Most vegetables that grow in a spring garden will also grow well in a fall garden. In fact, some will even do better. Cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, and broccoli, which suffer in the summer heat, will be more crisp and succulent. Cool nights and warm days add sweetness to corn. Parsnips and collards are improved by a touch of frost. Try your summer disappointments again in a fall garden, and you will be pleasantly surprised.
Timely planting is the key to a successful fall garden. Figure the number of days to maturity of your particular crop, add two weeks and count backwards from November 15, the average time for a killing frost for our area.
Don't forget to give your garden soil a boost before you plant. A light layer of compost, aged manure, or a small application of a complete fertilizer will be worth the effort and cost. The soil is still warm, therefore the root growth will be encouraged, and cooler air means plants lose less moisture from their leaves.
If you haven't already cleared all old plants from the summer garden, do so now. These leftovers provide winter refuge for pests and diseases. Do not put any diseased plants in your compost bin.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will begin a major project to reconstruct and widen one mile of Austin Avenue (FM 2524) in Brownwood in late September.
The project will completely rehabilitate Austin Avenue, which is one of the community’s major streets, from Norwood Street to Brooks Avenue by widening it to four lanes, as well as rebuilding and resurfacing the roadway. The project also includes storm drains, curbs, gutters, sidewalks and signals.Although the road will be open to one lane of traffic in each direction for the duration of the project, lanes will be narrow. The work also includes widening the bridge at Willis Creek. Starting in early October, traffic over the structure will be limited to one lane in each direction.
The City of Brownwood is working to improve many of its facilities throughout the city, and the most recent work is being performed at the Bennie Houston Recreational Center (BHRC) as crews are installing central air units in the gym, kitchen and lobby areas.According to City of Brownwood Parks and Recreation Manager David Withers, the facility did have air conditioning in the kitchen and lobby areas but has never had air conditioning in the gym area.
Below are the fishing reports for area lakes as reported by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department this week.
Water stained to clear; 85–89 degrees; 8.78' low. Black bass to 4 pounds are good on Shaky Heads with green pumpkin or redbug worms near docks in 4–8 feet, chartreuse/white spinnerbaits in flooded cover in 3–5 feet, and Bass Hogg jigs and flukes around docks in 4–10 feet. White bass are fair on Li'l Fishies off lighted docks at night in 5–15 feet. Crappie are excellent on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles in 6–15 feet. Channel catfish to 5 pounds are good on cheesebait and cut shad. Blue catfish to 5 pounds are good on prepared bait in 5–10 feet. Yellow catfish are slow.
Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 14.68' low. Black bass are good on chartreuse and green pumpkin spinnerbaits, soft plastics, and Rat–L–Traps. Hybrid striper are fair on silver striper jigs. Crappie are good on minnows and green tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on shrimp and stinkbait. Yellow catfish are slow.
The Early High School Band will be holding its 3rd Annual March-a-thon on Saturday, September 14th.
The March-a-thon will begin at EHS at 8 AM and will travel south of the High School on Sudderth to Sunset Dr, then down Broken Arrow and Sundown Streets. After that it will move around toward Meadow Glen and Rainbow Drive, across HWY 377 near Mi Familia, through the areas of Grandview and Crescent Drive, ending at Sonic around 10 AM.
Around 11:00 AM, the band will perform at CARE Nursing Facility. After the concert, the band will head to Blanket to march in the Frontier Days Parade at 2 PM.
The West Central Texas Chapter of the American Red Cross hosted a tribute Wednesday to first responders along with Brownwood Fire and Police Departments to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the tragedy on September 11th. The tribute honored local first responders and remember those the nation lost on 9/11, followed by a reception at the new Red Cross office location at the Family Services Center in Brownwood.
The ceremony included the perspectives of that day from Brownwood Fire Chief Del Albright, Brownwood Police Chief Mike Corley, Brownwood Mayor Stephen Haynes, Dave Fair – Chaplain of Ground Zero and Dr. Dan Chapman – Chaplain of Ground Zero with prayer offered by Fire Chaplin David Barnum.
“First responders and all innocent civilians young and old are being remembered this day,” said Brownwood Fire Chief Del Albright. “This day is also a day to reaffirm as a nation our resolve to fight terrorism and any threat to freedom here at home and abroad.”
Brown County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Brownwood man at approximately 4:26 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9th after a traffic violation on drug related charges. According to the report, a BCSO investigator observed the vehicle fail to signal a turn and advised a nearby deputy of the offense. The deputy then initiated a stop in the area of 9th Street and US Hwy 377 South according to the officer’s report. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as 27-year-old Daniel Santos Morales, Jr., continued traveling on Hwy 377S and then turned onto the 500 block of 6th Street where he pulled the vehicle over and then fled on foot southbound toward 7th Street, the report states. The responding deputy deployed his taser during the footchase; however missed hitting Morales, but was able to catch him when Morales fell to the ground, the report states.
Because of Morales’ size, the deputy used the taser in stun mode to gain control and secure him in handcuffs, the deputy reported. After being identified, Morales’ vehicle was searched due to the search clause related to his being on probation, according to the report. An Arizona Tea Canister with a false compartment held numerous small plastic baggies consistent with the packaging of methamphetamine for sales and distribution and a black pouch which contained a crystalline substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine, the report states. Morales was placed under arrest and charged with evading arrest/detention, resisting arrest, and manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance penalty group 1 greater than 4 grams less than 200 grams in a drug free zone because he had possessed the controlled substance within 1000 feet of the Howard Payne University women’s softball field.
Executives from 3M Global Headquarters in St. Paul, MN visited the Brownwood plant on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 9-10. Ten representatives flew into Brownwood Regional Airport and were greeted by City and Chamber officials.
The visit is an annual plant review with local plant manager, Mike Tittle, and staff. The 3M corporate team flew from the Nevada, MO plant and were heading to Alabama on Tuesday. The whirlwind tour covers about 50 plants globally.
Rising Star Volunteer Fire Department hosted their annual Dove Fest at the Rising Star Market Building on Saturday, September 7th with Brisket tacos, gun raffles, a visit from Texas Snake Man Jackie Bibby, and a dance with a Justin Trevino concert. Those who attended were reported to have had a very entertaining and tasty evening.The gun raffle offered three different firearms, and an additional two "mystery guns" were put up for auction, gathering some competitive bidding. Bibby helped conduct the auction along with Josh Constancio, keeping the crowd entertained during the auction. Bibby displayed his python, which thrilled some, terrified others, but as always, put on a good show.
Nominees for Brownwood High School Homecoming Queen were recently announced and Homecoming festivities are getting underway. Five seniors were chosen by their peers, a vote by the student body will determine which of these lovely girls will be the Brownwood High School 2013 Homecoming Queen.
Pictured above from left the right are nominees Victoria Hood, Abby Adams, Naomi Rosato, Chandler Staton, and Faith Bailey.
All nominees were excited to have been selected for the honor to represent their school and possibly be the next BHS Homecoming Queen.
The fall 2013 semester at Howard Payne University brought eight new full-time faculty members to the HPU classrooms.
“HPU sought and found the highest quality of individuals to add to our faculty,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “We’re delighted to start the semester with an excellent group of new and returning faculty members to help shape the minds of our students.”Dr. P. Graham Hatcher joins HPU as professor of exercise and sport science and chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. He most recently served at Blue Mountain College in Mississippi.
- Wednesday Evening Jackpot Fishing Tournament Results September 4th
- Cowboy Capital Junior Roller Derby Recruiting Now
- Local Kids Participate in 2013 NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition
- “Revitalizing Our Community” Introduces Newly Elected Officers
- Brownwood Lions vs. Snyder Tigers Homecoming Football Tickets Now on Sale
- Big Decisions Ahead for Water District on Test Well Project
- City of Brownwood Recognizes National Preparedness Month
- Law Enforcement Blotter 9/10
- Off Mic With Ben Cox: Experiencing the 9/11 Memorial
- City Approves $3.8 Million Dollar Construction of New Cells at Landfill
- Grand Jury Indictments August 2013
- It’s Not too Late to Sign up for Walk Across Texas