55 people attended Saturday’s SkyWarn Weather School in Brownwood. National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Hector Guererro taught the school, sponsored by Brown County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), Brownwood Amateur Radio Club (BARC), Brown County Skywarn, and the National Weather Service in San Angelo. Guererro said the federal government's mandated cutbacks make it difficult to continue the weather schools, and they have been forced to cut back on the number of schools presented in the district. He said, “Brown County is one of the larger schools and has a very active SkyWarn Program, so the recent cutbacks did not include the Brownwood school. The cutbacks have forced us at the National Weather Service to combine several SkyWarn weather spotter schools into one per centrally-located area”.
Brown County 4-H is supported by Brown County United Way
DATES TO REMEMBER
5 - Consumer Decision Making Practice 4:30p.m. at Extension Office
7 - County Council Meeting 5:30p.m. at Extension Office
10 - Shooting Sports Practice 2:00p.m. at 4-H Center
12 - Brownwood 4-H Club Meeting 6:00p.m. at Extension Office
12 - Early 4-H Club Meeting 6:30p.m. at Early First Baptist Church
17 - Shooting Sports Practice 2:00p.m. at 4-H Center
18 - Extension Office Closed for Presidents Day
19 - Consumer Decision Making Practice 4:30p.m. at Extension Office
21 - Shooting Sports Club Meeting 6:00p.m. at Extension Office
22 - Consumer Decision Making Contest in San Angelo
MAJOR STOCK SHOW PASSES
The Ft. Worth, San Angelo, Houston, Austin and San Antonio Stock Show passes have arrived. If you are participating in these shows the passes are available for you to pick up at the Extension Office. If you have signed up for any of these shows and are NOT going to be participating or have any other questions please contact Nick Gonzales.
The 15th annual Stars of Texas Juried Art Exhibit opened Saturday night with a reception and awards ceremony showcasing talented artists’ works in many different styles and media.
This year’s exhibit features 133 artistic works from 94 artists selected by juror Billy Hassell out of a record 387 entries.
Hassell is a native Texan and artist who has painted nature inspired works for over 25 years. His colorful and expressive artworks, frequently featuring birds and indigenous plants and animals of Texas and the Gulf Coast region have been exhibited nationwide and are included in the permanent collections of the Houston Museum of Art, the Menil Collection, the Fort Worth Modern, The Dallas Museum of Art and numerous other public and private collections.
“I was also impressed to see the range of work. Artists that were obviously professors or professional working artists shown side by side with artists that were probably just beginning. The thing that I noticed most was the amount of good, quality work,” said Hassell. “Judging artwork is always a subjective thing. It almost comes down to the personal taste of the juror.”
Awards and cash prizes totaling $6250 were given to 15 artists in a variety of categories. This year’s Dorothy Mays Best of Show Award was given to Robert W. Cook of Granbury, Texas for his watercolor painting called Twilight On Bourbon. Cook is pictured at top with the piece.
No, I’m not pushing a premium movie channel package with your current television provider! I’m referring to the Brown County Coin Club’s 4th Annual Coin Show which will be here soon.
This event will be held at the Heartland Mall, in the vacant Corral West Western Wear store, on Friday, February 15 from noon to 6:00 pm, and on Saturday, February 16, from 10:00 am to 5 pm. Admission is free.
This show provides a taste of what collecting coins is all about. It is also a great time to get acquainted with the coin club. Feel free to approach a member and ask one of us what the club is all about.This event is not a big fundraiser for the club; it is held for the benefit of community members, interested local folks, and to promote the hobby of coin collecting.
We have lost a couple of dealers from last year, but we have gained several new dealers who will be making their first appearances at our show. Right now, we have about 20 dealers from across the state and at least four of the club members will have tables, including me. The Central Texas Treasure Hunters Club will have a table, too, to introduce you to metal detecting, another great hobby. One of the four “reputable” grading and authentication firms, ANACS, will be there to take your submissions for grading.
The Brown County Community Resource Coordinating Group (CRCG) will be offering information regarding the growing problem of human trafficking. Deena Graves, Executive Director of Traffick911 will present a brief, one-hour overview of child/human sexual trafficking on Tuesday, February 5th at 9:30 AM at the Family Service Center in Brownwood. An additional 4-hour training will also be offered with continuing education credit.
“While I’ve thought that child-sex trafficking is something that happens only in big cities, I was wrong,” said Bob Conteras, co-chair of the Brown County CRCG. “Ms. Graves will give us a brief overview during our meeting and is willing to schedule four-hour group trainings for organizations, along with CEUs, for those who are interested.”
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. It is the fastest-growing crime in the world, with the perpetrators making $32 billion a year buying and selling people for their profit and pleasure. The profits are huge and the risk of being prosecuted is slim- the United Nations says 99% of victims are never rescued.
Domestic minor sex trafficking is the buying and selling of America’s own children. Federal law defines domestic minor sex trafficking as the exchange of a sex act for anything of value.
Woodland Heights Elementary announced its STAR students for the third six weeks at an awards assembly Wednesday, January 16th. The STAR Award is typically given to one boy and one girl from each class, each six weeks. It is awarded to the students who gave the most effort, followed the rules, participated in class, and who had excellent conduct during that cycle.
The Erath County Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting a murder investigation at a Stephenville home where a former Brown County resident was found dead.
According to the Stephenville Empire Tribune, 56-year-old Jeff Sewalt was found dead at his home in Stephenville Friday afternoon with a gunshot wound to the head.
The Texas Rangers have been called in to assist in the investigation and no suspects have been identified, according to the Tribune. The victim’s girlfriend reported the incident to law enforcement in Stephenville.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, February 1, 2013.
Thursday, January 31
*10:08 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Austin Avenue, Brookshire’s grocery store, regarding theft. According to the report, management advised a shoplifter had been caught in the act and that they wished to file criminal charges and have a criminal trespass warning issued to the suspect for the store.
*11:11 AM – A Brownwood Police officer observed several subjects fighting in the parking lot of Brookshire’s grocery store. According to the report, the officer saw that a subject was being restrained by a manager of the store. The manager advised the officer that the male subject, identified as 27-year-old Christopher Ray Bostick, had concealed an item and ran out of the store, the report states. The two employees attempted to restrain the man for police and during the struggle; one man was bitten on the finger which caused it to bleed, the report states. Bostick was subsequently arrested and charged with robbery and also issued a criminal trespass warning for the store location.
*4:22 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1500 block of Davis Lane regarding the violation of a protective order.*Bangs Police arrested 66-year-old Jackie Arrowood of Bangs for Unsanitary or Unsightly Condition; and for a warrant on failure to appear.
Fishing blogger, Clint Taylor, author of “Texas Backroads Angler” went winter fishing on the San Saba River and made a video to share his adventure with his readers.
"Instead of writing about fishing and talking about where and how I go fishing I would like to show you what I do," said Taylor.
Taylor shot the video with his GoPro Hero 3 Silver Edition camera and got some enjoyable views of the scenery as well as some shots underwater, showing the water he was traveling and the environment of the fish he was catching.
Students at area schools, Brownwood ISD’s East Elementary and Early ISD’s Early Primary celebrated the 100th day of school, February 1st in many creative ways.
Some dressed up in costume, while others made projects related to the number 100 and birthdays. In the end, the students had a great time and learned a little along the way.
Influenza continues to be in the news and the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department would like to remind all area residents that it is not too late to get a flu shot. The current flu season started early and hit hard across the nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity is decreasing in some areas but continues to be high over much of the United States.
Influenza is a contagious viral respiratory illness that is spread through contact with respiratory secretions and droplets found in the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. You can become infected when you breathe in these droplets. The flu can also be spread by touching a surface that has been contaminated by an infected person and then touching your nose or mouth.The single most effective way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine. To encourage the people in the local area who may be unvaccinated to get immunized against the flu, the health department is offering flu shots for $10.00 while current flu vaccine supplies last.
- It's National Go Red Day
- HPU Students Attend Massive TheatreFest; Humfeld Begins Term as TETA President
- CTO Now Accepting Rental Assistance and Homebuyer Assistance Applications
- Lady Jackets Win 79-68; Jackets Fall To TLU
- Contreras Selected for ATSSB All-State Band
- HPU to present a “Night at the Movies” musical event
- Law Enforcement Blotter 1/31
- Firefighters Respond to Kitchen Fire
- HPU Hosts 15th Annual CASL Conference
- Brownwood to Host Big Country Fellowship of Christian Athletes All-Star Basketball Games this Summer
- Forage Seminar to be Held February 7th
- Weekly Fishing Report for Area Lakes