City of Brownwood Approves $300,000 Incentive to Leeco for Retail Development

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallBrownwood City Council approved granting a $300,000 infrastructure incentive to Leeco for retail development at Tuesday's council meeting.

According to Brownwood City Attorney Pat Chesser, the council approved the incentives (after meeting in executive session) to develop two retail pad sites, upon which two restaurants will locate, and the development of a retail strip center with approximately 18,000 square feet of retail space.

The location of the shopping center is adjacent to United Supermarket in the 400 block of E. Commerce in Brownwood, the previous location of the Value Lodge.

Brownwood Mayor Stephen Haynes announced at the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce luncheon held in June of this year that McAlister’s Deli will open a new location in Brownwood in the first quarter of 2016.  The Value Lodge was recently demolished and the approval of the incentives marks a step closer to the construction beginning.

In other matters on Tuesday’s city council agenda:

*Council held a public hearing on a proposal to increase the total tax revenues from properties on the tax roll by 3.88% by adopting the proposed tax rate of $.7463 per $100 value.  This is regarding the effective tax rate, in terms of the city’s total tax revenues.  Mayor Stephen Haynes pointed out that the city’s tax rate will not increase; it will in fact remain unchanged.  The tax rate will be considered for adoption on first reading on September 15th meeting and on second and third/final readings on September 18th.

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Winners of Early Chamber Spirit Week Announced


Early Chamber of Commerce recently announced the results of their “Purple Spirit Week” contest for back-to-school.  Prizes were awarded to the top three entrants.

Local businesses were asked to decorate their storefronts in Early Longhorn colors beginning August 24th to show support of the team and students during the first week of school.

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Brown County Republican Women to Host Luncheon Friday Featuring Debora Georgatos

Deb_GeorgatosThe Brown County Republican Women’s Club will host their monthly luncheon on Friday, September 11th, 11:30 a.m. at the Brownwood Country Club.

The group will feature Debora A. Georgatos who is an author, speaker, columnist and radio host.  Georgatos recently published her new book “Ladies, Can We Talk? America Needs Our Vote.”  She will have copies of her book available for sale at the luncheon.

Membership with the Brown County Republican Women’s Club is not required to attend the luncheon.  Cost of the luncheon is $12 per person to be paid at the door.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 9/4

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, September 4, 2015.

Wednesday, September 2

*8:24 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 700 block of Almond Street regarding an assault.

Thursday, September 3

*9:25 AM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding the burglary of a habitation.  According to the report, many items were taken from the residence during the burglary; however, several items have been recovered.

*10:04 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 500 block of N. Center Avenue regarding criminal mischief.  According to the report, the windows of the complainant’s business had been damaged.

*11:15 AM – Brownwood Police responded to the 200 block of S. Broadway, the Brown County Courthouse, to conduct a follow-up interview with 28-year-old Deena Drake, who had been transported to the courthouse by Howard Payne DPS Officer Bob Pachett.  According to the report, the BPD officer was informed by probation staff that Drake was in possession of marijuana and had surrendered the marijuana to Officer Pachett prior to being transported.  He delivered the marijuana to the probation staff, the report states.

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Sheriff’s Office Releases Statement Regarding Death of Brown County Sheriff Bobby Grubbs


Brown County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Bobby Duvall released the following statement regarding the passing of Sheriff Bobby Grubbs.

It is with great sadness that the Brown County Sheriff's Office announces the death of Sheriff Bobby Rex Grubbs yesterday on September 3, 2015.  He had suffered a major stroke on Monday.  Bobby Grubbs took office on January 1, 2005 and had served as sheriff through most of three terms.   Prior to being elected as sheriff, Bobby was a Texas Ranger and had been with the Texas Department of Public Safety for 34 years.

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Lighted Procession Escorts the Body of Sheriff Grubbs Home to Brown County


Brown County Sheriff Bobby Grubbs was brought home to Brown County with an escort of fellow law enforcement officers and firefighters on Thursday night.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., the hearse carrying the body was escorted down Bangs Hill into Brownwood with more than a dozen vehicles with lights flashing honoring the Sheriff.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 9/3

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, September 3, 2015.

Tuesday, September 1

*5:39 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a residence on Jane Ellen Drive regarding a disturbance.  According to the report, the complainant stated that a friend had come to his residence intoxicated and began throwing things around.  The victim stated that the suspect threw some hamburger meat at him, the report states.   33-year-old Rebecca Grace Bacon of Brownwood was arrested to prevent any further violence from occurring, according to the report.

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of theft of livestock.  According to the report, the complainant stated that one of his heifers has been missing for the past two months and he believes she may have been stolen.

Wednesday, September 2

*12:09 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a residence on Waco Street regarding a weapons offense.  The complainant stated that two known suspects entered his residence and one of the men pointed a gun at the complainant and threatened him, according to the report.

*10:30 AM – Brownwood Police were called to a residence on Cindy Cove regarding the burglary of a habitation.  According to the report, the home was burglarized while the owners were out of town.

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Brown County Sheriff Bobby Grubbs Passes Away

BobbyGrubbsBrown County Sheriff’s Captain Vance Hill confirmed Thursday that Sheriff Bobby Grubbs has passed away at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.

Family members were present with Grubbs, when shortly after 4:30 p.m. he passed away. Officials were contacted by family members and Brown County Sheriff’s Office staff and deputies were informed of his passing.

Sheriff Grubbs, 70, had suffered what doctors described as a catastrophic stroke Tuesday morning and was taken off of life support and put on Hospice care Wednesday afternoon, according to BCSO officials.

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Cities Announce Labor Day Closings and Trash Pickup Schedule

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallIn observance of the Labor Day holiday, Brownwood City Hall will be closed and there will be no collection of residential waste on Monday, September 7th.  Residents with blue or green carts, please note collection days as follows:  Monday’s routes will be collected on Tuesday; Tuesday’s routes will be collected on Wednesday; and Thursday’s and Friday’s routes will not be affected by the holiday.

The Brownwood Recycling Center and Landfill will be closed on Monday and will reopen on Tuesday, during normal business hours.   Tuesday’s routes will be collected on Wednesday.  Thursday and Friday’s routes will be collected on regular schedules.  Call the Brownwood sanitation department at 643-4200 for any questions.

Bagged trash prevents litter.  Citizens are asked to bag their waste and securely tie the bags closed before placing in carts or dumpsters.

The Recycling Center and Landfill will also be closed on Monday September 7th and will reopen on Tuesday for normal business hours.

The City collects bulky items including brush and tree limbs from residential customers at no charge.  Please cut limbs into lengths of 5 feet or less and notify the Sanitation Department at 325-643-4200 or CLICK HERE to submit a request online.

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Local Prison Ministry to Host “One Day With God” Camp for Incarcerated Parents at T.R. Havins Unit

OneDayWithGodLogoThe T. R. Havins Unit was selected to host the “One Day with God” camp for inmates and their children to come together for one day.  The day is filled with fun activities and God moments. It is a time of renewing the relationship with a child to a father that has been removed from the home and is soon to return.   These moments together have made a huge difference in the life of many children, and helped the parent to adjust back to a new way of life.

Many prison terms leave families torn apart, serious struggles begin to happen to everyone, especially the children.  Children often feel loneliness when their mom or dad is in prison and experience many emotions that they are often left alone to deal with, as the parent or guardian at home begins the busy care of many other needs.  Many families do not talk about the parent absent due to incarceration with the children.

Those interested in being a part of this ministry are encouraged to contact Gayland Gowdy (325 643 2427) or Ima Martin (325 642 6670) by September 7th for an application.  There are many volunteer positions available, such as becoming a part of the team inside the prison or at the church for the caregivers events that day.

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