National Influenza Vaccine Week is this week, December 7-13, and the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department wants to remind area residents that it is not too late to get vaccinated against the flu. Flu season occurs in the fall and winter, usually peaking in January or February; however, it can occur as early as October and as late as May.Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the flu virus. It is spread when a person who has the flu coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets containing their germs land in the mouth or nose. People can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching the mouth, eyes, or nose. Most healthy adults can infect others one day before symptoms develop, and 5-7 days after symptoms appear. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems might be contagious for a longer period. Complications from the flu can be very serious, especially to certain high-risk groups, which include seniors (those age 65 and older), children (especially those age 2 and younger), pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions such as chronic respiratory illness and diabetes. Flu related complications can include pneumonia and dehydration.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Early Chamber of Commerce and the Brown County Republican Women's Club will host a joint luncheon on Friday, December 12th featuring state Representative Jim Keffer.
Representative Keffer will give an overview of the upcoming state legislative session.
The luncheon will be held at the Brownwood Country Club and costs $12 for the buffet lunch. The buffet opens at 11:30 AM and the program will begin at noon.
Attendees are asked to bring a donation (cash or toy) for the area Toys for Kids program.In 1997, Keffer became the first Republican to ever represent District 60 and has won reelections ever since.
Brownwood High School held the induction ceremony for the Eisenhower Chapter of the National Honor Society on Monday, November 24th. Parents and family gathered in the Dorothy McIntosh Fine Arts Center Auditorium at Brownwood High School to watch as 48 new members were inducted during the ceremony which featured BHS Health Sciences teacher, Ann Tew, as the guest speaker.
Thursday night, the annual Spirit of Christmas lighted parade got underway in downtown Brownwood, featuring many creative and festive entries.
There were marching bands, dancing drill teams, lighted floats with great Christmas music, local dignitaries from all across Brown County and even Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Brown County 4-H is supported by Brown County United Way
DATES TO REMEMBER
7 – Mandatory Horse Practice 2:00p.m.at Youth Fair Barns
8 – Early 4-H Club Meeting 6:30p.m. at Early First Baptist Church
9 – Brownwood 4-H Club Meeting 6:30p.m. at Extension Office
9 – Bangs 4-H Club Meeting 6:00p.m. at Bangs ISD FCS Classroom
13 – Brown County 4-H Project Show
16 – Rabbit Club Meeting 7:00p.m. at Extension Office
18 – Annual Community Service Project (Turkey Boxes) 1:00p.m. at Extension Office
21 – Sheep Club Meeting 6:00p.m. atYouth Fair Barns
25-26 – Extension Office Closed for Christmas Holidays
4-H PROJECT SHOW
The Brown County 4-H Project Show is set for December 13th at the Youth Fair Barns.Check will be from 7:30a.m.-8:30a.m.and the entry fee is $5 per animal. Show will begin immediately after classes are broke. There will also be a jackpot showmanship that you can enter the day of the show for $5. The schedule is as follows:
The 6th annual Christmas Under the Stars festival will wrap up holiday activities on Saturday night from 4-8 PM at the Depot Plaza Complex and the Lehnis Railroad Museum.
The event, sponsored by KTXS-TV, kicked off Friday night with a variety of holiday activities. Many family friendly events and activities are available to enjoy during the festival including wooden cross building, Christmas ornament decorating, writing letters to Santa, and much more.
Funnel Cakes, hot chocolate and cold drinks are a few of the tasty treats to try while visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus. This year will also include the Treats for Santa Bake-off competition and a new component, Big Wheel Races for kids and adults.
Students of Texas State Technical College in Brownwood were honored with an award ceremony Thursday afternoon marking excellence and achievement during the Fall 2014 semester. Students receiving awards were nominated by peers, faculty and staff at TSTC.
Recipients were honored with program awards, leadership awards, outstanding graduate awards and several special honors.
The public is invited to enjoy a variety of Christmas activities at the Bangs City Park following the annual Bangs Lighted Christmas Parade at 6 PM on Saturday, December 13th.
Bangs First Baptist Church will present a live nativity scene.
Children are invited to take a free picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus, photography by Tony Roberts.There will also be homemade cookies, apple cider and hot cocoa at the park pavilion.
Do you have a hunter in the family? Hunting season is upon us, and this article will help you make sure you’re taking proper care of that budget-stretching meat! Wild game provides wholesome, nourishing food, but should be preserved carefully to retain quality. Like domestic meat, wild meat is perishable, so care is needed to maintain its quality. Freezing meat is the most accepted way to maintain top quality.
Keep raw meat and cooked meat separate to prevent cross-contamination. Wash your knife, hands and cutting board often with warm, soapy water. Trim fat and inedible parts from the carcass when it is cut. Mix 15% pork or beef fat with ground game and 35% pork fat with fresh game sausage.To Store in Refrigerator for Immediate Use: Wrap the meat in moisture-proof plastic wrap or place in a clean plastic storage bag. Store the meat in the refrigerator and use within 2 or 3 days.
Imagine finding three grams of treasure in your pocket worth $40,000. Would this be platinum? Weapons-grade plutonium? An invisibility serum?
How about a Lincoln Memorial copper penny, found in change? Impossible, right? Wrong! Several years ago, collectors from the Brown County Coin Club were in Ft. Worth at the American Numismatic Association’s national coin show, an event that rarely comes to Texas. While there, a couple of the guys overheard the following true tale.A fellow brings up a 1969 S (S for San Francisco mint) cent, with doubling, to the ANACS representative who takes in coins for authentication. He immediately takes the coins to one of his graders, for a quick opinion on what was presented to them. “Yes,” the grader said, “This is an authentic 1969 S Lincoln cent with doubling, in a grade of Mint State 65.” From there, the ANACS rep took the pennyand its owner, to a dealer whom he knew dealt in these kinds of coins. The dealer offered the owner $40,000 for it, but was turned down because the book value on it was $85,000! Can you believe a value of $85,000 for a penny found in pocket change!
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will host their annual "Treats for Santa Bake-off" competition at the upcoming 6th annual Christmas Under the Stars Festival sponsored by KTXS-TV.
- First Musical Performance Ready to Set Sail in Newly Renovated Lyric Theatre, Tickets Now Available
- Brownwood Enjoys Annual Lighted Christmas Parade
- BRMC to Host Affordable Care Act Question and Answer Session at Heartland Mall Dec. 9th
- Early Band Boosters to Host Craft Fair Dec. 13th
- Christmas Under the Stars Festival Ready to Spread Holiday Cheer
- HPU to Host Financial Aid Seminars for Parents of Local Students
- Feeding Cattle This Winter
- Weekly Fishing Report for Area Lakes
- Little Lions Soccer Registration is Underway
- HPU Moot Court Team Wins Regionals, Advances to Nationals
- Brownwood Middle School Students Perform at “Java Nook” Poetry Cafe
- Spirit of Christmas Lighted Parade Set for Thursday Night in Downtown Brownwood