Six Howard Payne University students were recently honored for acts of servant leadership on campus and in the community. The awards were presented during HPU’s annual Servant Leadership Program.“We are pleased to be able to honor students who have distinguished themselves through service to others,” said Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, professor of Christian studies and dean of HPU’s School of Christian Studies. “Servant leaders do not serve others in order to be recognized, of course, but we are happy to honor those students who have honored HPU and Christ through their acts of service.”
The City of Brownwood Parks and Recreation Department announced that the opening of the Camp Bowie Family Aquatic Center has been delayed due to weather prohibiting a scheduled pool repair.
There is a new liner being installed in the pool, which was scheduled to be complete in time to open the pool on May 31st; however, the work cannot be completed in rain or high humidity, according to Parks and Recreation Department Director David Withers. Current weather conditions have prohibited the completion of installing the liner this week. Once the pool liner is installed, the pool will open and the public will be notified, said Withers. He explained that it will only take four consecutive days of sunshine and low humidity to complete the project.
In the meantime, Wiggin Pool located at 1100 Victoria will be opening Tuesday, May 31st. While the Camp Bowie Pool is closed, the city will extend the hours for the Wiggins Pool to Tuesday through Sunday from 10:15 am till 5:45 pm. There is no admission fee for Wiggins Pool.
A Zephyr teenager, Jessica Armour, remains hospitalized after being involved in a single-vehicle rollover accident Sunday morning, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Duke Hoy. Although she is listed to be in stable condition, Armour remains unconscious at this time, Hoy said.
Jessica Armour is 17-years-old and the daughter of Robert and Teresa Armour. She is a Junior at Zephyr High School and has been involved in varsity cheerleading, and is a member of the Zephyr FFA.According to Trooper Hoy, Armour was traveling on FM 590 near Zephyr when she rolled her Toyota Scion on a curve in the roadway at approximately 2:18 a.m. Armour was the only person in the vehicle and was ejected from it during the accident, Hoy said. Weather conditions prevented helicopter transport, so she was taken to the Brownwood Regional Medical Center by ambulance. After surgical treatment, Armour was flown by plane to Cooks Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth later on Sunday.
Brownwood High School Lionettes will host their annual Little Lionettes Camp from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. on June 20-23 (Monday-Thursday) in the BHS gym.
Girls 3-11 are invited to attend. This camp will be under the direction of Stacee Hetzel and Mitzi Cockerham, the BHS Directors.
Those attending will have fun learning dance routines, participating in daily camps, and enjoying snacks each day. On the final day of camp, there will be a public performance at 10:30 a.m. in the BHS gym.Registration is $40 per child and includes a t-shirt, a picture with attendee’s “Big” Lionette, crafts and snacks. CLICK HERE for registration form.
This is a special time of year for The Pecan Valley Kiwanis Club, when members get to award their scholarships to Brown County High School students.
Pecan Valley Kiwanians awarded their first scholarship of the season at the Early High School Awards program.“It was our honor to award Patrick Murphy with one of our club's $1,000 Scholarships. In addition, Patrick was announced as this year's Valedictorian at Early High School. Way to go, Patrick!” said Kiwanian Don Holland.
Brown County Sheriff George Caldwell gave an update on the investigation involving the murder of 25-year-old Chantay Blankinship.
Blankinship was murdered on Sunday, May 15th and her body was found 5 miles from the North Lake Brownwood Community. Her killer has not been identified, and this has left the North Lake Brownwood communities of Harbor Point, Thunderbird Bay and Tamarack Mountain concerned.
Caldwell stated that Blakinship was killed by blunt force trauma and that the investigation has shown how she was killed but not who did it. “We need to find out who did this. The people in the community are worried it could be someone living next door.”
Because of this, the three subdivision associations at North Lake Brownwood have worked together, pledging $1000 each, for a total of $3000 reward being offered for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a suspect. Those with information are asked to call the Brown County Sheriff’s Office at 325-646-5510. Those interested in joining in the reward effort may also call the Sheriff’s Office at the above number to make a donation to increase the reward amount.
“We hope to get a good chunk of money that might motivate someone who knows what happened to come forward,” said Sheriff Caldwell.
Texas families can save on the purchase of certain water-efficient and water-conserving products and energy-efficient appliances during the state’s new Water-Efficient Products and annual ENERGY STAR® sales tax holidays. Both take place Saturday, May 28, through Monday, May 30.
The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts estimates shoppers will save an estimated $8.7 million in state and local sales tax during the Memorial Day Weekend sales tax holidays.
“Anyone who has lived through a Texas summer knows that this is the time of year when our state is hit by peak demands for both water and electricity,” said Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar. “These two sales tax holidays, both set for Memorial Day weekend, give Texans the opportunity to save some money while upgrading their homes and businesses with energy-efficient appliances and water-conserving products.”
The Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday is new this year, having been approved by the Texas Legislature in 2015. Products that display a WaterSense® label or logo can be purchased tax free for personal or business use. These include showerheads, bathroom sink faucets and accessories, toilets, urinals and landscape irrigation controls.The sales tax holiday also applies to water-conserving products used or planted for conserving or retaining groundwater, recharging water tables or decreasing ambient air temperature to limit water evaporation. Items that qualify for the exemption include soaker or drip-irrigation hoses; a moisture control for a sprinkler or irrigation system; mulch; and plants, trees and grasses. These items can only be purchased tax free for personal use.
Registration is now open for Howard Payne University’s Summer Scholars and Young Scholars day camps to be held July 18-22 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The programs, open to all students in first through sixth grades, feature innovative instruction in a variety of subjects including robotics and 3D printing. The theme for this year is “Brain Games” in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
“Each class is designed to stimulate students by using hands-on learning activities as well as challenging students with curriculum not normally taught in the classroom,” said Dr. Julie Welker, director of the programs, professor of communication and chair of HPU’s Department of Communication Studies. “We want to keep our students’ minds engaged and their bodies active.”In the Summer Scholars program, students entering fourth through sixth grades will study robotics, 3D printing, science and physical education. The Young Scholars program is designed for children entering first through third grades and the campers will receive instruction in robotics, science, music and physical education.
I have paddled and fished many rivers in Texas and each river has its own unique aspect to it. The Guadalupe River has beautiful Cypress trees with a nice ‘creek-like’ atmosphere in many areas. The Llano River has large granite formations with clean flowing water carving the way. The Devils River is in a category all by itself, encompassing the clearest water you can find in Texas with a combination of large cliffs, a remote desert, and the southernmost point in Texas to catch a Smallmouth Bass.
Each river has something different to offer. Sometimes there is compromise, such as having great scenery but not the best fishing, or perhaps spectacular fishing but not the best atmosphere of scenery and location. There are a few rivers that seem to have all the right qualities though; just the perfect amount of scenery in conjunction with great fishing that forms an ideal location to spend the day on your kayak. Such a river is the Brazos River that flows through the Palo Pinto Mountains in Texas.
Brown County Commissioner Precinct 1 Gary Worley won a tight race Tuesday against opponent Tommy Blevins in the Republican Primary runoff election.
Worley received 571 votes or 53.36% to Blevins’ 499 votes or 46.64%. The two faced off 4 years ago in a runoff election for the same seat with similar results.Worley will now be the only candidate on the ballot in the November General Election with no Democratic opponent.
A fundraiser spaghetti dinner to help Jessica Armour and her family with expenses is being held on Sunday May 29, 2016 at the Diamond R Store & Cafe in Zephyr from 12 pm to 3 pm. Cost is by donation only, according to organizers.Jessica was injured in a car accident Saturday night. She is the daughter of Robert and Teresa Armour. Jessica is a junior at Zephyr High School, Varsity Cheerleader, and a member of the Zephyr FFA.
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- Brownwood Regional Medical Center Volunteers Announce 2016-2017 Officers
- Brownwood Proclaims May 23-27 Flood Awareness Week
- Brownwood Police Officer Mares Promoted to Corporal
- Brownwood City Council Appoints Nichols as Next Chief of Police
- Brown County Delegates to Speak at PVRW Luncheon Thursday May 26
- Brownwood High School Class of 1986 Reunion Set for June 24 & 25
- Honest Compliments
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