Archives for February 2020

Texas Primary Early Voting

The Texas Tribune reports the first week of in-person and by-mail early voting for the 2020 primary reached over 428,000 people in Texas’ 10 largest counties or 4.6% of registered voters. More people vote early than on election day in Texas, but historically, early voting turnout does not indicate what will happen in an election. Real Clear Politics polling averages in the race for the Democratic nomination show Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leading in Texas, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen.Elizabeth Warren, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and former South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg who, along with Warren, is trending upward.

Duff Goldman Coming to TSU Mar. 3

The Speaker Symposium Series at Tarleton State University welcomes Food Network TV star Duff Goldman, coming next Tuesday, March 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Wells Fine Arts Center. Admission is free and open to the public. Goldman serves as a judge on Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship” and “Spring Baking Championship” shows. He also co-hosts and judges the “Kids Baking Championship” with Valerie Bertinelli.
He studied at the Culinary Institute of America and worked at several acclaimed culinary destinations including the French Laundry, the Vail Cascade Hotel and Todd English’s Olives — before moving to Baltimore, Maryland in 2000 to become a personal chef.

TSU COBA’s 30th Anniversary

Tarleton State University’s College of Business Administration will celebrate its 30th anniversary March 30th through April 3rd. COBA students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are invited to join the activities, including a kickoff brunch and 30th anniversary banner reveal on Monday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the COBA building foyer. At 6:30 monday, COBA faculty and staff match students and alumni in basketball at Court 1 of the Tarleton Recreation Center. Register to play online at; March 31st is #ThankfulTuesday — students can come by the COBA foyer between 10 and 11:30 a.m. For more event details go to;

KofC Lenten Fish Fry is Back Feb. 28

The Stephenville Knights of Columbus annual Lenten Fish Fry returns this Friday at Newman Hall from 5-7- p.m. on February 28th and every Friday through April 3rd. The meal will consist of fish, cole slaw, beans, hushpuppies, French fries, tea and dessert. Prices range from $8 for senior citizens and children under 12, to $10 for everyone else. That’s for all you can eat. Take-out service is available by calling 965-5693. Orders may be picked up at the back of Newman Hall on Centennial Street. All take-out orders are $10 per plate. For more information on the beneficiaries of this charity event, go to

Online Survey of Stephenville Facilities

The Empire-Tribune reports that residents are invited to weigh in on the need to upgrade some of Stephenville’s key facilities like the Recreation Hall, library and Senior Center by taking part in a survey on the city’s website, accessed through social media platforms. Hard copies of the survey can also be obtained at the Rec Hall, library and Senior Center. The survey, which is due on March 15th, includes questions about recreational, arts and crafts spaces, a child watch area, party rooms, a computer lab, group fitness classes and lots more at;, with similar questions for the library and senior center.
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Dr. Ip Retirement Celebration Feb. 22

and; Just a reminder of the celebration on Saturday in honor of retiring Dr. Kim Ip of Stephenville Medical & Surgical Clinic. After 42 years of outstanding treatment and care for thousands of patients, Dr Ip– who graduated with a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Alberta and was then with Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario until 1974, joined SMSC in 1978. Everyone is invited to join in thanking Dr Ip for his many years of dedicated service at his Retirement Party to be held at the Tarleton Memorial Stadium, Club Suite on the third floor tomorrow– Saturday, February 22– from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

Stephenville Band and Choir Excel at UIL

Stephenville High School band and choir students competed last Saturday at the first round of UIL Solo & Ensemble at Henderson Junior High. Choir members performed 27 solos and two ensembles, while 16 soloists receivied a 1st division rating and 11 received a 2nd division rating. Both ensembles received 1st division ratings. Six solos and one ensemble will travel to Austin in May to compete at the state level round, including:Kyla Carter; Lixin Cordova-Law; Layla Lara; Olivia Leinhauser; Bailey Millar; Stevie Pilgrim and Arizona Barnes– all of whom have advanced to state. The Madrigal ensembles advanced to state and Barber Shop Ensemble earned 1st Division.

Community Journalism Center Comes to TSU

Tarleton State University is the new home of the Texas Center for Community Journalism, formerly located at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. A welcoming reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. today in the communication studies newsroom on the third floor of the Grant Building in Stephenville. The public is invited.
Speakers include Dr. Christopher Gearhart, head of the department of communication studies at Tarleton; Texas Press Association Executive Director Mike Hodges; Greg Shrader, president of the Texas Newspaper Foundation and more. The first workshop will be offered in April on the Tarleton campus. It is expected to covering skills pertaining to writing and reporting.

SISD Shines in Recent Academic Report

The Empire-Tribune reports the Texas Academic Performance Report for last year, presented during Monday’s SISD school board meeting, shows Stephenville students performed equal to or higher than the state on the STAAR test. The summary reports SISD’s overall score was a 90, which is higher to last year’s 89. In reading and science, SISD scored higher than the region and state and in College, Career and Military Ready rating, SISD scored abundantly higher than the state in most measures. SISD has also partnered with Ranger College to offer a pathway to a licensed vocational nursing degree, cosmetology license, emergency medical technician and machining certification.

Celebrate Teaching Week at TSU

Vanguard University Dean of Teaching and Learning, Dr. Bonni Stachowiak will be the keynote speaker at the annual Excellence in Teaching luncheon, which highlights Celebrate Teaching Week on Tarleton State University’s Stephenville campus. The event begins this Friday at noon in the ballrooms of the Thompson Student Center.