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LGMC’s new freestanding ER undergoes construction delay
Lake Granbury Medical Center is experiencing construction delays on its much-anticipated new freestanding emergency room facility, which was expected to be completed this summer.
Rachel Brister, founder of Butterflies of Granbury, created the project last year to instill a sense of unity in Hood County.
‘Set in stone’: Butterflies of Granbury now offers statues for residents
For the past year, business owners all over Hood County have been purchasing butterfly statues for their businesses as a symbol of unity in the community for the purpose-driven project: Butterflies of Granbury. But now, for the first time ever, Hood County residents can purchase a smaller statue for their own home.
GISD Director of Child Nutrition Amy Whiteley speaks to the board of trustees about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision program during a regularly scheduled school board meeting May 20.
GISD to opt out of free lunch program due to revenue loss
Starting this fall, Granbury Independent School District students will no longer receive free breakfast and lunch through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision program, due to a district revenue loss of $427,000.
Top view historic Hood County Courthouse and Clock Tower in downtown Granbury, Texas, America. Aerial small town square with unique boutiques, bistro, greenery and seating for visitors
Stay and play: top staycations and day trips near Hood County
Stay and play: top staycations and day trips near Hood County By Micky Shearon Special to the Hood County News micky@hcnews.com Believe it or not, it’s June! School is out, …
Adventure awaits: GISD promotes community/athletic summer camps
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.
County addresses complaints regarding excessive weather alerts
Several storms have battered Hood County throughout the past few weeks featuring heavy rainfall and strong winds. But while the severe thunderstorms have been of huge concern in the county, recent social media posts show that residents were more bothered by the high number of weather alerts sent out by the Hood County Emergency Management Office.
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Staff members of Expert Automotive Solutions are doing their best to recover from the fire that took place on Monday, Jan. 15.
Expert Automotive Solutions keeps on ‘truckin’ following fire damage
It’s been almost three weeks since Expert Automotive Solutions sustained extensive damage to its building at 106 Pirate Dr. following an accidental fire Monday, Jan 15. But although the situation is dire, employees have not given up — choosing instead to operate the business out of a back shop located at 2000 Supply Ln.
Granbury Care Center’s inaugural chili cookoff resulted in these top three finishers: Third place, Denisse Santamaria, director of food and nutrition at Marine Creek Nursing & Rehabilitation; Second place, Micah Williams, Harbor Lakes maintenance director; and First place, Andrew Cokenour, supervisor at Granbury Care Center.
Granbury Care Center brings heat in chili cookoff
Granbury Care Center spiced up the lives of its residents Friday, Jan. 12, as it was awarded first place during the nursing home’s first-ever chili cookoff event.
Billie Watson, right, owner of The Cheeky Peach Wax Studio & Esthetics is pictured with Emily Barton, left, who will serve as the studio’s second esthetician.
‘Hair’ today, gone tomorrow
The Cheeky Peach Wax Studio & Esthetics located at 1509 W. Pearl St. can provide customers with a full makeover — complete with full body waxing, facials, brow tints, lash tints, lash extensions, brow laminations and a variety of hair services. 
Granbury Chic-Fil-A soon to be shut down for renovation
Granbury residents will soon have to say sayonara to Chick-Fil-A Granbury as it is almost time for its $2.2 million renovation project.
First National Bank of Granbury announces change in leadership
The First National Bank of Granbury has undergone a leadership change as of Tuesday, Jan. 2. James Hodges, current president and CEO, will retire after almost 53 years working at FNB, as Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer Mark Webb takes over his position.
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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 …
Sports
In 1990 Janet Steenberge reluctantly began a small swim team at the DeCordova pool, not because she didn’t love the sport, but because she thought someone else could do a better job. She …
Audrey Jenkins is set to be a part of history. The 16-year-old from Richardson is making the trek to Glen Rose the weekend of May 25-27 — and then she’ll do a lot more traveling as she …
The 2024 Tolar Lady Rattlers softball team has done something that has never been done before in program's history. Its sweep of Hico in the Class 2A Region II quarterfinals advanced   them to …
Juniors Elijah Johnston of Granbury and Brylen Feist of Tolar were competing in the Class 5A and 2A State Track and Field Meets at the University of Texas in Austin at press time Friday, May 3. …

Granbury’s Johnston, Tolar’s Feist qualify for state track;

Continuing his phenomenal season, Granbury junior Elijah Johnston will be competing at the Class 5A State Track and Field Meet in Austin May 3. He qualified by winning the Class 5A Region I Meet at …

Lady Pirates, Lady Rattlers move to second round

The Granbury Lady Pirates (15-17) advanced to the second round of the Class 5A softball playoffs, disposing of District 6-5A champion Fort Worth South Hills with ease, 9-0 and 11-0 on April 24 at …

The Tolar Lady Rattlers won the first regional championship for golf in school history April 17-18

The Tolar Lady Rattlers won the first regional championship for golf in school history April 17-18. Pictured (from left) are  Abby Gannon, Jaycee Jones, Maddie Moczygemba, coach Scott …

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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. www.DaydreamVacations.com
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.
Creaks
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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The Hood County summer sports camps are going in full swing. Photos from Tuesday, June 11 of Lipan High Schools second day of Camp for incoming 1st Grade and incoming 9th Grade athletes.
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Hood County Children’s Charity Fund’s 5th Annual “Pickin’ in the Pasture” concert on Saturday, June 8th at Warren’s Backyard was a rousing success. Texas County legend Kevin Fowler …
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The Lone Star Street Rod Association is holding its 49th Annual State Run at Granbury's Hewlett Park, featuring around 450 rods for attendees to enjoy. Activities take place all day on Saturday and …
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The photo above represents four generations of hard work and sacrifice in the Gym Kat legacy. From left to right are Kathie Walley, Kyndell Hooser, Mary Lankford (Grannie), and Kassie Hooser. In 1979, Mary's late husband and founder, Wyndell Lankford, named his new business after his daughter, Kathie.
The celebration took place on Saturday, June 1 at Gym Kat Sports Center, located at 545 Holly Hills Cemetery Road. The massive sports center opened its doors to the public for a free event in celebration of the multiple generations who have been part of the Gym Kat family, and newcomers were also welcomed. All three gyms were open for free to kids of all ages. Attendees also enjoyed the offerings from vendors and food trucks. Four generations of hard work and sacrifice make up the Gym Kat legacy.
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Outdoor Activities

Barefootin'

“To the pond!” is the rally cry as children excitedly scamper to a new adventure. Young explorers of every age dive into the banks of the pond while their parents bring up the rear, …

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Ben Musquez: Vietnam veteran, sky soldier, smoke jumper

It’s been years since Ben Musquez jumped out of an airplane. A bit over a decade ago Musquez was 82 years young on his last jump. He did so with a team of former soldiers all there for the same reason — to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade. It would be his 300th jump, and out of a C-47, no less. Musquez counted days not only as a “sky soldier” but as a “smoke jumper” as well.

Local Events

Kiwanis Food Drive

Lake Granbury Kiwanis is hosting its annual food drive  on May 18 from 10 a.m.  to noon at the gazebo on the Granbury historic square. May 18 is also Lemonade Day, you can help serve …

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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 …

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