Archives for April 2018

Summer Nights Concerts begin May 31

The Empire-Tribune reports the Texstar Ford Summer Nights Concert Series begins next month at Stephenville City Park’s Birdsong Amphitheater. Doug Montgomery, the owner of Texstar Ford and sponsor of the event said it begins at 8pm on Thursday, May 31, with Roger Creager and Scotty Kirby; followed by Casey Donahew on June 7; Michael Martin Murphy on June 21; Larry Joe Taylor and Tejas Brothers on July 4; Ricky Skaggs on July 19; Moe Bandy on Aug. 9; and Asleep at the Wheel on Oct. 13. The concerts are free and open to the public.

TSU Team Gets 3rd in WEAT Competition

A team of Tarleton State University Environmental Engineering students took third place at the recent Water Environment Association of Texas Student Design Competition in San Antonio. Kevin Flinn, Hyedi Viehmann, Jared Sienkiewich and Ty Riebe, led by their project mentor Tina Hanson from Garver, Incorporated, presented a design for the expansion of the Alligator Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant south of Dallas. Junior Civil Engineering majors Emory McDougald, James Tristan King and Logan Riaz deserved honorable mention for their contributions. The WEAT competition field featured a dozen teams from the states of Texas and Louisiana, including SMU, which took first place, and runner-up Texas A&M.

Optimist Club Students of the Month

The Stephenville Optimist Club selected its students of the month for March and April. March students were seventh graders Andrew Kitchens and Lexy Lewallen were selected as March students of the month, along with eighth graders Shyla Smith and Ben Kirbo. April students of the month are seventh graders Hayden Keith and Kalen Copeland; and eighth graders Maddie Durant and Kyler Phillips.

Cinco de Mayo at TSU’s Gordon Center

Tarleton State University’s Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 5th with free admission and cookies. Cinco de Mayo is the annual celebration commemorating the Mexican Army’s unlikely defeat of the French invasion at the 1862 Battle of Puebla. In the U.S., the holiday has become a celebration of Mexican-American culture. The Gordon Center, a Tarleton museum and research facility in the historic ghost town of Thurber, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit; tarleton.edu/gordoncenter or the museum’s Facebook page.

TX Gas Prices Still Rising

Stephenville continues to see prices rising at the pump. Average retail gasoline prices in Texas have risen more than 2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.50 a gallon yesterday, according to a daily survey of over 13,000 gas outlets in Texas. This compares with the national average that has increased almost 3-and-a-half cents per gallon in the last week to $2.75, according to the website GasBuddy.com. Including the change in gas prices in Texas during the past week, prices yesterday were well over 25 cents higher than this day one year ago and 14 cents higher than a month ago.

Council Approves East Side Sewer Project

The Empire-Tribune reports the Stephenville City Council has given the green light to the East Side sewer project. On March 21, the Texas Water Development Board approved over $17 million from its Clean Water State Revolving Fund for the city of Stephenville to assist in the costs of the heavily-debated project. Director of Public Works Nick Williams said concerns were raised that some of the existing sewer system in the older parts of the city may not be able to handle the capacity of future development, but the plan addressed that issue. Read more at; yourstephenvilletx.com.

Council Approves Charter Amendments

The Empire-Tribune reports that the Stephenville City Council approved all 14 of the proposed charter amendments on Tuesday, including reducing the number of council members from eight to six and increasing members’ terms in office from two years to three, along with a one-year hiatus after a member has served two consecutive terms in the same office. The proposed charter amendments will be placed on the November ballot where the community will have the opportunity to ratify or oppose them. Amendments four through 14 were approved unanimously. However, one “no” vote on amendments 1, 2 and 3 came from council member Alan Nix.

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Council Approves Charter Amendments

The Empire-Tribune reports that the Stephenville City Council approved all 14 of the proposed charter amendments on Tuesday, including reducing the number of council members from eight to six and increasing members’ terms in office from two years to three, along with a one-year hiatus after a member has served two consecutive years in the same office. The proposed charter amendments will be placed on the November ballot where the community will have the opportunity to ratify or oppose them. Amendments four through 14 were approved unanimously. However, one “no” vote on amendments 1, 2 and 3 came from council member Alan Nix.

Annie Oakley at Gordon Center Saturday

Tarleton State University’s Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas presents the classic Western film Annie Oakley at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday as part of its ongoing Night at the Opera House series. Starring Barbara Stanwyck as the iconic sharp-shooter who eventually headlines Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, the film was made in 1935 and directed by George Stevens. The movie and refreshments are free, but seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Guests can reserve a spot via email at GordonCenter@tarleton.edu, also by calling 254-968-18-86, and online through the museum calendar at; tarleton.edu/gordoncenter.

Five Arrested in Grand Prarie Murder

The Empire-Tribune reports five people have been arrested and charged in connection with the murder of a man found in the back of a burned out car in Morgan Mill. Elizabeth Delude, Claire Harrington, Clayton Miller, Christopher Cornell and Paul Rogers were taken into custody in Fort Worth and Waco Friday night. They’re being held at the Grand Prairie Detention Center. The victim’s identity has not been released. The investigation began on April 10th at a Grand Prarie residence where an arson occurred to cover up the crime, according to Erath County Sheriff Matt Coates.