Archives for March 2018

mEGGa Hunt Saturday at City Park

Our content partners at the Empire-Tribune remind you not to miss the annual event that is sure to put a smile on children’s faces, Timber Ridge Church’s mEGGa Hunt at Stephenville City Park from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Pastor Jonathan Attaway says the event will feature 50,000 Easter eggs, bounce houses, games, prizes, face tattoos and pictures with the Easter Bunny. It will be 100 percent free and a great time for the whole family. This year the event will be held on the right side instead of the left side of the Splashville parking lot.

TSU Campus Closed at Noon Today

Tarleton State University will close at noon today for Good Friday– ahead of the Easter holiday weekend– and all classes are suspended for the day. Several essential services and areas within the university’s Division of Student Affairs will remain operational or may be reduced to limited operations for the holiday weekend. Areas with modified operating hours include: Dining Services, Health and Counseling Services, Residential Facilities, activities at the Thompson Student Center and Campus Recreation facilities. The University Police Administrative Offices will close at noon today, but Campus Patrols will maintain normal operations. Call the Control Center at 254-968-92-65; and for emergencies, call 9-1-1.

Texas A&M, UT Grad New VA Secretary

Texas A&M and University of Texas Medical Branch graduate and Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson has been tapped by President Donald Trump to replace embattled Secretary Dr. David Shulkin at the Depatment of Veterans Affairs. Shulkins departure was expected following a scandal over a taxpayer-financed trip to Europe last summer, while engaging in open warfare with conservatives at the VA. The White House physician gained notoriety after making the unusual declaration that the president was in excellent physical and cognative health– now, and perhaps into a second term in office– following his recent, highly-publicized physical.

TSU’s MSAT Gains Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education has granted Tarleton State University’s Master of Science in Athletic Training program accreditation. It’s an entry-level degree for students wanting to become certified and licensed athletic trainers. The accelerated track allows students to complete a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with an athletic training concentration and the MSAT degree within five years. Accreditation took about two years to attain. Only 12 students will be admitted each year. This allows for small class sizes and more student/instructor interaction. The first MSAT class will reportedly graduate in May. The MSAT replaces an undergraduate athletic training licensure track.

Bluff Dale Man Dies in ATV Crash

The Empire-Tribune reports that a 37-year-old man has died from injuries he sustained in an ATV accident. William Lee Schoppe of Bluff Dale was killed in the accident, and his two young children sustained injuries at the scene in the Mountain Lakes subdivision in Bluff Dale. They were transported by air ambulance to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth at approximately 6:45 p.m. Sunday evening. The children are last reported to be in stable condition, according to the Erath County Sheriff’s Office. The Texas Highway Patrol is assisting Sheriff Matt Coates’ office with the investigation.

TSU Receives Marketing Awards

For the sixth-straight year, Tarleton State University’s Department of Marketing and Communications earned recognition from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. In the social media campaign category, the university received a Silver Award for its “30 Days, 30 Ways” philanthropic efforts launched in November 2017, allowing the Office of Development to rebrand the hashtag #TarletonGives. The goal of the “30 Days, 30 Ways” campaign was to introduce Facebook followers to the programs and impact that donors’ gifts enhance. Tarleton photographer Kurt Mogonye won a Bronze Award for “The Reel Life,” a collection of images featuring members of the Tarleton Bass Fishing Club.

Gas Prices Rise Sharply

Average retail gasoline prices in Texas have risen sharply in the past week. reports an increase of 6-point-2 cents per gallon, averaging $2.37 a gallon in their daily survey of over 13 thousand outlets statewide. This compares with the national average increase of 4-point-7 cents per gallon to $2.60, according to the gasoline price website. The change is 27-point-7 cents higher than the same day one year ago and are over 10 cents higher than a month ago. The national average is 32-point-3 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

Former Bull Rider Now Paralympian

A former professional bull rider and now a member of the U.S. Paralympic table tennis team, Mike Godfrey trains at Tarleton State University’s highly-touted Wellness and Motor Behavior Lab. Godfrey was mired in drug and alcohol abuse while on the bull riding circuit, and seeking a change in his life. That change came when a bull threw him, and he broke his neck between the fifth and sixth vertebrae. Coming from his home in Proctor to Tarleton’s kinesiology lab in 1999, Godfrey added ping pong to quench his thirst for competition and provide motivation to his therapy. Now, he is competing internationally.

New Bounce House Business

The Empire-Tribune reports that a local couple has opened a new bounce house party business. Go Big Party Rental is located off Highway 377 between Airgas and Fit Body Boot Camp. Sandra and Brandon Cogburn originally had individual bounce houses that they rented out at peoples’ houses back in October 2016. Sandra grew up in Dublin and Brandon in Stephenville, and they decided there just wasn’t enough for kids to do in the area. What was once a business reserved for private birthday parties now includes open jump times on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Texans Rally in March for Our Lives

Tens of thousands of Texans took to the streets on Saturday to rally for stricter gun laws after a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentines Day. Over 800 “March for Our Lives” events– including those in Austin, Houston, Dallas and other Texas cities– took place across the U.S. on March 24th. From Austin’s pink-domed Capitol building, where speakers included Austin Sen. Kirk Watson, Mayor Steve Adler and actor Matthew McConaughey, local high school student organizers of the event took turns rallying the crowd, which was estimated in the thousands. Get more at;