The 86th Annual Texas FFA State Convention was held at the Fort Worth Convention Center during the week of July 14-18. This year’s convention was attended by a record breaking 12,000 members and guests.
Dublin members attending the convention were Madison Taylor, Jessica Osinga, Cheyenne Holt, and Cameron Price. Jessica, Cheyenne, and Cameron received their Texas FFA State Degrees. Vanesa Medrano was also awarded her state degree, but was unable to attend the convention. Only two percent of state members receive this award. There are currently 104,000 Texas FFA Members. Madison served as a voting delegate during daily convention sessions, along with Cheyenne and Cameron. Cheyenne and Cameron also served on the Texas FFA State Courtesy Corp, which is in charge of overseeing crowd control, guest services, and enforcing rules and regulations on the voting delegate floor. Dublin FFA Members also helped elect a new state president, attended the FFA sponsored Casey Donahew Band Concert and VATAT sponsored dance. This year’s concert and dance was attended by over 7,000 FFA members. Also attending the convention from Dublin, were FFA Advisors Darren Price and Josh Beaty. Next year’s convention will be held in Corpus Christi during July.
The Erath County Humane Society and Animal Shelter is currently at one of its lowest occupation levels since it opened, thanks to the rise of owners spaying their pets and operational rescues in the area. The shelter, located in Stephenville, has taken in animals from civilians and Animal Control since 1979.
Judy Hallmark, an employee of the shelter for the past 25 years, said the shelter operates for the city as well as the community. There is a separate building where Animal Control brings animals that are to be processed and become humane society property.
“We are a pound plus a humane society and animal shelter,” Hallmark said.
The shelter currently has no dogs and only a few cats up for adoption and receives dogs and cats from Erath County Animal Control and civilians who find strays. Animals found in Dublin, however, go to the Dublin Animal Shelter. As of Tuesday, the Dublin Animal Shelter only had 3 animals.
See the July 24 edition for the full story.
Summer officially comes to a close for local athletes as the start of 2-a-days begins Monday, August 4.
The grueling, midsummer test of endurance begins for the Dublin Lion football teams at the high school practice fields at 6:15 a.m. For the Lady Lion volleyball teams, a 7 a.m. start at Memorial Stadium for their inaugural mile will kick off their 2-a-day workouts followed by conditioning and ball work at the high school.
Players must have a physical or medical history on file prior to Monday.
A number of dedicated Dublin athletes have worked hard all summer, including the 7-on-7 football team and the Lady Lions who continued playing volleyball through spring league and summer tournaments, to hone their skills and improve for the upcoming season.
Meet the Lions will be on Thursday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Roy and Lynn Neff Gymnasium.
The Lady Lions will visit the Glen Rose Lady Tigers in their annual scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 8 and travel to Brownwood for a scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 9.
The Lingleville Cardinals and Lady Cardinals begin preseason workouts on Monday, Aug. 4 at 7 a.m.
Dancers and musicians aren’t getting a break either as practice begins the same day for the Dandi-Lions, cheerleades and the Sound of Dublin Band which will meet from 3-8 p.m. at Dublin High School.
For the second year in a row the Dublin Lions closed out the summer 7on7 season by competing in the Adidas Texas 7on7 State Championship Tournament this past week in College Station.
In order to participate in the State Tournament, you have to qualify. The Lions qualified over a month ago at the Brownwood State Qualifier by knocking off the host school in overtime in the championship round.
The State Tournament is broken up into two divisions. Division 1 consists of 5A and 6A schools. Division 2 consists of 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A schools. In pool play the Lions were matched up against Sealy, Argyle and Crockett. In 2013 Argyle won the 3A division II State Championship.
In the opening round of pool play, the Lions defeated Sealy 27-25, lost to Argyle 34-13 and lost to Crockett 33-27.
In bracket play on Friday, Dublin was matched up against Ft. Bend Christian. With an 8 a.m. start time, it took the team a little while to wake up but none the less the Lions emerged victorious by a score of 21-13. Up next for the Lions was Waco Robinson. It was a back and forth game with each school matching score for score. The Lions ended up on the short side of it by a score of 32-25 as time ran out on us.
See more coverage in the July 17 edition.
Jane Brown Kading of Stephenville passed away on July 21, 2014. She was born to Otis and Mary (McClure) Brown on March 4, 1931 in Dublin, Texas. She was a proud graduate of Dublin High School, class of 1948.
Jane married Horace Wayne Kading on August 5, 1950 in Midland, Texas. They lived in Odessa and Hobbs, but made Midland home in 1956.
Jane loved little children, her dogs, watching birds and reading. She was a talented seamstress and volunteered to run the James Bowie Elementary library for many years. After her husband died she moved to Lake Leon and then home to Dublin, just in time to help plan her 50th class reunion.
Jane was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Dixie Lee McIlroy; sister, Maxine Hawkins; and brothers, Sam Brown and Don Hoover. She is survived by daughter, Sherry Bell (Phillip) of Midland, son, Kelly Kading (Jana) of Glendale, Arizonia; son-in-law, Ron McIlroy of Burnsville, Minnesota. She is also survived by grandchildren, Tracy McIlroy (Lori), Erin McIlroy, Justin Bell (Samantha), Katherine Ehlers (Todd), Cameron Kading, and Kendall Kading. Her great grandchildren include, Cade and Cole McIlroy, Mae Ehlers and Michael Bell.
A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Harrell Funeral Home in Dublin, Friday evening. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Saturday morning at the Dublin Live Oak Cemetery on Highway 6.
In lieu of flowers, Jane would have loved memorial donations to the Dublin Library, the Dublin Historical Museum or any animal rescue organization.
Mary “June” Trice, 89, of Shawnee, Kans., died at Kansas City Hospice House on Saturday, July 19, 2014 after a dignified battle with lung cancer and COPD.
She was born June 12, 1925 in Dublin, the second of five children born to Carl and Velma Sanders.
She graduated from North Texas State University in 1946 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics.
She married Shuler Trice in Dublin, TX on June 1, 1946. They spent a majority of their 51 years of married life in Texas.
She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and an active member in UMW, most recently at Shawnee United Methodist Church.
Trice was primarily a homemaker, although she did work for the JC Penney Company in Kansas City for several years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Shuler, and a brother, Bill Sanders.
Trice is survived by her son Craig Trice; daughter Cynthia Eubank; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; her sister, Kathy Logan; and two brothers, Herb Sanders and Carl B. Sanders, Jr.
A visitation will be held Saturday July 26, 2014 beginning at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Dublin, TX. The funeral service will follow at 11a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Dublin Liveoak Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, 1500 Meadow Lake Pkwy, #200, KC, MO 64111 or to the Shawnee United Methodist Church Missions Fund, 10700 Johnson Dr, Shawnee, KS 66203. Arrangements were made under the direction of Harrell Funeral Home.