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SECURITY INITIALIZED FOR UPCOMING INAUGURATION

The Pentagon has given the okay for up to 25,000 National Guard Troops to be on hand for President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Protests are expected in all 50 state capitols. The Texas Capitol and Capitol grounds will be closed through next Wednesday.

Additional personnel has been deployed to the Texas’ capitol in Austin by DPS.

FBI MONITORING POTENTIAL VIOLENCE ACROSS COUNTRY IN REGARD TO THE INAUGURATION

In an inauguration security meeting Friday with Vice-President Pence, FBI Director Wray passed along that 100 people had been arrested and a couple hundred suspects had been identified in the week following the attack on the Capitol.

The FBI is at work monitoring online “chatter” about possible threats of violence around the country during the inauguration. The FBI is trying to keep on top of the situation . . . .

CORONAVIRUS & TESTING UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that DSHS, hospitals and clinics report 1,734 active cases of Coronavirus in the community with 41 fatalities. Among TDCJ offenders, there were 211 active cases reported with 38 fatalities. There have been 86 new community cases since the January 13th report.

Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Sherri Pegoda reports:

“Walker County is diligently working to bring COVID-19 vaccines to our community.  A Mass Community Vaccination Plan is being developed to be submitted to the state.  The state is in charge of allocating vaccines, not the county.  We have very little input but will be ready if and when they push out large quantities to rural areas.  In the meantime, contact Brookshire Bros. Pharmacy, HEB Pharmacy and Kroger Pharmacy and get your name on their list.  Emergency Management will inform the public through all media outlets as we receive information.”

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.

HUNTSVILLE ISD SUPERINTENDENT DR. SHEPPARD ON HOW THE BOND PROPOSAL WOULD BENEFIT TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

Our guest on our Around Town public affairs program over the weekend was Huntsville ISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard.

A proposed District Improvement Bond is being considered to be put forth in the future for the public to vote on.

We asked Dr. Sheppard in regard to the passage of the bond, if he would, “tell us about more pay for teachers and the various student programs that would result . . . .”

CORONAVIRUS & TESTING UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Thursday, January 14th, yesterday, DSHS, hospitals and clinics reported 1,679 active cases of Coronavirus in the community with 41 fatalities. Among TDCJ offenders, there were 199 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.

HUNTSVILLE ISD SUPERINTENDENT SHEPPARD COMMENTS ON THE DISTRICT IMPROVEMENT BOND PROJECT

At Huntsville ISD a Long Range Planning Committee, a citizen group of about 80 people from Huntsville, met over time to plan improvements to the District. Huntsville ISD Superintendent Dr. Scott Sheppard said, “They based everything on making sure that every single school facility saw a major improvement.”

A proposed Bond project will be put forth, with the highest end around $127 million. The bond funds would be used for various campus changes and improvements, more funds for teachers and student programs and improvements related to athletics.

We talked to Superintendent Sheppard this week, who passed along to us the basic idea . . . .

Dr. Sheppard will go into more detail on the proposed bond project on our Around Town public affairs program this weekend.

SHSU TO JOIN WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

In a joint announcement with four other schools issued on Thursday, Director of Athletics Bobby Williams and Sam Houston athletics officially accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference.

The Bearkats, along with fellow Southland Conference members Stephen F. Austin, Abilene Christian and Lamar, in addition to Big Sky Conference member Southern Utah, joining in 2022, will bring the total number of schools in the WAC to 13 members.

The additions will create a 13-team conference that will be divided into two divisions for team sports other than football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. One division will consist of the Texas-based institutions including current WAC members Tarleton State University and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The other division will include Southern Utah along with Dixie State University, New Mexico State University, Grand Canyon University, California Baptist University, Seattle University and Utah Valley University.

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