Mid-South Synergy Outages

Mid-South Synergy reports that the severe storm of March 18th caused extensive damage to their distribution system. Crews have been working on the situation.

Restoration on FM 247 and FM 980 is anticipated by Wednesday, March 21st.

For an outage map, you may check outage.midsouthsynergy.com.

City Council Meets Tonight

The Huntsville City Council meets for a regular session this evening at six at City Hall.

Tonight Councilmembers will recognize Citizen of the Year Linda Pease and First Responder of the Year John French.

The City’s 2016-17 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report will be presented by Patillo, Brown and Hill.

Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes approval of the annual contract for the City Secretary.

There will be discussion and possible action to authorize the interim City Manager and the City Attorney to draft and enter into an agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of Walker County to waive construction-related permit fees.

Under requests for Citizen Participation:

–Councilmembers will hear a request from Patricia Powers concerning being a local renter.

–Councilmembers will also hear a request from Bryan Cantrell to discuss road repair efforts of residents on Rose Hill at Timberwilde.

During closed “Executive Session,” councilmembers will deliberate regarding economic development negotiations concerning projects Zeta and Lego. They will also consult with legal counsel to receive legal advice on the proposed purchase of Walker County Hospital District property and deliberation regarding purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property for a police and fire station.

Commissioners’ Court Allows Wireless Internet Installation For Texas AG

In Commissioners’ Court Monday afternoon, commissioners discussed a request from the Texas Attorney General’s Office regarding installing a circuit network with equipment and wireless internet which would allow their staff to access the internet while working in the Commissioners’ Courtroom.

Dan Early from County I-T addressed commissioners . . . .

Commissioners approved the installation. One of the legal areas the Attorney General’s Office is involved in here are child support payment issues.

Texas Bullet Train Update

Efforts are still underway regarding the proposed Texas Central Bullet Train to run between Houston and Dallas.

The train will not be going through Walker County. However, there will be a station 25 miles west of Huntsville.

Our station manager, Steve Everett, talked with a public relations firm representative for Texas Central, John McClelland, on “Around Town” this past weekend.

Mr. McClelland explained why Texas was chosen for a high-speed rail project . . . .


Mr. McClelland said if things go as scheduled, Texas Central may begin building the project as early as next year.

Literary Superstars Shine In Huntsville For National Book Award Festival

The National Book Awards Festival at Sam Houston State University brings recent National Book Award finalists and winners to Huntsville for several days of literary events that are free and open to the public. This year’s visiting authors to be featured include Jason Reynolds, Danez Smith and Lisa Ko. 

In addition to numerous community events happening as a part of the festival, the main stage event with the acclaimed authors will take place on Monday, April 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center.

Brookside Subdivision Residents Allowed To Return To Their Homes Last Night

A major storm blew through Huntsville last night, knocking down trees which blocked roads and causing power outages. Local crews worked last night to clear roads and restore power.

According to a report on the Montgomery County Police Reporter, last night the Brookview Subdivision off of Highway 75 north of the Pilot Truck Stop in Huntsville was evacuated due to a falling tree tearing a 6-inch gas line on Brookside.

Later last night, the Walker County Office of Emergency Management reported the “Brookside Subdivision has been cleared to return to their homes.”

New Principal At Mance Park Middle School

The Huntsville Item reports that that today educator Josh Campbell will be the new principal at Mance Park Middle School. Mr. Campbell comes to Huntsville ISD from Cypress-Fairbanks ISD where he served as director of student services since 2015. He has around 18 years of administrative and teaching experience.

Update On Traffic Flow At SHSU

Sam Houston State University reports: “Traffic flow changes are scheduled to begin over Spring Break. Due to new campus construction and tremendous increase in pedestrians and vehicles, a number of streets will be rerouted to one-way in order to provide the safest method of vehicular and pedestrian movement.

“With the one-way changes, new Zone 2 parking and hourly parking will be available.”

Walker County Hospital District Board Special-Called Meeting

The Walker County Hospital District Board will meet Tuesday, March 20th in a Special Called meeting at 1 o’clock in the District’s Offices in the First National Bank Building, Suite 515.

The directors will go into executive session to discuss the legal issues raised in the pending sale of the Old Huntsville Memorial Hospital properties and the lawsuit attempting to enjoin the sale of the properties. The lawsuit was filed by heirs of Ella Smither. The plantiffs, represented by Lanny Ray, are Pamela Smither Covington, Miles Allan Smither, and Murray Smither. They claim a one-acre parcel with the 6.34 acres of the property belongs to them and that the hospital district intentionally misappropriated the plantiffs’ property for public use and without just compensation, which constitutes an inverse condemnation.

The Walker County Hospital District is represented by Joe Henderson. The Board will act upon a resolution to direct the District’s attorney to answer and defend the lawsuit and temporary injunction sought against the District and to continue with negotiations with the parties to enable the District to ultimately consummate the pending Earnest Money Contract with the City of Huntsville for the sale of all are part of the Old Hospital campus.

A hearing has been set by District Judge Hal Ridley for Thursday, March 22nd in Huntsville.

Huntsville ISD Seeking Community Input

Huntsville ISD is asking citizens to save the date of Tuesday, March 20th. Huntsville ISD is planning two opportunities for the community to provide valuable input for school improvement.

Superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard will facilitate the sessions and parents and citizens are encouraged to participate. The first of these important sessions will be held on Tuesday, March 20 with a second date set for Monday, April 16. Both sessions will be the same, so you can attend either one. The sessions will be from 6:30 pm to 8 pm in the White Room of the HISD Support & Learning Center on the campus of Mance Park Middle School.

Participants are asked to park in the campus main parking lot and use the SLC entrance at the corner of 1010 8th Street at University Avenue. Parents are encouraged to attend.