There were plenty of challenges in 2008, both nationally and locally. From history changing elections to Hurricane Ike to the drop in the Stock Market and crude oil prices, 2008 will leave its mark in history.

The nation lost rising stars like Heath Ledger and established icons like Tim Russert. But the headlines, highs and lows, joys and sorrows, were not limited to national headlines. Here is a look back at Glen Rose Reporter headlines in 2008. The stories are listed by the date published and their headlines.

Jan. 17 - Mysterious lights spotted in Stephenville

Glen Rose resident Steve Allen spots strange lights in the skies above Selden, sparking national media attention and speculation about UFOs in the area.

Feb. 21 - Somervell County named as best place to live

Progressive Farmer magazine names Somervell County as No. 5 in the Top 20 Places to Live in Southwest Rural America for 2008.

Feb. 21 - Deason building moved from Square to Heritage Park

Feb. 28 - Dunn Deal

Tommy Dunn is selected as GRHS' new head football coach and director of athletics by a 6-0 vote.

March 6 - Dinosaur World celebrates grand opening

The grand opening of Dinosaur World, a 25-acre outdoor museum containing more than 100 life-size dinosaurs, came after three years of development on property near the entrance to Dinosaur Valley State Park off of Park Road 59.

March 20 - Tres Rios River Ranch sold

The park's change in ownership became official on Feb. 29, when Ocean Canyon Properties purchased Tres Rios.

April 3 - Somervell CAD's chief appraiser resigns

Duane Cox, who served as Somervell Central Appraisal District's chief appraiser since Aug. 16, 2004, voluntarily submitted his resignation to the board of directors.

April 10 - Man sentenced to prison for intoxication manslaughter

Colin Hammett, 25, of Longview, pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter, assault, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in March. Hammett was accused of running over Glen Rose resident Cody Day, 42, in the early morning hours of Feb. 2, 2007, during an altercation that started inside a private club.

One day after Hammett's sentencing, Day's family and friends gathered at Rodeo Hill Park to remember him. Day served his community for more than 20 years as a volunteer firefighter and employee of Somervell County.

April 17 - Two-vehicle accident claims life of local man

A 1993 Kenworth truck and trailer owned and operated by R.D. West Trucking, of Godley, and driven by Colin Stuart Graham, 20, of Cleburne, was traveling eastbound on Hwy. 67 when it struck a 1998 Nissan Maxima, driven by William Bernard Cooper, 71, of Glen Rose. Justice of the Peace Dwayne Griffin pronounced Cooper dead at the scene. Graham, whose vehicle was driven away from the scene, was later charged with criminally negligent homicide.

April 17 - High winds, possible twister rip through county

According to Jennifer Dunn, meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office in Fort Worth, the weather system was not just one storm, but an entire line of storms known as a squall line.

Dunn says the line of storms brought damaging winds of up to 75 mph and several embedded tornadoes, although weather observers did not report a twister actually making touch down in Somervell County.

April 24 - Local man takes deputies on high-speed chase

The driver of a 1989 Dodge Ram pickup, Jayson Mace Thiebaud, 31, of Somervell County, sped away towards Cleburne with the local deputies in hot pursuit as he reached speeds of 75 mph.

April 24 - Year-to-date sales tax payments up nearly 100 percent

Sales tax rebates received in March saw a significant increase in Glen Rose when compared to the same month a year ago, according to the state comptroller's monthly report.

May 1 - Bystander pulls boy from rushing river, avoids drowning

An 11-year-old boy is swept from the dam in Big Rocks Park, but is pulled to safety by a woman who was also a registered nurse.

May 8 - City dedicates street in fallen soldier's memory

City staff and councilors unveiled new Rhett Butler Drive signs and paid tribute to the United States Army soldier who lost his life on July 21, 2007 while serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The dedication ceremony took place at 10 a.m. adjacent to America's Best Value hotel, located between Van Zandt Street and US Hwy. 67.

May 8 -GRHS baseball team makes bi-district playoffs

Glen Rose pitching dominated Carrollton Ranchview in the Class 3A Region II bi-district playoff series, as the Tigers swept the Wolves two games to none to continue their 2008 playoff run.

May 22 - Mapes to lead Glen Rose Intermediate as principal

The Glen Rose ISD board of trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Intermediate Assistant Principal Laurin Mapes to replace outgoing Principal Susan McCarty who retired from the district after a 37-year career in public education.

May 29 - Glen Rose Medical Center to begin renovations, expansion

$14.5 million project expected to be completed in 16 months. Gary Marks, president and chief executive officer of Glen Rose Medical Center, says the new construction is the result of a master site plan study that projected future health care needs for a growing community.

June 5 - Rabies case confirmed in Somervell

The first rabies case of the year was confirmed after a dead skunk found in the county tested positive for the disease.

June 5 - New Chief Appraiser selected

Wesley Rollens was hired as the new chief appraiser for Somervell County after 13 years with Johnson County.

June 5 - Hospital breaks ground on ER expansion.

June 19 - Local man killed while crossing highway

Ernest Lee White, a Glen Rose resident and business owner, was struck and killed by a car when he attempted to cross Highway 67 on foot.

June 26 - Museum receives piece of local history

Dr. William "Doc" Pruitt's medical bag and ledger were donated to the Somervell Historical Museum by his descendents.

July 3 - Residents coping with rising fuel costs

As crude oil reached $140 per barrel, national and local gas prices hit $4 per gallon. Diesel rang up at $4.76 per gallon.


July 10 - Despite allegations, Slaughter lands college coaching gig

Former Glen Rose head football coach Erik Slaughter was named as Texas A&M University Commerce's new defensive coordinator. Allegations of misconduct surfaced in February when he was named as the finalist for the head football coaching position in Stephenville.

July 10 - A man searches for family ties

Randy Perkins, who was born and adopted in Glen Rose in 1962, attempted to find family roots in the area.

July 24 - Census shows Somervell Count is growing

The U.S. Census Bureau released a report showing the count had grown significantly, gaining more than 2,000 residents over the last seven years.


Aug. 7 - New band director gets rolling

Ray Portillo signed on as the band director of the Glen Rose Tiger Pride High School Band.


Sept. 4 - Fossil Rim welcomes a new arrival

A male Reticulated Giraffe was born at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center on Aug. 2.

The baby weighed approximately 140 lbs. and was 5'8" at birth.

Sept. 18 - Squaw Valley Golf reopens

After months of redesigning bunkers, installing new turf and a new irrigation system, the links course finally reopened at Squaw Valley.


Sept. 25 - Luminant takes step toward new construction

Luminant turned in their combined construction and license application to build two new reactors at Comanche Peak. The new reactors would be 1,700 megawatts each, which is 50 percent larger than the two units currently on site. They will produce enough energy to power 1.8 million Texas homes.


Sept. 25 - Rock crusher threatens Chalk Mountain

On Aug. 14, a public notice ran in the Reporter regarding an application for an air quality permit. Tommy Davis of Slick Machines applied for the permit to move a rock crushing operation to 11209 HWY 67 in Somervell County.

Oct. 2 - Glen Rose residents continue to help Ike victims

From traveling to the coast to help restore power to opening doors for displaced hurricane victims, Glen Rose residents showed their true colors by helping those in need after Hurricane Ike destroyed part of the Texas coast.

Oct. 23 - County addresses water woes

Rapidly changing laws have left the county scrambling to join an established groundwater conservation district (GCD) before the state forces Somervell into a Priority Groundwater Management Area (PGMA) with Mclennan County.

Oct. 30 - Community mourns loss of constable

Friends, family and residents of Somervell County were saddened by the news that longtime constable of Precinct 1, James Moore, died of cancer at his home in Glen Rose.

Nov. 6 - Obama wins presidency

"Yes we can!" Senator Barack Obama's campaign slogan held true as he overcame racial barriers to become the first black president on a historic election night, when national headlines dominated community news.

Nov. 13 - Public hearing set for hospital district

The first public hearing was scheduled for Nov. 17 to discuss the creation of the Somervell County Hospital District. The hearing was eventually postponed when the petition to create the hospital district was withdrawn over a controversial tax rate.


Nov. 20 - Postal drop box burglarized

The Somervell County Sheriff's office reported that numerous pieces of outgoing mail were stolen from the outside drop box, mail that included payments and personal bank account information. Numerous residents reported fraudulent activity on credit cards and bank accounts in the weeks that followed.


Dec. 18 - First Services held renovated FUMC sanctuary

What began nearly three years ago as a dream to bring the sanctuary's original beauty out from hiding behind a ceiling turned into reality. The first worship services back in the renovated sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Glen Rose were held on Sunday, Dec. 21.

Dec. 24 - Community leader laid to rest

Dr. Roger E. Marks, co-founder of the Glen Rose Medical Center, was laid to rest on Dec. 20.

Dec. 24 - NRC slates environmental scoping meeting

Looking forward to 2009, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission slated the next public meeting about the environmental aspects of building two new nuclear reactors at Comanche Peak. The meeting was set for Jan. 6, 2009.