Generally speaking, there are two variables that go into calculating the value of a coin. One of these is rarity. A particular date and mintmark of a coin that is known by only four or five examples is extremely rare and therefore quite valuable. For example, there are only 5 known 1913 Liberty V nickels. These sell for $4,000,000 or more! Any of these coins will be worth a great deal because of their rarity, and if one was found but in a less-than-ideal condition, would still be worth big bucks. However, the other variable is condition. For example, there were 278,000,000 of the Philadelphia mint Texas quarters produced. These will never be rare. To have much value above face value, one of these coins must exhibit a near perfect strike, beautiful mint luster, and no contact marks. This would result in a very high grade, making it a “condition rarity.” Even then, that coin might be worth only a few hundred dollars, if you found just the right buyer.
Condition refers to how a coin appears to the eye. Generally, new coins have great eye appeal, being undamaged and having a lustrous finish. To find a coin from a hundred years ago that looks like it just came from the mint is exciting. Part of that reason is because of its condition; the newer an older coin looks, the more it is worth. Finding a rare coin in a looks-brand-new shape is a thrill to any coin collector. However, NEVER clean your collectible coins. Natural surfaces are important, and cleaning a coin harms that original surface. (Cleaning the crusty clad coins you dig up with your metal detector is fine; they’re not worth more than face value anyway, and a cleaning helps you spend them.)
The Early Chamber of Commerce featured Business of the Month for November is Keg 1 O’Neal LLC Beer Distributors (Coors/Miller).
Keg 1, LLC began as a Knowledge Exchange Group of 10 of the nation’s largest distributors of alcoholic beverages. Over a decade ago, Coors Brewing Company developed the concept of a Knowledge Exchange Group (“KEG” 1 as in 1st group established). With willful determination to achieve excellence, KEG 1, LLC strives to be the leader in delivering both quality products and exceptional service to every customer. KEG 1 O’Neal, LLC is located in Mineral Wells, Austin, Fredericksburg, and Temple Texas. They have a local office at 104 E. Industrial Dr. in Early, Texas.
Organizers of Brown County Toys for Kids are ready to help parents in need of a little help to make their child’s Christmas special and are taking registrations now for the program.
Toys for Kids offers families in need of assistance some help giving their kids, who would not otherwise get any toys, a little brighter Christmas. Families who provide Christmas to their children with gifts of necessities such as clothing and shoes often rely on the program for extra gifts such as toys.
Registration continues weekdays through December 13 at the following times: Monday and Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Wednesdays – Fridays from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Grand Starz, located at 2323 Belle Plain.
Distribution Day will be Saturday, December 21st. Parents will be able to pick out gifts for their children. The number of toys per child is not predetermined but depends upon the number of donations received according to the program’s founder Wanda Martin.
Roy Parrack announces that he is seeking election to the office of Brown County Constable in Precinct 3.
Roy retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety as a Sgt. Investigator in 2011, with an expertise in Motor Vehicle Theft. He has 39 years in Law Enforcement with 35 commissioned years for the State of Texas.
Roy started his DPS career in 1982 in Brown County as a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper, and after promoting to Sgt., was stationed in Hurst and later in San Angelo, but returned to Brown County in 1995 to finish out his career.
Roy obtained his Master Peace Officer Certification in 1994, and currently holds a commission as a Special Ranger with the Texas Dept. of Public Safety. He has received numerous commendations for his role in criminal apprehensions and duty throughout his career. Roy has a Bachelor’s Degree from Hardin-Simmons University.
Roy received the prestigious honor, Silver Star for Bravery, and is in the National Police Officer’s Hall of Fame for his quick action in the tragic Luby’s shooting in Killeen, TX.
The 5th annual Christmas Under the Stars Festival that was scheduled for Friday and Saturday, December 6th and 7th, has been canceled because of icy road conditions.
Local law enforcement agencies are discouraging travel Friday and Saturday because of the icy weather. Temperatures are not expected to get above freezing on those days.
Updated Friday, 8:05 AM - School delays and closings because of weather - School officials said that some of these are subject to change as sleet continues to fall this morning.
Schools closed Friday - Brownwood, Blanket, Early, Bangs, Cross Plains, Rising Star, Santa Anna, Coleman, Richland Springs, Panther Creek, Victory Life Academy, May, Brookesmith, Mullin, Zephyr, Goldthwaite, Ranger College (Early Campus), TSTC Brownwood and Howard Payne University.
Even Jack Frost couldn’t dampen the Christmas Spirit in Brownwood as the Spirit of Christmas Lighted Parade traveled through downtown Brownwood in bitter cold and sleet.
The annual parade, organized by Southside Church and sponsored this year by Brownwood Regional Medical Center, continued despite the weather and featured marching bands, dancing drill teams, lighted floats with great Christmas music, local dignitaries from all across Brown County and even Santa himself.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, December 5, 2013.
Monday, December 2
*10:47 PM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding a complaint of terroristic threat. According to the report, the complainant, who is going through a divorce, desired to report text messages sent from her husband threatening bodily harm to her.
Wednesday, December 4
*8:42 Pm – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of Melwood regarding criminal mischief that occurred sometime in the overnight or early morning hours. The incident is under investigation.
*9:48 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2700 block of Southside Drive regarding a juvenile problem. According to the report, a student who was responsible for the damage was identified by BISD employees.*1:55 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 600 block of Fisk Avenue regarding a hit and run. According to the report, the complainant stated that he had been to several businesses during the day and was unsure of when or where the damage had occurred. He noticed the damage at his last stop, the report states.
TxDOT crews throughout the Abilene District and Brownwood Districts have been monitoring and treating roadways for icy conditions throughout the afternoon. Staff will be on duty around the clock until the winter storm passes.
All counties in the Abilene District have received either sleet or rain/freezing rain, and several areas are beginning to see precipitation in the Brownwood District, including Brown and Coleman Counties. Although crews are treating roadways and bridges, the low temperatures will cause any amount of moisture to freeze quickly. Sleet and patchy ice have been reported throughout the I-20 corridor and outlying areas, with accumulations of frozen precipitation expected overnight.
The National Weather Service reports that the moisture received today has been light to moderate, but heavier precipitation is expected this evening. Areas to the west and southwest (including Brownwood, Brady and San Saba) could see significant impact from the storm according to current forecasts.Travel is strongly discouraged, especially tonight as the temperature continues to fall.
Early Primary School received a donation from Caring Hearts for Children of funds to purchase school books in memory of Cade Boyle. The school was able to purchase three books in his memory.
Boyle, who was 9 years old when he passed away on June 16, 2013, was a student at Early primary. He was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma Cancer and fought a long and courageous battle against the disease. He demonstrated a faith that inspired many according to his family and friends.
According to Early Chief of Police David Mercer, John Peter Smith Hospital Police arrested Nelson Thomas on Early PD charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault family violence by impeding breathing and circulation on Monday, December 4, 2013. JPS Police arrested Nelson when he was released from the hospital after receiving treatment from a gunshot wound to the abdomen on October 22, 2013 during a family violence incident on Crescent Drive in Early.
During the incident, Thomas was airlifted from the scene after being shot at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Nelson Thomas had been separated from his wife Mica Thomas for several years but had stayed at the house for a couple of days due to not having anywhere to stay the night explained Mercer.
Mercer released the following details of the incident:“When Mica Thomas returned home from work, Nelson Thomas immediately began assaulting her by striking her in the head, stomach and around her body with his fist. Thomas then grabbed her by the neck and drug her down the hall to the bedroom where he pulled a gun from the closet and stated he was going to kill her and himself. Nelson Thomas also broke Mica Thomas’s cell phone to stop her from calling 911. While they were struggling and she was attempting to talk him down, Nelson began to pull the gun out of a bag and point in her direction. Mica Thomas then grabbed a loaded single shot shotgun sitting in the closet next to her and pointed it in Nelson Thomas’s direction and pulled the trigger striking Nelson in the stomach. Mica Thomas then ran from the house to the neighbors to call for help.
- HPU’s Kelley Addresses International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
- 2013 Spirit of Christmas Lighted Parade Winners Announced
- Christmas Musical to be Presented by Coggin Avenue Baptist Church Dec. 15th & 16th
- HPU Buildings on Showcase for Annual Historic Brownwood Tour
- BMS Art Students Decorate Christmas Tree at Chatfield Assisted Living Facility
- Cold Weather Won’t Slow Down Christmas Parade and Festival Fun
- TexasBank Bangs Branch Hosting Annual Christmas Craft Show Through December 26th
- Law Enforcement Blotter 12/4
- BISD to Conduct Mock Emergency and School Evacuation at Woodland Heights Elementary
- May Community Christmas Celebration Benefiting Salvation Army Rescheduled to December 21st
- Felony Offenders Sentenced in District Court
- Woodland Heights Elementary Students Help Spread Christmas Cheer Around the World