Archives for August 2019

Commissioners Consider Tax Hike

Erath County commissioners have proposed a slightly increased tax rate for the upcoming year. Judge Alfonso Campos said the court is trying to collect the debt rate for a pending note, saying we still owe $4 million for jail construction from 2010. Read more at;

Hunks Raise Money for Stephenville Police and Fire

The Empire-Tribune reports the Stephenville Police and Fire Departments were each presented with checks in the amount of $25,000 each by the Handsome Hunks of Erath County event organizers Lisa Pendleton and Hanna McDowell. The money was raised during this year’s event. Several of the first responding “hunks” were in attendance.

Hurley Named TSU President

A new era has begun at Tarleton State University, just in time for the fall semester. The Texas A&M University Board of Regents has officially named Dr. James L. Hurley Tarleton’s 16th president, following his initial selection and the 21-day notice required by law. Hurley was named the sole finalist by the A&M Board on August 8th. He has served as president of Tusculum University in Greeneville, Tennessee since 2017, but has immediately begun his duties at Tarleton. Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp will welcome Hurley and his family at a reception next Tuesday in the Thompson Student Center Ballrooms at 4:30 p.m.

Fun Things for Labor Day Weekend

The Empire-Tribune posted several fun things to do this Labor Day weekend, including Splashville’s Doggie Dunk Day event from 4-6 p.m. on Monday; have a traditional backyard barbeque; catch a movie at Cinemark Cinema 6 in the Bosque River Center; have a cold beer at Revolver Brewing, a craft brewery located in Granbury and lots more. Learn more at;

Secretary Perry Instagram Hoax

U.S. Energy Secretary and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was caught up in a widespread Instagram hoax this week. Perry posted a screenshot of a memo on Instagram, incorrectly claiming that the social media site is revising its privacy policy and that Instagram will publicly release and use all of your photos, including those relevant in court cases or litigation against you, adding [quote] “Everything you’ve ever posted becomes public from today… Even messages that have been deleted or not allowed.”[end quote] Perry poked fun at the hoax and his own blunder Wednesday. Oops.

Erath Burn Ban Lifted

The office of Erath County Judge Alfonso Campos announced Wednesday that the scheduled 90-day countywide burn ban on all outdoor burning, including welding activity initially scheduled until November, has been lifted. The three month moratorium was contingent upon dry conditions and remains subject to reinstatement. Judge Campos office posted that Commissioners will continue to monitor the fire danger situation daily.

TSU Safest College Campus in Texas

The Empire-Tribune reports Stephenville is home to the safest college campus in the Lone Star State by YourLocalSecurity. Last year, the National Council for Home Safety and Security named Tarleton one of the safest college campuses in the nation. Tarleton Police Chief Matt Welch said he is proud of the honor and gave credit to his staff and other local agencies for the distinction. Tarleton ranked No. 1 in Texas followed by West Texas A&M University, Stephen F. Austin, Texas State and Texas A&M – Commerce, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education and the FBI.

TSU Labor Day Closures

In observance of Labor Day, all Tarleton State University administrative offices are closed and classes dismissed next Monday, September 2nd. All TSU campus locations resume normal operating hours Tuesday. The Dick Smith Library, Student Health and Counseling Center, Tarleton Alumni
Association offices and the university’s Welcome Center in Stephenville will be closed. The library on the Fort Worth campus, Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas in Thurber and the Dora Lee Langdon Cultural & Educational Center in Granbury also will be closed. The Recreational Sports Center will operate on a modified schedule. If you have an emergency, contact University Police at 254-968-92-65 or dial 911.

Abbott Appoints Bland to State Supreme Court

The Austin American-Statesman reports Gov. Greg Abbott will fill a vacancy on the Texas Supreme Court with Jane Bland, a Republican who was ousted from the appeals court by voters in 2018. Abbott announced Monday that Bland will replace Justice Jeff Brown, who’s been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to sit on the federal bench in Galveston.

TSU Part Time Job Fair

Tarleton State University’s Career Services will host a part-time job fair Thursday, September 5th at 1 p.m. at the Campus Recreation Center. Participants are encouraged to bring their resume and other applicable materials to the come-and-go event, which gives students an opportunity to connect with local businesses seeking part-time help. Employers can register for the event at for $50 That includes one table for two representatives and hospitality. Additional tables are available for $15 per table and $5 per person.