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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Thursday, August 13, at 4 PM, there were among regular residents of the county 803 active cases of coronavirus, with 544 recovered and six deceased. There were 32 new community cases reported since August 12.

Among TDCJ offenders in the county, there were 171 active cases, with 1,910 recovered and 35 deceased.

Among TDCJ employees in the county, there were 113 active cases with 300 recovered.

The next community testing dates are August 15, 18 and 25, 8 AM to 4 PM, at the Walker County Fairgrounds. Symptoms do not have to be present to test. Registration will be performed on-site. A valid I-D is required at the test site.

Also, free testing starts in the parking lot behind the hospital 4 to 8 PM Monday through Friday.

HUNTSVILLE ISD TRUSTEES & OTHERS DISCUSS BOND ISSUES THURSDAY

Last night the Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees met to discuss a Long Range Facility Plan and the possibility for ordering a Bond Election on November 3rd.

In brief, the proposed $92 million project would be a realignment across the board of the District’s campuses as there are upcoming issues of running out of room for enrollment in facilities that are not up to par. There was much input from the Long Range Facility Planning committee. Their hope is to make every single campus better for the kids. Because of area growth, there has been a reduced tax rate history over time, which is beneficial.

In regard to the need to implement District-wide improvements, most in the attending crowd were for the plan.

For example, Trustee J-T Langley . . . .

Just the plan itself was approved.

However, calling a bond election for November 3rd limits the time of involvement from school personnel in informing the public and limits the time to get the information out from others in regard to the advantages of a bond election for facilities.

Superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard, who wanted to hold off on a November 3rd bond election, explained . . . .

A vote was taken and having the bond election on November 3rd was not approved, as the District and Long Range Planning Committee looks forward to a possible May bond election.

ISRAEL AND UNITED ARAB EMIRATES WILL SIGN PEACE ACCORD SOON

It’s a major international accomplishment for the Trump Administration. In a few weeks Israel and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates, will sign a peace accord at the White House.

President Trump addressed reporters in the Oval Office Thursday . . . .

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Wednesday, August 12, at 4 PM, that in the county among regular residents there were 797 active cases of coronavirus, with 519 recovered and six deceased.

Among TDCJ offenders in the county, there were 167 active cases reported, with 1,910 recovered and 35 deceased.

Among TDCJ employees in the county, there were 116 active cases reported with 294 recovered.

The next community testing dates are August 15, 18 and 25, 8 AM to 4 PM, at the Walker County Fairgrounds. Symptoms do not have to be present to test. Registration will be performed on-site. A valid I-D is required at the test site.

NAVASOTA POLICE OFFICER KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

KBTX Channel 3 reports that Navasota Police officer William Cooper was killed in a motorcyle accident during a trip to the Sturgis, South Dakota Motorcycle Rally. In December 2019, Officer Cooper was sworn into the Navasota Police Department. Previous to that, he worked for two years for the Grimes County Sheriff’s Office.

JOE BIDEN INTRODUCES HIS V-P PICK, KAMALA HARRIS, IN WILMINGTON

In Wilmington, Delaware Wednesday, presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden introduced his chosen vice-presidential running mate, Senator Kamala Harris . . . .

Senator Harris followed Joe Biden at the podium . . . .

HUNTSVILLE ISD SPECIAL-CALLED BOARD MEETING TONIGHT

The Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees will have a public meeting tonight at 6 at the HISD Support and Learning Center, 1010 8th Street, in Huntsville.

They will adhere to the Texas Open Meetings Act guidelines in regard to the pandemic. The meeting will be open to the public at 50% occupancy—that’s 45 occupants. HISD will “Live Stream” to the Huntsville ISD webpage for public viewing during the meeting.

Action Items include consideration and approval of a Long Range Facility Plan as presented. Also, there will be consideration and approval of an Order Calling a Bond Election to be held by Huntsville ISD on November 3, 2020.

Tonight’s Report Item is on the Reopening of School Plan.

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