The 31st annual Community Thanksgiving Feast at Howard Payne University will once again usher in the holiday season for area residents. It is scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the HPU Mabee University Center.
The tradition has been supported throughout the years by numerous individuals and organizations. Last year, more than 2,000 meals were served on campus and through the home-delivery program.
“When we opened our newly renovated Mabee University Center for Homecoming a few days ago, I also knew we would soon be celebrating Thanksgiving there with friends in the area,” said Bill Fishback, assistant vice president for business and human resources at HPU. “This community-wide effort of neighbors caring for neighbors seems to be as important to those who serve as it is to those who enjoy the meal each year. Volunteers will help serve meals at the Mabee Center or deliver meals in Brownwood and Early to those who cannot join us on campus. We have always been able to provide the meals at no cost because of the donations from the caring people and organizations in Brown County. Despite starting with less money than normal to cover the cost of the meals, this community always comes through, so I am confident the money will be there by the time the bills must be paid.”According to Fishback, the staff members of HPU’s Sodexo Food Service give up their holiday to prepare the meals.
The local Bereaved Parents Support Group will host the Annual Memorial Candlelight Service to honor all children and other loved ones, on Sunday, December 14, 2014, inside Heartland Mall, Early, Texas, around their Angel Memorial Trees. This is a casual evening for family and friends to gather and spend one evening this holiday season with their loved one. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. to make sure that all candles are lit by the 7 p.m. time of remembrance in conjunction with the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting.The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting, Sunday, December 14, 2014, unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, November 24, 2014.
Friday, November 21
*9:48 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1100 block of Irma Street regarding the burglary of a building. According to the report, an unknown suspect broke into her storage shed and attempted to steal her lawn mower.
*12:03 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Austin Avenue regarding theft. According to the report, the suspect fled the scene but was being followed by the complainant. The officer located and identified the suspect in the 1400 block of Coggin Avenue. The suspect was issued a criminal trespass warning and cited for theft less than $50 before being released from the scene.
*10:25 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 500 block of W. Commerce regarding forgery. According to the report, a local business had cashed 10 counterfeit checks on Thursday. The checks looked like checks from a business for which they normally cash checks, the report states. An investigation is ongoing, according to police.*1:40 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s investigators received information that 30-year-old Steven Gene Biggs of Brownwood was driving a pickup in the North side of Brownwood and would be in possession of methamphetamine. According to the report, BCSO investigators located the pickup at a home which was known to be frequented by methamphetamine users. Investigators surveyed the home and observed the pickup leave the house, located in the 1700 block of Houston Street, the report states. The pickup traveled away from the home and committed a traffic violation, and a traffic stop was made, according to the report. The driver and passenger made movements the investigators recognized as possibly efforts to conceal something, according to the deputy. The driver was identified as Biggs and he had a female passenger with him, both were visibly nervous, the report states.
Due to storm damage over the weekend, Oncor crews will be repairing two damaged poles in the Lake Brownwood area, resulting in a several hour outage for many customers.
This outage will be in the areas along 279 at about the Lake Bridge north toward the Lake Brownwood State Park according to Ken Harris of Oncor. The outage will begin around 6:00-7:00 p.m. tonight, Monday, November 24th. It will last approximately 7 hours as crews replace and connect the two power poles.
“We want to get the word out to as many customers as possible regarding the timing of the outage and the length of time power will be out,” said Harris. “We ask customers not to call in to report the outage as it is a scheduled outage of which Oncor is aware.”
Howard Payne University will be closed Wednesday, November 26, through Friday, November 28, in observance of Thanksgiving. Offices will reopen on Monday, December 1.The university will host the 31st annual Community Thanksgiving Feast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Mabee University Center.
Early High School’s Shattered Dreams Program Illustrates Dangers of Drinking or Texting While Driving
Early High School and the Early Police Department held a Shattered Dreams program Monday morning to raise student awareness of the dangers of drinking or texting while driving.
A mock accident scene was viewed by students, parents and faculty in the parking lot of the football stadium which consisted of a two-car head-on collision caused by a drunk driver and a 3rd car whose driver is texting and hits the accident that has already occurred. The result of the staged accident was where one fatality at the scene occurred and one patient was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The Brownwood Lyric Theatre will present Handel’s Messiah on Monday, December 1st and Tuesday, December 2nd and tickets are now available for purchase.
The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Lyric Theatre in Downtown Brownwood. Tickets are available online for $10 each. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
The Lyric’s production of Handel’s Messiah is under the direction of Dr. Monte Garrett and will feature solo performances by Dr. Celeste Church (Soprano), Dr. Diana Ellis (Alto), Dr. Greg Church (Tenor), and Jeff Woods (Bass).
Brown County 4-H is supported by Brown County United Way
DATES TO REMEMBER
27-28 – Extension Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays
1 – Brown County Youth Fair Entry Deadline
7 – Mandatory Horse Practice 2:00p.m. at Youth Fair Barns
8 – Early 4-H Club Meeting 6:30p.m. at Early First Baptist Church
9 – Brownwood 4-H Club Meeting 6:30p.m. at Extension Office
9 – Bangs 4-H Club Meeting 6:00p.m. at Bangs ISD FCS Classroom
13 – Brown County 4-H Project Show
16 – Rabbit Club Meeting 7:00p.m. at Extension Office
18 – Annual Community Service Project (Turkey Boxes) 1:00p.m. at Extension Office
21 – Sheep Club Meeting 6:00p.m. at Glasscock Farms
25-26 – Extension Office Closed for Christmas Holidays
Brown County emergency responders were called to the scene of a two vehicle accident Friday afternoon on north Hwy 279 just past Day’s Hill outside of Brownwood.
The accident occurred shortly after 4:30 p.m. as the Chevrolet Camaro was traveling behind a small passenger car in the northbound lane. According to the driver of the Camaro, she had looked over at a semi-truck which was broken down parked on the side of the roadway, when she rear-ended the small passenger car which was stopped to turn left off of the highway.
Approximately $156,000 for work on US 377 in Brownwood was approved by the Texas Transportation Commission at its November meeting.
The funds will be used to construct a traffic signal at the intersection of US 377 and Crockett Drive, along with seal coating and striping.
The project was awarded to Highway Intelligent Traffic Solutions, Inc. who bid $156,330.88.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, November 21, 2014.
Thursday, November 20
*1:53 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of N. Greenleaf regarding a domestic disturbance. This call led to the arrest of Charles Johnson for assault family violence causing bodily injury.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of theft. According to the report, the owner of Lone Star Taxidermy reported that several skins had been taken by a known subject to be tanned in August; however the skins had not been returned to date. The total value of the deer skins is $1900.
*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding an assault. According to the report, the female complainant stated that a Hispanic male had waved her down and told her she had a flat tire. The male then attacked her while she was looking at her tires, according to the report. The deputy noted that the female did have a few scrapes and bruises. An investigation is ongoing, the report states.
*A Brown County Constable arrested 17-year-old Serjio Efrain Castillo of Brownwood on two counts of failure to attend school.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21-year-old Christopher James Cotton of Brownwood for motion to adjudicate/possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.
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