Time to Register Neighborhoods for National Night Out

National Night Out sign2016Neighbors throughout Brown County are being invited to join together for the 2016 National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event on Tuesday, October 4th.

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 4th, residents in neighborhoods throughout Brown County are asked to 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.

Residents attending block parties are encouraged to bring canned tuna to benefit Good Samaritan Ministries, who will collect the donated cans during National Night Out.

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 325-649-9317.

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Brownwood Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for PAR Country Club

Par RC 600The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for PAR Country Club of Comanche on Thursday, September 1st during the Brownwood Business Expo to welcome them as new members.

PAR Country Club is located at 1658 Highway 2861 in Comanche. It is noted for its 6,072 yard, Par 72, 18 hole golf course. They are nestled in the heart of Texas with rolling hills located on the banks of Proctor Area Recreational Lake, a 14,100 acre lake built on the Leon River. It is easily accessible and only a short drive from DeLeon, Dublin and Comanche.

For more information about PAR Country Club contact 254-879-2296, visit their website at parcountryclubtx.com or find them on Facebook.

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Ribbon Cutting for Brown County Republican Party Headquarters

RepHeadq Ribbon Cutting 600The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Early Chamber of Commerce held a joint ribbon cutting on Monday, September 12th for the Brown County Republican Party at the opening of their new Republican Headquarters.

The new headquarters is located at 1113 Clements Street in Brownwood, inside the old Wendy's building next to Home Depot.

The Republican Headquarters will serve as the home base for the Brown County Republican Party from now through Election Day and will offer information and signs for Republican candidates.   The new headquarters will be open weekdays from 11 AM to 5:30 PM and 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturdays.

The Brown County Republican Party headquarters is operated by the volunteer efforts of the Brown County Republican Women's Club, the Pecan Valley Republican Women's Club and other local Republicans in the area.

Anyone interested in volunteering at the Brown County Republican Party Headquarters can contact party chair Robert Porter at (325) 646-9586.

Free Passes Now Available for 2016 Brownwood Business Expo Set for September 1st

2016 Expo LogoThe Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for this year's Brownwood Business Expo which is set for September 1st at the Brownwood Coliseum.   This year will mark the 22nd anniversary of the event with 65 business vendors scheduled to participate in various lines of trade.

The show will open at 10:00 AM on Thursday, September 1st at the Brownwood Coliseum and will feature well-known, established businesses as well as some of the newest in the Brown County area. The public can visit with each business vendor and learn about the products and services that they offer.

Admission is only $2 and complimentary passes are available in advance for a limited time at the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce office. 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 Prizes.

For the 10th year, the "Taste of Brownwood" returns to offer the community an opportunity to sample favorite recipes from local restaurants and caterers. From 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, expo visitors can visit the "Taste of Brownwood" exhibitors and sample some of their most popular dishes. 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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Brownwood Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting Painting with Friends

PaintingwithFriends600The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, August 2nd for Painting with Friends.

Owner Jeremy Serna wanted to bring Art to Brownwood for all ages. Painting with Friends is a place where family and friends can come together and have a good time while creating a personal piece of art to take home.

Beginner and advanced classes are available in the evenings. Art supplies and ceramics are available for purchase.

For pricing, class schedules and more information, visit the website at www.paintingwithfriendsbw.com, on Facebook or call 325-356-0008.

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Brownwood Chamber to Host Welcome Reception for New Police Chief on Thursday

ChiefNicholsThe Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce will host a welcome reception for newly hired Brownwood Police Chief Terry Nichols on Thursday, July 28th from 4 PM to 6 PM at the Depot Civic & Cultural Center located at 600 E. Depot Street in Brownwood. The public is invited to attend the reception.

The reception will be held in conjunction with the Chamber's Business to Business Showcase also being held at the Depot which will feature several businesses showcasing some of their goods and services.   The Business to Business Showcase is sponsored by Brownwood Regional Medical Center and Echo Wireless Broadband.

Chief Nichols’ law enforcement experience spans more than 25 years in both municipal law enforcement and national program management.  He served on the San Marcos Police Department for 21 years, retiring at the rank of Commander in 2010.  As Commander, he led and managed both Patrol and Criminal Investigation Divisions.  He was also Sergeant in the Training Division, Patrol Sergeant, and Narcotics Detective.  Nichols was a member of a multi-agency Hays County Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), of which he served a term as Commander.  As a member of the San Marcos PD and SWAT, Nichols saw the need for additional training for law enforcement in active shooter incidents.  He is a founding member of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program, which has become an internationally recognized training and development entity through Texas State University.

Chief Nichols retired from the SMPD to dedicate himself full time to ALERRT as the Assistant Director and the Director of Curriculum Development for over six years.  ALERRT has acquired over $50 million in grant funding and trained more than 90,000 officers.  He is a published author and speaker on the active shooter threat, training development and national response strategies.

Through the span of his career, Nichols has extensive experience collaborating and communicating with local law enforcement agencies, community leaders, and citizens.  Nichols is known by his colleagues as a team builder, with the ability to bring people together for a common goal.

Nichols holds a Master Peace Officer Certification, a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Administration of Criminal Justice, both from Texas State University.  He and his wife, Nicky, have been married for 25 years, and have two adult children.

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Brownwood Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Hill Ranch Yoga

HillRanchYoga 450The Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Hill Ranch Yoga on Wednesday, July 20th to welcome them as new members.

Hill Ranch Yoga is owned and operated by Stephanie Hill, a registered yoga teacher certified with the Yoga Alliance serving the central Texas area. Beginner clinics, scheduled classes, pop up classes and private yoga are all offered and can be found at www.hillranchyoga.com or using the MindBody App.

The structure of the classes allow clients to experience the presence of mindfulness with the added bonus of the physical benefit.

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Brownwood Chamber Holds a Ribbon Cutting for Mobilelink-Cricket Wireless

CricketWireless450The Brownwood Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Mobilelink-Cricket Wireless on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016.

Mobilelink-Cricket Wireless is a pre-paid, no contract, cellular provider with options to suit individual and business needs. They offer discounts on group plans, have nationwide 4GLTE coverage and plans with options for international calling and roaming.

They are located at 1208 Looney Street in Brownwood and hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. They can be contacted at 325-600-4944 or visit the website at www.cricketwireless.com.

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