My sweet husband’s all-time favorite cake is Red Velvet. He gets his favorite cake on his birthday without fail – but once a year just isn’t often enough to enjoy a slice of this classic southern favorite. We like to play around a bit and make Red Velvet Brownies once in a while, just to shake things up.
Of course, around here if I can save time with a cake mix, I’m gonna. We currently have our hands full with three teenagers and four children under the age of three at the moment. It’s beautiful crazy madness at our house. But at least we have brownies.
There’s a substance sitting in most everyone’s pantry that has played a tremendous role in almost every civilization from the beginning of mankind. It has been the start of animal trails that became roads which began settlements which turned into cities which created nations. Its influence is felt in the Bible, in political and economic history and in superstitious lore throughout the world. Salt has been shaping this world for as long as anyone can remember. Salt might very well deserve some kind of lifetime achievement award.However, salt has a dark side. As far back as us humans go with salt it will break our hearts if we let it. Excess sodium, ninety percent of which comes from our salt intake, leads to high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. According to the Center for disease control nearly 400,000 deaths per year in the United States are attributed to high blood pressure. The U.S. government recommends eating no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, that’s roughly one teaspoon. If you’ve already got high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, or are over the age of 51 you can cut your teaspoon of salt in half. The human body needs sodium to function but too much can become a problem in a hurry.
Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers asks the public for their help solving a burglary that occurred the evening of February 20, 2014 in the 1000 block of Santa Clara in Brownwood.
At approximately 5:00 p.m. an unknown suspect(s) stole several items, including large bags made of material, which were made by the "Thrifty One" brand, that were in front of the residence.The bags are made of numerous multi-colored material. There were 2 large bags (1 red and white, and 2 brown and white) and inside the 2 large bags were about 18 smaller bags of different colors. The bags were designed for needlepoint and sewing.
Voting results are in for all precincts in the Brown County Primary Elections with 6,375 voters casting their ballots.
Incumbent Ray West for Brown County Judge edged out his competitors with 50.06% of the vote narrowly missing a runoff election. West will move on to the General Election in November to face Joe Cooksey (Independent).
Brown County Commissioner incumbents Joel Kelton and Larry Traweek also won their races to keep their seats for another term.
Challenger Sam Moss for Brown County Court at Law judge defeated incumbent Frank Griffin.
Three races will move to runoff elections in May including District Clerk between Brenda Arp and Cheryl Jones. There will also be a runoff between Bob Wall and Mike Holder for Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 and between C.T. Ham and Roy Parrack for Constable Precinct 3.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, March 04, 2014.
Sunday, March 2
*1:18 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to a residence on US Hwy 183 N regarding an assault. According to the report, the complainant stated that her foster son had assaulted her and her daughter, by pushing each of them, causing them pain.
*1:19 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a property at Gordon Road regarding animal cruelty. The deputy arrived to find two dogs that appeared to have no source of water, food or shelter. The owners were located by the deputy and basic necessities of food, water and shelter were provided to the dogs. The deputy noted that he did believe that the offense of cruelty to nonlivestock animals was committed by the owner.
Monday, March 3
*3:40 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was called to a property on FM 2525 regarding theft. According to the report, the complainant stated that someone had stolen his 15 horsepower motor, valued at $1,000, off of his boat.*7:09 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2000 block of Brady Avenue regarding harassment. According to the report, a suspect was identified and the incident is pending further investigation. Although there was no suspect information available at the time of the report, the complainant wished to pursue criminal charges if a suspect could be identified, the report states.
Just in time for spring training, a Howard Payne University faculty member has published “The Last Three Outs,” a baseball novel with Christian themes. The author is John Nickols, assistant professor of history and political science at HPU.
Nickols, pictured left, serves as special assistant to the athletic director at HPU and spent many years as a high school and college basketball coach. His sports background and former career as an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation heavily influenced his writing.
“The Last Three Outs” tells the story of Danny Hill, a bright pitching prospect whose baseball career is suddenly threatened by a shoulder injury. According to Nickols, the book loosely parallels the life of Joseph in the Old Testament.“Joseph’s story has always intrigued me,” Nickols said. “There were many injustices in his life, but God redeemed him in a much greater way. In a very trivial way, the same thing happens to Danny in my story.”
Brown County officials joined the National Weather Service and Governor Rick Perry in recognizing the week of March 2-8 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Texas, urging the public to be prepared for the changing weather in Texas. On a national level, the week is recognized as National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
In Gov. Perry’s proclamation, he explained that Texas weather can change in an instant.
“As anyone caught in a Texas downpour or cold front can tell you, the weather in the Lone Star State can change in an instant,” said Perry. “These changes can be unpredictable and intense, and severe weather can strike anywhere, at any time and with little or no warning. Over the years, storms have posed a significant threat to Texan’s lives and properties. As a result, we must be ever-vigilant in the face of severe weather.”The proclamation further stated that planning and preparation can greatly reduce the loss of life and property when disasters strike. Texans should be familiar with the difference between severe weather watches and warnings, designate a safe place for family members to meet in case of evacuation, develop a plan to communicate with relatives and friends in other area and put together a preparedness kit of important supplies. CLICK HERE for information on how to prepare your own preparedness kit.
Fruit trees are pruned in order to train trees for production of greatest yield and highest quality fruit. Among the fruit trees requiring pruning are peaches, apricots, apples, pears and quince. Of these, pears and quince require the least pruning, while peaches require the most.
Pruning is not training. Training fruit trees to a strong framework is done by establishing scaffold branches, the primary limbs radiating from the trunk of a tree. Today we’re discussing two very different training systems, that of peach and pear.
The first is the “open vase” or “open center” approach that is recommended for peaches, as the center is open, allowing the sun to penetrate the interior of the tree. This system involves techniques that develop two to four — preferably three — scaffold branches that arise near each other on the trunk, about equal in size.Branches with narrow crotches have forks that often split when bearing a heavy fruit load; therefore, leave scaffolds that have wide angles of 60 to 90 degrees spaced equally around the trunk, arising at as low as 24 inches from the ground. Small and secondary limbs with growth directed to the inside of the canopy should be removed from the center, thus creating an open vase.
Third and fourth grade students in the Brownwood ISD Gateway program are exploring the ancient Greek world of Odysseus. “Besides studying the monsters, myths and mysteries of Greece, the students are also learning about art and architecture,” explained elementary GT teacher Nancy Anderson. “Much of what we know about this civilization was learned from the art on Greek pottery.”
To experience this medium, students researched the designs and then made their own interpretations using permanent marker and clay flowerpots. Designs feature Greek elements, monsters, gods and goddesses, Greek lettering, ships, and soldiers.
The Texas Silver Haired Legislature and City of Brownwood are co-sponsoring a Town Hall Forum on Tuesday March 11 from 2:30 – 5:30 PM at Adams Street Community Center to hear thoughts and concerns on issues facing aging citizens of our area.
The Texas Legislature established Texas Silver Haired Legislature in 1985 when Governor Mark White signed Senate Concurrent Resolution 37. The first TSHL Legislative Session was held in 1986 and has continued for 27 years. Seniors 60+ are elected to a 2-year term by their peers from within 28 districts in Texas.With a starter grant from the United Ways of Texas, TSHL piloted a Town Hall Forum in 2007 in Houston and continued statewide with an AT&T grant. Since that time, TSHL has conducted more than 20 statewide forums attended by aging citizens, advocacy groups, and the Texas Aging network of providers and policy makers. Numerous aging issues were identified in these forums, and TSHL members developed Resolutions for considerations by the Texas Legislature. From 2007-2013, the Texas Legislature adopted 88 laws on issues identified in the Town Hall Forums.
Brownwood Lion Kaimon Ontiveros signed a letter of intent to play football at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado on Tuesday morning.
Ontiveros made the decision after considering several options such as Hardin Simmons University, University of Mary Hardin Baylor and Fort Lewis College.
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- BHS Theatre Teacher Honored With “UIL Sponsor Excellence Award”
- HPU’s Currie-Strickland Lectures Address Work and Rest in the Christian Lifestyle
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