Stephenville Community Briefs

Stephenville Empire-Tribune

Residents asked to report storm damage to state

Along with the office of the Gov. Greg Abbott, the Texas Division of Emergency Management is encouraging Texans to complete the Self Reporting Damage Survey to help the state and emergency management officials gain an understanding of damages that occurred during the recent winter weather.

Reporting damage to the Texas Division of Emergency Management is voluntary, is not a substitute for reporting damage to an insurance agency, and does not guarantee disaster relief assistance.

For more information, visit

Stephenville police hosting blood drive March 5

The Stephenville Police Department will be hosting a Carter BloodCare Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 5, at the Cowboy Plaza in Downtown Stephenville.

Carter BloodCare has partnered with McDonald's and Dr Pepper to provide a thank-you for those who donate blood.

COVID-19 testing is now available for all donors. Social-distancing guidelines will be observed.

For more information, contact Jason Halsey at (254) 918-1273 or via email at

To sign up for an appointment online, visit

4 Elite Auto Sales & Detailing holds ribbon cutting

A ribbon-cutting was held Tuesday for 4 Elite Auto Sales & Detailing, at 6532 S. Highway 377.

4 Elite Auto Sales & Detailing is a local, family-owned auto sales shop that also offers interior and exterior cleaning and detailing services for cars, trucks, SUV's, horse trailers, boats, RV's, and more.

Its hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit them on Facebook at, their website at or call them at (254) 485-9733.

Local Girl Scouts hosting cookie booth

The Stephenville Girl Scouts will be hosting their drive-thru cookie booth from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bosque River Centre, 2900 W. Washington St.

The local Girl Scouts will be there Saturdays and Sundays through this weekend.

For more information about the booth or to contact a local scout about purchasing cookies, visit or call (254) 592-5521.

AARP hosts free tax help

AARP Foundation Tax Aide volunteers will be on hand to offer free tax assistance at the Stephenville Senior Citizen Center, 164 E. College St.

Assistance will be available 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays from through April 7, by appointment only.

The program is open to taxpayers of all ages and AARP membership is not required.

Those scheduling appointments are asked to make sure they have all tax paperwork gathered and with them when they arrive at their scheduled time. They are also asked to arrive at least 15 minutes early to undergo COVID-19 screening and fill out advance paperwork.

Those filing are asked to bring the following applicable documentation:

• Your own pen and face covering. Masks are required.

• Photo identification and/or Social Security cards for you and any dependents.

• A copy of last year's tax return, if available.

• Health care documents such as a 1095-A or 1095-B

• Brokerage statements for sales of stocks and/or bonds

• Checking and/or savings account information to set up direct deposit of any refunds.

• Income documents such as W2s, 1099s, Social Security income, etc.

• Documentation of charitable cash donations exceeding $300

For more information and to schedule an appointment, call (682) 231-3670. Appointments are limited and in high demand, if you are unable to make your assigned time, please call to cancel or reschedule so that someone else may have that time slot.

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