Coach Joe Clements

The 2018 Hall of Honor Inductees to the Texas High School Coaches Association has been announced during the March meeting. The inductees will be honored at the THSCA Hall of Honor Banquet in San Antonio on Saturday, July 21. Hall of Honor Inductees include Huntsville standout Joe Clements. Clements’ career as a head coach was successfully launched at Robert E. Lee High School in 1967. After an initial winning season (6-2-2), his record steadily improved. From Lee HS, he continued to build on his successes as head coach at Kingsville from 1972 to 1975, and finally at Huntsville HS where his team won the 1980 Class 3A State Championship. He set a state record in 1985 of 51 consecutive district wins and his Huntsville teams competed in post season playoffs 14 of his 19 years with a record of 170-44-3. Clements’ head coaching career spanned 27 years, with an overall record of 222-76-6. Coach Clements retired in 1994 and passed away in 2015.

Other inductees include: Wally Freytag, Alan Weddell, Allen Wilson and Robert Woods

Walker County Offices Going To The “Cloud”

With the growth of the county, commissioners approved a service to move portions of the county files to a cloud based system. The commissioners awarded Mazik Global for base services for migration of current financial software to the cloud version covering Finance and Operations Enterprise accounts at a cost of $98,280. The amount will be paid from the current budget project and operating funds. However, $80-thousand dollars will be needed to migrate files in the County Treasurer’s Cashiering Software, Document Management Software Integration and any additional services. County Auditor, Patricia Allen, explains.

The county will be paying Mazik $117 per hour for programming services on an as needed basis. Allen estimated that to reach up to $20-thousand or a little more per year. The county currently pays our about $50-thousand for those services.

Restraining Order Filed Against Walker County Hospital District

According to a story from the Walker County News, a temporary restraining order has stopped the Walker County Hospital District’s sale of the former Ella Smither Center to the City of Huntsville.

The city council voted 6-1 during their February 6th meeting to authorize the purchase of 6.34 acres located at 11th Street and Avenue O that is currently the former Ella Smither Center. The city plans to build a new police headquarters and offices along with a new fire station at the location. The council accepted the $2.25 million dollar counter-offer by the Walker County Hospital District for the property.

Recently heirs of Ella Smither’s claimed that roughly a one acre parcel within that 6.34-acre site belongs to them and that “The Hospital District has intentionally misappropriated the Plaintiffs’ Property for public use and without just compensation, which constitutes an inverse condemnation.”

Last Tuesday District Judge Hal Ridley signed a temporary restraining order enjoining the sale of the property. Local attorney Lanny Ray is the attorney for the plaintiffs, while Joe Henderson is representing the Walker County Hospital District. A hearing is scheduled later this month.


Deputy City Secretary Brenda Poe recently highlighted for us some of the great work City of Huntsville Main Street Coordinator Debbie Charbonneau is doing . . . .

Ms. Poe also said of Debbie Charbonneau, she “has also led the Main Street Program to be recognized by the Texas Main Street Program and will be recognized at the end of this month at the National Main Street Center/Main Street America Conference in Missouri.”


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

District Attorney David Weeks will discuss possible action on a contract for investigative services of an independent contractor to be paid out of the District Attorney’s Forfeiture Fund.

Commissioners will discuss taking action on the 2017 Healthy County Employer Rewards Report.

Purchasing Agent Mike Williford will discuss possible action on increasing a purchase order to Servpro of Lake Conroe from $108,000 to $126,000 to allow for additional flooring damage at Adult Probation caused by the Harvey storm. The County has received an insurance reimbursement for this increase.

County Auditor Patricia Allen will discuss taking action on a Request for Proposal to Mazik Global Base Services for migration of their current financial software to the cloud version for the Finance and Operations Enterprise for an estimated $98,000 to be paid from currently available budgeted project and operating funds, award programming services on an as needed basis at a rate of $117 an hour, and authorize an $80,000 transfer from Project Contingency for anticipated additional costs to complete the project including the County Treasurer Cashiering Software, Document Management Software Integration and additional services.

And, Commissioner Daugette will talk about possible action on drainage and bridge design proposals from Bleyl and Associates.


The City of Huntsville Planning Commission meets Thursday, March 15th at 5:30 PM in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

Commissioners will recognize past Planning Commissioners.

They will hold a Public Hearing for the Development District Map Amendment for Brookview subdivision located in the 1000 block of State Highway 75 North from Management to Neighborhood Conservation.

They will next consider the Development District Map Amendment for Brookview subdivision located in the 1000 block of State Highway 75 North from Management to Neighborhood Conservation.

Commissioners will also consider the Preliminary Plan of Texas Grand Ranch, Section 7, located in the Extra Territorial Jurisdiction of the City of Huntsville.

President Trump & Kim Jong Un Will Meet In May For Talks

There’s been a major breakthrough in President Trump’s efforts for the denuclearization of North Korea.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and President Trump will be meeting for talks. South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui Yong made the announcement outside the White House to reporters last night . . . .

Wynne Home Current Art Exhibition

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, we recently talked with the Cultural Services Coordinator for the City of Huntsville, Linda Pease, and she filled us in on an art exhibition underway right now at the Wynne Home.

She says some people call it “magical.” She informs us that “it’s an exhibition that’s curated by John Smither . . . .”

Linda Pease will be our guest on “Around Town” this weekend.