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COMMISSIONERS’ COURT DISCUSSES “BURN BAN” MONDAY

At Commissioners’ Court Monday, commissioners looked at the current “Burn Ban” underway.

Walker County Emergency Management Coordinator Butch Davis addressed the court in regard to the present “Burn Ban” situation in terms of Keetch-Byram Drought Index numbers . . . .

The court agreed the “Burn Ban” for Walker County remains in effect.

POLICE NEWS

In Huntsville Police news, on the day shift Friday two vehicle burglaries were investigated—one in the 2400 block of Lake Road and another in the 100 block of East Mosley. On Bluebird Lane, Michael Reardon was arrested for soliciting without a permit.

On the day shift Saturday, an unknown suspect was reported to have stolen money in the 1500 block of 11th Street.

On the night shift Saturday, Two thefts were reported—both in the 200 block of I-45 South. HPD assisted DPS with an arrest in the 800 block of I-45 South. In the 1200 block of 11th Street an aggravated robbery was investigated.

On the day shift Sunday, a theft was reported in the 100 block of I-45.

MAYOR BRAUNINGER ELECTED PRESIDENT FOR TML REGION 14

Mayor Andy Brauninger has been selected as the new President for the Texas Municipal League’s (TML) Region 14. Mayor Brauninger served as the TML Region 14 Vice President for the last year and was unanimously elected to serve as President by area elected municipal officials at the Region 14 Fall Meeting in Galveston.

The term of office will be for two years. As President, Mayor Brauninger will preside over the Region 14 meetings and work with the member cities of the Region.

The Texas Municipal League’s membership includes over 16,000 elected mayors, councilmembers, city managers, city attorneys, and city department heads by virtue of their cities’ participation (1,159 of the roughly 1,200 cities in Texas are members). TML provides its members with legal guidance and information on municipal legal matters, representation for cities on municipal legislative issues at the state and federal levels, onsite and online training covering city-related topics and publications for city leadership.

COMMISSIONERS MEET THIS MORNING

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

The court, along with County Emergency Management Coordinator Butch Davis, will take a look at the “Burn Ban” currently in effect.

IT Director Dan Early will address the Memorandum of Understanding between Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Walker County in regard to information technology services.

County Purchasing Agent Mike Williford will address the court on renewing a number of contracts.

Planning & Development Director Andy Isbell will discuss taking action on conditions to proceed with the Emergency Watershed Protection Grant and/or the procurement of services related to the Emergency Watershed Protection Grant in Wildwood Shores Subdivision.

County Clerk Kari French will talk about taking action on an agreement with Kofile Technologies for Vanguard Records Management and Imaging System to go live with the County Clerk’s office in November 2018.

Commissioner Daugette will discuss possible action on the procurement of services for a real estate agent or company to assist in the possible acquisition of property and/or structures by the County.

County Judge Danny Pierce will discuss taking action on an order for an election to create Emergency Service District #3 and the petition to create an Emergency Service District #3.

SHEDRICK WAYNE DEBLANC INDICTED FOR AGGRAVATED ROBBERY

The Huntsville Item reports that 22-year-old Shedric Wayne DeBlanc from Baytown has been indicted by a Walker County Grand Jury for an aggravated robbery. He confessed that he participated in a pair of armed robberies in New Waverly seven months ago. He told authorities he was the “lookout.”

Walker County Sheriff’s Office Captain Tim Whitecotton said law enforcement authorities believe DeBlanc and other suspects are responsible for more robberies in the Southeast Texas area.

SUPREME COURT NOMINEE BRETT KAVANAUGH EVALUATED BY FORMER LAW CLERKS

One way to evaluate how a Supreme Court nominee really thinks and operates would be to hear from his former law clerks, and that’s precisely what was done by the Heritage Foundation Thursday.

Featured on their dais were former law clerks of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Impressions of the judge flowed in a positive direction during their reports.

Now, Special Counsel for the St. Thomas More Society, Sarah Pitlyk passed along a view of the judge that seemed to be repeated universally among those on the panel . . . .