This Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11th, the American Legion Post 308 of Bangs will pay homage to the veterans buried in Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood and the Bangs Cemetery in Bangs. The public is invited to join in honoring Veterans on this special date.Short tribute ceremonies at each location will consist of an opening prayer and Military Taps played on a bugle by a member of the American Legion. The ceremonies will take place at 5:00 p.m. at Greenleaf Cemetery and at 6:00 p.m. at the Bangs Cemetery.
Brownwood emergency responders were called to a one vehicle accident at the Vine Street underpass Wednesday afternoon.At approximately 3:30 p.m., a maroon Chevy Tahoe was traveling northbound when it crossed into the southbound lane and struck the sidewalk portion of the underpass.
According to Brownwood Police, 31-year-old Michael Zarate has been charged with the murder of 34-yr-old Ernesto Gonzales, Jr. of Brownwood.
Brownwood Police department gave the following details of the arrest:
The Brownwood Police Department Criminal Investigative Division continues to actively investigate the shooting death of 34-year-old Ernesto Gonzales, Jr. On this date, more witness statements and store surveillance videos were gathered which led to the recovery of a weapon detectives believe was used in this shooting.
Upon review of all this information, detectives were able to secure an arrest warrant for 31-year-old Michael John Zarate of Brownwood. Mr. Zarate was located at the Brown County Jail where he was being held since Monday on an unrelated offense. The warrants stemming from this shooting incident were for Murder and Tampering with/or Fabricating Physical Evidence.
District Attorney Micheal Murray reports that several felony cases were heard in Brown/Mills County District Court, Judge Stephen Ellis presiding.
Dale Wayne Holleman pled guilty to the felony offense of Driving While Intoxicated and was sentenced to 40 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.
Anna Teresa Castillo pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and was sentenced to 40 years Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division and pled guilty to the felony offense of Tampering or Fabricating Physical Evidence and was sentenced to 10 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.
Stacy Allen Darnell pled no contest to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance – Drug Free Zone and was sentenced to 30 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.Kenny Slaughter pled guilty to the felony offenses of Burglary of a Habitation and was sentenced to 30 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division in each case. Further, Slaughter pled guilty to the felony offenses of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Burglary of a Building and was sentenced to 10 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division in each case.
Brown County emergency responders were kept busy Wednesday with three accidents throughout the county, including two rollovers, by 1:00 p.m.
The first accident was a half mile north of May where an older male's vehicle ran off of the roadway at approximately 7:45 a.m. Wednesday morning. According to emergency responders the driver suffered what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Brownwood Regional Medical Center. May Volunteer Fire Department, EMS, Brown County Sheriff’s Office and Texas DPS responded to that accident scene.
The Early High School Choral Department will open their musical production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella this Saturday for a three show run.The musical will be held on Saturday, November 8th at 8 PM, Sunday, November 9th at 2:30 PM and Monday, November 10th at 7:30 PM at Early High School. Advance tickets are available for $10 at the EHS office or will be available for $12 at the door.
Voters in Texas yesterday sent a clear message that road improvements are very important for economic development, safety and quality of life. By voting in support of Proposition 1, voters decided that a portion of oil and gas tax revenues should be deposited into the State Highway Fund.
Now that voters have spoken, the Legislature will take the necessary steps to determine the amount of funding that will be deposited into the State Highway Fund, before then appropriating those funds to TxDOT. Additional roadway funding will be used to address congestion, maintain the state’s system in a safe manner and repair roads affected by activity in the energy sector. According to the law, none of the funds from oil and gas severance tax revenues that are deposited to the State Highway Fund can or will be used on toll roads.The approval of Proposition 1 is great news for Texas said TxDOT Executive Director LtGen Joe Weber, USMC(Ret), “This is a good first step toward finding sustainable funding to meet Texas’ transportation needs. The overwhelming support for this measure is a strong statement from the citizens of Texas that transportation is an essential priority.”
Brownwood Regional Medical Center (BRMC) will help area residents learn about and enroll in health insurance options on the Health insurance Marketplace.
BRMC will hold question and answer sessions at the Heartland Mall Community Room from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, November 20th and again on Tuesday, December 9 from 10 a.m.-12 noon. Those attending will be seen on a first come first serve basis. This event will be question and answer sessions only.
As part of the Affordable Care Act, most U.S. citizens were required to have health insurance beginning in 2014. During the first enrollment wave, which began last October and ended in March, nearly 10 million uninsured individuals enrolled in a Marketplace plan. Yet, approximately 30 million Americans remain uninsured.“As a primary health provider in Brown County and the surrounding area, we want to help educate residents in an easy-to-understand way, as well as assist those who haven’t yet signed up for health insurance or Medicaid, if qualified,” said Claude E. “Chip” Camp, III, CEO of Brownwood Regional Medical Center . “During the next few months, we’ll be going out in the community to educate consumers, hosting in-hospital events, and meeting one-on-one to help these individuals find affordable coverage for themselves and their family.”
Good Samaritan Ministries is offering families and organizations an opportunity to volunteer in the coming weeks.
Each first and third Monday, GSM will begin hosting the Family Fun and Service nights, a fun time to volunteer for the whole family or organization.Volunteer projects will vary depending on the time and season. One group may be packing Christmas boxes, and on another night a different group may be packing homeless or homebound boxes. Other projects will include checking electronics, or sorting clothes and socks. There are so many jobs that need to be done and Good Samaritan needs volunteer help.
A Veterans Day parade and ceremony will be held in downtown Brownwood, Saturday, November 8th.
The parade will start at 10:00 a.m. The parade route will begin at the Brownwood Coliseum onto Baker and will travel up Fisk to South Broadway (in front of the Courthouse), then turn down Center, and will travel back up Fisk to Baker Street and end at the coliseum.
Brown County voters approved an exemption for local seniors (65 and over) to cap the value of their homestead property (create a tax freeze) on county property taxes in Tuesday’s election.
The tax freeze was approved with an overwhelming 95.20% of the vote in favor (7,371 votes) while only 4.80% voted against (372 votes.)
A petition with 1156 signatures which represented 5% of the registered voters in Brown County was initially required to get the exemption on the ballot. A local group of 65 and older citizens organized the petition to get the item on the ballot in Brown County.
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- Roadway to be Dedicated Saturday in Memory of First Brownwood Citizen Lost as Vietnam War Casualty
- Brownwood Community Concert Association Presents the Singing Girls of Texas Thursday
- BRMC Volunteers Offer $5 Jewelry and Accessory Show Nov. 6th & 7th
- Entries for the Spirit of Christmas Lighted Parade Now Being Accepted
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- HPU Students and Faculty Attend Criminal Justice Seminar at South Padre Island
- Brownwood Fire Department - Fire & Rescue Reports 11/4
- Brownwood Art Association to Host Photo Group Museum Show Reception November 8th
- Early Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Apache Signs, Etc.