The Commissioners Court has begun a review of departmental “wish lists” to determine priorities for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, when the devaluation of lakefront properties might cause some serious penny pinching.
Last week, a budget workshop held at the Justice Center lasted more than two hours, and the discussion continued Monday afternoon.
The Monday meeting was set after it became clear that some departmental purchases that had been approved as long ago as last April had apparently resulted in no follow-through since County Auditor Stan McBroom never received related invoices.… Read the rest
Monday, March 10, marked two years since William (Bill) Moore went missing at age 82 from his home in Pecan Plantation, and not much has changed.
There are still no clues to provide hope he may be found alive.
“It’s still absolutely nothing,” said Dave Moore, Bill Moore’s son. “There hasn’t been a single, solid clue on him or his vehicle.”
There has been no financial activity through his bank accounts, or his credit cards – which have expired.… Read the rest
A large two-story barn in Cresson estimated to be at least 100 years old was destroyed by fire early Saturday afternoon.
The owner, Jack Farr, said that the 4,000-square-foot barn – just inside Johnson County – was being used to store lumber, metal, gym equipment and other items, but there were no animals inside. It was a wood-frame structure covered with galvanized tin.… Read the rest
The face of county government will be changing after last Tuesday’s Republican primary election, but not all of its features will be defined until a runoff is held in May.
Four county races were on the ballot. One still is.
Darrell Grober and Kathy Gwinn are still battling for the Justice of the Peace office being vacated by Judy Watson, who is retiring.… Read the rest
Three people, including two children, were flown to the Parkland Hospital Burn Center in Dallas after a fire destroyed a mobile home about 1 a.m. Thursday.
The fire occurred on Purple K Court in Blue Water Shores southeast of Granbury.
The residence, which was destroyed, was home to 37-year-old Regina Slone and her two children. Her 7-year-old son, Acton Elementary School first-grade student Joseph Slone, suffered second- and third-degree burns on his hands and arms and may remain hospitalized one more day for observation as a precaution to prevent his burns from becoming infected, a source said.… Read the rest
Many of us are getting tired of cleaning dirt and dust off the back porch. Dry conditions send dust sweeping across the deck every time the wind blows – which is pretty much every day.
Apparently we can blame the lack of rain on the high pressure ridge.
“This winter, there has been a ridge of high pressure aloft over the West Coast of the United States,” State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said.… Read the rest
Hood County Tea Party may
start districtwide recruitment
At around 10 p.m. Tuesday at Harbor Lakes Golf Club, Cullen Crisp supporter Tony Allen answered a call on his cell phone.
It was former Granbury Mayor David Southern, calling from the home of state Rep. Jim Keffer (R-Eastland). Crisp, a Hood County farmer and small-business owner, was challenging Keffer for the District 60 seat.… Read the rest
As the hot summer months get closer, commissioners may increasingly break out in a cold sweat.
A special workshop this morning for the Commissioners Court will be the precursor for what may be more financial headaches during the summer budget process.
There is no question that maintaining county services for the 2014-2015 fiscal year will once again be a challenge. The only question is how big a hit county coffers will take because of lakefront properties that, in essence, are no longer lakefront properties.… Read the rest
Standard & Poor’s has upgraded the city’s rating to AA. It is the highest rating that Granbury has ever received.
The vote of financial confidence means that the city can get lower interest rates on bonds.
For the past five years, Granbury’s rating has stayed steady in an unpredictable economy. During that five-year period, the city’s rating was AA-.
In giving the bond ratings upgrade, Standard & Poor’s cited Granbury’s “strong management conditions” and stated that the city’s strengths include strong revenue and expenditure assumptions in the budgeting process, strong oversight in terms of monitoring progress against the budget during the year and a long-term financial and capital plan.… Read the rest