Archives for May 2019

TSU Faculty on Lake Palo Pinto Expansion

Faculty from Tarleton State University are partnering with the Palo Pinto County Municipal Water District One to conduct mitigation research for the planned expansion of Lake Palo Pinto, also known as the Turkey Peak Reservoir project. They’ll explore methods of conservation in the riparian habitat along the streams feeding the lake. Dr. Heather Mathewson and Dr. Darrel Murray from Tarleton’s College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences’ Department of Wildlife, Sustainability and Ecosystem Sciences are the principal investigators, collaborating with the district on the 10-year Project. Lake Palo Pinto will be expanded with the construction of a new dam downstream of the existing lake.

Texas Gas Prices Fall Again

The Empire-Tribune reports Texas gas prices have fallen 2-and-a-half cents per gallon in the past week, according to gasbuddy.com‘s weekly survey of over 13,000 stations in the Lone Star State, with prices averaging $2.53 per gallon. Prices at the Texas pump are 6.8 cents lower than a month ago and 21and-a-half cents lower than a year ago. The cheapest station in Texas is at $2.09 per gallon while the most expensive is $3.29. The national average price of gasoline has fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the last week. Read more online at; yourstephenvilletx.com.

1 Killed, 3 Wounded in East Texas Shooting

Police are searching for a gunman who killed a woman and wounded three people, including a sheriff’s deputy in East Texas Wednesday morning at a veterinary clinic east of Cleveland, a city of 8,000 people about 50 miles northeast of Houston. None of the victims names were released. The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office says deputies pursued the suspect, identified as Pablo Vito, along a local highway before they exchanged gunfire. A deputy was shot in the throat and flown to a Houston hospital where he’s reportedly in stable condition. Police are still searching for Vito, who was driving a white 2004 Mercury.

El Chapo Lieutenant Faces Texas Justice

A man accused of playing a major role in the violent Mexican border cartel led by convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been extradited to Texas. Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo– who was previously identified as a lieutenant of the Sinaloa cartel and nicknamed Jaguar– faces an initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon in El Paso on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, money laundering and drug distribution. The Associated Press reports U.S. prosecutors announced the extradition of Torres late Tuesday. He was arrested in February 2012 in Mexico. Guzman was convicted in February.

Parks and Historic Sites Bill Needs Voter Approval

Texas parks and historic sites could receive a much-needed infusion of public funding following legislative support, but requiring voter approval. The Texas Tribune reports SB 26 and Senate Joint Resolution 24 would ensure the Texas’ Parks and Wildlife Department and the Historical Commission would receive the maximum amount of money they are allowed through a state sporting goods sales tax. Only about 40% of those revenues have been allotted in the past. It now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for his signature. Seeking to amend the Texas State Constitution also requires voter approval. The referendum will appear on Texas ballots this November.

Stephenville Motorcyclist Dies

The Empire-Tribune reports a 55-year-old Stephenville man died on Sunday in a motorcycle accident on County Route 299, according to an accident report issued by the Texas Highway Patrol. Gregory Wells was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Bart Greenway. According to details of a report released on Monday, Wells was heading northeast on a 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle when it [quote] “failed to negotiate a right curve.” [end quote] Wells reortedly drove off the left side of the roadway and struck a fence post. Go to; yourstephenvilletx.com for any updated information.

Parks and Historic Site Funding Requires Voter Approval

Texas parks and historic sites could receive a much-needed infusion of public funding following legislative support, but requires voter approval. The Texas Tribune reports SB 26 and Senate Joint Resolution 24 would ensure the Texas’ Parks and Wildlife Department and the Historical Commission would receive the maximum amount of money they are allowed through a state sporting goods sales tax. Only about 40% of those revenues have been allovated in the past and it now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for his signature. Seeking to amend the Texas State Constitution also requires voter approval. The referendum will appear on Texas ballots this November.

SoS Whitley Tenure Ends

The controversial tenure of Texas Secretary of State David Whitley has come to an end. The Senate session gaveled out Monday without ever confirming Whitley, whose failed attempt to purge Texas’ voter rolls of noncitizens — which contained the names of thousands of legitimate voters– was linked to false claims of voter fraud. The Austin American-Statesman reported that Whitley submitted his resignation moments before the gavel fell. The secretary of state is constitutionally required to leave office immediately if the Senate goes through an entire legislative session without confirming him. Read more online at; texastribune.org.

Moo-La Fest Coming Thursday

The Moo-La Fest arrives this Thursday at Stephenville City Park with 15 hot air balloons, food trucks, a carnival and live entertainment. Manager of the city’s Tourism and Visitor Bureau Julie Crouch told the Empire-Tribune that tethered balloon rides are $25 for adults and $15 for kids. There will be 14 food trucks including Cajun Cowboy Boilers, Mad Chow, Dippin’ Dots and Vero Gelato, just to name a few. The live music and balloon glow are free, but arm bands will be sold for inflatables at $15 per day or $39 for an unlimited three-day pass. Get the whole story online at; yourstephenvilletx.com.

Memorial Day in Stephenville

Stephenville’s Turnbow-Higgs American Legion Post and Auxiliary Unit 240 hold a Memorial Day Ceremony today at 9:00 am at West End Cemetery, known as the American Legion Veterans Field of Honor, located between Lillian and Harbin streets, south of East Washington near the Tarleton campus. Organizers recommend access via the Swan Street entrance to cemetery. Metal folding chairs will be available and set-up in the shade of huge oak trees.
“Walmart Remembers Our Heroes” with free hot dogs & Cake today. The event happens from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Grocery entrance of the Walmart located at 2765 West Washington Street.