Structure Fire Injures One in Brown County

A Brownwood man escaped serious injury this afternoon after jumping from a burning two-story building.

It happened on County Road 225 south of Brownwood in a tin building. According to Brownwood's Fire Chief Del Albright, it was likely started from welding that caught the insulation on fire.

The man received some burns and scrapes, possibly while trying to put the fire out.

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TSTC Awarded 2015 Military Friendly Schools® Designation

TSTC_logoTexas State Technical College announced today that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School. Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

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Block Party Packets for National Night Out to be Distributed This Week


Planning for Brown County's National Night Out is underway, and organizers for the event will distribute block party packets this week.

Registered block party captains and those interested in holding a block party can pick up a packet at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce or the Early Chamber of Commerce starting on Wednesday, September 24.  The packets will include a block party guide with invitations, tips on holding a party, information about National Night Out and other goodies that can be distributed to each block party.  Block party captains will also receive a t-shirt and a yard sign to help promote the event.

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Brownwood Kiwanis Club Makes Donation to Boys & Girls Club

BoysGirlsClubDonation2014The Brownwood Kiwanis Club recently made a $1,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Club.  The funds will assist the club with their day to day activities and expenses.

The donation is one of 16 that are given to local youth organizations throughout the year from the proceeds of the Kiwanis annual pancake supper which is held each November.  The Kiwanis’ 62nd annual Pancake Supper will be held Tuesday, November 4th Election Day at the Brownwood Coliseum between 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Tickets are available from Kiwanis members for $6.00 each.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 9/22 - Brownwood Police Investigate Sunday Home Invasion

LECSmBrownwood Police are investigating a weekend home invasion in north Brownwood.  According to police, a burglary in progress was called in Sunday afternoon, at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Dispatch had received a call from a third party stating that a juvenile who was alone at the home had texted him stating that someone had broken into the home.

The officers entered the home and found a juvenile male subject inside the home sitting in an office chair in the back of the house, with a cloth bag over his head and his feet bound with the cord of a hairdryer and his hands tied behind him with an iPhone charging cord, according to the report.

In an interview with the victim, he stated that he had been in his bedroom when he heard noises coming from inside the house and opened the door to see a male subject in a long sleeve black shirt wearing a mask standing at the doorway, the report states.  The suspect forced the victim back into the bedroom and spoke to him in an Asian language, informing him not to make any noise or movements or he would be harmed, according to the report. The suspect also asked the victim “where’s the money?” which the victim was not aware of, the report states.

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HPU and BHS Team Up for Student Success

HPU_BISDLogosStudents from both Howard Payne University and Brownwood High School will be learning from a mutually beneficial interactive learning opportunity crafted to help students succeed in the job world.

The program will provide HPU Human Resource Managements students experience writing job descriptions and interviewing candidates while Brownwood High School Economics students will be applying for the “jobs” and will learn to craft resumes and, in-turn, get experience interviewing for positions.

“I am really excited about this opportunity to work with HPU on the resume and interviews,” said BHS Economics teacher, David Edgin.  “I believe that this is something that all of our students need.  It will give them a good view of what it is actually like in the real world as they look for jobs.”

Near the beginning of the school year Edgin was contacted by Dr. Kevin Kelley, HPU Assistant Professor of Organizational Psychology, in regards to creating a program that would give his students the experience of actually doing interviews while also learning to recognize what good resumes look like.  “We have spent the last couple of weeks throwing ideas back and forth,” noted Edgin.  “I think we have a good program.”

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Brownwood ISD Poised to Take Action Regarding Superintendent’s Contract

bisdlogo3The Brownwood Independent School District’s Board of Trustees is poised to take action regarding Superintendent Dr. Reece Blincoe’s contract after discussion in closed session at a special called board meeting to be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23rd.

In a previous meeting held September 8th, board members discussed Blincoe’s contract in closed executive session with no action.

Board President Michael Cloy by board policy is the only trustee that is authorized to speak on behalf of the board and offered limited information on the matter.  He did confirm that the board was reviewing Blincoe’s contract, but offered no details of the discussion other than stating that no action occurred regarding the matter at the previous meeting.

Cloy confirmed, as the agenda states, that they discussed personnel matters, and that legally the issue could not be discussed.  When questioned how personnel matters are handled by the district and if the public has opportunity to voice their concern Cloy explained that agreements of personnel matters are made in private with no public hearings.

“There will be no public hearings.  There will be discussions in executive session, agreements are worked out in private, then in open session the decision is made by a vote (of the board members),” said Cloy.  “All action must be taken in public.”

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Law Enforcement Blotter 9/19

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, September 19, 2014.

Monday, September 15

*3:44 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to an open field one mile north of the intersection of FM 2940/Hwy 279N, near Cross Cut, in reference to theft of oilfield equipment.  There were 1006 feet of 4 ½ inch steel casing and (42) 25 ft. “sucker” rods stolen from that location.  The estimated value of the items is $3,810.  No suspect information was provided at the time of the report.

*A Brown county Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a property on Belfast Drive in reference to theft. The complainant, an employee of the Brookesmith Special Utility District, advised they had discovered a possible theft of water at a residence in Shamrock Shores.

Wednesday, September 17

*4:42 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a residence on Harris Lane in reference to animal cruelty.  The deputy determined that the dogs did have access to food, water, and shelter which was documented.

Thursday, September 18

*1:52 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1500 block of Avenue B regarding an alleged sexual assault and theft of medication.  According to the report, the victim knew the suspects.  Suspect information was gathered and the incident is being investigated.

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Ethos Pet Nutrition Expands Operations in Brownwood

EthosLogoEthos Pet Nutrition, the fine makers of CANIDAE Natural Pet Foods, is pleased to announce a formal agreement has been signed to operate a shipping facility out of the old Texas Feather Warehouse in Brownwood.

According to Ed Cooper, Vice President of Production for Ethos Pet Nutrition, “The agreement, which required several months to complete, will be instrumental in allowing Ethos Pet Nutrition to provide our customers with the highest standard for quality, cleanliness and shipment accuracy."

Cooper is currently renovating the Texas Feather Warehouse location, which sat vacant and deteriorated for the past several years. Cooper continued, "We're excited to get this place cleaned up and provide valuable jobs to the residents of Brownwood."

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Local Screenplay Writer to be Recognized as a Finalist in National Competition, 2014 DC Shorts

LauriePowersHPU graduate and Santa Anna native Laurie Powers will be recognized as one of the six finalists for the DC Shorts competition at the Navy Memorial, located at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. on Friday evening.

The DC Shorts Screenplay Competition is a very different kind of screenwriting competition according to its organizers.   A panel of judges made up of filmmakers, screenwriters and critics have reviewed over 145 screenplays and the top six will be read, followed by an audience vote to determine the winner.  One lucky winner will be awarded $2,000 to shoot their project.  This completed film will screen at DC Shorts 2015.

Powers has been writing most of her life but didn’t start thinking of her writing as anything other than a side hobby until 2007.

“I had worked on a few short films and was involved in theatre and wanted to create my own stories.  I wrote and shot a couple of short films and had a play produced,” explained Powers.  “About the same time there was a lot of trouble brewing in the visual effects industry so I decided it was a good time to go back to get my MFA (Masters of Fine Arts)."

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