DISD top among distinctions

Dublin ISD received several accolades in the 2017 Accountability Report.

It is one of only 58 school districts in the state to earn a distinction designation in postsecondary readiness.

The news was announced Tuesday in a Texas Education Agency release which reported that postsecondary readiness is the only distinction at the district level under state accountability system.

Several factors are evaluated before a district can receive the honor including graduation rates, ACT/SAT participation and performance, career and technical education graduates and dual-credit course completion rates.

The report also revealed in an increase in campus recognitions. In 2016, DISD earned 8 of the 20 possible distinctions with Dublin Elementary and Dublin Intermediate each receiving four. The new report indicated Dublin had earned 13 of the possible 20 including the district designation.


Cindy back at work

Cindy, Dublin PD’s resident K-9 officer, is back on duty following a two-week training course in Liberty Hill near Austin.

Cindy originally came to the department in October of last year but has been unable to work after her handler left.

As her new partner and handler, Police Chief Bobby Mendez said the pair practiced a variety of searches, including vehicles, building and lockers. 

On the final day, the teams had to correctly identify five hides and one blank area in a training course.

“It’s either 100 percent or nothing at all,” Mendez said, confirming that he and Cindy were able to identify everything.

Mendez is no stranger to working with a K-9 unit as he handled the city’s previous K-9 officer, Regan. He said the biggest differences with a K-9 officer is being cautious when driving (Cindy has a platform in the backseat) and just being aware of the dog’s needs (like keeping a jug of water so she doesn’t overheat).


Lingleville homecoming is Aug. 19

The Lingleville Homecoming and class reunions will be held on Aug. 19 at the Roberson Center during the afternoon. 

The Lingleville Volunteer Fire Department will be furnishing a fish fry beginning at 6 p.m. 

Donations will be accepted to help cover the cost.  


Meet The Lions is Aug. 9

Dublin High School will announce its 2017-18 athletes at the annual Meet the Lions night in the Roy and Lynn Neff Gymnasium on Friday at 7 p.m.

The event gives the community a chance to see which athletes they will be cheering for this season. 

It also gives the athletes their first taste of community support, to get them excited to compete in upcoming games and meets. 


Peach & Melon Festival returns Aug. 8 - Aug. 12

Since 1914, DeLeon has been hosting a festival to celebrate the town heritage and its history with peaches and watermelons, and this year promises to be just as exciting as years past.

The 103rd annual Peach & Melon Festival will kick off on Tuesday with the annual pageant. Judges will meet contestants for the Queen Candidates Tea at the DeLeon Study Club at 3 p.m.

The official pageantry will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the festival stage with the selection of Little Miss DeLeon leading up to the selection of the Queen at 9:30 p.m.

The celebration continues on Wednesday with an event fit for any harvest celebration as 4-H students will compete in a cake contest at 11 a.m. at the festival stage, followed by peach desserts competition at noon and a fruit contest at 1 p.m. 

At 7 p.m., downtown DeLeon will be lined with onlookers for the annual street parade. 


Principal Owen exits, Schneider and Lisso shift

High School Principal Keith Owen has taken a position elsewhere, Dublin ISD reported Wednesday, causing a principal shuffle as the new school year nears. 

Intermediate Principal Chesta Schneider will move into Owen’s position as the new high school principal.

Intermediate Vice Principal Amanda Lisso, a Dublin graduate, will move into Schneider’s position as the new intermediate principal. 

Superintendent Rodney Schneider said the district is currently seeking a replacement for Lisso’s position as intermediate assistant principal. 

Schneider noted three of the four principals — Lisso, Junior High Principal Norma Briseno and Elementary Principal Lisa Weaver — are Dublin graduates.

“We’ve worked hard to build success by tapping into the resources of the community, including it’s people,” Schneider said. 

Owen and his family will move to Linden-Kildare ISD in Linden, Texas, near the Louisiana border.


Taylor awarded at State FFA convention

Madison Taylor, of the Dublin FFA Chapter, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship, sponsored by the Richard Wallrath Scholarship Foundation, and the Lone Star Degree at the 89th annual Texas FFA Convention in Corpus Christi.

Madison was awarded the scholarship for her qualifications in academic achievement, leadership, SAE, FFA involvement, financial need and personal interview. 

The Lone Star FFA Degree is the highest degree bestowed by the Texas FFA.


LHS grads get FFA state degrees

Bailey Fenn and Natalie Koke, of the Lingleville FFA Chapter, were awarded the Lone Star FFA Degree in at the 89th annual Texas FFA Convention in CorpusChristi.

The Lone Star FFA Degree is the highest degree bestowed by the Texas FFA.

The Lone Star FFA Degree recognizes FFA members who have received the Chapter degree, been active FFA members for at least two years, completed at least four semesters of agricultural science at or above the ninth grade
level, maintained a supervised agricultural experience program, demonstrated their leadership skills and have shown a commitment to the FFA through involvement at the chapter level and above.

Fenn and Koke were two of more than 2,400 FFA members to receive this esteemed degree.

The 89th annual Texas FFA Convention recorded approximately 12,000 members and guests.


Dublin inmate dies in dialysis

An Erath County Jail inmate from Dublin died during routine dialysis treatment Saturday, the Erath County Sheriff’s Department reported in a news release. 

John R. Ingle, 57, of Dublin, was taken to a Granbury dialysis clinic Saturday for routine treatment. During the treatment, the sheriff’s department reports he “had medical complications” and EMS responded. 

Hood County Justice Judge Howell of Peace Precinct 1 pronounced him dead. 

The cause of death is still under investigation by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

“The Texas Rangers are investigating the death as standard protocol,” the release said. 

Erath County investigators and Granbury Police responded to the scene. 

Ingle was released to Wiley’s Funeral Home. 

“Texas Rangers arrested Ingle on felony charges for offenses in 2015,” the release said. “He was awaiting trial on those charges at the time of his death.”


Dublin in fight for CDBG

Dublin is represented in a bipartisan appeal to President Donald Trump in relation to his proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grant Program.

CDBG is one of the longest continuously run programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that seeks to provide communities with resources to address a range of unique community development needs.

Dublin has benefitted from the program several times in the past (the earliest in 1986) as the grants helped with items such as infrastructure and comprehensive plans.

Dublin Mayor David Leatherwood and City Manager Nancy Wooldridge sent letters of support for the program to the governor, lieutenant governor and other state representatives in hopes that the officials will join those fighting to keep the program alive.

Recently, more than 350 mayors from around the country marched on Washington on July 12 calling on Congress to reject the plan to disband the program. 


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