The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is set to welcome approximately 1,500 high school FFA members on Tuesday, Nov. 4 as part of the annual Tarleton State University Invitational Leadership Career Development Event (LCDE).
Organizers expect this year’s LCDE to be the largest in Tarleton’s history, said Dr. Rudy Tarpley, head of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences. Students will travel to Stephenville from 75 schools across the state of Texas to compete in 13 LCDE contests hosted by the college and its Collegiate FFA chapter.
Teams and individual FFA members use the Tarleton Invitational LCDEs as an opportunity to hone their knowledge and skills prior to their respective district competitions, as well as the area and state qualification contests scheduled for late November.
Events at this fall’s LCDE contest include: Ag Advocacy, Ag Issues Forum, Greenhand Chapter Conducting, Greenhand Creed Speaking, Greenhand Quiz, Greenhand Skills, Job Interview, Public Relations, Radio Broadcasting, Senior Chapter Conducting, Senior Creed Speaking, Senior Quiz and Senior Skills.
Teams will begin registering on the Tarleton campus at noon with contests starting at 1 p.m.
Dublin has got a nice set of Halloween events tomorrow that is sure to make spirits rise.
The annual safe Trick or Treat sponsored by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce is set for 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 at the Wright Historic Park and Pavilion. Businesses will be handing out candy in decorated booths with the best earning some Dublin Dollars to spend around town.
The event will end with a costume contest spread across five groups with first place getting $10 in Dublin Dollars and the runner-up receiving $5. Age Categories are: birth-2, 3-5, 6-9, 10-13 and 14-adult.
For more information about the trick or treat, call (254) 445-3422.
Festivities will continue right across the street as the Dublin Public Library will be screening the PG-rated family film Hotel Transylvania. The animated movie features Adam Sandler as Dracula who is holding a party for his daughter in his secluded hotel for monsters. Everything is going well until a dreaded human stumbles in the door.
The screening was funded through Red Box’s Outside the Box program and 150 free movie codes for Red Box rentals will be given on a first come, first served basis. The screening will start after dark on the Library lawn and viewers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks although the First National Bank of Dublin will be providing the popcorn. For more information about the screening, call the library at (254) 445-4141.
For the braver crowd, a spookhouse is being scared up in the old Dublin Jr. High gymnasium with ticket sales benefiting the 2015 Dublin Project Graduation. Guests will be able to take terrifying tours from 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30 and 7 p.m.-midnight on Saturday, Nov. 1. Admission will be $2 per person
Finally, the dreaded zombie apocalypse will be coming to Dublin from noon-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 as Dublin Goes Zombie.
Building off the zombie trend which has been gaining popularity for several years, Mike and Christina Daniels of Thoughtbox Studios are organizing Dublin Goes Zombie on Nov. 1 from noon to 5 p.m. at Dublin City Park.
Dublin Goes Zombie is a zombie-themed maze run where 10 humans must evade obstacles and “zombies” to get to the end while taking as few hits as possible. Hits are represented by tags that human players wear on belts. The uninfected will get three tags. If they lose all three, they fall victim to the living dead.
Zombies are only allowed to grasp for tags and no weapons will be allowed on the course even if they are part of the costume. The Daniels envision this as a family event but ask that any children under 13 have a parent present. Strollers are also not allowed as they would be difficult to navigate the course.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Sound of Dublin band and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce for needed projects in the community. Attendees who bring in five can items will also get $5 off of the $15 ticket price. All canned items are being donated to Dublin’s Love Basket food pantry.
A triage tent will be set up in the park where zombies will go to terrifying touch-ups. Visitors can also pay extra for a bloody makeover at their request.
Waivers are needed to participate as zombies which warn people to wear clothes they don’t mind getting dirty as ‘blood’ tends to leave stains. The waiver also dictates proper behavior so that everybody has a good time. Those looking to join as zombies are encouraged to get there early so they can get properly zombified.
For more information, Call the Dublin Chamber of Commerce at 445-3422
A word of caution: Don’t leave a Dublin Lions football game early.
Those who did so Friday were puzzled when they read the scores in Saturday mornings papers that showed Dublin lost a district 10AAA Division II to Marlin in triple overtime 36-28.
How could that be? Dublin was behind 14-0 with only about six minutes to go in the game.
On Saturday Dublin traveled to Waco to face 5A Waco High in a non-district match. The Lady Lions dominated with their aggressive offense and great back row play.
Dublin won in three with the scores of 25-16, 25-10, 25-12.
On Tuesday the Lady Lions faced Comanche in their last home game. It was Senior night for the Lady Lions as seniors Ajia Muro, Kaytlyn Henning, and Sunny Clark were honored before the game.
Dublin came out strong and never looked back as they dominated all three sets with the scores of 25-2, 25-7, 25-6.
See complete stories in the Oct. 23 edition.
The Dublin Lions football crew continued to roll Friday on the road with impressive outings, this past week notching a 54-21 win over Bruceville- Eddy to open district and only needing one more win to secure a playoff spot.
But the Lions want more than just a play-off spot as being at the top of district competitors would help insure play-off wins. The Lions have not had a play-off win since 1965 and haven’t been in the playoffs in more than a decade. Currently, the top three teams of the six team district after the first week of district play are Dublin with the win over Bruceville-Eddy, Jarrell with a 55-0 win over Clifton and Rogers with a 29-3 win over Marlin.
Marlin is the next competitor for the Lions with a home game at Memorial Stadium Friday night (Oct. 17) at 7:30.
The Lady Lions volleyball team also added some wins over the past week.
On Saturday the Lady Lions began District play as they traveled to Comanche.
Dublin dominated the match as their aggressive offense took charge and led them to a three set win with the scores of 25-10, 25-15, 25-12.
On Tuesday Dublin faced Bangs at home. Once again the Lady Lions came out strong as they dropped the Lady Dragons in three sets with the scores of 25-9, 25-22, 25-12.
For more coverage, see the Oct. 16 edition.
Vernon Fredrick Turner, 78, of Hico died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at Hico Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born on March 15, 1936 in Winters, TX to Harvey Boss Turner and Leona (Gerhart) Turner.
He was married on Aug. 3, 2001 to Linda Martin in Hamilton.
In life, Turner was a carpenter and member of Carpenters Local of Fort Worth as well as a member of the Lutheran faith.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Judy Peters of Fayetteville, Ala.; two sons, Terry Lynn Turner of Haltom City, TX and Vernon Eugene Turner of Burleson, TX; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Ray Turner of Burleson, TX; and a sister, Barbara Holcomb of Alexander, TX.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26. Funeral Services will be Monday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. at Harrell Memorial Chapel with burial to follow in Dublin Live Oak Cemetery.
Arrangements were made under the direction of Harrell Funeral Home. Harrellfuneralhomedublin.com
Michael Marmion Spann, 92, of Dublin died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at his home.
He was born on Sept. 27, 1922 in San Antonio to Michael Crowley Spann and Corinne Ysabella (Marmion) Spann.
He was married on Aug. 17, 1951 to Mildred Marie Nathery who preceded him in death on June 17, 1995. On Nov. 14, 1999, he was married to Susan (Scroggins) Wiggins.
In life, he worked as a research engineer for Exxon, was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, was a member of Highland Ave. Congregational Methodist Church and was a charter member of the Parker County Radio.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Spann; two daughters, Deborah Corinne George of Mansfield, TX and Charlotte Irona Spann of Alvin, TX; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Harrell Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Friday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. in Harrell Memorial Chapel, Rev. Gerald Freeman officiating, with burial in Dublin Liveoak Cemetery.