2014 was a great year for the Brownwood chapter of the Skills USA organization. The Brownwood Chapter took 5 projects to the state conference to compete in 4 different categories. They won best of show in 3 of these 4 categories.Projects entered by the chapter members ranged from a speaker box (pictured below) to a wooden canoe (pictured at top).
Still Time to Register for Spring Camp Day for Adults at Heart of Texas Baptist Encampment April 26th
Heart of Texas Baptist Encampment invites all adults to join in on their Spring Camp Day on Saturday, April 26th. This event is open to adults of all ages who want to enjoy a day of fun camp experiences.
The day camp costs just $15 and includes sessions of board games, card games and dominos; Texas Baptist Men’s disaster relief exhibits; “Life Lessons from the Andy Griffin Show;” bingo, a musical and a silent auction/art show.
By the time you finish reading this article, more than 30 cases of child abuse will have been reported to authorities nationwide. By the end of today, that number will swell past 9,000. And four of those children will die at the hands of their abuser. All in a single day.
When we take stock of these sobering statistics during April – National Child Abuse Prevention Month – it’s easy to be overwhelmed and to ask yourself, “What can I possibly do to make a difference?”
The answer is, you can do a lot. Everybody can play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect by becoming advocates for children.
For some of us, that advocacy comes in a formal role. Teachers, child care workers, health care providers and others who come into daily contact with children can be vigilant for signs of abuse and neglect. Their actions to report suspected abuse or to offer extra time and attention to fragile children can do more than make a difference. It can save lives.CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers stand up for abused and neglected children, giving them a voice in an overburdened child welfare system that is hard-pressed to meet their individual needs. A CASA volunteer’s intense advocacy can break the cycle of abuse and neglect.
"What are you doing for others?" That question is the focus of the current Choices mentoring group at Brownwood High School. Choices students are a group of junior and senior students at BHS that volunteer their time to work with 4th, 6th, and 8th grade children in the district.
“The Choices students have been visiting the 6th grade science classes this year during the fall and spring semesters,” said Brownwood ISD Choices Coordinator, Lisa Gabaree. “While visiting the Intermediate classes, they have taught them skills related to goal setting, bullying prevention, staying drug free, and how to deal with peer pressure.”
The 6th annual Wendlee Broadcasting Easter Egg Hunt and Candy Throw-down will be held on Saturday, April 19th from 10 a.m. to noon at Coggin Park.This is a free event which is open to all who would like to attend.
The Heart of Texas Free-Mo meet will be held in Brownwood on April 5th and 6th at the Depot Civic and Cultural Center and the Lehnis Railroad Museum.Numerous Free-Mo model railroading modules will all come together to form one large, room-sized operation layout. The modules all meet one specific standard to allow everyone to connect their module or modules to those of another person, club or group. There will be numerous types and models in operation throughout the event.
There were 14 participants in the Wednesday Evening Jackpot Fishing Tournament held at Lake Brownwood on March 19th. Each Wednesday, sign up is from 4:45 to 5:20 PM at the lake dam ramp and fishing hours are from 5:30 to 9:00 PM sharp.
The results of the tournament are below:
Weather was clear to partly cloudy.
Wind: 15 to 24 mph SSE Gust to 36
Air temp: start 63° end 57°
Water was Stained 54° to 56°
There were 16 fish weighed in for a total of 42.90lbs.
Out of 14 contestants 7 people weighed in fish with 4 limits.Contestants
1st. Jeff Windham.............................................13.23
2nd. Wes Michael...............................................9.25
3rd. Brandon Anglin...........................................7.24
Reports released for the week of March 24-30, 2014 from the Brownwood Fire Department include 21 medical emergencies, 3 fire calls, 1 public assist, 6 motor vehicle accidents and 1 hazardous materials call.
Reports of interest include:
Monday, March 24
*8:52 PM – BFD was responded to a 2-vehicle accident no injuries on Austin Avenue.
Tuesday, March 25
*11:34 AM – BFD was dispatched to a hazardous materials call in the 600 block of Oak Park. Fire crews arrived on scene to find a gas line had been cut by a land scraper. Firefighters were able to put a plug on line until Atoms arrived.
*6:21 PM – BFD responded to a motor vehicle accident in the 1500 block of Austin Avenue involving a vehicle and a motorcycle. All occupants refused treatment.
Thursday, March 27*1:43 PM – BFD responded to a 2-vehicle accident with no injuries in the 800 block of Commerce Street.
Law enforcement reports and arrests released Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
Sunday, March 30
*A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a residence located on Sportsman Drive regarding the burglary of a habitation which had already occurred. According to the report, the complainant stated that his deceased father’s home had been burglarized and several items were taken from the home and yard area. The incident is under investigation, the report states.
Monday, March 31
*11:17 AM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding the issuance of a criminal trespass warning.
*12:03 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2600 block of Greenway Drive regarding the burglary of a habitation which had just occurred.*11:02 PM – Brownwood Police made a traffic stop in the 3200 block of Stephen F. Austin Avenue. According to the report, it was learned that the driver had a suspended Texas driver’s license. After an investigation, the driver identified as 28-year-old Thomas Gaffga of Brownwood was arrested and charged with driving while license invalid enhanced.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Brown County will conduct an agricultural land leasing program beginning at 6 p.m. April 8 at the Brown County Fairgrounds located on U.S. Highway 377 South, Brownwood.
“This is the first time we’ve ever had a program on the leasing of agricultural land in Brown County,” said Scott Anderson, AgriLife Extension agent in Brown County. “Historically, ag lease prices have been pretty much ‘the best kept secret’ when it came to knowing what folks were paying, but apparently, times are changing.“We are getting more phone calls and seeing increased interest in ag leases and easements from ag producers, landowners and others interested in leasing property. So this would be an excellent opportunity to attend a program here in Central Texas conducted by an expert on the subject to find out just what should be considered for inclusion in ag leases and easements, so both parties are treated fairly.”
The artwork of several Howard Payne University students is on exhibition in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery of the university’s Doakie Day Art Center through May 2.
The show includes drawings, paintings, photographs, graphic designs and three-dimensional designs created by students in nine different HPU art classes.
According to David Harmon, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art, the students are guided through individual instruction and spend large amounts of time outside of class working to finalize their pieces.
“For them, this is a labor of love as the creative spirit resides within them,” Harmon said.
Harmon is proud of the work produced by the students.
“It is a testament to the diversity of talent we have in our art department from the hands and minds of the art majors, minors and non-art students here at Howard Payne University,” Harmon said. “It is also a good pat on the back to our art professors who have committed their time and energies in instructing these students.”
- Free Passes Still Available for the 7th Annual Spring Business Showcase April 3rd
- New K-9 Officer Joins Early Police Department
- Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrests and Question of One Arrestee’s Identity
- Two-Vehicle Accident Downtown Injures One
- Early Blooms & Things Named Early Chamber of Commerce’s March Business of the Month
- TSTC’s Blossom Event to Feature Blackhawk Pilot Elizabeth McCormick as Guest Speaker May 21st
- Law Enforcement Blotter 3/31: Traffic Stop for Speeding Results in Drug Arrest
- HPU Senior to Present Clarinet Recital Tuesday
- Upcoming Brown County Relay for Life Fundraisers
- BAA Photo Group To Meet This Thursday
- 100 Holes for Families to Benefit Family Services Center Set for April 25th and May 5th
- Off Mic With Ben Cox: Priorities. Some are more obvious than others!