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Lighted Christmas parade set for Friday night

November 26, 2014
Lighted Christmas parade set for Friday night

Looks like a pleasant evening is in store for Granbury’s Country Christmas celebration on Friday.

After frigid temperatures two weeks ago, forecasters are calling for more seasonable weather with highs in the mid-70s and lows in the mid-50s.

Churches, organizations and businesses will be part of the lighted parade celebrating the birth of Jesus and the Christmas story.

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Services to start again at historic Rock Church

November 26, 2014
Services to start again at historic Rock Church

Growing up, Jerry Brooks’ parents had him in church “at least fives times a week.”

A bit excessive, he thought.

But while Brooks doesn’t feel the need to be in the house of the Lordthatmany times in one week, he does value a good, old-fashioned worship service.

The retired landscape architect who has always considered Tolar his home is now calling folks back to the historic Rock Church, where services haven’t been held in more than a decade.

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You can help feed hungry children here

November 26, 2014

Studies show that 26 percent of children in Hood County do not know if they will get enough food to eat on any given day.

Children who are eligible for the free or reduced meal program are fed at school during the week. But some of these kids may not have food over the weekend.

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Homeless man charged with hitting girlfriend

November 26, 2014

A homeless man was arrested last Wednesday for allegedly hitting his girlfriend in the head with his fist, according to Hood County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Johnny Rose.

Fabian Alexander Vera, 24, who told deputies he was homeless, was arrested after a short foot chase when deputies responded to a disturbance call at the 4500 block of Peppertree Road, Oak Hills, Rose said.

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Ports O’Call home total loss after fire

November 26, 2014
Ports O’Call home total loss after fire

Fire crews from Indian Harbor, Pecan Plantation and Granbury battled a mobile home fire around 7 a.m. Saturday on Hawaiian Court in Ports O’Call, according to Fire Marshal Ray Wilson. The owner was out of state, and no one was in the home. Wilson said the cause appears to be accidental but undetermined at this time.

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Retiring United Way leader made a difference in lives

November 22, 2014

Toni Brown-Belew, the longtime executive director of the United Way of Hood County, announced her retirement at a board of directors meeting on Tuesday.

“I thought about it last year, but this year sealed the deal when I turned 70,” she said. “It’s time to let some new blood in and get new life in here.”

She said she wants to spend more time with her family.

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Pecan man killed in crash

November 22, 2014
Pecan man killed in crash

Juarez

A Pecan Plantation man and another person died after a two-vehicle collision Wednesday morning in Cleburne.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victims as Juan Juarez, 27, who lived on Longwood Drive, and Kathy Heinlein, 59, of Alvarado.

The accident occurred on FM 4 northwest of Cleburne near FM 2331, the road to Godley, around 5:15 a.m., according to the Cleburne Police Department.

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Fry turkeys safely

November 22, 2014

Pecan Plantation Fire Chief Dave Raffa recalled a Thanksgiving fire in Pecan Plantation about five years ago that started when someone tried to fry a turkey.

“It was raining out, and they decided to fry the turkey in the garage,” Raffa said. “Plus, it was a very large turkey, and they had too much oil in the fryer.

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Service Sunday benefits People Helping People

November 22, 2014
Service Sunday benefits People Helping People

Be thankful and help the nonprofit People Helping People.

The Community Thanksgiving Service is Sunday at Acton United Methodist Church, 3433 Fall Creek Highway.

The offering will be given to People Helping People. Doors open at 5:15 p.m., and the service is at 6 p.m.

The service features music and worship by Shake Anderson and The Lake Granbury Mass Choir, with special guests Darrell Evans, Le’titia Smith, Natalie Wright, Joe Noellisti and Minister Derek Horn.

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Railroad crossing will be renovated in Tolar

November 22, 2014

A program to rehabilitate railroad crossings across the state is coming to Tolar. The railroad crossing on Highway 56, near Highway 377, will be closed Monday and Tuesday for renovation work.

County Commissioner James Deaver said TxDOT scheduled the work next week since school will be out. Barricades will mark the area, and a detour will be available as with other construction projects.

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