Saturday, April 9, 2011 found me, our school principal, and three of our students in San Angelo at the annual TCEA Robotics competition. There, our team competed along with over 100 teams from across the state. The challenge this year was great, and half the teams struggled with the same aspect of it….it all came down to one tuna can.
I am here to tell you now that our kids were awesome. I have never been so proud of them! Did they win a trophy? No. Were we all disappointed? Yes. But I was, more than anything, proud and excited and awed by them. In a society that seems to emphasize winning over anything else, it is easy to get caught up in a competition. Yesterday, as I watched our three students struggling to overcome their challenges, I found myself more and more amazed by them.
The 2011 Indoor Outdoor Expo presented by Home Depot offered a variety of products and services related to home improvement, gardening, recreation, and home décor, but many in attendance enjoyed dunking local officials in the charity dunking booth.
New to this year’s show, the charity dunking booth allowed attendees to donate $5 for a chance to dunk a city or school official with all proceeds going to local charities.
Brownwood officials being dunked included City Manager Bobby Rountree (for Good Samaritan), Fire Chief Del Albright ( for Big Brothers Big Sisters), Mayor Stephen Haynes (for Boys & Girls Club), BISD Superintendent Reece Blincoe ( for Boys & Girls Club), Police Chief Mike Corley (for CASA), and Finance Director Walter Middleton (for Brownwood Arts Assn).
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) held a celebration dinner on Thursday April 7 at the Brownwood Country Club to celebrate 10 years of service to the area. The dinner was called "Justice Served" because local judges, attorneys, city officials, and law enforcement served drinks & refills to those in attendance.
In March 2001 CASA in the Heart of Texas began serving Children in Brown County, the program expanded into Mills County in August 2002 and then into Comanche County in September of 2003.
The Howard Payne softball team split a double header with Hardin-Simmons University on day two of their four-game series. The Lady Jackets fell in game one 0-2 but won in extra innings 10-9 in the second game.
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
Some hikers’ backpacks hold more than extra socks: Game Wardens Daniel Kessler, Andrew Banda, Erin Albright, Matt Bridgefarmer and Captain Jim Porter teamed up with U.S. Customs and the Texas Department of Public Safety on March 25 to apprehend three drug smugglers who had been operating in the remote areas of Jeff Davis County for some time. When arrested, the three subjects each had backpacks stuffed with marijuana. The total amount came to 145 pounds. The game wardens’ knowledge of the area was a key factor in the apprehensions.
Hole in one alligator proves costly for violator: Harris County Game Warden Bobby Apple received information about someone hunting at night on an abandoned golf course and began a stakeout that extended for several nights over a few weeks. Apple finally found the man on the golf course one evening. After questioning, the man confessed to killing a 7-foot alligator in one of the ponds on the golf course with his bow. The hide, meat, and head were later seized from the man’s house. Several citations were issued.
Texas farmers and ranchers have received an exemption of the state sales tax on items used to produce agricultural products. During hard times, it can be the difference between staying in business or not. Despite the law's popularity, there have been many problems with the "proper" use of the agriculture tax exemption policy, and those who believe they are being victimized by its administration are becoming increasingly vocal.
Currently, anyone who buys products for use in agricultural production only has to state that he or she is sales tax exempt and fill out a form. When that form arrives in the Texas Comptroller's office and there is a problem, the seller of that product may be liable for the tax.
There are many possibilities on why we should continue with this tax exemption for the benefit of those who farm and ranch, and no reasons for those who do not. An HB 268 bill has been filed in the Texas Legislature to address this problem. The bill requires farmers and ranchers to obtain a number that will prove their exempt status. It would also clarify the problem for those who falsely claim exempt status.
The Howard Payne University men's baseball fought hard Saturday against the McMurry University War Hawks to avoid the sweep grabbing the last game of the series 8-7, after losing the first game 10-9.
Woodland Heights Elementary held their annual Kindergarten on April 1st.
After studying lessons about Texas, cowboys and the West, a rodeo of sorts was put together to let the kids have a little fun with the things they learned in class.
Yesterday (Friday, April 8th), Texas Forest Service responded to six fires burning 3,013 acres across the state. The Cotton Ranch Fire in Sterling and Tom Green counties was contained at 95% and 2,930 acres.
179 Texas counties are reporting burn bans.
Crews continue day and night shifts on the Swenson Fire in Stonewall County, currently 0% containment at 61,000+ acres. In addition to TFS fire resources, 4 TIFMAS strike teams are working this fire. Of the 7 nationally available heavy airtankers, 5 were committed to this fire yesterday.
The Camp Bowie Fire in Brown County had a slop-over yesterday and is now 3355 acres at 80% containment, TFS & a TIFMAS strike team are working the fire.
Tae Bo instructors around the world put together universal classes to take place this past Saturday, April 2nd raising money to aid Japanese disaster victims and a Brownwood gym, Fit By Faith, has joined in the cause. These Tae Bo classes and their instructors asked for donations for the class and sold Pray for Japan T-shirts to raise money.
A civil service appeal hearing began on Friday regarding the termination of former Brownwood police officer Michael Clark. Independent arbitrator/mediator Kathy Fragnoli of Dallas presided over the hearing.
According to Brownwood City Attorney Pat Chesser, Clark was terminated because of in an incident on November 6, 2009 where he allegedly violated civil service rules and BPD policy.
During opening statements by Chesser and defense attorney Lance Wyatt, the following dates were established for the court:
In November of 2009, Clark was charged with Assault Family Violence and Unlawful restraint after an altercation with a woman he was involved with while he was reported to be “highly intoxicated”. These charges were dropped on November 22, 2010 when a plea bargain was struck with County Attorney Shane Britton’s office involving Clark agreeing to plead no contest to lesser misdemeanor charges of Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct.
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- Congressman Conaway Announces Student Art Contest
- HPU’s Student Speaker Bureau Earns Multiple Awards at National Competition
- Ribbon Cutting for Fitness Fusion
- Community Garden Invites Everyone to Spring Festival 4/16
- Full Schedule for Saturday’s Indoor Outdoor Expo
- Lynch Chosen For Prestigious Summer Program at Naval Academy
- Kirkpatrick and Walls Promoted by HPU
- Brownwood Sale Tax Collections Still Showing Gains