BISD to hold National Night Out parties

Utilizing the three new splash pads built by the City of Brownwood in parks adjacent to Brownwood elementary school campuses, Brownwood ISD will hold National Night Out parties. The school district will have a greeting station at each of the splash pads, along with cookies and drinks. Representatives from the police and fire departments, as well as the city council will also be on hand to greet local residents. National Night Out will be Tuesday from 5-8 pm in Brown County.

Brownwood ISD Rolls Out New Comprehensive Alert and Messaging System for Parents, Teachers, and Students

Brownwood ISD is announcing the rollout of SchoolMessenger, a trusted platform utilized by districts across the country for school alerts, parent notifications, classroom messaging and community engagement. Brownwood ISD has previously used among other online tools for school alerts, teacher-parent communications, and emergency notifications. SchoolMessenger will take the place of those services and unify communications into a single, secure, trusted and proven platform.

SchoolMessenger integrates with the contact information parents have already provided during registration. To ensure communications are setup properly, parents are encouraged to:

  • Visit to get started.
  • Use the same email address that you used for registration (Parent Portal/TXEIS) when creating an account.
  • Make sure your phone number and email address information are correct by either calling in to the school office or logging in to your Parent Portal.
  • On Monday, October 2, you should receive the following text from 67587 requesting you to opt-in to continue receiving important informational text messages from your child’s school:

“Brownwood ISD messages. Reply Y to confirm, HELP 4 info. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq varies.”

You must reply “Y” if you wish to receive future SMS text alerts from Brownwood ISD. You may opt-out at any time by visiting

Early’s Fowler applies to Naval Academy

Early High School senior Jim Fowler has entered the application process to attend the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. In order to be admitted to the Naval Academy, Congressman Mike Conaway would have to nominate him, and the academy would still have the decision on whether or not to accept him. Fowler told the Brownwood Bulletin that he hopes to become a Marine infantry officer, and that he was invited to visit the academy at the academy’s expense.

HPU’s Stark serves at Mission Arlington through Go Now Missions

HPU’s Stark serves at Mission Arlington through Go Now Missions

Howard Payne University junior Candace Stark of Midland served in Arlington this past summer through Go Now Missions, a cooperative organization of Baptist churches that mobilizes Texas university students to share the love of Jesus Christ across the world. Through Go Now Missions, Stark was able to serve at Mission Arlington for four weeks.

Mission Arlington is a center for community ministry in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The many different service ministries at Mission Arlington provide help with the physical needs of the community’s people while introducing them to the Bible and Jesus Christ.

While serving with Mission Arlington, Stark spent most of her time in the “out back” area where donations of clothing and household items were delivered and sorted. While there, she had the opportunity to share Jesus with those serving with her and to pray with them for four weeks.

“The reason I chose to serve ‘out back’ was because at times when it was not too busy I could talk with the volunteers,” said Stark. “Many people working there were serving court-ordered sentences and were amazed that I chose to serve in that area by raising money to do so. My willingness to open up to those whom others had given up on was a neat and humbling experience.”

While serving with Mission Arlington, Stark also assisted with “Rainbow Express” which is similar to Vacation Bible School. She helped serve food and teach the kids about Jesus while the adults were taught separately about Jesus as well. The event occurred two times per week for two weeks.

“Rainbow Express was such a great success and the turnout was unbelievable,” said Stark. “So many kids and adults accepted Christ during the event and that was a blessing to see.”

In addition, Stark served at Remynse Street Fellowship, a local church in the area. Stark said she was taught valuable biblical and life lessons by a special woman in the church. She had the opportunity to learn more about being intentional in working with the kids in the area and in mission work.

“God really showed how sovereign He is in all situations and how we should not question why or where He sends us to do His work,” said Stark.

Boys Scouts to honor Robert Porter as Distinguished Citizen

Boys Scouts to honor Robert Porter as Distinguished Citizen

The Texas Trails Council of the Boys Scouts of America will honor Robert Porter during their Citizen of Distinction banquet which will be held Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Coggin Avenue Baptist Church Connections Center.

Dennis Graham says that Porter is being honored for his enthusiastic support of the Brownwood community, and Brown County as a whole. As president of Porter Insurance, he sponsors local events, youth activities and community projects. As the leader of the “Brownwood Mafia,” a group of businessmen committed to promoting Brownwood for economic development, he has represented Brownwood before state leaders, including Texas legislators and the Texas speaker of the house.

Tickets to the banquet can be purchased by calling Graham at (806) 674-1708.

National Night Out coming up

National Night Out will be Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. as residents hosts block parties to get to know their neighbors, and to meet local law enforcement officers and first responders. Those wishing to host a National Night Out party can call the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at (325) 646-9535 to register the party in order to receive those visits from law enforcement and public officials.

The Good Samaritan Ministries reminds those participating in National Night Out to bring donations of canned tuna to their party, which will be picked up by the police. The party that collects the most tuna will receive a trophy from the Good Samaritan Ministries.

Commissioners to consider sod purchase for elections building, burn ban status

The Brown County elections building, a 4,000 square foot building built at a cost of $1.2 million in a no-bid contract to McKinstry Construction, continues to cost Brown County taxpayers money as the Brown County Commissioners Court looks to install new sod around the building.

The building, which houses the elections office and treasurer’s office, generated controversy due to its relatively high construction cost at $300 per square foot, and the fact that the contract for construction was awarded to McKinstry without going through the bidding process.

County Judge Ray West and Precinct 1 Commissioner Gary Worley defended the construction, saying that the contract was awarded under an energy savings program, and that the cost of the building would be offset by savings in electricity bills as part of McKinstry’s overall energy-saving project, which included the replacement of electrical fixtures and air conditioners in county-owned buildings with more energy efficient models.

Further controversy arose as the commissioners outsourced the building of the parking lot, and as detail work within the building went unfinished. The county had withheld funds from McKinstry pending the repair of those issues.

Unfinished detail work included uncovered outlets, phone and ethernet cable installation, and a panic-bar on the front door that cannot be unlocked, resulting in a wooden block being placed over the bar so that citizens can enter the front door from the outside.

On Monday, the commissioners will seek to beautify the property by installing sod around the new building.

In other business, the commissioners will consider the status of the burn ban, and consider approving a TxDOT program to place school zone lights at Victory Life Academy.

Suspicious activity leads police to drug bust

Brownwood Police investigating suspicious activity wound up arresting a local woman on drug charges after finding suspected methamphetamine, clear plastic baggies and a Glock handgun with an empty magazine. The items were found during a search of a black Chrysler 200 on Roselawn Ave. 24 year old Brittany Michaela Richardson was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and unlawful carrying of a firearm in a weapons-free zone.

HPU names Laura Benoit director of alumni relations

Howard Payne University recently named Laura Benoit as director of alumni relations. Benoit joined the university’s staff in October 2014 as assistant director of alumni relations and was promoted in 2016 to the position of associate director.

“Laura has been a valuable member of our staff for the past three years and is a natural fit in this role,” said Randy Yeakley, vice president for development. “We’re proud to have her working with our vast network of alumni and former students.”

Benoit said she’s enjoyed meeting many of HPU’s alumni and friends.

“These individuals helped shape the university’s rich history, so it’s a joy to have the opportunity to develop relationships with them,” she said.

Prior to arriving at HPU, Benoit served as director of parent relations for Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, New York. She and her husband, Joseph, have two adult children, Amanda and Aaron.

Among other responsibilities at HPU, Benoit will oversee the university’s Homecoming celebrations each fall. HPU’s Homecoming 2017 festivities are slated for October 20-21.

For more information, contact HPU’s Office of Alumni Relations at 325-649-8044 or

Hobby Lobby to open Early location


The Brownwood Bulletin is reporting on Facebook that Hobby Lobby will open a location in Early. The new location will open next June and will bring an expected 35-50 jobs.