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HUNTSVILLE ISD SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS ON CHANGE IN REGARD TO THE APPROACH TO LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM

If you haven’t been in a public school classroom for many years, the teaching approach is quite a bit different.

In our Around Town public affairs program interview with Huntsville ISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard over the weekend, he filled us in on the differentiated instruction that is underway now with much of the onus for success in learning on the school system . . . .

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MARK ESPER COMMENTS ON IRAN

U-S Defense Secretary Mark Esper spoke to members of the London think tank, the Royal United Services Institute, Friday.

He spoke on many topics regarding his department’s international relationships. The U-S renewing talks with Iran in regard to their nuclear development issues was one of the areas of inquiry by those in attendance.

In response, Secretary Esper said . . . .

POSSIBLE FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR QUALIFIED FOREST LANDOWNERS

Eligible forest landowners can receive financial and technical assistance by helping reduce the threat of Southern Pine Beetle (SPB) infestations and outbreaks.

Landowners in 21 East Texas counties conducting first-thin operations in overly dense, pulpwood-sized pine stands may now apply for the 2019 Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Program Thinning Cost Share.

This funding opportunity is available thanks to a cost-share grant through the USDA Forest Service Forest Health Protection Program and administered by Texas A&M Forest Service.

Eligible landowners may receive up to $50 per acre (100-acre maximum) to assist in conducting first-thin operations. The forested property must meet several criteria and be located within one of the 21 priority counties which include: Angelina, Cass, Cherokee, Hardin, Harrison, Houston, Jasper, Liberty, Marion, Nacogdoches, Newton, Panola, Polk, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler and Walker. Additionally, all approved thinning projects must be completed within 12 months of the approval date.

Interested landowners can visit http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/SPB to download an application and view program criteria and requirements or contact their local TFS office at https://tfsweb.tamu.edu/findaforester/. All applications are due by November 15, 2019.

TEXAS COMPTROLLER GLENN HEGAR ANNOUNCES REVENUE FOR FISCAL 2019

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar has released totals for fiscal 2019 state revenues.

  • General revenue-related revenue was $57.87 billion, up 1.2 percent over fiscal 2018.
  • Sales tax revenue for fiscal 2019 was $34.02 billion, up 6.5 percent from fiscal 2018.
  • Oil production tax revenue was $3.89 billion, up 14.6 percent over fiscal 2018.
  • Natural gas production tax revenue was $1.69 billion, up 17.8 percent over fiscal 2018.
  • All Funds tax collections were $59.38 billion, up 6.8 percent over fiscal 2018.
  • All Funds revenue was $127.94 billion, up 6.5 percent over fiscal 2018.

Hegar said, “Yearly revenues were in line with our projections in the revised Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE) released in May.” He said. “As expected, the economy and state revenues continued to grow modestly.”

The Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF) and State Highway Fund (SHF) both receive funding from oil and natural gas severance taxes. In November, the Comptroller’s office will deposit $1.67 billion in each of those funds, up from the $1.38 billion deposited in each fund in November 2018. The ESF is projected to have a balance of $7.8 billion at the end of fiscal 2020.

HURRICANE DORIAN

Earlier this morning, Hurricane Dorian had been downgraded to a Category 1 storm near North Carolina.

On Thursday, the governing authorities in the Bahamas raised the death toll from Hurricane Dorian to 30. Four deaths in the Carolinas were blamed on Dorian.

FIRE AT GULF COAST TRADE CENTER

On September 4, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office along with the Walker and Montgomery County Fire Departments responded to a structure fire in the juvenile facility Gulf Coast Trade Center located in the southern area of Walker County.

Upon arrival, deputies learned that several juveniles residing at the facility had entered a building on the property and ignited a fire. After conducting interviews three juveniles were apprehended, and after having a magistrate hearing, were detained in a juvenile detention facility in Victoria.

There were no injuries reported from the incident, but the fire completely destroyed the building at the facility, which was a housing structure for juvenile offenders. Only limited information can be provided at this point due to the ongoing investigation.

Sheriff Clint McRae would like to thank the New Waverly and the North Montgomery County Fire Departments for the swift response. Their efforts were able to contain the fire to just the one building without it spreading across the facility and causing more damage or possibly injuries or loss of life

POLICE NEWS

In Huntsville Police news looking over the past several days, on the day shift Monday an assault was investigated in the 1300 block of Nottingham. Two horses were reported stolen in the 1300 block of State Highway 75 North.

On the night shift Monday, two thefts were reported—one in the 100 block of I-45 South and another in the 5000 block of Sam Houston Avenue. A residential burglary was investigated in the 1300 block of 21st Street. David Whitaker was arrested for credit card abuse in the 200 block of I-45 South. Thomas Zapada was arrested for assault in the 1600 block of Sycamore Avenue.

On the day shift Tuesday, a suspicious incident involving stolen jewelry was reported in the 1400 block of Avenue I. In the 200 block of Boettcher Mill, Nakia Ashley was arrested for burglary of a habitation. In the 2700 block of Aberdeen Drive, Gloria Smith was arrested on a TDCJ parole warrant and an out of county theft warrant.

On the night shift Tuesday, a theft was reported in the 3700 block of Spring Drive.

On the day shift Wednesday, a sexual assault was reported in the 2000 block of Sam Houston Avenue. A vehicle burglary was investigated in the 2700 block of Lake Road. A theft was reported in the 1500 block of 11th Street.

On the night Shift Wednesday, in a case of criminal mischief a garage door was damaged in the 3100 block of Clay Circle. James Earl Yeager was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in the 100 block of Samantha Lane.

HUNTSVILLE ISD SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS ON WHAT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO DISTRICT’S RECENT ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT

The recent academic turnaround at Huntsville ISD is certainly something for our community to celebrate. The District’s State rating went from an F up to a C now.

We asked Huntsville ISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard what he though contributed to this success . . . .

Dr. Sheppard will be my guest on our Around Town public affairs program this weekend.

 

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE MEETS WITH PM BORIS JOHNSON IN LONDON TO DISCUSS A FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH THE U-S IN THE FUTURE

Vice President Pence met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street in London Thursday, immediately following his interest’s loss of two important votes in the House of Commons—one that denies him getting the Brits out of the European Union without having made a deal with Brussels leadership and another that would have permitted a general election . . . .

The Prime Minister was interested in such a deal and lifting current regulations impeding the export of beef, lamb and British farm products to the U-S.

FAIR ON THE SQUARE INFO

The Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 45th Annual Fair on the Square on Saturday, October 5th.   Vendor registration is sold out, except for a couple of food booths in the food court. You may call the Chamber for details.

They are now looking for volunteers for this event.  If you, or if you belong to a group that would like to participate, contact them.  For more information, call 936-295-8113.