Expect a slow fire season this winter. Much of the state received above normal rainfall this year, helping to suppress fires and increase the moisture level—also increasing the amount of grass or fuel.
More fuels coupled with dry weather normally causes concern during the winter months since this combination supports significant fire activity, helping spread wildfires quickly across grassy areas. Although we have more fuels, we don’t have the dry weather which reduces the threat.
Forecasted El Niño conditions may hinder wildfires this season. El Niño is a weather cycle that occurs every three to five years. It deviates from normal surface temperatures, causing warmer temperatures and wetter-than-average conditions across Texas.
“With El Niño in place, precipitation chances are expected to increase during the winter months. This would help limit wildfires this season,” Tom Spencer, Texas A&M Forest Service predictive services department head said. “However, with the surge of grass growing in the plains regions of the state, there could be opportunities for an occasional period of fire activity.”Although a rainier season is expected, Spencer urges residents to still use care through the winter months and limit activities that could accidentally start a wildfire.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, December 18, 2014.
Wednesday, December 17
*9:00 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1600 block of 6th Street regarding a subject exposing himself and running down the street. Police located a subject matching the description of the suspect who was fully clothed and denied having exposed himself.
*12:42 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a property on County Road 334 after receiving a report of a possible abatement issue while he was investigating a separate incident. According to the report, the deputy observed a significant amount of refuse and rubbish scattered throughout the property. The residents were not home at this time, the report states.
*1:34 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 3200 block of 4th Street regarding criminal trespass. According to the report, an investigation led to the arrest of 29-year-old Christopher Lee Taylor of Brownwood for tampering with evidence.* 2:26 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to EZ Mart on Hwy 279 in regarding an ex-employee who had allegedly stolen over $1,500 worth of lottery tickets over the last few months. According to the deputy’s report, the EZ Mart District Supervisor has video recording of the thefts. The district supervisor stated she would like to pursue charges against the suspect for the theft. No contact was made with the suspect and the investigation is ongoing.
Brownwood Regional Medical Center was honored for their commitment to workforce development on Wednesday December 17th, at the regularly scheduled Workforce Solutions Board Meeting.As the largest community hospital in Texas, Brownwood Regional Medical Center recognized the importance of attracting and retaining qualified workers. When the Board first established a healthcare scholarship program with TORCH (Texas Organization of Rural Community Hospitals) several years ago, BRMC was the first hospital to participate in the program.
The Brownwood Police Department reminds the public to be on the alert for possible phone scams and issued the following information:
On Thursday, December 18, 2014, the Brownwood Police Department began receiving citizen complaints of a phone scam targeting the community.The scammers are reported to be phoning citizens; claiming that they owe money to the government (IRS) due to back taxes. The scammers state that a warrant has been issued for the citizen’s arrest but it can be voided by paying a fine within hours of the call. Citizens are then instructed to purchase prepaid credit cards for a certain amount and to transfer the money to another source.
Local radio stations KOXE 101.3 and Wendlee Broadcasting (KQBZ The Breeze 96.9 & Newstalk 102.3) helped to collectively raise approximately $12,000 cash and collected 3200 toys for Brown County Toys for Kids on Wednesday.KOXE and their staff held their annual Two Steppin’ for Toys drive at their radio station studios on Carnegie. Volunteers held signs and collected donations from drivers passing by.
Kohler Company recently presented $1000.00 to Brown County Youth Fair Association and $1000.00 to Brown County Rodeo Association.Pictured left to right are: Mitzi Dahlberg – Kohler HR Generalist, Brent Mosely – Brown County Youth Fair and Rodeo Association, Gayland Miller – Brown County Youth Fair and Rodeo Association, and David Goodwin – Kohler Maintenance Associate.
Although artificial trees have become quite common, having a fresh-cut tree for the holidays is still quite popular. A question we sometimes get is, “What special solution is best for keeping my Christmas tree green?”
The answer is good old plain water! Research done at North Carolina State University a few years ago compared several homemade solutions to plain water. They looked at water only, water plus household bleach, water with aspirin tablets and water with 7-Up. Nothing was found to work as well as clean, plain water. What does help is to have a plant stand that holds at least one gallon of water. The stand should be cleaned with a half-and-half bleach-water solution before placing the tree in the stand. Make a fresh cut on the base of the tree and immediately place it in the stand. Check the water reservoir every day because trees can absorb a tremendous amount of water, especially fresh-cut trees, especially the first few days.
Keep safety in mind by keeping your tree away from heaters, fireplaces and vents, and turn off lights at night before going to bed.Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesi) is a favorite holiday season house plant, but one that needs attention to details if it is to flower again the next winter. It is closely related to Easter cactus (Schlumbergera gaertneri) and Thanksgiving cactus (S. truncatus), all with fleshy, flattened, segmented joints and showy flowers ranging in color from white through pink, red and purple.
In an effort to better serve the state’s seniors and disabled citizens, the Texas Department of Transportation is hosting a workshop to inform the public and gather input on the growing transportation needs of local communities.TxDOT’s federally-funded Enhanced Services for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (5310) serves communities with 200,000 people or less. The program’s workshops are intended to inform citizens of the availability of cost-effective, efficient passenger transportation services, as well as gather comments from these citizens on what services are needed.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
Monday, December 15
*7:15 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1700 block of Avenue I regarding the burglary of a habitation. According to the report, costume jewelry and electronic equipment were taken during the incident. A suspect has been identified and the investigation is continuing, the report states.
*9:58 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 500 block of W. Austin Avenue regarding theft. According to the report, some storage buildings were burglarized. It was not known at the time of the report if any items were removed from the units that were forced open, the report states.
Tuesday, December 16*4:13 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s deputies made a traffic stop in the area of Durham Avenue and Irma Street in Brownwood. Suspicious behavior led to seizure of what turned out to be a bag containing narcotics, the report states. The occupants of the vehicle, identified as 32-year-old Desiree Michelle Henson and 43-year-old Albert Ray Holder both of Brownwood, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 in a drug free zone and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair. Henson was also arrested on outstanding warrants related to theft of property equal or greater than $50 less than $500 (Taylor County), theft and failure to appear.
A benefit account has been set up for Early Middle School student Braden Summers, who is currently receiving care at Cook’s Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.
According to reports from friends on Facebook, Summers has pneumonia and “is very sick.” Braden is a 7th grader and his mother, Kelley, is a teacher at Early MS according to EISD officials.This savings account has been opened at Mills County State Bank to help with medical care and associated expenses for the family.
The Lyric Performing Arts Company’s production of “Anything Goes” opened last week and will continue shows this Thursday through Sunday evenings with matinee performances Friday and Sunday. The cast will set sail on a luxury cruise across the Atlantic, in their final week of performances of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” at the historic Lyric Theatre in downtown Brownwood, and tickets for the voyage are still available.Tickets to any of the performances may be purchased, and reserved seats selected, online at www.brownwoodlyrictheatre.com. Anyone needing assistance buying tickets, or who doesn’t have access to the Internet, may visit the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce during regular hours.
- DPS Increases DWI Enforcement During Holidays
- 3rd Annual Holiday at the Lake Set for this Saturday
- BCWID Abandons $12M Pipeline Project, Will Continue Search for Alternative Water Sources
- HPU Students Partner with Brownwood High School in Hands-On Project
- Law Enforcement Blotter 12/16
- Successful Brownwood ISD Pink-Out Fundraiser Provides Funds for Cancer Patients
- HPU Law Enforcement Personnel Participate In FBI Forum
- McMillian Named Early Police Department’s Officer of the Year
- Sonic Drive-In of Early Named Early Chamber of Commerce’s Business of Month
- Local Pharmacy Target of Weekend Burglary
- Northwest Elementary Announces Second Six Weeks Good Choice Award Winners
- Kiwanis and Early High School Key Club Holiday Food Drive