Local radio stations KOXE 101.3 and Wendlee Broadcasting (KQBZ The Breeze 96.9 & Newstalk 102.3) helped to collectively raise approximately $12,000 cash and collected 3200 toys for Brown County Toys for Kids on Wednesday.KOXE and their staff held their annual Two Steppin’ for Toys drive at their radio station studios on Carnegie. Volunteers held signs and collected donations from drivers passing by.
Kohler Company recently presented $1000.00 to Brown County Youth Fair Association and $1000.00 to Brown County Rodeo Association.Pictured left to right are: Mitzi Dahlberg – Kohler HR Generalist, Brent Mosely – Brown County Youth Fair and Rodeo Association, Gayland Miller – Brown County Youth Fair and Rodeo Association, and David Goodwin – Kohler Maintenance Associate.
Although artificial trees have become quite common, having a fresh-cut tree for the holidays is still quite popular. A question we sometimes get is, “What special solution is best for keeping my Christmas tree green?”
The answer is good old plain water! Research done at North Carolina State University a few years ago compared several homemade solutions to plain water. They looked at water only, water plus household bleach, water with aspirin tablets and water with 7-Up. Nothing was found to work as well as clean, plain water. What does help is to have a plant stand that holds at least one gallon of water. The stand should be cleaned with a half-and-half bleach-water solution before placing the tree in the stand. Make a fresh cut on the base of the tree and immediately place it in the stand. Check the water reservoir every day because trees can absorb a tremendous amount of water, especially fresh-cut trees, especially the first few days.
Keep safety in mind by keeping your tree away from heaters, fireplaces and vents, and turn off lights at night before going to bed.Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesi) is a favorite holiday season house plant, but one that needs attention to details if it is to flower again the next winter. It is closely related to Easter cactus (Schlumbergera gaertneri) and Thanksgiving cactus (S. truncatus), all with fleshy, flattened, segmented joints and showy flowers ranging in color from white through pink, red and purple.
In an effort to better serve the state’s seniors and disabled citizens, the Texas Department of Transportation is hosting a workshop to inform the public and gather input on the growing transportation needs of local communities.TxDOT’s federally-funded Enhanced Services for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (5310) serves communities with 200,000 people or less. The program’s workshops are intended to inform citizens of the availability of cost-effective, efficient passenger transportation services, as well as gather comments from these citizens on what services are needed.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
Monday, December 15
*7:15 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1700 block of Avenue I regarding the burglary of a habitation. According to the report, costume jewelry and electronic equipment were taken during the incident. A suspect has been identified and the investigation is continuing, the report states.
*9:58 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 500 block of W. Austin Avenue regarding theft. According to the report, some storage buildings were burglarized. It was not known at the time of the report if any items were removed from the units that were forced open, the report states.
Tuesday, December 16*4:13 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s deputies made a traffic stop in the area of Durham Avenue and Irma Street in Brownwood. Suspicious behavior led to seizure of what turned out to be a bag containing narcotics, the report states. The occupants of the vehicle, identified as 32-year-old Desiree Michelle Henson and 43-year-old Albert Ray Holder both of Brownwood, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 in a drug free zone and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair. Henson was also arrested on outstanding warrants related to theft of property equal or greater than $50 less than $500 (Taylor County), theft and failure to appear.
A benefit account has been set up for Early Middle School student Braden Summers, who is currently receiving care at Cook’s Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth.
According to reports from friends on Facebook, Summers has pneumonia and “is very sick.” Braden is a 7th grader and his mother, Kelley, is a teacher at Early MS according to EISD officials.This savings account has been opened at Mills County State Bank to help with medical care and associated expenses for the family.
The Lyric Performing Arts Company’s production of “Anything Goes” opened last week and will continue shows this Thursday through Sunday evenings with matinee performances Friday and Sunday. The cast will set sail on a luxury cruise across the Atlantic, in their final week of performances of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” at the historic Lyric Theatre in downtown Brownwood, and tickets for the voyage are still available.Tickets to any of the performances may be purchased, and reserved seats selected, online at www.brownwoodlyrictheatre.com. Anyone needing assistance buying tickets, or who doesn’t have access to the Internet, may visit the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce during regular hours.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase DWI patrols for a 15-day period that includes both the Christmas and New Year holidays. From December 19 – January 2, DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.
“DPS’ enhanced patrols are designed to help save lives by identifying impaired and dangerous drivers and getting them off Texas roadways,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Holiday celebrations create the increased potential for drinking and driving incidents, and we urge Texans to designate a sober driver or find alternative transportation if they plan to drink.”During the Christmas/New Year holiday enforcement effort last year, DPS troopers made 1,505 DWI arrests. DPS enforcement also resulted in 24,928 speeding citations, 2,997 seat belt/child safety seat citations, in addition to 1,078 fugitive arrests, and 797 felony arrests during the enforcement period. A Texas Department of Transportation grant allows increased patrols in high-risk locations during the times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.
Lake Brownwood State Park will host their third annual “Holiday at the Lake” event this Saturday, December 20th. The public is invited to attend this special event.
Visitors can bring camping gear and decorations for a competition for the best decorated campsite. Judging will take place at 6:00 p.m., and at 7:00 p.m. the winner will be announced at the Group Dining Hall. The camping fee for Saturday night will be waived for the winner.
A ranger talk will begin immediately after the winner of the decorating contest is announced. There will also be cookie decorating, hot chocolate, and a visit from Santa.
The Brown County Water Improvement District board met Tuesday afternoon and unanimously agreed not to proceed with their proposed $12 million pipeline project to take effluent water from the City of Brownwood back to Lake Brownwood.
BCWID General Manager Dennis Spinks reported that the project would increase the cost of treated water to their wholesale customers to a cost of $1.28/1000 gallons, causing an increase of 41.74% in the treated water rate. These figures according to Spinks did not take into consideration evaporation which will and does occur.
With the City of Early considering their own wastewater treatment plant, these costs could additionally rise, as Early would be reducing the inflow and outflow of water into Lake Brownwood by 14%, reported Spinks.
Spinks explained that engineer Rex Hunt and associates determined the cost to build the pipeline at approximately nearly $12 million and that it would cost $350,000 per year to operate according to estimates. The average cost increase would be $5.60 per month to each customer, which he and other board members agreed is not a huge increase for the security of having an additional source of water.The cost of the project would have been funded from a Texas Water Development Board loan and repaid over a 20 year term, according to Spinks.
During the fall 2014 semester, senior business students enrolled in Human Resource Management (HRM) at Howard Payne University worked with Brownwood High School students on a project designed to strengthen the relationship between the two schools and create a hands-on learning experience for both parties.
In an effort to provide both sets of students with valuable experiences, the focus of the project was résumé and job interview strategies. HPU students were responsible for researching and developing comprehensive résumé and interview workshops for the high school students to attend.
- Law Enforcement Blotter 12/16
- Successful Brownwood ISD Pink-Out Fundraiser Provides Funds for Cancer Patients
- HPU Law Enforcement Personnel Participate In FBI Forum
- McMillian Named Early Police Department’s Officer of the Year
- Sonic Drive-In of Early Named Early Chamber of Commerce’s Business of Month
- Local Pharmacy Target of Weekend Burglary
- Northwest Elementary Announces Second Six Weeks Good Choice Award Winners
- Kiwanis and Early High School Key Club Holiday Food Drive
- Brownwood Harvey House Celebrates 100 Years
- Law Enforcement Blotter 12/15
- Food Safety Myths Exposed
- Woodland Heights Elementary Announces STAR Students for the Second Six Weeks