Texas Department of Transportation brought their Sober Sleigh Ride Tour to Brownwood Tuesday, reminding the public to find a sober ride home after enjoying holiday festivities.During the tour, VIPs from the local area rode with TxDOT officials and representatives from an Austin based marketing firm Enviromedia (who are helping with the tour) in a 38-foot limousine wrapped in red with white reindeer print, topped with a big green bow. If that wasn’t showing enough Christmas spirit, the car also had interior Christmas decorations including a fireplace with stockings hung and exterior speakers which played Christmas music.
Brownwood High School Soccer invites kids 4 years-old through 4th grade to participate in Little Lions Soccer. Registration will continue for one more week, so those interested in Little Lions Soccer are encouraged to sign up soon.
Those participating will receive a long sleeve Dri-Fit shirt with Varsity Lion’s Name and number.Cost to register is $30. Deadline to sign up is Monday, December 9, 2013. Late signups are not guaranteed a shirt.
National Influenza Vaccination Week is scheduled for December 8-14, 2013 and the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department reminds residents in Brownwood and the surrounding area that it is not too late to get vaccinated against the flu. Flu season occurs in the fall and winter; however, the flu usually peaks in January or February, but it can occur as early as October and as late as May.Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the flu virus. It is spread when a person who has the flu coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets containing their germs land in your mouth or nose. You can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes, or nose. Most healthy adults can infect others one day before symptoms develop, and 5-7 days after symptoms appear. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be contagious for a longer period. Complications from the flu can be very serious, especially to certain high-risk groups, which include seniors (those age 65 and older), children (especially those age 2 and younger), pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions such as chronic respiratory illness and diabetes. Flu related complications can include pneumonia and dehydration.
VFW Post 3278 Ladies and Men’s Auxiliaries will host a breakfast burrito fundraiser to benefit Toys for Kids on Friday, December 6th from 5:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. at the Post, located at 2300 Stephen F. Austin.
Burritos will consist of a choice of sausage, egg, cheese or brisket with potato and/or beans. The cost per plate is $4.
Advance orders can be made by calling the VFW at 325-646-8113. Delivery will be available in the Brownwood and Early areas beginning at 5:30 a.m. Please call 325-646-8113 for delivery orders.Burritos are available for pick up or guests are welcome to come to the Post to join members for breakfast.
The 5th Annual Brownwood Christmas Under the Stars Festival will take place this Friday and Saturday, December 6th & 7th at the Depot Complex, Adams Street Community Center and the Lehnis Railroad Museum.
The event will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus, kids activities, Christmas karaoke, food, live entertainment, ice skating and much more during the two day event.
The festival will also feature the "Treats for Santa Bake-off" on Saturday and the Christmas tree auction to benefit local non-profit agencies on display at the Lehnis Railroad Museum.Brownwood's ice skating rink will be featured for the second year in a row during and before the festival with daily hours. A live webcam will be streaming the ice rink action all week and can be viewed at VisitBrownwood.com along with more festival information.
Scorpions are arachnids with eight legs and two body regions. Scorpions also have two pincers or claws, called pedipalps, which help them hold their prey as they eat. They also have a long tail with a stinger on the tip that is used for defense or to paralyze prey. The most common scorpion in Texas is the striped bark scorpion. This species is yellowish-tan with two dark stripes that run along the back. Striped bark scorpions get up to 2 ½” in length.Striped bark scorpions are capable of stinging, but only cause moderate reactions for most people. Ice packs can be placed on the sting area to reduce pain and swelling. A person stung by a scorpion should be watched closely for several hours following the incident to ensure that an allergic reaction does not manifest. If breathing difficulties or hives occur, seek immediate medical attention.
Reports released for the week of November 25-December 1, 2013 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 39 medical emergencies, 9 fire calls, 3 motor vehicle accidents, and 1 hazardous materials call.
Reports of interest include the following:
Monday, November 25th
*9:58 AM – BFD was called to a fire in the 2800 block of N. Hwy 279. Firefighters responded to a vehicle which was fully involved. The fire was extinguished.
*10:10 AM – BFD was dispatched to a fire call in the 1500 block of Terrace Drive. Fire crews arrived to find that tree limbs were touching arcing power lines.
*3:46 PM – BFD was responded to a hazardous materials call in the 1000 block of W. Commerce regarding the smell of gas. Upon arrival, a slight smell was detected but no source was found. Atmos was dispatched to check the area.
*5:33 PM – BFD was called to a fire on N. Hwy 279. Firefighters assist Lake Bridge Volunteer Fire Department with a structure fire. Firefighters found extension in the attic and extinguished the fire. The fire marshal was called to the scene to investigate.*9:27 PM – BFD was dispatched to a fire call in the 500 block of Main Street. Firefighters responded to a cooking fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found that the fire had been put out by the occupant. A PPV fan was used to remove smoke from the house.
The Brown County Youth Fair will be held the second weekend of January, and Larry Schwartz has once again partnered with the youth fair, Charlie and Kirby Cabler and Good Samaritan Ministries to help not only the youth of Brown County but to provide food to those less fortunate as well.
Schwartz is collecting donations through January 6 in order to purchase hogs from the sale, feed them for several weeks, and then have them processed and donated as ground pork to the Good Samaritan Ministries’ food pantry.
“It really serves two purposes,” said Angelia Bostick, executive director of GSM. “It helps the youth have an avenue to sell their hog and it provides food to families in Brown County who are living in poverty.”
Last year, Schwartz’ efforts brought in 2,896 pounds of ground pork to the freezers of GSM and purchased 24 hogs from area youth. Kirby and Charlie Cabler of Cabler Construction also helped Schwartz with the project.
HPU Jazz Orchestra to present music from the “Nutcracker Suite” at San Saba’s First Baptist Church on Sunday
Howard Payne University’s Jazz Orchestra will present music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite – with a unique twist – on Sunday, December 8, at 6 p.m., at San Saba’s First Baptist Church. The community is welcome to attend this free event.
Following performances on the HPU campus, the Jazz Orchestra is pleased to help usher in the holiday season in the San Saba community. For those unable to attend, live streaming of the event will be available at www.watchfbc.org.“These performances will really be extraordinary in that we will present Duke Ellington’s 1960 version of the Tchaikovsky classic,” said Stephen Goacher, professor of music and director of the orchestra.
Christmas Under The Mountain will be held Saturday, December 7th in Santa Anna, Texas.
The public is invited to enjoy the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Feedstore courtyard, located at 601 Wallis Avenue.
There will be shopping and dining all day long according to organizers. Visitors can also learn a little about Santa Anna’s history from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Santa Anna Visitor’s Center at 704 Wallis Avenue. There will also be a live radio broadcast from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Santa Claus will come for a visit 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Visitor’s Center and downtown. Kids can enjoy the bounce house which will be located near the visitor’s center.The Miss Merry Christmas Pageant will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Feedstore church courtyard, where there will be live entertainment.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, December 2, 2013.
Wednesday, November 27
*3:16 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1000 block of Coggin Avenue regarding a possible stolen check. According to the report, a male had entered the store and attempted to purchase fuel with a personal check. The store’s check system displayed that the personal check was stolen, the report states. The male then fled the store, leaving the stolen check behind according to the report. The officer attempted to make contact with the owner of the stolen check; however, was unsuccessful, the report states.
*10:19 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 3800 block of 4th Street, 7-11 convenience store, regarding theft. According to the report a female suspect was issued a citation for theft less than $50 for stealing a pair of Brown Jersey Work Gloves from the store.
*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a property in the 7000 block of Ardee Drive near Lake Brownwood regarding criminal mischief. According to the report, an unknown person had driven through a fence on the property causing approximately $1000 worth of damage.*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a property on FM 1849 regarding the burglary of a habitation. According to the report, the owner had arrived home to find that someone had forced entry into the home and burglarized it. A possible suspect has been named and the incident is under investigation, the report states.
- Serve Safe Leftovers
- Off Mic With Ben Cox: One Step at a Time
- TxDOT’s Holiday Sober Ride Sleigh Tour to Visit Brownwood Tuesday, December 3rd
- BHS A Cappella Choir to Sing with HPU University Singers
- Families to Honor Their Angels Sunday
- Driver in Saturday’s Multi-Vehicle Accident Charged with Intoxicated Assault with Vehicle
- UIL Reclassification and Division Numbers Announced
- Brownwood ISD Announces Upcoming Christmas Programs
- One Person Airlifted, One Arrested in Multi-Vehicle Accident Saturday in Early
- Brownwood Ice Skating Rink Now Open
- Area Teams Advancing in State Playoffs
- Brown County 4-H News and Notes