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CORONAVIRUS & TESTING UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Thursday, January 14th, yesterday, DSHS, hospitals and clinics reported 1,679 active cases of Coronavirus in the community with 41 fatalities. Among TDCJ offenders, there were 199 active cases reported with 38 fatalities.

Curative testing kiosks for Coronavirus are located at 125 Medical Park Lane and at the Storm Shelter 455 State Highway 75 North in the West Parking Lot by appointment only at Curative.com. They are there daily from 8 AM to 5 PM.

HUNTSVILLE ISD SUPERINTENDENT SHEPPARD COMMENTS ON THE DISTRICT IMPROVEMENT BOND PROJECT

At Huntsville ISD a Long Range Planning Committee, a citizen group of about 80 people from Huntsville, met over time to plan improvements to the District. Huntsville ISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard said, “They based everything on making sure that every single school facility saw a major improvement.”

A proposed Bond project will be put forth, with the highest end around $127 million. The bond funds would be used for various campus changes and improvements, more funds for teachers and student programs and improvements related to athletics.

We talked to Superintendent Sheppard this week, who passed along to us the basic idea . . . .

Dr. Sheppard will go into more detail on the proposed bond project on our Around Town public affairs program this weekend.

SHSU TO JOIN WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

In a joint announcement with four other schools issued on Thursday, Director of Athletics Bobby Williams and Sam Houston athletics officially accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference.

The Bearkats, along with fellow Southland Conference members Stephen F. Austin, Abilene Christian and Lamar, in addition to Big Sky Conference member Southern Utah, joining in 2022, will bring the total number of schools in the WAC to 13 members.

The additions will create a 13-team conference that will be divided into two divisions for team sports other than football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. One division will consist of the Texas-based institutions including current WAC members Tarleton State University and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The other division will include Southern Utah along with Dixie State University, New Mexico State University, Grand Canyon University, California Baptist University, Seattle University and Utah Valley University.

SHSU OFFERS MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH DEGREE

The latest degree program in the Department of Population Health at Sam Houston State University demonstrates the department’s continual commitment in the development of degree offerings. Ultimately, the focus on job demand in 2021 led to the creation of the new Master of Public Health degree.

The 42-credit hour program is designed to be completed in just 22 months, over four regular semesters and one summer semester.

Public Health is the science and practice of protecting and improving the health of communities through researching injuries and disease (both infectious and chronic), and then developing education, programming and policies to prevent or minimize them. 

The MPH degree program delivers a comprehensive curriculum of core public health functions, with two specialized concentrations options in Global Health and Social Justice, and Health Education and Promotion. The program prepares professionals with the knowledge, skills, and practices to manage the health and safety concerns of local and global communities.

TEXAS COMPTROLLER GLENN HEGAR RELEASES BIENNIAL REVENUE ESTIMATE

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar has released the Biennial Revenue Estimate showing the state is projected to have $112.5 billion in revenue available for general-purpose spending during the 2022-23 biennium.

The revenue estimate represents a 0.4 percent decrease from funds available for the 2020-21 biennium. This decline is a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused revenue collections to fall well short of what was expected when the Legislature approved the 2020-21 budget; the ending 2020-21 balance will be close to a negative $1 billion.

Hegar said, “The forecast, however, remains clouded with uncertainty. The ultimate path of the pandemic and the behavior of consumers and businesses during a resurgence are difficult to gauge. It’s also unclear how they’ll respond once the pandemic is fully under control. As a result, there is a wide range of possible outcomes for state revenue through the end of fiscal 2023, with the possibility of revenue falling short of this forecast but also a chance revenue could exceed it, perhaps substantially.”

He said, “In any case, the Legislature will again face some difficult choices to balance the budget. While savings from agency spending cuts and federal funding could help erase the projected shortfall for this biennium, a substantial supplemental appropriations bill could increase it, thereby reducing revenue available for the next biennium.”

THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IMPEACHED PRESIDENT TRUMP WEDNESDAY

The debate over an impeachment resolution was hot and heavy on the floor of Congress Wednesday.

Looking at both sides of the aisle, first, Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, to get his impeachment view across that the president incited the Capitol Building invasion participants, quoted Congresswoman Liz Cheney . . . .

Judicial Committee Ranking Member and Republican, Jim Jordan, sailed into the debate on a different tack . . . .

On Wednesday, the House voted to impeach President Trump for “incitement of insurrection” following a mob invasion of the Capitol on January 6th during the certification of Joe Biden’s electoral college win for the presidency.

The vote was 232 to 197. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has sent the article of impeachment to the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said a trial won’t occur until after President-elect Biden is inaugurated on January 20th.

CORONAVIRUS & TESTING UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Wednesday, January 13th, yesterday, DSHS, hospitals and clinics report 1,734 active cases of Coronavirus in the community with 41 fatalities. Among TDCJ offenders, there were 198 active cases reported with 38 fatalities.

Curative testing kiosks for Coronavirus are located at 125 Medical Park Lane and at the Storm Shelter, 455 State Highway 75 North in the West Parking Lot, by appointment only at Curative.com.  They are open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM.

INFO ON COVID-19 VACCINE RESOURCE

Front-line healthcare workers and residents at long-term care facilities (called Phase 1A), plus people over 65 or with a chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID‑19 (called Phase 1B), are currently eligible to receive the COVID‑19 vaccine.

If you would like more information on this, go to our web page and look for the COVID-19 link for official information and local resource page.

POLICE NEWS

Looking at police news over the past several days, on Saturday an unattended police vehicle was struck while parked in the 200 block of State Highway 75. No injuries were reported. A theft was investigated in the 600 block of 11th Street.

On Monday, a handgun was stolen in a vehicle burglary in the 2400 block of Lake Road. In the 100 block of 16th Street, an unknown suspect stole two shotguns from a vehicle. In the 600 block of Avenue H, Brandon Reece was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and fleeing. In the 100 block of Mathis Road, Jerri Pratt was arrested for evading in a vehicle and DWI. In the 2000 block of 11th Street, Ryan Daigle was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and tampering. In the 300 block of Smith Hill Road, Corey Dixter Jimerson was arrested for failure to ID as a fugitive, possession of a controlled substance and on a parole violation warrant.

On Tuesday, Jennifer Tedor was arrested in the 1200 block of Josey Drive delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. Property was damaged in the 300 block of 13th Street. A vehicle burglary was investigated in the 2800 block of Lake Road. Another vehicle burglary was investigated in 1400 block of Avenue N. A vehicle was reported stolen in the 500 block of Bowers Boulevard. An unknown person stole property off a porch in the 2400 block of Avenue S. At State Highway 19 and Old Colony Road, Terrance Cole was taken into custody for failure to ID as a fugitive, possession of drug paraphernalia, on a Blue Warrant and on a Brazos County Warrant, and Demetria Jones was taken into custody for hindering apprehension. At U-S 190 and FM 2929, Adrianna Longoria was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, and Mark Sawyer was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. At U-S 190 and Geneva Road, Tommy Price and Bruce Cunningham were arrested for possession of a controlled substance. In the 600 block of I-45 South, Mary Kalu was arrested for criminal trespass. In the 400 block of State Highway 30 East, Terron Gambrell was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.