of the Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour, will be participating in an author panel and book signing event at Barnes & Noble at The Parks Mall in Arlington as a benefit for the Mansfield Library on March 15 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Herr (right) is pictured with her friend Catherine Winters at a recent book release party at the Langdon Center.Read the rest

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Bealls begins prom season with GHS donation

March 5, 2014

Bealls is helping to kick off prom season with a donation to the Granbury High School Project Graduation. Representatives from Bealls recently presented a $500 check at the Project Graduation Fashion Show and Prom Expo. The Expo included information on the upcoming prom, a prom fashion show and dinner.

The donation came from an effort put forth by the Project Graduation team to help Bealls have the most Facebook check-ins on Thanksgiving night.Read the rest

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Luminant boosts United Way campaign in Hood County

March 1, 2014
Luminant boosts United Way campaign in Hood County

Jan Caldwell (center right) from Luminant, recently presented a check for $33,131.79 to the United Way of Hood County executive committee for the 2014 United Way campaign. Luminant matches employee contributions 50 cents on the dollar for their employees who donate to the United Way of Hood County. This check brings Luminant’s total for the 2014 campaign to over $100,000. Thanks to funds from the annual United Way Campaign, the United Way of Hood County is able to support the some 24 area partner agencies helping men, women and children.Read the rest

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Granbury Chamber of Commerce makes it official

February 26, 2014
Granbury Chamber of Commerce makes it official

Congressman Mike Conaway (R-Midland) was on hand at the recent Granbury Chamber of Commerce banquet to swear in the new board members. From left: Conaway; Lee Overstreet of Winston Properties; Chairman John Lewis of McGowan and Associates Investment Center; Past Chairman Ruby Thiebaud of Angela Raines Insurance & Financial Services; Jeff McKenzie of Glen-Aire Company; Chair-elect Bart Rodgers of First Financial Bank; Treasurer Jan Caldwell Hulett of Luminant Power; Linda Lytle of Granbury InterBank; Pat Wilson of H-E-B; Brad Boyd of the Law Office of Brad Boyd; Mike Loter of Christian Brothers Automotive; Randy Pearson of Central Texas Title; Trish Reiner of Interim Healthcare; and Danny Hill of Classic Chevrolet Buick GMC.Read the rest

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