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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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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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Meeting this week will focus on disaster funding

June 17, 2015

In the wake of recent flooding and Hood County being designated a disaster area by the president, a meeting will take place this week to discuss moving forward.

According to Emergency Management Coordinator Ray Wilson, the meeting is required to take place within 30 days of the president’s declaration.

Disaster declarations make it easier to get state and federal funding.

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SEALS opening day

June 17, 2015
SEALS opening day

Matthew Walters of the Granbury SEALS swim team competes in the 50-yard butterfly during the first meet of the season Saturday at the Dana Vollmer Municipal Swim Center. The SEALS have two more regular-season meets, at Ridglea Pool Association in Fort Worth this Saturday and home again on July 11 before competing in the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Region 4 Meet in Keller July 18-19.

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Winner donates playhouse to rescued dog

June 17, 2015

Second Chance Farm and one of its dogs got a surprise gift over the weekend – a custom-built playhouse won by Kim Fancher in the Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center raffle.

Fancher donated her prize to SCF to assist in its “doggie cabin” campaign, allowing the older/disabled dogs to have a safe and comfortable space of their own.

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Two women have close encounters with snakes

June 17, 2015

Robin Greer was about to walk out the front door at the VFW post when she had a strange sensation under one of her sandals.

“As I opened the door, I felt something under my foot,” said Greer, veterans services coordinator for Pecan Valley Centers.

She said she “freaked out” when she saw that it was a snake – about 22 inches long.

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