At the White House on Wednesday, President Trump reached another pinnacle of achievement for his administration: he signed “Phase One” of a trade agreement with China . . . .
The trade agreement includes commitments from the Chinese government to stop intellectual property theft, discontinue currency manipulation, cooperate in financial services and buy over $200 billion of American products over the next two years.
On Wednesday, the House voted to transmit the Articles of Impeachment against the president to the Senate. The move initiates action for a trial in the Senate.
The resolution passed by a vote of 228 to 193 on Democratic and Republican party lines.
Also yesterday, House Clerk Cheryl Johnson and Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving walked a message over to the Senate informing them Speaker Pelosi had signed the Articles and appointed impeachment managers for the upcoming trial.
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.
Spokesperson Tom Fordyce fills us in on the speakers . . . .
I told Tom that I heard football great Earl Campbell might attend . . . .
As you may have heard, the opioid crisis in the United States has reached epic proportions over recent years.
Local, state and national health organizations have been focusing on the issue to stem the fatal results of addiction and overdose.
This week, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on states’ efforts to fight this drug epidemic.
Committee Chair, Colorado Congresswoman Diana Degette, laid bare to the subcommittee the trends in the past and the serious crises at hand . . . .
There is, however, a fourth wave . . . .
The Walker County Department of Planning and Development is making available the draft copy of the revised Walker County Subdivision Regulations. The draft is being circulated for public review and comment in order to improve readability, regulatory clarity and insure that the policy best addresses the needs of the community as a while. They pass along that if anyone has comments related to the regulations as presented, they are strongly encouraged to relay those comments to the drafting committee and ultimately the Commissioners’ Court.
The public comment period will be left open until January 24, 2020.
If you have questions, contact the Walker County Planning and Development Department at 936-436-4939.
A copy of the regulations may be found online at: http://www.co.walker.tx.us
Your comments may be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Huntsville City Council met at the Library Community Room last night for meeting number one in strategic planning sessions.
City Manager Aron Kulhavy, councilmembers and department heads did a good job in creative idea-formulating discussions on improvements for the future in various areas of the City of Huntsville.
Mr. Kulhavy began the meeting with a basis of ideas to spring off of to stimulate discussion, beginning with a former citizen survey . . . .
He also had a bullet point list of items he had received from the mayor and various councilmembers. He also referred to what he called “supplemental reading” which he said are “the backup and the detailed items that some of the councilmembers gave to me in order to see their items on the Strategic Plan.”
Councilmembers zeroed in on seven areas of Strategic Initiatives: city appearance, communications, economic development, infrastructure, resource development, finance and public safety.
Councilmembers will meet for a second strategic planning session this Thursday at five in the Huntsville Public Library.
On the impeachment front, House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries announced to the Washington press on Tuesday, “We had a discussion that was led by Speaker Pelosi along with Chairman Nadler and Chairman Schiff about the next steps in the impeachment proceeding . . . .
The House will vote on sending Articles of Impeachment to the Senate today.
In Huntsville Police news, on the day shift last Friday a theft was reported in the 2800 block of Lake Road. A residential burglary was investigated in the 100 block of Brittany. In the 500 block of Bearkat Boulevard, Shassney O’Bryant was arrested for criminal trespass.
On last Friday’s night shift, an aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury was reported in the 2200 block of Bobby K. Marks Drive.
On Saturday’s night shift, Darius Wilson was arrested in the 500 block of 11th Street for possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.
On the day shift Monday, a forced entry into a closed business was investigated in the 7000 block of State Highway 75 South. In the 100 block of East I-45, a known suspect failed to pay for or return rented property.In the 5000 block of Sam Houston Avenue, Donivon Williams was arrested for assault by offensive touch in Family Violence.
On Monday’s night shift, the burglary of a commercial building in the 6000 block of State Highway 75 South was investigated.
At the Weekly Republican News Conference in Washington Tuesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy addressed reporters on a resolution in reaction to recent activities of the Government of Iran . . . .
Alpha Omega Academy’s Development Director Emily DeMilliano stopped by our newsroom this week to pass along an upcoming event . . . .