San Jacinto County Judge Arrested & Released

According to an article in the Houston Chronicle, San Jacinto County Judge John Lovett was arrested Monday on what San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers said was because of a true bill indictment against Lovett for burglary, tampering with an official government instrument and forgery.

According to the Chronicle story, the charges stem from “the county judge using his master key after hours to enter County Clerk Dawn Wright’s office on July 7” in 2017. The article says that, “Lovett used Wright’s timestamp to approve the July 11 commissioner court agenda, court records show.”

According to the report, entry into the county clerk’s office had tripped a silent alarm.

The Chronicle story quoted Lovett as saying in a July 19th story in the Eastex Advocate that, “I used my key. I have the authority to go in there.”

Judge Lovett was released late Monday on a personal recognizance bond.

Commissioners Discuss Possible County Improvement District

Monday, Walker County Commissioners discussed the possibility of establishing a County Improvement District. It would mostly be located in western Walker County should it be created by an election.

Precinct #3 Commissioner Bill Daugette explained the concept to commissioners . . . .

Precinct #2 Commissioner White raised a question in reference to any funds raised . . . .

Commissioner Daugette passed along what he planned to do . . . .

Funds must be spent in the improvement district in which it is for.

Assistant District Attorney Quentin Russell will also look into the matter.

A Few Summer Jobs Available For Kids With County Maintenance

Maintenance Director Marvin Cannon informed commissioners at their meeting Monday that, “With the summer months approaching quickly and the increased workload to the Maintenance Department, there’s times that we have to be in three or four different places at the same time, at one time . . . .

It would be two part-time and one full-time position classified as temporary and funded by budgeted funds. The persons hired would be supervised at all times. Mr. Cannon said they would work with various schools looking for the right candidates. Commissioners approved.

President Firm On Sanctions Until Denuclearization Of North Korea

The upcoming talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is still much on the minds of reporters.

At Monday’s White House Press Briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked by ABC Reporter Jonathan Karl, “On North Korea, is the president willing to accept anything short of complete denuclearization before lifting any sanctions?. . . .

SHSU Alumna Receives Texas Superintendent of the Year Award and National Nomination

In its nearly 150 years of service to the world, education has played a center role in the existence of the university for its long history of preparing teachers to accomplish their aspirations and inspire future generations.
Sam Houston State University alumna and Lufkin ISD superintendent LaTonya Goffney is a prime example of how education can change lives.

As the 2018 Texas nominee for National Superintendent of the Year and the Texas Association of School Boards’ selected Superintendent of the Year, Goffney is known for putting into full force the motto, “Those who believe can achieve.”

Holding her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Sam Houston State University College of Education, Goffney has served for six years as superintendent of Lufkin ISD, a school district of 8,200 students in east Texas.
A native of Coldspring, Texas, she began her career as a language arts teacher in Coldspring-Oakhurst ISD. Goffney served as an assistant principal, principal and superintendent in that district before her move to Lufkin.

Man Kills Four At Waffle House In Nashville

Law enforcement in Nashville is hunting for a man who fled from the scene Sunday after shooting and killing four people at a Waffle House there. The shooter has been identified as 29-year-old Travis Reinking of Morton, Illinois. He had been arrested by U-S Secret Service agents last July for being in a restrictive area near the White House.

Public Schools in Nashville were put on lockout mode. Authorities report Reinking owns a handgun which has not been recovered. In the search for Reinking, a large contingent of Nashville officers are being joined by the FBI, ATF and the Tennessee Highway Patrol. He was last spotted in woods near the apartment complex he lived in.

Spring Commencement Ahead At SHSU

Rick Hartley, Arcilla Acosta and State Representatives Trent Ashby and Tom Oliverson are the confirmed speakers for Sam Houston State University’s 2018 Spring Commencements taking place from May 10-12 in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

On May 10 at 7 p.m., Rick Hartley will address graduates from the College of Criminal Justice.

He’s a media professional who served as Executive Director of the 100 Club, Hartley is a 1992 SHSU graduate with his master’s degree in criminal justice management.

On May 11 at 9:30 a.m., Representative Trent Ashby will address graduates from the College of Business Administration and College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication.

Sworn into the Texas House of Representatives in 2013, Representative Ashby has served on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Committee on Appropriations.

On May 11 at 2:30 p.m., Arcilla Acosta will address graduates from the College of Sciences and Engineering Technology and College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication.

As an entrepreneur, nationally recognized speaker, philanthropist and mother, Acosta is the President and CEO of CARCON Industries and Construction.

On May 12 at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Representative Tom Oliverson will address graduates from the College of Education, College of Health Sciences and College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Representative Oliverson represents Texas’ 130th State House District in northwest Harris County.

Commissioners Recently Looked At Cattle Guard Issues

Commissioners brought up the issue of cattle guards on County roads at their last court session.

On our “Around Town” program over the weekend, Precinct #2 Walker County Commissioner Ronnie White passed along, “There was an issue with the cattle crossing one of them with some of the land owners.”

He said in court “a lady was there explaining she was having some issues . . . .”