Early ACE students were entertained by author Taffy Watts Newton Wednesday morning.
Mrs. Newton read “The Amazing Adventures of D.D. the Dumpster Dog.” The ACE students were privileged to get a sneak peek of the book which will be published in August and available on Amazon.com. This is the first book in a series of adventures for D.D. the Dog.
Early ACE is led by Elementary Site Coordinator and Early Elementary teacher Debbie Hagood, assistant Lisa Hunter and several other local teachers. The program began on May 31st and will end with a finale field trip to Austin where students will visit the Bob Bullock Museum and take a tour of the State Capitol of Texas.
ACE students have enjoyed many programs and activities this summer including learning to create and edit their own movies, gymnastics, cardboard challenge (creating an arcade game room out of cardboard), golf lessons, tennis lessons, baseball lessons, black light theater, art camp, swimming, 4-H Day, mechanical Legos, forensics and investigation, just to name a few, according to ACE program assistant and Early Elementary teacher Lisa Hunter.
Brown County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the May 15th murder of 25-year-old Chantay Blankinship of North Lake Brownwood.
Evidence linked to the crime, which have not been identified due to the ongoing investigation, are thought to have DNA evidence which may be that of Blankinship or from her killer. This evidence has been sent to a crime lab for DNA testing and analysis. Brown County Sheriff George Caldwell stated that although there have been no breaks in the case to report at this time, DNA evidence results may come in early next week.
A reward of up to $5,000 has been offered by the three local owners’ associations in the North Lake Brownwood community.
“We are hoping to get a profile that will lead us to a suspect,” said Caldwell. “We believe someone knows something. If they don’t want to talk to law enforcement for some reason, they can contact the Heart of Texas CrimeStoppers.”
Caldwell stated that his agency has been working hard on leads and expect that the DNA results will help firm up the case, but that BCSO needs the public’s help.“Just because we get a profile, that is not enough,” Caldwell stated. “We need someone to match it to.”
An alarming spike of boating-related fatalities on Texas waterways, including many involving paddle craft such as canoes and kayaks, is prompting a call for boaters to wear life jackets, avoid drinking alcohol and follow other safety practices heading into the peak summer boating season.
Texas Game Wardens report more than a dozen boating-related fatalities have occurred thus far in the state during 2016 and almost half involved kayaks. Another four open water fatalities took place across the state this past weekend, including drownings and boating accidents involving motor and paddle craft.
“These tragedies represent an alarming trend we’re seeing not just in Texas, but nationwide,” said Texas Game Warden Asst. Cmdr. Cody Jones, TPWD’s head of boating law enforcement. “In 2015, over 40 percent of boating-related fatalities in Texas involved paddle craft.”
Weather conditions, including heavy rains that caused flooding and increased water flows along most rivers and creeks, have been the most significant contributing factor in paddle craft fatalities this year. TPWD Boating Education Manager Tim Spice stresses that many of those tragedies could have been avoided with safe boating practices.
“Just as you wouldn’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle without first learning safe driving practices, it is critical to become familiar with paddle craft safety and operation before you launch,” said Spice.According to the U.S. Coast Guard statistics at least 85 percent of people who drown in boating accidents were not wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) at the time.
Brownwood area organizations and businesses are hosting a few events to celebrate Independence Day over the long holiday weekend. The public is invited to attend the following events:
Friday, July 1st
1st Annual Boat Parade
The boat parade will begin at 8 PM and boats are asked to line up at the Lake Brownwood dam prior to the start of the parade. Registration fee is $5 and entries can register at Wild Duck Marina in advance by calling 325-784-7100.
Boats are encouraged to be decorated during the parade in patriotic theme, and prizes will be awarded for some of the best decorated. Any decorations that may impede visibility or normal navigation must be removed at the conclusion of the parade.
Lake Brownwood Fireworks ShowHosted by Wild Duck Marina who is hosting their 5th Annual 4th of July Bash. Live music will begin at 8 PM and the fireworks will start at about 9:30 PM with more live music to follow.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) inspected 7,795 commercial motor vehicles as part of Roadcheck 2016, a national inspection initiative held annually aimed at enhancing commercial motor vehicle safety. The three-day inspection effort spanned from June 7 – June 9, and included DPS Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Troopers, specially trained Highway Patrol Troopers and civilian inspectors.
Approximately 22.5 percent (1,751) of the 18-wheelers, buses and other commercial vehicles inspected were placed out of service for a variety of safety violations until appropriate repairs can be made. Issues with brakes and defective vehicle lighting were among the most common infractions that led to out-of-service violations.Additionally, drivers were checked for compliance with state and federal laws, and 224 drivers were placed out of service. Among the violations were failing to have the proper type of driver license for the vehicle being driven, improper logging of duty time, and driving over the maximum number of hours.
Below are the fishing reports for area lakes, compiled as reported this week by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Water murky; 79–83 degrees; 0.09’ high. Black bass are good on soft plastics, buzzbaits, and spinnerbaits over grass. Hybrid striper are fair on shad. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
Lake ColemanWater murky; 80–84 degrees; 0.14’ low. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday and Wednesday, June 28-29, 2016.
Monday, June 27
*5:27 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2000 block of Brady Avenue regarding criminal mischief.
*7:29 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the1500 block of Davis Lane regarding theft of property. According to the report, a Dell tablet, valued at $400, had been stolen.
*9:15 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2500 block of Greenway Drive regarding the burglary of a motor vehicle.
*11:38 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of Bluffview Drive regarding the burglary of a motor vehicle.
*2:05 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1700 block of Avenue B regarding terroristic threat. According to the report, the complainant stated a subject had threatened him with a wrench in his hand. An investigation is ongoing, the report states.
*5:03 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to W. Main Blvd in reference to a terroristic threat. A suspect was named the report states.*6:16 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2100 block of Avenue E regarding theft of property.
Fun learning programs will focus on the Monarch Butterfly on Saturday, July 9 at the Lehnis Railroad Museum. The programs are especially for children grades 1 – 6, but every age will learn more about the danger of extinction that now faces the Monarch Butterfly, and what you can do to help.
Jan Fischer of Texas Botanical Gardens will present information, activities, and crafts for different age groups. Pre-schoolers will have their own activities and story times, come and go between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.The programs are free with regular $2 admission, but seating is limited, and reservations must be made. Call the Lehnis Railroad Museum at 325-643-6376 to reserve a space for your child.
Brownwood Animal Control Officer Amy Abernathy was recognized by the City of Comanche at Tuesday’s meeting of the Brownwood City Council. Comanche Mayor Ronnie Clifton presented Abernathy with a certificate of appreciation for her help and tireless service assisting Comanche animal control officers on June 23rd.According to Mayor Clifton, Abernathy provided not only her service to the City of Comanche’s effort but was able to teach the Comanche officers, who were overwhelmed with the number of animals involved in this incident, with a few “tricks of the trade,” which were very helpful.
Chili’s of Brownwood is partnering with family and friends of Cody Loyd in a fundraiser from 10:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29th.
Chili’s will do the cooking while they support Cody Loyd at the same time. With each flyer presented or mentioned on Wednesday, Chili’s will donate 15% of the event day sales back to help Cody’s family with his medical expenses.
Cody was injured in the rollover crash that occurred Monday, June 20th. During the crash, Loyd and the driver were ejected and Loyd was critically injured.
Loyd is 28 years old, has a wife, Shaylene, and is the father of four small children.Chili’s of Brownwood is located at 210 E. Commerce Street. Call 325-641-1314 or visit www.chilis.com for menu information or for carry out orders.
As Texans from around the state make plans of picnics with family and friends, parades through town squares and fireworks displays after dark, Texas A&M Forest Service urges caution with outdoor activities such as grilling, campfires and fireworks.“According to the National Fire Protection Association, July 4th has the most fires reported than on any other day and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires — more than any other cause of fire,” TFS Mitigation and Prevention Department Head Bruce Woods said.
Due to the recent rains in May and June the potential for wildfire has decreased across much of the state. However, Texas A&M Forest Service encourages everyone to use caution and stay safe this Independence Day.
“Though the rains have helped decrease wildfire potential, it has produced a lot of tall grass across the state this summer. It’s best to play it safe and avoid these areas for your fireworks fun; especially when using aerials,” Tom Spencer, TFS predictive services department head said.
- Upcoming Local Area Blood Drives
- Felony Offenders Sentenced in District Court
- State Fire Marshal Urges Caution with Fireworks
- Brownwood Fire Department - Fire & Rescue Reports 6/28
- Lunch-N-Learn Mulch and Compost Program July 6th
- Little Helpers
- TPWD Kicks Off Fourth Year of Youth Arts Contest
- County Officials Await Opinion of Attorney General, Agree to Pay Salaries Out of General Fund
- Law Enforcement Blotter 6/27
- Endowed Scholarship Created from Proceeds of HPU History Book
- VFW to Observe Independence Day July 4th with Ceremony
- Brown County Museum of History to Participate in Blue Star Museums