Archives for July 2018

Tickets on Sale for Thursday Casino Night

Tickets are on sale for a casino night coming up Thursday at the City Hall at City Limits.

Doors open at 6 for social hour, gaming starts at 630.

There will be live casino games like blackjack and craps as well as a buffet and live auction.

Tickets are $50, or $45 each when you buy four or more. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Erath Co. Property Tax Appraisers Report Homestead Exemption Scam

Officials with the Erath County appraisal district say they have gotten a number of calls and walk-ins about people being sent homestead exemption forms by a company calling themselves “Homestead Designation Services”.

The company wants homeowners to pay them $45 to sign up for the homestead exemption.

County officials say this is a scam, since signing up for the exemption is free through the appraisal district.

Gas Prices Tick Up Statewide, Locally to $2.64 Per Gallon

Gasoline prices in Texas have risen about one cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.64 per gallon, according to the website GasBuddy.

That’s nearly 20 cents below the national average of $2.84, but more than 50 cents per gallon higher than drivers in the state saw in both 2016 and 2017.

Locally, gas prices in Stephenville range from between $2.35 per gallon all the way up to $2.69 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

Tarleton Asst. Police Chief Creates Remembrance of Fellow Officer’s Father’s Army Service

Tarleton Assistant Chief of Police Alvin Allcon last week presented one of his officers with a remembrance of her late father, who, like Allcon, served in Vietnam.

While in DC for Police Memorial Week, he made a rubbing of Alex Spence Jr’s name on the Vietnam wall and presented that, along with photos, to University Police Officer Malinda Spence.

Spence said her father was just 23 when he died in Vietnam, and she was only 3.

Spence joined the Tarleton Police Department in August 2015, after stints with the Fort Worth, Colleyville and Dublin police departments.

Army Vet Claims Discrimination at Local Shell Station

An Army veteran from Oklahoma is claiming he was discriminated against at a Shell gas station in Stephenville.

Sean Wagner told The Flash Today that he stopped at The Junction and took his service dog inside the station with him.

Once inside, Wagner says the clerk inside ordered him to leave and claimed the employee said he ‘didn’t care’ that he was violating the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

Wagner said he then reached out to Shell corporate, who sent him back a generic, ‘sorry for your experience’ form letter.

Commissioners Enhance CodeRED

The Empire-Tribune reports that Erath County commissioners on Wednesday approved an additional application that will enhance CodeRED, which is currently used as a warning system to alert citizens of emergencies. The Integrated Public Alert & Warning System– or IPAWS program– is used nationwide and can be incorporated into local systems, such as Erath’s CodeRED, to alert the public of emergencies through several different technologies. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency website, IPAWS [quote] “is a modernization and integration of the nation’s alert and warning infrastructure, and will save time when time matters most, protecting life and property… using the Emergency Alert System, Wireless Emergency Alerts, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio and other public alerting systems from a single interface.” [end quote] IPAWS pathways include radio and television, cell phones, internet applications, sirens and road signs.

Garden Club Fundraiser Saturday

KSTV’s Sunday Morning Gospel Show host Grieg Mayberry reports the Bluff Dale Study and Garden Club is holding their annual home made ice cream social this Saturday at the Bluff Dale Fire Station and Community Center. It starts at 7 pm., and all of the donations go to their scholarship fund.

TSU Students Elected to FFA Team

Four undergraduate students enrolled in Tarleton State University’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences were elected to the 2018-2019 Texas Future Farmers of America officer team during the 90th annual Texas FFA State Convention in Fort Worth. The 12-member team will serve a one-year term and travel across Texas, visiting about 400 schools and FFA chapters. Tarleton students elected to the state officer team are:
First Vice President Preston Cummings; Vice President Kenna Ferguson; Vice President Ryan Driggers; and Vice President Ashlie Thompson. Sophomore Alyali Marcano, an agricultural education major, will serve as student advisor.

Benefit for Comanche Family Saturday

The host of KSTV’s Sunday Morning Gospel Show, Grieg Mayberry, reports on an event this weekend to benefit a Comanche family. Ashlie Seiley and her kids, Paisleigh and Ramsey, were badly injured in a car accident on Monday. Ashlie was care-flighted to John Petersmith Hospital in Fort Worth for surgery and Paisleigh was care-flighted to Cooks Childrens Hospital. Paisliegh plays soccer on the Lightening Team through Stephenville’s Soccer Association. Pets Supplies Plus in Stephenville will host a fundraiser this Saturday from 10am-to-2pm, with Dog wash proceeds going to the family. Paisleigh’s Soccer Teammates will be selling Lemonade and Cookies in front of the store.

Heroes with Handbags Coming August 9th

The Empire-Tribune reports Erath County first responders will be raising money for child abuse victims at this year’s Heroes with Handbags benefit for the Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center at 5 p.m. Thursday, August 9th, at Twisted J Live. First responders will put on a show from the runway, modeling designer purses that will be available to win. Stephenville Assistant Police Chief and PRCAC board member Jason Halsey said they’re doing it to raise money to support children getting over traumatic experiences. Tickets are $50. Last year’s fundraiser brought in more than $20,000 for the PRCAC.