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Michael D. ‘Mike’ Smith

Michael D. “Mike” Smith, 69, of Buda, passed away peacefully on June 17, with his beloved wife Martha, son Eric and daughter-in-law Jenny, sister Lynda, and nephew Jason by his side. He was especially blessed with the love and companionship of family and friends during his final days, who shared memories of a life well-lived.
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Luna Maya Ribbon Cutting Held

The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Luna Maya on Thursday, June 23. They are located at 406 Center Avenue in Brownwood. Luna Maya is a baby and children’s boutique offering everything from clothing to swaddles, diaper bags, and much more. Luna Maya is currently operating as a booth in Shaw’s Marketplace and was established in 2020 by Rachel Howell.
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Jackie Wheat, 85, of Early

Jackie Eugene Wheat, 85, of Early, Texas passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2022. A Celebration of Jackie’s life will be held at a later date. Jackie was born September 5, 1936 in Early, Texas. He attended Brownwood Schools and worked on the family farm with his dad. Jackie married Mattie Robertson and together they had a son, Charlie Joe Wheat. Later in life, Jackie married Bonnie Sills and he became step dad to Bonnie’s children. Jackie was a horse man, he loved to spend time with horses and spent countless hours training, caring for racing his horses. He would race anyone who was willing to make a bet and take on the challenge, even local high school track stars that wanted to foot race the horses. He travelled with his friend, Cowboy, and gave everyone a run for their money. He loved animals, he won many blue ribbons with his beloved Donkey, Cherokee. Jackie enjoyed chuck wagon cook-offs and pulling the Hooters girls in parades. Many hours were spent playing dominoes and hanging out with family friends. Although he was a firm man, he was a loving man as well and his door was always open for someone that needed a helping hand and he made sure that the people who worked for him received the money that they earned. Jackie’s family was his greatest legacy and he shared his home with his granddaughters and grandkids. They spent many summer days camping and fishing.

Shaw’s Backyard to Open Saturday

Shaw’s Marketplace, in downtown Brownwood, has announced through their social media that Shaw’s Backyard will officially open this Saturday, June 25th. They invite everyone to come stroll around The Brownwood Artisan Market, grab some coffee or lunch and enjoy being outside with friends and family. They have multiple lounge areas, yard games and misters to keep you cool on these hot summer afternoons. Shaw’s Backyard will be open during Shaw’s Marketplace hours with the exception of special events. The location is 508 North Center Avenue.

Weekly Brown County COVID Report Issued

The following weekly COVID report for Brown County was issued Thursday evening, June 23. In the last seven days, the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department received 45 positive COVID-19 test results. Of the 45 positives this week, 6 were PCR, and 39 were antigen. Of the total number of cases reported this week, 21 cases met the breakthrough definition. This includes asymptomatic, mild symptoms, and severe symptom breakthrough cases.

Linda Kay Bothwell, 76, of May

Linda Kay Bothwell, 76, of May, Texas formerly of Odessa, Texas passed away Thursday, June 23, 2022. A visitation with family is planned at the Heartland Funeral Home from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. The funeral service will be held in the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel...

June is National Dairy Month

Cool off with a bowl of ice cream. Delight in a glass of milk. Savor the yogurt. While you’re tantalizing your taste buds with your chosen treat, glance over these Dairy Month facts that can’t be beat. *Love ice cream? It takes about 12 pounds of milk (about...

Brownwood Culinary Arts Students Pick Up Professional Insights from Local Restaurant Chefs

“Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors—it’s how you combine them that sets you apart” (Wolfgang Puck). Brownwood High School (BHS) Culinary Arts and Advanced Culinary Arts students attended a field trip visiting The Hideout Golf & Resort and The Turtle Restaurant. Students in tenth through twelfth grade enjoyed a day with tactile field immersion in the culinary industry. “Students were able to have a ‘hands-on’ experience rather than just learning about commercial kitchens and chefs from books or videos,” said Elizabeth Ripley, the Culinary Arts teacher at the time. “They were able to converse with chefs and see the workplace as well as be exposed to an environment they might not be familiar with.” The Culinary Arts students have spent many hours studying the textbook and classroom aspects of the industry, working since the beginning of the year to raise funds and take a trip to a ‘sit-down’ restaurant with table service. “Many of my students have eaten fast-food, but not many of them have had a casual dining experience with table service,” Ripley said. “Chef Kevin at The Hideout gave the students a tour of the commercial kitchen, the garden, and answered their questions. Chef Kevin picked herbs and told students what they were and let them touch, smell, and even taste some of them. It was beneficial for the students to see the farm-to-table in action. After the tour, students were able to order off of the menu and have a casual dining experience—something many of us take for granted.”

Local Chefs Bring Expertise to Brownwood High Culinary Students

“Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors—it’s how you combine them that sets you apart” (Wolfgang Puck). Brownwood High School (BHS) Culinary Arts and Advanced Culinary Arts students attended a...

May Community Center Garage Sale June 17-18

The May Community Center, May, Texas will have a HUGE inside 2 day GARAGE SALE on Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18. The sale will be from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. There will be a great variety of items donated by many families at great prices and something for everyone. All proceeds benefit the upkeep of the May Community Center. There will be several more sales in and near May. Maps showing locations of the sales will be available.

‘A Taste of China’ to open in former Gomez’s location

Never miss a thing: join our email list and receive news like this directly to your inbox! Click here to join. The former Gomez’s Mexican Restaurant, located at 716 West Commerce in Brownwood, will soon have a new tenant. ‘A Taste of China,’ a full Chinese buffet, is hoping...

Common Grounds announces June 13 opening date

The Common Grounds Coffeehouse Facebook page on Wednesday announced the official opening date at its new location at 809 Main Street in Brownwood, site of the former Brownwood Central Fire Station. Monday, June 13 marks the first day of business, and initial hours will be from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30...

Fishing report

GOOD. Water slightly stained; 75-78 degrees; 3.56 feet low. Bass are good to 6 pounds on crankbaits and shaky heads feeding on perch beds along rocky shorelines. Most are in a summer pattern. Crappie are fair to one pound on minnows from 10-15 feet of water in brush piles and around lighted docks. White bass are excellent to 1.25 pounds trolling with small swimbaits or crankbaits. Catfish are slow on cut bait, liver and perch.

Lemonade Day Brownwood is coming August 13th

The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is bringing Lemonade day, a youth entrepreneurship, educational program to Brown County this year. The Chamber believes this program and experience will inspire and equip our city’s next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders! Lemonade Day is an experiential, educational program for elementary and middle school age children that teaches them the process of starting and then running their very own business… a lemonade stand. On Brownwood Lemonade Day, children will be able to set up their lemonade stand businesses throughout the city.