Dublin school board meeting in regular monthly session Monday held a public hearing on leasing the old junior high cafeteria for use as a day care center by Kids’ Korner and then approved the leasing of the facility.
That discussion was among a wide variety of topics covered.
Terms of the lease include free day care for up to 20 children of school instructional staff that Supt. Dr. Rodney Schneider said is a fringe benefit that will help attract top teachers as well as provide upkeep for the building.
The elementary cafeteria will be open for use by groups who have been using the old junior high facility for reunions and other gatherings.
Information on the lease is contained in an article by Schneider in this Dec. 18 edition and will include about $27,000 in remodeling, most of which will be paid by the day care operators, Gaye and Ansel Yarbrough. That will include bringing the building up to code with fireproof sheetrock, fire alarms and new windows.
See the Dec. 18 edition for more coverage of the meeting.
The Community Players, a new Stephenville area civic theater group, will present its first production, “Sorry! Wrong Chimney!” this Thursday and Friday at Tarleton State University.
The Community Players’ debut performance of the Leo W. Sears and Jack Sharkey adult Christmas comedy will be at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 18-19 in the workshop theater of the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $5 prior to each evening performance.
It’s 10 days before Christmas, and newlywed David Tuttle has secretly been moonlighting as a department store Santa so he can buy his wife a fantastic, expensive gift. He tells her he’s working late at the office, but she suspects his late nights are an excuse to sneak out to have an affair. The suspected other woman, some wacky neighbors, a slightly off-balance Santa burglar, his tough gun-toting fiancée and a hypnotized policeman (who thinks he’s an exotic dancer) add up to a rollicking lighthearted tale that is full of mistaken identities.
The production, which runs approximately two hours with an intermission, is intended for audiences 15 and older.
Serving as director of the play is Mica Hassler Parsons, theater arts instructor at Stephenville ISD’s Henderson Junior High School. Cast and crew members include Tarleton students Hank Baldree (David), Mary Meiron (Samantha) and stage manager and lighting designer Sarah McGrath; Tarleton assistant professor of fine arts Prudence Jones (Sheila); Tarleton alumnus and scenic designer Seth Williams (Kris Kreigel); as well as community members Miller Wells (police officer), Charlie Clemmer (Bill) and Debra Morris (Natalie).
The Community Players were formed in July of this year by individuals from Stephenville who were interested in forming a civic theater program. Proceeds from this week’s production will benefit the Community Players who began preparing for the play in August, said Jones.
Tarleton State University, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.
Dublin High School senior Sunny Clark has been name as a first-team All-State selection in Class 3A volleyball by the Texas Girls Coaches Association. Clark was recognized at Monday’s meeting of the DISD School Board where a resolution was passed in her honor. Clark, pictured with DISD board member Kent Crouch, led the Lady Lions to the District and Area titles this year as well as a trip to the Regional Quarterfinals. She is the first volleyball player from Dublin to receive this honor.
Both Dublin High School varsity basketball teams broke free of losing to Comanche over on Dec. 16.
The Lady Lions took on Arch-rival Comanche Maidens. With determination in these girls’ eyes they went to work only having 11 turnovers in the game and 23 offensive rebounds as a team.
It was a total team effort to finally beat Comanche, and the Lady Lions were hungry for that 60-54 win.
The Lions dominated the Comanche Indians for the first time since 2011. The Lions carried a 18-11 lead into the half holding Comanche to only three second quarter points and were up by nine going into the final period.
The scoreboard showed 29-20 at the start of the fourth. Ten points in the quarter gave the Lions their 39-28 victory.
See more Lions and Lady Lions coverage in the Dec. 18 edition.
James Von White, 86 of Fort Worth, TX died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 in Fort Worth.
He was born May 11, 1928 in Lamkin, TX to the late William R. & Jewel Neel White.
After high school he worked for the FBI in Washington, DC. Then he joined the Army and served with the 40th Infantry Division in Japan and Korea during the Korean War. After returning from the war he again worked for the FBI in Washington, DC. He was later transferred to the Dallas office and the Ft Worth office where he was involved in the investigation of the assassination of President Kennedy.
He is survived by his two sisters: Buena Collins of Gustine, TX and Janis Willingham of Waxahachie, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, one Brother: J.N. “Son” White, and three Sisters: Dorothy Nell White, Cloy Genetta Moore, Jo Rae Compton.
Services to celebrate his life were Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, graveside at the Toliver Cemetery in Lamkin, Texas with Pastor Mary Mercer officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kimbell Art Museum 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, Texas 76107 or call the Membership Department 817-288-3224.
Arrangements were under the direction of Wayne Boze Funeral Home in Waxahachie. waynebozefuneralhome.com
Gayland W Carson, 71, of Gustine, TX passed away Saturday December 13, 2014 in Fort Worth. TX.
Funeral services, under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Comanche, were Monday Dec. 15 at the Heartland Chapel.
Interment followed at the Siloam Cemetery near Gustine in Comanche County. Messages to the family can be left on the guestbook at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net
Gayland was born May 18, 1943, in Dallas, TX to Dink and Hattie (Robinson) Carson. He attended school and graduated from Gustine High School.
He later attended Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science in AG Education. After graduation, Gayland continued his education with Special Ed Certification, Principle Certification, Mid-management & Superintendent Certification, Small Engine Repair Certification, and his Masters of Administration in Education.
Gayland began teaching Special Education in Hamilton, TX and then taught Special Education in Dublin ISD, and was Superintendent in Mullin, TX. Gayland was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gustine. He was very civic-minded while actively serving his community as a member of the Lions Club, Constable of Gustine, the Gustine Rodeo Club, Gustine VFD, an EMT, on the Gustine School Board, the Gustine City Council, and often he frequented a “chair” at the City Café in Gustine.
Gayland and Sue were high school sweethearts. They worked hand in hand in all of their daily activities. Gayland’s hobbies was tending to their cattle, which was work but Gayland enjoyed it. Gayland enjoyed his family, people and teaching.
Gayland is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sue Carson; son; Darren Carson and wife Cody of Eula, TX; daughter, Tammie Hicks of Stephenville; grandchildren, Chelsea Hicks, Destiny & Dakota Carson; extended family, Wednesday Henry, Brittany Wilson, and Ryan Fizer, Lana & Erskine McDermott & family, James & Lisa Terrell; nieces, Stacy Day and husband Randy, Maranda & Travis Day of Keller, TX, Shelby Clark, Coltin & Katilyn of FT. Worth, TX, Mandy Rivers & Michael, Taylor & Britliegh Rivers of Louisiana; nephew, Richard Carson, Lisa & Grant of Wisconsin; numerous cousins & families. Gayland was preceded in death by parents, Dink and Hattie Carson; brother, Bub Carson, twin nephews, Ronald and Donald Carson; in-laws, Novis and Henry Tarter.