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KSAM News

FIRST BAPTIST CELEBRATES 175TH ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY

The First Baptist Church of Huntsville will celebrate their 175th Anniversary this Sunday. It will begin a 9 AM in the church’s Education Building which includes a breakfast buffet. The program begins at 10:30 that morning in the church sanctuary. It includes a video presentation about a previous fire, some church history and a sermon by former pastor Dr. Keith Brister.

SUPREME COURT DECISION ISSUES ORDER STOPPING INJUNCTIONS BLOCKING THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S BAN ON ASYLUM SEEKERS

Late Wednesday evening, the Supreme Court issued an order stopping all injunctions that had blocked the Trump administration’s ban on asylum for those people trying to enter the United States by going through a third country like Mexico without looking for protection there.

This is not a final ruling but lets the policy go into effect across the country as the case goes through the lower courts.

POLICE NEWS

In Huntsville Police news over the past several days, on Saturday’s day shift, a residential burglary was investigated in the 100 block of Brunch Avenue. At Highway 75 North and Spur 59, Anthony Johnson was arrested on two counts of possession of a controlled substance and DWI.

On the night shift Saturday, a known suspect assaulted a person in the 2000 block of Sam Houston Avenue. A residential burglary was reported in the 500 block of Bowers Boulevard.

On Sunday’s day shift, an aggravated assault was investigated in the 900 block of Avenue J.

On the night shift Sunday, a theft was reported in the 200 block of I-45 South. A person was assaulted in the 2800 block of Lake Road.

On Monday’s day shift, three vehicles were burglarized by unknown suspects in the 100 block of Ravenwood Village.

On Tuesday’s night shift, a known suspect threatened another person in the 700 block of 10th Street. In the 300 block of Highway 75 North, Colton Tyler Graves was arrested for assault causing bodily injury in family violence, resisting arrest and public intoxication. In the 800 block of MLK, Daniya Annette Gambrell was arrested for failure to ID as a fugitive and municipal court warrants. At the same address, Bri Undrani Shantrel Reece was arrested for hindering apprehension. In the 2200 block of Bobby K Marks Drive, Timothy McKenzie, Jr. was arrested for Missouri State warrants for residential burglary, probation violation, unlawful possession of a firearm and a probation violation for burglary. Ardelsa Lee Brown was arrested for theft of property less than $2500 with 2 or more previous convictions.

WALKER COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION ANNOUNCES SEVEN HILLS OF HUNTSVILLE MARKER DEDICATION

The Walker County Historical Commission announces the dedication of the Seven Hills of Huntsville historical subject marker which will take place on September 14, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in Town Creek Park on the north side of Town Creek on City of Huntsville property at 1212 Avenue M.

This dedication will be preceded by a special run, the “Seven Hills of Huntsville Run/Walk,” which is sponsored by the Seven Hills Running Club of Huntsville. The run starts where the marker dedication will take place, on the north side of the Town Creek Park sign on Avenue M. Runners can choose a 1 mile or 5K distance.  Entry is $2, $1 for club members, and the run will begin at 8:30 a.m.  Registration will be on site with no pre-registration.  Water, Gatorade and light snacks will be provided.

Following the run, the marker will be dedicated, and a reception will follow the marker dedication at the Walker County Museum/Gibbs-Powell House at 1228 Eleventh Street

For more information about the Seven Hills of Huntsville Run/Walk, contact Darren Grant of the Seven Hills Running Club at 936-439-5899.  For more information on the marker dedication, please call 936-235-2497 or 936-438-1400. The public is invited to attend.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION GOES AFTER FLAVORED E-CIGARETTES

As you may have noticed, vaping, the smoking of flavored e-cigarettes, has become a fad for some young people.

In an effort to deter it’s use and resulting harmful effects, the Trump administration is trying to do something about it.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar addressed the press from the Oval Office Wednesday . . . .

OFFICES ON UPCOMING MARCH 2020 PRIMARY BALLOT

Republican Party of Walker County Chair Linda McKenzie informs us that the following offices will be on the March 2020 Primary ballot: Sheriff, Tax Assessor, Pct. 1 and 2 Commissioners, all Constables,  and the 12th Judicial District Judge.

This past Tuesday was the first day to file for the office of Precinct Chair

November 9th will be the first day to file for the office of County Chair or any public elected office on the Primary Ballot.

Six p.m. December 9th  is the deadline for all candidate applications, unless an extended deadline is triggered.

HUNTSVILLE ARTS COMMISSION MEETS

The Huntsville Arts Commission will have a meeting this afternoon at the Wynne Home Arts Center at 1428 11th Street at five this afternoon.

They will welcome new member Lynn Kelly. The Commission will also consider a proposal for an art project, review current arts projects and distribute informational items.

HOSPITAL DISTRICT BOARD OF MANAGERS HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE

The Walker County Hospital District Board of Managers met Tuesday evening in a Special Meeting at First National Bank for a public hearing on a proposal for a tax rate of $.1162 per $100 valuation.

Several Walker County residents showed up to oppose the rate. The average home will incur about a $10 increase in their Hospital District tax from the previous year.

The tax rate as well as the recent move to have Community Hospitals Corporation join the District to run the hospital in a partnership seems like a “Hail Mary Pass” to some. However, it’s dire necessity was expressed by others.

Chairman of the Hospital Board Anne Woodard explained her view of the necessity for the proposed tax rate . . . .

Board of Managers member, Dr. David Toronjo, spoke in response to Chairman Woodard’s view . . . .

There were those in attendance that felt the hospital should have been put up for bid instead of the deal with Community Hospitals Corporation to run the hospital in a partnership.

In response, Hospital official Ralph Beatty explained his view from recent experience with the issue . . . .

Chairman Woodard announced the next Public Hearing on the Hospital Tax will be next Monday night, the 16th, at 5:30 PM.