Girls end Eastland's streak

Dublin had another winning week, this time spoiling Eastland’s seven-game undefeated streak. 

The Lady Lions are 6-2 now, still tied for second in District with Hamilton, who they will face on Saturday. 

The 3-1 victory over Eastland, started with big back-to-back wins for Dublin, 25-17 and 25-20. 

Eastland scored a narrow 25-23 third-set win, but the Lady Lions roared back for a 25-19 finish. 

The team got a whopping 41 kills, led by Kaylee Smith with nine. Bailey Noel, Maeleigh Geijsel and Addison Stout hit eight kills each. 

Kylie Curtoys made 22 assists, six aces, 14 digs and two kills. 

Yakelin Morantes led in digs with 21 and served 15 times with no errors. 

Jordyn Ricks added 13 digs, five kills and 10 assists. 

Noel and Stout also added 2 aces each, and Stout made 10 digs.

Morantes and Camry Porter each served 15 times without an error. 

Geijsel also hit two blocks. 


Drug awareness events set for Erath

The last week in October offers more than just Halloween as The Erath County Community Coalition is hosting two events to shed light on drug abuse and overcoming it.

On Oct. 25, a candlelight vigil will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Birdsong Amphitheater in the Stephenville City Park. EC3 Community Coordinator Eric Lockwood describes the event, now in its third year, as a way to for friends and family to come together in recognition of loved ones lost to substance abuse. Lockwood also hopes the event will reduce some of the stigma about drug abuse so anyone wanting help for themselves or a loved one can speak to one of the local organizations who will be present at the park.

“Often, people are too ashamed to admit they have a problem,” Lockwood said. “This is a way for the community to make a statement and say we support you and want you to get better.”


Former local priest in abuse list

A local priest from the 1980s is listed among clergy with “credible accusations” of sexual abuse.

The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth announced its “ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of our children and its commitment to transparency” with the release of a list of clergy with credible accusations of sexual abuse, dating back to the 1960s.

The list includes 17 men who have served the local diocese, one of which served in Erath County in 1984-85: James Howlett.

According to the Catholic Diocese’s website, Howlett was ordained in Ireland for the Pallotine Fathers and was assigned to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Graham and St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Olney from 1977 to 1984.

From 1984 to 1985, Howlett served St. Brendan’s Catholic Church in Stephenville, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dublin, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Comanche and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in DeLeon. 


Planes, Train and Automobiles

Crowds swarmed to Dublin by land and by air for a planes, train and automobiles event celebrating the 90th anniversary of the historic Katy Train Depot and the 50th anniversary of the Dublin Airport.

A variety of light aircraft and gyros, as well as classic cars (including local shooting legend Evil Roy and his vintage ride and Stephenville's Cars & Coffee at the Courthouse group), were on display at the airport. 

The historic railroad depot was host to an ice cream party (with Dublin Bottling Works syrups for toppings) and an exhibit of work by Dublin High School art students hosted by the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council.

The event also coincided with live music by Abbey Green at Things Celtic.

See more photos in the Oct. 11 Dublin Citizen.


Lions looking to keep wins alive in District

After going undefeated in the preseason, Dublin is looking to keep their winning streak alive as they face Tolar on Friday at Memorial Stadium. 

Tolar is 3-2 with losses to Crawford and DeLeon, who Dublin beat earlier this year. 

Tolar defeated Early, Goldthwaite and Trinity Christian in the preseason. 

They run a creative spread offense, Coach Bob Cervetto said, with some inventive plays. 

Their defense is aggressive and they run asymmetrical, odd-man front. 

“If you like football, this will be a good game,” Cervetto said. 

Tolar narrowly defeated Dublin last season 30-28 in a difficult game, so Dublin will be looking to right their wrongs and take a W on Friday.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and fans who wear black will get in free to the blackout game. That’s also true of Tuesday’s volleyball game.

Dublin is the only team in the District that went undefeated in the preseason. 


Planes, Trains, Auto show set Oct. 6

Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Whatever mode of travel you prefer, Dublin has you covered with a day of events on Oct. 6 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the municipal airport and the 90th birthday of the Katy Depot.

Dublin Airport office manager Brad Stanford said the event has already drawn a lot of attention from pilots as there aren’t any light sport aircraft shows in this part of the country. 

The event is also being cross-promoted with the annual fly-in at Ranger Airport, one of the last municipal grass landing strips. All of this coupled with plans to offer unleaded Swift aviation fuel for $1 less per gallon than usual should translate to a lot of pilots and planes.

The day begins at the airport at 9 a.m. as a number of owners and dealers will be on hand for a light sport mini expo showing off a wide variety of aircrafts (including an appearance by the Hamilton Soaring Club).


Fiesta changing seasons

The Dublin Chamber of Commerce has decided to cancel the annual Fall Fiesta set for Oct. 27 and reschedule it as a Spring Fling Fiesta near the beginning of May to tie with Cinco De Mayo celebrations.

Chamber Executive Director Luanne Schexnider explained that the postponement was partially due to another vendor event set that day in the Rotary Building.

Schexnider plans to request the City Park for the May Fiesta with similar plans to the event originally set for the end of this month.


Sheriff's deputy arrested, fired

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Dylan Metsgar

Erath County Sheriff's Deputy Dylan Metsgar was arrested and fired Wednesday, accused of sexual assault, according to a news release from the Erath County Sheriff's Office.

Ranger Danny Briley of the Texas Rangers arrested Metsgar following a meeting between Briley, Metsgar and the ECSO on Wednesday.

The ECSO also terminated Metsgar at this meeting.

Metsgar has posted a $30,000 bond with conditions after Judge Shawnee Bass arraigned him for sexual assault. He is no longer in custody.

The ECSO reported being made aware of a possible incident late last week after Sheriff Matt Coates was contacted by the Stephenville Police Department of an active investigation involving Metsgar.

No other information has been released at this time as the investigation is ongoing, the news release said.


Quilt Guild presenting Threads of Texas show

Town ‘N Country Quilt Guild of Stephenville will host the Threads of Texas Quilt Show at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Oct. 5 (9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and Oct. 6 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Admission is $7 or $6 with a can of food. 

Concessions will be available, as well as more than 100 judged quilts, vendors, scissor man, door prizes, silent auction, quilt appraisals and more. 

The Quilt Guild will give away a Martelli five-foot cutting table with accessories (estimated value more than $3,500), as well as a raffle a 103-inch square quilt with blocks made by guild members. 

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Meals on Wheels of Erath County. 

The winner will be drawn 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 6.


Register to vote at Library

Register to vote at the Dublin Public Library, 206 Blackjack Street, on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A volunteer deputy registrar will be there with cards for you to fill out if you want to register for the first time or report a name or address change.

Are you already a registered voter?

To find out, visit at home or at the library. If you want to vote in the Nov. 6 election, the last day to register is Oct. 9.


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