Archives for April 2016

Tarleton State infrastructure spending approved

Tarleton State can expect a multi-million dollar facelift over the next few years.
On Wednesday, the Texas A&M University System’s Board of Regents approved a $25.7 million utility-and-infrastructure improvement project for Tarleton’s Stephenville campus during its regular meeting. The project is part of the university’s Fiscal Year 2016-2020 Capital Plan approved last fall.
The infrastructure project addresses moving and upgading power lines, wet and dry utilities and installing adequate storm water drainage to accommodate a growing physical plant on the Stephenville campus and avoid electrical outages.
Construction is set to begin in June with substantial completion expected by late summer 2017.

Friday Stephenville events

The Stephenville Optimist Club auction is tonight, beginning at 5:30pm in Tarleton State’s Wisdom Gym. The annual auction raises over $40,000 each year that goes right back to the community and helps local youth programs. The movers and shakers in Optimist club invite everyone from the area to come check out the silent and live auction items this everning

The Annual Celebration of Cinco De Mayo will be observed this Sunday at the Birdsong Amphitheater in Stephenville City Park. A women’s Soccer tournament will kick off at 10:30am on Sunday and the music, vendors, food, and dancers will begin at high noon. Free admission for our sister station, Fiesta 1510am. Jose Perez, operations manager of Fiesta 1510 says everyone that comes will have a great time and fun experience at City Park. This is the 11th year that Fiesta 1510 has produced the annual event.

Erath County early voting numbers

Erath County Clerk Gwinda Jones said early voting in the county and municipal elections has been strong.
As of Wednesday, the early voting turnout numbers – which include voting on Huckabay ISD and Dublin ISD bonds as well as a hotly-contested Stephenville City Council race between Mayor Pro-Tem Russ McDanel and long-time educator Carla Trussell – has turned out the following totals to date: Stephenville 231, Dublin 76 and Huckabay 65.
Remember, if you don’t get a chance to vote early, election day is May the 7th.

Concealed carry at Tarleton State explained

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved Tarleton State University’s recommendations on how to implement “campus carry” of concealed weapons, which passed the Texas Legislature last spring.
In accordance with state law, Tarleton will allow the licensed carry of concealed handguns beginning Aug. 1. However, certain locations on the Stephenville campus—such as the Child Development Center and premises where a collegiate sporting event is taking place—have been designated as not permissible for concealed carry, as the law allows.
Previously, concealed carry has been permitted on campus, but not inside buildings. Open carry is not permitted at the university.
For a look at Tarleton’s campus carry rules and all areas designated as not permissible for concealed carry on their website.
New rules do not prohibit a licensed holder from carrying a concealed handgun in classrooms or residential facilities owned or leased by Tarleton State.

Severe weather update

Many of us were spared the worst of last night’s severe weather, which ripped through the South-central United States with high winds, rain, hail and a few tornadoes.
National Weather Service Storm chaser Brett Adair reported a tornado touched down between Sherman and Howe shortly after 10 p.m. local time. Another tornado was cited just northwest of Bells, which was likely the same twister.
The NWS had previously reported a tornado near Hamlin around 9 p.m. local time.
Grayson County emergency management officials reported roof damage to buildings and apartments, power lines down and significant debris in Whitesboro. There were also reports of a car blown off the road by 70 mph winds near Gordonville.

Erath County deputy battles cancer

Sgt. Detective Cody Keith of the Erath County Sheriff’s Office was recently diagnosed with cancer and the sheriff’s office is rallying to help raise funds for him and his family.
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is a rare type of cancer that starts in the upper part of the throat behind the nose. Symptoms can include blurry or double vision, difficulty speaking, headaches and much more.
An account has been set up at First Financial Bank for Keith and folks can also donate by using PayPal at; codykeith.weebly.com.

Stephenville Hot Dog Eating Contest Friday

What better way to celebrate five years in business than a hot dog eating contest, especially if you’re called Beans and Franks.
The Stephenville staple will host a fun-filled day of activities from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday.
It includes a drawing that will take place during the Friday event and other daily giveaways will be happening through the Beans and Franks Facebook page.
Folks who want to compete in the hot dog eating contest need to sign up for $10 inside Beans and Franks by noon on Wednesday. First place will receive $100, second place will get $75 and third place will get $50. Live music will be played by former employees who’ve gone on to become musicians.
Owners Jeff and Jodi Weyers started with a focus on serving gourmet hot dogs out of a concession trailer next door to the current building.

Monday County Commission agenda

Erath County commissioners took opening bids for a cab and chassis fire truck Monday.
Commissioners received one bid from Kevin Green with Hamilton Commission Company at approximately $6,700. Commissioners consulted with Erath County Volunteer Rescue coordinator, Chris Brooks.
Janet Martin, county auditor, told commissioners they were under no obligation to accept any bid at this time and ultimately the commissioners decided to table the item.
Another agenda item on the fairly light schedule included discontinuing the $2 e-filing fee for district clerk Wanda Pringle.
Pringle told commissioners the fee is not worth the time it takes and it’s not a mandatory fee.

17-year-old shot in Saginaw

Police are trying to identify a suspect after a 17-year-old was fatally shot in the North Texas town of Saginaw.
Saginaw police Capt. Russell Ragsdale told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the shooting on Saturday afternoon occurred during “an altercation,” but police had not determined what it was about or found an eyewitness. Police were told the shooter left in a vehicle.

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Apr. 25, 2016 12:18 AM CST
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17-year-old shot in Saginaw

Police are trying to identify a suspect after a 17-year-old was fatally shot in a neighborhood in the North Texas town of Saginaw.
Saginaw police Capt. Russell Ragsdale told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the shooting on Saturday afternoon occurred during “an altercation,” but police had not determined what it was about or found an eyewitness. Police were told the shooter left in a vehicle.