Archives for October 2017

Stewart Out of Erath Judge’s Race

The Empire-Tribune reports that the field of candidates for judge has been reduced by one. After entering the race to replace retiring Erath County Judge Tab Thompson, who announced he would not seek re-election on August 14th, Phyllis Stewart has changed her mind– just days after announcing her candidacy– and will not run for the seat, saying to the E-T Sunday via Facebook [quote] “After prayerful consideration, my family and I have decided that this is not the right time for me to run for county judge,” [end quote] Three Republican candidates – Alfonso Campos, Jon Koonsman and Shelby Slawson– will compete in the GOP primary on March 6th.

Dracula Coming to TSU

Coming right on the heels of Halloween, Theatre at Tarleton’s stage production of Dracula runs November 7th through 11th at the Wells Fine Arts Center on the Stephenville campus. The play is based in the 1897 Bram Stoker novel, adapted for the stage by William McNulty. Tickets, available at the Fine Arts Center box office starting today, priced at $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, children under 18, and faculty and staff with a Tarleton ID. Tarleton students get in for $5. The box office is open from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays.

Barnes, Keffer Support Ranger Annexation

Former Texas Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes and State Representative Jim Keffer have endorsed the Ranger College annexation. Barnes said Ranger College has been directly responsible for more than 250 area jobs that generate more than $9 million per year in local increased wages. Keffer echoed Lt. Governor Barnes’ comments and commented how community colleges help families with children looking to go on to college. They also addressed the cost of supporting annexation– about $8 per month for homeowner and renters– the tax rate of 11 cents will be the 2nd lowest taxing entity in the County.

TSU Media Studies Exhibitions Begin Nov. 1

Nine graduating students from the art/digital media studies program at Tarleton State University will be showcasing their work in five senior exhibits starting Wednesday, November 1st at the Wells Fine Arts Center Gallery. Student artists have the opportunity to mount a professional exhibition that presents a cohesive portfolio in their chosen field of study, which they intend to pursue upon graduation. A solo exhibition by Teejay Handley kicks off the exhibitions Wednesday, inspired by a life-long passion for racing and gaming. The second exhibition on Nov. 8 features the works of Noelle Ross and Matt Vanderpool. Contact Phil Riddle for more on the exhibitions at 817-484-4415, or email;

Spirits of Erath Cemetary Walk Sunday

The 10th annual Spirits of Erath Cemetary Walk will be happening on Sunday, October 29 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, but the event is a whole lot more than just a walk among the tombstones. It’s a joint fundraiser for The Friends of the Dick Smith Library and the Stephenville Historical House Museum. You’ll hear from pioneers Professor Earl Funkhouser, John Akey, Sallie Oringderff, the Titus sisters, Robert and Nancy Sloan and Sallie Mothershead. Performances are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission is five dollars per person, with proceeds benefitting the library and museum. Call Glenda Stone at 254-968-4750 for more information.

TSU Campus Shuttle to Bonfire Tonight

Tarleton State says the best way to get to tonight’s L.V. Risinger Memorial Bonfire is to catch a free shuttle from the Stephenville campus to the Agricultural Center on County Road 518. You can avoid traffic bottlenecks, parking hassles and be one of the first 300 to board and get tickets for free food. Shuttle service begins at 5:30 p.m., with parking lot pickups at Legacy, Bender and Ferguson halls, the Tarleton Horticulture Center, and The Grove. No booze, backpacks, coolers or duffle bags allowed. Jason Boland and Prophets & Outlaws are scheduled to perform.

County Gets New Patrol Vehicles

The Erath County Sheriff’s Office unveiled two brand new Chevy Tahoe patrol vehicles Tuesday afternoon with four more on the way. Right now the sheriff’s office has 21 patrol vehicles and hopes to replace all of them in the coming years. The new patrol vehicles came with improvements including more space and a plastic back seating area for easier cleaning and maintenance.The sheriff’s office requested to not have top lights installed on the vehicles, instead having lights on the front, back and sides. The department should get another new vehicle next week. Read more at;

County Law Enforcement Verifies Sex Offender Status

The Empire-Tribune reports that on Tuesday, Erath County Sheriff Matt Coates’ office teamed up with agents of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Stephenville and Dublin police departments and the District Attorney’s Office to verify the location of every sex offender residing in the County. Coates said registered sex offenders are required to report their place of residence, employment, contact information and vehicle information to authorities. That information is compiled by DPS and is made available to the public. Officers went door- to-door making contact with each sex offender to verify that their information was correct and up to date, to ensure the safety of Erath County residents.

TAMUS Pathways Symposium Nov. 2-3

Tarleton State University hosts The Texas A&M University System’s 14th Annual Pathways Research Symposium next Thursday and Friday, Nov. 2 and 3, on the Stephenville campus. It’s an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research findings—across various academic disciplines—in a poster or oral format. Dr. Credence Baker, associate dean of the College of Graduate Studies and planning committee chair said participants have the opportunity to network with other schools, faculty members and students in the A&M system. Presentations take place at the Thompson Student Center ballrooms. Awards will be presented at 1 p.m. on November 3rd in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

Dublin Fall Fiesta Saturday

The fifth annual Dublin Fall Fiesta is coming this Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Dublin City Park. Something added this year is the “Will Do Good Thrift in the Park” fundraiser sponsored by Dwelling Place Ministries Christian Women Job Corps. The Fall Fiesta will also feature a car show, art and crafts, folk dancers, dancing horses, a dog show and costume contest and pageants. This year’s cooking competition will feature a chicken, beef or pork fajita cook-off. The first place winner will receive a $100 cash prize and trophy. Learn more at;