Anticipating a significant increase in the state’s mosquito population, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists are offering tips on how Texans can help slow mosquito breeding in backyards and protect from being bitten.
“Mosquito populations are booming throughout the state and will likely not go away anytime soon after all our rains and flooding,” said Dr. Mike Merchant, AgriLife Extension urban entomologist in Dallas. “Not all of the mosquitoes swarming us right now are likely to carry disease, but West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes are beginning to show up in traps.”
The Asian tiger mosquito shown here is one of the two mosquito species known to commonly transmit the chikungunya virus. The other is the closely related yellow fever mosquito. Both species are found in Texas. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Mike Merchant)
Texas Department of State Health Services recently announced the first 2015 case of West Nile virus in the state, and Dallas County Health and Human Services just issued a health advisory reporting its first positive mosquito pool of the year.
Merchant added that chikungunya, another disease transmitted by mosquitoes, is on the radar of U.S. and state health officials as a growing concern. He said the virus is regularly brought into the U.S. by travelers, but as yet a human-to-mosquito-to-human cycle has not developed in Texas.
A fire at a hunter’s cabin at a property on County Road 121 in northern Brown County was determined suspicious and is being investigated as a possible case of arson, according to Brownwood Fire Marshal Buddy Preston.
The property is remote, near the Coleman County line. The initial report of the fire was called in at approximately 3:40 p.m. on Monday. When firefighters arrived, the structure was reduced to a pile of rubble and deemed a total loss.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, June 11, 2015.
Wednesday, June 10
*8:31 PM – A Brownwood Police officer, while on patrol, observed a wanted subject walking in the 1700 block of 6th Street and a pedestrian stop was made. This stop led to the arrest of 17-year-old Acey Glenn Sliger of Brownwood on a parole violation and prohibited weapon (knuckles).
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 51-year-old Gary Wayne Laird of Brownwood for theft from person.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 43-year-old Kevin Shane Perry of Brownwood for driving while license invalid with previous conviction.
Thursday, June 11
*1:15 AM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the 1200 block of West US Hwy 67. According to the report, the vehicle was traveling 56 mph in a 45 mph speed zone. This stop led to the arrest of 39-year-old Roger Lynn Camp of Bangs for driving while intoxicated.*Texas Department of Public Safety arrested 19-year-old Daulton Allen of Coleman for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram and possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.
Keep Brownwood Beautiful recently held a planting at the Martin Luther King, Jr. plaza at the corner of Austin Avenue and Commerce Street to help beautify this high traffic area.KBB is a non-profit community organization open to the public to help residents “take responsibility” for their community in beautification as well as environmental projects. The group often participates in beautification projects such as the planting of flowerbeds across the city and hosts recycling events often.
Howard Payne University graduated 132 students during the university’s Commencement exercises at the close of the spring 2015 semester. Dr. Bill Ellis, university president, and other university representatives conferred the degrees.Students must have a 3.55-3.69 grade-point average to graduate Cum Laude, a 3.70-3.84 GPA to graduate Magna Cum Laude and a 3.85-4.0 GPA to graduate Summa Cum Laude.
Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar released sales tax allocation numbers for June which showed small increases in Brown County cities of Early and Bangs, along with a larger increase for the City of Blanket. The report shows a very slight decrease for the city of Brownwood.
The growth in allocations for Early and Bangs were 6.3% and 9.14% respectively over the same month last year. Blanket saw a 135.68% increase of more than $1430. Brownwood saw a decrease of 5.10%.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said today that state sales tax revenue in May was $2.6 billion, up 5.2 percent compared to May 2014.
“This marks the 62nd consecutive month of growth in sales tax collections,” Hegar said. “Sales tax revenue growth was relatively strong, spurred by consumer spending at retail stores and restaurants. Remittances from the construction, wholesale trade and services sectors were also up significantly. Collections from the oil and gas mining sector declined, as was expected, due to the slowdown in drilling.”Hegar will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their June local sales tax allocations totaling $629.2 million, up 5.9 percent compared to June 2014.
In Texas, three out of four deaths are attributed to a chronic disease. However, studies show an intake of at least two and half cups of vegetables and fruits per day as part of a healthy eating pattern can reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases. We know a healthy eating pattern including fruits and vegetables can help to lower risks of developing chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.
Lifestyles are hectic; however, increasing fruit and vegetables can be easy. Here are a few tips for making fruits and vegetables the easy choice!
Choose to make half your plate fruits and vegetables. The rest of your plate should be one-quarter grains and one-quarter protein foods with low-fat dairy on the side. MyPlate is a guide to making a healthy meal yet not every meal will look like MyPlate. For example a sandwich may not fit in each portion of the plate; however, making a sandwich with whole grain bread, lean protein, a slice of low-fat cheese, and adding lots of vegetables with a side of fruit make a healthy plate.
Choose a variety of colors. The colors in fruit and vegetables are not just to make them look pretty. Fruit and vegetable colors are complex and those colors pack a healthy punch in reducing the risk of developing various chronic diseases. Be sure to vary the colors on your plate.Choose whole fruits and vegetables over juice. Children and adults eat most of their fruits and vegetables in the form of fruit juice, which can contain added sugars and make it higher in calories. Choosing whole fruits and vegetables provides fiber, less added sugar, vitamins, and minerals. Eating patterns high in these nutrients have shown to reduce the risk of developing certain cancers.
Jessica Erin Lynch, a May 2015 graduate from Brownwood High School was presented with the Kohler Co. College Scholarship. Jessica, daughter of Frank and Karen Lynch of Brownwood, graduated Summa Cum Laude and Distinguished Graduate. She plans to attend the University of Texas in Austin to study Bio Chemistry.“Jessica Lynch is a shining example of what it takes to be successful” stated Mitzi Dahlberg, HR Generalist at Kohler’s Brownwood plant, “She has worked hard; graduating a year early and has a solid plan for her future.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is informing Texans about a new motor vehicle designation created by the 84th Texas Legislature through SB 449, which defines an autocycle and establishes requirements for titling, registration and operation. The law went into effect May 22, 2015.
An autocycle constitutes a motor vehicle, other than a tractor, that is:
TexasBank recently presented $25,000 to Howard Payne University through the Doss Foundation. The donation was part of $88,000 in scholarship funds that will be given to local and area high schools and colleges in 2015.
Within the past seven years, the Doss Foundation has given more than $500,000 to area educational institutions.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
Monday, June 8
*8:10 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1800 block of Avenue D regarding the burglary of a habitation.
*12:15 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1300 block of Avenue J regarding the burglary of a vehicle. According to the report, the complainant previously called the police earlier this morning regarding a bicycle that she found laying in the roadway in front of her residence. This second call was a result of a vehicle key being taken from her vehicle.
Tuesday, June 9
*2:00 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1600 block of Porter Street to verify a sex offender’s registration. As a result of this visit, a warrant is being sought for an offender’s failure to comply with sex offender requirements.
*3:00 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 3800 block of South US Hwy 377 regarding an incident of fraud/forgery against the elderly.*6:36 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the Brownwood Regional Medical Center emergency room regarding a possible sexual assault of a child. An investigation is ongoing, the report states.
- 2015 FCA All Star Basketball Games Set for Thursday at the Brownwood Coliseum
- Wednesday Morning Pharmacy Burglaries Thought to be Connected
- Lunch-N-Learn Series Continues with Organic Gardening Program on June 11
- HPU Students Complete Criminal Justice Internships
- Brown County Ham Radio Operators Gear up for the Annual Field Day 2015 Event
- VFW Presents Donations to JROTC Camp
- Area Water Providers Ease Water Restrictions
- Law Enforcement Blotter 6/9
- Brownwood ISD Begins Search for New Superintendent
- TPWD Kicks Off Third Year of Youth Arts Contest
- Concert Headliners to be Announced June 16th for Brownwood Feels Like Home Celebration
- City of Brownwood Welcomes New Economic Development Corporation Executive Director