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  • Volunteer of the Year exhibit opens

    Attendees enjoy artist Kay Wirz’s Volunteer of the Year exhibit during Saturday’s reception at the Shanley House Center for the Arts. Mary Vinson/Hood County News…


  • Lang backs down under threat of federal lawsuit, blames media June 30, 2015

    After the HCN broke the news of a planned protest on the square and a federal lawsuit that would be filed against County Clerk Katie Lang by two men who were refused a same-sex marriage license, Lang backed down, but blamed the media for the controversy. She posted a message on her website stating that as soon as the proper forms are available, her office will begin issuing the licenses.…

  • Two uninjured in rollover on Highway 377 West June 30, 2015

    Two Stephenville High School students who were in an eastbound 2002 Nissan Frontier pickup that left the roadway at about 6 p.m. Tuesday and came to rest upside down in a culvert beside Highway 377 West a little over a mile west of Loop 567 were uninjured. Nico Madrid, 18, was the driver and Mia Monrreal, 15, was the lone passenger in the one-vehicle accident, officials at the scene said.…

  • Federal lawsuit to be filed against County Clerk Katie Lang June 30, 2015

    An Austin law firm will be filing a federal lawsuit against Hood County Clerk Katie Lang on behalf of James Cato and his partner, Joe Stapleton, who were denied a same-sex marriage license even though the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that gay marriage is legal. “Sometimes you’ve got to take a stand in life,” Cato said when he contacted the HCN about the planned legal action.…

  • County clerk protest planned for Town Square June 30, 2015

    A gathering to protest County Clerk Katie Lang’s refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses is planned for 11:30 a.m. Thursday (July 2) on the square, according to the “Hood Co. Equality” Facebook page. Though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex unions are legal, Lang is refusing to issue the licenses because of her religious beliefs.…

  • Train track problem being addressed on 377 in Cresson June 30, 2015

    Fort Worth & Western Railroad workers have been summoned to Cresson to repair a problem with the train track where it crosses Highway 377, which made the outside lane on the southbound side impassable as of about noon, according to emergency scanner traffic. Also, TxDOT workers have been requested to respond to shut down the lane until repairs can be completed.…

  • County clerk refuses same-sex marriage certificates as citizens demand that she resign June 30, 2015

    Weatherford College nursing instructor James Cato says County Clerk Katie Lang should resign because of her refusal to grant same-sex marriage licenses despite last week’s Supreme Court ruling prohibiting bans on gay unions. Lang is citing religious beliefs, and support from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Cato was rebuffed when he phoned Lang’s office Monday to get a marriage license for him and his longtime partner.…

  • In Wednesday’s Hood County News June 30, 2015

    — Man says Hood County Clerk’s Office refused to issue him same-sex marriage license. County Clerk Katie Lang said it’s because of her religious beliefs. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that such licenses must be granted.
    — 34-year-old Tolar man gets 60-year prison sentence for producing child pornography. Some images show the man in sexual contact with victims.…

  • It’s going to be a musical potpourri June 30, 2015

    The Melody Belles women’s choral group will present a free concert on Saturday, July 4 at 6 p.m. The performance is in the air-conditioned Langdon Center Concert Hall. The choral group will perform some of their musical favorites.…


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