The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is considering expanding white-tailed deer hunting into 14 counties across the western Panhandle, and creating additional deer hunting opportunities in East Texas. The recommendations are among a slate of proposed deer hunting regulation changes for 2016-17.
TPWD will be taking public comment on the following proposed changes to the 2016-17 Statewide Hunting Proclamation, with input to be considered prior to any action by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its March 24 public hearing:
- Due to a lack of demand, the department is seeking to eliminate the Antlerless and Spike-buck Control Permit;
- TPWD staff are also proposing to create a definition of “unbranched antlered deer” for the purpose of identifying a legal buck across seasons and to alleviate confusion among hunters;
- Staff also seek to replace the “Special Late Antlerless and Spike-buck Season” with a “Special Late Season” to accommodate the inclusion of “unbranched antlered deer” in the bag limit;
- The department proposes to allow the take of antlerless deer without a permit on U.S. Forest Service Lands during youth-only seasons;
- Staff also are proposing to implement a full white-tailed deer season (and archery-only open season) in 14 Panhandle counties;
- In addition, the department is looking to implement additional “doe days” in 23 counties; and
- Implement a muzzleloader-only open season in 32 additional counties.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, February 5, 2016.
Wednesday, February 3
*7:23 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 500 block of 6th Street regarding the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. According to the report, the theft of the vehicle had occurred sometime between 1:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on this date. The vehicle was later located in Abilene, Texas by Abilene Police Department.
*8:09 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2500 block of Avenue C regarding the burglary of a building. According to the report, multiple items valued at approximately $1050 were stolen from the property.
*12:45 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1400 block of Austin Avenue regarding theft. According to the report, a suspect had attempted to steal baby formula and was issued a citation for theft less than $100.
*1:56 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1500 block of Dublin Drive regarding the forgery of a financial instrument. According to the report, an online loan was obtained fraudulently using the complainant’s identity.*2:24 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Austin Avenue regarding theft. According to the report, an investigation determined that less than $100 had been stolen and a citation was issued.
The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department immunizations staff will be out of town for training Wednesday, February 10, 2016 through Friday February 12, 2016.There will be no immunizations given on those days. The TB staff person will be present on Wednesday and Friday morning from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. for TB testing.
Teen girls, grades 6th-12th, are cordially invited to attend the Gurl Guide Expo, which will be held from 2-7 p.m. on Saturday, February 20th, and will feature many local guest speakers for teen girls and their moms or female role-models. The event is provided by the Heart of Texas Children’s Advocacy Center and will be held at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.Guest speakers include: Amy Hamilton-Praise & Worship, Brittany Cox-Dazzling Divas Modesty Fashion Show, Keren Myers-Mary Kay Makeup Tips, Hailey Allen-Nathana’s Hair Tips, Jody Easley-Brownwood Fitness Club Healthy Living Tips, Terri Medlock- Pregnancy Care Center, Howard Payne University Gurl Guide Mentors, and Kelsey Robinson- Gurl Guide Director.
Howard Payne University will host its ninth annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics next week with guest speaker Dr. Robert P. Sellers, professor of theology and Connally Chair of Missions at Logsdon Seminary in Abilene. The lectures are Thursday and Friday, February 11 and 12, in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of HPU’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center. The lectures are free to the public and the community is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Thursday’s lecture, which begins at 7:00 p.m., is titled “Love your [Non-Christian] Neighbor as Yourself: Religious Pluralism and the Second Great Commandment.” The second lecture, to be held Friday morning at 10:00 a.m., is titled “Do Not Oppress the Foreigner or the Poor: Religious Pluralism and the Care for the Alien and Stranger.”Dr. Sellers received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and psychology from Mississippi College as well as a Master of Divinity degree in New Testament and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in theological ethics from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has done postgraduate work at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and at Andover-Newton Theological School in Boston, Massachusetts.
Deyvn Ross, a member of the Brownwood High School Band traveled to Stephenville on January 20th to participate in the Association of Texas Small School’s Region 7 Concert Band. Devyn competed during the fall semester and won her place in the band on Euphonium.Students who earned a position in the band rehearsed Friday night and all day Saturday to perform the concert Saturday night. The symphonic band director from Tarleton State University, Dr. Anthony Pursell, was the featured band clinician at the event.
Firefighters dedicated to protecting lives and property will converge at the Central Texas Wildfire Academy at Camp Bowie, Texas in preparation for the 2016 wildfire season.
In an effort to enhance skills and learn new firefighting techniques, responders from across the country will get hands-on experience using the National Wildfire Coordination Group training standards.
“The firefighters that attend this academy become better equipped to fight wildfires and protect lives and homes in an effective way. Extra training allows the firefighters to work safely on a wildfire or a prescribed burn,” said Stacy Harvick, Texas A&M Forest Service wildland urban interface specialist.
The Central Texas Wildfire Academy held Feb. 11–14 accommodates all skill levels of municipal, rural and wildland firefighters. Participants will have the option to choose classes at an introductory, intermediate or advanced level. Classes offered include engine boss, ignition operations and tanker shuttle courses. Attendees can participate in prescribed burns throughout the academy.
The cost is $20 per day, not including meals. Breakfast and lunch can be purchased on site, dinner is not provided.
Firefighters approved for grant funding through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program or the TIFMAS Grant Assistance Program are not required to pay for training.
Howard Payne University honored 264 students for academic success during the fall 2015 semester. Students must earn a 4.0 grade point average to be named to the President’s List, a 3.65-3.99 grade point average to be named to the Dean’s List and a 3.5-3.64 grade point average to be named to the Honor Roll.
Receiving honors were:
Brittony Nicole Walker, President’s List
Skyler Savanna Schoolfield, President’s List
Jessica Claire Catlett, President’s List
Alahna Nicole Baze, Dean’s List
Ruby Patricia Johnson, Dean’s List
Micah Allen Lasater, Honor RollNatalie Marie Stephens, President’s List
Law Enforcement Blotter 2/4: Early Police Respond to Family Violence, Suspect Apprehended in Del Rio
Early Police Department responded to a 911 call for help regarding a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of Lucas Drive on Tuesday, January 26th. The 911 call came in at approximately 9:20 p.m. with no one on the line. The number was a cell phone therefore dispatch was unable to tie the caller with an address; however, dispatch continued to try to recall the number for approximately 40 minutes and finally made contact with the caller, a teenager in the residence.
According to the report, the juvenile reported that a male had assaulted a female in the home and had choked her and that he was leaving the house. Upon officers arrival they discovered the suspect had fled on foot several minutes before arrival.
The victim stated that the suspect, Jose Francisco Quintero, had assaulted her and grabbed her by the throat and strangled her until she could not breathe, the report states. The victim stated she did not lose consciousness but was unable to breath for a moment, according to police. The victim also told officers that when the juvenile was calling 911, the suspect took the phone from her and would not allow her to call for help, the report states. The victim also gave officers information about 2 other incident that had occurred in the past 2 months one where the suspect strangled her again and one where the suspect sexually assaulted her, according to police.
Early Police Department officials said that they received three reports on Thursday from individuals receiving calls from a group claiming to be Association for Firefighters and Paramedics soliciting funds. A news alert was recently released by the Abilene Fire Department listing the same complaints.
The Early Police Department has been in touch with the Early Fire Chief Chad Hill who has also confirmed this to be a scam.Anyone that receives these calls where people are soliciting funds are advised to check out the source before giving any money. Generally, local fire and police will make charity or fund raisers publicly known through the media prior to conducting the event.
Reports released for the period of January 11-17, 2016 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 32 medical emergencies, 5 fire calls, and 4 motor vehicle accidents.
Reports of interest that the Brownwood Fire Department responded to include:
Tuesday, January 26
*4:20 PM – Brownwood Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident in the 2400 block of Crockett Drive. One occupant was transported to the hospital by EMS.
Wednesday, January 27
*8:05 AM – Brownwood Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident with no injuries at Austin and Coggin Avenues.
*6:15 PM – Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call in the 1500 block of Terrace Drive. Firefighters arrived on scene to find nothing showing and were met by a resident who stated someone had thrown firecrackers in the dumpster. Fire crews checked the dumpster and found a smoke bomb firework near the dumpster.*12:07 AM – Brownwood Fire Department responded to a fire call in the 2300 block of Durham regarding a report of smoke between the walls of a residence. Arrived on scene to find light smoke. Smoke was coming from around wood stove piping. Firefighters entered the attic crawl space to check for extension, and exposed interior and exterior. Minimal water was used to extinguish fire. Thermal camera did not detect any fire extension.
- Registration Now Open for the 2016 Great American Cleanup and Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off
- Comptroller Glenn Hegar Addresses Brownwood Area Economic Summit
- HPU Celebrates Black History Month with Special Chapel Service
- Weekly Fishing Report for Area Lakes
- Skywarn Storm Spotter Training to be Held in Brownwood Feb. 20th
- Registration Now Underway for Early Girls Softball Association
- Law Enforcement Blotter 2/3
- BHS’s Walker Signs Letter of Intent to Play Basketball for Concordia University
- Valentine’s Babysitting Fundraiser to be Hosted by Gurl Guide Program Feb. 12th
- Lady Lion Ashley Strong Signs to Play Soccer with Harding University
- Elementary Students in Brownwood Celebrate 100th Day of School
- Two-Vehicle Accident on Highway 377 South Wednesday