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.
We now pass along another update on what’s going on in the world of economics. White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow talked with reporters out on the White House grounds Friday afternoon.
One of the several areas of national and international economics Mr. Kudlow talked about was the present situation regarding our trade issues with China . . . .
Our guest on our “Around Town” public affairs program over the weekend was Huntsville ISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard. We talked to him about a number of things.
In regard to fine-tuning discipline issues, we asked him if the District was seeing some positive results in their efforts . . . .
If you haven’t heard, President Trump signed the Music Modernization Act into law at the White House last week. Along with him in the room were a number of very pleased well-known musicians, including John Rich, Kid Rock and the Beach Boys’ Michael Love . . . .
The president commented that the bill passed both houses of congress unanimously.
Just last week from the senate floor, Texas Senator John Cornyn commented that the tactics waged against supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh went way beyond acceptable behavior . . . .
This morning it’s been reported that around a million people are without electricity as the result of Hurricane Michael’s effects on Florida and Georgia. The powerful hurricane decimated towns, destroyed electrical grids and, in some cases, had fatal results.
Fox News reports, “Mexico Beach, Florida looked as if a bomb had gone off as residents emerged to tally their loses.”
Not only was there loss of life, along with destruction of residential and commercial property, the agriculture community suffered crop damage and loss of livestock.
Huntsville ISD recently had a public hearing on Targeted Intervention Plans for the District which are a requirement of the Texas Education Agency.
In a recent conversation with Huntsville ISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard, he explained what was underway . . . .
Dr. Sheppard will be our guest on “Around Town” this weekend.
In a conference with reporters Thursday, President Trump took time to chastise a well-known economic entity for causing the recent stock market correction . . . .