The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging Texans to make safe driving practices a priority during the July Fourth holiday weekend. From July 1 – July 4, DPS Troopers will join law enforcement from across the state in looking for drunk drivers, and speeding, seat belt and other traffic violators.
“DPS is calling on Texans to help keep our roadways and communities safe by celebrating responsibly and using extra caution during Independence Day festivities,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “During the holiday weekend, Troopers will be on the lookout for impaired and dangerous drivers; and anyone who plans to drink alcohol should also plan to take alternate transportation or designate a sober driver.”
During the 2015 Fourth of July enforcement period, DPS Troopers made 496 DWI arrests, and issued 7,211 speeding citations, 1,156 seat belt/child safety seat citations and 1,007 no insurance citations. In addition, Troopers made 268 fugitive arrests and 187 felony arrests.According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2015, 960 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol, accounting for 27 percent of the total number of last year’s traffic fatalities.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday and Friday, June 23-24, 2016.
Wednesday, June 22
*10:07 AM - A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a grocery store on Hwy 279 regarding a fraudulent check and an investigation was started.
*11:21 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2600 block of Austin Avenue regarding theft. According to the report, a 14K gold ring was stolen from the residence. A photo of the ring was obtained and the incident was documented, the report states.
*2:36 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy met with a local nursery owner who reported one of his employees had crashed one of his ATVs resulting in apparent serious injuries. According to the report, a second employee, who was on another ATV, was also involved in the crash but did not have any injuries.
*5:23 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1700 block of Main Blvd. regarding a domestic disturbance. According to the report, an investigation led to the arrest of 57-year-old Danny Reece Hopkins for assault family/household member with previous conviction.*Brown County Sherriff’s Office arrested 43-year-old Lyraa Ann Klaus of Brownwood on warrants related to motion to adjudicate/possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram and unlawful possession of firearm by felon (Comanche County).
The Brownwood Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for American Oasis Pool & Spa on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2016.Owner Randy Crosby is an NSPF certified pool and spa operator. He provides professional cleaning, maintenance and repair services to residential and commercial in-ground and above ground swimming pools and spas.
Brownwood Jaycees invite the public to join the fun for Riverfest 2016. Riverfest is a family fun event held from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on July 4th in Riverside Park and includes a raft race, cook off, car show, activities for kids (ages 4-12) including bounce houses, canoe and kayak rentals, a variety of vendor booths and more.
Entry fee for Riverfest is $2 for children, and $3 for adults.
There will be 13 inflatables, 7 of which are large water slides, according to event organizers. Children can also enjoy Knockerball. Parents are encouraged to bring their children in swimsuits and reminded to be sure to bring sunscreen and a towel.
To join in the fun of the Chick-Fil-A Raft Race, CLICK HERE. Entry fee is $25 per raft. Entries will be judged in categories of single, double and group rafts. Awards for fastest raft, best looking and most creative use of materials will be given in each category. A Titanic award will be given to one raft from all categories that has the most dramatic sinking.
Cook OffThe Brownwood Jaycee’s Riverfest Cook Off is sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society. The cook off will be held from Sunday, July 3rd through Monday, July 4th at Riverside Park with check in between 9-11 a.m. on Sunday. Entry fees for the cook off can be mailed in or paid with credit card by phone. There will be a cookers meeting at 6 p.m. on Sunday in the BBQ tent near the pavilion. Turn in times are on Monday: Beans 11 a.m., Chicken 12 noon, Ribs 1 p.m. and Brisket 2 p.m. in the BBQ tent. Awards will be given between 4-5 p.m. (schedule depends on number of entries).
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department invites the public to celebrate the importance of birds, bees, butterflies and bats to the ecosystem and economy during National Pollinator Week, June 20-26.
Roughly one-third of all the food we eat is because of pollination that happened in a farmer’s field. Annually, bee-pollinated crops are estimated to add more than $15 billion to the U.S. economy. In North America, most plant pollination is carried out by bees and the act of pollination itself is a service worth an estimated $3 billion annually.
Aiming to support native pollinators, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Nongame and Rare Species Program have developed new guidelines for landowners to develop wildlife management plans for their properties, which could qualify them for a wildlife tax valuation.
When a landowner’s property is evaluated under an Agricultural Tax Valuation, they can qualify for an Agricultural Tax Appraisal based on Wildlife Management Use if they follow the new guidelines to protect and support native pollinators.
While others spent time at the beach, pool or simply hanging out with friends, Brown County students learned about business and free enterprise. Luke Carroll of Bangs ISD and Alexis Larrea of Brownwood ISD attended this year’s Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) Annual Youth Leadership Conference (YLC) at Tarleton State University to gain a leg-up in the path to their dreams.
“YLC is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the Free Enterprise Speech Contest, how our nation operates and develop valuable leadership skills that will last a lifetime,” Lewis Lehman, Brown County Farm Bureau president said. “We’re proud Alexis and Luke were able to attend on behalf of Brown County and bring back the many lessons they’ve learned.”
The annual conference helps students network and evaluate their ideas and abilities.“For more than 50 years, YLC has instilled patriotism, responsibility and leadership in students from across Texas,” Lehman said. “It prepares them for the next stages of life and ensures a better Texas for both today and tomorrow.”
Brownwood High School’s Lions Varsity Players invite children entering the 1st through 8th grades to participate in their second annual Summer Theater Camp. The camp will take place daily in the Brownwood High School Auditorium.Session 1 will be held July 11?15, 2016 from 8:00 a.m.? noon. This session will be for students entering 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th grades. A final performance by campers will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 15th.
SESSION 2 will be held July 18?22, 2016 from 8:00 a.m ? noon. This second session will be for students entering 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grades. A final performance by campers will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22nd.
The cost to attend the camp is $100.00 per student, costumes and props will be provided.
The purpose of the workshop will be to instruct students in the basis of performance with each participant featured in a final production at the BHS Auditorium on their final day of their camp session. Students will learn basics in characterization, interpretation, voice, movement and play production. Students will explore the use of imagination and observation in the creation of a character in a play. The final performance will be Friday at noon on the last day of each session.
Howard Payne University honored 262 students for academic success during the spring 2016 semester. Students must earn a 4.0 grade point average to be named to the President’s List, a 3.65-3.99 grade point average to be named to the Dean’s List and a 3.5-3.64 grade point average to be named to the Honor Roll.
Receiving honors were:
Brittony Nicole Walker, President’s List
Christy S. Williams, President’s List
Skyler Savanna Schoolfield, President’s List
AlleytonJessica Claire Catlett, Dean’s List
The Brownwood Art Association is offering several art events and programs for the community in the upcoming summer months. “Recent grant money awarded to our association allows us to give back to the community and plan some really great events. Our goal is to encourage Brownwood and the surrounding areas to become involved here at the Art Association and celebrate the arts here in our city,” said Fred Spencer, Brownwood Art Association Board Secretary.The Art Association features a monthly artist exhibit, open to the public during gallery hours. July’s featured artist is Helen Alexander of Salado, Texas. Helen Alexander is an active member of the Salado Village Artists. Having retired from a counseling career, she recognizes the importance of artistic creativity to stimulate and maintain a healthy life balance. Helen has had the opportunity to learn from a wide variety of artists, including Phillip Wade from Laguna Gloria in Austin, Ed Furuike of Honolulu, Garnet Buster and many others. Each artist has enriched her ability to create and to guide others. Her work features nature scenes as well as the human form with rich color and excellent skill. Many of her paintings are available to purchase at the Art Building Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no charge for admission to the exhibit.
The PAWS Project of the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Corrections Center of Brownwood announces that several of their canines are ready for adoption. Each of these beautiful dogs have completed a course of training which certifies them as an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen and they are now PAWS Graduates ready for adoption. These canines are also spayed/neutered, are current on required shots, are microchipped, and crate trained.
Pictured above are the eleven dogs that are trained and ready for a family. For more information about any of these canines, please contact Holly Fenton at 325-641-4260 or the Corinne T. Smith Animal Center by calling 325-646-0617.
Below are the fishing reports for area lakes, compiled as reported this week by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Water murky; 76–80 degrees; 0.42’ high. Black bass are good on soft plastics, buzzbaits, and spinnerbaits over grass. Hybrid striper are fair on shad. White bass are good on minnows and Li’l Fishies off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on minnows and white tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
Water murky; 78–82 degrees; 0.05’ high. Black bass are slow. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are slow. Channel catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
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