The 9th Annual Butterfly Festival is coming up tomorrow, October 13th, at 101 Tam Road from 10 AM to 2 PM. It’s sponsored by the Walker County Master Gardeners. Tag and Release of Monarchs will occur at noon. They will have a children’s area with face painting, new crafts, outdoor games, photo spots and Bug Bingo. The Seed Ladies will be there. Walker County Beekeepers will be there so you can learn about keeping bees and how honey is made.
CONGRESSMAN BRADY AND SENATOR TED CRUZ TO SPEAK IN MONTGOMERY ON BILL REPEALING WINDFALL ELIMINATION PROVISION
Sen. Ted Cruz is having a rally with Rep. Kevin Brady this Saturday at noon at Ransom’s Steakhouse & Saloon in Montgomery in support of the bill they’ve presented in the Senate and House to repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision to better support teachers, firefighters and police officers.
Former Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon. It was classified as one of the most powerful hurricanes to hit the U-S. Weakening over land, it turned into a tropical storm by late Wednesday.
It brought in maximum winds of 155 miles-per-hour when it came ashore near Mexico Beach in Florida. Debris has been scattered across miles of the coastline of Florida. It left in its wake damaged roofs and downed trees and power lines.
Almost 300,000 homes and businesses have lost power in Florida. Thousands of homes in Georgia and Alabama also lost power.
Television & radio broadcasting veteran and author Dan Rather will serve as keynote speaker for SHSU’s Common Reader Program finale event at 2 this afternoon. The program will take place in the concert hall of the Gaertner Performing Arts Center on the university campus.
The Sam Houston Memorial Museum has a special presentation tonight.
The Museum’s Michael Sproat tells us all about it . . . .
Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee about Homeland Security Threats.
With the mid-terms ahead in a few weeks, one of the vulnerable areas focused on were the November elections.
Secretary Nielsen addressed the committee on what was being done to address security in the upcoming elections . . . .
In Huntsville Police news, on the day shift Tuesday an unknown suspect passed forged checks in the 1200 block of Josey Street. In the 100 block of Northbound I-45 an unknown suspect threatened a public servant. In the 600 block of University Avenue, a known suspect threatened to cause serious bodily injury to another.
On the night shift Tuesday, a motorcycle was stolen in the 2000 block of 19th Street. At the corner of Montgomery Road and Sam Houston Avenue, Bethany Portela was arrested for DWI and possession of a controlled substance.
The Willis Band Booster Club Annual Pancake Supper and Concert Fundraiser is tonight at six in the Willis High School Cafeteria. The WHS, BMS and LLMS bands will be featured. It’s open to the public. Tickets are $5. You’re invited to come out and help support the bands and enjoy music from these talented kids.
The office of Congressman and House Ways and Means Chairman, Kevin Brady, informs us that recently the House passed Tax Reform 2.0., three pieces of legislation meant to build on the results of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
They report the first bill, Protecting Family And Small Business Tax Cuts Act, will lock in the individual and small business tax cuts, helping families and small businesses thrive.
The second bill, the Family Savings Act, will help more middle-class American families and younger workers save for key life events like retirement, education and unexpected emergencies by expanding access to new and existing savings vehicles.
The third bill, the American Innovation Act, will help entrepreneurs move from the kitchen table to main street and beyond. It helps risk takers create jobs and invest in their communities.
Weather forecasters say that Hurricane Michael was upgraded today to “an extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm. Word is, it could be the most powerful storm to hit the Florida Panhandle area in 100 years.
This morning, Hurricane Michael’s winds were said to have increased to around 140 miles-per-hour. The storm is expected to make landfall in Florida this afternoon.