Backpack Buddies invites public to meet, help

Backpack Buddies, an Erath County volunteer group dedicated to fighting child hunger, is inviting the public to an open meeting set tomorrow (June 22) at 11:30 a.m. in the Executive Board Room at the Stephenville ISD Admin office (2566 W. Overhill).

The group is making one of its missions for the coming year to get a stronger presence in Dublin, although they have been serving Dublin children for several years with 50 getting weekend meals to take home during the 2016-17 school year.

“We were providing weekend meals for 270 Erath County children [in the spring],” said volunteer Shelby Slawson, who indicated the need is probably much greater than that. “That’s a fraction of the number of kids on free and reduced lunches."

“There’s always a need for more people,” Slawson said, adding that more volunteers make the workload easier for all volunteers.


Highway 6 repairs to begin

The Texas Department of Transportation reported repairs on SH 6 between Dublin and Hico will begin tomorrow (June 20), weather permitting.


New council OKs cruisers

City Secretary Rhonda Williams swears in council members John Johnson, Lee Jones, Joel Munoz and Tommy Sperry and Mayor David Leatherwood during the regular June meeting

The Dublin City Council approved the purchase of two police cars following the swearing in of recently elected candidates during Monday night’s regular meeting.

Dublin Police Chief Bobby Mendez proposed the purchase of three new vehicles after the council advised him to pursue the matter during the May meeting. Mendez had reported that the department was over budget on vehicle maintenance due to the age of the vehicles.

“I’m even more over budget on vehicle repairs now,” he said Monday night, citing a $1,000 repair bill on one of the PD’s Crown Victorias.

Mendez had options for the purchase of three outfitted Dodge Chargers, both of which would allow the city to defer payments for a full year. His preference was to go with Government Capital and start payments early in March to help bring interest payment down.


Erath escapee goes from jail house to dog house

An Erath County inmate was in a Fort Worth dog house after escaping the jail Friday.

Joshua Allen Daniel, 29, escaped from the jail’s recreation yard, according to the Erath County Sheriff’s office. 

At approximately 4:30 p.m., information was received about the potential escape, prompting a perimeter to be set around the building while all available units (and additional units from Stephenville PD) were dispatched to the jail. 

It was believed he escaped with the assistance of his girlfriend, Tiffany Cehand.

The Special Crimes Unit, consisting of deputies from ECSO and Stephenville PD, were activated and began working leads for the two potential suspects. Their investigation revealed that Cehand and Daniel were together in a light-colored Dodge Charger.


Lion conditioning kicks off

Summer conditioning begins on Monday for Dublin Lion football players. 

The Lions will start their second season competing in one of the toughest 3A districts in the state this fall, so they are working to be fully prepared for the first game. 

Head coach Bob Cervetto said the team voted in the spring for each player to commit to 22 of the 24 UIL-approved summer workouts. 

To make that goal more attainable for the players, Cervetto and his staff are offering two sessions for players to choose from, 8 to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m.

“We know we have some kids who have to work in the morning,” Cervetto said. 

Cervetto also said he distributed the workout calendar to the players before Spring Break so their families could plan accordingly, so he’s hopeful the turnout will be good. 

The team will meet Monday through Thursday starting next week and continue until two-a-days begin on Aug. 7. 


Lingleville approves contracts

The Lingleville ISD School Board hired four teachers during its regular meeting Thursday night.

One-year probationary contracts were extended to FCS teacher Jessica Shawver, Spanish teacher Silvia Tucci, Macy Kaska and Melanie Conger.

Tucci was present at the meeting to introduce herself to the board. Superintendent Curt Haley and Principal Cheryl Hudson reported they were impressed with the Italy native upon first meeting her as she is qualified to teach Spanish, Italian, French and literature. She has recently been doing sub work at Stephenville, teaching Pre-AP and Spanish classes.

The board was also informed of the recent resignations of Karli Walls, Cynthia Velazquez, Troy Sparks and Doug Galyean.


Lightning sparks flames

A fire erupted in downtown Dublin Saturday afternoon, causing several local fire departments to respond before the flames spread to surrounding buildings.

Dublin Fire Marshal Charles Malone has ruled the fire started when lightning  struck the former Furniture Depot Building next to Dublin National Bank. 

This conclusion was reached after the discovery of arcing patterns consistent with a direct strike and an eye witness reported seeing lighting hit an antenna on the building.

The structure is outfitted with a metal roof over a previous tar and gravel top, but Malone said they were able to keep the fire from damaging the roof below.

Since the bank shares a wall with the building, the bank was evacuated as firefighters worked to extinguish the flames. 


Fire hall dedication set during Saturday events

(This is only one of several events set Saturday including the Irish Stampede, Tour de Agua bike ride, Remembering Rodeo Day at the Rodeo Heritage Museum and the Dublin Area Reunion. Check the calendar and this week's special section for a schedule and more information.)

City Hall’s recent renovations will be on display from 10 a.m. to noon for an open house alongside the June 10 festivities, but the highlight will be the dedication of the fire hall at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

The Dublin Volunteer Fire Department was asked to give input into the hall’s rededication and requested it be renamed “Station No. 17” after James Fritts. 

Fritts served as the Dublin fire chief for 34 years and used the call number 17.

The dedication will include the unveiling of the station name, a metal plaque explaining the name’s significance and wording over the meeting room door, dubbing it Fritts Hall. 


City pool now open

Lifeguards Amber James (left to right), Joley Chisolm, Matt Marginean and Trask Brown posed by the Dublin City Pool during Tuesday’s soft opening as they waited for last minute fencing to finish. It is now open for summer with the final day set for Aug. 19.

The Dublin City Pool is ready to make another splash with Jose Aleman returning to manage for another year.

The pool had its soft opening Tuesday and will be open through Aug. 19.

The entrance fee is $1 (free for non-swimmers) with season swim passes set at $60 per person or $130 for a family of four. (Members can be added to the family plan for $30 each.)

Pool hours are from noon to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The pool will once again be available for parties from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Fees are $120 per two-hour block or $240 for four hours. This covers 50 swimmers with two lifeguards. An extra lifeguard may be added for $30 to allow up to 75 swimmers.

Reservations can be made in person at city hall or by calling 445-3331.


Work starts on elementary entry

Barbara Jones, GayLynn Holt, Cedric Ivie and Lisa Weaver took up hammers to help knock down a wall that will be torn down as the front of Dublin Elementary is restructured to have a safer entry way for students and staff. Work started on the project May 31. More information will be provided in the June 8 edition of the Dublin Citizen.


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