No one injured as minor fire strikes Canyon Creek home

July 28, 2015
A single-wide mobile home on Forest Hill Lane in Canyon Creek sustained minor fire damage late Tuesday morning, Fire Marshal Ray Wilson said. The fire began at the rear of the home, inside the walls, but was quickly extinguished by firefighters, Wilson noted. An adult female was home but got out without injury, Wilson said. It is not yet known how the fire began, and it remains under investigation.

Man arrested in connection with car taken from lot

July 28, 2015
Ronald Jason Crouch, 29, was arrested Friday night at his home in the 800 block of Woodhaven Court in the Heritage Heights subdivision, accused of taking a vehicle from a local car lot without permission, Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Johnny Rose said. A man described as having a Mohawk haircut reportedly grabbed the keys to a 2006 Impala and took off. Crouch was also found to be in possession of under a gram of methamphetamine, so he is facing two felony charges.

Parole board reviewing case of convicted murderer

July 28, 2015
The case of convicted murderer Norman Duane Watson is under review by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, which could chose to set him free. He’s serving a 99-year-sentence. Watson was convicted in July 1991 in the shooting death of Fort Worth resident Troy Burns. Burns went missing on Aug. 9, 1989, after traveling to his farm in southeast Hood County. The public is free to write letters expressing thoughts on his possible release. Letters should refer to the case of Norman Watson, TDC ID 01547382. Mail letters to: Angela McCown, Victim Services Director, Victim Services Division, 8712 Shoal Creek Blvd, Suite 265, Austin, Texas, 78757-6899.

Commissioners Court receives closed door update on negotiations in federal lawsuit

July 28, 2015
The county judge and commissioners met behind closed doors Tuesday (July 28) with attorney Steven J. Reid to discuss his efforts to negotiate a lower figure to settle the federal lawsuit against County Clerk Katie Lang. She was sued for initially refusing to grant two men a same-sex marriage license. The men’s Austin attorneys said that the suit will not be dropped until the legal bill – which is more than $70,000 – is paid. If the case is settled out of court, the money will be paid by Hood County taxpayers. Since negotiations are still underway, Reid  declined to comment.

In Wednesday’s Hood County News

July 28, 2015
–A man serving a 99-year prison sentence for murder is up for parole. Norman Watson was found guilty 24 years ago of shooting to death his former employer Troy Burns.
–Hood County’s sales tax rebate is up a whopping 31 percent.
–Two candidates filed on opening day for Laurel Pirkle’s seat on the Granbury City Council. John A. Grace and Tony Mobly are seeking the Place 5 seat. Pirkle is stepping down.
–Some say TxDot would be going down the wrong road by building a bridge over downtown Cresson to alleviate traffic congestion.
–A man described as having a Mohawk was arrested for car theft after driving off a dealership lot.

Three from Granbury are part of DAR Continental Congress

July 28, 2015
The Daughters of the American Revolution were 3,500 strong at the annual Continental Congress, June 24-28, in Washington , D.C. Three members attending from the local Elizabeth Crockett Chapter include Marcy Carter-Lovick, of Granbury, Texas State Organizing Secretary; Kathy Hanlon, of Granbury, National Chair, National Defense Committee; and Delores Goodall, a member of the Granbury chapter.

Meeting Tuesday on Cresson bypass

July 27, 2015
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will hold a public,  come-and-go meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 28) to get citizen input on two options to bypass the railroad crossing at US Highway 377 and State Highway 171. Cresson Mayor Bob Cornett fears that Option 2 – a through-town bridge that would go over downtown businesses – would virtually destroy the Cresson economy, and force property taxes to make up for lost sales tax revenues. Plus, it is much more costly than Option 1 (a northern loop that would swing west) and would take much longer to construct. The meeting will be at Bear Creek Community Church, located at 18600 Highway 377 S. in Cresson. Citizens will be able to view displays of the two options and submit their views in writing.

Stabbing victim out of hospital

July 27, 2015
Angel Isaiah Hernandez, 23, of Oak Trail Shores, a victim of a stabbing last Thursday night, has returned home after being released from John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, according to a hospital spokesperson. Hernandez was flown by air ambulance from Thorp Spring to the Fort Worth hospital. Luis Enrique Jaramillo, also 23, was arrested in connection with the stabbing and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Johnny Rose. Jaramillo remains in jail on $30,000 bond.

Sports Updates

Flyers sending three to TAAF State

July 28, 2015
Three members of the Hood County Flyers track team will be making the trip to Bryan/College Station for the annual Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Games of Texas Thursday through Sunday. Competing will be Macie Blohowiak in the Girls 14-Under high jump for a third straight year, Caleb Lawrence in the Boys 16-Under 100-meter dash for a second straight year, and newcomer Noah Russell in the Boys 12-Under 100 and 200.

SEALS ready for state

July 28, 2015
The Granbury SEALS swim team will once again be well-represented at the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Games of Texas in Bryan/College Station. They will have 88 swimmers competing in the event, which starts Thursday and runs through Sunday.

Time for athletes to get paperwork/physicals

July 24, 2015
Students in grades 7-12 planning to participate in athletics in the Granbury School District are asked to have all paperwork and a physical exam in order before they can be allowed to take part in any practice or competition.
The necessary forms can be found by going to this link on the GISD web site: http://www.granburyisd.org/Page/9993.
For more information, contact 817-408-4080.

Area fishing report

July 24, 2015
Lake Granbury is currently close to pool level, and water temperatures are hot (mid to upper 80s in the morning, and many areas will be in the low 90s in the afternoon. Fish are congregated above the thermocline near feeding flats. Stripers are good on live bait fished in 15 to 20 feet of water on the lower ends. Sand bass action has been hit or miss. Best action has been reported near mid-lake on slabs. Black bass fishing continues to be good to 6 pounds on spinner baits worked around flooded brush on many areas of the lake. Squaw Creek water temperatures are in the upper 90s due to the heat and the power plant. Surprisingly black bass are good near 15-to-20-feet deep structure on the upper ends. Best baits continue to be deep diving crank baits and texas rigged worms.