Brookside Subdivision Residents Allowed To Return To Their Homes Last Night

A major storm blew through Huntsville last night, knocking down trees which blocked roads and causing power outages. Local crews worked last night to clear roads and restore power.

According to a report on the Montgomery County Police Reporter, last night the Brookview Subdivision off of Highway 75 north of the Pilot Truck Stop in Huntsville was evacuated due to a falling tree tearing a 6-inch gas line on Brookside.

Later last night, the Walker County Office of Emergency Management reported the “Brookside Subdivision has been cleared to return to their homes.”

New Principal At Mance Park Middle School

The Huntsville Item reports that that today educator Josh Campbell will be the new principal at Mance Park Middle School. Mr. Campbell comes to Huntsville ISD from Cypress-Fairbanks ISD where he served as director of student services since 2015. He has around 18 years of administrative and teaching experience.

Update On Traffic Flow At SHSU

Sam Houston State University reports: “Traffic flow changes are scheduled to begin over Spring Break. Due to new campus construction and tremendous increase in pedestrians and vehicles, a number of streets will be rerouted to one-way in order to provide the safest method of vehicular and pedestrian movement.

“With the one-way changes, new Zone 2 parking and hourly parking will be available.”

Walker County Hospital District Board Special-Called Meeting

The Walker County Hospital District Board will meet Tuesday, March 20th in a Special Called meeting at 1 o’clock in the District’s Offices in the First National Bank Building, Suite 515.

The directors will go into executive session to discuss the legal issues raised in the pending sale of the Old Huntsville Memorial Hospital properties and the lawsuit attempting to enjoin the sale of the properties. The lawsuit was filed by heirs of Ella Smither. The plantiffs, represented by Lanny Ray, are Pamela Smither Covington, Miles Allan Smither, and Murray Smither. They claim a one-acre parcel with the 6.34 acres of the property belongs to them and that the hospital district intentionally misappropriated the plantiffs’ property for public use and without just compensation, which constitutes an inverse condemnation.

The Walker County Hospital District is represented by Joe Henderson. The Board will act upon a resolution to direct the District’s attorney to answer and defend the lawsuit and temporary injunction sought against the District and to continue with negotiations with the parties to enable the District to ultimately consummate the pending Earnest Money Contract with the City of Huntsville for the sale of all are part of the Old Hospital campus.

A hearing has been set by District Judge Hal Ridley for Thursday, March 22nd in Huntsville.

Huntsville ISD Seeking Community Input

Huntsville ISD is asking citizens to save the date of Tuesday, March 20th. Huntsville ISD is planning two opportunities for the community to provide valuable input for school improvement.

Superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard will facilitate the sessions and parents and citizens are encouraged to participate. The first of these important sessions will be held on Tuesday, March 20 with a second date set for Monday, April 16. Both sessions will be the same, so you can attend either one. The sessions will be from 6:30 pm to 8 pm in the White Room of the HISD Support & Learning Center on the campus of Mance Park Middle School.

Participants are asked to park in the campus main parking lot and use the SLC entrance at the corner of 1010 8th Street at University Avenue. Parents are encouraged to attend.

HEARTS Museum Muster & Family Fun Festival Ahead

The H.E.A.R.T.S Veterans Museum is sponsoring a Muster and Family Fun Festival Saturday at the Museum grounds on Hwy 75 North. Museum volunteer Doc Poth says the event is free and opened to the public . . . .

The H.E.A.R.T.S. museum and gift shop will also be opened with free admissions. Food vendors and live music will be going all day. And again, all activities during the Family Fun Festival are free.

Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Huntsville Police Department will be sponsoring a Neighborhood Watch meeting Thursday evening at 6 o’clock at the police department headquarters on 11th Street. The purpose of the meeting will be to help the public to become more aware of programs and services that are provided by Huntsville PD and to help curb crime in the city. Local residents will also learn about safety tips and ways to help protect their homes and neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Watch meeting is free to attend and everyone is encouraged to attend.

Congressman Brady Praised Tillerson

Congressman Kevin Brady released the following statement in response to the announcement of Rex Tillerson’s departure as Secretary of State:
“We can all be proud of Rex Tillerson and his steady, thoughtful leadership as Secretary of State. A native of Huntsville, Texas, in my congressional district, he represents our country with the diplomacy and strength of a true Texan and a great American. His service is so appreciated and I wish him and his wife, Renda, all the best.
Mike Pompeo is a former House colleague who has worked tirelessly as CIA Director to keep our country safe and secure. I am confident he will continue the good work of Secretary Tillerson and serve our country with honor and distinction.”

Road Repairs In Pct #3

Walker County Pct 3 Commissioner Bill Daugette has announced that residents on Fisherman’s Trail and Wood Farm Road will see some closures for bridge work. Fisherman’s Trial from Marina Point to the cul-de-sac, will be closed today and Thursday for paving. Residents are reminded to expect delays. Traffic will be able to get through but will have delays since the road will be down to one lane.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Wood Farm Rd at St. Olive Cemetery Rd. will be closed from approx. 8:30 am until noon to install a road culvert. On Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 22nd, Wood Farm Rd will be down to one lane in the area of St. Olive Cemetery Rd due to paving, please plan for delays or using an alternate route. Paving will start at 8 am.

These repairs are being made due to damage from Hurricane Harvey last year.

Spring Break Educational Program By The Audubon Society

The Huntsville Chapter of the Audubon Society will present a Spring Break educational program for children in elementary school and younger on Friday from 2-3 at the Huntsville Library. The theme will be Birds, Books, and Beyond. Audubon Society member Sharyn Pezant says students will be intrigued.

There is no admission for the program, but Pezant said space is limited so get their early.