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What is wrong with Salado?

COMMENTARY

Are the best days of Salado behind us or before us?

After 46 years, the Salado Art Fair has been canceled, less than two months before the date of the show in late October.

The same week, the Public Arts League of Salado (PALS) canceled its fund raiser, A Taste of Salado, planned to take place at the Sculpture Garden the same time that the Cattlemen’s Ball is held at Tenroc Ranch.

Monthly, the state Comptroller releases news that sales tax revenues are declining for the Village of Salado, while other communities in Bell County and Central Texas see increases in their sales tax revenues.

Within a few weeks of each other, Adelea’s on Main St., a popular restaurant in Salado, and Horsefeathers, a very popular destination store in Salado, are shuttered with little or no warning.

Earlier this year, it appeared as if Mill Creek Golf Club might close its doors.

While there are individual, sometimes personal, explanations for most of these occurrences, their coincidence points to unspoken -- unspeakable -- questions.

What is happening to Salado? Are the best days of Salado behind, or before us? Why is this happening? Has Salado done something wrong? How can we fix it?

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I-35 Mainlane Closure Sept. 24-25

Map of I-35 mainlane closure in Bell County on Sept 24-25, 2013

I-35 Northbound and Southbound Mainlane Closures in Salado (Bell County)

FM 2484 crossing lanes will also be closed to set bridge deck panels 

WACO — On Tuesday, September 24, from 7:00 pm to approximately 1:00 am Wednesday morning, all northbound mainlanes near FM 2484 in Salado will be closed.  Northbound traffic will detour off the freeway at Exit #286 (FM 2484) to the frontage road and reenter the mainlanes just south of Amity Road.  In addition, the northbound-side frontage road will be closed to through traffic and open to local traffic only, between Salado Plaza Drive and FM 2484, during the same hours as the mainlane closure. 

Read more: I-35 Mainlane Closure Sept. 24-25

Firefighters answer the calls

Salado Volunteer Fire truck dousing flames

SVFD volunteers are first on the spot when lives, property are in danger

Now it is our turn to be on the spot for them

When the call comes, they answer it.

Doesn’t matter if it is during Sunday school, dinner time with the family, the middle of a Little League baseball game or the middle of the night.

When the emergency comes, they answer it.

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Salamander is one in a series of fights

 

Some considered the six month extension by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) in listing the Salado salamander and Georgetown salamander as endangered as a victory of sorts.

But Rep. John Carter (R-31) sees it differently. Not as a victory but as an opportunity. And the battle, Rep. Carter said Sept. 5 at a gathering of stakeholders affected the Salado salamander proposed listing, is not just about the salamander but about litigation and science.

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Foundation raising funds for interstate gateway signs

Artist rendition of the I-35 Gateway Welcome Sign

Welcome signs will feature glasswork, sculpture by local artists

They didn’t get much notice, but the Salado Community Foundation is in the process of raising $25,000 for the construction of an artistic gateway sign for the southern entrance to Salado.

Tourism Department chairman Debbie Charbonneau learned that TXDOT will begin work on the gateway signs in either October or November.

Read more: Foundation raising funds for interstate gateway signs

Salado Gathering of the Clans

The 52 Annual Salado Scottish Games and Gathering of the Clans will be taking place at the Salado Civic Center grounds, Veterans Day Weekend Nov. 8-10.

This year’s Gathering promises to be much larger than last year with extended hours, new special events, and in partnership with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and the Wounded Warriors Transition Brigade from Fort Hood. 

Read more: Salado Gathering of the Clans

High Speed Chase ends in Salado

Police Chase ends in Salado

Ford F-150 leads police on chase through central Texas

Pursuit ends on I-35 in Salado

Several DPS and Salado Police stopped a white male suspect after he allgededly led DPS on a high speed chase from south of Georgetown to the 284 mile marker in Salado. The suspect was in custody at about 11:45 a.m. today (March 14).

 

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Dogs Oust Eagles

Dane Hankamer

Salado misses opportunity for return trip to Region tournament

The Salado Eagles can’t complain that they didn’t have the opportunity to earn a return trip to Nacogdoches for the 2A Region III basketball tournament this weekend, losing to Marlin 51-50.

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Taste of Salado this weekend

The Range at the Barton House

 

Saturday, February 22, 20146-9 p.m. Jack's Barn

Tickets $25

Purchase at Salado Visitor Center 947-8634 or online at www.saladoevents.com

Taste of Salado, a fundraising event, for the Public Arts League of Salado will be an art-filled evening with Tapas-styled offerings from local restaurants, bed and breakfasts and food artisans.   

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Salado man dies in house fire

House fire in Salado

Dozen Saladoans lose their homes in overnight blaze

Relief effort begun for Salado students

A Salado man died in a house fire overnight at Irene Lane that burned down a two-story house with multiple additions to it and a camper trailer. Another camper trailer ignited but was not lost in the fire.

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UIL Realignment Released

Get your traveling shoes on, Salado will be doing a lot of that over the next two years.

The Eagles will compete in 4A-District 11 in football for the 2014-2016 school years.

University Interscholastic League released its realignments this morning and Salado is grouped in 4A, Division 2 with  Caldwell, Giddings, La Grange and Smithville, all to the southeast of Salado.

More on this later and in the print edition of Salado VIllage Voice.

 

2013 in Review

Knocking-at-Episcopal-Church

The past year has seen a great deal of change in the Village, including the sale of Mill Creek golf course, the potential listing of the Salado salamander as endangered and growth and change in the Village government.

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Christ is Born

Let the story be told

King James Version: The Gospel According  to St. Luke, Chapter 2

1   And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

2   And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.

3   And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city.

4   And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David;

5   To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6   And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 

7   And she brought forth her first born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8   And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9   And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10   And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11   For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12   And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13   And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14   Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15   And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away  from them into heaven, the shepherds  said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known to us.

16   And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17   And when they had seen it, they made known abroad they saying which was told them concerning this child.

18   And all they that heard it wondered at those things 

which were told them by the shepherds.

19   But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in 

her heart.

20   And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising 

God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it 

was told unto them.

21   And when eight days were accomplished for the 

circumcising  of the child, his name was called JESUS, 

which was so named of the angel before he was conceived 

in the womb.  

 

From our homes to yours, may you have a Blessed Christmas and Joyous New Year.

Eagles heading to State

Jon Franz tries to tag Rylan Cox

 

Salado wins Region III

Frazier strikes out 11 in game 3 for Eagles

Without hesitation, Salado Coach Chad Krempin said, “I'm going with Casey.”

Following junior pitcher Casey Frazier's five-inning performance in game three against the Troy Trojans, it is no wonder.

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Heading to Region III playoffs

Follow us on Twitter for regular updates of the game(s) between Salado Eagles and Troy Trojans to determine the Region III Champion in baseball. The winner of this best-of-three series will qualify for a trip to the State Tournament next week in Round Rock Dell Diamond.

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Working on website

I am working on rebuilding our website. Please be patient.

I tried a new program that was putting the articles I posted to the website into a weird, unfriendly URL address.

So I am starting over!

I hope to have everything back to the way it was by the end of the day or early tomorrow.

Tim

Salado Soccer playoffs

Patrick Murray defends against a La Vega soccer player

Eagles get past La Vega

Salado plays Nacogdoches tonight in Waco

Salado boys soccer team will face District 35 champion Nacogdoches in the second round of the UIL 4A playoffs after Salado beat the La Vega Pirates on their own field 1-0 March 26.

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Jarrell knocks off #1 Salado

Jarrell cougar slides safely into third

Jarrell knocks Salado out of #1

Eagles give up 3 unearned runs in home district loss

The defending state champion Jarrell Cougars knocked Salado out of the top spot in 2A baseball when they squeaked out a 3-2 win, thanks to three unearned runs in the fifth inning of their March 19 district match in Salado.

Neither team scored through the first three innings as Salado pitcher Reagan Bazar found himself with Jarrell runners on every base and just one out in the first. He responded by striking out the next batter and shortstop Marshall Mann took a slow grounder and threw the runner out at first to get out of the inning.

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Borah Van Dormolen

Borah Van Dormolen and Senator John Cornyn.

Deborah “Borah” Van Dormolen passed away on March 10, 2013 after suffering a massive heart attack last week. She is being mourned by many in the political community, as she spent much of her time, energy and efforts in working for the Republican Party from the grassroots to the state house to the White House.

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Chris Kyle funeral

Funeral procession for Chris Kyle through Salado

More than 100 local residents gathered at the FM 2484 overpass of I-35 to show their support for funeral procession for Chris Kyle passed through Salado at 11 a.m. today.

Thousands have gathered along the procession from Dallas to the State Cemetery in Austin as a way to honor the Navy SEAL. 

An escort including the Department of Public Safety and Patriot Guards, along with various local law enforcement representatives and others, will accompanied the body of Navy Seal Chris Kyle as it is transported for burial at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin on Tuesday morning.

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I-35 mainlane closure

I-35 closure

I-35 Mainlanes to be Closed at Loop 121 in Belton

Closure to occur on Monday, February 11

WACO — At 7:00 PM on Monday, February 11 (weather permitting), TxDOT will close the northbound lanes of I-35 under the Loop 121 bridge in order to allow crews to pour the deck on the new Loop 121 bridge.  At approximately 9:00 PM, TxDOT will also close the southbound lanes of I-35 as the deck pouring continues to the west half of the bridge.  Northbound drivers will exit at #292 (Loop 121) and reenter the freeway north of Loop 121.  Southbound drivers will exit at #292 (Loop 121) and reenter the freeway south of Loop 121.

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Mojo

Mojo

Go Mojo Go!

Trick dog wins hearts of owners and fans

Discarded.

That’s what he was until Saladoans Bill and Connie Hall saw him outside Petco a couple years back.

Now Mojo, a two-year-old blue heeler mix has his own Facebook page and Youtube videos. He has been featured in newspaper articles, TV news and trade magazine stories.

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Judge rules in Hasan case

Hasan judge rules on relitigated pretrial motions, sets next pretrial hearing date

Fort Hood, Texas -- In a nearly five-hour hearing, the trial judge in the case of the U.S. vs. Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, ruled from the bench on several defense motions to reconsider previous rulings and set the next pretrial hearing date in the court-martial for Feb. 27.

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Boys lose to Jarrell

Eagles lose in OT to #14 Cougars

By Tim Fleischer

Editor-in-Chief

A missed three-point shot with 7.31 seconds left in overtime and a foul underneath the basket gave Jarrell’s Houston Stewart the opportunity to put the Cougars out of reach Jan. 29 in a hard-fought district loss for Salado 55-57.

The loss puts the #13 Salado Eagles into a tie with their nemesis the #14 Jarrell Cougars. Both teams have defeated the other at home. Both are headed for the playoffs and will likely share the District Championship.

Read more: Boys lose to Jarrell

Standoff ends

Ten-Hour Standoff Ends in Three Arrests in Mitchell County

ABILENE – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), assisted by local law enforcement agencies, arrested three men early this morning in Colorado City after a nearly 10-hour standoff. The men are accused of being involved in an incident Monday where shots were fired at a Texas Highway Patrol trooper during a high-speed pursuit.

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Banks don't give much to charity

Report: Megabanks give less than 1% to charity

By Chris Thomas

Texas News Service

AUSTIN, Texas - In an effort to rebuild their tarnished reputations, the nation's biggest banks are touting their charitable contributions and community involvement. On closer inspection, however, they are not so charitable after all, according to a new report

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Carter votes against Fiscal Cliff

Carter Votes Against Tax and Spend Fiscal Cliff Deal, Blocks Obama Attempt to Raise Federal Pay

(WASHINGTON, DC) –Congressman John Carter was one of 167 representatives to vote against House passage of the bill.

“The Democrats have spent America into this mess, and unless we make serious cuts in federal spending we will become Greece,” says Carter.

“It is an incredible outrage that this so-called compromise included virtually no spending cuts, only tax and spending hikes, which is precisely why we are in this mess to begin with,” says Carter.  The former Texas judge was the only member of Republican leadership to vote against both the Bush Administration TARP bailout program and the Obama Stimulus on the same fiscal grounds.  

Carter will end his three-term tenure as House Republican Conference Secretary when the new Congress is sworn in Thursday.   The former Texas judge will instead serve as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security for the 113th Congress. 

In separate action today, Carter voted to block President Obama’s last minute attempt to sneak through an executive order to give federal bureaucrats nationwide an $11 billion pay hike, including the Vice President, Obama Administration workers, and Congress.

“This attempt shows just how out of touch this Administration is with the economic challenges facing our nation,” says Carter.  “With America drowning in debt and deficit spending, this President is unilaterally trying to add more red ink by giving taxpayer dollars to federal bureaucrats, and trying to add Congress into the mix as cover.   This House is the only federal entity that has frozen its pay and cut its budget by 11% over the last four years, and the President this week sought to undermine those actions.  This is prime evidence of why we must stop this spending frenzy if we are to save our nation from bankruptcy.”

School legislation

Education Advocates Say School Plan Laced With “Poison Pill”

AUSTIN, Texas - Public-education advocates are crying foul over a tax-credit provision in a Texas school-reform package proposed this week by the incoming head of the Senate Education Committee. They say it's a backdoor attempt to introduce school vouchers to the state. 

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Bomb threat call made to Civic Center

Salado Civic Center on Main StreetBreaking News:

A bomb threat was called in to the Salado Civic Center on Main Street December 19.  The Civic Center Foundation office phone number was called by an unknown person asking for a specific employee of the Civic Center.

The Salado Civic Center is home to the Salado ISD administrative offices. The caller did not mention the school during the phone call. It is not believed that any Salado ISD campuses were in danger. The six school employees who office at the Civic Center, and others inside the building were evacuated by Salado Police Department.

An explosive detection canine unit from Killeen was called to the scene and the building has been cleared. 

Salado newspaper

front page of Salado Village Voice

Paper returns  to roots, looks  toward its future  with new format

Salado Village Voice returns to its roots this week as the 34-year-old newspaper unveils a new broadsheet standard.

“The newspaper started out in 1979 as a broadsheet in the style of the old newspapers of the 19th century,” Editor-in-Chief Tim Fleischer said. “Dayton Kelley modeled his Salado Village Voice around the old broadsheets like the New York Times with straight columns and lots of type.”

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Top sex offender in custody (2)

Most Wanted Sex Offender

Most Wanted Sex Offender arrested in Austin

Lloyd Lester Gibson III, 67, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, is now in custody after being arrested in Austin on Monday by the U.S. Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, which includes the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Gibson was wanted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Fort Worth and Parole Violation.

Read more: Top sex offender in custody (2)

Drought continues in Texas (2)

Most Of Texas Still In Drought, But Storms Could Bring Hope, Says Texas A&M Prof

COLLEGE STATION– Most of Texas is still in a moderate-to-severe drought, but a storm forming 2,000 miles northwest of Hawaii may be the key to drought relief for the state, says a Texas A&M University professor who also serves as the state climatologist.

John Nielsen-Gammon, professor of atmospheric sciences, says that precipitation everywhere in the state has been running below normal since Oct. 1.

Read more: Drought continues in Texas (2)

Fort Hood impact

Texas Comptroller: Economic Impact of Fort Hood More Than $25 Billion in Fiscal 2011

(AUSTIN) — The Fort Hood Army post had an economic impact of $25.3 billion in Texas during fiscal 2011, according to a new analysis released today by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.

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State finances (2)

State Aid Levels a Mystery as Texans Apply for College

By Peter Malof

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - As they put the finishing touches on their college application essays, many young Texans are unable to estimate how much aid they may be eligible to receive during their quests for diplomas.

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Thanksgiving meals

Serving line for Thanksgiving meals

Methodist Church members provide Thanksgiving meals to highway travelers over holiday

The Salado United Methodist hosted its third annual Thanksgiving Feast on the southbound IH-35 rest stop area south of Salado. 

Over 100 church members helped serve a full Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings to the traveling motorists.  

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Christmas Parade and Stroll

Today's Christmas parade kicks off annual Salado Stroll

Weekend long event includes Homes Tour, late night shopping, strolling entertainment

Get in the holiday spirit in picturesque historic Salado with a holiday parade, home tours, a live nativity scene and theatrical performances. 

The two weekends of Friday, Nov. 30 through Sunday Dec. 2 and Friday through Sunday Dec. 7-9 are filled with entertainment, activities and Christmas shopping experiences for the whole family.

Festivities start with the annual Christmas Parade at 5 p.m. Nov. 29. The Parade will begin on Royal St. and make its way up the length of Main Street to the Salado Plaza Shopping Center.

Arrive early (4:30 p.m.) Thursday Nov. 29  to get the best spots along the parade route.

The parade will have more than 40 entries and will include the SHS marching band, floats, walking groups, bicycle riders and vintage cars.

At the end of the parade, there will be hot chocolate and cookies and a visit from jolly old St. Nick at the Salado Sculpture Garden.

Strolling holiday carolers will serenade the late evening shoppers along Main Street each weekend. Children will be enchanted with the live nativity scene, sponsored by the First Baptist Church, in the evenings on the first weekend of the Stroll.

Beautifully decorated historic and contemporary homes open their doors to visitors during Christmas Stroll. See Homes Tour story on page 1B, this edition, for times, stops and tickets.

To get in the holiday spirit, take in Tablerock Amphitheater’s production of Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol”  in the evenings or the laugh-filled Silver Spur Theater’s annual Christmas production of “Christmas is on the Air” with performances Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 15.

For the latest schedule of strolling carolers and other performances and special events, turn to page 8B of this edition or visit www.saladovillagevoice.com.

Long Knives carve Thanksgiving turkey

Long Knives carve Thanksgiving Turkey

By Staff Sgt. Jeff VanWey

4th BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Nov. 22, 2012) – The annual celebration of Thanksgiving has been an official U.S. holiday since 1863, but the tradition goes back to 1621 when the Pilgrims joined with Native Americans in a three-day feast to celebrate their first harvest in the New World.

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Texas adds jobs

Texas Employers Add 36,600 Jobs in October

Unemployment rate falls again

 

AUSTIN — Employers added 36,600 total nonfarm jobs in October in Texas for a total of 277,400 jobs added over the year. The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 percent in October from 6.8 percent in September. The unemployment rate in Texas remains well below the national rate of 7.9 percent.

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Clearwater UWCD

Clearwater UWCD regulates groundwater in Bell County

By Tim Fleischer, Editor-in-Chief

Since its creation in 1999, the  Clearwater Underground Water Control District (CUWCD) has registered 4,925 wells and permits for wells in Bell County.

Of those registrations, 4,060 are grandfathered exempt wells. Another 709 are also exempt wells, according to Leland Gersbach, president of the board of directors of the CUWCD.

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Scottish Tasting

Glenmorangie scotches

Flavor of Scotland in Salado

While you are here in Salado for the Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans, The Range invites you to two events that will feature some of the best flavors of Scotland.

Owner and executive chef Dave Hermann has planned a special selection menu for this weekend reflecting the flavors of Scotland. The Scottish Menu dinner is $34.95. The menu includes a Scotch egg appetizer --  a soft cooked egg wrapped in herbed pork mince, fried crispy with garlic Aioli. Entree will be a choice of pan-seared Scottish salmon served over braised greens, green onion potato pancakes and herb beurre blac or a rack of lamb with fresh root vegetables and potato scones. Dessert will be Cranachan, a double cream with Jameson raspberries and toasted oatmeal.

If your taste of Scotland is a little more -- spirited -- then you will want to take part in the Scotch tasting at The Lounge at the Range throughout the weekend beginning at 2 p.m. daily Nov. 9-11. The Scotch tasting will feature the finest from Glenmorangie. Tickets are $30 per person. The Scotch tasting will include a flight of three scotches from Glenmorangie: Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, Glenmorangie Lasanta and Glenmorangie Nectar D’or.

Reservations for either can be made here  or by calling 254-947-3828.

Gathering of Clans

Soldiers practice for Gathering of the Clans this weekend in Salado

Scottish Games this weekend

The 51st Annual Salado Scottish Games and Gathering of the Clans will be taking place on the Salado Youth Association grounds, Veterans Day Weekend Nov. 9-11.

This year’s Gathering promises to be much larger than last year with extended hours, new special events, and in partnership with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and the Wounded Warriors Transition Brigade from Fort Hood. 

Read more: Gathering of Clans