Spring Sing this weekend at HPU

Howard Payne University students will perform in the annual Spring Sing event this Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24, at 7:30 p.m. each evening. The event will be held in Mims Auditorium. Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased online (www.hputx.edu) or at the door.

Spring Sing is a popular event on the HPU campus, drawing audiences of students, personnel, alumni and members of the community.

This year’s theme is “TV Shows: Then & Now” and each of the three participating groups will perform an original musical/theatrical sketch that blends elements of classic television with current TV. Student organizations participating in this year’s event include Delta Chi Rho, Chi Alpha Omega and Pi Theta Chi.

“The goal of Spring Sing is to honor God, represent HPU in a positive manner and present a fun and entertaining production that showcases the talents, skills and creativity of HPU students,” said Joshua Snow, director of student activities. “We hope the community will make plans to join us.”

For more information, contact the Office of Student Life at 325-649-8017.

Early Police foil store burglary

From Police Chief David Mercer:


On March 21 at approximately 11:30pm Officer Kelly Marsh responded to an Alarm call at 420 Early Blvd, the Leon River Mercantile Western store. Officer Marsh arrived and located a suspicious vehicle parked in the rear of the building that had clothing items in the vehicle that appeared to be from inside the store. Officer Marsh along with BCSO Deputy Mason Fabbiani who arrived as a backup unit, entered the store through rear door that had been forced open. Once inside officers located and male later identified as Clayton Earl Lorah who tried to hide behind a shipping box in the rear of the store. Lorah had several other items that he was carrying to the car. Lorah was taken into custody without incident and taken to the Brown County Jail. Lorah was charged with Burglary of a Building, a state jail felony.

Lane closures and detours scheduled for U.S. 84/183 between Early and Zephyr

As progress continues on the construction of a new Fort Worth & Western Railroad bridge crossing over US 84/183 between Early and Zephyr, motorists can expect delays and detours on March 27-28, 2018. Since major construction of the new bridge is now complete and open to railroad operation, crews will be dismantling the temporary bridge that was constructed last year.

On Tuesday, March 27, the highway will be closed for up to 15 minutes at a time between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Motorists can expect delays as these intermittent closures will allow crews to demolish the outside spans of the temporary bridge.

On Wednesday, March 28, for the 4-hour period between approximately 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., all traffic will be detoured between the communities of Zephyr and Blanket as crews demolish the rest of the temporary bridge.

Travelers heading out of Brownwood/Early towards Zephyr/Goldthwaite will be detoured to US 67/377 to Blanket, then south on FM 1467 to Zephyr.

Travelers heading towards Brownwood/Early from Zephyr/Goldthwaite will be detoured to FM 1467 to Blanket, then into Early on US 67/377.

As the length of the detour is approximately 20 miles, travelers should allow substantially more time to reach their destinations.

The new railroad bridge will allow US 84/183 to be widened from two to four, 12-foot lanes with the addition of a center left turn lane, removing the bottleneck by matching the existing four-lane roadway on either side of the bridge. Construction of the $12.4 million project is expected to be completed this summer.

Local Political Parties to hold County Conventions

The Brown County Republican and Democratic Parties will hold their precinct and county conventions this Saturday.

The Republicans will meet Saturday Morning at 9 am at the Senior Center across the street from the Coliseum. The Democrats will meet at 8 am at the Early Chamber of Commerce at 104 E Industrial Drive.

Both parties will elect delegates to their respective state conventions, and propose resolutions for their party’s platform.

Suspicious package at Early High School draws police response

In a press release to Wendlee Broadcasting, Early Police Chief David Mercer said that a suspicious package found at Early High School turned out to be strings of LED lights:


On Monday 03/19/2018 at approximately 4pm the Early Police Department responded to the Early High School for a report of a suspicious package. Officials at the Early High School stated they received a package by UPS and when they opened the outer shipping package it contained 7 individually wrapped packages approximately 4x4x7 inches in size. The School stated they have never received anything that looked like these packages and were not expecting anything that should be packaged like these. Officers checked the return address label which indicated an electronics store in California but no business name was on the return label. The school did not show any record of an order from this location.

School had released for the day but all after school activities on campus had to be canceled in order to evacuate the building. The Abilene Police Department Bomb unit responded to the High School and examined the package. An x-ray of the package was taken and examined which revealed rolls of wiring. It was determined that the package was not a threat at which time the package was opened and revealed strings of LED lights in the package.

Although it was an inconvenience for the after-school activities, the evacuation was necessary to insure the safety of the students and faculty due to the recent events and the unexplained circumstances proved that this was the only option.