Archives for May 2017

Weather Contingency for Concert Series

If weather impacts the Bellamy Brothers concert tonight at Stephenville City Park, the concert will be moved to Recreation Hall, acording to Doug Montgomery, owner of Texstar Ford and promoter of the free Erath County Summer Concert Series. The Bellamy Brothers topped the charts with hits like “Let your Love Flow”, and debut this year’s concert series. On June 15th, The Black Lillies & Waymore’s Outlaws will perform, followed by Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines on the 4th of July. The rest of the lineup for this summers concert series can be found at

Bill Could Provide $14 Million for TSU

An appropriations bill sent to the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott over the weekend could provide a net operating revenue increase of over $4 million for Tarleton State University and $10 million to replace storm-damaged buildings at the school’s agricultural center. The Texas comptroller must certify that there is sufficient revenue to cover all appropriations in Texas’ $217 billion two-year budget before Abbott can sign it into law. In reaching a balanced budget, the final version of the bill limited proposed reductions for state-supported universities to a maximum of 10 percent and provided increases for the fastest-growing schools, including Tarleton, which has experienced an 11.7 percent enrollment growth since 2015.

SISD Summer Food Service Program

Stephenville ISD will sponsor its Summer Food Service Program to children ages 18 and under from June 1st through 22nd at the Hook Elementary School cafeteria. SISD Child Nutrition Director Mona Little said Stephenville has qualified for the federally funded program for many years. It’s based on the district’s free and reduced-price meal status. The district is required to meet both federal and state regulations regarding food, sanitation and health codes, but SISD received a perfect 100 on recent health inspections. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. and lunch is at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.

TSU Hosts Youth Leadership Conference

More than 400 high school students from about 140 counties will visit Tarleton State University June 12 through16 for the Texas Farm Bureau-sponsored Youth Leadership Conference. Over 13,000 students have attended the conference, celebrating its 54th year. This marks the fifth straight year that Tarleton has hosted the event. The conference helps students better understand the free-enterprise system and their responsibilities as citizens. Conference leaders—including experts in government, history and economics—inspire leadership, as well as academic and personal goal setting. The Farm Bureau provides transportation, lodging, meals and more for the three-day event. Students can compete in the Free Enterprise Speech Contest, with more than $100,000 in scholarships awarded last year.

Erath Summer Concert Series

The Bellamy Brothers will kick of this year’s Erath County Summer Concert Series at 8 p.m. on Thursday at Stephenville City Park. The musical duo and real-life brothers who brought you “Let your Love Flow” will be at the Birdsong Amphitheater on June 1st. The concert is free and residents are invited to bring blankets, chairs, snacks and drinks to enjoy during the show. In the coming weeks, the calender includes; The Black Lillies & Waymore’s Outlaws on June 15th; Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines July 4th; and Max Stalling with
Larry Joe Taylor on July 13th.

Huckabay Coach Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Huckabay coach Charles Hearne will be forever enshrined in the Hall of Fame, but he is quick to remind folks that he never scored a point, grabbed a rebound or made an assist on the way to winning nearly 1,000 basketball games. Hearne was recently inducted into the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, which honored him for successful stints at Huckabay and Graford. Among many other highlights, Hearne guided the Huckabay Indians to the Class B boys state championship in 1974. Hearne’s record was 995-333 in 30 seasons. He was one of eight people inducted in a ceremony held May 20 at the El Tropicano Hotel in San Antonio.

Huston Academy Graduation

20 students are graduating from Huston Academy this evening at 6 p.m. Friday at the Cowboy Church of Erath County. A visibly emotional principal Carol Taylor said [quote] “We are like a family here and I know a lot of the kids have broken ground some being the first to graduate high school in their families and some being the first to go to college.” Huston Academy’s valedictorian Tabatha Nail said she’ll be going to college for criminal justice, but said she will miss the people and the atmosphere of the school. The salutatorian is Kameryn King.

SHS Graduation Today

It’s graduation day for 235 Stephenville High School seniors. They’ll will walk across the stage tonight, accept their diplomas and move on to the next chapter in their lives. Graduation ceremonies will kick off at 8 p.m. at Tarleton State University’s Memorial Stadium. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved inside Tarleton’s Wisdom Gym. Stephenville ISD Superintendent Matt Underwood said he is proud of the graduating class. SHS Principal Stephanie Traweek reminded graduating seniors to hold fast to your dreams as they may soon become realities, leaving them with the words from Dr. Seuss: “Oh! The Places You’ll Go!” And, of course, Congratulations! Today is your day.

Texas Teen Beaten By Cop at Quinceanera

Shocking video has emerged of a Texas police officer beating a 14-year-old girl. San Antonio Police are reviewing body camera footage after a bystander posted video online that shows an officer punching the eighth-grader three or four times outside a birthday party last weekend.
Mayor Ivy Taylor said the video “is hard to watch and listen to.” The department is reviewing the officer’s body camera footage to determine exactly what happened. The grainy footage, shot late Saturday outside an event center, shows where officers were called about men fighting at a quinceanera, a traditional celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday. The child was arrested and charged with assaulting a public servant.

King Selected as City Secretary

It seemed like a foregone conclusion, but Staci King was unanimously selected as Stephenville’s next city secretary. After this week’s Council vote, she will officially begin her new role on July 10, just a few days before longtime city secretary Cindy Stafford retires. King said she is excited to take on the new position. The Dublin native graduated from Dublin High in 2002. She and her husband, Jason– the Dublin police chief– have three children. King began her career with the city while attending Tarleton State University. She began working for the Stephenville Police Department in 2002.