Early Chamber to Host Workplace Safety Luncheon Friday

Early Police Chief David Mercer will be the keynote speaker when the Early Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly luncheon Friday from 11:30-1 at the CARR center on Early Blvd. in Early. Chief Mercer will discuss how to deal with everything from an active shooter to an aggressive employee. RSVP by calling the chamber at 649-9317.

Enrollment for HPU’s Summer and Young Scholars camps nearing capacity

BROWNWOOD – June 12, 2018 – Those interested in enrolling their children in Howard Payne University’s Summer and Young Scholars camps are encouraged to act quickly as several of the classes are nearing capacity. The day camps are for children entering first through sixth grades and are scheduled July 16-20 from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

As in years past, the popular camps feature fun and innovative instruction in a variety of subjects. In the Summer Scholars program, students entering fourth through sixth grades will study robotics, 3D printing, science and recreation. Campers in the Young Scholars program, for children entering first through third grades, will receive instruction in music, robotics, science and recreation.

The subjects are led by HPU personnel and others from the community. This year’s instructors include Tami Hull, 7th grade science teacher at Early Middle School; Dalton Hutchins, HPU’s head tennis coach; Dr. Kristen Hutchins, associate professor of biology at HPU; Jennifer Reeves, private vocal instructor and teacher at Cross Classical Academy; Keith Taylor, retired science teacher from Early Elementary School and robotics coach at Cross Classical Academy; Dr. Lester Towell, professor of computer information systems and chair of HPU’s Department of Computer Information Systems; and Dr. Craig Younce, associate professor of biology and chair of HPU’s Department of Biological Sciences.

Dr. Julie Welker, professor of communication and chair of HPU’s Department of Communication Studies, is director of the Young and Summer Scholars program, and Sydney Spencer, administrative assistant for HPU’s School of Science and Mathematics, serves as administrative assistant for the camps.

“As always, our camps are led this year by an all-star lineup of instructors including our own exceptional HPU faculty and staff members,” said Dr. Welker. “Mrs. Hull and Mr. Taylor have each led numerous teams to state robotics competitions. Mrs. Reeves, who is new to our camps this year, is an experienced and gifted vocal instructor.”

The camps will be held in HPU’s Winebrenner Memorial Hall of Science. Program participants will also have supervised access to HPU’s wellness center, climbing wall and other campus locations.

Cost for the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs is $100 per student and includes a souvenir, snacks and supplies.

Online registration is available at www.hputx.edu/summerandyoungscholars. For more information about the Summer Scholars and Young Scholars programs, contact Dr. Welker at 325-649-8508 or via e-mail at jwelker@hputx.edu.

CASA to hold information session Tuesday

CASA in the Heart of Texas will be hosting CASA 101: An Information Session for
Potential Volunteers at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, June 19th at the Family Services
Center, 901 Avenue B in Brownwood.

CASA trains and supports ordinary people from the community to serve as officers of the court to work
with and on behalf of abused/neglected children in substitute care from Brown, Comanche, and Mills
counties. CASA volunteers get to know the child and everyone involved in the child’s life to advocate for
the child’s best interests. CASA volunteers are MEN as well as women, over 21 years of age, who have a
concern and heart for abused/neglected children and would like to impact their future. Please join us on
Tuesday as we discuss qualifications, skills needed, training provided, time commitment, and the process of becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children. The need for quality volunteers has never been more urgent.

Children are waiting and deserve their very own CASA to stand with them as they go through this
confusing, traumatic time…to be their voice and to fight for them to have a safe, permanent, nurturing home.

Every child deserves a chance – it’s you!

RSVP to casa.tr@familysc.net
(Joanne McCraw, Recruiter/Trainer 325-643-2557)

Howard Payne University graduate Isaac Sommers prepares for Harvard Law School

BROWNWOOD – June 4, 2018 – Months before graduating from Howard Payne University in the spring of 2018, Isaac Sommers, of Brownwood,  was already readying himself for the next step in his academic career.

He graduated May 5 from HPU with a double major in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy: The Program for Civic Leadership and Public Policy, and social science with an emphasis in jurisprudence.

Sommers was informed of his acceptance to Harvard Law School in March. He said he is quite excited about pursuing his unique opportunity this fall.

“Harvard Law School has plenty of resources and many areas of focus in terms of what is available to study, which will open a lot of doors for me,” said Sommers.

He said his educational path has been influenced through the instruction he has received at HPU.

“I’m interested in going into public service and working in government,” said Sommers. “The Honors Academy is very oriented toward people who want to go that route. The focus on civic leadership and public policy offered in the Honors Academy are two things that are very much related to public service.”

Dr. Matthew McNiece, Guy D. Newman Honors Academy director and associate professor of history and government, said that Sommers has been an excellent student in the Honors Academy.

“We’re incredibly proud of Isaac’s accomplishments both inside and outside the classroom,” said Dr. McNiece. “He is a tremendous example of the Honors Academy’s motto, ‘Facing the Future with Faith and Knowledge,’ and we are eager to see how God continues to use him for great things both at Harvard and beyond.”

During his time at HPU, Sommers was very active in campus activities and student leadership roles. He was particularly involved in Student Government (SGA), serving as a freshman class senator in fall 2014, sophomore class presiding senator from fall 2015 through spring 2016, SGA vice president from fall 2016 through spring 2017 and SGA president from fall 2017 through spring 2018.

Sommers was also the captain of the Moot Court team, was the vice president of Gamma Beta Phi national honors and service society and participated in Student Speaker Bureau for several years.

“Through his involvement in SGA, Isaac has faithfully served as an advocate for HPU students and the entire HPU community,” said Dr. Magen Bunyard, vice president of student life and dean of students. “His love for the Lord, commitment to learning, sense of humor and concern for others have positively influenced our campus.”

His alma mater has also had a personal impact on Sommers.

“I started off much more introverted than I am now, though I still consider myself a pretty strong introvert,” he said. “HPU gave me the opportunity to come out of my shell in that sense and embrace the community that it has, because there really is a great community here.”

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University (www.hputx.edu/apply). HPU offers a variety of financial aid options, including scholarships for students from Brown County and surrounding counties. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at enroll@hputx.edu.

Texas Comptroller’s Office Begins Operation of Texas Bullion Depository

(AUSTIN) —Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today the official opening of the Texas Bullion Depository, the first state-administered precious metals depository in the country.

“We’re proud that the nation’s first state-administered bullion depository is now a reality — this is a big day for Texans who want to secure their precious metal assets,” said Hegar, who became the depository’s first customer. “I deposited some gold. The process was easy, and I hope people will go to TexasBullionDepository.gov and set up an account.”

“I can’t think of anyplace else in the world that could create a bullion depository this way, and I’ve heard from legislators across the country who want to do what we are doing, from Tennessee to Utah,” said State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, author of the legislation that created the depository as a state agency under the Comptroller’s purview. “We will see a lot of financial interest in this depository, with gold, silver and other commodities coming here.”

Depositors can buy bullion from a dealer and have it shipped to the depository directly or send in precious metals they already own. Metals admitted to the depository will undergo three types of non-destructive testing, including a density scan to ensure purity.

Depository personnel will take a photo of metals upon deposit, and that digital image will be displayed on the depositor’s online account dashboard. The depository will accept deposits of gold, silver, platinum, palladium and rhodium.

In 2017, the Comptroller’s office partnered with Lone Star Tangible Assets (LSTA) as the vendor to build and operate the depository. LSTA, a Texas-based company, is operating a highest-rated, Class 3 vault as the depository’s initial location.

“Private depositories are not regulated, but ours is overseen by the same agency that has helped grow the Texas economy to the 10th largest in the world,” said Matthew Ferris, LSTA chairman. “You can feel comfortable storing your precious metals with us, knowing that we test and verify your items before they are deposited to your account.”

Planning for a permanent home for the Texas Bullion Depository began earlier this year, at a site in Leander that should be completed in 2019. Tom Smelker, director of the Comptroller’s Treasury Operations Division, was named administrator of the depository in 2017.

“This facility is going to have state-of-the-art security, layered with cameras, alarms and biometric access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” Smelker said. “And everything you store with us will be completely insured.”

“Combining the entrepreneurial spirit and technical expertise of the private sector with the trusted oversight of the Comptroller’s office is what makes this so special,” Hegar added. “Texans can rest easy knowing their precious metals are right here in the Lone Star State.”

For more information, go to TexasBullionDepository.gov.

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 www.brownwoodtexas.gov/pools

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 https://nwtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/14621 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.