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UPDATE ON CHANGES IN STUDENT DEMOGRAPHICS AT SHSU

Our guest on our “Around Town” program over the weekend was Sam Houston State University President, Dr. Dana Hoyt.

We always get a comprehensive report from her on what’s going on at the university in various areas. This time she gave us another update on changes in student demographics . . . .

POLICE OFFICER KILLED IN DAVIS, CALIFORNIA

Thursday night, a Davis, California police officer was killed while responding to a vehicle accident. Twenty-two-year-old Natalie Corona was pronounced dead at the University of California Medical Center following her shooting by a lone gunman.

A manhunt resulted in locating the shooter, who was found dead inside a home near the scene. He appeared to have committed suicide.

Officer Corona had graduated from the police academy last July, finished field training before Christmas and was out patrolling for a few weeks on her own. Officer Corona is survived by her parents.

LANES TO BE CLOSED ON I-45

Beginning at 7 PM Saturday, January  12, 2019, and ending at 12 PM Sunday, January 13, 2019, the inside lanes of IH 45 northbound and southbound will be closed near the Montgomery and Walker county line to the south side of FM 1375 over pass, weather permitting . This closure is for motorist and worker safety while placing beams at Little Caney Creek Bridge currently under construction. Motorists should expect delays and may want to consider an alternate route.   Drivers should exercise caution and be prepared for extended delays during this closure.

SHSU WALKER COUNTY ALUMNI & FRIENDS CLUB HOSTS SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISING DINNER

The Walker County Alumni and Friends Club of Sam Houston State University will host their sixth annual scholarship fundraising event on Monday, Jan. 28. Everyone in Huntsville and the surrounding Walker County region is invited to attend.

With a goal to fund a $100,000 SHSU scholarship endowment, the organization believes the upcoming event will help them reach the important benchmark.

In addition to the two scholarships to be awarded this year, seven scholarships have been awarded by the Walker County Alumni and Friends Club in the last six years. All scholarships supported by the organization go to students from counties in and around Huntsville including, Walker, Madison, Trinity, and San Jacinto Counties.

Taking place at the Elkins Lake Clubhouse starting at 6:30 pm, the evening will include a dinner buffet and cocktails, along with silent and live auctions featuring a variety of unique items.

Tickets to the event are $50 per person and can be reserved online at alumni.shsu.edu, or by calling 800.283.7478 by January 18.

SECRETARY POMPEO TALKS ABOUT TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S NEW POLICY FOR THE MIDEAST IN CAIRO

In making clear the Trump Administration’s Mideast policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told an audience at the American University in Cairo, “America is a force for good in the Middle East.”

He talked about the past in saying, “Our eagerness to address only Muslims and not nations ignored the rich diversity of the Middle East and frayed old bonds.” He said,”It undermined the concept of the nation state—the building block of international stability. And, our desire for peace at any cost led us to strike a deal with Iran our, common enemy . . . .”

ANOTHER EXPANDED FACILITY AT SHSU TO OPEN UP

As you might have noticed, the improvement and construction never rests on the Sam Houston State University campus.

There are always many projects underway. One of them will open up soon. We talked with SHSU President Dr. Dana Hoyt this week . . . .

The grand opening of the student center will get underway at 11 AM Tuesday, January 15th.

SHSU President Dr. Dana Hoyt will be our guest on “Around Town” this weekend.

TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE AWARDS FORESTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

Texas A&M AgriLife has awarded Joel Hambright, Regional Forester for Texas A&M Forest Service, and known locally, with the 2018 Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Public Service in Forestry.

The award was presented Jan. 7 at the AgriLife Conference on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station.

Hambright has worked with Texas A&M Forest Service for more than 25 years, rising through the ranks to Regional Forester and currently leads five agency districts, eight professional foresters and 45 employees across 18 Southeast Texas counties.

PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN NEGOTIATIONS STALL AT WHITE HOUSE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

After visiting with Republican senate leaders Wednesday and confirming their support for a barrier at the border as part of a pending budget which right now leaves a partial shutdown of the government, President Trump met with Senator Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the White House.

President Trump eventually walked out of the meeting. There are a couple of different views of what transpired, which were explained outside the White House Wednesday. First, from Senator Schumer . . . .

Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy also addressed reporters about the meeting . . . .

The president was scheduled to visit the border at McAllen, Texas today.