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Friend helped family out of burning home

April 5, 2014
Friend helped family out of burning home

Regina Slone and her two children may have no physical possessions remaining from a fire that destroyed their home in Blue Water Shores, but they learned something valuable – they can depend on a relatively new friend of the family.

The March 6 fire broke out after midnight.

Regina’s 15-year-old daughter Alyssia and 7-year-old son Joseph were asleep.

J’Dan Upham, who was at their home when the blaze erupted after having watched a movie with Regina, first tried to find Alyssia inside the house, which was filling with thick smoke.Read the rest

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Mission Granbury has new offices; forming Ethics Committee

April 5, 2014
Mission Granbury has new offices; forming Ethics Committee

A new, larger location is not the only thing new at Mission Granbury.

Executive Director April Mitchell will soon form an Ethics Committee to provide case oversight for clients who are “resource dependent.”

Discussion and review of individual cases will help provide transparency and accountability to stakeholders and funders, Mitchell said, while also providing education about why some clients need extended help.Read the rest

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Boyfriend’s shirt sliced

April 5, 2014
Boyfriend’s shirt sliced

A woman swiped a pocket knife at her boyfriend and sliced through his shirt Wednesday, according to officers.

The woman was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Johnny Rose said.

Deputies responded at about 5 a.m. to a residence in the 4000 block of Gloria Drive on a disturbance call and arrested Lisa Darlene Graves, 41.Read the rest

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Appraisal district gets top scores

April 5, 2014

A recent review of the Hood County Appraisal District by the State Comptroller’s office resulted in top ratings.

The reviews are conducted every two years, according to Chief Appraiser Greg Stewart.

The Hood County office received the highest score of 100 in the categories of governance, taxpayer assistance, operating procedures and appraisal standards, procedures and methodology.

The office was given an “exceeds” rating for those categories for total point scores exceeding 89.Read the rest

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Man, 76, sexually abused boys

April 5, 2014
Man, 76, sexually abused boys

A 76-year-old Granbury Sunday school teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually molesting underage boys was sentenced Tuesday to four 10-year prison sentences by District Judge Ralph Walton.

District Attorney Rob Christian said that three male victims, who were about 14 years old when the sexual abuse occurred about six years ago, testified about the offenses.

The victims met Bobby Thomas Thompson as a result of attending the same church.Read the rest

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Prom dreams do come true

April 2, 2014
Prom dreams do come true

Granbury High School junior Sierra Pearce models the prom gown she chose Saturday morning at the Granbury Church of Christ Christian Service Center. Pictured in the background is the support crew (from left) Sierra’s mom Christina Pearce and Sierra’s sisters Alexis and Samantha. Alexis also found a dress for the big event. Participants also had their choice of jewelry, shoes and other accessories.Read the rest

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Rancher anticipates beef prices staying up

April 2, 2014
Rancher anticipates beef prices staying up

Americans are paying record high prices for beef due to a national cattle shortage.

The shortage is the result of drought, a strong export market and the outbreak of a virus in hogs, according to local rancher Larry Stewart.

Stewart has been ranching in Hood County for more than 40 years.

“High prices all started with a combination of the drought three years ago, creating a situation where there is a lot less forage (grass and hay), which is the main source of food for mama cows,” Stewart said.Read the rest

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Learn how policies affect senior citizen nutrition programs

April 2, 2014

How are policies made that affect senior citizen nutrition programs like Meals on Wheels?

Answers will be given at the Hood County Senior Center Friday at 10:30 a.m.

It’s called the Full Speed Ahead Meals on Wheels Funding Awareness Rally.

Social work undergraduate students from Tarleton State University will present their findings.

The students surveyed Meals on Wheels clients in various counties.Read the rest

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Acton Nature Center serves as outdoor classroom

April 2, 2014
Acton Nature Center serves as outdoor classroom

“Bat!” “Moth!”

These were words echoed by dozens of spirited second-graders Friday at Acton Nature Center.

The 60-plus students were from Acton Elementary, Baccus Elementary and Oak Woods School.

The Rio Brazos Master Naturalists and the Acton Nature Center’s homeschool program hosted the event.

Thirteen homeschoolers helped the Master Naturalists teach second-graders about various aspects of nature.

Several themed stations were set up to teach students about water, air and land.Read the rest

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Plastic: It’s a mixed bag

April 2, 2014
Plastic: It’s a mixed bag

There’s two sides to every story, and plastic bags are no exception.

It seems most of us have a love/hate relationship with the plastic bags used to tote groceries from the store.

We like to use those plastic bags to pick up dog poop or line our wastebaskets at home. But we probably don’t need the 198 plastic bags stockpiled in the kitchen cabinet.Read the rest

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