Archives for October 2020

Five More People Hospitalized For COVID-19

The latest coronavirus report from Wednesday showed 17 additional positive test results that were returned in Erath County over the previous 24 hour period. 10 of the cases are from residents of Stephenville, while two are in Dublin and the remaining five are in rural parts of Erath County. The active case count has now risen to 136, but the other big news from the day was that the hospitalization rate went up significantly. Five additional people were hospitalized with COVID-19 illnesses on Tuesday, so the number of people hospitalized in Erath County now stands at 30.

Erath County Bars Can Reopen Today At 50% Capacity

County Judge Alfonso Campos has applied for the option to re-open bars in Erath County. It follows an announcement by Governor Greg Abbott, who declared that it’s time for bars to re-open, however, he left the decision to opt into that re-opening up to county judges. Judge Campos applied on behalf of the County late last week, therefore local bars can plan on re-opening today. Several local bars had already re-opened and have been operating after reclassifying as restaurants under TABC’s guidelines released in August. Businesses that were unable to meet the qualifications as a
restaurant may see their first customers since they were shut down a second time in June.

Two People Hospitalized For COVID-19 Illnesses Thursday

After a day of low numbers, its another unsettling spike in the local coronavirus case count. 14 new positive test results were returned Thursday, according to Erath County officials. Six of the cases are in Stephenville, while seven are in rural Erath County and one is in Dublin. This pushes the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 836 in Erath County, while there are currently 111 cases that are considered active. Also of note Thursday, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 illnesses went up by two. It now stands at 25 after it had held steady at 23 for almost a month.

TSU Pledges $11M For New Aquatics Center

Tarleton State University has unveiled plans to build an 11 million dollar aquatics center on its Stephenville campus. TSU was given the go-ahead for the project in September from the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. Construction is expected to begin by the end of this month and the new aquatics center is expected to be completed in August of 2021. Also, TSU noted this week that the upgrades to the tennis courts and other field improvements are now complete.

Walmart Donates $5K To SISD Stock The Hive Project

Walmart has made a 5-thousand dollar donation to Stephenville ISD. The money will be used to help partner SISD and the SISD Education Foundation to fund a school supply project called Stocking The Hive.

Tarleton President, First Lady Gifted Cowboy Hats From American Hat Company

Turns out Tarleton State University President James Hurley and wife Kindall look mighty fine in cowboy hats. The Tennessee Hurleys’ immersion in Lone Star State culture — they moved here from the Volunteer State just over a year ago when Dr. Hurley became Tarleton president — accelerated recently with the presentation of cowboy hats from the American Hat Company at one of its local retailers, Saddle Rags Western Store in Stephenville. Saddle Rags owners Jimmy and Sheri Drury, both Tarleton alumni, were on hand for the presentation.

22 COVID-19 Cases Identified Tuesday

The active coronavirus cases county in Erath County has now shot above 100 again after 22 new positive cases were identified in the past day. This is one of the largest one-day case counts in the past several months in Erath COunty. 10 of the latest cases are from rural Erath County, while nine are from Stephenville and three are from Dublin. The vast majority of these latest cases are coming from people in the 13-19 age group and the 20-29 age group. The active case count now stands at 106 in Erath County, with 23 people hospitalized.

A&M System Campuses To Light Buildings Blue For World Teachers Day

Blue lights will shine bright on Texas A&M University System campuses across the state on Monday, Oct. 5, in recognition of World Teachers’ Day. All universities in the A&M System will illuminate a total of 27 iconic buildings and landmarks.

“We want to celebrate World Teachers’ Day in a big way all across Texas this year,” said Elaine Mendoza, Chairman of the Texas A&M System Board of Regents. “2020 has taught us all to better appreciate the importance of those who choose to spend their lives teaching others.”

World Teachers’ Day was conceived by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, in 1994. The day provides the occasion to celebrate the teaching profession worldwide, take stock of achievements and draw attention to the voices of teachers who are at the heart of efforts to attain the global education target of leaving no one behind.

Erath County Active Coronavirus Case Count Inches Closer To 100 Again

The latest coronavirus update from Erath County on Monday showed another 13 new psoitive test results from Friday. Nine of these cases are in Stephenville, while the remaining four live in rural Erath County. Because of the latest uptick in cases, the active case load in the county has shot back up to 97. The active case load had gone below 80 for the first time since the pandemic began – in late September. 23 people remain hospitalized with COVID-19 illnesses, while the total case count stands at 795.

Tarleton Fall Speaker Symposium To Feature Journalist Shorrock

Investigative journalist Tim Shorrock is the featured speaker at Tarleton State University’s Fall Speaker Symposium, live on YouTube at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.
The event will be viewable at . Shorrock wrote Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing. Raised in Japan and South Korea, he has covered the intersection of national security and capitalism since the
late 1970s. During the Vietnam War he was active in the peace and antiwar movement, and he writes and comments frequently about U.S. military policies in Asia and the Korean peninsula.