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Grow the Garden Event Set for Saturday, November 8th

IMG_6389The Brownwood Community Garden will host their annual fundraiser, “Grow the Garden,” from 5:00PM-7:00PM on Saturday, November 8th.  The event will be held at the Brownwood Area Community Garden located at 1514 Dublin Street.

The Brownwood Area Community Garden produces over 3000 lbs. of produce per year and donates to area agencies that fight hunger.

Organizers invite the public to join them at the Community Garden for an evening of culinary delights provided by The Turtle Restaurant and live entertainment by piano soloist Debra Mathis. Each ticket purchased will include dinner, dessert and two drinks. Tickets are $50 each and are available for purchase at The Brownwood Area Community Garden, The Turtle Restaurant, and The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce.

The live auction portion of the night begins at 6:00 p.m. and will feature items donated by local area business owners. Contributions received will go towards growing the Farmers Market and Community Garden Staff.

The Brownwood Area Community Garden is a year-round operation, with very low operating costs; however, it still needs local support to keep going.  Tickets purchased for this special event helps keep the Garden Gate open, keeps the irrigation system in good operating condition, helps purchase tools and seeds, and helps pay the Garden Coordinator's and Farmers Market manager's salaries.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 10/29

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

Monday, October 27

*12:29 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to Walmart regarding theft.  According to the report, the suspect allegedly stole a men’s jacket and a pair of men’s shoes.  No arrest was made at the time of the report.

*11:28 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1400 block of Austin Avenue regarding theft.  According to the report, the complainant stated that a male subject had stolen rechargeable batteries from the store.  A citation was issued to the suspect, the report states.

Tuesday, October 28

*5:29 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Austin Avenue regarding theft.  According to the report, the suspect was located and issued a citation for theft less than $50 and issued a criminal trespass warning for the location.

*3:54 PM – Brownwood Police conducted a drug investigation in the 1400 block of Coggin Avenue which resulted in the arrest of 28-year-old Jessica Elizabeth Parsons of Brownwood and 30-year-old Shawn Lee Hickey of Blanket for the offense of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance penalty group three less than 28 grams in a drug free zone.  During the investigation, the two arrestees sold a quantity of a controlled substance to an undercover police officer, the report states.  After the narcotic transaction was complete, other officers and detectives arrested Parsons and Hickey, according to the report.

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Mighty Maroon Marching Band Makes Top 10 at UIL Area Finals

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The Brownwood High School Band competed at the Area D - UIL Marching Band Contest, Saturday, October 25th in Cedar Park, Texas.

The band marched in the preliminary competition and was selected by the contest judges as one of the top 10 bands to advance to the finals.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 10/28

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

Monday, October 27

*7:44 AM – Brownwood Police responded to the 1500 block of Magnolia Street for an assault.  According to the report, the complainant stated that 25-year-old Autry Lee Jones III of Brownwood punched her in the face over a video game.  Jones was arrested for assault causes bodily injury family violence.

*9:01 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 400 block of W. Commerce regarding theft.  According to the report, the complainant stated that his Texas license plate, inspection sticker and reflectors had been stolen from his motorcycle on October 21st.  The complainant believed the incident occurred while he was at a business at this location, the report states.

*9:58 AM – Brownwood Police responded to the 1100 block of Duke Street regarding the burglary of a habitation.  According to the report, the resident of the property is currently incarcerated.

*7:58 PM - Brownwood Police were called to the 1600 block of Brooks Avenue regarding disorderly conduct.  During this call, a juvenile female was found to have been assaulted a family member at the location.  The juvenile was arrested and transported to the juvenile detention center.

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Loadcraft to Hire Temporary Migrant Workers, Add Living Quarters to Brownwood Plant

CityofBrownwoodlogo_smallLoadcraft Industries, Ltd (LCI) received approval of a resolution that will allow housing of temporary employees on company property during Tuesday’s Brownwood City Council meeting.

This resolution will help the company to offer housing to migrant workers which will fill needed positions of skilled welders and in turn will help the company to meet growing orders received from oil related industries.

According to LCI VP of Human Resources James Simmons, Loadcraft has tried to hire local welders by advertising in local and regional newspapers, through the help of temporary services such as Demand Staff and Personnel Services, contacting welding schools, and offering referral bonuses to Loadcraft employees for placement of new hires.  Despite these efforts, LCI along with other manufacturing companies in the area are still suffering from a shortage of skilled laborers.  Over 40 online help wanted ads have also been placed by LCI in hopes of securing employees; however, with the oil field boom in West Texas, it has been difficult to find workers and LCI has tapped contract labor companies such as ITT, Secured Services and J&L Specialty.

“These trade specific companies were able to supply LCI with over 100 welders but the bill rate per hour ranged from $35-42 per hour plus an additional fee for overtime,” explained Simmons.

“We have tried our first choice, we are Texas bred, Texas born, and we want to hire people here within our own state,” said Loadcraft Chief Operating Officer Reece McIver.  “It’s because of the oil boom; it’s very competitive for local people, for people who already live here.”

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Brownwood Fire Department - Fire & Rescue Reports 10/28

BFDlogoSmallReports released for the period of October 20-26, 2014 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 30 medical emergencies, 2 fire calls, and 1 motor vehicle.  Reports of interest that the Brownwood Fire Department responded to include:

Monday, October 20

*4:56 PM – BFD was dispatched to a fire call in the 1500 block of Terrace Drive.  Firefighters arrived on the scene of a multi-residence complex with nothing showing.   Firefighters found a wire on a dryer that had shorted out.  The thermal camera was used to check for any hot spots and nothing was found.

Saturday, October 25

*12:42 PM – BFD responded to a two-vehicle accident with no injuries on Austin Avenue.

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HPU Accepting Entries for National Art Exhibition

I10ArtExhibit2014Howard Payne University’s Department of Art will host the first annual “Above and Below I-10: Cross-Country Art” exhibition at the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery in the university’s Doakie Day Art Center in February and March of 2015. All contemporary American artists who reside above or below I-10 are encouraged to submit an entry or multiple entries of up to three per artist. I-10 is the southernmost transcontinental highway connecting both the West and East coasts from San Diego, California, to Jacksonville, Florida.

HPU will receive entries until January 15, 2015 and the exhibit will be open to the public from February 9 to March 27, 2015.

Artwork should reflect the American themes of landscape, traveling and transportation. However, all two-dimensional artwork themes will be considered by the juror. Only two-dimensional, abstract realism artwork will be accepted.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 10/27

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, October 27, 2014.

Friday, October 24

*7:57 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2100 block of Slayden Street regarding a minor in possession of alcohol.  According to the report, a student was found to be in possession of alcohol and was issued a citation for minor in possession of alcohol.  Additionally, the juvenile was placed into the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) for forty five days as school discipline.

*9:37 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 800 block of Beaver Street regarding theft.  A male complainant stated that a female had stolen his rototiller from the yard of his residence, the report states.

*11:22 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 4200 block of US Hwy 377 South, Schaffer Motors (a used car lot), regarding a stolen check.   According to the report, the complainant stated that two known subjects purchased a car from him with a stolen check.  The check was collected and further investigation is pending, the report states.

*1:27 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to Walmart regarding theft.  This call led to the arrest of both 25-year-old Douglas Cooper and Amanda Cooper of Brownwood for theft.

*3:27 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to a residence on Avenue C regarding a possible sexual assault of a child.  CPS advised that an investigation had been started by their agency after receiving a report from one of the child’s relatives who was babysitting and was provided information he found concerning.  The suspect is another relative, the report states.  Further investigation is needed, the report states.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 10/24

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, October 24, 2014.

Thursday, October 23

*5:42 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Austin Avenue regarding theft.  According to the report, a female was detained and issued a citation for theft less than $50 along with a criminal trespass warning for the location.

*11:44 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 700 block of W. Commerce Street regarding forgery.  According to the report, this call led to the arrest of 23-year-old Rebecca Louise Salyer of Brownwood for forgery of a financial instrument.

*12:26 PM – Brownwood Police received a report of the burglary of a vehicle which occurred in the 2700 block of Southside Drive during the early morning hours.

*12:30 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 3400 block of Milam Drive regarding a domestic disturbance resulting in the investigation of an assault with bodily injury.

*2:18 PM – Brown County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a property on County Road 232 regarding an animal complainant.  The complainant advised that some dogs had attacked and killed one of his goats, the report states.  This call led to the owner of the dog being issued a citation for unvaccinated dog.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 10/23

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, October 23, 2014.

Tuesday, October 21

*9:13 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 600 block of W. Commerce regarding a juvenile male being disorderly.  According to the report, the officer observed the male to be the same male from a previous call.  The juvenile male was issued a criminal trespass warning as requested during the previous call, the report states.  The male was also found to be in possession of tobacco and was issued a citation for minor in possession of tobacco.

Wednesday, October 22

*7:00 AM – Brownwood Police received a report of a sex offender who was not in compliance with the sex offender registration program.  No arrest had been made at the time of the report.

*9:48 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1100 block of Santa Clara Drive regarding theft.

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