The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is getting set for their annual business showcase on September 5th, and complementary passes are currently available.
The 19th Annual Brownwood Business Showcase will feature over 70 local businesses from around the area in various lines of trade - from established businesses as well as some of the newest in the Brownwood area.
The show will open at 10:00 AM on Thursday, September 5th at the Brownwood Coliseum. Admission at the door will be $2 and complimentary passes are currently available for a limited time at the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce office - 600 E. Depot St."All visitors to the show will have the opportunity to win booth prizes from each of the exhibitors," said Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Director of Member Services Missi Malone. "Those who participate in the 'bingo' game may enter to win the grand door prize - a Yeti Bucket filled with hunting goodies from Weakley-Watson Sporting Goods."
The City of Brownwood will conduct a public hearing on the fiscal year 2013/2014 budget at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting to receive feedback from the public on the budget.
The city’s total proposed budget is $30,644,521 which is a 1.19% increase over the current year.
The new budget did call for an increase in city utility rates on the year. A briefing sheet on the budget states that the Brown County Water Improvement District (BCWID) initially proposed an increase in wholesale water rates to the city of 5.09% which Brownwood took into consideration in their recommended budget. Earlier this month, the BCWID increased the rate by 6.65% instead which added $16,900 to the city’s budget.The briefing sheet states that the city is not looking at any further increases in the rates at this time and will make up the difference partially with property tax revenue generated by an increase in value and will absorb the remainder of the increase.
The BridgeTex Pipeline will soon come through Brown County, spanning a stretch from West Texas to Houston, and Brown County Commissioners approved the first steps Monday to get the project started in Brown County.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Joel Kelton received approval for BridgeTex Pipeline Company, LLC to install the 20-inch pipeline which will travel down and across County Roads 414, 118, 120, 425, 417, 408 and 478. According to Kelton, the company plans to run the pipeline alongside an old LP gas line, boring under each of the county roads listed above to install the crude oil pipeline. Kelton stated there will be no cuts in the roadways and that on County Road 478, there will be three locations where bores will be made for the pipeline to cross the roadway.
The pipeline will originate at a pump station, tankage and terminal at Colorado City, Texas and will travel approximately 400 miles to tankage at Magellan’s East Houston Terminal in Houston, Texas, according to Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. and Occidental Petroleum Corp., which founded the BridgeTex Pipeline Company, LLC. The pipeline has an initial design capacity of 278,000 barrels per day, which will transport crude oil from the Cline Shale oilfields to the terminal in Houston.The City of Brownwood recently approved a 12 month lease between the Brownwood Economic Development Corporation and contractor TG Mercer in the Camp Bowie industrial area to store 63 miles of the pipe being used in the construction of the pipeline, which will be off loaded into the storage area from railroad cars for approximately 12 months as the project is completed.
The Brownwood Art Association Photo Group recently announced that it will begin a new mentoring program starting September 5, 2013. This program is designed to share and teach photography to anyone with an interest in photography. The mentoring program will cover everything from initial idea to participating in a gallery show. No experience is necessary, just a desire to learn photography.
The Mentoring Program will allow each participant to choose a mentor from the Photo Group. The mentor will teach the photographic process starting with concept, how to use a camera, the photo shoot, processing the digital photo with a computer using photographic imaging software, printing and framing the work and participating in a gallery show.
AUSTIN – For the first time in a half century, Texas waterfowlers can take two canvasbacks daily under migratory game bird seasons approved for the 2013-14 by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.
The increase comes with news of healthy waterfowl populations, with all species except pintail and scaup numbering above the long term goals identified in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.
“Overall, waterfowl are doing quite well,” Kevin Kraai, Waterfowl Program Leader for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department told commissioners. “We’re near record levels and in some instances in the glory days for ducks.”
The commission also adopted a staggered split between the North and South Zones to allow for the opportunity of an additional week for those waterfowlers who travel between zones.
Brown County 4-H is supported by Brown County United Way
DATES TO REMEMBER
31 – Market Goat and Lamb Clinic 10:00a.m. at the Youth Fair Home Economics Building
2 – Extension Office Closed for Labor Day Holiday
17 – 4-H Rabbit Club Meeting 7:00p.m. at the Extension Office
18 – Deadline to RSVP for Foods Workshop
23 – Food Workshop 5:00p.m. at Bangs FCS Classroom
4-H ENROLLMENT IS OPEN ON 4-H CONNECT!
The enrollment process for the 2013-2014 4-H yearhas started. All 4-H families, new and returning, are encouraged to log in and enroll in order to become an official 4-H member. Our goal is to have 110 members enrolled in 4-H by October 31st.
As you begin your enrollment for the year, here are some tips in using 4-H CONNECT:
Local law enforcement officials report that Brown County Tax Assessor-Collector Cheryl Nelson passed away overnight at Brownwood Regional Medical Center. She was 56 years old.
Brownwood Assistant Chief of Police James Fuller said that she passed away from natural causes. No other information was available Saturday.
Nelson was appointed as interim tax assessor-collector in 2006 and was later elected to the position in 2008 where she served since that time.
The Brownwood Lions hosted class 4A Marble Falls Friday night at Gordon Wood Stadium in the second of two preseason scrimmages as they get set for the start of the season next week.
The Lions scored two touchdowns in the controlled scrimmage to Marble Falls’ three. Brownwood was also shut out 17-0 in the two live quarters.
Although the Lions made some apparent mistakes, head coach Chuck Howard said that the team can learn from those moving forward to the regular season.
“What we have got to do is look at the film tomorrow and learn from our mistakes,” Howard said. “We lost a little momentum on offense; we were third and short a couple of times. We’ve got to convert those. We are going to take the film and we are going to learn from it.”
Starting this fall, new hunters who need to complete the state’s required hunter education will have expanded options designed to be more convenient, flexible and accessible.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Thursday approved additional options for hunter education certification, including a streamlined, one-day basic course reducing the mandatory hours of classroom instruction from 10 to a maximum of 6 hours and creating an option for anyone 17 years of age or older to take the hunting safety training completely online. The new options should be available by late September. The combination online home study and 4 to 5 hour skills field day course will still be offered, as well as advanced hunter education available as part of high school and college courses across the state.Anyone born after Sept. 1, 1971, must successfully complete a hunter education training course or purchase a one-time deferral good for one license year in order to hunt legally in Texas.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, August 23, 2013.
Wednesday, August 21
*12:56 PM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the area of 4th Street and Avenue D for failure to yield the right of way. According to the report, the vehicle pulled out in front of the officer’s patrol unit, causing him to have to brake rapidly to avoid colliding with the vehicle. This stop led to seizure of two “roaches” containing marijuana, a clear baggie containing marijuana, a cigar containing marijuana and a black grinder containing marijuana residue, according to the report. The driver, identified as 20-year-old Christopher Cotton was arrested for possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.
*1:39 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 400 block of W. Commerce, Wal-Mart, regarding theft. According to the report, a female attempted to steal a case of Dr. Pepper, a case of Coca-Cola, a 12-pack of Yoo Hoo, sugar, chocolate, cool whip, lunch meat, dish soap, and a package of socks. This call led to the female being issued a citation for theft equal or less than $50.
Thursday, August 22*12:15 PM – Brownwood Police responded to the 500 block of 8th Street regarding terroristic threat. According to the report, the victim stated that the suspect had threatened to kill him. The investigation is ongoing, the report states.
Brownwood ISD is set to approve a balanced budget on Monday in a special board meeting that will kick off the new school year. Deputy Superintendent Kevin Gabaree said that the school board is very pleased with the new budget that they are set to approve.
“We are very pleased with being able to bring a balanced budget with a slight increase to pay debt services, a salary increase for employees and to be able to take care of the educational needs of our students,” said Gabaree on Friday afternoon.
The new balanced budget that is poised to be approved includes $25,883,179 for the general fund, $1,722,632 for food service and $3,110,496 for debt service.
The proposed tax rate for next year will be $1.04 per $100 property valuation for maintenance and operations and $0.2647/$100 for interest and sinking. While the maintenance and operations rate will be unchanged from last year, the interest and sinking rate will be an increase of only $0.0031. That increase will cover their debt payment for the year that is projected to be slightly higher than last year.
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- Brownwood/Brown County Health Department Reports Increase in Pertussis Cases
- Cowboy Capital Rollergirls Donate $1,000 to Local Foster Care Agency
- Brownwood Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Taco Casa
- Brownwood Man Admits Producing and Receiving Child Pornography
- Entry Forms Now Available for Brownwood Reunion Celebration Photo Contest
- KBUB Radio Station Gets New Transmitter
- Law Enforcement Blotter 8/22
- Microchip Scanner Donated to Brownwood Animal Control Officers
- Kroger Donates School Supplies to Brownwood ISD
- HPU’s Lady Jacket Soccer Picked 7th, Jackets 10th in ASC Poll
- Coleman County Grand Jury Issues Capital Murder Indictment in Michele Reiter Case