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HUNTSVILLE ISD TRUSTEES HAVE ADDED FACILITY RENOVATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS OF THE ATHLETIC MASTER PLAN TO THE LONG-RANGE FACILITY PLAN

At Thursday’s Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees regular meeting, one of the agenda items called for Board approval to add the facility renovations and improvements within the Athletic Master Plan to the Huntsville ISD Long Range Facility Plan. The Athletic Master Plan was discussed at a recent Board Workshop.

Superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard addressed Trustees on the matter . . . .

The Board voted in approval.

ECONOMIC COUNCIL DIRECTOR DEESE ADDRESSES WASHINGTON PRESS ON EXECUTIVE ORDERS TO IMPROVE THE ECONOMY

On Friday, National Economic Council Director Brian Deese addressed reporters at the White House on President Biden’s executive actions to improve the economy.

He said the executive actions were not a substitute for legislative relief. On Friday he said the president would sign two Executive Orders that day . . . .

Included will be a 15 percent increase in EBT benefits and a 15 to 20% increase in Emergency SNAP benefits. It also has a component promoting worker safety.

In the second Order . . . .

He said, “The Order will also protect and empower federal employees who dedicated their careers to serving the American people of many and very difficult circumstances during this pandemic.” He said, “The steps will include restoring collective bargaining power, and worker protections for federal workers, eliminating Schedule F which has threatened the protections of career employees and also provided a potential pathway to burrow political appointees into civil service. And, also promoting a $15 an hour minimum wage by directing the Office of Public Management to develop recommendations to pay more federal workers at least $15 an hour.”

He also said, “In addition to the Executive Orders we will be issuing, we will be focusing on another key priority of the president which is equitable relief to small businesses.” Businesses that were left out previously.”

This would refer to, as he put it . . . .

CORONAVIRUS & TESTING UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Friday, January 22nd, that DSHS, hospitals and clinics report that there were 1,758 active cases of Coronavirus in the community with 55 fatalities. Among TDCJ offenders, there were 534 active cases wit 38 fatalities.

Curative testing kiosks for Coronavirus are located at 125 Medical Park Lane and at the Storm Shelter at 455 State Highway 75 North in the West Parking Lot by appointment only at Curative.com. They are there daily from 8 AM to 5 PM.

KSAM 101-7 AND 104-9 & THE NEW 94-1 “THE HITS” SPONSOR CHAMBER’S BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Make plans to attend Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on TUESDAY, January 26, beginning at 5:15 PM sponsored by KSAM 101.7 AND 104-9 & 94-1 “The Hits” located at 622 I-45 South. It is going to be a party so put this on your MUST DO LIST and plan to come out and enjoy some great food and beverages AND a LIVE BAND!

From KSAM: If you’re a member or would like to be a member of the Huntsville Walker County Chamber of Commerce come join us at the 1st ever KSAM & The Hits Business After Hours Roadhouse Party! Tuesday January 26th, 5pm, at the KSAM studios at 622 I-45 right next to Margaritas! We’ll have The
Powell Brothers from New Waverly LIVE on stage inside our HUGE parking lot tent! Award Winning BBQ with Sean Ericson from Gonzo’s BBQ, and
Daddy’s Seasonings! Beverages from West Sandy Creek Winery, Faust Distributing and Stevenson Beer Distributing Co. Ltd….door prizes, radio station tours and tons of FUN! It’s a Biz After Hours RADIO STYLE! Come join us chamber members and potential members! Check out a little taste of The Powell Brothers, Here’s the link for their latest music video for their current single, ‘How It’s Done’: https://youtu.be/__0H9zkc22E

Business After Hours is just one of the monthly networking events provided by the Chamber. The event gives Chamber members an opportunity to meet informally at local business establishments, to visit and share ideas and opinions, socialize, make business contacts, meet new people, and learn more about their host’s business.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, January 26 and plan to meet new people, share ideas, show your support of other Chamber members and possibly take home some great door prizes too!

SPEAKER PELOSI & MINORITY LEADER MCCARTHY COMMENT ON IMPEACHMENT AND PROVOCATION ISSUES

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters that the House is ready to send its article of impeachment of former President Trump to the Senate. No date was announced . . . .

At his weekly House Minority Leader news conference, Kevin McCarthy, however, told a reporter that President Trump was not guilty of provocation in the January 6th mob attack on the capitol . . . .

CORONAVIRUS & TESTING UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Thursday, January 21st, yesterday, that DSHS, hospitals and clinics report 1,739 active cases of Coronavirus in the community with 55 fatalities. Among TDCJ offenders, there were 598 active cases reported with 38 fatalities.

Curative testing kiosks for Coronavirus are located at 125 Medical Park Lane and at the Storm Shelter 455 State Highway 75 North in the West Parking Lot by appointment only at Curative.com. They are there daily from 8 AM to 5 PM.

NEW WAVERLY FIREFIGHTERS PULL RESIDENT FROM BURNING HOME

New Waverly Fire Department Public Information Officer Jimmy Williams reports:

Just before 1:30 Wednesday afternoon, a resident in the Emerald Woods subdivision called 911, reporting a fire at a house on Dove Ln off FM 1374 west of I-45.

Fire and EMS crews from New Waverly were on scene within minutes. The first unit to arrive was the Walker County EMS unit from Station 71. They reported fire and smoke coming from the attic area and worked with Engine 71 to locate the residents of the burning home.

Firefighters entered the home and located its lone occupant asleep in a rear bedroom. The 56 year old man later told them he works nights and sleeps during the day. Firefighters pulled him from the bed and brought him to the EMS crew at the front door. Medics took him to safety and determined he did not suffer any significant injury.

Although the home had been filling with smoke, the danger went unnoticed as all three of the home’s smoke alarms had missing or dead batteries. Fortunately, the neighbors noticed the fire in time to notify 911 and give the responding fire crews the opportunity to perform the rescue.

January is the peak of the home fire season, and so far this year Texas leads the nation with 19 deaths.

Residents are urged to test their existing smoke alarms and to make sure that there is a working alarm in every bedroom and hallway.

ALWAYS CHECK WITH COUNTY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT BEFORE LAND DEVELOPMENT

As Walker County continues to grow, the regulation of land development comes into focus. We talked recently with Walker County’s Planning & Development Director Andy Isbell about this very subject . . . .

Andy Isbell will be our guest on our Around Town public affairs program this weekend.

SHSU WELCOMES NEW SCHOOL OF NURSING DIRECTOR

The School of Nursing in the College of Health Sciences at Sam Houston State University has named Devon Barry as the new director.

Berry comes to SHSU from Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Nursing in Portland where he concurrently served as the executive associate dean, clinical associate professor, and the interim senior academic officer for DNP Programs.

Previously serving as the director for strategic initiatives, along with other leadership positions within the College of Nursing & Health at Wright State University, Berry has over 20 years of experience in higher education with teaching positions at the University of Cincinnati and Cedarville University. Holding an MSN from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University and a PhD from the University of Washington School of Nursing, and more recently an MBA from Western Governors University, Berry also maintains active RN licenses in Texas, Oregon and Oklahoma.

The School of Nursing at Sam Houston State University is one of the most reputable and state-of-the-art nursing schools in Texas as well as nationally recognized.

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