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NATURAL SCIENCE & ART RESEARCH CENTER HOSTS OPENING

The public is invited to visit the new Sam Houston Natural Science & Art Research Center at 710 University Ave. The center is a new collaboration between Sam Houston State University’s departments of Art and Biological Sciences. The grand opening takes place Saturday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by an afternoon presentation from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Will Godwin, curator of the center, oversees the documentation and preservation of over a million specimen that comprise the Natural Science collection. He is pleased to finally open the doors with an official public grand opening.

Also on view, through the Department of Art, an art, biology and community collaboration that includes works produced by students and teachers from Mance Park Middle School, Huntsville High School and Conroe High. The exhibit features silk paintings created through inspiration from pieces in the natural science collection.

For the afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the center will host a historical talk on the topic of the center’s building which was the town’s former high school. Guests can learn more about the history of the building with a presentation by James Patton, from the Walker County Historical Commission, who will be joined by artist David Adickes.

MISSOURI SENATOR WARNS AGAINST GREATEST MAJOR POWER THREAT

Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley, on the Homeland Security Committee, participated in an exploratory foreign policy discussion at the Center for a new American Security. His view on which major power threat to look out for might surprise you. One question came down to who poses the greatest threat . . . .

He wants Germany and NATO allies to do more in Europe as far as military backup. He thinks it would be spreading our security defenses too thin to take on Russia, China and the terrorist threat all at once.

WALKER COUNTY HOSPITAL CORPORATION FILES CHAPTER 11

Walker County Hospital Corporation Takes Next Step to Secure Huntsville’s Healthcare Future

Corporation files for Chapter 11 to Prepare Huntsville Memorial to Enter into a Strategic Partnership

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (Nov. 11, 2019) – In a press release, Walker County Hospital Corporation informs us that as part of its ongoing efforts to enter into a strategic partnership to secure the future of Huntsville Memorial Hospital (HMH), Walker County Hospital Corporation announced Monday it has filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

Walker County Hospital Board Chair Mac Woodward says, “This move ultimately supports HMH’s successful completion of a strategic partnership to preserve quality, local healthcare.” He said,. “In the end, the hospital’s goal is to emerge a more focused and profitable organization that’s better positioned to provide quality care for generations to come.”

The release goes on to say, the decision comes at the end of a year-long journey by the Walker County Hospital District Board to explore options for the future of the hospital. Walker County Hospital Corporation began a process in September 2018 to identify a potential strategic partner to better position HMH to provide quality, local healthcare long into the future. In September 2019, the District Board signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Community Hospital Corporation (CHC)

CEO Steven L. Smith said, “This is simply the next step in our journey to protect local healthcare,” He said, “While we have faced challenges in the past, we have made significant strides over the past year and have much to be proud of – from the American Heart Association’s Stroke award to the patient care advancements in the ED (Emergency Department) to the 49.9 percent improvement in our operating margin and 46.5 percent increase in our net margin. Our caring and talented employees, providers and caregivers have been working hard day in and day out to improve the quality of the care we provide, and because of them, we’re in the best position to enter a strategic partnership.”

Hospital officials said they anticipate completing the Chapter 11 process within three to five months. In the meantime, it’s business as usual at HMH.

CEO Smith said, “Nothing changes today for our patients or employees,”

OPPORTUNITY TO HELP FAMILIES FOR THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS

Head Start is a non-profit child development center that was established in 1965 to offer a variety of programs and services to assist low income individuals and families to address specific problems.

Many families in their program are continuing to struggle with day to day needs and celebrating the holidays is not even an option for them. During the holiday seasons they ask the community to think about sharing their blessing with others that have not been so fortunate by purchasing a meal for Thanksgiving or adopting a child/family for Christmas.

If you would like to support a family for Thanksgiving, they have partnered with Patsy in the deli department at Brookshire Brothers and she makes the sponsoring easy. The small meals feed a family of 4 for $35.95 and a large meal feed a family of 6-8 for $69.95. To sponsor a family, you can contact Patsy at 936-435-1209 or Brenda Thompson at 936-291-9190 ext. 222.

If you would like to sponsor a family for Christmas, please contact Brenda Thompson at 936-291-9190 ext. 222 or bthompson@get-cap.org. Their families don’t ask for material things during the Christmas season, just some basic items such as toiletries, food or clothing. These phone numbers and email link are on our website in the news story for Head Start.

COMMISSIONERS’ COURT MEETS THIS MORNING

Walker County Commissioners meet for a regular session this morning at nine at the courthouse.

Agenda items discussed this morning will include:

–an ETJ agreement between Walker County and the City of Huntsville

–approval of Sarah Wright to the Walker County CPS Board

–a Fiscal Year 2020 SAVNS Maintenance Grant Contract

–and the Perdue Brandon Trust Property Sale

SCREENING OF “THE RIPPLE EFFECT” HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH AT SHSU

Suicide-attempt survivor Kevin Hines is a world-renowned mental health advocate, motivational speaker and author who travels the globe spreading a message of hope, recovery and wellness.  He will be on the SHSU campus for a keynote address on mental health next semester. However, before that event, the campus community is encouraged to attend a screening of his documentary “The Ripple Effect” today at 4 p.m. in Olsen auditorium.

The film chronicles Kevin’s personal journey and the ripple effect it had on those impacted by his suicide attempt and his life’s work since. In addition, the film highlights the stories of individuals and families who are utilizing their personal tragedy to bring hope and healing to others.

Hines will visit Sam Houston State University on Feb. 12, 2020 to deliver his keynote speech in the LSC ballroom.

THE VALUE OF A SAM HOUSTON STATE DEGREE SUPPORTS GROWTH

Data released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center in May stated that college enrollment in the United States has decreased for the eighth consecutive year. Yet, Sam Houston State has experienced over 15 straight years of enrollment growth.

SHSU President Dana Hoyt says, “Providing value, a quality education at an affordable cost, has made SHSU attractive to many students.” She said, their “expanding degree options, including additional online courses, are making it possible for more individuals to complete their degrees.”

LEGAL SERVICES DIRECTOR AT SHSU ALSO HELPS STUDENTS OUT WITH BUSINESS LEGAL ADVICE

SHSU provides access to legal advice to their students. Our weekend guest on our public affairs program, Student Legal and Mediation Services Director Gene Roberts, has informed us about the myriad of regular legal issues he helps students with, but he also helps them out in the business arena . . . .

TxDOT UPDATE

WALKER COUNTYBeginning at 8 PM Friday November 15, 2019, and ending at 5 AM Monday, November 18, 2019, IH 45 northbound and southbound lanes will be closed, weather permitting. All IH 45 traffic must exit using FM 1374/ FM 1375 exit ramps. Traffic will be directed to frontage roads to access IH 45 at the entrance ramps. These closures are necessary to demolish FM 1375 overpass bridge. Motorists should expect delays and may want to consider an alternate route.   Drivers should exercise caution and be prepared for extended delays during this closure.

FM 1374/SH 150 cross street will open Monday morning November 11, 2019 and soon after FM 1375 bridge overpass will be closed to start the removal of bridge rail.

To alert drivers to the traffic changes and closures, changeable message signs will be placed near the northbound and southbound lanes of IH 45 beginning one week before the closures and detour signs will be placed along the detour routes to alert and guide traffic through the detour. The speed limit is reduced to 65 MPH throughout the limits of the project.

The IH 45 lane closures are part of the reconstruction of IH 45 that will involve replacing the existing four-lane divided highway with a six-lane highway with a concreted median barrier in southern Walker County. The project is scheduled to be completed in September 2021.

During the 4.5-year project, multiple lane shifts and relocation of traffic will take place at various times to accommodate construction activity.