A great annual Huntsville celebration, Fair on the Square, is coming up soon.
Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ray Hernandez stopped by our news room this week to update us . . . .
On Wednesday from the Justice Department, U-S Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen announced three indictments against Chinese computer hackers APT41; two Malaysians also helped them . . . .
Malaysian authorities are helping the Justice Department go after the Malaysian hackers. Mr. Rosen believes Chinese authorities will not help in prosecution of the Chinese hackers . . . .
Well, if the coronavirus doesn’t get you, maybe the flu will. So, it’s being recommended that we take precautions.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has come out with an announcement in the hopes of taming the flu in the Lone Star State . . . .
Sam Houston State University has been nationally recognized by LendEDU for having one of the lowest student loan debt figures in the country for the Class of 2019.
LendEDU’s “Student Loan Debt by School by State Report” presents an in-depth analysis of the most recent student loan debt figures at hundreds of colleges and universities across the United States. Ranking No. 15 in Texas, SHSU offers a variety of resources to curb costs and help students overcome financial hurdles associated with receiving an education.
One such resource is the award-winning SHSU Student Money Management Center. For the past three years, LendEDU ranked the SHSU Student Money Management Center among the Top Ten Collegiate Financial Literacy Programs in the United States.
Today at noon from Austin, Governor Greg Abbott will announce an update on the state’s continued response to COVID-19.
The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Tuesday, September 15, there were among regular residents of the county 1,373 active cases of coronavirus, with 632 recovered and 12 deaths.
Among TDCJ offenders in the county, there were 9 active cases reported, with 2,014 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.
One of the issues discussed at Tuesday evening’s Huntsville City Council session regarded amending the Schedule of Fees and Charges for the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget to change the multiplier on outside city limit water rates from 1.75 to 1.50. Several citizens from the Timberwilde subdivision, who would be affected by this, were present at the meeting to address councilmembers.
Ward #4 Councilmember Joe Rodriguez, among other councilmembers, addressed the issue . . . .
Indeed, Larry Stevenson from Timberwilde spoke to councilmembers on the matter in reference to the many economic effects of the rate change . . . .
Councilmembers approved the lower rate.
Looking over Huntsville Police news over the past several days:
Last Friday, Roberto Luna was arrested for unlawful use of a motor vehicle and unlawful carrying of a weapon in the 600 block of I-45 South. In the 1600 block of Sycamore Avenue, Anthony Pham was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. An unknown suspect passed counterfeit money in the 1100 block of Sycamore Avenue. A theft was reported in the 300 block of Broadmoor Drive.
On Saturday in the 1500 block of 11th Street, Carl Clifton Carnley was arrested for an out of county warrant for possession of a controlled substance. In the 100 block of I-45 South, Christopher Sonny Guiterrez was arrested for possession of marijuana. In the 1300 block of 19 ½ Street, Kelton Archie was arrested on two warrants for terroristic threat of family. In the 1700 block of Sam Houston Avenue, Mary Allen was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. In the 2400 block of Avenue I, Ellis Etheridge was arrested for a parole warrant. At 10th Street and Avenue J, Teri Dawn Cox was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. In the 600 block of 6th Street, William Lotin Parker was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence. A known suspect assaulted a person in the 2200 block of Sam Houston Avenue. In a case of criminal mischief in the 200 block of Normal Park, multiple mailboxes were damaged.
On Sunday in the 1800 block of Avenue O, a possibly known suspect sexually assaulted a person. A theft was reported in the 1600 block of Avenue O.
On Monday, two assaults were investigated—one in the 1700 block of 11th Street and another in the 2500 block of Avenue M. In the 600 block of Smith Hill, an unknown person forced entry into a building and stole property.
On the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday, President Trump announced the “Abraham Accords” which begins the normalization of relations with Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was was extremely pleased with the new deal . . . .
The deal will allow establishment of embassies and cooperation on tourism, security and trade. President Trump has said there could be five, perhaps six, countries to be added in the future.
A new program focused on diversity, equity and inclusion for faculty and staff at Sam Houston State University is beginning this fall. Geared towards offering a multifaceted approach to diversity, equity and inclusion training, the program will offer its first class on Sept. 16 (today).
-Foundations in Diversity & Inclusion (Sept. 16 – 3-5 p.m.)
-Developing and Implementing Inclusive Practices (Oct. 7 – 3-5 p.m.)
-Unconscious Bias (Oct. 21 – 3-5 p.m.)
-Equity & Equality (Nov. 18 – 3-5 p.m.)