In an effort to help local citizens understand how technology is changing daily activities like reading, the Dublin Public Library is hosting a technology open house on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event will start from 11 a.m. to noon with Librarian Adina Dunn and staff leading guests through an updated overview of e-Books and the Overdrive system that allows library patrons to check out digital copies of books on devices like tablets and smartphones.
That will be followed from noon to 1 p.m. with a ‘technology petting zoo’ in which visitors will be able to gets some hands-on time with devices such as Chromebooks that the library received through a Texas Book Festival grant. Devices will also include iPads, Surface tablets and Kindle Fire e-readers which were funded by the US Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Staff will be on-hand to brief visitors on these devices from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. during the closing Cromebook/tablet question and answer session.
Refreshments are also planned for this open event to the community.
Dublin City Council accepted the resignation of Dublin Police Chief Shawn Fullagar and acted on the interim position during their regular meeting Monday night. Following an executive session, the council members present unanimously decided to put Sgt. Bennie Noel in charge of any matters that would fall to the chief during the interim but keep him in charge of his regular day-to-day duties as sergeant and School Resource Officer for the Dublin ISD Secondary Campus.
Darrell Curry and David Zinck were absent while Jim Leatherwood presided over the meeting for absent mayor David Leatherwood.
Betty Collier, Director of Client Services at GrantWorks also spoke to the council about the Community Development Block Grant application following a short public hearing in which there were no comments.
GrantWorks will be assisting Dublin in acquiring a CDGB grant during 2015-2016. Collier advised that the applications are due in Feb. so following the hearing, the city needs to decide what projects they would like funded and added that CDGB gives priority to sewer and water projects.
If accepted, Dublin will be responsible for 15% of the granted amount. Collier announced that there is someone at GrantWorks who deals specifically with the CDGB as well as an in-house engineer to assist in determining what is needed for a project.
She also reported that a separate grant is available from the Texas Capital Fund which would help in widening or extending sewer and water lines for a business moving into the area such as if a gas station were to be built near the loop on Hwy. 6. Collier advised that they had contacted Stripes (a regular partner) about the Dublin bypass, saying that grants were available.
The council also voted (with Leatherwood abstaining) to waive city park fees for the Dublin Goes Zombie event on Nov. 1. Chamber of Commerce Director Luanne Schexnider introduced Thoughtbox Studios’ Mike and Christina Daniels who are organizing the event, noting that a lot of care and thought went into it and that it had been moved from the old jr. high to the park so it could be safer and allow a bigger crowd.
Christina advised the council that the event was devised to raise money for the hungry and much needed projects in the community as well as a way to raise funds for the Dublin band, noting that they have daughters in the program and found that it often went without needed funds unless fundraisers were held.
The council advised that the event will also be as safe as possible with rules and waivers to be signed by zombie participants. As avid fans of horror and make-up who had friends that organized a zombie run 5k at San-Diego Comic-Con, Mike and Christina thought this would be a way to offer something unusual to help the community.
The council unanimously accepted the 2015 membership into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. For a $100 membership, ERCOT searches for the electricity provider with the lowest price for their members.
The council also unanimously approved the year end 2013-2014 budget adjustment after being informed that it came lower than expected thanks to $80,000 more than expected in revenues as well as a resolution appointing the Dublin Citizen as the official newspaper for the City of Dublin for the next year, starting this month.
Correction: The article in the Oct. 23 edition mistakenly identified the company helping with the City's CDGB grant as Bramlett instead of GrantWorks. The article above has has been corrected.
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.
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.
Marvin Odis Head, 60, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 at Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
He was born on May 16, 1954 in Odessa, TX to Joseph Odis Head and Flossie Ann Smith.
In life, he worked as a nurse for Golden Age Manor and was a member of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by two daughters, Marsha Smith of Dublin and Sidney Woodrum of Athens, Ala.; a son, Joseph Head of Lingleville; six grandchildren; and five sisters, Corine Martin, Pat Phelps, Chris Jordan, Rita McLain and Lavone Bell.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James Head and a sister, Joanne Bethune.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on Friday at Harrell Funeral Home. Funeral Services are Saturday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. at Community Baptist, Harold Roan officiating. Burial will follow in Carbon Cemetery.
Arrangements were made under the direction of Harrell Funeral Home. Harrellfuneralhomedublin.com