The Brownwood Juneteenth Celebration will be held at the Bennie Houston Community Center and Cecil Holman Park in Brownwood on Friday and Saturday, June 20-21 with both educational and cultural activities to enjoy.
According to organizers, there will be lots of old fashioned games, a talent show, zumba, music in the park, helicopters, a motorcycle show, and an inflatable for the kids.
Everyone is invited to bring their lawn chairs and relax, enjoying this celebration in a safe and fun family environment.
A talent show will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, June 20th at Cecil Holman Park and will include a variety of acts, which can consist of singing, acting, dancing, comedy, art, or magic acts. There will be cash prizes for categories of 5 and under, ages 6-10 and 11 and up.Those interest in performing can pick up an entry form at Brownwood Music, Bennie Houston Community Center, Care Nursing And Rehab or call Jodie Armstrong at 325-642-0363 or Gladys Bryant at 214-470-7090. There will be a great panel of judges, which include radio personalities, local business people, and a previous Brownwood’s Got Talent contest winner: Carl Wayne, Zack Webb, Rick Phelps, Draco Miller, Jodie Armstrong, and Daron Norwood. Kids 0-18 can sign up until 5:30 p.m. the day of the event.
Calvin Fryar, Chairman of the board of directors of Citizens National Bank has announced the following promotions at Citizens National Bank by its board of directors. John P. Guest, President of Citizens National Bank will also serve as Chief Executive Officer for the Bank. Bobby W. Boatright has been elevated to Executive Vice President in charge of the lending function.
Guest is a 1979 graduate of Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business, a 1975 graduate of Abilene High School, and a 1990 graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU. He came to Citizens in 1982 after working for the Farmers Home Administration as an Emergency Loan Supervisor. Calvin Fryar said that Guest’s 35 years of lending experience is a valuable asset to the bank as well as its customers. “He is well qualified to lead the excellent staff of Citizens National Bank.”
Active in various civic organizations, Guest is on the Board of Directors of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce. Active in the Pecan Valley Kiwanis Club, he also serves on the board of the Zephyr Water Supply Corporation and has been active in the Brown County Fair Association as a board member and holding various offices through the years.He is married to Jan May Guest a recently retired teacher at Early High School. They have a daughter Jacey who is a senior at Early High School and is the current reigning Brown County Youth Fair Queen.
The 36th Infantry Division Band 2014 Summer Tour will come to Brownwood on Wednesday, July 2nd.The concert will be held at the Brownwood Coliseum at 7:00 PM and the public is invited to attend this free performance. The 36th Infantry Division Band will feature their Concert Band as well as their Little Big Band at the Brownwood performance of the tour.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
Friday, June 13
*A Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy was called to a residence on County Road 147 regarding theft. According to the report, the homeowners stated a chainsaw was missing from their carport and they believed a neighbor had stolen it.
Monday, June 16
*10:22 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a location on County Road 367 regarding a domestic disturbance. The complainant advised that her husband had threatened to kill her, according to the report.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of theft. According to the report, the complainant stated that a former girlfriend of his had allegedly stolen a wedding ring (valued at $800) from his RV. The complainant stated that he had located the ring at Cash Texas Pawn and the pawn ticket indicated it was pawned by a male who is the uncle of the ex-girlfriend of the complainant.*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 30-year-old Lance Cody Cox on warrants related to driving while license invalid, speeding 10 percent or more, and failure to appear/speeding.
Reports released for the week of June 2-8, 2014 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 22 medical emergencies, 5 fire calls, 8 motor vehicle accidents and 1 lift assist.
Reports of interest include:
Monday, June 2
*4:13 PM – BFD responded to a two-vehicle accident with no injuries in the 500 block of W. Commerce.
*4:16 PM – BFD responded to a three-vehicle accident in the area of CC Woodson and Broadway. Firefighters assisted with securing an occupant of one of the vehicles for transport.
Tuesday, June 3
*7:44 AM – BFD was dispatched to a fire call in the 2000 block of Avenue D. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a man burning brush in the backyard. Firefighters extinguished the fire.
*11:37 AM – BFD was called to a motor vehicle accident in the 400 block of W. Commerce. Fire crews provided first aid.*6:43 PM – BFD was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident with no injuries in the area of Beaver and Cordell.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 11th for their newest member, Revitalizing Our Community (ROC).Established in 2012, this civic group is made up of community leaders working in the best interest of progress for the Brownwood community and the youth of the area.
The 147-year-old unmarked grave of Corporal William Augustus Fisk, CSA, a citizen of the Republic of Texas (before Texas became a state), and first child of Greenleaf Fisk, the “Father of Brownwood“ will be dedicated on June 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Greenleaf Cemetery, Brownwood TX.
The dedication will also include a dual Republic of Texas and Confederate reenactment with color guard, riderless horse, a canteen ceremony, black rose ceremony, Confederate and Republic of Texas headstone unveiling and the San Jacinto cannon of Randy Billingsley, great-great-great grandson of Captain Jesse Billingsley.
William Fisk was born on the Runaway Scrape to his mother, Mary Ann Manlove Fisk, while his father Greenleaf was at the Battle of San Jacinto. William lived in Brownwood and had a son, Noble Bascom Fisk. William was buried in the “Boot Hill” cemetery in Brownwood and later moved to Greenleaf Cemetery when Adams Branch of the Pecan Bayou flooded.
The Brownwood Parks & Recreation Department will be offering tennis lessons at Coggin Park Monday through Friday from June 23rd through July 19th.
The classes being offered are beginner/intermediate/advanced levels of instruction in 1-hour increments starting at 8 a.m. -9 a.m. - 10 a.m. - and 11 a.m. The tennis lessons are free to the public for ages 7 and older.
Those interested may sign up at Adam Street Community Center at 511 East Adams Street by June 20th or show up at the tennis courts at Coggin Part on June 23rd.
The Brown County Texas Extension Education Association (TEEA) held a hobby & craft fair on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at The Adams Street Community Center in Brownwood.
The hobby & craft fair included judging of entries in 24 different divisions. People of all ages entered their items for judging.
The mission of the Texas Extension Education Association (TEEA), Inc. is to work with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to strengthen and enrich families through educational programs, leadership development, and community service.
See results and winners for the hobby & craft fair below for members of the TEEA and the general public:
Early Police Department arrested a 44-year-old man on charges of improper photography after he was reported to have taken photographs of young girls at Heartland Mall Friday, June 14th, according to Early Chief of Police David Mercer.
The Early Police Department received a call regarding a male individual taking photographs of young girls inside Heartland Mall, in the 300 block of Early Blvd, on Friday. The Mall staff had been alerted of a man taking photographs with his cell phone, and they immediately notified police and began watching the individual until police arrived, according to Mercer.
Officers made contact with the individual and obtained consent to search his cell phone. The cell phone contained numerous photos of young girls taken at that location that day, stated Mercer. It also contained many photos of other young boys and girls in various other locations around Brownwood and Early in businesses, residences and churches, according to Mercer.
The suspect, identified as 44-year-old Lawren “Larry” Mark Riveire of Early, was taken into custody and charged with improper photography or visual recordings. According to the report, after further examination of the phone, hundreds of pictures have been identified around the area and Early Police Department has identified several children through their parents. Mercer reported that several of the photos are very disturbing indicating that Riveire may have been stalking the children. Riveire was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond as of Monday morning.
A 35th District Court jury convicted 24-year-old Matthew Navarro of capital murder Monday afternoon in the 2009 shooting death of Ronald Philen, two weeks after the trial began.
Navarro was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole by District Judge Steve Ellis, who explained the sentence is mandated by law after the state waives the death penalty.Navarro was the last of four men to be convicted for the December 11, 2009 murder in Brownwood. Others convicted in this case include 23-year-old Pedro Rocha, Jr. who was also found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, 23-year-old Alex “Lucky” Gil who entered a plea agreement earlier in 2013 and received a 40 year prison sentence, as did 22-year-old Efrain Castillo III who also received a 40 year sentence.
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