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Appraisal district gets top scores

April 5, 2014

A recent review of the Hood County Appraisal District by the State Comptroller’s office resulted in top ratings.

The reviews are conducted every two years, according to Chief Appraiser Greg Stewart.

The Hood County office received the highest score of 100 in the categories of governance, taxpayer assistance, operating procedures and appraisal standards, procedures and methodology.

The office was given an “exceeds” rating for those categories for total point scores exceeding 89.Read the rest

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Man, 76, sexually abused boys

April 5, 2014
Man, 76, sexually abused boys

A 76-year-old Granbury Sunday school teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually molesting underage boys was sentenced Tuesday to four 10-year prison sentences by District Judge Ralph Walton.

District Attorney Rob Christian said that three male victims, who were about 14 years old when the sexual abuse occurred about six years ago, testified about the offenses.

The victims met Bobby Thomas Thompson as a result of attending the same church.Read the rest

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Plastic: It’s a mixed bag

April 2, 2014
Plastic: It’s a mixed bag

There’s two sides to every story, and plastic bags are no exception.

It seems most of us have a love/hate relationship with the plastic bags used to tote groceries from the store.

We like to use those plastic bags to pick up dog poop or line our wastebaskets at home. But we probably don’t need the 198 plastic bags stockpiled in the kitchen cabinet.Read the rest

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Prom dreams do come true

April 2, 2014
Prom dreams do come true

Granbury High School junior Sierra Pearce models the prom gown she chose Saturday morning at the Granbury Church of Christ Christian Service Center. Pictured in the background is the support crew (from left) Sierra’s mom Christina Pearce and Sierra’s sisters Alexis and Samantha. Alexis also found a dress for the big event. Participants also had their choice of jewelry, shoes and other accessories.Read the rest

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Rancher anticipates beef prices staying up

April 2, 2014
Rancher anticipates beef prices staying up

Americans are paying record high prices for beef due to a national cattle shortage.

The shortage is the result of drought, a strong export market and the outbreak of a virus in hogs, according to local rancher Larry Stewart.

Stewart has been ranching in Hood County for more than 40 years.

“High prices all started with a combination of the drought three years ago, creating a situation where there is a lot less forage (grass and hay), which is the main source of food for mama cows,” Stewart said.Read the rest

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Learn how policies affect senior citizen nutrition programs

April 2, 2014

How are policies made that affect senior citizen nutrition programs like Meals on Wheels?

Answers will be given at the Hood County Senior Center Friday at 10:30 a.m.

It’s called the Full Speed Ahead Meals on Wheels Funding Awareness Rally.

Social work undergraduate students from Tarleton State University will present their findings.

The students surveyed Meals on Wheels clients in various counties.Read the rest

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Acton Nature Center serves as outdoor classroom

April 2, 2014
Acton Nature Center serves as outdoor classroom

“Bat!” “Moth!”

These were words echoed by dozens of spirited second-graders Friday at Acton Nature Center.

The 60-plus students were from Acton Elementary, Baccus Elementary and Oak Woods School.

The Rio Brazos Master Naturalists and the Acton Nature Center’s homeschool program hosted the event.

Thirteen homeschoolers helped the Master Naturalists teach second-graders about various aspects of nature.

Several themed stations were set up to teach students about water, air and land.Read the rest

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Two in custody after shot fired at officers

January 23, 2013
Two in custody after shot fired at officers

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DNA helps convict final ATM theft suspect

January 19, 2013
DNA helps convict final ATM theft suspect

A DNA sample from a glove left behind by a suspect helped lead to a third conviction in the theft of an ATM containing more than $40,000, according to District Attorney Rob Christian.

Benjamin James Patterson, who was 39 at the time of the incident (Dec. 2, 2010) at the First National Bank of Granbury branch on Highway 377 West, was convicted Wednesday by a jury in 355th Judicial District Court on a count of theft over $20,000/under $100,000.Read the rest

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Tolar honors fallen hero with candlelight vigil

October 6, 2012
Tolar honors fallen hero with candlelight vigil

TOLAR – As the memorable song, “The Ballad of the Green Berets” and other stirring classics were played to a backdrop of patriotism, friends of Sgt. 1st Class Riley Stephens of Tolar shared their own personal stories of the Army Special Forces soldier.

The candlelight ceremony was held Wednesday evening on the old Tolar football field where Riley made his mark as a standout football player.Read the rest

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