The Howard Payne University football team was pre-season picked to finish seventh in the 2013 American Southwest Conference pre-season poll after a vote of the league's head coaches, sports information directors and media members, the ASC office announced on Tuesday.
Howard Payne finished 1-9 overall and 1-6 in ASC action last season under first year head coach Roger Geise. The Yellow Jackets return over sixty players from last season's squad and expect to have over 160 total report for workouts.
Howard Payne will open the 2013 season at home on September 7th versus Trinity University at 6:00 pm. The next two weeks will see a road game at Southwestern Assemblies of God and then a home game versus NCAA D-II Wayland Baptist. The Jackets will have an open week after that before opening conference play versus Louisiana College on October 5th at home.
The second of four defendants accused in the Ronald Philen murder case accepted a plea bargain on Monday with the Brown County District Attorney.
Officials at the Brown County DA’s office confirmed that 22-year-old Efrain Castillo III pled guilty to 1st degree murder in exchange for a 40-year sentence with the possibility of parole and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution in the trials of the other two remaining defendants, 22-year-old Pedro Rocha, Jr. and 23-year-old Matthew Scott Navarro. Castillo’s plea bargain mirrored that of the first defendant Alex Gil, Jr. who also received 40 years for the crime in exchange for cooperation in the investigation back in June.
Castillo was arrested and booked into the Brown County Jail on January 11, 2012, held without bond, and initially charged with capital murder as were the other three suspects. Rocha was the first to be arrested on January 9, 2012, followed by Castillo, Gil and Navarro on the 11th.Philen’s brother Randall was originally convicted of his brother’s murder in November of 2011 and sentenced to life in prison. He was released on January 11, 2012 after a confidential informant brought new evidence to the Brownwood Police Department which proved Randall Philen did not murder his brother.
The Brownwood Art Association will feature local photographer’s artwork in an upcoming exhibit titled “Black and White: An Exhibit of Photographic Art.”
The new exhibit will open this Saturday, August 10th at a reception from 6 PM to 9 PM at the Art Center located at 215 Fisk Street in Brownwood with wine and ice cream being served.The exhibit will feature photography from local artists from the Brownwood Art Association Photo Group.
Buffalo Wild Wings obtained a permit for construction at its new location in Commerce Square last week and the general contractor is at work in hopes of opening sometime in November.
A lease was signed in recent months between Commerce Square owner Phillips Edison and Company and the new Buffalo Wild Wings owner who also owns the Taco Bell in Brownwood as well as a Taco Bell and Buffalo Wild Wings in Abilene. The owner took possession of the property last week and construction began.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Monday, August 05, 2013.
Tuesday, July 30
*5:12 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 4400 block of U.S. Hwy 377 South regarding the burglary of a vehicle. According to the report, the complainant stated that her unsecured vehicle had been burglarized while she was parked at Hastings. A camouflage backpack containing miscellaneous female clothes and medications were taken from the vehicle, the report states.
Friday, August 2
*6:50 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of Bluffview Drive regarding the theft of a bicycle.
*8:43 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2200 block of Avenue E regarding theft. According to the report, a daybed frame had been stolen off of the complainant’s front porch. The complainant named several suspects and planned to check local scrap yards and see if the frame could be located, the report states.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 24-year-old Orlando Enrique Carrillo for possession of a controlled substance.
*Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested 33-year-old Joshua Dean Harrell of Snyder for assault causes family violence and a Brazoria County warrant for assault causes bodily injury.
Local athletes Early Middle School student Jake Angerstein and Brownwood High School student Sydney Roberts recently competed in the West Texas Junior Champions Tour held on August 1st and 2nd in Kerrville and placed well in the event.
Angerstein is the son of Jason and Diana Angerstein of Early. He shot a 75 and 78 for a 2-day total of 153 to securing second place in the 12-13 boys age bracket.
The Texas Water Development Board, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Department of Agriculture invite Texans to share their photos of the drought stricken state.The purpose of this statewide photo campaign is to promote awareness of just what is happening across the state due to the drought conditions. Organizers state, “Over 95 percent of Texas is in drought. But because we're a big state, we don' t always get to see what is happening far away, or sometimes even right down the road from our community."
The Brownwood Lions hit the practice fields Monday morning for their first practice to prepare for the upcoming 2013 football season.
On the first day, 121 players reported and participated in practice for the varsity, JV and freshmen teams.
The Lions have a pair of scrimmages scheduled, one against Godley on August 16th and another facing Marble Falls on August 23rd. The season will kick off August 30st at home against Fort Worth All Saints. The Lions will face District 8 – 3A opponents starting October 10th in Burnet. Some familiar non-district opponents are in the coming year’s schedule including Graham, Snyder, Abilene Wylie and Sweetwater.
Brown County 4-H is supported by Brown County United Way.
DATES TO REMEMBER
5 – County Council Applications and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Star Applications Due
8 – Deadline for West Texas Fair and State Fair Entries
13 – County Council and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Star Interviews
20 – Deadline to Order State Lamb and Goat Tags
24 – Brown County 4-H Awards Banquet/Fun Day at Texas 4-H Center
BROWN COUNTY 4-H COUNCIL INTERVIEWS
Are you interested in being a Youth Leader? Do you want to be someone that younger 4-Hers can look up to? Well here is your chance!!! County 4-H Council will be holding interviews for 2013 – 2014 officers on August 13th at the extension office. The Brown County 4-H Council is a leadership team that is elected through an application and interview process at the county level. Each of these 4-H members represents the 4-H program throughout the year at many different county and district events. Applications will be due August 5th. If you have any questions about being on County Council please contact Nick Gonzales.
Chili’s Give Back Events Scheduled to Help Lionettes Raise Funds to Perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Chili’s of Brownwood is hosting a “Chili’s Gives Back” event benefitting the Brownwood High School Lionettes on August 5th, August 12th, September 9th and September 16th (all dates are on Mondays) from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Proceeds from the event will help the Lionettes pay for a trip to New York City to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and/or the Capital One Bowl halftime performance.The BHS Lionettes recently attended a camp at SMU in June under the direction of American Dance Drill Team. Five Lionettes were chosen as All American Honorable Mention Dancers (Destiny Muenzler, Bethany Pittman, Alexis Garcia, Shania Dixon, and Alex Hetzel) and the entire team earned the title of All American Team.
With the All American Team title, the BHS Lionettes are invited to participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and/or the Capital One Bowl halftime performance. The cost of registration for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is $1850 per girl with additional costs for airfare.
“The goal that we are reaching for is $2500 to $3000 per dancer,” said Hetzel. “This will cover all of their expenses for the week.”
Tickets Available for Good Samaritan Ministries Massimo Utility Vehicle Raffle to Benefit Deer Project
A Massimo utility vehicle (UTV) will be raffled by Good Samaritan Ministries thanks to a generous donation of the vehicle by Big Country Ford and Hawk Hill Sales. All proceeds will benefit the Deer Project to cover cost of processing.
The UTV is now on display in the lobby of Citizens National Bank A lucky winner will be determined through a drawing to be held on September 28th at Big Country Ford. Tickets are available for a $10 donation and those donating $100 will receive 2 free tickets. Tickets may be purchased at Citizens National Bank, Big Country Ford, Hawk Hill Sales, TexasBank, Good Samaritan Ministries, Wendlee Broadcasting or from any Deer Project team member.
The Deer Project is a program that allows hunters to donate legally tagged deer to Good Samaritan Ministries to feed hungry families in Brown County. Local processors will process donated deer for the minimal price of one dollar per pound of venison for the Deer Project.
- Brownwood Reunion 5K/10K Run and 1.5 Mile Walk Registration Underway
- Grand Jury Indictments July 2013
- Good Samaritan Ministries Offering Box Fans for Seniors
- Law Enforcement Blotter 8/2
- Felony Offenders Sentenced in District Court
- Bruner Toyota Receives 2012 President’s Award
- Governor’s Small Business Forum to be Held in Brownwood August 29th
- Early Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Heart of Texas Friends of NRA
- Senator Fraser Asks Area Residents for Support of State Water Plan and Its Funding
- Camp Bowie Aquatic Center Releases Revised End-of-Season Schedule with Additional Days
- Law Enforcement Blotter 8/1
- Human Remains Found on Lowery Property