A new fee is being added January 1st to all non-court related documents received by the Brown County Clerk's office for filing or recording after commissioners approved a $5 increase in the archive fund fee Monday morning.
County Clerk Sharon Ferguson stated that this increase will apply to records not related to court cases, such as civil, probate, and real property documents. Ferguson stated that funds raised from the fees will help pay for document archival of county records. According to Ferguson, her office has the largest number of records in the courthouse.
Ferguson explained that this archival fee has been in place since September 1, 2003 at a cost of $5. The 83rd legislative session approved the $5 increase for six years. The archival fee will increase to $10 on January 1, 2014 with this vote and remain at that rate until September 1, 2019 when it will revert back to $5 according to amendments in the Government Code during this recent legislative session, she said.
This fee is one out of many to increase at the state level; however it is the only one that has to be approved by the Commissioners' Court of each county if increased, Ferguson explained.
Reports released for the week of August 5-11, 2013 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 27 medical emergencies, 3 fire calls, 1 motor vehicle accident, and 1 hazardous materials call.
Tuesday, August 6
*8:35 AM – BFD responded to a hazardous materials call in the 2100 block of Southside Drive. Firefighters were dispatched regarding a gas meter that had been struck by a vehicle. The gas was shut off and Atmos arrived on scene to make repairs.
Wednesday, August 7
*8:22 PM – BFD was called to a fire in the 1000 block of Center Avenue, where they arrived on scene to find nothing showing. Fire crews checked the building with thermal camera. The incident was determined to be a false alarm.
Thursday, August 8
*11:38 PM – BFD responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 1500 block of Main Street involving a single motorcycle. Firefighters provided care and assisted loading the patient into Guardian EMS ambulance for transport to the hospital.
What began as a ribbon cutting in a vacant field 22 months ago is now the newest General Motors dealership in the United States. This Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m., the public is invited to join dignitaries from General Motors and business leaders from Brown County for the ribbon cutting of Bruner Auto Group.
The 30,000 square foot full service dealership is now home to the full line of GM products: Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac, as well as a dedicated GM Quick Lube and an 8,000 square foot high technology body shop.
Special White-wing Area expands; higher possession limit
Texas dove hunters should see plenty of opportunity this fall as conditions are shaping up for an above average season, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Dove season kicks off Sunday, Sept. 1 across most of the state.
Texas dove hunters number upwards of 250,000 and collectively bag between 5-6 million doves during the 70-day season. Thanks to new rules approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) this year, hunters can possess up to 45 birds — three times the daily bag limit. Previously, the possession limit was twice the daily bag. Daily bag limits still apply.
The USFWS also approved for this year an expanded Special White-wing Dove Area (SWWDA) in South Texas. The SWWDA will now extend eastward along its current boundary and continue south along Interstate 37 from San Antonio to Corpus Christi, effectively doubling its current size.
“For the last two decades, white-winged dove populations have steadily expanded both their numbers and their geographical extent,” said Dave Morrison, Small Game Program Director with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “We believe, and the Service agrees, an expansion is appropriate to take advantage of additional hunting opportunities.”
I’ve never written for something like this. Most of my writing in school, ok ALL my writing in school, was prompted by an assignment and was met with disdain and contempt. They tried to get me to journal, to keep a log of my daily activities, set goals for the day. Yeah, it never took. I was a window looker-outer, and margin doodler, a pretty-girl-in-class-starer-ater from the corner of my eye. So why in my wildest dreams would I want to write a column for this great website? What else could possibly be on my mind that I didn’t share with my listeners every morning?
Honestly? I have no idea!!
I think this could be a fun way to connect with you that is a little different venue from the way we normally do. A place for musings and thoughts that take a little time to craft, and to peruse. So many times what I say on air is off the cuff and spontaneous. And hopefully gut bustingly funny! That’s the problem with a radio show, I tell a joke or make a funny comment (Or so I think) and there is no laugh track, no live studio audience, no instant feedback. So I have to assume what I said “worked” and not “bombed”. I’m going to try to keep this a regular thing, once a week on Mondays. Let’s see how this goes. I’m excited, and I hope you are as well.As I say every morning at the close of the show, Talk to ya, see ya, BYE!
A maid was sexually assaulted at an Early motel on Sunday morning according to Early Police Chief David Mercer with a suspect in custody.
Early Police officers were called to a local motel in the 200 block of Early Blvd. at approximately 10:00 a.m. Sunday for a reported sexual assault that had just occurred. They were assisted by Department of Public Safety troopers in the investigation.
Mercer stated that officers made contact with the victim who stated she was going into a room to begin cleaning when she was attacked from behind while in the room by a black male. The male shut the door and repeatedly sexually assaulted the victim, said Mercer. When the male left the room the victim notified her employer at the front desk who called the police.According to the Mercer, the suspect was located in the motel and a positive identification was made, resulting in the arrest of the suspect 38-year-old Derek Laron Wash. Wash was charged with sexual assault. Mercer stated that Wash had recently moved to Brownwood from Mississippi.
The enrollment period for Tuesday Sonshine School has been extended until Wednesday, August 14. Tuesday Sonshine School is a Parents' Day out/Preschool ministry of the Early Church of Christ.
Pecan Valley Football Chapter is seeking referees for the upcoming football season.
Meetings are on Mondays at 6:30 PM at HPU Newman Hall off of Austin Ave & Coggin Ave. They meet every Monday from now until the end of the football season to go over rules and training information as well as upcoming game assignments.
Anyone who wants to be a part of Texas football is invited join in on the meetings.
There were 19 participants in the Wednesday Evening Jackpot Fishing Tournament held at Lake Brownwood on August 7th. Each Wednesday, sign up is from 4:45 to 5:20 PM at the lake dam ramp and fishing hours are from 5:30 to 9:00 PM sharp.
The results of the tournament are below:
Weather was clear
Wind: 8 to 18 mph SSE gust 25
Air temp: start 106* end 95*
Water was Stained 85* to 89*
There were 17 fish weighed in for a total of 33.86 lbs.
Out of 19 contestants 11 people weighed in fish with 2 limits.
VFW Post 3278 along with the Ladies and Men’s Auxiliaries will observe the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom during their meeting at 6:00 PM Wednesday, August 14th at the VFW Post, 2300 Stephen F. Austin.
Veterans of OIF and their families are invited to attend.
VFW membership benefits will be presented to the Veterans.
Brown County 4-H is supported by Brown County United Way
DATES TO REMEMBER
13 – County Council and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Star Interviews
16 – Deadline to RSVP for the 4-H Awards Banquet and Fun Day
20 – Deadline to Order State Lamb and Goat Tags
24 – Brown County 4-H Awards Banquet/Fun Day at Texas 4-H Center
31 – Market Goat and Lamb Clinic 10:00a.m. at the Youth Fair Home Economics Building
2 – Extension Office Closed for Labor Day Holiday
BROWN COUNTY 4-H NEWS AND UPDATES
STATE LAMB AND GOAT TAGS
It is that time again!! If you are a 4-H member and planning on showing a Lamb, Breeding Sheep or Goat at any Major Stock Show such as Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Austin, San Angelo, or Houston you will need to purchase state tags. The costs of the tags are $10 per animal. The deadline to order tags is August 20th. If you are planning on purchasing a state lamb tag for San Angelo Stock Show you need to make sure that lamb is Texas Bred and has a Texas Lamb Breeders tag, which will come from the lamb breeder. You can order state tags by contacting the Extension Office.
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- Congressman Mike Conaway Discusses Farm Bill at Brown County Republican Women’s Luncheon
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- Cards and Banner from Boys and Girls Club Sent to Army Sergeant Deployed in Afghanistan
- Bruner to Host Car Show August 31st
- Slaymaker Elected 1st Vice President of Texas Municipal Police Association
- Coin Collecting: Avoid Milk-Bone Underwear
- Firefighters Respond to Friday Morning House Fire
- Lacie’s Place Salon and Boutique Joins Bangs Business Association
- Food Preservation Class to be Held at the Brownwood Community Garden Saturday
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