The Early Chamber of Commerce held their annual Awards Banquet on Monday, October 24th, form 6-8 p.m. at the Aldersgate Enrichment Center. Awards were presented for teachers of the year from each Early ISD campus, Citizen of the Year, Board Member of the Year, Ambassador of the Year, and Business of the Year. Chamber officials also presented highlights of the past year, including a successful Early Pioneer Days weekend with record attendance and profits. Pictured above is Shawn Russell, recipient of the Citizen of the Year award, and her husband Gene, who also received special recognition.
The Center for Life Resources Center held a ceremony on Tuesday, October 25th, at 10 a.m. to honor the VFW Post 3278 members for their work to contribute to the center and the resources available for the community, specifically the center’s Autism services.
A photo exhibit will be coming to Brownwood next month to commemorate and honor those who have given their lives in the line of duty during The War on Terror.
A very emotional exhibit, "Remembering Our Fallen," is a sad reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by almost 600 Texans killed in The War on Terror while wearing this country's uniform in Afghanistan or Iraq.
"Remembering Our Fallen" will be on display November 17-20 in the Depot Civic & Cultural Center in Brownwood. An opening ceremony will take place on November 17th at 10 AM for Gold Star Families. The exhibit will be open 11 AM-7 PM on November 17 & 18, 10 AM - 5 PM on November 19 and 1 PM - 6 PM on November 20. There is no charge to view the display and it is open to the public.
All Gold Star Families are encouraged to contact the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-646-9535 to register."We can never forget those who sacrificed everything for our freedom. We must remember these American Heroes and speak their names when we see their family members," said Dr. Mary Hawkins, President of Bellevue University, sponsor of the exhibit. "This exhibit is created so it can travel easily, so that more people will have the opportunity to honor and remember our Fallen who called Texas home."
It’s interesting to watch Kiera as she journeys through Kindergarten. She went in to Kindergarten with a great knowledge of her alphabet and the sounds the letters make but she is now starting to try and put them together to read.
Usually she doesn’t have any trouble recognizing letters and will often spell a word out as we pass by a sign in the truck. It’s just amazing watching as she soaks everything in from school and learns to process it.
There are a couple of “fun” parts that come with her learning to read. The first one is her independent and stubborn streak. Don’t get me wrong. We want her to be independent and stubborn. We want her to be strong and accomplish her goals. It’s just sometimes… well, let me give you an example.The day of Kiera’s birthday, I wished her a happy birthday on Facebook. No, she doesn’t have a Facebook. It was more, this Mommy reminiscing over the last six years. Anyways, several of our friends commented on my post and wished Kiera a happy birthday. That night, before her bedtime, I sat with her and read her each individual message. She was thrilled by all the well wishes.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, October 24, 2016.
Friday, October 21
*9:43 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 500 block of E. Chandler Street regarding a forgery.
*10:42 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 3200 block of Milam Drive regarding the burglary of a building. According to the report, a theft of approximately $50 in concessions were stolen from Gordon Wood Stadium.
*11:05 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2500 block of Avenue B regarding an assault.
*4:02 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2000 block of Elizabeth Drive regarding the burglary of a vehicle which was in progress. According to the report, the homeowner was able to detain the suspect as he attempted to flee from the scene. A juvenile was taken into custody for burglary of a vehicle and then taken to the juvenile justice center.
*8:15 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the area of FM 586 and Hwy 377 South regarding a hit and run accident and a road hazard. According to the report, an unknown suspect had a collision with an unattended vehicle and left the scene. The vehicle was subsequently towed for being a road hazard, the report states. The hit and run is still being investigated, according to the deputy’s report.
Brown County Commissioners voted unanimously during a special called meeting of the court on Monday to begin the process of selling the former Brown County Jail facility located on Houston Street.
Commissioners voted to have an appraisal completed to establish the property’s value, and will list it for sale on GovDeals.com, with a reserve price at the appraised value. Judge Ray West stated that commissioners had in the past considered removing the steel within the structure, such as jail doors and other mechanisms, with thoughts of their scrap metal value. This idea was abandoned, according to West who stated that the acetylene gas that would be required to operate cutting torches would be too expensive to make this project worthwhile. If no acceptable bids are obtained on GovDeals.com, the court can consider other sales options in the future such as listing the property with a broker or auctioning it off on the courthouse steps.
In other matters on Monday’s agenda:*Chief Deputy Vance Hill received approval to purchase three fully equipped Ford Explorers from Caldwell Country Ford for $108,215.92. Each patrol unit will cost $38,938 and will be completely street ready. Hill stated that two Ford Explorers were purchased last year to replace aging vehicles in the BCSO fleet and that these have done very well. Chevy Tahoes were also considered; however, the Ford Explorers were approximately $20,000 less, said Hill. The cost of the three new BCSO vehicles will be taken from the equipment fund and $120,000 was budgeted for these vehicles in this year’s budget, according to Hill.
Brown County 4-H is supported by the Brown County United Way
DATES TO REMEMBER
October24 – Deadline to RSVP for Brown County 4-H Food Show
25 – Heifer Validation 4:00p.m. at Bob Clark Pens
30 – Brown County 4-H Food Show 2:00p.m. at Extension Office
1 – Food Challenge Practice 4:30p.m. at Extension Office
3 – Major Stock Show Entry Night 5:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. at Extension Office
7 – Deadline to Order Brown County 4-H T-Shirts
8 – Deadline to Sign Up for Fort Worth Stock Show
8 – Bangs 4-H Club Meeting 6:00p.m. at Bangs ISD
11 – Extension Office Closed for Veterans Day
12 – Swine Validation 8:00a.m. – 10:00a.m. at Youth Fair Barns14 – Major Stock Show Entry Night 5:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. at Extension Office
The Brownwood Masonic Lodge is delivering Fantastic Teeth packages to first graders in Brown County. The Fantastic Teeth is a program of the Texas Masonic Home and School and carried out by local Masonic Lodges all across Texas. Each first grader receives a package that includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, timer, game, sticker, information on proper dental hygiene for child and their parents, as well as information on other children's programs supported by the Grand Lodge of Texas and its affiliated organizations, such as the Scottish Rite Hospital.A short program is presented to each first grader by the school nurse or when possible, a member of the Brownwood Masonic Lodge. This year, the Brownwood Masonic Lodge is delivering Fantastic Teeth packages to Early Primary School, East Elementary in Brownwood, Zephyr Elementary, Brookesmith Elementary, and Blanket Elementary which combined totaled over 200 children.
Pecan Valley Republican Women will host their monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 27th at the Brownwood Country Club. The guest speaker will be Matthew Stringer who will represent Texas Congressional District 11 as a Presidential Elector. The public is invited to attend this event.
Springer will speak of the history and purpose of the Electoral College, and his role as a Presidential Elector. In June, 2016, at the Republican State Convention in Dallas, 26-year-old Matthew Stringer was elected to represent Texas Congressional District 11 as the Presidential Elector Nominee to the United States Electoral College.Born in Odessa, raised in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, Stringer has a passion and history of fighting to defend Christian conservative values, and the ideals of liberty, our nation was founded upon. Inspired to become involved in politics roughly 5 years ago, Mathew has served 3 times as a delegate to the Republican State Convention for Ector County, and was elected to serve as a national delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
The Salvation Army of Brownwood will host a Painting with Friends fundraiser from 6-9 PM on Monday, October 24th to raise funds for their programs.
Those participating will be given step-by-step instructions to paint a scarecrow, pictured left. All supplies are provided. Cost to attend is $25 per person.
The Salvation Army of Brownwood serves an average of 120 people each day. Funds raised will be used to help clients through the ministry of the Salvation Army’s soup kitchen, client services (including rent, utilities, assistant with work boots, prescription medication, blankets, heaters, fans, ER, lodging, gas to doctor’s appointments out of town, school supplies, and disaster services).
The City of Brownwood is planning to build a dog park in 2017 according to Brownwood Muncipal Development District Special Projects and Communication Manager Marshal McIntosh.According to McIntosh, the dog park is anticipated to be 1 acre in size and have divisions for small (less than 30 pounds) and large dogs (more than 30 pounds). Citizens are asked for input and feedback by completing a short survey to address the needs of the park is greatly appreciated.
- Northwest Elementary Announces First Six Weeks Award Winners
- HPU to Host Arbor Day Observance Nov. 4
- Barktoberfest featured live Texas music
- Early Voting Begins Monday
- Handcrafted items offered at Local Artisan Market
- Friday Night High School Football Scoreboard 10/21
- Brownwood ISD Employees Receive Prizes in United Way Drawing
- Law Enforcement Blotter 10/21
- Brownwood Chamber luncheon featured non-profit organizations
- HPU announces Homecoming 2016 honorees
- 1st Annual Barktoberfest to Kick Off Saturday
- Freelance Photographer Mandy Lea to Speak at Brownwood Art Association Event Saturday, Oct. 22