Texas sales tax holiday coming Aug. 11-13

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers they can save money on certain items during the state’s annual sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-13.

The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100 from sales tax, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.

“Most folks won’t hear the back-to-school bell for another month, but it’s never too early to take advantage of the opportunity to save money on everything from ball caps to ballpoint pens,” Hegar said. “As the father of three young children, I know how these expenses can add up.”

Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.

This year, shoppers will save an estimated $87 million in state and local sales taxes during the sales tax holiday.

Texas’ tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999.

Traffic stop leads to 2 arrests

A routine traffic stop turned up two arrests on drug charges when it was discovered that two of the three occupants of the car had warrants for their arrest. The traffic stop happened Monday in the 1000 block of Beaver St.

Police identified all three of the occupants of the car, and discovered that there had been arrest warrants issued for two of them. John Haustin Simmons was arrested for a parole violation warrant, and Brittany Taylor was arrested for a motion-to-revoke warrant on a prior drug charge.

A search yielded a glass pipe with meth residue, a small plastic baggie containing suspected methamphetamine, and a “dugout” containing empty plastic baggies and a marijuana pipe. Simmons was additionally charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance-drug free zone, and Taylor was charged with possession of a controlled substance-drug free zone.

5 booked into the Brown County Jail since Monday

Five individuals were booked into the Brown County Jail since Monday. All arrestees are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

  • Timothy Scott Barrow, 25, Brownwood, Probation Violation-5 Day Commit
  • Derek Lee Martinez, 28, Meadow, Tamper/Fabricate Physical Evidence, Failure to Identify, Driving While License Invalid, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Defective Stop Lamp
  • John Haustin Simmons, 24, Brownwood, Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Failure to Identify-False Information, and on a warrant for a parole violation
  • Brittany Ann Taylor, 26, Brownwood, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and on a warrant for Motion to Revoke-Possession of  a Controlled Substance
  • Antonio Zapata, 34, Brownwood, Possession of Marijuana in a Drug Free Zone

Delays scheduled on US 84/183 between Early and Zephyr

Motorists traveling between Early and Zephyr on US 84/183 can expect delays on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 25-26, as crews replace culverts at the construction site of the new Fort Worth & Western Railroad bridge.

Between approximately 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day, flagging personnel will be directing traffic through the construction site, with only one direction of traffic allowed through at a time. No official detours will be in place, though motorists are asked to utilize patience as delays can be expected.

The construction of the new bridge being will allow US 84/183 to be widened to four 12-foot travel lanes as the highway passes under the railroad. Currently, the highway is a four-lane facility on either side of the existing bridge, but the highway must narrow to only two lanes as it passes under the bridge. Construction of the $12.4 million project is expected to be completed in spring 2018.

TxDOT’s Brownwood District includes Brown, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Lampasas, McCulloch, Mills, San Saba and Stephens counties.

14 arrested over the weekend

14 individuals were booked into the Brown County Jail over the weekend. All arrestees are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

  • Veronica Burgin, 31, Coleman, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Tamper/Fabricate Physical Evidence, SW/Manufacture-Deliver Controlled Substance
  • Christopher Wayne Byrd, 21, Lake Jackson, Possession of Marijuana, Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor
  • Travis Thornton Clark, 38, Bangs, Possession of Marijuana, Driving While Intoxicated
  • Jacob Allen Davis, 36, Brownwood, FTA TBC, Bail Jumping
  • Johnny Jose Diaz, 27, Brownwood, warrants for theft and failure to appear
  • Andrew Lawrence Ewing, 36, on a warrant for Manufacture-Delivery of a Controlled Substance
  • Dustin Edward Gamblin, 35, Zephyr, Burglary of a Habitation, Assault Causes Bodily Injury
  • Jose Martinez Hernandez, 41, Andrews, on a warrant for Revoke Child Support
  • Michael Keith Hickerson, 46, Brownwood, Parole Warrant
  • David Allen Hines, 51, Brownwood, Public Intoxication
  • Timothy Jason Knox, 36, Brownwood, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon-Family Violence, Unlawful Restraint
  • Landon Parris, 30, Coleman, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Tamper/Fabricate Physical Evidence
  • Nathaniel J Salazar, 40, Brownwood, DWI
  • Shawn Lewis White, 39, Brownwood, on a warrant for Theft, Public Intoxication