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Improvements Coming To Brown County Roadway Thanks To Proposition 1 Funding

TxDotlogoMotorists traveling on US 84 in southern Brown County will soon notice a smoother ride, thanks to Proposition 1 funds. At its April meeting, the Texas Transportation Commission approved funding for pavement work on US 84 in Brown County between County Road 312 and the Mills County line.

This project will improve road conditions on US 84 by removing and replacing the existing pavement surface. The contract was awarded to Bick’s Construction Inc. out of Fort Worth for $2,342,954.99.

Specific project details such as start time and duration will be determined in the coming weeks but current projections would have work completed in fall 2015.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 5/4

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, May 4, 2015.

Thursday, April 30

*8:25 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Austin Avenue regarding criminal mischief.  According to the report, the window of the business had been broken and an investigation determined a brick appeared to have been thrown through the glass.

*3:58 PM – Brownwood Police were called to Walmart regarding theft.  According to the report, a subject loaded a Snapper AWD lawn mower into the back of a red and silver pickup and left the store without paying.

Friday, May 1

*9:17 AM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding forgery.  According to the report, the suspect is known and the investigation is ongoing.

*1:16 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 900 block of Main Street regarding criminal mischief.  According to the report, the owner of the vehicle stated that while he was driving, the driver’s side window of his vehicle had been “shot out.”

*1:44 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 900 block of W. Baker Street regarding an assault.  According to the report, the suspect is known.

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Felony Offenders Sentenced in District Court

BrownCountyDistrictCourtLogoDistrict Attorney Micheal Murray reports that several felony cases were recently heard in Brown/Mills County District Court, Judge Stephen Ellis presiding.

Jonathan Jones pled guilty to the offenses of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver and Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence and was sentenced to 20 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Jay Robert Gaffga pled guilty to the felony offenses of Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence and Theft of a Firearm and was sentenced to 8 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division in each case.

Michael McAnn pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance-Drug Free Zone and was sentenced to 7 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Sonia Nelson, on probation for the felony offense of Injury to a Child, was revoked and sentenced to 7 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.  Further Nelson pled guilty to the felony offenses of Theft of a Firearm and Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse and was sentenced to 12 months, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, State Jail Division.

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Health Department to Host Community-Wide Maternity Fair May 21

browncountyhealthcenterThe Brownwood/Brown County Health Department and the City of Brownwood will host their quarterly maternity fair on May 21, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Adams Street Community Center at 511 East Adams Street in Brownwood.

The maternity fair is presented as a service to the expectant mothers of the area by BBCHD and the City of Brownwood in order to provide valuable information about infant health care, immunizations, safety, effective parenting, infant and child nutrition and available resources.

There is no charge to attend the maternity fair, and it is open to all expectant mothers in Brown County. A meal will be served and each participant may bring one guest with them.

Representatives from the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department, WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program, Family Services Center, Texas Star Program, Ranger College, TxDOT KidSafe Program, Caring Family Network and Pregnancy Care Center will be present to provide information about services offered and resources that are available in our area.

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Brownwood ISD Announces Emergency Preparedness Drills

bisdlogo3The safety and welfare of students and staff is the highest priority at the Brownwood Independent School District.  To provide schools an opportunity to practice emergency response procedures, the district is asking all students and staff to participate in district-wide emergency preparedness drills over the course of three days: Wednesday, May 13th, Thursday, May 14th and Friday, May 15th. Please be advised that students will be dismissed at their regular time over these three days.

Each campus will conduct specific drills that will be chosen by each campus principal.

The goals of the training drills are to improve the district’s ability to protect students, save lives, and reduce injuries. They allow us to evaluate our emergency operations plan and improve our response skills. As part of the drill, the students and staff on each campus within the district will participate in the activation of our Emergency Plan.

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Brownwood Art Association to Feature Silent Auction May 7th

May2015The Brownwood Art Association will host their monthly “First Thursday” event this week on May 7th and will feature a silent auction of artwork from local talent.  Funds raised during the auction will help support the Art Association.

The event will take place on Thursday from 5 PM – 8 PM at the Brownwood Art Center – 215 Fisk in Downtown Brownwood.

Artists are encouraged to donate works for the auction.  The silent auction is open to all mediums.

Artwork can be dropped off May 6th between 12  PM - 4 PM at the Art Center.

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Reminder: Brownwood City Council Members and Candidates to be Featured in Public Safety Forum May 4th

BMPALogoThe Brownwood Municipal Police Association along with Brownwood Fire Department Professional Firefighters Association will co-host a forum on public safety at the Coggin Avenue Baptist Church’s Connection Center on Monday May 4, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

City council members and city council candidates for the upcoming city council elections will take questions from the audience.  The public is invited to attend.

Additionally anyone wishing to have a question asked please go the BMPA Facebook page or the Brownwood Firefighters Facebook page and post questions or email questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Update: Authorities Investigate Fiery Crash Friday Afternoon

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Update - 11:30 AM Saturday, May 2 - The driver killed in this wreck has been identified as Dr. Don Bostic, Executive Vice President of Ranger College in Brownwood.  Heartland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for Dr. Bostic.

Original story - Area law enforcement agencies and first responders were called to a two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on U.S. Highway 183 N involving an 18-wheeler and another vehicle.     The 18-wheeler sustained heavy front-end damage, and the other vehicle was destroyed by fire that ignited as a result of the accident.   Authorities confirmed a fatality as a result of the accident but no other information was available Friday afternoon.

The accident occurred around 4:45 PM approximately 2 miles north of Brownwood near the intersection of County Road 339.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 5/1

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, May 1, 2015.

Monday, April 27

*Brown County Sheriff’s Office received a report of possible animal abuse.  According to the report, a complainant stated that a mule at a property near Sandy Beach is allegedly not being properly cared for, having overgrown hooves, causing the mule to have trouble walking.

Tuesday, April 28

*7:48 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 600 block of Avenue C regarding a possible case of child abuse.

Wednesday, April 29

*8:51 AM – Brownwood Police responded to the 2800 block of Southside Drive regarding the burglary of a habitation.  According to the report, the victim arrived home from being out of town only to discover her apartment had been completely cleaned out and items thrown in the trash.  The incident is under investigation, the report states.

*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the area of Hwy 183 and FM 2273 regarding a road hazard.  According to the report, a vehicle had lost a load of roofing material in the roadway.  The vehicle was located and found to be displaying an incorrect license plate, the report states.  The trailer was fresh with wet paint and had no identifying markings, its VIN numbers appeared to have been recently forcibly removed, according to the officer’s report.  The driver of the vehicle, identified as Josiah Andrew Huggins, claimed ownership of the trailer and was arrested for displaying wrong, fictitious, altered or obscured license plate and for tampering with identification numbers.

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Brownwood Nightclub Burns Early Friday Morning

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A local nightclub was destroyed during an early morning fire in the 700 block of W. Commerce Friday morning. 

Fat T's stands now just a charred shell of a building.  The interior was completely gutted according to Brownwood Fire Chief Del Albright.  He stated that the fire was very quick and created the classic "backdraft" scenario, which was when a Brownwood Police Officer arrived on scene and saw flames bursting out the front doors of the building. 

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