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WALKER COUNTY FAIR UPDATE

At the Walker County Fair this year, Kendyll Williams won Grand Champion Steer. Reserve Champion went to Mason Buhler.

Grand Champion for Scramble Heifers went to Shelby Warner. Reserve Champion went to Bethany Brock.

Grand Champion for Commercial Heifers went to Owen Slott. Reserve Champion went to Madison Andrews.

In Market Barrows, Grand Champion was Ashley Billnoske. Reserve Champion was awarded to Lillie Burris.

In Meat Rabbits, Cason Moorman got Grand Champion. Reserve Champion went to Kinley Cobbs.

In Market Lambs the Grand Champion Award went to Jordan Ellisor. Reserve Champion went to Kynley Davidson.

For Turkeys, the Grand Champion award went to Kaiden Rowley. The Reserve Champion award went to Mattie Wilson.

In Meat Goats, Grand Champion went to Kelsey Johnson. The Reserve Champion Award went to Cassidy Pool.

We congratulate all who entered in all categories. For more information, check out the Walker County Fair Association Facebook page.

OVERNIGHT I-45 NORTHBOUND CLOSURE

Beginning at 12 AM Tuesday, April 6, 2021 and ending at 4 AM Tuesday, April 6, 2021, the northbound lanes of IH-45 will be closed to traffic at Exit 102 in New Waverly. All northbound traffic will be detoured onto SH 75 at Shepherd Hill Road, Exit 98, and directed by law enforcement and signs back to the interstate at SH 150 in New Waverly.

The closure is necessary for construction crews to place the new overhead sign truss across the northbound IH-45 main lanes for Exit 102.

Drivers should exercise caution and expect delays during this closure, or seek alternate routes.

 

BECOME A CASA VOLUNTEER

Our guest on our “Around Town” public affairs program over the weekend was CASA of Walker, San Jacinto and Trinity Counties Training Coordinator, Janet Davidson.

If you’re interested in becoming a CASA volunteer to advocate for children, Janet told us . . . .

You can find out what it means to be a volunteer for CASA . . . .

For more info, go to CASAOFWALKERCOUNTY.ORG

CORONAVIRUS & TESTING UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Friday, April 2nd, DSHS, hospitals and clinics report that there were 1,598 active cases of Coronavirus and 70 fatalities among members of the community.

Free Curative testing kiosks are located at 125 Medical Park Lane. All testing is by appointment only through Curative.com daily from 8 AM until 5 PM. To find additional COVID-19 Test Sites, go to Curative.com.

STATE SALES TAX REVENUE TOTALED $2.6 BILLION IN MARCH

STATE SALES TAX REVENUE TOTALED $2.6 BILLION IN MARCH

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reported that state sales tax revenue totaled $2.63 billion in March, 2.4 percent less than in March 2020. This amount, however, includes some revenue remitted in March that in normal circumstances would have been received by the state in February.

The majority of March sales tax revenue is based on sales made in February and remitted to the agency in March. This year, however, the Feb. 22 due date for state taxes and fees to be reported and paid was extended by one week, to March 1, due to the effects of the winter storm. After adjusting the March totals to account for March 1 activity, March sales tax revenue totaled $2.46 billion, down 8.6 percent from March 2020.

Hegar said, “Adjusted for the effects of delayed payments due to the late February winter weather disaster, March state sales tax collections continued to slump below levels of a year ago.” He said, “Collections from all major sectors other than retail trade and restaurants continued to decline, led by depressed receipts from oil- and gas-related businesses.

He said, “Some of the trends established during the COVID-19 pandemic continued, as remittances from online retailers, building materials stores and sporting goods stores continued to show strong growth over the previous year. Clothing and accessories stores and furniture stores showed declines, likely due to store closures caused by widespread power outages.”

 

WALKER COUNTY FAIR UPDATE

The Walker County Fair continues today as the Scramble Heifer Check-in is at 10 AM, and the Scramble Heifer Show is at 6 PM. The Non-livestock sale will be held tomorrow, Saturday, at 11 AM. The Freezer Sale will follow the Non-Livestock Sale.

TEXAS SENATE APPROVES SENATE BILL 7 REGARDING VOTING IN TEXAS

On Thursday, Republicans in the Texas Senate, in an overnight vote following hours of debate, passed Senate Bill 7. The bill would make it against the law for election officials, on a local basis proactively, to send out applications to voters to cast votes via the mail. Extended voting hours would be limited and drive-thru voting would be stopped.

The bill now heads to the Texas House.

BIDEN ANNOUNCED INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN THIS WEEK

If President Joe Biden’s proposed American Jobs Plan becomes reality, there will be massive improvement of America’s roads and bridges in this first part of his plan. .. .

The proposed plan also extends to the rail industry . . . .

The $2 trillion plan also includes hundreds of billions for the nation’s water infrastructure, new public schools, building upgrades, affordable homes, care giving for seniors and the disabled, electric vehicles and broadband internet.

Additionally, he is proposing what he calls the American Family Plan.