Archives for October 2016

Ryan Leaf Talks Substance Abuse At Cowboy Church

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf spoke about his personal experiences with substance abuse at a Touchstone Ranch Recovery event held at Cowboy Church of Erath County last week. Leaf explained how his behavior as a teenager fed into his drug addiction, eventually ending his professional career.
Leaf played in the NFL from 1998 to 2002 for the San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks.
At Washington State University, he won the Heisman Trophy and said you can see the manipulation, bad judgment and fear that go along with being an addict in his behavior.
Leaf was the second pick in the 1998 NFL draft, following retired quarterback, Peyton Manning.

Lone Star Outside SEDA’s Territory, Report

The Stephenville Economic Development Authority has published a list of potential economic impacts associated with the closure of Lone Star Arena.
Twisted J Apparel CEO Cody Johnson had requested financial assistance for the purchase of up to $1.2 million from SEDA.
It was discovered Thursday that Lone Star Arena sits outside the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, and thus SEDA has no authority to act on the matter.
SEDA executive director John Hubbard suggested that Lone Star Arena could be a $30 million economic driver for Stephenville.
The loss of the area’s only large event center could be devastating financially, and could jeopardize Stephenville’s claim as the Cowboy Capitol of the World.

PISD Tyre King Stake Goes To Hale County

The Plainview ISD board of trustees decided Thursday to relinquish its shate of Tyre King to Hale County, rather than participate in the costly clean up of the 4 million junk tires littering that property in Seth Ward.
The 6-0 unanimously vote at Thursday’s regular board meeting accepted a staff recommendation to transfer its interest in the property to Hale County.
The defunct tire recycling center has been the subject of several legal and criminal actions instigated by the state against its former owner. In September, the property reverted to Hale County, High Plains Underground Water Conservation District and Hale County Noxious Weed District after it drew no bids at a tax foreclosure sale.

DPS Safety Tips for Halloween

The Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding folks that Halloween can be fun and safe at the same time.
Adults and kids can avoid a variety of potential dangers by using extra caution in areas where trick-or-treaters will be celebrating.
DPS Director Steven McCraw said drivers should be on the lookout for trick-or-treaters of all ages who might suddenly cross the street. Also, designate a sober driver or choose alternate transportation if alcohol is part of your celebration plans.
DPS offers tips for parents when planning a trick-or-treat route, like visiting the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry – which includes a mapping function.

SEDA Takes No Action on Lone Star Arena

The Stephenville Economic Development Authority board of directors discussed several steps to keep Lone Star Arena open, but took no direct action on Thursday.
SEDA Executive Director John Hubbard said that there’s a sense of urgency about Lone Star Arena, and that it could potentially close by the end of the year.
He also said in an earlier statement that co-owner of Twisted J Apparel Cody Johnson wants to buy and renovate Lone Star Arena, while requesting that SEDA grant financial assistance up to $1.2 million in the form of a loan.
A letter of intent between SEDA and Johnson did not transpire.
The City Council would still have final approval or denial.

TSU Student Selected FFA Officer

Tarleton State University’s Ashley Willits, an agricultural education major from Copenhagen, N.Y., has been elected Eastern Region vice president for the National Future Farmers of America. She will serve on the 2016-17 national FFA officer team along with students from Delaware, Florida, Minnesota, Texas and South Carolina.
Willits is currently a junior at TSU and was elected by delegates at the 89th annual National FFA Convention & Expo on Saturday, Oct. 22, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her one year term as Eastern Region vice president expires next October.
The National FFA Officer Preparatory Academy held this past September on Tarleton’s Stephenville campus.

SEDA Public Hearing Today at 11:30

Today’s 11:30 am meeting of the Stephenville Economic Development Authority board of directors will include a public hearing.
SEDA executive director John Hubbard informed board members Wednesday that he previously met with Cody Johnson, owner of Twisted J Apparel, regarding Lone Star Arena. Johnson requested short-term assistance with the acquisition of the property, and Hubbard said the Arena will likely be shuttered if new ownership is not secured.
Thursday’s agenda also includes discussions on the possible future construction of a new grocery store in Stephenville, as well as consideration of a façade improvement program and potential approval of economic development grants for Ken Dickson/Chisolm Armory LLC and Nick Halili, president of Pastafina.

TSU COBA Jobs Fair Tuesday

Tarleton State University’s College of Business Administration, along with Career Services, will host the first-ever COBA Job Fair Tuesday, Nov. 1. The event will allow students, alumni and the community an opportunity to network with select businesses in various industries.
The job fair begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. in the College of Business Administration Student Lounge. It is a come-and-go event with appropriate business attire required. Participants are encouraged to bring their résumé and other applicable materials.
A list of employers attending the job fair is available at

SEDA To Consider Sale Of Lone Star Arena

The Stephenville Economic Development Authority will consider the possible sale and renovation of Lone Star Arena when they meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
The board is expected to discuss possible financial assistance in the amount of $1.2 million for infrastructure and related improvements to Lone Star Arena.
SEDA Executive Director John Hubbard said there are several individuals and groups interested in the purchase of Lone Star Arena, including a possible consortium of SEDA and other entities.
One of the interested parties is Cody Johnson, owner of Twisted J Apparel, who said if he ends up purchasing Lone Star Arena, he will use SEDA money to make improvements to the facility.

Inaugural Turkey Bash Softball Tournament Nov. 19

Stephenville Parks and Recreation Department will hold their inaugural Turkey Bash Softball Tournament on November 19-20.
The entry fee for the event is $50 per team, and one frozen turkey.
SPARD supervisor Hawk Scott says responsibility for the senior citizens center is part of their job in community services, and every year at Thanksgiving they have had to buy turkeys for the dinner. Organizers decided that adding a turkey to the entry fee would be a good way to get the turkeys at no cost to the center, and have a great softball tournament.
The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. on Nov. 8
The tourney will be played at Stephenville City Park