Archives for September 2019

W. Texas Assailant Profiled in 2011

The Associated Press reports Amarillo Police expressed concerns eight years ago about the gunman who killed seven and wounded 25 last month in West Texas, suggesting he might have been planning an attack. They went to the home of the assailant’s mother in February 2011 after she told them he had refused to take his mental-health medication and had threatened to end his own life in a shootout with police. They found a machete in his room, an underground shelter in the backyard and a recording on which he declared, [quote] “911 will bow down before me.” [end quote] Get the whole story online at;

TSU Student Invited to REU Conference

Tarleton State University biology student Grace Johnson has been selected to participate in the national Research Experience for Undergraduates on October 27th and 28th in Arlington, Virginia. Grace recently participated in the Tarleton REU program between her sophomore and junior years at Dillard University in her hometown of New Orleans. She has become proficient in several soil science research methods and statistical analyses to determine the impact of grazing intensity on soil health. The conference features presentations by students from REU programs in all disciplines funded by the National Science Foundation.

Abbott, DPS Chief Talk Gun Violence

Governor Greg Abbott’s executive orders after the mass shootings in El Paso and West Texas were meant to address gun violence without gun control– but a Department of Public Safety network the Republican governor is counting on says it needs more resources — while remaining secretive about how it operates. DPS Director Steven McCraw told lawmakers that staffing shortages and privacy concerns stand in the way of taking more preventive action against similar shooting massacres.

TIAER Studies Imelda

The Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research at Tarleton State University has been working to gauge the environmental impact of Tropical Storm Imelda, which hammered the Houston area earlier this month. The storm dropped as much as 40 inches of rain on the Texas Gulf Coast, causing flooding and spawning a few scattered tornadoes. The Institute measured hydrocarbon and bacterial contamination in flooded coastal
communities and stands ready to assist those agencies responsible for protecting both the health of Texans and the natural environment.

Atmos Responds to Skunky Odor

Atmos Energy responded to several complaints about gas odor on Wednesday in the Stephenville area, and on Thursday said they’re now responding to similar calls in Dublin. In an email the the Empire-Tribune, Atmos said [quote] “…we have not found any hazardous leaks on our system; therefore, no evacuations have been issued by Atmos Energy,” [end quote] Atmos’ said the source of the odor is a harmless, nontoxic chemical with a skunk-like odor called mercaptan.

TAMU Scientist Concerned by IPCC Report

As climate warriors like Swedish teen Greta Thuneberg spark protests around the globe, Texas A&M University climate scientist Andrew Dessler expressed his concerns following the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report to the United Nations, saying [quote] “What’s particularly disturbing as a scientist is that virtually all of these changes were predicted years or decades ago.” [end quote]

TSU Choral Fall Concert

The Tarleton State University choral program presents its annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. next Friday, October 4th, in the Wells Fine Arts Center Theater. Admission is $5, or free with a Tarleton ID. The concert is entitled “Sing Joyfully!” with choirs venturing from art songs to pop hits such as A-Ha’s “Take on Me.” Performing will be the Select Women’s Ensemble with Dr. Andrew Stonerock and his jazz trio and the Texan Gentlemen and a
performance by the Four Freshmen. The Chamber Choir will conclude the concert with “I Will Rise” by Texas singer/songwriter Chris Tomlin.

Gas Leaks Wednesday in Stephenville

The Empire-Tribune reports through the Stephenville Police Department that gas leaks are being reported by individuals across Stephenville. Fire and Police personnel are working with the gas company to determine the source and cause of the leaks. If you smell gas, you’re encouraged to leave enclosed spaces immediately and seek out a safe, open air location, then call (254) 918-1273 to report the problem.

Denim and Dust Rodeo Dance

Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council will present a free concert, dubbed the Demin & Dust Rodeo Dance, featuring Riders in the Sky. The event takes place this Thursday at the Birdsong Amphitheater, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Stephenville City Park. Get more online at;

Shake Your Cans for Jevan Snead

The Empire-Tribune reports the family of Stephenville High School Athletic Hall of Famer Jevan Snead is asking the community to shake their cans as mourners leaves the church– following the funeral ceremony– to cheer Jevan on to his final resting place. The star quarterback for Stephenville’s Yellow Jackets, the UT Longhorns and Ole Miss passed away last weekend in Austin.