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WARRIOR BANQUET AHEAD

The Walker County Warrior banquet is coming back again soon. The banquet will be held next Thursday, January 23rd at the Walker County Fairgrounds. It all starts at 5:30.

For tickets, call Tom Fordyce at 936-661-2122, Sharon Fordyce at 936-661-0982 or Rusty Davis at 936-438-6534. Or, you can buy them at the HEARTS Veterans Museum.

There will be a Ribeye steak dinner and auctions.

General Seating is $50 per person. A reserved table for 8 is $350.

It’s in support of the Mighty Oaks Foundation. Banquet spokesperson Tom Fordyce talked to us recently about the Foundation . . . .

WELCOME WEEK GOING ON AT SHSU

“Welcome Week” is under way at Sam Houston State University.

Here’s what’s happening through Wednesday.

Today at 6 PM, join Rec Sports in the fourth-annual Polar Bearkat Plunge. Come to the Recreational Sports Center pool for a quick dip to kick off the school year. Free T-shirts to the first 50 participants. Cocoa and snacks will be provided.

On Tuesday from 11 AM to 1 PM, the Academic Success Center would like to invite you to “New Year, New Me” to learn how you can start off 2020 on the right path. t Call 936-294-3680 for more information.

On Wednesday at 10 AM, all Bearkats are invited to meet the Orange Keys  in LSC 241 over brunch. Call 936.294.1785 for more information. Also on Wednesday from 4:30 to 6 PM, if you need help or are just looking for a new way to stay healthy, meet with a personal trainer at the RSC Gym to find out more about setting your fitness goals. A free lunch bag will be offered to participants while supplies last, and group fitness class demos will be rotating throughout the evening.

NIGHT FREEWAY CLOSURE AHEAD

Southbound Interstate (IH) 45 and Park Road (PR) 40 will be closed on Friday and Saturday nights, January 24 and 25, weather permitting, from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. each night.

Southbound Interstate (IH) 45 and Park Road (PR) 40 will be closed on Friday and Saturday nights, January 24 and 25, weather permitting, from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. each night. All Southbound IH-45 traffic must exit using the Veterans Memorial Exit Ramp (Exit 112). Traffic will be directed across PR 40 to access Southbound IH-45 at the entrance ramp. PR 40 will be closed to traffic between the IH-45 ramps. This closure is necessary to set beams on the Southbound IH 45 Bridge over PR 40. Message Boards have been placed advising of the closure and detour signs will be placed along the detour routes to alert and guide traffic through the detour.

PR 40 will also be closed between the IH 45 ramps Tuesday and Wednesday nights, January 28 and 29, 2020, weather permitting, from 8:00 PM until 5:00 AM each night. The closure is necessary to set deck panels on the Southbound IH 45 Bridge over PR 40. Message Boards and detour signs will be placed alerting and guiding traffic through the detour.

The construction of the 6 miles widening project, Segment 1B of IH-45 from 0.5 miles north of Vick Springs Road to 0.3 miles north of SH 19 is underway.  This project will widen IH-45 to six lanes and will replace the State Park Road 40 bridges and southbound SH 19 Flyover. During the 3-year project, multiple lane shifts and relocation of traffic will take place at various times to accommodate construction activity. IH-45 and SB SH 19 will also be closed at various times for the safety of the traveling public and construction workers.

The reconstruction of IH-45 will take place in two major phases. Phase 1 is underway and will include the addition of Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, northbound SH 19 Bridge and a new southbound SH 19 flyover.  Phase 2, is also underway and will include replacement of the Park Road 40 bridges. Johnson Bros. Corporation, a Southland Company was awarded the construction contract for the amount of $116,878,722.89.

For more information, contact Bobby.Colwell@txdot.gov or (979) 778-9764.

HOUSE MINORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY COMMENTS ON CREDIBILITY OF POSSIBLE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL WITNESS LEV PARNAS

An associate of President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas, has recently provided a number of handwritten notes, documents and text messages to impeachment investigators before the impeachment trial began in the Senate

He offered evidence involving Rudy Giuliani in the Ukraine connected to a request for a criminal probe of Hunter Biden and that the president knew about Giuliani and Parnas’ activities. Parnas volunteered this information during the MSNBC news program of Trump critic Rachel Maddow.

Last week President Trump confirmed to the Washington press he didn’t know the man. Another view of Parnas came from the Minority Leader of the House, Kevin McCarthy, during his last Weekly Briefing . . . .

COUNCILMEMBERS MEET FOR SECOND NIGHT OF STRATEGIC PLANNING

Huntsville City Councilmembers, under the leadership of City Manager Aron Kulhavy, met for a second night last night at the Library Community Room to put some finishing touches on their strategic planning.

Mr. Kulhavy set the course for the evening . . . .

City Manager Kulhavy defined the SMART criteria as a reminder . . . .

The seven strategic initiatives discussed included city appearance, communications, economic development, infrastructure, resource development, finance and public safety.

There were so many areas of focus councilmembers discussed that we cannot cover all of them here. One topic of concern that ignited discussion among councilmembers was staff fire protection coverage in the city.

Local Fire Chief Greg Mathis does an excellent job with his department covering fire issues . However, it was passed along at the meeting that the fire department fell around 40 short of the National Fire Protection Association standards with under 20 full-time firefighters. How to deal with this shortage with grants and other ways was discussed extensively.

An exhaustive number of city issues were also discussed. City Manager Kulhavy will have what they discussed worked up into a presentable form for a February 4th consideration.

PRESIDENT COMMENTS ON GIULIANI ASSOCIATE LEV PARNAS–ALSO HAPPY ABOUT USMCA

The impeachment process for President Trump got underway yesterday in the Senate with the swearing-in of Chief Justice John Roberts.

The president reacted to press questions yesterday by recent accusations by Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas . . . .

In other issues in Washington, the president was very happy that the Senate handed him a passed United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement Thursday.

AT THIS TIME NO PLANS FOR U-S MILITARY TO WITHDRAW FROM IRAQ

We have a recent update on what’s going on regarding the United States’ relationship with Iraq since that air attack a while back killing Iranian terrorist Qasim Soleimani.

Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman addressed reporters at the Pentagon Thursday . . . .

Mr. Hoffman also said their hopes were good for U-S Security forces to remain in the that region.

GIULIANI ASSOCIATE LEV PARNAS HANDS OVER WHAT HE SAYS ARE INCRIMINATING DOCUMENTS ABOUT GIULIANI AND THE PRESIDENT

An associate of President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas, has recently given over a number of handwritten notes, documents and text messages to House of Representative investigators before the impeachment trial got underway in the Senate

He offered evidence involving Rudy Giuliani in the Ukraine connected to a request for a criminal probe of Hunter Biden and that the president knew about Giuliani and Parnas’ activities. Parnas’ attorneys have said he is willing to testify in the impeachment inquiry of the Democrats. This is occurring among reports of a potential immunity deal to secure his testimony.

Washington reporters questioned presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway Thursday after Parnas made accusations against Trump and Giuliani on a program hosted by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow . . . .