Archives for June 2016

Holiday news update

AAA Texas said Wednesday that the statewide average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is at $2.12 this week. That’s 46 cents less per gallon than last Fourth of July holiday week.
Drivers in Dallas are paying the most on average at $2.19 per gallon. Drivers in Amarillo are paying the least at $1.98 per gallon.

The Texas Department of Public Safety will be stepping up enforcement during the July Fourth holiday weekend. From July 1–4, Troopers will be looking for drunk drivers and other traffic violators.
DPS Director Steven McCraw asks you to help keep our roadways and communities safe by celebrating responsibly.

City Park lot will not be ready for July 4

If you’re thinking of attending any of the scheduled events in City Park this Fourth of July weekend you might want to reconsider where you’ll park.
City crews have been hard at work to get the heavily damaged parking lot paved in time for Independence Day festivities. But after rethinking the impact of heavy traffic on newly laid asphalt, the city has decided to wait until the holiday is over.
Heavy rain on Tuesday just confirmed that the lot will not be ready in time.
Director of community services Jeremy Alen said they’ll hold off laying the asphalt for the main parking lot. He said, due to the amount of time needed for curing, they thought it better to do it correctly and have proper drying time so vehicles don’t tear up the newly laid asphalt.

Resident concerned about Erath County bridge.

The Empire Tribune reports they received a phone call from a resident living off County Road 423 in Erath County who expressed concerns about the state of the bridge on the road.
The road is in precinct 4, which is the territory of commissioner Scot Jackson, who said in an email the bridge on 423 was partially washed out during the recent flood. It was still crossable, but a little narrow.
He said FEMA is coming to take a look at that structure and they will hopefully include it in their disaster allowance.
Jackson said materials were hauled away last week to help widen the county road and that after FEMA looks at the bridge, more repairs will be made.

Hico leaders speak out against Leamon firing

Several prominent Hico residents have spoken out against the termination of Administrator Michael Leamons on Monday night by the city council.
Leamons allegedly forced entry into the city marshal’s office during some flooding repairs earlier this summer, and Mayor Dale Tucker said he was personally very disappointed by the termination. He suggested that the council’s action was politically motivated, saying what happened may be a violation of the employee handbook and was probably not a good idea, but doesn’t warrant termination.
Mike James, executive director of the Hico Economic Development Corporation and former city councilman said, he feels bad for Leamon and his family. He said nobody knows more about the history of Hico or cares more about the city’s wellbeing.

Stephenville Tuesday AM News

Prem Pathak, the owner of Taylor’s Food Market in Erath County, learned Saturday his store had sold a winning Mega Millions ticket.
The ticket sold was worth $5 million.
Prizes that are over $2.5 million have to be claimed through the Lottery Commission in Austin according to the Texas Lottery website.
Since Pathak’s store sold the winning ticket that was over $1 million, he gets one percent, or $50,000.

Services for Alex Sanchez will take place at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church Stephenville. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Stephenville Funeral Home.
The Stephenville High graduate and Tarleton State football player died in a crash at about 2 a.m. Sunday on U.S. Hwy. 281.

County volunteer firefighters get state grant

Erath County commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a request by the Erath County Volunteer Fire and Rescue coordinator Chris Brooks to accept an $8,000 Texas Forest Service grant.
The funds will reportedly be used for equipment and training. That will include a rescue dummy for training, such things as a laptop and thumb drives that will contain various training programs, according to Brooks.
County firefighters are not paid employees. According to, Over 70 percent of the fire departments in the United States are manned by all-volunteer firefighters. In Texas, 77 percent of the fire service is volunteer.
The website claims volunteer firefighters are this nation’s first line of defense, and sometimes, the community’s only line of defense in many types of emergencies.

Ft. Worth shooting kills two, injures at least 5

A Bloody scene outside of Studio 74, a hip hop dance studio, after a suspected gang-related shooting occurred at an unauthorized party, where two people were killed and at least five others were injured Saturday.
Fort Worth Police said they hoped to make arrests soon. An unknown number of people exchanged gunfire from the studio’s parking lot and across the street around midnight Saturday. Witnesses said the shooting began when a man ran toward the door to exit the studio. Officers found one victim dead outside building, and several people were transported to hospitals — one died from his injuries.
The violence broke out about at a place that owner Laura Reyna described as a community “safe haven” from the streets.

McKinney cop will not be charged

The McKinney police officer who resigned after he was recorded throwing a bikini-clad,15-year-old black girl to the ground and holding her down under his knee will not be charged in the matter.
A Collin County grand jury Thursday decided not to indict former McKinney Corporal Eric Casebolt, who McKinney police said overreacted following a party last June at a community pool that drew a crowd of teenagers.
McKinney police released a statement announcing the decision.
Some teens and parents had criticized Casebolt for an overzealous and aggressive response. The former officer is white and all of those detained by Casebolt were black.
The attorney for Casebolt was unavailable for comment.

City park should be ready for July 4

Stephenville municipal construction crews are doing everything they can in Stephenville City Park to repair the main parking lot and other storm damage before the Fourth of July holiday arrives.
The city’s director of community services told the Empire-Tribune that Jay Mills– the contractor on both projects– started to work on them this Monday and our goal is to have them ready by Independence Day.
Director Jeremy Allen said the parking lot is set to cost $204,000 and the low water crossing will cost $89,700. Seventy-five percent of the funding will come from FEMA, and the rest from city funds.
Except for restricted access in the construction areas, Stephenville City Park is mostly back after the spring storms and floods and is open to the public, including Splashville.

Dearly Departed at Tarleton tonight

Celebrating its 19th season, the Theatre at Tarleton’s Summer Studio presents six performances of “Dearly Departed”, beginning tonight at the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center’s workshop theater. It’s known to many by its 2001 film adaptation, “Kingdom Come.”
The play runs from June 23 until July 2, beginning at 7:30 each evening. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for Tarleton faculty, staff, students with a valid ID, and senior citizens, purchased at the Box Office.