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Wed
17
Jan

Council elections abandon ward system

Dublin City Council members unanimously voted to change city elections from the ward system to at-large on Monday night following two public hearings with low attendance.

With filing now open for the May elections, any of the four incumbents that choose to run will face any challengers for a single seat on the council.

On Friday night, seven citizens were present to address the change.

Former Mayor Tom Gordon was among them, asking why council members were deciding the change rather than putting the decision to an election.

Council member John Johnson said he had been told by the city’s attorney that there were problems putting it on the ballot.

The attorney confirmed this in the Monday night hearing (which had two citizens in attendance) as he was called and put on speaker phone. He reported that there was not a statutory authorization or provision in the city charter to put the decision into an election.

Thu
11
Jan

Dublin man charged with child porn

Dublin PD announced the arrest of Dublin resident William Johnson, 39, for possession of child pronography in a press release issued today. The release is as follows:

On the evening of Tuesday January 9, 2018, the Dublin Police Department received a Cyber Tip Alert from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in reference to images of child pornography being viewed and/or shared by a Dublin resident. 

With the information received in the report a suspect, William Johnson, was quickly identified.  On Wednesday January 10, 2018 Officers began interviewing potential witnesses while obtaining a search warrant for the suspect’s residence.  In the early afternoon of January 10, 2018 Officers with the Dublin Police Department executed the search warrant on Johnson’s residence and were able to conduct an interview with him. 

Wed
10
Jan

Dubliners win big in stock show

Dubliner Kaylan Kiser (top) leads a steer into the ring after winning Grand Champion for her British heifer in the Breeding Beef show at the Erath County Livestock Junior Show last week. Kiser also won Intermediate Showmanship for her work in the breeding beef and market steer shows, as well as champion British market steer.

Other Dublin winners include the Dublin FFA Ag Mechanics Team of Gage McLean (below, left to right), Seth McDonald-Rodriguez, Tank Huffman and Kevin Perez. Casyn Ballinger took Reserve exotic in the breeding beef show with his cow/calf pair. In the swine show, Ryan Belew exhibited the champion Duroc, while Mariah Jimenez was presented with the intermediate showmanship award.

Wed
10
Jan

Dubliner dies in Comanche wreck, fundraiser set

Dubliner Jonathan Alejandro Escamilla, 20, was killed in a two-vehicle collision on Jan. 2 in Comanche County.

According to a DPS report, Escamilla was driving in a 2014 Ford Mustang with passenger Manuel Jose Escamilla when they stopped at the intersection of FM1702 and U.S. 36, four miles east of Gustine. The vehicle pulled onto U.S. 36 where it was struck by a 2016 freightliner truck, towing a trailer, driven by Aaron Durell Spencer, 27, of Copperas Cove, who was traveling east.

Following impact, both vehicles went off the road into the north drainage ditch.

Jonathan Escamilla was pronounced dead at the scene while Manuel Escamilla was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with critical injuries. Spencer was treated and released.

The crash is currently under investigation.

Wed
10
Jan

DNB directors approve transfer of outstanding stock to BOH

The Dublin National Bank (“DNB”) and BOH Holdings, Inc. (“BOH”), a Texas corporation, announced today the signing of a definitive agreement for BOH to acquire all of the outstanding stock of DNB pursuant to the terms of the agreement.

DNB is a nationally chartered bank located in Dublin, Texas, about 80 miles west of Fort Worth. As of September 30, 2017, DNB had total assets of $30.1 million.

“On behalf of the employees, officers and directors of DNB, I would like to express our excitement to announce this agreement with BOH," said James N. Mulloy, Jr., Chairman and CEO of DNB.

Wed
03
Jan

Dublin PD training youth in program

Dublin PD is giving young people a chance to see what being an officer is all about as they are partnering as an explorer post with the Boy Scouts of America.

The program is designed to teach life skills by allowing minors to go through simplified training with partner organizations.

Dublin PD is accepting youth from ages 14 to 21 into the post with the deadline for registration set at Tuesday at 5 p.m., when the post has its first meeting at City Hall.

Registration has already opened, with Dublin Police Chief Bobby Mendez reporting that 11 Dublin High School students have signed up. 

Wed
03
Jan

Elections to change in Dublin, hearings set for input

The City Council could be undergoing some big changes after the elections in May.

During its regular meeting Monday night, the Council voted to hold two public hearings about switching city elections from the ward system to at-large. The hearing will be held Friday and Monday at 6 p.m., with a special meeting set after the Monday meeting for council members to vote on the switch.

Under the current system, two representatives are picked from each of the city’s four wards. At-large elections would see residents voting from a pool of candidates for the entire city. The number of council members would also drop from eight to five.

There are four seats facing elections in May, those of Darrell Curry, Cliff Jackson, Layne Golden and Fred Lisso. If elections are switched to at-large, any incumbents would face each other and challengers in vying for a single seat.

Wed
03
Jan

Icy new year makes for dangerous roads

Freezing temperatures and mists made for hazardous driving conditions across Erath County this New Year’s Eve.

Although there was little in the way of rainfall on Dec. 30, mists coated the roads with moisture, which remained as temperatures reached freezing at 4 p.m. that day and continued to drop all the way to 29 degrees Fahrenheit.

This left a sheet of barely visible ice on Erath roads that remained through New Year’s Eve, which faced a high of 30 degrees and a low 20. Freezing temperatures remained into Wednesday, but sunshine managed to melt away much of the ice on the roads and ground on the morning of Jan. 1 despite a high of 25 and a low of 13.

This wasn’t before Erath County’s Sheriff’s Office received reports of 39 weather-related incidents outside of city limits for those three days. 

Wed
27
Dec

Citizen closed Monday

The Dublin Citizen office will be closed Monday for the New Year’s holiday. 

Deadlines for content, advertisements and classifies are pushed back to Tuesday at noon. 

Please have a safe and happy holiday and a happy 2018. 

Wed
27
Dec

Churches send taste of home overseas

Dublin First United Methodist and several area churches came together to help give a taste of Christmas to those serving overseas.

Dublin FUMC was designated as a drop-off point for cookies for the second year as the Central Texas Methodist Conference organized treats for active servicemen and women. 

More than 8,000 boxes of cookies (each containing two dozen) were donated across Central Texas. Dublin pastor Ken Lunsford and Ray Labaume delivered 283 of those boxes to Dyess Air Force Base for shipment.

The boxes included donations from Dublin FUMC, Hamilton, Cisco, Palo Pinto, Stephenville FUMC, Oakdale United Methodist Church, Laurel Street United Methodist and Oglesby.

“The airmen were just as tickled to receive them as we were to give them,” Lunsford said, remarking that he immediately agreed to participate this year when organizer Bob Murchison of Coleman called to ask.

Lunsford said the feedback from last year was very positive.

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