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Sgt. Kent Howell, 36 ‘My life is about public service’ By Sara Vanden Berge


gt. Kent Howell is a selfproclaimed “Stephenville boy” who says he will never leave. “I’m a Stephenville boy,” he said. “I love this town. This is where I grew up and where I want to raise my kids. I want them to experience the same things I did.” Kent graduated from Stephenville High School in 2000 and worked for his dad in the construction business for several years before moving into law enforceKent Howell is a patrol ment. sergeant for the Erath “I County Sheriff’s Office. started framing

houses with my dad when I was little-bitty,” he said. But Kent is no longer “littlebitty.” The 36-year-old married father of four is a patrol sergeant with the Erath County Sheriff’s Office. He has a big smile and easy-going demeanor and clearly loves his family and community he serves. In fact, Kent was a few minutes late for this interview because he was reading books to an elementary class as part of SISD’s WATCHDOG program. “I love talking to people, helping people and serving this community,” he said. “My life is about public service.”

Toby O’Neal, 36 His love of sports, faith, outdoors keeps him close to home football team, playToby O’Neal in front of his ing for former coach trailer at a construction site. Art Briles when they oby O’Neal is the epitome of all things Stephenville: Polite, athletic, outdoorsy, won state championwell-spoken and faithful. ships in 1998 and 1999. He was also named Toby and his wife Mandy share a blended first-team all state his senior year. family of three children and are expecting After graduation Toby attended Tarleton another in July. State University with the intent on playing “This was a great community to grow up football, but those plans changed when he in,” Toby said. “If I wasn’t fishing or hunting started selling Kirby vacuum cleaners and or going to church, I was playing sports.” opened a dealership in Granbury where he Toby’s love of all things Stephenville began managed 25 employees. when he moved to the area in the sixth grade. Two years later, he closed the business and “I was born in Mobile, Alabama and moved to Missouri where he started a roofing my family bounced around a lot,” he said. company. “We moved to Hamilton when I was in the And just three yeas ago, life came full circle third grade and three years later came to and Toby found his way back to Stephenville Stephenville.” where today he owns and operates TXP It was a move that jumpstarted his continu- Construction and Remodeling. ing love of athletics and small-town living. “This is the perfect place to raise a family,” Toby was a standout on the Yellow Jacket he said. “It’s good to be back.” By Sara Vanden Berge



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