Archives for December 2019

Bonnen Meeting May Have Been Illegal

The Texas Tribune reports a House committee has adopted a report suggesting retiring House Speaker Dennis Bonnen violated the law in meeting with a political activist. The House General Investigating Committee unanimously adopted a report Friday from its legal advisers, saying that said Bonnen and a fellow House member “likely violated” the Texas Government Code during a June meeting with hardline conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan. However, members didn’t raise the idea of any possible action against Bonnen and said the investigation was closed. Dallas Republican State Rep. Morgan Meyer, who chairs the committee, met with members behind closed doors for over an hour. More at; texastribune.org.

Texas Gas Up More Than a Nickel This Week

Texas gas prices have inexplicably shot up 5-and-a-half cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.27 statewide, according to the website GasBuddy.com’s daily survey of over 13,000 Texas gas stations. Average prices are 2.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand over 31 cents higher than a year ago. GasBuddy reports the cheapest station in Texas is priced at $1.99 a gallon, while the most expensive is $3.19. The national average price is $2.57, down 2 cents per gallon from a month ago and up 32 cents per gallon from a year ago. Read more online at; yourstephenvilletx.com.

Junior Livestock Show Coming Jan. 8

The Empire-Tribune reports entries for the upcoming 2020 Junior Livestock Show of Erath County are up significantly over last year, according to committee member and new show manager Brandon Manning. Entrants ranging from as young as 9 years old, to seniors in high school will be competing. The show will include 4-H members from Stephenville, Dublin, Lingleville, Huckabay, Bluff Dale and Three Way schools. Manning said that by this year’s deadline, there were 690 entries, compared to 587 for last year’s event. The four-day contest at the Erath County Livestock Association’s Show Barn will begin on Wednesday, January 8th and conclude on Saturday, January 11th.

White Settlement Church Shooting Fatalities

Two congregants of the West Freeway Church of Christ were shot and killed by a man who opened fire in the White Settlement church near Fort Worth on Sunday. The suspected assailant was shot and killed after he opened fire by two congregants acting as parish security officers. Jeoff Williams, a regional director with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said at a news conference that some heroic parishioners saved countless lives, adding their hearts go out to them and their families as well. Authorities have released few details about the victims, the shooter, or possible motives for the attack. Read more at; yourstephenvilletx.com.

Rynearson Named Dean of Education

Dr. Kim Rynearson has been named dean of Tarleton State University’s College of Education, effective Wednesday, January 1st. She’s served in as interim dean since last summer. Tarleton Provost Karen Murray said Rynearson has demonstrated high levels of success in research and fundraising. With more than 20 years at Tarleton, Rynearson has served as associate dean of the College of Education, head of the Department of Psychological Sciences, associate vice president of outreach and off-campus programs, director of Tarleton’s Waco center and director of the Department of Instructional Technology and Distributed Education. She has also authored articles in upwards of 20 publications.

TSU Li’l Theater Begins in Jan.

Tarleton State University’s Department of Fine Arts announced their Lil’ Theatre classes will begin on January 18th, offering Saturday instruction in all aspects of stage craft from 9 a.m. to noon in the Wells Fine Arts Center theater on the Stephenville campus. Kids will learn about acting, rehearsing, costumes, stage makeup and scenic painting. Classes conclude with a public performance of the musical “Press Start,” on Sunday, April 19th. Prudence Jones, associate professor of theater at Tarleton said TSU theater students will direct and teach different aspects of preparation for their final on-stage and back stage performances. Call 254-968-96-69, or email pljones@tarleton.edu to register in advance.

Lewis Named TSU Dean of Health Science

Dr. Sally Lewis has been named dean of Tarleton State University’s College of Health Sciences and Human Services, effective January 1st. She has filled that role on an interim basis since the summer of 2018. Tarleton Provost Karen Murray said Dr. Lewis will ensure the health sciences and human services programs will continue to rate among the best in the state and the nation. During Lewis’ 13 years as director of the Department of Medical Lab Services and Public Health, the number of programs in the department grew from one to six, with more than 200 students annually earning degrees, and certificates.

Texas Homeless Increase

A recent report suggests a growing homelessness problem in Texas. Various state, local and national agencies count the number of people experiencing homelessness and in Texas this year, organizations and volunteers counted 25,848 people experiencing homelessness. About 43% of those people lived on the streets, and while the Houston metropolitan area is the most populated region in the state, the Dallas region saw a larger homeless population. Greater Austin had the fourth largest homeless population and the highest share of homeless residents not living in any kind of shelter. However, counting people experiencing homelessness on a specific day can be difficult. Read more at; yourstephenvilletx.com.

Gas Prices Steady

As holiday travelers prepare to hit the roads ,Texas gas prices are unchanged in the past week, averaging $2.21 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.com’s daily survey of over 13,000 Lone Star stations. Gas prices in Texas are nearly 3-and-a-half cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand at just over 22 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. GasBuddy reports the cheapest gas in Texas is priced at $1.69 a gallon, while the most expensive is $3.19, or a difference of a dollar fifty per gallon. The national average price has fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the last week. Drive safely.

TSU Professor Honored by A&M Chancellor

Tarleton State University professor Dr. Sharon Tiffany Bowers has been named a recipient of The Texas A&M University System Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators Award. Established in 2011, the Chancellor’s Academy award honors individual educators from A&M System universities who have made significant contributions to the field of teacher education and highlights the System’s role in producing K-12 teachers for the state of Texas. Tarleton Provost Karen Murray said Dr. Bowers was selected for the esteemed award because of her teaching excellence, innovation, scholarship and service associated with teacher preparation. Bowers is part of Tarleton’s School of Kinesiology Department of Sport Science.