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KSAM News

TENTH ANNUAL DIVA NIGHT IS AHEAD

The Chamber informs us that the 10th Annual Diva Night, Thursday, August 29th, is exclusively for ladies and held on the SHSU campus in the new LSC Orange Ballroom.

With your purchase of a ticket you get food from over 20 restaurants, beverages, photos and an opportunity for door prizes, shopping specials and party favors. The first 350 ladies will also get a “Swag Bag.”

New this yea is a Louis Vuitton Purse Raffle. Tickets for the raffle will only be sold at the event. The cost is $20, and only 300 tickets will be sold. The winner will be announced at 8:00 p.m and you must be present to win.

You may wear your favorite fiesta attire, and you could be the winner of the costume contest.

Free parking is available at Bowers Stadium at Sam Houston State University. A shuttle will be provided to and from the event at no charge by Wiesner of Huntsville.

There are two ticket prices: $25, or $40 to include adult beverages. Buy 5 like tickets and get the 6th ticket free. Tickets are on sale at the Chamber of Commerce, Barbwire Barbie Boutique, Farm Gypsies, Magnolia Mey Boutique and Joetta’s.

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE MINISTRIES LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS

If you’re looking for volunteer work, it’s available. Restorative Justice Ministries President and Chairman of the Board Ed Davis dropped by our news room this week and told us his organization is looking for volunteers . . . .

We asked him, “Are there any qualifications for being a volunteer?” . . . .

To find out about volunteering, check out their website at rjmntexas.com or call them at 936-291-2156.

NEWTON GRESHAM LIBRARY CELEBRATES GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY

With a legacy that reaches back to 1969, the Newton Gresham Library has celebrated many milestones. This month marks the NGL’s golden anniversary and 50 years since opening its doors to the Bearkat community.

In honor of the celebration, starting Aug. 27, from 2-4 p.m., SHSU students are invited to attend an open house for popcorn and cupcakes, and participate in activities including coloring, DIY button-making, and trivia quizzes with prizes. The first 100 students to meet the librarians, including those related to their majors, will receive a limited-edition 50th anniversary t-shirt.

In addition, historical photos and objects will be on display for viewing one week before and after the open house. Sammy the Bearkat will also be in attendance to visit the exhibits and join Eric Owen, executive director of Library Services, for a cake cutting at 2:30 p.m.

Then on Sept. 4 & 5, from 2-4 p.m. both days, the library will host two informal networking events for faculty and staff to meet with the library team over drinks and snacks as a part of the celebration. There will be a second cake cutting with Owen at 2:30 p.m.

TRAVEL HELP ADVICE FROM TxDOT’S BOB COLWELL

Our guest over the weekend on our Around Town public affairs program, Bryan District TxDOT public information officer Bob Colwell, filled us in on all kinds of interesting information related to travel on our Texas highways.

For one thing he passed along a telephone number Texas motorists can call if their vehicle is disabled or stranded on the side of the road, or if you want to report a drunk driver. He told us you can call the Department of Public Safety at 1-800-525-5555.

He also passed along a list of what you can do if your vehicle breaks down . . . .

HOUSTON FOOD BANK TRUCK IN TOWN SATURDAY

A Houston Food Bank Truck will be in town Saturday. The Huntsville Junior Service League is sponsoring the event . The truck will be set up at the Huntsville Church of Christ on Highway 30 West. Beginning at 9 in the morning Saturday, free produce will be distributed. Volunteers are needed for unloading. You’re also reminded to bring your own bags for the produce.

PRESIDENT TRUMP COMMENTS ON TRADE NEGOTIATIONS WITH CHINA TO REPORTERS

The status of trade negotiations with China is usually one of the issues reporters asked Trump for an update on.

In a Q&A with the press outside the White House this week, the president passed along to reporters why he thinks he’s the man for the job for trade negotiations with the Chinese . . . .

MURDERER LARRY RAY SWEARINGEN WAS EXECUTED IN HUNTSVILLE LAST NIGHT

The man convicted of murdering 19-year-old college student Melissa Trotter, 48-year-old Larry Ray Swearingen from Montgomery County, was executed last night at the Huntsville Unit. In 1998, authorities had found Melissa Trotter’s body in the Sam Houston National Forest where she had been dumped.

The Houston Chronicle also reports that shortly before six last night Swearingen’s final appeal had been denied by the U-S Supreme Court. Swearingen narrated the effects of his lethal injection as they occurred.

He died at 6:47 PM.

CITY MANAGER ARON KULHAVY COMMENTS ON BUDGET FOR 2019-2020

At this week’s regular session of the Huntsville City Council, City Manager Aron Kulhavy addressed councilmembers on the City Budget for 2019-2020. It was, of course, more in depth than what we can pass along here . . . .

Regarding the strategic plan objectives, in terms of Bond Projects–Bond Project #1 is for Public Safety Facilities, Project #2 included City Service Facilities and Project #3 includes City waterworks and sewer facilities. . . .

With the budget is a $.3148 property tax rate. Decision packets will be presented to the council on September 3rd along with the second hearing on the proposed new tax rate. Voting for the tax rate and budget takes place September September 17th.

ACTING ARMY SECRETARY COMMENTS ON CURRENT WORLD MILITARY STATUS OF THE U-S

With all the military weapons testing and various posturing among the superpowers lately, one may wonder where the U-S stands in the world militarily.

During an interview Tuesday at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C., acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy was asked about a National Defense Strategy Commission report that came out that said that the U-S is confronting “a crisis of national security,” warning that the U-S “might struggle to win or perhaps to lose a war against China or Russia.”

Secretary McCarthy had an interesting response . . . .