Parents of local junior and senior high school students are invited to attend a free seminar covering general college financial aid information with an emphasis on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The event will be hosted by Glenda Huff, HPU’s director of student aid, at 6:30 p.m. on January 29 and February 5 in the Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center on the HPU campus.
According to Huff, it is extremely advantageous to begin the financial aid process as soon as possible after January 1.
“Some universities have very early priority dates for awarding financial aid funds,” she said. “These sessions are open to parents of all area students, even those not planning to enroll at HPU.”University representatives will also discuss HPU’s Heart of Texas Scholarship Program, designed to benefit students graduating from high schools in Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, McCulloch, Mills and San Saba counties. The scholarship awards up to $14,000 annually to students who meet unconditional admission requirements.
According to some of the weather guru’s, there is still a chance that an El Niño will occur this winter. But, they are undecided as to what type of El Niño this is going to be.
Where the warm water appears in the equatorial Pacific will determine the relative strength of the El Niño, adds the climatologist, meteorologist and ag weather consultant from Southeast Colorado. Most bets at the moment are for a weak El Niño rather than a more traditional version.
But here’s the good news: for the southern tier of states, and particularly the Southern Plains, Oklahoma and eastward, they think the prospects for a cooler and wetter-than-normal winter are decent.
While that’s good news for cattle producers, it could mean tougher conditions for your cows, says Ted McCollum, Texas AgriLife Extension Service beef specialist in Amarillo. “When we start thinking about cows and nutrient requirements, cold, wet weather increases their nutrient requirements and may increase the focus we’ve got to have on nutrition,” he says.“So we may be set up this fall and winter where our cows have higher energy requirements and our forage may not be as good” because fall and winter rainfall has washed out some of the nutrients from dry, standing forage, he says. That’s important because the nutrition, or lack thereof, that your cows get this fall and winter will affect the 2016 calf crop.
Below are the fishing reports for area lakes, compiled as reported this week by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Water clear; 60–64 degrees; 12.27' low. Black bass are fair on buzzbaits, Persuader crankbaits, and pumpkinseed soft plastic worms over brush piles in 10–20 feet. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies and pet spoons off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on minnows. Channel catfish are fair on cut bait and stinkbait over baited holes in 12–20 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
Lake ColemanWater clear; 64–68 degrees; 18.95' low. Black bass are fair on white spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are good on green striper jigs. Crappie are fair on live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on shrimp and minnows. Yellow catfish are slow.
Brownwood High School Lions Soccer invites boys 4-10 years old to join them for Little Lions Soccer.
To join in the fun, CLICK HERE for a registration form. Mail completed form and $30 to Lisa Jaso at the BHS Athletic Office or to Melissa Gomez PO Box 1505 Brownwood, TX 76804. Please make checks payable to: Brownwood Soccer. Registration deadline is December 22, 2014.
Little Lions will receive a shirt with their varsity lion’s name and number.
Howard Payne University pre-law students once again brought the university to the spotlight with successes in Moot Court. For the second year in a row, HPU students won the Texas Undergraduate Moot Court Association (TUMCA) regional competition and advanced to the national American Collegiate Moot Court Association (ACMA) tournament.Katie Rose Bonner, a senior political science pre-law, history and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Lytle, and Isaac Sommers, a freshman social sciences jurisprudence and Guy D. Newman Honors Academy major from Boerne, recently earned the title of TUMCA champions at the Texas A&M School of Law Moot Court Tournament in Fort Worth.
A portion of Brownwood Middle School’s digital media center (library) underwent its annual transformation into the “Java Nook” poetry club in November. Under the guidance of BMS English teachers, students were able to experience performing in a “poetry café” complete with tables, refreshments, and a stage set up in the corner.
Performances were held on November 14th and 15th during class, with each student taking a turn on the stage to recite their selection. “This year, students recited original poetry as well as published material,” said BMS English teacher, Brenda Howard. “Each year, more and more students are writing their own pieces.”
On the final day, students brought a variety of snacks that were made available for patrons to enjoy while watching the performances.BMS faculty that helped coordinate and facilitate the Java Nook Poetry Café this year included teachers, Brenda Howard, Jen Williams, Rikki Bell, and DaLin Cummings (Digital Media Specialist). This year marks the fourth year for the Java Nook Poetry Café project.
The 2014 Spirit of Christmas Lighted Parade is set to kick off Thursday, December 4th at 6:30 PM in downtown Brownwood.The parade will begin at the corner of Adams Street and Carnegie, traveling on Adams Street to Center Avenue; turn right on Center down to North Broadway where it will turn right on Fisk Street then travel to Baker Street when it will turn left and conclude at Carnegie.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Centennial Celebration on Monday, December 15th for the Brownwood Harvey House with a series of special events planned throughout the day."We are excited to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Harvey House in Brownwood on December 15th," said Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ray Tipton. "The building which sits next to the Depot was originally part of a chain of restaurants owned by the Fred Harvey Company. The building now houses the Brownwood Chamber offices and the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions Museum."
Brownwood Police Chief Mike Corley released crime statistics from the police department for the month of November along with year-to-date numbers for 2013 and 2014.
Corley releases Brownwood Police Department crime statistics on a monthly basis as a program to have a department that is more transparent to the public. Corley stated that he also looks at these numbers to see where the department needs to focus.
Corley said that there were 111 reported crimes in November which is decreased by 9% from the previous month. Of these crimes, 32.4% were cleared either by arrest or after further investigation. Of note, cases of assault were down by 15 incidents and larceny theft was increased by 8 incidents as compared to the month of October.
There were 45 traffic accidents and 6 driving while intoxicated arrests in the city of Brownwood for November.
2014 appears to have a continuing decreasing trend of total crimes (year-to-date) than the number reported in 2013. Of note, motor vehicle thefts are down by 13 incidents or 50% and burglaries of buildings were increased by 18 cases as compared to the same timeframe during 2013.
See below for the October and November crime statistics along with tables of year-to-date 2013 and 2014 statistics of the same time period for comparison. The number reported refers to crimes that were assigned a case number and responded to by police. The number cleared refers to how many cases were closed either by an arrest or after further investigation.
Bangs Business Association proudly announces Ben and Nona Carnes as the Grand Marshals of the Bangs Lighted Christmas Parade, which will take place on Saturday, December 13, at 6 P.M.
Ben and Nona have been great business leaders in the Bangs community since 1971. Organizers of the parade are proud to honor them for their untiring service to the city. Ben Carnes and Nona Rippetoe married in June of 1960. One year to the day from their marriage, they welcomed a beautiful daughter, Carmon, then nine years later a wonderful son, B. J. The following year, 1971, they purchased Rippetoe Pharmacy from Nona’s parents, Mac and Odessa Rippetoe. They have owned and operated it since that date.
Ben is a graduate of Howard Payne University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He furthered his education, graduating from the University of Texas Austin School of Pharmacy.Ben and Nona have offered many years of soda fountain fun, a variety of gifts and healing medicine for the Bangs community. They have volunteered many hours to community service, helping those who needed guidance and direction. In later years they owned and operated Carnes Camp at Lake Brownwood, offering a retreat for many groups. The Bangs Business Association thanks Ben and Nona for such sacrifices to help others.
Howard Payne University’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present its annual Service of Lessons and Carols this Sunday at 8 p.m. at St. John’s Church in Brownwood. The service includes Scripture readings about the prophecies and coming of Christ and music that reflects on the passages being read.
HPU faculty members will read the Scriptures and the university’s Heritage Singers will perform the musical selections with Dr. Allen Reed, professor of music, accompanying.The event is based on the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College, Cambridge, first held on Christmas Eve 1918. The service was first broadcast in 1928 and, with the exception of 1930, has broadcast annually. In the United States, the service airs on approximately 300 radio stations.
- Returning to Fish the San Saba River
- Care Nursing to Celebrate Christmas and Mistletoe with Elvis
- Local Library to Host Big Book Sale this Saturday, Dec. 6th
- HPU’s Pre-College Music and Art Program to Host “Christmas at Heartland Mall”
- Brown County Futbol U-14 to Host Brisket Bag Lunch Fundraiser Dec. 5th
- HPU Model United Nations Team Excels at International Conference
- Bangs Annual Lighted Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Park Set for December 13th
- Big Ol’ Country Christmas Returns to Heart of Texas Baptist Camp
- Reminder: Early Christmas Tree Lighting to be held Tuesday, Dec. 2nd
- BFD Welcomes Arrival of New Ladder Truck
- Early Middle School One-Act Play Team Wins District
- Brownwood Art Association 10th Annual Chili Lunch and Miniature Sale Set for Friday