Trump Coming to Dallas Oct. 17

President Donald Trump is scheduled to make a campaign visit to North Texas next Thursday, October 17th, and former El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke– who has called for Trump’s resignation– is reportedly planning another counter-rally. While the president greets supporters at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, the Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign says he will lead a “Rally Against Fear” at The Theatre at Grand Prairie. The Trump rally is set to start at 7 p.m., while doors will open for O’Rourke’s event at 6 p.m. O’Rourke also led a counter-rally against the president in El Paso in February.

TSU Professors Recognized

Tarleton State University fine arts professor Molly Valentine Dierks was selected for a competitive fellowship in support of an ambitious project at Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota, presenting an interactive sound piece entitled “I Worried,” inspired by the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver. It will remain in the park for two years before moving. Meanwhile, Tarleton music professor Zvonimir Nagy took first place at a recent composers Contest in Italy, featuring entries from composers across the globe that was judged by an international panel of pianists and composers. Dr. Nagy is a Croatian-born American composer, music scholar and performer.

Senior Dies in Grass Fire

The Empire-Tribune reports 92-year-old Leroy Worrell died Monday in a grassfire after his truck got stuck in a field on FM 2481 near Pony Creek. Erath County Sheriff’s Captain Jeremy Woodruff said Worrell was checking his cows when his truck became stuck. Fire crews arrived on scene, found the truck in the burn area and discovered a man inside who was deceased. Woodruff said they believe Mr. Worrell was trying to get the truck out when the catalytic converter ignited the fire. He added that the incident has been ruled accidental and no foul play is suspected.

Sundown on the Square Oct. 12

Stephenville’s fifth annual Sundown on the Square event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. this Saturday, October 12th on the Downtown Square. Proceeds will benefit the Stephenville Historical House Museum. Wine Tasting Tent Sponsor KSTV will conduct a live remote broadcast, so come on by and say hello. The price is $24 for12 tickets or $12 for six tickets– which includes a wine glass and Go Texan paper tote bag. Sample wine and cheese from Brennan Vineyards, Bull Lion Ranch and Winery, Lucky Vines, Silver Spur Winery and Veldhuizen Cheese. Get the whole schedule at;, or go to for more information.

Actor Baldwin at Choices Fundraiser

The 25th annual Choices Fundraising Gala was held at the Cowboy Church of Erath County Tuesday night. The guest speaker was actor and conservative political activist Stephen Baldwin, known for films such as “Bio-Dome” and “The Usual Suspects.” Thousands of dollars were raised for the Choices organization.

Speculative Art + Design at TSU Gallery

Tarleton State University will host the exhibition “Speculative Art + Design” which opened on Monday, Oct. 7,
in the gallery of the Wells Fine Arts Center on the Stephenville campus. The free exhibition features works that tread the boundary between art and design from female artists and designers Mia Cinelli, Alise Ochoa and Helen Caulfield. The exhibit runs through Friday, November 1st.

Liquor Sale Initiative Petitions Available

The Empire-Tribune reports a group of local business owners is trying again to get a referendum on the ballot to allow the local sale of liquor, but this time, only within Stephenville city limits. They failed in the spring, falling short of collecting the 4,400 signatures required for a county-wide question to be placed on the ballot. This time, their focused on getting the initiative passed in Stephenville. Bull Nettle owner Court Cole says they need 1,662 signatures from registered voters to get it on the ballot in May. Bull Nettle and Greer’s Ranch Cafe have petitions available to sign. Read more online at;

Vaping Giant Sued

Bloomberg News reports school districts across the nation have sued nicotine delivery system company Juul Labs over the economic burden created by teen vaping, opening a new legal front against the providers of smokeless nicotine– the addictive substance delivered through flavored e-cigarettes– as the country grapples with an ever-widening public-health crisis. Complaints were filed in federal courts on Monday in New York state, Kansas and Missouri. Altria Group, the parent company of Philip Morris tobacco, invested about $13 billion last year in exchange for a 35% statke in Juul– a closely held San Francisco-based company.

Heart of Gold T-Shirt Orders This Week

Stepheville High School’s traditional Heart of Gold Game is coming a week from Friday on October 18th against Waco La Vega, but the deadline to turn in Heart of Gold t-shirt order forms is this Friday, October 11th. The forms were to be handed out to students by every English teacher on Monday, but if you or anyone you know wants to order a Heart of Gold t-shirt, you can pick up an order form in the SHS Athletic office or at the Welcome Center in the foyer. T-shirts will be delivered between Tuesday, October 15th and Thursday the 17th, just in time for the game.

Texans in Trump Inquiry

Two prominent Texas Republicans are expected to play significant roles in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, which is quickly unfolding in Washington, D.C. Congressman Michael McCaul, a Republican representing Austin, is the ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which will be investigating the president’s conduct pertaining to controversial exchanges with the president of Ukraine.
Former Texas Governor, presidential candidate and current U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will face questions about a dinner with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Ukraine in June, prior to Trump’s phone call to Zelenskiy, which is at the center of the impeachment inquiry. get the whole story at;