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  • First in Hood

    Virginia Chavero, a depty clerk in the Hood County Clerk’s office, issues a marriage license to Jim Cato (foreground) and Joe Stapleton, as the media and their attorneys look on. Mary Vinson/Hood County News…


  • Public prayer vigil tonight for Charles Alvarez Jr. July 7, 2015

    A public prayer vigil and balloon release in honor of Charles Alvarez Jr. is set for tonight (Tuesday, July 7) at 7:30 p.m. at Granbury’s Holly Hills Memorial Park, according to his mother, Susan Hitshew. Alvarez, a 2008 Granbury High School graduate, died Feb. 7 in Weatherford at age 25. It could be decided Wednesday if the manner of Alvarez’s death will be changed from “undetermined” to “homicide.”…

  • Name of 4th of July drowning victim released July 6, 2015

    Aylin Esmeralda Pimentel is the name of the 18-year-old Comanche woman who drowned on the 4th of July while swimming at City Beach in Granbury. Her name was not released by Hood County authorities until late Monday afternoon. She was pronounced dead at Lake Granbury Medical Center at 7:09 p.m. Saturday.…

  • Suspects in vehicle theft, chase identified July 6, 2015

    Officials with the Hood County Sheriff’s Department have released the names of two people arrested following a vehicle theft and high speed chase along Tin Top Road Monday. Joshua Sean Rigstad, 28, of Granbury, was arrested and charged with evading arrest in a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, driving with invalid license and criminal trespass.…

  • Gay couple gets marriage license as deputy stands by and employee appears to shoot video July 6, 2015

    Jim Cato and Joe Stapleton got their marriage license Monday afternoon, as a deputy stood by and all waited for an employee at the desk to hang up from a minutes-long phone call. The men were accompanied by their attorneys and a couple of family members. County Clerk Katie Lang was present, but did not address the men or their attorneys.…

  • Suspects apprehended after high-speed chase July 6, 2015

    A male and female are in custody after they abandoned an apparent stolen pickup late Monday morning near the Tin Top bridge northwest of Granbury. A pursuit on Tin Top Highway reached speeds of 100 mph.…

  • Suspects abandon pickup; officers search for male, female July 6, 2015

    Male, female abandon apparent stolen pickup after high-speed chase; officers looking for the two near Tin Top bridge in residential area near Gilbert and Crossland drives.…

  • Stolen pickup chased; speeds up to 100 mph July 6, 2015

    Officers chasing stolen pickup with speeds up to 100 mph on Tin Top Highway northwest of Granbury.…

  • County attorney: County on the hook in federal lawsuit July 6, 2015

    County Attorney Lori Kaspar says she was wrong when she told the HCN last week that the county likely could not be held accountable for the actions of County Clerk Katie Lang, who at that time was defying the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriage. Even though the Commissioners Court has no control over other elected officials, county government – and taxpayers – can be on the hook if an elected official “deprives someone of their civil rights, under color of law,” Kaspar said.…


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