The City of Early held a retirement reception for long-time City Administrator Ken Thomas on Friday afternoon.Thomas served over 27 years as the city’s administrator and before that had served three terms as city councilman, which he contributes to his longevity in the office, having learned both sides of city government.
Brownwood Police were called to a hit and run accident Thursday night which led to the arrest of one person for driving while intoxicated and may result in another arrest.
The accident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of Coggin Avenue when a Dodge pickup rear ended a Chevy S-10 pickup. According to the police report, the Chevy had suddenly stopped at the intersection of Coggin Avenue and 10th Street, causing the Dodge to collide with it from behind. Further investigation showed that the Chevy had just missed a utility pole and a tree stump, traveling up into the yard of a residence damaging several potted plants and a decorative fence and scattering several large rocks and bricks (used in the landscaping) into the roadway, according to the police report.
When police arrived, both vehicles had left the scene, the report states. A witness informed police that the Chevy had traveled to Avenue I and 10th Street, where the driver had then entered the residence, according to the report. Police interviewed the driver, identified as 62-year-old Larry David Hopkins who was determined to be intoxicated and had two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated, the report states. Hopkins stated that he didn’t know how his vehicle had been damaged and denied having been involved in an accident; however, he did admit drinking earlier in the evening, 16 ounce Keystone Light beer.Evidence at the scene included a lid to a Styrofoam cooler and a cold 16 ounce Keystone Light beer along with a piece of a vehicle, the report states. Hopkins' pickup was found to contain a Styrofoam cooler without a lid containing several unopened cold Keystone Lights and his truck was missing a piece which matched the piece found on scene, the report states. Hopkins was given field sobriety tests, which he failed, and was arrested for driving while intoxicated 3rd or more, driving while license invalid with previous convictions, fleeing the scene of an accident over $200 damage and failure to report upon striking a fixed object, according to the report.
Brownwood Middle School athletes recently supported the Brown County Toys for Kids program by having a toy drive. A donation of 85 toys and $100 cash was donated on Thursday morning.
Toys for Kids volunteer representative Gloria Gandara visited BMS and explained to the kids the mission of the program and its current enrollment. This year alone, Gandara stated that there are 1388 kids from 529 families being served by Toys for Kids. She thanked the student athletes for their generosity in gathering toys for the program.
Howard Payne University recently ended the fall 2014 semester with the annual “Mustache Wheel of Doom” fundraiser sponsored by the Baptist Student Ministry. The popular event raised $2,933 for missions and left several HPU men with interesting facial hair throughout final exams week.Teams of students, along with their faculty and staff sponsors, grew their beards throughout the month of November while collecting money for the Baptist General Convention of Texas’ Go Now Missions. Go Now sends students from universities across Texas, including HPU, to mission fields around the world.
Brownwood Police Department and the Brownwood Fire Marshal’s office are investigating a house fire that occurred in Brownwood in the 3200 block of 4th Street in the early morning hours of Wednesday, December 17th.
The fire occurred between 2:00 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., resulting in extensive damage to the home according to BPD Criminal Investigation Division Sergeant James Kidd. Three large breed dogs perished in the fire, according to police.
The Early Elementary School Honor Choir, an auditioned group of 4th and 5th graders, held a Caroling Day on Tuesday December 16th. These students dedicate an hour after school every week to sing together and prepare for their performances.Stops on the Caroling Day tour included Citizen's National Bank, Texas Bank (Downtown Location), Heartland Mall, Brownwood Nursing and Rehabilitation, and the EISD Administration Building.
Brownwood ISD campuses are embracing the Christmas season with concerts, parties, service projects, and more. From decorating trees and assembling bicycles to donating toys and caroling, students in schools around Brownwood ISD are spreading joy this holiday season.
A slideshow of photos from Christmas around Brownwood ISD is available at www.brownwoodisd.org/Christmas2014.At top: Cody Smith’s class at Brownwood High School assembles bikes and tricycles to help Stacee Hetzel with the toy giveaway for the Brown County Toys for Kids program.
With cattle prices at record highs, ranchers looking to build back beef cattle herds need to take careful consideration of the composition of replacement heifers to yield top-quality calves. We are at a unique time right now, where we are making some serious decisions about the quality of stock we are purchasing to restock or what we are raising as replacements.
Ranchers must select animals with a good body that will nurse a calf until weaning, specialists say
Beef producers should look at a number of criteria when selecting good replacement heifers. Skeletal soundness and length of stride are among those to consider. Possibly also observe things not commonly thought of.Look for weird things, such as width of mouth. A wide-mouth cow will eat more and perform better. Good traits of a cow also include having a good body. She should also be a cow that cares for and can nurse her calf until weaning. If the cow can't pay that rent check, she's a freeloader and get rid of her.
A Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held at First Baptist Church in Bangs at 6:00 pm, Wednesday evening December 24th.
Organizers state, “There will be carol singing, special music, and warm loving fellowship to celebrate the birth of our Savior.”
Expect a slow fire season this winter. Much of the state received above normal rainfall this year, helping to suppress fires and increase the moisture level—also increasing the amount of grass or fuel.
More fuels coupled with dry weather normally causes concern during the winter months since this combination supports significant fire activity, helping spread wildfires quickly across grassy areas. Although we have more fuels, we don’t have the dry weather which reduces the threat.
Forecasted El Niño conditions may hinder wildfires this season. El Niño is a weather cycle that occurs every three to five years. It deviates from normal surface temperatures, causing warmer temperatures and wetter-than-average conditions across Texas.
“With El Niño in place, precipitation chances are expected to increase during the winter months. This would help limit wildfires this season,” Tom Spencer, Texas A&M Forest Service predictive services department head said. “However, with the surge of grass growing in the plains regions of the state, there could be opportunities for an occasional period of fire activity.”Although a rainier season is expected, Spencer urges residents to still use care through the winter months and limit activities that could accidentally start a wildfire.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, December 18, 2014.
Wednesday, December 17
*9:00 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1600 block of 6th Street regarding a subject exposing himself and running down the street. Police located a subject matching the description of the suspect who was fully clothed and denied having exposed himself.
*12:42 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a property on County Road 334 after receiving a report of a possible abatement issue while he was investigating a separate incident. According to the report, the deputy observed a significant amount of refuse and rubbish scattered throughout the property. The residents were not home at this time, the report states.
*1:34 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 3200 block of 4th Street regarding criminal trespass. According to the report, an investigation led to the arrest of 29-year-old Christopher Lee Taylor of Brownwood for tampering with evidence.* 2:26 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to EZ Mart on Hwy 279 in regarding an ex-employee who had allegedly stolen over $1,500 worth of lottery tickets over the last few months. According to the deputy’s report, the EZ Mart District Supervisor has video recording of the thefts. The district supervisor stated she would like to pursue charges against the suspect for the theft. No contact was made with the suspect and the investigation is ongoing.
- Brownwood Regional Medical Center Receives Service to Workers Award
- Law Enforcement Officials Warn of Holiday Phone Scams
- Toys for Kids Benefits from Local Radio Stations' Toy Drives
- Kohler Makes Donations to Brown County Youth Fair Association and Brown County Rodeo Association
- Keeping Christmas Plants Going
- TxDOT to Host Public Transportation Workshop to Meet Needs of Seniors/People with Disabilities
- Law Enforcement Blotter 12/17
- Benefit Account for Summers Family
- Lyric Production of “Anything Goes” Continues this Week
- DPS Increases DWI Enforcement During Holidays
- 3rd Annual Holiday at the Lake Set for this Saturday
- BCWID Abandons $12M Pipeline Project, Will Continue Search for Alternative Water Sources