Archives for March 2019

Liquor Petition Gaining Momentum

The Empire-Tribune reports on growing support for a measure that would legalize the sale of liquor in Erath County and eliminate the need for private club permits. More establishments including Twisted J, Mi Familia, Pastafina, Shooterz, Hard 8 Barbecue and Lucky Vines Vineyard now have the petition for residents to sign and get the measure on the November ballot. local businessman Court Cole is part of a group called “Citizens for Responsible Beverage Laws,” working to get 4,400 signatures of registered voters on the petition before May 17th. Get the whole story online at;

TSU Honors Recital Monday April 1

Tarleton State University’s annual Honors Recital will feature music majors from their Department of Fine Arts at 7:30 p.m. next Monday, April 1st, in the Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Admission is free, and a reception will follow the recital. Participants were selected by judges a week prior to the recital. All are finalists for the $5,000 Center Stage Scholarship. Student vocalists include senior Logan Throckmorton and underclassmen Lená Avila, Tori Vilches and Julia Pace. Pianists are Morgan Sands and Jacob Browning. Instrumentalists are John Miske on French horn, William Brown on trumpet, Zachary Carothers on clarinet and Alberto Martinez on trombone.

Free Concert Tonight at TSU

Tarleton State University’s Department of Fine Arts presents a free concert tonight at 7:30 p.m. with clarinetist Gary Whitman in the auditorium of the Wells Fine Arts Center in Stephenville. Whitman is professor of clarinet and division chair of woodwinds at Texas Christian University. He has presented performances at ClarinetFest and conferences in the United States and Europe. Whitman is past president of the International Clarinet Association and a member o the Fort Worth Symphony, where he performs as bass clarinetist. In 2009 TCU awarded him the Chancellor’s Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar.

Whooping Cough at the State Capitol

The Associated Press reports nearly 50 people who work at the Texas Capitol in Austin have been vaccinated this week because a page contracted whooping cough, while legislatures around the country grapple with the question of mandatory vaccinations of their school children. Texas health officials have been offering vaccinations since Monday, three days after lawmakers were notified that a page had come down with the highly infectious disease. The whooping cough case is being held up as a warning in Texas, where politically active vaccination opponents have tried to establish a foothold. The number of Texas parents claiming vaccine exemptions has surged.

Property Tax Reform Update

The Texas House Ways and Means Committee is expected to vote today on an updated property tax reform proposal. A draft substitute of House Bill 2, obtained by The Texas Tribune, would still require that local governments hold an election before raising property taxes by 2.5 percent more than the previous year. Community colleges, emergency service and hospital districts would no longer be subject to some changes proposed in the legislation. Language related to school districts also appears to be removed from the new version. The whole chamber could vote on the bill sometime in mid-April.

Moo-La Fest Coming May 30

The Empire-Tribune reports the first-ever Moo-La Fest is coming to Stephenville City Park from May 30th to June 1st, with 15 hot air balloons, a carnival, food trucks and dairy activities, along with plenty of fun for the whole family. Stephenville’s manager of the Tourism and Visitor Bureau Julie Crouch-Smith says that through United Co-op the Cowboy Capitol of the World will host the world record setting Touchstone Energy Balloon piloted by Cheri White, president of the Balloon Federation of America. White has raced throughout the United States and Europe, and won the prestigious US Women’s National Hot Air Balloon Championship in 2016.

New East Tarleton Development

The Empire-Tribune reports construction of City Center Townhomes, a new housing development that includes 13 attached, single-family style units is expected to break ground soon on East Tarleton Street. Developer Malcolm Kanute and Keewaydin Developments is behind the project, expected to be completed in about a year. Kanute said he hopes to break ground by May 1. The two-story, 1,650-square foot homes will include three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a single-car garage, full service kitchen, living room and laundry room.
Prices will start at $170,000. For more information on the properties, call Taylor Kanute at 630-327-8306.

Williams on Mueller Probe

The investigation into Russian interference in the last presidential election has concluded and Stephenville’s Republican Congressman Roger Williams says [quote] “I am pleased that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finally completed his 2-year, $25 million tax payer funded investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 election. Predictably, Mr. Mueller found there to be no evidence of collusion or obstruction of justice.” [end quote] However, CNN reports that former FBI Director Mueller told Attorney Gen. William Barr and deputy AG Rod Rosenstien about three weeks ago that a conclusion had not been reached on the question of whether President Donald Trump or others obstructed justice.

Classical Recital at Tarleton Friday

Internationally-acclaimed soprano Bronwen Forbay and pianist Sharon Lavery are coming this Friday, March 29th to Tarleton State’s Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium. The celebrated musicians will perform a duo recital of vocal and piano favorites at a noon performance in Stephenville. The recital is open to the public. A Fulbright scholar, the South African Forbay has performed numerous opera roles, including critically acclaimed performances of Mozart’s “Queen of the Night” with the Wolf Trap Opera Company, the Eugene Opera and the Tulsa Opera. Forbay and Lavery are faculty members at McLennan Community College in Waco.

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Mar. 25, 2019 1:57 AM CST
by rhancock

Petitions for Ballot Measure Available

The Empire-Tribune reports that petitions are now available to get a measure on the November ballot that would eliminate antiquated, prohibition-inspired requirements for private club permits, finally allowing liquor sales in 21st century Erath County. Bull Nettle owner Court Cole is a member of “Citizens for Responsible Beverage Laws.” He said they need 4,400 signatures from registered voters within 60 days to get the measure on the ballot. Greer’s Ranch Cafe, Bull Nettle and Legends Country Club have petitions available now, while Hard 8 BBQ and Rockin’ P will reportedly have them by this Wednesday. Read the whole story online at;