Archives for June 2018

This Weekend in Stephenville

Fourth of July is coming next Wednesday, but there’s lots to do this weekend. The Stephenville Public Library presents a free Story Time at 10:30 this morning. Books are geared toward ages three and up. For more information call 254-918-1240.
“Love Letters” will be presented by the Theatre at Tarleton’s Summer Studio, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Wells Fine Arts Center.
There’s a first aid, CPR and AED class at 9 a.m. Saturday. Call 254-592-3612 to register.
Dinosaur Valley State Park’s Reptiles & Amphibians event takes place from 2-3 p.m. Saturday. Call 254-897-4588 for information.
and; The Star Spangled 200 is at 281 Speedway Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Dublin Airport Open House

The Dublin Airport invites you to an Open House this Saturday from 8am to 1pm. Meet the pilots, mechanics, and engineers, ask questions and see the airplanes up close. You can also learn about the Aviation Explorers Post, by the Texas Trails Council of the Scouts of America, for youth who want to pursue their interest in flight. Breakfast and lunch available. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the airport, located at FM 219 in Dublin. Call (254) 445-3331 for more information, and bring the whole family.

House Immigration Bill DOA

The Republican-led House of Representatives resoundingly rejected another immigration bill Wednesday, despite the eleventh-hour endorsement of President Donald Trump. The bill, advanced by Texas Congressmen like Pete Sessions of Dallas and Stephenville Rep. Roger Williams, failed by a 301-121 vote, with nearly half of all Republicans opposing the measure. The depth of GOP opposition was an embarrassment for Trump and a rebuff of House leadership. Williams said [quote] “We need to start securing the border and not reward bad behavior, and that’s what this bill did,” [end quote] Hard-liners opposed provisions offering a chance at citizenship for DREAMERS, calling it amnesty.

Scout Camp at City Park

It isn’t just the Boy Scouts anymore. For the first time, a recent Cub Scout camp was open to boys and girls at Stephenville City Park. The Texas Trails Council, Old Comanche Trails District hosted the space-themed camp featuring numerous educational activities. George Niebling, the OCT district executive with the Boy Scouts of America, said [quote] “This was an excellent opportunity for youth to come out and experience scouting and we were happy to add some new scouts during the event,” [end quote] Girls can now join Cub Scout packs and participate fully in their activities. Read more at;

TX Death Row Inmate Requests Firing Squad

The Associated Press reports that attorneys for 66-year-old Texas death row inmate Danny Paul Bible say health problems make him unsuitable for death by lethal injection, scheduled for tonight. They’re proposing he be rolled in his wheelchair in front of a firing squad or be administered nitrogen gas to cut off oxygen to his brain. If the state doesn’t accept one of their alternatives, lawyers for the confessed multiple killer and rapist said the execution would be unconstitutionally cruel, with a risk of being botched due to Bible’s medical issues. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was considering the request Tuesday.

SEDA Director Sanford Not New to Stephenville

49-year-old Jeff Sandford and his family are currently in the process of moving back to Stephenville, where he has already assumed his role as the Stephenville Economic Development Authority’s new executive director. In an exclusive interview with the Empire-Tribune on Monday, Sanford talked about the excitement surrounding his new role and his enthusiasm for the community, saying [quote] “Stephenville has evolved since we were here last and that’s what attracted us to coming back,” [end quote] Sandford had previously been the executive director of the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce from 2001-to-2006. Read more at;

Gas Prices Continue to Fall

Texas’ gasoline prices continue to fall, down more than 3-and-a-half cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.65 on Monday, according to‘s daily survey of over 13,000 stations in the Lone Star State. The national average is also down more than 5 cents per gallon this week to $2.83, according to the price tracking website. Including the change locally, prices were nearly 60 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average has dropped 14 cents per gallon in the last month, but is 58 cents higher than a year ago.

Supreme Court Upholds Texas Voting Districts

The United States Supreme Court on Monday upheld Texas’ state house and congressional redistricting maps, with the exception of Fort Worth HD 90. Last year, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court in San Antonio invalidated two of Texas’ 36 congressional districts, the 27th and 35th, and multiple state House districts. The Supreme Court put the lower court decisions on hold last September, meaning that no changes to Texas’ redistricting maps would be made ahead of the midterm elections. Attorney General Ken Paxton argued at the time that allowing maps to be redrawn would throw the Texas election deadlines into chaos.

Officer of the Year Begins Work on BA

Fort Worth Police Officer of the Year Landon Rollins, who served his country in the military police right out of high school, has enrolled at Tarleton State University this fall. In 2017, Rollins apprehended an armed carjacker and talked down a possible jumper from a bridge. But, rather than rest on the merits of a 15-year career in law enforcement, he begins work on a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice this fall. Officials called Rollins a shining example of excellence in the Fort Worth Police Department, going above and beyond the call of duty.

SPD 911 Kid Hero Honored Tonight

The Empire-Tribune reports the Stephenville Police Department has announced a 911 Kid Hero Award ceremony, scheduled for this evening at 7 p.m., at the Cowboy Capital Walk of Fame across from City Hall. Noah Sohm will be recognized for his brave actions in helping to save his mother’s life. Stephenville Police say that on March 29th, they received Noah’s call for an ambulance. He told dispatchers that his mother was sleeping but he couldn’t wake her. Dispatch Supervisor Kristi Metsgar said Noah stayed calm and provided dispatch with necessary medical information and made sure to put their dog away before paramedics arrived.