Names of deceased at deer camp to be released

Brown County Sheriff Vance Hill told K-Texas television that he has notified the next of kin, and, Tuesday, will release the names of the three individuals found dead at a local deer camp.

The three individuals, all related, were believed to have been killed by carbon monoxide poisoning from a propane heater used to warm a box trailer that had been converted to a deer cabin. Their remains were found by the ranch manager. Sheriff Hill warns that hunters who use propane heaters need to have ventilation, and should always use carbon monoxide detectors.


BROWNWOOD – December 15, 2017 – Dr. Robert Bicknell, who has served at Howard Payne University for almost 30 years, retired from his role as accreditation liaison at the close of the fall 2017 semester after stepping down from his concurrent role as dean of extended education in May. In appreciation of Dr. Bicknell’s faithful service to the university, Dr. Bill Ellis, HPU president, named Dr. Bicknell HPU’s first Provost Emeritus. Read more here.

Trash service to resume Wednesday

Trash service for the cities of Brownwood and Early will resume Wednesday after non-emergency city offices and services were closed for the Christmas holiday. In Brownwood, Monday’s trash collection will be done Wednesday, and Tuesday’s trash collection will be Thursday. Thursday’s trash routes will be run Friday, and Friday’s routes will be run Saturday.

In Early, Monday and Tuesday trash routes will be run Wednesday, which will bring the trash collection back on schedule. Residents are advised to have their trash put out by 7 a.m. to insure collection.

Camp Wood Lake closes

In a special ceremony Saturday, the Girls Scouts of Central Texas closed Camp Wood Lake, a 50-acre camp on Lake Brownwood that has hosted Girls Scouts camps since 1956. Reasons for the closure include financial difficulties, aging facilities and declining attendance. Girls Scouts officials say that there will still be camp outs in the Brownwood area for local Girls Scouts.

Fire displaces woman, 4 teenage daughters

A house fire displaced a woman and her 4 teenage daughters over the weekend. The fire started in the kitchen, the woman, Maria Rocha, was the only one home at the time. No injuries were reported. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help the family.

Health Dept. announces Maternity Fair

The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department and the City of Brownwood will be hosting the next maternity fair on Thursday, January 18, 2018, from 6-8 pm at the Adams Street Community Center at 511 East Adams Street in Brownwood.

The maternity fair is open to all expectant mothers and new mothers in our area. Mothers are welcome to bring a guest with them. Refreshments will be served.

Participants will be provided with information about communicable diseases, immunizations for infants, children and adults, feeding your baby, breastfeeding, parenting tips, healthy living, nutrition for expectant mothers, car seat safety, Medicaid and resources available for families in our area.

Vendors will be present from local resource agencies as well as some state agencies to provide information about services offered and resources that are available in our area. Each attendee will receive a bag of gift items and there will be a drawing for door prizes.

The Maternity Fair is free of charge, but registration is required for planning purposes. To register for the Maternity Fair, please call the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department at 325-646-0554, or come by the Health Department at 510 East Lee Street in Brownwood.

Four Brownwood ISD Music Teachers Awarded TMEA Grants

The Texas Music Educators Association recently initiated the Elementary Music Instructional Resources Support Program, providing funding for grants to benefit elementary music programs across the state.

This grant program was offered exclusively to active TMA members who teach elementary music, to be used in elementary music programs. Music teachers could apply for grants to purchase music, music equipment, instruments, and other music education materials for use during this school year.

Four (4) music teachers from BISD were awarded grant money for equipment for their music classrooms:

  • Dean Kiesling – Northwest Elementary – portable sound system

  • Holly Bush – Coggin Intermediate – classroom set of ukeleles

  • Kristi Wied – Coggin Intermediate – classroom set of handchimes

  • Jennifer Gwathmey – East Elementary – portable sound system, wireless document camera, and video camera

The teachers were recognized for their grant awards at the monthly Brownwood ISD Board of Trustees meeting held on Monday, December 11.

Howard Payne holiday schedule announced

Howard Payne University will be closed Monday, Dec. 18, through Monday, January 1, in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement (The Harrison House), located at 803 Center Ave., will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, and Friday, December 29, to process end-of-the-year gifts. Gifts can also be arranged to be made in person or over the phone by calling 325-649-8804 anytime throughout the Christmas break.

HPU’s spring 2017 semester begins Monday, Jan. 8.

Congressman Conaway draws primary challenger, 2 Dems seek CD-11 seat

Congressman Mike Conaway will face a challenger from the Permian Basin during the Republican Primary Election, which will be March 6. Paul Myers of Midland filed for the Republican nomination.

On his Facebook page, Myers said he was running for Congress because, “It’s time to elect a real public servant. It’s time to restore the power to the hands of the people. It’s time for your voice, the People’s Voice, to be heard loud and clear in Congress.”

Professionally, Myers has worked in real estate for Keller-Williams, and in the oil industry for Rig Testers, Inc.

Conaway is seeking his eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he chairs the House Committee on Agriculture. He alsoserves on the House Armed Services Committee, and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Prior to serving in Congress, Conaway was a CPA.

The winner of the Republican primary will face the winner of the two-candidate race in the Democratic primary. Jennie Lou Leeder of Llano faces off with Eric Pfalzgraf of Odessa.

Leeder is the former chairman of the Llano County Democratic Party. She ran for the Texas Senate in SD-24, where she lost to State Sen. Dr. Dawn Buckingham. Pfalzgraf is a school bus driver and mechanic for Ector County ISD.

Early declines contract extension with Turner

In what many describe as a surprise move, the Early City Council declined to vote on whether to extend their contract with Bob Turner of Rural Issues Consulting. Turner, a former state representative, has served the cities of Brownwood and Early, as well as the local chambers of commerce as a legislative consultant, promoting pro-Brown County legislation and working against legislation that would hurt the local area.

Critics of the city’s contract with Turner say the agreement amounts to local municipalities paying a lobbyist to advocate for the city’s ability to raise taxes. Sources close to the Early City Council say there was question about whether the money paid to Turner benefited the city through specific legislative victories.