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DOCUMENTARY “THE RIPPLE EFFECT” HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH

“Be here tomorrow,” is a simple phrase spreading across the country when it comes to mental health and suicide prevention thanks to one man’s journey following his attempt to take his life.

At age 19, Kevin Hines jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge. Today, Hines is a world-renowned mental health advocate, motivational speaker and author who travels the globe spreading a message of hope, recovery and wellness.

Thanks to sponsorship from the Student Health and Counseling Center, the vice president’s office of the Division of Student Affairs, and the Office of the Provost, Sam Houston State University will host Hines on campus for a keynote address on mental health next semester. However, before that event, the campus community is encouraged to attend a screening of his documentary “The Ripple Effect” on Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. in Olsen auditorium.

The film chronicles Kevin’s personal journey and the ripple effect it had on those impacted by his suicide attempt and his life’s work since. In addition, the film highlights the stories of individuals and families who are utilizing their personal tragedy to bring hope and healing to others.

Hines will visit Sam Houston State University on Feb. 12, 2020 to deliver his keynote speech in the LSC ballroom.

COMPTROLLER HEGAR DISTRIBUTES NEARLY $850 MILLION IN MONTHLY SALES TAX REVENUE

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $849.6 million in local sales tax allocations for November, 4 percent more than in November 2018. These allocations are based on sales made in September by businesses that report tax monthly, and sales made in July, August and September by quarterly filers.

WALKER COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT BOARD OF MANAGERS MET WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

The Walker County Hospital District has had negotiations underway with Community Hospital Corporation to eventually begin operations of our local hospital in a joint venture and to execute an asset purchase agreement with Walker County Hospital Corporation.

The Board of Managers of the Walker County Hospital District met for a special closed session meeting for around two hours Wednesday afternoon at First National Bank.

In their presentation for the media, Boardmember Dr. Curtis Montgomery read from a resolution that the Board passed.

The initials CHC stand for Community Hospital Corporation out of Plano. Newco is the new non-profit formed by the Walker County Hospital District and CHC.

Here’s what they authorized Chairman Anne Karr Woodard and/or another member of the
Board to do . . . .

Boardmember Dr. David Toronjo commented on the matter at hand . . . .

We asked Chairman Woodard to take a few seconds to sum up what occurred . . . .

MAN ARRESTED IN HUNTSVILLE FOR POSSESSION OF ONE POUND OF MARIJUANA

The Huntsville Item reports that following a traffic violation stop of 41-year-old Pedro Ovalles Jr. of Mesquite in the 800 block of I-45 North Tuesday night, Officer Taylor Wilkens detected the odor of marijuana and could see a small amount of the drug in a cupholder. Ovalles was found to have more than a pound of marijuana in his backpack. Ovalles was put under arrest and charged with possession of marijuana. He was transported to the Walker County Jail, and a bond was set for $10,000.

THE CITY COUNCIL WILL FEATURE 3 NEW MEMBERS NOVEMBER 19th

The City election results are expected to be finalized by the Elections Board next week. The new councilmembers will be sworn in by County Judge Danny Pierce at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 19th, at the next regular Council meeting. Outgoing councilmembers Tish Humphrey, Ronald Allen, and Mayor Pro Tem Joe Emmett will be honored at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 19th at the Huntsville Public Library, with a combined 32 years of experience terming out.

HHS BASEBALL BOOSTER CLUB MEETING AHEAD

The next monthly meeting for the Huntsville High School Baseball Booster Club will be November 11, 2019 at 5:30pm in the Huntsville High School Conference room.  The meeting is open to any parents of students that are interested in playing baseball for the Huntsville High School.  The new Coach, Justin Jennings is already working hard on making improvements and building stronger athletes.

AUSTIN-BASED BAND REVIVES SILENT FILM EXPERIENCE

An old art form is new again. One of the most adventurous bands from Austin, Texas — The Invincible Czars —will bring their original music score to town as they perform live to the 1920 silent film classic “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.”

Hosted by Sam Houston State University Department of Mass Communication, the event is open to the public and takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, (Nov. 7), at the historic Old Town Theatre in Huntsville. Admission is free.

Invincible Czars musician and composer, Josh Robins, along with other Austin performers, have been on a mission for over a decade to expose new audiences to silent films as they were originally experienced — with dramatic, live music.