The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department joins in celebrating National Immunization Awareness Month each year in August. The purpose of NIAM is to focus the public’s attention on the importance of immunizations for all ages. Immunizations have significantly reduced the incidence of many serious infectious diseases, however, vaccination rates for some diseases are not meeting national public health goals
At this time of year, the priority of many parents is to get any immunizations their children may need before they go back to school. The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department would like to remind parents of the immunization services available at BBCHD. Children who qualify for the Texas Vaccines for Children program can get all their back to school vaccines at the health department. The child must meet one of the following criteria in order to qualify for the state vaccines:
*the child must be Medicaid eligible
*the child must have CHIPS
*the child must be Alaskan Native or American Indian
*the child must be uninsured, or
*the child must be underinsured (the child has insurance that does not pay for vaccines, or the child has insurance that pays only for certain vaccines, or the child has insurance that caps vaccine payments at a certain amount; in any of these cases the child is eligible only for the vaccines that the insurance does not pay for.
Sudangrass, forage sorghums and sorghum-sudangrass crosses as well as johnson grass (all in the genus Sorghum) are often planted for summer pasture and sometimes fed as green chop, silage, or hay. Under certain environmental conditions, especially drought stress, livestock may develop symptoms of prussic acid poisoning when these forages are pastured or fed as green chop.
Death can result from prussic acid poisoning, most commonly when livestock have fed on plants that are very young, stunted by drought or frosted. Cattle and sheep are more susceptible than swine, since they are more likely to consume large quantities of the poison. The danger of prussic acid poisoning is greatest when livestock graze. The greatest number of livestock losses in the summer time occur when grazing drought stressed plants.
What Prussic Acid Is
Most pf the prussic acid in plants exists as a bound, non-poisonous chemical called dhurrin. It is present in most sorghums, but some species and varieties contain less than others.Also present in the sorghums is a material called emulsion, which under certain conditions can react with dhurrin to form prussic acid (also referred to as hydrocyanic acid). If plants are damaged, such as by freezing, chewing or trampling, the emulsion-dhurrin reaction is enhanced, freeing sufficiently larger quantities of poison (cyanide) to cause a potentially hazardous condition.
Direct Energy today unveiled a partnership with Brownwood Independent School District that aims to give back to the community while increasing its presence among residents. As an added incentive for residents to switch to Direct Energy, a donation from part of the proceeds of that new customer’s everyday energy usage will be made to Brownwood ISD.
“We hope residents know that if they all switch to Direct Energy, there could be up to $50,000 in donations to Brownwood ISD, based on average household use, and that is money that will help empower bright young minds,” said Mike Beck, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Direct Energy. “With the upcoming high cost of electricity during summer months, our Free Power Saturdays offer will have a competitive price the rest of the week while letting consumers do major everyday activities when they have the time, which is often during the weekend.”Free Power Saturdays is Direct Energy’s first postpaid product that allows consumers to alter their electricity consumption patterns so they can save more during a free day. It simultaneously aims to increase power grid reliability during high-power days when many energy users are impacting the grid most. As part of the plan, Direct Energy provides its customers with email communications to remind them to take advantage of their Free Power Saturday.
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opening of Harvey House in Brownwood.The building currently houses the offices of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions Museum, but this historical location next to the Depot was originally a restaurant offering a fine dining experience.
Kohler Co., a global leader in kitchen and bath design technology, brings to Brownwood, Texas, their “Trust the Flush” mobile tour, a custom motor coach that houses a replica of its toilet test lab at company headquarters in Wisconsin. The tour will stop at Brownwood City Hall from 1-3 p.m. on August 6th and the public is invited to view the motor coach.
In a partnership with the City of Brownwood, Kohler leads a water conservation campaign by educating companies, residents, developers, plumbers, contractors, remodelers and interior designers on its toilet-flushing technologies and innovation.
Rachel Tobin, Kohler Brownwood Human Resources Manager’s passion for sustainability and her determination to bring the Kohler Bus to Brownwood allows the company an opportunity to educate the community about high efficiency toilets, and encourage water conservation in the Brownwood area.The 45-foot by 12-foot bus showcases seven functioning Kohler toilets, including three NUMIs, Kohler’s most advanced toilet. Attendees get to watch how the toilets perform versus the competition in four tests for waste removal and cleanliness.
Brownwood ISD announced that school board trustee candidate packets are currently available in their central administration office. Filing dates for trustee places 1, 3, 6, and 7 are July 21-August 18 at 4:30 p.m.
Current trustees with expiring terms include Michael Cloy-place 1, Roderick Jones-place 3, Lisa Fowler-place 6 and Tim Jacobs-place 7.
Applications can only be accepted during these dates. Election for the board school will take place on the November ballot.
The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) presented a grant of $25,000 to the Lyric Performing Arts Company for new LED lighting on Tuesday afternoon. This grant is part of the LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program.The Lyric Performing Arts Company (LPAC) will be able to purchase and install LED lighting for the historic Brownwood Lyric Theatre with the help of a $25,000 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority. The grant will pay for the LED lighting, which will help reduce future utility bills.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
Monday, July 28
*5:15 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a residence on Highway North 279 in reference to an unwanted person. According the report, the property owner stated to the deputy that he no longer wanted a female subject to be at his house. At the property owner’s request, she was served a criminal trespass warning, and given a courtesy ride to her residence.
*5:47 PM - A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to CR 321 for a loose livestock. According to the report, the complainant stated that he noticed a tan/grey male donkey on his property when he arrived home around 5:00 p.m. He advised he did not want the animal on his property and asked the deputy to try to locate an owner, or call a cowboy to have the animal removed, the report states. The deputy attempted to locate an owner, but was unable and subsequently called for an on-call cowboy to have the animal estrayed. The animal was transported to the Brownwood Law Enforcement livestock holding pins.
*Early police arrested 32-year-old John Robert Gudramovics of Early on a warrant related to possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 24-year-old Cody Wayne Harrell of May on warrants related to driving while license invalid and violate promise to appear.*Brownwood Police arrested 38-year-old Michael Royce Hobbs on a warrant related to a parole violation.
Janie Clements Industries/Center For Life Resources Join The Medline Pink Glove Dance® Video Competition
Janie Clements Industries will be competing in the 2014 Medline Pink Glove Dance Video Competition with the goal of winning a $15,000 donation to a breast cancer charity and international social media attention. The video will feature participants wearing pink-colored exam gloves to celebrate hope for a cure through the joy of dancing and honor all those affected by the disease. As part of the competition, Janie Clements Industries also has a goal of raising more than $2,000 for Walker Cancer Center - Patient Assistance Fund.“Putting this video together for the Medline Pink Glove Dance has been a labor of love for all of us and we are so excited to participate in this national competition,” said Bridgette R Holmes. “We love how our community comes together and raises awareness for breast cancer research and prevention.”
Victory Life Academy is now enrolling students for the 2014-2015 school year. Values include centrality of Christian faith through a Christ-centered environment and weekly chapel services; commitment to prayer; commitment to family values through high moral standards and a drug free event; consistent focus on scholastic excellence through quality academic education.VLA Students place 21% above the national average on standardized testing. 93% of graduates continue into higher education.
Do you need a vacation from planning and packing for your vacation? Does the idea of coming back to the missed days of work make you want bring your laptop to the beach? “Vacation stress” may sound like a contradiction in terms. But any kind of change — even a fun one — can trigger stress. Add children to the mix, and you can have a recipe for more work than relaxation.
According to bestselling author and family researcher Bruce Feiler, family vacations are where the “most fertile, ferocious fights imaginable can happen.” Vacations can throw together the dreaded combination of money, stress, planning and navigation. Add on other common stressors like delayed flights, lost luggage and bad weather and the perfect family meltdown can be brewing before you’ve even left your zip code. The secret to a successful vacation can be thorough planning. It’s not just about making flight reservations or reserving a campsite.Don’t let your work worries scare you away from vacations. Good planning includes tying up loose ends at work and ensuring your bases are covered while you’re away. The better organized the work aspect is, the more relaxed and less harried you’re likely to feel before, during and after your days off. Vacations scare some employees who worry the work world will end without them. Worse yet, they fear higher-ups will think they lack commitment. Perhaps that’s one reason an estimated 500 million American vacation days go unused each year. But if you have days off, take them.
- HPU Education Students Travel to London
- Early Chamber to Host 2nd Annual Skeet Shoot August 23
- Wednesday Evening Jackpot Fishing Tournament Results July 23
- Law Enforcement Blotter 7/28
- BFD Fire & Rescue Reports 7/28
- Major Suspect in Operation Tangled Web Arrested after Vehicle Pursuit and Collision
- Brown County Training Coalition Announces 3rd Annual Drug Training Event Featuring Tony Hoffman
- Early Longhorn Football Season Ticket Sales Begin August 4th
- Off Mic With Ben Cox: I Love the Smell of a Ball Park
- United Supermarkets Breaks Ground on Brownwood Store
- Photo Group to be Featured at Art Association “First Thursday” Event August 7th
- Brown County 4-H News and Notes