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New Officer Graduates Police Academy, Joins Brownwood PD

The newest officer at Brownwood Police Department is Grady Vazquez. Grady was born in San Diego, California and moved to Texas only 2 years ago. While here, he came upon the Brownwood PD advertisement for officers and was selected to attend the police academy at Central Texas College. Grady graduated this past Friday (24th) from the same academy as John Geis from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.
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Longtime Local Radio Personality to Retire Thursday

Listeners to KOXE 101.3 FM learned Tuesday that longtime radio personality Barry Rose is preparing to step away from the radio biz to enjoy retirement. Rose has spent a total of 46 years behind the microphone including stops at five stations in his native Canada. But it was Brownwood’s KOXE/KBWD where Rose spent the last 27 years, entertaining listeners in the mid-day time slot, and serving as host of the “Halfway Home Show”.
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Brownwood City Council Approves Ordinance Amendment Regulating Game Rooms

The Brownwood City Council on Tuesday morning gave final approval to an Ordinance amendment with guidelines for operation of Game Rooms and Amusement Redemption Machines and providing for a penalty not to exceed $500 for conviction of any violation thereof. The Ordinance amends Chapter 10, Amusements and Entertainments, of the City of Brownwood Code of Ordinances.

Plans in Place for Boat Parade and Fireworks Saturday at Lake Brownwood

Wild Duck Marina’s 11th Annual 4th of July Boat Parade Celebration is coming up Saturday, July 2nd, at Lake Brownwood. Registration for the boat parade is at Wild Duck Marina. Entry fee is $10 and all entries must be paid and submitted by NOON on Saturday, July 2nd. Boat parade participants must be lined up and ready at the Lake Dam at 6:45 pm. Lake Patrol will be leading the parade on its traditional route beginning at 7:15 pm. For more information, call Wild Duck Marina at 325-784-7100 Extension 1. The fireworks show is scheduled to run from 9:40 pm until 10:05 pm. Going into this 4th of July weekend, Lake Brownwood stands at 78 percent full.

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.

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...

Picnic of plenty

Dublin Rotary Club on Thursday hosted a western barbecue cookout for high school students from throughout the region attending the annual RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Activity) camp at Tarleton. About 200 students, mostly incoming seniors, attended including two from Dublin. The meal consisted of brisket, cole slaw, baked beans, potato salad, bread, tea and ice cream. Mac McKinnon | submitted photo.

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.

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...

‘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...

Hoppin’ to summer reading

Miss Emily, the Creature Teacher, visited the Dublin Public Library Thursday, June 2 to take kids and adults on a trip around the world with animals from Mexico, South America, England, Asia, Africa and Australia. Above, Crimson, a male 7-month-old red kangaroo gets attention from summer reading club participants. Below left, an 8-week-old fennec fox named Ember receives attention because of her cuteness. Below right, Bernice, a Burmese python “sniffs” the air with her tongue while onlookers try to decide if they want to touch a snake. Wyndi Veigel | Citizen staff photos.