Brown County Commissioners adopted the Brown County property tax rate for 2015 Tuesday afternoon despite a lawsuit filed by one citizen regarding an alleged procedural mistake of the court. The matter of tax rate adoption was originally on the Monday, September 29th agenda; however commissioners recessed the meeting and returned to unfinished agenda items of a public hearing and adoption of the tax rate on Tuesday afternoon. Commissioners already adopted the county’s $18 million budget for fiscal year 2014/2015 Monday morning, which is about a $1 million increase from the previous year.
During the a public hearing Tuesday afternoon regarding the tax rate, Brown County citizen Joe Cooksey stated that he filed a lawsuit because the court had met on September 8th and 12th with the required two public hearings and that state law required the tax rate to be set within 14 days of the second public hearing. He stated that an unnecessary third public hearing was posted without timely notice given to the public in an effort to cure the mistake of the court. The notice was published Monday evening and Tuesday morning by local media outlets. Commissioners argued that the Tuesday meeting was a continuance of the Monday meeting and did not require the lengthy notice.
The lawsuit names Cooksey as the complainant and Brown County Judge Ray West and Commissioners Gary Worley, Wayne Shaw, Larry Traweek and Joel Kelton as defendants.
Cooksey also alleges in the lawsuit that the court did not disclose their salaries properly as elected officials.The court called in County Attorney Shane Britton for consultation if the meeting could proceed with the lawsuit filed.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
Thursday, September 25
*12:48 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 3800 block of S. US Hwy 377 regarding criminal mischief. According to the report, a female complainant stated that the rear window of her pickup had been broken out.
* 4:04 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 3000 block of Austin Avenue regarding the burglary of a habitation. According to the report, unknown suspects had broken into the complainant’s home and attempted to take items of value.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault. According to the report, the complainant stated between 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., a known suspect shot at her with an air soft gun while she was walking her dog.
Friday, September 26
*5:56 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of theft. According to the report, two women who were washing clothes at the complainant’s residence allegedly stole her purse which contained her blood pressure and heart medications along with her wallet. The complainant wished to pursue charges, the report states.*Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary of a habitation on County Road 599.
The Brownwood Art Association will present its First Thursday event featuring artist and photographer Robert Priddy on October 2nd at the Art Center (2158 Fisk Street) in Brownwood.
Priddy released the following artist statement:
“After a long hiatus I picked up an old love – photography. The digital camera has made it possible to have a darkroom without the smell. My photography is predominately centered on landscapes and other natural details around me. I also have an interest in capturing some of the places and things I grew up with, although most have already met ‘progress.’ My photography has led me to recently pick up another childhood pastime, drawing. My wish is that as you view my art, you will pause and feel what I felt when it was created.”First Thursday includes a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a chance for local residents to meet the featured artist and network with BAA members. Artists and exhibits on display are from both BAA members and guest artists.
When the earth’s shadow completely covers the moon during a total lunar eclipse, the moon turns a reddish hue. This phenomenon is often referred to as a “blood moon,” and people in many parts of the world, including the western United States, will have the opportunity to observe one on October 8 during the last total lunar eclipse of 2014.
Stephen Goacher, professor of music at Howard Payne University, will present a concert this Thursday, October 2, inspired by the signs, symbols and scripture of the four blood moons and the total solar eclipse of the 2014-15 biblical year. A pre-concert discussion of the science, mathematics and theology surrounding the heavenly events will also be presented by Goacher at 7:00 p.m. in Mims Auditorium on the HPU campus. The concert will follow in Mims Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Both the discussion and concert are free and the public is invited to attend either or both.
Goacher will be accompanied by Dean Kiesling on the piano and organ and assisted by Gannon Phillips on bass and Dillon Phillips on drums.“My instruments are the woodwind instruments,” said Goacher. “The audience is encouraged to think of these instruments as voices, especially as they relate to the stories and scriptures inspiring the musical selections.”
A collision between a bicycle and a motorcycle left one woman injured Tuesday afternoon. Emergency responders were called to the accident near the intersection of W. Commerce and Beaver Street at 12:45 p.m.
According to a witness on scene, the bicyclist attempted to cross the roadway when she was struck by the motorcycle which was heading east on W. Commerce.
For the fourth year in a row, Big Country Ford and Ford Motor Company are teaming up with area high school’s Project Graduation for the DRIVE4URSCHOOL event in an effort to raise $6000 for area Project Graduations. For every person who takes the wheel and test-drives a new Ford vehicle at the Brownwood Coliseum on October 11th, Big Country Ford and Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to Project Graduation. Schools participating in this year’s event are Bangs, Brownwood, Early, May, and Zephyr.
The second annual Zombie 5K Getaway is coming to Riverside Park in Brownwood at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, October 25th, benefiting the Brown County United Way. The Brown County United Way raises funds for the following local agencies: Brown County 4-H Clubs, Girl Scouts Heart of Texas Council, Boys and Girls Clubs, Pearl Griffin Memorial Latch Key, Mid-Tex Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, CASA, The Ark, Brown County Association for Retarded Citizens, Cancer Services Network, Family Services Center, American Red Cross Pecan Valley Chapter, Salvation Army Loaves and Fishes and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brown County.
Organizers invite the public to be a part of the adventure; anyone and everyone can participate. The Zombie 5K Getaway is a 5K fun run in which human runners are trying to “survive” the zombies chasing after them. Zombie runners will be released 3 minutes after the human runners start.
In addition to the zombie runners, there will be zones in which zombie roamers (who are slower) will provide interference for the zombie runners.
The race will be timed by Race Day Event Services. Participation is open to males and females of all ages. Runners may choose to be a human or zombie runner or a zombie roamer in the zombie classification.
All Brown County residents are cordially invited by The Brown County Extension Education clubs represented by the May, McDaniel and Owens communities to attend a free teach and learn program. This event is designed to educate the public about Texas Extension Education Association (TEEA) in Brown County. The mission of the Extension Education Association is to work with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to strengthen and enrich families through educational programs, leadership development and community service.
The program will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Home Economics Building on the Brady Highway in the Youth Fair Complex. Educational programs will be presented by club members who attended the State Convention in Wichita Falls in Septemberand Extension faculty. Program topics will include:
“Safe Medication Disposal” – Learn more about how to improve individual and community disposal of medications.“Diversity: How does it make us see, hear, feel, think and act?” – The purpose of this workshop is to learn about diversity & stereotyping and ways to improve self-awareness.
There were 22 participants in the Wednesday Evening Jackpot Fishing Tournament held at Lake Brownwood on September 24th.
Each Wednesday, sign up is from 4:45 to 5:20 PM at the lake dam ramp and fishing hours are from 5:30 to 9:00 PM sharp. The tournament has recently added a Junior Division (ages 16 & under) for $5.00 entry + $1.00 Big Bass option.
The lake conditions were as follows:
Weather was Mostly Cloudy
Wind: Calm to 8 mph South East
Air temp: start 84º end 61º
Water was Stained 76º to 80º
There were 19 fish weighed in for a total of 42.39 lbs.
Out of 22 contestants 10 people weighed in fish with 3 limits.
1st. Joey Wynn...........................................9.04
2nd. Jeff Windham.......................................6.99
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, September 29, 2014.
Thursday, September 25
*3:00 PM – Brownwood Police responded to the 2200 block of Coggin Avenue regarding a hit and run accident.
Friday, September 26
*11:07 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 400 block of Greenleaf regarding the possible burglary of a habitation. According to the report, the house had been entered; however, the complainant was not sure at the time if anything was missing. An investigation is ongoing, the report states.
*1:45 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1500 block of Fisk Street regarding forgery. According to the report, the subject provided a description of a possible suspect in reference to the forgery which at that time had not been reported to the police department by the account holder. The investigation is ongoing, the report states.*8:55 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the intersection of 5th Street and Avenue A regarding an assault with serious bodily injury. According to the report, the victim spoke with officers and identified 24-year-old Royce Phillips of Brownwood as the suspect. Phillips was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault causes bodily injury and theft. Phillips was being held in the Brown County Jail on bonds totaling $25,000 as of Monday morning.
Brownwood emergency responders worked back-to-back traffic accidents at the Traffic T on Monday evening ending with a damaged fire truck.The accidents began shortly before 5:00 p.m. with a pickup truck pulling a flat bed trailer colliding with a Dodge Avenger in the intersection of Main Street and Commerce. The driver of the Avenger stated that he was making a protected left hand turn onto Clement Street when the pickup truck travelled through the intersection. The driver of the Avenger stated that he attempted to brake but collided with the trailer, which caused significant front-end damage to the vehicle and caused the air bags to deploy.
- Kiwanis Club Makes Monetary Donation to The ARK
- Texas Trails Council Offers Program and Volunteers for Latch Key Boy Scouts Program
- Registration is Underway for the Early Pioneer Day 5K or DYE Run October 18th
- Brownwood High School Band Students Make Region Jazz Band
- Constable Bob Beadel Announces Retirement Plans after 35 Years of Service to Brown County
- Brown County Commissioners Adopt FY 2015 Budget, Set to Adopt Tax Rate Tuesday
- Miss BCFA Applications Now Available, Contestant Sign Up Set for Tuesday
- Brown County 4-H News and Notes
- Brownwood High School Teams Take Top Honors at Brownwood Invitational Cross Country Meet
- Turnovers Plague Jackets In Loss
- Brownwood Lions Dominate Burkburnett Bulldogs 51-8
- Friday Night High School Football Scoreboard 9/26