Reports released for the period of June 20-26, 2016 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 41 medical emergencies, 4 fire calls, 6 motor vehicle accidents, and 1 lock-in.
Reports of interest that the Brownwood Fire Department responded to include:
Monday, June 20
*2:47 PM – Brownwood Fire Department responded to a single vehicle rollover accident with ejection near the intersection of Hwy 377 South and County Road 233. Firefighters arrived on scene and assisted Lifeguard EMS with one ejected passenger and set up landing zone for Air Evac. Both occupants were transported, one by ambulance and one by helicopter.
Tuesday, June 21
*12:36 AM - Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call in the 1000 block of Brinn Street. Fire crews arrived on scene to find an unapproved rubbish/trash fire smoldering. Firefighters advised the property owner that he cannot burn after dark and the fire must be completely extinguished.
*7:34 AM - Brownwood Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle accident with no injuries at Vine and Washington Streets.*3:06 PM - Brownwood Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call in the 1000 block of Avenue B a report of mulch smoldering on a playground. Firefighters arrived on scene to find several spots smoldering underneath the top layer of mulch. Firefighters wet the area down.
The next Lunch-N-Learn program is the series of noon time horticulture programs is set for Wednesday, July 6, 2016. It will be held at the Brown County Extension Office located at 605 Fisk Avenue at 12 noon.
Summer has arrived with its hot temperatures so moisture prevention in the home landscape will be a priority. The July 6th program will focus on mulch and compost utilization. Daniel Graham, manager of the Brownwood Community Garden will present the program.This program is open to anyone interested. There will be a $10 registration fee at the door for those that have not attended previous Lunch-N-Learn programs this year.
It seems like just yesterday that Kiera started walking. She was taking those cute, little, off-balance steps. I also remember when she was old enough to begin to “help” us. You know the kind of help I am talking about.
It was the kind of help like when you would see a piece of paper on the floor and ask your new helper to pick it up. They were always so agreeable. It was a huge task for them at that point in their lives.
I can still see it in my mind. “Kiera, can you pick up that piece of paper and throw it in the trash?” I asked pointing out said paper.
She would hurry over to the paper, pick it up and show it to me with a huge grin on her face and then proceed to take it to the trashcan. At that point, I would get another huge smile as I thanked her for being a big girl.
After a time, your helper begins to grow up and realize that the task that you are asking them to perform is not as big of a deal as they used to think it was. You learn that as a parent, if you want it done, you tell them to do it.
Now instead of asking, it is more like, “Please pick up that piece of paper and throw it in the trash.”Once that task is achieved, you thank them and sometimes still get a smile in return.
Texas State Parks and the “Get to Know” organization are partnering for the fourth annual Youth Arts Contest. The contest runs through Nov. 1 and anyone 19 and under can enter works of art inspired by the natural beauty in any state park.
“Everyone enjoys state parks in different ways and this is a fun way for young people to express their experiences,” said Russell Fishbeck, deputy director of Texas State Parks.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Youth Arts Contest encourages youth to share their outdoor experiences using art, writing, photography, video and music. Works will be entered in both the state and national Get to Know Contests.
This year’s contest will have three age categories: 14-19, 10-13 and under 10. Prizes will be awarded to an overall winner, as well as to first through fourth places for each age category.
Brown County Commissioners, during a special meeting of the court, voted Monday to pay portions of County Attorney administrative employees’ salaries from the general fund.
County Auditor Jennifer Robison, asked for consideration of payment of the County Attorney’s administrative employees’ salaries from the general fund during last week’s meeting of the court. Robison explained that the County Attorney’s hot check fund had previously funded the salaries but currently does not have a balance to fund the payment of these employees’ salaries. The current balance of the hot check fund is $628.89 as of Monday morning, according to Robison.
For several years, the County Attorney’s office has made transfers from their Pretrial Diversion Fund to cover the shortfall of the hot check fund. According to County Attorney Shane Britton, the portion of these salaries that is supplemented by the hot check fund is approximately $1400.Robison explained during last week’s meeting of the court that the number of hot checks written in the county is down compared to the number of hot checks written in the past, due to the use of debit cards and electronic transfers of funds, reducing the amount of funds available in the hot check frund. She requested the salaries of these employees be paid through the County Attorney’s general fund line item until she could get an opinion back from the Texas Attorney General’s office stating whether or not the transfer of the pretrial donations or payments can be transferred to fund the salaries through the hot check fund, as was done in the past.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, June 27, 2016.
Friday, June 24
*9:41 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1200 block of Avenue H regarding theft. According to the report, a refrigerator had been stolen from the property by a tenant/suspect.
*1:05 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2600 block of Crockett Drive regarding a juvenile problem. According to the report, a small amount of narcotics was located on an individual and the subject, identified as 17-year-old Xavier Alexander Chacon of Brownwood, was later arrested for possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces, disorderly conduct/breach of peace and resisting arrest.
*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy met with a victim who wished to make a report of stalking. According to the report, the victim stated that the suspect has been writing letters in a renewed attempt to gain her attention. The suspect was convicted of stalking the victim in 2009 and was sentenced to 10 years sentence in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the report states. The suspect has recently been released from prison and has renewed his stalking activity, according to the victim.*Brownwood Police arrested 25-year-old Courtney Michelle Hood of Brownwood on two warrants related to driving while license invalid and failure to appear.
Longtime Howard Payne University employees Dr. Robert and Mrs. Cheryl Mangrum have chosen to give back to the university they love by using proceeds from Dr. Mangrum’s recent history book to create an endowed scholarship in the couple’s name. In 2015, Dr. Mangrum published an account of HPU’s history titled For Howard Payne My All: 125 Years of Christian Higher Education and Service, 1889-2015.
As the title suggests, the electronic book, encyclopedic in nature, chronicles the first 125 years of the university’s history since its founding in 1889. Proceeds from the book will continue to grow the scholarship endowment.
Dr. Mangrum serves as university historian as well as professor of history and government while Cheryl Mangrum serves as associate director of admission.“I just finished 36 years at HPU and Cheryl finished her 35th year,” he said. “We’ve always talked about creating a scholarship at some point in time.”
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3278 and the Auxiliaries will observe Independence Day by conducting a flag retirement ceremony at 10:00 AM on Monday, July 4th. The public is invited to attend.The observance will be held at the VFW Post at 2300 Stephen F. Austin in Brownwood. The ceremony will consist of the lowering of the retiring flag and raising the new National Ensign.
Brown County Museum of History recently announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2016. Leadership support for Blue Star Families programming and promotional materials has been provided by MetLife Foundation. The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
“The Blue Star Museums program is a fun, free activity for military families to enjoy during summer months,” said Museum Director Wanda Furgason. “The program is also a great way for service member families to connect to their new communities, and it can provide a meaningful way for families to reconnect after deployment. The Blue Star Museums program is also a perfect way for the arts community to say ‘thank you’ to our service members and their families for the sacrifices they make on our behalf, every day.”
About Blue Star Museums:Blue Star Museums is collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 30, 2016 through Labor Day, September 5, 2016.
In celebration of Independence Day weekend, a boat parade will be held at Lake Brownwood on Friday, July 1st.
The boat parade will begin at 8 PM and boats are asked to line up at the Lake Brownwood dam prior to the start of the parade. Registration fee is $5 and entries can register at Wild Duck Marina in advance by calling 325-784-7100.
Boats are encouraged to be decorated during the parade in patriotic theme, and prizes will be awarded for some of the best decorated. Any decorations that may impede visibility or normal navigation must be removed at the conclusion of the parade.The 1st Annual Boat Parade will kick off a weekend of Independence Day events including the fireworks show hosted by Wild Duck Marina on Saturday, July 2nd at Lake Brownwood. Call 325-784-7100 for more information.
District Attorney Micheal Murray reports that on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, the defendant David Lee Randle, AKA Sam Randle, was convicted of the felony offense of Delivery of a Controlled Substance in a Drug Free Zone and sentenced to 25 years in prison in the 35th Judicial District Court of Brown County, Texas.
A jury found the defendant guilty of the offense, and after hearing evidence of five prior felony convictions, assessed the punishment in the case.
Murray reported the First Assistant District Attorney Chris Brown presented evidence showing that the Brownwood Police Department conducted a controlled buy from the defendant at his residence located across from Cecil Holman Park.Brownwood Police Detective Aaron Taylor testified that he learned from a confidential informant that the defendant was offering to illegally sell prescription hydrocodone. Based on that information, Detective Taylor organized and conducted a controlled buy of the hydrocodone. The jury was shown a video recording of the controlled buy where the defendant could be seen illegally selling prescription hydrocodone tablets to the confidential informant.
- Range/Brush Program Set for July 7th
- Family Bass Club June Tournament Results and Standings
- Reminder: Upcoming Vacation Bible Schools and Kids Camps to be Hosted by Area Churches
- Brown County 4-H News and Notes
- DPS Increases Traffic Enforcement for Fourth of July
- Law Enforcement Blotter 6/24
- Brownwood Chamber Holds a Ribbon Cutting for American Oasis Pool & Spa
- Second Annual Riverfest Set for July 4th in Riverside Park
- Native Pollinators Add Value to Landowners and Country
- Talking Texas’ Future, Brown County Students Attend Youth Leadership Conference
- The Lion Varsity Players Announce 2nd Annual Summer Theatre Camp
- HPU Honors 262 for Academic Success During Spring 2016 Semester