Archives for March 2017


Just a reminder that students, faculty and staff roll up their sleeves Saturday to help local residents with everything from cleaning windows to general lawn and garden work at the 19th annual Tarleton State University Roundup.

TSU and the Texan Corps of Cadets announced they have partnered with the U.S. Air Force and Texas Christian University to offer aerospace studies and an opportunity for commission in the Air Force.
Starting this fall, cadets can enroll in TCU’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps and compete for scholarships while completing their degree at Tarleton. Depending on the completion of AFROTC requirements, cadets can graduate as commissioned second lieutenants in the Air Force.

UBE Shooting Event Saturday

The Stephenville Evening Lions Club, along with First Financial Bank Shooting Events present the 2017 Upland Bird Extravaganza at Lone Star Sporting Clays in Glen Rose on Saturday, April 1, from 8am to 5pm. Proceeds will benefit SISD students through the Stephenville Education Foundation. Your MC for the evening will be 2017
UBE Chairman, Blayne Baley. The shooting event will be followed by a Wild Game Dinner next Friday, April 7, at City Hall at City Limits from 5 to 9pm, with live and silent auctions, and a “Rell of a Haffle” for a Kubota 4×4 RTV.

Williams on Squawk Box Wednesday

Texas Republican Congressman Roger Williams appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Wednesday morning to discuss his tax reform plan, called Jumpstart America. Williams is a member of the House Financial Services Committee and a second generation small business owner.
The Jumpstart America proposal would cap individual tax rates at 20%, and 30% for those making more than $1 million a year; Lower corporate tax rates; Lower capital gains and dividend tax rates; Allow 100% expensing of fixed asset purchases; Implement payroll tax cuts, and Repeal the Inheritance Tax. It’s supported by Americans for Tax Reform and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former CBO director and senior staff economist to President George W. Bush.

FFA Invitational at TSU April 6

Some 8,500 FFA members from across the state will converge on the campus of Tarleton State University, Thursday, April 6, to participate in the FFA Invitational Career Development Event Judging Contests. This marks the 45th year Tarleton’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will host the statewide FFA invitational. Organized by associate professor of agricultural and consumer sciences Dr. Ted Ford, approximately 750 ag science teachers, representing more than 475 high schools from all over Texas, will compete, and the top 20 individuals in each category will be recognized during a 3 p.m. awards ceremony at Wisdom Gymnasium.

CenturyLink Providing Less to Erath County

Locating service lines was discussed at the Erath County Commissioners meeting Monday, but CenturyLink was unavailable for assistance. Changes in local leadership seem to have uprooted a partnership with the county. Commissioner Herbert Brown was told recently that technician’s assistance was not available, and the county would be held financially liable if a line was damaged during road repairs. In the past, a local company representative provided immediate on-site assistance, but CenturyLink managers said the former employee was violating company procedure when providing that level of support.
Brown said asking taxpayers to foot the bill was not the answer and urged CenturyLink representatives to find a more amicable solution.

TSU Masterwork Performance Saturday

Tarleton State University’s choral program—joined by the Cross Timbers Civic Chorale and Tarleton Masterwork Orchestra—will perform the German Requiem by Johannes Brahms at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at the Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium. It’s open to the public, and general admission is $5. Tickets will be available at the Box Office one hour prior to the performance. The concert will feature performances by several faculty members, including baritone Dr. Iwao Asakura; Steve Chambers on piano; Dr. Benjamin Charles, timpani; and award-winning soprano Dr. Heather Hawk, and Dr. Troy Robertson, Tarleton’s director of choirs, conducting.

No Answers Yet in Stephenville Death

Stephenville authorities still have no answers as to the cause of a woman’s death and hospitalization of others found Friday morning in a home located in the 1000 block of W. Tarleton Street.
SPD Lt. Robbie Rudder released in a statement Monday, saying the name of the deceased 32-year-old woman is Ashley Schneider, but the names of the others are still not able to be released. Police, Fire Department and EMS were all dispatched to the home where they found several people who were taken to Texas Health Hospital to be treated. Ms. Schneider was pronounced dead.

TSU Spring Star Party Friday

Tarleton State University’s Program for Astronomy Education and Research invites area residents to determine for themseloves if, in fact the star at night are big and bright… well you know the rest. Folks can once again gaze at celestial wonders at the annual Spring Star Party this Friday, March 31st.
TSU’s Hunewell Ranch observatory lets visitors observe deep space objects, as well as several planets, through smaller telescopes, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Astronomers will demonstrate the imaging process for research using Tarleton’s 32-inch reflecting telescope. Several amateur astronomers will bring their telescopes to share with the public, but you can bring your own. There is no charge, since the stars are free.

Constable Hit While Helping Friday Night

An Erath County Constable was hit by a car while helping at a crash scene on State Highway 6 Friday night.
Jason Schipper was on his way home from training in College Station when he saw the accident south of Waco. According to DPS, he was struck by a vehicle when he got out to render aid. The constable refused treatment and continued to help, but his condition worsened at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Stephenville, and he was sent to Fort Worth hospital with a spinal injury. He was listed in serious, but stable, condition.

TSU Groundbreaking Friday, March 31

Groundbreaking at Tartleton State University for the new $54 million engineering building is scheduled for 10 a.m. this Friday, March 31— continuing the University’s year-long centennial celebration as a founding member of The Texas A&M University System. Originally referred to as the applied sciences building, the project will provide space for programs including civil, electrical and environmental engineering, as well as the newly approved mechanical engineering degree programs.
Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said the new state-of-the-art building puts Tarleton’s engineering, engineering technology and computer science programs at the forefront of educational delivery for these disciplines. The number of Tarleton engineering and computer science students has doubled since 2010.