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Church members may never recoup money paid to travel agent

April 19, 2014

Jeanne Holderman had bought new luggage and other things in preparation for her exciting upcoming trip to Rome.

“I’ve mentally packed and unpacked,” she said.

Witnessing the historic canonization of Pope John Paul II was going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Jeanne had actually met the pontiff back in 1996.

“I saw him, he saw me, we spoke and I touched him,” she recounted with pride.Read the rest

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Missing woman found?

April 19, 2014
Missing woman found?

Skeletal remains found in the cab of a pickup that had been in Lake Granbury are believed to be those of Helen Holladay, who has been missing since September 1979, Sheriff Roger Deeds confirmed Friday morning.

Helen Holladay was 45 when she left the Whippoorwill Bay weekend home she shared with her husband, Herman Holladay, after they had reportedly been arguing.Read the rest

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City Secretary Arcos to retire May 31

April 19, 2014
City Secretary Arcos to retire May 31

Granbury city officials are looking for a replacement for City Secretary Dee Arcos, who will retire on May 31.

Arcos has worked for the city for 28 years. She has been city secretary for 22 of those years.

Applications are currently being accepted.

The city secretary reports to the mayor and City Council and provides assistance to the city manager in administrative areas.Read the rest

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Outcry follows notice seeking water discharge

April 19, 2014

It started as a public notice to discharge water into Lake Granbury.

The notice was published March 29 with other public notices in the classified section of the Hood County News.

Since then, public comments on the Save Lake Granbury Facebook page have blasted deCordova Power Company and Luminant Generation for “seeking additional water” from Lake Granbury. Ironically, the permit referenced is about putting water in the lake – not taking it out.Read the rest

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Tolar man, 32, indicted in federal child porn case

April 16, 2014
Tolar man, 32, indicted in federal child porn case

A Tolar man was indicted April 8 on a federal charge of production of child pornography, according to authorities.

The federal indictment states that Jonathan Daniel Kutej enticed a female minor “to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing” visual materials that “had been mailed, shipped and transported … by any means, including by computer.”

Kutej, 32, was arrested at his home on Jan.Read the rest

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Click jailed for alleged probation violation

April 16, 2014
Click jailed for alleged probation violation

A jury showed him mercy. A judge may show him a prison cell.

Marcus Click, found guilty of intoxication manslaughter in the death of Luke Urbanovsky but granted probation, was arrested Sunday for allegedly consuming alcohol in violation of his probation.

He is in the Hood County Jail. No bond has been set.

District Judge Ralph Walton issued a warrant for Click’s arrest after District Attorney Rob Christian filed a motion to revoke the young man’s probation.Read the rest

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Ag teacher Sullins retiring after 32 years – all at Tolar

April 16, 2014
Ag teacher Sullins retiring after 32 years – all at Tolar

Kim Sullins doesn’t fish.

He doesn’t hunt either.

So what will he do when he retires this summer after 32 years as Tolar High School’s ag teacher?

He’ll do what he does best.

Work livestock.

“I’m trying to start increasing my herd,” he said about his cattle on his Tolar farm.

He also will help his 87-year-old father tend his cattle.Read the rest

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Church members reportedly lost thousands

April 16, 2014

About 30 members of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church reportedly have lost about $70,000 paid to a Cleburne travel agency for a trip later this month to the Vatican.

The group was going to witness the canonization of Pope John Paul II.

The Cleburne Police Department is working “a felony theft case” tied to the incident, according to Public Information Officer Kelly Summey.Read the rest

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Man convicted of forging appeal affidavits

April 16, 2014
Man convicted of forging appeal affidavits

A Hood County man was found guilty April 4 of forging two affidavits in an attempt to get a new trial.

The man was convicted in 2004 of indecency with a child, District Attorney Rob Christian said.

Raul Villegas Garza, 53, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on two counts of tampering with a governmental record, Christian said.

The two affidavits attached to his appeal included one that was represented as being signed by Garza’s wife, stating that Christian “pressured her and told her what to say in her testimony during the 2004 trial,” Christian explained.Read the rest

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Boys coach impresses Lipan superintendent

April 16, 2014

Brent Gaylor is set to become the new head boys basketball coach at Lipan, Superintendent Cindy Edwards confirmed.

“He will be the one we take to the board (April 24),” said Edwards. “He’s the entire package. He’s got some innovative ideas.”

Gaylor has spent the past nine seasons as head coach at Class 3A Childress, posting a 219-85 record. This year’s team finished 28-5 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.Read the rest

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