Brownwood Kiwanis Club installed officers for the 2013-2014 year at their weekly meeting Thursday, October 3rd.Pictured left to right are Brownwood Kiwanis Club Officers and Board Members: Treasurer Bill Hamilton, Board Member Missi Malone, Secretary Chip Camp, Lt. Governor Tommy Blevins, President Dennis Graham, Vice President Lorin Wolf, Vice President Elect Royce Blackburn, Board Member Jeff Turner and Board Member J. Fred Perry. Not pictured is Board Member Amanda Leija. Photo contributed.
Today is the first day of “Freedom From Bullies Week”. Bullies have been in the national spotlight quite a bit lately, but have been around long enough that they’re in the Bible. Joseph’s brothers? Bullies. Pharoah? Bully. It just shows that it has always been an issue, and will continue to be so.
What is a bully? The definition of a bully is “a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker”. That can mean so many different things, to many different people.
I was bullied as a child. My daughter, bless her heart, found it difficult to believe! Gotta admit, that made me feel pretty good! But I was. It hurt, both physically and mentally. The physical part, at least for me, healed with no lasting affects. The mental side however, lasted for some time. Self confidence has always been an issue for me, regardless of success or praise, I find it hard to believe that I was “good enough” to be worthy of such lauding. It has gotten progressively better as I get further from it, but there is still that little kid in my head that will always doubt. I can’t totally shake him.
That being said, I know a lot about what it means to be bullied. If you’ve never been bullied, good for you. Now ask yourself, were YOU ever a bully? It’s easy to do, if you’re not aware of how you act towards people. I have done it, and then subsequently realized it, and gone and made amends with that person whenever possible.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs released sales tax allocations statewide for the month of October with good news for Brown County cities.
Brownwood’s sales tax allocations were up 4.76% compared to the same month last year, and Early and Bangs each saw a good increase for October of 10.34% and 12.21% respectively.
Statewide, Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their October local sales tax allocations totaling $579.8 million, up 5.2 percent compared to October 2012.
“State sales tax revenue collections continued to grow at a moderate pace,” Combs said. “Growth was led by collections from the construction, telecommunications and retail sectors. State sales tax revenue has now increased for 42 consecutive months.”
Brown County 4-H is supported by the Brown County United Way.
DATES TO REMEMBER
14 – Extension Office Closed for Columbus Day
14 – May 4-H Club Meeting 6:30p.m. at May Community Building
15 – Rabbit Club Meeting 7:00p.m. at Extension Office
16 – Deadline to enter the County Food Show
17 – Food Challenge Practice 5:30p.m. at Extension Office
19 – County and State Lamb Validation 8:00a.m. – 10:00a.m. at Youth Fair Barns
19 – County and State Goat Validation 11:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. at Youth Fair Barns
20 – Sheep Club Meeting 6:00p.m. at Extension Office26 – Brown County 4-H Food Show 1:00p.m. at Extension Office
Early Band Named Overall Champion at Heart of Texas Marching Festival; Brownwood and Bangs Win Awards – Photo Galleries
Early High School hosted the annual Heart of Texas Marching Festival on Saturday with a record 21 bands performing this year. Bands from Bronte, Eldorado, Coleman, Mason, Goldthwaite, Menard, Eden, Seymour, Winters, Miles, Rising Star, Wall, Christoval, Comanche, Breckenridge, Cisco, Bangs, San Saba, Sonora, Brownwood and Early all participated. Howard Payne University played an exhibition performance to close out this year’s festival.
Early High School’s band won Overall Champion in the competition for the second year in a row. They also won awards for Fan Favorite band and Outstanding Percussion. Brownwood secured the Outstanding Drum Majors award for the second year in a row as well as Outstanding 3A band. Bangs was awarded Outstanding Brass. All three Brown County schools also received a Division I rating. See full results from the competition below.
The Howard Payne University defense allowed the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys 381 yards on the ground in a 59-24 loss Saturday afternoon in conference action.
With Hardin-Simmons leading 24-17 at halftime, the Cowboys would outscore Howard Payne 35-7 gaining 381 yards on the ground.
HPU quarterback Richard Young was 36-for-53 passing for 280 yards and a TD. Running back Zarron Dove had 75 yards on 12 carries and 2 TDs. Dove also had five catches for 66 yards.
Colby Mica finished with 99 yards on 12 catches. Kevin Domingue had seven catches for 36 yards and a TD.
Jordan Young led the HPU defense with 13 tackles. Jason Disney had 10 tackles (2.5 for loss) and a sack.
Brownwood ISD celebrated “Pink Out” day Friday at campuses and the football game as a way to raise money for families in the district who are battling cancer.
Big Country Ford of Brownwood also helped the cause by donating $5000 to the district’s “Pink Out” fund. Big Country Ford initially was expected to donate $2500, but owner of the company Diane Winn decided to double the donation at the last minute.
The Brownwood Lions defeated one of the top teams in their district, the Burnet Bulldogs, 36-31 in the final seconds of Friday night’s game.
Knowing that Burnet had a strong defense and explosive offense, Brownwood Head Coach Chuck Howard and his coaching staff took advantage of their two weeks between games and made practice count. Howard stated that his coaching staff did a lot of special teams training, and made daily improvements on both offense and defense, which showed Friday night.
At the half, Brownwood was leading 27-14. Howard stated that he was proud of the team and that the defense was playing well.
“The kids are playing hard,” said Howard. “It’s going to be a good second half.”
Friday night high school football scoreboard October 11, 2013. Scores are reported as final. Area games and other games of interest are listed below.
Grape Creek 27
A burglary of a vehicle was witnessed by an alert citizen Thursday and a Bangs man was quickly arrested due to information provided by the witness.
According to Brownwood Police Department, a woman returned to her vehicle which was parked in the Kroger parking lot around 2:20 p.m. on Thursday to find that someone had broken into it and stolen her wallet. A BPD officer was dispatched to the scene and spoke to the complainant who was crying and upset because the wallet contained $40 which was all the money the woman had to her name, the report states.
A person standing nearby stated that they had seen a man, later identified as 49-year-old Gary Wayne Laird of Bangs, walking around the vehicle, which seemed suspicious. The witness said that Laird had fumbled as if he was looking for his keys, then reached into an opening in the window and unlocked the door from the inside, the report states. The witness also saw Laird take a wallet from the vehicle and then walk to a dark green SUV and drive away according to the report. The witness then called the police department and provided dispatch with the information on what she had observed, the report states.
The return on the suspect vehicle’s license plate came back to a local address and an officer who was in the area of the address was able to locate the vehicle and initiate a traffic stop. Upon making the stop, Laird was identified as the suspect and admitted to this burglary as well as another burglary at 600 N. Center Avenue, the report states. The officer also during the stop located hydrocodone and tramadol which were unlawfully possessed. Laird also admitted that the forty dollars that was stolen from the burglary at Kroger had been placed into a blue bank bag with other money that was recovered from the vehicle.Laird was arrested and charged with burglary of a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance penalty group 3 less than 28 grams and possession of a dangerous drug.
The BRMC Volunteers are pleased to announce their volunteers of the month for August and September 2013.
BRMC Volunteer Stephanie Price (above left) was selected as the August 2013 BRMC Volunteer of the Month.
Stephanie Price has been a BRMC Volunteer since 2000. She volunteers at the BRMC Volunteers’ Information Desk where she provides patients and visitors with vital information about BRMC. Stephanie has over 260 hours of volunteer service at BRMC.BRMC Volunteer JoAnn Hurt (above right) was selected as the September 2013 BRMC Volunteer of the Month.
- Early Volunteer Fire Department Visits Early Primary School during Fire Prevention Month
- Two Injured in Friday Afternoon Rollover Accident Near Early
- Mooney Elected as Chairman of Early Beautification Commission
- BISD Superintendent to Speak at Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon October 18
- Bruner Auto Family Launches Drive for the Classroom
- Weekly Fishing Report for Area Lakes
- Candlelight Vigil Held to Honor Victims of Domestic Violence
- Rev. Elso Garcia ’62 of Houston Honored during HPU Homecoming 2013
- Lions Enter District Play, Face Burnet Bulldogs Friday Night
- Law Enforcement Blotter 10/10
- Rotary Club Donates Dictionaries to Brownwood Third Graders
- Area Project Graduation Groups to Receive over $5000 from Ford’s Drive 4UR School Program