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Brownwood ISD Releases Details of Superintendent Resignation Agreement

BISDBdOfTrusteesLogoBrownwood ISD released copies of the district’s and Superintendent Reece Blincoe’s resignation agreement Friday afternoon after Blincoe submitted his letter of resignation. The Brownwood ISD Board of Trustees and Blincoe reached an agreement at a special called meeting Thursday night as Blincoe resigned his position as superintendent of the district effective January 31, 2016 and will be on paid administrative leave effective February 1, 2015.

According to the agreement and information released by the district, Blincoe will be put on paid administrative leave through January 31, 2016 and will receive his current annual salary of $151,232.

In addition, the agreement states that Blincoe will be receive an additional $150,000 lump sum payment on or before March 1, 2016.  Blincoe may forfeit a portion of this compensation if he agrees to other outside compensated employment approved by BISD.

Blincoe is required to clear out his office and return all school property in his possession by February 5th.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 1/30

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Friday, January 30, 2015.

Wednesday, January 28

*1:46 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1000 block of LaMonte Drive regarding theft of property.  According to the report, the complainant stated that a female subject stole her iPhone 5S.  An investigation is pending, the report states.

Thursday, January 29

*9:33 AM – A Brownwood Police officer located a wanted subject in an abandoned building in the 1300 block of Main Street.  The male subject, identified as 40-year-old Reynaldo Garza of Brownwood, was arrested for the warrant and also found to be in possession of narcotics.  He was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1 less than 1 gram.

*1:22 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 1300 block of Brooks Drive regarding the theft of a bicycle.

*2:30 PM – Brownwood Police received notice from personnel in records that a subject has failed to comply with sex offender registration requirements.

*3:08 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 400 block of W. Commerce regarding a hit and run.  According to the report, an unknown subject in a Chevy Suburban backed out and struck the complainant’s vehicle and then left the scene without providing any information.  The complainant advised he wished to pursue charges, the report states.

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BISD Outlines Accomplishments of Outgoing Superintendent

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Brownwood ISD Superintendent Reece Blincoe held a press conference Friday morning to outline the accomplishments made during his term with BISD, July 2008 through January 2015.  Blincoe resigned as superintendent Thursday night and will be put in administrative leave starting February 1st.

With friends and supporters present, a teary-eyed Blincoe stood while BISD Public Relations Coordinator Charles Musgrove read a statement provided by Blincoe.

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Cherry Pie Auction set for February 21st

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Organizers are getting ready the annual Cherry Pie Auction set for Saturday, February 21st, from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Adams Street Community Center.

The auction, which began in 1977, raises money for Brownwood area youth sports, including: Teenage Baseball; Freshmen League Baseball; Girls’ Softball; Cen-Tex soccer; and Soccer For Fun.  Last year, the auction raised just over $18,000 for these groups.

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BISD Superintendent Resigns

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The Brownwood ISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Reece Blincoe reached an agreement at a special called meeting Thursday night as Blincoe resigned his position as superintendent of the district effective January 31, 2016 and will be on paid administrative leave effective on February 1, 2015.

Terms of the paid administrative leave were not available at the end of the more than two hour meeting held mostly in executive session.

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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.

Zachary Delarosa pled guilty to the felony offense of a Burglary of a Habitation and was sentenced to 15 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Saxxon Holliday pled guilty to the felony offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance – Drug Free Zone and was sentenced to 5 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Marjorie Schneider pled guilty to three separate felony offenses of Possession of a Controlled Substance – Drug Free Zone, and was sentenced to 5 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.

Jimmy Lee Dudley, Jr. pled guilty to the felony offenses of Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon and Assault Family Violence – Occlusion and was sentenced to 3 years, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division.  Further, Dudley pled guilty to the felony offenses of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Theft of Firearm and was sentenced to 6 months, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, State Jail Division.

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Law Enforcement Blotter 1/29

LECSmLaw enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, January 29, 2015.

Wednesday, January 28

*11:39 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2700 block of W. Main Blvd. regarding the theft of a bicycle.

*2:22 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1500 block of Magnolia for an agency assist.  According to the report, officers assisted Brown County Adult Probation with a probation search at a south Brownwood apartment complex.  The probationer was identified as 51-year-old Anita Marie Valdez, the report states.  During the probation search, the BPD narcotics investigator seized a quantity of a suspected controlled substance, according to police.  Valdez was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance in a drug free zone.

*7:06 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of Bluffview Drive regarding criminal mischief.

*7:53 PM – A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a residence on County Road 345 in Early regarding criminal mischief.  According to the report, the complainant stated that her soon-to-be ex-husband had damaged some of her property.  The damage was estimated at $1,240, the report states.

*8:08 PM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant regarding possible indecency with a child that occurred in 2012.  A suspect is known, the report states.

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Health Officials Start Treating Against Mosquitoes and Spread of West Nile & Chikungunya Viruses

StagnantWaterThe Brownwood/Brown County Health Department is starting to battle mosquitoes early this year, in hopes to keep citizens from experiencing the dreaded West Nile and Chikungunya viruses.  According to Health Inspector Paul Coghlan and Brown County Public Health Official Dr. James B. Hays, the health department is getting started early this year, in January rather than waiting until March.

“We usually start in March but now we are getting started in January with the same campaign,” said Coghlan who stated he and Dr. Hays have begun this week to survey areas of Brownwood and start treatment against the pests within the area.  This process includes treating ditches and small bodies of water with microbial briquettes. These briquettes slowly control the mosquito larvae before pupation due to the sustained release nature of the briquettes.  They are safe for all other wildlife and humans, affecting only the mosquito larvae. Once the briquettes have been placed, they cover an area of up to 100 square feet, and keep the mosquitoes away for up to 3 weeks.

“The eggs are already laid and out there now,” explained Coghlan, “Water and heat activate them.  We want to kill them before they start.”

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Skywarn Storm Spotter Training Set for March 7th in Brownwood

SkyWarnLogoSevere weather season is fast approaching so it is time to dust off the Skywarn material and get ready for spotter training, including one session in Brownwood.    The local Skywarn training will take place at Howard Payne University, Newman Hall, Room 136 from 9:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday, March 7th.

More than 10,000 severe storms, 5,000 floods and 1,000 tornadoes occur during a typical year across the United States.  Many of these severe weather reports are received by Skywarn spotters.  Skywarn is a volunteer program that consists of more than 250,000 trained severe weather spotters.  These spotters provide timely and accurate weather reports to their local National Weather Service office.  Skywarn volunteers are an essential part of the warning process and have had a positive impact on the improvement in severe weather detection and warning lead times.

Anyone with an interest in public service and/or severe weather is encouraged to participate in the Skywarn program.  We see a lot of volunteers that coming from various backgrounds, including:  fire fighters, law enforcement, public utility workers, and HAM radio operators.  However, these training sessions are not limited to these individuals.  Skywarn may be for you if you have ever had an interest in severe weather and would like to learn more about storm structure, the identification of severe weather features, or what to do when severe weather strikes. The only requirement for participation in the program is the completion of a FREE spotter training course provided by the National Weather Service.  These courses are offered in numerous communities and generally last approximately 2 hours.

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Construction Set To Begin On New Traffic Signal at Hospital Cut-Off

TxDotlogoMotorists traveling through the intersection of US 377 and Crockett Drive in Brownwood can expect to see a new traffic signal in the coming months.

Construction on this new signal will begin on Monday, Feb. 2. Upon completion of the construction in early May, this intersection will be a 4-way intersection.

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