A new collaboration between Howard Payne University and Ranger College has been established to recruit nursing students to Brown County. Through this arrangement, students can become registered nurses and earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in four years plus one semester. The exact time frame depends upon a student’s pace and applicable transfer credit.
Ranger College has pre-licensure approval through the Texas Board of Nursing to offer the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) that prepares students to attempt Registered Nurse (RN) licensure. Howard Payne University has been approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to offer the RN-to-BSN program, making the post-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree available to candidates holding RN licensure. The cooperative effort between the two educational institutions creates a single, streamlined process culminating in the BSN degree.
A Memorandum of Understanding was recently signed to formalize the arrangement between the two educational institutions.
“We at Howard Payne University are excited about this collaborative arrangement and the opportunity it affords students to earn the pre-licensure ADN and the post-licensure BSN through a coordinated process,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president.
Dr. Bill Campion, president of Ranger College, agreed.
“Ranger College is pleased to join with HPU in this important endeavor, which will greatly benefit students and better serve our geographic area,” said Dr. Campion.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, August 23, 2016.
Wednesday, August 17
*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy received a report of the burglary of a habitation in the Oak Point subdivision at Lake Brownwood.
Thursday, August 18
*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy received a report of forgery against an elderly person. According to the report, the elderly victim stated that she was being billed by a collection agency for a Time Warner Cable account that she did not open.
Friday, August 19
*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy met with a complainant regarding a known suspect dumping household trash without authorization. An investigation is ongoing, the report states.
Monday, August 22
*2:26 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 400 block of W. Commerce regarding credit/debit card abuse. According to the report, the complainant’s debit card number had been used to make an unauthorized purchase.
Brownwood City Council took the first steps in adopting the Fiscal Year 2016/17 Budget of $33,580,634 with a public hearing and discussed setting the local tax rate at Tuesday’s regular meeting.
According to City of Brownwood’s Financial Director Walter Middleton, council along with department heads have worked hard to bring a balanced budget along with pay raises for employees without raising taxes. The proposed $33,580,634 budget is an increase of $814,457 from the FY 2015/16 budget or 2.49% increase.
The tax rate will remain the same as last year, at $0.7463/$100 evaluation. New properties on the tax rolls of the city along with increased evaluations of existing properties added $16,441,309 to the city’s ad valorem tax value causing the city’s effective tax rate to increase 5.4% from last year’s effective rate.
The only increased cost to citizens in Brownwood for FY 2016/17 is an increase in the water consumption rate of 12¢/100 CF or 5.4%. This raises the rate to $2.34/100 CF as compared to $2.30 last year, which will result in an increase to the average residence of approximately $1.20/month. This increase will cover the 8.23% increase in the wholesale cost of treated water from the Brown County Water Improvement District, according to Middleton.
Brownwood City Council approved City Manager Emily Crawford’s appointment of Henry Wied as the city’s utility director at Tuesday’s meeting of the council.
According to Brownwood Mayor Stephen Haynes, the city received six applications.
Wied comes to Brownwood from a 16-year career working with the Red River Authority as a district manager, regional manager, director of operations and most recent as the assistant general manager. The Red River Authority of Texas is a conservation and reclamation district that encompasses 43 Texas counties lying within the watershed of the Red River and its tributaries. The utility provides public water services for 36 community water systems. The regional system consists of over 2,150 miles of transmission and/or distribution lines and 65 pumping facilities. Surface water is taken from three reservoirs, where it is treated and transmitted to approximately 10,000 people in the 15 county rural area of the basin. Additionally, groundwater is produced from over 30 wells within the service area. Prior to working with the Authority, Wied worked in large truck and heavy equipment sales.
Wied has a Class B Surface Water license, Class C Wastewater license and a Customer Service Inspection license through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Reports released for the period of August 15-21, 2016 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 26 medical emergencies, 9 fire calls, and 5 motor vehicle accidents. Reports of interest that the Brownwood Fire Department responded to include:
Monday, August 15
*12:41 PM – Brownwood Fire Department was called to a fire in the area of W. Hwy 67 and County Road 152. Firefighters responded to a report of multiple grass fires along the highway. Fire crews extinguished the grass fires.
*1:37 PM - Brownwood Fire Department performed a public service call in the 1500 block of Indian Creek Drive.
*5:11 PM - Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call in the 700 block of Avenue D. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a power line down across the road. Fire Crews blocked the road until the power company arrived on scene.
Tuesday, August 16
*7:14 PM - Brownwood Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident with no injuries in the area of 15th Street and Avenue D. Brownwood Police Department was on scene and all occupants were out of the vehicles.
Wednesday, August 17
*4:39 PM - Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to the 900 block of Trigg Street regarding a power line down. Upon arrival, firefighters found that a transformer was blown on utility pole and a power line was found broken and hanging near the ground. Fire Crews remained on scene until Oncor arrived to make repairs.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, August 22, 2016.
Wednesday, August 17
*6:41 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to an address on Belfast Drive regarding a welfare check. According to the report, this call led to the arrest of a subject inside the home, identified as 43-year-old Timothy Allen French of Brownwood, for violate bond/protective order.
Thursday, August 18
*5:26 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to an address on Belle Plain Street regarding the burglary of a building.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 50-year-old Jacky Wayne Carter of Brownwood on two counts of possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram and on surety withdrawals related to warrants for manufacture delivery of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram, tamper fabricate physical evidence and motion to revoke/possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.
*The Brownwood City Marshal arrested 28-year-old Alicia Diana Green of Early on a warrant related to expired registration.
*Brownwood Police arrested 45-year-old Hervey Valdez Lopez of Santa Anna on a warrant related to burglary of a building.
After recent heavy rains throughout Brown County, commissioners lifted the burn ban during their regular meeting of the court on Monday.
The ban had been implemented on July 18th due to dry conditions and multiple grass fires and what commissioners considered dangerous conditions throughout the county. Prior to the July ban, Brown County had been without a burn ban since the early part of March.
In other matters on Monday’s agenda:
*Commissioners approved a proclamation to declare the week of September 18-24 as “The ARK Classic and Adams Pro Tour Week.” The golf tournament is a fundraiser for the ARK which will run from September 19-24 at the Brownwood Country Club.
Early Police and Fire Departments received a call at approximately 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 20th regarding the report of an incident involving arson.
According to the report, the caller had witnessed an individual throw some gasoline on the ground under a travel trailer in the 1500 block of Early Blvd. and then ignite the gas on fire. The male was then reported to have fled the area.
The residents in the trailer heard the commotion outside and went outside as the suspect was leaving and discovered the fire, according to police. Because of the rain, the fire was minor and the resident in the trailer was able to put the fire out before the fire department's arrival, the report states.
EPD Sergeant Steven Means with Early Fire investigator Seth Ringler and Brownwood Assistant Fire Marshal Johnny Bennett conducted the investigation.
The resident/victim told officers and investigators that a person he only knew as “Bubba” and who used to live in the trailer park was at his trailer earlier, according to the report. The victim stated that he and “Bubba” did not get along and had problems over a female that the victim was currently living with.
Today when “Bubba” came over, the victim basically ran him off after they had a disagreement which made “Bubba” angry, according to the report. The victim stated it was only a short time later that he heard the commotion outside and discovered the fire under his trailer.
A witness gave officers the name Brennen McDowell who used to live in the trailer park and now lives in the county, the report states.
Brownwood/Brown County Communications Division received an anonymous call on Thursday evening, August 18th which provided information that a shipment of illegal narcotics would be entering the Brownwood area.
Brownwood Police Department reported that the call came in around 6 p.m. and stated that a male, who was currently in a community in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, would be transporting a large amount of marijuana to the Brownwood area by motor vehicle.
According to the report, a coordinated effort to locate the vehicle was made and a traffic stop was eventually initiated by Sergeant Stephanie Morgan of the Brownwood Police Department. The driver was identified as 33-year-old Douglas Williams of Brownwood.
During the course of the investigation, Early Police Department K9 Jambo alerted to the vehicle and a large amount of suspected marijuana was recovered, according to police. The value of the recovered narcotics is estimated to be in excess of $3000, according to BPD officials. Williams was subsequently arrested for the offense of possession of marijuana between 4 ounces and 5 pounds.
Brownwood Police Department Narcotics Detective Aaron Taylor, Brown County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators Carlisle Gover and John Harper, Early Police Department Detective Billy Bloom and EPD Corporal Brandon McMillian assisted Sgt. Morgan in this coordinated effort.
“As one team, our area law enforcement agencies will continue to safeguard our community against illegal narcotic traffickers,” said Brownwood Assistant Chief James Fuller. “We are thankful for the community support and encourage anyone with information on illegal activity to report the information to your local agency.”