Archives for February 2018

United Completes Restoration

The Empire-Tribune reports that United Cooperative Services and crews from 11 other electric co-ops and contractors restored service on Monday night to the last remaining member who lost power as a result of the February 21st ice storm. It was the worst storm-related outage event in the cooperative’s history. More than 100 Cooperative personnel reportedly worked 16 to 20-hour shifts to get the power restored. The immense restoration effort, aided by the crews and equipment volunteered by 11 other electric cooperatives came in response to arguably the cooperative’s most devastating weather-related outage and/or damage events ever.

TSU Breaks Ground in Fort Worth

Tarleton State University broke ground Tuesday for its planned campus along Chisholm Trail Parkway in Fort Worth. It’s the first building for the future campus that sits on 80 acres of land donated by the Walton Group of Companies. The Texas A&M Board of Regents approved construction plans and an almost $41 million budget for the structure. The Tarleton-Fort Worth campus is expected to serve 9,000 students by 2030. Charles W. Schwartz, chairman of the Texas A&M System Board of Regents, said TSU is fiercely pursing its mission to transform today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders, and a flourishing Fort Worth campus advances that goal.

O’Rourke Outraises Cruz Again

The Empire-Tribune reports that El Paso Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who’s running for U.S. Senate, has once again reportedly raised more money than incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in a general election matchup that’s getting national attention. In the first 45 days of 2018, O’Rourke raised almost three times more than Cruz, according to new reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. They also show a narrowing cash-on-hand gap between the challenger and the 2016 GOP presidential contender. O’Rourke announced the news to a cheering crowd at a Friday night town hall in Dallas.

Free Performance at TSU Thursday

One of America’s foremost orchestral trumpeters, Craig Morris, will perform at Tarleton State University this Thursday, March 1st, in the theater of the Wells Fine Arts Center. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free. Morris is an associate professor at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami–Coral Gables, where he teaches trumpet and coaches chamber music. Previously he was principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony and associate principal trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony. Performing as pianist for Thursday’s event will be Rebecca Wilt, who has received national and international recognition as a virtuoso collaborative pianist.

Stephenville Chamber Banquet

The Stephenville Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet on Friday night. Members from around the community gathered in 80s-inspired costumes, including workout gear, Ghostbusters, Beetlejuice and rockstars. James Childress was honored as the Beulah Brown Ambassador of the Year; Agriculture Producer of the Year went to Johan and Klazina de Boer with Fluit Dairy; Brazos Valley Equine Hospital was Entrepreneur of Agriculture: Stephenville Evening Lions Club won Friend of Agriculture; Rising Star went to Greer’s Ranch Cafe; Shining Spur went to Dr. David Stanphill with Stephenville Family Dentistry, and HEB Grocery won the Blazing Boot.

TSU Professor Named to A&M Academy

Tarleton State University’s Dr. Vicky Johnson has been inducted into The Texas A&M University System 2018 Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Educators. Established in 2011, the Academy honors individuals from the A&M System who make significant contributions to the field of teacher education and highlights their role in producing K-12 teachers for Texas. Each year, faculty, staff and students are invited to nominate any full-time faculty member who has had a significant impact on the preparation of teachers. Honorees receive a $1,000 stipend, a commemorative medallion and certificate. Dr. Johnson is an associate professor of music in Tarleton’s College of Liberal and Fine Arts.

Erath County Humane Society needs help

The rain is causing problems for the Erath County Humane Society. Executive Director Diane McCoy says the shelter is already over-capacity, and now the kennels are underwater. They’ve reached out for help on their facebook page. They are in desperate need of help with temporary boarding.

Police make an arrest in TSU student’s death

Stephenville police arrested 26-year-old Shawn Layton for shooting a Tarleton State University student. Jamie Richards was shot and killed at her home at the Oak Tree West Apartments Sunday night. Layton was taken into custody last night. Police haven’t release a motive for the shooting.

Power restored to most homes overnight

The heat is back on…Major power outages left as many as 14-hundred people without power in Stephenville yesterday. Power was restored to most homes overnight. The power outages were caused by broken tree limbs bringing down power lines under the weight of ice.

Central Texas Drug Bust

The Associated Press reports that almost two dozen people have been arrested after Central Texas authorities went undercover, infiltrating a drug ring that included black tar heroin being sold from a small-town chicken restaurant’s drive-through window. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said that 20 people have been arrested for felony delivery of a controlled substance. And while serving warrants, officials also arrested three other people and charged them with possession of a controlled substance. Officials said that the operation began targeting methamphetamine suppliers in October 2016. During that operation, they also discovered the black tar heroin.