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Ferguson retiring as EDC coordinator

August 16, 2014

Marie Ferguson retired this week as coordinator for the Lake Granbury Area Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

She started working for the city of Granbury 13 years ago. After five years, she moved over to work with EDC.

During her tenure with the EDC, Ferguson remembers the announcement that Chick-fil-A would be coming to Granbury.

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County again addresses rising cost of indigent defense

August 16, 2014

The Hood County Commissioners Court has once again been whacked by the Texas hammer.

Not by the Dallas attorney known for his flamboyant “Texas Hammer” commercials, but by mandates to provide attorneys for those accused of crimes who cannot afford representation.

County commissioners struggling with budget challenges must deal with coffers being depleted by invoices from court- appointed lawyers.

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Filing period about to close for city, council elections

August 16, 2014

Monday at 5 p.m. is the deadline to file for certain city and school elections planned for the Nov. 4 ballot.

Filings have been open for: Granbury City Council and school board; Tolar City Council and school board; the city of Cresson; the city of deCordova; Bluff Dale ISD; and the city of Stockton Bend.

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Public hearing Tuesday, Aug. 26, for county tax rate, budget

August 16, 2014

The Hood County Commissioners Court plans to adopt the effective tax rate of .391697.

The effective tax rate is the rate that will bring in the same amount as the current fiscal year, without counting new properties that have come on the tax rolls.

The current tax rate is .383908 per $100 valuation.

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County okays DA pay request

August 16, 2014

Skilled prosecutors who have convinced juries to put murderers away for life are leaving because of the county’s low pay.

This was the claim made to county commissioners Tuesday by District Attorney Rob Christian.

“In the last couple of years, we’ve done good work in the DA’s office with some high-profile cases,” the DA said during the regular meeting of the Hood County Commissioners Court.

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GHS assistant, former Cowboy, had career derailed

August 16, 2014
GHS assistant, former Cowboy, had career derailed

Stephen Hodge had the kind of talent and passion it takes to make to the NFL, but it wasn’t to be.

The new defensive coordinator for the Granbury Pirates came out of a powerhouse Class 3A high school program, Tatum.

He was an all-state performer and district MVP at quarterback.

Then he played on defense for a hot college program, Texas Christian University, earning first-team all-conference honors as a safety/rover.

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Authorities: Theft suspect was driving stolen pickup

August 13, 2014
Authorities: Theft suspect was driving stolen pickup

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A man who fled on foot from the scene of a crime in Hood County found some wheels to get to Fort Worth, authorities said.

Garland Scott Johnson, 46, of the 3900 block of Mountain Vista Drive in Granbury, was arrested Thursday in Fort Worth while driving a Dodge dually pickup.

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Sophomores only!

August 13, 2014
Sophomores only!

Granbury High School’s registration process ended Tuesday afternoon with the sophomores. The sophomores gathered for orientation that evening. Teachers and older students were on hand to answer questions and give directions. Kyler Delgado (left) and Alan Anzures were at the head of the line when free pizza was offered to the students.

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Person found dead after fire

August 13, 2014

A person was found dead early Sunday morning after a mobile home fire in Lake Country Acres in southern Parker County near Hood County.

The home in the 200 block of Paula Court was engulfed in flames when Granbury Fire Chief Darrell Grober arrived.

A man in his mid-70s was found in the home, according to published reports.

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Lemony at the library

August 13, 2014
Lemony at the library

Five-year-old Eden Stone was the first to fly her hand in the air when Mr. B (Eric Brittingham) asked for volunteers to help hold Lemony, his albino Burmese python. Mr. B and the creatures of Wildlife on the Move made a return appearance to the Hood County Library Saturday, but this time it was intended just for grown-ups.

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