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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that among regular residents of the county that as of yesterday, September 24th, there were 805 active cases of coronavirus reported, with 1,386 recovered and 13 deaths.

Among TDCJ offenders in the county, there were 15 active cases reported, with 1,989 recovered and

31 deaths.

Among TDCJ employees in the county, there were 91 active cases reported with 368 recovered.

The free coronavirus drive-though program is underway at 125 Medical Park Lane in Huntsville. The hours are now Monday through Friday, 4 to 8 PM, and Saturday 8 AM to Noon and Sunday 4 to 8 PM. Appointments are no longer required, and results are returned in 3 to 5 days.

LOCAL CHAMBER PRESIDENT & CEO RAY HERNANDEZ COMMENTS ON OUR LOCAL ECONOMY

The Coronavirus has taken a toll around the country on various sectors of the economy.

We asked local Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Ray Hernandez if he thought economically we’re beginning to pull out of the pandemic . . . .

Ray will be our guest on our “Around Town” public affairs program this weekend.

UPDATE FROM HUNTSVILLE HORNET ATHLETICS

Huntsville ISD Hornet Athletics passes along:

We want to thank all of our fans who purchased tickets to attend the Huntsville Hornet Varsity Football game vs Nederland scheduled for Friday, September 25, 2020. Unfortunately, Nederland ISD had to cancel and we have been unable to find a replacement opponent. The Hornets will not be scheduling any additional non-district games. Huntsville plans to practice at 7 pm at Bowers Stadium instead to continue their preparations for next Friday’s game at Willis.

All tickets purchased for the September 25th game are good for the next HOME game scheduled for Friday, October 16, 2020 vs. C.E. King High School. Tickets do not need to purchased for the October 16th game, if you currently have a digital ticket for the September 25th game.

For fans wanting to request a refund, refunds will be made for this game in the amount of the ticket price only as all processing fees are non-refundable. This will be a one-time refund due to the circumstances. Refund requests should be made by email to Lisa Blackburn at lblackburn@huntsville-isd.org. Please state your name and the number of tickets you purchased. Your refund will arrive on the same payment method you used to make the purchase within 7 – 10 business days.

HUNTSVILLE ISD HAD SPECIAL-CALLED BOARD MEETING THURSDAY ON THE ASYNCHRONOUS MODEL OF INSTRUCTION

The Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees met at noon Thursday for a Special-Called meeting.

Assistant superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Marcus Forney, addressed the Board regarding the approval of the HISD Asynchronous Model of Instruction.

Asynchronous instruction does not require all participants to be virtually present at the same time such as self-paced online courses with intermittent teacher instruction. Synchronous instruction requires all participants to be present at the same time, virtually.

Mr. Forney told the Board the plan was a requirement of the Texas Education Agency. He said, “This plan came about as a result of COVID-19, that’s why the commission was given authority, in order to have all LEA’s (Local Education Agencies), or all school districts, be required to do an asynchronous plan in order to receive ADA funding, or average daily attendance funding . . . .”

Some of the issues discussed by Board members and Mr. Forney included the possibility of unfair amount of time on testing and attendance accountability.

Trustees approved the instruction plan.

TEXAS COMPTROLLER ANNOUNCES $300 MILLION IN UNCLAIMED PROPERTY RETURNED IN FISCAL 2020

The Texas Comptroller’s office approved and paid $300 million in unclaimed property claims during the past fiscal year

This is the second time the Comptroller’s office has returned more than $300 million in unclaimed property in a fiscal year. In fiscal 2019, the Comptroller’s office returned a record $308 million to rightful property owners.

For more information about the unclaimed property program, or to search for unclaimed property and begin the claims process, visit the Comptroller’s unclaimed property website, ClaimItTexas.org, or call 800-321-2274 (CASH).

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reported that as of Wednesday, September 23rd, yesterday, there were among regular county residents 921 active cases of coronavirus, with 1,253 recovered and 13 deaths. Nine new community cases were reported as of September 22nd.

Among TDCJ offenders in the county, there were 15 active cases reported, with 1,994 recovered and 31 deaths.

Among TDCJ employees in the county, there were 89 active cases reported with 364 recovered.

The free coronavirus drive-though program is underway at 125 Medical Park Lane in Huntsville. The hours are now Monday through Friday, 4 to 8 PM, and Saturday 8 AM to Noon and Sunday 4 to 8 PM. Appointments are no longer required, and results are returned in 3 to 5 days.

HOSPITAL DISTRICT BOARD OF MANAGERS MEET TO VOTE ON TAX RATE

The Board of Managers of the Walker County Hospital District met last night, and broadcast via Go To Meeting Live Conferencing, a public hearing on a proposal to increase the property tax.

Chair of the Board Anne Woodard addressed board members and those participating . . . .

Ms. Woodard asked if anyone anyone from the public would like to comment. No one did.

Ms. Woodard also explained . . . .

Board members approved the tax rate of 0.1136 per $100 valuation.

JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG MEMORIAL HELD

A memorial service for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was held at the building of the U-S Supreme Court Wednesday.

Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt from Adas Israel Congregation in Washington spoke . . . .

Chief Justice John Roberts heaped praise on the life and work of Justice Ginsburg . . . .

The Chief Justice went on to say, “She served for 27 years and contributed 483 majority, concurring and dissenting opinions which will steer the Court for decades.”

On Friday, Justice Ginsburg will become the first woman in the history of the U-S to lie in state inside the U-S Capitol.

FREE FLU SHOTS FOR SHSU STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF AHEAD

In preparation for flu season, the Student Health Center and The Office of Health Promotion at Sam Houston State University will be offering free flu shots for current SHSU students, Oct. 6-8 at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center, Orange Ballroom.

They will also be able to provide a limited number of free flu vaccines for faculty and staff at its flu shot clinics on Oct. 8 and 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the LSC, Orange Ballroom. In addition, employees with SHSU-provided insurance can also receive the flu shot from any in-network provider at no cost.

As a reminder, for the safety of the entire university community, anyone attending on-campus, sponsored events will be required to wear a face covering and practice social distancing.

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