Fundraising efforts are underway to help revitalize Cecil Holman Park in Brownwood and a fundraiser event is scheduled for Saturday, October 1st from 12-5 pm. During this time, Members of Revitalizing Our Community (ROC) will have information to share with the public about the revitalization plans, showing areas where projects are planned and they will be accepting donations at this time.
The plans also include a memorial walkway with engraved memorial bricks, which are now being sold in memory of or honoring donors, their family members, or special groups. These bricks, recently donated by the City of Brownwood, will be used to construct a walkway through the park. The cost of each brick is $75 and allows donors to order an engraving on their brick. Larger granite bricks are also available for $200.
The annual Zombie 5K Getaway will again be happening at Riverside Park in Brownwood on October 22, 2016 at 5:45 p.m. A group of volunteers from 3M started the race in 2012 as a fundraiser and it has continued to grow every year. Last year the race was able to raise and donate over $4,500 to the United Way of Brown County with the help of several sponsors.
3M is the main sponsor but other sponsors include: Aaron’s, Abilene Running Company, Ann Jones Real Estate, Bill B Que Catering, Brownwood Glass & Alignment, Bruner Auto Group, Anytime Fitness, Centex Credit Union, Citizen’s Bank, Dr. Pepper, Early Car Wash, Moore Printing, Pizza Hut and GNC.
All proceeds from the run go to the Brown County United Way. The zombie run is a 5k fun run in which human runners are trying to “survive” the zombies chasing after them. The race is chip timed courtesy of Race Day Event Services.In addition to the zombie runners, there are zombie roamers in designated locations on the course, who are slower, but provide interference for the zombie runners, and may even pick up a few human lives as well. Since there are both runners, walkers and roamers, anyone and everyone can participate.
All Brown County residents are cordially invited by The Brown County Extension Education clubs represented by the May, McDaniel and Owens communities to attend a free teach and learn program. This event is designed to educate the public about Texas Extension Education Association (TEEA) in Brown County. The mission of the Extension Education Association is to work with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to strengthen and enrich families through educational programs, leadership development and community service.
The program will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Early Chamber of Commerce meeting room located at 104 E Industrial Drive in Early, TX. Educational programs will be presented by club members who attended the State Convention in Plano in September and Extension faculty.
Program topics will include:
Reports released for the period of September 19-25, 2016 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 41 medical emergencies, 8 fire call, one hazardous materials call, and 3 motor vehicle accidents. Reports of interest that the Brownwood Fire Department responded to include:
Tuesday, September 20
*1:25 PM – Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call in the 300 block of Market Place Blvd. Firefighters arrived to find a false alarm at the apartment complex.
*7:04 PM - Brownwood Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident at Austin and Coggin Avenues. Fire crews arrived on scene to find all occupants out of the vehicles.
*10:52 PM - Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call at 300 block of Market Place Blvd. Firefighters arrived and found this to be a false alarm at the complex.
Wednesday, September 21*2:04 AM - Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call in the 2600 block of Belle Plain regarding a vehicle fire. Fire crews arrived on scene to find a vehicle fully engulfed. Firefighters pulled the fire truck’s front bumper line and extinguished the fire. The Brownwood Fire Marshal was contacted to investigate the fire.
Representatives of VFW Post 3278, the VFW Men’s Auxiliary and the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary presented checks totaling $3,400 to the Walker Cancer Center Patient Fund Tuesday morning. Chuck Webb, senior vice commander of the VFW post, Bo Lawson, president of the Men’s Auxiliary and Debbie Daniel, president of the Ladies’ Auxiliary, presented the checks to Walker Cancer Center social worker Gail Hightower.The funds will provide assistance to cancer patients who may need money for travel expenses, wigs, medical supplies or to pay for utility bills when they have been out of work during treatment.
Tuesday, October 4 is National Night Out and Good Samaritan Ministries is once again joining together with local law enforcement to collect cans of tuna for their food pantry through the annual neighborhood block parties.Food costs continue to rise and finding quality sources of protein has become increasingly difficult. So the staff, board members and volunteers of Good Samaritan Ministries are calling on the community with the help of local law enforcement to collect cans of tuna and bring them to your neighborhood National Night Out gatherings. Volunteers from GSM will collect the cans and deliver them to the GSM food pantry. The neighborhood that collects the most cans (or pouches) of tuna will receive a trophy to hold until the next year’s event when it will be bequeathed to the new winner.
September 18th – 24th was National Farm Safety and Health Week. At the farm. In the tractor. Or on the road. Injuries or fatalities can be one accident away. Operating farm equipment can be a high risk scenario.
With agriculture ranked as one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S., safety on farms and ranches is of the utmost concern. And even more important on Texas roadways.
Data from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) shows accidents involving farm equipment on rural and urban roads has shown slight increases since 2011—up from 197 accidents in 2011 to 233 in 2015.
In 2011, 146 accidents happened on rural roads, while 51 took place on urban roads. In 2015, there were 170 accidents on rural roadways and 63 on urban roads.
The numbers from TxDOT include only farm equipment—combines, tractors, shredders, etc. Accidents are more routinely found on rural roads, because farm equipment is more common in those areas. Tractors and other ag equipment are very common on roads in our area.
The numbers for the nation are staggering. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates 15,000 collisions involving farm vehicles occur on U.S. roadways each year.Coming around a sharp turn or topping a steep hill can bring drivers up on slow-moving vehicles like farm equipment.
Brown County Commissioners Court recently approved the 2016/2017 budget and tax rate during Monday’s meeting of the court.
The $19,433,400 FY 2016/2017 budget includes funding of operating supplies, additional personnel, equipment, salaries, and increased debt service, according to officials. County Judge Ray West explained during the special called meeting and public hearing regarding the budget and tax rate on September 21 that the budget includes a 3% raise for all county employees and elected officials, with the exception of County Court at Law Judge. This position has legal limits to the amount of the salary as compared to that of the District Judge. This year, the County Court at Law Judge will receive a raise of $383.80.
The court also approved a new tax rate of $0.6093/$100 valuation during regular meetings of the court. This is an increase of $0.03 per $100 valuation from last year’s property tax rate.
Brown County’s proposed FY 2016/2017 budget will raise more taxes than last year’s budget by an amount of $1,012,151, which is a 4.64% increase from the previous year. The property tax to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year is $227,929.51, according to Brown County officials.
The S.H.A.C. (School Health Advisory Committee) is a state-mandated committee that helps maintain and improve the health of our future generations. The committee members brainstorm and make decisions about topics which include: improving food nutrition, making our physical education programs more consistent and cohesive, integrating new and exciting events for students and the community and ways to improve the overall health of each student. The S.H.A.C. committee will meet four times throughout the year.
The focus of the S.H.A.C. committee are the eight components of Coordinated School Health:
Saturday night was slightly exhausting in the McNeely house. It started out promising. Kiera went to bed a little later than her scheduled bedtime but it was Saturday night, not a school night.
I watched a little television with Aaron and once I was sure he wouldn’t laugh at me, I went to bed to read. Let me just clarify. He doesn’t laugh because I am going to bed to read. He laughs because it is a Saturday night and I am crawling in bed about 9. But, I digress.
Aaron came to bed soon and watched some videos on his tablet and I found a comfortable position and went to sleep. It was perfect. Was being the key word.
Around midnight, Ziggy and Sloane prodded me with their noses to let me know they would like to go outside. Let me give you a little information about our two monsters.Sloane is a Char-pei/Lab mix. She is about 9 years old and weighs around 40 pounds. Sloane is the main protector. She lets us know immediately if someone is close to the house. At the same time, she is very gentle with us. When she wants to wake me up, she will gently prod my hand with her nose or give a slight whine.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, September 26, 2016.
Monday, September 19
*8:00 PM – Brownwood Police received a report of the violation of a protection order at a property located on Coggin Avenue.
Tuesday, September 20
*9:16 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1600 block of 4th Street regarding a domestic disturbance. According to the report, an investigation determined that a suicidal subject discharged a firearm through a wall of the residence. An investigation regarding deadly conduct is ongoing, the report states.
Wednesday, September 21
*1:12 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 400 block of W. Commerce regarding theft. According to the report, the actor was not on scene and the incident was documented.
Friday, September 23*10:39 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2200 block of Southside Drive regarding the theft of a motor vehicle. According to the report, a 2015 Yamaha motorcycle valued at $7,000 had been stolen.
- 2016 Brown County A&M Mothers' Howdy Party Set for Oct. 6th
- Felony Offenders Sentenced in District Court
- Family Bass Club September Tournament Results and Standings
- Reminder: Brownwood Art Association Photo Group to Host Worldwide Photo Walk October 1st
- HPU to Host World Premiere of Choral Work by Alumnus
- Brown County 4-H News and Notes
- Friday Night High School Football Scoreboard 9/23
- Law Enforcement Blotter 9/23
- Brownwood ISD Announces Meeting for Gifted/Talented Referrals for 2016/2017
- TSTC Graduate Returns to Teach New Program
- Deadline to Apply for Military Service Academies Quickly Approaching
- FSC Receives Donation from Parent Advisory Committee