In local business news, while Beans & Franks is closing its original location, something new is opening in its place on Washington Street across from Tarleton State University. Since they opened, the original coffee house has expanded into a local hangout popular among college students and is the go-to place where residents can grab a delicious coffee, breakfast or lunch. In 2019, the Weyers opened their second Beans & Franks location on the other side of town.. on W. Washington Street – and have expanded its menu even further. But according to www.beneaththesurfacenews.com, on Saturday, they will be shutting down the original location permanantely. According to the owners, the growth has been good, but now they realize that they have grown to the point where they need to be centrally-located in one spot. The new location just keeps expanding and now includes The Pizza Place. The restaurant still roasts its own coffee using a recently-purchased 30-pound roaster and they still offer all the favorites their customers know and love.
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The Erath County Vaccination Center will soon no longer offer first doses of the Covid vaccine. Your final opportunity to get your first dose of the Moderna vaccine will be from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. on Thursday, May 6. You need to sign up in advance, and you can do that by calling 254-459-5053. The call center is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and will continue to provide second doses to those who received their first dose at the Erath County Vaccination Center. All vaccines are given free of charge.
The 30th Annual Perry Elliott Texan Club Plowboy Shootout presented by First Financial Bank is open for registration. The golf tournament returns again, to Squaw Creek Golf Course in Willow Park on Friday, June 25. All the money raised that day will be going to a good local cause… the Tarleton Athletics scholarship fund. Perry Elliott is now the tournament namesake. He served as the Texan Club President for eight years and was a member of the Club for over 30 years. Elliott has served on the Texan Club Board of Directors since 1993 and received the Tarleton All-Purple Award for his contributions to the Tarleton athletic programs. He attended several hundred athletic contests as one of the Texans’ most dedicated fans. Perry Elliot passed away on January 9th. The entry fee is $500 per team for the four-person scramble. The first tee time is 8 a.m. The afternoon tee time is at 1 p.m. Check-in times are one hour prior to the tee time. Both are a shotgun start. Breakfast will be available at 7:30, and lunch will be served between tee times. Dinner will be available after the tournament, and of course, beverages will be provided throughout the scramble. The deadline for registration is Friday, June 18. The entry fee includes the green fee, cart rental, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and beverages. If you are unable to play, you can still show your support by sponsoring a hole for $100. You will get a sign at one of the 18 tee-boxes on the course. For more information, contact the Tarleton Athletic offices at 254-968-9178. To register for either a hole sponsorship or to play, visit the www.tarletonsports.com.
In Stephenville, the community is mourning the loss of a well known and widely respected police officer. 53 year old Stephenville Police Sgt. Steven Watts died peacefully Monday afternoon surrounded by his family and fellow officers at a Dallas hospital. Watts checked into a hospital last Friday after not feeling well all week, and after that, his condition rapidly deteriorated. On Saturday, he was flown in an air ambulance to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas where doctors learned that he had an infection in the lining of his heart. He underwent open heart surgery and was given dozens of units of blood, then he slipped into a coma. Tests then showed that there was no longer any brain activity, so on Monday, his family made the heart wrenching decision to take him off life support. Stephenville Police Chief Dan Harris told Beneath the Surface News, that Steven Watts was the kind of officer we all strive to be. His loss is absolutely devastating to his family, our department and our community. Watts was a 25-year veteran of the police department and served in the U.S. Army. An account benefiting his family has been set up at First Financial Bank in Stephenville. There is also a GoFundMe page now too. Funeral arrangements are pending, and we will pass them along as soon as they are finalized.
As we head into the summer season, according to some sources, housing and land availability here in Erath County is expected to improve. Real estate companies say inventory still remains very low, but they also say now some single-family residential listings have begun to increase for the third straight month. In fact, they say they have risen by about 22% from February to March, which is good news for buyers. However, that doesn’t mean that it is still not a strong seller’s market. It does mean though, that buyers can begin to benefit a little due to a reduction of a little bit of the leverage sellers have had up till now because of the low inventory. Still, homes are not lasting long on the market, typically only a couple of days. As for bare land, just about every type of acreage has continued to increase in price in Erath County.
The Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council is hosting a multi-generational “Family Funday” on Saturday, May 1, at its gallery on River North Boulevard. The free event will include refreshments and creative art and crafts activities, and will take place from 1-3 p.m. It will also include colorful stamp painting, weaving yarn art, designing “no sew” patchwork canvas bags and more… all making for wonderful Mother’s Day gifts. The event will also feature renowned quilt appraiser Marcia Kaylakie of Austin who will be available from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for private quilt appraisals. Each quilt will take a half an hour to appraise and will cost $65. For more information or to schedule a private quilt appraisal, call Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council at 254-965-6190.
The Texas Veterans Insurance Group hosting golf tourney to combat suicide among military vets. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services, 22 veterans commit suicide each day in the U.S. The Texas Veterans Insurance Group is hosting a golf tournament on Friday, June 25, at Squaw Valley Golf Course in Glen Rose. The cost to enter the 4-person scramble is $400 per team and includes 18 holes, cart, range, lunch and drinks. There will also be a $22,000 hole-in-one contest as well as closest to the pin and long drive contests. Teams must be registered by June 6. For more information, visit the project on Facebook @Project22TX.
If you have plans to cast your ballot early for the school board election and the bond, you better not drag your feet. The period for early voting ends soon. But that doesn’t mean you can’t vote on election day itself of course. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. again today at the Erath County Courthouse. Then the early voting will be over. Your final chance to vote will happen on Saturday, May 1st… Election Day. Despite two contested races for Stephenville ISD Board of Trustees and the city’s five bond propositions, voters have not been flocking to the polls… yet anyway. Today may change all that though. Last week’s early voting wrapped up with about 700 votes for SISD and 538 for the city. Stephenville voters will have the chance to weigh in on five bond propositions that address facilities, downtown revitalization, street improvements and expansion of the Bosque River Trail. Residents will vote on each proposition separately.
More spring Job Fairs are on the schedule at Tarleton State to help you plan and get ready for the next part of your journey. Career Services is holds various job fairs aimed to help students find full-time and internship opportunities. The next one is called “Just In Time” and it is being held this Thursday, April 29. Visit www.tarleton.edu for all the details.
A Stephenville police officer continues to fight for his life at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas where his family and fellow officers are keeping vigil. Sgt. Steven Watts is a 25-year veteran of the department and an army veteran who served in Korea. At last report, he remained in critical condition, after he was rushed to a Fort Worth hospital on Friday after running a fever and not feeling well for about a week. According to reports, his conditioned worsened on Saturday, and he was transported by air to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, where doctors have determined that Watts is battling an infection in the lining of his heart. On Saturday, he underwent open heart surgery. At last report, after he had to be given dozens of units of blood, the bleeding has stopped. However, he remains in a coma and is on life support. He has been serving as an officer in the community for 25 years.