The National Public Health and Safety Museum in Dublin is holding its first Military Vehicle Show Saturday, the 26th from 11am to 4pm. Admission is Free.
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The Erath County Humane Society continues its adoption special all this week through Saturday. The shelter is currently over capacity, so stop in and perhaps find your new fur-ever friend! Spayed and Neutered dogs are available for just a $50 adoption fee. Puppies and non-spayed/neutered dogs are $25 to adopt and all cats are $10 off.
Tarleton State University rodeo team member Rickie Engesser is preparing for a busy College National Finals this weekend in Casper, Wyoming. According to The Flash, she’s qualified for the annual event, representing Tarleton in goat tying. As a high school standout in Spearfish, S.D., Rickie claimed two national rodeo crowns — barrel racing in 2014 and goat tying two years later. She attended Gillette College in Wyoming for two years, earning a slot in the 2017 CNFR goat tying, then returning as a breakaway roper in 2018 before donning Tarleton’s purple vest and qualifying in both events as a junior. In her final season of college eligibility, Rickie is working on her master’s in consumer research and science and is on track to graduate in December. Although she plans on continuing in rodeo once she graduates, she says she’d also like to work for a big feed company or vaccine company after she finishes her degree.
Longtime Stephenville resident and former city employee Bob Self addressed the city council, requesting that the council reinstate a cost of living to the city’s retirement fund. In 2017 the council eliminated that allowance, which provides a small source of income to some 110 retired city employees.
The Stephenville City Finance Director gave a report on the city’s financial status during the City Council meeting last week. Monica Harris said overall, the city is in a pretty good shape. The $6.47 million in property taxes collected during this fiscal year to date is just under 98% of what was anticipated. Sales tax brought in $4.3 million thus far, which is higher than expected. Revenue in general is above projections and thus far expenditures have been higher due to COVID-19.
The Stephenville City Council met in regular session earlier last week. A list of recommendations from the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission on changing some regulations regarding permitted uses. According to the Empire-Tribune, the city has about 175 permitted uses in its zoning code, and at a May meeting of the commission the City asked the commission to review and propose changes of the regulations after questions were raised about the zoning of a tattoo parlor and a semi-permanent make-up business. According to the ordinances, the two businesses were in an industrial zoning category. The Planning and Zoning Commission will continue to review the city’s zoning ordinances and make additional recommendations at upcoming meetings.
The Stephenville High School Class of 1971 will celebrate its golden anniversary next weekend… June 11-13. The 50-year celebration will kick off with a casual get-together at the home of Steve and Linda Peacock on Friday night. Then, the class will tour the old high school and also take a look at the newly-remodeled campus at 2 p.m. Saturday. The big/main event though gets underway Saturday afternoon at 5. It is a catered dinner that will be served 6:30 at “The Place” on Hico Highway. Ronald Gene Becker will serve as master of ceremonies. The whole weekend of activies wraps up Sunday morning at 9 with breakfast at the Purple Goat. Classmates from as far away as California, Tennessee and Indiana are attending so it will be a great chance to catch up with a lot of people you probably haven’t seen in a while.
It’s finally here and it will be held rain or shine now thru Sunday at Stephenville City Park…. Moo-La_Fest kicked off Thursday, and this year’s carnival is bigger and better than ever. For the rides, tickets are $1 each, and some rides require 2-3 tickets. Don’t miss out on the nightly entertainment featuring live music and a balloon glow. While city officials are keeping a close eye on the weather and will make adjustments as needed, they say everything is moving forward as planned and will do so for the most part, rain or shine. The only thing that may be affected by the weather would be the hot air balloons… but as of now that doesn’t appear likely. Moo-La Fest in Erath County, pays tribute to its long-standing dairy heritage. It includes Texas Forts Trail’s wine festival from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, showcasing a variety of Texas vineyards. Tickets for that are $35 each and include two tastings from each winery paired with cheese, a souvenir wine glass and swag bag full of goodies. For a complete lineup of the entire set of activities, visit www.stephenvilletx.gov
Escalating his showdown with Joe Biden, Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered state child-care regulators to yank licenses from facilities that house minors who crossed the state’s southern border without papers and were detained. Currently, 52 state-licensed general residential operations and child placing agencies in Texas have contracts with the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement to care for undocumented immigrant children. Within three months or so, Abbott’s move would force them to stop serving unaccompanied minors because the facilities must have state licenses to qualify for the federal contracts.
Longtime Stephenville resident Kim Rhodenbaugh Lewallen plans a book signing for her release “Master of the Mask: An Olympic Swimmer’s Long Journey to Freedom,” from 9-11 a.m. this Saturday at Beans and Franks. In her book, she shares her journey to freedom following horrific sexual assaults. She reveals how holding dark secrets within provoked her to become such a “master of the mask” that even her family and friends were unaware of her pain. The assaults left her with a 10-year battle with bulimia and anorexia and using drugs and alcohol to numb the pain according to the book, which is now available on www.amazon.com in Kindle edition and also through Nation of Women Publishing at www.nationofwomenpublishing.com. Rhodenbaugh Lewallen is a former competitive swimmer who grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is now a motivational speaker, writer, and the founder of Freedom Now, a non-profit organization focusing on bringing hope and encouragement to sexual assault victims. Kim married Nolan Lewallen in 2016, and they live near Stephenville. Together, they have seven grown children and four grandchildren.