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CITY COUNCIL MEETS

The Huntsville City Council will meet for a regular session this evening at six at City Hall. Previous to the meeting at 5:30, councilmembers will have a workshop to receive information on the Waterstone Development Corporation/MUD Request.

At their regular session, councilmembers will hear a presentation on TxDOT I-45 Construction Traffic Control.

During Tonight’s “Consent Agenda,” Public Works Director Brent Sherrod will discuss entering into a contract with Texas Pride Utilities for the rehabilitation of sanitary sewer lines in various locations.

Tonight’s “Statutory Agenda” includes a First Reading where City Engineer Ram Ramachandra will discuss adopting an ordinance on changing the Veterans Memorial Parkway and Smither Drive intersection traffic control to an All-Way STOP.

Also on the same agenda, Economic Development Director Tammy Gann and City Manager Aron Kulhavy will discuss considering a Chapter 380 agreement with Zinc Point Manufacturing/Still American to incentive capital investment and job creation through a waiver of permit fees, grants of funds and financial incentive for job creation.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management passes along that as of Monday, May 17th, that DSHS reports after verification, including offenders, there were 55 total active cases of Coronavirus with 126 fatalities in the county.

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.

On Wednesday May 19 & Thursday May 20 there will be a Vaccination Clinic for 1st & 2nd rounds of Moderna vaccine at the Walker County Storm Shelter 455 State Highway 75 North time 9 am until 6 pm.

POLICE NEWS

In Huntsville Police news over the weekend:

Last Friday, police investigated a vehicle burglary in the 100 block of I-45 South. A handgun was found in the 1700 block of 19th Street. In a domestic case in the 3200 block of Elks Drive, a known person impeded their victim’s breathing. In two cases of criminal mischief, one in the 3000 block of Sam Houston and another in the 600 block of Sam Houston, vehicles were damaged by an unknown person. In the 1900 block of Veterans, Randolph Thompson was arrested on two counts of intoxicated assault with a vehicle and three counts of injury to a child.

On Saturday in the 2200 block of Sam Houston, Kevin Beckwith was arrested on a parole warrant.

On Sunday, police investigated an aggravated assault in the 1100 block of Sycamore. In the 100 block of I-45 South, Andrew Myers was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in family violence and two counts of endangering a child.

WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JEN PSAKI COMMENTS ON CHILD TAX CREDIT PAYMENTS AHEAD

White House Press secretary Jen Psaki informed the press Monday at the Daily White House Press Briefing that Treasury and the IRS announced that beginning in July the American Rescue Plan will deliver tax relief to middle-class and hard-pressed working families with children . . . .

FREE BASIC COMPUTER CLASSES AT LIBRARY

Want to get more comfortable with computers or update your skills? If so, then register for the Free Basic Computer Classes held at the Huntsville Public Library. Classes will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 to 6 p.m. Thursdays in June. These classes will discuss using the mouse, typing, emailing, and Internet browsing. Class size is limited, and registration is required. A library card is needed to participate in the classes. If you don’t have a card, bring your ID. Adults 17 and older can register for classes.

BEARKATS WIN FCS CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY

In what turned out to be an “edge-of-your-seat” game, the Sam Houston Bearkats beat the South Dakota Jackrabbits by a score of 23 to 21 Sunday. The championship winning touchdown came with a 10-yard touchdown pass with only 16 seconds left on the clock.

This is the Bearkats first FCS national championship. Sam Houston coach K.C. Keeler has become the first head coach to win an FCS Championship title at multiple schools.

OUR CYBERENEMIES ARE RATCHETING UP THEIR HACKING OF U-S COMPUTERS

Our enemies out there in Cyberspace are cranking things up on their penetration of information in U-S computers at all levels—personal, corporate, defense and other governmental caches of information.

At the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies and Information Systems, National Security Director Paul Nakasone passed along to members of the subcommittee . . . .

CHAMBER PRESIDENT RAY HERNANDEZ COMMENTS ON HOW HE IS APPRECIATIVE OF HELP FROM SHSU STUDENTS

On our Around Town public affairs program over the weekend, we had the privilege of talking with the Huntsville Chamber’s President, Ray Hernandez.

One of the many areas we touched on was how SHSU students helped the Chamber out in volunteering for various activities . . . .

GOVERNOR’S COMMISSION FOR WOMEN ANNOUNCES A WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS WEBINAR SERIES AND PITCH COMPETITION

In recognition of Small Business Week in Texas ending over the weekend, the Governor’s Commission for Women announced a Women-Owned Business Webinar Series beginning in July and focusing on resources available for women-owned small businesses in each region of Texas. Offered in partnership with the Beacon State Fund, the webinar series will feature subject-matter experts offering actionable advice about starting, growing, and sustaining a business in each region. Existing business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to attend.
Online registration will be opening in the future. Online registration is opening soon at gov.texas.gov/organization/women/webinar-series

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