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

‘Adulterers’ accosted at local store, woman attempts ‘suicide by cop’

Early police responded to a disturbance at a store in the 900 block of Early blvd where an individual berated employees and customers, calling them “adulterers.” Officers arrived and issued the individual a criminal trespass warning.

In a separate incident, at another store, a woman entered and requested a police officer. Police arrived, and the woman pulled a knife from her purse. Officers disarmed the woman, who said she planned to pull the knife on the officer so she would be killed. The woman was released to MHMR for treatment.

Early police arrest local man for burglary and assault following home invasion

The Early Police Department arrested a local man after witnesses told officers that he forced his way into a home, grabbed an occupant of the home, then threw that occupant out of the home and onto the lawn. Police reports state that the man fled when the homeowner said the police were being called. Police located the suspect, and arrested Dustin Gamblin for burglary with intent to commit assault, and assault-family violence.

FEMA releases new flood insurance maps, appellate process released

The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has published a notice in the Federal Register for the revised Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) covering the City of Brownwood and Brown County. Copies of the FIRM and FIS can be found at the following website: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata or can be viewed at Brownwood City Hall in the Engineering office.

Publication in the Federal Register and two public notifications in the Brownwood Bulletin begins the 90 day appeal period for the revised preliminary FIRM and FIS. During this 90 day appeal period, any owner or lessee of real property within the City of Brownwood may appeal to the City of Brownwood. All appeals must contain information indicating that the proposed FIRM or FIS are scientifically or technically incorrect. Only appeals of the proposed FIRM or FIS supported by scientific or technical data can be considered before FEMA makes its final flood hazard determination at the end of the 90 day appeal period. Appeals may be submitted to Jodie Kelly, Floodplain Administrator, City of Brownwood.

As this process continues, updates will be issued via press releases to the media, City website www.brownwoodtexas.gov, and City of Brownwood Facebook page.

BISD Announces 2017-2018 School Registration Schedule

Brownwood ISD has announced the schedule for student registration for the upcoming school year.  For students who attended the district in the 2016-2017 year, registration will be completed online this year.  Beginning July 31st, parents of returning students will complete all documentation under the Registration Tab on the district website, www.brownwoodisd.org.  If anyone requires assistance with the online registration, he/she may attend a registration session for new students, as listed below.

For students who are NEW to BISD this year, registration will take place per the following schedule:

Grades PK – 6th  @ Brownwood Administration Office

Monday, July 31, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or

Tuesday, August 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Grades 7 –  8 @ Brownwood Middle School

Wednesday, August 2, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or

Thursday, August 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Grades 9 – 12 @ Brownwood High School:

Wednesday, August 2, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or

Thursday, August 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The parent or guardian of each new student must provide the following:

1)  Parent/guardian photo ID

2)  Child’s birth certificate

3)  Child’s Social Security card

4)  Child’s up-to-date immunization record

5)  Proof of address:

  1. A)  If you OWN your home, bring ONE of the following:
  • Purchase contract or mortgage with date of possession (not closing date)
  • Current electric, water, or gas bill
  1. B)  If you RENT your home, bring ONE of the following:
  • Signed lease or rental agreement, including move-in date
  • Current electric, water, or gas bill


  1. C) If you LIVE WITH ANOTHER FAMILY, the homeowner or renter must accompany

the Parent/Guardian to enroll new students. All of the following must be submitted:

  • A BISD Student Residency Statement available at registration
  • An electric, water, or gas bill in the owner’s/renter’s name

6)  Information from the last school attended

7)  Court documents affecting the parent/child relationship

*NEW PK STUDENTS ONLY – Proof of previous month’s income or letter of eligibility for SNAP or TANF benefits must also be presented.

If you have any questions about BISD’s registration process, please call 325.643.5644.

Stolen wheels recovered after surfacing on a Facebook sale site

Brownwood Police identified at least one suspect after tires and wheels were stolen from a storage building on Main Blvd. The victim told police that she had noticed that her storage building had been burglarized, and that her tires and wheels later surfaced for sale on Facebook. Police located the stolen items and identified a suspect. The investigation continues.