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Fitness center, Tarleton basketball

The Stephenville Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday to celebrate new management at The Fitness Center on Wolfe Nursery Road, now offering 24-hour access to its members.

And; Welcome to Reann Hall of Marble Falls, the latest high school prospect to sign with Tarleton State Women’s basketball. Coach Misty Wilson’s recruiting class now has six members.

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Young man arrested in rash of burglaries

The Stephenville Police Department arrested a young man suspected in a rash of recent burglaries.
Working in conjunction with the Region Six Special Operations Group, the SPD executed search and arrest warrants at two locations early Thursday morning.
The warrants were the result of an investigation into the recent burglaries of vehicles and theft of firearms.
Officers arrested 17-year-old Dawson Gain Mendez yesterday.
He was charged with burglary of a habitation, a second degree felony. Stephenville Police Sgt. Sha King said the investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are expected.

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Manziel indicted, booked and bonded in Dallas

Former Texas A&M star and Cleveland Browns bust Johnny Manziel was booked and posted bond in a domestic violence case Wednesday, one day before his first court hearing.
Manziel attorney Robert Hinton said Wednesday that the 23-year-old quarterback presented himself for booking and a mugshot. Police in the wealthy Dallas neighborhood of Highland Park released the mugshot Wednesday afternoon.
The Heisman Trophy winner was indicted by a grand jury last month after his ex-girlfriend alleged he hit her and threatened to kill her during a night out in January.
Manziel faces a Class A misdemeanor that carries up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
He is expected to appear briefly before a Dallas judge Thursday morning.

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Stephenville to spend $1.1 million on streets

The Stephenville City Council got a comprehensive report on the status of the city’s streets at Tuesday’s meeting.
The consulting firm Freese-Nichols submitted a pavement management system report, and the council approved a $1.1 million street maintenance program for this fiscal year.
That program addresses repairs and maintenance on roughly one quarter of the city’s 87 miles of streets. Several of those streets are paved with bricks that date back to the 1930’s and are in bad repair.
Mayor Kenny Weldon said that the size and weight of vehicles passing over those brick streets have increased dramatically.
The council action represents a positive approach to Public Works, and one that doesn’t borrow money to do it.

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Tarleton commencement this weekend

Tarleton State University will award more than 1,350 diplomas this weekend during three days of commencement ceremonies in Wisdom Gym on the Stephenville campus. Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio will preside over seven ceremonies, beginning with the master’s degree and doctoral degree recipients at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6.
To accommodate the increased number of guests expected on campus for Tarleton’s spring commencement ceremonies, the university will provide free golf cart shuttles in lots P-16, P-17 and P-30.

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National Day of Prayer Thursday

The National Day of Prayer begins at the Erath County Courthouse at 7 o’clock Thursday morning for an hour of prayer, and concludes with a 6 p.m. service at First United Methodist Church.
Each hour, the community will be invited to a local house of worship. Each host pastor will invite their congregation to attend at least their church’s time of prayer.
Rev. Ken May from First Baptist Church will lead the group in the official proclamation, then nine churches from around the community will host prayer gatherings.

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Barking dog saves sleeping kid from fire

Tragedy and gratitude for a Stephenville family.
Randy and Rebecca McGehee lost much of their home to a fire early Sunday, but they’re relieved that their 16-year-old son got out safely.
The McGehee’s were visiting friends Saturday night, when, at about 2 a.m. when Rebecca’s barking dog prompted their sleeping son Randon to get out of bed and look around the house. He saw the blaze when he opened the door to the garage.
Much of the damage is from smoke and water, but the utility room and garage were completely destroyed.
The family is staying at a rental house in Dublin, with the good dog who woke up their kid.

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Dallas HS student shoots self at school

A Dallas high school student accidentally shot himself with a handgun he brought to school in his pocket on Monday morning.
The 15-year-old suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.
No other students were injured, but the school was placed on lockdown as administrators tried to determine what happened.
Dallas school district police Chief Craig Miller says metal detectors are used at the school, but the student arrived at a time when metal-detector procedures were “not applied.”

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SPL to kick off Summer Reading Program

The Stephenville Public Library is kicking off the Texas Summer Reading Program.
It runs from June 2 through July 30, and is designed to help children retain reading comprehension skills in the summer.
Library Director Mary Meredith said that many students lose more than two months in reading achievement during the summer months.
The program is for kids up to 18, but it isn’t all about reading.
There’s free entertainment and fun activities to help fill the long summer days. In order to participate, kids need to read some great books, fill out reading logs, and turn them in at the end of the summer for certificates and treat bags.

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Stephenville teachers of the year honored

Congratulations to a couple of Stephenville teachers who are making a difference in kid’s lives.
The Stephenville ISD has awarded Amber Lemons, of Hook Elementary School, the Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Lisa Spence, of Gilbert Intermediate, the Secondary School Teacher of the Year. Teaching is the hardest job you’ll ever love.

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