The Brownwood Art Association will host their monthly “First Thursday” event next Thursday, January 2, 2014, featuring the artwork of local artist Tommy Munster.
The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Brownwood Art Association Art Center, located at 215 Fisk Ave.
Each month the “First Thursday” exhibit showcases Brownwood Art Association artists or special exhibits for the community to enjoy. The free event provides residents the chance to interact with the featured artist along with other artists from the area.
The City of Early Beautification Commission announced two winners in the residential category this year in their Christmas Lighting Contest at the Early Chamber Open House last week.
The prize money of $250 was split between Chris and Stephanie Sharp, 129 Rainbow Drive (pictured above) and Chad and Carla Hill, 311 E. River Oaks (pictured below).
The Early Beautification Commission announced that Early Blooms and Things is the winner of their annual Christmas lighting contest in the business category.
Owners of the business, Harland and Lori Hohertz, were presented a check for $250 from the City of Early Beautification Commission by Vann Stanford, Early Chamber President, at the Early Chamber open house last week.
Reports released for the week of December 16-December 22, 2013 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 22 medical emergencies, 11 fire calls, and 1 motor vehicle accident.
Reports of interest include:
Monday, December 16
*2:30 PM – BFD was called to a fire in the 100 block of Marney Lane. BFD’s assistance was requested by Bangs Volunteer Fire Department on a brush fire with structures being threatened. The fire was extinguished.
*6:59 PM – BFD was dispatched to a fire call in the 1600 block of Melwood. Firefighters responded to the report of smoke in the area. Upon arrival, fire crews found light smoke and the smell of leaves/brush burning. The area was searched but firefighters were unable to locate the source of smoke.
Tuesday, December 17
*12:05 PM – BFD was called to a fire in the 2200 block of Vine Street. The homeowner stated that while mowing, he struck a gas line to a barbeque grill. Fire crews shut off the valve to the line and advised the homeowner to contact a plumber.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, December 23, 2013.
Friday, December 20
*12:28 PM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding fraud. According to police, the complainant reported an individual who was fraudulently obtaining and using Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from Social Security, food stamps and child support benefits. The incident is pending further investigation, the report states.
*2:04 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1400 block of Austin Avenue regarding theft. According to the report, the calling party observed a female who was concealing items in an attempt to steal them. The female was located and issued a citation for theft less than $50 along with a criminal trespass warning.
*2:15 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to Wal-Mart regarding theft. According to the report, the reporting party stated that 27-year-old Amanda Marie Bramlett of Comanche had been observed attempting to pass all points of sale without paying for $573.72 of merchandise. Bramlett was charged with theft of property equal or greater than $500 less than $1500.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29-year-old John Simon Armendarez on warrants related to unlawful possession of a firearm by felon, two counts of manufacture delivery of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 4 grams less than 200 grams, prohibited weapon – knuckles, and unlawful carrying weapon. Armendarez was being held in the Brown County Jail on bonds totaling $85,000 as of Monday morning.
Brown County Commissioners began the initial steps in a process to create a County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone (CERTZ) which will allow the county to apply for CETRZ grant funds for projects such as road repair needed because of increased truck traffic of oil field equipment. The grant will be administered by Texas Department of Transportation.
Commissioners unanimously approved entering into a retainer agreement with Allison, Bass & Associates, LLP of Austin to represent the county in the creation and administration of a CETRZ and preparation and submission of an application for CETRZ grants. These CETRZ grants, as estimated by TxDOT, could mean a minimum amount of $303,000 in grant funds to the county according to Judge Ray West.
West explained to the court when a CERTZ is formed, one consequence is that it has an effect on the county’s ability to tax within the zone. According to West, after the zone is created, increased property values within the zone will not benefit the county, the values essentially would be frozen for a period of time. He explained that this should not be much of a problem as the properties within the area most likely considered for this zone are mainly agriculturally zoned. If the zone is established, the most probable losses in this area, West explained, would be due to new homes being built within the zone.
According to a notice from TxDOT, request of applications for the grant was sent to all Texas counties; approximately $224,500,000 in funding will be available through the grant. The notice included an estimate of allocations for each county, assuming all 254 counties will be eligible and apply and states that actual grant awards may vary from the estimate. This is why the $303,000 amount is a minimal amount if Brown County’s application for the grant funds is awarded.
Drought, Winter Storm and Blanket Tornado Make Top 5 Extreme Weather Events List for 2013 in West Central Texas
The National Weather Service in San Angelo released the top 5 Extreme Weather Events for 2013 for the West Central Texas region which included the tornado that damaged the Blanket school in May, the ice storm that hit the area earlier in December and the ongoing drought conditions.
Number 5 on the list was the tornado that hit city of Blanket on May 20th of this year. The EF1 tornado blew two heavy air conditioner units off of the high school. The twister caused roof damage to the gymnasium, a nearby bus barn and a nearby residence. It uprooted trees and knocked down power lines and steel fencing. It also tipped over two tombstones at the nearby cemetery. The tornado also snapped, damaged or uprooted many large oak trees that were more than 100 years old south of Blanket.
The number 4 weather event to make the list was the most recent, the winter storm that blanketed Brown County and West Central Texas in ice on December 5-6. The ice canceled most area schools, closed businesses and caused numerous wrecks.
It’s the week of Christmas, the time of year that has been set aside as the day we honor the birth of Jesus Christ by the virgin, Mary. Much of what we think of when we think of the Nativity Story is a condensed version of what really happened.
His Birth was actually closer to the beginning of spring than the beginning of winter.
The number of the Magi is not listed in scripture, so it could have been three Wise men, or nine, and Mary, Joseph, and the baby were not in the stable when they got there, either.
Yet we still celebrate these things in the story as part of our holiday ritual, because that’s the way we know it.
I love Christmas time. It’s a time of giving, seeing family, and celebrating the gift that was given to humanity by God.
We do a lot of talking about “Remembering the Reason for the Season,” and “Keeping Christ in Christmas.” Those are very good sentiments.
But, is that all they are?
Lake Brownwood State Park staff invites the public to join a park ranger for a First Day Hike on the newly installed Nopales Ridge Trail or on the Opossum Loop of the Texas Oak Trail on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Start or continue a tradition on New Year’s Day, encourage park rangers.
Simply meet the staff at the pavilion in the Council Bluff Campground to be a part of this special day outdoors.
The Nopales Ridge Trail is being installed as the park’s first mountain bike trail. This three-mile trail is easy hiking with some moderate climbs and is suitable for families. Hikers may want to bring a hiking stick, sturdy shoes, binoculars for wildlife viewing and plenty of drinking water.
For those who prefer an easier stroll, a group will be taking a hike on the Oak Trail to the Opossum Loop. This one mile hike is very easy and on relatively flat ground with no hills. Those participating in this hike will still want to dress appropriately and bring water and binoculars to view the birds well through the dormant mesquite and post oak trees.
After the hike, enjoy a campfire and hot chocolate at the pavilion in the Council Bluff campground. Hikers are encouraged to explore other trails, or bring a fishing pole and enjoy free fishing in the state park.
Winter has officially started and the holiday season has arrived in full force! Ideally, this festive time is worry-free and full of lively celebration – but for most of us, that’s a completely unrealistic expectation. We often find ourselves “stressing out” and feeling frustrated during the holidays. Personally, walking in Wal-Mart during this time of year is enough to send my blood pressure sky high!A 2006 survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) stated that 61% of people reported an increase in stress during the holiday season. More recent surveys by the APA found that women tend to take on a greater burden of stress than men do – with 46% of women citing higher-than-normal stress during the holidays (as opposed to 31% of men). Even worse, 41% of those women turn to food for comfort … while 28% turn to alcohol to escape the edgy rigors of stress. There are better ways to conquer the mentally strenuous menace of stress!
Brown County 4-H is supported by Brown County United Way
DATES TO REMEMBER
24 -25 – Extension Office Closed for Christmas Holiday
1 – Extension Office Closed for New Year’s Day
5 – May 4-H/FFA Clip Day 1:00p.m. at May ISD Ag Shop
6 - 11 – Brown County Youth Fair
14 – Consumer Decision Making Practice 5:00p.m. at Extension Office
NEED HELP CLIPPING YOUR SHOW ANIMAL??
If you are going to need help clipping your show animal for the Youth Fair please contact the Extension Office and schedule a date and time. We will not be clipping any animals on January 1st. The last day we will be clipping any animals for the Youth Fair is January 7th. If you need to borrow clippers, blower, blocking table, etc. please contact the Extension Office. We have a limited number of these items so if you borrow them we need them back within 24 hours. If you have any questions please contact the Extension Office.
- Runaway Train to Offer Complimentary Frito Pies Christmas Day
- Cities of Brownwood and Early Christmas Holiday Schedules
- Ranger College Holds December Graduation
- Law Enforcement Blotter 12/20: Hit and Run Leaves Business Damaged
- Early High School Band Students Earn Top Honors at All-Region Auditions
- Team Leap’s “All I Want for Christmas” Program a Huge Success
- Early ISD Interim Superintendent Looks Forward to New Role
- Donathan Recognized for Participation in Small Business Administration 504 Loan Program
- Record Cases of Pertussis Reported Across the State, Three Reported in Brown County
- Law Enforcement Blotter 12/19: Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges
- Northwest Elementary Students Collect Items for Silver Angels Christmas Goody-Bags
- Kohler Company Supports Local Charity and the Arts