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Annual TIRZ Report Approved By Council–Mayor Comments

At this week’s regular session of the Huntsville City Council, councilmembers considered approving the 2017 Annual Report for the Tax Increment Investment Zone #1.

The TIRZ agreement is in reference to a designated area of Ravenwood Village off I-45 that the City entered into an agreement on several years ago.

Mayor Andy Brauninger commented on the agreement with Finance Director Steve Ritter and Interim City Manager Aron Kulhavy. The mayor said he had attended the TIRZ annual meeting . . . .

The annual report was approved by the Council.

Mayor Brauninger confirmed that “the sales tax peaks conclude” in June of 2019.

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats Testifies on National Security Threats

Tuesday, the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testified before the Senate Armed Services panel on national security threats.

Swift technological development across the world has enhanced the threat of destabilizing peace. . . .

 

Director Coats listed among the threats cyberattack, weapons of mass destruction, terrorist actions and space-based weapons.

He believes the Russians will continue to attempt to interfere in our elections.

Five Recognized By SHSU For Careers In Distinguished Education

The transformative power of a quality educator knows no bounds. An effective teacher has the potential to directly influence the lives and future career paths of their students daily.

For this reason, Sam Houston State University’s College of Education recognizes alumni who have made a significant contribution to the field in an awards ceremony each year.

This year, the Distinguished Educator of the Year recipients were honored on March 3 in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom for their demonstrated expertise and outstanding service in the classroom, school, district and community.

The 2018 Distinguished Educators of the Year recipients were Don Stockton–Superintendent, Conroe ISD; Linda Blackburn-Harris–Board Member, Dayton ISD’s Board of Trustees; Jeremy Glenn–Superintendent, Waxahachie ISD; Jimmy Adams–Dean of Media Arts & Technology Center of Excellence, Houston Community College and Kevin Weldon–Retired Superintendent, Tarkington ISD.

This award is the highest honor the COE at SHSU can bestow upon its alumni.

Election Update

Many Walker County voters showed up at the polls to vote for their candidates during the past two weeks.

Results from 9:05 last night–

In the Republican Party Primary:

For Criminal District Attorney, Will Durham won out over Stephanie Stroud with 4,662 votes to 1,905.

In the Commissioner Precinct #4 race, Jimmy D. Henry won with 852 votes over Frank Novark with 451 and Roy Barkley with 194.

For Justice of the Peace Precinct #1, Steve Fisher was on top with 1,028 votes to 705 votes for Lonny Johnson.

In the Justice of the Peace Precinct #2 race, Mike Countz beat Joseph Cochran 1,822 votes to 358.

 

In state voting results posted at 1:50 this morning:

Candidate for the State Senatorial seat for District 5, Charles Schwertner, won with 66,538 votes.

In the race for State Representative for District 18, Ernest Bailes had 10,565 votes and Emily Kebodeaux Cook had 7,608 votes.

The Democratic and Republican Primary Runoff will be May 22nd in Texas.

Two People Discovered Dead In New Waverly

On the morning of Tuesday, March 6th at 7:51 a.m., New Waverly Firefighters, Walker County EMS along with Walker County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a possible carbon monoxide poisoning at an enclosed structure in the 100 block of Gourd Creek Drive in New Waverly. Upon the deputies and other first responders’ arrival, they found a man and woman lying unconscious and were determined to be deceased by medical staff.

As the caller initially arrived at the location, it was determined that a motorized generator was running inside of the structure, which was powered off at that time by the caller. At this point of the investigation no foul play is suspected, but the investigation is still underway. Both bodies have been submitted to the Montgomery County Forensic Services pending autopsy results.

TxDOT Brings “Plan While You Can” Interactive Dodge Ball To SHSU Today

Today, from 10 AM to 3 PM, the “Plan While You Can” interactive dodgeball experience will be on site at SHSU to demonstrate how drinking can impair a driver’s reflexes. It will be held in front of the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

As Spring Break arrives in Texas, TxDOT continues the “Plan While You Can” impaired driving campaign in an effort to reduce crashes and save lives among young drivers. The campaign urges drivers to plan ahead for a sober ride home while utilizing the “Plan While You Can” interactive dodgeball game to show the effects of alcohol on a driver’s reaction time.

During Spring Break 2017 in Texas, there were 410 crashes involving young adults driving under the influence of alcohol. Those led to 20 fatalities and 48 serious injuries.

GED Orientation Today

The Huntsville Public Library will host free GED classes each Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. in April (dates to be announced). The classes will be taught by Lone Star College staff. Students are required to attend Orientation from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7 and noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 to enroll. Students 19 years and older should bring a valid government-issued photo ID. Students 18 years of age and younger, in addition to the ID, need a self-consent form, a parental consent form, and a withdrawal form from their previous institution. Call Lone Star College – Greenspoint Center at 281-260-3576 to register.