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.

BHS Choir Members Compete in 1st Round TMEA Region 7 All-State Choir Audition

On Saturday, September 23, fifty-two (52) members of the Brownwood High School Choir traveled to Graham to compete in the TMEA Region 7 1st Round All-State Choir Audition.

Competing choir members learned to pronounce words in both French and Latin, in order to perform their auditions on the pieces chosen by the state:

  • Toutes les nuits – by Janequin
  • Missa Brevis Joannis de Deo – by Haydn Choir

Members were informed upon arrival at Graham High School (GHS) which sections of the songs would be auditioned individually. The repertoire portion of the audition counted as 80% of their final score. As a part of their audition, choir members were required to sight-read an eight-measure portion of music, without accompaniment, that would be revealed to them once they were in the audition room. The sight-reading portion of the audition counted as 20% of their final score.

Thirty-six (36) students from Region 7 were chosen to be part of the Treble Choir. BHS Choir members earned fourteen (14) of those spots, comprising 38% of the 2017 All-Region Treble Choir. Additionally, twelve alternate students were chosen. These alternates will join the Treble Choir should a member become ill and/or ineligible. BHS Choir members also filled four (4) of the available alternate spots.

A total of forty-eight (48) students from Region 7 were chosen to be part of the Mixed Choir. BHS Choir members earned sixteen (16) of those spots, comprising 33% of the 2017 All-Region Mixed Choir. Additionally, sixteen alternate students were chosen. These alternates will join the Mixed Choir should a member become ill and/or ineligible. BHS Choir members also filled four (4) of the available alternate spots for this choir.

Brownwood High School Choir is led by Mrs. Cindy Franklin.

TMEA Region 7 High School All-Region Mixed Choir

Soprano 1: Carlee Richardson, Lillian Sharp*

Soprano 2: Daisy Green, Jordan Roberts
Alto 1: Jessica Phariss
Alto 2: Daja Holbert, Emma Grace Quillin
Tenor 1: Tim Crawford, John Monson, James Williams, Asher Choate**
Tenor 2: Adan Villarreal, Parish White
Bass 1: Jadyn Simental, Zackary Chisum, Adrian Villarreal**
Bass 2: Jesse Bennett*, Logan Dick, Cooper Green**, Aaron Menchaca**

TMEA Region 7 High School All-Region Treble Choir
Soprano 1: Acasia Baker, Jillian Lambert, Caitlin Tucker, Halie King**
Soprano 2: Amanda Montalvo, Emily Mumeh, Jentree Simental, Shelby Tervooren
Alto 1: Hannah Bessent, Jasmine Cumby, Bekah Greenhaw, Alyssa Salazar, Aaliyah Uvalle, Alette Moya**
Alto 2: Sarah Church, Kamille Jacobs, Sierra Cade**, Trina Wheeless**

* 1st Chair    ** Alternate

Local DAR chapter celebrates Constitution Week at HPU

Brownwood’s Mary Garland Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its recent meeting in Howard Payne University’s Independence Hall with HPU students and faculty among the guest speakers.

David Clemons, HPU instructor of history, spoke to the organization about two modern schools of thought on the American Revolution. Following his presentation, HPU seniors Carrie Condra of Hurst and Skyler Schoolfield of Aledo addressed the audience. Condra and Schoolfield, both students in HPU’s Guy D. Newman Honors Academy, are the recipients of the Lottie Plummer Wooley Texas Society Daughters of the American Revolution (TXDAR) Scholarship and the Nan Massengill TXDAR Scholarship, respectively.

HPU’s Independence Hall, located in the Douglas MacArthur Academy Building, was an apt setting for the meeting, held in observance of Constitution Week. The room is an almost-exact replica of the room in which the nation’s Founding Fathers signed the two key documents of American freedom: the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Doris Goacher, digital archives assistant at HPU, serves as regent of the Mary Garland Chapter. She described how the chapter’s history intertwines with that of HPU.

“A charter member of the chapter was Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Peacock Walker, whose home, the Walker House, is now the home of Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, and his wife, Dr. Diana Ellis,” she said. “HPU’s Walker Memorial Library is named after Mrs. Walker’s husband, James Allen Walker.”

Additionally, Lottie Plummer Wooley and Nan Massengill, for whom the two HPU DAR scholarships are named, both have HPU connections as well.

“Mrs. Wooley, a Texas State Regent from 1967-1970, selected as her State Regent’s Project a contribution to the completion of Constitution Hall at the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom at HPU,” said Goacher.

Constitution Hall, a lecture hall on the third floor of the Academy building, was named in honor of the DAR’s Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

“The Texas Daughters were able to raise more money than was needed for the project, so the State Conference of 1970 established a scholarship at HPU, in Mrs. Wooley’s honor, with the remaining funds,” Goacher said.

According to Goacher, Cornelia “Nan” Massengill was State Treasurer during Wooley’s administration.

“She visited HPU several times with Mrs. Wooley and liked what the university stood for,” Goacher said. “She requested in her will that a DAR scholarship be established at this university.”

For more information about the Daughters of the American Revolution organization, visit www.dar.org.