Early High School will host a four week baseball camp starting January 19th directed by former Cincinnati Reds Scout and Early High School coach, Blake Sandford, in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy.Classes are available for players in grades 1-12 and are limited to six players per coach. Sessions are offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and base running.
The cooler temperatures of Fall means it’s time to celebrate Brownwood Area Community Garden’s fourth annual Harvest Festival Saturday, October 19th.
A special feature of this year’s Festival will be creative activities for kids. Artists from the Brownwood Art Association will be on hand in the Garden’s shade arbor to help kids paint gourds of all sizes and shapes. Young festival goers can also enjoy face painting and balloon animal art.
Established in 2009, the Brownwood Area Community Garden is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing area food pantries with fresh, naturally grown produce year-round, as well as providing gardening space for area gardeners. So far this year the Garden has donated more than 1,000 pounds of fresh, organic produce to the Salvation Army Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen.
A special highlight of this year’s Harvest Festival will be a presentation at 11:00 a.m. by Connie and Stuart Veldhuizen, of Veldhuizen Family Farm near Stephenville, who will speak on the importance local and sustainable food, and of the importance of organic foods. The Veldhuizen Family Farm produces organic, whole raw milk and dairy products like artisan cheeses, butter and yogurt. Their presentation will be in the Central Texas Opportunities building, and is free of charge. A selection of their products will also be for sale.
The Pecan Valley Kiwanis Club recently presented a check to Brown County Assistant District Attorney Elisha Bird who is also a board member of the Heart of Texas Children’s Advocacy Center in Early.
The presentation was made at the Pecan Valley Kiwanis weekly meeting which was held on Thursday morning.
Pecan Valley Kiwanis member Don Holland thanks supporters of recent fundraising events.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Thursday, October 17, 2013
Tuesday, October 15
*1:59 PM – Brownwood Police received a report of theft of medication. According to the report, 28 - 10 mg tablets of hydrocodone were stolen from a residence in the 2500 block of Avenue C.
Wednesday, October 16
*1:23 PM - A Brown County Sheriff's deputy while on patrol noticed a pickup truck cross the center lane and continue driving north in the southbound lane of Hwy 377 South. According to the report, the deputy had to swerve out of the way to keep from getting struck by the vehicle. The deputy turned on his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to make a traffic stop; however, the vehicle continued to drive in the wrong lane causing other vehicles to have to swerve to miss a collision, and it almost caused an accident as it ran a red light at the traffic signal at Hwy 377 South and Crockett Drive, the report states. The vehicle came to a stop at the Allsup’s located on Hwy 377 where the deputy made contact with the driver. While the deputy was speaking with the driver, identified as 21-year-old Davey Lee Cox of Early, he appeared confused and asked what was happening, according to the report. When the deputy asked Cox if he had fallen asleep or if there was something wrong, he acted as if nothing had occurred, the report states. During a search of the vehicle, the deputy located a 7 ounce can of Dust Off duster, which the deputy through his training knew was often used an inhalant to get high, the deputy’s report states. The duster can was still cool to the touch and had condensation on it, which indicated recent use. Cox was arrested and charged with possession use inhale/ingest volatile chemical and reckless driving.
Several new traffic laws were implemented after the 83rd legislative session ended and went into effect on September 1st, but law enforcement officers continue to see violations of the new laws.
According to Early Chief of Police David Mercer, many citizens remain unaware of new changes to several laws which could be costly to offenders.
One in particular, Chapter 545.066 in the transportation code, deals with vehicles passing a school bus when red lights are activated and loading or unloading children.
“This is not a new law but the fines have risen significantly to a minimum of $500. Many may not realize that this law means both directions must stop,” explained Mercer. “The opposite direction is only exempt if the highway is divided by a physical barrier such as a concrete divider or grass median. A left turn lane (center turn lane) does not constitute a divided highway which is where many people fail to stop, causing them to get stopped by officers.”He stated that many are aware of the law regarding use of cell phones in a school zones on highways; however, the legislature has now added school property to be included. For example, anyone dropping off or picking students and leave the roadway onto school property can still receive a ticket on the school property. This was implemented to protect the children on the campus itself due to many drivers texting or calling thinking they were on private property, according to Mercer.
The Brownwood Lions will take on the Liberty Hill Panthers in what has been named the Big Country Game of the Week by Abilene Reporter News, and the Lions are more than ready according to their coach to play what should be a very good game.
According to Brownwood High School Head Coach Chuck Howard, the Lions understand that Liberty Hill will be a tough opponent and that they will have to make every play count, not leaving any points on the field.
“They lead the district in team defense both in points allowed and yards allowed per game. Liberty Hill is better on both sides of the ball this year when compared to last year’s team. Their defensive line and linebackers are extremely active and physical,” Howard said. “They have good speed and athleticism in the secondary. We will have to take advantage of every opportunity we have and not leave any points on the field.”
He further explained that Liberty Hill’s team is very good on both offense and defense and that the Lions will have to give their all on defense.
“Liberty Hill is a physical, run oriented team who wants to control time of possession. That being said, they do such a great job with their lineman getting down field and blocking on the second and third levels that if their backs break the line of scrimmage, they can go the distance,” said Howard.
In working toward a District Championship, Liberty Hill is definitely a team the Lions need to conquer.
Ever want a cookie, then think you might want pie instead? Have both with this fabulous Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie! Enjoy a slice of this amazing pie warm with a scoop of ice cream and you’ll be in your own little piece of paradise.The beauty of this pie is the chocolate chips sink into the batter during baking, creating this amazing, gooey, melted chocolate layer. It’s completely fabulous.
The City of Brownwood Recreation Department announced Thursday that the registration deadline for city league volleyball has been extended to Friday, October 25th.The Brownwood Recreation Department is currently accepting registrations for adult volleyball teams for Recreation Volleyball & Power Volleyball for their 2013 Fall League.
Below are the fishing reports for area lakes as reported by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department this week.
Water stained; 73–77 degrees; 9.24' low. Black bass are good on crankbaits, green pumpkin or redbug Finesse worms on Shaky Head jigs near docks in 4–8 feet, white flukes, and spinnerbaits. White bass to 2 pounds are excellent on crankbaits and jigs off lighted docks at night in 5–25 feet. Crappie are excellent on minnows and white or shad Li'l Fishies over brush piles in 5–15 feet. Channel and blue catfish are slow. Yellow catfish are slow.
Lake ColemanWater clear; 75–79 degrees; 15.00' low. Black bass are fair on watermelon crankbaits and soft plastic worms. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are fair on live minnows and blue tube jigs over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait, shrimp, and liver. Yellow catfish are slow.
Early High School will be hosting the UIL Region 7 West Zone Marching Contest this Saturday, Oct 19.This is the first time this contest will be hosted in Early. Twenty-six Class A, AA, and AAA bands from all across central Texas will be descending upon Longhorn Stadium to present the marching shows they have been hard at work on since early August.
Kaimon Ontiveros was named KTXS Sports’ player of the week and is in the running for the Dave Campbell’s Texas High School Football’s Gridiron Player of the week as well after he made a monstrous game winning 107 yard kickoff return with just 14 seconds left in Friday’s game against Burnet.
Kaimon has overcome injuries and has proven himself a leader of the Brownwood Lions football team according to head coach Chuck Howard. Ontiveros and Coach Howard both gave the defense credit for making the “beautiful wall” along the sideline that cleared the way for Ontiveros to sprint to the goal line.“After I got past that first defender, all I saw was about 7 maroon shirts that had a giant wall down the sideline,” he said. “I knew after I got past that first defender that I was in good shape.”
- Reminder: Boy Scouts Texas Trails Council’s 2013 Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner Set for November 12th
- VFW Post 3278 to Host District Meeting, Recognize Women in Military Service October 19th
- Take a Load Off and Chill Out!
- Volunteer Dedicated to Kids at Latch Key
- Law Enforcement Blotter 10/16
- Brownwood ISD Pink Out Day Ends With Big Game Win and $5000 Donation from Big Country Ford
- HPU Presenter Discusses Careers in Advertising
- Young Leaders of Brown County Fall Mixer Set for October 24th
- Reminder: 3rd Annual Talking Tombstone Tour Set for Saturday, Oct. 19th
- HPU’s Criminal Justice Program Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary
- Reminder: 1st Annual Early Pioneer Days Set for October 18-20, Schedule of Events
- HPU’s Bridges Again Named ASC Defensive Player of the Week