Archives for December 2017

Story Time at the Library Today

The Stephenville Public Library will hold its weekly story time today, December 29th beginning at 10:30am, which is open for all children, but geared toward kids ages three and up. Story time is free and open to the public. The library is located at 174 N. Columbia St. Call (254) 918-1240 for more information.

4H Club Ton of Feed Fundraiser Saturday

The Empire-Tribune reports Stephenville 4H Club members have been selling tickets for their “Chance to Win Ton of Feed” fundraiser and will be setup at several participating businesses tomorrow. 4H Club President Guthri Jenschke says if you’re interested in buying tickets after Saturday, the group will have them for sale on-site at the Erath County Livestock Show Fairgrounds, January 3rd through 6th. Tickets are $20 and Saturday’s participating businesses are Bradberry’s Best, Hay and Feed Ranch, Coopers Country Store and Taylor Feed. The drawing will take place between 5-6 p.m. next Saturday, January 6th at the Erath County Livestock Association Arena, but the winners do not have to be present. There’s a $600 gift certificate winner and a $150 gift certificate winner, which can be redeemed at one of the participating businesses. Proceeds benefit the 4H Club’s activities and community projects throughout the year. For more information, contact the Erath County Extension Office at 254-965-1460 or David Wilson at 254-485-3480.

Martinez Named Dean of New TSU Engineering School

Dr. Denise Martinez will become the associate dean of Tarleton State University’s new School of Engineering, effective Wednesday, January 3rd. The new school is part of Tarleton’s College of Science and Technology, located in a $54 million engineering building under construction on the Stephenville campus. The School of Engineering will be home to a dozen degree programs, with more than 800 majors. The nearly 98-thousand-square-foot engineering building– expected to be completed by late fall 2018– will house the School of Engineering and will bring together complimentary programs, including civil, electrical, environmental and mechanical engineering; computer science; mechanical and manufacturing engineering technology; and construction science and management.

Junior Livestock Show Returns Next Week

The 2018 Junior Livestock Show of Erath County kicks off on Wednesday, January 3rd, and the event is reportedly bigger and better than ever this year with increased participation, improvements to the facility and more accurate digital programing at the Erath County Livestock Arena. Show Chairman Danny Phillips said that last year, insulation and new lights were added to the arena and more improvements have been made to the facility this year. Phillips said they are also trying to improve the digital side of things with new ShoWorks software. Get the whole story online at;

Gas Prices Up Slightly

Average retail gasoline prices in Stephenville and throughout Texas have risen point-four cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.18 a gallon yesterday, according to gasoline price website’s daily survey of over 13,000 gas outlets in Texas. This compares with the national average that has increased 1 cent per gallon in the last week to $2.43, according to the website. Prices yesterday were more than 12 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago. Gas prices on December 26 in Texas have ranged widely over the last five years.

Cress Wins PRCA Title, TSU Degree

Tarleton State’s Brody Cress couldn’t make the December 15th commencement exercises that marked his graduation with a degree in agri-business. He was busy claiming the PRCA saddle bronc riding average title at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. The only NFR saddle bronc rider with 10 qualified rides, Cress earned 86 points on his final ride Saturday, for a total of more than 77 points better than the event’s runner-up. Besides becoming a new graduate and winning an NFR crown, Cress almost added another title Saturday, finishing close behind 19-year-old Ryder Wright in the final world standings. Now that’s a full week for any student-cowboy.

Banner Year for TSU Foundation

2017 has been a banner year for the Tarleton State University Foundation, with an increase in scholarship funding and an investment portfolio close to $20 million. The nonprofit Foundation provides financial assistance to Tarleton from earnings on endowed funds, gifts and property. It acts independently of the university and The Texas A&M University System solely for the benefit of the school. Up to 25 new freshmen will begin the fall 2018 semester with a $3,000 scholarship thanks to the Foundation’s work. Established to provide short-term loans to students, the James B. Gregory, Mary C. Gregory and Myrtle Nowlin Loan Fund was originally used for tuition and books.

Judge Lifts Part of Trump Refugee Ban

On Saturday, a federal judge partially lifted the Trump administration’s ban on certain refugees entering the country after two groups argued it prevented people from some predominantly Muslim countries from reuniting with family members living legally in the United States. U.S. District Judge James Robart heard arguments brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and Jewish Family Service, which say the ban causes irreparable harm and puts some people at risk. Robart ordered the federal government to process certain refugee applications, saying the order applies to those with a [quote] “bona fide relationship to a person or entity within the United States.“ [end quote]

TSU Students, Staff Provide Kids Christmas Wishes

Tarleton State University students, staff and faculty from the Psychology, Mathematics, Health and Eductation Departments came together to make holiday wishes come true for children at the Sherwood & Myrtie Foster’s Home in Stephenville. The Flash Today reports that it started when senior Kristen Bowman contacted the home to get a list of the children and their wishes to share with Psychology Club members. That’s when the Department of Psychological Sciences, Department of Mathematics, the Student Health Center and the College of Education stepped up to provide gifts for children ages 2 to 16.

TSU Facilities Holiday Closures

Tarleton State University will close all campuses and facilities for winter break, beginning at noon today. Some operations will re-open on Wednesday, January 3rd. The spring semester’s 16-weeks of classes begin Tuesday, January 16, and all residence halls re-open to students at 10 a.m. Friday, January 13th. Tarleton’s Department of Campus Life closed several housing facilities at 10 a.m. Thursday. Campus dining services close at noon today, until 4:30 p.m. Sunday, January14. All other dining locations, including the Barry B. Thompson Student Center’s Food Court and the café in the Dick Smith Library resume normal hours on Monday, January 15th. For more, go to;