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Visitors and Newcomers Guide Covering Stephenville and surrounding areas

A product of the Stephenville Empire-Tribune




Stephenville, Dublin and surrounding areas

ABOUT US Our FYI guide is an annual publication of the Stephenville Empire-Tribune with editorial assistance from the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce, Stephenville Tourism and Visitors Bureau and Dublin Chamber of Commerce. Stephenville Empire-Tribune. 590 E. South Loop Stephenville, TX 76401 254-965-3124 www.yourstephenvilletx.com

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Table of Contents Welcome to Stephenville........................................................................4 Annual Events........................................................................................5 Museums.................................................................................................6 Apartments.............................................................................................8 Best of Erath...........................................................................................9 Dairy.....................................................................................................12 Demographics......................................................................................15 Area Clubs............................................................................................17 Worship.................................................................................................20 Moo-La-Fest.........................................................................................22 RV Parks...............................................................................................23 Lodging.................................................................................................25 Social Services......................................................................................27 Dining Guide........................................................................................31 Real Estate Guide.................................................................................34 Experience LJT.....................................................................................35 City Officials.........................................................................................36 Area Attractions...................................................................................38 Stephenville History.............................................................................39 Cowboy Capital....................................................................................41 Education..............................................................................................42 Relocation Services..............................................................................48 Get Connected......................................................................................49 Rental Properties..................................................................................50 Child Care............................................................................................51 Dublin...................................................................................................52

Welcome to STEPHENVILLE Whether you are just visiting for a few days or planning to plant your feet here for a lifetime, the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to our great town and hopes your experience here is enjoyable! Known as the ‘Cowboy Capital of the World’ and the ‘City of Champions’, Stephenville takes pride in having residents who are warm, inviting and gracious, combining a strong work ethic with a giving heart. While most July Danley noted for being home to more professional President/CEO cowboys and cowgirls than any other place in the world, our community also boasts many other unique qualities. Agriculture is the leading industry, with Erath County ranking in the Top 3 counties for milk production in the state. In addition to farmers and ranchers, Fortune 500 companies along with family-owned businesses thrive in Stephenville as they draw from our strong workforce, educational opportunities, and family-oriented atmosphere. Tarleton State University, a part of the Texas A&M University System, is known far and wide for creating a culture of excellence in both academic and athletic programs. Erath County is also served by Ranger College, offering a variety of continuing education and workforce training for students of all ages. Our community strongly believes that investing in our youth is a wise and worthwhile endeavor. Families seeking a positive place to raise kids will find an excellent school system, service clubs dedicated to youth projects, numerous sports leagues, and family fun events at parks, museums and churches throughout the year. Stephenville is a special place that reflects pride in the community’s rich heritage and commitment to the future. We hope you enjoy your time here and feel confident you will soon see why Stephenville has been listed as one of ‘The 100 Best Small Towns in America!’

Located in the Historic Crow Opera House On the Downtown Square

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ANNUAL EVENTS •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• January



• Knights of Columbus Soccer Tournament • Junior Livestock Show, Sale & Youth Fair • Oxford House “Soup to Go” Fundraiser

• Better Beginnings Benefit • City of Champions Shootout Soccer Tournament • Cinco de Mayo X-Treme Team Roping • Cowboy Capital Classic USTRC Regional Team Roping • Cowboy Capital MS Trail Ride • National Day of Prayer • Optimist Club Auction • Relay for Life • Texas Steak Cook-Off & Wine Festival in Hico

• Cowboy Capital of the World Pro Rodeo • Rodeo Heritage Week Festivities • Rhymes & Vines Music Festival

February • Chamber Banquet & Auction • Central Texas Wedding Expo • Ultra Club Big Band Dance • World Series of Team Roping Qualifier

March • American Bucking Bull Spring Fling • Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Celebration • Downtown Farmers Market (Mar-Nov) • Foster’s Home for Children Charity Auction • Harbin VFD Fish Fry Fundraiser • Runnin’ on Faith 5K & Craft Show • Tarleton Invitational FFA Contests • Tarleton Round Up Community Cleanup Day • Zonta Club Penny Auction

April • Antique Tractor Show • Bruner Auto Family Classic Car Show • Larry Joe Taylor’s Texas Music Festival • mEGGa Hunt • Native & Heirloom Plant Fair • Upland Bird Extravaganza • Tarleton Outdoors / Fish Day in the Park • Tarleton State University Stampede Rodeo

June • Best of Erath Awards Celebration • Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council Membership BBQ • Keep Stephenville Beautiful Garden Tour • Texstar Ford Summer Nights Concert Series • Tour de Agua: Ride for The Change

July • 4th of July Parade, Concert & Fireworks • BBQ, Bands and Bottle Rockets on the Bosque • Texstar Ford Summer Nights Concert Series • World Series of Team Roping Qualifier • X-Treme Team Roping Summer Blast

August • Community Health Fair • De Leon Peach & Melon Festival • Erath County United Way Fish Fry • Handsome Hunks of Erath County • Harbin VFD BBQ Fundraiser • Texstar Ford Summer Nights Concert Series


October • By-Gone Days on the Bosque • Choices Life Resource Center Annual Banquet & Auction • Lions Club Halloween Half Marathon, 10K and 5K • Stephenville Chamber New Educator Breakfast • Sundown on the Square • Tarleton Homecoming Parade & Festivities • TASTE of Erath County • Safe Trick ‘R Treat

November • Big Brothers Big Sisters Dancing for the Stars • Jingle Bell Classic Team Roping • Morgan Mill Community-Wide Thanksgiving Meal • SPARD / Zonta Club Arts, Crafts & Gift Show • Texas State Championship Sheep Dog Trial

December • Dublin Lighted Jingle Bell Parade • Holly Jolly Christmas Festival • Tarleton Arts & Crafts Holiday Showcase • Tis the Season Holiday Extravaganza

Stephenville offers an abundance of things to enjoy

Julie Crouch Smith Stephenville Tourism and Visitors Bureau

As the other live music capital of Texas, we are located between the east and west coasts, and under two hours from a major international airport. A 19th century political figure once said, “Music is the medicine of the mind.” It is no wonder why tens of thousands of visitors flock to our amazing indoor and outdoor music venues each year to enjoy the benefits of this tonic. We are indeed proud to be home to the Cowboy Capital of the World Pro-Rodeo. Where thousands of spectators gather each year to enjoy the best of this sport, and the last competition before the finals in Las Vegas. We are also home to a rich ranching and rodeo heritage of legendary men and women who shaped this sport into what it is today.

More cowboys per capita choose Stephenville as their home than any other city in the country. Recently included in the National Register of Historic Places, our downtown historic district contains over 22 full city blocks surrounding the 1892 Erath County Courthouse. Our remarkable downtown square boasts streets paved with Thurber bricks during the 1920s. Filled with a variety of shops and restaurants, this notable destination is a year-round delight. Known as the City of Champions, Stephenville regularly excels in athletic and academic achievements. National and state championships prevail at Stephenville ISD and at Tarleton State University, which is part of the Texas A&M System. We are also home to a satellite campus of Ranger College, one of the fasted growing two-year colleges in the nation. Last spring, Ranger College graduated the largest class in their 92-year history here. Thank you for visiting Stephenville. Enjoy our famous chicken fried steaks and BBQ and shop at our one of a kind boutiques and antiques to delight any shopper from cowboy hats to that perfect gift. With our picturesque Bosque River Trail, Splashville and City Parks, see for yourself why Stephenville has been listed among “The 100 Best Small Towns in America.”


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Museums bring

Erath County history to life

STEPHENVILLE Stephenville Museum

In historic Erath County, the Stephenville Museum is dedicated to collecting and preserving historical artifacts and structures and educating the public about the history of Stephenville and the surrounding area. The museum grounds have 10 nineteenth century structures furnished with period furniture and artifacts. The Chapel on the Bosque and the museum ground are available for indoor and outdoor special events. The museum hosts two free events on the grounds each year. By Gone Days on the Bosque takes place on the second Saturday in October and the Native and Heirloom Plant Fair is held in April. The Museum is located at 525 E. Washington street. For more information call 254-965-880.

Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council River North Gallery The goal of the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council is to enrich and enhance the artistic environment of the Cross Timbers Area and make cultural activities accessible to all citizens. The arts come alive through the many events hosted throughout the year, including monthly art exhibits, ballet performances, concerts and more. CTFAC programs include music, theater, dance and art. The arts council also sponsors children’s theater, youth concerts, art camps and public art education programs in its eight-county service area. The River North Gallery is located at 204 River North Blvd. For more information, visit www.ctfac. com or call 254-965-6190.

DUBLIN Ben Hogan Museum This is the first and only museum honoring legendary pro-golfer Ben Hogan and features rare and unique artifacts from Hogan’s youth and career. A Dublin Native, Hogan first picked up a golf club at a very young age and even fashioned his own golf clubs at the Dublin blacksmith shop where he worked. The museum has received the endorsement and support from the Hogan Foundation in Fort Worth and the Hogan family. For more information, call 254-445-4466, stop by the museum at 121 E. Blackjack or visit benhoganmuseum.org.

Dublin Historical Museum It is at the Dublin Historical Museum where the people’s story is told from farmers, doctors, lawyers, homemakers, preachers, teachers and more. The museum features thousands of ordinary - and extraordinary - artifacts that tell the stories of Dubliners. A docent will provide a guided tour or you

can browse at your own pace. The museum is located at 116 W. Blackjack Street in Dublin and is open 1-5 p.m. daily. For more information, call 254-445-4550.

Dublin Rodeo Heritage Museum This museum is filled with memorabilia from the heyday of Everett Colborn, producer of the world-famous Dublin Rodeo. Also on exhibit are artifacts from world champion cowboys Harry Tompkins, Ty Murray and others. There is a special exhibit that spotlights the first sanctioned event of the National Cutting Horse Association which was held in Dublin. The Dublin Rodeo Heritage Museum is open afternoons Monday - Saturday. The museum and gift shop are located at 118 W. Blackjack Street in Dublin. For more information, 254-445-0200.

Old Docs Soda Shop At Old Docs Soda Shop and W.P. “Bill” Kloster Museum, Annex stroll up to the beautifully restored soda fountain and experience an array of soft drinks made the old-fashioned way - with pure cane sugar - at Dublin Bottling Works. Tours of the bottling area give visitors an up-close look at how soft drinks are produced still using the 1920s era equipment. The museum also features a gift shop located inside Old Doc’s Soda Shop. The new W.P. “Bill” Kloster Museum Annex is located across the street from the bottling plant and will house more of the collections, including a recreation of Billie Kolster’s office with floor-to-ceiling Dr Pepper artifacts. The museum and soda shop are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 888-398-1024 or visit dublinbottlingworks.com.

Gordon Center The W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, a research facility of Tarleton State University, is a combined museum and special collections library. Located at the site of the Thurber ghost town, its interactive exhibits explore the birth and death of a company town.

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Billy the Kid Museum

arrested for the first time at 16 for stealing food. He was accused of murdering a blacksmith in Arizona Territory in 1877. He spent most of his latter years in the territory that eventually became the state of New Mexico. New Mexico didn’t become the 47th state until Jan. 6, 1912. The consensus seems to be that Billy the Kid died at age 21 on July 14, 1881 in the town of Fort Sumner in New Mexico Territory, shot dead by Garrett. The sheriff was hoping to collect a $500 bounty — but never did because the body was quickly buried and he had no proof to show. ‘BRUSHY BILL’

The 2014 book, “Billy the Kid: An Autobiography” by Daniel A. Edwards, tells the story of how former Hico resident William H. “Brushy Bill” Roberts came to have his picture taken “alongside his own grave.” That man, Edwards concluded, was the infamous wild West character Billy the Kid. The gravesite was 84 miles west of what is now Roswell, New Mexico — where legend has it that he had been killed by sheriff-turned-bounty-hunter Pat Garrett. Edwards, 46, is a researcher and publisher who lives in a suburb of Philadelphia. He began researching Billy the Kid and "Brushy Bill" in early 2014. “If Brushy Bill was not Billy the Kid, he must have been at the Kid’s elbow when some of these things happened,” Edwards wrote in his book. Billy the Kid may not have been the cold-blooded, murdering gunslinger recorded in history books. Some believe he may have been more of a product of his times — perhaps a victim of the lawless frontier world where he lived. The passage of time, along with blurred lines between the “good guys” and “bad guys,” may have contributed to the conflicting stories about cattle ranchers, lawmen and real-life cowboys in the old West. Most historical accounts describe Billy the Kid as an outlaw, accused by some of killing more than 20 people. One source claims the number of people who actually died from “lead poisoning” (old West slang for being shot) after crossing paths with the Kid may have been “only” four. Billy the Kid, aka William Bonney, aka William Henry Roberts, had a rough start in life and became an orphan at age 14. He reportedly was

But a man known as “Brushy Bill” Roberts, told the story before he died in December 1950 that he was actually Billy the Kid. Brushy Bill was 90 — three days shy of turning 91. His wife, Lizzie, had him buried at a cemetery on the north side of Hamilton. The Brushy Bill story led to the opening of the popular Billy the Kid Museum, on North Pecan Street in downtown Hico in 1987. Sue Land, director of the Billy the Kid Museum, said she wasn’t really a believer in the Brushy Bill claim until she read Edwards’ book. Now her doubts are gone, and she is confident that Brushy Bill was Billy the Kid. “The man Pat Garrett killed had black hair and was dark-complected, and a black beard. Billy couldn’t grow a beard,” said Land, who at first had worked at the museum but took over as director in 2009 to prevent it from shutting down. “He had fair skin and light-brown hair.” Land said that after Garrett shot the man in Fort Sumner, a deputy sheriff rolled over the body and told Garrett it was not Billy the Kid. That scene was also witnessed by a U.S. Marshal who filed notice of it, according to Land. “Nobody questioned the newspaper description,” Land said. “The grave in Fort Sumner has no body.” Land said that it wasn’t the first time Garrett had failed in his attempt to get Billy. The legendary Kid — who had escaped from jail several times — was in Fort Sumner at the time Garrett was, but slipped away. Land said Billy went to Mexico for about three years, then lived in Texas for three years. She said at one point Billy even worked in law enforcement, using his cowboy skills to hunt down horse rustlers. CULTURAL REFERENCES The interest in Billy the Kid’s legend has remained high, with his name sometimes mentioned in the same breath as other infamous gunslingers — Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok, John Wesley Hardin, Sam Bass and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Several movies have been made about the Kid’s legend, including four titled “Billy the Kid” (in 1911, 1930, 1941 and 1989). Two of the most fa-


mous and more recent were “Young Guns” (part I and II) and “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.” One source claims there have been more than 50 movies that included a Billy the Kid character. Young Guns I and II were both based around the Lincoln County War, a clash between rival frontier groups that began in 1878 in New Mexico Territory. BILLY TALKS Jesse Evans, a childhood friend of Billy, told a lawyer who was working on a property claim case in Florida that he and Billy the Kid were two of the three surviving combatants from the Lincoln County War. Edwards wrote that Morrison contacted the then 90-year-old Billy to interview him, he was “reluctant to share his story, especially since he was technically still wanted and condemned to hang for the murder of Sheriff William Brady, a crime he claimed he didn’t commit.” But, Edwards wrote, Billy “decided it was more important to make an attempt to secure the pardon that he was promised more than seventy years earlier than it was to remain a fugitive outlaw hiding in the shadows.” Sue Land, the museum’s director, said Billy decided to talk to Morrison so he could help him get the pardon he had long wanted. “He said, ‘You’ve got to promise me I won’t go to jail, and I want my pardon,'” Land said. “I can’t see why a 90-year-old with a bad heart would stand up and say he was a wanted killer, and was facing going back to jail the rest of his life.” Land said the museum gets visitors from all over the world. One of them, from the United Kingdom, told her why he was so interested in learning more about Billy the Kid’s legend. HICO A statue of Billy the Kid is planted in the median of Pecan Street in downtown Hico. The plaque below the statue states: “Ollie L. ‘Brushy Bill’ Roberts, alias Billy the Kid, died in Hico, Texas on December 27, 1950. He spent the last days of his life trying to prove to the world his true identity and obtain the pardon promised him by the governor of the state of New Mexico. We believe his story and pray to God for the forgiveness he solemnly asked for.” Hico had its first Billy the Kid Film Festival in 2015, and plans are in the works to bring it back this fall. Phillip Vasquez, a Stephenville attorney who lives with wife Lucy on a ranch near Hico, has been planning the last two years for the re-launch of the festival, Nov. 1-2. The original festival featured films about the old West and its gunslinger legacy. This year entries will be open to films that include a general “outlaw” theme, Vasquez said. The museum is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Fore more information call 254-796-2523 or visit billythekidmuseum.com.

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* 3D Bunkhouse & Arena, LLC

(254) 918-0127 2825 W. Frey Street Stephenville, TX 76401 www.groveatstephenville.com

(254) 977-2492 2800 N. 377 – Bunkhouse Rd. Stephenville, TX 76401 www.3dbunkhouse.com

* Bluebonnet Place Apartments

* Bosque River Apartments

* Lillian Street Townhomes

The Rustic Stephenville

Linda Lane Apartments

* Stephenville Apartments (7 property locations)

(254) 485-6188 1410 W. Long St. Stephenville, TX 76401

(254) 968-8500 949 S. Lillian St. Stephenville, TX 76401 www.stephenville apartments.com

(254) 968-4667 108 Linda Ln. Stephenville, TX 76401

(254) 968-3000 200 Bosque Ln. Stephenville, TX 76401 www.bosqueriverapartments.com

Meridian Senior Living

Bunker Hill Senior Village (254) 968-0032 1801 W. Lingleville Rd. Stephenville, TX 76401 www.apartments.com/bunker-hill-seniorvillage-stephenville-tx

(254) 968-5229 2305 W. Lingleville Rd. Stephenville, TX 76401 www.meridiansenior.com/oakwood

* Stephenville Crossing (age 62+) (254) 965-6964 1300 W. Hyman Street Stephenville, TX 76401

* Mustang Ranch (254) 965-2820 2820 W. Frey St. Stephenville, TX 76401 www.mustangranchliving.com

Capital Senior Living- Good Tree (254) 965-9897 2010 Good Tree Stephenville, TX 76401 www.goodtreeretirement.com

* Stephenville Realty

* NewLife Alliance (Riverwalk Townhomes)

* Creekside Townhomes

* Erath Capital Investments, LLC

(254) 968-2443 1003 W. Sloan St. Stephenville, TX 76401

(817) 932-3543 701 S Lillian Street Stephenville, TX 76401 www.lillianstreettownhomes.com

(254) 968-5343 100 W. Bluebonnet St. Stephenville, TX 76401 www.bluebonnetapartments.com

(254) 965-7368 1000 E. Lingleville Rd. Stephenville, TX 76401 www.creekside.rentals

* Park Place Apartments

* The Grove

(254) 965-1055 1001 E. Washington St. Stephenville, TX 76401 www.newlife-alliance.org

Oak Tree East (254) 965-9800 1650 W. Lingleville Rd Stephenville, TX 76401

(254) 592-2759 www.myerathhomes.com

(254) 413-5498 1901 W. Washington Stephenville, TX 76401 www.stephenvillerealty.net

* Trafalgar Homes (254) 968-1005 1690 W. Lingleville Rd. Stephenville, TX 76401 www.trafalgarhomestx.com

Trinity Apartments (254) 968-2325 1431 W. Hyman St. Stephenville, TX 76401

* Active Stephenville Chamber of Commerce Members




Downtown • Stephenville



David Tomlinson - Funeral Director




BEST OF 2019 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

2019 Best of Erath Winners

Antique Store....377 Marketplace Kids Clothing....4 Kids Only Doughnuts....7 Day Donut Bails Bondsman....A-1 Bail Bonds Self Storage....A+ Mini Storage Locksmith....Acme Lock & Key Minor Emergency/Walk In Clinic....Affordacare Urgent Care Clinic Pest Control....Allstar Pest Professionals Convenience Store/Gas Station....Allsup’s Convenience Store DJ/Radio Personality....Amauri Martinez Tire Center....Andy’s Tire Service Veterinarian....Animal Health & Medical Center Equine Veterinarian....Animal Health and Medical Center Tattoo Parlor....Artistic Realm Tattoos Well Services....Associated Well Services, Inc. Pet Groomer....Aunt Jan - Green’s Creek Veterinary Hospital Auto Glass Repair....Auto Glass Magic Window Tint....Auto Glass Magic Non Profit/Charity....Backpack Buddies of Erath County Health Food Store....Barefoot Market Cleaning/Janitorial Company....Baxter Chemical & Janitorial Supply Coffee Shop....Beans & Franks Bakery....Big O’s Simply Delicious Salads....Big O’s Simply Delicious Sandwich Shop....Big O’s Simply Delicious Service....Big O’s Simply Delicious Lawn Equipment....Bill’s Outdoor Supply Boutique....Blue Flamingo Studio Women’s Clothing....Blue Flamingo Studio Tax Services....Boucher, Morgan & Young a PC Agricultural Services....Bramlett Implement, Inc. Implement Company ....Bramlett Implement, Inc. Hair Salon ....Branded Beauty Bar Spa/Medical Spa....Branded Beauty Bar Teacher....Brittany Magin - Chamberlin Elementary Pizza....Caam’s Western Hats....Capital Hatters Margarita....Casa Azteca Mexican Bar & Grill Chicken....Chicken Express Family Amusement....Cinemark Cinema 6 Taxidermy....Clay’s Deer Processing Insurance Agent....Clayton Iley - Texas Legacy Insurance Group Firefighter ....Cody Wells - Stephenville Fire Department Audiologist/Hearing Aid Center ....Connect Hearing Catfish....Cotton Patch Cafe Local Musician....Courtney Patton Title Company....Cross Timbers Title Ice Cream....Dairy Queen Floor Covering....Danny’s Flooring & Interiors Loan Officer....David Baskett - Citizens National Bank Satellite/Cable Provider....DirecTV Heating & A/C Service....Doctor Air AC & Heating Hot Sauce....Don Nico’s Mexican Restaurant Mexican Food....Don Nico’s Mexican Restaurant Personal Trainer....Donny Hill - Anytime Fitness Hardware Store....Dowell Hardware Home Improvement Store....Dowell Hardware Dentist....Dr. Clark Giddings, DDS Optometrist....Dr. David Moore, OD Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon....Dr. James Fowler - Pure Image Chiropractor....Dr. Jerry Nance - Nance Chiropractic Physician....Dr. Kelly Doggett Surgeon....Dr. Kevin Vanden Berge


Place to Work - Small Business....Dublin Bottling Works Ambulance/Medical Flight....Erath County EMS Bank/Credit Union....First Financial Bank Mortgage Lender....First Financial Bank Personal Loan Services....First Financial Bank Investment Firm....First Financial Trust and Asset Management Company Industrial....FMC Technologies Taco....Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Fencing Contractor....Gary Boase - Boase Fence Company Food Truck....Gary Joe’s Appliance Repair....Gifford’s TV & Electronics Appliance Store....Gifford’s TV & Electronics Home Electronics Store....Gifford’s TV & Electronics Asian Food....Golden China Countertops....Granite Solutions Pet Grooming....Green’s Creek Veterinary Hospital Country Cooking....Greer’s Ranch Cafe Diner....Greer’s Ranch Cafe Burger....Grumps Burgers French Fries....Grumps Burgers Hotel....Hampton Inn BBQ....Hard Eight Pit BBQ Caterer....Hard Eight Pit BBQ Steakhouse....Hard Eight Pit BBQ Real Estate Company....Hayden Real Estate Pharmacy/Drug Store....HEB Grocery Store/Supermarket....HEB Produce....HEB Home Inspection....Huckabee Inspection Group Auto Repair- Independent....Hunter Body Works Plumbing....IronHorse Mechanical & Plumbing Services Law Enforcement Officer....Jeffery “Chili” Alexander - Tarleton Police Dept. Vape/Tobacco Shop....JJ’s Cowboy Tobacco Nurse....Jody Fain - Central Elementary Auto Body/Collision....Justin’s Collision Center Home Contractor/Repair/Remodeling....Kenneth Howell Construction Photographer....Kimmie McKinney Photography Radio Station....KSTV The Mighty 93.1 Real Estate Agent....Larinda Ray Attorney/Law Firm....Law Offices of Brady Pendleton Dessert....Lida’s Food Basket Garden Store/Nursery....LittleJohn Produce and Nursery Lawn Care Company....Lovell Lawn & Landscapes Tree Surgeon....Lovell Lawn & Landscapes Winery/Wine Bar....Lucky Vines Vineyard & Winery Nail Salon....LUX Nail & Spa Meat Market....Mac’s Meat and Seafood Market, LLC Physical Therapist....Mark Blackburn, PT, DPT Person of the Year....Matt Coates - Erath County Sheriff’s Office Windows....McCoy’s Building Supply Therapeutic Massage....Megan Gooch Tuggle Appetizer....Montana Restaurant Apartment Complex....Mustang Ranch Apartments Internet Service Provider....NextLink Consignment Shop....Not Too Shabby Day Care....Nurture N’ Nature Auto Accessories....O’Reilly Auto Parts Auto Parts....O’Reilly Auto Parts Senior Living....Oakwood Assissted Living Towing Company....Parham’s Garage & Wrecker Place to Dine....Pastafina Italian Ristorante Breakfast....Peacock’s Restaurant Employment/Staffing Agency....Personnel Services Customer Service....Pet Supplies Plus Pet Supplies....Pet Supplies Plus Fitness Center/Gym....Planet Fitness Carpet Cleaning Company....Pro Carpet Care Printing....Quality Printing Oil Change....Quick Lane at Texstar Ford Lincoln

BEST OF 2019 10 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Counselor/Therapist....Rhonda Evans, LMSW, LCDC, C.A.R.T, QSAP, EMDR - Lovell Counseling Services Welding/Fabrication....Riggs Laundromat....Riverwalk Laundry Home Builder....Rocky Creek Builders Electrician....Rutledge Electric Bar Tender....Rylan Cox, The Twist Men’s Clothing....Saddle Rags-The Western Store Western Wear....Saddle Rags-The Western Store Car Salesman....Sam Byrd - Texastar Ford Lincoln Florist....Scott’s Flowers on the Square Computer/IT Solutions Company....Skinny’s Repair Shop Roofing Company....Slawson Roofing Garage Doors/Exterior Doors....Smith Garage Doors Hair Dresser/Barber....Sonia Mathis - Woodrow’s Barber Shop Happy Hour....Sonic Drive-In Pawn Shop....South Loop Pawn Physical Therapy Company....Sports Rehab & Physical Therapy Firearms Training....Star Arms Sporting Goods/Gun Store....Star Arms Home Health....Stephen’s Home Health Campground/RV Park....Stephenville City Park Funeral Home....Stephenville Funeral Home Accountant....Sueann Porter, CPA, PLLC Jewelry Store....Swindle’s Jewelry Tanning Salon....Tahiti Tan

Laboratory Services....Tanglewood Medical Supplies Medical Supply....Tanglewood Pharmacy Place to Work - Large Business....Tarleton State University Dry Cleaner....Texan Cleaners Insurance Firm....Texas Legacy Insurance Group Portable Building....Texas Quality Structure Auto Dealer....Texstar Ford Lincoln Car Wash/Auto Detailing....The Car Wash at Bruner’s Feed & Seed Supply....The Hay & Feed Ranch Gift Store....The Home Place Event Venue....The N at Hardway Ranch Carry Out....The Pizza Place Place to Have a Cold Beer....The Purple Goat Dairy Services....Thomson Services Siding Company....Thurman Roofing & Construction Place to Worship....Timber Ridge Church Dirt Work/Excavation....Tuggle Trucking & Dirt Work Bar....Twisted J Place to listen to Live Music....Twisted J Live Concrete/Rock Company....US Sand & Gravel Paving....US Sand & Gravel Unique Business....Veldhuizen Cheese Shop Dairy....Veldhuizen Family Farm Milkshake....Waggoner’s Burger Joint Industrial Transport....Western Dairy Transport Seafood....Wilfong’s Cajun Shack and Oyster Bar Wings....Wingstop Furniture....Woods Furniture & Mattress Gallery Mattress Store....Woods Furniture & Mattress Gallery Yoga Studio....Yogi Fit


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DAIRY 12 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Dairy Industry of

Erath County

DAIRY ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• By: Ashley Inge

An interesting and unique fact about Erath County is its dairy production. Erath County has always had a dairy presence but it wasn’t until the 90s when the county really evolved. “We had a lot of migration of dairymen to this area from other states like California, Arizona and then we had a pretty large Dutch migration here to dairy and that’s when Erath County really blew up and become the number one dairy county,” said Executive Director of the Texas Association of Dairymen (TAD) Darren Turley. Erath County was the number one dairy county for several years and had the most milk production in the state. “All across the county we got some attention because it was the hot place to get dairy,” Turley said. In all of Texas, there are 375 dairies with an estimated 539,000 cows.


For Erath County, there is a total of 52 dairy producers, over 93 million pounds of milk, over 10 million gallons of milk and 44,476 cows according to information from November 2018 that was obtained from the Texas Association of Dairymen website. There is even a statue of Moo-La, the famous mascot recognizing Erath County’s dairy industry, on the top of the courthouse square that was erected on Sept. 23, 1972. Although Erath County is no longer the number one dairy county in the state, it still one of the largest dairy counties in the nation and is still extremely large in the state of Texas. “This region, Dublin, Stephenville and Comanche, we’re about 10 to 11 percent of the state’s milk production... We’re still a very significant area of production,” Turley said.

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Local family strives in the cheesemaking business

By Ashley Inge

The Erath County dairy business has been booming for quite some time but one family in particular produces and distributes something a little bit different than milk: cheese. Stuart and Connie Veldhuizen moved from Minnesota to Erath County in 1990 to start their own dairy business. However, they noticed a steady decline in the dairy industry and eventually came up with the idea to produce and sell cheese in 2002. “Traditional dairying wasn’t going well at that time and we were looking at what else we could do. We were looking for something to add value in the dairy business,” Connie said. “We had the facilities here and what else could we do with this dairy besides just selling milk? And so we just looked into options and cheesemaking came to mind.”
 Although dairying has been in Stuart’s family for generations, he’s the first of his family to get into the cheesemaking business and it’s definitely served him and his family well. Three of Connie and Stuart’s seven children help

them with the business. The Veldhuizen family owns 180 acres of land with 50 cows, a store where the cheese is produced and sold, and two aging facilities.
 “We actually milk the cows here and make the cheese so this makes us a farmstead operation,” Connie said. “Not all cheesemakers do that. Some buy their milk and then make the cheese, but we do it all.”

Connie said she starts off making cheese by first milking the cows, then they fill up their milk tank and then they move the milk over to the vat which contains 300 gallons of milk. They heat the milk up slightly to about 89 degrees and then add cultures, which are added to help control the ripening process of the milk. “There are different cultures depending on the type of cheeses you make. Most of our cheeses use just a couple cultures,” she said. They then add rennin which is used to coagulate the milk and what makes the milk thick. They let it set up for about an hour and then they start stirring. “It will then start to curd and get smaller and smaller until it’s about the size of cottage cheese curd and then we drain off our whey so they’re separated,” Connie said. 
Once the process is

completed, the cheese is stored in one of the two aging facilities that are kept at 54 degrees on the Veldhuizen farm.
 The youngest Veldhuizen son, Eli, said that in their aging room, they have about 6,000 wheels of cheese and that when the cheese is brought into the facility, it receives a thick wax coating on the outside. After that, each wheel of cheese is flipped on its shelf twice a week. Eli likes to think of cheesemaking as an art.

“I think it’s really interesting how you can take all the same ingredients and elements of something and by changing it just a little bit, make it something different,” he said. “So with cheese, if you make it two degrees different then that will change the flavor.”
 Producing and selling all of that cheese certainly keeps the Veldhuizens busy but they still find time to give tours of their farm and they even host events throughout their year like their annual free Family Farm Day that happens in the spring. The Veldhuizen family offers several dairy items to the public like 15 different varieties of cheese, raw milk, cow and sheep yogurt, free-range children and duck eggs and much more. And if you don’t live close, don’t fret because the Veldhuizen family is happy to ship their cheeses anywhere within the state of Texas. For more information on Veldhuizen Cheese visit the website at www.veldhuizencheese.com.


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Workforce Our greatest asset is our citizens. Providing an honest days’ work for an honest days’ pay - you will find highly motivated and educated employees with a good work ethic. We encourage you to contact the other manufacturers in town about the exceptional quality of the workforce in our area. Training opportunities are available locally through the Texas Workforce Commission as well as Tarleton State University and Ranger College. 2018





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The City of Stephenville has experienced over 45% growth in population since 2000.

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AREA CLUBS ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• ERATH COUNTY NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS * Active Stephenville Chamber of Commerce Member

* AccelHealth Jill Evans: (254) 965-2810 www.accelhealthcare.org * America’s SBDC at Tarleton State University (325) 646-7299 www.tsusbdc.org * American Cancer Society Nanette Stockstill: (817) 694-9077 www.cancer.org * Annie’s Therapeutic Companions Lyndi Hannah: (817) 915-5531 www.anniestherapeuticcompanions. org * Backpack Buddies of Erath County: Feeding our Children Sena Leese: (254) 966-7788 *Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erath County Sarah Weaver: (254) 918-7295 www.bbbstx.org *Billy the Kid Museum Sue Land: (254) 796-2523 www.billythekidmuseum.com * Brazos TV Inc. Stephen Denny: (817) 602-3160 www.brazos.tv

* Compassion Counseling Center Elizabeth Foster: (254) 485-6885 www.compassioncounselingcenter. com * Cowboy Capital of the World Pro Rodeo Association July Danley: (254) 965-5313 www.cowboycapitalprcarodeo.com * Cross Timbers Ducks Unlimited Wes Powell: (254) 592-7968 www.crosstimbersdu.org * Cross Timbers Family Services Jodee Lucero: (254) 965-5516 ctfshelp.org *Cross Timbers FCA www.crosstimbersfca.org * Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council Whitney Lee: (254) 965-6190 www.ctfac.com * Cross Timbers Human Resource Management Association Morgan Leatherwood: (254) 965-8202 www.crosstimbersshrm.wildapricot. org/ * Disabled American Veterans – Chapter 234 Billy Maness: (254) 918-5660 www.davmembersportal.org/ chapters/tx/234/default.aspx Dublin Athletic Boosters www.dublinathletics.us

* CareFlite Michael Derfler: (877) 339-2273 www.careflite.org

* Dublin Rodeo Heritage Museum Carolyn Harbin: (254) 445-0200 www.rodeoheritagemuseum.org

* CASA for the Cross Timbers Area Judy Walker: (254) 965-6610 www.casacta.org

* Erath County Crime Stoppers, Inc. James Gresham: (254) 965-CASH www.erathcountycrimestoppers.com

* CHOICES Clinic & Life Resource Center Heather Dawes: (833) 773-3001 www.ChoicesClinic.net

* Erath County First Responders Chris Taylor: (254) 307-9229

* Community Outreach Housing Tami Gardner: (214) 762-9910 www.coh3436.org

Erath County Livestock Association David Bragg: (254) 977-4141 * Erath County Meals on Wheels Elizabeth Johnson: (254) 965-3510 www.erathmow.org * Erath County United Way Lisa Scroggins: (254) 965-4429 www.erathcountyuw.org * Erath County Veterans, Inc. Bradley Oglesby: (254) 592-6053 www.texascountyveterans.com/erath * Erath Excels! Huston Academy Mike Scott: (254) 965-8883 www.hustonacademy.com * Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (254) 897-2960 www.fossilrim.org * Foster’s Home for Children Glenn Newberry: (254) 968-2143 www.fostershome.org * Friends of the Dick Smith Library Donna Savage: (254) 968-9246 www.tarleton.edu/friends

* Girl Scouts of Central Texas Donna Brosh: (800) 733-0011 www.gsctx.org

* Harbin Volunteer Fire Department J.W. Brunson: (254) 485-5091 * Harmony Masonic Lodge 592 AF & AM Johnnie Hutchins: (254) 396-1243 * Harper’s Heroes Ashley Lee: (325) 451-0921 www.facebook.com/ HarpersHeroes14/ Jogging for Judah www.joggingforjudah.com * Keep Stephenville Beautiful Daron Trussell, President www.keepstephenvillebeautiful.org * Kids Across Cultures Craig Scoville: (254) 445-3712 www.kidsacrosscultures.org * KTRL Public Radio 90.5 FM Lance McFarlin (254) 968-9586 www.tarleton.edu/KTRL * Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Joe Cooper: (254) 965-6705 www.middletrinitygcd.org

* Morgan Mill PTF Tasha Long: (254) 968-4921 morganmillptf@gmail.com www.mmisd.us

English as a Second Language

* Erath County Habitat for Humanity Lori Hurford: (254) 592-1079 *Erath County Humane Society Serena Wright: (254) 965-3247

* H.O.P.E., Inc. Jill Scott (254) 968-2700

* Moncrief Cancer Institute – UT Southwestern Melissa Moreno: (817) 288-9800 www.moncrief.com

* Friends of the Stephenville Public Library Lisa LaTouche: (254) 918-1240



*Clark Gardens Carol Montgomery: (940) 682-4856 www.clarkgardens.org

Erath County Historical Commission Cathey Hartmann: (254) 728-3286


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AREA CLUBS 18 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• * NewLife Alliance – Riverwalk Townhomes Toni Rios-Cedillo: (254) 965-1055 www.newlife-alliance.org/ * Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center Margaret Cohenour: (817) 573-0292 www.paluxyrivercac.org * Pecan Valley Centers for Behavioral & Developmental Health Care Coke Beatty (817) 579-4400 www.pecanvalley.org * Pets Are Worth Saving, Inc. - P.A.W.S. Kaitlyn Ruderer: (817) 776-2183 www.pawsofstephenville.net * STAR Council on Substance Abuse Terah Gibson: (254) 965-5515 www.starcouncil.org * STARRY Counseling Vicky Gonzalez: (254) 434-5232 www.starryonline.org

* STEDCO – Stephenville Economic Development Foundation, Inc. Justin Haschke: (254) 965-7321 * Stephenville Crossing Kathy Osborne: (254) 965-6964 * SISD Education Foundation Kristin Cashon: (254) 552-6550 www.stephenvilleisdef.com * Stephenville Historical House Museum Dana Adams: (254) 965-5880 www.stephenvillemuseum.org Stephenville Soccer Association www.stephenvillesoccer.org Stephenville Visual Arts Boosters Emily McLemore: (254) 968-4141 x6455 *Student Government Association - Tarleton State University Darrell Brown: (254) 968-9082 www.tarleton.edu/sga

* Tarleton State University Foundation, Inc. Ashleah Baker: (254) 968-9421

* Transformation Pathway Cliff Sims: (254) 445-2228 www.cwjcdublin.org

* Tarleton State University Center for Child Well-Being Stephanie Robertson: (254) 968-9903

* Will Do Good Thrift Market Cliff Sims: (254) 445-2228 www.cwjcdublin.org/ will-do-good-thrift-market

* Tarleton Veterans Association Juan Garcia: (254) 968-1805 www.tarleton.edu/veterans

* Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas Diana Council: (254) 965-5100 www.dfwjobs.com

* Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Erath County Rachel Betz: (254) 965-1460 Erath.agrilife.org * Texas Association of Dairymen Darren Turley: (817) 410-4538 www.milk4texas.org * The Mistletoe Hut, Inc. Kelly Sult: (254) 592-6412 * The Pantry & More Isabel Talamantez: (254) 485-3944

ERATH COUNTY AREA CIVIC CLUBS American Association of University Women Kathy Horak: (254) 968-9304 Association of Texas Professional Educators Brenda Burks: (254) 592-9082 www.atpe.org

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AREA CLUBS ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• * American Legion Auxiliary Unit #240 – Turnbow Higgs 3rd Tuesday 7:00 PM – American Legion Joanna Lay: (254) 967-5650 mjlay56@outlook.com * American Legion Post #240 3rd Tuesday 6:00 PM – American Legion Roger Easter: (254) 965-0806 rogereaster@live.com * Cross Timbers Business and Professional Women 1st Tuesday, 12 PM – Citizens National Bank Community Room 3rd Tuesday 6:00 PM – Citizens National Bank Community Room Chelsea Hodges: (254) 595-1635 www.crosstimbersbpw.org * Cross Timbers Republican Women 3rd Thursday, noon – Agave Carla Trussel: (254) 459-8828 www.ctrwc.org Daughters of the American Revolution Mary Curtis: (469) 343-7579 Daughters of the Republic of Texas 2nd Tuesday of every month from September to May; First Presbyterian Church Judith D’ Amico: (254) 898-0535 www.drtinfo.org Dublin Lions Club Every Tuesday, 7:00 AM – Dublin Dairy Queen Steve Hightower: (254) 445-3277 Dublin Masonic Lodge 3rd Tuesday, 7:00 PM Larry Fletcher: (254) 396-5547 Dublin Rotary Club Every Tuesday, Noon Dublin Rotary Building Lee Leatherwood: (254) 445-4400 *Erath County Antique Tractor Club 3rd Sunday, 4:00 PM at Jake & Dorothy’s Jerry Gray: (940) 452-3780 *Erath County Democratic Club Patricia Schipper (254) 338-0158

Erath County Genealogical Society Contact Library: (254) 445-4141 www.dublinlibrary.org/ECGS * Erath County Republican Party 2nd Monday, 6:00 PM – Agave (does not meet in June or July) Gil Parks: (254) 977-9856 www.erathcountygop.com * Kiwanis Club of Stephenville Every Tuesday, noon – Agave Bar & Grill Jason Schipper: (254) 592-5123 www.stephenvillekiwanis.com * Knights of Columbus Dan Delgado: (254) 592-3807 www.kofc10816.org * Major George B. Erath 2679 Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy Sharon Weible: (254) 445-2361 www.txudc.org

* Stephenville Masonic Lodge 1st Monday, 6:00 PM – Masonic Lodge Stan Swam: (254) 965-4175, www.stephenvillelodge267.org * Stephenville Men’s Golf Association www.legendsccstephenville.com * Stephenville Music Club 2nd Thursday, Sept. to May – 12 PM at FUMC Marion Cole: (254) 965-3117 * Stephenville Optimist Club Every Wednesday, noon City Hall at City Limits Jimmy Chew: (254) 918-1243 * Stephenville Rotary Club Every Thursday, noon City Hall at City Limits Rosemary Nagle: (254) 396-2960

* Quest FC Jennifer Hardin: (254) 592-7166 * Stephenville 20th Century Club Harriet Frazier: (254) 968-9304 * Stephenville Area Elks Lodge #2834 1st and 3rd Thursday, 6:30 PM Cory Jenkins: (817) 408-0345 www.elks.org/who/information.cfm * Stephenville Athletic Booster Club Tonya Dobson: (254) 968-9474 www.stephenvilleathletic boosterclub.com


* Stephenville Study Club Alisa Terrell Starbird: (254) 434-1410 * Texan Club Lonn Reisman: (254) 968-9178 www.tarletonsports.com Texas Bluebonnet Chapter Southern Dames of America Deborah Hinckley – (817) 614-9822 * Town ‘N Country Quilt Guild 1st Saturday, 12 PM – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Center Mary Jones: (254) 968-4748 * Zonta Club 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 12:00-1:00 PM Jamie Mathis: (254) 431-1150

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* Stephenville Bass Club 1st Tuesday, 7:30 PM – The Mistletoe Hut Eddie Fondon: (254) 977-2297 www.stephenvillebassclub.org * Stephenville Evening Lions Club 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 7:00 Blayne Baley: www.eveninglions.org * Stephenville Lions Club Every 1st & 3rd Friday, noon – City Hall at City Limits Michael Prather: (254) 965-4323 www.stephenvillelions.com

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WORSHIP 20 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Adventist Seventh-day Adventist 801 Glen Rose Rd (254) 968-5023

* Harvey Baptist Church 1375 W. Cage St. (254) 965-4368 www.harveybaptist.org

Assembly of God

Highland Missionary Baptist Church 14792 FM 2156, Dublin (254) 445-2090

* Cornerstone Assembly of God 950 Glen Rose Hwy (254) 918-5433 www.cornerstoneforchrist.org

Huckabay Baptist CR 420, Huckabay (254) 968-8395

First Assembly of God 512 N. Park St., Dublin (254) 445-3414

* Lingleville Baptist Church 21543 N FM 219, Lingleville (817) 925-9885 www.linglevillbaptist.org

Baptist Bluff Dale Baptist Church 425 Glen St., Bluff Dale (254) 728-3712 * Calvary Baptist Church Stephenville 155 River North Blvd. (254) 968-8580 www.calvarystephenville.org Cedar Point Baptist 21171 FM 205, Bluff Dale (254) 728-3003 Community Baptist Church 515 W. Mesquite St., Dublin (254) 445-4479 Cottonwood Life 273 CR 527, Dublin (254) 445-2929 Cross Timbers Baptist Church 1400 N. McCart St. (254) 965-2553 * Double N Cowboy Church 7202 E. State Hwy 6, Dublin (254) 445-2400 Duffau Baptist Church 351 CR 546, Hico www.duffau-baptist.net * Elk Ridge Baptist Church 634 East Road (254) 445-4441 www.elkridgebaptist.org First Baptist Church of Dublin 220 E. Live Oak St., Dublin (254) 445-2435 * First Baptist Church of Stephenville 334 W. Green St. (254) 965-3187 www.fbcstephenville.org Greens Creek Baptist Church 1263 County Road 380 (254) 445-3566

Morgan Mill Baptist Church 193 W. FM 1188 (254) 968-6974 Pony Creek Baptist Church 27131 FM 2481 Riverside Baptist Church 801 Glen Rose Rd. * Rocky Point Baptist Church 3595 CR 178 (254) 965-3582 www.rpbchurch.org Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church 10005 N. State Highway 108 (940) 206-3284 St. John Baptist Church 955 College Farm Rd. Selden Baptist Church 4209 FM 913 (254) 965-4802 * Stephenville Solid Rock Baptist Church 5481 US-281 (254) 459-0081 www.solidrockbaptistchurch.com * Valley Grove Baptist Church 1731 S. US Hwy 281 (254) 965-5195 www.valleygrove.net Victory Baptist Church 745 FM 2303 (254) 965-3087 * Washington Street Baptist Church 719 W. Washington St. (254) 965-5398 www.wsbc-stephenville.org

Catholic St. Brendan’s Catholic Church 1444 W. Washington (254) 965-5693

* Active Stephenville Chamber of Commerce Member

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* St. Luke's Episcopal Church 595 N. Mcllhaney St. (254) 968-6949 www.stlukesstephenville.org

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 1355 N. Dale Ave. (254) 968-7988

Trinity Episcopal Church 459 N. Patrick St., Dublin

Lutheran * Faith Lutheran Church 3000 Northwest Loop (254) 968-2710 faithlutheran stephenville.com

Methodist St. Mary’s Catholic Church 12286 S. Highway, Dublin (254) 445-3800

Bluff Dale United Methodist Church 877 Church St., Bluff Dale (254) 728-3533

Christian Reformed

* First United Methodist Church 328 W. Washington St. (254) 965-5046 www.fumcstephenville.org

(254) 965-6409 www.stephenvillecrc.org

Church of Christ Cross Timbers Church of Christ 1515 W. Cedar St. (254) 968-6577 * Graham Street Church of Christ 312 N. Graham St. (254) 965-4510 www.gscofc.org Hillcrest Church of Christ 2535 Northwest Loop (254) 968-8167 Morgan Mill Church of Christ 21805 N US Hwy 281, Morgan Mill (254) 965-1011 Patrick Street Church of Christ 630 N. Patrick St., Dublin Westside Church of Christ 2485 Lingleville Rd. (254) 968-7829

Disciples of Christ * First Christian Church 450 W. Tarleton St. (254) 965-4878 www.fccsville.org

Faith Life Church 401 W. Lingleville Rd. 817-694-5211


* Grace Fellowship Church 500 E. South Loop (325) 518-5719 www.gfcstephenville.com

* Church of the Nazarene 2522 N. US Hwy 377 (254) 965-5876 stephenvillenaz.wixsite.com/remnant

* River of Water Life Church 955 College Farm Road (254) 485-8910 Spanish & English

NonDenominational Agape Way Family Church 943 CR 351 (254) 965-4826 * Calvary Fellowship Pleasant Hill 200 CR 504 (254) 485-4439 www.cfpleasanthill.org * Cowboy Church of Erath County 4945 US Hwy 67 (254) 968-2210 www.cowboychurcherathcounty.com

First United Methodist Church 630 Highland Ave., Dublin (254) 445-2157 www.fumcdublintx.com

* Timber Ridge Church Intersection of FM 8 & N. Bates (254) 434-2507 www.timberridgechurch.com

Pentecostal * Life Church Stephenville 810 FM 205 (903) 802-3718 www.yourlifechurchstephenville.com

Presbyterian First Presbyterian Church 1302 N. Harbin Dr. (254) 968-3770 www.fpcstephenville.org

First United Methodist Church 400 W. First St., Hico (254) 796-4539 http://www.fumchico.org/ Greens Creek United Methodist Church 3965 CR 242, Dublin (254) 485-5356 Laurel St. United Methodist Church 503 Laurel St., Dublin (254) 445-2760 Morgan Mill United Methodist Church 21508 N. Hwy 281 (254) 595-1503 www.morganmillumc.com * New Bethel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 861 N. Miller St. (254) 946-1772 * Oakdale United Methodist Church 2675 W. Overhill Dr. (254) 968-8870 www.oakdaleum.org * Active Stephenville Chamber of Commerce Member


* Stephenville Christian Reformed Church 1120 CR 351


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Up, Up and Away

One event that makes Stephenville unique is the Moo-La Fest that took place for the first time at the end of May. With 15 hot air balloons, a carnival, bounce houses, food trucks, wine tasting and live entertainment, Moo-La fest brought in visitors from several different locations. Emily Russell, who grew up in Stephenville but now lives in Haslett as a teacher and coach, said her favorite thing was “the sight of all of the hot air balloons because Stephenville has never had that before.” The Moo-La Fest also featured hot air balloon tethered rides where individuals could

actually ride in a hot air balloon and take in the beautiful scenery of the Stephenville City Park as they were slowly ascending 40 feet in the air and then back down. The public also enjoyed the sendoff of the hot air balloons at 6 a.m. one summer morning as well as the hot air balloon glow at night. Katie Kilcoyne is a flight attendant from Stephenville and now resides in Fort Worth. She said her favorite event was the wine tasting. “I thought the hot air balloons were beautiful. The hot air balloon glow at night was really exciting and I was also excited

to see the tethered rides,” she said. “I hope they do it again next year because this has been really awesome. I thought they did a lot of great work and it was a very organized event and family-friendly.” Several other attendees also said they look forward to this event again next year. “Honoring our dairy families set the stage for Moo-La Fest. We received heartwarming accolades from our dairy families, balloonists, vendors, musicians, out of town guests and our very own citizens,” said Julie Crouch-Smith, manager of Stephenville’s Tourism and Visitor Bureau. “We appreciate all the sponsors, volunteers and city staff who made this event udderly epic!”

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* BENNETT’S CAMPING CENTER 2708 E. HWY 377, Granbury; (817) 279-7500; RV dealership that offers sales service, parts & accessories, rentals and RV park; www.bennettsrv.com

* CELEBRATION EVENT CENTER 9710 CR 2099, Hico; (254) 485-9361; Event Facility that offers horse boarding, a covered riding arena, & RV hookups; www.celbrationeventcenter.com

HOOF PRINTS RANCH 1495 S US Hwy 281; (254) 968-4393; Hoof Prints Ranch provides its guests with nightly cabin rentals, an RV Park and Horse Motel & sells Graceland cabins, barns, garages & sheds; www.hoofprintsranch.com

* LONE OAK CABINS 185 Stewart Lane; (254) 434-8849; Rental Property with horse stalls, arena, and full RV hookups located on 27 acres right outside the city limits of Stephenville. Daily, weekly, or monthly rates for stalls with arena usage or RV spots; www.loneoak cabins.com

* LONE STAR ARENA 4696 N US Hwy 377; (254) 335-0700; Located just outside of town, Lone Star Arena has RV hookups and horse facilities; www.lonestararena.com

* MITCHELL RESORT AND RV PARK 2730 FM 2210 E, Perrin; (940) 798-4615; Located 65 miles north of Stephenville, Mitchell Resort and RV park provides it guests with a 9 hole golf course, an 18 hole mini putt, 46 cottages, 4 pools, Bluegrass, Holiday events, 10,000 sq. ft. event center; www.mitchellresort.com

* SHADY OAKS MOBILE HOME AND RV PARK 154 PR 1329; (254) 965-3384; Mobile home and RV park.

* STEPHENVILLE PARKS AND RECREATION 378 W Long St; (254) 918-1295; RV park spots available.

* STEPHENVILLE TEXAS RV PARK & HORSE MOTEL 4710 N US Hwy 281; (254) 595-2017 Family operated RV park & horse motel with a cowboy presence & detailed with a French touch. 30 or 50 -amp sites available with daily, weekly, or monthly rates, including power, water, septic, & trash. www.stephenvilletexasrvpark.com

THE GETAWAY CAMPGROUND AND RV PARK 1345 South US Hwy 281; (254) 918-5913; Campground and R.V. Park located on 16 acres of wooded area with large oak trees in a quiet and serene setting. www.thegetawaycampgroundandrvpark.com/photos.html

* Active Stephenville Chamber of Commerce Members


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1625 W. South Loop; (254) 968-2114; Facility offers 49 rooms, free hot breakfast available every day, outdoor pool, laundry facility, 24 hour restaurant adjacent to property, horse pens available, pet friendly; www.abvistephenville.com

3030 W. Washington; (254) 968-5003; Facility offers 26 non-smoking rooms and 6 smoking rooms, large area for truck parking, free continental breakfast, free internet and local phone calls, coffee pot and 40 inch LED television in each room; www.knightsinn.com

110 Stagecoach Trail, Gordon; (940) 769-4402; Private resort club located atop Clayton Mountain near Lake Palo Pinto; Facility offers world-class facilities including hotel, resort, spa, & restaurant; www.JoinSundance.com



811 East Road; (254) 965-5043; Facility offers 34 rooms, each with 32 inch LED TV and electronic lock, HBO, wireless internet, microwave and refrigerator, restaurant nearby; www.caravaninnstephenville.com/

105 S. Christy Plaza; (254) 918-2444; Located behind Chicken Express off W. Washington Street; 100% non-smoking facility offers 68 rooms with microwave and refrigerator, conference rooms, free continental breakfast, hot tub suites, outdoor pool & hot tub, free high speed internet, pet friendly; www.847.LQ.com

* CENTRAL INN 723 N. Patrick St, Dublin; (254) 445-2138; Facility offers 21 rooms, outdoor pool, microwave and refrigerator, flat screen TV, HBO, wireless internet, restaurant nearby

* HAMPTON INN AND SUITES 910 S. Harbin; (254) 918-5400; Facility offers 64 rooms, studio suites, indoor heated pool, fitness room, conference rooms, hot breakfast, hi-speed internet, pet friendly, brand new fitness center, newly renovated lobby; www.stephenvillesuites. hamptoninn.com


MOTEL 6 701 E. South Loop; (254) 968-3392; Facility offers 60 recently renovated rooms each with a 32 inch flat panel HDTV and integrated workplace/settee area, free wireless internet, outdoor pool, conference room, HBO, pet friendly; www.motel6.com

* RODEWAY INN 2925 W. Washington; (254) 965-7162; Facility offers 50 rooms, free continental breakfast, outdoor pool, free high speed Internet, Jacuzzi suites available, pet friendly, truck parking available; www.econolodge.com.


121 S. Lockhart Road, Stephenville; (254) 9658899; Non-smoking facility offers 82 rooms, business/meeting rooms, microwave and refrigerator, free hot breakfast, outdoor swimming pool; www. holidayinnexpress.com

5165 CR 2013, Glen Rose; (254) 965-3700; Executive 5-star retreat/resort located 25 miles east of Stephenville near Glen Rose; featuring 59 luxury guest suites, cabins and homes, spa, family swimming pool & adult swimming pool, restaurant, horseback riding, bird & deer hunting, archery, fishing, shooting sports, zip line, climbing wall, catering & weddings; www.roughcreek.com


* SUPER 8 921 S. Second Street; (254) 965-0888; Located 3 miles from Lone Star Arena; Facility offers 50 rooms, free continental breakfast, outdoor pool, free high speed internet, pet friendly; www.super8. com

THE HIDEAWAY RANCH & RETREAT 1022 Private Road 1250, Bluff Dale; (254) 8236606; 866-609-HIDE; A secluded romantic retreat nestled in the beautiful North Texas Hill Country. 10 cabins, private hot tubs, fully furnished kitchens, A/C & heating units, massage packages, gift shop, horseback riding, hayrides, outdoor swimming pool, archery range, and scavenger hunts, home to The Buffalo Nickel restaurant; www. thehideawayranch.com

* TRI L LODGING 1912 S. State Hwy 108; (254) 965-5843; 3 Individual cabins, uniquely appointed each with a front porch, pitched ceilings, luxurious linens, coffee bar, microwave, mini fridge, DirecTV, free WiFi and continental breakfast served in your room. www.lazydaysbedandbreakfast.com/

* Active Stephenville Chamber of Commerce Members

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SOCIAL SERVICES ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• ALCOHOL / DRUG TREATMENT SERVICES *STAR Council on Substance Abuse 3080 W. Washington St., Suite B (254) 965-5515 Summer Sky Treatment Center 1100 N. McCart (254) 968-2907 CHILD / YOUTH SERVICES *Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erath County 115 N. Graham (254) 918-7295 *CASA for the Cross Timbers Area 1385 N. Graham St. (254) 965-6610 Early Childhood Intervention of North Central Texas Birth – 3 Years Old (888) 754-0524 Early Head Start 1010 S. Graham St. (254) 965-5896 Erath County Child Welfare Board 2175 W. South Loop (254) 965-2605 *Foster’s Home for Children 1779 N. Graham (254) 968-2143

Head Start 1290 Race Street (254) 965-5582 *Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center 1540 Southtown Dr., Suite 102 & 103, Granbury (817) 573-0292 *Stephenville Education Foundation 2655 W. Overhill (254) 552-6550 *STARRY Counseling 1523 W Lingleville Rd Suite B (254) 434-5232 Tree House After School Program 422 W. Washington (254) 965-9756 FOOD ASSISTANCE

INTELLECTUAL & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY SERVICES Dept. of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services 1306 E. Washington (254) 552-2330 Greater Erath County Special Education Shared Services Arrangement 420 N. Camden, Dublin (254) 445-2229 *Pecan Valley Centers for Behavioral and Developmental Health Care 906 Lingleville Rd. (817) 579-4400 Crisis Hotline (800) 772-5987


*The Company of Rock House 125 River North Blvd. (254) 968-4004

MEDICAL SERVICES *AccelHealth 135 River North Blvd. (254) 965-2810 *Affordacare Urgent Care Clinic 2857 W. Washington (254) 965-5273 *Air Evac Lifeteam Medical Transports (800) 247-3822 Membership Program (817) 579-2031

Stephenville Medical & Surgical Clinic Proud Member of Privia Medical Group

Complete Medical Care for the Whole Family

*Backpack Buddies of Erath County: Feeding our Children (512) 966-7788 *Erath County Meals on Wheels 310 W. Lingleville Rd. (254) 965-3510 *H.O.P.E., Inc. 1617 E. Washington (254) 965-2700 *The Pantry & More 2345 US Hwy. 67 (254) 485-3944

Family Practice • Pediatrics • Internal Medicine Obstetrics / Gynecology • Ophthalmology Radiology • Quest Diagnostic Lab River North Pharmacy • 3D Mammography After Hours Acute Care Clinic M-F 5-7 pm, 160 River North Blvd. Stephenville Medical & Surgical Clinic www.smsc.org | 105 River N Blvd, Stephenville, TX 76401 254-968-6051 SV-SPAD1002144305

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• New Physicians – Ronald Dillie, M.D., P.A., Radiologist – Bradley Hart, M.D., Ph.D., General Surgeon – Christopher Kochan, M.D., Anesthesiologist – Peter O’Carroll, M.D., Neurologist – Kelly O’Carroll, M.D., Internal Medicine & Pediatrics – Poongodhai Ramachandran, M.D., Cardiologist – Amanda Smith, AuD, Audiologist – Lon Walder, D.O., Cardiologist • Fall Creek Medical Plaza • LGMC Therapy Center • Comprehensive Cardiac Care • $15 Million Expansion – 3rd Floor Addition – Cardiac Cath Lab – 24 more private patient rooms – Surgical Services Expansion – Front Entrance Renovation – E.R. Registration Renovation • Inpatient Pediatric Care • Major Technology Upgrades – High-definition MRI – 32-slice CT Scanner – EEG/EMG – 3 New Ultrasound Units

1310 Paluxy Road • 817-573-CARE (2273) www.lakegranburymedicalcenter.com SV-00115524

SOCIAL SERVICES 30 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• *American Cancer Society (800) 651-5199 *Annie’s Therapeutic Companions (817) 915-5531 Carter BloodCare (800) 366-2834 *CareFlite Medical Transports (800) 442-6260 Membership Program (877) 339-CARE *Choices Clinic & Life Resource Center 775 S Harbin Dr. (254) 965-6031 Community Health Clinic 160 River North Blvd. (254) 965-2500 Erath County Indigent Health Program 1075 Glen Rose Hwy (254) 918-3323 *H.O.P.E., Inc. 1617 E. Washington (254) 965-2700 *Moncrief Cancer Institute - UT Southwestern (817) 288-9800 www.moncrief.com *Stephenville Medical & Surgical Clinic 150 River North Blvd. (254) 968-6051 *Surepoint Emergency Center 2108 W Washington St., Suite 184 (254) 434-2093

*Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital 411 N. Belknap (254) 965-1500 PERSONAL / FAMILY SERVICES *Annie’s Therapeutic Companions (817) 915-5531 *Choices Life Resource Center 775 S Harbin Dr. (254) 965-6031 *Compassion Counseling Center 2675 W. Overhill Dr. (254) 485-6885 *Cross Timbers Family Services 277 W. Mason St., Suite 200 (254) 965-4357

*H.O.P.E., Inc. 1617 E. Washington (254) 965-2700 *Lovell Counseling Services 622 E. Washington St. (254) 968-4020 Stephenville Counseling, Kylee Castillo, LPC 216 W. College St. (254) 534-6214

112 W. College Street (254) 965-1443

*Transformation Pathways Christian Men & Women’s Job Corps 106 N. Patrick St., Dublin (254) 445-2228

*Tarleton Veterans Association Box T-0960 (254) 396-6408   MISCELLANEOUS


Dept. of Health & Human Services 2175 W. South Loop (254) 965-3138

Dublin Housing Authority 201 E. May St, Dublin (254) 445-2165

Grace Place 365 W. Tarleton (254) 965-4022

Erath County Veteran’s Service

*Erath County Veterans, Inc. P.O. Box 2567 (254) 592-6053

*Stephenville Crossing (seniors 62+ years old) 1300 W. Hyman (254) 965-6964

Dublin Goodfellows (817) 894-2176

*Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Ch# 234 408 East Road (254) 918-5660

North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging (800) 272-3921

Dept. of Family & Protective Services 2175 W. South Loop (254) 965-2605

*Divine Counseling Services 1539 South Loop, Suite A (254) 918-5700

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #240 801 E. Washington St. (254) 967-5650

*New Life Alliance Riverwalk Townhomes 1001 E. Washington (254) 965-2575

*Erath County Crime Stoppers 356 N. Belknap St. (254) 965-CASH *Erath County Habitat for Humanity P.O. Box 505 (254) 592-1079 *Erath County Humane Society 891 East Road (254) 965-3247


*Erath County United Way 150 N. Harbin Drive, Ste. #430 (254) 965-4429

*American Legion Post #240 801 E. Washington St. (254) 965-0806

*Pets Are Worth Saving, Inc. (P.A.W.S.) P.O. Box 1966 (817) 776-2183

* Active Stephenville Chamber of Commerce Member

•••• ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• DINING GUIDE 31 Erath County is home to some of the most fantastic restaurants in the state. From famous pit barbecue to spicy Tex-Mex and juicy steaks - there is something in Stephenville and the surrounding area that is sure to satisfy any craving. The following is a list of area restaurants that will help visitors navigate their way to the perfect dining destination. Bon appetite!

ASIAN Crazy Thai Cuisine 2121 W. Washington (254) 918-0211

China King

2101 W. Washington (254) 918-1035

Enoki Sushi

100 N. Wolfe Nursery Rd. (254) 977-2887

Golden China Restaurant 2900 W. Washington (254) 968-5522

* Panda Express 2861 W. Washington (254) 968-0600


* Cotton Patch Cafe 2860 W. Washington (254) 965-5255

The Feed Mill

513 W. Lingleville Road (254) 968-0015


Peacock’s #2 1615 South Loop (254) 968-2900

* Rough Creek Lodge

5165 County Road 2013, Glen Rose (254) 965-3700

* The Purple Goat 2025 E. Washington (254) 965-4628

Blue Stem Grill at Sundance Club

Granny Clark’s

* Ruby’s Texas Bistro

* Greer’s Ranch Café

Simply Delicious / Big O’s Gyros

213 N. Patrick, Dublin (254) 445-3444 190 W. College (254) 434-2537

* Grumps Burgers 1645 W. South Loop (254) 965-9659

Hambone’s Redneck Paradise 7232 N. State Hwy 108 (254) 485-5203

110 Stagecoach Trail, Gordon (940) 769-2044

211 W. McNeill (254) 918-5966

1350 W. Washington Suite # 1150 (254) 965-1920

* Tarleton Dining Center 1351 W. Vanderbilt (254) 968-9445

Wilfong’s Cajun Shack & Oyster Bar

406 E. Washington (254) 965-5211

* Natty Flat Smokehouse

Lida’s Food Basket


R&R Bar-B-Q

The Lookout Bar & Grill at Legends Country Club

* Woody's Wood Fire Grill

19280 Hwy 281 S., Lipan (254) 646-3844 110 Morgan Mill Rd. (254) 918-5337

CASUAL DINING * Agave Bar & Grill 1907 E. Washington (254) 968-5222

* Burger Joint at Graham Central Station 389 S. Graham


223 E. College (254)265-8001

Chili's Grill & Bar 2805 W. Washington (254) 968-7800

* Jake & Dorothy's Cafe

1111 W. Frey St. (254) 965-2464

137 Ben Hogan Drive (254) 968-2200

(gourmet coffee and hot dog bar) 1296 W. Washington (254) 965-4224

17157 S. US Hwy 377 (254) 445-3737

* Rodeo Grounds 620 S. Graham (254) 434-2000


2807 W. Washington (254) 965-1930

2851 W. Washington (254) 918-2100

DELI / SANDWICH SHOPS Crawford's Corner Deli 2900 W. Washington (254) 968-5955

* Montana Restaurant

1376 W. Washington (254) 968-5707

* Shooterz Bar & Grill 2847 W. Washington (254)968-0620

* Overlook Café at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Best Of Erath 2019 Winner

Best Hot Sauce • Best Mexican Food

2299 County Road 2008 (254) 897-2960

* Peacock's (2 locations)

1700 W. Lingleville Road (254) 968-4668

Top 3 Finalist Winner

Best Carryout • Best Service SV-SPAD1004082705

1091 Glen Rose Road (254) 968-5552

* Beans and Franks (2 locations)

2810 W. Washington Ste 104

28601 US Hwy 377, Bluff Dale (Open Seasonally – April thru September) (254) 728-3238

* Hard Eight BBQ


Location 1:

Don Nico’s

Monday - Saturday 11:00 A.M. - 9:30 P.M. Sunday 11:00 A.M.- 2:30 P.M. 966 W. Washington • Stephenville, TX 76401 254-968-0046 • Serves Alcohol

Location 2:

Monday - Saturday 11:00 A.M. - 9:30 P.M. Sunday 11:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M. 210 E South Loop • Stephenville, TX 76401 254-968-6552 • Drive -Thru Available

DINING GUIDE 32 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Jimmy John’s

* Baker's Donuts

2101 W. Washington (254) 965-5595

2285 Northwest Loop (254) 965-2155

Old Doc's Soda Shop

Best Donuts

105 E. Elm Street, Dublin (254) 445-3939

1835 W. Lingleville Rd. (next to Ranger College) (254) 918-1133

* Schlotzsky’s

2012 W. Washington (254) 434-5180

DONUTS cont.

* Soup & More

Donut Palace

309 W. Washington (254) 434-4900

1421 N Graham Ave (254) 434-4150

Subway (3 locations)

Dublin Donuts

2765 W. Washington (inside Walmart) (254) 968-0110

100 N. Wolfe Nursery Road (254) 968-5111 1236 W. Washington (254) 965-6800

2029 W. Washington (254) 965-2224

* Don Nico's (2 locations)

966 W. Washington (254) 968-0046 210 E. South Loop (254) 968-6552

El Rinconcito

17355 S. US Hwy 377, Dublin (254) 445-2200

* Fuzzy's Taco Shop


Habanero Mexican Cocina

3024 W. Washington St. (254) 965-3656

7 Day Donuts

802 East Road (254) 968-5556

936 N. Patrick, Dublin (254) 445-4098

Casa Azteca


Castillo's Restaurant

265 E. Washington (254) 965-3474

2101 W. Washington (254) 918-2131

Jalisco Restaurant 865 W. Washington (254) 965-2655

Lupe's Breakfast

1481 ½ W. South Loop (254) 965-1084

* Mi Familia Mexican Restaurant & Cantina 2029 W. Washington (254) 918-7400

* Prado's Mexican Cafe 2900 W. Washington St. Suite #91 (254) 965-44445

* Pulido's Mexican Restaurant 809 East Road (254) 965-4702

Reynaldo's Mexican Restaurant 306 E. Washington (254) 918-7396

* Santa Fe County Taco Co. 2330 W. Washington (254) 968-3668

* Active Stephenville Chamber of Commerce Member

We Could Tell You Why A CERTIFIED Angus Beef Burger Is Better… But We’ll Let You See For Yourself!

Certified…Better Voted

Best Margarita in 2019 Best of Erath County


DAILY DRINK & FOOD SPECIALS 3024 W Washington St, Stephenville,TX 76401

(254) 965-3656


Delivery Available... Drivethrudemand App


DINING GUIDE ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• HEALTH/ NUTRITION CLUBS * Barefoot Market 2187 W. South Loop (254) 965-7023

Pink Now Nutrition 1348 W. Washington (972) 510-3933

* Goin2BHealthy 270 N. Belknap (254) 434-4122

* Little Caesars Pizza

* Pastafina Italian Ristorante

* Pizza Hut

2320 W. Washington (254) 968-3941


* The Pizza Place

* CiCi's Pizza


2900 W. Washington (254) 968-3600

* Domino's Pizza Dine In 2753 W. Washington (254) 968-5551

801 S. Harbin (254) 968-2512

* Burger King

3011 W. Washington (254) 918-7264

Dairy Queen #2

Sonic #3

*Casseroles To-Go

Golden Chick (2 locations)

Taco Bell

3015 W. Washington (254) 918-5005

1186 W. Washington, Suite 130 (254) 918-7447

2897 W. Washington (254) 918-5552

Captain D’s

1390 N. Harbin Nehring Technology Parking Lot (254) 485-1314


TSU Student Center 1451 W. Jones (254) 968-9444

* Chicken Express 2850 W. Washington (254) 965-4333

Chigger Ranch Food Store

803 N. Patrick, Dublin (254) 445-3610

1112 W. Washington (254) 965-2474 1036 N. Patrick, Dublin (254) 445-1922

2769 W. Washington (254) 965-4312

* Taco Casa

2898 W. Washington (254) 965-3600

* Whataburger

McDonald's (2 locations)

Yogurt Delicious

2801 W. Washington (254) 918-5002

1416 W. Washington (254) 965-3777 and 2819 W. Washington (254) 965-8928

Dairy Queen (2 locations)

* 1086 W. Washington (254) 965-7666 and

* Active Stephenville Chamber of Commerce Member

941 N. Patrick, Dublin (254) 445-4447

Jack in the Box

801 E. Blackjack, Dublin (254) 445-4055

* 1601 W. Washington (254) 968-2106


Sonic (3 locations) 3010 W. Washington (254) 918-0399

2830 W. Washington (254) 968-6285 100 Wolfe Nursery Rd. (254) 434-5227

More details about each restaurant including a link to menu options and a map to the locations can be found on the Stephenville Chamber website at www.stephenvilletexas.org

BUY BETTER. BUY BRUNER. Family Owned & Locally Operated South Loop in Stephenville • BrunerAutoFamily.com • (254) 968-2135

REAL ESTATE GUIDE 34 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Erath County Real Estate

Alliance Realty & Auction 895 E. South Loop (254) 965-4040 www.allianceauctioneers.com Residential/Commercial/Farm & Ranch/ Horse Property/ Rental Property/Rental & Land Management/Mineral Marketing

Amber Homes 886 Mimosa Ct. (254) 965-2008 www.amberhomestexas.com Residential/New Build

Brooks Real Estate 2915 W. Washington (254) 965-5051 www.brooks-realty.com Residential/Commercial/Lots/Land & Recreational/ Farm & Ranch/Horse Property

Brooks Real Estate -Mac McMullen 2915 W. Washington (254) 965-5051 www.brooks-realty.com

Century 21 Property Advisors - Melissa Williams 702 E. South Loop Suite 102 (254) 382-8801 www.century21shooks.com

Dickerson Real Estate 150 N. Harbin, Suite 327 (254) 595-0066 www.dickerson.properties.com Residential/Commercial/Farm & Ranch

Elevate Realty Group 409 S. Graham St. (817) 776-4545 www.elevaterealtygroup.com

Erath Capital Investments, LLC (254) 592-2759 www.myerathhomes.com Residential/Commercial/Apartments/Rental Property

(254) 592-2543 www.erathcountyrealestate.com Residential/Commercial/Farm & Ranch/ Rental Property

Hayden Real Estate 155 N. Graham, Ste. 103 (254) 965-7653 www.stephenvilleproperties.com Residential/Commercial/Lots/Land & Recreational/ Farm & Ranch/Horse Property/Rental Property/ Rental Management

Hayden Real Estate -Shawn Stone 155 N. Graham, Ste. 103 254-485-6067 www.stephenvilleproperties.com

JJ Hampton Realty 2291 Northwest Loop (254) 965-4717 jjhampton.com Residential/Commercial/Lots/ Land & Recreational/ Farm & Ranch/Horse Property /Rental Property/ Apartments/ Rental Management

Keller Williams Realty Granbury/ Stephenville 2301 Northwest Loop 254-335-0500 www.kw.com

Preferred Properties of Texas - Donna Wagner 2441 Northwest Loop (254) 967-0562 www.preferredpropertiestx.com

Re/Max Lone Star 2217 W. Washington St. (254) 434-4123 www.mytexaslifestyle.com

Red Fences, LLC 198 S. Belknap St. (254) 592-5686 www.redfences.com

Southwest Properties 230 A West College St. (254) 968-4420 www.southwestprop.com Residential/Commercial/Lots/Land & Recreational/ Farm & Ranch/Horse Property/ Rental Property/Rental Management

Stephenville Industrial Development Partners LLC Serving Stephenville & surrounding areas (254) 595-0066

Trafalgar Homes 1690 W. Lingleville Rd.

Larinda Ray Realty

(254) 968-1005 www.trafalgarhomestx.com Residential/New Builds/Rental Property

2290 W. South Loop 254-968-5750 www.larindaray.com

University Plaza c/o Carnegie Companies Inc.

Moore Home & Ranch Realty

2125 W. Washington St. (440) 914-9000 www.stephenvillehomes.com/property/37

6330 S. Hwy 377 (254) 396-5592 moorehomeandranch.com Residential/Farm & Ranch/Lots/Horse & Cattle Property

White Real Estate & Appraisals

Preferred Properties of Texas 2441 Northwest Loop (254) 965-7775 www.preferredpropertiestx.com Residential/Commercial/Lots/Land & Recreational/ Farm & Ranch/Horse Property

471 Harbin, Suite 101 (254) 968-3737 www.whiterealestate-tx.com Appraisals/Residential/Commercial/Lots/ Land & Recreational/Farm & Ranch/Horse Property/ Rental Property/Rental Management

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Experience LJT Stephenville is home to one of the most popular country music festivals in Texas and if you’re in Erath County around April, you’re bound to hear something about LJT.

For over 30 years, Larry Joe Taylor’s annual Texas Music Festival has brought thousands and thousands of Texas country music lovers to Melody Mountain Ranch every spring for several days of fun, music and a great party. Some of the biggest Texas country bands rock the stage at Melody Mountain Ranch every year like Six Market Blvd, Pat Green, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Deryl Dodd, Jason Eady & Courtney Patton and, of course, Larry Joe Taylor. With performances beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing throughout the night, LJT packs over 50 acts onto four stages in six days every year, but the music always continues at campfire jams. Although it’s hard to believe now, LJT’s first music festival was held in the small Texas town of Mingus back in 1989. Larry Joe wanted a place where he and his friends could play their own music and also provide a music friendly environment for both the artists and the fans. During the first festival, only about 100 people were in attendance with the first few festivals drawing music fans from the 70s “outlaw” era. Several years later, the festival became known as a starting point for many talented but unknown singers and songwriters to let their talents shine and to get their name out there. Now, the event brings around 60,000 people each year where country music fans camp out, sing, tell stories around a campfire and listen to some of the best original music in the nation.

The event continues to grow every year so to accommodate the large crowd, the festival usually has over 30 food vendors, an ATM, showers and 500 portable restrooms.When asked what’s behind the steady growing popularity of the event that has lasted for more than three decades, LJT said it’s simply the music. “It’s the popularity of Texas music. There are a lot more people playing in the state and a lot more people attending concerts in the state,” he said. “There are also a lot of people from California and Florida getting involved and what many people don’t realize is that Kansas is the new frontier for Texas music. They are getting it.”

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Erath County includes the communities of Stephenville, Dublin, Three Way, Morgan Mill, Bluff Dale, Lingleville, Huckabay, Seldon, Alexander, Duffau and Clairette.

City Hall...... (254) 918-1220 City Administrator Allen Barnes...... (254) 918-1221 City Secretary Staci King...... (254) 918-1287

EMERGENCY SERVICES Sheriff Matt Coates.........(254) 965-3338 County Jail......(254) 965-3221 Erath Volunteer Fire......(254) 965-3388 Non-Emergency Dispatch......(254) 965-3318 Emergency Coordinator John Wooley......(254-965-1496 County Fire Marshal Tommy Shelton......(254) 459-5000

JUDICIAL OFFICES District Judge Jason Cashon......(254) 965-1485 District Attorney Alan Nash......(254)965-1462 District Clerk Wanda Pringle......(254) 965-1486 County Court Judge Alfonso Campos......(254) 965-1452 Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Shawnee Bass......(254) 965-1489 Justice of the Peach Precinct 2 Bart Greenway......(254) 445-2766

ERATH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT County Judge Tab Thompson......(254) 965-1452 Precinct 1 Dee Stephens.....(254) 965-7178 Precinct 2 Albert Ray...... (254) 445-3122 Precinct 3 Joe Brown...... (254) 918-2113 Precinct 4 Jim Buck...... (254) 965-3561

PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY Fire Chief Jimmy Chew...... (254) 918-1243 Fire Marshal Gregg Schrumpf...... (254) 918-1250 Police Chief Jason King...... (254) 918-1265

STEPHENVILLE CITY COUNCIL Mayor Doug Svien Place 1 Mark McClinton Place 2 Carla Trussell Place 3 Nick Robinson Place 4 Brady Pendleton Place 5 Ricky Thurman Place 6 Alan Nix Place 7 Gerald Cook Place 8 Brandon Huckabee For more information on Stephenville visit ci.stephenville.tx.us.

Who is eligible to vote in Texas? Any United States citizen residing in Texas who is: • At least 18 years of age ( or 17 years and 10 months at date of application) • Not a convicted felon (unless sentence, probation and parole are completed) • Not declared mentally incompetent by a court of law


How to register to vote:

Tax / Motor Vehicle - Stephenville...... (254) 965-8630 Tax / Motor Vehicle - Dublin...... (254) 445-4152 County Clerk Gwinda Jones...... (254) 965-1482 Veteran Services Tamara Barker...... (254) 965-1443 Extension Office...... (254) 965-1460

• Register in person at the Voter Registrar’s Office, located at 320 West College Street in Stephenville or at the county annex at 219 S. Grafton.

Find a complete listing of county offices at co.erath.tx.us

Stephen’s Health Care is “The Patient’s Choice”, today, tomorrow and always! To provide our patients with quality care in the most efficient manner, our phones are answered 24 hours, 7 days a week

(800) 588-4620 SV-00115490

Stephenville Office 711 N Graham Phone: (254) 965-6629 Fax: (254) 965-7040 Dublin Office 18015 S US Hwy 377 Phone: (254) 445-4620 Fax: (254) 445-2514 Serving the following counties Erath, Hood, Comanche, Somervell, Hamilton and Eastland



AREA ATTRACTIONS 38 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 281 Speedway by C&S Promotions (512) 814-6051 • 7715 N. US Hwy 377. 281speedway.com Quarter-mile, semi-banked, clay oval track located 3 miles north of Stephenville on Hwy 281. Racing EVERY Saturday night March - September. Bluff Dale Vineyards and Winery (254) 728-3540, 5222 CR 148, Bluff Dale. bluffdalevineyards.com Enjoy wine tasting and live music from the porch overlooking the vineyards. Bull Lion Ranch & Vineyard (817) 925-6073, 8216 CR 539, Hico. bulllionranch.com Working Red Angus and Performance Paint Horse operation. Now featuring a winery and vineyard, continuing the 100+ year family tradition from 100% Texas grapes. Bosque River Trail Newly extended 2.5-mile walking, hiking and biking trail that runs along the north bank of the Bosque River. Chicken House Flea Market (254) 223-1879, 8080 S. US Hwy 377 (southwest of Stephenville) Something for everyone. Open the 2nd and 4th weekend of every month. Cinemark Cinema (254) 968-6080, 2900 W. Washington Enjoy the latest movie releases Clark Gardens (940) 682-4856, 567 Maddux Rd Weatherford 50-acre strolling garden with event and festival facilities. Cowboy Capital Walk of Fame Downtown Plaza, Stephenville. Recognition of world renowned cowboys and cowgirls. Dinosaur World (254) 898-1526, 1058 Park Road 59 Glen Rose dinosaurworld.com/texas Wander among hundreds of life-sized dinosaurs in a natural setting. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (254) 897-2960, 2299 CR 2008, Glen Rose. fossilrim.org 7.2-mile scenic wildlife drive featuring threatened and endangered species from around the world on 1,800 acres; Lodging, Cafe, Nature Store, Guided Tours.

Go Big Party Rental (254) 977-3298, 6530 S. US Hwy 377. gobigpartyrental.com Indoor climate-controlled inflatable jumping. Fun for all ages. Open Jump during the week & party times by reservation.

Splash Kingdom Wild West Waterpark (817) 598-0777, 1001 Cinema Dr. Weatherford Family-friendly waterpark featuring 18 slides, a lazy river and more!

Great American Entertainment (254) 512-1100, 5396 S. US Hwy 281 greatamericanpettingzoo.com A ranch adventure featuring a petting zoo, pony rides, vintage gift shop, & fresh baked pies.

Splashville (254) 918-1219, 850 S. Graham St. located within Stephenville City Park. This water park offers 4 ft. deep waters with 16’ and 8’ slides, a lily pad walkway, and a 275 ft. lazy river. Open seasonally.

J&D Golf Land (254) 965-3441 644 East Road 18 holes of kid-friendly miniature golf. Legends Country Club (254)-968-2200, 137 Ben Hogan legendsccstephenville.com/Offers 18 holes of championship golf. This par 72 course is playable for all skill levels. Lone Star Arena (254) 335-0700, 4696 N. US Hwy 377 lonestararena.com Indoor arena and expo center with café, bar, RV hookups, & stalls. Events hosted include rodeos, ropings, barrel races, cuttings, bull ridings, stock shows, concerts & more. Lone Star Family Farm (940) 445-1290, 4199 Hwy 67 lonestarfamilyfarm.com Family farm open Sept.-Nov. offering corn maze, hayrides, hay bale maze, decorative fall themed backdrops for family & group photos, & more!

Stephenville City Park (254) 918-1295, 378 W. Long St. recpro.stephenvilletx.gov Multiple playgrounds, skate park, jogging track, baseball and softball fields, basketball and tennis courts. Stephenville Public Library (254) 918-1240, 174 N. Columbia St. Just off the Downtown Square, open Tuesday— Saturday, offers free library cards for residents. Tac Pro Shooting Center (254) 968-3112, 35100 N. State Hwy 108, Mingus. tacproshootingcenter.com 600-acre shooting range, retail store & training center open to the public with memberships available for 1,000-yard range. Tejas Golf Course (254) 965-3904 1083 Tejas Ln 9-hole course that any level of golfer will enjoy.

Lucky Vines Vineyard & Winery (254) 335-0099 luckyvines.com/ Vineyard & Winery offering a relaxing atmosphere and live music!

Tarleton State University (254) 968-9000. tarleton.edu Planetarium, Library, Fine Arts Center, Observatory, Equine Center, Southwest Regional Dairy Center and more.

Optimist-Jaycee Park Playground Basketball court & jogging track located on the corner of Harbin Dr. & Lingleville Rd.

Tis the Season (254) 413-9318, 2389 FM 205 Holiday extravaganza embracing the magic of the season. Lighted hayride, Santa photos, reindeer games, gift shop, and much more. Open seasonally.

Pigeon Road Shooting Range (254) 968-8986, 6933 FM 2303 Rifle, pistol and archery ranges. Rough Creek Lodge & Resort (254) 965-3700, 5165 CR 2013, Glen Rose roughcreek.com Overnight guests enjoy ziplining, swimming, archery, fishing, hiking, petting corral, disc golf, fossil hunts, and more on 11,000 acres. SM Wildwood Arena & Equine Facility (310) 892-5461 1575 County Road 454 smwildwood.com Covered riding arena for clinics, horse training or just riding!

Toptracer Range (800) 864-4705, 5165 County Road 2013 Glen Rose roughcreek.com/things-to-do/toptracer-range/ Practice your golf game with latest in ball-tracking technology and interactive game screens. Veldhuizen Family Farm (254) 968-3098, 3364 CR 299, Dublin veldhuizencheese.com 180-acre Texas real milk farmstead producing artisan cheese and dairy products. Retail store and tours available.

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How Stephenville got its name

By JOYCE WHITIS Special Contributor

Few travelers on West Washington Street in Stephenville take notice of two rock arches erected on either side of the entrance to a short street next to the old Piggly Wiggly building. Yet, these pillars are just a little bit of the history that surrounds Stephenville. The street is named for George B Erath, who surveyed the county and the city of Stephenville and who lived in the log cabin at the end of this street for a time.  The bronze plaque attached to one of the pillars reads in part, “In memory of George Bernhard Erath, protector of the Texas frontier, hero of San Jacinto, major in the Confederate Army member of the Texas Congress and Legislature.” This memorial to Erath was erected by the Texas Centennial Commission in 1938 at a cost of $1000. In 1845, George B Erath, land surveyor, rode a horse from Waco

back up the Bosque River to where approximately midway between Huckabay nad Lingleville. It is said that he returned with glowing reports about the tall grass, wild animals, and fertile soil in this unsettled country. In the 1800s the upper Bosque river valley was a heavy wooded area that can best be described as park like. The name, Bosque, means brushy or forest-like in Spanish, terms which would best describe the land where settlers hacked out the town-site of Stephenville. Buffalo roamed freely and there was some danger from Native Americans and several deadly raids took place. Erath, was up to that time, a part of Bosque County and prior to that, had been a part of the Milam District. At this point, the history of Erath County links directly to the Battle of the Alamo. John Blair was one of the men who had the unwavering courage to stand and fight against tyranny in an ageless struggle for

freedom. He was one of the 32 men from Tennessee who fought and died at the Alamo. In May 1854, the heirs of John Blair received a land patient from the State of Texas in honor of his death at the Alamo. The executor sold 1920 acres for $500 to John M. Stephen and in return Stephen agreed to settle no closer than 30 miles to any inhabited part of Texas. Thus Stephen and his brother, William along with other pioneers, located in present day Stephenville. At that time there was only one house between them and the town of Meridian.  According to “Memoirs of George B. Erath” written by his daughter, Lucy, about 30 settlers, including John M. Stephen, moved to this area, settling on the banks of Bosque. John M. Stephen made an agreement with the others that he would give land for the County Court House and building lots for his fellow settlers and for several churches if the town was named Stephenville and was designated the County Seat. This

was accepted by the State of Texas and in 1856 the County of Erath was organized with Stephenville as the County Seat. The plot of the original town shows the public square as its center and contains 25 blocks of one acre each. Green Street bounded the town on the north, then Mason, Washington, College, Benton, and Long.  On the east side was laid out, Floral, Virginia, Graham, Belknap, Columbia, and Barton. The Streets were to be 50 feet wide.  By 1958 the population of Stephenville was 766 with two stores and a hotel. Within months several salons open on the square and church services were held nearby. Buffalo roamed within a couple of miles of the city and hunters were kept busy killing them off until they disappeared.  The city we know today was a hundred and fifty years in the future.

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The Cowboy Capital of the World

By Ashley Inge

If you’re a rodeo fan, then you’ve probably heard a little bit about Stephenville and Erath County’s claim to be the Cowboy Capital of the World. The world's oldest rodeo took place on July 4, 1888 when a group of Prescott, Arizona, merchants and professional businessmen organized the first formalized “cowboy tournament” and offered cash prizes. But it wasn’t until 1940 when rodeo was first introduced to Erath County when the area opened its first rodeo in Dublin’s city park. In 1969, the first ever Rodeo Cowboys Association (RCA) sanctioned rodeo began in the Erath County

Livestock Association Arena. In 1975, the RCA evolved into the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA).

Every year, more than 600 cowboys and cowgirls from all over the U.S. converge in Stephenville for the World Pro Rodeo in September for over $100,000 in cash, buckles, spurs and trophy rifles.

Eventually, the rodeo grew and it was hard to keep the outdoor fairgrounds maintained so the rodeo was moved to Lone Star Arena.

According to the CCPRA history, for four years, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, the Cowboy Capital of the World Pro Rodeo was honored to be nominated as one of the PRCA’s Top 5 Medium Sized Rodeo of the Year.

The Lone Star Arena has been a major landmark for the Stephenville area since the 1980s and is known for its contribution to the “Cowboy Capital of the World” image and heritage. The rodeo became so popular that in 2013, the Cowboy Capital Pro Rodeo Association (CCPRA) was formed.

Since September 2013, leading up to the World Pro Rodeo, Stephenville has a weeklong celebration called Rodeo Heritage Week with fun festivities including a parade, a rodeo queen contest, dummy roping, 5K, live music, fashion show and so much more.

According to Stephenville's Chamber of Commerce, Stephenville is home to more professional cowboys and cowgirls per square foot than anywhere else in the world like Jim Sharp, Cody Ohl, JJ Hampton and tons more.

However, ven though Stephenville is known as the Cowboy Capital of the World, in 2013, according to the San Antonio Express News, Bandera has official claim to the title of Cowboy Capital of the World. But with Stephenville owning the title or not, it’s safe to say that rodeo will always be a huge part of this small Texas town.

Photo by: Mark Wilson - A competitor in the bareback bronc riding event hangs on during the 2016 Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo.

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Ranger College

Whether you are looking to start your basics in a small class setting, complete a program started years ago, or obtain a workforce certification, Ranger College- Erath Center, located in Stephenville, has something for everyone. Dr. Jennifer Kent, Vice President of Ranger College, oversees the Erath Center and is passionate about higher education and the doors it opens to a better life. “Many of our students choose to start out in the community college setting because of its affordability and small class sizes,” Kent explained. “For non-traditional students, returning to classes after years away can be intimidating, and a small class size of 20 helps alleviate anxiety and self-doubt because of the one-on-one help from our caring instructors.” Kent added, “We love advising our students to see how the classes they take today can lead them to a Bachelor’s and even Master’s degree at Tarleton State University.” Mrs. Stephanie Worrels, the Assistant VP and Lead Advisor at Ranger, runs many of the day-today operations in Stephenville and also counsels students who

may be considering a workforce certification. “In a wonderful community like Stephenville, students can obtain a certification quickly and enter the workforce locally,” Worrels stated. “From machining, welding, EMT, cosmetology, and licensed vocational nursing, Ranger College is committed to offering programs that lead to rewarding careers.”

Both Kent and Worrels are looking forward to the continued growth of Ranger College in Stephenville. Beginning in the spring, Ranger will offer a Kinesiology pathway for students who are interested in a career in coaching or athletic training, as well as an Early Childhood Development pathway for students who are interested in Child & Family Studies. Both programs will flow seamlessly to Tarleton and will help students get started towards required classes needed for their major. The Ranger team is ready to help anyone considering starting or continuing their path in higher education or workforce certification.




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Erath County might be known as the Cowboy Capital of the World, being the home of some exceptional musical talent and as counting champion athletes among its residents, but there is a wealth of educational offerings to be had in the area as well. Take a look at what the county has as options for academic advancement. Stephenville ISD Central Administration 2655 W. Overhill Drive (254) 968-7990 Superintendent Dr. Darrel Floyd www.sville.us

Important Numbers * Student Transportation (254)968-3759 *Child Nutrition (254) 968-4826 *Special Education (254) 968-6790 *Athletic Director (254) 552-6417

Stephenville High School

Hook Elementary

Principal - Stephanie Traweek Grades: 9-12 2650 W. Overhill Drive (254) 968-4141 shs.sville.us

Principal - Daresa Rhine Grades: 3-4 1067 W. Jones (254) 968-3213 hook.sville.us

Henderson Junior High School Principal - Brad Burleson Grades: 7-8 2798 W. Frey Street (254) 968-6967 hjh.sville.us

Gilbert Intermediate Principal - Victor Sauceda Grades: 5-6 950 N. Dale Street (254) 968-4664 gil.sville.us

Chamberlin Elementary Principal: Jennifer Salyards Grades: 1-2 1601 W. Frey Street (254) 968-2311 cham.sville.us

Central Elementary Principal - Esther Tucker Grades: Early Childhood - Kindergarten 780 W. Washington St. (254) 965-3716 cen.sville.us

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A crown jewel:

Tarleton State University

From its founding in 1899 as John Tarleton College, a private, liberal arts institution, Tarleton State University has morphed into the near-perfect model of size, scope and affordability. Tarleton offers the value of a Texas A&M University System degree, featuring its own brand of personal attention, individual opportunities, history, traditions and community. The university combines the resources of a major public university — more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, cutting-edge academic facilities, and faculty experts with extensive university and real-world experience — with all the personal attention and interaction expected from a smaller college. Expansion continues to define Tarleton’s activity. A 97,000-square-foot,

state-of-the-art engineering complex on the Stephenville campus and the first building of the university’s planned campus in Fort Worth both debuted this summer. A $26.4 million renovation and expansion of Memorial Stadium in Stephenville was completed in time for the kickoff of Texan football 2019, and the new Animal and Plant Sciences Center opens at Tarleton’s Agricultural Center later this year. Tarleton is expanding academically, too, with a School of Nursing, a School of Kinesiology, a School of Engineering and a School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies. Its first Ph.D. — a doctorate in criminal justice — started this fall. Students come to Tarleton from across the globe, representing some 30 countries and nearly every state in the U.S.

Tarleton spirit and traditions connect its graduates for years to come. Tarleton’s main campus is located in Stephenville, which consistently ranks as one of the best small towns in America. In addition to Fort Worth, other locations include Waco, Midlothian and Bryan.

AREA SCHOOLS ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Bluff Dale Independent School District

Dublin Independent School District

710 Church St. P.O. Box 101 Bluff Dale, TX 76433 (254) 728-3277 Grades: K-8

420 North Camden St. Dublin, TX 76446 (254) 445-3341 www.dublin.k12.tx.us Pre-K through 12th grade

Lingleville Independent School District

Hico Independent School District

21261 North FM 219 P.O. Box 134 Lingleville, TX 76461 (254) 968-2596 www.lingleville.k12.tx.us Pre-K through 12th grade

Morgan Mill Independent School District 295 E. FM 1188 P.O. Box 8 Morgan Mill, TX 76465 (254) 968-4921 K-8th grade

901 Cedar St. Hico, TX 76457 (254) 796-2181 www.hico-isd.net Pre-K through 12th grade

Huckabay Independent School District

Stephenville Christian School 1120 CR 351 Stephenville, TX 76401 (254) 965-4821 stephenvillechristianschool.com Pre-K - 6th grade

Huston Academy 680 Peach Orchard Rd. Stephenville, TX 76401 Grades 7-12

Premier of Dublin 112 S. Grafton St. Dublin,TX 76466 (254) 445-4844 www.responsiveed.com Grades 7-12


Rocky Point Christian Academy 3595 CR 178 (254) 965-3582 www.rpcacademy.com Two years old - Kindergarten

Three Way ISD 247 CR 207 Stephenville, TX 76401 (254) 965-6496 www.twisd.us Pre-Kindergarten - 8th grade

200 County Road 421 Huckabay, TX (254) 968-5274 www.hisd.us K-12th grade

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GET CONNECTED 48 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Looking for your new career? Let these local organizations help you find the job you’ve always dreamed of.

* Rent-A-Center (254) 965-3040 www.rentacenter.com * Santo Propane (254) 646-2237 www.santopropane.com * Spark Solar (806) 282-8200 www.sparksolar.us * Stephenville City Electric (254) 965-4141 www.svillecityelec.com T-Mobile (Phone) (254) 434-2109 www.t-mobile.com * Totelcom Networks (Phone, Internet) (254) 965-4323 www.totelcom.net TXU Energy (Electric) (800) 242-9113 www.txu.com * United Cooperative (Rural Electric) (254) 965-3153 www.united-cs.com Verizon Wireless (Phone) (254) 918-0632 mobiledestination.com

Stephenville Chamber of Commerce www.stephenvilletexas.org/jobs/ Personnel Services of Stephenville 2117 W. Washington St.; (254) 965-7904 www.psstaffing.com/ Tarleton State University Career Services, 1351 W. Vanderbilt St. (254) 968-9078 http://www.tarleton.edu/careerservices/ Available to TSU Students & Alumni Only Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas 2165 W. South Loop Suite 2; (254) 965-5100 dfwjobs.com/

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* Brooks Real Estate (254) 965-5051 2915 W. Washington Stephenville, TX 76401 www.brooks-realty.com

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* Re/Max Lone Star (254) 434-4123 2217 W. Washington St. Stephenville, TX 76401 www.my texaslifestyle.com

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Ronnie Singleton Realty (254) 485-8883 150 N. Harvin Dr., Ste #418 Stephenville, TX 76401 www.sellingstephenville.com

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* Stephenville Texas RV Park & Horse Motel (254) 595-2017 4710 N. US Hwy 281 Stephenville, TX 76401 www.stephenvilletexasrvpark.com

* Trafalgar Homes (254) 968-1005 1690 W. Lingleville Rd. Stephenville, TX 76401 www.trafalgarhomestx.com

*University Plaza c/o Carnegie Companies Inc. (440) 914-9000 2125 W. Washington St. www.stephenvillehomes.com/property/37

* White Real Estate & Appraisals (254) 968-3737 471 Harbin, Suite 101 Stephenville, TX 76401 www.whiterealestate-tx.com

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CHILD CARE 50 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• * Faith School at Faith Lutheran Church

* Rocky Point Wee School

3000 Northwest Loop (254) 968-2344 or (254) 968-2710 www.faithlutheranstephenville.com/faith-school Accepts children 6 weeks – after schoolers, and offers private instruction pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes

3595 CR 178, Rocky Point Baptist Church (254) 965-3582 www.rpweeschool.org Christian education for children 2 years old – kindergarten, determined by age on September 1st. Offering 2, 3, 4, & 5 day programs. Extended care hours available.

* Grace Ridge Early Learning Center

* Stepping Stones Day School

510 E FM 8; (254) 434-2507 http://timberridgechurch.com/GRACERIDGE/ Christian childcare for newborns through five-year-olds as well as after school care for children up to ten-years-old

328 W. Washington, First United Methodist Church (254) 965-3320 Private school offering 3-year-old nursery school, 4-year-old preschool, and 5-year-old kindergarten. Class space is limited to supply children with individual attention.

Happy Days Child Development Center

* Tarleton State University Child Development Center

205 River North Blvd; (254) 968-8982 www.happydayshangtime.com Accepts children ages 6 weeks – 12 years old and offers pre-kindergarten, after-school care, and summer camp

* Kinderbridge 334 W. Green St., First Baptist Church Stephenville (254) 965-3187 www.fbcstephenville.org Christian education for children 2-4 years old.

* Kindercare Christian Pre-School 312 N. Graham, Graham Street Church of Christ; (254) 965-4510 Christian education for children 3-4 years old.

* Mother’s Day Out 1375 Cage St., Harvey Baptist Church (254) 965-459-1002 http://www.harveybaptist.org/stack/mdo Christian child care program on Mondays and/or Wednesdays for children 3 mos.-3 years old.

* Nurture n’ Nature 1225 W. South Loop; (254) 965-4849 Pre-K, after-school care program, and drop-in available for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years old. Extended hours available.

* Ranger College Child Development Center 1835 W. Lingleville Road; (254) 968-1071 www.rangercollege.edu/child-development/ Child care program for children 12 months-5 years old. After-school care available. * Active Stephenville Chamber of Commerce Member

1333 W. Washington, Tarleton Kinesiology Building (254) 968-9788 www.tarleton.edu/childdevcenter/index.html Child care program for children 18 months-Pre-K. After-school care available.

Tree House After School Program 422 W. Washington; (254) 965-9756 Free after-school care for children of qualifying families, ages kindergarten-fourth grade.

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January/February: • Chamber Banquet & Silent Auction • Pageant contestant recruiting & rehearsals


• Miss Dublin Ambassador Program • St. Patrick’s Celebration (Parade, Vendors, Food trucks, Entertainment, Shamrock Shuffle, Contests, Carnival, etc.)


• Candidate Forum • Texas Trash Off • Easter activities, etc


• Cinco De Mayo Festival • Community activity support • DISD graduation activities • Museum support


• Ben Hogan event • Dairy month • Tour de Agua • Irish Stampede • Ambassador Court Parade in other towns


• Ambassador Court 3 parades in other towns • Museum support

August/September: • Back to school activities • Community/DISD Breakfast


• Fall Fiesta • Safe Trick or Treat & fall community activities


• Thanksgiving Community involvement


• Dublin Christmas Event/Lighted Parade (1st Thursday in Dec.) • Corner Lot Lights & Residential commercial decorating contest


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Dublin Dollar Decal Look for this decal at businesses accepting Dublin Dollars What are Dublin Dollars designed to do? They are intended to encourage shopping at home. Sales tax is vital to every community, especially small towns, and it is unfortunate to lose money to a neighboring community when the same product is available in a Dublin store. Each month, hundreds of dollars in Dublin Dollars are redeemed at the chamber office by grocery and convenience stores, hair salons, hardware stores, gift shops, restaurants, etc. Even non-profit organizations can accept them as donations, if they are chamber members. For more information about Dublin Dollars or to be included in the program, please call the chamber office at 254-445-3422. Thanks for helping the Dublin economy by shopping at home!

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