Don Blake, a 1977 Howard Payne University alumnus formerly of Brownwood, will be featured on the Travel Channel’s “Burger Land” on Monday, May 6, beginning at 8 p.m.
The owner of Blake’s BBQ and Burgers in Houston, Blake was profiled in the 2011 book “Hamburger America,” a state-by-state guidebook to the best hamburger restaurants in America.
Blake often uses the word “serendipity” to describe his successes in the business, a word he says he first learned while a student at HPU.
“I remember sitting in Chapel when I was a sophomore,” he said. “The speaker said ‘serendipity’ and it stuck in my mind.”
Though he attributes many of his achievements to serendipity, his business wouldn’t be what it is today without hard work and a knack for making great burgers.
During their April meeting, Brown County Republican Women’s Club presented a check to Christian Women’s Job Corp to help furnish their new building.
BHS has collected a total of 65 dresses, available for free to any student needing attire for the upcoming prom. BHS Senior, Cacy Clements, was in charge of the “Cinderella’s Closet” this year and has helped coordinate the donations that benefit students who don’t have a dress or might not be able to afford one.
“Mrs. Gill has been a big help by keeping the dresses for us,” said Clements, noting that additional student volunteers help out by organizing, making flyers, and taking inventory.
Members of Howard Payne University’s faculty and staff were recently honored at an annual personnel recognition luncheon held on the HPU campus. Dr. Harlan Scott, chair of the biology department and associate professor of biology, was named Outstanding Faculty Member and Jodi Goode, director of information technology, received the Outstanding Staff Member Award.
The outstanding faculty and staff member awards are made possible by the Underwood family of Underwood’s Bar-B-Q and the Porter family of Porter Insurance, respectively.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, May 2, 2013.
Wednesday, May 1
*9:42 AM – Brownwood Police were called to the 1500 block of Terrace Drive regarding criminal mischief. According to the report, the complainant reported that an unknown suspect(s) broke a window in one of the bedrooms of her apartment.
*10:21 AM – Brownwood Police received a report of the burglary of a habitation via telephone.
*10:55 AM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 500 block of E. Commerce regarding an unwanted person. According to the report, the female subject was issued a criminal trespass warning and left the area without further incident.
*1:17 PM – Brownwood Police met with a complainant at the law enforcement center regarding an assault. According to the report, the complainant stated that her mother assaulted her. The incident was documented, the report states.*2:11 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to Wal-Mart, 401 W. Commerce, regarding theft. According to the report, a male and female were observed removing tags from store merchandise and concealing the items in a purse. The couple was then observed passing all points of sale without any attempt to pay for the items, the report states. The total amount of the items recovered was $106.59, according to the report. This call led to the arrest of 54-year-old Ricky Gale Crawford for theft of property equal or greater than $50 less than $500.
First-grade students at Northwest Elementary enjoyed a break from their normal routine and enjoyed opportunities to complete a project at Home Depot, play on the equipment at Seal Gymnastics, and delight in the sunshine at Coggin Park during a school field trip, Wednesday, April 17th.
Pictured at top: Northwest Elementary first-grade students from Mrs. Bernal’s class show their projects created at Home Depot during a recent field trip.
The National Day of Prayer was observed by Brownwood area citizens Thursday morning at the Lehnis Railroad Museum.
The theme for this year’s National Day of Prayer is Matthew 12:21 "In His name the nations will put their hope."
“Our Nation needs everybody to get on board and pray that God will come and heal our land,” said Pastor Richard Couch of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. “This is a one day event, but the people of the United States of America need to pray every day for our country and its leaders.”
Below are the fishing reports for area lakes as reported by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department this week.
Lake BrownwoodWater murky; 67–71 degrees; 11.42' low. Black bass to 8 pounds are excellent on Bass Hogg Gorilla jigs, green pumpkin soft plastics, and white/chartreuse crankbaits around docks. Hybrid striper are slow. White bass are excellent on minnows and white jigs near Wild Duck Marina under lights at night in 10–20 feet. Crappie are excellent on minnows and white tube jigs over brush piles in 1–8 feet. Channel catfish are slow. Blue catfish to 8 pounds are fair on trotlines baited with live bait. Yellow catfish to 40 pounds are good on trotlines baited with live bait.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Brownwood District will begin a project May 13 to preserve area highways with seal coating.
More than 223 miles of state-maintained roadways are part of the district’s 2013 seal coat program. Roadways in Brown, Comanche, Eastland, Lampasas, McCulloch, Mills, San Saba and Stephens counties will receive $6.3 million worth of preventive maintenance seal coat work.
“Maintenance and system preservation is our largest expenditure, and seal coating provides a variety of benefits to the roadway, including a waterproof surface that prevents moisture from entering and weakening the roadbed,” said Brownwood Area Engineer Bart Fris, P.E., who is overseeing the project. “Seal coating also reduces deterioration and cracking of the asphalt surface, which will prolong the life of the pavement.”Weather permitting; the work will be complete by late June. Motorists can expect lane closures and a pilot car to guide traffic through work zones. Drivers are asked to be on the lookout for workers and to avoid distractions.
Nominations Open for Outstanding Tourism Employee of the Year; Brownwood Chamber Open House Set for May 9th
The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitor's Bureau will host their annual open house on Thursday, May 9th to recognize National Travel and Tourism week.
"This year we want to recognize and bring awareness to everyone working in the travel and tourism industry locally," said Chamber Tourism Manager Sunni Modawell. “Tourism has a direct impact on the jobs of those working at restaurants, lodging, convenience stores, and museums as well as city workers who help set up for special events.”
The Brownwood Chamber will recognize an outstanding employee in the tourism industry based on nominations from the public. To make a nomination, go to VisitBrownwood.com and fill out the online nomination form.
"The Outstanding Tourism Employee of the Year will be announced on Thursday, May 9th during our annual open house and honored during our monthly luncheon on Friday, May 17th at the Brownwood Country Club," Modawell said. "This is your opportunity to help recognize someone who has given exemplary service to our visitors."
National Travel and Tourism Week is May 4-12, 2013 and the open house will be held from 4 PM - 5:30 PM on May 9th at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce.The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984.
Five Howard Payne University students were honored recently for their acts of servant leadership on campus and in the local community. Awards were presented during HPU’s annual Servant Leadership Program.
Karla Kalantar, a senior social work major from Houston, was presented with the Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award.
The Nat Tracy Servant Leader Award was established in 1998 to honor HPU seniors who best demonstrate servant leadership qualities as exemplified by the life of the late Dr. Nat Tracy, a member of HPU’s Bible faculty from 1950-1975.
HPU Servant Leadership Awards were presented to Shannon Bundy, a junior social work major from Port Aransas; Jonathan Henderson, a senior Christian education major from Plainview; Rebekah Steadman, a junior social work major from Fort Worth; and Erik Swenson, a senior Academy of Freedom major from Carrollton.
Established in 2007 by the Moore Foundation and Barney II Foundation, this award recognizes student excellence in the areas of leadership and service. A $1,000 scholarship is provided to each recipient of the award, and each student designates $250 of his/her scholarship award to be given to his/her chosen charity.
- Church to Host Blood Drive for Their Former Preacher May 11th
- Mops Swap to be Held Saturday
- Texas Bank Relay for Life Team to Raffle Gift Baskets
- Loyalty Day to be Observed by VFW May 4th
- Reminder: National Day of Prayer to be Observed in Brownwood May 2nd
- Levesque to be Featured at Art Association Event Thursday
- Law Enforcement Blotter 5/1
- Latch Key Program Announces Raffle Winner
- Lake Patrol to Offer Boat Safety Equipment Check Saturday
- BFD Fire & Rescue Reports 5/1
- Tickets Still Available for Barn Dance Saturday Benefiting Boy and Girls Club of Brown County
- Central Texas Trees at Risk for Deadly Oak Wilt Disease