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Past articles by Joshua:

2 Big Country counties accused of Voting Rights Act violations

Thirty-six Texas counties were put on notice by the American Civil Liberties Union for possible violations of the Voting Rights Act, with two of those counties being in the Big Country: Scurry and Nolan. All 36 of these Texas counties are accused of not having elections and voting information available in Spanish as required by law. Nolan County Clerk Sharla Keith said that she received a letter… → Read More

Brownwood ends fiscal year on economic high note, beating expectations

On Tuesday, the City of Brownwood formally adopted a tax rate increase, along with a $35 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Before Brownwood City Council members left for the day, the City of Brownwood’s finance director gave his budgetary report. City of Brownwood Finance Director Walter Middleton said that Brownwood is ending its 2017-2018 fiscal year beating expectations. → Read More

Report finds employees at Brownwood prison were dishonest and uncooperative

In a report obtained by KTXS News, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice accused some Brownwood prison employees of being dishonest and uncooperative. The TDCJ investigated six employees at its Havins Unit in Brownwood for an attempted cover-up of an excessive force incident, according to records. The Texas Attorney General's Office forced the TDCJ to release dozens of pages five months after… → Read More

Brown County Sears store closes for good

Monday was the last day to get a good deal on appliances in Brown County. The Sears Hometown Store located inside of the Heartland Mall in Early closed its doors for the final time on Monday. Store owners announced their plans in a Facebook post on September 1 to shut down the store. The store offered discounts on all of its products to get rid of the merchandise by Monday. → Read More

Starbucks coming soon to the City of Early

Residents of Brown County will soon have a new place to get their fix for lattes and frappuccinos. A Starbucks will be built along Early Boulevard on the property where the Hometown Market is currently located in Early, according to someone involved in the matter. The owner of the Hometown Market said that her store will close by the end of the year. A developer recently bought the land… → Read More

Brownwood man indicted for bestiality waives his arraignment

A Brownwood man indicted for reportedly having sex with a dog waived his right to an arraignment on Monday. David Lynn Seward, 62, of Brownwood, was indicted in August by a grand jury for bestiality and possession of a controlled substance, according to court documents. The alleged bestiality happened this year on January 27 in Brownwood. Seward remains in the Brown County Jail on bonds totaling… → Read More

Brookesmith ISD casts doubts of closure aside and turns its fortunes around

Two years ago, the writing on the wall at the Brookesmith Independent School District spelled doom and gloom, but the school district's superintendent said that the message has now turned optimistic. Brookesmith ISD Superintendent Steve Mickelson said that he hopes that the school district never closes down. "I didn't doubt that Brookesmith ISD was going to be fine," Mickelson said. "It wasn't… → Read More

Brownwood man arrested for sexually assaulting 2 young girls

A Brownwood man accused of sexually assaulting two girls under the age of 10 is being held at the Brown County Jail. Garrett Scott Curtis, 28, of Brownwood, is locked up on a $500,000 bond, according to Brown County Jail records. Curtis was arrested on Thursday on a warrant for continuous sexual abuse of young children. According to court documents, Curtis spent more than two years sexually… → Read More

Possibility of a wind farm in Brown County divides neighbors

A company is asking Brown County land owners to lease their property for a wind farm. While a handful of land owners have signed on already, the issue has caused division among neighbors in Brown County. Jeff Tucker opposes wind farms and has a website called Won't Feel Like Home. "They are a rape and a blight on the Texas rural community," Tucker said. Tucker is also part of a Facebook group… → Read More

Group accuses Taylor County Judge of suppressing religious freedom

More fire was added to a debate surrounding religious rights at the Taylor County Courthouse. The First Liberty Institute sent a letter to Taylor County Judge Downing Bolls last Thursday criticizing his request to Taylor County employees that they temporarily take down their religious displays from public view. "Taylor County employees need to understand that they have rights and they have the… → Read More

Brown County Commissioners approve $22 million budget

The Brown County Commissioners voted on Monday to approve Brown County’s $22 million budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The approved budget included across-the-board pay increases for Brown County officials. Justices of the Peace and constables will get a $5,000 pay increase. All other Brown County employees and elected officials will get a $2,000 pay hike. The Brown County Commissioners… → Read More

Law enforcement arrests 20 suspected drug dealers in Coleman drug sweep

Twenty people have been arrested in Coleman in a drug sweep that was meant to cripple the city's meth problem. The arrests began on Friday at 6 a. m. with police officers spending two hours rounding up suspected drug dealers, according to the Coleman Police Department. "Almost every crime in town, some way or another, you can link it directly back to drugs," Coleman Police Chief Anthony Smith… → Read More

2-year-old boy drowned in Coleman County

A 2-year-old boy drowned in a backyard pool over the weekend in Coleman County. Santa Anna police say a mother found her son unresponsive in the pool Sunday morning. She then took him to the Coleman County Medical Center. The home where the drowning occurred is in the 1300 block of Avenue B. Police told KTXS on Monday that they will not release the 2-year-old’s identity until it receives the… → Read More

Brownwood Red Cross team stuck in North Carolina waiting for Florence to pass

Although Florence was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, the weather conditions are still far too dangerous in the Carolinas for many of the emergency responders working out there. Some members from the American Red Cross team in Brownwood are stuck in Durham, North Carolina waiting out the storm. "As of right now, we're just kind of waiting for the orders," Diana Jernigan said.… → Read More

City of Early reports nearly double the amount of sales tax collection for September

The City of Early's economy continues to stay red hot. According to the City of Early, it has collected a nearly 49 percent increase in sales tax payments this September compared to the same time last year. Sales tax is generated by the purchases that are made at retail locations or restaurants. The Texas Comptroller's Office is responsible for distributing sales tax collections to municipal… → Read More

Weekend filled with concerts and carnival rides starts Thursday in Early

An annual festival filled with music, food and carnival rides kicks off this weekend in the City of Early. The 6th annual Early, Texas Showcase, formerly called Pioneer Days, begins at 5 p. m. on Thursday at Early City Park with carnival rides. Food and merchandise vendors will start setting up at the park on Friday beginning at 8 a. m. Wristbands for the carnival rides will cost $25 per… → Read More

City of San Angelo lifts boil water order, but water issues affected San Angelo ISD

After nearly two days, the City of San Angelo lifted its boil water order on Thursday and announced that its water is safe to drink again. Crews are continuing to work on repairing a 10-year-old water pipeline that ruptured on Tuesday afternoon in southwest San Angelo, according to a press release. → Read More

Brownwood bank executive feels betrayed by ex-employee's theft, $2 million remain missing

As more than $2 million remain unaccounted for at a Brownwood bank, an executive at the bank said that he feels betrayed by a former employee. Dawn Bennett, 43, of Bangs, spent a quarter of a century working at Citizens National Bank in Brownwood, which she started working at as a junior in high school. However, Bennett's 25-year career at the bank came crashing down on Monday when she was… → Read More

City of Brownwood adopts its $35 million proposed budget on first reading

Brownwood City Council members unanimously voted on Tuesday morning to adopt the City of Brownwood's proposed $35 million budget on its first reading. The budget includes a pay increase for the City of Brownwood's employees and it is three percent higher than last year's fiscal budget. Furthermore, the City of Brownwood's proposed budget does not include a tax rate hike. A final vote still needs… → Read More

Brownwood bank missing $2 million, ex-employee arrested for theft

While a Brownwood bank is reporting that it is missing more than $2 million, a former supervisor at the bank is in jail for reportedly stealing a substantial amount of money from the bank. Dawn Janae Bennett, 43, of Bangs, was arrested on Monday for the charge of theft over $300,000, according to jail records. KTXS News obtained a copy of Bennett’s arrest warrant that was filed through Brown… → Read More