Archives for July 2020

Six New COVID-19 Positives Reported On Thursday

Six new coronavirus cases were reported in Erath County on Thursday. As expected, most of these cases are coming from Stephenville resiodents. Four of the latest cases are in Stephenville, while the other two patients resident in rural Erath County. The total number of hospitalizations continues to hold steady, at 19, while the total number of active cases also appears to be holding steady at 83. The 20-to-29 age group and the 40-64 age group are now tied with the largest amount of positive coronavirus test results. Each of those groups now has 115 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began in mid-March. Four people have died in the county from complications of COVID-19.

Tarleton Professor Earns Award In Sijo Writing Competition

Tarleton State University’s Dr. Marcy Tanter captured second-place honors in a sijo writing competition sponsored by the Los Angeles Korean Cultural Center in California.
Sijo, a style of traditional Korean poetry, are composed in three lines averaging 14-16 syllables, for a total of 44-46 syllables. A pause occurs in each of the three lines approximately in the middle. Each half-line contains six to nine syllables. The contest’s theme was “Anything inspiring to get through COVID-19.” Awards were announced in a virtual ceremony.

40-64 Age Group Surpasses 20-29 Age Group In COVID-19 Cases Locally

The 40-64 age group in Erath County has now surpassed the 20-to-29 age group in the number of total coronavirus cases since the pandemic began in mid-March. On Wednesday, county health officials updated the daily COVID-19 tracker for Erath County, listing a total of 114 people who have tested positive in the 40-to-64 age group, while 112 people have tested posotive who are in their 20’s. Also, nine new cases were identified in the past 24 hours. Six of those people live in Stephenville, one person is in Dublin and the other two reside in rural Erath County. The number of people hospitalized in Erath County also continues to go up slightly. That number is now at 19, although the county does not specify how many of those are in ICU or requiring ventilators. The county has now seen a total of 388 people test positive for coronavirus since the beginning of the outbreak. 83 of those are considered active.

Eight New Coronavirus Cases Reported In Erath County

Eight new cases of coronavirus have been reported in Erathj County since the last report a few days ago. The county is now only providing updates to its case count twice per week. Six of the latest patients reside in Stephenville, while the other two patients live in rural Erath County. Four people have died as a result of complications of the virus since the outbreak began in mid-March. The age group with the most cases continues to be the 20-to-29 group, with 111 confirmed positive tests. However, the 40-64 age group is close behind, with 110 confirmed cases as of Tuesday. The county says a total of 379 people have now tested positive in Erath County since the outbreak began. However, out of those 379, onnly 286 are considered active.

Erath County Burn Ban Liften Temporarily

Erath COunty is temporarily lifting it’s burn ban for 72 hours. A statement from County Judge Alfonso Campos says the burn ban will resume on July 31st at noon. This means that you can burn if you have a permnit from the county, from now until July 31st at noon. After thaty, the burn ban will go back into effect. If you have any questions, you can call 254-965-1452.

22 Year-Old Man Held For Capital Murder In Comanche County Triple Killing

A murder suspect in Comache County has been jailed on a 3-million dollar bond. 22 year-old Brendan Jenkins was arrested for the triple killing, according to Sheriff Chris Pounds. Pounds did not release any further details about the incident other than what was posted on Facebook on Sunday. That post said deputies responded to the 2900 block of Highway 2921 in the Oliver Springs Community. The caller, apparently Jenkins himself, admitted to dispatchers that he had shot the three victims. The bodies of 63 year-old Earl Stephens and 18 year-old Ashlyn Smith were removed from the home by a coroner, while 62 year-old Patricia Stephens was reporteldy still alive. She was flown to JPS Hospital in Fort Worth where she later died of her injuries. Jenkins is being held for capital murder.

Card Skimmers Found On Local Gas Pumps

On the Polcie beat, Stephenville cops say another credit card skimmer has been found in town. This time, at Lilly’s Food gas station, at 1165 West Washington Street. Two devices were discovered on gas pump card readers on July 22nd. This is the second time card skimmers have been found there since late last year. It’s not known how long the devices went undetected on the gas pumps, so police are telling customers of Lilly’s to keep an eye on their credit card statements for any suspicious activity. If you have any information, you can call Stephenville Police at 254-918-1273.

Erath County Reports 4th COVID-19 Death Over The Weekend

Erath County has recorded a fourth death due to complications of COVID-19. The death toll number was raised over the weekend, according to the county’s own website. The last official report came from July 24th, in which the county reported five new cases of coronavirus. Two of those patients are living in Stephenville, while two others are in Dublin and one person residens in the rural part of the county. There have been 14 people hospitalized with virus symptoms, but the county says there are currently 97 active cases of coronavirus out of the 371 total patients who tested positive since the outbreak began in mid-March. The county has not provided any information on that latest person reported as a fatality.

Latest Coronavirus Cases Erath County

Keeping track of COVID-19 numbers locally. Erath County’s caseload now stands at 358 coronavirus cases since the outbreak began in mid-March. However, the good news is, the number of active cases in the county continues to go down. On Wednesday, Erath County Judge Alfonso Campos said there were 105 active cases, with 249 recoveries and three deaths. The largest age group locally with confirmed cases continues to be 20-to-29, with 106, but the 40-64 year age group is right behind now, with 105.

Tarleton Professor, Student Featured In International Piano Festival

Tarleton State University professor of piano Leslie Spotz and junior piano major Michael Holbach will participate in the VII Encontro Internacional de Pianistas, July
23-29 on Facebook and YouTube. The Encontro will feature more than 120 participants from four continents. It was originally scheduled to take place in Piracicaba, Brazil, with Holbach’s participation and travel funded by a scholarship. Dr. Spotz, co-founder of the Encontro with Brazilian pianist Dr. João Casarotti, realized that even though COVID-19 caused the travel ban to Brazil, Holbach could still participate as the decision was made to make the event totally online.