This past month, just as in every December or January for the past several decades, a small plane flew the length of the Texas coast while a wildlife biologist trained for the job looked out the aircraft's window and counted geese.
Flying a systematic route over the state's coast-rimming marshes and what originally was the extensive prairies inland from those wetlands, the plane's track took the observer over the traditional wintering grounds for almost all wild geese - snow, blue, Ross's, Canada, white-fronted - migrating down North America's Central Flyway.
That same week, a plane with a similar crew and mission - biologists counting wintering waterfowl - flew over a region of Arkansas known as the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, an area that for millennia wintered millions of ducks but, until just a few years ago, insignificant numbers of geese.
The results of those flights offer further proof of a stunningly dramatic shift in goose behavior that has left Texas' waterfowlers struggling to understand what happened and provide insight helping answer that question.
Brownwood Police Chief Mike Corley released crime statistics from the police department for the month of January 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 83 reported crimes in January which is down from the previous month. Of these crimes, 51.8% were cleared either by arrest or after further investigation. Of note, larceny theft increased by 7 incidents as compared to the month of December while assaults were decreased by 8 during the same timeframe.
There were 37 traffic accidents and 6 driving while intoxicated arrests in the city of Brownwood for January.
2014 appears to be continuing a decreasing trend of total crimes than the number reported in 2013. Of note, larceny theft was down by 12 cases, or 30%, as compared to the same timeframe during 2012.
The 5th Annual Brown County Coin Show will be held next weekend on February 14-15 at Heartland Mall in the old Bealls store location.
Hours for the show will be from noon to 6 PM on Friday, February 14 and 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, February 15th. Admission to the show is free. There will be 25 tables available.A raffle will be held during the show for a 1/10th oz. Gold Eagle and 2 American Silver Eagles for $1 per chance or 6 for $5.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, February 6, 2014.
Tuesday, February 4
*6:43 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1400 block of Austin Avenue, China Café, regarding a terroristic threat. According to the report, a complainant stated that she had been threatened by an upset customer.
*Brownwood Police arrested 20-year-old Juan Francisco Chavez on warrants related to minor consume alcohol and failure to appear.
*Dallas County Sheriff’s Office arrested 32-year-old Michael Glenn Jacobs on a warrant related to burglary of a building.
*Brownwood Police arrested 48-year-old Jimmy William Jolly for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram in a drug free zone.
*Brownwood Police arrested 52-year-old Terral Byron Martin for assault causes bodily injury family violence and interfere with emergency call.
*The Brownwood City Marshal arrested 30-year-old Michael Lee McAnn for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 in a drug free zone and on a warrant related to theft enhanced.
The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department will be open for extended hours February 10-12, 2014.BBCHD will be open from 7:30 am until 11:30 am and from 1:00 pm until 6:00pm during these dates. Immunizations will be available on February 10 and 11 by appointment. Immunizations will be available on February 12 on a walk-in basis.
Brownwood High School Principal Bill Faircloth plans to retire May 30th after 10 years at the school. The Brownwood ISD board of trustees will take up the issue of his replacement at the school board meeting next week in executive session.
He stated that one of the three assistant principals will become the new BHS principal. The announcement of the promotion will be given at the school board meeting. Faircloth stated that his assistant principals David McCullough, Mitch Moore and Andy Gill have been an excellent staff.
“One of the three is going to be the new principal. Any of them will do a good job at it,” said Faircloth. “They have made my job here really easy. Any of the three would be fantastic.”After growing up in Abilene and graduating from Cooper High School, Faircloth came to Brownwood to attend Howard Payne University and hasn’t left the area since. He stated that he graduated from HPU, and began teaching and coaching at Northwest Elementary in Brownwood. Next he had a career with the phone company for about 20 years before retiring when he didn’t want to relocate to Las Colinas. Faircloth also served on the BISD board of trustees for 9 years, spending a few of those years as their Board President.
Brown County bands were treated to a unique concert experience Thursday morning as the Marine Corps All–Star Jazz Band came to Brownwood High School to perform and share some knowledge about jazz music.
Students from Brownwood, Early and Bangs high school bands along with Howard Payne University band members enjoyed the Marines as they played approximately a dozen songs. HPU Band Directors Cory Ash and Stephen Goacher were also in attendance.
Brownwood Mayor Stephen Haynes filed for re-election on Wednesday seeking a second term in office. Haynes was elected in 2010, replacing longtime Mayor Bert Massey II who retired at that time.
Councilman Draco Miller has also filed for re-election for the Ward 4 council seat.
The filing period for the City of Brownwood General Election continues through February 28th, 2014, and anyone interested in filing to be a candidate for the offices of mayor or council seats for wards 1 and 4 may file at City Hall, located at 501 Center Avenue.Currently the office of Mayor Stephen Haynes and seats of Councilmen H.D. Jones (Ward 1) and Draco Miller (Ward 4) are up for re-election.
Will the extremely cold weather Texas experienced recently have any effect on insect populations this spring? Probably not, said ErfanVafaie, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service integrated pest management specialist at Overton.It depends upon the insect.Red imported fire ants, for example, burrow down so deeply in the soil that they’re unlikely to be affected by cold weather.
They tend to be quite ‘insulated’, if you will, from the extreme temperature changes — unless there’s a very long sustained cold, which may slowly make its way down into the depths. It’s been suggested by other entomologists, that a colder winter may reduce the populations of mosquito species that carry West Nile virus during the following summer.
However, we don’t know for a certainty, and since this winter has been quite a unique one in Texas, we’ll have to wait and see how insect populations have been affected.
What is known is that insects generally have several biological mechanisms for dealing with cold weather, even extremely frigid weather like large parts of Texas had in late December.
Brown County emergency responders were called to a pair of unrelated vehicle accidents Wednesday evening, occurring within an hour of each other.
Responders were called to the scene of a three-vehicle accident on Highway 279 near Lake Brownwood which injured six, four of which were transported by ambulance to Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
The accident occurred at approximately 5:50 PM in the 7600 block of Hwy 279 in front of Corina’s Restaurant.
Orders are now being taken for Lady Lions softball shirts so fans can show their support for the team during the 2014 season.
The shirts are short sleeve and can be purchased for $10 each for sizes small through XL and $12 for 2XL.
- Sheriff Offers Additional Comments regarding Smuggling Ring at the Brown County Jail
- Internal Investigation Leads to Arrest of Jailer and 5 Others for Smuggling Contraband into Jail
- Three Brownwood Lions Football Players Commit to Colleges
- Art Demonstrations Continue at Stars of Texas Art Exhibit
- Healthy Hearts
- Law Enforcement Blotter 2/4: Three Arrested on Drug Charges after Traffic Stop
- Premier High School Joins the Early Chamber
- Brownwood Intermediate School Hosts Chinese Exchange Students
- 3D Printing: Scientists Believe New Technology, Now Taught at HPU, will Change the World
- Camp Bowie Hosts 13th Annual Wildfire Academy
- EHS Belles Dance Team Receives High Marks at San Antonio Spurs Dance Competition
- Pecan Valley Republican Women to Host Primary Candidate Forum February 13