Archives for November 2018

Christmas Star at TSU Planetarium

The Mystery of the Christmas Star is a popular holiday pursuit, investigating possible dates for the birth of Christ and looking at recorded sightings of significant astronomical events. It’s also the Tarleton State University Planetarium’s most popular holiday show, with dates for the annual presentation on Thursdays, Dec. 13th and 20th; Fridays, Dec. 14th and 21st; and Saturday, Dec. 15th. Show times are 3 and 7 p.m.. Admission is free for the 46-minute program, but seating is limited to 86 guests per show. To schedule school groups, clubs or other gatherings, call 254-968-0523 or email

Giving Tuesday Shatters Record

Almost 150 donors kicked off the holiday season supporting Tarleton State University on Giving Tuesday this year. In total, donors gave over $164,000 to college scholarships, student programs and activities, shattering last year’s total of just over $26,000. This was the second year for the university to participate in the annual global celebration known as Giving Tuesday, observed just after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Since its beginning in 2012, more than $1 billion was given globally. Thanks to your generosity, the STEDCO Engineering Scholarship, the Carolyn Lesley Memorial Scholarship and the Daniel Jones “Never Give Up” Scholarship will be established.

Erath Man Arrested for Failing to Render Aid

The Empire-Tribune report that 51-year-old James Day was arrested Tuesday night for failing to stop and render aid in an accident involving a person’s death. Shortly before 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 6th, authorities received a report of a deceased person on the side of a Huckabay highway. DPS reports the deceased, later identified as Isaiah Cutler, had injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle. Investigators report that on November 11th, a call from an anonymous tipster suggesting Day was involved. A warrant was issued for Day’s arrest and he was taken into custody.

Holiday Masterworks Concert Saturday at TSU

Tarleton State University’s 39th annual Holiday Masterworks concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, December 1st, in the Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Stephenville campus, featuring Tarleton’s choral program, the Cross Timbers Civic Chorale and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Tarleton students join the Cross Timbers group, along with singers from Stephenville and neighboring communities to form a 100-voice choir for an inspiring performance of Handel’s Messiah, interspersed with uniquely arranged carols. Tickets are $15 and are on sale at the box office from 2-6 p.m. through this Friday, and at 6 p.m. on the day of the show.

Ten Arrested in Drug Conspiracy

Ten Erath County residents are in custody following their arrests in October and November on federal drug conspiracy charges. Stephenville Police Chief Jason King said [quote] “These arrests are the result of our narcotics investigators working with the DEA. That’s what made this case,” [end quote] Each were charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance and made their initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cureton, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. Read the whole story online, including the names of those now held in federal custody, at;

Santa at the Gordon Center Sunday

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas in Thurber. The museum is hosting children of all ages for photographs and cookies with Santa at 2 p.m., this Sunday December 2nd. Admission to this holiday event is free. The museum, which is a research facility of Tarleton State University, is open from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. It’s located off Exit 367 from Interstate 20. For more information, go to; or visit their Facebook page.

United Way Applications Open Saturday

The Empire-Tribune reports Erath County United Way will open 2019 applications for funding on Saturday, December 1st. Applications are available on the county website;, or by calling the United Way office at (254) 965-4429. Lisa Scroggins, executive director for the Erath County United Way said [quote] “The agency must supply direct services to the residents of Erath County, be registered as a chartable organization with the IRS and be in business at least one full calendar year prior to the application deadline.” [end quote] Applications are due by 1 p.m. Thursday, February 7.

Latin Groove Culture Tonight at Wells Fine Arts Center

A tribute to Aretha Franklin will highlight a concert by the Tarleton State University salsa band, Latin Groove Culture, at 7:30 tonight in the Theater of the Wells Fine Arts Center. Admission is free. In addition to Aretha Franklin classics, the show opens with the Celia Cruz favorite “La Vida es un Carnaval” followed by “Havana,” made famous by Camila Cabello, and “La Cuna Blanca,” by Raphy Leavitt y la Selecta. Also on the bill will be El Gran Combo; Willie Chirino’s salsa version of the R&B classic “Just the Two of Us” and “Para Los Remberos” as performed by Tito Puente.

SFD Christmas Toy Drive

The Empire Tribune reports Stephenville Firefighters hosted their annual Christmas toy drive on Saturday from 10am to 2pm at Walmart, continuing a decade-long tradition of giving. SFD Lt. Gregg Schrumpf said [quote] “It’s a way for us to give back to this community.” [end quote] Residents were asked to drop off a new, unwrapped toy for any age kid to the firefighters at the front of the store, where a Stephenville Fire Department truck was parked. Monetary donations were also accepted. The toys and money collected were then passed on to the Stephenville Optimist Club, and will be dispersed to kids in need.

TSU Jazz Concert Thursday

The Tarleton State University Department of Fine Arts presents the final jazz concert of the semester, featuring Jazz Ensembles I and II, under the direction of Dr. Andrew Stonerock, this Thursday, November 29th at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Wells Fine Arts Center in Stephenville. The concert’s theme is “New Horizons.” Music by Gordon Goodwin, John Fedchock, Neil Slater, Cunt Basie and others will be featured. Tickets are $5 or free with a Tarleton ID. The Fine Arts Center box office opens one hour before the performance and all seating is general admission.