Archives for September 2018

Potholes Costing Erath County Drivers

The Empire-Tribune reports on rough roads and rough rides in Erath County. Three days after the E-T published detailed complaints about some of Erath County’s rougher roads, one resident came upon evidence of what those pothole-plagued surfaces can do to vehicles. Greg Stewart spotted a disabled pickup on County Road 109. The truck’s left-front wheel was severely damaged. Stewart lives about 2 miles west of CR 108, more than 15 miles north of downtown Stephenville in Precinct 4. Commissioner Scot Jackson also reportedly saw the disabled pickup. Get the whole story online at;

TSU Wind Ensemble Performance Oct. 2

Fall performances for Tarleton State University’s Wind Ensemble begin this week with Dr. David Robinson making his conducting debut tomorrow, October 2nd, in his new role as director of bands. The concert — entitled “Centennials” — kicks off the 100th anniversary of Tarleton bands on the Stephenville stage. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for students with valid ID. Proceeds from the concert will benefit American Red Cross hurricane relief efforts. Robinson will conduct the Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein in honor of the composer’s 100th birthday.

Texas Senators on Kavanaugh v. Ford Hearing

The Texas Tribune reports U.S. Sen. John Cornyn equated the Judiciary Committee hearing on allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the infamous McCarthy hearings. Cornyn opted not to question Kavanaugh’s first of three accusers, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, but chose to compare the proceedings to then-Wisconsin Republican Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s communist witch hunt of the 1950s. Fellow Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz also declined to directly question Dr. Ford, but later called the hearings [quote] “one of the most shameful chapters in the history of the United States Senate” [end quote]

TSU Homecoming Parade Oct. 20

Tarleton State University’s 2018 Homecoming Parade is coming Saturday, October 20th with the theme of “Back to our Roots.” Expect floats, marching bands, horseback riders and vintage cars, along with a nod to Tarleton’s past. The route begins at the corner of Harbin and Washington streets near the university baseball and softball complex. This year’s route does not take in Memorial Stadium. The announcer’s stand will be located on McIlhaney Street in front of the Tarleton Alumni Association headquarters. The deadline to participate in the parade is Friday, October 5th. For more information, contact the Student Involvement Office at 254-968-94-90 or

TSU Program Earns Golden Molly

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and the city council have recognized a community-based mediation training program established by Tarleton State University assistant professor Dr. Gary Lacefield at the city’s “Gold Molly” awards presentation Wednesday. The 10-week training program is the nation’s first of its kind, intended to improve communication between law enforcement and the African-American community. Ten Fort Worth police officers and 14 community leaders comprised the first cohort, earning 40-hour basic mediation certificates. Mayor Price presented the participants with the “Gold Molly” during Wednesday’s council meeting, recognizing their individual efforts and contributions in building trust between the community and local law enforcement.

Heart of Gold Recipient LoLo

Organizers have announced the tenth Heart of Gold recipient will be 3-year-old Lauren Elise Loredo. LoLo was diagnosed with Alexander Disease at 10 months of age. The 2018 Heart of Gold recipient has a special love for her teachers and her friends at Kinderbridge, a love of tap at Stephenville Dance Center, and Tarleton State University’s TREAT Horse Program. Her cousin Colbi, a first grader at Chamberlin, is her best friend. They play every day, and LoLo loves to sing and dance. Heart of Gold has rallied the community around great causes since 2009.

Farm Bill Deadline

The Texas Tribune reports Republican congressional leaders are just days away from a deadline on a massive farm bill compromise, which could risk a lapse in funding for crucial programs used by thousands of Texas farmers. Congress returns this week with just four days to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation– then, pass the bill through both chambers and send it back to the president before safety net funds dry up on September 30th. The Department of Agriculture reports that one in seven Texans work in an agriculture industry-related job.

TSU Fall Job Fair Oct. 4

Tarleton State University’s Career Services will host its annual Fall Job Fair, next Thursday, October 4th, giving students, alumni and the community a chance to meet with potential employers, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Thompson Student Center ballrooms. Participants are encouraged to bring résumés and other applicable materials. Appropriate business attire is required. Job seekers can receive career advice at an Employer Success Panel from 9 to 10 a.m. in Room 27 of the student center. To learn more about the job fair, call 254-968-90-78 or email; Tarleton’s Career Services office is located on the second floor of the student center.

Sen. Cruz and Wife Hounded in D.C. Restaurant

According to a pair of videos posted online, opponents to the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh hounded Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz right out of a Washington, D.C., restaurant on Monday evening. The Texas Tribune reports that one woman said to Cruz [quote] “I’m a constituent. Love to know what your vote is going to be… Do you believe survivors, sir?” [end quote] The video was posted by the Twitter account “Smash Racism DC.” Another video shows protestors surrounding the senator and his wife, Heidi, with chants of “We believe survivors!”

TSU Study Abroad Expo Thursday

Tarleton State University’s Study Abroad program is offering an information expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Thursday, September 27th, in the ballrooms of the Thompson Student Center on the Stephenville campus.
The annual Study Abroad Fair is for students interested in participating in one of Tarleton’s international opportunities in places all over the world, including Belize, Ecuador, Columbia, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Greece, South Korea and Nepal. Fairgoers can meet with program directors, providers and former participants, and get information on financial aid. Winners of the Study Abroad Photo Contest will be announced at the fair. For more information, email