Residents honor fallen soldiers on Memorial Day

It is still unknown whether the monument stones that fell at the Central Texas Veterans Memorial were knocked over by high winds, or by vandals, but the absence of the stones did not prevent Brown County Residents from paying their respects to local men and women who gave their lives in the defense of this country while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Harold Steiber told the crowd that the tragedy of the broken monuments has been turned into a blessing, as donations have poured in from all over the United States to restore the memorial. Steiber announced that replacement stones have already been ordered.

Every year, residents gather for a Memorial Day Observance at the Central Texas Veterans’ Memorial, which is set up at Memorial Park across from Brownwood Regional Medical Center. Speakers this year included Mayor Stephen Haynes and General Dan Locker.

Camp Bowie Aquatic Center to Open in 2 Weeks

The Camp Bowie Family Aquatic Center will open Tuesday May 29th.  We will be offering two daily swim sessions and will also have extended hours on Tuesdays & Thursdays until 8:00pm for family swim time. Wiggins Pool will open the regular hours on Tuesday May 29th which will be Tuesday thru Sunday 2:00pm to 5:45pm.

o   MONDAY          CLOSED

o   TUESDAY          Session I  – 10:15 am to 1:45 pm

   Session II  – 2:15 pm to 8:00 pm

o   WEDNESDAY    Session I  – 10:15 am to 1:45 pm

   Session II  – 2:15 pm to 5:45 pm

o   THURSDAY        Session I  – 10:15 am to 1:45pm

   Session II  – 2:15 pm to 8:00 pm

o   FRIDAY              Session I  – 10:15 am to 1:45 pm

   Session II  – 2:15 pm to 5:45 pm

o   SATURDAY        Session I  – 10:15 am to 1:45pm

   Session II  – 2:15 pm to 5:45pm

o   SUNDAY            1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Admission Fees

  • $2.00 ages 12 & under
  • $3.00 ages 13 & up
  • $1.75 for Day Cares & Senior Citizens
  • Pool Punch cards are available! (12 visits for the cost of 10 visits)
  • Rental of Pool Pavilion available at Admission Window after first hour of opening.

Lap Swimming (starting June 5th)

  • Tuesday thru Friday
  • Hours 7:00am to 8:30am (1 ½ hours)
  • Standard Admission Rates will apply. Punch Cards must be purchased in advance.
  • No other features will be open during Lap Swimming

For more information please visit

Workshop to Outline Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities Set for May 22nd

The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the America’s Small Business Development Center are offering a business workshop that will outline the benefits of hiring people with disabilities on Tuesday, May 22nd from 11:30 am -1:00 pm at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce (600 E. Depot Street).

The workshop will help separate facts from myths regarding hiring employees with disabilities.   Topics will also include tax incentives, statistics, accommodations and general rules and regulations.

There is no cost for Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce members.  Non-member fee is $10.  Attendees may bring a lunch.

To register visit or for more Information call Amy Wright at America’s SBDC  325-646-7299 or the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce 325-646-9535

Early Police Respond to Domestic Violence Reports

On 05/13/18 at approximately 11:15pm officers responded to a call of a domestic violence call at an apartment in the 100 block of Sudderth Dr. Neighbors reported hearing screaming and the sounds of someone hitting the floor and walls in an apartment. When Officers arrived they also could hear screaming and yelling and loud crashing noises coming from the apartment. When officers made contact with the male and female inside, the male had a torn shirt and visible injuries along with scrape marks and redness on his face, chest and arms. The female Rowena Marie Coers who was intoxicated had been detained during the investigation was told she was under arrest for assault family violence. Coers, while handcuffed, began screaming and trying to body slam herself into officers and then began kicking both EPD Corporal Sheedy and Highway Patrol Trooper Hoy. Coers then was able to grab and pinch one officer in the groin causing pain to the officer. Coers continued to kick and attempt to hit and slam her body in an uncontrollable rage while officers were taking her to the patrol car and until placed in the patrol car. Coers was taken to the Brown County Jail where she was booked into jail for 2 charges of assault on a public servant, resisting arrest and assault with bodily injury family violence. Both officers received minor injury during the incident but did not seek medical treatment at this time.

On 05/12/18 at approximately 3:15pm Officers responded to the 200 block of East hall ct for a domestic violence call. Officers were informed that they began arguing approximately 30 minutes prior to the call. The male had received scratches and pinch marks from the argument. The female Karla Joanna Torres-Vasquesz was placed under arrest for assault family violence and taken to the Brown County Jail.

Council candidates debate Reunion resurrection

Whatever happened to the Brownwood Reunion?

That question was posed on the Facebook page of Ward 1 City Council Candidate Patrick McLaughlin’s page. McLaughlin also polled his audience as to whether they’d like to see the Brownwood Reunion make a comeback.

Incumbent Ward 1 City Councilman H.D. Jones, who is seeking re-election his seat, posted an answer on Facebook explaining that the Reunion was originally intended to be a one-time event, which continued beyond the initial year due to the success of the event. Over the years, revenue declined, and thus the Reunion had to be cancelled, according to the post.

During Tuesday night’s candidates’ forum hosted by the Pecan Valley Republican Women, the two candidates’ were asked whether they would support the return of the Brownwood Reunion.

McLaughlin stated he would support it, saying that it helped put Brownwood on the map, and that he has experience in putting on events like the Reunion. McLaughlin is involved with the Brownwood Jaycees, who put on the Lone Star Expo and Rattlesnake Roundup every year.

Jones stated that he would not favor it’s return, citing the financial losses reaching into the tens of thousands to the city.

The candidates also discussed parks funding, with both candidates supporting the construction of new splash pads at three city parks. However, the two differed on how the project should have been funded, with McLaughlin saying the splash pads should have been funded through donations and grants, while Jones said that donations and grants are not sufficient to fully fund parks projects.

A full video of the forum can be found on the Pecan Valley Republican Women’s Facebook page.