Lane Closures On SH 19 Announced For Saturday

On Saturday morning, April 21st, beginning at 2 a.m., southbound SH 19 at I-45 southbound will be closed until 10 a.m. This closure is necessary to set concrete traffic barriers on southbound SH 19 adjacent to the on-going construction operations of the proposed new southbound SH 19 flyover.

The construction of the six-mile widening project, Segment 1B of IH 45 from 0.5 miles north of Vick Springs Road to 0.3 miles north of SH 19 is under way. This project will widen IH 45 to six lanes and will replace the State Park Road 40 bridges and southbound SH 19 Flyover. During the 3-year project, multiple lane shifts and relocation of traffic will take place at various times to accommodate construction activity.

I-45 and SB SH 19 will also be closed at various times for safety of the traveling public and construction workers. The reconstruction of IH-45 will take place in two major phases. Phase 1 is under way and will include the addition of Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, northbound SH 19 Bridge and a new southbound SH 19 flyover.  Phase 2, will include replacement of the Park Road 40 bridges. Johnson Bros. Corporation, a Southland Company, was awarded the construction contract for the amount of $116,878,722.89.

For more information, contact Bobby.Colwell@txdot.gov or (979) 778-9764.

Visitation For Barbara Bush Today

The security will be tight at St. Martin’s Church for the Visitation of Barbara Bush in Houston today.

Parking will be at Second Baptist Church which is two miles away. The parking lot opens at 10 AM. Shuttle service begins at 11:30. Visitation is from noon to midnight.

The funeral will be Saturday.

Council Approves Filing An Application For A SAFER Grant

This week the Huntsville City Council considered applying for a SAFER, or Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response, grant for an amount not to exceed $458,475, including matching funds not to exceed $314,957.

Several councilmembers commented on the need for the grant, including Tish Humphries . . . .

Councilmember Keith Olson asked Director of Public Safety Kevin Lunsford how many paid firemen so we have in Huntsville . . . .

Councilmembers approved applying for the grant.

President Not A Target in Cohen Investigation

President Trump’s personal attorney told Fox news Thursday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told the president last week that the president was not a target in the Michael Cohen investigation, that the investigation was solely directed toward Cohen.

Last week, the FBI raided the office, hotel room and home of Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

Congratulations To The HMH Stroke Program

Huntsville Memorial Hospital is proud of their stroke program. They won the SETRAC award

presented by Mattress Mac for stroke care. SETRAC, Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council, is

the agency responsible for coordinating trauma providers in a nine-county area of Southeast Texas.

SETRAC honored hospitals and first responders who have exhibited outstanding performance in areas

such as trauma care, stroke care, cardiac care, multi-agency teamwork, disaster preparedness and public

education. Their whole stroke program team deserves congratulations for their hard work.

Update On Assad Regime’s Missile Response

The United States was successful in hitting all of their chemical-weapons related targets during the recent missile attack on Syria. No civilians were reported killed in the incident.

In a report from the Department of Defense in the Pentagon, spokesperson Dana White said Assad’s missile forces didn’t fare too well, however . . . .

Arrests Made In New Waverly Robberies

Earlier this year on Sunday, January 7th, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to two robberies that had occurred simultaneously in the 9000 block of Highway 75 South and 100 block of Highway 150 West. Three suspects were observed leaving the area in a dark colored four-door passenger vehicle that was driven by a fourth suspect.

In the weeks following, similar robberies occurred in surrounding counties including Liberty, Chambers, Jefferson and Montgomery. Investigators from each Sheriff’s Office, along with the Dayton Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, worked together to develop and identify multiple suspects. With the assistance of all agencies involved, three suspects have been arrested and charged with Aggravated Robbery.

The investigation is still ongoing and more arrests are expected. Further information will be released once the investigation has been completed.

The FBI is expected to present charges to the United States Attorney’s Office seeking Federal Charges on all the suspects.

Walker County Sheriff Clint McRae would like to thank the FBI and all the agencies who assisted in this investigation.

Forensic Artist Using Clay to Reconstruct Faces Of Mexican Soldiers

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum is partnering with forensic artist Amanda Danning in learning about the soldiers that fought at the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. With Danning’s help, the San Jacinto Project aims to put faces on five of the soldiers from the Mexican army led by Santa Anna. She will manipulate clay to construct a detailed representation of how the soldiers may have looked using medical models made from the actual skulls of the soldiers. The public is invited to watch and learn about this process through April 20th.

Ms. Danning talked with SHSU Associate Director of Communications, Emily Binetti, about the history of the skulls . . . .

Sessions are schedule at the Walker Education Center on 19th Street today and tomorrow at 9 AM, 10:30 AM and 2 PM.

Bright Colors Of Spring Decorating Huntsville

Spring flowers are in full bloom. Grab your camera and head out to the City of Huntsville’s many parks and trails to enjoy the colors and beauty.  City Horticulturalist David Zellar encourages citizens to get up close and personal with the bluebonnets and wildflowers sprouting toward the sun.

There are five major wildflower conservation areas in Huntsville, including along Smither Drive; Veterans Memorial Parkway, past Col. Etheridge Drive; along the frontage of Bruce Brothers Regional Airport, on Highway 75; on 11th Street, at the Huntsville Police Department; and in several areas of Town Creek Trail at 7th Street, near Avenue N, and on Mesquite Drive at Avenue M.