In Wednesday’s Hood County News:

May 5, 2015
Happy people were everywhere over the weekend — at City Beach, on their boat docks, in their boats and at the boat ramps. We have a lake again, and folks are taking advantage.
Tolar High School 800-meter runner Colt Jones falls, only to get up and rally to first place in the regional track meet.
Retired United Way director Toni Brown-Belew will be honored Thursday night with a retirement party at deCordova Country Club.
Polls will be open from 7-7 Saturday for the Lipan school election, which includes a $4 million bond proposal to build new facilities.
Tourism offers a sweet deal for Granbury. Ice cream will be delivered to tourism partners Wednesday, followed by a public ice cream party Thursday from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Visitors Center in City Hall.
Musicians joined local 12-year-old fiddling star Ridge Roberts for the “Ridge Express” concert Friday night. The event raised over $3,000 to help pay travel expenses for Ridge and his family. They plan to drive to Weiser, Idaho where Ridge will compete in the National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest.  

Pecan Players returning with melodrama

May 5, 2015
After tremendous success with “Train to Danger” presented by the Pecan Players in 2013, a sequel show is coming to Pecan Plantation. May 15 and 16 will find actors on the stage at 7:30 p.m., and May 17 brings a 2 p.m. matinee. “Hidden Gulch Hi-Jinx” features Ray and Mary Scott, Ron and Carol Cotton, Lorraine McKaye and Monte Lewis in an old- fashioned melodrama. Call 817-573-2641 to reserve a spot.

Bible reading comes to close Thursday

May 5, 2015
Four-year-olds, those from out-of-state and some with a British accent have all participated in the Bible Reading Marathon at the gazebo on the square. The Bible reading marathon will end Thursday, May 7 with Judge Ralph Walton scheduled to complete the reading at noon.  

Man faces felony firearm, drug charges after stop

May 4, 2015
Gregory Wayne Copeland, 31, of the 3100 block of Shady Grove Circle, was arrested in an April 24 traffic stop and charged with a felony count of having prohibited weapons as well as a felony drug offense for having more than 1 gram of methamphetamine, Deputy Chief Alan Hines of the Granbury Police said. Passenger Heather Marie Steele, 28, is also charged with that felony drug count, Hines said.

Granbury man, Fort Worth woman arrested in felony drug case

May 4, 2015
Wallace Allen McIntyre, 61, of the 4000 block of Highway 377 East in Granbury, and 26-year-old Fort Worth resident Sandra Rochelle Webb were arrested during an April 22 traffic stop and charged with a felony count of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), Penalty Group 1, more than 1 gram/less than 4 grams, Granbury Police Deputy Chief Alan Hines said.

Opera Guild bringing Elvis program to town

May 4, 2015
Elvis, featuring tribute artist Kraig Parker, will be presented by the Granbury Opera Guild on May 21. The program will be at the Granbury Resort Conference Center, 621 E. Pearl St. Doors open at 6 p.m. and Elvis will be “in the building” at 7. A cash bar will be available, as well as a silent auction. Tickets are $25, or $50 for VIP. Call 817-736-5845.

Teachers “make a difference”

May 3, 2015
Teachers will be in the spotlight this week during Teacher Appreciation Week. “Granbury ISD has teachers who work hard, teach with skill and make a difference,” Granbury School Board member Nancy Alana Tweeted. “You’re the best!”

Nellie Robertson marker dedication set in June

May 3, 2015
Granbury’s Nellie Gray Robertson, who in 1918 became the first female county attorney in Texas history, will have a historical marker dedicated on June 20 at the Hood County Courthouse on the square. The event will feature local and state elected officials, and entertainment from The Judge and the Jury.

DPS posts impressive numbers in border operation

May 3, 2015
The Texas Legislature directed the Department of Public Safety to conduct a multiagency surge operation in the Rio Grande Valley, which began on June 23, 2014. So far the effort has stopped 349,216 pounds of marijuana, 737 pounds of cocaine, 642 pounds of methamphetamine and 33 pounds of heroin from entering Texas. The total value of the contraband is almost $2.25 million.

Sports Updates

Gorman surprises Tolar, ends Rattlers’ perfect district

May 4, 2015
The Tolar Rattlers’ bid for a perfect run through District 13-2A was ended in Monday’s season finale against Gorman in a 4-3 loss. The Rattlers finished the regular season with a 15-3-1 record and an 11-1 district mark. Tolar is headed for its first postseason berth since 2010, receiving a bye in bidistrict and starting postseason play the weekend of May 14-16.

Tolar to meet Moody in area softball playoff

May 4, 2015
The Tolar Lady Rattlers (19-9) will play Moody in a best-of-three Class 2A area softball playoff series this weekend at Graford. The first game is Friday at 4 p.m. Game 2 is Saturday morning at 10, and a third game, if necessary will follow the second contest.

Granbury-Heights bidistrict baseball series set

May 4, 2015
The Granbury Pirates (14-8-2) will face Fort Worth Arlington Heights (21-5, No. 9 in state) in a Class 5A bidistrict baseball series this week. The Pirates finished fourth in District 8-5A and the Yellowjackets won District 7-5A. Game 1 is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Tidwell Field, Game 2 is Friday at Heights, and Game 3 (if necessary) will be noon Saturday at Colleyville Heritage.

NCTA squads sweep regional track meet

May 3, 2015
The North Central Texas Academy boys and girls each won their respective divisions at the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Class A South Region Track Meet this weekend in Bastrop. The TAPPS State Meet is next weekend (May 8-9) in Waco.

Lipan’s Roberts returning to state in track

May 2, 2015
Lipan’s Lanie Roberts is making a return to the Class A State Track May 15-16 in Austin. She qualified by winning the 1600-meter run at the Region III Meet at Tarleton State University in Stephenville Saturday.

Pirates drop playoff warmup

May 2, 2015
A day after clinching a playoff berth, the Granbury Pirates dropped a warmup game to Coppell, 4-1, Saturday. The Pirates (14-8-2) outhit the Cowboys 5-3.