City Council Meets Tonight

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

Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes authorizing the interim City Manager to approve purchase orders with several hardware and/or supply stores with terms of one year and a one-year option to renew, and also approval of the 2017 Annual Report for the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #1.

Following the “Consent Agenda,” councilmembers will convene in closed session to consult with counsel on legal matters to receive advice on an amendment to a Water Use permit for the City and amendments to an option agreement and water supply agreement between the City and Montgomery County Municipal Utility District nos. 8 and 9.

They will reconvene in regular session and take any steps necessary.

Police News

In Huntsville Police news, on the night shift Friday Huntsville Police assisted the Walker County Sheriff’s Office in an arrest in the 2800 block of Lake Road.

On the day shift Saturday, police recovered stolen machinery in the 2300 block of Avenue M.

On the night shift Saturday, in a domestic case a known suspect assaulted their wife with offensive touch in the 600 block of Highway 190. Police were dispatched to the 1000 block of MLK where a known suspect had stolen money. At Veterans Memorial Parkway and Montgomery Road, Robin McClure was arrested on two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. At Sycamore Avenue and 11th Street, Jermarcus Spellings was arrested for tampering with evidence and possession of marijuana. At Calvary and Highway 190, Tommy Price was arrested possession of a controlled substance.


Prime Minister Netanyahu Visits President Trump

At a press opportunity in the White House Oval Office Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked President Trump for his recent historic move of the U-S embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

However, Netanyahu had a particular issue he wanted to discuss in talks later with the President . . . .

He also said, “Because of that challenge, we exploit the opportunity for peace because the Arabs have never been closer to Israel. Israel has never been closer to the Arabs. And, we seek also to broaden that peace to the Palestinians.”

Update On Governor’s Commission To Rebuild Texas

The Texas Governor’s Office reports:

  • Governor Abbott again extended the State Disaster Declaration for 60 Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey to ensure continuing eligibility for assistance as communities recover and rebuild.
  • Governor Abbott has requested from FEMA an extension beyond March 12 of the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, providing short-term hotel stays to displaced survivors, to secure more time for survivors to locate alternate short- and long-term housing.
  • The Commission to Rebuild Texas launched a Recovery Tracker showing how hurricane recovery funds are being used. The Recovery Tracker can be viewed at rebuildtexas.today/recovery-tracker.
  • Governor Abbott met with President Donald Trump as well as members of his Cabinet and other federal officials in Washington, D.C., to discuss Harvey recovery and the urgent need to get relief to Texans faster.
  • Current individual assistance numbers are now posted on rebuildtexas.today/recovery-tracker.


State Comptroller On Sales Tax Revenue

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar says that state sales tax revenue totaled $2.61 billion in February, 8.6 percent more than in February 2017. 

Hegar said, “Increased sales tax collections were spurred by business spending.” He said, “Growth was especially notable in remittances from oil- and gas-related sectors as well as wholesale trade. But collections from retail trade, the sector most reflective of consumer spending, declined slightly from year-ago levels.” 

Total sales tax revenue for the three months ending in February 2018 was up 10 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

Early Voting Update

Walker County Elections Manager Julie Cooper informs us that the total number of voters checked-in during the final day of early voting Friday, March 2nd was 629; of those voters, 95 voted in the Democratic Primary, and 534 in the Republican Primary. This makes for a total of 3,963 voters checked-in during early voting for the March 6, 2018 Primary Elections in Walker County

The elections department encourages all those voters who have yet to cast their vote to do so on Election Day, Tuesday, March 6th. All polling locations will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Voters may contact the Voter Registration office at (936) 436-4959 to inquire about where they should go to vote on Election Day.

Shannon Brown No Longer CEO At Huntsville Memorial Hospital

According to a story released to the Huntsville Item over the weekend, the Huntsville Memorial Hospital’s Board of Directors has announced that Wednesday, February 28th was the end date for Shannon Brown’s employment as Chief Executive Officer of Huntsville Memorial Hospital. The new acting CEO will be Chief Financial Officer Max Owens until a new CEO is hired.

The Board of Directors said in the released statement, “The members of the hospital board wish all the best in his [Mr. Brown’s] future endeavors.”

The article also reports that the Board has located a consulting firm and will be taking a look at hiring a chief restructuring officer on a temporary basis.

Texas Independence Day & Sam Houston Birthday Celebration

It was a perfect day Friday for the celebration of Texas Independence Day and the Birthday of General Sam Houston.

The sun was shining, the birds were singing and a cool breeze wafted across the big crowd at Sam Houston’s grave site.

Director of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Tennessee, Charlie Rhodarmer spoke of the life of Sam Houston . . . .


Rhodarmer placed much emphasis on the influence the American Indian culture had on Sam Houston, as he had spent much time in his youth in their presence.

A number of people received a special “Texas Baptism” by local historian James Patton.

Mr. Patton passed along to the friendly crowd there how revered General Sam Houston was in the City of Huntsville . . .


Several local dignitaries addressed the crowd. Also in attendance were direct descendants of Sam Houston and a third-great-grandson of Davey Crockett. A spokesperson for the Alabama-Coushatta tribe also addressed those gathered.

SHSU Receives Recognition For Financial Literacy Program

Schools across the country are using financial literacy programs as a tool to encourage students to become more informed about their financial futures.
Ranked No. 5 out of the Top 50 Financial Literacy Programs of 2018 by LendEDU, was the Student Money Management Center at Sam Houston State University.
The study looked at hundreds of colleges and universities that are known to have a financial literacy program. The rankings were based on the parameters: number of workshops and resources available; access to one-on-one financial consultation and incentivizing programs available.
The report by LendEDU credits SHSU with, “not just offering education, but it is creatively enticing its students to learn necessary life skills.”
One of the ways SMMC fosters academic enrichment is by hosting an annual Financial Literacy Week. Last academic year, the SMMC gave out over $8,000 to students who participated. They presented in 112 workshops and in classrooms to over 3,000 students. In addition, the SMMC conducted almost 800 personal coaching sessions and participated in 87 outreach events with almost 5,000 participants.