Archives for February 2017

Dublin Senior Named MVP of 6-3A

Congratulations to Dublin’s Brady Moore, who was named MVP of district 6-3A in a vote of head basketball coaches. The senior highlights five special honors or first-team selections for the Dublin Lions, who captured their first district championship since 2012 in just their second year under head coach Will Parker.
Rayce Jackson was named offensive player of the year, and as a junior will be one of the league’s most decorated players next season. First team selections from Dublin include seniors Gabe Garcia and Brayden Burleson and junior Josh Hanes. Junior Lion Tim Teten made the second team.

Eastside Sewer Project Moving along

The Stephenville City Council, staff and industry professionals continue to hammer out details of the Eastside Sewer Project. The council voted last week to approve three contracts related to the project, but officials are not expected to vote on matters related to the scope, cost or initiation of the project in the immediate future.
The sewer expansion and renovation project carries an estimated cost of $16.5 million.
Recent council discussions related to the undertaking revealed that the first phase is a necessity; the second phase would enhance a previously funded project; and third phase is being proposed in hopes of future industrial development. Initial contracts were approved last Thursday.

Travel Restrictions Around Hook Elementary

Stephenville public safety officials want motorists to be aware of traffic issues starting today around Hook Elementary School. Altered travel routes begin this morning, and certain streets will be closed or have parking restrictions in place for about three weeks. Road and sewer crews are working on the TSU Methodist Branch Sewer Relief Project. Stephenville ISD sent notifications home for parents and caregivers of the district’s third and fourth grade students. Public Works Director Nick Williams said a plan is in place to facilitate school buses and others picking up and dropping off students. A portion of Ollie Street will be closed to facilitate the infrastructure improvements.

TSU Band Festival Tuesday

Tarleton State University’s band program hosts its seventh annual Invitational Band Festival tomorrow, Feb. 28, and Wednesday, March 1, with performances by several area high schools and a concert featuring the work of guest conductor and composer David Maslanka.
Free performances are in the auditorium of the Wells Fine Arts Center, and are open to the public.
A collaborative concert, featuring Maslanka’s work and Tarleton’s Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $5 or free with a current Tarleton ID. For more information, contact Dr. Anthony Pursell, Director of Bands at 254-968-9242, or email pursell@tarleton.edu.

Preschool Teacher Fired for Anti-Semitic Tweets

A DFW preschool teacher has been fired over a series of anti-Semitic posts on social media, including a tweet that mentioned killing Jews. Nancy Salem was fired from The Children’s Courtyard preschool in Arlington after retweeting “How many Jews died in the Holocaust? Not enough!”
Tweets by Salem and other University of Texas at Arlington students were made public after the watchdog group Canary Mission reported 24 current and former students had made anti-Semitic comments online.
Salem belonged to the UTA chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, which Canary Mission called a “focal point for campus anti-Semitism.”

TSU RAD Course Begins Monday

The Tarleton State University Police Department is offering women a Rape Aggression Defense course beginning Monday. The free, 12-hour course in four sessions is open to female students, faculty, staff and the general public. The course is scheduled to meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28, and again March 6 and 7.
RAD instructors focus on education, awareness, prevention, risk reduction and the avoidance of assault and rape. The system is dedicated to teaching defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault by using easy, effective and proven self-defense and martial arts tactics. The instructors are Sgts. Kristie Bint and Amanda Miller of the Tarleton Police Department.

Colunga Guilty of Raping Stepdaughter

An Erath County jury wasted little time in finding Victor Moreno Colunga guilty of sexual assault of a child. The decision came after they heard expert testimony on DNA evidence showing it was 47 million more times likely that Colunga fathered the victim’s child than any other Hispanic male. The jury took ten minutes to convict him, and is now deliberating the future of Colunga, who faces 2 to 20 years in prison. 10 years or less, and they can opt for probation. District Attorney Alan Nash is asking for the jury to assess the maximum sentence.

TSU Upward Bound National TRIO Day

Tarleton State University’s Upward Bound Project and Educational Talent Search alumni will celebrate the 2017 National TRIO Day on Saturday, Feb. 25.
For millions of students from low-income families who strive to attend and graduate from college, seven federally funded programs called TRIO are making a world of difference. Tarleton has assisted almost 1,000 high school students from the Cross Timbers since initiating its Upward Bound Project in 1981. Currently, the program serves 95 students from nine area high schools. Ninety percent of Tarleton’s Upward Bound participants enroll in college, and 60 percent graduate with a postsecondary degree. Both statistics are higher than Texas’ state and national averages.

Man Charged with Raping Stepdaughter

The trial of 42-year-old Victor Colunga began on Tuesday with testimony from the victim, his then-15-year-old stepdaughter. Colunga is accused of aggravated sexual assault and sex with a child under 17.
The victim testified that after Colunga and her mother were married– just weeks after she turned 15 in August 2005, Colunga sexually assaulted her.
The victim’s name will not be used to protect her identity, and due to the fact that she was a minor when the offense occurred and still resides in the community.
The victim stated that six months after the assault occurred she went to the doctor in Dublin for an exam and found out she was pregnant. Testimony resumes today.

TSU Job Fair

Tarleton State University’s Career Services Center will host its annual spring jobs fair on Wednesday, March 1, allowing students, alumni and the community to meet businesses and industries currently hiring. The event begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m. in the Thompson Student Center Ballrooms. Appropriate business attire is required, and participants are encouraged to bring their resume and other applicable materials. A list of employers and additional information is available at; tarleton.edu/careerservices.
A panel discussion is scheduled from 9 to 10 a.m., and a mixer is set from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 27.