CASA “Christmas In July” Bingo

Mark your calendars now for the Christmas in July BINGO Fundraiser benefitting CASA of Walker, San Jacinto & Trinity Counties. It’s being held Friday, at Magnolia Lake – doors will open at 6pm with the first game starting at 7pm with ten games to be played.

CASA volnteer, Lisa Branch, tells us about this fun event.

Branch also pointed out exactly what CASA does for children in the three county area of Walker, San Jacinto and Trinity.

There are a very limited number of tickets still available for Friday’s Christmas in July event. If you need a ticket contact CASA at (936) 291-2272.

NASA’s Johnson Space Center Transformed Back To 1960s

During the Apollo program of the 1960s and ’70s, NASA sent nine missions to the Moon. Six of them landed astronauts safely on the surface, the only times humans have visited another world.

July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969 as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar mission.

The only way to see what went on behind the scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center is through Space Center Houston. The center’s NASA Tram Tours feature an opportunity to visit the Apollo Mission Control Center, a national historic landmark. From this iconic room, the NASA team exercised full mission control of Apollo 11 from leaving the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the room has been restored back to how it originally looked in the 1960s. Visitors will be among the first to see the restored control center and feel like they are stepping back in time as they watch the original consoles operate and enjoy an immersive audio-visual experience that will allow them to witness the pivotal moments of the Apollo 11 mission in the same space where they happened. This tour will only be available to Golden VIP and Golden Deluxe VIP ticket holders on July 20.

Willis Man Sentenced to 50 Years In TDCJ

According to The Courier, a 36-year-old Willis man was sentenced to 50 years in prison after trial evidence showed he told his girlfriend and her son to testify he acted in self-defense by stabbing her after she threw a cell phone at him. Calls recorded while Olivera was in the county jail showed he instructed Krista Alvarez and her son to testify on his behalf, said prosecuting attorney Echo Hutson, who presented audio as evidence during the trial.

Jeffrey Olivera was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, family violence, a second-degree felony, by a jury in Montgomery County’s 9th District Court. Presiding Judge Phil Grant sentenced Olivera to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

Following an approximate two-hour deliberation, jurors found Olivera guilty. During the punishment phase, Hutson informed jurors of Olivera’s four prison sentences for violent offenses. Public records show Olivera has twice been convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm, a felony, along with two terroristic threat convictions.

Olivera’s habitual offender status carried a 25 years to life in prison punishment range. Judge Grant ruled on 50 years based on the violent act and Olivera’s history of violence.

Bearkat Mania To Be Held September 11th

KSAM-FM and KHVL THE HITS are making preparations for their annual “Bearkat Mania” expo event on the campus of Sam Houston State University. Bearkat Mania is the only time local businesses can set up booths on the university campus to “meet and greet” Bearkat students, faculty and staff.

This year marks the year the KSAM & THE HITS have hosted this one-day event. Marketing Representative, Dee Everett, explains what Bearkat Mania is all about and how it will benefit local businesses.

If your business would like more information about this years Bearkat Mania, call KSAM or THE HITS at 936-295-2651. Everett said the event fee is nominal compared to the benefits available to businesses.

Huntsville Fire Station #2 Ready For Demolition

The last piece of equipment was officially removed from Huntsville Fire Station #2 on Friday, July 12, in preparation of demolition to begin construction of a new station. Bond Proposition #1 was passed in 2016 for the construction of new public safety facilities, including a police station and fire station, not to exceed $31 million.

Fire Station #2, located at 2109 Sam Houston Avenue, was built in 1938 under the Works Progress Administration.

Originally the building was constructed as a locker and shower facility for the city swimming pool. HFD Captain Darren Parker said, ”This site was also home to the city pool until 1950 when it closed.”

In 1970, the Huntsville Volunteer Fire Department took over the facility and renovated the building to serve as the second fire station in the city.

Fire Station # 2 has served as the central station and unofficial headquarters of HFD for many years now due to its location and space.

“After being remodeled several times to accommodate a growing fire department, the facility has outlived its useful life,” Capt. Parker said. “The passing of Proposition 1 by the citizens of Huntsville has provided the funding and led the way to the revitalization of this property.”

The closure is temporary, and the new fire station will be built in its place and is projected to be completed by the end of 2020.

Capt. Parker added that the equipment and crews have been relocated to other stations and placed to provide the best services possible during this construction period.

If you need HFD services such as burning permits or reports, you can visit Fire Station #4, located at 1619 State Highway 30 East or Fire Station #1, located at 1987 Veterans Memorial Parkway. For more information, call 936-291-3047.

Church’s Annual Clothing Giveaway Scheduled

The Huntsville Church of Christ is preparing for their annual clothing giveaway for back-to-school. The annual event will be held Saturday, August 3rd from 8 until 11 am at the church located on Hwy 30 West.

In addition to the clothing giveaway, the Women of Worth Ministries will be providing a free meal that day as well.

The church will begin receiving donations of clothing starting July 24th and will continue to receive donations through August 2nd. You’re asked to call ahead to the church office at 936-295-3884 to give them a heads up you are coming.

City Elections Sign-Up To Begin

The City of Huntsville will be accepting applications for candidates for the November 5 city elections beginning Saturday, July 20 with the final day to file being at 5 p.m. Monday, August 19.

Four council positions will be on the ballot, including Ward 1 Joe Emmett, Ward 2 Tish Humphrey, Ward 3 Ronald Allen, and Ward 4 Joe Rodriquez. And, Mayor Andy Brauninger’s mayor’s position will be up for election. Each respective seat is for a two-year term. Complete Council Candidate packets are available online at HuntsvilleTX.gov/Elections or in person at 1212 Avenue M.

For more information, contact City Secretary, Brenda Poe, at 936-291-5413.


WALKER COUNTYClosures previously scheduled for July 20th and 21st, have been canceled. Weather permitting, Northbound IH-45 will be closed nightly on Monday and Tuesday, July 15 and 16, 2019, from 8:00 PM until 4:00 AM.  Southbound IH-45 will be closed nightly from Tuesday, July 16, 2019 through Friday, July 19, 2019, from 8:00 PM until 4:00 AM. All IH-45 traffic must exit using the PR 40 exit ramps (Exit 109). Traffic will be directed across PR 40 to access IH-45 at the entrance ramps. PR 40 will be closed to traffic between the IH-45 ramps. PR 40 will also be closed to westbound traffic from SH 75 to IH-45. This closure is necessary to work on the 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.


Fortunately, we will not get the brunt of Tropical Storm Barry. The National Weather Service says there is a danger of life-threatening storm surge inundation along the coast of southern and southeastern Louisiana where a Storm Surge Warning is in effect. The slow movement of Barry will result in a long duration of heavy rainfall and flood threat along the Gulf Coast and inland through the lower Mississippi Valley through the weekend into early next week. Hurricane conditions are expected along a portion of the coast of Louisiana.