Enrollment at Texas State Technical College West Texas has increased significantly this fall. As of September 17, 2013, there are 1,282 students enrolled at TSTC West Texas. On this same date last year, the college had 1,041 students enrolled.
“Business, industry and the community rely on TSTC to meet the demand of a skilled technical workforce," said TSTC West Texas President Gail Lawrence. "We, at TSTC West Texas, have worked diligently to provide programs that meet the specific needs of the Big Country," added Lawrence.
At the Sweetwater campus, two new programs launched this fall aimed at providing qualified skilled workers for the oil and gas industry. The Downhole Tool and Pipe Welding programs were developed with input from local oil and gas representatives. Both are fast-track programs, one and two semesters respectively.
Christian Motorcycle Association Ministers to Students at Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Facility
For the 16th year in a row, the September silence of a Saturday afternoon at Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Facility was broken as over 25 motorcycles came roaring up to the gates. The facility played host to a motorcycle rally/ministry on Saturday, September 14, 2013. 31 members of the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA) (www.cmausa.org) and Unchained Life Ministries (www.unchainedlife.org) were on hand to share music, scripture and their own stories with 55 students. The primary ministry of the CMA is working at and participating in motorcycle rallies and spreading the Gospel. However, a number of them also utilize their motorcycles to help break the ice with the young ladies at Ron Jackson.
Coggin Avenue Baptist Church (CABC) will host a conference for Senior Adults (55+) on Saturday, September 28th at 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The conference will take place at the Coggin Connection Center of Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.
The conference will feature musical entertainment of saxophonist Nathan Woodward (pictured left) and special music by Nancy Ervin, Jamie Skaggs, Tricia Garrett, and Freida Davis.
There will also be break-out sessions such as:
• The Legacy Drawer with Bill King
• Future of Brown County with Mayor Steve Haynes
• Christmas Card Making with Bettie Evans
• Crock Pot Cooking with Kim Miles, County Extension Agent
• Genealogy with Merle Stevens
Construction of the new Central Fire Station was awarded to Waldrop Construction at Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Brownwood City Council with a bid of just under $3 million.
According to Jennifer Bettiol and Ray Holiday, representatives of the City of Brownwood’s engineering firm for the project Brown Reynolds Watford (BRW), bids were taken through a competitive sealed bid process with five contractors submitting bids. Bettiol explained that one of the contractors’ bids did not meet requirements and was not considered. The other four were evaluated for best price, experience and overall value they would bring to the project.
Bettiol stated that she felt confident in the bid process.
“Waldrop construction was determined to be the highest evaluated contractor,” said Bettiol. “We’ve gone through and checked all of, like I said, their references and we are very confident that you are going to receive a contractor with Waldrop Construction that’s going to bring a great building and Central Fire Station.”
The bid of $2,996,133.70 stayed within the price that was necessary to meet the City’s requirement of not exceeding $3.55 million in allocated funds for the project, which came from the sale of Certificates of Obligation issued in 2012.
“We are below $3 million and are confident that everything is going to work out well for you,” Bettiol told the City Council.
Mayor Stephen Haynes asked how much the demolition of the Red Cross Building cost the city which is where the new Central Fire Station will be built. The City of Brownwood bought out a lease which was previously held with the Red Cross for $75,000 and then completed the demolition work with city crews.
The last day to enter the Brownwood Art Association's 2013 Brownwood Reunion Photo Contest is Tuesday, September 17th. Photographs will be accepted at the Art Center located at 215 Fisk Ave., Brownwood, TX between the hours of 6-8 pm today. Organizers urge “Don't miss out on this opportunity to show off your photos.”
The contest is open to photographers of all ages, and ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded in each category that includes: ages 11 and under, 12-18, adult and professional.
The entry fee is $5 per photo with no limit to the number of entries. All photographs must be framed or mounted to a board ready to hang for the exhibit.
Entry forms are now available at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lehnis Railroad Museum.
Photographs will continue to be accepted for the exhibit at the Art Center located at 215 Fisk in Brownwood on Tuesday, September 17th from 6 – 8 PM. Entry forms will also be available during drop-off times.
Brown County United Way will host their annual campaign kick-off event from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25th at Underwood’s Cafeteria to begin their fundraising efforts to benefit local non-profit organizations.
The Underwood family will open their doors during lunch on Wednesday, a day they are usually closed, in order to support the United Way. Underwood’s will be donating 100% of the proceeds from this event directly to the Brown County United Way. So plan to come, have lunch and support your local United Way.
The Brown County United Way supports the following organizations in our community: American Red Cross, The Ark Domestic Violence Shelter, Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girl Scouts of Central Texas, Latch Key, Mid-Texas Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Family Services Center, CASA, Cancer Services Network, Salvation Army Loaves & Fishes, 4-H and Brown County Association for Retarded Citizens.
Jennifer Gober, a 2002 Howard Payne University alumna, spoke at the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities (IABCU) annual meeting held this summer at California Baptist University in Riverside. Gober is a member of the Baptist College & University (BCU) Scholars Program, a partnership between Baylor University Graduate School, the IABCU and IABCU partner schools.
In addition to travelling to the IABCU annual meeting, BCU Scholars have the opportunity to attend retreats and seminars, network with administrators from IABCU schools and fellowship with other doctoral students planning to teach in Christian colleges and universities.
The registration deadline for this year’s Brownwood Reunion Celebration 5K/10K run and 1.5 mile walk is fast approaching, and those interested are encouraged to get their registration turned in as soon as possible.
Paper registrations can be turned in at the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce or the Lehnis Train Museum before 4PM on Wednesday, September 18th. Online registration closes at midnight on Wednesday September 18th. Registration forms are available for download at www.CelebrateBrownwood.com. To register online, click here. Please note that there are no race day registrations.
The race will take place during Reunion on Saturday, September 21st. It begins and ends at the Lehnis Railroad Museum and takes runners past the Depot District, old Coca-Cola Building, Howard Payne University campus, Center Park, the Lyric Theatre, Brown County Court house and the Guinness Book of World Record’s smallest block in the world.
Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs recently released sales tax allocation numbers for September to cities across the state, and most local cities were holding their own.
Brownwood’s sales tax allocations were virtually flat for the month, down just .31%. Early and Bangs each saw a good bump on the month, up 12% and 13% respectively.
Statewide Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their September local sales tax allocations totaling $575 million, up 2.8 percent compared to September 2012.
“The latest monthly gains were led by sectors such as construction and the restaurant industry,” Combs said. “For the recently ended fiscal year, state sales tax revenue totaled $25.8 billion, an increase of 7.2 percent from fiscal 2012. Both business and consumer spending contributed to the gains for the year.”
Howard Payne University recently named Clint Dempsey assistant vice president for development. Dempsey, a Brownwood native, has assumed primary responsibility for the school’s annual fund and assists in other campus fundraising efforts.
A graduate of Texas A&M University, Dempsey most recently served as vice president of operations for A&M’s 12th Man Foundation.“Clint’s background at the 12th Man Foundation has prepared him well for his new role,” said Randy Yeakley, vice president for development at HPU. “Additionally, he has the added advantage of growing up here in Brownwood. I hope you will join the university in welcoming him back to town.”
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, September 16, 2013.
Friday, September 13
*9:06 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 500 block of E. Commerce regarding theft. According to the report, the complainant stated that his checkbook had been stolen sometime between August 5th and August 27th of this year. Someone had cashed a check at Checks Plus without authorization, the report states. A complainant was named and the complainant wished to pursue charges, according to the report.
*9:22 AM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the Brownwood Regional Medical Center emergency room regarding assault. According to the report, the victim stated that her husband had assaulted her on September 12th and 13th.
*10:48 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1000 block of W. Commerce regarding theft. According to the report, a male subject reported that his lawnmower had been stolen the previous day and that someone was mowing the lot next to Pickup Slickup with his lawnmower. The male subject mowing with the stolen lawn mower provided false information due to the fact that he believed he had a warrant for his arrest, the report states. This call led to the arrest of 27-year-old Dustin Wade Marlar for failure to identify fugitive intentionally gives false information and for five warrants out of Wichita County and another from Clay County.
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