Archives for December 2018

Junior Livestock Show Coming Soon

The Empire-Tribune reports the stage has been set for another successful Junior Livestock Show of Erath County. Returning chairman of the event Billy Hassler had served in that position for about five years, over 20 years ago. In between, he’s served on the livestock show’s executive committee and in other capacities. Going back even further, Hassler participated in Erath County 4-H showing animals starting when he was about 10 years old. Hassler said he’s been pretty much involved ever since. At age 63, he said it’s been 50-plus years. Read more online at; yourstephenvilletx.com.

Texas Law Enforcement Seizures Top $50m

The Texas Tribune reports that last year alone, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors throughout Texas grew their coffers and generated revenue by more than $50 million– seizing cash, cars, jewelry, clothing, art and other property they claimed were linked to a crime. That includes property seized under both criminal forfeiture — which requires someone to first be found guilty of a crime — and civil forfeiture, which allows the state to sue the property itself and doesn’t require a criminal charge. The Texas Attorney General’s Office, which tracks these figures, does not distinguish between the two.

DPS Distracted Driving Editorial

Texas Department of Public Safety Staff Sgt. Dub Gillum is a Safety Education Officer, writing an editorial in the Empire-Tribune that he’s spent countless hours trying to educate and inform people about the dangers of distracted driving. After another three people died on US 67 last Wednesday in Erath County, Gillum says the frustrating part is that these fatalities are 100% preventable. Gillum writes, if you do not concentrate 100% on your driving, you’re setting yourself up for a crash. Sadly, these crashes also take the lives of other people on the roadways around them. Read the whole editorial online at; yourstephenvilletx.com.

Three Dead in Highway 67 Accident

The Empire-Tribune reports three people are dead following an accident Wednesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 67. DPS reports a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup driven by 57-year-old Gildardo Figuroa-Gutierrez of Burleson, was traveling east on 67 when he skidded sideways into the westbound lane and was struck on the passenger side by a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by 61-year-old Nancy Kinney of San Angelo. Figuroa-Gutierrez and 50-year-old passenger Adrian Aguiniga of Fort Worth were pronounced dead at the scene. Kinney died after being transported to Glen Rose Medical Center. Get the whole story at; yourstephenvilletx.com.

Paxton Prosecutors Want a Do Over

The Texas Tribune reports that prosecutors of Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton implored the state’s highest criminal court to consider their case again, because last month’s opinion yielded a [quote] “patently absurd result.” [end quote] The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in November that a six-figure payment to fund the special prosecutors was outside legal limits, which emboldened Paxton and threatened to derail the case against him. Prosecutors had indicated they might withdraw if they could not be paid. Paxton, the state’s top legal officer, has yet to go to trial as courts are diverted by issues like the pay dispute.

ICE Dumps Asylum Seekers in El Paso

ICE agents reportedly dumped hundreds of migrants with nowhere to go at an El Paso bus station on eve of Christmas without warning shelters. Officials with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement began dropping off approximately 200 asylum-seekers late Sunday, after being released by federal agents. About 200 more arrived Monday and the total number could exceed 800, according to El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s office. According to Congressman O’Rourke, ICE would ordinarily alert the Annunciation House, a local shelter that has taken in tens of thousands of migrants and has several locations across the border city of El Paso. But that didn’t happen Sunday night.

UT Endowment Second Only to Harvard

The University of Texas’ endowment hit $31 billion in value this summer, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News — second only to Harvard University’s endowment among the country’s institutions of higher education. Harvard’s endowment had a value of $39.2 billion, according to Bloomberg’s data. Yale University, whose endowment often tops UT’s in value, was at $29.4 billion, though the Texas system’s more than 235,000 students dwarfs Yale at just over 12,000. The UT boon was bolstered by booming oil prices, which have dropped since the fall, a change not reflected in Bloomberg’s numbers.

Second Child Dies in Border Patrol Custody

A Guatemalan child, detained at the U.S. southern border, died early Tuesday at a hospital in New Mexico. Customs and Border Patrol agents acknowledged the child is the second to die in government custody this month. Seven-year-old Jakelin Caal died of dehydration and shock on December 7th, less than a day after she was apprehended. An agent noticed Monday the second child had become ill. The unidentified boy was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a cold. He was reportedly given ibuprofen, a prescription for antibiotics and released. He died early Christmas Day.

Bluff Dale School Expansion On Track

The Empire-Tribune reports the Bluff Dale High School and gymnasium project, approved earlier this year by voters for the expanding student population in Bluff Dale’s Independent School District, could be ready for use by the start of the fall semester in 2019. Approval of the $5.1 million bond set in motion construction of the 30,000 square foot facility. Lyness Construction of Cleburne is the contractor. The target for completion is August, just in time for the start of the new school year. The building will include classrooms for grades 9-12 on one side and 3rd through 8th graders on the other side.

SPD: Medical Incident Likely Caused Walmart Crash

The Empire-Tribune reports an as-yet-unidentified 78-year-old white male was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident Sunday morning at Walmart in Stephenville. A preliminary investigation led SPD officers to believe that the driver of the Toyota Prius suffered a medical incident prior to the crash. Stephenville police were called to Walmart about 10:15 a.m. in response to the accident. Officers discovered the 2013 white Toyota hybrid resting against an unoccupied gray 2015 Dodge pickup. Erath County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Judge Bart Greenway pronounced the unresponsive driver of the Prius deceased.