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Welcome

Welcome, neighbor. We’ve been waiting for you. We think you’ll like it here. We sure do. Some of us have lived here all our lives, following in the footsteps of ancestors who were among the area’s first settlers. The rest of us got here as fast as we could. Granbury has much to offer, as you will see when you flip through these pages. Our town is a great place to visit - and an even better place to put down roots. Whether you’re looking for a place to raise a family or for a great retirement community, look no further. As for us, we look forward to getting to know you.

Index Accommodations.................18 Airport.......................................50 Art................................................68 Breweries..................................46 Churches...........................61, 62 Education....72, 74, 76, 78, 80 Economy............................64, 66 Entertainment.................20-21 Events.........................................28 History................6, 8, 10, 12-15 Legends....................................16 Lake.............................. 52, 54, 56 Libraries.....................................48 Museums...........................38, 40 Outdoors...........................30, 32 Parks....................................34, 36 Profile.........................................70 Restaurants............... 22, 24, 25 Tram............................................82

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On the Cover Tossing out the first pitch on opening day of the Granbury Athletic Association’s Youth Baseball and Softball programs was serious business for 5-year-old Sutton Medlin. Photo by Hood County News Photographer Mary Vinson.


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History Hood County rich in history

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ranbury and Hood County are rich in frontier folklore and Texas history. Granbury maintains a door to yesterday, with its Victorian architecture and charming county spirit. Locally owned shops and restaurants on the square are a focal point. Away from the town square, the city is bustling with big box stores, national retail stores and franchised eateries on Highway 377, the main thoroughfare in town. Dubbed a micropolis, new residents are drawn to the area by affordable housing, less urban congestion and a lower cost-of-living. A micropolis is not a suburb of a metropolitan area. Instead, it’s removed from the nearest big city.

First settlers

Hood County’s first Anglo settler was Charles Barnard, a hardy entrepreneur from the Northeast. Barnard expanded an Indian trading post near Waco to include a second post in 1847 on the Brazos River in the shadow of Comanche Peak. Comanche Peak was a sacred Indian mesa, west of the Brazos River. The towering property today is privately owned and not open to the public. Other stalwart pioneers began to settle in Hood County during the 1850s. Among them were Davy Crockett’s widow, Elizabeth Crockett, and their son, Robert Patton Crockett. Thomas Lambert was among the first to settle on the west banks of the Brazos River. He dubbed the spring-fed creek that flows through Granbury “Lambert Branch.”

County created

Hood County was created by a special act of the Texas Legislature in 1866. The county was named for General John Bell Hood, a Confederate hero. The legislature also decreed the county seat would be named for General Hiram B. Granbury, also a Confederate hero.

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COURTESY

The Hood County Second-Empire style courthouse was built in 1891 and still stands at the center of the historic Granbury square as the county’s political pulse and governing center. A testament to time, the original Seth Thomas hand-wound clock purchased in 1891 for $1,400 still chimes as it did when it was first installed.

Agriculture important

Agriculture has long been one of Hood County’s leading industries, and cotton was the first leading crop. Livestock has also been important. As cotton production waned, peanuts and pecans became important crops. In 1942, 16,000 acres of peanuts were harvested. Around that same time, the average pecan crop in Hood County totaled more than 3 million pounds a year. In 1983, Hood County topped Texas pecan production with a whopping 6.1 million pounds.

Here comes the train

In 1887, the Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railroad arrived in Granbury, triggering an economic boom.

A college town

Colleges were established in the 1870s. Granbury College was north of the town square. Add-Ran College, the predecessor of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, was established in Thorp Spring.

Historic preservation

Granbury’s highly successful historic preservation movement began in 1969 with the restoration of the Hood County Courthouse. Mary Lou Watkins, a descendant of the Nutt brothers, restored the old Nutt family home in

the late 1960s. Next the Nutt House building on the Granbury Square was restored. This restoration effort provided inspiration and served as an impetus to building owners to restore or refurbish historic buildings on the square. Granbury’s old town square was the first in Texas to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Local legislation in the early 1970s protects the architectural integrity of Granbury’s pristine 19th century structures. The 1891 courthouse is still in use today. Designed by W.C. Dodson of Waco, the structure was built for $40,000. A major restoration of the courthouse, which took two years, was completed in late 2011.

The river was dammed

The long-awaited damming of the Brazos River to create the 30-mile-long Lake Granbury in 1969 had a tremendous impact on the growth and economy of Hood County. Hood County was the fastest-growing county in Texas from 1980 to 1985 according to USA Today. The rapid growth of the county is a direct result of the creation of Lake Granbury and the revitalization of the city’s historic square. Source: Walking and Driving Tour of Historic Granbury and Hood County, by Mary G. Saltarelli

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Wife of Davy Crockett buried here, in smallest state park BY MARK WILSON HOOD COUNTY NEWS

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ood County is home to the state’s smallest state park - created in memory of the wife of one of Texas history’s most legendary heroes. The grave of Elizabeth Crockett, the second wife of Alamo hero Davy Crockett, is at Acton Cemetery, in eastern Hood County. Her plot is the entire state park - just 12 feet by 21 feet. It’s believed that her husband Davy, the frontiersman who became known as “king of the wild frontier” for his coonskin cap and sharpshooting, died in the battle of the Alamo, March 6, 1836. Elizabeth was awarded 1,280 acres – approximately six miles from Granbury – by the Republic of Texas for her husband’s service. Elizabeth reportedly left Tennessee with her two children and arrived to claim the land in 1856 in what become northeast Hood County. Davy Crockett had arrived in Texas from Tennessee and fought against Mexico in the Texas Revolution. A 28-foot-tall marble monument topped by a woman shading her eyes from the sun covers

Acton Cemetery is the site of the grave of Elizabeth Crockett, the second wife of legendary frontiersman and Alamo hero Davy Crockett. She moved to the land from Tennessee in 1856 after being awarded 1,280 acres of land by the Republic of Texas. In 1949, the site became the state’s smallest state park, at just 12 feet by 21 feet. The marble monument is 28 feet tall.

Hood County resident Ken Hendricks, great-grandson of Davy Crockett and his second wife, Elizabeth Crockett, is pictured at Elizabeth’s gravesite in the Acton Cemetery.

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the grave, in honor of Crockett and other Texas pioneer mothers. Several thousand people reportedly gathered to witness the dedication of the statue in 1913. The site became a state park in 1949. On the website TexasEscapes.com, Mike Cox wrote that after Elizabeth hired a surveyor to mark the land’s boundaries, she gave the man half the property as his payment. That left Crockett and her children about 640 acres of land on Rucker Creek. Davy Crockett had intended to settle in the northern part of Texas, Cox wrote. Davy had called Texas “the garden spot of the world.” Their son Robert Crockett built a small log cabin on the land. Two years later, he sold their first

Hood County home and built another on a creek, approximately a half mile away. Elizabeth Crockett lived in that second home until her death at age 72, Jan. 31, 1860. Cox wrote that on that day her apparel was the widow’s black she had worn since first learning of her husband’s death. She died while taking a stroll on the land. There are Crockett family descendants still living in the county. The Granbury chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, organized in 1987, is named for Elizabeth Crockett. The chapter had 26 charter members.

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History lives outside Granbury Cresson: Place of growth

Natural gas exploration continues to bring growth to Cresson with drilling and service companies locating around town. Around the crossroads of Highway U.S. 377 and Highway 171, business properties are popping up. The city has expanded to about seven times the size of the original two square miles in 2000. Motorsport Ranch, a private racing park for sports car owners, along with individual food and retail businesses, marked the initial growth. In recent years, Motosport Ranch expanded to include a wake board park. In this controlled environment, wake boarders are able to practice their skills. Cresson is in three counties, Hood, Johnson and Parker - with most of the growth in Hood. Like most of North Central Texas, Cresson had it first settlers in the 1850s, and the settlement was named for one of the first, John Cresson. Cresson became a “crossroad” in 1856 with the Stage Coach Stand, a stop on the stage line from Jacksboro to Weatherford, Cresson, Granbury, Stephenville, Cleburne and Waco. In the 1880s Cresson was served by two railroads and had passenger service into the 1950s. In 1903 the ranching center had two banks, eight general stores, a drug store, lumberyard, two doctors, a justice of the peace and two deputies. The present community center was originally the school that was built in 1931 and in service until 1967. It next became the community center and has a historical marker.

Lipan: Hooping it up

Lipan is a quiet community in the northwest corner of Hood County that comes alive each winter to the “thump-thump” sound of a basketball on a hardwood floor. Modern Lipan High School Indian teams have a state title in 1994 and 2005 and have finished second in state three times. The Lady Indians went to state in 1954, 1995, 2003, 2011, 2012 and 2014. A majority of the 400 to 500 citizens in and around Lipan have deep roots, generations of their families have lived or still live there. Lipan is named for the Indian tribe that lived in the area. The county’s last Indian-settler fight happened on Robinson Creek, south of Lipan. The first settlers arrived in the Lipan area around 1853. The town was laid out by a “gentlemanly and reliable Irishman” Thomas A. Burns in

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The building pictured in Cresson was originally the school that was built in 1931. The school was abandoned in 1967 after Cresson consolidated with Granbury school. A community group in Cresson formed in the late 1970s worked for restoration of the school. Today the school serves as a community center and hub of the Cresson community. the early 1870s. By 1895, Lipan was a community large enough to support several merchants, two blacksmiths, two cotton gins, doctors and schools. The first hospital in Hood County was in Lipan. The building is now the town’s community center where meals are served to senior citizens every Thursday. Evergreen Cemetery is the resting place for many of the area’s founding families, as well as one former Arkansas governor who retired penniless. Governor Drew left office and headed west seeking success. In 1876, he settled in Lipan.

Tolar: looking to future

Civil War veterans founded Tolar in 1870, and it was first incorporated in 1906. Expansion of the Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railroad from Granbury to a small Hood County community seven miles southwest, set the stage for growth of Tolar. Originally called Squaw Creek Station by the railroad, the town was renamed Tolar after Capt. Alf H.H. Tolar, of Abilene, at the suggestion of Col. W.L. McGaughey, a local resident and state leader. Residential and business growth is happening within the boundaries of Tolar, and on the out-

skirts as well. The mile-square city sits on U.S. Highway 377 between Granbury to the east and a developing countryside to the west. The population outside the city is estimated to be considerably larger than that inside the city limits. However, many of those people identify themselves with the town. Before the Great Depression, Tolar had banks, mercantile stores, several groceries, an undertaker, blacksmith, saloons and a newspaper owned by Ashley Crockett, grandson of Davy Crockett from the Alamo. The area around Tolar still has a number of ranching operations, with a strong emphasis on cattle, horses and hay production.

Paluxy: Named for the river

Paluxy, 15 miles southwest of Granbury on Highway 51, was named for the river that runs through it. When flowing after heavy rain, the Paluxy River is known for a very swift current. John Meek helped establish the community and the county, and became one of the first four county commissioners. It was in Erath County until 1866, when Hood County was carved out of the region. There have been only a few small businesses in the town, and the surrounding area is farm and ranch land.

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County sites recognized by Texas Historical Commission

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ere are the sites featuring historical markers that are officially designated by the Texas Historical Commission currently in Hood County:

n Acton Baptist Church, 3500 Fall Creek Highway n Acton Cemetery, Highway 167, Acton (about .5 miles south of North intersection of FM 167 and FM 4, Acton) n Acton Masonic Lodge Hall, former, FM 167 Acton near southern city limits n Acton Methodist Church, FM 167, Acton (about .25 miles south of north intersection of FM 167 and FM 4) n Acton Public Square, at North Intersection of FM 4 and FM 167, Acton n Add-Ran Christian College, Caraway Street and Highway 4 (west side), Thorp Spring n Antioch Cemetery, 4111 Tolar Highway, Tolar n Antioch Community, 3 mi. NW of Tolar at intersection of FM 56 and CR 108 n Aston House, 221 E. Bridge St., Granbury n Aston-Landers Building, 113 Bridge St., Granbury n Baker-Carmichael House, 226 E. Pearl St., Granbury n Baker-Doyle Building, 100 N. Crockett St., Granbury n Baker-Rylee Building and Town Square Service Station, 210 E. Pearl St., Granbury n Bowden-Kennon House, 505 W. Doyle St., Granbury n Brown House, J.D. and Georgia, 118 W. Bluff St., Granbury n Bull Stone House, John W., from Granbury, take FM 51 south about 14.5 miles to FM 205 west and turn southwest immediately onto CR. Follow CR about 2.7 miles southwest then take gravel road south about 1/10 miles. n Bush-Morgan Cherry Building, 115 N. Houston St., Granbury n Colony Cemetery (roadside marker), 4 miles west of Granbury on U.S. 377 (actual cemetery site is on private property) n Comanche Peak (roadside marker), from Granbury, SH 144 about 3 miles south n Cresson School, 9304 Pittsburgh St., Cresson n Crockett’s Bounty (roadside marker), 2900 Temple Hall Highway, FM 167, 4.9 miles north of the intersection of US 377 and FM 167. n Site of home of Elizabeth Crockett (access through gated private property), 1381 M&M Ranch Road (CR 414). This is a 1936 Centennial marker of pink granite. n Three miles south to the grave of Elizabeth Crockett, this is a 1936 Centennial marker of pink granite. On the northbound roadside of US 377, west of the junction of FM 167. n Grave of Elizabeth Crockett (an official Texas state park), located in the Acton Cemetery, 3601 Fall Creek Highway, FM 167, Acton. n Statue of Elizabeth Crockett. This marker is dated 1911 and was dedicated on May 30, 1913. Located in the Acton Cemetery, 3601 Fall Creek Highway, FM 167, Acton. n Daniel House, 107 Bluff St., Granbury n Daniel-Harris Home, 403 W. Bridge St., Granbury n Doyle, James Hogan and Mary Kate Stringfellow, 123 W. Doyle St., Granbury n Elm Flat Cemetery, 1.5 miles east on Power Plant Road n Fair, The, 115 Bridge St., Granbury

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Gafford House, 361 S. Caddo St., Lipan

Hood County Jail, 1885-1978

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Hood County Courthouse

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Markers

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n First Baptist Church of Granbury, 1851 Weatherford Hwy, Granbury n First Christian Church of Granbury, Highway 377 western city limits, Granbury (not Business 377) (original frame church located 2 blocks east of courthouse square at corner of Bridge Street and Brazos Street), Granbury n First National Bank, 101 Bridge St., Granbury n First Presbyterian Church of Granbury, 309 W. Bridge St., Granbury n Friendship Cemetery, 4950 Friendship Road; cemetery 0.1 mile down driveway on right n Gafford House, W.D. and Essie, 361 S. Caddo St., Lipan n Glenn Brothers Building, 109 Bridge St., Granbury n Glenn Cemetery, U.S. Hwy 377 west of Tolar, just across the Erath County line. Immediately turn south on first road, Glenn Cemetery Road. Cemetery is 0.7 milles south on left side of road. n Gordon Home, 307 E. Pearl St., Granbury n Granbury Cemetery, Moore St and Hwy. 51 North, Granbury n Granbury House, 104 E. Pearl St., Granbury n Granbury Light Plant, Corner of North Ewell and North Brazos, Granbury n Granbury Opera House , 116 E. Pearl St., Granbury n Granbury Railroad Depot, 109 E. Ewell St., Granbury n Granbury, General H.B., 100th block of Pearl Street, Granbury Courthouse lawn; and Granbury’s Texas Brigade, 100 block of Pearl Street, Granbury; Courthouse Square, Granbury n Hannaford Building, E.A., 130 N. Houston St., Granbury n Hannaford House, E.A., 126 S. Lambert St., Granbury n Hardware and Tin Shop, 107 Bridge St., Granbury n Harris Building, 114-118 East Pearl Street, Granbury n Haynes-Burns-Ewell Building, 106 E. Pearl St., Granbury n Holderness-Aiken House, 321 W. Bridge St., Granbury n Hood County Courthouse, 100 block of Pearl Street, Granbury Courthouse lawn, Granbury n Hood County Jailhouse, 208 N. Crockett St., Granbury n Hood County News, 1501 S. Morgan St., Granbury n Hood, General John Bell, 100 block of Pearl Street, Granbury courthouse lawn, Granbury n Lees-Bryan House, 121 W. Bluff St., Granbury n Long Creek Cemetery, 5410 Temple Hall Highway, FM 167 n Martin Cemetery (access through gated private property), 5 miles east of Lipan on FM 4 to Diamond A Ranch, then 2 miles down main ranch road through two gates n Mitchell Bend Cemetery, 5.5 mi. south on FM 144, 2 mi. east on FM 2425, 3.5 mi. south on county road, 0.1 mi. west on cemetery road. n Nubbin Ridge Cemetery, 7.5 mi. south on FM 144 to FM 2425, 0.5 mi. off FM 2425 on Nubbin Ridge Cemetery Road n Nutt Building, J.F. and J., 117 E. Bridge St., Granbury n Nutt Home, David L., 319 E. Bridge St., Granbury n Schultz Blacksmith Shop, 201 E. Bridge St., Granbury n Smith-Savage House, 826 N. Thorp Springs Road, Granbury n Stockton Bend Community, 2100 Yucatan n Stroud Creek Cemetery, from Tolar, north on FM 56, 2 miles to 2800 Stroud Creek Court. Stroud Creek Court is a county road to the cemetery n Temple Hall United Methodist Church, 5601 Temple Hall Highway n Thorp Spring Cemetery, 2803 Clay St. n Thrash-Landers-Hiner House, 201 W. Pearl St., Granbury n Tolar Tabernacle, 104 Donley St., Tolar n W.M. Miller Cemetery, 2359 Miller Court, Granbury n Walker House, Dr. William & Eunice, 315 W. Bridge St., Granbury n Warren, Ora Nutt, and Allie T., (homestead) Source: Texas Historical Commission Go to http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/shell-county.htm for locations and maps.

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General H.B. Granbury on courthouse square

The Granbury Depot, 109 E. Ewell St.

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Granbury’s Downtown Square

J.D. and Georgia Brown House, 118 W. Bluff

Lees-Bryan House, 121 W. Bluff

First Presbyterian Church, 309 W. Bridge

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Legends

Tours of Granbury’s ghosts and legends are given every Friday and Saturday night. Meet the Lady in Red, the Faceless Girl, Indian Joe and maybe even John Wilkes Booth. If you plan ahead and make reservations you can take the “The Last Mile Cemetery Tour” at the historic Granbury City Cemetery on Friday or Saturday night.

Area known for ghosts, legends

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ranbury is promoted as the place “where Texas history lives,” but the tales of who died here have drawn national attention. The mother-daughter team of Coletta Henderson and Brandy Herr have kept interest in local history alive - even though the subjects of their Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour are not. Since the two started the clever business in April 2010, they have been featured on NBC 5, Fox 4 News and KERA Radio, and their tour has been named one of the seven best ghost tours in the U.S. by Frommer’s Travel Guides. The hour-long tours are given every Friday and Saturday night at 7 and 9:15. Or if you plan ahead and make reservations you can take the “The Last Mile Cemetery Tour” at the historic Granbury City Cemetery on Highway 51 about a mile north of the square on Friday or Saturday night at 10:45 p.m. Cost is $10 per person, $7 for children 12 and younger. Tour groups gather near the Nutt Hotel on Bridge Street, where the ghost of former owner Mary Lou Watkins is believed to be in residence.

Mysterious actor

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Nutt House, the spirit of John Wilkes Booth is believed to occasionally make an appearance at the Granbury Opera House. According to local legend, Booth escaped from pursuers and lived in Granbury during the 1870s. Booth He was known as John St. Helen, and was a dark, mysterious man who walked with a distinct limp and quoted Shakespeare. After taking ill and believing to be on his deathbed, St. Helen allegedly confessed to a saloon owner, a Granbury attorney and a Dallas priest that he was, in fact, the man who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. After making a surprise recovery, Booth is believed to have fled Granbury and settled in Enid, Okla., committing suicide in 1903.

Other Crockett family members are buried here as well. Two Crockett log cabins were built in the Acton area, and one is now beneath an old ranch house. It features a tunnel to a nearby river bed - an escape route in case of an Indian attack.

Alamo hero

Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour

Granbury’s Crockett Street is named after family members of Alamo hero Davy Crockett, who settled here in the 1850s. Crockett’s widow, Elizabeth, is buried in Acton Cemetery, designated at the smallest state park in Texas.

Outlaw

The notorious outlaw Jesse James is believed by some to be buried, not in Missouri, but in James Granbury. According to legend, James, living under an assumed identity, became friends with Hood County Sheriff Oran Baker. After James’ death in 1951, Baker did a postmortem examination of the body. In 1996, the former sheriff wrote that he believed his late friend was the infamous outlaw James. Wagon Yard Courtyard next to Nutt Hotel on the square 817-559-0849 www.GranburyTours.com Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

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Accommodations

Shelbie Miller, proprietor at one of many bed and breakfast facilities in Granbury, added vintage pieces and antique furniture to her charming establishment.

Come and stay overnight

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ranbury and Hood County offer a variety of guest accommodations, from modern hotels to charming bed and breakfasts.

Alfonso’s Loft

137 E. Pearl St., Granbury 817-219-1552

Angel of the Lake

606 E. Bridge St., Granbury 817-573-0073 or 1-800-641-0073

Arbor House Bed and Breakfast

530 E. Pearl St., Granbury 817-573-0073 or 1-800-641-0073

Arkens Bed & Breakfast

635 June Rose Court, Granbury 817-408-6061

Baker St. Harbour

Waterfront Bed and Breakfast 511 S. Baker St., Granbury 817-579-8811

Best Western Granbury Inn and Suites

1517 N. Plaza Drive, Granbury 817-573-4239

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Best Western

Granbury Inn & Suites

La Quinta Inn and Suites

Brierhouse B&B

Granbury Square Flat

Manor of Time

Casa Farina

Heavenhill Guesthouse

9120 E. Highway 377, Cresson 817-396-4480 7711 Colony Road, Granbury 254-835-5159 202 N. Houston, Granbury 817-579-5600

Classic Inn

1209 N. Plaza Drive, Granbury 817-573-8874

Comfort Suites of Granbury

903 Harbor Lakes Drive, Granbury 817-579-5559

Days Inn

1201 N. Plaza Drive, Granbury 817-573-2611

Dinosaur Trail Cabins

2800 S. Highway 144, Granbury 817-573-3023

Granbury Gardens B and B

321 W. Doyle St., Granbury 817-573-9010

1339 N. Plaza Drive, Granbury 817-573-2691 109 E. Bridge St. 972-239-9210

620 E. Bridge St., Granbury 817-894-2036

Hilton Garden Inn Granbury 635 E. Pearl St., Granbury 817-579-3800

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

1515 N. Plaza Drive, Granbury 817-579-9977

Inn On Lake Granbury

205 W. Doyle St., Granbury 817-573-0046

Iron Horse Inn

616 N. Thorp Springs Road 817-993-9847

Lambert Street Guesthouse

215 S. Lambert St., Granbury 817-579-1876

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880 Harbor Lakes Drive, Granbury 817-573-2007 Bed and Breakfast 121 W. Bluff St., Granbury 817-579-0212

Nutt House Hotel

119 E. Bridge St., Granbury 817-279-1207

Plantation Inn on Lake Granbury 1451 E. Pearl St., Granbury 817-573-8846

Pomegranate House and Cottages 1002 W. Pearl St., Granbury 817-279-7412

Quality Inn and Suites

800 Harbor Lakes Drive, Granbury 817-573-4411

Texas Heritage Cabins

5801 Matlock Road, Granbury 817-326-3639

Windmill Farm

6625 Colony Road, Tolar 254-835-4168


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Entertainment

Renovated Opera House is Granbury’s crown jewel BY RICK MAUCH HOOD COUNTY NEWS

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n the outside it blends in with the rest of downtown Granbury - historic and rustic. But on the inside, there is an air of majesty surrounding the historic Granbury Opera House. Visit the building on any given occasion and listen as folks comment on the beauty of the recently restored landmark. It reopened in December 2013 with a gala unlike Granbury had seen in some time. Red carpet was rolled out. Dignitaries included city council members, county commissioners, state Sen. Brian Birdwell (RGranbury) and state Rep. Jim Keffer (R-Eastland). And there was even a special guest in attendance, someone who spent years making people laugh on television. Ruth Buzzi, former star of “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In,” was in attendance. She lives with her husband in Mingus (north of Stephenville). And this was all in spite of the biggest ice storm to hit the area in many years. The highlight of the evening was a selection of scenes from various Granbury Theatre Company productions. A week later the first show in the newly reopened theater was “A Christmas Carol,” and it was a big hit. The $3.4 million project was a long time in the works. But slowly it became a reality. And now it is the city’s pride and joy. “It is a fully renovated state-ofthe-art facility that graces Granbury’s rich tradition of theater,” said Kent Whites, executive director of the Granbury Theatre Company. And Granbury does have a rich theater tradition. The Opera House first graced the square before the turn of the century. It is even said the ghost of John Wilkes Booth haunts the place.

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Folks are coming from all over to attend shows at the newly renovated and reopened historic Granbury Opera House on the square. The $3.4 million project includes a much larger stage, more spacious seating upstairs and downstairs, elevators, and enlarged backstage area and dressing rooms. And while it has been closed and re-opened on a number of of occasions, the historical building has never experienced anything like this. Still, amidst the major renovation remained some traditional parts of the theater. The walls in the seating part of the theater remained virtually intact because of the great acoustics. They were, however, cleaned thoroughly and somewhat refurbished. Most of the rest of the theater underwent a complete makeover. It is now state-of-the-art from the stage to the seats to speakers so carefully hidden along a proscenium arch around the stage. Visitors can expect to see props and set pieces appear from below

the main stage during productions which has also been expanded to nearly twice as large as before. The 33-foot stage, combined with a 7-foot apron area, equals a 40-foot deck, an increase of 16 feet. And with 7,600 square feet added to the wing space and new dressing rooms, the backstage area is bigger than ever before. Each dressing room, one for males and one for females, houses around 13-15 actors. There are also two star dressing rooms. High-definition televisions allow actors backstage to keep track of the production onstage as they await their entrance. The televisions will also allow folks in the lobby to view the show.

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The theater seats in excess of 300. However, now there will be more knee room. Landings at the top of the two Victorian staircases between the first and second floors allow visitors to gaze out the window at the sights of historic downtown Granbury. Rob Keehn, superintendent of the project, said this is his third theater project. He previously renovated theaters in Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas City, Kan. “Folks in the city of Granbury, they’re going to enjoy this,” he said. “This is more of a historic remodel. It’s more fun to do this. In construc-

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Granbury City Manager Wayne McKethan addresses the audience during the Granbury Opera House gala in December. The historic theater had its grand reopening in early December after undergoing more than $3 million in renovations and restorations. The first show, “A Christmas Carol,” played to sold-out crowds.

Entertainment tion, people tear stuff up. In historical work, you preserve history, but make it look better.” There are, however, some exceptions to preserving history. Among these are larger restrooms, including eight stalls in the ladies room, up from two previously. The stage floor of the Opera House, called a “sprung floor,” is one of only four in the state.

From Page 20 The floor, much like surfaces on newer football fields, such as the one at Pirate Stadium, “gives” more to allow for fewer injuries. In short, folks in Granbury feel their crown jewel is something theater lovers are going to travel many miles to see. speditor@hcnews.com | 817-573-7066, ext. 256

| ENTERTAINMENT VENUES IN HOOD COUNTY GRANBURY OPERA HOUSE

BRAZOS DRIVE IN

GRANBURY LIVE

SHOWBIZ CINEMAS

Address: 133 E. Pearl St., Granbury Phone: 817-579-0952 Website: www.granburytheatrecompany.org Hours: Various Notable: The Granbury Theatre Company presents musicals and plays throughout the year, most of which include a combination of local residents and actors throughout the Metroplex. Address: 114 N. Crockett St., Granbury Phone: 855-823-5550 Website: www.bigcitymusicrevue.com Hours: Various Notable: The theater presents concerts with themes that include the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, classic rock-nroll, top-40, southern gospel, bluegrass and holiday themes.

Address: 1800 W. Pearl St., Granbury Phone: 817-573-1311 Website: www.thebrazos.com Hours: Various, mostly Fridays and Saturdays, and sometimes on Sundays (particularly when Monday is a holiday). Notable: The theater is one of the oldest drive-ins in the state. It has one screen and features firstrun films. Address: 1201 Waters Edge Drive, Granbury Phone: 817-573-7318, or movie line is 817-573-MOVI Website: www.showbizcinemas. com Hours: Various Notable: The theater features six screens and shows first-run movies.

The upstairs balcony of the newly renovated Granbury Opera House overlooks a wide lobby filled with guests for the December gala to celebrate the re-opening of the historic theatre on the Granbury square. The $3.4 million project includes a view of the courthouse, along with state-of-the art accessories throughout. There is also a larger stage, larger seating area and more room backstage, complete with an upstairs rehearsal room.

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Restaurants Eateries and cafes for every taste A-1 Donut

817-573-5115 613 Lipan Highway Granbury 76048

Asian Grill

817-573-4841 1311 N. Plaza Drive Granbury 76048

Babe’s Chicken Dinner House 817-573-9777 114 W. Pearl St. Granbury 76048

817-326-5876 4919 Fall Creek Highway Granbury 76049

Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores 817-573-7671 1110 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

817-579-9120 1105 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048

Christina’s Boutique and Bistro

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Chicken Express

Coffee Grinder

Doc Possum’s BBQ

817-573-4800 1250 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76049

Chick-fil-A

817-573-4424 1011 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Chili’s Grill & Bar

817-573-4472 1470 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Burger King

Cari’s Restaurant

817-573-3469 2113 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Best Donut

Buffalo Steakhouse

They taste as good as they look! These giant cinnamon rolls are a favorite at the Firehouse Cafe. Many restaurants around Granbury are sure to please any taste.

817-579-9402 1000 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

China Cafe

817-579-7888 1401 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048

817-579-1707 110 N. Houston St. Granbury 76048

817-279-0977 Inside H-E-B 3804 Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Cotton Patch Cafe

817-579-6461 1151 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Cross Roads Cafe

254-646-2275 20174 S. Highway 281 Lipan 76462

817-326-2277 3132 Fall Creek Highway Acton 76049

Domino’s Pizza

817-579-1800 1151 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Domino’s Pizza

817-326-2466 3264 Fall Creek Highway Granbury 76049

Dairy Queen

817-573-5100 Highway 377, near Avalon Center Granbury 76048

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817-573-2897 3906 Highway 377 E. Granbury, 76049

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Experience Glen Rose

Known as the “Dinosaur Capital of Texas,” Glen Rose is a wonderful family-friendly destination and home to Barnard’s Mill and Art Museum, Dinosaur World, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, our Historic Courthouse Square, The Promise, the Paluxy RIver Bluegrass Festivals, the Brazos and Paluxy Rivers and Squaw Valley Golf Club. Get out of the concrete jungle and experience the sights and sounds of Glen Rose.

For more information, please visit GlenRoseTexas.net or 888-346-6282

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Restaurants

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Don Melquia’s

Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant

Krispy Krunchy Chicken

Nutshell Eatery & Bakery

Donut Hole

Golden Chick

La Fiesta Authentic Mexican Food

Pam’s Restaurant

Linda’s Southern Kitchen

Pam’s Too

Long John Silver’s

Panda Express

McDonald’s

Papa Chulo’s

McDonald’s

Papa John’s Pizza

Mi Familia Cantina & Restaurant

Papa Murphy’s Pizza

Miyako Restaurant

Paradise Bistro Coffee Company

Montana Restaurant

Pastafina Italian Restaurant

Montes Breakfast Burritos

Pearl Street Station

Nizza Pizza Pasta & Subs

Pizza Hut Wingstreet

817-326-8344 5675 N. Gate Road Acton 76049 817-573-4653 806 W. Pearl St. Granbury 76048

Donut Palace

817-579-8040 1709 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048

Donuts Plus

817-573-6299 1741 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

El Chico Cafe

817-573-8833 1151 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Eighteen Ninety Grille 817-533-3400 115 E. Pearl St. Granbury

Farina’s Winery & Cafe 817-579-5300 202 N. Houston St. Granbury

Firehouse Cafe

817-279-1160 1462 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Flames Seafood Bar & Grill 817-573-2998 1030 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

817-573-TACO (8226) 115 W. Pearl St. Granbury 76048

Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant 817-573-4920 2000 Loop 567 Granbury 76048

254-835-5289 8601 W. Highway 377 Tolar 76476

817-326-2002 2620 W. Highland Drive Acton 76049

Grady’s Line Camp Steakhouse 254-835-4459 4610 Shaw Road Tolar 76476

Great American Grill

at Hilton Garden Inn 817-579-3800 635 E. Pearl St. Granbury 76048

Grumps

817-573-5000 3503 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76049

Hoffbrau Steaks

817-776-4982 315 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Irby’s Burgers & Catfish 817-573-7311 804 E. Pearl St. Granbury 76048

Jack In The Box

817-573-8093 1010 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048

Joe’s Pizza & Pasta

817-579-5637 512 W. Pearl St. Granbury 76048

KFC

817-579-0458 2201 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

817-326-3661 5681 Acton Highway Granbury 76049 817-579-1275 1112 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048 817-573-1952 201 E. Pearl St. Granbury 76048

817-579-1511 1001 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048 817-573-0206 1101 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048 817-573-8000 735 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048 817-279-0382 1468 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

817-579-8668 715 Autumn Ridge Dr # 104 Granbury 76048 817-573-2500 1454 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048 817-573-0250 2202 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76049 817-573-7575 2200 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

817-279-8989 137 E. Pearl St. Granbury 76048

817-573-8052 204 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048 817-326-4056 5320 Acton Highway Granbury 76049 817-573-8988 1031 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048 817-573-3800 1300 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048 817-579-1220 728 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048 817-579-7171 3906 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048 817-573-3853 129 E. Pearl St. Granbury 76048

817-279-8669 1106 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048 817-579-7233 120 W. Pearl St. Granbury 76048

817-573-3765 1014 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048

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Ribshack BBQ

Subway

Sabor Mexicana Restaurant

Sunny Donuts

Saddlebags BBQ, Burgers and Fried Pies

Taco Bell

817-573-6202 515 W. Bridge St. Granbury 76048

817-579-7200 3636 Highway 377 W. Granbury 76049

Schlotzsky’s Deli

817-573-9909 1100 Waters Edge Drive Granbury 76048

Sonic Drive-in

817-326-4004 5431 Acton Highway Granbury 76049

Sonic Drive-In

817-512-0111 9400 E. Highway 377 Cresson 76035

Sonic Drive-In

817-573-4401 1155 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Spring Creek Barbeque 817-579-7336 317 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Starbucks Coffee

817-573-0640 413 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Stumpy’s Lakeside Grill 817-279-1000 2323 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048

Subway

817-396-4690 9310 E. Highway 377 Cresson 76035

Paradise Bistro & Coffee Co

817-573-3853 129 E. Pearl Street, Granbury

817-910-2002 3256 Fall Creek Highway Granbury 76049 817-573-7660 402 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048

Taco Bueno

817-573-2451 1080 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Taco Casa

817-573-3229 3706 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76049 817-573-6318 206 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048

Granbury

817.579.7933 1101 Waters Edge Drive

The Dock

817-579-8200 1003 E. White Cliff Road Granbury 76048

The Fillin Station

817-573-1554 100 N. Crockett St. Granbury

T J’s Cafe

817-573-6320 3126 Oak Trail Drive Granbury 76048

Acton

817.326.5053

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Village Bistro

817-579-9100 2800 Village Road Granbury 76049

Wendy’s

817-573-2260 425 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

Whataburger

Subway

Willie & Dicks Grill

817-578-8558 1423 S. Morgan St. Granbury 76048

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817-279-7006 1317 N. Plaza Drive Granbury 76048

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817-326-4752 4021 Acton Highway Granbury 76049

817-579-0847 907 E. Highway 377 Granbury 76048

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817-326-6241 424 Fall Creek Highway Granbury 76049

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MAIN BANK (On Historic Square) 101 E. Bridge St. 817-573-2655 1-800-447-1688 TOLAR BANKING CENTER 8401 Hwy. 377 W. 254-835-4338 HWY. 144 BANK 1905 Morgan St. 817-579-1980 1-800-452-1442

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HWY. 377 BANK 4064 Hwy. 377 E. 817-579-2655

HWY 144 BANK 1905 Morgan Street 817-579-1980 1-800-452-1442

KROGER BANK Inside Kroger on 377 Bypass 817-573-1746

TOLAR BANKING CENTER 8401 Highway 377 West 254-835-4338

ACTON BANK 3000 Fall Creek Highway 817-326-3000 FNB MORTGAGE GROUP 4062 E. Highway 377 817-279-6655

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Events

The crowd stands at attention when the color guard passes by during a parade at one of Granbury’s many outdoor festivals on the square.

Historic square site for numerous outdoor events

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he Texas Independence Day Celebration is the first outdoor festival each year with activities planned to remember the Texas Declaration of Independence signed March 2, 1836. Vendors and historical exhibits around the square include vintage clothing, food, art and gadgets from 19th century Texas. Children’s activities, a cannon display and a chuck wagon cookoff are also part of the celebration. And it wouldn’t be a Granbury festival without a parade. The parade includes horse-drawn buggies, covered wagons and floats depicting historical events. The Fourth of July celebration draws the biggest crowd. Vendors on the square, fireworks over the lake and a huge parade are part of the festival. The year winds down with the Night of Lights Christmas Parade on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

TEXAS INDEPENDENCE DAY Annual event in March

Historic parade, bull riding on the beach, vendors, chuck wagon cook-off, historic reenactments and exhibits, music, activities for kids, student history fair and more. www.march2texas.com

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GENERAL GRANBURY’S BIRTHDAY Annual event in March

FOURTH OF JULY EVENT July 4-5, 2014

GRANBURY WINE WALK April 25-26, 2014

WARRIORS FOR CHRIST BIKER BASH Sept. 6-8, 2014

MEMORIAL DAY EVENT May 24-26, 2014

HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL Oct. 18-19, 2014

FIELD OF FLAGS EVENT May 23-26, 2014

NIGHT OF LIGHTS PARADE Nov. 28, 2014

Vendor booths on the square, birthday cake, beans and barbecue cook-off, parade and other activities. www.granburysquare.com

Wine tasting, vendors and music on the square and surrounding area. www.granburywinewalk.com

Vendor booths on the square, music and other activities. www.granburysquare.com

Huge display of American flags and parade to honor past and present members of the military. Flags will be located behind Granbury Church of Christ, near the First Assembly of God property at Pirate Drive and Highway 377. www.usveteransmuseum.com

Parade on square and fireworks over the lake Friday, July 4. Variety of vendors and activities on the square and surrounding area. www.granburychamber.com

Activities on the square, motorcycle runs, biker contests and motivational speakers. www.bikerbashtx.com

Vendors on the square, variety of pumpkin contests, live entertainment. www.granburysquare.com

Country Christmas parade on the square. www.granburysquare.com

GRANBURY: A CANDLELIGHT TOUR Dec. 6-7, 2014

Homes and historic buildings are open for touring, musical events around the square. www.granburysquare.com

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Outdoors

Another sport that has drawn a lot of attention in Hood County is tennis, which is growing in popularity thanks to events such as the annual Hood County News Tennis Festival. There are various courts around the county, some public and some private, on which folks can work on their game or just have a friendly match.

No need to stay indoors with these activities

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o that ol’ summer sun is just begging you to get outdoors? Not to worry. There are ample opportunities for outdoor recreational activities in Hood County. If “going for a drive” means more than seeing the scenery (though our golf courses are quite beautiful), grab your clubs, tee it up and see what your best score is on one of many golf courses within a stone’s throw. And speaking of throwing, maybe your type of golf doesn’t involve clubs at all. If disc golf, one of the nation’s newest growing fads, is your thing, there’s a course for that too, right near downtown Granbury. But if you’re into a different racket, say a sport that uses, well, racquets, there are numerous tennis courts around to keep you happy and slap-

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ping the ball over the net (hopefully).

PUBLIC GOLF Granbury Country Club

745 E. Bluebonnet Dr. Suite 101, Granbury 817-573-9912 Nine holes (two sets of tee boxes) 3,016 yards/2,397 yards Par 72 (36 each nine)

Hidden Oaks Golf Course

2701 Hideaway Bay Court, Granbury 817-279-1078 18 holes 6,486 yards Par 72

Squaw Valley Golf Courses

2439 E. Highway 67, Glen Rose 254-897-7956

Apache Links Course 18 holes 7,062 yards Par 72 Comanche Lakes Course 18 holes 7,000 yards Par 72

Sugar Tree Golf Club

251 Sugar Tree Dr., Lipan 817-341-1111 18 holes 6,659 yards Par 71

Granbury Disc Golf Course

600 W. Moore St., Granbury 817-573-7030 21 holes Par 63 7,000 feet Free

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PRIVATE GOLF Harbor Lakes Golf Club

512 Mustang Trail, Granbury 817-578-8600 18 holes 6,927 yards Par 72

deCordova Bend Country Club

5301 Country Club Drive, Granbury 817-326-2381 Main course 18 holes 6,423 yards Par 70 Par-3 course Nine holes Par 27

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Outdoors From Page 30

Pecan Plantation Country Club

8650 Westover Court, Granbury 817-573-2641 18 holes 6,694 yards Par 72

Nutcracker Golf Club

9500 Orchard Drive, Granbury 817-279-0936 18 holes 6,805 yards Par 72

Starr Hollow Golf Club

5717 Star Hollow Court, Tolar 254-834-3464 9 holes (two sets of tee boxes) Par 72 (36 each nine) 2,964 yards/2,963 yards

PUBLIC TENNIS COURTS Granbury Middle School

2000 Crossland Road, Granbury 817-408-4080 Free

Acton Middle School

1300 James Road, Granbury 817-408-4080 Free

PRIVATE TENNIS COURTS Pecan Plantation Country Club

8650 Westover Court, Granbury 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (members can get a key for after hours) 817-573-2641, ext. 344 Free to members, guests pay a small fee if accompanied by a member.

deCordova Bend Country Club

5301 Country Club Drive, Granbury 6 a.m.-11 p.m. 817-326-2381 Free to members, guests pay a small fee if accompanied by a member.

PUBLIC SWIMMING Dana Vollmer Municipal Swim Center

400 N. Park St., Granbury Tuesday-Friday and Sunday, 1-6:30 p.m.; Saturday 1-7 p.m. 817-579-7946 (SWIM) $5 general admission, $2 discount for city residents with a copy of water bill.

Granbury City Beach

621 E. Pearl St. 10 a.m-10 p.m. 682-936-1202, Free

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Golf has been a popular activity for many years in Hood County, with a variety of courses in every direction. There is a mixture of private and public courses. Tournaments for youth and adults are a regular fixture, including the Hood County News Junior Golf Tournament series, which is held several times throughout the year for ages 17 and under. Granbury High also has a solid golf tradition, with the boys team advancing to state this past season.

Pecan Plantation Country Club

8650 Westover Court, Granbury 10 a.m.-8 p.m., closed Monday 817-573-2641 Free to members, guests can play for a small fee if accompanied by a member.

deCordova Bend Country Club

5301 Country Club Drive, Granbury 817-326-2381 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., closed Monday Free to members, guests can play for a small fee if accompanied by a member.

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Harbor Lakes Golf Club

512 Mustang Trail, Granbury 10 a.m.-8 p.m., closed on Mondays 817-578-8600 Free to members, guests can swim for a small fee if accompanied by a member.


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Parks

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here is no shortage of opportunities for fresh air and recreation in Hood County. Soon, there will be a skateboard and BMX bike park off Crossland Road near the soccer fields. Following is a list of the area’s parks and other attractions.

Granbury City Park

1218 W. Pearl St. 817-573-1114 www.granbury.org Closing time is 11 p.m. Notable: The Granbury City Park has multiple facilities, including: a large playground, softball and baseball fields, soccer fields (off of Crossland Road), two pavilions and basketball and volleyball courts.

Bark Park

Moore Street by baseball fields 817-573-1114 www.granbury.org Closing time is 11 p.m. Notable: Fenced area with drinking water and obstacle course-like features where properly registered dogs can frolic.

Shanley Park/Houston Street Park Bicentennial Park 303 N. Travis St. 817-573-1114 www.granbury.org Closing time is 11 p.m.

Moments in Time Hike and Bike Trail From Granbury City Hall (116 W. Bridge St.) to the airport 817-573-1114 www.granbury.org Closing time is 11 p.m. Notable: Website offers a map of the hike and bike trail.

Dana Vollmer Municipal Swim Center

400 N. Park St. 817-573-1114 www.granbury.org Notable: Pool opens in late May. Hours are: Tuesday-Friday, 1-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1-7 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6:30 p.m.; closed Mondays for maintenance. General admission $5. This fountain at Shanley Park near the town square is a favorite for prom and wedding photos. Granbury has a number of parks - even one for dogs. Soon, the city will add a skateboard/BMX bike park to its list of amenities.

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Hewlett Park

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City Beach Park

Pearl St. next to Conference Center 817-573-1114 www.granbury.org Closing time is 11 p.m.

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Moore St. Baseball Complex

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Sisters Hailey Rhoden, left, and Bridget Fielder play with one of several dogs their family brought to run and play at the Granbury Bark Park during a family outing.

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Museums

Charles and Dominique Inge examine a piece of the Quanah Parker exhibit held at the Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Educational Center.

Museums valuable to understanding heritage

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useums aren’t just mere showrooms of antiquated objects. They are living, breathing embodiments of our cultural heritage, and each object tells a story. The museums listed will give you insight as to how Hood County evolved into what it is today.

Bridge Street History Center

319 E. Bridge St., Granbury 817-573-8810 bshc-granbury.org Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Special tours can be arranged

Granbury Doll House Museum

421 E. Bridge St., Granbury 817-894-5194 Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. if flag is up

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Granbury Historic Railroad Depot

109 E. Ewell St., Granbury 817-573-2557 www.granburydepot.org Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 1-4 p.m.

Granbury Light Plant

Corner of E. Ewell St. and N. Brazos St., Granbury 817-573-7458 Special tours available by appointment only

Hood County Courthouse Museum 100 E. Pearl St., Granbury 817-579-3200 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Special tours can be arranged

Hood County Jail Museum

208 N. Crockett St., Granbury 817-573-5135 Friday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m.

U.S. Veterans Museum

601 Thorp Springs Road, Granbury 817-578-3288 Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Yeats-Duke 1858 Working Museum and Gift Shop 214 N. Crockett St., Granbury 817-888-2094 817-707-1012 Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m Free Admission

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The Bridge Street History Center exhibits photos, documents and personal writings and mementos dealing with pioneering residents of Hood County.

Yeats-Duke 1858 Working Museum and Gift Shop holds various demonstrations including teddy bear making and spinning on Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m., 214 N. Crockett St.

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Brenda Hill Massingill (left), the captain of the Hood County Sheriff’s Posse, and trail boss Biff Temple led the way for the volunteer group in the March 15 parade celebrating Gen. Granbury’s birthday. Temple is the chief deputy for Sheriff Roger Deeds.

Sheriff’s Posse mighty handy in various roles BY MARK WILSON HOOD COUNTY NEWS

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he Hood County Sheriff’s Posse could show up just about anywhere - usually in connection with supporting the sheriff. After the May 15 EF-4 tornado that pummeled the Rancho Brazos subdivision, members of the non-commissioned volunteer group showed up to help in any way they could - with manpower, setting up roadblocks and managing traffic control. Sheriff’s Posse Trail Boss Biff Temple, who is Sheriff Roger Deeds’ chief deputy, said the group once was called on to look for a missing person, although the search was quickly called off when the person was found. Brenda Hill Massingill, the captain of the Sheriff’s Posse, said, “We volunteer for anything the sheriff needs. And if the police department needed something, we would be there for them too.” She said the group stages events to benefit local charity organizations such as the Children’s

Advocacy Center and Kids Armor for Hope. “We put on horse shows to raise money,” Massingill explained. Massingill said that there are approximately 44 current Sheriff’s Posse members. “It (the number) goes up and down,” she said. “We’re getting a lot of young people now. Some are couples. This is the first year we’re letting in people who can’t ride; some do field work.” The group’s treasurer is Dana Ruth McCoy. The chaplain is Doug Pruitt, and the secretary is Dee Brown. The Sheriff’s Posse also provides an even more publicly visible ceremonial function, riding in local events such as the Texas Independence Day Parade and the General Granbury Birthday Parade. Sheriff’s Posse memberships are $24 per person. Lifetime memberships are also available. Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday each month at the reunion grounds, 641 Reunion Court, in Granbury. For more information call Massingill at 817-713-2121.

McCoy noted that the Sheriff’s Posse also donates money to the Boys & Girls Club of Hood County, and raises scholarship money for senior students within the county. That effort expanded last year with the creation of the Lance McLean Scholarship Fund. “We are working with Hood County educational officials to hopefully carry this on from year to year,” McCoy said of the fund named in honor of the Sheriff’s Office deputy who died in the line of duty on June 29 after being mortally wounded the previous day. m.wilson@hcnews.com | 817-573-7066, ext. 254

Hood County Sheriff’s Posse

Hood County Reunion Fairgrounds 1-817-713-2121 (Captain Brenda Hill Massingill) http://www.co.hood.tx.us/index.aspx?NID734. Also see Hood County Sheriff’s Posse on Facebook. Membership fee $26 per year; lifetime memberships also available.

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First to reel one in

Jonathan Chavez had the honor of turning in the first catch of the day at a Youth Fishing Tournament at Squaw Creek Park between Granbury and Glen Rose. Hood County 4-H clubs have joined with Somervell County 4-H clubs and the Texas Game

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Wardens Association in participating in the annual free event. Fishing poles are provided to any child who needs one in order to enjoy this special day, and the docks are handicap accessible.

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Breweries

Tours of local distilleries are popular in Hood County. Visitors can enjoy a little music, relax with friends and family, and take in the local flavors of wine and beer.

Area vineyards and breweries offer tours Revolver Brewing

5600 Matlock Rd., Acton 817-736-8034 Hours: Noon-3 Saturday www.revolverbrewing.com Notable events -- Tastings, tours, concerts, also available for private events.

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Bluff Dale Vineyards

Highway 377, Bluff Dale 254-728-3540 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday noon-6 p.m. or by appointment. www.bluffdalevineyards.com Notable events -- Concerts, Bluff Dale Wine Society.

Barking Rocks Winery

1919 Allen Ct., Granbury 817-579-0007 Saturday afternoons or by appointment. www.barkingrockswine.com Notable events -- First Friday concerts the first Friday of each month at 7 p.m.; Barking Rockers Wine Club; Way Out Wineries Road Trips.

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Libraries

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Ambassador of Laughter Cherie entertains children while promoting reading at the summer reading program at the Hood County Library. The library has various events and activities throughout the year for all ages.

Local libraries offer free fun for families

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he Hood County Library has programs of interest to all ages and offers more than 57,000 items and subscribes to many magazines and three newspapers. Over 500 book titles are available through the digital library, and 8,000 DVDs are available to check out. Children have access to computer interactive storybooks via Tumblebooks. Through the TexShare Program, patrons have access to 49 scholarly databases with thousands of peer-reviewed articles for academic research. The Acton Library is a lending and sharing type library and is run by volunteers.

Hood County Library

222. N. Travis St., Granbury 817-573-3569 www.youseemore.com/hood Tuesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

Acton Library

6430 Smoky Hill Court, Acton 817-326-6005 www.actontx.com Thursday-Friday, 1-3 p.m.

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Airport

The Granbury Regional Airport handles an average of 1,200 aircraft “operations” - landings and takeoffs - per month on its 3,600-foot runway. There are 87 aircraft based there. New hangars have been built and more are in the works. A new 5,200-foot runway will open in 2016 or 2017.

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ince Aviation Director Gary Hawkins arrived at Granbury Regional Airport, he has focused on building a reputation for having one of the friendliest little airports in Texas. Combined with affordable fuel rates and proximity to the Metroplex, the airport is a perfect environment for business to take off when the 5,200-foot runway opens in 2016 or 2017, Hawkins said. “We’re getting better recognition and are known for being friendly in nature, having a good atmosphere and being down home,” Hawkins said. “A major revenue source is fuel sales, and we saw an increase of 12 percent last year. We have a lot of regulars from Amarillo and other places that come here because of our low fuel prices.” The city of Granbury, the FAA and TxDOT joined in an $18 million project to add to the runway, giving the airport the capability of handling

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operations for larger aircraft, including corporate jets. “Corporations can fly in, visit their area stores in Granbury, Stephenville, Weatherford and other areas, get back on their jet and get home by the end of the day,” Hawkins said. “The nuclear energy traffic should increase too with our proximity to Comanche Peak. “Based on my 20 years’ experience in this business, I think we will see an increase of (air) traffic of 25 percent almost immediately when the new runway opens.” In the meantime, growth is occurring off the runway. Hawkins said that a 100-foot by 100-foot hangar has been built and houses five additional planes. Plus, plans are under way for construction of a terminal and large hangar with space for planes to be kept overnight. Air Evac has expanded operations locally and moved its regional main-

tenance facility to the airport from Greenville. “They cover a five-state area, and they (helicopters) come to Granbury for scheduled inspections,” Hawkins said. “That’s about 40 aircraft a month, and it adds 10 employees to the local economy.” The airport handles an average of 1,200 aircraft “operations” - landings and takeoffs - per month on its 3,600-foot runway. There are 87 aircraft based there.

Granbury Regional Airport

400 Howard Clemmons Road, Granbury 817-579-8533 www.granbury.org Office manned 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily

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owners Association. The asphalt runway for the general aviation airstrip is 3,500 feet long and 50 feet wide. There is also a parallel grass landing strip on the west side of the main landing strip.

The Landings

This second private airstrip in Pecan Plantation opened in 2011 and is about seven miles from the Pecan Plantation Airport. The airstrip features a 3,100-foot paved runway and grass taxiways. Homeowners who live around The Landings own portions of the runway and provide for its maintenance costs.

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Nassau Bay Air Park is a private grass field located at 3505 Nassau Court in the Acton area, serving lot owners who live alongside the 2,800-foot runway, which is 200 feet wide.


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Granbury’s City Beach is a popular place for children, teenagers and adults. The beach includes a water feature for youngsters to splash around.

Lake Granbury winds through Hood County BY DEBBIE SCHNEIDER HOOD COUNTY NEWS

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he winding path of the Brazos River makes for a scenic Lake Granbury. Bluffs rise high over portions of the lake.

Boat ramps Six public boat ramps are located on Lake Granbury, including the

Granbury City Ramp, at the west end of the Pearl Street (Business 377) bridge. The Granbury facility has a threelane launch and 46 parking spaces each 40 feet long for easy handling of trucks and trailers. Public rest rooms at the ramp area feature selfflush toilets and heat in the winter. A single ramp operated by the city is adjacent to the Granbury Re-

sort Conference center. It is one of the deeper ramps on the lake. For safety reasons, no swimming or diving is allowed at the ramp areas. The boat ramps operated by the Brazos River Authority include Thorp Spring Park, Hunter Park, Rough Creek Park and deCordova Bend Park. Free camping is permitted at the

BRA parks. The sites are primitive there are no hook-ups for water or electric.

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on the right. In some places, the original river channel is different than the path many boaters travel. Boaters should always use caution on the lake. Sometimes the channel can be narrow, while it’s wide in other spots. The original channel buoys are white with black markings, while the newer ones are white with red markings. The solar-powered buoy lights can assist with nighttime navigation on the lake. All bridge areas on the lake are marked as “No Wake” zones. The “No

Wake” markers at the bridges are posted for safety reasons.

Boat docks

Applications for boat docks and fishing piers are available at the BRA lake office. For more information, call 817-573-1407. At this time, the BRA has permitted over 3,100 private dock facilities on Lake Granbury.

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| LAUNCH YOUR BOAT The Brazos River Authority operates four public boat ramp parks at Lake Granbury. Two others are maintained by the city of Granbury. Generally, the City Beach ramp and Rough Creek are operational during low water conditions.

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The Brazos River Authority constructed Lake Granbury and the deCordova Bend dam in 1969 as a water supply reservoir for water storage. The lake, part of the Brazos River, serves as a source of water for municipalities, electric service providers, industry and agriculture. Lake Granbury covers approximately 7,945 acres with 121 miles of shoreline. It is 32 river miles long and is approximately 70 feet at its deepest point. Heat, wind, drought conditions and water supply usage may affect the lake level, and it can fluctuate up to 30 feet, according to BRA spokeswoman Judi Pierce. In 2014, the lake has been more than 9 feet low, a new record. Pierce said the lake’s conservation pool is around 693 mean sea level (msl), though a lake level at 692.7 msl is considered normal. Lake patrols are by BRA lake rangers and a Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden. Visit the Brazos River Authority website at www.brazos.org for lake regulations and more information about the lake.

Lake Granbury plays host to picture-perfect sunsets. With the right timing, you can view the moon rising above the lake bluffs in the east, while a beautiful sunset plays out in the west.

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Assembly of God

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Acton Baptist Church 3500 Fall Creek Highway 817-326-4693/817-326-4894 Allison Baptist Church 9926 Allison Court, Lipan 254-646-9926 Baker Baptist Church 1912 Baker Cut Off Road 817-594-3490 Bible Baptist Church 4804 E. Highway 377 817-579-3424 Bluff Dale Baptist Church 425 Glenn St., Bluff Dale 254-728-3712 Brazos River Baptist Church 2201 Mitchell Bend Highway 817-573-7242 Church at Granbury 4900 Sonterra Court 817-326-5501 Fairview Baptist Church 5041 Weatherford Highway 817-573-8968 Faith Baptist Church 8115 Hill City Highway, Tolar 254-835-5268 Red Door Baptist Church 200 S. Crook St., Cresson 817-396-4445

Granbury Baptist Church 1200 Weatherford Highway 817-573-4943 First Baptist Church of Granbury 1851 Weatherford Highway 817-573-7137 Lakeside Baptist Church 500 W. Bluebonnet Drive 817-573-2094 Long Creek Baptist Church 14000 Baker Road 817-279-6608 Mambrino Baptist Church 1625 Mambrino Highway 817-573-4901 Mission Bautista el Buen Pastor 315 Holly Hills Cemetery Road 817-573-4133 Oak Trail Baptist Church 4501 Peppertree Road 817-279-6430 Paluxy Baptist Church 9530 Paluxy Circle 254-823-6601 Pecan Baptist Church 9205 Plantation Drive 817-408-5257 Southside Baptist Church 910 Paluxy Road 817-573-1462 Tolar Baptist Church 400 Tolar Highway 254-835-4375 Western Hills Baptist Church 507 Western Hills Trail WHH 817-573-7588 Vino Nuevo Spanish Church at Lakeside Ministry Center Highway 144 at Contrary Creek

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St. Frances Cabrini Catholic 2301 Acton Highway 817-326-2131

First Baptist Church of Lipan 214 Kickapoo St., Lipan 254-646-2484

St. John Vianney Catholic Community Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter 2301 Acton Highway 817-475-6909

Gateway Community Church 1200 Temple Hall Highway 817-579-0509

Temple Hall United Methodist Church is one of several historic church buildings in Hood County.

Christian First Christian Church of Granbury 2109 W. Highway 377 817-573-5431

Christian Science Christian Science Society 528 N. Crockett 817-573-0457

Church of Christ Church of Christ 4313 Old Granbury Road 817-913-4209 Cresson Church of Christ Highway 377 817-396-4314 Downtown Church of Christ 310 W. Pearl St. 817-776-1547

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Granbury Church of Christ 1905 W. Pearl St. 817-573-2613 Lipan Church of Christ 254-646-2297 Thorp Springs Church of Christ 3006 Thorp St. 817-573-7124 Tolar Church of Christ 8604 W. Highway 377 254-835-4397

Church of God

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Episcopal

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Lutheran

Emmanuel Lutheran (ELCA) 2301 Fall Creek Highway 817-326-2201 Our Savior Lutheran (Missouri Synod) 1400 N. Meadows Drive 817-573-5011

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Methodist

Acton United Methodist 3433 Fall Creek Highway, Acton 817-326-4242 Bluff Dale United Methodist 877 Church St., Bluff Dale 254-728-3533 Cresson United Methodist 110 S. Crook St., Cresson 682-225-1345 Granbury First United Methodist 301 Loop 567 817-573-5573 Temple Hall United Methodist 5603 Temple Hall Highway 817-279-9145 Tolar United Methodist 100 E. Highway 377, Tolar 254-835-4005 Waples United Methodist 4323 Waples Road 682-225-1345

Nazarene

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First Presbyterian Church of Granbury 306 W. Bridge St. 817-573-1602

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Shake Anderson, musician, leads a community service for Black History Month at Lakeside Baptist Church. Both traditional and contemporary music is part of the worship service at many churches in Hood County. Cornerstone Community Church 3206 Highway 377 W. 817-579-5750

New Frontier Church 200 Cowboy Court 817-573-0814

Grace Bible 201 E. Clifton Road 682-498-3014

The Way Church - Granbury 4332 E. Highway 377 817-554-3432

Generations Church 5718 E. Highway 377 817-326-5378

Triple Cross Cowboy Church 3470 Lipan Highway 817-279-2470

Harvest Church 919 E. Highway 377 817-573-4260

Stonewater Church 911 E. Highway 377 817-579-9175

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Warren Ketteman (right), the new executive director for the Lake Granbury Area Economic Development Corporation, talks with visitors to the town square just outside the EDC’s offices. Ketteman said he wants to help stimulate growth and success for local businesses.

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exas Governor Rick Perry said that Texas is “wide open for business.” The same could be said for Granbury and Hood County, where economic development is flourishing. From an airport expansion that will feature a runway large enough for Lear jets to major chain stores to a $10 million recreation center Hood County has it all. The many amenities offered by the community are why a significant portion of the county’s 50,000plus population live here not because they grew up here, because this is where they choose to be. Gated communities offer beautiful homes, country clubs and golf courses that for years have made

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the lake community attractive to retirees. But there is also much to offer families: athletics, parks, schools and, soon, a skateboard and BMX park located near the Dana Vollmer Municipal Swim Center and Granbury City Park. Nearby, at the Moore Street ballfields, is a new, fenced dog park. Ordinances passed by city leaders, and guidance provided by the Historic Preservation Commission are responsible for Granbury’s cohesive, aesthetically appealing look. The charm of the town square has been enhanced by the recent reopening of the renovated historic Granbury Opera House, where shows feature quality, experienced performers. The courthouse recently underwent a restoration funded largely by the Texas Historical Commission.

Just a few blocks from the square is the City Beach, the upscale Hilton Garden Inn and the Granbury Resort Conference Center, which has proven to be a popular location for wedding receptions. Visitors can stroll along a boardwalk that provides easy access to the town square and to Hewlett Park on the other side of East Pearl Street. Located near the airport is the Commerce Centre of Granbury. Within a few years, the city will build a multi-million-dollar water desalinization plant. Weatherford College selected Granbury for a satellite campus, and that campus has an ever-growing student population. The site allows young people and non-traditional students in Hood County to work toward a four-year degree while saving thousands in tuition and related costs.

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Outside the historic district - on the east side of the county, toward Fort Worth - are more modern stores and fast-food restaurants that are rapidly growing in number. “They’re already talking about Phase III for that area,” said Granbury City Councilman Mickey Parson. The development around H-E-B is known as Luton Ranch. Soon, a 123,000-square-foot Kroger store featuring jewelry, clothing and other non-grocery items will be built across the highway from H-E-B. It is expected that other businesses will be drawn to the adjoining pad sites, causing another growth explosion at the Highway 377/Highway 4 area. Parson said negotiations are under way for another restaurant next to the new Taco Casa, and Auto Zone has been “inked and approved

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for their spot next to Christian Brothers Automotive.” An Aldi’s grocery store is opening off Harbor Lakes Drive across the highway from the current Kroger location. Some have suggested that when Kroger opens its new, bigger store, its “old” location would be a good spot for the Hood County Library. The Commissioners Court intends to expand the library due to population growth and the increasing number of books and other materials. The Hood County Recreation Center across from Acton Middle School (a short distance from the Highway 377/Highway 4 intersection) is expected to open in the first quarter of 2015. The voter-approved facility will be staffed and

managed by the YMCA of Hood County. It will feature an outdoor recreational pool, as well as an indoor competition pool where swim meets will be held. Phase 1 of the rustic Knox Ranch development near the airport will soon move forward, according to Parson. Located near Knox Ranch and the airport, the Lake Granbury Medical Center (LGMC) has a Level 4 trauma designation and an air ambulance on site. Another air ambulance company also services Hood County. LGMC has six outpatient locations and is continually recruiting physicians. Ninety-five percent of its physicians are board certified. The hospital has 424 employees and an annual

payroll of more than $21 million. In 2013, medical staff handled more than 19,000 emergency room visits and almost 5,000 surgeries. Earlier this year, the Lake Granbury Economic Development Corporation board welcomed Warren Ketteman as the new executive director. Ketteman said that previous leaders have done a “bang-up job” of promoting Granbury as a tourist destination and attracting retail businesses. He stated as his primary goal the nurturing of small local businesses to help them prosper and grow. Said City Councilman Parson, who sits on the board of the EDC: “Granbury has a lot of potential, that’s for sure.” kcruz@hcnews.com | 817-573-7066, ext. 258

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The bold artwork of Mike Tabor is featured throughout the Granbury Resort Conference Center. ranch; Heath Ramsey focuses on the sharpness of architecture as well as unusual shots of common scenes. Snap and Scoot, recently established by photographer, Phyllis Webster, is a travel and photography event company dedicated to offering amateur to intermediate photographers a specialized photographic experience. Not only are these (and more) unusually fine artists, but they are also excellent neighbors. One will always find some or many volunteering their time, talents and artwork to local causes in order to build a better community. jeanalex42@gmail.com | 817-578-3090

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County Profile Top employers, taxpayers Top Hood County employers

Granbury Independent School District, 1,000 Lake Granbury Medical Center, 424 Walmart Supercenter, 417 Hood County, 355 Culbertson Construction, Inc., 325 Texas Transco, 140 H-E-B, 250 Granbury Care Center, 187 City of Granbury, 170 United Coop Services, 151 Lowe’s Home Improvement, 150 Total Equipment and Service, 135 The Home Depot, 115 Kroger, 100 Nabors, 100 Equibrand, 100

2013 Top 10 Taxpayers

1. Quicksilver Resources, minerals 2. Wolf Hollow I LP (plant) 3. Cowtown Gas Processing Partners 4. DCP Tolar PL LLC (plants) 5. Premier Natural Res. II LLC 6. EOG Resources Inc. 7. Quicksilver Resources PP 8. Oncor Electric Delivery U 9. Cowtown Ppeline PartnersLP 10. Energy Transer Fuel LP Source: Hood County Appraisal District

Source: Lake Granbury Area Economic Development Council

People gather around the Granbury square to enjoy events such as “Sounds on the Square” pictured above. The entertainment event is one of many held on the Granbury square.

Hood County at a glance Hood County population

2012 estimate .........................52,044 2010 ............................................51,182 2000 ............................................41,100 1990 ............................................28,981 1980 ............................................17,714 1970 ..............................................6,368

Hood County size

422 square miles, land area 15 square miles, water area 437 square miles, total area

Hood County education

86 percent high school graduate 23 percent bachelor’s degree or higher

Income in Hood County

$54,902 median household income 10.8 percent live below poverty level

City of Granbury

8,356 population, 2012 4,419 housing units, 2010

City of Cresson

741 population, 2010 357 housing units, 2010

City of deCordova

2,683 population, 2010 1,278 housing units, 2010

County-wide median age

City of Lipan

County-wide home statistics

City of Tolar

21 percent are 18 and younger 23 percent are 65 and older

78 percent, rate of home ownership

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GRANBURY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 600 W. Bridge St. Enrollment: 6,608 817-408-4000 www.granburyisd.org

Granbury High School 2000 W. Pearl St., Granbury Enrollment: 1,315 807-408-4600

STARS Academy 301 N. Hannaford St., Granbury Enrollment: 52 817-408-4450

Crossland Ninth Grade Center 217 N. Jones St., Granbury Enrollment: 502 817-408-4700

Granbury Middle School 2000 Crossland Road, Granbury Enrollment: 694 817-408-4850

Acton Middle School 1300 James Road, Granbury Enrollment: 809 817-408-4800

Emma Roberson Elementary 1500 Misty Meadows, Granbury Enrollment: 541 817-408-4500

Brawner Intermediate School 1520 S. Meadows Drive, Granbury Enrollment: 421 817-408-4950 Hundreds of family and friends attend graduation ceremonies each year for local students. Hood County has three independent school districts and 17 public schools.

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Oak Woods School

311 Davis Road, Granbury Enrollment: 506 817-408-4750

Mambrino School

3835 Mambrino Highway, Granbury Enrollment: 521 817-408-4900

Acton Elementary

3200 Acton School Road, Granbury Enrollment: 705 817-408-4200

Nettie Baccus Elementary

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CHARTER SCHOOL Premier High School of Granbury 919 E. Highway 377, Suite 1 Texana Plaza, Granbury Enrollment: 135 817-573-0435 www.responsiveed.com

TOLAR INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 215 S. Mesquite, Tolar Enrollment: 650 254-835-4718 www.tolarisd.org

Tolar High School

301 Rock Church Highway, Tolar Enrollment: 191 254-835-4316

Tolar Junior High

401 E. Seventh St., Tolar Enrollment: 159 254-835-5207

Tolar Elementary

401 E. Seventh St., Tolar Enrollment: 300 254-835-4028

LIPAN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 211 N. Kickapoo St., Lipan Enrollment: 322 254-646-2266 www.lipanindians.net

Lipan Junior High and High School 211 N. Kickapoo St., Lipan Enrollment: 120 254-646-2266

Lipan Elementary

211 N. Kickapoo St., Lipan Enrollment: 202 254-646-2266 Hood County has three independent school districts, Granbury, Tolar and Lipan, and 17 public schools. Granbury athletic teams compete at the 5A level, Tolar at the 2A level and Lipan at Class A.

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3,406 3,104 418 49 2,199

52.3% 47.7% 6.4% 0.7% 33.8%

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Local educational opportunities increase

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ood County offers a non-stop learning environment for those in various stages of adult life. If you’re looking for a GED, associate’s degrees, specialized certifications, workforce training, continuing education and community education classes, including retirement planning classes, you’ll find them all here.

Weatherford College

Weatherford College offers a wide variety of associate’s degrees, and workforce and continuing education courses at the Granbury campus. Fall 2013 enrollment was 363 students.

Christian Women’s Job Corps

The Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) was created in 2003 to help women in Hood County move forward from dependency to self-sufficiency by learning life and job skills. To be admitted to the program, women must go through an application and interview process. Once accepted, participants attend a 12-week program to equip them to find a good job and learn skills to be self-sufficient and responsible to succeed in life. CWJC also offers GED and various computer classes. Scholarships are available. Women who have been helped in the past include widows, single mothers with children, women with disabilities, abused women, women

in poverty and women recovering from substance abuse. CWJC is a nonprofit organization and a partner agency of United Way of Hood County. Offices are located at 1310 Weatherford Highway, Granbury. For more information call 817-573-6677 or go to http://www.cwjcgranbury.org.

Dora Lee Langdon Cultural, Educational Center

The Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Educational Center, run by the city of Granbury, offers various community education classes throughout the year. For more information call 817-279-1164 or go to www.tarleton.edu/langdoncenter.

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Since opening in the fall of 2011 with 130 students, the Granbury location’s popularity has grown steadily and reached 363 students in fall 2013. While Hood County and Weatherford College have had a close relationship over the years, it wasn’t until 2013 that the Legislature officially put Hood County into Weatherford College’s service area. That official status has given Weatherford College the foundation to build programs and increase options for Hood County residents. Students can earn an associate’s degree without having to drive to the Weatherford campus. The center offers a complement of credit and workforce and continuing education courses and programs. The college has a strong partnership with Tarleton State University. “Students can transfer the core curriculum plus an additional 16 hours in business electives (toward the Tarleton business degree),” said David Russell, in charge of the Granbury campus. Weatherford College has also partnered with Tarleton to offer an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree (AAT). The degree includes the common curriculum core classes and provides the introductory preparation for students wanting to become certified teachers in Texas. After completing the degree, students may apply to the Tarleton Teacher Education Program and enroll in courses offered on the Weatherford College campus or transfer to another university to complete their bachelor’s degree and certification requirements. Weatherford College officials plan for Hood County students to someday be able to earn bachelor’s and even master’s degrees at the local campus. For more information call 817-598-6339 or go to www.wc.edu/locations/granbury.


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isitors to Granbury’s historic square can take a load off when taking home a load of shopping bags. The city has purchased a new, 21-seat tram similar to the type used at Six Flags Over Texas. The acquisition will be used to transport visitors to and from parking areas in the historic district around the square, primarily during spring, summer and fall. “We’re trying to make access to our parking as convenient and user friendly as possible,” City Manager Wayne McKethan said. “We understand that because of the popularity of the square, parking can be an issue, and that’s why we’ve added parking around the square. But we want to make sure that (visitors) find it easy to get to and that they do as much shopping as possible.” Since the tram is an open air mode of transportation, it is likely that it will not be used in the winter, though McKethan stated that it might nevertheless be called into service during the Christmas holidays. The tram will be in operation on weekends

Anyone wishing to ride the city’s new, 21-seat tram need only flag it down to be transported to spots around the square and historic district. and possibly during performances at the newly renovated Granbury Opera House. McKethan said it also will be utilized during conferences at the Granbury Resort Conference Center. The transport is handicap accessible. It has for-

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At Lake Granbury Medical Center, you’ll find the advanced medical care you need when you need it. A dedicated and experienced medical staff offers services ranging from emergency care and general surgery to cardiology and more. The quality care you need is right here at home. Every year, we treat thousands of people from our community. And while patients benefit from our being close by, it’s the entire community that prospers from our presence. Whether it’s through people we employ, the local businesses we use, or the charities we support, we’re committed to making our community a better place to live and work.

HOSPITAL INFORMATION - 83 Licensed Beds

- Physicians: 78 Active / 60 Courtesy / 61 Consulting - 400 hospital employees - Fully accredited by The Joint Commission

1308E Paluxy Rd. • 817-579-3948 Peter O’Carroll, M.D.

No matter what kind of doctor you need, look to Lakeside Physicians. Our primary care physicians are here to provide routine checkups, health management, and sick visits for your entire family. And for more specific needs, Lakeside Physicians offers convenient access to a number of specialists, covering everything from pediatrics and orthopedics to cardiology, general surgery, and more. To find a physician who can help you stay on the happy trail of better health, call today.

• Lake Granbury Therapy Expansion - On Paluxy Highway, at Lake Granbury Fitness - In Acton, across from Fall Creek Medical Plaza - Glen Rose

- Each new physician brings economic growth to our community: • 4 • 4 • 3 • 1

817-573-DOCS LakesidePhysicians.com

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Physicians in 2011 Physicians in 2012 Physicians in 2013 Physician Signed for 2014

- Approximately 2.5 employees needed per physician recruited - Plus, increased hospital positions to support needed services

• Six Outpatient Imaging Locations - New Imaging Centers at Avalon & Paluxy • New 2nd Medical Office Building (Open 2014)

SPECIALTIES: • Anesthesiology • Cardiology • Dermatology • Ear, Nose, & Throat • Emergency Medicine • Family Practice • Gastroenterology • General Surgery • Gynecology • Hospitalists • Internal Medicine • Nephrology • Neurological Surgery • Neurology • Obstetrics • Oncology • Ophthalmology • Orthopedic Surgery • Pain Medicine • Pediatrics • Plastic Surgery • Podiatry • Pulmonology • Radiology • Rheumatology • Sleep Medicine • Urology

To find a physician, please call 817.578.8900 or visit GranburyDocs.com For more information, please visit LakeGranburyMedicalCenter.com


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