Archives for August 2017

Erath Humane Society Could Close in September

According to Executive Director Diane McCoy and board president Matt Harpole, if the private, non-profit Erath County Humane Society can’t reach an agreement with the city of Stephenville by Wednesday, September 20th, the facility could close its doors. The Humane Society entered into a 25-year operating contract with the city in 1992 to provide care and shelter to animals seized by animal control officers. McCoy and Harpole said they’ve been providing this service for the past 25 years on property owned by the city at 891 East Road, and the current operating contract expires next month. Despite negotiations with the city, they’ve been unable to reach a renewal agreement.

LSC Adds 8 Member Institutions

Tarleton State University joins the Lone Star Conference in welcoming eight new member institutions to NCAA Division II athletics, effective in the Fall of 2019. The LSC Council of Presidents voted unanimously to offer full membership to current Heartland Conference members Arkansas-Fort Smith, Dallas Baptist University, Lubbock Christian University, Oklahoma Christian University, Rogers State University, St. Edward’s University, St. Mary’s University and Texas A&M International University. The new additions have student enrollments ranging from nearly 1,500 students to almost 7,000, with Texas A&M International the second largest. The LSC will become the largest conference in NCAA Division II.

Erath Residents Offer Harvey Victims a Helping Hand

Good Samaritans from all over Erath County are heading for the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Harvey. First Baptist Church Stephenville and Beans & Franks have partnered with Tri-Rivers Baptist Association to wash clothes for disaster relief volunteers. Donations of detergent can be made until Friday. Donations of gas, bleach, canned food, crackers, water, batteries, cleaning supplies, bug spray and rubber gloves can be made at the Graham Street Family Center through noon today. Texas Legacy Insurance at 2289 Northwest Loop is a drop-off location for tarps, 3-inch screws, rope and building supplies. And; a community prayer service will be held at 7:30 tonight at First Presbyterian Church in Stephenville.

TSU Professor Honored By Students with Endowment

Tarleton State University former assistant professor Francine Esposito Pratt is all about helping other people. The iconic director of field education in the school’s social work program spent the last 12 years sharing that commitment with her students– and they’ve created a scholarship in her honor. The Student Social Work Association has donated $500 to kick off collections for the Francine Esposito Pratt Social Work Endowed Scholarship. The recently-retired Professor Pratt was in charge of placing undergraduate students in agencies for their field internships. Appreciative students revered her as a touchstone, not only educationally, but also professionally.

Abbott Deploys Entire TX National Guard

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that he has activated the entire Texas National Guard in response to Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Harvey, bringing the total number of deployed personnel for rescue efforts to 12,000. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Monday that first responders were focusing first on the elderly, the disabled and those in life-threatening situations. Houston is the fourth largest city in the nation, and was one of the many areas in Texas devastated over the weekend, from Corpus Christi to Aransas Pass and north toward Galveston. Some parts of the state may receive more than 50 inches of accumulated rainfall in the coming days, which would break Texas state records.

TSU Kicks Off Art Exhibition Season

The Wells Fine Arts Gallery at Tarleton State University kicks off its 2017-18 season with Valerie Powell’s solo exhibition, Civil Wars. On display until September 22, the exhibit features new drawings and sculptures as well as a site-specific wall installation—containing imagery and forms inspired by conflict—created specifically for the gallery. Investigating the complexities of the human condition, Powell’s new work reflects on memories of personal tension and internal conflict as well as growing national and global unrest, while maintaining a playful artifice. The free exhibition is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fed Court Tossed TX Voter ID Law

Another federal judge has rejected a revised Texas voter identification law, on the same grounds.
U.S. Fifth Circuit Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled that Senate Bill 5, signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in June, doesn’t absolve Texas lawmakers from responsibility for discriminating against Latino and black voters, and ruled that the state failed to prove that the new law would accommodate such voters going forward. It’s the latest twist in a six-year legal battle over Texas state laws requiring specific forms of identification at the polls, in violation of the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution.

Langdon Review Weekend Coming Soon

Tarleton State University’s Langdon Review Weekend, traditionally scheduled the week after Labor Day in historic downtown Granbury, is just around the corner. Started 14 years ago, the festivities– celebrating authors and artists from Texas and beyond– begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 6, with Texas A&M’s Craig Clifford and Craig Hillis, editors of “Pickers and Poets: The Ruthlessly Poetic Singer-Songwriters of Texas” at the Dora Langdon Center Concert Hall, at East Bridge and Brazos Streets. The opening session is followed by a launch party and reception sponsored by A&M University Press at the Gordon House on E. Pearl St. The Wednesday night session and reception are free and open to the public.

Dublin ISD Board Meets

The Dublin ISD board of trustees held its August meeting Monday, where they approved a tax rate increase, the building of a new track, and discussed accountability ratings, current and upcoming construction projects, and adopted the 2017-2018 budget. This year’s tax rate represents a nine cent increase from last year. The board also voted to begin building a new eight lane track, as Dublin will host this year’s 6-3A district track meet for the first time in their history. The track will be paid for with a one million dollar time-warrant bond. The payment plan extends over three years, but they plan to pay it off in two years.

Sheriff Swears In Deputy Daily

Scott Daily was sworn in by Sheriff Matt Coates on Wednesday, making him the 18th patrol deputy in the Erath County Sheriff’s Department. Daily is a familiar face in the local law enforcement community, who has served as a senior patrol officer for the Tarleton State University Police Department since 2012. He will begin his new role with the Sheriff’s Office on Monday. He said [quote] “I’m excited to serve Erath County, but I will miss the students and faculty at Tarleton,” [end quote] Coates said the addition of deputy Daily fills the only vacancy in the department.