Archives for November 2016

Fall Commencement at TSU

Fall commencement exercises at Tarleton State University are set for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16 and 17, with approximately 1,156 graduates receiving diplomas.
On Friday, the colleges of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences;Health Sciences and Human Services will be at 1 p.m., followed by the colleges of Liberal & Fine Arts, Science & Technology and Business Administration at 4 p.m. The College of Graduate Studies and all master’s and doctoral candidates receive their diplomas at 7pm.
On Saturday, the College of Business Administration graduates are at 10 a.m. The colleges of Education and Business departments of Accounting/Finance/ Economics/Marketing & Computer Information Systems are at 1 p.m. in the Wisdom Gymnasium Complex.

SEDA Backs Forgivable Loan for Traffic Light

The Board of Directors of the Stephenville Economic Development Authority met Monday night and voted on a request that the Stephenville City Council fund a “forgivable loan”over $48,000 to Nick Halili for fees associated with a proposed traffic light at the intersection of Christy Plaza and Washington Street.
“Christy Plaza,” runs between Cotton Patch Cafe and Chicken Express, with La Quinta Inn and Suites and Pet Supplies Plus behind them.
As area residents know, it is very congested at times, particularly at lunch, dinner and on weekends.
SEDA Executive Director John Hubbard said Mr. Halili agreed to the terms of the SEDA loan/grant, so when the signal light is constructed, the loan will be forgiven.

Fingerless Fiddler at the TSU Gordon Center

Tarleton State University invites you to kick off your holiday festivities on Saturday, Dec. 10, as TSU’s Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas hosts Roy Thackerson—The Fingerless Fiddler—and his band.
The free music program begins at 6:30 p.m. at the museum in the historic ghost town of Thurber. Free refreshments will be served. A favorite of the Grand Ole Opry, Thackerson lost the fingers on his left hand and the sight of his left eye at age 6 to a dynamite cap explosion.
In addition to being a guest of the late Roy Acuff—the king of country music—on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, Thackerson has performed on the Ralph Emory Show as well as with the late Box Car Willie in Branson, Mo.
For more information, call 254-968-1886 or email

Stephenville C of C Going to Las Vegas

Our friends at the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce have announced that they will have a booth this year at the Western Gift Expo at the South Point Hotel & Arena in Las Vegas during the National Finals Rodeo and World Series Team Roping Finale. Their goal is to promote Stephenville and the Cowboy Capital of the World to potential visitors, investors, event producers and those who may be looking to move to the Stephenville area. They will be taking visitor/relocation informational brochures and will have drawings for giveaways as visitors sign up to receive information about the Stephenville community.

Spiderman Visits Glen Rose Boy

8-year-old Nathan Beatty of Glen Rose has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor that is almost always fatal. Doctors told parents Clint and Tara Beatty, that it’s uncertain how long Nathan will survive.
Since then, Nathan has come up with a bucket list of things he wants to experience. He went to Florida to see “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios in Orlando, and Nathan got a special thrill when he was visited by Spiderman, one of his favorite fictional characters, portrayed by Fort Worth Police officer Damon Cole. Tara Beatty said Nathan didn’t want to say too much about the visit because some of what Spiderman told him was a secret.

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide on Texas Death Case

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to examine whether Texas– the nation’s busiest state for capital punishment– is trying to put a convicted killer to death who’s intellectually disabled, which would make him ineligible for execution under the court’s current guidance.
Lawyers for 57-year-old Bobby James Moore contend that the state’s highest criminal court ignored current medical standards when it decided Moore isn’t mentally disabled. That ruling removed a legal hurdle to Moore’s execution for the shotgun slaying of a Houston grocery store clerk in 1980.
Defense attorney Clifford Sloan said the Texas court of criminal appeals is a “conspicuous outlier” among state courts and “defies both the Constitution and common sense, in written briefs submitted ahead of tomorrow’s scheduled oral arguments.

Tarleton Choral Program Dec. 3

Selections from Handel’s Messiah, the well-known oratorio foretelling Christ’s birth and featuring the magnificent “Hallelujah Chorus,” will be performed along with other classics at Tarleton State University on Saturday, Dec. 3.
The Tarleton choral program and Cross Timbers Civic Chorale, accompanied by the Tarleton Masterworks Orchestra, will sing at 7:30 p.m. in the Wells Fine Arts Center auditorium. Tickets are $15 and go on sale at the Fine Arts Center Box Office at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28.
This year marks the 37th annual masterworks performance on the Stephenville campus. In all, more than 130 musicians will combine for this holiday tradition, all under the direction of Dr. Troy Robertson, Tarleton’s director of choirs.

Lone Star Arena Continues to Host Shows

Lone Star Arena may be for sale, but they continue to host shows. Owner Nicolle Boyd said they initially bought the arena because they knew how important it was for the local community to have a facility like this in the ‘Cowboy Capital of the World’. Nicolle and Brad Boyd purchased the arena in 2012, renamed La Tierra de Los Vaqueros, or Land of the Cowboys, although it continues to be called by its historical name.
The Boyds have made numerous renovations and infrastructure improvements over the last four years and Tommy Graham was brought aboard as arena manager.
Lone Star Arena has repeatedly been voted one of the PRCA’s Top 5 rodeo venues in the country.

C of C Buyer’s Pool

The Stephenville Chamber of Commerce is once again organizing a Buyer’s Pool to help support the youth in the area. Ideally, the Chamber encourages all local businesses to go to the sale and see the youth at work firsthand, but if you are not able to attend, this is your opportunity to be involved.
The Chamber accepts donations as small as $25, with most giving $100 – $500, and some giving over $1,000. All donors will be recognized the night of the sale and in the newspaper and Chamber newsletter after the sale. Donors that give $1,000 or more will receive a special invitation to the Buyer’s Steak Dinner served by youth exhibitors on Saturday, January 7th at 5:00 pm before the sale.

STEDCO Annual Meeting

The Stephenville Economic Development Foundation held its Annual Meeting today at The N at Hard Way Ranch Event Center. The Guest Speaker was Robert Johnson, who gave a presentation on how restoring Historic Buildings in Community’s can not only create jobs but tourism for a community. He mentioned that matching funds are available to help with these projects.
Wendall Hollingsworth, this years out going STEDCO president, mentioned a $25,000 contribution to Equibrand to help with construction costs on a 100,000 square foot building, now under construction, for their move to Stephenville. Equibrand plans to hire over 50 employees.
STEDCO’s only funding comes from membership dues. To join STEDCO, call the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce.