Brown County employees at the Precinct 3 barn on the Old May Road, assisted by Brown County Jail road crew trustees, worked Tuesday to salvage tools and equipment after a fire damaged the interior of the building Monday afternoon.
    “I think it was electrical,” Precinct 3 Commissioner Wayne Shaw said.
    The heaviest damage to the building was a section that contained office space and a break room.
    The fire sent heavy smoke billowing for several minutes before Early and Brownwood firefighters arrived and extinguished the blaze.
    Precinct 3 will probably need a new barn, Shaw said. Several other county precinct buildings remain on the property.

Brown County Commissioners Court meeting
    Earlier Monday, commissioners appointed James Masters as the new veteran service officer, who will take the job when current veteran service officer Billy Murphey retires June 30.
    Masters has been serving as assistant veteran service officer.
    Also Monday, commissioners declared the metal detector at the Brown County Courthouse entrance as surplus and will try to sell it for parts because the device stopped working.
    Brown County Judge Ray West told commissioners the county will seek proposals for a new device. In the meantime, courthouse deputies are using a hand-held wand to screen courthouse visitors at the entrance.