A new week, a new column. Seems that I am doing a lot of new things lately. This year, my life has changed quite drastically. I am newly single, and living on my own for the first time in well over a decade. So I decided that I was going to make some changes in my life, to better myself. (And if I’m totally honest, make myself a bit more presentable since I was eventually going to have to try to attract someone of the opposite sex for the first time since college!)
**This is not a “Learn to eat healthy by doing what I did” column. I promise!**
One of the first things I did was start drinking more water. I get up rather early on a daily basis for the morning show, and I usually need a little energy in the morning as you’d imagine. Well, I tallied it up, and I was drinking between 5 and 8 cans of soda per day! That’s on average a half a 12 pack poured down my gullet daily, and I’m no nutritionist (duh!) but that’s not a good thing. So I started in on the bottled water, allowing myself 1, maybe 2 cans of my beloved Dr Pepper a day. I started getting compliments, and so I assume it’s working!Another thing I have done is I’ve started eating breakfast at home more. It’s super easy to swing through a drive-thru and pick up some greasy breakfast goodness as I head in to work, but it’s again, not good for me, not to mention expensive after a while! (I’ll admit, when we got 2 fast food places that were open 24 hours, it was a moment of rejoicing for me!) So I have started making sure I have cereal, eggs, Pop Tarts, etc for mornings. Yes, I eat Pop Tarts. You do too, so don’t judge!
The Early Chamber of Commerce will host their next monthly luncheon on Friday, August 23rd at Mi Familia Mexican Restaurant.
The topic this month is "Communicating More Effectively and the Use of Story in Everyday and Business Life” by Sara Musgrove. She is the author if Sara's Lemonade Stand which now available on her website www.saramusgrove.com. Sara will have books available and will personally sign copies immediately following the luncheon.
Sara is a Howard Payne University graduate with a BA in Communication, and National University with an MFA in Creative Writing. She and her husband own and manage Addison Multimedia and Graphic Design Company.
The luncheon will begin at 11:30 AM at Mi Familia Mexican Restaurant - 1020 Early Blvd.
The Ranger College Brown County Campus was recently recognized by the Texas/Oklahoma Division 12 Kiwanis Clubs for its many years of support to these Kiwanis Clubs.
Ranger College has been a steadfast supporter and has provided its facility for many years so that Kiwanis will have a central location in Division 12 to conduct meetings and training sessions.
VFW Post 3278 along with the Ladies and Men’s Auxiliaries observed 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 were invited to the observation, with 40 members in attendance and adding several new members to the post.
Below is a brief history of the operations in Iraq, provided by the VFW:
On the morning of January 16, 1991, Allied forces began the first phase of Desert Storm, also known as Desert Shield. American forces first destroyed Iraqi border radar stations, then other key elements of the Iraqi anti-aircraft network; lastly, they began to bomb key targets in downtown Iraq, including the presidential palace, communication centers, and power stations. The Allied forces lost only two aircraft during the attacks. The assault continued day and night.
On March 19th 2003, President George W. Bush addresses the nation via live television and announced that Operation Iraqi Freedom has begun. Bush authorized the mission to rid Iraq of dictator Saddam Hussein and eliminate Hussein's ability to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Brownwood teachers, faculty, and administration will gather in the Dorothy McIntosh Fine Arts Center at Brownwood High School on Monday, August 19th, for the annual convocation where they will be treated to a presentation by motivational speaker and author, Mamie McCullough.
McCullough is a teacher, motivational speaker and author; but she prefers to be known as an encourager. Mamie is an "over-comer;" having survived cancer is just one of the inspiring life stories she shares.
Mamie started her business career as a secretary and grew to become vice president of 13 corporations by the age of 28. Later she became a sales director for a direct sales organization and was recognized as one of the top ten in recruiting. As an educator Mamie has taught every level from eighth grade to college, as well as serving as a principal of a large Georgia High School.
The "I Can" lady worked with Zig Ziglar for 10 years as a speaker and author where she wrote curriculum that has influenced millions of students before launching her own training company. Her mission is to share life-changing principles instrumental in
Auditions were held Saturday at the Grand Starz Bingo Hall for the 2nd annual Brownwood Reunion Celebration Brownwood’s Got Talent competition, and the top 12 finalists out of 31 contestants were selected to participate in the next round. The competition was open to any talent and the winner will be selected during this year’s Brownwood Reunion Celebration.
Eight judges were on hand to evaluate the talents and choose the top 12 through a rating system, and the results of the finalists were made by combining the 8 judges’ scores for each performer and averaging them.
Brown County 4-H is supported by Brown County United Way
DATES TO REMEMBER
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
17 – 4-H Rabbit Club Meeting 7:00p.m. at the Extension Office
18 – Deadline to RSVP for Foods Workshop
23 – Food Workshop 5:00p.m. at Bangs FCS Classroom
4-H ENROLLMENT IS OPEN ON 4-H CONNECT!
The enrollment process for the 2013-2014 4-H yearhas started. All 4-H families, new and returning, are encouraged to log in and enroll in order to become an official 4-H member. Our goal is to have 110 members enrolled in 4-H by October 31st.
As you begin your enrollment for the year, here are some tips in using 4-H CONNECT:
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, August 16, 2013.
Wednesday, August 14
*1:29 PM – Brownwood Police received a report of an incident of theft at Wal-Mart. According to the report, a complainant stated that her purse was taken from a basket.
Thursday, August 15
*4:24 AM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the 1300 block of 1st Street after observing a vehicle driving left of center. As a result of the stop, the driver identified as 21-year-old Christopher Noel Rendon was arrested for driving while intoxicated.
*10:11 AM – Brownwood Police received a report of theft in the 400 block of N. Greenleaf. According to the report, the complainant stated that sometime during the last two months, someone stole his lawnmower and that it is currently at a local pawn shop. A suspect was identified and the incident is being investigated, the report states.
*2:08 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1900 block of Brooke Lane regarding the burglary of a vehicle. The complainant stated that his iPhone was stolen from the vehicle during the incident, according to the report.
*3:51 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 5400 block of CR 257 regarding fraud. According to the report, the complainant reported the forgery of a check that he had written to his housekeeper.
Construction began on the playhouse that will be used in this year’s Hands on a House competition scheduled to take place during this year’s Brownwood Reunion Celebration.
Contractor Johnny Cantwell and crew began construction on the house Friday afternoon on the corner of Carnegie and Adams Street where the contest will take place on the first night of Reunion on September 20th (pictured at top).
During the competition, participants compete for a custom built playhouse by keeping their hand in contact with the house for the duration of the Reunion. Contestants will be provided with limited breaks during the competition. The last person with their hand in contact with the house is declared the winner and wins the playhouse.
This year’s house will be modeled after a cabin, similar to the playhouse from 2012.
Afternoon Update: Brownwood Police Lt. Tracey Delgado reported that the driver of the pickup, identified as Billy Chandler, 34, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, less than 1 gram. Delgado said that the arresting officer’s report stated that Chandler said he “hit a slick spot in the roadway and lost control of the vehicle.”
Delgado reported that the extent of the injuries of the two passengers that were transported were not known as of Friday afternoon, but were thought to be non-incapacitating. It appears the two may have been riding in the bed of the pickup, but Delgado could not confirm that information.
The Salvation Army Service Center in Brownwood is getting set to distribute school supplies to local students in need next week and a donation given Friday will help make the program even more successful.
Vulcan Materials donated a $1000 Staples gift card Friday to benefit the school supplies program.
Salvation Army Service Center Director Donna Harris said that the community has given so much to the school supply program this year and area residents and business leaders have helped to make sure the program is successful.
“It’s something that not anyone could do by themselves,” said Harris. “It takes an army.”
- Reminder: Governor’s Small Business Forum to be Held August 29th
- Blanket Frontier Day Set for September 14th
- HPU Volleyball Picked 8th in ASC Pre-Season Poll
- TSTC West Texas Presents Awards at Brownwood Campus
- Law Enforcement Blotter 8/15
- Early Chamber to Feature Lunch and Learn Class on Windows 8 Pro
- I Like My Job
- HPU Jacket Football Starts 2013 Workouts
- Weekly Fishing Report for Area Lakes
- “Gold Rush” Kicks Off to Support Child Cancer Patients During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
- BRMC Volunteers Announce the July 2013 BRMC Volunteer of the Month
- “Race the Rock” Speed Climbing Competition Added to Brownwood Reunion Celebration