Fifty years ago, excitement filled the air, boots were polished and shined, hats were dusted off, and storefronts were decorated for Western Week. This is what marked the start of the annual rodeo and all its festivities.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Brown County Rodeo, organizers want to revive the tradition and encourage businesses to decorate their business fronts with buntings, flags, banners, and other decorations for Western Week beginning June 3rd. First, second, and third places will be awarded to the “best decorated” businesses who register to be judged. Winners will be given an award, media recognition, a spot in the parade, and will have their names announced during the rodeo. Judging will take place on Monday, June 3rd.
The City of Brownwood welcomed a new officer to the Brownwood Police Department during Tuesday morning’s City Council meeting.
Officer Harold Thomas, an experienced law enforcement officer of 30 years joined BPD on May 13th. He took his Oath of Office, administered by City Secretary Christi Wynn, and the Law Enforcement Oath of Honor, administered by Chief of Police Mike Corley, at Monday’s meeting. Sgt. Michael Sheedy officially pinned the badge on his BPD uniform.
The Howard Payne University athletic department announced today its top athletic awards. The recipients were recognized at a ceremony earlier this month.
The Howard Payne University athletic department honored Rick Henderson, Shannon Costello, Katie Poerner and Houston Holmes with its four highest honors at the 2013 Academic Awards presentation in Mims Auditorium earlier in the month of May.
Howard Payne recognized Rick Henderson and Shannon Costello as the men's and women's Outstanding Scholar-Athletes. This award is giving to the junior or senior HPU student-athlete with the highest grade point average.
In 2012, Rick Henderson was named to the Who's Who Among US Colleges and Universities list. He was honored with a HPU Servant Leadership Award for the 2012-2013 school year. Rick has also served as a Coggin Avenue Baptist Church Youth Intern, FCA Council and MEMBER 2010-13, HPU Resident Assistant (11-12), Baptist Student Ministry Team, Sigma Theta Phi Vice President (12-13), future 13-14 Sigma Theta Phi President and this semester took a spring break mission trip Uganda. A two-time Academic All-Conference honoree, Rick has been named to the ASC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Team for football and is a member of HPU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department is the rabies depot for the area, and dispenses rabies vaccine for Brown, Erath, Coleman, Eastland, Mills, Comanche, McCulloch, and other counties in central Texas as needed.
Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system. It can be transmitted through the bite of an infected animal, or through the saliva of a rabid animal coming into contact with the eyes, nose, mouth, or a break in the skin.
Most cases of rabies in Texas occur in the spring, probably because there are more opportunities for spreading the disease during the spring mating seasons of wild animals. However, rabies can and does occur throughout the entire year in both wild and domestic animals. Rabies in bats occurs mainly in the warmer months.
All warm-blooded animals, including humans, are susceptible to rabies. In Texas, skunks, bats, coyotes, and foxes are the most commonly infected animals. Dogs, cats, and livestock commonly acquire rabies from wild animals. Although the incidence of domesticated animals becoming infected with rabies is less than with wild animals, the danger is greater because of their close association with humans.
Organizers for the Brownwood Reunion Celebration announced the concert headliners for their 2013 event coming the third weekend of September.
This year, Everclear will headline the Friday night concerts while country music’s Cory Morrow will headline Saturday. Tickets will go on sale in July.
This year’s Brownwood Reunion Celebration will be held September 20, 21, and 22. The community-wide festival features a variety of contests, events, attractions, music, and food in addition to the main concerts.
Watch for more info about this year’s event in the coming weeks at CelebrateBrownwood.com or “like” the Brownwood Reunion Celebration Facebook page.
Ranger College recently held their spring graduation and honored one student as “Outstanding Female Graduate.”
Stephanie Lowther of Rising Star accepts her diploma along with the “Outstanding Female Graduate” Award at the spring's college graduation.
Sharon Campion made the presentation.
The Ladies’ and Men’s Auxiliary of VFW Post 3278 hosted a Memorial Day Observance at Eastlawn Memorial Park at 9:00 a.m. Monday morning. During the ceremony, patriotic songs were sung, Taps was played, and a Memorial Day address was given by Chaplain James Looby, USN, Retired.
In addition to the traditional observance, CW4 George Huseman and SGT Adam Huseman, US Army, presented the members of VFW Post 3278 a special US flag. These two men are father and son soldiers who were deployed together to Iraq in 2009, and the flag presented was flown aboard their US Army C-12R1 aircraft during a combat mission June 5, 2009.
The members of the auxiliaries raised and lowered the flag in observance of Memorial Day, May 27, 2013 and will continue to do so on every Memorial Day and Veteran's Day.
“We are truly honored to have had this flag presented to us,” stated VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Major Jane Masters, US Army, retired.
Memorial Day was also observed at Greenleaf Cemetery over the weekend as Taps was played each evening (Saturday through Monday at 8:00PM) and over 1300 flags were placed on veterans’ graves.
Update: The suspect has been identified as Esteban J. Smith, DOB 03/25/1990, who was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. An assault rifle, a handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were recovered. The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is expected to be released today.
Original Story: A suspect and one victim are deceased, and five other people injured after an early-morning shooting spree centered in Concho County, when a suspect randomly fired at five vehicles as he drove around the area in his pickup. The Texas Rangers, assisted by local law enforcement and Texas Parks and Wildlife, are investigating multiple scenes.
The first incident took place around 4:30 a.m. when the suspect opened fire on a vehicle in the Eden area. A woman was shot and remains hospitalized in Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo. A short time later, two people were injured when the suspect shot at them as they sat in their vehicle at a convenience store in Brady in McCulloch County. They were treated and released.
The suspect then returned to the Eden area in Concho County where he fired at another vehicle at approximately 5:30 a.m. The victim was also treated and released. Just after 6 a.m., a woman was found shot to death in her car in Eola after a shots fired call to the Concho County Sheriff's Office. She has been identified as Alicia Torres, DOB 06/23/1971.
Brown County 4-H is supported by Brown County United Way
DATES TO REMEMBER
27 – Extension Office Closed for Memorial Day
30 – Livestock Judging Practice 5:30p.m. at Extension Office
31 – Deadline to Enter District and State Horse Show
7 – Brown County 4-H Spaghetti Luncheon Fundraiser
10 – 13 – State 4-H Roundup
18 – District 7 4-H Horse Show in Sweetwater
24 – State and County Steer Validation 3:30p.m. at Bob Clark Pens
SPAGHETTI LUNCHEON FUNDRAISER
It is that time again to start making Spaghetti! The Annual Spaghetti Luncheon is on June 7th. Sales will begin May 20th and we need volunteers to sell, make spaghetti, bake cookies, work prep day (June 6th) and day of the sale, and Adult Volunteers to drive on the day of delivery. The last day to turn in orders is May 31st.
- Plates will be $8.00
- 4-Hers will receive a $1.00 voucher for every plate they sale (Name of 4-Her must be on the form they turn in. If only the family name is on the form the voucher will be to the family not for each family member)
The Brownwood Lions won four consecutive games Saturday to qualify for this year’s 7-on-7 state football tournament.
The Lions defeated Robinson 40-26 in the semifinals of the state qualifier after taking down Bandera 21-7, Gatesville 28-6, and Brady 34-7 in pool play.
This state qualifier was moved from Gatesville because of rain with pool play taking place in Copperas Cove and the semifinals in Belton. The pool games were also cut in half from the normal 50 minute game.
The Lions have qualified for the state tournament every year since 2000 and won the state Division II title in 2010.
Other teams qualifying for the Division II state tournament so far include Burnet, Cameron, Carthage, Celina, Coleman, Crandall, Edna, Episcopal (Houston), Fairfield, Graham, Jasper, Kinkaid (Houston), Kountze, La Grange, Lorena, McGregor, Navasota, Rice (Altair), Rockdale, Springtown, Stephenville, Wills Point, and Wylie (Abilene)
The top 3 students from each 3rd grade class at Northwest Elementary competed in a multiplication bee on May 16th. The event took place in the cafeteria at Northwest and principal, Candace Wilson, led the competition.
During each round, two students face off against each other to be the first to answer a multiplication problem displayed on a flash card. If a student answers first, they move forward. After pushing through a set of problems, the student in the lead advances.After several rounds of head-to-head competition, Alexa Arreola emerged as the 1st place winner. The top 3 students received medals, and Lion Pride dog-tags were awarded to all the competitors for their hard work.
- Memorial Day Ceremonies to be Held at Local Cemeteries
- Butterfly Ball and Grasshoppers Feast to be Held Saturday at Coggin Park
- Law Enforcement Blotter 5/24: Suspects in Higginbotham Burglary Moved to Brown County Jail
- Class of ’63 Dedicates Custom Bench to BHS
- Save Money on Appliances During Third-Annual Texas ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday
- Shelbie Harry Graduates Ranger College, Receives Woman Athlete of the Year Award
- Memorial Day: We may take little note, but shall long remember …
- HPU Observes Mathematics Awareness Month
- Two-Vehicle Accident at Austin and Coggin Sends One to Hospital
- New Roof Complete for Brown County Museum of History
- Early Jazz Band Performs at State Capitol
- HPU With 24 On Winter/Spring All-Academic Teams