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On Thursday, the Senate voted 51 to 50, with the Vice-President breaking the tie, to go ahead with debate on the President’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus package which will likely set a scenario up for a final vote this weekend.
Republican Senator Ron Johnson required the Senate clerks to read the entire 628 page bill on the floor, which filled up 11 hours until 2:04 this morning.
The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of yesterday, Thursday, March 4th, DSHS, hospitals and clinics report that there were 1,528 active cases of Coronavirus among members of the community with 56 fatalities.
Curative Coronavirus testing Kiosks are located at 125 Medical Park Lane in Huntsville.
All testing is available daily from 8 am until 5 pm by appointment only through Curative.com.
To find additional COVID-19 Test Sites, go to Curative.com.
CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERS RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO BILLS THAT WOULD END PUBLIC FUNDING FOR LOBBYISTS
At the regular session of the Huntsville City Council this week, councilmembers considered a resolution in opposition to House Bill 749 and Senate Bill 234 that would end the use of public funding for lobbyists.
Mayor Andy Brauninger asked Councilmember Daiquiri Beebe to comment on the resolution . . . .
Councilmembers approved the resolution opposing the two bills that would end the use of public funding for lobbyists.
The 11th Annual Diva Night which is on Friday, April 23rd, is a ladies only night out sponsored by Wiesner, Inc. of Huntsville and hosted by the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce and held this year at the WALKER COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS.
The evening will consist of shopping, food and beverages, door prizes, cash give aways, entertainment, special party favors and more.
If you wear your favorite cruise attire you could be the winner of the costume contest.
Food, beverage, “swag” bags, photos and opportunity for door prizes and shopping specials is included.
They are bringing back the Louis Vuitton Purse Raffle thanks to their sponsor, AdVantage Specialties.
Raffle tickets will only be sold at the event. Cost is $20 and only 300 tickets will be sold for the raffle.
Food from numerous local restaurants, caterers, bakers are all included in the ticket price. Tickets are $35 for one, or buy five and get the next one free. Tickets will be on sale soon so watch for details.
And, once again a shuttle will be provided to and from your car to the front door of the fairground.
Governor Greg Abbott has issued a statement after Site Selection Magazine announced that Texas won the Governor’s Cup for a record-breaking ninth year in a row. The award highlights top-performing states for job creation and capital investment.
Governor Abbott said, “This record-breaking achievement would not have been possible without the local, regional, and statewide economic development teams who work to expand economic opportunity in Texas, nor would it have been possible without the companies that choose to invest and create more jobs throughout our state. Despite the challenges faced from the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen what Texas can achieve when we foster an environment that empowers people to succeed.”
Site Selection Magazine has awarded the Governor’s Cup annually since 1978, based on new and expanded corporate facilities as tracked by the proprietary Conway Projects Database.
Enrollment in Affordable Care Act Insurance is still underway. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reminded everyone . . . .
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University is celebrating 100 years of women’s political participation. On March 8, join the CHSS Diversity and Inclusion Committee at their Women’s History Month program where they will explore what women have achieved politically since the Nineteenth Amendment became law in 1920.
The virtual event starts at 2 p.m. and features a diverse group of women speakers including:
-Jessica Brannon-Wranosky, TAMU-Commerce distinguished professor of Digital Humanities & History
-Nancy Baker, SHSU associate professor of History
-Jessica Elkayam, SHSU assistant professor of Philosophy
-Nu’Nicka Epps, SHSU assistant director of Inclusion and Assessment
-Ianthia Fisher, SHSU alumna and mayor of Crockett, TX
For more information, visit the event’s page at shsu.edu/events.
The Walker County Hospital District Board of Managers held their regular meeting last night in their Conference Room. The meeting was available over phone line by way of Go To Meeting Live Conferencing.
One of the several reports that were delivered at the meeting was from CEO Steve Smith who reported on the courageous and dedicated efforts of the Huntsville Memorial Hospital staff during the recent ice storm.
He said they booked hospital staff into a local hotel on Sunday, and later electrical power was lost there.
He picks up the story from there at the hospital . . . .
Our hats off to the brave, dedicated staff at Huntsville Memorial Hospital.
In Huntsville Police news over the past several days:
Last Friday, a vehicle was reported stolen in the 2600 block of El Toro. An unknown person stole a catalytic converter in the 200 block of State Highway 75 North. An unknown person stole a phone in the 1700 block of 11th Street. Tadrian Riles was arrested in the first 100 block of Brunch Avenue for a Walker County Bond Revocation Warrant.
On Saturday, unknown persons stole property in the 2600 block of El Toro and 100 Block of Briarwood. An unknown person stole a catalytic converter in the 2500 block of Pine Shadows Drive. Tobias Jenkins was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in the 500 block of Bearkat Boulevard. Jackie Thompson was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 400 block of Brunch Avenue. Kerrie Hodge was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and tampering in the 100 block of I-45 South. Gary Sutton was arrested for aggravated assault in the 1200 block of Cresthill Road.
On Sunday, an unknown person stole a trailer in the 700 block of 11th Street. An unknown suspect damaged tires on multiple vehicles in the 500 block of Bowers Boulevard. Jeremiah Soto was arrested for warrants in the 2500 block of Sam Houston Avenue.
On Monday, unknown persons entered a vehicle and stole property in the 2100 block of Sycamore Avenue. At the corner of Palm Street and South Park, Jaden Crossland was arrested for evading in a vehicle. In the 900 block of Avenue J, Tramell Mahone was arrested for assault by threat and resisting arrest.