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.

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.