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City Spotlight TV Begins Airing For Spring Semester

“City Spotlight,” Sam Houston State University’s student-produced television show that focuses on people, places and events in Huntsville, on campus and around Walker County, will begin airing for the spring semester on KSHU-TV, Channel 7, today at 4 p.m. Each week, the show will be re-broadcast on Wednesday, Friday, and Monday at the same time.

English Course Orientation At Library

The Huntsville Public Library will host English as a Second Language Orientations from noon to 4 PM today and from noon to 4 PM on April 5th. Students are required to attend either of the orientations to enroll. The classes will be taught by Lone Star College staff and will begin in April at Mance Park Middle School. Pre-registration is required. Call Lone Star College—Greenspoint Center at 281-260-3576.

Texas Bombings Update

It appears a “serial bomber” is involved in four explosions in Austin recently. According to officials, the most recent explosion injured two people on Sunday night after a bomb was detonated when the victims crossed a trip wire.

Earlier this week, a bomb killed two Austin residents.

Early this morning, a report from the San Antonio Fire Department says a bomb in a package blew up at a FedEx distribution center in Schertz, Texas. It injured one person who was an employee. The injured person apparently suffered a “percussion-type” injury.

FBI and ATF agents went to the facility. Agents report that the explosion is likely linked to earlier explosions in Austin.

Storm Damage Update

A story from KBTX Channel 3 reports that Walker County Emergency Management reports that “more than 50 homes were reported damaged by uprooted trees, wind and fallen power lines” in Walker County. Riverside was hit hard.

Downed trees blocked several area roads. Crews throughout the County worked to clear the debris.

Mid-South Synergy Outages

Mid-South Synergy reports that the severe storm of March 18th caused extensive damage to their distribution system. Crews have been working on the situation.

Restoration on FM 247 and FM 980 is anticipated by Wednesday, March 21st.

For an outage map, you may check outage.midsouthsynergy.com.

City Council Meets Tonight

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

Tonight Councilmembers will recognize Citizen of the Year Linda Pease and First Responder of the Year John French.

The City’s 2016-17 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report will be presented by Patillo, Brown and Hill.

Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes approval of the annual contract for the City Secretary.

There will be discussion and possible action to authorize the interim City Manager and the City Attorney to draft and enter into an agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of Walker County to waive construction-related permit fees.

Under requests for Citizen Participation:

–Councilmembers will hear a request from Patricia Powers concerning being a local renter.

–Councilmembers will also hear a request from Bryan Cantrell to discuss road repair efforts of residents on Rose Hill at Timberwilde.

During closed “Executive Session,” councilmembers will deliberate regarding economic development negotiations concerning projects Zeta and Lego. They will also consult with legal counsel to receive legal advice on the proposed purchase of Walker County Hospital District property and deliberation regarding purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property for a police and fire station.

Commissioners’ Court Allows Wireless Internet Installation For Texas AG

In Commissioners’ Court Monday afternoon, commissioners discussed a request from the Texas Attorney General’s Office regarding installing a circuit network with equipment and wireless internet which would allow their staff to access the internet while working in the Commissioners’ Courtroom.

Dan Early from County I-T addressed commissioners . . . .

Commissioners approved the installation. One of the legal areas the Attorney General’s Office is involved in here are child support payment issues.

Texas Bullet Train Update

Efforts are still underway regarding the proposed Texas Central Bullet Train to run between Houston and Dallas.

The train will not be going through Walker County. However, there will be a station 25 miles west of Huntsville.

Our station manager, Steve Everett, talked with a public relations firm representative for Texas Central, John McClelland, on “Around Town” this past weekend.

Mr. McClelland explained why Texas was chosen for a high-speed rail project . . . .

 

Mr. McClelland said if things go as scheduled, Texas Central may begin building the project as early as next year.

Literary Superstars Shine In Huntsville For National Book Award Festival

The National Book Awards Festival at Sam Houston State University brings recent National Book Award finalists and winners to Huntsville for several days of literary events that are free and open to the public. This year’s visiting authors to be featured include Jason Reynolds, Danez Smith and Lisa Ko. 

In addition to numerous community events happening as a part of the festival, the main stage event with the acclaimed authors will take place on Monday, April 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Gaertner Performing Arts Center.