United Supermarkets donates $5,000 to HPU

BROWNWOOD – March 2, 2018 – United Supermarkets recently presented $5,000 to Howard Payne University to be used as scholarship funds that will be awarded to local and area HPU juniors and seniors who also receive the university’s Heart of Texas Scholarship. The grocery store chain plans to make this a yearly scholarship donation to HPU.

The purpose of the United Supermarkets Scholarship Fund is to help deserving students attend HPU. The donation will specifically benefit HPU students who meet the criteria mentioned above and who are majoring in business management or marketing. Another benefit of the scholarship is that its recipients will be considered for internships with United Supermarkets or for part-time jobs while attending HPU.

Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, expressed his appreciation to United Supermarkets.

“HPU is blessed to have United Supermarkets and our other community partners who recognize the great value of higher education to our community and state,” he said. “United’s financial support of HPU through this scholarship demonstrates this corporation’s commitment to our area students.”

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

Brownwood Chamber and SBDC to Offer Social Media Management Workshop March 22nd

The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the America’s Small Business Development Center are offering a business workshop on the topic of social media management on March 22nd from 11:30 am -1:00 pm at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce located at 600 E. Depot Street in Brownwood.

Topics covered in this workshop will include balancing social media platforms, growing social media presence, dealing with negative online reviews, as well as other social media management tips and tricks.

There is no cost to attend the workshop for Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce members.  Non-member fee is $10 per person.  Attendees may bring a lunch.

To register, visit https://nwtsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/14582 or for more Information call the Amy Wright at America’s SBDC  325-646-7299 or Brownwood Chamber of Commerce 325-646-9535.

Tickets are now available for the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet on April 19th

The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will host their Annual Chamber Banquet on Thursday, April 19, 2018. The celebration will be held in the Brownwood Coliseum with the reception at 6:00 PM, dinner at 6:30 PM and the awards presentation slated to begin about 7:00 PM.

Community Service Awards will be presented during the banquet including Stuart Coleman Good Neighbors, Community Partner, Business of the Year, Man and Woman of the Year and the Groner Pitts “Lifetime of Service” Award.

Tickets are $36 per person and includes dinner.  To RSVP call 325-646-9535 or register online at 325-646-9535.

This year’s banquet is presented by the 3M Company.   Gold sponsor for the event is Citizens National Bank.

Health Department to Offer Free Flu Shots Friday and Saturday

The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department will be offering free flu shots at the Wheels That Move the World event at the Lehnis Museum this Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17.

The flu shots will be offered in the Public Health Emergency Preparedness trailer on Friday from 1pm until 4pm, and on Saturday from 10pm until 2pm. There is no charge for the vaccine or the administration. The free flu vaccine is available to everyone 4years of age and older.

This flu season has been especially hard. The flu can be especially dangerous to young children, older people and those who are immunocompromised. Complications from the flu can lead to hospitalization and can be fatal.

The health department urges the citizens of our area to take advantage of this opportunity to get vaccinated at no cost.

For questions about the flu or the flu vaccine please call the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department at 325-646-0554 or go to the CDC website at www.cdc.gov.

Police arrest two in car dealership thefts

The Early Police Department arrested two men accused of breaking into an auto dealership and stealing key FOBs and two pickup trucks. Police identified the two men as 42 year old Jamith Burt Fraser and 32 year old Dustin Hubbard, both charged with burglary of a building and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The investigation stemmed from a Jan. 31 report where a local car dealer reported that their office had been broken into, and several key FOBs and two pickup trucks were missing. One of the trucks was located two days later. Police then followed leads which led to the two suspects.

13 BHS HOSA Students Qualify for State Competition

Thirteen (13) Brownwood High School (BHS) Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) qualified for the state conference after competing in the area contest in Copperas Cove earlier in February.

We are so tremendously proud of them,” said BHS Health Science Teacher and HOSA Advisor, Annalyn Deen. “We have our very first State Officer Candidate from Brownwood High School, Miss Emily Chapa.”

Deen noted that they also have their first official middle school HOSA chapter. “They will be attending state this year as well and have about 18 students competing,” stated Deen.

The state HOSA competition will be held April 12-14 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX.

Ark Mystery Dinner Theatre Saturday

Less than 20 tickets remain available for Saturday’s Mystery Dinner Theater benefiting the Ark Domestic Violence Shelter in Brownwood. The event will be Saturday night at the Grand Starz Ballroom on Belle Plain. Tickets are $60 each, are available at the Ark administration offices at 2900 Coggin Avenue, and proceeds will fund the Ark’s shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as counseling and job placement services.

Brownwood moves east, Early moves north in UIL Realignment

The University Interscholastic League announced the new districts for football. Football districts are as follows:

District 5-4A D1:

  • Brownwood
  • China Spring
  • Gatesville
  • Stephenville
  • Waco La Vega

District 3-3A D1:

  • Early
  • Breckenridge
  • Clyde
  • Eastland
  • Jim Ned
  • Wall

District 4-3A D2:

  • Bangs
  • Coleman
  • Anson
  • Ballinger
  • Cisco
  • Merkel
  • Grape Creek
  • San Angelo TLC

District 6-3A D2:

  • Comanche
  • Dublin
  • Jacksboro
  • Millsap
  • Rio Vista
  • Tolar

District 13-3A D2:

  • Brady
  • Sonora
  • Ingram Moore
  • Comfort
  • Blanco
  • Johnson City

District 7-2A D1:

  • Goldthwaite
  • San Saba
  • Crawford
  • De Leon
  • Hico
  • Valley Mills

District 7-2A D2:

  • Cross Plains
  • Albany
  • Haskell
  • Roscoe
  • Baird
  • Hamlin
  • Roby

2018 Economic Summit Set for February 20th

The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce announced this week that registration for the 2018 Economic Summit is currently underway. The event will feature Texas State Demographer Dr. Lloyd Potter as the keynote speaker. The summit will be held on Tuesday, February 20th at Howard Payne University’s Bullion Suites in the HPU Mabee Center from 8:00 AM to 11 AM.

Lloyd Potter was appointed State Demographer on June 4, 2010. He is a professor in the Department of Demography at The University of Texas at San Antonio where he also serves as the director of the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research (IDSER). He has extensive experience working as an applied demographer in several settings.

Dr. Potter will outline current demographic and population trends in the state of Texas and specifically Brown County and how they may impact the economic future.
U.S. Congressman Mike Conaway will also make a presentation that will outline the current economic state of the federal government and how that may impact business locally.

Also speaking at the event will be Guy Andrews, Executive Director of the Brownwood Municipal Development District and a representative from the Heartland Association of Realtors. The speakers will give an in-depth look at the local and state economy regarding sales tax, employment statistics, the real estate market, current trends and more.

The presenting sponsor for the 2018 Economic Summit is TexasBank. Gold sponsors include Coldwell Banker, Mark Campbell & Associates and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Moseley Real Estate. Silver sponsor is the Brownwood Municipal Development District.

Breakfast will be served from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM, with the program from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Cost of the Economic Summit is $15 per person.
For more information or online registration, go to the Chamber’s Calendar of Events: www.brownwoodchamber.org or call the office at 325.646.9535.

Lang, Risse discuss teacher pay

Candidates for State Representative for HD 60 began the candidates forum hosted by the Early Chamber of Commerce Friday by answering a question concerning teacher pay.

The question asked was, “We all agree that teachers need pay raises, but how do you propose that we fund this increase?”

Incumbent State Rep. Mike Lang said the issue could be resolved by shifting money away from school administration and back into the classroom.

“We need to have money put back into the classroom,” Lang said. “What has happened over time is that we’ve spent money more on administration than in the classroom. What we need to do is stop paying into the administration that we’re doing through unfunded mandates. I put in a bill last session to stop unfunded mandates, but the administrators association said ‘Wait, if we do away with these unfunded mandates, our jobs go away.’ And that’s exactly right. Those jobs would go back into the classroom.”

Challenger Gregory Risse said the reason teachers struggle financially was due to high health insurance premiums.

“I’m a retired teacher, I walk every day to teachers,” Risse said. “Teacher pay borders good, it’s just right at adequate until their health insurance premiums cut about half of it away. That’s the key. If their health insurance were commensurate with the jobs they do, they’d have about an $800 per month raise.”

Dr. Jim Largent, who was not in attendance, replied to the question via email. Dr. Largent said that teachers could receive pay raises if unfunded mandates were cut.