Brown County Museum of History to Honor Local Law Enforcement at Open House Monday

CountyMuseum450Local law enforcement will be honored on Monday, October 7th at the Brown County Museum of History, located in the Old Jail at 212 N. Broadway, as a celebration of the 110th anniversary of the building and the opening of the new law enforcement exhibit.  

Boy Scout Troop 14 will provide a flag color guard ceremony at 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Museum. Sheriff Bobby Grubbs, Brownwood Police Chief Mike Corley, Assistant Chief James Fuller, Bangs Chief of Police Troy Gusendorf, and Early Chief of Police David Mercer, representing each of their departments, will be honored. An open house will follow with come-and-go refreshments and a chance to tour the Museum. The public is invited to attend, and the Museum will be open until 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

“This is a thank-you to each man and woman in Brown County law enforcement, retired and current.” said Beverly Norris, Museum Board President. “In celebrating this 110th anniversary of the Old Jail we created a new exhibit, ‘A History of Brown County Peace Officers’ and all our research reminds us of the long-standing dedication of those who have maintained the peace through the years. We want to take this opportunity to thank the men and women who serve, and have served, Brown County”

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Keep Brownwood Beautiful Joins Chamber with Ribbon Cutting - Gets Set for County-Wide Clean Up Saturday

KBB450Keep Brownwood Beautiful cut a ribbon Monday to celebrate their new membership to the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and to promote their upcoming county-wide clean up event scheduled for this Saturday, October 5th.

The clean up is a great chance to get rid of unwanted items from area residences.

It will take place from 8 AM to 2 PM under the Austin Avenue Overpass at Avenue A and Brady at the Community Plaza across the street from the overpass. Cars, vans and pickups only, trailers must go to the landfill where there will be no charge between the cleanup hours. All loads must be covered.

Acceptable items accepted at the clean up include brush, yard debris, household garbage, latex and spray paint (limit 10 gallons), metal, refrigerators (must be free of food), stoves, ovens, air conditioning units, anti-freeze, car batteries, passenger car tires (max 8 per household - no tires accepted from tire dealers), used motor oil (limit 5 gallons). No hazardous waste will be accepted.   Document shredding has also been added to the clean up with a 3 box maximum.

Electronic items accepted during the event include computers, monitors, printers, copy machines, fax machines, scanners, cameras, batteries, VCR/VCD/DVD players, and MP3 players.

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List of National Night Out Block Parties in Brown County for October 1st

NNO2013sign400Tuesday is National Night Out for Brown County and area residents are getting ready to hold block parties to meet neighbors and local law enforcement.

This year, over 40 block parties are scheduled across the county in Brownwood, Early, Bangs, Zephyr, and several rural locations.

Police from Brownwood, Early, and Bangs; the Brown County Sheriff's office; area fire departments; Guardian EMS and other city and county officials will visit these parties taking place Tuesday, October 1st between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

This year's National Night Out is sponsored locally by Heart of Texas Crime Stoppers, WT Harris Company, Guardian EMS, Wal-Mart, 3M Company, ATMOS Energy, Heart of Texas EMS, Oncor, TexasBank, and Weldon Wilson Electric.

For more information about National Night Out, call the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-646-9535.

Below is a list of block parties scheduled for the 2013 National Night Out in Brown County for Tuesday, October 1st:

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Block Party Registrations Continue for National Night Out

Brownwood Police Promo Pic 450 2013Neighborhoods across Brown County are encouraged to join together this year for the 2013 National Night Out (NNO) event scheduled for Tuesday, October 1st.   Coordinators of the local NNO event are currently looking for block captains to help organize small gatherings in neighborhoods in the county for this crime and drug prevention event.

"Several parties have already registered for this year's National Night Out from our kickoff event held on August 6th, and for those who missed it, there is still time to register your neighborhood and participate," said Brownwood Police Officer Chandra Means, coordinator for NNO.

This is the 4th year for the local National Night Out effort and the 30th year nationwide.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on October 1st, residents in neighborhoods throughout Brown County are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods throughout the area will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, visits from police, contests, and other activities.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Representatives from the Brownwood Police Department, Brown County Sheriff's Office, Early Police Department, Bangs Police Department, area fire departments, and other officials will travel around Brownwood, Early, Bangs and Brown County during the event to visit these gatherings and speak to those in attendance.

For more information or to register as a block captain, contact Officer Chandra Means at 325-643-9520 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registrations will also be taken during the Brownwood Business Showcase at the Brownwood Coliseum on Thursday, September 5th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Brownwood Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Taco Casa

TacoCasa450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, August 22nd for Taco Casa to welcome them as new members of the Chamber.

The new Taco Casa is now open at 207 Early Blvd, and they offer fresh made Mexican food with quick service.

Taco Casa was founded in 1972 and opened the branch in Early in 2013. Their slogan is "Real Food, Real Fresh, Real Good. Still the same after 40 years."

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19th Annual Business Showcase – “Hunting for Success!”

Brownwood Business Showcase 2013It is time again for the Annual Business Showcase hosted by the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce. For 19 years, the Brownwood Chamber has provided a venue for local businesses to network with over 1,000 potential clients/customers in one location and ultimately grow their business and the local economy. This year will not be any different; the 19th Annual Business Showcase will feature over 70 local businesses in various lines of trade from banking, insurance and energy to home health services and personal well being.

The show will open at 10:00 AM on Thursday, September 5th at the Brownwood Coliseum and will feature well-known, established businesses as well as some of the newest in the Brownwood area. Admission to the show is only $2 for adults, children 10 and under get in free. The first 500 visitors will receive a tote bag to hold all of the valuable information you will likely gather throughout your visit! All visitors to the show will have the opportunity to win booth prizes from each of the exhibitors. Those who participate in the “Bingo” game may enter to win the Grand Door Prize - a Yeti Tank filled with hunting goodies from Weakley Watson Sporting Goods.

For the 7th year, the “Taste of Brownwood” – Presented by Sodexo-BRMC returns to offer the community an opportunity to sample favorite recipes from local restaurants, caterers and bakeries. From 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, showcase visitors can visit restaurant row and sample tasty treats from Sodexo Campus Services, The Chatfield Assisted Living, CARE Nursing & Rehab, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Mi Sueno Restaurant, Sodexo-BRMC, Brownwood Country Club and Food Plaza! Each visitor will receive 4 FREE Taste of Brownwood tickets with the $2 admission fee. Those who choose to enter with a complimentary pass may purchase 4 Taste of Brownwood tickets for a $2. Additional Taste of Brownwood tickets may be purchased for $1 each the day of the show.

Make plans to attend today, visit with people you have known for years and get to know the new faces in town. Take time to learn about the products and services offered by each one of these local business owners. The Brownwood Chamber encourages local residents to “shop local” to support local businesses and our local economy. Every dollar that you spend in Brownwood generates the funds used to better the community that we all call home.

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Complementary Passes Now Available for Brownwood Business Showcase Coming September 5th

Brownwood Business Showcase 2013 300The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is getting set for their annual business showcase on September 5th, and complementary passes are currently available.

The 19th Annual Brownwood Business Showcase will feature over 70 local businesses from around the area in various lines of trade - from established businesses as well as some of the newest in the Brownwood area.

The show will open at 10:00 AM on Thursday, September 5th at the Brownwood Coliseum. Admission at the door will be $2 and complimentary passes are currently available for a limited time at the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce office - 600 E. Depot St.

"All visitors to the show will have the opportunity to win booth prizes from each of the exhibitors," said Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Director of Member Services Missi Malone. "Those who participate in the 'bingo' game may enter to win the grand door prize - a Yeti Bucket filled with hunting goodies from Weakley-Watson Sporting Goods."

For the 7th year, the Taste of Brownwood returns to the Business Showcase to offer the community an opportunity to sample favorite recipes from local restaurants, caterers and bakeries. From 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, showcase visitors can sample tasty treats. Each visitor will receive 4 free Taste of Brownwood tickets with the $2 admission fee. Those who choose to enter with a complimentary pass will need to purchase Taste of Brownwood tickets at the door the day of the show. Free tote bags will be given to the first 500 visitors to enter the showcase.

"Make plans to attend, visit with

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Governor’s Small Business Forum to be Held in Brownwood August 29th

GSBF logo BrownwoodBusiness owners in Brownwood and the surrounding area are invited to attend the Governor’s Small Business Forum on Thursday, August 29th at Howard Payne University’s Mabee Center from 8 a.m. - noon with breakfast being served at 7:30 a.m.

Commissioner Hope Andrade of the Texas Workforce Commission, former Secretary of State, will be the keynote speaker for the event.

Governor's Small Business Forums give entrepreneurs and small businesses the valuable tools, skills and knowledge needed to thrive in today’s fast-paced economy. Featuring a wide range of instructive seminars and expert speakers offering vital information on both public and private resources, the forums offer a great opportunity to network and connect with industry specialists, government officials, service providers and other regional businesses. 

“Small business is a major reason Texas has been home to more new jobs than any other state over the last 10 years,” Governor Rick Perry said. “These forums will help ensure business owners have the tools necessary to survive and thrive, which will mean more jobs and stronger communities throughout Texas.”

Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas will present information on the Skills Development Fund and other Workforce programs.

Those in attendance will also receive information about programs to help start-up companies, access to capital, and business assistance programs from local, state and federal agencies. Presentations will be made by the Small Business Development Center, USDA Rural Development, National Association of Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Programs, Texas Department of Agriculture, Council Finance, Brownwood Economic Development Corporation, Early Economic Development Corporation, Brownwood Industrial Foundation and the Office of the Governor Economic Development and Tourism, Texas Bank for Economic Development.

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2014 Community Profile & Membership Directory

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The Brownwood Area and the Early Chambers of Commerce are partnering with Chamber member Village Profile® to produce the 2014 Community Profile & Membership Directory publication in both a traditional print version and also in a digital format. 

Thousands of new, full-color printed publications will provide a comprehensive guide to the Brownwood and Early areas as well as an overview of the community. The publication will be distributed to visitors, businesses, new families and local residents. In addition to the thousands of printed publications, the 2014 Brownwood Area and Early Community Profile & Membership Directory will be available digitally, 24/7 around the world via: • A publication website at the Community Profile Network®, hosted by Village Profile® at, which will link to and from the Chamber’s own website.• A NewView eBook® of the entire publication can be downloaded FREE to laptops, desktops and smartphones (BlackBerrys, Treos, Palms, etc.).• The new iPhone/iPad/Android App program.• And a mobile, interactive advertiser directory with links to your website, Google mapping, locater points and updateable advertisements.

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