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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CITY BOARDS

Applications are available for Huntsville residents interested in serving on a City board or commission, or to be considered for re-appointment to current positions ending August 31, 2020.

Residents may submit applications to the City Secretary at City Hall, or online at www.HuntsvilleTX.gov/Boards. The City anticipates the Council will handle most nominations in August.

The City Charter sets that all nominations are made by the Mayor for consideration by the Council. Individuals interested in appointment or reappointment are required to complete an application so that the Council has an opportunity to review it prior to approval.

NEW FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

Governor Greg Abbott announced that the State of Texas will allocate an additional $118 million in federal funding to support higher education in Texas, including $93 million to help students continue or restart their progress toward earning a post-secondary credential or degree.

The funding announced follows the $57 million that Governor Abbott and legislative leaders recently allocated to offset potential cuts to state financial aid programs.

The funding announced includes:

  • $46.5 million in targeted financial aid for upskilling and reskilling displaced workers in high-demand fields, including workers who have earned some college credit but no credential, allowing new paths into the workforce with higher earning potential.
  • $46.5 million in emergency student support so students whose families have been severely financially impacted by COVID-19 can stay enrolled in higher education.
  • $15 million for strategic education and workforce data infrastructure to provide timely, actionable intelligence to students, institutions, employers, and policymakers; scale and expand existing technologies and tools that support college and career advising; and help students stay on track to earn high-value credentials.
  • $10 million to improve the quality of online learning by strengthening distance education course offerings and bolstering institutions’ capabilities to use data to support student success. This will include funds to develop Open Educational Resource course materials that significantly reduce costs to students.

LAW ENFORCEMENT GRANT DISCUSSED IN COMMISSIONERS COURT

At this week’s Special Session of Commissioners’ Court, commissioners looked at taking action on an Interlocal Agreement regarding a 2020 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant .

From the Sheriff’s Office, Captain Whitecotton addressed commissioners . . . .

Indeed, the court accepted the grant.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Wednesday, July 22, at 4 PM, among regular residents in the county there were 622 active cases of Coronavirus reported with 385 recovered and 4 deceased. They report 37 new community cases since July 21st.

Among TDCJ offenders in the county there were 223 active cases with 1,690 recovered and 28 deceased.

Community testing continues today from 8 AM to 4 PM at the Walker County Fairgrounds. According to a call received here Wednesday, you may register on site. A valid ID is required at the test site.

WALKER COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT BOARD OF MANAGERS MET WEDNESDAY

The Board of Managers of the Walker County Hospital District met last night and broadcast the meeting over phone lines.

Hospital CEO Steve Smith reported that the positivity rate at the hospital for the coronavirus is now 21% for people being tested. From last month, this is a 6 % increase.

New restrictions put on elective surgeries gave the hospital some latitude in elective surgeries.

CFO for the hospital Gregg Magers had some good news . . . .

POLICE NEWS

In Huntsville Police news on Saturday the 18th, a possibly known suspect stole an Apple watch in the 3300 block of Pine Grove Drive. A vehicle burglary was investigated in the 3000 block of Sand Drive. A firearm was located at 4000 Sam Houston Avenue and secured in evidence. Cousins reportedly assaulted each other in the 600 block of Avenue G. In the 100 block of I-45 South, a firearm was located in a men’s room then secured at PD.

On Sunday, in the 700 block of I-45 South, Gregory Dukes Jr. was arrested of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance. In the 2200 block of Bobby K. Marks, Anthony Berotte, Jr. was arrested for fleeing a police officer and resisting arrest. In the 100 block of I-45 South, Mariano Lin Jasso was arrested on two counts of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

On Monday, a firearm was stolen from a vehicle in the 200 block of Willowbend. A vehicle was reported stolen in the 2700 block of Cedar. In the 200 block of Watkins Street, Tameeka Massey was arrested on a possession of a controlled substance warrant. Juwun Reed was arrested in the 2600 block of El Toro for possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication. Joshua Morales was arrested in the 400 block of State Highway 75 North for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Tuesday, an unknown person entered a business and stole property in the 1700 block of 11th Street. A threat was investigated in the 200 block of I-45 South. In the 900 block of MLK, Brian Welch was arrested for resisting arrest and public intoxication. In the 100 block of I-45 South, Nelson Diaz was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and two counts of forgery. On Morgan Lane, Charles Hogue was arrested for evading in a vehicle.

SHSU MEDICAL DIRECTOR APPOINTED AS LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITY

Robert Williams, MD, director of medical services at Sam Houston State University Student Health Center was appointed by Judge Danny Pierce as a Walker County Local Health Authority. In this role, he will work alongside Walker County Local Health Authority, Darrel Wells, MD.

Appointed for a two-year term, the position is responsible for administering state and local laws relating to public health. Williams’ duties include aiding the county with quarantine and public health law enforcement.

KELLYANNE CONWAY TALKS ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S CORONAVIRUS STRATEGY

The war against Coronavirus continues. Wednesday, outside the White House, Presidential Advisor Kellyanne Conway answered a reporter’s questions about the president’s development of a strategy . . . .

She also said that part of the strategy is the sheltering of our own vulnerable population.

GOVERNOR ABBOTT AND OTHER STATE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE E-LEARNING FUNDING FOR TEXAS STUDENTS

Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, Vice Chair Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, and House Appropriations Committee Chair Giovanni Capriglione and Vice Chair Oscar Longoria have recently announced that the State of Texas will allocate $200 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for the purchase of eLearning devices and home internet solutions to enable remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic for Texas students that lack connectivity.

With this funding, the TEA will purchase and distribute devices, hotspots, routers, and more based on specific needs identified by local education agencies (LEAs). The funding would be used to establish a reimbursement program with a matching fund component tied to locally controlled Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) or LEA local funding.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of 3 PM Tuesday, July 21, among regular residents in the county 596 active cases of coronavirus were reported with 374 recovered and 4 deceased. Thirty-six new community cases were reported on July 20.

Among TDCJ offenders in Walker County, there were 232 active cases with 1,678 recovered.

Among TDCJ employees in the county, there were 71 active cases with 186 recovered.

Community testing is underway today and tomorrow and July 29 and 30, 8 AM to 4 PM, at the Walker County Fairgrounds. Symptoms do not have to be present to test; however, you must register at 1-844-778-2455. A valid I-D is required at the test site. Registration begins 24 hours prior.