Entreprenuers of Erath Honored

The Empire-Tribune reports Erath County-based MAKR, LLC took the top prize in Tarleton State’s Entrepreneurs of Erath third business plan contest during an awards luncheon. Winners were announced April 12th. Tech323 came in second, and Hannah Elkins Art earned third-place honors. Each of the top three winners will share cash prizes and professional services totaling $55,000 to further develop their businesses. The biennial contest is open to startups and existing businesses as well as Tarleton students who write the best business plan. The competition consists of three rounds. Get the whole story online at; yourstephenvilletx.com.

Tarleton Center for Child Well-Being Coming This Fall

Tarleton State University is developing a center offering psychological consultations and behavioral health resources, after the federal government designated Stephenville as having a mental health services provider shortage. When the Tarleton Center for Child Well-Being opens in the fall, they hope to provide services at a reasonable cost by utilizing supervised trainees in service delivery. It will be a training site for a variety of graduate and undergraduate endeavors, providing internship opportunities and a research environment for both faculty and students. Dr. Stephanie Robertson said the center is a collaboration between Tarleton’s departments of Psychological Sciences, Social Work, Educational Diagnostics and Counseling.

Upland Bird Extravaganza Success

The Stephenville Evening Lions Club held their 24th Annual Upland Bird Extravaganza on Friday April 12th. Organizers said it was a huge success and wanted to thank everyone that came out to participate. The Dinner and Auction raised just over $200,000, which goes right back into youth organizations in the community. Case Horton, director of this years Upland Bird Extravaganza said [quote] “We could not have done it without the sponsors that give so generously and club members that really did an outstanding job.” [end quote] Horton hoped that everyone would come out to celebrate the 25th Annual Upland Bird Extraganza in 2020.

House Passes Born Alive Bill

The Texas Tribune reports legislators in Austin this week tentatively signed off on a bill that would grant legal protections to babies born after failed abortion attempts. The measure — which addresses a very rare circumstance — would need final approval from the Texas House before it goes to the Senate, which has already approved a similar bill. Plano Republican State Rep. Jeff Leach authored House Bill 16, which would charge doctors who fail to provide appropriate medical treatment with a third-degree felony and a fine of at least $100,000. Read more online at; texastribune.org.

TSU Pre-Teachers Deliver Bookbags with Books

The Empire-Tribune reports that pre-service teachers from Tarleton State University’s College of Education delivered 47 decorated book bags to Chamberlin Elementary School this week, and each bag contained a children’s book and two learning activities the students created during Service Week at Tarleton. Assistant professor of curriculum and instruction Chris Sloan said the comprehension or vocabulary books were intended to increase the student’s literacy skills, saying they obtained a reading list from the librarian of books they needed. Sloan bought the books at the beginning of the semester. Get the whole story online at; yourstephenvilletx.com.

Body Found in Somervell County Monday

The body of a 22-year-old man with a Stephenville address on his identification was found Monday morning at a roadside park about 10 miles west of Glen Rose, according to the Somervell County Sheriff, who said the cause of death was a “possible suicide.” The Empire-Tribune reports the body was sent to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office in Fort Worth to definitively determine the cause of death. The park where the body was found is located on State Highway 67 near Chalk Mountain at the Erath County line. Get the whole story online at; yourstephenvilletx.com.

Oklahoma Man Arrested in Stephenville

The Empire-Tribune reports Stephenville Police apprehended a 48-year-old Guthrie, Oklahoma man on April 5th for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old high school student he met online. Robert Wayne McGaugh has been charged with sexual assault of a child and is currently being held at the Erath County Jail on a $200,000 bond. Lt. Don Miller said of the ongoing investigation that McGaugh met the Stephenville teen within the 254 area code and traveled from Oklahoma to meet her. The victim’s father reportedly became suspicious and alerted Stephenville police. McGaugh was taken into custody at a local motel. Read more online at; yourstephenvilletx.com.

NASA Speaker at TSU Symposium April 23

Tarleton State University’s Speaker Symposium series continues next Tuesday, April 23rd with a discussion entitled “Robonaut 2: Technology for Earth and Space” with NASA mechanical engineer and robotics specialist Amy Fritz. The free, public event takes place in Room 105 of the Lamar Johanson Science Building in Stephenville. Fritz, who works on NASA’s remote-operated rover program from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, credits her parents for her interest in robotics. For more information about the Speaker Symposium Lecture Series and upcoming presenters, visit; tarleton.edu/speakersymposium. For directions to Tarleton’s Lamar Johanson Science Building, along with maps of the Stephenville campus, visit; tarleton.edu/campus.

Latin Groove Culture at TSU Tuesday

A free tribute concert by the Tarleton State University salsa band, Latin Groove Culture, happens at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Theater of the Wells Fine Arts Center in Stephenville. Also performing will be the Stephenville High School Jazz Band. As musical ambassadors for Tarleton’s cultural diversity and outreach initiatives, Latin Groove Culture inspires, entertains and educates while exploring the different styles of Hispanic-American and Afro-Caribbean music. Aretha Frankin classics including “Think,” “Say a Little Prayer for You” and “Respect” will be performed, followed by the Stevie Wonder hit “Don’t You Worry ‘bout a Thing,” and “Para Los Rumberos” by Tito Puente.

POWER SET at SHS April 27

The Empire-Tribune reports Stephenville High School’s Workforce in Training and POWER SET or, Powerful Opportunities for Women Eager and Ready for Science, Engineering and Technology, are hosting the second annual Science on Saturday event in the small gym at Stephenville High School from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27. The event is sponsored by the Nuclear Power Institute, TEES and Texas A&M University. Stephenville High School AP physics teacher Brian Sage said the groups are designed to expose students to STEM fields in the real world. Get the whole story at; yourstephenvilletx.com.