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Job Fair Hosted By TDCJ

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice will be hosting a job fair Tuesday from 2-6 at the H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum Conference Center. All divisions of TDCJ will be on-hand to discuss positions with the stage agency. Mandy Flinn with the agency’s Human Resource Department explains.

No reservations are needed, prospective employees are encouraged to attend and learn how a job with TDCJ could be in their future. For more information call Flinn at 936-437-4058.

WCFA To Hold Annual Meeting

An important meeting of the Walker County Fair Association will be held Tuesday night at 7:30 in the Main Building at the Fair Grounds. The group will actually have two meetings according to Fair Board Member, Clint McLaren.

All fair members are encouraged to attend and McLaren said anyone interested in getting involved with the fair group is welcomed as well.

50 Plaques for 50th Anniversary

The Friends of the Huntsville Public Library is hosting a campaign during the library’s 50th Anniversary Celebration this summer. The Friends organization is offering the opportunity for community members or families to sponsor a plaque in the Library’s Community Room. Nancy Franklin with the Friends of the Library group said they felt it was a unique offering to fill the remaining 50 Wall of Honor spaces with plaques during the 50th Anniversary.

The plaques will be sold on a first come, first served basis with a deadline of September 20th. Checks should be made out to HPL Friends, Inc and mailed to 1219 13th Street or dropped off at the library.

Annual Walker County Juneteenth Celebration

The Annual Walker County Juneteenth Celebration and BBQ Cook-off will be held Saturday in MLK Recreation Center and Park. The committee has planned a day-long celebration starting at 7 a.m. and running through most of the day. Eric McCarter with the Juneteenth committee said it all gets underway with the annual Juneteenth Parade.

Guest speaker for this year’s celebration will be Rev. Eldridge McAdams with the Unity of Faith Missionary Baptist Church of Huntsville. He will give a brief history of the Juneteenth history around 11 o’clock Saturday. McCarter said all day long,  participants can enjoy vendor booths, food, a softball tournament and lots of family fun. The celebration is free of charge.

ARON KULHAVY NAMED CITY MANAGER

The City of Huntsville reports that they are pleased to announce that Aron Kulhavy has been selected to serve as the City’s next City Manager. The Huntsville City Council made the selection official at their June 5 meeting following the closed session. In support, all nine members seconded the motion to approve a contract for his appointment.

Kulhavy has served as the Interim City Manager for the City of Huntsville since Matt Benoit’s move to the City of Jupiter, Florida, in February, and has been with the City overall for almost ten years. He previously held positions as the Director of Community and Economic Development with responsibilities including oversight of the Inspections, Planning, Main Street, and Support Services Divisions, and, when joining the City in 2008, as the City Planner. He spoke this spring about his hopes for the City while then serving as Interim.

Kulhavy holds a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science and a Masters in Public Administration, both from Stephen F. Austin University. He hails from Nacogdoches, where he began his career in municipal government at the City of Nacogdoches.

PRESIDENT TRUMP COMMENTS ON POSSIBLE AGREEMENT TO END KOREAN WAR

President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke to reporters in the Rose Garden at the White House Thursday. Turning to the topic of the upcoming summit with North Korean leaders June 12th, Fox News reporter John Roberts asked the president, “What about the idea of signing some sort of an agreement on June 12th to end the war?” . . . .

Construction Underway on “94.1 The Hits”

Steve Everett, General Manager of KSAM-FM & KHVL THE HITS, announces the local radio stations are expanding their coverage area with THE HITS.  Everett said construction is underway on the new 94.1 THE HITS, which will expand the music from the ’60’s, 70’s, ’80’s, and early 90’s into the Willis, Lake Conroe and Conroe area.

The new radio signal will cover approximately 100,000 listeners in the area south of Huntsville.  Everett said 94.1 THE HITS will be actively involved in the area around Willis and Conroe.  Negotiations are in the works with Willis ISD for 94.1 to be the broadcast home of the Willis Wildcats on Friday nights.

The new radio station should be on the air in a week to ten days.  Everett pointed out this new expansion will in now way interrupt the long-standing stations of KSAM-FM OR KHVL THE HITS.

101.7 KSAM has served this area since August, 1965 while KHVL has been on the air since November 1938.  The new 94.1 radio station will enhance the stations listening area, which is worldwide with their streaming services on all stations.

TEXAS SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST TDCJ

The Texas Supreme Court affirmed this month that the state must reveal the source of the drugs it uses for executions. In handing down this ruling, the Texas Supreme Court rejected the state’s arguments that doing so could lead to physical harm of the supplier and impede lethal injections. Since a sales ban of lethal injection drugs by major pharmaceutical companies a few years ago, most states have kept the suppliers of their drugs secret. This has prompted lawsuits on behalf of death row inmates, arguing that prisoners could be subjected to unconstitutional suffering from faulty drugs in lethal injection mixes from questionable suppliers. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said in a statement that it intends to file a motion with the court for a rehearing.

EXECUTION BLOCKED AND CASE REMANDED TO TRIAL COURT

The state’s top criminal appeals court has blocked the execution of an East Texas man set for later this month for the slaying of a 93-year-old woman during a robbery at her home.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday sent the case of 34-year-old Clifton Williams back to his Smith County trial court to review whether Williams is intellectually disabled and ineligible for execution. Williams was set to die June 21 for the fatal beating and stabbing of Cecilia Schneider at her Tyler home in 2005.

Evidence showed Williams entered through a back door, attacked Schneider and then set her body and bed on fire. He fled with her car and purse containing $40. Williams was within hours of execution in 2015 when the same court halted his punishment.

SHSU RODEO TEAM IN CASPER, WYOMING FOR FINALS

Members of the Sam Houston State Rodeo team are headed for Casper, Wyoming for the start of the College National Finals Rodeo Sunday afternoon. For the rodeo team, this is the 63rd time they’ve had members at the finals, and this year, they’re hoping they can repeat last year’s performance and win the national championship again. According to head coach Bubba Miller, the team is excited to go back and compete against the best of the best. The 2018 College National Finals Rodeo will be streamed live Wednesday through Saturday on ESPN3