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Phase II of hike and bike trail nears completion

August 22, 2015

Crews are working to finish Phase II of the city’s popular Moments in Time Hike and Bike Trail.

Phase I, begun back in 2006, started at the Granbury Regional Airport and stopped at North Crockett and Rucker Streets.

Phase II extends the trail eastward along Rucker Street, crossing Lambert Court into Lambert Branch Park, where historical buildings that have been restored and preserved are available for visitors to enjoy.

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Group effort

August 22, 2015
Group effort

Water’s Edge residents sprayed water on a burning Postal Service delivery truck Tuesday morning after a fire erupted in the engine compartment, according to Arlene Sanchez, a spokesperson for the Post Office. The letter carrier, whose name has not been released, rescued about 1,000 pieces of mail from the truck, saving all that had not been delivered.

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Bon voyage Vandalsem family

August 22, 2015
Bon voyage Vandalsem family

The love and support for 3-year-old cancer patient Breanna Vandalsem was almost indescribable Tuesday evening when her dream came true in front of a huge crowd packed into Granbury’s Chick-fil-A. With the help of Make-A-Wish North Texas, Breanna and her family will leave Tuesday for Walt Disney World in Orlando. While in the arms of her father Mark, she was greeted by cast members of Granbury Theater Company and Plaza Theater Company out of Cleburne, who were dressed as Disney characters.

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School starts Monday morning

August 22, 2015

Goodbye summer, hello school!

Hood County public school students start fall classes Monday morning.

Drivers should be cautious of excited students who may unexpectedly dart in front of traffic.

Speed limits drop in front of campuses. Tolar has new signs up – the speed limit is 20 mph in front of the elementary campus during school zone hours; it’s 35 in front of the high school.

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Visitors center director hits the ‘send’ button

August 22, 2015

The council’s vote Tuesday night unanimously approving a Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) was a verbal pink slip for the four employees in the city’s CVB department.

At 7:44 p.m., immediately after the vote was taken and while the meeting was still going on, CVB Director Steve Dieterichs emailed this statement to the Hood County News:

“Neither I, nor any of my team, have been approached during this process about a possible position with the new DMO.

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Mills running for co. attorney

August 19, 2015

It’s early yet, but former County Commissioner Matt Mills has announced that he will run for county attorney in 2016.

The first day to file for the spring primaries will be Saturday, Nov. 14 – actually, Monday, Nov. 16, since county offices aren’t open on Saturdays.

The deadline to file will be Monday, Dec.

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Woman hurt in lake mishap

August 19, 2015

A 33-year-old Bentwater woman who struck her head as she slipped off while driving a personal watercraft on Lake Granbury was flown to an area hospital for treatment Saturday.

Dominique Bowen told first responders that she was alone when she was thrown from the PWC, Brazos River Authority spokeswoman Judi Pierce said.

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Back-to-school cut

August 19, 2015
Back-to-school cut

There was plenty of hair cutting going on Monday afternoon at the Rancho Brazos Community Center. Hair stylist Jessica Ozuna donated her time and talents to give young Rancho Brazos residents like 11-year-old Marisa Cotten a cool new back-to-school haircut. Classes start Monday morning.

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Sales tax revenue strong

August 19, 2015
Sales tax revenue strong

Sales tax collections topped $697,000 for Granbury this period.

That’s up 26 percent for the same time last year.

Collections in Hood County are also up 26 percent.

The sales tax figures represent monthly sales made in June, turned over to the state in July and divided back to the taxing entities in August.

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County settles Lang lawsuit

August 19, 2015

Expect Hood County to make national news again.

It is believed to be the first county in the nation to pay a settlement for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

This is according to two Austin law firms that represented Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton, who filed a federal lawsuit after County Clerk Katie Lang initially refused them a marriage license.

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