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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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Suit filed against ‘Naughty Neighbors’

June 13, 2015
Suit filed against ‘Naughty Neighbors’

Residents of the Hills of Bear Creek refused several years ago to be incorporated into the city of Cresson out of fear that the city may one day have property taxes.

Because of that decision, they are now dealing with something many may consider much worse: an alleged swingers club that’s featured on a website called “Naughty Neighbors.”

Homeowners in the subdivision – where Granbury school students live, and Granbury school buses run – claim that all-night parties are held on the five-acre, $1.2 million property on West Hidden Meadow Court owned by Randy Scott Carter, and that at times as many as 90 vehicles are parked there.

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Missing woman found safe in Longview

June 13, 2015

After a month listed as a missing person, a 29-year-old Granbury woman was found safe early Wednesday morning in Longview.

Tonya Judith Goodrich was located along with a male companion before 6 a.m. by Longview police officers, according to an information officer with the Longview Police. The officers were responding to a 911 call about “suspicious activity” at a motel there.

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Should county library pull books on tolerance?

June 13, 2015
Should county library pull books on tolerance?

Should anyone have the right to determine what someone else reads – or doesn’t read?

The Hood County Library Advisory Board dealt with a debate about censorship earlier this week.

The debate centered around two books in the youth section that are aimed at promoting tolerance for alternative lifestyles.

The books are “My Princess Boy,” by Cheryl Kilodavis, and “This Day in June,” by Gayle E.

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GISD test scores above state average

June 13, 2015

Students in Granbury ISD scored mostly above the state average in STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) testing, according to results released this week by the district.

The biggest trouble spots for the district are sixth-grade reading, and seventh-grade reading and writing. Granbury ISD students scored below state average in these three categories.

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Hospital: Report misleading

June 13, 2015

Officials with Lake Granbury Medical Center are refuting a recent study that says the hospital is charging more than nine times the actual cost of patient care.

Dixie Lee Hedgecock, marketing director for LGMC, says the results of the study are misleading and do not take all factors into consideration.

“Hospital charges do not accurately portray what consumers pay for their healthcare,” Hedgecock said.

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Skateboarding provides refuge, passion

June 13, 2015
Skateboarding provides refuge, passion

Skateboarding is a passion for many young people, but for Hood County resident J.D. Perales it also represented a pathway to a new way of life.

The 22-year-old former Granbury High School student takes advantage of the Granbury Skatepark three or four times a week, honing his skills.

He began skateboarding when he was about 4 but later got distracted by what he referred to as a dark world.

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Nothing scary here

June 10, 2015
Nothing scary here

Phil Groeschel (in beard), in the role of the hospital ghost, performs a musical number with the ensemble in a Granbury Theatre Company presentation of “Ghost The Musical.” The production is showing through July 5 at the Granbury Opera House. Shows are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30, Saturday afternoons at 3:30 and Sunday afternoons at 2.

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School extends Largent’s contract through June 2018

June 10, 2015

The Granbury School Board voted unanimously Monday to extend Superintendent James Largent’s contract through June 30 of 2018 at the final regular school board meeting for this school year.

The board also voted to call a November election for Places 3 and 4 on the board, currently held by Micky Shearon and Nancy Alana, respectively.

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