Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Tiki Cruise boat Captain Kirk Grable and cruisers enjoy the trip on Lake Granbury.
Sailing into memorable adventures on Lake Granbury with Tiki Cruises
“Granbury is a tight-knit community with great recreational appeal,” Grable said. “It’s everything we were looking for, and we want to be good stewards of the community. Exposing people to not only Granbury but the Texas culture is something we’re passionate about.”
A homely vintage truck is a reminder of National Ugly Truck Contest Day on July 20.
The charming, lesser-known July 20 holidays
National Ugly Truck Contest Day, observed July 20, is a quirky holiday celebrating the character and stories of unique, well-worn trucks. While its origin remains undocumented, the day likely began as a grassroots celebration that gained popularity over time. Communities can mark the occasion by organizing ugly truck contests with prizes for the most “distinctive” vehicles and sharing photos and stories on social media using a dedicated hashtag.
Brock High School student Mille Clay assists with cooking a steak in the youth cook-off competition.
Texas Cowboy Symposium to host Second Annual Chuckwagon Cook-Off at Warren’s Backyard
Chuckwagon cook-offs are now famous throughout the Southwest, especially in Texas. “We’ll have wagons from Texas, Oklahoma — all over — coming in for this event,” Robertson explained. Chuckwagon cooking offers a unique, historically authentic experience unlike typical BBQ or catering. He added, “These cook-offs are two-part events.
Bartending Brilliance (from left) Sledge Distillery Copper Still Mixology Class instructors Barb Vickers, Lydia Sledge, Thomas Becker, and DeAnna Berry raise a glass to kick off the event.
Bartending brilliance: Mixology at Sledge
Before class participants created their version of the drink, Sledge conducted a ‘dry run,’ explaining the recipe, ingredients and techniques used to make the cocktail. The Old Fashioned lesson, crafted with Sledge’s Rocky Branch Bourbon, included a tutorial with a kitchen blow torch to smoke flavored wood chips. This technique added a hint of smokiness to the drink, enhancing its flavor profile.
City creates tax abatement zone at Granbury Regional Airport
In a unanimous vote, the Granbury City Council approved the creation of a tax abatement reinvestment zone at the Granbury Regional Airport, during a regularly scheduled meeting July 2.
Acton Place Park came alive with cheers and laughter July 10, as the ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official opening of two brand new playgrounds: one for toddlers and one for bigger kids.
Sliding into success: Acton Place Park debuts new playgrounds with ribbon cutting
After several years in the making, Hood County children can now enjoy a playtime paradise at Acton Place Park — complete with sliding, climbing, and endless amounts of fun!

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Dave’s jewelry store, Granbury.
Ringing in the News: the tale of missing treasure
And then I just started crying and telling him that ring is the only thing I’ve got of my mom’s, you know,” explained Martin, adding, “Dave said, ‘I promise you I will find that ring.’”
Volunteer firefighter Kyle Magby stands in front of a large burn pile.
Volunteer Firehouse 70 assists in controlled burn, gains training experience
The dedicated volunteers of Hood County Station 70 Volunteer Fire Department recently conducted a controlled burn on the property of Virg Thomas in Thorp Spring, demonstrating their commitment to …
A butterfly sits on Blue Mist.
Thriving in the heat: A guide to summer plants for Hood County gardens
Meet Shawn Massey, a dedicated master gardener from the Lake Granbury Master Gardener’s Club. Since moving to Granbury in 2018, Massey has been passionate about gardening. When she learned …
Tuff — before and after
‘Tails’ of Triumph: Sandi Walker’s efforts to create Second Chance Farm
Second Chance Farm participated in a large-scale animal seizure in Erath County and Stephenville, taking in 11 pigs, including a sow who gave birth to nine babies shortly after arriving.
Volunteer Recruitment Fair coming to Granbury
GRANBURY -- The Auxiliary of Volunteers at Lake Granbury Medical Center is hosting a free volunteer recruitment fair on Friday, June 14, from 3 pm - 7 pm at Lake Granbury Medical Center’s …

Understanding the Symptoms of Stroke: Recognizing the Signs of a Medical Emergency

A stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention as it can lead to severe complications or even death if not treated promptly. Recognizing the symptoms of a stroke is crucial …
Blake Mouser is used to being a key cog in a winning program. So, it’s expected he will fit right in leading the Tolar sports programs, which includes him being the new head football coach. …
For the first time in nearly two decades, the Granbury sports programs will go into a new academic year with a new athletic director at the helm. Lamont Moore replaces Dwight Butler, who led …
Smart athletes and success often go hand-in-hand. After all, it’s not many coaches who would play an athlete who only knows 60% of the playbook. Several area senior athletes who helped …
The Granbury Independent School District has created a page specifically dedicated to summer camps. From community camps to sports and activities, Hood County and the surrounding areas have something fun for everyone.

Pirates return to spring ball, new coach likes results

Granbury’s new head football coach Bobby Hill leads the scrimmage.

For the first time in almost a decade, the sound of football pads colliding and coaches blowing whistles on a practice field could be heard in the month of May. Spring football returned to Granbury …

Retiring Butler ready for life's next chapter

Dwight Butler recalled lying in a hospital bed last year and taking the proverbial look at his life. It was then he decided it was time to turn the page to the next chapter in the book of his life, which he said is far from finished.

A season of firsts for Lady Rattlers comes to end;

A historic softball season came to an end for the Tolar Lady Rattlers in the Class 2A Region II semifinals with losses to Crawford of 6-4 and 7-4 May 15 and 18 in Glen Rose. The Lady Rattlers …

Michael Acosta- As a licensed professional fishing guide, Michael Acosta shows you how to find them. The Granbury resident of 30 years has been fishing all of his life and has been a licensed guide since 1998.
Spring shallow water action is on!
Water temperatures have been a little slow to rise this year as we are actually having a spring season. Typically, we go from winter straight to summer. Lake temperatures are rising into the 70s and …
Michael Acosta- As a licensed professional fishing guide, Michael Acosta shows you how to find them. The Granbury resident of 30 years has been fishing all of his life and has been a licensed guide since 1998.
Hooks for live bait fishing
I get asked quite often what type hooks are best to use for fishing with live bait. There is not just one good answer. Each guide and fisherperson has his or her own favorite. The size and type of …
Kelly Staley, branch vice president, First National Bank Granbury Texas
Hood County Senior Center Board of Directors October 2023
Hot meals and a friendly smile delivered five days a week
In the banking industry within a small town, we are blessed to be able to serve customers with a personal touch. Small towns have an advantage over our larger counterparts in that we really have the …
Phyllis Webster earned a degree in journalism before embarking on a long career in public relations and marketing. A Granbury resident since 1998, she has been deeply involved in the community. She is an award-winning writer and photographer, as well as a Master Gardener. She has authored Garden Patch since 2001.
Asters signal fall’s arrival
Fall finally arrived with rain, a drop in temperature, changing leaves and autumn flowers. So, after a season of brutal heat and drought, what was blooming? Texas aster, a hardy native perennial, …
Whitney Knieper grew up in and around the real estate industry and has had her license for 12-plus years. She recently earned her broker’s license and is a broker at Knieper Realty. Whitney is the 2023 President of the Granbury Association of REALTORS®.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University. Go Frogs!
The Holiday Season and Real Estate
WOW! It’s hard to believe it is already November and the holiday season is just around the corner. I hope everyone had a great Halloween weekend and got to visit Granbury Square for the Harvest …
Zac Wilson is a Certified Travel Advisor, ASTA Verified Travel Advisor, CLIA Master Cruise Counselor, and owner of Daydream Vacations Travel Agency in Granbury.
Are ocean cruises all-inclusive?
Ocean cruises have been marketed as all-inclusive by many travel suppliers, but are they really? The answer depends on what you think is required to be included to qualify as all-inclusive. Let’s start by looking at what is included with your cruise fare when you book a cruise vacation.
My opinions on computer gaming and some of my favorite games. I’ve been playing games on the home computer since the days of the Trash 80. I love indie, open-world, unique, puzzle, and resource games. The cake is a lie.
Another game from my favorite indie game company, Creaks is a side-scrolling puzzle platformer, entirely hand drawn in ink and watercolor, including our humble protagonist character. "The ground …
Author Vanessa Lillie
It's the truth: Scout's honor
Pinky swear. Spit on your palms or prick your fingers, and shake hands. As a child, you had many ways to show you intended to keep a promise when you made it and your word was your bond, but you've …
Crafting community one beer at a time: Inside Brew Drinkery
When you step into Brew Drinkery in downtown Granbury, the first thing that hits you isn't just the enticing aroma of hops and malts but also the warm and inviting atmosphere. It's a place where bar …
Sam Houston is a syndicated columnist and newspaper executive. He is also an author, actor, playwright, and entertainment producer/promoter.
Political hogwash and political agendas
As November nears, the calendar finds us amid the heart of political season with Election Day just a few short days away. Going to the polls should be a day to celebrate. An opportunity for the members of our community to come forward and vote.
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On Sunday evening, July 7, Friends of Memorial Lane paid homage to law enforcement officers who gave their lives in the line of duty with an emotional Fallen Law Officers Remembrance at Jim Burks …
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The Granbury Chamber of comerce funded the first July 4th Laser Light show held on bridge street Saturday, July 6. 
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The Hood County reuion grounds was home to the 2024 July 4th Rodeo put on by the Byrn rodeo production team. 
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The Granbury Chamber proudly presents the highly anticipated 50th Annual Fourth of July Hometown Celebration! The four days of fun began on July 4th with our beloved Hometown Parade. The day ended …
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Outdoor Activities

Wild at Heart: local yard certifies as wildlife habitat

Judith Smith explains the design of her newly NWF-certified Wildlife Habitat Garden.

Smith’s grassroots effort reflects a growing trend among residents to make a difference by helping birds, butterflies, bees, and other wildlife while promoting sustainable gardening practices.


Former Granbury student competes in Miss Texas pageant

Laney Whitefield will compete in the Miss Texas pageant the week of June 23-29. She is the daughter of Landi Friemel of Granbury and Michael Whitefield of Glen Rose.

Local Events

Stewart Ranch hosts successful launch event

"Small tweaks to interest rates make all the difference in the world. In one week..." Wilkins says.

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The total solar eclipse of 2024 time lapse

Really cool time lapse of today's total solar eclipse shot from Abe's Landing in northern Hood County! The solar eclipse occurred over Granbury beginning with a partial eclipse at 12:23 p.m. and …