Archives for January 2019

SOS Says Many TX Voters Falsely Flagged

The Texas Tribune reports the Secretary of State has quietly informed numerous county election officials that many of the 95,000 Texas voters flagged for so-called ‘citizenship review’ don’t belong on the list and the number mistakenly flagged is “significant.” The secretary’s office incorrectly included some voters who had submitted voter registration applications at the Texas Department of Public Safety through a clerical error during driver’s license renewal. Some Republican officials, including President Donald Trump and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, have used the unsubstantiated numbers to validate their claims of widespread, in-person voter fraud.

SOS Says Many Voters Falsely Flagged

The Office of the Texas Secretary of State has quietly informed numerous county election officials that many of the 95,000 voters flagged for so-called ‘citizenship review’ don’t belong on the list and that the number mistakenly flagged is “significant.” The secretary’s office incorrectly included some voters who had submitted their voting registration applications at the Texas Department of Public Safety through a clerical error during driver’s license renewal. Some Republican officials, including President Donald Trump and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, have used the unsubstantiated numbers to validate their claims of widespread, in-person voter fraud.

Let All Men Sing Saturday at TSU

The Tarleton State University Department of Fine Arts will host the ‘Let All Men Sing’ choral clinic this Friday, February 1st and free concert on Saturday, February 2nd, in the Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Stephenville campus. This year’s clinician is Dr. Andrew Minear, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alabama where he leads the university choirs, oversees the graduate choral conducting program and teaches courses in conducting and choral literature. The highly-anticipated annual event brings together tenors and basses of all ages from all over North Texas to perform and the concert is open to the public.

Scholarship for Former TSU Professor

Former Tarleton State University associate professor Clinton Smith’s family has been memorialized with a scholarship. Twin sisters Linda Stewart and Anita and her husband Randy Christie endowed a Tarleton scholarship honoring the sisters’ father, Clinton; Linda’s son, Clint Stewart; and Randy’s brother John Christie. The Endowed Scholarship was created for qualified Tarleton students who have demonstrated financial need. Clinton served in the U.S. Air Force and Navy before becoming a civilian CPA and associate professor at Tarleton, where he taught for three decades. The sisters’ mother, McKee Jane Smith, also attended Tarleton, where she has a scholarship in her name, established in 2005.

Williams Returns to Financial Service Committee

Stephenville Republican Congressman Roger Williams has been appointed to the Financial Service Committee for a third consecutive term by Ranking Minority Member Patrick McHenry. Williams, who represents Texas’ 25th Congressional District, was also appointed to subcommittees of the House Committee on Financial Services, including the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions and the Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy. Having been a small business owner for 40 years, Williams said he knows how vital the role is that Financial Service Committee members play in protecting hardworking Americans and Main Street businesses.

13 Groups Challenge Voter Fraud Claims

The Texas Tribune reports Attorney Gen. Ken Paxton’s announcement flagging tens of thousands of registered voters for citizenship checks has been met with resistance. 13 organizations– claiming it echoes similar efforts around the country to remove eligible voters from the rolls– suggest that targeted citizenship verification efforts could violate federal law. Organizations including the Texas Civil Rights Project, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the League of Women Voters of Texas and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund — are demanding that they rescind the advisory, claiming that the attorney general’s data was flawed.

Harvard Physicist Keynotes TSU Teaching Week

Harvard professor Dr. Eric Mazur will keynote Tarleton State University’s Excellence in Teaching luncheon on Friday, February 8th at noon, in the ballrooms of the Thompson Student Center. He’s also scheduled to speak to faculty from the College of Science and Technology at 2 p.m. and to other faculty at 3 p.m. in Room 117 of the Grant Building. Mazur is a prominent physicist known for his contributions in nanophotonics, or nano-optics, the study of the behavior of light. He’ s the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and dean of applied physics at Harvard University. His appearance caps Celebrate Teaching Week.

Four Chaplains Memorial Next Sunday

The Empire-Tribune reports the Turnbow-Higgs American Legion Post and Auxiliary Unit 240 will present its annual Four Chaplains Memorial Service from 2-3 p.m. next Sunday, February 3rd, at American Legion Hall.
Sometimes referred to as the “Immortal Chaplains” or the “Dorchester Chaplains” the four U.S. Army ministers of faith gave their lives to save civilian and military personnel as the troop ship SS Dorchester sank on February 3rd 1943, at the height of World War II. They helped soldiers board lifeboats, gave up their own lifejackets and went down with the ship. Read more at; yourstephenvilletx.com.

TSU’s First Ph.D. Program Approved

Tarleton State University has received approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for its first Ph.D. program. The doctorate of philosophy in criminal justice begins this fall, pending approval of the Commission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Criminal Justice Philosophy Ph.D. will increase Tarleton’s degree offerings to 100 and the new doctorate will combine criminology, criminal justice and strategic studies in a single, unique degree offered by Tarleton’s School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies within its College of Liberal and Fine Arts. The inception of the school was approved by The Texas A&M University System in 2014.

SISD Finalist for H-E-B Education Award

The Empire-Tribune reports the Stephenville Independent School District is a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education Award. The SISD board of trustees announced Tuesday that Stephenville is one of three school districts named and– according to H-E-B’s website– the awards honor outstanding public-school professionals. In 2018, H-E-B awarded more than $700,000 in cash prizes, gift cards and grants to finalists and winners. Since its inception in 2002, the program has awarded over $10 million to Texas educators, schools and districts in six different categories. Stephenville ISD is a finalist in the Small School District category.