Central Texas Gospel Sing and First Baptist Church of Bangs continue their 15th year of presenting Southern gospel music to Central Texas on Saturday, October 25th. The concert will be at First Baptist Church of Bangs and will begin at 6:00 PM. Admission is free with a love offering taken.
Featured for this concert will be The Anderson Family from Brownwood. Mike and Karen Anderson with their son Austin have been in full time ministry for 17 years. They present the gospel in a beautiful blend of family harmony. Austin is a member of a group at Jacksonville College who will also be featured.
In conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 20-24), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding drivers that it is illegal to pass any school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal – either flashing red lights or a stop sign. During this time, DPS Highway Patrol troopers will be on the lookout for drivers who disregard the law.
“Children are particularly vulnerable when entering or exiting a school bus, and drivers who refuse to yield to a stopped school bus put our children in harm’s way,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “DPS will not tolerate those who ignore the law, and we urge drivers to make safety a priority when they encounter school buses.”
During National School Bus Safety Week, troopers in many areas will be riding on or following school buses to catch motorists who disregard the law. Troopers will also be patrolling areas where school buses pick up and drop off students, watching for motorists violating the school bus law. Drivers who violate the law could face fines as much as $1,250.
In 2013, Texas Highway Patrol troopers issued 566 tickets for passing a stopped school bus. According to the Texas Education Agency, more than 40,000 school buses transport 1.5 million Texas children every school day.According to Texas statute, a driver – traveling in either direction – must stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal. The driver may not proceed until one of the following occurs: the school bus resumes motion; the operator is signaled by the bus driver to proceed; or the visual signal is no longer activated.
Four individuals have joined the Howard Payne University Board of Trustees during the last year and will be on campus next week when the board convenes for a regular meeting. The board will meet in conjunction with the university’s Homecoming celebration, Oct. 24-26.
Dr. Daniel Sanchez and Ray Still were elected to the board in October 2013 and Bernardo “Bernie” Moraga and Annette (Brooks) Spikes were elected in March 2014.
“The university is honored to welcome the newest members of our Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president. “Each board election brings us supportive and caring individuals who truly have HPU’s best interests at heart.”Dr. Daniel Sanchez, a 1962 HPU alumnus, serves at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth in a number of positions including professor of missions; director of the Scarborough Institute of Church Planting and Growth; associate dean of the Roy Fish School of Evangelism and Missions; and director of the Hispanic Theological Studies Program. Dr. Sanchez received his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, his Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in Oxford, England. In addition to being an educator, he has served as church planter and missionary among other roles. He and his wife, Carmen, who passed away in May 2014, have three children.
Brown County Farm Bureau is reliving a bit of history this month as its search concludes for the longest tenured member.
“Efforts of our county organization are being replicated across the states as we search for the member with the deepest roots in the state,” said Brown County Farm Bureau President Dwayne Grooms. “For more than 80 years, members have been dedicated to the organization and Farm Bureau wants to recognize those longtime members.”
Five members have been designated by the Brown County Farm Bureau in the search.
They include Garner McClatchy, Stanton Brown, Mrs. George “Dempsey” Crume, Oscar L. “Larry” McAnally, and Myrle Kelton.Each county Farm Bureau had the opportunity to designate five of their longest tenured members and submit them to the state office. A special certificate will be issued for each tenured member.
Board Members of the Brownwood ISD voted unanimously Monday to adopt parameters for refinancing of school bonds which will save the district approximately $4.6 million of dollars over the next 20 years.
George Williford, Managing Director for Fist Southwest and bond advisor for Brownwood ISD for many years, explained the savings and the process of refinancing the Series 2005 bonds to board members. He explained that the refinancing will be done through a parameter bond sale, which does not lock into pricing on the date of the board meeting but rather allows the issuance of bonds in a “day-to-day” mode, meaning bonds can be priced at any time and in an interest rate environment that is advantageous.
Through the parameter sale, the board set optimum standards for bond sale which included a maximum interest rate of 4.75%, minimum present value savings threshold of 7.00%, aggregate principal amount of issue of $27,610,000 with a final maturity date of February 15, 2030, and the expiration of delegated authority to either the superintendent or deputy superintendent as the pricing officer is limited to 6 months. The original amount of the school bonds were $31,745,480 according to Williford.“If the district refinances in January or February, there won’t be any penalties; however, the savings of refinancing would far offset the cost of penalties (currently at $175,000 or less),” said Brownwood ISD Superintendent Reece Blincoe. He explained that the district could conservatively save as much as $300,000 per year over the next 20 years if they refinance the bonds. This would mean 3¢ back to the taxpayers in their BISD tax rate next year. The district already dropped the tax rate 5¢ for the current year.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
Friday, October 10
*11:48 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2100 block of Slayden Street, Brownwood High School, regarding suspicious circumstances. According to the report, an investigation determined that a juvenile was in possession of alcohol and issued a citation for minor in possession. Additionally, the student was placed into the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) for forty five days as school discipline.
Monday, October 13
*3:30 PM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant regarding identity theft. According to the report, no arrests have been made; however, the investigation is still pending.
*3:50 AM – Brownwood Police were responded to the 1000 block of Riverside Drive regarding disorderly conduct.
Tuesday, October 14
*9:54 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was called to a property on County Road 135 regarding a report of a horse abandoned and left without food or water.
*10:16 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of Terrace Drive regarding theft.
Planning for the 2015 Brown County Relay for Life is already underway. Committee members are already beginning to meet to plan this annual event.
These meetings have had a change in schedule and will now be held during the evening hours. The next meeting is scheduled for October 21st at 5:15 p.m. in the Chapel at Victory Life Church, which is located at 901 CC Woodson Road.Those interested in volunteering or being a part of the event’s planning committee are encouraged to call Rick Phelps at 325-200-1276.
Below are the fishing reports for area lakes, compiled as reported this week by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Water clear; 78–82 degrees; 12.59' low. Black bass are good on watermelon/chartreuse tailed soft plastic worms, topwater frogs, torpedoes, and Pop–R's on main lake flats near grass. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are good on Li'l Fishies off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles in 10–20 feet, and under lighted docks at night. Channel catfish are good on cut bait and shrimp over baited holes. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with perch and worms.
Lake ColemanWater clear; 78–82 degrees; 18.61' low. Black bass are good on watermelon red spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and white/red tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
It’s that time of year again for kids to figure out costumes and adults to buy candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters. Many places in the Brownwood area are hosting events celebrating fall and for Halloween.
October 31st or Halloween falls on Friday this year and in addition to trick-or-treating, many places in the Brownwood area will be hosting special events leading up to the day. Some local churches and non-profit organizations have festivals and haunted houses for people of all ages.
Early High School choral students had another successful day in the Texas All-State Choir audition process. On Saturday, October 11, 2014, eight EHS choir students traveled to Burleson High School for the second of three rounds of competition.
Advancing to the Region VII District Honor Choir are Elizabeth Rivard and McKenna Towell. TMEA Region Honor Choir members are Samuel Kinnin, Sam Cox, Cassie Durden and Amanda Harris. The third and final audition will be held at Midland-Lee High School in January, 2015.Serving as alternates to that audition are Sam Cox, Cassie Durden and Amanda Harris. Samuel Kinnin earned a coveted first chair placement and will compete as a candidate for the Texas All-State Choir at Midland-Lee High School.
For most folks involved in agriculture, and even some who only maintain their landscapes, there is always a lot of information you have to know or at least have it handy to refer back to. Trying to remember it all is difficult if not impossible. Listed below is some information, (facts/figures) that is included in a little publication, called a Reference Guide for Texas Ranchers which can be found posted on the Brown County Extension website, brown.agrilife.org.
- Brownwood Police Release September 2014 Crime Statistics
- Awards Presented at 2014 Annual Early Chamber of Commerce Banquet
- Law Enforcement Blotter 10/14
- City of Bangs Fills Two Officer Positions, Continues to Search for New Chief of Police
- HPU Sophomore Sarahi Castillo Awarded UPS Scholarship Through ICUT Foundation
- Brownwood Teams Up with Texas Parks and Wildlife for Canoeing Trails
- Eat Better, Eat Together
- HPU Homecoming 2014 Parade to Follow New Route
- Wednesday Evening Jackpot Fishing Tournament Results October 8th
- Early Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for The Southern Junkie
- BISD School Board Takes No Action on Superintendent or Censuring a Board Member
- Hoarding is a Problem?