A Tarleton State University graduate, who also happened to be a top team roper, has now become a licensed counselor specializing in helping children and teens. Kayelen Helton moved from Keller to Stephenville in 2006 to attend Tarleton State University. At that time, her main focus was on enjoying a rodeo scholarship in breakaway and team roping… all while working to earn a degree in business. But college taught her that she actually had a pretty good knack for helping others. Kayelen took a class in psychology during her freshman year, and not long after that, she began working toward a different, unexpected career as a counselor. She says when she took Psychology 101, she fell in love with it. So… she went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Education in Counseling from Tarleton. It paid off, and now she is a licensed professional counselor with Hamilton Healthcare System. Kayelen, who calls Stevenville home, now works primarily with children and teenagers, helping them navigate through troubled home lives and their high school years. Kayelen said her job is incredibly fulfilling, but can also be difficult because it is often hard to leave work at the office. Kayelen also offers couples and family counseling. To schedule an appointment, call Hamilton Healthcare System’s Solutions Behavioral Health clinic at 254-386-1800.
Archives for May 2021
If you plan to register your child for Studio 6:14’s summer classes and dance camps you better not wait… because if you do it may be too late. According to Beneath The Surface News some of the summer dance camps are already full… even though summer registration is still open and it doesn’t officially end until May 28. Owner Brittany Thurman says a lot of planning and preparation goes into making summer camps super fun for kids of all ages. Summer classes begin the week of June 7 and continue through July 30th. Individual dates vary. The fall semester by the way, will begin August 2 and registration will open mid-summer for new students.
Recently, we told you of efforts to remove the Erath County Treasurer. Now we have some updated information to pass along. County Treasurer Kimberly Barrier is now fighting that removal…. calling it a personal agenda and an abuse of power. Now, Barrier’s attorneys have filed a motion in District Court asking for the dismissal of a petition filed by Erath County Judge Alfonso Campos seeking her removal due to “incompetency.” According to Beneath the Surface News, the motion states that Judge Campos filed the petition incorrectly and has overstepped his authority. They say there is no law which permits an elected official, including Erath County Judge Alfonso Campos, to petition the District Court for the removal of another elected official. They also claim that there is no basis for Judge Campos to have filed the petition except to use the power and authority of his office to carry out a personal agenda. Campos’ petition alleges that Barrier is not properly reconciling bank accounts, posting money to the county ledgers in a timely fashion or paying benefits for county employees on time, causing some to become delinquent. But her attorneys say that is not true… and now they are asking the court to show proof of the allegations. Barrier is also seeking attorney and court costs associated with the lawsuit.
CASA for the Cross Timbers Area is now looking for members of our community to step up and advocate for children and families involved in the child welfare system.
Each year, hundreds of children in our local area are victims of child abuse and neglect. These children have experienced terrible trauma, and their lives are turned upside down. Child Protective Services takes legal responsibility for them, and may place them in a foster home or other facility. But according to Beneath The Surface News, because there are often too few foster homes, siblings are often split up. That means kids are very rarely able to remain in their own schools, day cares or communities, and that means everything they have come to know is taken from them. CASA volunteers are Court Appointed Special Advocates, and are appointed to a case and stay by that child’s side throughout the duration of their case. That means that quite often, they are the only constant in the child’s life during what is often a very turbulent time. They help them stay connected with their families and communities and work towards family reunification. Volunteers come from all walks of life and all age ranges. The currently have just 21 volunteers and five staff to serve 91 children… not nearly enough. If you would like to learn more about how you can help make a difference, and you are 21 or older, you can apply. For more information call 254-965-6610.
An investigation is underway into a shooting that leaves a young woman critically wounded in a Fort Worth hospital. According to the Erath County Sheriff, a woman in her 20s is in critical condition after she was shot in the abdomen last Sunday night. Stephenville Police are now involved too, because an off-duty deputy was at the scene when the shooting occurred, and both the victim and the alleged shooter are related to the deputy. So far, the shooting is believed to have been an accident. There have been no arrests, but the investigation is continuing.
A cannon with an historically significant name was unveiled on the Stephenville campus of Tarleton State University. The fully operational artillery piece, donated by benefactors Mark and Suzie McKenzie, replaces a working cannon that had been on loan from Texas A&M University. The 1905 three-inch field gun will be fired at Texan football games and on ceremonial occasions. The McKenzies are lifetime members of the Tarleton Alumni Association and Championship Level members of the Texan Club, and they have financially supported a number of special university projects. Mark is a Tarleton State University Foundation, Inc. board member. Designed to be pulled by a team of horses, Tarleton’s latest cannon is a model of those used in World War I, such as those that saw duty with Gen. John J. Pershing in the Mexican expedition. Only 441 were built, and Tarleton now has No. 382.
While face masks are still required at some stores, most retailers continue to update their policies after new CDC mask guidance. Despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new masking guidelines saying fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks, face coverings will still be required when shopping at some of the nation’s major retailers for the time being anyway. The list of companies that have dropped mask requirements keeps growing and includes major retailers such as Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, Costco, Target, CVS and others. But some businesses are keeping or still evaluating their mask policies. Privately-owned businesses can still require masks. There are other exceptions for when the CDC recommends masks such as in health care settings, transportation hubs such as airports and stations, and public transportation.
The Erath County Vaccination Center is closing in June, but pop-up Pfizer clinics are springing up. Texas Health Resources is preparing to step in to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19 by offering pop-up Pfizer vaccine clinics across the area. Beneath The Surface News reports that the first opportunity will be from 9 to 5 on Saturday, June 12, at Oakdale Methodist Church. A second clinic will be held from 9 to 5 on Monday, June 28, at First Baptist Church Dublin. To schedule an appointment, call 1-855-318-7696 between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Vaccines are available for adults and children 12 and older.
Commandant of Tarleton Cadets, Retired US Air Force Col. Kenny Weldon, has announced that he is retiring as both Commandant of the Texan Corps of Cadets and Dean of Tarleton State University’s Leadership and Military College. The move comes after nearly four decades of service. He stepped up back in 2015 as commandant, and since then Col. Weldon has played a significant role in re-establishing and growing the Texan Corp of Cadets. That rapid growth spurred creation of Tarleton’s Leadership and Military College in fall 2020. Col. Weldon serves on several local and regional boards of directors, and he is a deacon at First Baptist Church in Stephenville. He is a Stephenville native, who retired in 2011 after more than 26 years as an Air Force civil engineering officer.
3 Tarleton State University civil and environmental engineering May graduates presented their senior design projects at this month’s meeting of the Fort Worth chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.Karina Borisova, a civil engineering major from Brownwood; Shannon Lawless, environmental engineering, Garland; and Daniel Piña, civil engineering, Comanche, were all part of the meeting. For all the details on each of them, and on their areas of expertise, just visit the Department of Engineering and Computer Science at www.tarleton.edu/encs