Talk about flowers for the living. Sometimes the final blossoms to complete congratulatory bouquets arrive late, but when they do, the aroma of flowers for the living is simply the best.
Joe James, Howard Payne University alumnus—and his wife of 60 years, Almola—were honored as Distinguished Alumni at HPU’s 2012 Homecoming.
They received dozens of letters, e-mails, phone calls and visitors who were profuse in well-wishing for the cherished Homecoming honors. And a few days ago, he received a letter from a player he coached at HPU almost a half-century ago.
It was intended to be more timely—this letter from Walter (Butch) Barthiaume, a 1968 HPU graduate who mailed the letter almost two years ago. Trouble is, it was held up by postal regulations until delivery almost two years later.It seems the envelope was opened somewhere along the way without authorization, probably by a ring of ne’er-do-wells seeking “checks in the mail.”
Brownwood Animal Control officers respond to all kinds of calls daily, not all of which are pleasant. However on Tuesday, they were able to help save deer with a medical problem.
Many times when animal control gets called to deal with a deer, it is often because they have been either hit by a car or gotten tangled in a fence, which often results in the animal having to be put down due to unsurvivable injuries. This was not the case on Tuesday, according to Animal Control officer Judy Williams.
Bangs Chief of Police Troy Grusendorf resigned Thursday afternoon after an investigation was opened into possible misconduct according to Bangs Mayor Eric Bishop.
Bishop confirmed that Grusendorf presented a letter of resignation prior to a special called meeting of the Bangs City Council to consider his termination due to lack of confidence and misconduct.
“I discovered over a course of the past month that the chief of police had a city employee that was under his supervision doing work at his new residence, a rental property, while they were being paid by the City of Bangs,” said Bishop. “This is unacceptable for anyone in government, but especially by someone I am depending on to enforce the law.”
Bishop explained that he had planned to bring the matter of misconduct before the council in a specially called meeting to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday; however, Grusendorf tendered his resignation at 3:21 p.m. instead and the meeting was cancelled.
The investigation of misconduct is ongoing; however, Bishop stated he did not expect any other city employees to be “in trouble.” He stated, “He (Grusendorf) was the supervisor and one having this done.”
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, August 28, 2014.
Saturday, August 23
*Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 3400 block of Golding Road regarding a juvenile receiving unwanted messages via a social media application.
Monday, August 25
*6:13 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the Sportsman Center on Belle Plain Street in Brownwood regarding criminal mischief. According to the report, the manager of the store stated that someone had attempted to break into the storeroom and had damaged a steel door, which will cost approximately $1200 to replace.
Wednesday, August 27*7:24 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the Precinct 2 barn on FM 1689 in May, regarding theft of property. According to the report, an unknown suspect had cut the lock off the gate of the property and had stolen a sprayer system which was mounted in a county owned truck, a 5 pound extinguisher and approximately 300 gallons of “clear” diesel fuel.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, August 26 for one of their newest members, The Southern Junkie.The Southern Junkie is Brownwood's newest boutique located in Downtown Brownwood. The new store sells women and children's clothing, accessories, home decor and much more.
As the month of August draws to a close the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department continues to celebrate National Immunization Awareness Month. School has begun for students from Head Start to College, so the health department wants to shift its focus to adults for this last week of NIAM 2014.
Vaccines are not just for children, and adults should get vaccinated to protect their health. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill from vaccine-preventable diseases, and can pass those illnesses on to others. Immunizations are especially important for adults 60 years of age and older, and for those who have chronic health conditions such as COPD, diabetes and heart disease. Immunizations are also very important for any adults who come into close contact with the very young, the very old, people with weakened immune systems, and those who cannot be vaccinated.Health Department officials say that all adults should get a flu vaccine each year to protect against seasonal influenza. They should also get a Tdap vaccine once if they did not receive it as an adolescent to protect against pertussis, and then a Td booster shot every 10 years. The Tdap vaccine is also recommended for women each time they are pregnant, preferably at 27-36 weeks.
In observance of the Labor Day holiday, Brownwood City Hall will be closed and there will be no collection of residential waste on Monday, September 1st. Residents with blue or green carts, please note collection days as follows: Monday’s routes will be collected on Tuesday; Tuesday’s routes will be collected on Wednesday; and Thursday’s and Friday’s routes will not be affected by the holiday.The Brownwood Recycling Center and Landfill will be closed on Monday and will reopen on Tuesday, during normal business hours. Call the Brownwood sanitation department at 643-4200 for any questions.
Howard Payne University kicked off its fall 2014 Chapel season yesterday with its annual University Convocation ceremony. Dr. Don Newbury, chancellor and former HPU president, addressed the audience.
Dr. Newbury spoke of many notable people in HPU’s 125-year-history including alumna Dr. Cynthia Clawson Courtney and former presidents Dr. Guy D. Newman and Dr. Thomas Taylor. He urged those in attendance to trust God’s plans for their lives.Other program participants included Corey Ash, associate professor of music; Katie Bonner, HPU senior and president of the Student Government Association; Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president; Amy Kresta, instructor of biology; Katherine Licce, HPU senior; Dr. Allen Reed, professor of music; Dr. Joe Robinson, professor of education; Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer; and Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and president of the Faculty Assembly.
Below are the fishing reports for area lakes, compiled as reported this week by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Water clear; 82–86 degrees; 12.11' low. Black bass are good on watermelon soft plastic worms in 8–15 feet, and on jigs and buzzbaits in 4–10 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and white or shad Li'l Fishies in 10–18 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish are good on cheesebait in 5–10 feet Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and goldfish in 3–10 feet.
Lake ColemanWater clear; 82–86 degrees; 17.91' low. Black bass are very good on Rat–L–Traps, spinnerbaits, and chartreuse soft plastics. Hybrid striper are fair on live shad near the park and the store. Crappie are good on minnows and Li'l Fishies at night. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch and chicken livers. Yellow catfish are slow.
The Brown County Republican Women’s Club will host a bake sale on Friday, August 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in front of Family Dollar Store, next to Kroger on Main Street.
Members will be selling a variety of homemade baked goods just in time for Labor Day gatherings. The public is invited to come early and purchase these goods, as their July bake sale sold out in just one hour.
Reminder: Brown County Training Coalition to Host 3rd Annual Drug Training Event Featuring Tony Hoffman Friday
The 3rd Annual Drug Training event will be hosted by the Brown County Training Coalition on Friday, August 29th at the Brownwood Coliseum and will feature Tony Hoffman, professional BMX racer and recovering addict. The keynote speech by Hoffman will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the public is invited to attend.
Tony Hoffman is a native of Central California and a graduate of Clovis High School. He is a gifted athlete who spent his high school years traveling the country racing BMX and achieved the status of a top-ranked amateur along with multiple contract endorsements. Hoffman began using alcohol and drugs which put him in a downward spiral of addiction and eventually led him to commit armed robbery in 2004. At his sentencing, Tony was given probation and the opportunity to achieve sobriety in lieu of prison. Because he was not ready to make changes in his life, he was arrested on a probation violation, and went to prison in 2007.Hoffman spent two years in the Wasco, Tehachapi, and Avenal state prisons, where he decided to make a change in his life and began planning a way to use both the positives and the negatives of his life to help kids avoid the mistakes he had made himself.
- Law Enforcement Blotter 8/27
- Lionettes Begin Fundraising for Trip to Orlando, Florida
- Early Longhorn’s Purple Day Set for this Saturday
- Cents-ible Recipes: Sopapilla Cheesecake
- Local Grocer and Customers Collect School Supplies for Local Children
- Sawyer to be Featured in Brownwood Art Association’s First Thursday Event
- AgriLife Extension Adds Two New Quail Apps
- Shawn Russell Named Executive Director of Early Economic Development and Early Chamber of Commerce
- Brownwood ISD Lowers Tax Rate, Approves Budget
- Loadcraft Industries to Expand Brownwood Facilities, Create Jobs
- Law Enforcement Blotter 8/26
- Man Airlifted After One-Vehicle Rollover