Archives for January 2017

Many Incumbents File for Reelection

Three Stephenville City Council members have thrown their hats into the ring for reelection. Mark McClinton, Doug Svien and Sherry Zachery wasted no time filing papers at City Hall, and no one has filed to run against the incumbents as of Monday in the May 6, election.
Councilman Rhett Harrison has not filed for another term yet, and has not declared his intentions one way or another. Members of the Stephenville ISD board of trustees, Cole Parks and Ed Dittfurth are both up for another term. Dittfurth has filed for re-election, but Parks has not, although he is expected to.
The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.
For more information, call Cindy Stafford at 918-1212.

TSU Legacy Awards

Tarleton State University President F. Dominic Dottavio presented the 2017 Legacy Awards to three recipients during the school’s annual gala, on Saturday.
Legacy Awards recognize individuals and supporters who exhibit Tarleton’s core values of civility, integrity, excellence, leadership, tradition and service. The university president selects the recipients. This year’s recipients are Fort Worth City Councilman Jungus Jordan, Civility with Integrity Award; University of Tennessee-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, Excellence through Leadership Award; and TexasBank, Tradition of Service Award.
TSU is celebrating one hundred years as a founding member of The Texas A&M University System. The university recognizes these recipients as an example for students who will become tomorrow’s professional leaders.

Heroes With Handbags Event

Some of your local first responders– including Stephenville Police Chief Jason King– spent some of Thursday night strutting their stuff down a runway at the Heroes with Handbags event at City Hall at City Limits raising more than $20,000 for the Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center.
PRCAC Executive Director Kerrie Stannell said they sold 182 tickets and the proceeds all go to children’s programs at the advocacy center. Stannell thanked the Disabled American Veterans and Flamingo Bingo for their help. The bingo-style games allowed attendees to win a designer purse and also tip their favorite “model.” Stannell said they raised over $1,600 in tips alone, and the crowd would vote for their favorite model.

Lecture on Gen. Rudder Monday, Feb. 13

Military historian Dr. Thomas Hatfield will discuss one of the most decorated American soldiers in World War II— Maj. Gen. James Earl Rudder—on Monday, Feb. 13, as part of Tarleton State University’s yearlong centennial celebration. Gen. Rudder was a Tarleton alumnus who became president of Texas A&M-College Station and chancellor of the A&M System.
Dr. Hatfield served under Rudder as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and decades later wrote his widely acclaimed biography entitled Rudder: From Leader to Legend.
Hatfield’s lecture will begin at 7 p.m.in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

ECUW Fundraiser

On Thursday, Erath County United Way held its annual fund-raising celebration luncheon at The N at Hardway Ranch to recognize and thank everyone that helped the organization exceed its 2016 campaign goal of $250,000, raising more than $285,000.
United Way is an organization dedicated to supporting the community, youth, victim’s advocacy and special services in Erath County.
Addressing more than 200 celebration attendees, outgoing ECUW president Marcy Derrick said, speaking for all on the Board, that they are very grateful to be involved with this giving community. She said the task of reaching the $250,000 goal was pretty daunting for Erath County.

TSU Offers New Engineering Degree

Tarleton State University received approval on Thursday from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer a new bachelor of science degree program in mechanical engineering.
This builds on Tarleton’s existing undergraduate programs in civil, electrical and environmental engineering as well as engineering physics. Tarleton Provost Dr. Karen Murray said this is a major step forward. The new undergraduate program supports the university’s longstanding commitment to academic advancement and improves employment opportunities in engineering for students.
She said the new mechanical engineering program better positions TSU to meet the workforce needs of North Texas in a number of emerging industries, including aerospace, manufacturing and renewable energy.

Delinquent Roofer Found Guilty

He took the stand in his own defense, and it didn’t help. 30-year-old Dallas area contractor Argel Cital has been found guilty of theft of an elderly person.
The jury deliberated for about four hours before coming back with the verdict. After the spring 2015 storms destroyed her roof, Dublin resident Enith Murray wrote a check for $10,000 for the repairs. He cashed the check, but never performed the work. Assistant District Attorney Jett Smith said in his closing argument that he never intended on doing the work. Other Dublin residents also filed police reports against Cital. Sentencing is this morning.

TSU dedicates new Ag Lab Friday

The grand opening of Tarleton State University’s new Agricultural Field Machinery and Fabrication Laboratory – scheduled for Friday – continues the school’s yearlong centennial celebration as a founding member of The Texas A&M University System. Located on property originally donated to establish the school as part of the A&M System at the intersection of FM 8 and College Farm Road, the $3.8 million facility is another part of the university’s Agricultural Center. Ribbin-cutting ceremonies begin at 2 p.m. tomorrow.
Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp said Tarleton is committed to providing students with authentic hands-on learning experiences, and the new laboratory puts TSU’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the forefront, taking that commitment to the next level.

Repair Scheme Contractor Trial Underway

The trial of 29-year-old Dallas contractor Argel Cital got under way on Tuesday. He’s accused of running a repair scheme in Dublin after the severe storms of 2015.
Cital allegedly took $10,000 from an elderly woman for construction repairs to the roof of her Dublin home, cashed the check and did not perform the work. Assistant District Attorney Jett Smith said in his opening statement that she made multiple attempts to contact him, but her check was already cashed.
Cital was indicted in August 2016 on charges including theft of more than $1,500 and forgery by passing of an elderly person.

TSU, A&M Centennial Concert Friday

Tarleton’s 100th anniversary as a founding member of the Texas A&M University System continues on Friday with a concert that includes original compositions and accompaniment by the Boston Brass. It begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium. $10 tickets go on sale one hour prior to show time at the box office. Tarleton’s wind and jazz ensembles, university choirs and soloists will perform with guest conductor Dr. Timothy Rhea of Texas A&M University.
TSU President F. Dominic Dottavio is inviting the entire community to celebrate the century-long partnership with Texas A&M. It begins with the premiere performance of Centennial Colors, an original composition by TSU’s Dr. Anthony Pursell.