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Wed
08
Aug

Escobars do well at national art competition

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Daniel (left to right), Angel and Joel Escobar recently showcased skills and talents at the Kids Fine Art contest of the Councils of the Assembly of God. Angel earned a Superior rating while his brothers earned Excellent.
Paul Gaudette  |  Citizen staff photo
 

Paul Gaudette
Staff Writer
Dublin brothers and artists Angel, Daniel and Joel Escobar spent last week in Houston for a national competition of the Kids Fine Arts contest of the Councils of the Assembly of God, with Angel claiming top honors and his brothers getting “excellent” in their respective categories.
The contest grades in four levels: fair, good, excellent and superior. Awards ranging from $500 to $2,000 are presented to those who earn superior marks.
Angel, an 18-year-old Dublin High School graduate, was excited for the win in T-shirt design, as this was his last year to compete. This was far from the first recognition he has received for his paintings and illustrations, though, as he made it to national competition five times, was featured in his own show through the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Gallery and was a finalist in a Dallas art museum contest.

Wed
08
Aug

Sound of Dublin Band's new leaders to shoot for 1

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Band Director Ronny Luedke points and directs the 2018-19 Sound of Dublin band while Cathryn Rasbury (far left) and Paul Higgins (front) keep an eye on quality. “You achieve success when you have more than one set of eyes and ears,” Luedke said about his plan to use the teaching team he built over the summer. The directors each have years of experience are are shooting for a 1 at the Oct. 20 competition.
Marilyn Krebs  |  Citizen staff photo

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Cathryn Rasbury (left to right), Paul Higgins and Director Ronny Luedke are leading the Sound of Dublin Band this year.
Paul Gaudette  |  Citizen staff photo
 

Paul Gaudette
Staff Writer

Wed
01
Aug

Dublin shelter growing gradually

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New renovations include a much larger air and heating unit with arms positioned directly at the cages for the dogs’ benefit.

While installing this, Essary moved the kennel cages back 18 inches in plans for what he would like to do next.

“My plans are so much bigger than that,” he said, before laying out a three part strategy.

The first step includes constructing outside kennels, which would be four times larger than the interior cages. These pens would allow the animals in the shelter to stay outside longer and provide more room for bigger breeds such as labradors or pitbulls. 

These new pens would run alongside the right side of the building with a new door allowing access to the cages. Essary reported that the concrete and fencing were originally included with this year’s budget, but he had to delay them to next year’s budget cycle when the heating and A/C started failing.

Wed
01
Aug

Summer reading boasts big numbers

The Lion’s Club cooked hot dogs for the last day of summer reading at the Dublin Public Library. The library staff provided a wet slide and other fun activities for kids to cool off on a hot day of summer.

Saturday marked the end to another successful summer reading program at the Dublin Public Library, with nearly 100 present to see why “Libraries Rock!”

Librarian Adina Dunn reported that it was the largest attendance for summer reading activities, bringing participation to more than 600.

Other successes for the summer program included story time, which drew 125 attendees and Jim Easterling’s dissection labs.

Dunn said that the three labs were full and they even had to turn a few kids away the first week because of a limited number of specimens and seating.

As always, these activities were held in conjunction with the summer reading promotion where children and adults could chart and turn in reading logs to compete for prizes, such as Rangers tickets, gift cards, a drone and bikes.

Wed
01
Aug

Comyn School Reunion set Aug. 11

The annual Comyn School Reunion will be held on Aug. 11 starting at 10 a.m. Although lunch is not planned, guests may bring snacks. Everyone is invited to come early.

Wed
01
Aug

Greens Creek hosting swim party

Greens Creek Baptist has scheduled a back to school swim party for teens (13 to 18) for Aug. 9 at the Dublin Swimming Pool.

The party will be hosted by Youth Minister Donna Trusty and other youth department workers from 6 to 9 p.m.

Hot dogs and other refreshments will be served.

Admission will be free and all teens are invited.

Wed
25
Jul

Overnight work set for Patrick Street

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Dublin drivers should expect delays Saturday night from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. as overnight roadwork by TxDOT will mean moving lane closures on Patrick Street from Clinton Street to the railroad crossing by the historic Katy Depot.

The roads will be reduced to one lane and flaggers will guide motorists through the construction area. 

TxDOT will also be working in Stephenville from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday night with moving lane closures on SH 108 from U.S. 67 to FM 2303.

When driving through a work zone, TxDOT advises drivers to slow down, pay attention, avoid distractions such as cellphones, be patient and plan ahead.

“Safety is a top priority at TxDOT,” the agency said in a press release. 

“TxDOT appreciates the patience of motorists and encourages attention to all warning signs within the construction work zone while crews work diligently to complete this work as quickly and as safely as possible.”

Wed
25
Jul

Oz coming to Dublin

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Dublin, Texas will be getting a taste of the Emerald City as Oz Comes to Texas on Aug. 11.

A giant 22-foot screen has been secured to show the 1939 classic, “The Wizard of Oz” that night, but thanks to the planning of Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Luanne Schexnider and Dawson Hicks, the showing will be much more immersive.

“I don’t know many other towns in Texas that have a yellow brick road,” Hicks said. 

Dublin’s can be seen by anyone who visits the Dublin Public Library as Hicks found a hardy paint to coat the historic Thurber brick path leading to the library’s door. (He’s been assured it can be washed off afterwards.)

The next step will be a field of 800 faux poppies to continue the Library’s Technicolor transformation into a scene from the movie that will be screened on the lawn. Hicks also hinted that there will be more decorations for the Oz transformation including the possibility of a “horse of a different color.”

Wed
25
Jul

Summer sale benefits ministry

Transformation Pathway, Dublin’s CWJC/CMJC ministry, will be hosting a parking lot summer sale at the corner of N. Park and Live Oak on Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All purchases from the thrift store event benefit the ministry’s outreach in teaching life skills.

On Friday, grab bags of clothing will be available for $5. The grab bags will expand the following day to include toys, bedding with linens, belts and baby items. Selected items will be half off including books and games, DVDs,

VHS tapes, records, electronics, furniture and other indoor and outdoor items. There will also be deals on Christmas items and decorations.

Wed
18
Jul

Dust from Africa lands in Texas

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It’s not often that Central Texas can look outside their window and see Africa, but anyone noticing the hazy summer skies recently has done just that.

Dubbed the Sahara haze by some, dust from Africa has traveled across the Atlantic since the beginning of this month, causing a hazy appearance most noticeable in the morning. 

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth described the conditions Monday by saying, “The combination of the Sahara dust plume ... and pollutants within immediate urban areas is already resulting in hazy conditions across parts of the area.”

These conditions were visible in Erath County that day under the morning sun.

It’s also increasing breathing problems, particularly for older adults and children, as well as those with heart or lung disease. People in these groups are warned to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion under the hazy conditions and triple-digit highs.

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