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Learning marksmanship all over again

June 28, 2014

Learning marksmanship all over again

I grew up in the country in West Texas on the banks of Dead Man Creek.

That creek was my second home. I spent my youth there fishing, swimming and searching for artifacts on three different ancient Indian campgrounds along the creek.

Being young and dumb I also hunted all forms of wildlife whether I ate them or not.

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One year past shocking tragedy

June 28, 2014

One year past shocking tragedy

The biggest emotional blow from the shootings that stunned Hood County a year ago today were absorbed by a widow and her two small children.

“It has been a hard year,” Katie McLean said through a Sheriff’s Office source. “We miss Lance so much.”

Her 38-year-old husband, Hood County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Lance McLean, was shot by a Johnson County man, and died the next day.

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Some on council need to do their homework

June 21, 2014

Twice lately, the Granbury City Council has been asked to undo a vote.

The requests came from two council members, each of whom have businesses that have been – or stand to be – negatively impacted by the very issue they helped pass.

The requests were made not long after the council had voted on the matters in question – the city’s new water rate structure and higher fines for violators of the city’s Drought Contingency Plan.

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Community yard/bake sale planned for Gartmans

June 21, 2014

If you have been following the story of Shadow and Amy Gartman and the way the community has rallied around them, there is more news to report.

A community yard sale and bake sale to benefit the Gartmans is planned for next Saturday (June 28) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Anxiety disorders don’t last forever

June 21, 2014

What should have been a relaxing Monday evening during Spring Break turned into a nightmare that lingered for the next several years.

I hurriedly pulled over on the side of the road on my way to Glen Rose, and my mom took the wheel.

I felt light-headed and, once in the passenger seat, began to experience a series of scary, unfamiliar sensations.

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Letter to the Editor

June 21, 2014

Overcome drugs

As I read the Hood County News about all of the arrests, seems most are from drugs.

June 15 would have been my adopted son’s 51st birthday – whom I loved very much.

I suspected my son used drugs for years and it made no difference what I said or what I did, he’d not go for help.

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From Granbury to ‘momma,’ happy birthday!

June 21, 2014

He affectionately calls her “momma.”

“She’s a mother type,” said Esther Umphress’ husband, Kennith. “She’s just a sweet, sweet person. If you ever met her, you would fall in love with her.”

He did – 35 years ago.

Esther’s first husband, Kennith’s friend and business partner, had died.

Kennith had returned to Fort Worth from working in Alaskan gold mines.

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Selling real estate is not my cup of tea

June 14, 2014

by Chelsea Hooper

My husband and I put our house on the market last week, and it’s the first time that either of us have been through this process.

When our agent (who is a friend of ours) came over, she said we need to de-clutter, de-personalize and clean.

All of those things are hard for me to do, but I was very hesitant with the de-personalize part.

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Letters to the Editor

June 14, 2014

History comes alive in clerk’s documents

Viewing 1800s documents on a computer screen is outstanding and very handy; however, being able to see the original document is indescribable!

History really comes alive through the documents at the county clerk’s office on West Bridge Street in Granbury. Using no tax money, County Clerk Mary Burnett has preserved deeds and other Hood County documents for posterity.

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These hot wheels are the real deal

June 14, 2014
These hot wheels are the real deal

LOTUS ENTERTAIN YOU: This stunning, intensely yellow Lotus Evora is part of Jack Farr’s fleet of exotic sports cars that can be driven at his MotorSpoort Ranch at 9012 Performance Court in Cresson Sunday.

by Mark Wilson

Staff Writer

I wasn’t prepared for “the experience.”

There I was, climbing into an exotic Italian sports car featuring a 560-horsepower engine.

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