Not too long ago, there was a groundbreaking for the new building for SHSU’s proposed new College of Osteopathic Medicine in Conroe.
Matters in regard to the new college are moving along well. We recently asked SHSU President Dr. Dana Hoyt to update us on the accreditation process . . . .
In Huntsville Police news on the day shift Monday, in case of criminal mischief property was damaged in the 100 block of Pine Hollow. Police investigated a case of a known person who left a child unattended in the 1400 block of 13th Street. Property was reported stolen in the 300 block of Sowell. Jose Capuchino Tenorio was arrested for a parole warrant in the 2700 block of Aberdeen.
On Monday’s night shift, an assault case was investigated at Private Road 40 and I-45 South. A known person was found deceased in the 800 block of Overbrook Drive.
On the day shift Tuesday, two vehicles were reported stolen—one in the 100 block of I-45 and a second in the 2400 block of Lake Road.
On the night shift Tuesday, a City vehicle was reported in a two-car accident with no injuries in the 2600 block of 11th Street. A case of criminal mischief was investigated in the 3000 block of Sam Houston Avenue. Police were called to a case of credit card abuse in the 200 block of State Highway 75 North.
Here’s an update on the traffic light in New Waverly.
Today, TxDOT’s contractor, Bayer Electric, will remove the damaged signal pole and the signal heads. TxDOT will install four flashing LED stop signs at the intersection. They are removing the signal pole at the request of Entergy, as the damaged pole is too close to the overhead power lines and another hit could result in damage to the utility.
The installation of the stop signs is temporary. TxDOT will install a new signal pole on the corner and restore the signal operation. The new pole will be set further back, away from turning traffic. In order to relocate the pole, Entergy will be required to raise the overhead lines. The new signal pole is taller than the current one. They will be restoring the signal to operation, but it may take approximately six weeks. Entergy needs time to adjust their lines.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and recently elected House Speaker Dennis Bonnen held a joint news conference outside the Governor’s Mansion Wednesday. They were joined together in similar priorities for this session of the Texas legislature.
Governor Abbot said, “As we head into the legislative session, Texans can rest assured that we are prepared to work together to take on the challenges facing our state.” He said, “The task ahead of us is clear—we must reform our school finance system, limit the growth of skyrocketing property taxes, and provide greater opportunities for every Texan.” The governor said he “looks forward to working along side Lt. Governor Patrick and Speaker Bonnen and all members of the legislature to create an even brighter future for our state.”
President Trump addressed the nation last night from the Oval Office on border wall funding issues. Political opponents on the issue, Senator Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, also spoke in response.
A partial government shutdown has been a continuing result of their strong opposition to one another on the border issue.
The president talked about the illegal flow of drugs and resulting deaths along with other crime issues in the U-S brought in by some illegal immigrants.
Senator Chuck Schumer and new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke in opposition to the president . . . .
From Austin this week, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar released the BRE, or Biennial Revenue Estimate . . . .
There should be about 8.1 percent more state funds available for public programs. The 86th legislature began January 8th and will run to May 27th.
Huntsville Mayor Andy Brauninger announced his nominations of various councilmembers to committee positions during the most recent council session . . . .
Councilmembers approved the nominations.
We continue passing along safety tips from firefighter and paramedic Jimmy Williams. Several have applied to the recent holidays, and so does the tip he passes along today. Hopefully, more home fires can be prevented in our area.
A very popular gift for Christmas are candles. Candles were an everyday part of life in the last century.
Not so much in this day and time, since electric lighting in America is pretty much universal. Candles are festive, but can also be dangerous . . . .
Matt Panozzo, a doctoral student at Sam Houston State University and seventh grade English Language Arts teacher at Annunciation Orthodox School, is one of 30 literacy leaders named to the International Literacy Association’s 2019 30 Under 30 list. The list celebrates rising leaders in the literacy field—a cohort of young innovators, disruptors and visionaries creating positive change in the global literacy landscape.
The 27-year-old was recognized for his role as the director of the Community Involvement Committee for Texas Association for Literacy Education.
President Trump will address the nation tonight from the Oval Office at 8 our time on what he has tweeted as “the humanitarian and national security crisis on our southern border.”
The president will be visiting the southern border Thursday. This all comes amidst a partial government shutdown and disagreement between the president and Democrats over a request for $5.7 billion to build a border wall.