Howard Payne University’s Social Work Advisory Board recently presented its Spirit of Social Work Award to Doak Givan of Brownwood. The award is presented annually to an individual whose career reflects an outstanding contribution to the social work profession or to the field of human services in general.
Givan has served as executive director of Brownwood’s Family Services Center for 15 years, leading the program to increased outreach in the community. His previous career experience includes work with the Texas Department of Corrections, the Permian Basin Community Center for MHMR in Midland and the Betty Hardwick Center in Abilene.
Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs released sales tax allocation numbers for December showing Brown County cities experiencing steady growth, amounting to more than 11% for the county as a whole. All four Brown County cities of Brownwood, Early, Bangs and Blanket showed increases in comparison to the same period in 2013.
The City of Brownwood was up 11.44% in sales tax for the month compared to December of last year. The City of Early saw a 13.09% increase in allocations as compared to the same period in 2013. Bangs and Blanket were also up with 4.73% and 17.57% respectively, as compared to the same month last year.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said today that state sales tax revenue in November was $2.66 billion, up 10.7 percent compared to November 2013."The growth in sales tax collections was fueled by increased remittances from both business and consumer driven sectors," Combs said. "The gains were led by oil and natural gas-related sectors, while collections from retail trade and restaurants also rose strongly."
Followers of musicals offered in recent years by the Lyric Performing Arts Company will recognize some familiar faces in lead roles as the musical comedy “Anything Goes” opens Thursday for a 10-show run.
However, those familiar faces will now be performing on a different stage: the 100-year-old venue of the just restored Lyric Theatre in downtown Brownwood. Following last week’s two performances of Handel’s “Messiah,” the musical is the first major theatrical event LPAC is offering at the “new” facility celebrating its centennial this year.
Brownwood City Council approved funding of $789,200 for the construction of the city’s new soccer complex at their meeting earlier this week.
Council awarded a bid to Waldrop Construction Company for $574,300 to construct two concession/restroom buildings
Although five contractors received bid packets, Waldrop Construction was the sole bidder and was awarded the contract. City Manager Bobby Rountree stated that one other contractor arrived after the 11:00 a.m. deadline, and this bid was not opened.
Plans and specifications for the construction of the concessions/restroom buildings were prepared by Kimley-Horn and their opinion of the probable cost, about 18 months ago, was $250,000 per building. The buildings will have matching exteriors and will include concessions, restrooms, and storage, according to Rountree. They are also a little larger than the Massey Sports Complex buildings, having 1120 sq. ft in comparison to 918 sq. ft.Another bid for the installation of the irrigation system for the complex was also awarded at the council meeting. Council approved awarding the lower of two bids received in the amount of $214,900 from Extreme Exteriors of Abilene. Plans and specifications for the irrigation system were prepared by City of Brownwood staff and designed by RJ Rose Waterworks, Design Professional, who estimated the cost at $219,980.
A Christmas Crafts Show is currently underway at TexasBank in Bangs, located at 501 East Hall.
The show opened in November and will continue through Monday, December 29th. More than 45 area artists and craftsmen are displaying a variety of handmade items for show and sale.
This show is of no cost to the artists or the public and is a public service of TexasBank, Bangs Branch offering local artists and craftsmen a chance to sale their hand crafted creations while also providing unique shopping experience to the public, just in time for Christmas.Organizers encourage the public to make the drive to TexasBank in Bangs to see the “wonderland of unique handmade creations."
Meia Daniels and the 2007-2008 Howard Payne University women’s basketball team will be honored in the Class of 2014-15 of the American Southwest Conference Hall of Honor.
The Class of 2014-15 represents the fifth group inducted to the ASC Hall of Honor and includes the first team to be honored. The American Southwest Conference Hall of Honor recognizes outstanding former student-athletes, coaches, administrators and teams who brought pride and honor to the conference through their contributions. On-campus recognition ceremonies are planned for each Hall of Honor inductee during February.
Brownwood is about to celebrate the 100th anniversary of one of their most historic buildings.The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Harvey House Centennial Celebration event on Monday, December 15th to mark the 100th anniversary of the Brownwood Harvey House. The celebration will consist of a series of events including tours of the building, a ceremony to unveil a commemorative plaque and Harvey Girl statue, and a book signing by the author of "Harvey Houses of Texas."
For quite some time now I have been trying to catch a fish called the Rio Grande Cichlid. This fish is quite small, as the state record weight is 2.02 lbs. However, they are quite a feisty and aggressive fish, which makes them a blast to catch...at least that is what I hear. They are very interesting looking fish, as they resemble a Guinea Hen, from which their name is originated. Although the Rio Grande Cichlid is small, it has quite a relative in the Peacock Bass of South America. That's right; this small fish is related to one of the greatest freshwater fish of all time. Fortunately, you do not have to go to Brazil to catch them though.
The May Community and Salvation Army invite the public to join in a “Community Christmas Celebration” to benefit the Salvation Army on Saturday, December 13th from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The Community Christmas Celebration will take place at the May Community Center and admission is free.
Everyone is invited to sing Christmas carols with the Abundant Life Church Praise Band and also enjoy an unforgettable theatric performance with Frosty the Snowman by the “Sweet Hattalines” of the Red Hat Society.
Santa Claus will be there too, ready to hear every child’s Christmas wish. Parents are reminded to bring their cameras for family photos in a "one-horse open sleigh." Children are also invited to participate in cookie decorating and holiday crafts.There’s something for everyone. Nativity scenes shared from the community will be on display to retell the story of the miraculous gift of the first Christmas. Take a stroll down Christmases past with exhibits which will answer questions about the season, such as: Where do Christmas traditions come from? Why do we hang stockings and mistletoe?
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, December 10, 2014.
Monday, December 8
*5:11 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the2800 block of Austin Avenue regarding criminal trespass/criminal mischief.
Tuesday, December 9
*6:21 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 2600 block of Vincent Street regarding criminal mischief. According to the report, an unknown suspect had cut the valve stem out of the complainant’s tire.
*11:30 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to Walmart regarding theft. According to the report, a male subject was issued a citation for theft under $50.
*2:04 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1100 block of 15th Street regarding the burglary of a building.
*2:19 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1000 block of Coggin Avenue regarding credit/debit card abuse. The suspect is unknown, the report states.*4:13 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to Walmart regarding theft. No arrests were made at the time of the report.
- HPU Commencement Scheduled for Saturday
- Brownwood Fire Department Names Firefighter and Fire Officer of the Year
- TexasBank Recognized with National Award
- HPU Celebrates the Season with Christmas on the Plaza
- Lyric Theatre Set to Host Grand Opening Gala and Musical Thursday
- City of Bangs Hires New Police Chief
- Grand Jury Indictments November 2014
- Law Enforcement Blotter 12/9
- Lyric Performing Arts Company Presents Token of Appreciation to City Council
- Skills Development Fund Grant Awarded
- Felony Offenders Sentenced in District Court
- Three Injured in Two-Vehicle Accident on West Hwy 67