Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs released September sales tax allocation numbers this week showing an increase for Brownwood and Early.
The City of Brownwood was up 9.64% in sales tax for the month compared to September of last year. Early was also up with 3.56% as compared to the same month last year. Bangs and Blanket each saw a drop in allocations as compared to the same period in 2013 of -10.01% and -13.27% respectively.
Combs will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their September local sales tax allocations totaling $627.8 million, up 9.2 percent compared to September 2013.
"The latest monthly gains were led by remittances from the oil and natural gas, wholesale trade, and retail trade sectors," Combs said. "Fiscal year 2014 ended with total collections at $27.27 billion, up 5.5 percent over the previous year. Growth in both business and consumer spending fostered the gains for the year."The September sales tax allocation figures represent monthly sales made in July as well as May, June and July sales by businesses that report tax quarterly.
An industrial accident occurred at Kohler Company in Brownwood Wednesday morning, injuring one employee, according to law enforcement officials.
The accident occurred in the PC maintenance project area of Kohler shortly before 9:30 a.m. while a crane was being tested, according to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office. An employee of the plant told officers that the crane had malfunctioned, broke and fell, hitting a female employee.The woman was responsive at the time of the accident and was transported by ambulance to the emergency room at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
Below are the fishing reports for area lakes, compiled as reported this week by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Water clear; 81–85 degrees; 12.25' low. Black bass are fair on black/chartreuse spinnerbaits and watermelon red soft plastic worms over brush piles in 12–15 feet. Hybrid striper are fair trolling and drifting shad. White bass are good on Li'l Fishies and Persuader crankbaits off lighted docks at night. Crappie are fair on minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are fair on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers in 12–20 feet. Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with cut bait and chicken livers.
Lake ColemanWater clear; 81–85 degrees; 18.29' low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse and watermelon Rat–L–Traps and Carolina rigged soft plastics. Hybrid striper are slow. Crappie are good on minnows and chartreuse tube jigs. Channel catfish are good on stinkbait and shrimp. Yellow catfish are slow.
The Brownwood Regional Medical Center Volunteers Announce the August 2014 BRMC Volunteer of the Month
Brownwood Regional Medical Center volunteer Jim Ruder was honored as the August 2014 Volunteer of the Month during the September 2014 executive board meeting of the Brownwood Regional Medical Center volunteers. He has been a volunteer for over 7 years having joined the organization in February 2007. Jim serves as the chairperson of the book cart volunteer service area and also volunteers in the day surgery waiting, intensive care waiting, and at the information desk volunteer service areas at BRMC. He also oversees the BRMC Volunteers quarterly newsletter and publicity for the BRMC Volunteers. Jim has over 7,250 hours of volunteer service at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.The Volunteer of the Month Award is awarded by the BRMC Volunteers each month during the year. Recipients of the award receive recognition and lunch at the executive board meeting held in the month following the month for which they are selected. Each BRMC Volunteer of the Month recipient is recognized with a framed Volunteer of the Month Certificate, a ‘Volunteers, Brighten Our World!’ pin, and a ‘BRMC Volunteer of the Month’ Service Bar.
Howard Payne University announced today that Dr. Magen Bunyard has been named vice president for student life and dean of students. She will begin her role with the university on October 6.
Dr. Bunyard comes to HPU from North Central Texas College in Graham where she has served as a counselor and academic advisor since September 2012. Her previous experience includes serving as dean of students at East Texas Baptist University from 2008 to 2012 and director of student activities from 2002 to 2006. She served as director of volunteer services for Buckner Children and Family Services of North Texas from 2006 to 2008. Additionally, she has taught as an adjunct professor in communications in several colleges since 2005 and worked as the associate director for the Baptist Student Ministry at Texas A&M Corpus Christi from 2000 to 2002.“We’re delighted to welcome Dr. Bunyard to HPU,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, university president. “Her résumé is impressive and we’re confident that her background in counseling and student services will be very valuable as she assumes the role of vice president for student life and dean of students.”
Emergency responders were called to the scene of an accident on C.C. Woodson Road involving a motorcycle and a Toyota Prius, injuring one Wednesday evening.The accident occurred shortly before 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of C.C. Woodson and FM 2525. According to emergency responders, the motorcyclist stated that he was traveling north on C. C. Woodson when the driver of the Toyota attempted to turn onto C. C. Woodson from FM 2525 and collided with the motorcycle.
The 302nd Squadron of the Royal Netherlands Air Force will be featured as a military display at the Brownwood Reunion Celebration this year, and the public is invited to welcome these soldiers as they display three of their military helicopters.
“We are exceptionally lucky to have the 302nd squadron, Royal Netherlands Air Force, being involved with the Brownwood Reunion Celebration on Saturday, September 20. The 302nd squadron will have a CH 47, F model, Chinook helicopter which is the most advanced model of the twin engine, tandem rotor, heavy lift helicopter which will be the biggest helicopter ever to land in downtown Brownwood,” said Dr. Steven Kelly, organizer of the squadron’s visit.He explained that the 302nd squadron will also have AH 64 Delta Apache Longbow helicopters present.
Law enforcement arrests and reports released Wednesday, September 10, 2014.
Sunday, September 7
*7:53 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 2800 block of Southside Drive regarding theft. According to the report, the complainant’s iPhone 5, which had a broken screen, had been stolen and a suspect has been identified.
Monday, September 8
*3:08 PM – Brownwood Police were called to the 300 block of Bluffview regarding theft. According to the report, money was stolen from the residence.
*4:33 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 800 block of 15th Street regarding theft. According to the report, the complainant advised that someone had broken into one of his storage units at 800 15th Street and had damaged the door latch. Due to the matter being a civil issue, a report for criminal mischief was filed in the municipal court for damaged property.*5:01 PM – Brownwood Police were dispatched to the 900 block of Avenue B regarding the burglary of a habitation. According to the report, the complainant wished to pursue charges if a suspect can be identified.
The Bangs Business Association will host their 1st Annual Bangs Business Showcase on Saturday, September 27. The event will take place from 4-7 PM in the TexasBank parking lot in Bangs.The public is invited to browse booths from local businesses and “see what Bangs has to offer.”
Howard Payne University maintained high rankings in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. The publication announced Tuesday that HPU advanced four places from 2014 to be ranked fourth among the regional colleges of the west in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. Additionally, the university placed 15 out of the ranked institutions in the “Best Regional Colleges of the West” category and seventh among the regional colleges of the west in the “Best Colleges for Veterans” category.
According to the publication, U.S. News determines its “Great Schools, Great Prices” category by taking into account an institution’s academic quality based on its “Best Colleges” ranking and the 2013-2014 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.
“The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” the publication stated.U.S. News determines the “Best Colleges for Veterans” by examining institutions in the 2015 “Best Colleges” rankings which participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees.
District Attorney Micheal Murray reports that during the August 2014 session of the Brown County Grand Jury, 54 indictments were returned against 45 people.
The District Attorney’s office does not release names on new indictments until after the Grand Jury proceedings have been processed through the District Clerk's office. Also, names are not released of those indicted but not yet arrested due to an indictment being sealed until the time of the arrest.
Released August indictments include:
Juan Jose Ibarra: Driving While Intoxicated with Child Passenger
Daniel Lee Mendieta: Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver – Drug Free Zone
Joseph Mendieta: Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver – Drug Free Zone
Russell Alan Evans, Jr.: Possession of a Controlled Substance
Jason Allen Jobe: Possession of a Controlled Substance and Tampering with or Fabricating Physical EvidenceChristina Mae Davis: Possession of a Controlled Substance
- New Hometown Living Magazine Comes to Brown County
- Pecan Valley Genealogical Society To Host Annual Book Sale September 16-19
- Last Chance to Sign Up for Hands on a House Competition
- Early High School Band Sets 2014 March-a-Thon for this Saturday
- Law Enforcement Blotter 9/9
- The Brownwood Art Association will Host their Annual Community Art Show Sept. 19-30
- September Proclaimed Preparedness Month in Brownwood
- BEDC Receives Approval to Fund Skills Development Grant for Job Training
- Wednesday Evening Jackpot Fishing Tournament Results September 3rd
- Early Chamber Spotlights Andy’s Pest Troopers
- Brownwood Fire Department - Fire & Rescue Reports 9/9
- Brown County Republican Women to Hold Monthly Luncheon Friday