Archives for June 2019

TSU to Offer Minor in Neuroscience

Tarleton State University announced the creation of a new minor in neuroscience beginning this fall. Students interested in studying the human brain do not need to be psychology majors and should be open to the interdisciplinary nature of the study of neuroscience. Dr. Amber Bozer, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, said the Bureau of Labor and Statistics sees a greater than average growth outlook for jobs in the medical sciences. Required prerequisites are general psychology and anatomy and physiology 2. Psychological research and behavioral statistics courses also are recommended. To apply for the minor, students must develop a degree plan.

Baby Noah Recovering

The Empire-Tribune reports that 18-month-old Noah Constancio, who suffers from a congenital heart defect known as Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, received a life-saving heart transplant on Saturday, June 22nd. Noah was left by his biological mother in the care of the cardiology team at Cook Children’s Hospital before being transferred to Children’s Health Dallas for the transplant procedure. Lauren Constancio, Noah’s adoptive mother, said that since the transplant, he continues his miraculous recovery. Constancio added that she’s incredibly thankful to the donor family for another’s selfless decision to donate life. Read the whole story at;

Texas AG, FTC Crack Down on Robocalls

The Associated Press reports that on Tuesday the Texas Attorney General’s Office, in cooperation with the Federal Trade Commission, began a major crackdown on illegal robocalls, including nearly 100 actions targeting operations around the country responsible for more than one billion calls – that’s with a B–pitching everything from fraudulent credit card services to auto warranty protection. “Operation Call it Quits,” is part of the FTC’s ongoing effort to help stem the tide of unsolicited pre-recorded telemarketing calls. Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Consumer Protection Division has taken legal action on several cases affecting Texans.

TSU Structure is Coming Down

Davis Hall, one of the oldest buildings on Stephenville’s Tarleton State University campus, will reportedly be demolished beginning today.It is named for Tarleton’s 10th and longest serving president J. Thomas Davis. The iconic structure has been at the front entrance of the Stephenville campus for more than 80 years. The brick building’s internal demise began on May 20th. Demolition crews from Midwest Wrecking in Fort Worth will require up to four weeks to complete the job. Access to campus parking from Lillian Street will not be impeded, but trucks will be hauling away debris over the next few weeks. Read more at; yourstephenville

Bedford Rep Won’t Seek Reelection

Bombastic Bedford, Texas State Representative Jonathan Stickland announced on Monday he will not seek reelection in 2020. Stickland was a member of the Texas House Freedom Caucus– described as advocating priorities championed by the Tea Party– until his departure in May. Texas Monthly rated Stickland among the states worst lawmakers, calling him a perrenial troublemaker, and one of his GOP colleagues told the Dallas Morning News “No one has talked more and done less.” Stickland told supporters in an email he had determined it is not in the Lord’s will for him to seek re-election.

TSU-Fort Worth Graduate Level Open House June 29

Tarleton State University’s Fort Worth campus will host an open house for prospective graduate students on Saturday, June 29th from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Hickman Building, located at 6777 Camp Bowie Blvd. It’s a chance for prospective students to meet faculty and staff and learn about the university’s graduate school admissions process, strategies for financing a graduate school education and more. Application fees will be waived for attendees who apply within a week of the open house. To RSVP or for more information on Tarleton-Fort Worth’s graduate-level degree programs, visit; or email graduate recruitment manager Dr. Mweni Ekpo at

Stephenville Woman Shot in Bluff Dale

A 19-year-old Stephenville woman is recovering from a gunshot suffered in Bluff Dale early Saturday morning. Erath County Sheriff Matt Coates wouldn’t say where the woman was shot or the circumstances surrounding the incident, citing the ongoing investigation. The Sheriff’s office stated that dispatch received a call shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday advising that the woman was being transported by private vehicle to the hospital in Granbury. E-T reports she was later airlifted to a Fort Worth hospital and is in stable condition. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 254-965-33-38.

E-T Celebrates Best of Erath

The Empire-Tribune reports that online voting decided the Best of Erath County awards, described as a people’s choice contest to determine favorite businesses and many other categories. Nominations were put forth by the public in April and voted on in May. E-T Managing Editor Sara Vanden Berge said over 150,000 votes were cast.
Nearly 500 attended the red carpet event at Twisted J, with music by Pearl Street Combo and catered by Greer’s Ranch Cafe prior to the show. A magazine with all the winners and photos of the gala will be published on Saturday, August 3rd. Get the whole story online at;

Suspended Deliveries, Coates Person of the Year

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville will temporarily suspend labor and delivery services in mid-August because of upcoming retirements and departures of obstetricians on the hospital’s medical staff. Christopher Leu, president of Texas Health Stephenville said the hospital remains committed to labor and delivery services, with renovations and upgrades to the unit currently underway. Read more at;

Erath County Sheriff Matt Coates was named Person of the Year at the Empire-Tribune’s Best of Erath awards gala Saturday night at Twisted J. Coates was appointed sheriff in 2016 and is now serving his first elected term.

Tales from McAllen Processing Center

As the national debate continues over whether they should be compared to concetration camps, an attorney who recently interviewed several migrants tells the Texas Tribune that many of those held in a McAllen-area U.S. Customs and Border Patrol processing center — the largest such center in America — are living in overcrowded spaces and are often forced to sleep outside the building where the water [quote] “tastes like bleach,” [end quote] Attorney Toby Gialluca said running water is so bad that mothers save bottled water to mix with baby formula. The stories from McAllen’s Centralized Processing Center echo tales from other such facilities.