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KSAM News

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS LOOK AT FIRST NET NETWORK PRIORITY CALLING

In Commissioners Court Monday, commissioners looked at the First Net Network—a priority calling program for first responders.

AT&T Representative Kevin Scruggs explained the concept of a first priority system to commissioners . . . .

County Judge Danny Pierce asked, “Where do we save money?”

AT&T Representative Chris Sanchez talked about cost and savings for the County . . . .

Commissioner Daugette asked Walker County Emergency Management Coordinator Butch Davis, “What’s the next step on this?” . . . .

The next move is up to the court.

CHUCK & GINA NORRIS VISIT BROOKSHIRE BROTHERS FOR C-FORCE WATER AND KICKSTART KIDS

Chuck and Gena Norris were at Brookshire Brothers in Huntsville Saturday at the food store’s big celebration. They were there in support of their family-owned C-Force Water and Kickstart Kids Program.

It’s a program were kids learn martial arts and character-building lessons.

It was founded in 1990 by martial arts expert and actor Chuck Norris with some help from President George H.W. Bush. Chuck Norris filled in our station’s own Bryan Reeder on how it all began . . . .

Proceeds from C-Force water supports Kickstart Kids and is distributed locally by Brookshire Brothers.

SHSU PROFESSOR MIKE YAWN TALKS ABOUT CENTER FOR LAW, ENGAGEMENT & POLITICS

Our guests on our “Around Town” program over the weekend–SHSU Professor Mike Yawn and Center for Law, Engagement and Politics students Makayla Mason and Maggie Denena–filled us in on what the organization was all about.

It’s exceptional student members often move on in a successful direction when they graduate. Professor Yawn gave us a verbal snapshot of the program . . . .

SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN DIES

You’ve probably heard, Arizona Senator John McCain died Saturday at the at of 81. Senator McCain was a presidential candidate two times and was also a former navy bomber pilot and prisoner of war.

Wednesday, Senator McCain will lie in state in the Arizona Capitol. Following the service, he will be taken to Washington Thursday where he will lie in state in the Capitol Friday. There will be a national memorial service for Senator McCain at Washington’s National Cathedral on Saturday. Following that, he will be taken to Annapolis, Maryland where he will be laid to rest.

BEDIAS MAN DIES IN ACCIDENT

According to the Huntsville Item, 25-year-old Jamarcus Briggs of Bedias died Friday as the result of a one-vehicle accident in which he was thrown from his car in Crabbs Prairie. The accident occurred on State Highway 75 around 3 ½ miles north of Huntsville.

The cause of the accident is being investigated.

UPDATED–NOVEMBER ELECTION CANDIDATE FILINGS

In a press release from the City of Huntsville dated Friday, August 24th at 5 PM:

In accordance with a finding clarified by the Texas Secretary of State’s office, a third filer in the race for Position 2 is eligible for the Nov. 6, 2018, ballot. Accordingly, the City will be conducting a new ballot order drawing for this race only on Tuesday, 8/28, at 8 a.m. at City Hall. 

The City Council seats for At-large Positions 1-4 will be on the November 6, 2018, general election ballot. Filing for the positions ran from July 21 to August 20.  Appearing on the ballot:  Position One – Paul Davidhizar; Position Two – William E. Bayne, Dee Howard, and Rico Rodriguez; Position Three – Clyde Loll; Position Four – Tim Davis and Mari Montgomery (names are listed in printed ballot order following the drawing on Wednesday, August 22).

COMMISSIONERS COURT MEETS

Walker County Commissioners meet for a regular session this morning at nine at the courthouse.

At nine o’clock there will be a Public Hearing on the Walker County Budget for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.

A presentation by AT& T concerning the First Net program, priority calling for First Responders will be made.

County Treasurer Amy Klawinsky will discuss taking action on a contract with DISA—a drug and alcohol testing company. She will also discuss the possible purchase of Randomware software for alcohol and drug testing, and possibly taking action on Texpress Urgent Care for County physicals and drug screens for pre-employment, Department of Transportation random and post-accident requirements.

County Purchasing Agent Mike Williford will talk about taking action on the renewal of the inmate phone system to Legacy Inmate Communications.

Commissioner Daugette will discuss and take action on the creation of a committee to perform a needs assessment and make recommendations concerning the County offices and their affiliates currently located on Tam Road.

Commissioners will take action by record vote to ratify the property tax revenue increase reflected in the Budget for the County for the Fiscal Year October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019 as required when adopting a budget that will require more revenue from property taxes than in the previous year. Commissioners will take action by record on adopting the Budget for Walker County. And, take action by record vote adopting the tax rate for the new Fiscal Year in the amount of $.5494.

HEARTS VETERANS GARAGE SALE AHEAD

The Annual HEARTS Veterans Museum Garage Sale is coming up.

You can donate items to help out the museum.

HEARTS Administrative Assistant Tara Burnett tells us more . . . .

Items for donation can be furniture, lawn equipment, tools, camping and fishing equipment, canoes, boats, trailers, washers, dryers, refrigerators, cars and trucks—all kinds of useful items.

TRINITY ISD MEETS TONIGHT

The Trinity ISD Board meets tonight at six at their Administration Building.

Board members will hear a TISD Bond and Capital Improvement Project update by SZH Architecture.

There will be a Superintendent’s Report which will include the 2017-18 Fund Balance Breakdown.

Under the “Informational” category is the TEA Rating of MET Standards and Letter Release of Monitor.

There will be acknowledgement of the 2018-19 Student and Employee Handbooks.

Included on tonight’s Trinity ISD action agenda are:

–items related to capital improvements.

–resolution for the 2018 certified tax roll.

–approval of the 2018-19 budget.

–approval of the new Student Code of Conduct.

–the possible purchase of a Longhorn activity bus and a special education bus with a total not to exceed $250,000.

–and possible action on approving the startup costs to fully support the establishment of the District’s police department. Total costs out of fund balance not to exceed $325,000.