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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Seven local veterans to take special trip

March 29, 2014
Seven local veterans to take special trip


Aircraft Commander George Bowling flew 35 bombing missions over Germany in World War II – but that doesn’t mean his B-17 never got hit by enemy fire.

On one mission, two of the plane’s four engines burst into flames after taking hits.

At that point, it’s a matter of following training procedures – dropping altitude, shutting off specific air flaps to isolate the flames and cutting off fuel to the two burning engines.

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Bidistrict champs

March 29, 2014
Bidistrict champs

Members of the Granbury Pirates soccer team proudly hold up their bidistrict championship trophy after defeating Mansfield Lake Ridge 2-0 Tuesday night at Pirate Stadium. The victory sent the Pirates (8-6-7) into a second-round match against Fort Worth North Side last night at Kangaroo Stadium in Weatherford. See story and photos, P.7A, P.11A.

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Clerk says he was ‘in shock’ following E-Z Mart robbery

March 29, 2014

Editor’s note: Because of the nature of the crime – aggravated robbery – the name of the convenience store clerk is not being published. In this article he will be referred to with a pseudonym, Antonio.

Antonio was enjoying his steady job as a convenience store clerk, where he could interact socially with people he knew.

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