The 2009 year brought many changes, opening with a history-making inauguration into the White House and closing with a thwarted terrorist attack on an airplane Christmas Day.
The nation bid farewell to beloved stars such as Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. Headlines were not limited to the national scale, however. Here is a glimpse back at the top Glen Rose Reporter headlines in 2009. The stories are listed by the date published and headline.
Jan. 5 - Locals speak out in favor of expansion
Area residents and officials spoke favorably at a public scoping meeting held by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Jan. 6 in Glen Rose regarding the proposed expansion at Comanche Peak.
Jan. 29 - Hospital district questions
Residents gathered in the Somervell County Citizen’s Center on Jan. 20 to listen to information about the proposed hospital district from Glen Rose Medical Center CEO Gary Mark before voting in a special February election on the district.
Feb. 5 - GRISD purchases new property
Glen Rose Independent School District purchased 89.87 acres on Jan. 19 for $1,500 an acre. Superintendent Wayne Rotan said there were no immediate plans for the development of the land, but it could easily accommodate future growth and house up to three campuses.
Feb. 12 - Lights! Camera! Action!
A Hollywood production company filmed the independent movie “Carried Away” at Cherokee Rose Manor in Glen Rose
Feb. 12 - Karen Richardson was named 2008 Citizen of the Year by the Glen Rose City Council because of her “countless public services in the city.”
Feb. 19 - Hospital district does not pass
Somervell County residents voted against the creation of a hospital district with 597 opposing votes and 336 supporting votes.
March 19 - Commissioners tackle hospital, monument construction
Somervell County commissioners approved additional work for the Glen Rose Medical Center to remove one of 12 emergency room patient rooms and adding two patient toilets.
April 19 - Relay for Life a success
Caregivers and survivors of cancer gathered at the Somervell County Soccer Park for the annual Relay for Life event. Twenty-five teams raised $35,000 prior to the all-night event began and $55,000 by the closing ceremony.
May 6 - Paluxysaurus, the Lone Star dinosaur
The Texas House of Representatives adopted House Concurrent Resolution 16 on April 30, naming the paluxysaurus jonesi as the official state dinosaur.
May 13 - Familiar faces remain on
city council, school board
Tom Lounsberry and Kevin Taylor were both re-elected to the Glen Rose Independent School District board of trustees and Bob Stricklin and Chris Bryant were re-elected to the Glen Rose city council.
May 27 - ‘Majestic Mystery’ puzzles scientists
Almost one week after reports of a strange object found on Corky Underwood’s property in Somervell County aired, the rancher opened his gates to give scientists and media a glimpse at the object that one scientist called a “majestic mystery.”
June 3 - Somervell celebrates centennial
This year marked the 100th anniversary of the first discovery of dinosaur tracks near Glen Rose in 1909. Through the years, the Paluxy riverbed’s magnificent dinosaur trackways have captivated both paleontologists and tourists.
June 10 - Twenty-nine vehicles burglarized
Thieves made off with various items of value as they burglarized 29 cars across the city, warranting a warning from Somervell County Sheriff Greg Doyle.
July 22 - Glen Rose honors Cpl. Rhett Butler
Glen Rose residents gathered in the pouring rain to honor the memory of Cpl. Rhett Butler Monday, July 20 - the two-year anniversary of his death in Iraq, with a memorial erected at Heritage Park.
Farewell to a favorite teacher
July 29 - Glen Rose mourned the loss of one of its most beloved teachers when Lisa Schmidt, 51, died Friday, July 24 after spending several days in a Fort Worth hospital.
July 29 - Buttrey pleads guilty to murder
Robert Earl Buttrey pleaded guilty to the murders of Thomas Steele, 19, and Casey Tiner, 16, on Friday, July 24. The couple was murdered in August 2000 and their bodies were discovered in December 2005 in a field in the western region of Somervell County.
August 12 - City approves $3 million for 4B projects
The Glen Rose City Council approved $3 million for the 4B Economic Development Corporation projects including the Riverwalk.
August 19 - Accident claims life of Glen Rose graduate
Ryan Darby, a Glen Rose High School graduate, died Friday, Aug. 14 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on Aug. 9 in Stephenville.
Sept. 2 - Hospital foundation gives up control
In a unanimous vote on Monday, Aug. 31, Somervell County commissioners authorized the county attorney to pursue the establishment of a hospital authority. The agenda item came as a result of a letter dated Aug. 26 from the Glen Rose Medical Foundation Board, which “recommended the re-establishment of the Somervell Healthcare Authority.”
Sept. 16 - Wish granted
Zoe Nelson, 5, received the wish of a lifetime when she got to visit the Dinosaur Capital of Texas. Some of the Alaskan native’s stops included Dinosaur World and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.
Sept. 23 - Glen Rose man killed in motorcycle accident
James Slyder, 40, of Glen Rose, died in a Fort Worth hospital from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident in the 300 block of Paluxy Street.
Sept. 23 - Commissioners solicit for hospital board members
Somervell County commissioners began their search for members of the board of directors for the hospital authority after pursuing the establishment of the authority in August.
Sept. 30 - Commissioners approve tax rate, budget
Somervell County commissioners adopted the 2009-10 tax rate of .3571 cents per $100 of taxable value, which raised additional money for the maintenance and operation budget. The 7.689988 percent increase was necessary for budget funding, County Judge Walter Maynard said.
Oct. 21 - Hospital authority passes, board appointed
Somervell County commissioners passed the creation of a hospital authority and appointed its board of directors Monday, Oct. 19. The board members included Bob Lancaster, Ernie Reinke, Gary Whittle, Sharon Boone, Deborah Gray, Larry Shaw and Angie Robertson.