Archives for February 2019

Erath TCOLE Training Site

The Empire-Tribune reports Sheriff Matt Coates told Erath County Commissioners on Wednesday that his office is now an official Texas Commission on Law Enforcement training site. Coates’ office applied to TCOLE for the designation, which requires certain standards to become a training site. Captain Jeremy Woodruff said they look at other training providers to determine whether there’s a need in the area, adding that, the state legislature has mandated rules that TCOLE is responsible for supervising. TCOLE sent a representative to the sheriff’s office to go over the guidelines and ensure the office had adequate instructors. Read the whole story online at;

TSU, Stephenville Day at the Capitol

A delegation of students, faculty and Tarleton State University staff members traveled to Austin last week as part of their biennial Day at the Capitol. The Tarleton delegation met with legislators to increase university support during the 86th Legislative Session. Student participation in Tarleton’s Day at the Capitol is a key component of the gathering. Dr. Kyle McGregor, vice president of the Division of Institutional Advancement, says the importance of the event is hard to overstate. Stephenville and Erath County officials and civic leaders were on hand, as it was also Stephenville Day at the Capitol.

Erath County Jail Inspection Receives High Marks

The Empire-Tribune reports Erath County Jail officials received good news for the second year in a row when an official with the Texas Commission on Jail Standards showed up on Monday for an unannounced annual inspection. Jail administrator Vanessa Griffin said there were no deficiencies found. The county jail has an average population of 86 inmates overseen by 29 jailers, including Griffin, who’s been the jail administrator for the past two years. She credits her staff for Monday’s exemplary performance report. Sheriff Matt Coates said he was also pleased with the results of the inspection. Get the whole story online at;

TSU Day with the Courts Friday

The Tarleton State University College of Business Administration Law Society hosts a “Day with the Courts” this Friday, March 1st, at the Erath County Courthouse. All Tarleton students and faculty are invited. The free event kicks off at 12:45 p.m. with presentations by county and district judges, local officials and attorneys. A reception, sponsored by the Erath County Bar Association, follows at 3 p.m. Free street parking is available around the courthouse and across from the Donald R. Jones Justice Center at the corner of West McNeill Street and South Graham Avenue. For more, visit;

Harbin FD Receives A&M Grant

The Empire-Tribune reports Harbin’s Volunteer Fire Department now has immediate access to 1,000 gallons of water, thanks to a nearly two hundred thousand dollar grant through the Texas A&M Forest Service Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program. Fire Chief James Brunson said it will be one of the first trucks to roll when they receive a call, filling the need for water supply. Brunson said much of the terrain is diversified, making the new tender’s four-wheel-drive important. They may receive emergency calls in a rocky hill area or farming regions where trucks can bog down in plowed fields. Read more at;

SKYWARN Class in Stephenville Mar. 12

The National Weather Service is coming to Stephenville for a free severe weather training session. The 2019 severe weather season is coming, and local emergency management officials, along with NWS, want you to be ready. You’re invited to the SKYWARN storm spotter class, offered on Tuesday, March 12th, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The program will be held at the Tarleton State University Science Building, Room 102, and is held in partnership with Erath County Emergency Management. Other classes can be found online at; It’s free of charge and no pre-registration is necessary.

Erath Constable to Resign Thursday

The Empire-Tribune reports that Erath County Precinct 2 Constable Leroy Gaitan is expected to resign, but no additional information is available. According to an E-T source, Gaitan came to an agreement with commissioners, saying he would resign effective this Thursday, February 28th. Erath County Judge Alfonso Campos declined further comment when asked about the Constable’s pending resignation. Gaitan is currently serving his fourth term as constable. Two sources close to the situation told the E-T that problems with the incumbent Constable have been brewing for months and have recently gotten worse. Commisioners would appoint his successor.

TSU Texan Tour March 2nd

Students considering enrolling at Tarleton State University are invited to check out the campus in Stephenville during Texan Tour Saturday, March 2nd. It’s a unique campus preview for prospective students to explore academic opportunities, visit with current students and experience the spirit of Tarleton by visiting with faculty, undergraduate admissions, financial aid, scholarships and residential life. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. in the Thompson Student Center. The campus tour is free, but lunch is $8. For a schedule of the day’s events, go to To register online, visit For more information, contact the Office of School Relations at 254-968-98-45 or email;

SISD STAAR Performance Results

The 2017-18 Texas Academic Performance Report shows that Stephenville Independent School District students performed equal to or higher than the Texas state average on the STAAR test of academic proficiency.
The Empire-Tribune reports Stephenville’s ISD board of trustees heard the results during Monday’s meeting.
The 2018 Accountability Ratings Overall Summary reports that Stephenville’s overall scaled score was an 89.
In both reading and science, SISD scored equal to or greater than the region and state, but in social studies, SISD scored lower. Henderson Junior High Principal Renee Goodwin told the board that 66 percent of 2016 graduates went on to college or university.

9/11 Remembrance at TSU Survivor Series Mar. 3

Tarleton State University welcomes Kristin Singleton-Ferrari, witness to the 9/11/2001 terror attacks on New York City, as part of its annual Survivor Speaker Series on Sunday, March 3rd. The public is invited. Singleton-Ferrari’s presentation entitled “No Longer Ground Zero: The Past, Present and Future of NYC and the World Trade Center” at 3 p.m. in the Thompson Student Center Ballrooms. Tickets are $10 for students with ID and $15 for non-students. Proceeds will support students in Tarleton’s College of Education, Psychological Sciences and Educator Preparation Services. Tickets can be purchased in advance at;