Archives for May 2020

Tarleton’s Gordon Center Hosts Kessler Thomas Exhibition

The W.K. Gordon Center for Texas Industrial History has added a summer outdoor exhibit on a local boy who served with honor in World War II. In accordance with covid-19 regulations regarding gallery capacity, visitors may enjoy “Kessler O. Thomas: Thurber Boy to Fighter Pilot” in the center’s outdoor space as they cycle through the
main gallery. This is an encore performance of an installation that details a remarkable young man who was born in Thurber and became a pilot, then put his flying skills to use during the war. The exhibition runs through June.

17th COVID-19 Case Confirmed In Erath County

Erath County Judge Alfonso Campos and Local Public Health Authority, Dr. Jeffery Moore have confirmed positive test results for the seventeenth case of COVID19 in Erath County. The patient resides in rural Erath County. The patient has not been hospitalized and has been in isolation at home since onset of symptoms. Whether the case is travel related or community spread is under investigation at this time. As a reminder, the Stephenville Medical and Surgical Clinic is open for tele-screening at 254-968-6951.

Battle of the Badges Winner: POLICE

The local battle of the badges blood drive ended with ;local polcie winning the badge this year. More importantly, though, 63 pints of blood was donated by the communty in this year’s event. The Battle of teh Badges blood drive pits firefighters against police each year in a friendly competition to see who can generate the most votes among blood donors. Police Chief Dan Harris thanked the community for the outpouring of support, saying the goal of this year’s drive was to raise 45 pints of blood, which was easily surpassed.

Road Rage Shooting Leaves One Man Injured; No Arrests Yet

New information regarding a holiday weeekend road rage shooting in Stephenville. Police said Tuesday that the incident happened in the 1500 block of Lingleville Road. When the officers arrived at the scene, they found one victim who had been shot in the arm. That man is doing fine and has been released from the hospital.

Meanwhile, officers determined that the shooting was the result of a road rage incident that took place between two men in separate cars. At this point, no arrest has been made in the case, but police do know who the other person is. The Empire Tribune reports police also have a cell phone video recording of the incident made by one of the men that is being used in the investigation.

If anyone witnessed the incident Sunday in the 1500 block of Lingleville Road, they’re urged to contact Stephenville Police immediately.

Tarleton Choral Director To Lead Conference Performance

Dr. Troy Robertson, director of choirs at Tarleton State University,
has been invited to lead the performance of the plenary session of the American Choral Directors
Association Leadership Conference on June 3.
“This is a completely unexpected opportunity to be of service to my profession,” Robertson said.
“I couldn’t be more thankful that I can be of use during this time of crisis, and I can’t wait to
hear all of these incredible musicians singing together!” 
The conference, usually held in person, is slated for a virtual platform this year.
Robertson will write a short composition and lead all 50 state presidents, as well as the ACDA
president and president-elect.
About 150 members of national leadership representing more than 22,000 choral directors will
participate in the conference.
Tarleton, founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused,
value-driven education marked by academic innovation and a dedication to transform today’s
scholars into tomorrow’s leaders. It offers degree programs to more than 13,000 students at
Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, RELLIS Academic Alliance in Bryan, and online,
emphasizing real-world learning experiences that address societal needs while maintaining its
core values of tradition, integrity, civility, excellence, leadership and service.

Erath County Man Re-Indicted For Child Sexual Assault

A 79 year opld Erath County man has been indicted by a grand jury for sexually assaulting a child. Clayton Maddex was accuised three years ago in a case involving a 7 year old girl, authorities said. However, back then he was declared mentally incompetent to stand trial. He’s been re-indicted for the same crime this month, according to DA Alan Nash. Maddex has been hospitalized since then due to an order by the court due to dementia. But now, Nash says Maddexx has been “mentally restored.”

16th Case Of COVID-19 Discovered In Erath County Thursday

The city of STephenville has been notified of another positive COVID-19 test, as of Thursday. This makes the 16th person to test positive for COVID in Erath County since the outbreak began. In a prepared statement, City Manager Allen Barnes said, “Even though we are beginning to reopen our economy, it is critical that people maintain the vigilance we had during the shelter in home phase.” Mayor Doug Svien said, “Our prayers are with the victim of this virus and we wish the patient a speedy recovery.” Both the City Manager and the Mayor ask everyone to please continue to observe the CDC guidelines by keeping six feet apart, wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth, stay at home when you are sick, cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and wash your hands immediately, disinfect surfaces frequently.

Battle of the Badges Blood Donor Event Friday

A new Battle of the Badges blood drive is set for Friday in Stephenville, where firefighters and polcie will battle for the most blood donations. The event begins at 10am Friday at the Cowboy Plaza right across from Stephenville city hall on West Washington Street. Each donor gets a vote as to who they want to win the battle of the badges. At the end of the day, the department that gets the most votes wins the contest. Donors will get free food and for more information, email

Teacher of the Year Awards Given Out

The STephenville ISD board of trustees has awarded its teacher of the year awards. Brenda Burks was presented with the secondary teacher of the year award and Amber Monk received the Elementary School teacher of the year Monday night during the trustees regular meeting. Burks is a teacher at Stephenville High School, while Monk works at Central Elementary School.

Stephenville City Secretary Receives Prestigious Award

Steohenville City Secretary Staci King has received an award from the Texas Municipal Clerk’s Association. King was recently presented with the Achievement of Excellence award. The prestigious award program recognizes statutory requirements and demands for effective and efficient management of resources for proper governance by the municipal clerk’s office. A statement from the association goes on to say that the award identifies municipal clerk offices throughout the state for compliance with federal, state, and local statutes that govern standards necessary to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the office.