KSAM News

KSAM News

TAX REFORM 2.0 PASSES THE HOUSE

The office of Congressman and House Ways and Means Chairman, Kevin Brady, informs us that recently the House passed Tax Reform 2.0., three pieces of legislation meant to build on the results of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

They report the first bill, Protecting Family And Small Business Tax Cuts Act, will lock in the individual and small business tax cuts, helping families and small businesses thrive.

The second bill, the Family Savings Act, will help more middle-class American families and younger workers save for key life events like retirement, education and unexpected emergencies by expanding access to new and existing savings vehicles.

The third bill, the American Innovation Act, will help entrepreneurs move from the kitchen table to main street and beyond. It helps risk takers create jobs and invest in their communities.

HURRICANE MICHAEL MOVING TOWARD FLORIDA PANHANDLE

Weather forecasters say that Hurricane Michael was upgraded today to “an extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm. Word is, it could be the most powerful storm to hit the Florida Panhandle area in 100 years.

This morning, Hurricane Michael’s winds were said to have increased to around 140 miles-per-hour. The storm is expected to make landfall in Florida this afternoon.

COMMISSIONERS LOOK AT ROAD DAMAGE ISSUES

In Walker County Commissioners’ Court Tuesday, Commissioner Ronnie White addressed heavy truck traffic on Walker County roads . . . .

Commissioner Henry commented that he has been conferring with Planning & Development Director Andy Isbell on the issue . . . .

Commissioner Daugette said he and others had visited with State Representative Ernest Bailes in regard to the issue. . . .

Commissioner White said he will look at the roads issue further and bring more information back to the court.

“AN EVENING AT JACQUES'” COMING TO SHSU

Sam Houston State University’s Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre is bringing the provocative and powerful songs of Jacques Brel to the Erica Starr Theatre Oct. 10-13, 2018 with evening performances at 7:30 p.m. and a Saturday matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. An Evening at Jacques’ is compiled and directed by Laura Avery with music direction by Eric Gundersen and choreography by Kyle Craig-Bogard.

Jacques’ opens for guests at 7 p.m. so plan to arrive early and visit the on stage bar to purchase your souvenir cup with a complimentary beverage. All proceeds benefit the Musical Theatre Alliance student organization. You can walk around the set or relax at one of the tables while you enjoy your drink. Spend an evening at Jacques’ and experience the timeless poignancy of the songs of Jacques Brel.

For ticket information, contact the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 936.294.2339 or visit www.shsutickets.com to purchase your tickets online. General admission tickets are $15. Discounted tickets priced at $12 are available for senior citizens and students with a Bearkat One Card.

The Erica Starr Theatre is located in the University Theatre Center at 1740 Bobby K. Marks Drive and 17th street between the Newton Gresham Library and the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center.

SHSU ALUMNI AND FRIENDS SUPPORT ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISING YEAR

More than 11,000 alumni, parents and friends demonstrated their commitment to Sam Houston State University with gifts and pledges totaling $21.5 million in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

President Dana Hoyt said, “We are grateful to have a strong base of committed supporters who understand the importance of giving.”

According to Frank Holmes, vice president of the Office of University Advancement, there is much to celebrate in the significant growth SHSU has achieved with almost 18 years of concentrated work in fundraising and alumni cultivation. 

Moreover, fundraising grew from $2.8 million raised in 2002 to $21.5 million in 2018. This increase reflects the number of individuals who give annually. In 2002, only 2,100 people comprised SHSU’s donor-base. That number has grown to over 11,000 today. Holmes credits the success in part to an active administration and loyal alumni.

BRETT KAVANAUGH CEREMONIALLY SWORN-IN AS ASSOCIATE JUSTICE

It was “mission accomplished” at a formal ceremony in the East Room of the White House Monday evening . . . .

Kavanaugh was sworn in by Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, who Kavanaugh worked for as a law clerk from 1993 to 1994. All Supreme Court Justices, along with the president and Kavanaugh’s family, were in attendance.

POLICE NEWS

In Huntsville Police news, on the day shift Friday an assault was investigated in the 900 block of University Drive. In the 100 block of I-45 North police investigated a forgery. According to a report at 110 Memorial Hospital Drive, a person driving a vehicle struck a pedestrian and fled the scene. In the 4000 block of Sam Houston Avenue, Lamorie Evans was arrested for a criminal mischief warrant.

On the night shift Friday, possibly known suspects assaulted a victim during a theft in the 100 block of Varsity Drive. A theft was investigated in the 1400 block of Veterans Memorial. At the intersection of David Street and Highway 75 South, Jordan Davis was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

On the day shift Saturday, a theft was reported in the 3000 block of Powell Road. In the 1000 block of MLK, Jermaine Singleton was arrested on a warrant, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Saturday’s night shift, a vehicle was reported stolen in the 2400 block of Lake Road.

On the night shift Sunday, unknown suspects damaged property in the 200 block of I-45 South. Known suspects assaulted one another in the 2400 block of Montgomery Road. In the 2600 block of El Toro, Brian Dustin Welch was arrested for evading detention, riding a bicycle on a sidewalk and no headlight.

REPUBLICAN ROUNDUP THURSDAY-RAFAEL CRUZ TO SPEAK

The Republican Party of Walker County invites you to join them for the 2018 Republican Round-Up – a casual, patriotic get together with a silent and dessert auction benefiting the Walker County Republican Women.

It’s a night to energize voters to get out and vote and to meet local candidates on the November ballot.  You’re invited to come enjoy food, fellowship and a message from Rafael Cruz, father of Ted Cruz.  The event will be held at the Walker Education Center, lower level Gibbs Hall, 1402 19th Street, from 5 to 8 PM