In Huntsville Police news, on the day shift last Monday a coin-operated machine was reported burglarized in the first block of Highway 75 North. A vehicle was reported stolen in the 1000 block of 12th Street. In the 2700 block of Aberdeen Drive, Leon Burrell was arrested on a parole violation warrant.
On the day shift Tuesday, a theft was investigated in the 2400 block of Settlers Way. A forgery case was investigated in the 200 block of I-45 South.
On the night shift Tuesday, a known suspect assaulted a person in the 2000 block of Sycamore Avenue.
On the day shift Wednesday, a vehicle burglary was investigated in the 600 block of Highway 75 North. In the 2800 block of Sam Houston Avenue, Markus McGary was arrested for aggravated robbery.
On the night shift Wednesday, in the 1000 block of MLK, Lloyd Archie was arrested for fighting, and Jamie Mitchell was arrested for fighting and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Lynn Lucas Middle School concert band has been invited to perform at the 2019 Music for All National Festival March 14-16, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Presented by Yamaha, the festival is the largest showcase of top high school bands in the nation. A pep rally to celebrate will be held today at 1:45 PM at Lynn Lucas Middle School.
With an economically disadvantaged population of nearly 75%, the trip will be impossible for nearly all 55 students without a significant amount of support from the community. In all, the band will need to raise about $60,000 to cover travel, hotel and food expenses. A GoFund me account has been set up for the band at https://www.gofundme.com/lucas-band-indy-2019.
Vice President Mike Pence spoke to an exuberant crowd at the Johnson Space Center Thursday.
The vice president reminded everyone of the positive direction in which America’s exploration of space is headed . . . .
Wednesday, various area fire departments fought a couple of wildfires in the northern part of our county.
Last night the Walker County Emergency Management Facebook site reported “the official update on the fires off of FM 230.”
They reported Wednesday night that:
“The east fire off of Chalk Cemetery Road is 95% contained—250 acres approximately. The west fire off of Bo Brown Road is 75% contained at 225 acres approximately. Once the Texas Forest Service deems both fires are contained, all resources will be released. Mop up Operations will resume in the morning.”
The Huntsville Item reported in a story today that the interim CEO of Huntsville Memorial Hospital, Michael Morgan, said yesterday that the hospital is in arrears millions of dollars to various vendors.
He also said they are looking at partnering with other health care businesses in the future. Also, in a cost-saving effort, their out-of-town clinics have been closed and equipment from their Madisonville and Riverside clinics are being returned to the hospital. Mr. Morgan also reported that the hospitals administrative staff has been reduced by 40%.
“Fall Welcome Week” continues on the SHSU campus today.
Director of Student Activities at SHSU, Brandon Cooper, fills us in . . . .
In taking care of business at this week’s regular City Council session, a public hearing was begun regarding their consideration to adopt a maximum property tax rate of .$3666 per $100 valuation for the City’s 2018-19 Fiscal Year (Tax Year 2018).
In regard to the tax rate maximum, City Manager Aron Kulhavy commented . . . .
Mayor Brauninger asked if anyone wanted to speak for or in opposition to the Maximum Tax Rate at the Public Hearing. No one did.
Monday afternoon, Walker County Commissioners met for a “Special Session” at the courthouse to discuss various County matters.
One item on the agenda they had been working on involved solving the internet speed and connectivity issues being experienced by the Precinct #2 Barn and Precinct #3 J-P.
County Purchasing Agent Mike Williford addressed commissioners on the issue . . ..
The D&G Contractors deal would require a $32,500 installation fee, $75 a month maintenance fee per site and the County would own all the equipment. D&G would provide 24 hour technical support.
Commissioners voted on what they perceived as the best proposal between AT&T, Suddenlink and D&G. They approved D&G Contractors.
During our recent “Around Town” interview with Mayor Andy Brauninger, he informed us that, “Every five years, the City of Huntsville is mandated to review the Charter.” He said, they “put together a Charter Review committee of current council people, as well as citizens of the city of Huntsville, to look at the Charter, go through it item by item, and come up with recommended changes to the City Charter . . . .”
Sam Houston State University’s operating budget for Fiscal Year 2019 and degree programs and course additions were among the items approved by the Texas State University System Board of Regents at their regular quarterly meeting in Lost Pines, Texas on August 16.
Within academic affairs, degree program additions approved include, Master of Arts in Technical Communication in the Department of English, Master of Fine Arts in Art and Social Practice in the Department of Art, Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security Studies and Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security Studies in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.
Further academic changes include the addition of two introductory physics courses to the general education core curriculum and authorization to eliminate the Master of Arts in Teaching degree plan housed in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
In program additions, a graduate certificate program in Communication Studies housed in the Department of Communication Studies and an undergraduate certificate in Technical Communication in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences was approved.
In curriculum, 55 additional courses for the 2018-2019 academic year were approved, 23 course deletions and 39 course changes were approved for the 2019-2020 academic year. Additionally, an increase in semester credit hours from 117 to 120 for the Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education in the College of Education was approved.
In planning and construction, design development documents were approved for the proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine (applicant status – seeking accreditation).
Regents also approved to change the name of the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication to the College of Arts and Media.