The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce kicked off their fifth annual Total Resource Campaign on January 27, 2015. Total Resource Campaigns (TRC's) are gaining support and popularity across the country and have been embraced by Chamber Members, board leadership and staff because of the beneficial nature of the campaign.The TRC is designed to give Chamber members numerous opportunities to become more involved with the Chamber on various levels through greater public awareness of Chamber programs, projects and events. In addition, the TRC makes it easier for businesses to budget for the coming year and helps improve the efficiency of Chamber-sponsored events.
Howard Payne University graduated 76 students during its Commencement ceremony held at the close of the fall 2014 semester.
Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer, and other university representatives conferred the degrees.
Students must have a 3.55-3.69 grade-point average to graduate Cum Laude; a 3.70-3.84 GPA to graduate Magna Cum Laude; and a 3.85-4.0 GPA to graduate Summa Cum Laude.
Jessica Marie Terway – Bachelor of Arts in English, language arts, and reading (grade 4-8)
Severe weather season is fast approaching so it is time to dust off the Skywarn material and get ready for spotter training, including one session in Brownwood. The local Skywarn training will take place at Howard Payne University, Newman Hall, Room 136 from 9:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday, March 7th.
More than 10,000 severe storms, 5,000 floods and 1,000 tornadoes occur during a typical year across the United States. Many of these severe weather reports are received by Skywarn spotters. Skywarn is a volunteer program that consists of more than 250,000 trained severe weather spotters. These spotters provide timely and accurate weather reports to their local National Weather Service office. Skywarn volunteers are an essential part of the warning process and have had a positive impact on the improvement in severe weather detection and warning lead times.Anyone with an interest in public service and/or severe weather is encouraged to participate in the Skywarn program. We see a lot of volunteers that coming from various backgrounds, including: fire fighters, law enforcement, public utility workers, and HAM radio operators. However, these training sessions are not limited to these individuals. Skywarn may be for you if you have ever had an interest in severe weather and would like to learn more about storm structure, the identification of severe weather features, or what to do when severe weather strikes. The only requirement for participation in the program is the completion of a FREE spotter training course provided by the National Weather Service. These courses are offered in numerous communities and generally last approximately 2 hours.
Motorists traveling through the intersection of US 377 and Crockett Drive in Brownwood can expect to see a new traffic signal in the coming months.Construction on this new signal will begin on Monday, Feb. 2. Upon completion of the construction in early May, this intersection will be a 4-way intersection.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, January 28th for one of their newest members, American Light & Power.
The retail electric provider offers service to residential and commercial customers."We would like to let all of the members know that we would be happy to help lower your commercial and residential electricity rates," said Cabot Rank, Vice President of Sales for American Light & Power. "We pride ourselves in providing the most competitive rates along with great customer service for all of our clients."
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, January 28, 2015.
Monday, January 26
*11:23 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 3500 block of Golding Road regarding an assault. According to the report, the complainant stated she was assaulted by her boyfriend who also lives with her. An investigation is ongoing, the report states.
*5:10 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to Walmart regarding theft. According to the report, a female suspect was issued a citation for theft under $50.
*9:19 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1500 block of Terrace Drive regarding harassment. The complainant stated that they have received numerous calls from an individual accusing them of illegal acts in Santa Anna, according to the report. The investigation is ongoing.
Tuesday, January 27*12:59 PM – Brownwood Police were called to Walmart regarding theft. According to the report, this call led to the arrest of 24-year-old Dustin Michael Nichols of Brownwood for the offense of theft greater than $50 less than $500.
The Brownwood Art Association will host their 3rd annual Stars of Texas Photo Shootout from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 31.
Registration will be held at the Adams Street Community Center Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.According to organizers, the Photo Shootout is similar to the Paint-Off event in that a digital photograph is to be completed within a certain period of time. Entries will be judged by an independent juror for the Best Overall Image prize.
In case you’re new around here, we have seven children: three infants (two of which are twins), a toddler, and three teenagers. We’re happily involved with our church. There’s always a mountain of laundry, dishes to wash, floors to sweep. And once in a while I try to get a little blogging done.
I need dinners that I can throw into the slow-cooker in the morning. I also need those dinners to be filling and large enough to feed our rowdy crew – and dinner needs to be tasty. I’ve got a few picky eaters.
Chicken Stroganoff is a huge hit at our house.
A new and recently released survey by Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation showed overwhelming voter support of a strong, well-funded system of state parks. The poll demonstrates consistent support in good and bad economic times, and shows that voters would support a constitutional amendment to dedicate sales tax revenue for more and consistent funding for parks.
“Conservation and the importance of preserving our natural habitat are deeply held Texas values,” said Dan Allen Hughes, Chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. “Texas voters understand that a strong and thriving system of state parks contributes to a vibrant economy, is an important source of recreation for Texas families and helps protect the natural environment that makes Texas unique,” Hughes said. “In times of rapid economic and population growth it is more important than ever to preserve and protect the natural habitat that has made Texas such an attractive place to live, work and build a business.”
CONSERVATION IS A BEDROCK BELIEFThe statewide survey of 600 active voters was conducted by Hill Research Consultants from December 2-4, 2014. The poll queried voters on issues related to Texas land, parks, natural habitat and other natural areas. This is the fifth time since 1999 that Hill Research Consultants has conducted a survey of Texas voters to assess opinions on these issues. Over time, voter support has remained strong even in times of economic downturn.
Have you ever noticed a company or product that carried the phrase “FDA approved” on its label and wondered what it really means? The FDA stands for the Food and Drug Administration and is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The FDA oversees related issues in all of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and other U.S. territories.
The FDA has several very important jobs that impact not only your health, but the health of people around you. It also affects animals through safe use of veterinary drugs and any additives that may be found in animal foods. There is so much the FDA oversees and you may be surprised at some of them.
• The FDA is commonly known for its efforts in making sure that the foods we eat are safe, wholesome, sanitary and labeled correctly. This includes almost everything you eat as well as bottled water and additives that may be added to foods. Infant formulas can be marketed without FDA approval but they must let the FDA know. There are some exceptions for meat, poultry and egg products which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.• The FDA also ensures that drugs, vaccines and other medical devices used for human health are effective and safe. This includes both prescription drugs and nonprescription drugs (also known as over-the-counter drugs). Vaccines are a very important part of staying healthy and the FDA makes sure that vaccines are safe. The FDA also regulates gene therapy products, and products that involve blood or other body tissues.
The Brownwood Bass Club held their 2014 Awards Banquet Saturday at the Brown County Fair Barns. The annual family oriented event attracted more than 70 people of all ages for an evening of fellowship, a fried fish dinner with all the trimmings, and probably a fish story or two.After the meal, prepared onsite by club members, the group gave a warm welcome home to Dustin “Bubba” Grice, who spoke briefly to the crowd about his experiences on the Walmart FLW Tour. Grice, who previously lived in Brown County, just completed his first year on the tour, having fished FLW sanctioned tournaments since 2004.
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- City of Brownwood Election Date Set for May 9th
- Brown County Relay for Life Set for May 22nd, Team Registration Underway
- HPU Students to Assist in Obtaining Survey to Determine Brownwood Parks and Recreation Master Plan
- FSA Livestock Aid Programs Deadline January 30th
- Brownwood Police Department Welcomes New Officer
- 3M Employees Contribute Over $50,000 to Brown County United Way Campaign
- Planning for Bangs Mayfest 2015 Underway
- The Sleepless Weekend and Bad Medicine
- A Video Adventure on the Devils River
- Health Department to Host Community-Wide Maternity Fair Feb. 19th
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