New Hometown Living Magazine Comes to Brown County

BrnCL Fall 2014 300With You in Mind Publications, one of the largest magazine publishers in Texas, has released the premier issue of their new magazine, Brown County Living.

The new magazine will be a bi-annual publication dedicated to the people, places and things that make this area such a wonderful place to live.

In partnership with the Brownwood and Early Chambers of Commerce, Brown County Living will also include a chamber membership directory. These members allow local chambers to connect area customers and businesses together, while also providing and facilitating local events.

"We are thrilled to partner with this new publication to help promote local businesses through the Chamber membership directory," said Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ray Tipton. "This new magazine will be a great asset to the community and will highlight why Brown County is a great place to live, work and visit."

Every issue of Brown County Living will feature stories about individuals, groups and places in the Brown County area.  

In each magazine, readers will find special pages portraying local events, babies, weddings, seniors and graduates. To find out more about how to be featured within any of these Hometown specialty pages, please email Brittny Sanchez 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..

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Brownwood Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Southern Junkie

SouthernJunkie450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, August 26 for one of their newest members, The Southern Junkie.

The Southern Junkie is Brownwood's newest boutique located in Downtown Brownwood. The new store sells women and children's clothing, accessories, home decor and much more.

This Saturday, August 30th from 11 AM - 3 PM they will hold their Grand Opening bash which includes sales, giveaways, food and more.

Visit their location at 112 W Anderson Street in Brownwood or call (325) 646-5865 for more information.

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Ribbon Cutting for Premier High School

Premier 450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, August 21 for Premier High School.

Premier High School is a school of choice that serves students in Brown County and the surrounding area. The campus currently serves students in grades 6-12 in its regular program. Premier of Brownwood/Early is accredited by TEA and provides programs such as: academic credit recovery, dual-credit classes, character development, and college preparation and readiness programs.

The family-oriented climate at Premier High School of Brownwood/Early provides an environment of mutual respect between staff and students. Students are able to have their needs met in a supportive environment while obtaining a quality education.

Established in 2007 as Paradigm Charter School, Premier offers another choice for students seeking education in a public school setting.

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New Homes Constructed Thanks to Homeowner Rehabilitation Assistance Program

CTO House 450Central Texas Opportunities, Inc. officials turned over keys to a new home Monday thanks to their Homeowner Rehabilitation Assistance Program.

Jennifer Barton is now the proud owner of a newly constructed home on Hawkins Street in Brownwood through the program and took possession of the home after a short ceremony and ribbon cutting.

The Homeowner Rehabilitation Assistance Program is in place to expand the supply of decent, safe and affordable housing in the area through rehabilitation or demolition and reconstruction of owner-occupied housing.  

Homeowners can apply for the program through Central Texas Opportunities if they meet specific income guidelines, have clear marketable title, can provide evidence of ownership, will occupy the assisted property as their primary residence and be current on taxes.

Central Texas Opportunities has not only provided this new home in Brownwood but also reconstructed one in Bangs and two in Coleman.

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Brownwood Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Saint Mary's ABC Academy

StMary450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, July 29th for the opening of Saint Mary's ABC Academy.

ABC Academy provides preschool education for children ages 3 to 5, and classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursdays from 10 AM to 2:30 PM. Classes will follow the Brownwood ISD schedule and begin the first week of September. 

There is a supply fee of $50. To register a child, call 325-646-7455 or visit their location at 1101 Booker St.

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Brownwood Business Showcase Set for September 4th

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The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for this year's Brownwood Business Showcase which is set for September 4th at the Brownwood Coliseum.   This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the event with over 75 business vendors scheduled to participate 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 4th at the Brownwood Coliseum and will feature well-known, established businesses as well as some of the newest in the Brownwood area.

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Time to Register Neighborhoods for National Night Out

NNOSigns 2014Neighbors throughout Brown County are being invited to join forces for the 2014 National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event on Tuesday, October 7th.

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.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on October 7th, 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.

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Missi Malone of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Graduates from Institute for Organization Management

MissiGraduationPic2014Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Missi Malone IOM, MBA, Director of Members Services of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually.

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

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Brownwood Chamber Launches Harvey House Centennial Club

HarveyHouse oldThe Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opening of Harvey House in Brownwood.

The building currently houses the offices of the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions Museum, but this historical location next to the Depot was originally a restaurant offering a fine dining experience.

Opened by the Fred Harvey Company in 1914, this Harvey House was a hub of activity through World War II.   The beautiful 2-story structure was renovated in the 1990's and donated to the city of Brownwood.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary, the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will be unveiling a plaque on December 15 of this year bearing the names of supporters through the Centennial Club.

To join the Harvey House Centennial Club and have a name inscribed on the plaque costs $100 and is limited to the first 100 participants. All funds raised will be put back into the preservation of the interior of the Harvey House.

Tours of the Harvey House are also available.

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