Archives for July 2017

Weekend Events in Erath County

This weekend in Erath County;
The Will Do Good Thrift Market’s “50-Off” Benefit for the Christian Women’s Job Corps is taking place from 10 to 5 today and 10 to 4 on Saturday at Dwelling Place Ministries in Dublin.
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center’s World Nature Conservation Day event is from 10 to 3 Saturday in Glen Rose.
And; Morgan Mill Community Center will host the homemade ice cream freeze from 11 to 4 on Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids. That includes a BBQ sandwich, chips, a drink and lots of homemade ice cream.

Miller Agrees with Trump on Trans-Ban

Outspoken Texas Agriculture Commissioner is talking about a series of tweets by President Donald Trump asserting that transgender people should no longer be able to serve in the U.S. military. While not official U.S. military policy, the remarks on social media have garnered the support of the Ag Commissioner– who’s name has come up for a possible appointment to the president’s administration. He told the Texas Tribune [quote] “I am thrilled by President Trump’s decision. I just wonder why it took so damn long. The United States Military is not the place for leftist social experimentation.” Miller was among Trump’s most avid Texas supporters in the home stretch of the 2016 election.

Erath County Jury Indictments

An Erath County jury has indicted one man on two third degree felonies along with eleven other individuals. 19-year-old Cuarderes Ditrel Mitchell was indicted on two counts of assault on a public servant. According to an affidavit submitted for probably cause determination, Mitchell hit a Correction’s Officer in the face with a closed fist, and bit another Correction’s Officer on the forearm. He was booked into the Erath County Jail on June 7 on a combined bond of $10,500. Additional details of this, and the other 11 Erath County jury indictments can be found at; yourstephenvilletx.com.

TSU Receives Counseling Accreditation

Tarleton State University has received accreditation for its master’s degree program in clinical mental health training from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. The accreditation recognizes university training programs that meet the standards set by the profession and is among the highest commendations that an academic program can receive. CACREP is the training standard for counselors by the Institute of Medicine and the Veteran’s Administration. Tarleton Provost Dr. Karen Murray said this accreditation is a clear indication of our ability to provide the training they need to find the best jobs possible. Tarleton’s 60-hour program is available at the Stephenville campus, Fort Worth and Waco centers.

Gene Watson in Stephenville Thursday

The Texstar Ford Summer Nights Concert Series features Gene Watson, known for hits like “Love in the Hot Afternoon,” “Fourteen Carat Mind” and “Farewell Party,” performing Thursday evening in the popular concert series. The free show will open at 8 p.m.at the Birdsong Amphitheater at Stephenville City Park with a performance by Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines.
Concert-goers are asked to bring chairs, blankets, coolers and snacks to listen to music under the big Texas sky. The concert series concludes performances on Thursday, August 3rd, with singer/songwriters Larry Joe Taylor, Davin James, Richard Leigh and Keith Sykes.

TX Leg Passes Public Funding of Private Schools

The Texas Senate tentatively passed legislation to publicly subsidize private school tuition and to study the system for funding public schools. The Senate voted 19-12, passing Senate Bill 2, and creating a “private school choice” program. Later, senators discussed Senate Bill 16 for less than an hour before passing it unanimously. It would create a commission to study public school financing. Article 7 section 1 of the Texas Constitiution mandates adequate state funding of public education, saying [quote] “…it shall be the duty of the Legislature of the State to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools.” [end quote]

TSU Signs Apparel Deal with Nike

Tarleton State University’s three year deal with BSN SPORTS and Nike Apparel marks what the Athletic Director calls the next step forward “on the national stage.” The agreement was formally announced during a news conference Thursday morning in TSU’s Wisdom Gym, stating that the business partnership, which is now in effect for all of the university’s sports programs [quote] “gives us a unique branding and marketing opportunity to provide the best experience for our student-athletes.” [end quote] Since Nike is the No. 1 sports apparel company in the world– recently named the outfitter of the NBA– that’s prestigious.

TX Woman Arrested in Ransom Scheme

Federal authorities say they’ve arrested a Texas woman who collected ransoms from people, opertaing under the assumption that their children were kidnapped and that money had to be paid to get them released.
Thirty-four-year-old Yanette Rodriguez Acosta of Houston was taken into custody Thursday after being indicted two days earlier on charges including conspiracy to commit wire fraud. It’s not clear at this time if she has a lawyer. Authorities say she conspired with others in Mexico in a “virtual kidnapping” scheme in which they called people in Texas, California and Idaho. In each case, there were no actual kidnappings. However, what’s not clear is how the victims were targeted.

Dublin Considers Property Tax Hike

At the monthly school board meeting Monday night, Superintendent Dr. Rodney Schneider proposed increasing the 2017-2018 tax rate by nine cents. The board also approved next year’s budget and hired a school marshal.
The proposed tax rate for next year is at $1.33 per $100 evaluation. The nine cent increase will pay for “current projects,” such as the renovations currently underway in the school district. The tax rate will be voted on at the August 21 meeting after a public hearing is held. After a closed session, the school board voted to hire a new school marshal. By law, the person’s identity must remain confidential. The board also approved the 2017-2018 budget.

Williams Speaks on Pipeline Act

Stephenville Republican Congressman Roger Williams took to the House floor on Wednesday to speak during the rule debate on H.R. 2910, the Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act. Williams said [quote] “Right now, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is the lead agency for coordinating required reviews and authorizations for interstate natural gas pipelines. In order to start a pipeline project, you need multiple permits from a variety of platforms, as well as coordination from federal, state and local governments.” [end quote] The congressman said the multi-step pipeline approval process just doesn’t work.