Three arrested on drug charges following suspicious activity call

A Brown County deputy sheriff arrested three on drug-related charges after investigating suspicious activity at a convenience store on US 377 South in Brownwood. The deputy was dispatched to the location in reference to three men smoking something inside a vehicle.  The three suspects were arrested on separate charges. Rene Cerda was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of Marijuana. Thomas Cerda was arrested for theft and Michael Cerda was arrested for Possession of Marijana.

HPU Homecoming Oct. 20-21

Howard Payne University alumni, friends, students, personnel and guests from the community are destined for a memory-filled weekend as The Yellow Jacket Express – Homecoming 2017 arrives on campus. The train-themed weekend, October 20-21, features more than 30 events, many of which will appeal to the entire community.

Alumni and visitors may register for Homecoming events online. Some events require purchased tickets while many are free of charge. For complete details and the latest schedule information, visit www.hputx.edu/homecoming or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8044 or via e-mail at alumni@hputx.edu.

Laura Benoit, HPU’s director of alumni relations, said she is looking forward to the many events scheduled on campus and around town.

“Of particular interest this year is our bonfire and fireworks display, which many from the community enjoyed last year,” she said. “We’re excited to bring it back, and this year the event will take place at the Bert V. Massey II Sports Complex.”

The bonfire and fireworks display begin at 9 p.m. on Friday, October 20. The sports complex is located at 2301 Dickman Drive in Brownwood, near the Camp Bowie Aquatic Center.

Additional events are highlighted below.

Performances of “The Pirates of Penzance” will be held in Mims Auditorium on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased through the Homecoming website or at the door on the evenings of the performances. Those who purchase tickets online for Thursday’s performance should contact the Office of Alumni Relations prior to the event at 325-649-8044.

HPU’s Walker Memorial Library will open its Archival Display and Treasure Room to the public Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 8:15 a.m. to noon.

“Self-Curated 2 Exhibition,” the artwork of the Brownwood Art Association, will be exhibited in the Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery located inside HPU’s Doakie Day Art Center. Gallery hours during Homecoming weekend are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Golden Graduate Luncheon honoring the Class of 1967, sponsored by Wendlee Broadcasting, will be held Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of the university’s Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

The Booksaw Off the Rails Escape Room, hosted by the Walker Memorial Library, is scheduled Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Homecoming Court will be presented during Homecoming Convocation at 2 p.m. on Friday in Mims Auditorium.

The Alumni and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Beadel Dining Hall of the Mabee University Center. During the banquet, the Homecoming 2017 honorees will be recognized. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Following the banquet on Friday will be Cobbler on the Campus sponsored by Underwood’s Cafeteria. This event begins at 7:30 p.m. at HPU’s Muse Plaza and Mall.

Friday evening will conclude with a bonfire and fireworks display (time and location listed above).

The Alumni Association Remembrance and Reflection, a time designated to gather in memory of alumni who have passed away, will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday at HPU’s Muse Plaza and Mall by the statue.

Saturday morning’s Decades Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. During this time, alumni are invited to reunite with friends from their class decades in the Beadel Dining Hall of the Mabee University Center. Also at 8 a.m. on Saturday will be the Class of 1972 45th Reunion Breakfast in the dining hall, the Hispanic Fellowship Breakfast in Bullion Suite A of the Mabee University Center and the Letterman’s Breakfast in Bullion Suite C.

The Homecoming Parade, sponsored by Bruner Auto Group, begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. The parade will begin at the Brownwood Coliseum, travel down Center Ave. and end at the university’s Doakie Day Art Center. The best areas to view the parade are downtown and on campus along Center Avenue.

Little Jackets’ Nest, sponsored by Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, featuring games and other free activities for children, will be held from 10:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Muse Plaza and Mall.

Family Picnic Lunch, sponsored by Visit Early Texas, will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Muse Plaza and Mall and Beadel Dining Hall.

HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts will present a Choir Concert at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the university’s Mims Auditorium.

A variety of departmental and student-organization receptions will be held Saturday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Richard and Wanda Jackson Conference Room of the Paul and Jane Meyer Faith and Life Leadership Center.

pep rally will be held prior to the football game, beginning at 3 p.m., at Festival Park at Gordon Wood Stadium. Additionally, all HPU classes are invited to participate in a tailgate event featuring snacks and beverages. A reception for the African-American Alumni Chapter will also be held as a tailgate event at this time.

The HPU Yellow Jacket football team will play Sul Ross State University at 4:00 p.m. Saturday at Gordon Wood Stadium.

A variety of reunions, athletic events and other events will be held throughout the weekend. A complete schedule of events and ticket prices are available online at www.hputx.edu/homecoming.

In addition to the sponsors mentioned above, HPU thanks the following business for their support: Willie’s T’s (Homecoming t-shirt sponsor), Marsh & McLennan Agency, Mills County State Bank, Dr Pepper Bottling, United Supermarkets, Citizens National Bank, Down Home Digital, Early Blooms & Things, Painter & Johnson Financial, PF&E Oil Company, Porter Insurance Agency, TexasBank, John Woolsey Ice House, and Smith & Sharpe Insurance Agencies.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The ARK Domestic Violence Shelter (The ARK) is inviting the public to take part in this year’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Each year October is set aside to honor the victims that have lost their lives to domestic violence, celebrate the progress survivors and advocates have made, and connect with the community to help end domestic violence.

Throughout October, The ARK will be exhibiting the Empty Shoes Display at local schools, courthouses, medical facilities and public places in the tri-county area. The display honors local victims in Brown, Coleman and Comanche Counties that have lost their lives to domestic violence. The display is a sobering reminder that domestic violence is happening here in our local area. It is a tragedy that each name and pair of shoes represents a mother, sister, friend, and child that were taken by violence at the hands of someone they cared about.

From October 2nd through October6th, the display can be found at Brownwood, Coleman, Early, and Bangs High Schools. The following week the display will be at BRMC, Coleman County Medical Center, Comanche County Medical Center, Brownwood Public Library, and Premier High School. From October 16th through October 20th, the display will be at the Brown, Coleman, and Comanche County Courthouses, Family Services, and May High School.  During the fourth week of October, the display will be at the HPU-Girling Center, TSTC, Ranger College, and DeLeon and Panther Creek High Schools.

On the 26th of October, The ARK will have their annual Candlelight Vigil in the HPU Girling Center at 6:00 pm. The Candlelight Vigil will feature a reading of all the Texas victims’ names that lost their lives in 2016 as well as remembering the twelve victims from the tri-county area of Brown, Coleman, and Comanche.  Guest speakers will talk about Domestic Violence in our community and how The ARK and law enforcement is responding to it. The Candlelight Vigil will end with the lighting of candles and a moment of silence to remember the victims.

Each year, over 100 victims in Texas alone are murdered by an intimate partner. October is the month to observe these issues and pledge to end domestic violence in our communities. This month is set aside to remind each of us what we can personally do to help stop the violence.

The ARK, along with local police, court officials, and community agencies, work together to make our communities safer and to end the violence that is happening in too many homes. They are reaching out to the community and asking for help to end this epidemic of violence. For more information about the services that The ARK provides or about National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, please contact The ARK at 325-643-2699.  You can also go online to www.arkshelter.org.

Businesses encouraged to sign up for booths for Trick or Treat Trail

The 6th Annual Trick or Treat Trail presented by Wendlee Broadcasting will be held at the Depot Plaza in Brownwood on Tuesday, October 31st from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Area businesses and organizations will offer candy, goodies, games and other fun activities free of charge to area residents.

Also included during the event will be a Halloween Costume Contest sponsored by Matthew Williams State Farm.   The contest will offer prizes in the categories of most creative costume, best couple costume , best family costume, best group costume, cutest baby costume and best children’s costume.   Entry forms for the costume contest are available at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce – 600 E. Depot Street or online at BrownwoodChamber.org.

During the Trick or Treat Trail, a family-friendly movie will be shown in the Depot pavilion lawn sponsored by Little Dude Ranch.

Area businesses are encouraged to set up an activity booth during the Trick or Treat Trail to offer free games and candy to those in attendance.

For more information about the 6th Annual Trick or Treat Trail or to register for a booth space, call the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-646-9535.

Corks and Caps set for Saturday

The 2017 Corks and Caps event set for this Saturday, October 7th from 6 PM – 11 PM in the Depot Plaza in Brownwood.

Corks and Caps will feature tastings of beer and wine from breweries and wineries from across the country.  Several food trucks will also be featured at the event offering a variety of food and desserts . A cigar area will be a featured component during this event hosted by The Leaf from Abilene, and live music will be offered by the Matt Wilson Band from Austin.

Advanced tickets for the event cost $25 each which will include 10 samples of the beer and wine. Non-sample tickets for the concert only will be $10 each.  Attendees must be 21 or older to purchase tasting tickets.   The first 600 attendees will get their choice of a Corks and Caps commemorative glass.

Tickets can be purchased at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce or online at BrownwoodChamber.org under the Corks and Caps link.   The 2017 Corks & Caps is presented by Ryan Construction.

For more information, call the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-646-9535.