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Sister McCrae sits with Marvin on a circular bench on the plaza of Granbury Live, where, 90 years before, there was a gas pump.
A tale of two buildings and interwoven lives
His journey began with a stint in the Texas oilfields, working alongside his older brother, Mac. In the 1950s, inspired by Mac’s service in the 7th Cavalry Division of the U.S. Army, McCrae joined the National Guard while Sister (Carol) McCrae was working in the surplus line insurance business in Dallas.
Hood County officials are currently finalizing preparations to launch a new and improved county website Wednesday, July 24.
County greenlights launch of new website
Hood County residents can now look forward to a digital upgrade as county officials finalize preparations to launch a new and improved county website Wednesday, July 24.
Granbury First United Methodist Church welcomes new pastor, Rev. Craig Clark, and his wife, Christina.
First United Methodist Church Granbury welcomes Rev. Craig Clark
“The county jail allowed me to visit often, and when I first met Samantha, she was guarded and skeptical. However, her eyes revealed pain, regret, and a flicker of hope. She shared her story of turning to meth to numb her sorrow and being betrayed by friends who left her to face the consequences alone."
City’s budget workshop highlights growth, upcoming projects
The Granbury City Council held its annual budget workshop June 26 and laid out the city’s financial roadmap — focusing on upcoming projects and sustainable growth initiatives for the year ahead.
Marathon plant manager acquitted of noise violations
After a two-day trial earlier this week, Marathon Digital Holdings plant manager David Fischer has been acquitted of all charges related to alleged noise disturbances near residential areas in Hood County.
Premier High School of Granbury earns distinction from The Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School.
Premier High School of Granbury honored as a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School
“One of the beauties of the program is that our students know what to expect when they walk in our doors daily, and they know they will be cared for in a safe and caring learning environment,” said Grissom.

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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 …
Grill Sergeant: Igniting dreams and redefining outdoor cooking in Granbury
The journey to opening his store was not straightforward. Health issues and initial missteps with other grilling businesses delayed his plans.
Acton Donuts is open for business.
Sweet Comeback: Acton Donuts reopens after devastating crash
The shop is known for its delicious classic glazed and chocolate donuts and savory options like croissant sandwiches and sausage rolls. The fateful day of Dec. 7, 2023, began like any other.
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.
People gathering at the Granbury Airport new runway ribbon cutting.
Fuel up on fun at Granbury Airport's Pancake Breakfast Fly-In event
"The only significant incident that has occurred during my tenure was an aircraft..."
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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
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.
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 …

Alford exiting as Rattlers baseball coach;

Alford exiting as Rattlers baseball coach; Granbury’s Johnson wins NTHSRA title BY RICK MAUCH Special to the Hood County News After four seasons at the helm and turning the …

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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.
Photo Galleries
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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Often referred to as "ham radio," the Amateur Radio Service has been around for a century and has grown into a worldwide community of licensed operators. On June 22-23, 2024, the Hood County Amateur …
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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.

Entertainment

Much Ado About Nothing makes quite an "Ado"

“Much Ado About Nothing” turned out to be quite the opposite as the actors of Grace Classical Christian Academy were invited to compete at state.

Local Events

These are my brothers

As we honored those who gave all this past Memorial Day, no one feels the solemnity of this day more than those who did return from combat to join their families.

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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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