Citizen Participation slated for upcoming City Council meeting

November 28, 2014
What used to be called “Open Mic” night is now called “Citizen Participation” at the suggestion of Granbury Mayor Nin Hulett. The once-a-month opportunity for citizens to address the council for up to three minutes on any topic comes around again on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the start of the regular City Council meeting. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in council chambers at Granbury City Hall, 116 W. Bridge St.

Historic properties open to public during Granbury – A Candlelight Tour

November 28, 2014
The spirit of Christmas past returns to Granbury Dec. 5 and 6 with the 31st annual “Granbury – A Candlelight Tour.” The event begins at 5 p.m. Friday and ends at 9 Saturday night. Set in the historic district around the square, the event features historic homes and public buildings decorated for Christmas and open for public tours. Carriage rides, Christmas carols and treats are part of the event. Ticket reservations before Nov. 30 sell for $20. Tickets purchased after the pre-sale will be $25.

Pecan man facing sexual assault on a child charge

November 28, 2014
Larry Clay Grasty Jr., 22, of the 7700 block of Ravenswood Road, Pecan Plantation, was arrested on Nov. 26 and charged with felony aggravated sexual assault with a child, according to Hood County Jail booking records.

Burleson man facing felony theft charge

November 27, 2014
Todd Alan Cummings, 45, of Burleson, was arrested on Nov. 19 and charged with felony theft greater than $20,000/less than $100,000, according to Hood County Jail booking records.

Night of Lights parade Friday, Nov. 28

November 27, 2014
Churches, organizations and businesses will participate in the annual Christmas parade Friday, Nov. 28, with lighted entries celebrating the birth of Jesus and the Christmas story. “Those Who Have Walked in Darkness Have Seen a Great Light” is the theme for this year’s Night of Lights parade on the square. Sean Mitchell and the Big City Music Revue will present a free Christmas concert outdoors at 6 p.m. prior to the Night of Lights Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. For information, contact Pannell at 817-308-7427, or jmpannell70@gmail.com.

City, county offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday

November 27, 2014
City and county offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Work to start on rec center

November 27, 2014
On Friday, Dec. 5, dirt will finally fly at the site of the $10 million recreation center that will be owned by the county, but staffed and operated by the local YMCA. County Commissioner Steve Berry said that Alva Cox, Granbury’s public works director, is allowing dirt to be moved even though matters pertaining to the rec center are scheduled to go before the Planning and Zoning Commission on Dec. 15 and the City Council on Jan. 6.

Holiday classic coming to stage

November 27, 2014
The Granbury Theatre Company will present the Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” beginning Friday, Nov. 28 at the Opera House. The opening night performance of this show has been pushed back to 8 p.m., in order to avoid a conflict with the Night of Lights Christmas Parade. Thereafter, shows will be on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m., Saturday afternoons at 3:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. The final performance will be Dec. 23.

Sports Updates

Tolar falls to Mart in regional playoff game, 52-14

November 28, 2014
Coach Mike Franklin’s Tolar Rattlers lost a 52-14 decision to Mart, the No. 2 team in the state in the Associated Press rankings, tonight at Newsom Stadium in Mansfield in the regional round of the 2A, Div. I football playoffs. The District 7-2A, Div. I runner-up Rattlers finished their season with a 10-3 record. Mart, 12-0, advances to the regional semifinals next week against either Crawford or Hico.

Tolar trails Mart at halftime, 28-0

November 28, 2014
Coach Mike Franklin’s Tolar Rattlers are trailing Mart, the No. 2 team in the state in the Associated Press rankings, 28-0 at halftime tonight at Newsom Stadium in Mansfield in the regional round of the 2A, Div. I football playoffs.

Ezell earns second straight district MVP Award

November 28, 2014
Granbury High School senior setter Aubrey Ezell earned her second consecutive volleyball Most Valuable Player Award, by vote of the eight coaches in District 8-5A. Teammate Breanna Crain, a senior libero, was voted as the district’s Defensive Player of the Year. Lady Pirate sophomore Jordyn Musser is the Newcomer of the Year, and first-team all-district honors went to junior Karis Beasley and sophomore Amber Strange. Read the article in Saturday’s Hood County News.

Tolar set for Friday clash vs. No. 2 Mart in regional playoff

November 26, 2014
Coach Mike Franklin’s Tolar Rattlers, 10-2 and No. 10 in the state according to the final 2014 Class 2A rankings on Dave Campbell’s website, will challenge second-ranked and 11-0 Mart Friday, Nov. 28, in Mansfield in the regional round of the 2A, Div. I football playoffs. Mart is No. 2 in the AP rankings and was No. 1 in the final Dave Campbell’s poll. The kickoff for the Tolar-Mart contest is set for 6 p.m. at Newsom Stadium, 3700 E. Broad St. in Mansfield. Tickets for both adults and students will be $6, Tolar head coach Mike Franklin said. Tolar’s fans will sit on the visitors side. District 7-2A runner-up Tolar advanced to the regional round by beating Quinlan Boles 34-14 last Friday night in Alvarado in the area round. This marks the first time Tolar has won two playoff games in a season in 11-man football, school officials said. District 8-2A champion Mart had an opening-round playoff bye, then crushed Bells, 77-6, in its area playoff game last week.

NCTA’s TAPPS state semifinal playoff game is Saturday

November 26, 2014
The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Div. II six-man football state semifinal playoff game between North Central Texas Academy and Fredericksburg Heritage Christian School will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, in Zephyr. Tickets will be $8 for adults, $5 for students. NCTA (7-5) won its regional playoff game over Alvin Living Stones (5-5), 58-8, last Saturday. The Heritage Eagles (8-3) beat Lifegate Christian, 30-22, in their regional playoff. The winner will advance to the state championship game next week against the winner of this weekend’s other semifinal, either Fort Worth Covenant or Longview Trinity.

Lipan boys slip to 1-1 with loss to Zephyr

November 25, 2014
The Lipan boys basketball squad slipped to 1-1 Tuesday night with a 55-43 loss to Zephyr in nondistrict play. The Indians’ next game will be Homecoming in Lipan on Saturday, Nov. 29 versus Ector. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30 for that contest. The 6-0 and state-ranked Lipan girls are also set to play that day, against Sanger, with a 2 p.m. start. The Lady Indians are No. 1 in the state in one Class A poll and No. 3 in another.