Archives for April 2020

Erath County Has 12 Coronavirus Cases Total

A quick update on coronavirus cases in Erath County. County health officials say there have been a total of 12 cases that were identified since the outbreak began. However, ten of the cases are considered fully recovered, meaning there are only two currently active cases of coronavirus. One person out of the 12 total cases died due to complications related to COVID-19 in Erath County.

More Info On Stepehnville Restaurant Vouchers

Stephenville city leaders – taking some time to answer some questions regarding the restaurant voucher program that was announced last week. The 25-dollar couplons will be mailed out this week to all registered water customers in the city of Stephenville. The list of restaurants that the vouchers can be used at will be released by the city next week. The gift cards will expire at the end of June and retailers are asked to redeem them with the city as quickly as possible.

HEB Expanding Store Hours After Coronavirus Cutbacks

HEB is expanding its hours of operation after cutting back singificantly due to the coronavirus pandemic. Starting this week, HEB is now open 7am to 10pm in Stephenville. HEB says in a statement that improving supply chain and stronger product availbility is allowing the move. Customers will also notice departments like the bakery, deli and floral departments opening back up, as well. However, the pharamacy inside HEB will continue to operate from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm opn Saturdays and 10 to 5 on Sundays.

Agreement Between Tarleton, Joshua ISD Provides Scholarships To Top Grads

The top 25 percent of the graduating class at Joshua High School has scholarship opportunities and guaranteed admission thanks to an agreement announced Monday night. Tarleton State University and JISD joined forces to provide annual scholarships and admission to Joshua’s top graduates. The Distinguished High School Partnership program goes into effect with the 2020-21 school year. The agreement also means American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) requirements will be waived for Joshua students in the top quarter of their class, as will application fees for students who qualify. Tarleton is developing similar agreements with other school districts in the region.

Stephenville City Council Approves Local Economic Stimulus Programs

The STephenville City COuncil has approved two new programs in an attempt to stimulate the local economy. According to a statement from the Stephenville Mayor’s office, the first program is a restaurant recovery plan that will give all city water customers a 25-dollar coupon to use at local restaurants within the city limits. The vouchers will be good one time and must be used by June 30th. These vouchers will go out in the mail within the next two weeks. The second program is a joint effort between the city of Stephenville and the Stephenville Economic Development Aurthority that is designed to help those personal service businesses weho have been closed by order through on fault of their own. The program will be a loan/grant program with a cost share between the city and SEDA. Loans will be provided that can be forgiven if the businesses comply with the requirement to do so. Rules and eligibility requirements are still being worked out, according to the mayor’s letter.

More Coronavirus Testing Available In Erath County

Testing regulations for COVID-19 are being relaxed in Erath County to allow for more widespread testing now that more supplies are becoming available. There is no cost for this test and all tests much be scheduled in advance. In other words, you still must make an appointment to be tested. You can call 512-883-2400 to make an appointment and be screened for possible symptoms. You can also find out more by going online to txcovidtest.org. The mobile testing site opens today and will run from 10am to 6pm at Cornerstone Assembly of God Church at 950 Glen Rose Highway in Stephenville.

Coronavirus Death Toll In Texas Rises To 561

State health authorities reported 18 more coronavirus deaths Thursday, bringing the statewide death toll to 561. And there are 875 new known cases of COVID-19 from the day before, although the numbers come with a significant caveat — researchers suspect the count is low because of limited testing capacity statewide. Since last Thursday, the number of new cases each day have ranged from 535 to 963. And the number of total known cases reached 21,944 Thursday, two days after the number crossed the 210-thousand mark, according to the state agency’s data.

Tarleton To Take Part In Global Day Of Unity, May 5

Tarleton State University has joined forces with the international organization GivingTuesday in declaring May 5 a day of grass roots philanthropy in response to covid-19. Tarleton’s Global Day of Unity focuses on the Student Emergency Fund, university food pantries and the Tarleton Promise Program, all of which respond to the financial needs of students affected by the coronavirus and the economic impact of the pandemic.

“During these challenging times Tarleton continues to focus on the needs of our students with
opportunities like the Student Emergency Fund,” said Dr. Kelli Styron, vice president for student
affairs. “Meeting basic needs like food and shelter are at an all-time high, so please consider
supporting one of these funds to help our future Texans.”
To donate, visit Tarleton’s online giving site, donate.tarleton.edu/.
“Every gift makes a difference for our students during this unprecedented time of ongoing
struggle for students of all ages, backgrounds and classifications,” Styron said. “From freshmen
through our graduate students, we see students who need assistance with everyday items. Some
of these are small, and some are very large. Don’t underestimate your impact. Your gift can truly
make a difference.”
The online event is meant to tap into the power of human connection and strengthen the Tarleton
family with a collective spike of generosity, citizen engagement and support for the students
Tarleton nurtures.

Tarleton Opens Fall 2020 Orientation, Resgistration For Freshmen

Tarleton State University is allowing all incoming freshmen to register for classes and conduct orientation in a virtual format. Students can contact an adviser to
register for fall 2020 classes starting Monday, April 27. Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, all first-time freshmen had to attend a Texan Orientation where they registered for classes, became acquainted with the university, its history and traditions, and met faculty and staff. This experience now will be provided virtually. Beginning this week, Tarleton will contact all admitted freshmen who have already signed up for an in-person orientation to schedule appointments with academic advisers and share more about online orientation. All pre-paid orientation fees will be refunded. Students who have not signed up for Texan Orientation can register using the link provided in the email address on their Apply Texas application.

Stephenville’s TechnipFMC Lays Off 30% Of Workforce

A local company has announced it’s laying off 30 percent of its workforce due to the economic hardship caused by COVID-19. Technip FMC said it has faced a drastic decline in market activity due to the declining demand for oil and gas. The Empire Tribune reports Stephenville Chamber of COmmerce statistics as showing that TechnipFMC ranks only behind Tarleton State University in the number of employees on payroll.