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OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET DIRECTOR MICK MULVANEY ON SUCCESS OF DEREGULATION IN TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

Shedding regulations is one of the important tenets in President Trump’s economic policy for raising the bottom line in America’s business sector.

Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, in a televised cabinet meeting with the president Wednesday talked about their dramatic move forward in terms of deregulation since the last administration . . . .

SHSU COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AWARDED GRANT FOR 4+1 TEACH PROGRAM

The College of Education at Sam Houston State University has been awarded an $8.9 million Support Effective Educator Development (SEED) program grant from the U.S. Department of Education to further support their existing 4+1 TEACH program.  

The grant, the largest in the College of Education’s history, allows the college to increase its capacity to recruit and retain a diverse selection of teachers who are extensively trained in supporting students in underprivileged schools.  

More than $8.9 million has been awarded over a three-year period for 4+1 TEACH and the College of Education will be able to apply for a renewal extension in the next two years for over $4.6 million from federal funding sources, bringing the total projected federal funding for the program to more than $13.5 million.

GOVERNOR ABBOTT ANNOUNCES NEW FUNDING TO CRACK DOWN ON BORDER CRIME

Governor Greg Abbott has announced $5.8 million in grant funding for the Border Prosecution Unit (BPU) to help crack down on gangs and Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) along the Texas border. The BPU is made up of 17 district and county attorney offices within the Texas border region that focus on investigating and prosecuting cases related to narcotics, weapons, human trafficking, organized crime, gangs and other border-related offenses. Nineteen BPU awards were released to District and County Attorneys in border communities across Texas.

FORMER PRESIDENT OF USA GYMNASTICS ARRESTED

                                    FROM PRESS RELEASE FROM WALKER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

On September 28, 2018, a Walker County Grand Jury convened to continue their ongoing investigation of the Karolyi Ranch and those individuals who may have committed offenses related to the conduct of Dr. Larry Nassar at that location.

The grand jury returned the following indictment:

Steve Penny

Tampering with Evidence – Third Degree Felony

Upon indictment, the 278th Judicial District Court issued a warrant for Penny’s arrest. If convicted, the range of punishment is 2 to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

According to the indictment, Steve Penny, the former president of USA Gymnastics, is alleged to have tampered with evidence during the investigation of sexual assault allegations against Dr. Larry Nassar.

On October 17, 2018, the United States Marshals Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force arrested Penny in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. He is currently being held there awaiting extradition to Walker County, Texas.

HOWARD WAYNE LEWIS MURDER TRIAL UPDATE

The Howard Wayne Lewis murder trial continued Wednesday.

The Huntsville Item reports that in court yesterday a medical examiner testified murder victim Shanta Crawford had several lacerations that were similar to injuries inflicted by a hammer.

Lewis is accused of the murders of 16-month-old Aiyden Benjamin Lewis and Aiyden’s grandmother Shanta Crawford in 2013.

The case is scheduled to continue today at the Walker County Courthouse.

SAM HOUSTON TEA PARTY HOSPITAL BOARD CANDIDATE PRESENTATION

Three positions will be elected for the Walker County Hospital Board on Nov. 6, 2018.

The Sam Houston Tea Party is hosting an event to meet three of the candidates for WCHD Board tonight from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Walker Education Center, 1402 19th Street, Huntsville.

Candidates Chad Byrd, Tina Wagamon Felder and Loren T. Burns will discuss their commitment to the community regarding the Huntsville Memorial Hospital and their proposed role on the Walker County Hospital District Board.

WCHD Board Member, Dr. David Toronjo will give an update on the state of the WCHD Board and share the depth of the current financial and management crisis at the HMH Corporation.

COMMISSIONER COURT COMMITTEE LOOKS AT TEXAS AGRI-LIFE AND MASTER GARDENER HEADQUARTERS EXPANSION

At the Walker County Commissioners Court Monday afternoon “Special Session” this week, one of the agenda items up for review was an update from the Texas Agri-Life Committee on finding a larger place to handle Texas Agri-Life and Master Gardener activities.

Commissioner Bill Daugette informed commissioners about research by one of the committee members, Dr. Jody Crawford . . . .

Commissioner Daugette talked about the possibility of eventually putting a planned project on paper . . . .

Commissioner Daugette added that, “Following that meeting, in fact it will probably be on next Monday’s Commissioners’ Court, I’ll probably have an item to address in putting some funds into an architect to look at and come up with some ideas.” Commissioner Daugette also referred to money set aside as a place holder for Agri-Life projects. He would just be asking for “a single-line drawing, a sketch.”

COUNCILMEMBERS DISCUSS GRANT APPLICATION FOR MAIN STREET

At the City Council’s regular session this week, councilmembers considered applying for a Texas Department of Agriculture Main Street grant.

Chairperson of the Main Street Advisory Board, Cheryl Spencer, commented on the need for the grant . . . .

Although, she was not against it, Councilmember Humphrey raised some concern about a $110,000 match not budgeted for on a $250,000 grant.

City Manager Aron Kulhavy commented . . . .

Councilmembers approved the application.

HUNTSVILLE ISD RESUMES NORMAL OPERATIONS

Huntsville ISD informs us that the District has plans for NORMAL OPERATIONS today. The district is aware that some areas have been impacted by the flooding more than others.  They have identified routes with roads that are closed or unsafe for bus travel, which prevents transportation service for those areas.  They would like to stress to families, if their home or road is in one of the flooded areas and is currently impassable, to please not take any unnecessary risks getting to school.  

Campuses will work with students who arrive late or incur absences due to flooding with an appropriate PARENT NOTE to document their situation.  Safety is their first priority, so they ask everyone to use caution and exercise their best judgement. 

The district will continue to monitor conditions and notify parents as soon as possible should there be any changes to their current plans.