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Historical marker honors first woman county attorney

June 24, 2015
Historical marker honors first woman county attorney

Nellie Gray Robertson is finally getting the recognition she deserves.

On Saturday, a dedication ceremony was held for the historical marker placed in her honor on the courthouse square.

At just 24 – before the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote – Robertson was elected Hood County attorney, becoming the first female county attorney in the state.

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School approves pay raises, incentive plan

June 24, 2015

The Granbury School Board approved pay raises for district employees at a special meeting Monday night.

Teachers will receive a $1,500 increase across the board, and other district workers will get an additional 3 percent of their position’s midpoint salary.

The district will also implement incentive pay that rewards attendance, professional development, and participation in programs such as mentoring and tutoring.

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Police: Robber gets away with $1,250

June 20, 2015

Officers are seeking a bald man with scars on his face and hands who robbed the Title Loan Payday & Installment office at gunpoint shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday.

Deputy Chief Alan Hines of the Granbury Police Department said the suspect bound a female employee and robbed the store of $1,250 after asking about the location of the safe.

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Jeffries makes kids happy campers

June 20, 2015
Jeffries makes kids happy campers

Ice cream is on the menu.

Kids are grinning ear-to-ear, covered in sweet goodness.

Jeff Jeffries is also smiling as he surveys the dining area.

“I always get asked by the kids how much are the people here getting paid,” said Jeffries, a Granbury resident. “They can’t believe that people would do this for free.”

The Royal Family Kids Camp, in its 15th year, has 55 campers this summer.

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Mark Hackney makes difference in kids’ lives

June 20, 2015
Mark Hackney makes difference in kids’ lives

Years later, the memory still brings a tear to Mark Hackney’s eye.

He can’t finish telling the story without numerous pauses.

“It was Day 2 of camp, and a 6-year-old boy looks me right in the face and asks, ‘Why can’t you be my daddy all the time?’

“That’s why I do what I do.”

What the 52-year-old Hackney does is work daily to make a difference in the lives of children, in particular children from challenged backgrounds, be it physically, mentally, socially or economic.

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Rep. Keffer to retire

June 20, 2015

After almost 20 years in the Texas House of Representatives, Jim Keffer is hanging it up.

In announcing his decision, Keffer, a Republican who lives in Eastland, provided the HCN the following statement:

“Having now finished my 10th Regular session in the Texas Legislature, I intend to complete my current term as State Representative (District 60) but will not seek reelection in the 2016 Republican primary.

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Freedom to read upheld by library board, director

June 20, 2015

Read their lips: Censorship will not be allowed at the Hood County Library.

That was the decision made this week by both the Library Advisory Board and Library Director Courtney Kincaid about two books in the youth section that promote tolerance for alternative lifestyles.

The board and Kincaid issued separate responses to attempts to pull the books.

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Family seeking justice after son’s death

June 20, 2015
Family seeking justice after son’s death

Four months after her youngest son’s death, Susan Hitshew and family can be seen wearing T-shirts bearing the message, “Justice for Charles.”

Evidence will be reviewed that may bring the family one step closer to achieving that for Charles Joseph Alvarez Jr.

Alvarez, 25, a 2008 Granbury High School graduate, died Feb.

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Two injured

June 17, 2015
Two injured

Two occupants from this Mitsubishi Eclipse were transported for treatment after a collision with a Dodge pickup just before 5 p.m. Monday in front of the VFW on Highway 377, west of Granbury. Shi’Anna Nicole Tullos, 18, of Tolar, was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. She suffered two broken bones at the base of her spine, bleeding on the brain, a fractured pelvis and facial fractures, according to her stepmother, Kelly McPherson.

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Initial FEMA grade from drills positive for emergency agencies

June 17, 2015

Hood County Emergency Management preparedness is up to par, according to a preliminary assessment.

Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives were in Hood County June 10 to oversee and grade drills conducted by the local Emergency Management Office, in conjunction with the Comanche Peak Nuclear Plant.

Ray Wilson, Hood County’s Emergency Management coordinator, said that all of the county’s partners participated – the fire department, Sheriff’s Office, Granbury Police Department, Texas EMS, Lake Granbury Medical Center and the Granbury Independent School District.

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