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County hires law firm to fight gay men’s legal fees

July 22, 2015

The Hood County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to hire a law firm to represent the county in the federal lawsuit filed against County Clerk Katie Lang.

A federal lawsuit was filed earlier this month against Lang by two men who were refused a marriage license, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling that gay marriages are legal.

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Sheriff: Gun-toting suspect arrested

July 22, 2015
Sheriff: Gun-toting suspect arrested

A man appeared in the Port Ridglea East neighborhood Saturday evening, knocking on doors, waving a gun and ranting “like he was preaching,” before driving into Lake Granbury, according to Sheriff Roger Deeds.

Brandon Lee Manuel, 33, on parole for armed robbery, was arrested after driving his Chevrolet Avalanche into Lake Granbury at the 3400 block of Timber Circle, authorities said.

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School gives superintendent 5 percent pay raise

July 22, 2015

The Granbury School Board voted unanimously to give Superintendent James Largent a 5 percent raise on his current base salary of $185,000 a year.

Largent will now make $194,250.

Largent, who is entering his fourth year as GISD superintendent, received a new set of evaluation goals Monday night that board president Mark Jackson said would be the most difficult yet.

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City manager: Care should be taken with ‘M&O’ budget

July 22, 2015

Granbury City Manager Chris Coffman has cautioned the City Council to keep an eye on the Maintenance & Operations budget as they prioritize expenses for the upcoming fiscal year.

“Since 2008, the M&O portion (of the General Fund) has decreased, but growth has increased,” he said in his opening remarks at last week’s budget workshop.

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Birdwell announces re-election campaign

July 22, 2015

Vowing to remain a leading conservative voice, state Sen. Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) announced his re-election campaign for Senate District 22.

Birdwell has served three legislative sessions since being elected in 2010.

The next election is 2016.

“I’ve been proud to fight for my constituents on critical issues like second amendment rights, border security, transparency and fiscal stewardship, but the battle is far from over,” Birdwell said.

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‘Shooting’ case hazy

July 22, 2015

Hood County sheriff’s deputies and paramedics responded to a shooting call on River View Trail in far southern Hood County Monday morning.

The 911 caller advised that a woman had been shot in the head by her boyfriend.

Officers who arrived at the scene were unable to locate any shell casings, but the woman did have a head wound and was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth by air ambulance as a precaution, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt.

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Police: Woman points pistol at officer

July 22, 2015

A 42-year-old Granbury woman was arrested after allegedly pointing a pistol at a police officer shortly after midnight Monday.

Bond was pending at press time for Heather Leigh Harris, who resides in the 200 block of North Jones Street. She was charged with aggravated assault against a public servant.

Harris was first spotted by an officer driving “at a high rate of speed” in the 600 block of West Pearl Street, Deputy Chief Alan Hines said.

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America loves ice cream

July 22, 2015
America loves ice cream

President Ronald Reagan issued Presidential Proclamation 5219 on July 9, 1984 as “National Ice Cream Month.“ Twelve-year-old Abby Redbird was happy to celebrate America’s beloved frozen treat Monday at the new Baskin-Robbins on Highway 377.

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Mayor: New bypass plan could destroy Cresson

July 22, 2015

It has been almost exactly two years since the Commissioners Court entered into a partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) on a Cresson bypass.

Instead of ground being broken to finally fix the traffic backlogs at U.S. Highway 377 and State Highway 171, the relief plan is virtually back to square one.

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Budget talks bring no firm answer on DMO

July 18, 2015
Budget talks bring no firm answer on DMO

The DMO Transition Committee had hoped to get a clear indication at this week’s budget workshop whether the City Council will vote in August to approve – and fund – a free-standing tourism organization.

That didn’t happen.

That means the waiting game will continue both for the four-member Destination Marketing Organization group and the four CVB employees whose department may be eliminated.

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