KSAM News

KSAM News

COUNTY CLERK KARI FRENCH COMMENTS TO COMMISSIONERS’ COURT ON RECENT DIGITAL ACCESS ISSUES

At Commissioners’ Court Monday morning, County Clerk Kari French provided an update on issues that occurred recently regarding access to a new system getting underway in her department . . . .

Ms. French further explained what happened and how it’s being corrected . . . .

Other issues are being cleared up. The Clerk’s Office held an informational meeting on January 9th for those who use the new system.

Walker County County Judge Danny Pierce commended County Clerk French on her handling of the recent data access issues.

DATE CHANGE FOR PARK ROAD 40 NIGHT TIME CLOSURES BETWEEN I-45 RAMPS

Instead of last night, Park Road 40 will be closed between the I-45 ramps on the nights of Tuesday, January 15, 2019 and Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 AM. This closure is necessary to construct drilled shafts for portions of the new northbound and southbound I-45 bridges over PR 40. The median portion of the new I-45 overpass bridge is being constructed. Traffic will remain in its present configuration on I-45 until the new concrete pavement and bridge in the median are completed.

The detour routes will be signed.

LOWMAN STUDENT CENTER EXPANSION GRAND OPENING

A ceremony and reception begins today  from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Lowman Student Center expansion grand opening. At 11 AM the doors swing open for business, and everything the Lowman Student Center expansion has to offer will be up and running. There will people there ready to help you through the day’s events.

Sam Houston State University will be celebrating with free food, tours, activities, performances, and giveaways.

The expansion includes: A new Kat Klub (complete with an eight-lane bowling alley, plenty of couches and TVs, arcade games, tournament sized pool tables and even a pub called the Three Horse Tavern), a new Orange Ballroom, five new meeting rooms (with incredible views of campus and the surrounding area) and a new atrium that will feature new food options (Oath Pizza and Steak ‘n Shake) connecting with existing restaurants (Chick-fil-a, Subway and Panda Express).

For more information on today’s events, consult the article on the Today at Sam webpage.

WALKER COUNTY EMS DIRECTOR JOHN NABORS ADDRESSES COMMISSIONERS ABOUT HIRING BILLING COMPANY

Walker County EMS Director John Nabors addressed commissioners at their Monday morning meeting about going to an EMS billing system . . . .

Mr. Nabors said the billing company would be paid based on a percentage of billing, so they would be incentivized. The fee is a six or seven percent charge. And, he said, the system would not replace any employees because one of his employees left last July and no one was hired in their place.

At this point, Mr. Nabors will be consulting with County Purchasing Agent Mike Williford about how to go about working with a billing company in the future.

PRESIDENT TRUMP COMMENTS ON DEMOCRATS VISIT TO PUERTO RICO & PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

Monday, reporters caught up with the President outside the White House about to depart for an address to the American Farm Bureau Federation in New Orleans.

He commented on the recent story where 30 Democrats met with 109 lobbyists at a resort in Puerto Rico over the weekend. He also talked about the present stalemate in the partial government shutdown . . . .

NOTE: CHANGE IN PARK ROAD 40 CLOSURE DAYS

At 4:10 this afternoon we were informed that now:

Park Road 40 will be closed between the I-45 ramps on the nights of Tuesday, January 15, 2019 and Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 AM. This closure is necessary to construct drilled shafts for portions of the new northbound and southbound I-45 bridges over PR 40. The median portion of the new I-45 overpass bridge is being constructed. Traffic will remain in its present configuration on I-45 until the new concrete pavement and bridge in the median are completed.

The detour routes will be signed.

 

WALKER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEET THIS MORNING

Walker County Commissioners’ Court meets for a regular session this morning beginning at nine at the courthouse.

Emergency Medical Services Director John Nabors will talk about approval of an invoice for a 2005 EMS ambulance and also going to an EMS billing system.

Among several items, County Purchasing Agent Mike Williford will discuss awarding a bid for culvert installation to Solid Bridge Construction. FEMA has agreed to reimburse the County for the project. Mr. Williford will also talk about the sale of surplus computers, office machines and electronics to New Waverly ISD.

Walker County County Clerk Kari French will give a status update on the County Clerk’s new records management system, Vanguard with Kofile Technologies. Ms. French will also talk about County Clerk’s Records Preservation Phase #1.

MAN CHARGES OFFICERS WITH HATCHET IN WAL-MART PARKING LOT FRIDAY NIGHT

The Huntsville Police Department received a call of a suspicious person at Wal-Mart, located at 141 Interstate 45, around 8:45 p.m. Friday, January 11. A Huntsville Police officer arrived at 8:50 p.m. and encountered a man armed with hatchet in the parking lot. The officer began a verbal dialogue with the man, attempting to persuade him to drop the hatchet. A short time later, additional Huntsville Police officers arrived on scene and continued to advise the man to drop the hatchet.

When the man began advancing toward the officers, a Taser was deployed twice with no effect. The armed man continued to charge toward the officers. An officer, being in fear of his life, discharged his service weapon striking the man.

Officers immediately summoned Huntsville-Walker County Emergency Medical Services to the scene. The man received medical treatment on-scene and was then transported to Conroe Regional Hospital.

Police Chief Kevin Lunsford said, “Due to the quick actions of our officers, a dangerous suspect was prevented from harming them or any other members of our community,” He added “Please join us in prayers for all involved.”

The Texas Rangers are assisting with the investigation, that is ongoing, with charges pending.

UPDATE ON PARK ROAD 40 CLOSURE BETWEEN I-45 RAMPS

Park Road 40 will be closed between the I-45 ramps on the nights of Monday, January 14, 2019 and Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 AM. This closure is necessary to construct drilled shafts for portions of the new northbound and southbound I-45 bridges over PR 40. The median portion of the new I-45 overpass bridge is being constructed. Traffic will remain in its present configuration on I-45 until the new concrete pavement and bridge in the median are completed.

The detour routes will be signed.

WELCOME WEEK AT SHSU BEGINS TODAY

As Sam Houston State University prepares to welcome students for the spring semester, the Department of Student Activities has been busy planning a large number of special events for Welcome Week 2019: Spring Edition, for new and returning Bearkats, Jan. 14-18.

Spring Welcome Week offers an opportunity for departments to introduce, or re-introduce, students to the activities or resources available to them throughout the semester.

The vast array of performances, workshops and lectures provide a platform for students to mingle with peers and integrate themselves into the diverse culture and rich history of SHSU.

On Jan. 14 and 15 at 11 a.m. in the Olson Auditorium, the SAM Center, Student Money Management Center, Academic Success Center and Student Success Initiatives will offer an information circuit where students can ask questions and prepare for their upcoming semester. Pizza and prizes will be offered.