On Thursday morning, November 8, 2018, beginning at 8 AM the southbound SH 19 to IH-45 southbound bridge will be closed until 6 PM. This closure is necessary to install bridge beams for the new southbound SH 19 bridge flyover.  The SH 19 U-turn and Southwood Drive between the SH 19 ramps will be closed in order to install.  Southwood and SH 19 traffic will be detoured in order to perform this work.


In Huntsville Police news, on the day shift last Friday a residential burglary was investigated in the 2400 block of Sycamore Avenue. Frank York was arrested in the 900 block of US 190 for possession of a controlled substance. Mark Skinner was arrested on a TDCJ Parole warrant in the 2700 block of Aberdeen. Earnest Cooper was arrested for possession of marijuana in the 600 block of 8th Street.

On the day shift Saturday, a known suspect assaulted a victim in the 100 block of State Highway 30.

On the night shift Saturday, a vehicle burglary was reported in the 100 block of I-45 South.

On the day shift Sunday, a Ford F350 was reported stolen in the 1300 block of Smither.

On the night shift Sunday, Isaiah Scott Jr. was arrested for evading in a vehicle and evading on foot at Sabrina Lane and Vicki Drive. Also that evening, he was arrested for a parole warrant. In the 100 block of Memorial Hospital Drive, Tamrah Forrest was arrested for criminal mischief and possession of a dangerous drug.


The Houston Chronicle, the Houstonian and other news sources report that SHSU seniors Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman Byler were killed early Sunday when the helicopter they were in crashed in the northwest portion of Uvalde County. According to reports, the pilot also died in the crash. According to the SHSU Rodeo Team Facebook page, the couple were members of the Rodeo Team.

The wedding website for the couple said they were going to be married Saturday in Uvalde. The Byler family ranch is located there.

The helicopter went down around 1:47 in the morning Sunday around 15 miles outside Uvalde. The NTSB is investigating the crash.


The Huntsville Item reports that the mother of 16-month-old Aiyden Lewis, who died at the hands of his father, Howard Wayne Lewis, in 2013 on M. Williams Road, took the witness stand last Friday. The sentencing phase of the capital murder trial of Lewis is underway at the courthouse.

She spoke of the difficult issues she had with Lewis. Also, jurors heard from Dr. Darryl Turner, a forensic psychiatrist.

It was expected that the prosecution would rest today as the sentence hearing continues with defense witnesses called to testify this week.


Walker County Elections Manager Julie Cooper informs us that the total number of voters checked-in during the final day of early voting Friday, November 2nd, was 979. This makes for a total of 9,747 voters checked-in during early voting for the November 6, 2018 General Election in Walker County. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th, when all registered voters must vote at the polling place located within their precinct.


Our guest on our “Around Town” program over the weekend was the president of the Walker County Senior Center and “Meals on Wheels”, J.D. Davis.

We’ve been talking with Mr. Davis about the needs of the organization, and he filled us in on how those needs have grown . . . .

If you would like to help them out, you can mail a donation or come by the Walker County Senior Center at 340 Suite F, Highway 75 North, Huntsville, Zip 77320, or you can call them at 936-295-6151.


Walker County Commissioners will meet for a “Special Session” this afternoon at 1:30.

Emergency Management Coordinator Butch Davis will discuss taking action on extending Walker County’s Disaster Declaration Order issued October 29, 2018.

Precinct #4 Constable Bartee will address commissioners on possible action on an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement for a School Resource Officer, for 2018-19, between Walker County and New Waverly ISD for $55,000. He will also address them on an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement for a School Resource Officer, for 2018-19, between Walker County and New Waverly ISD, in the amount of $55,600.

Planning and Development Director Andy Isbell will discuss a request for a variance to the Walker County Order Adopting Rules for On-Site Sewage Facilities for General Sam’s Offroad Park on Bishop Road in Precinct #1.

And, Commissioner Kuykendall will discuss taking action on a Cat Smooth Drum Roller from Ritchie Brothers Auction not to exceed $50,000 for Precinct #1. It’s to be paid one-half from Precinct One’s 2019 budget and one-half from contingency to be paid the following year 2020.


The October 2018 economic numbers were good. According to the Labor Department, the jobless rate remained at 3.7 percent and 250,000 jobs were added.

Outside the White House Friday, reporters found two very positive economists on the grounds—Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers Kevin Hassett and Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney. A reporter asked, “What’s the takeaway from the latest developments—high points, low points.

Kevin Hassett checked in first . . . .

Mick Mulvaney commented next . . . .


Over the last couple of weeks the Walker County Sheriff Office has seen an increase in reports regarding a telephone scam within the County. Citizens are receiving calls from someone claiming to be with law enforcement stating the person has a warrant for his/her arrest.

The scammer goes on to say the warrant was issued for missing Federal Grand Jury or Court and possibly gives the name of local officials with law enforcement or the Courts within Walker County.

The scammers will then state that the matter can be resolved by paying a fine either by a pre-paid credit card or through Western Union/ Money Gram. The caller is threatened with arrest if they don’t immediately comply, DO NOT do this. Once the scammer receives a code the money is transferred to a Green Dot card or pre-paid credit card and cannot be recovered after that point.

In the course of a deputies duties they may contact a citizen in reference to a criminal matter but they will never ask for money over the telephone. If you receive a phone call regarding a possible warrant for your arrest please contact your local law enforcement or Courts to verify the information.

It has also been reported that if you call the phone number back that is on caller ID or provided by the scammer, you will hear the correct Sheriff’s Office automated phone answering system. It appears the scammer has recorded the Sheriff’s Office legitimate automated phone answering system, and is replaying on the number. The phone number is also sometimes “spoofed” to appear to be correctly coming from the Sheriff’s Office.

Again, if in doubt, you can always call 936-435-2400, if you call that number you will be able to speak to a legitimate member of the Sheriff’s Office and have an opportunity to validate any questions you may have.

Sheriff McRae would like to remind all citizens to remain alert that the scam is constantly being modified.