Archives for August 2016

TSU students Icelandic photography

Dozens of photographs taken by Tarleton State University students during a study abroad course in Iceland go on public display this Saturday, Sept. 3, at Granbury’s Dora Lee Langdon Cultural & Education Center.
Presented by Tarleton’s Department of Fine Arts, the three-day exhibit, which runs through Monday, Sept. 5, will be open from noon to 4 p.m. daily. A Saturday reception takes place at 5 p.m. at the Langdon Center, 308 E. Pearl St., near Granbury’s historic square.
Eight students from Tarleton’s Stephenville and Waco campuses participated in the17-day Iceland Landscape Photography course, traveling some 1,385 miles around the circumference of the island nation.

SISD approves tax rate, budget

The Stephenville ISD board of trustees approved the proposed 2016-17 tax rate and budget on Monday without incident, according to superintendent Matt Underwood.
The tax rate will be the same as last year.
The general fund budget was approved with over $18.1 million in local revenues; over $12.1 million in state revenues; and $461,000 in federal revenues for a total over $30 million in revenues and total expenditures.
The SISD child nutrition proposed budget was approved with a total of almost $1.5 million in revenues and expenditures.

TSU issues second annual business guide

Tarleton State University has published its second annual guide for Stephenville area business people who want to know more about connecting with the school.
The free, 20-page booklet includes a calendar of university events and information on how to do business with Tarleton and engage with programs and activities. Information about renting university facilities, such as the Challenge Course or the Barry B. Thompson Student Center, is included.
Information on connecting with Tarleton Texan, hiring Tarleton students and graduates and TexAnn athletics is covered.
For copies of the booklet, email requests to Tarleton’s Department of Marketing and Communications at or pick them up at select locations around town, including the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce.

Party mess on CR 194

Erath County officials are getting pretty steamed at the activities leading to trash being scattered along a 200-yard stretch of county road 194.
Hundreds of beer bottles, plastic solo cups and other garbage were strewn along the road Saturday night, forcing Precinct 3 Commissioner Joe Brown to solicit help from his crew and even his own sons and grandson to get the mess cleaned up.
Brown said Monday that it was like someone just drove down the road dumping it all out.
Sheriff Tommy Bryant said his office received a call about 9:15 p.m. Saturday reporting the mess.
Brown said they had it cleaned up by midnight, but said it costs the county money, with two county crewmen putting in overtime.

Erath County News Monday

In spite of the voter’s rejection of Dublin ISD’s $10 million bond proposal this past May, the school district has once again approved a bond proposal in the new amount of $10.8 million.
It was reportedly increased to accommodate inflation as well as the addition of band hall renovations and the re-development of Memorial Field into a park with picnic tables and a soccer field.

The Stephenville High School theatre department’s first show of the school year is a murder mystery called Romance is a Killer at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Henderson Junior High’s cafeteria.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the high school front desk or at the varsity football game on Friday, Sept. 2.

Largest enrollment at TSU ever

Tarleton State University has announced its largest enrollment ever, with more than 13,000 students signed up for fall 2016 classes in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online.
It’s a 6-percent increase over last year and 12-percent growth over two years ago, marking the fifth consecutive year Tarleton has set a record for total enrollment.
Most of the 2,200 freshmen—the largest first-year class in university history—moved in this past weekend to the Stephenville campus for a week of activities.
If enrollment momentum continues through the university’s official start today, Tarleton-Fort Worth could see a 6.5-percent growth with more than 1,800 students; Tarleton-Waco could surpass 1,000, and enrollment at Tarleton-Midlothian is expected to top 300 students.

Friday AM News

The Stephenville chapter of Disabled American Veterans is inviting all local veterans in need of assistance and support in the claims and appeals process to come on by and get all the help they need when staff from the Mobile Service Office for the DAV comes to the Stephenville location at 408 East Rd., from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7th.
Harry Woodward is the commander of the DAV Chapter 234 in Stephenville. He said this is beneficial to local veterans in the level of expertise the Mobile Service Office staff is able to offer veterans in need od a little help.
Woodward said they develop claims and answer more in-depth questions on a local level.
Veterans who would like to participate are asked to bring their picture ID, social security number, DDT 214 and any other relevant documentation regarding their military service.

Tarleton State University’s Corps of Cadets will fire a cannon and light several smoke grenades as part of a special ceremony on Saturday morning, August 27th.
The ceremony takes place at approximately 8:30 a.m. along Military Drive and inside Heritage Park, with the firing of the cannon at 9 a.m.
The Corps of Cadets will march from Traditions Hall South along Tarleton Street to the Stephenville Historical House Museum and back to campus using the same route, ending at Military Drive before the ceremony commences. As part of the ceremony, cadets will raise the Tarleton Class of 2020’s flag at the Military Memorial.

Voting without approved ID explained

Erath County Clerk Gwinda Jones is telling voters who cannot obtain one of the approved forms of photo ID that they now have additional options when voting in person.
A ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Texas’ voter ID law in July, ensuring that some 600,000 registered voters in the state will be able to cast their vote in November.
The ruling follows a string of recent court decisions rolling back voting restrictions in Kansas, North Carolina, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
As provided by the court order, registered voters may exercise their Constitutional right to vote by signing a declaration at the polls, or providing supporting documentation.

Affluenza teen mom released from home confinement

The mother of Fort Worth’s infamous “affluenza” teen has been released from home confinement.
Tonya Couch’s son Ethan received a reduced sentence after he killed four people in a drunken-driving crash after attorneys blamed his privileged upbringing and affluence for his lack of responsibility.
Ms. Couch is charged with hindering apprehension of a felon and money laundering. She and her son fled to Mexico last year after video surfaced of Ethan at a party with alcohol, a violation of his probation.
A judge said Tuesday that Tonya Couch no longer need be under house arrest, but must wear an electronic monitor and not consume alcohol or drugs while awaiting trial.
Ethan Couch is serving nearly two years in jail for the 2013 fatal crash.

K of C Fish Fry, Splashville

By popular demand, Splashville will stay open on weekends in September so people can continue to enjoy some fun in the sun after school starts.
Requests to keep Splashville open on weekends beyond the scheduled closing date have been pouring in. and
Splashville manager, Cherisa Verastigue says they’ll be having ‘Bring a Friend for a Buck” day on Sunday, Sept. 11th.

And remember; The Erath County United Way Fundraising Kick-Off Fish Fry is today from 5pm to 7pm at Newman Hall…take outs orders are available by calling 965-5693… the Knights of Columbus are cooking catfish dinners with all trimmings in honor of our area first responders.
So come on out and support United Way.