4th Annual Trick or Treat Trail Set for Thursday, October 29th

The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and WendlFLH Logo 350ee Broadcasting have teamed up again this year for the 4th Annual Trick or Treat Trail. This family friendly event will be held in the Depot Plaza area on Thursday, October 29th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Area businesses and organizations will offer candy, goodies, games and other fun activities free of charge to area residents.  

Also included during the event will be a Halloween Costume Contest sponsored by Wal-Mart.   The contest will offer prizes in the categories of most creative costume, best couple costume , best family costume, best group costume, cutest baby costume and best children's costume.   Entry forms for the costume contest are available at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce - 600 E. Depot Street or online at BrownwoodChamber.org.

During the Trick or Treat Trail, family-friendly cartoons will be shown in the Depot pavilion lawn sponsored by Chick-Fil-A, Affiliated Bank and Baird Brothers Express Car Wash.

Area businesses are encouraged to set up an activity booth during the Trick or Treat Trail to offer free games and candy to those in attendance.   Participation is free and open to any business located in the Brownwood/Early area.

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List of National Night Out Block Parties in Brown County for October 6th

NNOLogo 400Tuesday 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, dozens of block parties are scheduled across the county in Brownwood, Early, Bangs, May, and several rural locations.

The Brownwood and Early Police Departments; the Brown County Sheriff's office; area fire departments; and Allegiance Ambulance along with other city and county officials will visit these parties taking place Tuesday, October 6th 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, 3M Company, Allegiance Ambulance, Wal-Mart, ATMOS Energy, Oncor, TexasBank, Weldon Wilson Electric and Heartland Mall.

For more information about National Night Out, call the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-646-9535 or the Early Chamber of Commerce at 325-649-9317.

Below is a list of block parties scheduled for the 2015 National Night Out in Brown County for Tuesday, October 6th:

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Brownwood Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Interim Healthcare Hospice

InerimHealthcare RC450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, August 25th for new member, Interim Healthcare Hospice.

Interim Healthcare Hospice provides home care, hospice and healthcare staffing by employing nurses, therapists, aides, companions and other healthcare professionals who provide home care service to people in and around our community. Interim Healthcare Hospice provides a variety of home health, senior care, hospice, palliative care, pediatric care and healthcare staffing needs. The local office is one of over 300 Interim Healthcare Hospice locations nationwide.

 Located at 120 South Park Drive in Brownwood, Interim Healthcare Hospice serves all of Brown County and its surrounding areas.  

They can be reached at 325-643-1113 or online at www.interimhealthcare.com.

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Ribbon Cutting for Wal-Mart Marks Completion of Remodel

WalMartRC 450A grand reopening ceremony was held Friday, September 25th in the Wal-Mart parking lot to celebrate the store’s recently completed remodel.

Prior to the ceremony, new store manager Roy Adams explained the reason for the remodel.

“The main reason is that we need to better take care of our customers and create a better shopping environment,” Adams said. “We remodeled the store from one end to the other. We brought in new merchandise. We really feel like we are opening a new store. It was old and it needed to be remodeled for our customers and the community.”

Adams said many locations are undergoing the same remodeling process

The ceremony, which included a color guard, performances by the Brownwood and Bangs High School bands, singing of the national anthem and a performance by Two Young Men Entertaining, also saw Mayor Stephen Haynes as the guest speaker. “Nothing is more iconic in a town than Wal-Mart,” Haynes said. “This company has a history of success and a history of doing right things. People like to be around other successes.”

At the conclusion of the ceremony, store employees also presented several $500 donation checks to various organizations, including Aldersgate Enrichment Center and the Zephyr Volunteer Fire Department. The Brownwood and Early Chambers of Commerce also held ribbon cuttings with Adams and other store employees.

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Block Party Packets for National Night Now Being Distributed; Canned Food Drive Added

NNOLogo 400Planning for Brown County's National Night Out is underway, and organizers for the event will distribute block party packets this week.

Registered block party captains and those interested in holding a block party can pick up a packet at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce or the Early Chamber of Commerce starting on Wednesday, September 23. The packets will include a block party guide with invitations, tips on holding a party, information about National Night Out and other goodies that can be distributed to each block party. Block party captains will also receive a t-shirt and a yard sign to help promote the event.

Also added this year is a food drive to benefit Good Samaritan Ministries. Each party is encouraged to collect as much canned tuna as they can which will be collected by area law enforcement officers during National Night Out. An award will be presented to the party collecting the most cans of tuna.   Awards will also be given to the Best Overall Party, Best New Party and the Best Party Food.

Each block party captain registered to host a party will also be entered into a drawing to win a flat screen TV which will be given away after National Night Out.

This year, National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, October 6th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in neighborhoods across Brown County. Dozens of neighborhoods have already signed up to participate in National Night Out, but many areas still need to be represented. Organizers are encouraging all residents to participate and make sure their neighborhood is signed up to have these neighborhood gatherings, cookouts, and parties. Law enforcement officials and emergency responders will visit each party during the event.

National Night Out is designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Law enforcement officials are encouraging residents to use the event to not only to get to know their neighbors better, but in some cases, to plant the seeds for a neighborhood watch program.  

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Brownwood Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Fresenius Medical Care

Fresenius 450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, August 20th for one of their newest members, Fresenius Medical Care.

Fresenius is a nationwide company with over 2,200 dialysis clinics across the United States. The Brownwood location offers in-center hemodialysis treatment and transplant support to patients with kidney failure and other chronic conditions in and around Brown County.

They can be reached at 325-646-9510 or online at www.freseniusmedicalcare.us.

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Free Passes Still Available for Thursday's Annual Brownwood Business Expo

2015ExpoLogoThe Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will open the doors to the 21st annual Brownwood Business Expo on Thursday, September 3rd at the Brownwood Coliseum, and free passes are still available for a limited time.  

Complimentary passes are currently available at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce through Wednesday. Admission at the door will be $2. All visitors to the show will have the opportunity to win booth prizes from each of the exhibitors. Those who participate in the “Expo Bingo” game may enter to win one of the Grand Door Prizes, including 2 tickets to the 2015 AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase Race weekend at the Texas Motor Speed Way November 8th. The grand prize will also include pre-race passes for a chance to meet drivers before the race, along with tickets to see Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar as the pre-race concert headliner.

The Brownwood Business Expo will open at 10:00 AM on Thursday, September 3rd at the Brownwood Coliseum and will feature well-known, established businesses as well as some of the newest in the Brownwood area.

"This year will mark the 21st anniversary of the event with over 70 business vendors scheduled to participate from various industries banking and energy to home health services and personal well being," said Brownwood Chamber Director of Member Services Ruth Willis. "We encourage everyone to stop by the Brownwood Coliseum on Thursday, September 3rd to visit the show and see what our local businesses have to offer."

For the 9th year, the “Taste of Brownwood” returns to offer the community an opportunity to sample favorite recipes from local restaurants and caterers. From 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, expo visitors can visit restaurant exhibitors and sample tasty treats from local restaurants. 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.

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Leann Bush, an Independent Consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics

LeannBush RC 450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Monday, August 10th for Leann Bush, an Independent Consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Leann provides skin care and color cosmetics 24/7. Customers can pay via debit/credit for fast checkout convenience and she can hand-deliver all products to customers or ship them. She is available via phone, email, and personal website or customers can set up appointments.

For more information on products and services contact Leann Bush at (325) 203-7689 or visit her online at http://www.marykay.com/leannbush.

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Time to Register Neighborhoods for 2015 National Night Out

NNOLogo 400Neighbors throughout Brown County are being invited to join forces for the 2015 National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event on Tuesday, October 6th.

Coordinators of the local NNO event are currently looking for block captains to organize small gatherings in neighborhoods in Brown County. These gatherings will be a rallying point where neighbors can meet each other, visit with law enforcement officials, and send a message to potential criminals.

This is the 6th year for the local National Night Out effort and participation has grown every year.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on October 6th, 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 city 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 the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce at 325-646-9535 or the Early Chamber of Commerce at 325-649-9300.

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