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COMMISSIONERS’ COURT MEETS

Walker County Commissioners’ Court meets for a “Special Session” this afternoon at 1:30.

Planning & Development Director Andy Isbell will discuss possible action on a variance to a section of the Walker County Subdivision Regulations to allow the transfer of a lot previously excepted to an individual who is not related to the owner within a certain degree. Mr. Isbell will discuss possible acceptance of the roads and associated infrastructure in Section 1 of the Sterling Ridge Subdivision into County maintenance.

Commissioner Daugette will talk about issuing a Notice to Proceed to Solid Bridge Construction for the construction of the Plantation Culvert project pending issuance of Nationwide Permit 14 compliance from the Army Corps of Engineers. It’s to be funded by budgeted funds and reimbursed by FEMA. Mr. Daugette will also look at taking action on payment in advance of delivery to Texas Road and Bridge in the amount of $35,500 for the purchase of 100 tons of road stabilizer. Paying in advance will save about $8,500.

County Judge Danny Pierce will discuss possible action on a request from the Samuel Walker Houston Museum and Cultural Center to waive 2019 taxes.

Sonja Tennant will give an update on the Mock Commissioners Court.

SENATE LEADERS HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT TRUST ISSUES ON SOME ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT COMING FROM CHINA

Should we trust the Chinese when it comes to our electronic equipment like computers and cell phones?

This past week at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, directors of the CIA, FBI, NSA, Defense Intelligence Agencies and other agencies were asked if they would use a smartphone from Chinese companies Huawei or ZTE. Not a hand was raised.

During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing last week Texas Senator Ted Cruz asked Georgetown University Security Studies professor Dr. Oriana Mastro, “Can you assess the risks presented by Huawei’s commercial participation in the 5G buildout” network for cell phones against us and certain of our allies . . . .

SPACE FORCE DISCUSSED IN DEFENSE BUDGET HEARING

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan was an important official testifying at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on President Trump’s 2020 budget for defense.

As you have heard recently, something that has evolved as necessary in the 21st century is a U-S Space Force. Thursday, Secretary Shanahan testified as to its need. He said, “We’re carrying too much risk given the vulnerability we have in space, now that space is a contested domain. He said, “The Space Force really gets after three items in order for us to reduce that risk . . . .”

GREEK ISLES EVENT EARNS SHSU’S MCWILLIAMS TOP AWARD AT SHSU

Sam Houston State University Director of University Events, Charlene McWilliams, was honored with a 2019 Texas Star Award for “Best Event for a Non-Profit Organization (under $75,000).” This recognition marks the third consecutive year for McWilliams to win the award.

Showcasing the best of the best in the special events industry, from design and decor to logistics and technology, The Texas Star Awards is the pinnacle mark of professional achievement. The program is hosted by the Texas Chapters of the International Live Events Association.

SHSU’s 14th Annual Academic Awards Dinner was the event that earned McWilliams the top honor. Elegantly presenting a Greek Isles theme, the formal dinner for 190 guests celebrated the scenic beauty and culture of Santorini – one of the most luxurious destinations in Greece.

DOZENS KILLED IN TWO MOSQUE ATTACKS IN NEW ZEALAND

In a terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand today, at least 49 people were killed and many injured.

According to reports one person has already been charged, and others are in custody.

Christchurch Police Commissioner Mike Bush addressed the media in a press conference following the shootings . . . .

Here’s an update:  A 28-year-old Australian man is in police custody for the crime following his alleged posting of a white nationalist manifesto previous to the terrorist attacks.

SENATE BLOCKS PRESIDENT’S EMERGENCY DECLARATION

Thursday, some Republicans in the U-S Senate aligned with Democrats in voting to block the President’s Border emergency declaration.

After the resolution got through Congress, President Trump tweeted “VETO!”

The measure passed with a vote of 59 to 41. Republican and Democratic Senate members that voted for the resolution expressed concerns about the president exceeding his constitutional presidential powers.

WALKER COUNTY BOARD OF MANAGERS OF THE HOSPITAL DISTRICT MEET THURSDAY

The Walker County Board of Managers of the Walker County Hospital District met Thursday afternoon to consider a couple of business items in their general efforts to have a corporation buy the land and buildings of the hospital and manage it or solely operate it.

One item on the agenda was specifically to select from proposals a commercial appraiser to provide a business analysis of Huntsville Memorial Hospital and complete a valuation of its real estate and buildings.

Chairman Anne Woodard addressed the Board . . . .

Following discussion, Board members went with the Valuescope organization bid.

Board members also reviewed a proposal to retain a financial analyst to complete an operating cost analysis forecast going forward for the Walker County Hospital District.

Chairman Woodard again addressed Board members . . . .

Board member Dr. Walter Toronjo made a motion to ask to have a meeting with the Board of the Walker County Hospital Corporation in public to discuss future plans. There are four Letters of Intent still standing regarding the hospital.

BEARKAT EARNS AMERICAN IDOL’S GOLDEN TICKET TO HOLLYWOOD

Sam Houston State University junior, Laci Kaye Booth, is on her way to Hollywood after her stunning performance of Merle Haggard’s, “Mama Tried,” impressed American Idol judges during the series’ premier, Sunday, March 3.

Booth, a 23-year-old kinesiology and applied exercise science major from Livingston, Texas advanced to the next round of American Idol when she received a golden ticket from the judging panel of superstars, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry.

Booth’s sound is inspired by country legends like Merle Haggard and Patsy Cline, to artists like Chris Stapleton, Nora Jones and her favorite, Stevie Nicks.

Along with family support, Booth credits SHSU for helping her mentally prepare for her ultimate success.