The first time I saw Sherman City Council member Charles H. Brown Sr., at a candidate forum last year when he was seeking his seat, he talked about the need for something new for the young people of Sherman. Since then, he’s repeatedly stressed the need for an entertainment complex to open in the city.

So he was rightfully given props by City Manager Robby Hefton and Mayor David Plyler during Thursday’s announcement of a Schulman’s Movie Bowl Grille entertainment complex to be built in Sherman. And when I spoke with Brown after the announcement, he was as thrilled Schulman’s was coming to Sherman as anyone in the room.

I also found out theater patrons will have the chance to get free beverage refills during their movie experiences.

During his introduction of the project, Hefton talked about the hours he spent in arcades in his youth and later told me he saw some of his old favorites, like “Galaga,” on a huge screen at Schulman’s Baytown location recently.

Owner Mark Schulman said they haven’t quite settled on what all the features of the entertainment complex will be beyond the definite bowling lanes, movie screens and restaurant. He mentioned the possibility of an arcade, indoor rock-climbing wall, laser tag and other interactive and 3-D amusements, but said the features won’t be finalized until further along in the process.

That process is also likely to last at least 15 months, meaning it’s unlikely Shermanites, and all the other interested area residents, will be able to explore this new entertainment complex before sometime in 2019.

Happy birthday to Sherri Strasner, May Borah, Sylvester Jackson, Cecilia Roy, Jake Mullins, Inez Williams, Trlayne Hagood and Shirley Roberts, all of Sherman; Monte Hardy and Farris Murray, both of Ivanhoe.