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New and improved

November 12, 2014
New and improved

Eight-year-old Avery Dozier was happy to help watch after this cute puppy Saturday at the One Step Closer Animal Rescue of Texas display in the parking lot of the new Animal Control building off Highway 51 North. The grand opening celebration included a ribbon cutting, tour and refreshments. The new building is significantly larger than the old facility on Bray Street.

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City to spend up to $27,000 on search firm

November 8, 2014

The Granbury City Council voted Tuesday night to spend up to $27,000 in the search for a new city manager.

They did so at the end of an almost two-and-a-half-hour meeting that started with two citizens asking them not to spend the money.

The citizens – Tony Mobly and J.C. Campbell – also asked the council to consider Assistant City Manager Sheri Campbell-Husband as the replacement for Wayne McKethan, who will retire in April.

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Hugs all around

November 8, 2014
Hugs all around

Granbury celebrates its Class 5A volleyball area playoff triumph over Boswell Thursday at Brewer High School. The 6th-ranked Lady Pirates advance to play Grapevine Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Saginaw High School in the regional quarterfinal round, with a berth in the Region I-5A tournament at stake. See story, P. 6A.

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Ballot error brings late night for election workers

November 8, 2014

Elections often bring upsets, but the one that happened in Hood County on election night had nothing to do with politics.

A mistake on the ballot meant headaches for election volunteers and Elections Administrator Jenise “Crickett” Miller.

It also meant that the two candidates in Hood County’s one contested race didn’t know until the next morning which was the victor.

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Man: Ruth’s Place saved my life

November 8, 2014
Man: Ruth’s Place saved my life

John Sanford’s donation of more than 60 pounds of brisket for Handsome Hunks of Hood County helped save his life.

It was just after the February fundraiser for Ruth’s Place, a free medical clinic, that Sanford ran into its executive director, Becky Mauldin, at a local grocery store.

While chatting, Sanford, who owns BBQ on the Brazos in Cresson, mentioned needing to get his blood pressure checked.

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Veteran thought he was shot after jumping out of plane

November 8, 2014

Air Force veteran Bill Francis didn’t have much training with parachutes before he was sent to Korea.

But when an emergency forced him to jump, he did remember one thing: “Keep your knees bent.”

In an interview this week, the deCordova resident recalled an incident in Korea that resulted in his medical discharge from the service.

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Sheriff: Man, 21, threatens to hurt kids at school

November 8, 2014
Sheriff: Man, 21, threatens to hurt kids at school

Pierce

Tyler Paul Pierce, 21, of the 1100 block of Thorp Springs Road, Granbury, was arrested Thursday after threatening to hurt students, according to Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Johnny Rose.

Rose said Pierce went to the Sheriff’s Office requesting open records information. Pierce made a statement to a Sheriff’s Office employee that if his CPS hearing didn’t go his way that he would go “to a school and cut up the children,” Rose said.

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Events planned to honor veterans

November 8, 2014

Honoring the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans, a Veterans Day program is planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Granbury Cemetery on East Moore Street at Highway 51.

The program includes a fly-over, music, guest speaker District Judge Ralph Walton, veteran recognition and a placement of a wreath.

ANNUAL VETERANS TOY RUN

The 16th annual Veterans Day Toy Run is planned for motorcycle enthusiasts Sunday.

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Twice a winner

November 8, 2014
Twice a winner

Granbury won two awards this week from the Texas Downtown Association (TDA), which held its annual conference at the Granbury Resort Conference Center. Above, Mayor Nin Hulett holds the award for Best Renovation/Rehabilitation for 2014, which was given for work done on the historic Opera House. He is pictured with (from left) benefactor Dominique Inge; Scott Young, president of the Historic Downtown Merchants Association (HGMA); Steve Dieterichs, Granbury’s communications and marketing director; city employee Lindsay Haase; and Sarah O’Brien, president of TDA.

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Officials work to resolve rec center issues

November 8, 2014

The only dirt that has been turned for the county’s new rec center was by officials wielding shovels at the ground breaking.

That was six weeks ago.

Officials currently are trying to figure out the most cost-effective way of dealing with the fact that the city’s water and sewer lines don’t extend to the site.

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