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Cresson family unsure where to turn after fire

July 19, 2014
Cresson family unsure where to turn after fire

LOST HOME: Four of the Pearce family members whose Cresson home was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning are pictured in the lobby of the Granbury motel where they were given temporary shelter through Red Cross. They are (from left) Samantha, 13, Gage, 6, Sierra, 16 and their mother, Christina. Not pictured are James Pearce, Christina’s husband and the father of the children, and their 15-year-old daughter Alexis.

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Man convicted of murder

July 19, 2014

The remains of his daughter, Lynne Friend, likely will never be found.

But at least 82-year-old former deCordova resident Bennie Allen no longer has to wonder who’s responsible for her death.

A Miami jury found that Lynne’s former husband, Clifford Friend, 58, of Florida, was guilty of second-degree murder.

A key witness, Alan Gold, testified that Friend had become enraged with Lynne Friend, “choked her out” and stuffed her and an anchor in a bag, which the two dumped into the Atlantic Ocean.

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SEALS celebrate silver anniversary

July 16, 2014
SEALS celebrate silver anniversary

Madison Jones takes the lead in Heat 3 of the Girls 9-10 25-yard freestyle Saturday morning at the Dana Vollmer Municipal Swim Center at Granbury City Pool. The Granbury SEALS celebrated their 25th anniversary and also won the meet over Weatherford, Grapevine and Bridgeport. SEALS pups (6 and under) got to scramble for candy after taking a turn to swing at a palm tree pinata.

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City leaders hold annual budget talks

July 16, 2014

At its annual budget workshop today and tomorrow, city leaders will discuss major projects that are on the horizon.

Among them is the long anticipated airport expansion, as well as a new water treatment plant, the voter approved sale of the city’s electric company and the building of a free-standing police station.

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TxDOT seeks county money

July 16, 2014

Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are trying to get Hood County to pay 10 percent of a court judgment against the state agency.

TxDOT claims the county owes another $137,000 on its portion of the Loop 567 project – $110,000 of which is to help with a $1.1 million court judgment.

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More photos sought of 3 killed in Vietnam

July 16, 2014

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is looking for more photos of three men from Hood County who were killed in action during the Vietnam War.

William L. Brooks

Date of casualty: April 22, 1970

Date of birth: April 24, 1933

Hometown: Tolar

Jack Camp

Date of casualty: Dec. 1, 1969

Date of birth: Aug.

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GHS collegiate look excites teacher

July 16, 2014

The Granbury High School transformation will combine a fresh look and technology that thrills English teacher Jana Reid.

Classrooms will become like those in colleges, she said.

“In each classroom we’ll have projectors, Smart Boards and stand-alone computers,” Reid said. “The technology will be accessible to students and teachers. That’s 21st century.”

The campus transformation features a collegiate look, according to Huckabee architect Tim McClure.

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Luminant, TCEQ address lake permit worries

July 12, 2014
Luminant, TCEQ address lake permit worries

ATTENTIVE AUDIENCE: Staffers at the Granbury Resort Conference Center had to put out more chairs Tuesday night when an estimated 350 local residents showed up for a public hearing about the lake. Luminant’s DeCordova Power Plant is seeking a permit renewal that involves discharging water into the lake. In light of the lake’s much lower levels, some are concerned about possible environmental effects.

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After years in disarray, house gets a facelift

July 12, 2014
After years in disarray, house gets a facelift

JUMMP IN ACTION: This historic home at the intersection of Live Oak and Travis streets has seen better days. In fact, it was on a possible demolition list until neighbor Terry NcNew suggested this property for JUMMP (Junior High United Methodist Mission Project). Site director Chad Seagle tackles a big painting job with Britney Butler on the ladder and Cameron Cullen (left) assisting.

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Shadow Gartman dies

July 12, 2014

The cancer-stricken man behind whom the community rallied has died.

VonSteffen “Shadow” Gartman died at 3:58 p.m. Tuesday as his wife held his hand.

“He went hard. He suffered a lot,” Amy Gartman told the Hood County News on Wednesday. “Cancer is very, very cruel. And it didn’t matter how much morphine I gave him; I couldn’t stop the pain.

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