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PRESIDENTIAL BUST GROUNDBREAKING TODAY

There’s a ground breaking ceremony for the David Adickes Presidential Bust project today at 11 at the HEARTS Veteran’s Museum.

It’s hosted by the museum and the Huntsville/Walker County Chamber of Commerce. Sculptor David Adickes will be there, and after the groundbreaking he will be there with a question and answer session regarding the project.

EARLY PRIMARY VOTING BEGINS TOMORROW

There will be no voting today due to the federal holiday. However, Early Voting will be held at the Walker County Annex located at 1301 Sam Houston Avenue, Room 101, beginning Tuesday, February 18th thru Friday, February 28th, 8am – 5pm, Monday thru Friday. 

Primary Elections are two separate elections being held by the Democratic and Republican parties. Voters will need to indicate at time of voting, which one of the two political subdivisions’ election they wish to vote in. Voters can only vote in one party’s primary. Sample ballots are available at the Elections Department located at the Annex or online at www.co.walker.tx.us under the Current Elections tab located near the bottom of the Home Page. The Walker County Elections Department encourages voters to call their office at (936) 436-4959 if they have any questions.

Photo ID is still required in the state of Texas. Only voters who do not possess and cannot reasonably obtain one of the seven acceptable forms of photo ID may qualify to present one of the approved alternate ID’s.

WE TALKED WITH LOCAL K-9 OFFICER TAYLOR WILKINS ON AROUND TOWN

Our guests on “Around Town” over the weekend were Huntsville PD Lt. Jim Barnes and K-9 Officer Taylor Wilkins.

Officer Wilkins works with a two-and-a-half-year-old Belgian Malinois named Kyon. He spent a couple of weeks down in Louisiana training with the dog . . . .

Officer Wilkins says the dogs sense of smell is up to a 100 times better than a human’s.

ACCIDENTS ON I-45 THURSDAY AFTERNOON

The Montgomery County Police Reporter reports that on Thursday afternoon on I-45 an 18-wheeler hit two vehicles that were stopped because of a crash previously. Airlifted to Memorial Hermann Downtown, were a 27-year-old woman and 4-month-old child. An ambulance took a 34-year-old man to the hospital in Conroe. At the time of the accident, all were in serious condition.

The accidents resulted in a long delay of traffic. It all happened near mile marker 128 on I-45 between Madisonville and Huntsville.

FIGHT AT HUNTSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL WEDNESDAY

According to a press release to the Huntsville Item from Huntsville ISD, fighting occurred between several female students Wednesday at Huntsville High School’s auxiliary gym. Scrapes and bruises were suffered because of the incident.

Resource officers on campus responded to the incident and brought calm to the situation. Those involved were identified and sent to the campus administration authorities for disciplinary action conforming with the Student’s Code of Conduct.

IS HUNTSVILLE’S INFRASTRUCTURE READY FOR AN INFLUX OF RESIDENTS?

A lot of people are expected to move our way in the future.

We asked our recent guest on our public affairs “Around Town” program, Councilmember Paul Davidhizar, “Will the city’s infrastructure, not including streets and highways, be able to handle an expected influx of new citizens during the new decade? . . . .”

REPORT ON SAFE CITIES

The National Council for Home Safety and Security released its annual report on the safest cities in each U.S. state. The Safest Cities Report examines each city’s per-capita crime data to provide state rankings and simultaneously features cities that have made strides to improve or sustain a safe environment for their residents.

Texas, for example, saw a 4.9% decrease in violent crime and a 6.0% decrease in property crime since last year.

Twenty-two miles northeast of Austin lies Hutto, the safest city in Texas

Texas’ 2nd safest city is Fulshear, a city whose population went from just 700 in 2008 to an estimated 13,790 in 2020.

The colorfully named Trophy Club is Texas’ 3rd safest city. Similar in size to #2 Fulshear.

Number #4, Colleyville, is an affluent suburb of Dallas renowned for its excellent public school system.

And Murphy, another wealthy Dallas suburb, fills out the list of Texas’ five safest cities.