Drought can turn ordinary forages into sources of nitrate and prussic acid poisoning in cattle and producers should keep a close eye on pasture conditions. Summer annual forages such as sorghum or sorghum-sudan hybrids and pearl millet can accumulate toxic levels of nitrates. Nitrate is taken up from the soil by plants for protein synthesis. When drought-like conditions occur, they restrict the growth of cells and the nitrate accumulates in the cells. This most commonly occurs when heavy fertilization of a pasture is followed by drought.
When forage is grazed, nitrates at high levels affect health of cattle and can result in death. Nitrate is converted to nitrite in the cattle’s digestive system and then absorbed in the bloodstream. Nitrite interferes with the blood’s ability to carry oxygen and the animals die of asphyxiation. Death can occur within one to two hours following onset of symptoms such as trembling, staggering rapid pulse and breathing.
Prussic Acid Poisoning
Prussic acid, or hydrogen cyanide, is another danger. Where forages are concerned, Johnsongrass, sorghum and sorghum-sudan varieties have the greatest potential for prussic acid accumulation. It’s thought that hydrogen cyanide in plants developed as a defense mechanism against grazing or browsing animals.
Brown County Republican Woman’s Club will host their monthy luncheon this Friday, August 9th with guest speaker Congressman Mike Conaway.
Congressman Conaway has served since 2005 in the United States House of Representatives and represents the 11th Congressional District of Texas which spans 29 counties in West and Central Texas.
Congressman Conaway will discuss what is happening in Washington and will take questions from the audience.
Sales tax allocations for August were released this week showing positive gains on the month for Brownwood and Early.
Brownwood sales tax was up 3.21% for the month compared to August of last year and Early’s increased by 6.63%.
Statewide, State Comptroller Susan Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their August local sales tax allocations totaling $671 million, up 6.2 percent compared to August 2012.
“Texas sales tax revenue has increased for 40 consecutive months,” Combs said. “The retail trade sector bolstered the latest growth in monthly revenue, and collections from the construction and the oil and natural gas sectors continued to show strength.”
August sales tax figures represent monthly sales made in June as well as April, May and June sales by businesses that report tax quarterly.
Below are the fishing reports for area lakes as reported by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department this week.
Water stained; 86–90 degrees; 8.15' low. Black bass to 4 pounds are good on crankbaits, Shaky Heads, white spinnerbaits, and on green pumpkin, redbug, or watermelon seed soft plastic worms around docks in 2–10 feet, and on flukes and buzzbaits in flooded grass. White bass are good on Li'l Fishies off lighted docks at night in 5–15 feet. Crappie are excellent on minnows and white or shad Li'l Fishies over baited brush piles in 8–15 feet. Channel catfish to 5 pounds are excellent on cheesebait and cut shad near the Hwy. 279 Bridge. Blue catfish to 8 pounds are excellent on prepared bait near the Hwy. 279 Bridge in 5–8 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
Water clear; 80–84 degrees; 13.94' low. Black bass are fair on green pumpkin Rat–L–Traps and Carolina rigged soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, August 7, 2013.
Monday, August 5
*3:11 PM - Brownwood Police were dispatched to the Brownwood Regional Medical Center regarding an assault. During an investigation a juvenile alleged she had been assaulted by her mother.
*7:30 AM - A Brownwood Police officer attempted to make a traffic stop in the 1200 block of Bailey Street; however, the driver fled the scene. During an investigation, the driver was identified and the incident was documented.
*11:37 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 500 block of E. Commerce Street, Budget Inn, regarding an intoxicated person. According to the report, officers arrived and found a male subject inside the business who had an active criminal trespass warning for the location from a previous incident. The male, identified as 63-year-old Robert Danner of Cross Plains, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass.
Reports released for the week of July 29 to August 4, 2013 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 37 medical emergencies, 6 fire calls, 2 motor vehicle accidents, and 3 hazardous materials calls.
Monday, July 29
*11:13 AM - Haz-Mat call in the 1100 block of 2nd St. Arrived on scene to investigate possible gas leak. Gas detector was used to inspect home. All readings were normal.
*3:35 PM - Fire Call at 2nd St / Ave K with a vehicle fire. Arrived on scene to find visible flames underneath vehicle and all occupants out of the vehicle. Bumper line was used to extinguish fire.
Tuesday, July 30
*6:44 PM – Motor Vehicle Accident at Sherman / Brooks involving a single vehicle. Provided first aid.
*9:00 PM - Fire Call at Bluffview/San Benito Dr. Responded to call of a transformer arcing. Upon arrival found a downed power line. Oncor was notified.*9:04 PM – Motor vehicle accident at High Mesa/Old Coleman involving Truck vs utility pole. Oncor on scene
After hearing the story of Scott Stephens, the loss of his son Cody Stephens by Sudden Cardiac Arrest on May 6, 2012, Guardian EMS has been inspired to “Go Big” for the teen athletes of Brown, Coleman and Comanche Counties by providing them with free electrocardiogram screenings (ECG or EKG).
According to Guardian Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ross Bradley, Stephen’s explains that ECG screening could have detected the hidden heart condition that Cody had which suddenly took his life.
Cody was 6’9”, weighed 289 pounds, was just a few weeks from graduating from Crosby High School, and was looking forward to continuing his education at Tarleton State University on a football scholarship before his death. He had been working hard to stay in good condition to be prepared for college football practices until one Sunday afternoon, he relaxed in his dad’s recliner to watch television and dozed off but never woke up. According to his father, he died in his sleep from sudden cardiac arrest, something that his parents had never heard of or had any idea that someone that young, and seemingly healthy could be at risk for with no warning signs.
Cody’s parents have created the Cody Stephens Foundation to share their son’s story with others and to raise awareness of this silent killer. They also want to help prevent other families from experiencing the loss and heartache they have gone through since Cody’s death.
2014 Brownwood defensive back Kaimon Ontiveros is very interested in playing football at Southern Methodist University. In fact, if the Mustangs were to offer, he would consider committing.
The Heart of Texas Friends of NRA joined the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and participated in a ribbon cutting Tuesday, August 6th at the Brownwood Chamber office. The Heart of Texas Friends of NRA is a local nonprofit organization that supports shooting sports, hunter safety programs as well as educational events, wildlife conservation and marksmanship training.The Heart of Texas Friends of NRA will hold its first Heart of Texas Friends of NRA Banquet on Friday, August 9 at Brownwood Coliseum. The event will kick off at 6 PM and offer night of food, fun, fellowship, firearms, and fundraising for the future of shooting. Numerous auction items will also be available.
Brown County Commissioners ordered a special election on November 5, 2013 in Brown County in which voters will determine the fate of nine proposed constitutional amendments including one which would help fund water infrastructure statewide.
This election will be conducted statewide; however the order is not legally made by the governor but by the individual counties within the state, according to Elections Administrator Suzy Young.
On Monday, Texas Secretary of State John Steen selected the ballot order for the 9 proposed constitutional amendments to be voted on as part of the November 5 election.
“This fall voters will be asked to approve 9 amendments to the Texas Constitution,” said Secretary Steen. “By randomly selecting the order in which the amendments appear, we can help ensure no amendment unfairly benefits from its placement on the ballot.”
The amendments will appear in the following order:
Proposition 1 (HJR 62) The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action.
Proposition 2 (HJR 79) The constitutional amendment eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational.
Howard Payne University recently hosted area math and science teachers in a three-week professional development experience. The teachers, instructed by HPU faculty members, learned various activities to use in the classroom as well as how to better integrate technology with teaching.Dr. Pam Bryant, dean of HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics, along with Dr. Mike Rosato, dean of the School of Education, co-authored a grant proposal through the Teacher Quality Grants Program in 2012 to integrate the Apple iPad 2 into the elementary school math and science classrooms. The initial focus for the grant was on force and motion; however, the grant was extended for a second year in which the focus has been on earth science.
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- Law Enforcement Blotter 8/6
- Brownwood Police Release July 2013 Crime Statistics
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- HPU’s Pre-Collegiate Music and Art Program Announces Fall Classes
- Walk Across Texas to Kick Off September 12th
- HPU Football Picked 7th in Pre-Season Poll
- Castillo Agrees to Plea Deal, Receives 40-Year Sentence in Philen Murder Case
- Black And White Photo Exhibit Opens Saturday At The Art Center
- Buffalo Wild Wings Officially Under Construction in Commerce Square
- Law Enforcement Blotter 8/5