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Wed
18
Jul

Dust from Africa lands in Texas

It’s not often that Central Texas can look outside their window and see Africa, but anyone noticing the hazy summer skies recently has done just that.

Dubbed the Sahara haze by some, dust from Africa has traveled across the Atlantic since the beginning of this month, causing a hazy appearance most noticeable in the morning. 

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth described the conditions Monday by saying, “The combination of the Sahara dust plume ... and pollutants within immediate urban areas is already resulting in hazy conditions across parts of the area.”

These conditions were visible in Erath County that day under the morning sun.

It’s also increasing breathing problems, particularly for older adults and children, as well as those with heart or lung disease. People in these groups are warned to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion under the hazy conditions and triple-digit highs.

Wed
18
Jul

Sowing the seeds of knowledge

Peggy Tolboom and the Prairie Oaks Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists held a well-attended seed workshop Saturday, July 14 at the Dublin Public Library. 

Wed
18
Jul

Transformation Pathway hosts huge benefit sale

Transformation Pathway, Dublin’s CWJC/CMJC ministry, will be hosting a parking lot summer sale at the corner of N. Park and Live Oak on July 27 and July 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All purchases from the thrift store event benefit the ministry’s outreach in teaching life skills.

On July 27, grab bags of clothing will be available for $5. The grab bags will expand the following day to include toys, bedding with linens, belts and baby items. Selected items will be half off including books and games, DVDs, VHS tapes, records, electronics, furniture and other indoor and outdoor items. There will also be deals on Christmas items and decorations.

Wed
18
Jul

Dubliner dies in tragic overpass crash

Tragedy struck Monday night when a single vehicle accident on Highway 6 claimed the life of a Dublin man.

According to a Texas Highway Patrol report, Neal Tompkins, 62, was driving a 1996 Ford F-250 pick-up from DeLeon to Dublin.

At approximately 8 p.m., he reportedly left the roadway for an unknown reason. His vehicle drove off the north side of the road and struck a concrete pillar of the U.S. 67 overpass.

Highway Patrol reported the driver died at the scene and was taken to Harrell Funeral Home.

There were no other passengers or vehicles involved. No other information is available at this time.

Wed
11
Jul

Farmer's Market returns Saturday

The Dublin Farmer’s Market is set for this Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at Wright Historic Park. 

Wed
11
Jul

Help give Bottles for the Brave

The Dublin Citizen, with the generous support of other local businesses, is gathering “Bottles for the Brave,” a drive to collect bottled water for 12 area fire departments that work hard to keep us all safe.
Dry conditions and increased fire and mutual aid calls have severely taxed the resources of our area fire departments. Fast moving fires, intense heat and the weight of protection gear make it imperative that our first responders stay hydrated.  

The drive will commence today.

Tue
03
Jul

Fires fly through Erath

Mere hours after a seven-day burn ban was instituted by Erath County Judge Tab Thompson, plumes of smoke rose into the sky on Highway 377 between Dublin. 

At around 4 p.m. on June 27, grass fires were reported on the hill between Erath County Dairy Sellers and Happy Valley Estates, in the hay field just past Happy Valley and across from the weigh station, in a small patch of grass at the stop sign by St. Mary’s Catholic Church and on the APM Manufacturing property.

Erath County Volunteer Fire Rescue reported on Facebook: “We will probably never know the exact cause, but it was likely started by a passing vehicle dragging a chain or other equipment.”

The first units from Erath and Harbin Fire Department discovered fires moving fast with several structures and vehicles, prompting an “all tone” requesting assistance from any other available department.

Tue
03
Jul

Open House speaks to aspiring aviators

Several kids came out to take part in the open house at the Dublin Municipal Airport (9F0). Speakers such as Coby C. McEntire, chief flight instructor for Nationwide Aviation, LLC, George Niebling, district executive for Boy Scouts of America, Jeff Trice, E-170 captain, Chris Whitfield, projection manager of aviation at H.W. Lochner, Inc., and several others, organized by the Dublin airport Manager Brad Stanford. Kids sat in gyros and built paper airplanes, learning about the whole process, from building planes, to flight preparation to flying the aircraft. 

Tue
03
Jul

Erath's outages mirror nationwide issues

As the summer heat intensifies, customers in the local area and the nation are experiencing outages due to broken equipment.

Locally, cellphone customers are reporting issues with dropped calls or no service through AT&T. A total of 28 negative reviews of the AT&T Stephenville page since June 28 hint at how widespread the issues have been and numerous complaints can be seen on groups such as Erath County Rant and Rave.

The majority of these complaints reference broken towers, and at least one has been going through repairs, as evidenced by a call to Dublin PD for stolen tools from an AT&T tower on Friday.

The number of towers needing repairs seems to differ based on customers, though some have been told as few as one and others as many as five. Earlier callers were told the issues would be fixed by Saturday, but a few recent calls suggest that towers are due to be fixed by today.

Wed
27
Jun

Airport open house is Sunday

The Dublin Airport has an open house set for Saturday, allowing everyone to come and learn about all the exciting careers and advancements in the world of flight. 

The free “come-and-go” event will feature many speakers from different career paths and will kick off a new Aviation Explorers group meeting at the airport. 

The open house will start at 8 a.m., with breakfast available at the airport as Dublin’s taco truck is expected to be on-site.

Topics starting at 9 a.m. include airports, airplanes, airspace and radio. Topics at 10 a.m. include ground operations, flight attendants and airline dispatchers.

Topics at 11:30 a.m. include flight instructors, corporate pilots and commercial pilots followed by a half-hour break with lunch available on-site.

The final topics at 12:30 p.m. will address drones, man-carrying multicopters and electric aircraft.

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