Archives for August 2020

Cagwin Names VP Of Tarleton’s Division Of Institutional Advancement

Dr. Gabriel Cagwin has been named Vice President for Tarleton State University’s Division of Institutional Advancement. Currently Chief Business Development Officer at Arizona State University, he begins his new duties in September. He replaces Sabra Guerra, who has served as interim Vice President since July. Guerra will resume her role as the division’s Assistant Vice President for Advancement Services. As part of Tarleton’s leadership team, Cagwin will provide strategic oversight to advancement
services, alumni engagement and university event management, plus opportunities for
development giving and fundraising. He also will oversee Tarleton’s W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas in Thurber.

11 New COVID Cases Reported Sunday In Erath County

11 new COVID-19 cases were identified on Sunday in Erath County. Continuing with the latest trend, the majority of the cases came from Stephenville. 8, in total there. Two cases from residents in rural Erath County, while 1 lives in Dublin. The good news is, the total number of people hospitalized with symptoms remained the same over the weekend, at 23. However, the active number case load continues to surge upward. That’s where the upward trend appears to be getting worse. That number now stands at 93, which is on the verge of doubling in the past two weeks.

9 New COVID-19 Cases Identified Thursday

An uptick in COVID-19 cases continue in Erath County. On Thursday, county officials reported nine new positive tests, with all of the patients reising in Stephenville. County officials say that, not only is the trend disturbing, but that a large majority of these latest cases in the community have been in young people under the age of 30. The number of active cases rose to 84, with a total of 539 cases since the pandemic began in mid-March. The number of patients hospitalized in Erath County remains at 23.

Labor & Delivery Physician Backs Out On Moving To Stephenville

An unfortunate announcement regarding expected improved services for labor and delivery at Texas Stephenville Hospital. A statement from Christopher Leu, the president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville says that there had been plans to reopen labor and delivery services soon, but the OB/GYN who committeted to relocating to Stephenville recently notified hospital leadership that, for personal reasons, he would not be coming to town. Leu says they remain committed to reopening these vital services for residents of Erath County and will continue recruiting efforts to being additional physicians to the community.

Dramatic Rise In Coronavirus Cases Continues In Erath County

And a quick coronavirus note. Another big spike in cases, as Erath County reported 24 new cases in one day on Wednesday. 16 from Stephenville, eight from rural Erath County. The number of active cases has seen a dramatic rise in the past three days, to 80. Meanwhile, the 20-29 age group has again overtaken the 40-49 age group with the most cases. 23 people remain hospitalized.

Stephenville Reschedules Fireworks For 9/4

Stephenville residents will finally get to enjoy a fireworks show. The annual 4th of July fireworks wwere postponed because of pandemic concerns, but now the city says it will shoot off the fireworks for Labor Day on Friday, September 4th at Stephenville City Park. The event will be a tailgate-style party and spots will be marked off in the park so families can remain socially distanced. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. The fireworks will go off right after the Stephenville ISD football game and they should be viewable from either the stadium or the park.

Erath County Tops 500 COVID-19 Cases; 15 Cases Identified Tuesday Alone

A big spike in coronavirus cases locally in the past day, unfortunately. According to the daily tracker on the Erath County website, 15 new coronavirus tests were identified on Tuesday. That’s a suuden spike from the average of 4-5 new cases that have been idenitifed each day for the past week, or so. Out of the latest cases, 10 of the patients live in Stephenville, while one lives in Dublin and the other four are in rural Erath County. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 complications also rose by two. That number stands at 23. The number of active cases in Erath County also rose to 61 from 54 the previous day. In all, Erath County has now topped 500 positive tests since the outbreak began in mid-March, with a total of 506.

Tarleton To Commemorate MLK’s 1963 March On Washington Speech

Tarleton State University will focus on renewing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream on the 57th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s iconic “I have a dream” speech. On Aug. 28, 1963, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, King spoke for civil and economic rights and called for an end to social injustice and racism. In remembrance, the Tarleton community will participate Friday, Aug. 28, in unity walks and through a livestream of the March on Washington keynote address and entertainment. Participants may join in a symbolic unity march during the time of the D.C. march (2 p.m. Central) on the Stephenville campus.

Stephenville Expands Business Loan Program

The Stephenville City Council is expanding the city’s loan and grant program. Last week, the council voted to include locally owned downtown businesses and for-profit retail establishments within the city limits, with gross annual sales of less than one million dollars. The loan and grant program was created in April between the city and the Stephenville Economic Development Authority. It was designed to help businesses who were forced to close as a result of emergency orders. Right now, there are 14 grants left, according to city manager Allen Barnes.

Again, 4 New COVID-19 Cases Identified In Erath County

New COVID-19 tests in Erath County continue steadily going up by a handful each day. On Monday, the county said four new positive COVID-19 tests were identified. Three of the patients live in Stephenville, while the fourth lives in rural Erath County. Out of the 491 total positive tests that have been identified since the pandemic began in March, 54 are considered active. That number is actually down by two since the previous day. The number of people hospitalized remains the same, at 21.