Archives for May 2016

Help Sheriff’s Sgt. battle costs of cancer fight

Erath County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cody Keith continues his brave battle with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a rare form of cancer, but you can help his family battle the extreme costs of treatment. If there is any good news in this situation it’s that Keith, his wife Belinda and their two kids are not fighting alone. This weekend, friends will host a fundraiser aimed at helping the family with their rising medical expenses.
The event will be held at 6pm on Saturday at City Hall at City Limits, with barbecue and live music by Mark McKinney and live and silent auctions. Tickets will not be sold. It’s donation only.
Anyone who would like to donate to the auctions can call Shelley Gilliland at 965-3612.

Dangerous flooding in TX

Authorities in central Texas have found two more bodies along flooded streams, bringing the death toll from flooding in the state to six.
It was unclear whether a body found in Travis County near Austin was one of the two people who had been missing in Texas.
Meanwhile, flood warnings continued in our area on the Leon River Monday where water was two feet above flood stage at 14.17 feet.
The river rose to a crest of near 16 feet by Monday evening. The forecast suggests the river should fall below flood stage by late Friday afternoon.
At 15 feet, Moderate out of bank flooding can be expected along the river above and below the State Highway 16 bridge. Rural roads, as well as farm and ranch lands near the river, will be flooded.

Baylor, former Stephenville coach Art Briles fired

Baylor University Head Football Coach, and former four-time Division 4A State Champion Stephenville High School coach Art Briles has been fired.
The firing comes one day after university president Kenneth Starr was fired. Baylor University’s board of regents voted to fire Briles and Starr amid mounting pressure over how the school has handled reports of rape and assault by football players. The university said its governing board was still considering the results of an internal investigation into the matter. In a statement issued by the university obtained by Fox Sports, Baylor said its board has not finished reviewing the report by Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton.
Briles coached the Baylor Bears for the last eight seasons and led the school to Big 12 Conference titles in 2013 and 2014 and compiled a 65-37 record during his tenure.

TSU offers tech tips course for business

Tarleton State University has designed a two-session class to help business professionals improve efficiency and productivity using Google Drive.
The university’s Center for Academic Outreach and Engagement, created the Tech Tips course, scheduled from 5-9 p.m. June 13 and 1-5 p.m. June 20 at the College of Business Administration on the Stephenville campus. Cost is $50, and registration is due by June 1.
More than 50 percent of today’s jobs require some technical skill, and the Tech Tips course covers those associated with using keyboard shortcuts and importing and exporting data with Google Drive.
Participants will create relevant documents, sheets, slides, forms and drawings in class.
You can register and submit online payment at, or contact Tarleton’s Center for Academic Outreach & Engagement at 254-968-9559

EDC nominates executive director

The Stephenville Economic Development Authority has tapped John Hubbard as its recommendation to become the next executive director of the organization. The city council will have to give their final approval at the June 7th council meeting.
Following the abrupt resignation of executive director, Alora Wachholz, after only one week on the job in February, the newly-formed group hiredthe Mike Barnes Group executive search firm to find the perfect fit for the Stephenville vacancy.
According to SEDA president Matt Harpole, they have found the right person for the job.
Hubbard is currently the executive director of the Balch Springs Economic Development Corporation. During his five-year tenure in Balch Springs, the organization has been involved in the successful completion of over 75 projects, creating over 950 jobs.

Rangers host TSU night at Globe Life Park June 21

The Texas Rangers will host Tarleton State University Night on Tuesday, June 21 when they play the Cincinnati Reds at 7 p.m. in Arlington.
The first 750 fans to purchase a ticket from the team website, will receive a voucher for a free, limited edition Tarleton hat that will be given away at Globe Life Park on the night of the game. To redeem the voucher, bring it to the First Base Ticket Office on the night of the game.
Only individuals that present their vouchers between 4 p.m. and the end of the fourth inning will be eligible to receive the cap.
University President F. Dominic Dottavio will throw out the first pitch of the game.

Equibrand plant breaks ground in Stephenville

Stephenville Economic Development Authority president Matt Harpole has announced that Equibrand has broken ground on a new rope manufacturing plant that will bring at least 55 full–time jobs to the Stephenville area.
The company is headquartered in Granbury. They manufacture Classic Rope and sell equestrian sports-related products.
The plant will sit on 22 acres directly behind the US Team Roping Championships headquarters on County Road 437, just outside the city limits.
July Danley of the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce said that after the rope manufacturing facility in Granbury was destroyed by fire last November, the Chamber– along with Stephenville city representatives– reached out to Equibrand owners to encourage them to relocate the new facility to Stephenville.

Erath County Commission Monday

Erath County commissioners took up several issues at Monday’s meeting, including the approval of phase II of the development at Walking Horse Estates.
Last month, Carroll Gentzel of Walking Horse Estates– the Subdivision on Hwy. 108 just outside Stephenville– explained that they are now ready to begin the next phase of development of permanent homes.
Gentzel said that phase two will include water and sewer so no wells will be drilled or septic tanks installed. She said they’re looking at 31 acres to be divided into 48 lots, roughly one-half acre each, homes of between 2,800 and 3,200 square feet.
Another major item on the agenda was the approval of a request by the sheriff’s office, county fire and EMS for $61,000 to upgrade communications equipment.

SEDA choice for executive director announced

The Stephenville Economic Development Authority has named John Hubbard as their choice for new executive director, and hopes that the city council will approve his appointment.
SEDA was left without an executive director after the abrupt resignation in February of Alora Wachholz, after only one week on the job.
After reviewing over 50 applications in April and not finding the right fit, SEDA’s board of directors retained the Mike Barnes Group, an executive search firm to help out.
The Empire Tribune reports they were unable to reach Stephenville City Administrator Pat Bridges or SEDA President Matt Harpole for comment yesterday afternoon.
Economic Development Authority secretary Shelby Slawson was unable to comment because she says she could not attend Monday’s meeting.

Marine reunited with family Friday

Marine Staff Sgt. Danny Moss arrived home from a deployment in Germany and embraced his surprised and happy five-year-old daughter, Abbigail during an assembly at Central Elementary School on Friday.
Sgt. Moss, who graduated from Stephenville High in 2008, has been in the Marine Corps for eight years. Abbigial, mom Stephanie and two-year-old Corbin, will remain united with Dad for now.
Welcome Home, Sarge.