Archives for June 2017

>>CORRECTION – Julie Carrillo, who was diagnosed has passed away

CORRECTION – Julie Carrillo, who was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer has passed away. In our previous story we told you family and friends planned to hold a candlelight prayer vigil Friday evening (June 30) at Lone Star Arena in Stephenville. But Julie passed away Wednesday, after the faith function had been organized by friends. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

Friends and family of a fatally ill Stephenville woman are praying for her healing

Stephenville – Friends and family of a fatally ill Stephenville woman are praying for her healing. Doctors recently told the family that there is nothing else they can do for Julie Carrillo, who was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer just before her 40th birthday. But her friends aren’t giving up and plan to hold a candlelight prayer vigil Friday evening at 7:30 p.m., at Lone Star Arena in Stephenville. The prayer circle will be led by the pastor of the Cowboy Church of Erath County. Her friends who organized the faith function say they believe in the power of prayer and are praying for a miracle.

Bringing Erath County into the Ranger College District could be decided by voters

Bringing Erath County into the Ranger College District could be decided by voters in an annexation election in November. Communities are considered ‘out-of-district’ unless elected by voters to join the College District, according to a Ranger press release. The district would also include Brown and Comanche counties and would have residents pay a property tax to help Ranger College offer more assistance, including decreased tuition and Pell grants eligible high school students.
At Wednesday’s public hearing many voiced concern about the tax rate increase, and whether bringing Erath County into the Ranger College District would benefit the community. Stephenville Mayor Kenny Weldon said, “Ranger plays an important role in the community.” Enough signatures still would have to be obtained for an annexation election in November. The college plans to hold additional meetings to get more public feedback, according to the Ranger press release.

Future of abandoned buildings debated

The owner of some abandoned buildings located near the Stephenville Historical House Museum says he may flatten them. Former city councilman Boyd Waggoner, said the old buildings don’t qualify as historically significant and he believes, in their current state of disrepair they might as well be torn down. Waggoner said The Texas Historical Association has denied his application to have the buildings preserved as an historical landmark. The old buildings Waggoner is considering tearing down include an old two-story red brick building he says is in bad condition and two old dilapidated buildings that were once motel rooms. All three buildings, seen as an eyesore in the community, sit on 2.2 acres of land next to the Stephenville Historical House Museum on E. Washington Street.

Mastin Monument Dedicated Sunday

On June 25, 1877, Erath County Sheriff James Mastin was murdered while attempting to arrest a horse thief. He has lain in an unmarked grave in Stephenville’s West End Cemetery for 140 years. On Sunday, June 25, 2017, the Sheriff was posthumously honored with a monument dedication ceremony on the east side of the Erath County Courthouse. The monument is honoring not only Sheriff Mastin, but also all the law enforcement officers in the great state of Texas for their dedication to keeping all our citizens safe.
The ceremony was conducted at 3:00 p.m., and was sponsored by the Stephenville Masonic Lodge #267 and
2nd Texas Frontier District Camp #1904.

TSU Names Director of Waco Outreach Campus

Dr. Shannon Hankhouse has been named director of Tarleton State University’s Waco outreach center on the campus of McLennan Community College. An assistant professor of criminal justice, she joined Tarleton in 2004. As director of the Waco center, Dr. Hankhouse will coordinate more than 30 graduate and undergraduate degree programs as well as oversee services for the more than 1,000 students currently enrolled.
Hankhouse has a doctorate in higher education leadership from Nova Southwestern University, a master’s in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s in criminology from the University of South Florida.

Sheriff To Expand Inmate Workforce Program

The Erath County Sheriff’s Office and Jail have added a work truck to their Inmate Workforce program. With the truck and a trailer, the staff can transport the inmates and their equipment to wherever they’re needed in the county, according to Chief Deputy Heath Crossland.
The work program, which currently offers participating inmates a chance to leave the facility to help with various projects throughout the county, allows offenders who are classified as low level and non-violent to participate voluntarily. According to Erath County Sheriff Matt Coates, the inmates have constant, appropriate supervision from Sheriff’s Office employees.

Ranger BoT Wants Erath in College District

In anticipation of an annexation election to bring Erath County into the Ranger College District, the Board of Trustees will be holding a required public hearing to discuss the matter. Since Ranger came to Stephenville in 2010, both the school and county have experienced record growth. The College would now like to work together with Stephenville and Erath County. Should Erath decided to join the district, services would be provided at a cheaper cost. Tuition would be reduced from $93 per credit hour to $50. Tuition rates for dual enrollment high school students would be reduced from $80 to $25 per credit hour, on top of Pell Grants already available.

New Ranger College VP, TSU Alum

Ranger College has promoted former Erath VP Kerry Schindler to senior vice president for instruction, after naming Jennifer Kent vice president of Erath County last week. Schindler said he’s been blessed to live in Stephenville, and hopes he was able to contribute to the many successes the community has seen over the past five years. Schindler came to Stephenville in 2000 when he enrolled and played baseball at Tarleton State University. He came back to TSU to earn his Doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies. He will oversee all instructional matters at Ranger College’s four campuses.

Ag Commission Candidate in Dublin Friday

Democratic candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner Kim Olson, a retired Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, will be the keynote speaker at the Erath County Democratic Party meeting on Friday, June 30. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., at the ranch of Don and Charlene Illingworth, 651 County Road 360 in Dublin. The primary will be held in March of 2018. If Olsen is nominated for Ag Commissioner, she will be on the general election ballot in November 2018. Olson is also a farmer, pilot and champion of education, influencing the future of sustainable food production through Community Supported Agriculture at the 4K River Ranch in Mineral Wells.