• Just passing through

    A Texas rat snake makes it way across a grouping of trees Sunday afternoon in Comanche Cove. Rat snakes are nonvenomous and are known for their voracious appetites. They will consume large quanities of rodents and birds, sometimes they favor lizards and frogs. Mary Vinson/Hood County News


  • City gets good news on airport land dispute November 24, 2014

    Three commissioners appointed by Court-at-Law Judge Vincent Messina to help reach out-of-court settlements on three parcels of land needed for the expansion of the airport have recommended a sale price of $661,200 for one of those parcels- a figure much closer to the recent appraised value of $548,000. The owner was demanding $2.8 million. The 33 acres of undeveloped land is north of the railroad tracks and is in the clear zone for takeoffs. City Manager Wayne McKethan said the owner has the right to appeal the commissioners’ decision. If that happens, the matter will be settled in court.

  • Nine safety tips for frying a turkey November 24, 2014

    Hood County Fire Marshal Ray Wilson offers some basic safety tips when frying a turkey to reduce the risk of a fire. 1) Never fry a turkey indoors. 2) Never leave the fryer unattended. 3) Do not overfill the fryer. When putting the turkey in the fryer it could overflow. If oil gets too hot, it could catch fire. 4) Completely thaw the turkey. Pat the turkey dry. Water or ice hitting the hot oil will splash, causing a fire or explosion. 5) Never put water on a grease fire. 6) Cover bare skin. 7) Wear oven mitts, and do not try to move the fryer because the handles will be hot. 8) Keep the fuel tank and the fryer separated. 9) Make sure the fryer is on a sturdy stand.

  • Join Santa for breakfast on Dec. 6 November 24, 2014

    Santa Claus will make a special stop in Granbury on Saturday, Dec. 6. From 8-11 a.m., the jolly fellow will be at Camp Fire Camp El Tesoro, 7710 Fall Creek Highway. A hot breakfast will be available for $8. Children of all ages are welcome to visit with Santa. RSVP online at www.CampFireFW.org or call 817-806-5451.


  • City manager: Land disputes are delaying airport plan November 24, 2014

    Land disputes have slowed the planned expansion of the Granbury airport. According to city officials, it could be a year – possibly longer – before the disputes are resolved. The expansion of the airport will be largely funded through state and federal grants, but the city must also contribute. City officials say the airport project will lead to economic development.

  • Wright Brothers Master Pilot Awards given in Pecan November 24, 2014

    Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration recently presented the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award to 13 pilots in Pecan with 50 consecutive years of flying without an accident, incident or infraction. Congratulations to these aviators and their spouses, who were also honored during the ceremony: Mack and Connie Angel, Ed and Rudy Brown, David and Leslie Guinn, Larry and Judy Hale, Marv and Karen Jensen, Jerome and Noel McCristian, Ray and Shiuvaun Nasypany, John and Beverly Parks, Bill and Loraine Rose, Bob and Marilyn Satterwhite, Murray and Bonnie Sloan, Roe and Marcia Walker, and Bob and Barbara Winegar.

  • Musical talents featured in Fall Recital November 23, 2014

    Grace Tarpley’s piano students held their “Fall Recital” last Sunday afternoon at the First Baptist Church in Lipan. There were 20 students, grades 2 – 11, that performed. Each student played three songs. The recital culminated with the playing of “The Star Spangled Banner” and the audience singing along.

  • Stained glass raffle to help Veterans Museum November 23, 2014

    A stained glass window from the historic First United Methodist Church, once located on the Granbury square, will be raffled in a benefit for the U.S. Veterans Museum. Tickets are $5 each, or six for $25. The drawing will be at 11 a.m. on Dec. 20. Call for ticket information: 817-578-3288, or 817-683-4513.

  • Railroad crossing will be renovated in Tolar November 23, 2014

    A  program to rehabilitate railroad crossings across the state is coming to Tolar. The railroad crossing on Highway 56, near Highway 377, will be closed Monday and Tuesday for renovation work. Concrete and railroad ties will be replaced at the crossing. The work is part of a replanking program managed across the state by TxDOT.

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