Archives for September 2016

Say Boo for Books Drive at SPL

The Stephenville Public Library is gearing up to hand out their own special kind of treats this year with the “Say Boo For Books!” Drive.
From now until the Safe Trick ‘R Treat on the Square event – taking place from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 – the library will be collecting new or like new books for babies, children and young teens.
Library director Mary Meredith said Boo for Books is definitely her favorite night at the Stephenville Public Library, saying she loves seeing the little ghosts and goblin’s eyes light up when they see the tables full of books.
With help from the community, they gave away more than 1,000 books last year.

Petition to sell liquor in Erath County

Some folks have started a petition campaign to legalize the sale of liquor in Erath County, a mere 83 years after the end of prohibition in the United States.
Currently, only beer and wine sales are allowed.
Dena Dinius told the Empire-Tribune Thursday that this is a matter of convenience, safety and keeping revenues that are flowing out of Erath County.
Mark Ellis, owner of several businesses in Erath County agreed, saying it will help make Stephenville a more attractive destination for tourists, since people have to drive to Granbury, Proctor or Hico to get to the nearest liquor store.
Dinius said they hope to place the issue on the May 2017 ballot.

Stephenville 3-year-old, no evidence of cancer

The family of Stephenville’s courageous Luke Nelson finally heard the words they have been praying for.
Luke’s mother Mia said Wednesday that the oncologist said he has no evidence of disease. Scans showed no evidence of cancer anywhere in his body. He’ll still have to do the rest of his treatment, but no evidence of disease is a huge deal.
The 3-year-old recently had a cancerous tumor removed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in April.
The community has surrounded the family with support, including several fundraisers and Luke was recently honored by the Stephenville Yellow Jackets as their Heart of Gold recipient.

Council should name interim administrator next week

The Stephenville City Council is expected to decide next week on the best way to move forward following City Administrator Pat Bridges’ announcement that he will retire on Oct. 7.
And Mayor Kenny Weldon said Wednesday that once councilors expedite the process of filling the interim position, they can focus on finding a permanent replacement.
Weldon said the council has not set a time frame for the permanent replacement search, but time is running out to name an interim.
The council will discuss the matter in executive session during next Tuesday’s regular meeting, which will take place just three days before Bridges’ departure.
Everyone has said they’re expecting a smooth transition.

TX Muslim family sues Irving, Beck for defamation

The father of a Texas Muslim boy arrested after taking a homemade clock to his Irving, Texas school has sued conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck and Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne for alleging they falsely portrayed the Muslim family as terrorists.
The patriarch of the Mohamed family filed the defamation lawsuit on Wednesday, Sept. 21 in a Dallas court on behalf of himself and his 14-year-old son, Ahmed.
The Irving Mayor and Beck– the incendiary, North Texas-based founder of “The Blaze TV”– are among those named in the lawsuit.
They seeks a retraction, a jury trial and unspecified damages related to comments following the teen’s September 2015 arrest. A charge of having a “hoax bomb” was later dropped.

Shot fired in Stephenville neighbor’s dispute

Stephenville police reported receiving a 9-1-1 call shortly after 1 o’clock Tuesday afternoon of a gunshot at a residence on Second Street.
Police arrived and encountered two men– reportedly neighbors– involved in a verbal dispute.
Stephenville Police Chief Jason King said one of them was 66-years-old and the other was 50. The Chief said he’s not releasing their names because no one has been arrested.
The incident reportedly happened on the 66-year-old’s property. Chief King said he fired a shot into the ground because he felt threatened. The other man called the police. The case will be referred to the district attorney’s office to determine if charges will be filed.

T-Party coming to Stephenville

The T-Party is coming to Stephenville… Henry Ford’s Model T, that is.
Houston’s “Space City T’s Club” – 75 fully-restored Model T’s – are heading to Stephenville on Wednesday and will be on display through Saturday.
Henry Ford introduced the Model T on Oct. 1, 1908, and by 1927 sold about 15 million of them.
Kathy Harris is the chairwoman of the group. She said this the second time for the event in Stephenville. Model T owners from Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and more will be celebrating in Erath County.
The first Texas T-Party was held in 1978 in Fredericksburg. Each year a different Texas city is selected.

County Commissioners approve contract bids

Erath County commissioners met Monday to approve bids for several county services. County Judge Tab Thompson explained that when contracts expire, those services are put up for bids, and commissioners vote on the bids they’ve received, including:
An HVAC contract awarded to Easter Air for services in all county buildings including the jail; Pest control for county buildings to All Star Pest Pros; Erath County cleaning/janitorial services awarded to J.C. Rutledge; Uniforms for county personnel awarded to Universe Uniforms; Services for the Jail Commissary awarded to Lone Star Services; and other items were approved, including a preliminary plot for expansion at Lost Creek RV Park.
Go to for a complete list.

Huckabay veteran honored at American Hero Night

28-year-old Army veteran C.J. Armstrong of Huckabay was honored on Friday as an American Hero at Lone Star Arena, in the presence of his proud family.
During the Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo, Armstrong was presented with various gifts and a check for $17,000.
Armstrong was accompanied by his wife Melissa and son Rylan. He served two tours of duty in Afghanistan.
He knew about American Hero Night, but didn’t know that his family would be receiving that huge check.
He is currently attending Tarleton State University.
The selection of Armstrong was made by the family of the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, who was killed in 2013 in Erath County.

TSU shuttle service returns

Tarleton State University launches a new transportation option today for students commuting between off-campus apartments and the TSU campus.
Today, the university’s free shuttle bus returns to serve The Grove and Mustang Ranch apartments, and the shuttle bus stop adjacent to the tennis courts and Traditions South on West Sloan Street.
TSU, in cooperation with Central Texas Rural Transit District, hopes of reduce the number of vehicles on campus, while encouraging public transportation for students.
It’s free of charge to all passengers, and the bus is equipped with a bicycle rack.
Two shuttles will be in service Monday through Thursday during peak hours, with one shuttle bus on Fridays.
The shuttles are equipped with GPS-enabled Ride Systems tracking.