Brownwood fugitive apprehended in Indiana

A Brownwood man who allegedly evaded Texas law enforcement since 2007 is back in the Brown County Jail after being arrested in Indiana. Darcy Craig Johnson, 59, is charged with burglary of a building, burglary of a habitation, injury to elderly, kidnapping and engaging in organized criminal activity. KTXS reports that Johnson failed to appear at court hearings regarding these charges.

Murder trial begins in Brownwood

The murder trial for the man accused of shooting 34 year old Ernesto Gonzales, Jr., to death began with jury selection Monday, and continued Tuesday with opening arguments.

Michael John Zarate, 34, is charged with murder and tampering/fabricating evidence after witnesses say that he shot Gonzales following an argument on Brady Ave. KTXS-TV has the story here.

State Comptroller to visit Brownwood

State Comptroller to visit Brownwood

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar will stop in Brownwood on Monday, September 18th as part of his Good for Texas Tour: Manufacturing Edition. Hegar, alongside local officials, will tour the 3M, Kohler and Superior Essex manufacturing plants as part of his visit.

Hegar will make a public presentation about the tour and the impact of manufacturing in Texas at 2:30 PM at the Depot Civic & Cultural Center located at 600 E. Depot Street in Brownwood. The public is invited to the presentation to hear the Comptroller’s remarks.

In all, Texas manufacturers were responsible for 3 million direct and indirect jobs in 2016. The average annual salary for direct jobs is nearly $75,000. In 2016, Texas manufacturers exported $210.3 billion in goods and contributed $225.8 billion to the GDP.

Glenn Hegar serves as the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and was elected to office in 2014.

The Texas Comptroller’s office was originally created by the Texas provisional government in 1835. The Comptroller is the chief steward of the state’s finances, acting as tax collector, chief accountant, chief revenue estimator and chief treasurer for all of state government, in addition to administering a number of other programs.

For more information about the Comptroller’s visit to Brownwood, contact the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce.

Early City Council to approve budget, tax rate, public works projects

The Early City Council will take up a lengthy agenda Tuesday which will include approving the tax rate, budget and sanitation rates for the upcoming fiscal year. The city council has proposed a 1.2 cent property tax reduction in light of increases to properties on the tax rolls, as well as solid sales tax collections.

The council will also consider appointments to the planning and zoning commission and the municipal development district.

With Early High School Homecoming coming up, the council will consider closing streets for the homecoming parade, and approving a variance for the homecoming bonfire.

The council will then go into executive session to deliberate on the sale of city owned real estate.

The Early City Council meets Tuesday at 6 pm at Early City Hall.

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick visits Brownwood

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick addressed Hurricane Harvey relief during a visit to the Brownwood Depot Center Friday. Patrick discussed the extent of the devastation and how the relief could be funded without the needs for a special session of the Texas Legislature. He then fielded questions from the audience.