Early Voting Ahead

Walker County Elections Manager Julie Cooper reminds local voters that Primary elections are unique in that they are elections held by each individual political party to determine which candidates will appear on the November General Election ballot. Voters may cast their vote in either the Democratic Primary Election or the Republican Primary Election beginning Tuesday, February 20th at the Walker County Annex, Room 101.

Early voting will continue Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm until Friday, March 2nd. All voters registered in Walker County may cast their vote for either primary election at the Walker County Annex during this time. Election Day will then be Tuesday, March 6th, with polls open from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. Voters will be required to vote at their precinct of registration on Election Day. A list of polling locations may be found under the “Current Elections” tab on the County website.

Sheriff’s Office And Texas Rangers Karolyi Ranch Investigation Announcement

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers are working a joint investigation involving the Karolyi  Ranch. Due to the overabundance of calls being received regarding this investigation, both agencies are requesting that all information and or concerns pertaining to this investigation be forwarded to the email address: txrangers_gym@dps.texas.gov.

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers report that they would like to thank the public for their assistance up to this point. They pass along that this investigation is still active and fully underway; therefore no further information can be released at this time. Both agencies agree that as additional information can be released, and would no longer jeopardize the investigation, they will do so at that time.

Kiwanian Jack Olsta Comments On Local Club’s Recognition

The Huntsville Kiwanis Club, just this last weekend, held a pancake dinner to help raise funds for local literacy efforts for kids at the Huntsville Public Library. Friday morning, Kiwanian Jack Olsta stopped by the news room to fill us in on some of the recognition the local Kiwanis club has received . . . .

The Local Kiwanis Club also helps support CASA, SAAFE House, Good Shepherd Mission, the Roxie Douglas effort and Habitat for Humanity.

If you’re interested in joining the local Kiwanis Club, contact Bryan Matthys at 650-7311.

Congressman Brady To Speak In Huntsville This Afternoon

The Republican Party of Walker County and the Huntsville Walker County Chamber of Commerce invite the community to visit with Congressman Kevin Brady today from 3:00-4:00 pm at the Chamber Community room, located at 1327 – 11th Street.

Congressman Brady will speak about the recent historic tax legislation and other timely topics facing the U.S. Congress this spring.

Huntsville ISD Board Approves Administration Hires

New Huntsville ISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard presented two administrative recommendations to the Board of Trustees for consideration during their regular monthly meeting on February 15. The Board approved both recommendations to hire by unanimous vote. Mr. Marcus D. Forney was approved as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and Mr. Joshua D. Campbell as the new principal for Mance Park Middle School.

Mr. Forney currently serves as Executive Director for Campus Administrative Support for Katy ISD. He will be joining Huntsville ISD in March with over two decades of instructional, administrative and leadership experience in urban and suburban settings.

Mr. Campbell was hired to be the new principal for Mance Park Middle School. With 17 total years in education, Campbell currently serves as the Director for Student Services for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD where one of his responsibilities is training campus administrators in effective discipline management.

Neighborhood Watch Meeting At HPD

The Huntsville Police Department reports that with recent growing crime trends HPD is taking strategic steps to help lower crime rates. They will have hopefully the first of many Neighborhood Watch meetings that they will have for community members so they are aware of what’s going on around them. They will also be covering what programs and services are provided by the Police Department, as well as safety tips for citizens.  The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Huntsville Police Department.

EarlyAct FirsKnight Program

Rotarians have a special fundraising event ahead called “Winequest,” an elegant evening of wines from all over the world and food from local restaurants with music and live and silent auctions. It’s all to raise funds for getting the EarlyAct FirstKnight program in Huntsville schools. “Winequest” will be on Friday, February 23rd at Magnolia Lake on Highway 30 from 7 to 10 PM. Tickets are $55 per ticket or two for $100. You can contact any Rotary Club member.

Rotarian Karen Hewitt fills us in on the EarlyAct FirstKnight program . . . .

A knight from the program will be speaking at the dinner event.

New Huntsville ISD Superintendent Sheppard Speaks To The Work Ahead

At last night’s Huntsville ISD Board meeting, new superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard stepped over the alligators in the moat around him and put a positive spin to the work needed ahead at Huntsville ISD . . . .


Dr. Sheppard comes to Huntsville ISD from Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Houston where he was assistant superintendent for secondary school administration for the last six years.

Walker County Master Gardeners Edible Yard Sale

Walker County Master Gardeners Edible Yard Symposium is getting underway today.

Registration check-in is today beginning at 9 am at the AgriLife Extension Demonstration Gardens, 102 Tam Road, Huntsville.

If attending on Saturday, registration check-in will begin at 8:00 am at 455 State Highway 75 North, Huntsville, the Texas Veterans Complex.

We talked with Walker County Master Gardener spokesperson Rhonda Hanks . . . .


Pancake Supper To Benefit Huntsville Public Library

If you are a fan of eating breakfast for dinner, make plans to attend the Huntsville Kiwanis Club’s annual Pancake Supper at the Huntsville Public Library this afternoon. Admission is $5 per person (cash only) for all-you-can-eat hot and fresh pancakes, sausages, milk, coffee, and orange juice.

Assistant City Librarian Anne Sparks said this fundraising event is an important way to benefit literacy locally.

Ms. Sparks said, “Each fall, we host third graders at the library.”  She said, “The students are treated to special activities followed by the opportunity to choose a free book to keep for themselves.”

Tickets are available in advance or at the door tonight. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Bryan Matthys at 936-650-7311. This year’s Supper will be at the Huntsville Public Library from 5:30 to 7:30 tonight.