Archives for September 2017

Texan Tour Oct. 7

High school and college transfer students can experience Tarleton State University’s main campus in Stephenville firsthand, and catch a glimpse of what it means to “Bleed Purple”– figuratively, of course– on the Texan Tour, Saturday, October 7th. The campus preview day is sponsored by the Tarleton Welcome Center and Office of School Relations, with help from student members, faculty and staff, beginning with registration from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Thompson Student Center ballrooms. Learn about Tarleton through conversations with students and representatives from financial aid and scholarships, admissions, and campus housing. To pre-register, go to;

Round-Up Rehab Auction Monday, Oct. 4

The Empire-Tribune reports that Troy and Cheryl Moore of the Stephenville Cattle Company on U.S. 281 will once again host the Round-Up for Rehab Special Auction, benefiting the West Texas Rehabilitation Center, on Monday, October 4th at noon. It helps the Rehab Center provide services to children and adults regardless of financial issues. A gun raffle drawing is part of this year’s event. Guns included in the raffle are a Green Camo, Winchester Semi-Automatic XP 12 gauge and a Pink Camo, Remington 870 Express 20 gauge. Tickets are on sale at the Stephenville Cattle Company for $5 each or 3 for $10. For more event information, go to;

Dinner in the Stacks This Saturday ay TSU Library

Friends of Tarleton State University’s Dick Smith Library know fall means one thing; Dinner in the Stacks. The annual event, scheduled for this Saturday, September 30th, features Dr. Craig Clifford, author of the book “Pickers & Poets: The Ruthlessly Poetic Singer-Songwriters of Texas.” Clifford is the executive director of Tarleton’s Honor College and professor of philosophy and social sciences. Appetizers at the library begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 and the evening’s program. Copies of Pickers & Poets will be available for sale and signing. Contact Tonya Dobson at 254-968-9474 or email;

Ranger Board Confirms Tax Rate

The Ranger College Board announced Monday night that the tax rate for any of the three counties that choose to become part of the Ranger Taxing District will be 11 cents per $100 in property valuation. Chairman Jackie Stephens said [quote] “State law already determined that Brown, Comanche and Erath Counties are part of the Ranger College Service Area… But to become full voting partners, with the ability to make decisions regarding funding, taxation and staffing, state law requires voters to choose to join the district through annexation.” [end quote] This confirms the statement made earlier this month by Trey Trainor, former general counsel to the Texas Secretary of State.

TSU Moves 80 Students Due to Mold

As a preventative health measure, Tarleton State University announced they’re moving 80 students from Bender Hall, into other residential spaces on campus, after the presence of mold was detected on air conditioning vents. Students were informed of the university’s plans at a meeting on Monday evening. The university will provide moving assistance this week. Dr. Mike Leese, associate vice president of student affairs, said crews worked Friday to clean the air conditioning vents in Bender Hall, but the university made the decision to move students as a precaution. Tarleton can accommodate nearly 4,000 students, with five recent additions including Heritage, Integrity, Traditions South, Traditions North and Honors Halls.

Rep. Sheffield in Stephenville Tuesday

Stephenville Republican incumbent State Representative JD. Sheffield was in town for a fundraiser Tuesday at City Limits. He told supporters one of the things that is really going to be a challenge for the Texas legislature is the cost of the cleanup in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. In the southeastern part of Texas– especially Houston and the port area– it could take up to 3 years to get back to normal. He also spoke about health care and the challenges of high deductibles, and lack of competition among providers. Sheffield represents Texas House District 8.

TSU Welcomes FFA Officer Candidates This Weekend

Nearly three dozen candidates vying for one of six places on the National Future Farmers of America Officer Team will gather on the Tarleton State University Stephenville campus this weekend as part of a three-day workshop aimed at preparing them for the rigors of the national officer selection process. Students and faculty will begin welcoming candidates—some traveling from as far away as Oregon and North Dakota—on Thursday, September 28. The National FFA Officer Preparatory Academy is sponsored by Tarleton’s College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, the Department of Agricultural & Consumer Sciences and Tarleton’s collegiate FFA Chapter.

Commissioners Delay CAD Communications Platform

Erath County Commissioners declined to approve a Computer-Aided Dispatch platform, new cameras and locks for the Sheriff’s Office during Monday’s meeting. RapidDeploy is a platform that simplifies emergency dispatch services. The system is free for the first year, then $128,000 a year after that. County Judge Tab Thompson said he’s interested in improving services, but said they have to look at the financial part. Commissioners did not approve the system Monday, saying they’d need a chance to review a detailed breakdown of costs and comparisons. RapidDeploy’s CAD can track and analyze data from vehicles, has fully integrated vehicle tracking, uses mobile workforce management, route optimization, bulk dispatching and more.

Crowded Field For County Sheriff

It could be a crowded field in next year’s race for Erath County Sheriff. It’s far too early to secure a spot on the November 2018 election ballot, but several people seem poised to throw their cowboy hats in the ring.
Clell Murray, Bobby Harpole, Paul Tyus and Sheriff Matt Coates have already filed their campaign treasurer notifications with the Erath County clerk’s office. In December 2016, just months after he was re-elected, Sheriff Tommy Bryant took his own life. Coates was appointed on an interim basis until the next general election in November 2018. The winner will serve two years before the scheduled sheriff’s race in 2020.

TSU Celebrates Banned Books Week

In honor of Tarleton State University’s Centennial Celebration, there will be readings of passages from 100 banned or challenged books during National Banned Books Week, recognized by libraries and institutions of higher learning nationwide. At Tarleton’s Banned Books Read-Out event, participants will share stories about their favorite banned, challenged or censored book, and read a short passage from the chosen works. It’s all happening today, September 25th at the Stephenville Campus on the Steps of Dick Smith Library from 2 to 4PM, and Inside Texan Hall Library on the Fort Worth campus from 2:30 to 4PM.