Archives for January 2018

SISD Attendance Remains High

The Empire-Tribune reports that, while the flu outbreak remains high across the state of Texas, Stephenville ISD’s attendance numbers remain steady. As of Monday, attendance was over 92 percent for all campuses. SISD’s Darby West Hernandez said [quote] “Our normal range as a district is 96 to 97 percent attendance,” [end quote] On January 26th, the district had a lower attendance of about 90 percent. A January 24th report on CBSDFW stated that Tolar and Lipan ISDs closed for two days to allow students and teachers recovery time from the flu and other illnesses.

TX A&M AgriLife Presents 4H20 Program

During the January Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board Meeting, Stephanie Keith introduced Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s 4-H20 Program Coordinator, David Smith, to present the innovative 4-H Water Ambassador Program. The counties within the Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District are not currently represented by an ambassador. Thanks to the support of many in the water industry, a new Texas 4-H initiative is helping to grow the next generation of water leaders. 2017 marked the debut of the Texas 4-H Water Ambassador Program, with an opportunity to gain advanced knowledge and develop leadership skills related to the science, engineering, technology and management of water in Texas.

TX Rep. Williams’ Response to SOTU

Texas Republican Congressman Roger Williams released a statement Tuesday night following President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union Address to the nation. Williams said [quote] “…President Trump reminded us of what makes our nation great.” [end quote] For more information, contact Williams’ press sectretary at;, or call; 202-225-9896.

Dallas Lawyer Creates TSU Scholarship

The Empire-Tribune reports that Dallas attorney Scott Summy and his wife, Lenna, have donated $100,000 to Tarleton State University to create an endowed scholarship for students planning a legal career. Nationally known as “The Water Lawyer,” Summy has successfully represented thousands of individuals and public entities against corporate giants responsible for environmental contamination since graduating from Tarleton in 1986 and earning his juris doctorate four years later from Texas Tech University School of Law. Summy played a key role in gaining millions of dollars for people and businesses affected by the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more at;

Voter Registration Deadline Feb. 5

The Texas Tribune reports the statewide primaries for 2018 are coming March 6th, but February 5th is the registration deadline, so Texans don’t have much time left to become eligible to vote. For both Democratic and Republican primary voters, the race for U.S. Senate will be at the top of the ballot. Incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz faces four Republican challengers in his bid for re-election and El Paso Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke is the best-known and financed of three Democrats hoping to unseat Cruz in the general election. Eight Texas Congressman will not seek reelection.

TSU Flute Recital Feb. 6

Flutist Dr. Krystin Son will perform a free guest recital at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6th in the theater of Tarleton State University’s Wells Fine Arts Center. She has performed at major venues around the globe, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Murchison Performing Arts Center. Her 2016 Asian tour featured recitals at Seoul Arts Hall; masterclasses in Thailand; and the Chinese Girls’ School in Singapore. Dr. Son was first-place winner of the 2014 Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition and invited to perform at the 2015 Texas Flute Festival. Visit; to see the complete schedule of events at the Wells Fine Arts Center.

Soup and Go Supper This Evening

E-T reports you can skip cooking tonight and help others at the same time, with the Stephenville Historical House Museum’s fourth annual “Soup to Go” take-out supper, from 4:30pm today, with proceeds benefitting the Oxford House Preservation Project. The meal will consist of Oxford House potato soup, seasoned crackers, salad and brownies for a $10 donation per meal. Get tickets at the museum office, the Home Place at ACE, Stephenville Senior Citizens’ Center, from City Secretary Cindy Stafford, or any museum board member. Drive through and pick up your meal at Center Grove School.

Holocaust Survivor Comes to TSU Feb. 26

Holocaust survivor Max Glauben will share his story of courage and survival at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, February 26th at Tarleton State University’s Stephenville campus. Hosted by the Department of Psychological Sciences, the event takes place at the Thompson Student Center Ballrooms. Tickets are $20 and available online at; Proceeds will benefit the Holocaust Study Abroad Scholarship. The event begins with a reception and raffle at 5 p.m. Mr. Glauben is an 88-year-old Dallas resident with a shocking first-hand account of the early occupation of his native Poland by the Nazis, the courageous resistance of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, and the horrifying truth of the Holocaust.

ECUW Celebration Thursday

The Empire-Tribune reports that, on Thursday, Erath County United Way celebrated its 2017 campaign at The N at Hardway Ranch, after raising over $292,000 for the organization that supports local youth and non-profit organizations. ECUW President Kathy Hampton-Haynes said they’ve held more fundraisers, and the campaign cabinet worked tirelessly– and worked together– to make it such a successful year. This was Hampton-Haynes’ first year as president. The event honored two individuals, Janette Goodman and Angela Haynes. After 46 years, Goodman is retiring from the board, and Haynes was honored for ten years as the former president.

TSU Counseling Celebrates 40 Years

Tarleton State University’s Department of Counseling celebrates 40 Years of Excellence next Wednesday, January 31st, honoring those who helped jumpstart the program in the late 1970s as well as past and current faculty and staff. A come-and-go reception takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. in Room 218 of the Tarleton Dining Hall, with a special program at 2:15 next Wednesday afternoon. Everyone is invited. Prior to becoming a stand-alone unit in 2015, the program was part of the Department of Psychology and Counseling in Tarleton’s College of Education. Today, counseling is one of four departments that make up the College of Health Sciences and Human Services.