This week the president visited the State of Florida to see first-hand the results of the ravaging Hurricane Michael. Florida was not the only state Michael caused devastation in.
On Tuesday, Vice President Pence addressed farmers attending the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition in Moultrie, Georgia . . . .
Richards ISD has canceled classes all day today.
The Huntsville City Council meets for a regular session this evening at six .
Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes:
–adopting an ordinance amending the traffic schedule to ratify No Parking signs on Boettcher Drive between Sam Houston Avenue and and Old Houston Road.
–authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Nuphysicia Health of Texas for an on-site employee health clinic.
–authorizing the City Manager to grant an easement for electric power facilities to Entergy Texas through the A-J Brown Wastewater Treatment Plant property.
Tonight’s “Statutory Agenda” includes:
–a “First Reading” to consider adopting an ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances, specifically Chapter 12, Buildings and Building Regulations.
–a “First Reading” to consider awarding the construction contract for the Old Colony Road /Trinity Cutoff Waterline Replacement Project.
–several grant applications will be considered.
Also tonight, Counclmember Ron Allen requests an update on the water diversion on private property at Elkins Lake.
The Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees will have their regular meeting at six tonight at the Hawkins Administration Building.
Tonight, there will be a Public Hearing on the State Financial Accountability Rating.
Employees, educators and students will be recognized.
Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes:
–Board approval of Targeted Intervention Plans.
–approval of the Huntsville ISD Textbook Adoption Committee.
Tonight, the board will consider approval of Phase I Security Plans.
Board members tonight will hear program evaluations of the Gifted and Talented Program and the Bilingual Program.
There will be a Monthly Digital Report on Instructional Coaches.
Superintendent, Dr. Scott Sheppard, will present his Monthly Update.
Sam Houston State University offers a unique opportunity to hear from an esteemed entrepreneur whose commitment to the Houston area community has made him known as a “hometown hero.” The university’s Entrepreneurship Program hosts Jim McIngvale as the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence to share his story with the Huntsville community on Oct. 22.
As owner operator of the Gallery Furniture retail chain, McIngvale – also known as Mattress Mack – is a “rags to riches” marketer extraordinaire. His story includes a philosophy to success that can be understood and used by people in all walks of life. With sales of $150 million per year, McIngvale has turned an ordinary company into an all-American success story and also earned a reputation as a generous civic contributor.
The SHSU Entrepreneurship Program promotes entrepreneurship, free enterprise and a capitalist market economy. Providing opportunities to share inspiring stories of business success, the program invites Entrepreneurs-in-Residence to speak to the campus community. The program began in 2003 and SHSU offered its first major in entrepreneurship in 2012. Today, more than 90 students are entrepreneurship majors, with another 50 participating in the minor program, which is now open to any student in each of the seven colleges.
Taking place at 9:45 a.m. on Oct. 22 in the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center, the event is free and open to the public.
Possible 2020 presidential candidate and Democratic Senator, Elizabeth Warren, has released DNA test results looking at her possible Native American ancestry. Her test was in response to criticisms by President Trump and Republicans that she used questionable ancestry to advance her career at Harvard. There is still some controversy about how strong a Native American ancestry the reports actually prove.
In regard to the recently released DNA results, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway was asked out on the White House grounds by a reporter, “What do you make of Elizabeth Warren releasing her DNA tests?” . . . .
The following schools report two-hour delayed openings:
–Huntsville Classical Academy
–Premier High School
Walker County Commissioners meet for a special session at 1:30 this afternoon.
Walker County Emergency Management Coordinator Butch Davis will discuss taking action on the purchase of a subscription agreement and statement of work for Orion Pre-Planning & Damage Assessment Tool, as approved at budget.
From the Special Prosecution Unit, Laura Yosko will talk about the Lease Agreement between the First National Bank of Huntsville and Walker County SPU.
County Purchasing Agent Mike Williford will discuss taking action on procuring an engineering firm for the Community Development Block Grant for a Disaster Recovery project administered through GrantWorks. The process includes selecting a review committee, determining selection criteria, selecting the engineer providers and distributing the Request For Quote.
Regarding Texas Grand Ranch Section 8, Planning & Development Director Andy Isbell will discuss action on a plat note for temporary cul-de-sacs and on infrastructure plans .
Commissioner Daugette will receive an update from the Texas Agri-Life Committee.
The Huntsville Item reports that Howard Wayne Lewis is scheduled to go on trial, beginning today, for a double homicide in Walker County in 2013.
Lewis is charged with the murder of his infant son and the child’s grandmother, Shanta Crawford.
Authorities think the murders were the result of a continuing custody dispute between Lewis and the mother of the child, Tiffany Crawford.
The death penalty is sought by the District Attorney’s office.
Huntsville Independent School District officials announced that the district received a rating of “A” for “Superior Achievement” under Texas’ School FIRST financial accountability rating system. The “Superior Achievement” rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of Huntsville ISD’s financial management and reporting system.