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DPS TROOPERS HAVE HIT MILESTONE IN CHILD RESCUES

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol Troopers just last week rescued their 500th child during traffic stops since the implementation of specialized training that began in 2009. Troopers receive the training as part of the Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) program.

The IPC program training teaches officers to spot indicators that a child is a victim or at risk of becoming a victim, and includes children who are missing, exploited, at-risk or endangered. Troopers receive this training through a two-day, 16-hour course that uses a child-centered approach and assess the totality of circumstances to determine if a child is at risk.

In addition to removing these children from dangerous situations, the training also aids DPS in related child abduction, human trafficking, possession of child pornography and sexual assault investigations.

DPS Director Steven McCraw said, “This is an outstanding contribution to public safety by our Troopers who identified and rescued children during standard traffic stops, even though the child could not necessarily vocalize they needed help.”

GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT ADDRESSES PUBLIC ON EXPANDED COVID REOPENINGS

Governor Greg Abbott addressed Texans from Austin Thursday about expanded re-openings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three regions of Texas will not be in the expanded re-openings area because of their COVID-19 hospitalization rates. Those regions are the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and Victoria.

The governor passed along the next phase of re-openings for the other nineteen regions beginning next Monday . . . .

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that among regular residents in Walker County as of Thursday, September 17th, there were 1,236 active cases of coronavirus, with 822 recovered and 12 deaths.

Among TDCJ offenders in the county, 8 active cases were reported, with 2,015 recovered and 31 deaths.

Among TDCJ employees in the county, 84 active cases were reported with 360 recovered.

The free coronavirus drive-though program is underway at 125 Medical Park Lane in Huntsville, Monday through Friday, 4 to 8 PM, and Saturday and Sunday 8 AM to Noon. It is by appointment only with results in 3 to 5 days. To schedule, call 936-293-4619.

VETERANS MEMORIAL PARKWAY CROSSOVER BRIDGE RIBBON CUTTING HELD THURSDAY

There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for the new Veterans Memorial Parkway crossover bridge on I-45. Mayor Andy Brauninger, Chamber President Ray Hernandez, City Engineer Ram Ramachandra, TxDOT officials and other dignitaries were present.

Yesterday, Ray Hernandez opened up the official ceremony . . . .

And, of course, Mayor Brauninger addressed those in attendance atop the new structure, I-45 traffic whizzing by below . . . .

PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING NEAR TDCJ UNIT

We received a news tip Thursday evening about the emergency landing of a plane near the TDCJ Holliday Unit.

We confirmed what information we had with Lt. Jim Barnes that a flying student made an emergency landing near the unit. No one was injured in the incident.  We understand the flying student was accompanied by an instructor.

FBI DIRECTOR COMMENTS ON DANGER TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

The warning, “Let’s be careful out there,” delivered by actor Michael Conrad as Sgt. Phil Esterhaus, during roll call in the 80’s TV cop show Hill Street Blues, applies to law enforcement now more than ever.

On Thursday, FBI Director Christopher Wray told a House Homeland Security Hearing on National Security Threats, “Now we’ve seen a significant uptick in violence against law enforcement in this country this year.” . . . .

UNIVERSITY CONTACT TRACING PROJECT OFFERS NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES

To help contain and control COVID-19, many states have turned to enhanced contact tracing initiatives. In Texas, Sam Houston State University is collaborating with Texas State University System campuses and communities to recruit people in support of the statewide contact tracing program.

In coordination with the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Texas Health Trace initiative, SHSU is hiring approximately 200 people to serve as Contact Tracers, Case Investigators and Epi Leads. Team members will work remotely to track COVID-19 cases across the state.

SHSU’s Office of Research & Sponsored Programs along with the university’s Center for Community Engagement will oversee the hiring, training and daily activities of the contact tracing workforce.

Many of the positions currently available are part-time jobs with work options on weekends and evenings, making it an ideal way for students to earn an income from home while pursuing a degree. Additionally, community members interested in working remotely with flexible hours may be attracted to these opportunities.

More information on job positions can be found online:

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that among regular residents of Walker County as of Wednesday, September 16, 1,321 active cases of coronavirus were reported, with 717 recovered and 12 deaths.

Among TDCJ offenders in the county, there were 8 active cases reported, with 2,013 recovered and 31 deaths.

Among TDCJ employees in the county, there were 86 active cases reported with 359 recovered.

The free coronavirus drive-though program is underway at 125 Medical Park Lane in Huntsville, Monday through Friday, 4 to 8 PM, and Saturday and Sunday 8 AM to Noon. It is by appointment only with results in 3 to 5 days. To schedule, call 936-293-4619.

HUNTSVILLE ISD TRUSTEES WILL HAVE A REGULAR MEETING TONIGHT

The Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees will meet this evening at six in the HISD Support & Learning Center, 1010 8th Street, in Huntsville. The meeting will be open to the public physically at 45 occupants. HISD will “Live Stream” the meeting to the Huntsville ISD webpage.

Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes a resolution recognizing October 23-31 as “Red Ribbon Week: and the month of October as “Bullying Prevention Month” in Huntsville ISD. Trustees will also approve District Textbook Adoption Committee members.

Following the “Consent Agenda,” Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Marcus Forney will present for Board approval the HB3 School Board 2020-24 Performance Outcome Goals and Targets.

During the “Report” segment of tonight’s meeting, Director of Secondary Education, Dr. Jamey Johnson, will present a report on 2019-2020 Advanced Placement Results and Dual Credit.

Superintendent, Dr. Scott Sheppard, will deliver his “Superintendent Briefing.”