Archives for August 2018

Dallas Remains Believed to be Hood County Man

The Empire-Tribune reports that the partial skeletal remains of what is believed to have been an 83-year-old Hood County man– missing since 2012– have been discovered in a submerged pickup truck in the Trinity River near Loop 12 in Dallas. The Hood County Sheriff’s Office reports DPS divers located the pickup, and removed it from the river on Tuesday, August 14th. A sheriff’s Office spokesman said the remains were William Moore of Pecan Plantation. Texas Rangers, Hood County Sheriff’s and Cold Case Unit have reportedly followed leads and conducted searches in multiple locations for Moore.

TSUPD Offers RAD Training Sept.10-19

Tarleton State University Police offer a free Rape Aggression Defense course for women, beginning September 10th at the Wisdom Gym. The 12-hour course is open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Instructors Kristie Bint and Sgt. Amanda Miller, along with Officer Doug Johnson, will focus on education, awareness, prevention, risk reduction and the avoidance of assault and rape. The RAD system is dedicated to teaching defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault using easy, effective and proven self-defense tactics. The minimum age for participants is 13, and early registration is encouraged. Contact Sgt. Bint at 254-968-95-65 or email

Fall Fine Arts Exhibitions at TSU

The 2018 fall calendar of Tarleton State University’s Department of Fine Arts launched on Tuesday at the Wells Fine Arts Center Gallery with the annual faculty art exhibition. The show runs through September 20th. The exhibition presents an overview of the various research and creative accomplishments of studio and art education faculty. A reception will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12th. Both the reception and the exhibition are open to the public. Exhibitions this fall will spotlight artists Ashley Whitt and Ross Faircloth, fashion art, senior exhibitions and more.

O’Rourke Says No Dallas Debate Friday

The Texas Tribune reports that El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate challenging Republican incumbent Ted Cruz, says a proposed Dallas debate between the two on Friday is [quote] “not going to happen.” [end quote] In April, O’Rourke’s campaign proposed six debates, including two in Spanish. In July, Cruz challenged O’Rourke to five debates, with a detailed plan including proposed cities, dates and topics. O’Rourke accepted Cruz’s proposal, but suggested some revisions, including a sixth debate in El Paso. O’Rourke said Monday that Cruz’ campaign has “attempted to dictate” various aspects of the debate format. Read more at;

TSU Executive Chosen for Fulbright Program

Tarleton State University’s Dr. Alex del Carmen, executive director of the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies, has been named to the Fulbright Specialist program of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and World Learning. The Fulbright program sends faculty and professionals from the United States to businesses and academic institutions in more than 150 countries, who must have a U.S. embassy or Fulbright commission to participate. Del Carmen will collaborate on civil and human rights law; constitutional law; criminal law and procedure; federalism; race relations and more.

SISD Approves SHS Vestibule Construction

In an effort to futher bolster school safety, the Stephenville ISD board of trustees voted unanimously Monday to approve construction of a vestibule for the main entrance at the high school. The Empire-Tribune reports that SISD maintenance director Keith Starnes told trustees that the construction will feature windows [quote] “thicker than standard glass” [end quote] and would change the entry procedure so that each person will have to enter by way of an electronic lock system after being approved with an ID check. Starnes told trustees the installation will likely take 2 to 4 weeks. Get the whole story online at;

SISD Bus Crash Monday

The Empire-Tribune reports a Monday morning bus crash sent two Stephenville students to the hospital. An SISD bus carrying children to school was involved in an accident with a pickup truck on U.S. Highway 377. Superintendent of schools Matt Underwood said the kids were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, adding [quote] “Miraculously it doesn’t appear that anyone was seriously hurt,” [end quote]
The rear end of the bus received minor damage, but the pickup was more heavily damaged. A second SISD bus arrived to transport the students to school. The investigation is ongoing. Get the whole story online at;

Liles Named Gordon Center Endowed Chair

Tarloeton State University has announced Texas Civil War-era historian Dr. Debbie Liles has been named the W.K. Gordon Endowed Chair in Texas History. The late Mrs. W.K. Gordon Jr. provided funding for the endowed professorship as well as the Center for Industrial History of Texas in Thurber. Liles has extensive knowledge of Texas history, primarily the role of cattle raisers in the South. Liles co-authored an award-winning 2016 book, “Women in Civil War Texas: Diversity and Dissidence in the Trans-Mississippi. Liles earned her Ph.D. and master’s degree from the University of North Texas in Denton.

Bush, Obama to Eulogize McCain

The late John McCain will lie in state at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, which would have been his 82nd birthday. The six-term Maverick Arizona senator, POW and decorated Vietnam War veteran died Saturday of brain cancer at his ranch near Sedona, Arizona. Texas GOP Congressman Roger Williams said [quote] “John McCain was a patriot, in every sense of the word. His devotion to this country was immeasurable,” [end quote] Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush– McCain’s rivals for the presidency in 2000 and 2008– have been asked to speak at his funeral. However, President Donald Trump reportedly will not attend.

Parking Changes at TSU Today

Freshmen have officially moved into their Tarleton State University campus homes as the fall semester begins today, and University Police and Transportation Services have implemented changes to meet student parking needs. More than 20 new spaces have been added to residential Red Zone lots and a former visitor parking lot at the corner of Cain and Jones streets, also at the intersection of Washington and St. Felix streets, which are available for residential students. Commuter students will see additional parking in the Memorial Stadium lot, and the lot at the corner of Sloan and Harbin streets.