HPU’s Band and Choir to Present Christmas Celebration Concert

HPUSquareLogoHoward Payne University’s Symphonic Band and Concert Choir will present a Christmas celebration concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, in the university’s Mims Auditorium. The concert is free and the community is encouraged to attend as HPU celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

“The musical selections are sure to get the Christmas spirit in full swing as the students perform many Christmastime favorites,” said Corey Ash, director of bands.

Among the program’s selections are Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson, Symphonic Prelude on Adeste Fidelis by Claude T. Smith, A Fantasy of Carols arranged by Jay Bocook and many more. There will also be an audience Christmas carol sing-along.

Those attending the concert are encouraged to bring a canned good or boxed dry good as a donation for admission. All of the goods collected will go to Good Samaritan Ministries of Brown County to aid those who need a helping hand during this winter and holiday season.

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City of Brownwood to Replace Industrial Water Supply Line, Purchase New Police Vehicle

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallBrownwood City Council accepted a grant for the purchase of a police vehicle and approved the funding for new water lines from the Brownwood Economic Development Board at Tuesday's city council meeting.

Council approved the BEDC Board’s funding of up to $39,000 to help replace old infrastructure, namely a 74-year-old water line in the industrial  area of Brownwood to help develop new and expanding business enterprise.   The line is located on Stephen F. Austin, Custer Road, Morris Shepherd Drive, and Sheridan Drive.

According to BEDC Director Emily Crawford, the 16-inch cast iron line ruptures two to four times a year, causing businesses to be out of water for 6-12 hours and limiting or shutting down operations as it is being repaired.

Businesses served by this line include Ethos, VRC Technologies, UPS, LANI Pet, Diamond P, M&F Gauge, and Roberson Renal.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 11/25

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

Monday, November 24

*8:58 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1900 block of 8th Street regarding the burglary of a vehicle.  According to the report, a wallet containing debit and credit cards, $120 cash and personal identification was taken in the incident.

*10:27 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 500 block of W. Commerce regarding theft.

*12:11 PM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the 2100 block of Avenue E regarding an expired registration.  This stop led to the arrest of Mark Crawford for driving while license invalid with prior convictions.

*1:08 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 700 block of 7th Street regarding fraud/forgery.

*2:11 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1600 block of Calvert regarding an assault at the Brownwood Middle School.  A juvenile was taken into custody and transported to the Juvenile Detention Center.

*4:01 PM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant regarding harassment.  According to the report, the officer gave both subjects options in reference to a civil issue involving a vehicle.

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Brownwood Police Department Promotes Two Veteran Officers to Corporal, Welcomes New Officers


Two recently promoted Brownwood police officers and two new police officers were given the Oath of Office and Law Enforcement Oath of Honor at Tuesday’s Brownwood city council meeting.

Newly promoted officers to the rank of Corporal are Zane Taylor and Brandon Johnson.  New officers added to the BPD force are Brian Rice and Kayla Moore.

Following the oaths, each officer had their badges ceremonially pinned to their uniforms.

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Brownwood Police Make Weekend Drug Arrests


Brownwood Police made two significant drug related arrests over the weekend and released the following information.

On Saturday, November 22, 2014 at approximately 9:30 a.m. members of the Brownwood Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, along with members of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office served a search and arrest warrant in the 300 block of N. Greenleaf.

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Reminder: Brownwood and Early Thanksgiving Holiday Trash Pick Up Schedules

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallIn observance of the Thanksgiving Holidays, Brownwood City Hall will be closed and there will be no collection of residential waste on Thursday or Friday, November 27th and 28th, 2014.  Residents with blue or green carts, please note that your collection days are as follows:

  • Thursday’s routes will be collected on Wednesday November 26th.
  • Friday’s routes will be collected on Saturday November 29th.

The Recycling Center and Landfill will be closed on Thursday and Friday November 27th and 28th and will reopen on Saturday November 29th.

The City collects bulky items including brush and tree limbs from residential customers at no charge, please cut them into lengths of 5 feet or less and notify the Sanitation Department at 643-4200 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For problems related to water or sewer service within the City of Brownwood, customers may call 646-6000, 24 hours per day 7 days per week.

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King Awarded B.J. Carnes Memorial Scholarship


Brownwood Professional Firefighter’s Association presented the B.J. Carnes Memorial Scholarship to Kaiden King on Tuesday at Station 1.  This scholarship is given annually to deserving students who are attending fire school or working toward a career in emergency services.

King of Zephyr received a $1,000 scholarship to help him with the cost of his training to become a fireman and work on his EMT training.

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Candlelight Memorial Service Set for December 14th

candlesmallarticleThe local Bereaved Parents Support Group will host the Annual Memorial Candlelight Service to honor all children and other loved ones, on Sunday, December 14, 2014, inside Heartland Mall, Early, Texas, around their Angel Memorial Trees.  This is a casual evening for family and friends to gather and spend one evening this holiday season with their loved one. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. to make sure that all candles are lit by the 7 p.m. time of remembrance in conjunction with the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting.

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting, Sunday, December 14, 2014, unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 11/24

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, November 24, 2014.

Friday, November 21

*9:48 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1100 block of Irma Street regarding the burglary of a building.  According to the report, an unknown suspect broke into her storage shed and attempted to steal her lawn mower.

*12:03 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Austin Avenue regarding theft.  According to the report, the suspect fled the scene but was being followed by the complainant.  The officer located and identified the suspect in the 1400 block of Coggin Avenue.  The suspect was issued a criminal trespass warning and cited for theft less than $50 before being released from the scene.

*10:25 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 500 block of W. Commerce regarding forgery.  According to the report, a local business had cashed 10 counterfeit checks on Thursday.  The checks looked like checks from a business for which they normally cash checks, the report states.  An investigation is ongoing, according to police.

*1:40 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s investigators received information that 30-year-old Steven Gene Biggs of Brownwood was driving a pickup in the North side of Brownwood and would be in possession of methamphetamine.  According to the report, BCSO investigators located the pickup at a home which was known to be frequented by methamphetamine users.  Investigators surveyed the home and observed the pickup leave the house, located in the 1700 block of Houston Street, the report states.  The pickup traveled away from the home and committed a traffic violation, and a traffic stop was made, according to the report.  The driver and passenger made movements the investigators recognized as possibly efforts to conceal something, according to the deputy.  The driver was identified as Biggs and he had a female passenger with him, both were visibly nervous, the report states. 

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Oncor Announces Temporary Power Outage Scheduled Monday Night for Maintenance

oncorlogoDue to storm damage over the weekend, Oncor crews will be repairing two damaged poles in the Lake Brownwood area, resulting in a several hour outage for many customers.

This outage will be in the areas along 279 at about the Lake Bridge north toward the Lake Brownwood State Park according to Ken Harris of Oncor.  The outage will begin around 6:00-7:00 p.m. tonight, Monday, November 24th.  It will last approximately 7 hours as crews replace and connect the two power poles.

“We want to get the word out to as many customers as possible regarding the timing of the outage and the length of time power will be out,” said Harris.  “We ask customers not to call in to report the outage as it is a scheduled outage of which Oncor is aware.”

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