Archives for February 2019

TSU Alumni Honors Saturday

The Empire-Tribune reports Tarleton State Univesity honored two alumni, a former faculty member and a prominent corporate partner on Saturday during the Alumni Association’s annual dinner and awards banquet.
Tarleton’s President and the Alumni Association President-elect welcomed former students, friends of the university and their families to the gala. Honored were retired Col. Lacy Breckenridge (class of ’50), this year’s Distinguished Alumnus; Stephenville Mayor Pro Tem Brady Pendleton (class of ’08), named 2019 Outstanding Young Alumnus; Dr. T. Lindsay Baker, 2019 Distinguished Faculty/Staff; and Distinguished Friend S’Ville Services. Read the whole story online at;

TSU Hosts Executives in Residence Wednesday Feb 20

The Tarleton State University College of Business will host a group of business leaders as Executives in Residence at 10 a.m. this Wednesday, February 20, in the COBA building. Greg Crouchley, president of Justin Brands; James Sellers, founder and president of Sellmark Corp.; Rick Stacy, founder of Stacy Furniture and Design; and Dr. Louis Mancuso, professor of entrepreneurship at Loyola University in New Orleans, will work with students on a variety of topics. Crouchley worked for billionaire Warren Buffett. His interest in Tarleton was kindled by boot designer and Tarleton graduate Shelbi Tidwell, who will also speak with students during Executive in Residence.

No One Forgotten at City Park March 2

A new event is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, at Stephenville City Park to honor local veterans and first responders. No One Forgotten is a program started by Mike and Tina Cason and their friend Stacey Tremble. City Park will be the site of softball tournaments, motorcycle games, disc golf and an antique car show.
Other events include a kid zone, food trucks, vendors, auctions, raffles, a beard competition and beer porch at The Purple Goat. Tickets are $5. Proceeds will benefit Stephenville’s Justin Monk and the Wounded Warriors Project. Read more online at;

Chamber of Commerce Hosts ECHH Groundbreaking

The Stephenville Chamber of Commerce hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate construction of Erath County Habitat for Humanity’s 20th home! The event allowed community members to meet ECHH officials and their project partners to learn about volunteer opportunities. Ana Gonzales and her sons Esren, Cesar Esteban, and Matthew Luke have put in many hours helping on the previous Habitat homes and look forward to the completion of their own. Habitat builds houses in partnership with qualifying families, using mostly donated new materials and labor, then sells the houses at no interest and no profit to low-income families. For more details, visit;

Ranger, Richland and Brookhaven Among Top 10 CCs in TX

The Empire-Tribune reports that, according to a recent survey ranking the 58 community colleges in Texas, Ranger College is among the best two-year institutions of higher education in the Lone Star State. The survey of the state’s two-year colleges for the 2018-2019 academic year placed Ranger College second statewide. Schools were ranked according to several factors including tuition, student-to-faculty ratio and graduation and transfer rates. Also representing North Texas among the top ten community colleges statewide are Richland College in Dallas, ranking 5th overall and Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch at number 9.

Sister Act at TSU Opens Wednesday

Theatre at Tarleton presents the musical comedy “Sister Act,” beginning next Wednesday, Feb. 20th and running through Saturday, Feb 23rd in the auditorium of the Wells Fine Arts Center in Stephenville. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens, children, faculty and staff; and $5 for Tarleton students with identification. The box office is open from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays through the run of the show. For tickets, call 254-968-96-34. Performances begins at 7:30 p.m. The production is an adaptation of the hit 1992 film of the same name starring Whoopi Goldberg, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater.

New Erath Historical Commissioners, Man Gets 99 Years for Meth

The Empire-Tribune reports the Erath County Commissioner’s Court appointed three new members to the Erath County Historical Commission on Wednesday. They are Robin Ritchie, Stephanie Winnett and Betty Leatherwood.

A jury Tuesday found Joseph Ellis, Jr. guilty of possession of methamphetamine and sentenced him to 99 years in prison. Officer Gary Roberts of the Stephenville Police Department testified regarding a traffic stop of Ellis in June 2017. Roberts is the SPD K-9 officer and employed his trained contraband detection dog, Buky, to scan the car, detecting the meth. Get the whole story online at;

Polarization of Politics at TCC Next Thursday

Tarleton State University and the humanities division of Tarrant County College are coming together for a second year to address the polarization of American politics. Scheduled for next Thursday, February 21st, the symposium features four sessions led by academic presenters and a lunchtime discussion with members of the Fort Worth media, including Star Telegram columnists Bud Kennedy and Cynthia Allen, along with Anthony Mariani of Fort Worth Weekly. Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government professor Thomas Patterson will deliver the keynote lecture. It takes place at TCC Trinity River in downtown Fort Worth. For more information, call Phil Riddle at; 817-484-44-15, or email;

Council Approves Tarleton Crossings Hotel Project

The Empire-Tribune reports the Stephenville City Council has set a course for the development of a new hotel as part of Tarleton Crossings in Stephenville. The council entered into an agreement with SRH Hospitality during a meeting on Tuesday. Developer Jerry Crenshaw with SRH Hospitality said the proposed hotel– estimated at a cost of $20 million– will likely be a Marriott, Hyatt or Hilton, at a minimum of four stories and 120 rooms.The hotel is expected to include a swimming pool, full bar, on-site restaurant, exercise room and 15,000-square foot conference center, which will accommodate 500 people. Read the exclusive story at;

TSU Professor Named Fulbright Scholar

Tarleton State University professor Dr. Tara O’Connor Shelley, co-director of the Institute on Violence Against Women and Human Trafficking and the Institute for Criminal Justice Leadership and Public Policy in Tarleton’s School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Strategic Studies, recently received the prestigious designation
of Fulbright Scholar. As a Fulbright recipient representing the United States, Shelley will work with the Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague– a state university– as a teacher and researcher. As an expert in gendered institutions, her Fulbright research project will focus on the underrepresentation of Czech women in policing.