Dublin ISD will be offering two new initiatives at the secondary campus in the fall.
Supt. Dr. Rodney Schneider has announced that a new component to the high school curriculum will be an opportunity for students to receive an Associates degree from Ranger College while meeting the requirements for high school graduation. The district will also be establishing a Hall of Fame at the high school to honor alumni from Dublin who have excelled in their chosen field or vocation and brought credit upon DISD and the community of Dublin.
The Dublin Community College Academy will allow students enrolled in Dublin High School to earn an Associates degree from Ranger College while simultaneously earning high school credits. Schneider states that “this will not only give Dublin students an opportunity to succeed academically, but it will also afford the community and the school district to play a role in seeing Dublin students succeed by supporting them as they obtain this degree.”
The “early college high school” trend is growing. Since 2002 schools across the nation have begun this program. However, Schneider states that “our program will be unique because of the role of the community and District which goes directly toward supporting the academic success of Dublin students.”
See the July 31 edition for the complete story.
At the suggestion of Dublin PD Sergeant Bennie Noel, a community meeting was held on Tuesday night so residents could hear about the work being done in the department and ask any questions they might have.
Although lightly attended, chief Shawn Fullagar said they had the same number at community involvement meetings when he was in the much larger Coppell, TX.
Fullagar had compiled some statistics, showing that the department had 83 arrests last year compared to 86 so far this year. The department has also logged 347 reports so far in 2014 compared to 2013’s 324.
Fullagar reported that he doesn’t like to measure progress by arrests but is encouraged by the numbers which are showing better solve rates and community involvement.
Noel began the meeting by talking about recent work done by the department including two arrests that came from investigating the recent string of car burglaries.
Fullagar added that the station was looking into replacing radios and is seeking grants for the new system while a camera system for the interview room (funded through grants) had just arrived that day.
He also announced that four Dublin PD officers have gone through mental health peace officer training and that Bob Gonzales, an officer with 18 years of experience at Erath County Sheriff’s Office will be joining Dublin officers on Aug. 8 when Chris Hill moves over to ECSO. Gonzales will be full-time and has been assisting the department already.
Before opening the meeting to questions, the officers said that they hope to start regular community meetings where attendance will grow. Fullagar added that he’d like to start a police explorers program for youth and a citizen’s group to go through training and learn about the officers that serve the community.
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.
Laura Ellen Armstrong, 96, of Stephenville died on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Castle View Nursing Home.
She was born on Feb. 21, 1918 in Erath County to Hamilton Gaines and Ethel Agnes McCurdy.
She was wed on Sept. 14, 1939 to Delmar Dee Armstrong who preceded her in death on Jan. 15, 1967.
In life, Armstrong was a devoted homemaker and a member of Washington St. Baptist Church.
She is survived by two brothers, Joe Gaines of Bluff Dale, TX and Jack Gaines of Odessa, TX; and two sisters, Connie Turley of Garland, TX and Lois Pettijohn of Brownwood, TX.
Graveside services were Tuesday, July 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Dublin Live Oak Cemetery, Glenn Gaines officiating.
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.