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IMPEACHMENT TRIAL GETS UNDERWAY IN SENATE TODAY

The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump gets underway in the Senate at 12 noon our time.

Today will probably be consumed by debates and voting on rules before the Democrats present their arguments, which will probably take place on Wednesday and Thursday. The president’s legal defense may get underway on Friday and Saturday.

The senate may decide to allow witnesses. Once the witnesses and the evidence section is over, the senate will vote on two articles of impeachment.

HOSPITAL PURCHASE DELAYED

According to an article in the Huntsville Item this morning, the acquisition process by the Walker County Hospital District for the Huntsville Memorial Hospital has not met its proposed closing date.

A bankruptcy court for the Southern District of Texas had approved the sale on December 30th of 2019.

The Item quotes District Chairman Anne Karr Woodard saying, “We still have several matters that are still outstanding.” She also said, “All parties are working diligently to close out all of the outstanding matters, and we hope to have the transaction close soon.”

HUNTSVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Huntsville City Council meets for a regular session tonight at six at City Hall.

Councilmembers will hear proclamations for Crime Stoppers Month and Boys II Men recognition.

Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes adoption of an ordinance to amend the budget for Fiscal Year 2019 through 2020 and/or Capital Improvement Plan Project budgets.

During the “Statutory Agenda,” City Engineer Ram Ramachandra will address the council regarding an ordinance amending the speed zones on State Highway 75 in Huntsville to establish a School Zone adjacent to the Classical Academy of Huntsville.

There will be a “First Reading” tonight to consider adoption of an ordinance authorizing annual participation with other Entergy service area cities in matters concerning Entergy Texas at the Public Utility Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2020.

During “Citizen Participation,” Ethel Hawkins will discuss Strong Women Stand Together – “Taking a Stance Against Homelessness in Huntsville.”

Councilmembers will meet in closed “Executive Session” tonight to receive legal advice on the annexation of Area E and the annexation of areas “A” though “G” and lawsuits filed in Billingsley et al versus the City of Huntsville. They will also receive legal advice on an agreement to construct public improvements between the City and Amstad Huntsville. They will reconvene in Open Session and take action, if necessary.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. HONORED IN HUNTSVILLE CEREMONY MONDAY

The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. was honored Monday at the MLK Recreation Center in Huntsville with a big turnout . . . .

Several local dignitaries addressed those attending in regard to the great Civil Rights leader.

The keynote speaker was Huntsville ISD Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Dr. Marcus Forney.

This years topic was leading for change . . . .

COMMISSIONERS MEET THIS AFTERNOON

Walker County Commissioners meet for a Special Session at the courthouse this afternoon at 1:30, having moved the meeting date up one day because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

County Purchasing Director Mike Williford will discuss the purchase of a new Chevrolet Equinox LS for the County Mail Car to replace a wrecked vehicle. The price should be not over $21,397. He will also talk about an award of EMS Billing Request for Proposal.

From Planning & Development, Andy Isbell discuss a request from Spear Point Engineering for a letter of no objection related to Texas Grand Ranch Section 13 road design and construction.

Commissioner White will talk about using a Request for Quote for surveying services not to exceed $5,000 for Road & Bridge Precinct #2 property at 123 Booker Road in Huntsville. Commissioner White will also discuss possible action on an extension on Subdivision policy public comments.

SHSU WALKER COUNTY ALUMNI & FRIENDS CLUB HOSTS SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISING DINNER

The Walker County Area Alumni and Friends Club of Sam Houston State University will host their seventh annual scholarship fundraising event on Monday, Jan. 27. Everyone in Huntsville and the surrounding Walker County region is welcome to the event.

Although it’s called a fundraiser, there will be no auction at all this year, since the organization met its goal to fund a $100,000 SHSU scholarship endowment in the last six years. What proceeds remain from ticket sales and sponsorships will be the fundraising portion of the event.

Nine students have received scholarships already from the counties in and around Huntsville including, Walker, Madison, Trinity, and San Jacinto County from the Walker County Area Alumni and Friends Club in the last seven years. Two more scholarships will be presented at the event to deserving students.

Taking place at the Elkins Lake Clubhouse starting at 6:30 pm, the evening will include an exceptional SHSU jazz quintet. There is a great dinner and cocktails and nice door prizes. Tickets to the event are $50 per person and can be reserved online (alumni.shsu.edu) or by calling 800.283.7478 by January 24.

Chartered in 2012, the Walker County Area Alumni & Friends Club serves to strengthen relationships between the region’s large base of alumni and friends and SHSU. Anyone who is a member of the SHSU Alumni Association is a member of this local club for FREE. The current leadership group of Walker County Alumni and Friends Club of SHSU currently consists of Madilene Loosier (chair), Shane Loosier (treasurer), Dee Everett (secretary), Ron Koska (past chair), Kelly Ritch, Sandra Hanscom, Toni Bruner, Bob Wessel, Gerald Skidmore, Sarah Kelly, Nancy Wilson, Jeff Butterworth (vice president-elect), Scott Francis (chair-elect) Charlie Vienne and Justin Haynes.

For more information contact Justin Haynes at the SHSU Alumni Center (936)294-2403

PRESIDENT TRUMP COMMENTED ON ACCOMPLISHMENTS HELPING FARMERS ON HIS RECENT VISIT TO TEXAS

When President Trump spoke at the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention in Austin last Sunday, he claimed bragging rights because of two recent accomplishments.

First, Phase #1 of the China Trade Deal .. . .

Second, the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement or USMCA . . . .

MLK PARADE AND CELEBRATION OF HIS LIFE TODAY IN HUNTSVILLE

There will be a community celebration of the life and work of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today at noon at the MLK Recreation Center at MLK Drive and Third Street.

A parade is scheduled to begin at 10 AM at the Sam Houston Cultural Center on 10th Street. The keynote speaker at the noon event will be Huntsville ISD assistant superintendent Dr. Marcus Forney.

TDCJ INMATE’S PAPERWORK WRONG–CORRECTED, AND INMATE SENT TO DEATH ROW

According to the Huntsville Item, Gustavo Tijernia-Sandoval who had been sentenced to death was discovered to be imprisoned at the O-B Ellis Unit in Huntsville last week.

TDCJ Commuications Director Jeremy Desel told the Item that they received the inmate back on October of 2019. The paperwork, however, only included three counts of aggravated robbery. The capital murder charge against him was not mentioned. Later the Office of Inspector General inquired about the offender’s status. Uncovering the murder charge, the inmate was reprocessed immediately and transferred to Death Row in Livingston.

CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST DEBRA VAN HORN

KBTX Channel 3 reports that the District Attorney’s office in here in Walker County has dropped all charges against former USA Gymnastics trainer Debra Van Horn, an associate of convicted pedophile Larry Nassar.

The charges of sexual assault against a minor on Thursday were dismissed because of lack of evidence.