New Waverly Fire Department Public Information Officer Jimmy Williams reports that early Monday morning a crew of specially trained New Waverly Firefighters was scheduled to depart with their fire engine headed for a rendezvous with 49 other Texas Engine Crews headed to California. Over the weekend, the State of Texas Emergency Operations Center activated the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System, or TIFMAS for short, at the request of the State of California.
The New Waverly Fire Department has previously deployed certified wildland firefighters to major wildfires at the request of the State, mainly in west Texas, but this will be the first time they have deployed out of state. North Montgomery County firefighters will be joining up with the New Waverly crew as they make their way to the West Coast.
As President Trump was about to leave the White House grounds for a trip to Europe Friday, he addressed reporters on various issues.
One important announcement he had was in regard to an important document he had put his signature to . . . .
The document blocks migrants who cross the U.S.- Mexico border illegally from seeking asylum.
Our guests on our “Around Town” public affairs program over the weekend were Walker County Precinct #2 Commissioner Ronnie White and Precinct #2 Administrative Assistant Ashlyn Hooks.
Commissioners are looking at possibly finding more room for Texas AgriLife and other entities from the same meeting locale.
On our program, Ashlyn Hooks, filled us in on how that’s going . . . .
Walker County Commissioners have been looking at road width policy in the county.
We talked with Precinct #2 Commissioner Ronnie White this past week about road policy from his point of view . . . .
On Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis held a press conference with two chinese leaders—Politburo member Yang and Defense Minister Wei. They held discussions on political and security issues in preparation for the upcoming meeting between President Trump and President Xi at the G-20.
Secretary Pompeo began with a very important issue of negotiation the U-S is involved in right now which involves North Korea . . . .
He also wanted further cooperation from China in dealing with Iran’s nuclear missile program and their other harmful activities. He also wished to keep dialogue open and reduce risk in future times of crisis. He brought up the U-S concerns of China’s militarization of the South China Sea. He also talked about the United State’s uneasiness in regard to “China’s repression of religious groups.”
There are some Diabetes Self-Management Workshops coming up. These two-hour workshops begin at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays from November 12 through December 17 at Staggs Community Room in the Huntsville Public Library and are focused around self-managed care for Diabetes. Sponsored by Texas A&M Center for Population Health & Aging and hosted by Huntsville Public Library, they are designed to help participants deal with the symptoms of Diabetes, such as fatigue, pain, stress, and frustration. Other topics covered include healthy eating, medication use, and working with healthcare providers. Limited to 16 participants, classes are hands-on and highly interactive. Cecilia “Ce” Schlicher is a Master Trainer and works under the Texas A&M Center for Population Health & Aging license. For more information, you can call 936-291-5471.
Several Veterans events are set in Walker County to show respect for veterans.
A celebration of the Marine Corps 243rd Birthday with a barbecue was set for today at the HEARTS Veterans Conference.
A Veterans Day Banquet is planned for tomorrow at the HEARTS Veterans Museum.
An event is planned for this morning at Bulldog Stadium for veterans and first responders in New Waverly.
The HEARTS Museum and the Armatus Reintegration program will have a celebration for veterans at Focused Care tomorrow morning
Several other events are planned.
The Huntsville Item reported last night that Howard Wayne Lewis has received a death penalty sentence for murdering his son on M. Williams Road in Walker County in 2013.
The decision was announced following four hours of jury deliberation and after seven days of testimony during the punishment phase of the trial.
In the days ahead, Lewis will be transported to the TDCJ inmate processing center and then transferred to the Polunsky Unit’s “Death Row” in Livingston.
Beginning at 8pm on Saturday, November 10, 2018, and ending at 11am Sunday, November 11, 2018, the right lane of IH-45 northbound will be closed at SH 105/FM 1375 in New Waverly to the northbound entrance ramp north of SH 150, weather permitting. This closure is for motorists and worker safety while placing beams for the IH-45/SH 150 Bridge currently under construction. During this closure, northbound traffic may be temporarily stopped as individual beams are installed. Motorists should expect delays and may want to consider an alternate route. Drivers should exercise caution and be prepared for extended delays during this closure.
As you may be aware, President Trump recently received the requested resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himself from the Russia investigation.
A new acting AG has been appointed. He is Matthew Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff.
Democrats have been demanding Whitaker’s recusal from the Mueller probe into Russian collusion. On the White House grounds Thursday, presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway was addressed on the issue by a reporter . . . .