Wednesday, April 4th, several BMS students embraced the motto, “Autism Speaks - Light it up Blue - To help make people aware,” and wore blue t-shirts to school in support of Autism Awareness Month.
What do cheerleaders and pirate money have in common?
Remember the old cheer that goes, “two bit, four bits, six bits, a dollar! All for Brownwood, stand up and holler!” Of course, “two bits” is slang for 25 cents.
Well, some of North America’s earliest money was the Spanish 8 reales coin. These were about the size of our old silver Morgan and peace dollars and were worth 8 reales. However, they were commonly cut into four pieces, with each piece worth 2 reales. One fourth was two bits; two pieces were four bits, and three were six bits. At times, the two bit pieces were even cut into two again, making one bit. “Pieces of 8,” they were called. Does that ring any bells with you from pirate stories you’ve read?
The 8 reales coins of Spain were in circulation beginning in the 1400’s. They were a respected form of money around the world. These coins were an important part of commerce. During these early centuries, because they were so common, they were often part of a pirate’s haul from a raided ship. Ask a coin collector what pirate money is, and he should reply “the 8 reales coin.”
A statue entitled “Rangers Fans” memorializing the outing of a father and son at the ballpark and the tragic death in of Brownwood firefighter Shannon Stone was dedicated on Thursday at the Ballpark in Arlington.
The full size bronze statue of Stone and his son Cooper attending a Rangers game, ball glove in hand and both wearing Rangers jerseys, is located at the home plate gate and will forever represent the love of father and son and their love of the game.
Western artist and sculptor Bruce Greene of Clifton was commissioned to create the statue honoring the memory of Stone, the Brownwood firefighter who passed away from injuries suffered in a tragic accident July 7, 2011 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Rangers CEO and President Nolan Ryan made the announcement in late November of the plans to erect the statue.
At the dedication, Ryan stated that he felt Greene captured in the statue “that interchange between son and father reliving the ballgame coming out of the stadium.” Ryan stated that he couldn’t be happier about how the statue had such feeling and that the Rangers organization wanted to “represent what goes on in this stadium every night with family and capturing the moment.”
Mayor Stephen Haynes was at the unveiling and commented to Brownwood News on what this statue meant to him.
An afternoon two-vehicle accident on the corner of Garmon Drive (US Highway 183S) and E. River Oaks left one vehicle upside down in a bar ditch.
The accident occurred after 5pm on Thursday afternoon. Early Police officers on scene said that the driver of a Pontiac Vibe swerved to avoid a collision with a passenger car. Officers said that the Vibe struck the side of the other vehicle, ran off the road, and rolled over into the bar ditch. The cause of the accident was distracted driving according to police.
It’s the end of March, time to look for shed antlers in central Texas. The earliest I found some was Feb 28 but 3 bucks on my trail camera still had antlers on March 17. The farther north you go, the sooner the bucks drop their horns. Sheds drop as early as Jan in Wisconsin or Minnesota. Most of the antlers will be on the ground around the first of April.
A Brown County grand jury indicted four men, all of Brownwood, on charges of capital murder in the 2009 death of 49-year-old Ronald Philen. Efrain Castillo III, Alex Lucky Gil, Jr., Mathew Scott Navarro and Pedro Rocha were arrested in early January for the murder of Philen and now face charges of capital murder.
Brown County 4-H is supported by the Brown County United Way.
DATES TO REMEMBER
9 - Livestock Judging Meeting 6:00p.m. at Extension Office
9 - Deadline to order State Fair Lamb & Goats Tags
10 - Brownwood 4-H Club Meeting 6:30p.m. at Extension Office
10 - Early 4-H Club Meeting 6:15p.m. at Early First Baptist Church
15 - Shooting Sports Practice 2:00p.m. at Woodman of the World Range
16 - Brookesmith 4-H Club Meeting 5:30p.m. at Brookesmith ISD
16 - Deadline to order State Steer Tags
17 - 4-H Rabbit Club Meeting 7:00p.m. at Extension Office
19 - Shooting Sports Meeting 6:30p.m. at Extension Office
Auditions for the Brownwood Lyric Theatre’s children’s play, Snow White and the Sebbendorfs, will be held on Monday, April, 9th at 7:00p.m. at the Howard Payne University Theatre.
Auditions are open to any person over the age of 12, and no preparation is necessary – come as you are!
The performances of the play will take place Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday May 21st, 22nd, & 23rd during the day at 9:00a.m., 10:30a.m., and 1:00p.m.
The City of Brownwood announces that registration is underway for the Adult Softball League which will include Men’s League, Co-ed League, Women’s League, and Church League.
Deadline to enter a team will be Friday April 20th, 2012 at the Adams Street Community Center.
District Attorney Micheal Murray reports that during the March 2012 session of the Brown County Grand Jury, 42 indictments were returned against 39 people.
The District Attorney’s office does not release names on new indictments until after the Grand Jury proceedings have been processed through the District Clerk's office. Also, names are not released of those indicted but not yet arrested due to an indictment being sealed until the time of the arrest.
Ryan Wayne Smith: Possession of a Controlled Substance, State Jail Felony Enhancement
Danny Joe Warren: Unlawful Possession of Firearm; Driving While Intoxicated Repeat Offender
Johnny Ray Lassier: Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information
Joel Matthew Gongora: Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver – Drug Free Zone; Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence; Aggravated Assault Against Public Servant; Evading Arrest – Deadly Weapon
Hector Gonzalez: Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver – Drug Free Zone
Auto-Tech students at Brownwood High School won Best-in-Show and a 1st place/Superior rating at the State SkillsUSA Conference held March 22-24, 2012 in Corpus Christi. A team of students that included Roberto Flores, Cooper Mean, Jose Rodriguez, Celso Sifuentes, and Fernando Narvaez (pictured above with BHS Auto Tech Teacher Dean Crofford), worked since February to restore a 1947 Ford 8N Tractor and completely rebuilt what started out as an old rusted-out and non-functioning piece of farm equipment.
- Santa Anna Junior High AR Drawing Winners
- Weekly Fishing Reports for Area Lakes
- 2012 Relay for Life Honors Two Cancer Survivors
- Law Enforcement Blotter 4/4
- Kit Timmins to be Honored as Artist of the Year, Spring Exhibit Opens
- Cities of Early and Brownwood Announce Good Friday Schedules and Closings
- Sheriff’s Office Makes Burglary and Drug Arrests
- HPU Awarded for Outstanding Acting at Christian University Theatre Festival
- Brown County Ag Day Set for April 16th
- Benefit Drive for Children with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
- BHS Girls Golf Finishes Second Round of District Tournament
- Lake Brownwood CDC Community Fundraiser Easter Weekend