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SECOND SEXUAL ALLEGATION LODGED AGAINST BRETT KAVANAUGH

A second sexual allegation against Brett Kavanaugh is now afloat.

Now, 53-year-old Deborah Ramirez, a former classmate from Yale, says supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a dormitory party while she was intoxicated during a drinking game.

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, has said he will attempt to evaluate the new claim.

Judge Kavanaugh says the incident “did not happen”. He terms the woman’s accusation against him as “a smear, plain and simple.”

COMMISSIONER HENRY COMMENTS ON 381 AGREEMENT WITH WEATHERFORD INTERNATIONAL

Our guest on our “Around Town” program over the weekend was Precinct #4 Commissioner Jimmy D. Henry.

One of the many topics we covered in the program was the 381 agreement with Weatherford International that was recently approved by commissioner’s court. An agreement had also been approved by the City Council.

We asked him to comment . . . .

HeART OF HUNTSVILLE PROGRAMS AHEAD

If you’re interested in exploring some of the various venues of Art in the Huntsville area, some special events are planned in connection with SHSU’s LEAP– or Center for Law, Engagement & Politics– with the HeART of Huntsville programs.

Held on four consecutive Thursday nights beginning Oct. 11, the program highlights the art on SHSU’s campus, illuminates the more than two-dozen public sculptures in the community and explores the architecture of the city of Huntsville.

The first week (Oct. 11) focuses on campus art, featuring presentations by Michael Henderson, chair of the department of art, and other art experts, followed by dinner at Austin Hall.

The second week (Oct. 18) highlights the art on the downtown square—including a six-block area graced by 14 murals created by Richard Haas, whom the New York Times called “the great architectural muralist of our time.”

The third week (Oct. 25) of the program includes a bus tour of the community, followed by an in-depth tour of the Adickes Foundation, led by David Adickes, creator of 67-foot tall Sam Houston sculpture.

The final week (Nov. 1) focuses on architecture, culminating at the Wynne Home, where dinner will be served and participants will be joined by Lee Jamison—whose work is currently on display in the Wynn Home’s main gallery.

The cost of the program is $30 and dinner is provided for all four weeks.

For more information, contact Mike Yawn at mike.yawn@shsu.edu or 936-294-1456.

TRINITY ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETS

The Trinity ISD Board of Trustees meets this evening at six at their administration building.

They will honor employees of the month.

Board members will hear a 2016 Trinity ISD Bond and Capital Improvement Project Update by SZH Architecture.

They will hear principal reports.

Randy Wheeler will present a Trinity ISD Police Department Report.

There will be a Texas Education Association Monitor’s Updated Report of April, May and June 2018.

Tonight’s Action Agenda includes items related to the 2016 Trinity ISD Bond for Capital Improvements.

SENATOR CRUZ TALKS WITH ASTRONAUTS UP IN THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

Just recently our Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, visited the Johnson Space Center along with Ivanka Trump.

In a hookup to the International Space Station, the Senator was able to see and talk with the astronaut crew. Dr. Serena Aunon-Chancellor, a crew member, answered Senator Cruz’s question about what was some of the most rewarding work they’d done in space . . . .

 

WALKER COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT BOARD MEETS IN CLOSED SESSION THEN COMMENTS ON FINANCIAL ISSUES

Following a closed meeting Thursday, according to a press release given to the Huntsville Item:

“The [Walker County Hospital] district and the hospital corporation have made many attempts to find a hospital system partner, but to date we have not secured a new partner. The district has also taken numerous steps to help the hospital corporation improve its finances, including maximizing reimbursement for the Hospital Corporation through the Medicaid 1115 waiver program, paying for maintenance repairs and capital improvements and lowering its rent.”

According to the report in the paper, Hospital District Board Chairman Anne Karr-Woodard said, “They [the hospital corporation) ran into difficulties over the last three months and need additional capital. We facilitated that. They are talking with us about more subsidies, and we are helping them in every way we can. We just can’t hand out money to a non-profit, they are required to meet certain guidelines set by law and the district.”

According to the paper’s report, Ms Woodard said, “Positive negotiations are in the works as we search for a strategic partner. We will make sure all negotiations are completed, and then we can go from there. I believe we will have good news soon.” Ms. Woodard also said, “We went in telling the corporation that we will cooperate, and if that means selling the hospital facility, we will do that. We will do whatever it takes to get a good partner.”

CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINTS FILED AGAINST WALKER COUNTY JAILERS

According to a report on the KBTX website, former Walker County Jail inmate, 33-year-old Stephen Gambrell, has filed a federal civil rights complaint against two Walker County Jailers. According to the article, the two have also been indicted and charged with hate crimes under Texas law.

According to the story, in July 2016 Gambrell was severely beaten by Sgt. Matthew Beamon and James Stephens while the booking process was underway, following his arrest for a Class C misdemeanor.

NEW SCAM INVOLVING FACEBOOK MESSENGER

The Huntsville Police Department has been made aware of yet another scam. This scam involves Facebook Messenger and a message that appears to be from a friend. The person that seems to be a known friend is advising the recipient of a great opportunity to receive a large amount of money in the form of a government grant. The “friend” talks about how they got their money and provides a phone number for the recipient to text and inquire how to get a grant. At some point, a processing fee will be requested and instructions provided on how to send the money.

A few things to look for when using Facebook Messenger to ensure that messages are not scams are:

– not accepting a friend request from someone who’s already a friend

– making sure that the statement “different from your Facebook friend…..” is not at the top of the screen

– the message may also appear to be from someone for whom English is not their native language.

TWO SHSU EMPLOYEES RECEIVE 2018 TSUS REGENTS AWARDS

Although both men are already well known around campus, the Texas State University System recently recognized two Sam Houston State employees for going above and beyond their job descriptions. Bill Jasper, professor of mathematics education, and Mac Woodward, director of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, recently received the 2018 TSUS Regents’ Awards.

The purpose of the Regents’ Awards is to honor one exceptional instructor and one outstanding employee from the entire system. Jasper and Woodward each will receive a framed Board of Regents resolution, a commemorative medallion bearing the seal of the system and a $3,000 award. The pair were formally recognized at the annual SHSU faculty and staff meeting and will be honored at an upcoming Board of Regents meeting.

Bill Jasper regularly teaches seven different undergraduate and four graduate mathematics and statistics courses.

Mac Woodward has been an employee at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum for more than 24 years, serving as the director since 2012. His knowledge of the university’s namesake is practically unmatched.