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HUNTSVILLE ISD REGULAR BOARD MEETING TONIGHT

The Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular meeting at six tonight at the Hawkins Administration Building.

The Board will recognize various students and staff for their talents and accomplishments.

Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” will include consideration of Board approval of:

–the 2018-19 Waiver of Out-of-District Tuition

–the agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of Walker County for the 2018-19 school year

–the 2018 Summer Program

–the Huntsville High School roof replacement

–the purchase of the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention

Also at tonight’s meeting, there will be a presentation on the Arise2Read Program and a Digital Media Report by Marcus Forney.

Superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard will feature a report on campus visits.

WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY SANDERS COMMENTS ON NORTH KOREAN THREATS TO CANCEL TALKS

North Korea’s recent threats to cancel the upcoming talks on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula on June 12th in Singapore prompted reporters on the White House grounds Wednesday morning to give White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders the third degree, as she agreed to answer some reporters questions and confirm the presidents reaction to the news . . . .

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARS TESTIMONY ON CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA

Following a recent report that allegedly the personal data of around 50 million Americans had been collected from Facebook and improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, a scandal on data collection has erupted. Cambridge Analytica denies any wrongdoing and has closed its doors.

It’s been reported the FBI and the Justice Department are investigating the data collection firm.

Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing looking into the Cambridge Analytica company and Data Privacy.

They heard testimony from former Cambridge Analytica employee and Whistleblower, Christopher Wylie. What he testified was pretty alarming.

Mr. Wylie told the committee, “When I was at Cambridge Analytica, I was also made aware of the firm’s ‘Black Ops’ capacity.” He says, I have seen documents relating to instances where the firm sought to procure hacked material….”

WALKER COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S MEETING AHEAD

Walker County Republican Women will hold their Membership Meeting Monday, May 21st, at 11:30 AM at the Huntsville Public Library Community Room. There will be a Meet and Greet with a Brown Bag Lunch and Business Meeting. At Noon, the program will begin on the I-45 Widening Project in Walker County featuring TxDOT Representative Lance Simmons and Precinct #2 County Commissioner Jimmy Henry,

HUNTSVILLE PD OFFICERS RECEIVE LIFE-SAVING AWARD

At the regular session of the Huntsville City Council last night, Officers Brandon Boyd and Keith Sarraf received the Huntsville Police Department’s Life Saving Award for saving the life of Huntsville resident Ron Smith.

On April 6th, Mr. Smith collapsed at Kroger’s while shopping. Police arrived on the scene in under a minute and started CPR on Mr. Smith.

Huntsville Police Chief Kevin Lunsford addressed the council on what happened . . . .

In a memorandum on the life-saving event, HPD Sergeant Jeremy Carroll said, “I was truly impressed by their efforts and determination to save a complete stranger, and it was quite a sight to see. I can say they made this department look great by doing what we often expect but not require and truly encompassed the core values of this department.”

In attendance for the award ceremony, Mr. Smith thanked God for having the police officers on hand that day during his medical crisis.

EARLY VOTING DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RUNOFF ELECTION

Walker County elections manager Julie Cooper informs us that the total number of voters checked-in during early voting Tuesday, May 15th was 20. This makes for a total of 43 voters checked-in during early voting for the May 22, 2018 Democratic Primary Runoff Election in Walker County. Early Voting will continue through Friday this week at the Walker County Annex, Room 101.

FACIAL HAIR CONTEST THIS WEEKEND AT FOLK FESTIVAL

Jimmy Preston of the Austin Facial Hair Club informs us he had his group is coming up here this weekend for the General Sam Houston Folk Festival with a bunch of fun stuff planned . . . .

Jimmy told us at 1:15 they’ll have the build-a-beard workshop, then at 4 o’clock is the beard competition that will run for about an hour.

PRESIDENT TRUMP ADDRESSES NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL SERVICE

Tuesday President Trump, accompanied by Vice President Pence and various members of the the U-S legislature, addressed the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on the West Front of the U-S Capitol.

He paid tribute to law enforcement officers who gave their lives for others in the line of duty . . . .

STATUE VISITOR CENTER EXPANSION NEARING COMPLETION

One of the major tourist attractions to our town is the Statue Visitor’s Center.

It’s been under renovation for some time now, and we understand the work is getting close to completion.

Our guest on our “Around Town” program over the weekend was City Councilmember Tyler McCaffety who updated us on the project . . . .