Martin Luther King, Jr. Day here was celebrated virtually on Facebook Live Monday.

A number of local officals addressed those viewing including City Councilmember Dee Howard, HEB Manager and councilmember Vicki McKenzie, Toby Washington, Reverend Winston Spencer, Huntsville ISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard, County Judge Danny Pierce, Huntsville Mayor Andy Brauninger, Huntsville ISD Chief Academic Officer Marcus Forney and others. Reverend George Oliver sang.

Reverend Krejchi Hester from St. Paul United Methodist Church delivered a special sermon on three special events related to the late Dr. King in what Reverend Hester called a “Legacy of Lessons.” The events he talked about included the “I have a dream” speech,” the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” and the “I have been to the mountain top speech” in Memphis.

The “I have a dream” speech is probably King’s most well-known . . . .”


Walker County Commissioners meet for a regular session this morning at nine in Room 104 at the courthouse. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, seating is limited to allow for social distancing, you are encouraged to participate via Zoom or you may view the live meeting on YouTube.  Links to both sites can be found on the Walker County homepage.

Emergency Medical Services Director John Nabors will discuss possible action on the remounting of an ambulance.

Walker County Emergency Management Coordinator Butch Davis will discuss the Walker County Disaster Declaration Extension for January 4th, the amended Walker County Community Wildfire Protection Plan and Coronavirus disaster relief financial assistance regarding DR 4485.

Walker County District Attorney Will Durham will discuss action on approving a resolution for a Victim’s Assistance Coordinator Grant in submission for Fiscal Year 2021-2022.

From Maintenance, Larry Whitener will talk about a lighting request for the Weigh Station and discuss replacing the carpet in the large District Courtroom, Room 301.

Walker County County Judge Danny Pierce will address the court on possible action on High Sierra as the source for the Bedias Creek Flood Gauge Hurricane Harvey Community Development Block Grant GLO Contract, contracting with Union Pacific Railroad for traffic control for the Phelps Slab Road and the annual Texas Association of Counties Cybersecurity Training Requirement.


The Huntsville City Council will meet for a regular session tonight at six at City Hall. Six-foot social distancing will be required as well as the wearing of masks. The meeting will be broadcast live on the City website at HuntsvilleTX.gov/Meetings.

Previous to the meeting at 5 o’clock, there will be a workshop with a presentation on the progress of Huntsville ISD’s Long Range Planning Committee.

During tonight’s regular meeting, there will be a public hearing to hear comments on the Conditional Use Permit Application for a Recreational Vehicle Park Facility to be developed on property located in the 600 block of State Highway 30 East.

Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes authorizing a contract for the fiber optic communication line installation from Fire Station No. 1 to the City of Huntsville Service Center project.

Tonight’s “Statutory Agenda” will focus on approving a Conditional Use Permit Application for a Recreational Vehicle Park Facility to be developed on property located in the 600 block of State Highway 30 East.

Tonight there will be a “First Reading” regarding participation with other cities regarding rate matters with Entergy.

Councilmembers will receive a presentation by a developer on the requested creation of a Special District inside the city or its extraterritorial jurisdiction.


In the latest issue of the Huntsville Public Library’s Between the Pages, Reference Librarian Mary Kokot passes along information about the TexShare Card.

According to the article, the “TexShare Card provides you with borrowing privileges from more than 500 participating libraries across the state.”

There is a requirement to apply for the card: “If you are a registered patron of the Huntsville Public Library, you may request a TexShare Card. You must be a patron of at least six months and in good standing, having demonstrated compliance with existing borrowing policies.”

Here are the basics:

“Request your TexShare Card from library staff at the circulation desk.”

“Each library sets its own lending policies for visiting TexShare Card users.”

“The first time you visit a library to use your TexShare Card, be sure to bring a photo ID, your HPL card and your TexShare Card. You’ll be asked to complete a registration form to activate your borrowing privileges at the library.”

For more info, ask the Huntsville Public Library Staff.


The Pentagon has given the okay for up to 25,000 National Guard Troops to be on hand for President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Protests are expected in all 50 state capitols. The Texas Capitol and Capitol grounds will be closed through next Wednesday.

Additional personnel has been deployed to the Texas’ capitol in Austin by DPS.


In an inauguration security meeting Friday with Vice-President Pence, FBI Director Wray passed along that 100 people had been arrested and a couple hundred suspects had been identified in the week following the attack on the Capitol.

The FBI is at work monitoring online “chatter” about possible threats of violence around the country during the inauguration. The FBI is trying to keep on top of the situation . . . .


The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that DSHS, hospitals and clinics report 1,734 active cases of Coronavirus in the community with 41 fatalities. Among TDCJ offenders, there were 211 active cases reported with 38 fatalities. There have been 86 new community cases since the January 13th report.

Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Sherri Pegoda reports:

“Walker County is diligently working to bring COVID-19 vaccines to our community.  A Mass Community Vaccination Plan is being developed to be submitted to the state.  The state is in charge of allocating vaccines, not the county.  We have very little input but will be ready if and when they push out large quantities to rural areas.  In the meantime, contact Brookshire Bros. Pharmacy, HEB Pharmacy and Kroger Pharmacy and get your name on their list.  Emergency Management will inform the public through all media outlets as we receive information.”

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.