Texas Comptroller Visits Brownwood

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar praised the local manufacturing economy during a visit to Brownwood Monday at the Depot Center. Hegar toured the 3M, Kohler and Superior Essex plants before addressing community leaders at the Depot Center. Hegar said that in terms of manufacturing jobs, Brownwood outpaces the rest of the state, which outpaces the nation.

“Just in the last 20 years, even though Texas has grown just 7 percent in the number of jobs, Brownwood has grown 17 percent,” Hegar said.

Hegar’s visit to Brownwood is part of his “Good for Texas Tour,” where he visits local manufacturers and discusses the importance of manufacturing to the Texas economy.

Road closures scheduled beneath Harlow Overpass for maintenance

A portion of the northbound frontage road of US 377/Main Street at the Truman Harlow Overpass in Brownwood is scheduled to be closed Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24 as crews with Texas Rock Crusher Railway perform railroad crossing maintenance.

During the closure, northbound motorists will be able to access Carnegie Street via Fisk Street. This short detour should result in only minor, if any, traffic delays.

Traffic on the mainlanes of Main Street on the Truman Harlow Overpass, as well as traffic on the southbound frontage road, will not be affected.

All lanes are scheduled to be reopened to traffic by Monday, Sept. 25.

County Attorney’s Legal License Reinstated After Suspension for Non-Payment

The Texas Bar Association reinstated Brown County Attorney Shane Britton’s license to practice law after the attorney caught up on his dues with the association. Allegations were raised over the weekend that Britton’s license had been suspended effective Sept. 1. A call to the Texas Bar Association revealed that Britton’s license had been suspended for non-payment, but had since been reinstated as he paid his dues. In those cases, Amy Starnes with the Texas Bar Association says the reinstatement is retroactive to the date of suspension, meaning that there was no technical lapse in Britton’s legal ability to practice law.

Commissioners cut Good Samaritan, impose burn ban

The Brown County Commissioners Court finalized the county budget for the upcoming fiscal year that will include a budget cut to Good Samaritan Ministries. KTXS reports that County Judge Ray West defended the cuts to Good Samaritan last week, saying that the county had adopted a multi-year plan to ween Good Samaritan off of tax payer funds.

In a separate vote, the commissioners imposed a burn ban for Brown County.

Reminder: HPU’s Department of Music to present concert to benefit hurricane relief and recovery

Reminder: HPU’s Department of Music to present concert to benefit hurricane relief and recovery

Howard Payne University’s Department of Music will present a hurricane-related benefit concert on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Mims Auditorium. Admission will be by donation and all money raised will go to Texas Baptist Men for hurricane relief and recovery.

The concert, titled “The Sounds of Restoration,” will feature many of the university’s ensembles.

Donations benefitting Texas Baptist Men – Disaster Relief taken at the door will not be tax deductible. However, if you would like to make a donation that is tax deductible, visit www.texasbaptistmen.org/Give-Now where you can donate online and find instructions to give by check, phone or text. Texas Baptist Men is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that operates in cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist General Convention of Texas and associations, Southern Baptists of Texas and associations as well as other Great Commission Christians.

For more information about the concert, please contact HPU’s School of Music and Fine Arts at 325-649-8500 or jholamon@hputx.edu.