Regional News Roundup: Oct. 15, 2013

City names new interim fire chief

Clint Foster, Mineral Wells Index:

As citizens of Mineral Wells continue to recover after the passing of Robin Allen on Sept. 21, the City of Mineral Wells is doing its due diligence to fill the void she left as the Mineral Wells Fire Chief. City Manager Lance Howerton named Mike Pool interim chief of the department.

Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department Chief Joel Thompson highly recommended Pool, a 30-year veteran of Haltom City Fire/Emergency Medical Services. Pool – who was a lieutenant when he retired from Haltom City – lives in Weatherford, which factored into Howerton’s decision.

“We were looking for someone who not only had command experience, but also someone who might be rather conveniently located to Mineral Wells,” Howerton said. “I felt that Mike would be a good candidate for us to look at to serve in an interim capacity. Certainly the recommendation Joel Thompson made was significant in making that decision. I think he’ll be able to do an extremely good job.”

Pool said he is eager to get back into a firefighting role after his retirement in 2012.

“It excites me,” he said. “It’s a challenge. I’m just here to help. I’m a second-generation firefighter. It’s just something that’s kind of in my blood.”

Howerton said the city is in the process of advertising statewide for a permanent chief. He added Pool will not be excluded from being a candidate for the position of permanent chief, but the city wants to be as thorough as possible in their search to replace Allen.

“We’re doing a rather broad and exhaustive solicitation to see what kind of interest there may be in this particular position,” he said. “Hopefully that will give us the opportunity to identify the best candidate over the long-term.”

Pool said he knew that the fire chief he was taking over for was not just any chief. He recognized that Allen held an extremely important place in the community and said he is not looking to replace her.

“I can’t replace her, that’s the thing,” he said. “I’m not going to try to. I probably have some strengths that she didn’t have and she certainly had a lot of strengths that I don’t have. We’re just trying to move forward. It’s a new day. We don’t want to forget her. She’s made a lot of contributions here. Robin Allen is everywhere in Mineral Wells. There’s no way to replace her.”

Tarleton men’s rodeo team moves into first in regional standings

Stephenville Empire-Tribune:

The Tarleton men’s rodeo team enjoyed a successful weekend returning from the Vernon College Rodeo with a team championship after collecting 470 points. The win moved Tarleton’s cowboys into the number one spot for the Southwest Region after competing in their first two rodeos. The women placed in the top 5 for the women’s team champions, and are currently in third place behind Eastern New Mexico University and South Plains College.

In the first round of the goat tying, McKenna Wagner split second with a 7.4 and Cassidy Boggs and Baili Collins both split fifth with a time of 7.7 seconds. Boggs won the short round with a 7.3 giving her a total of 15 seconds on two and securing her spot at the top in the average. Collins split third in the short round with an eight-second run putting her fourth in the average with Wagner fifth after a time of 9.4 in the short round. Collins is currently second in the Southwest Region standings, while Boggs is in fourth place, Wagner is eighth, and Meaghann Winkler rounding out the top 10.

Council to fill spot on tourism board

Hood County News:

Granbury City Council members will be appointing someone to fill a vacancy on the Tourism Advisory Board. The appointment is on the agenda for the Tuesday, Oct. 15, regular meeting of the City Council.

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