In a discussion with the press from the White House Wednesday, President Trump was very positive on the success of the economy and how it affects employment . . . .
Senate Republican leaders held a news conference this week to comment on the issues of the day. An issue that keeps coming back is North Korea’s failure to make adequate progress on denuclearization.
Chairman of the National Senatorial Republican Committee, Cory Gardener, passed along a recent move by the Trump Administration . . . .
Huntsville Police Department Lt. Jim Barnes informs us that, “The Huntsville Police Department responded to a report of a stolen vehicle over the weekend that occurred at Bill Fick Ford and found out that there’s actually a ‘Craig’s List Scam’ where people post pictures of cars for sale that are actually on dealership lots and unknown to the dealership or the suspected purchaser.”
Lt. Barnes said, HPD “did some research and were able to determine that there was a vehicle on the lot at Bill Fick Ford that the scammers were trying to sell on Craig’s List illegally to a person in New Mexico . . . .”
As you heard, Lt. Barnes says they “were able to get one suspect in custody, and he’s been charged with auto theft and possession of a controlled substance.” Lt. Barnes also said, “We are still investigating this and hopefully we’ll have more arrests pending.”
According to a story on the KBTX website, on Monday the Navasota Independent School District started the fall semester with trained armed faculty on the school grounds. They call it the “Guardian Policy.”
The article passes along that the number of armed faculty members has not been released, but those carrying guns have a concealed carry license, had a score of at least 90 on a gun range test, were in a training course for three days and underwent a psychological evaluation.
Also, some of their schools are being remodeled to put in more locks and security cameras at entrances.
Governor Greg Abbott said this week, following President Trump’s announcement that a trade agreement had been reached between the United States and Mexico, that the “agreement between the U.S. and Mexico is a step in the right direction.”
The governor said, “Texas is the nation’s top exporting state, and with Mexico being our largest trading partner, this new deal should be good for the Texas economy. Canada is our second largest trade partner, and we remain hopeful that negotiations with Canada will be equally productive.”
At the Commissioners’ Court regular session Monday, commissioners discussed canceling one drug and alcohol testing service and going with another. Commissioners voted to end the contract at it’s expiration date locally with DISA.
Next, they discussed purchasing Randomware software to regulate choosing employees for testing.
County Treasurer Amy Klawinsky addressed commissioners . . . .
Commissioners approved the $320 CD version of the program.
Ms. Klawinsky said Texpress Urgent Care can accomplish several things in one place along with cost-saving involved. . . .
Commissioners approved going with Texpress Urgent Care.
In Huntsville Police news, on the day shift Monday police answered a dispatch to an overdose type call in the 1900 block of Avenue N where a known person had ingested “copious amounts” of prescription medication. At 19th and Sam Houston Avenue, a vehicle hit a pedestrian—the pedestrian refused EMS. Three thefts were investigated—one in the 2200 block of Bobby K Marks, a second in the 400 block of Sunnyside Street and a third in the 2600 block of 11th Street. A forgery case was investigated in the 1900 block of Quality Boulevard. In the 200 block of I-45 South, Alexis Lugo was arrested for attempted sexual assault, possession of a controlled substance, public lewdness, possession of marijuana, DWI and unlawful carrying of a weapon.
On the night shift Monday, a known suspect in the 200 block of FM 980 was reported to have assaulted his daughter.
The Sam Houston Memorial Museum always has plenty of professional photographs, depictions and art presented throughout the grounds. However, amateurs will soon have the chance for their work to be put on display next to these historical exhibits. The 2018 photo contest, which marks the museum’s ninth year to sponsor the event, is now accepting submissions.
There are no residency requirements to enter the contest, and it is open to anyone who is a non-professional photographer.
The complete list of contest rules and application forms can be picked up at the Main Museum or downloaded directly from the website at samhoustonmemorialmuseum.com.
In Walker County Commissioners Court Monday morning, commissioners covered a lot of ground in regard to things important to the County.
Taxes and Budget were a couple of them. Commissioners held a Public Hearing on the new budget resulting in no comments offered from the public.
They took action by a record vote and did ratify the property tax revenue increase reflected in the Budget for Walker County for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019 as required when adopting a budget that will require more revenues from property taxes than in the previous year. They approved by record vote adopting the new County Budget. They also approved by record vote adopting the new tax rate for the upcoming Fiscal Year at $.5494.
Monday, President Trump announced that he had reached a trade agreement with Mexico. Instead of NAFTA, the president is referring to this trade deal as the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement.
Trump spoke favorably in regard to the new deal to reporters in the Oval Office Monday . . . .
The president said the U-S will be starting trade negotiations with Canada next.