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It’s 4th of July weekend, and the lake is full

July 1, 2015
It’s 4th of July weekend, and the lake is full

It’s the 4th of July, Lake Granbury is full, and many lakes in the Metroplex are not usable due to flooding.

It’s going to be a big weekend in Granbury.

Maybe even record-setting.

“Our July 4 celebration brings approximately 100,000 people to the festivities over the three-day weekend,” said Granbury Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mike Scott.

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Ridge, 12, earns national fiddling title

July 1, 2015
Ridge, 12, earns national fiddling title

Ridge Roberts admitted he’s a little “relieved” after winning a national fiddling championship in his first try.

But he still wasn’t nervous.

“It feels really good when you know you did a good job,” Ridge, a 12-year-old Hood County resident, said by phone Saturday, a few hours after capturing the Junior Junior Division title in the National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest finals in Weiser, Idaho.

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Black-eyed beauties

July 1, 2015
Black-eyed beauties

These eye-catching black-eyed Susans are happily growing at a Fall Creek Highway residence. Black-eyed Susans were used as a Native American medicinal herb in several tribal nations, believed to be a remedy for colds, flu, infection, swelling and snakebite.

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Man gets 60 years in child porn

July 1, 2015

A 34-year-old Tolar man will be in prison at least 51 years after being sentenced on two federal counts of production of child pornography, according to Hood County District Attorney Rob Christian.

Jonathan Daniel Kutej was sentenced to 60 years in prison Thursday by District Judge Terry Means in Fort Worth.

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Man facing 20 years in prison found hanged in county jail

July 1, 2015

A 33-year-old Hood County man found dead in his cell from an apparent suicide by hanging had not indicated he was contemplating suicide, according to Sheriff’s Office authorities.

Cory Ray Molder, of the 5700 block of Randle Road east of Granbury, was found in the Hood County Jail early Monday morning, at about 24 minutes after midnight, according to Sheriff Roger Deeds.

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Law enforcement to have extra personnel for holidays

July 1, 2015

Law enforcement sources said they will be ready – and fully staffed – for whatever may come during the 4th of July weekend.

Granbury Police Department Deputy Chief Alan Hines said the weekend should be handled like any other 4th of July holiday here – with all hands on deck.

“It will be like every other year,” Hines said.

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Clerk defies court’s ruling on gay unions

July 1, 2015
Clerk defies court’s ruling on gay unions

Editor’s note: County Clerk Katie Lang announced after press time that her office will issue same-sex marriage licenses.


“No one in this office can help you.”

That’s what Weatherford College instructor James Cato was told when he phoned the Hood County Clerk’s office Monday morning seeking a same-sex marriage license.

He said he may consult with an attorney over County Clerk Katie Lang’s refusal to issue the licenses despite the Supreme Court ruling Friday that same-sex unions are legal.…

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Landlord, 75, shot to death

June 27, 2015

A man shot his 75-year-old landlord to death after the two got into an argument, officials said.

Murder suspect Michael Loren Jacobs, 55, has not told authorities why he shot Floyd Flud, officials said.

Flud’s body was found in his workshop next to his home in the 1100 block of Mambrino Highway Wednesday morning.

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State senator’s wife, council member want books pulled

June 27, 2015

Gay and intellectual freedom groups stand ready to enter the censorship fray as the wife of a state senator and a Granbury City Council member both say they want books pulled from the Hood County Library.

The books at the heart of the initial debate – “My Princess Boy” and “This Day in June” –promote tolerance for alternative lifestyles.

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Tolar woman, 18, out of ICU

June 27, 2015

Shi’Anna Nicole Tullos, an 18-year-old Tolar woman who remains hospitalized after a major car accident, has been able to breathe on her own since Tuesday, according to her stepmother.

Tullos was moved out of the ICU to a regular room at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth on Thursday, according to her stepmother, Kelly McPherson.

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