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Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said state sales tax revenue totaled $3.16 billion in June, 18.1 percent more than in June 2020. Year-over-year increases for most tax revenues this month were affected by base effects: Year-ago revenue collections to which this year’s collections are compared were severely suppressed by the pandemic. Compared to June 2019, sales tax collections were up 10.4 percent.
The majority of June sales tax revenue is based on sales made in May and remitted to the agency in June.
You’re invited to join the City of Huntsville this Sunday, July 4th, in the celebration of Independence Day with family entertainment and a large-scale firework show. Family fun begins at 4 PM at Kate Barr Ross Park. Activities include airbrush painting, balloon twisting, leather working, sand art, a rock wall, a D-J, mechanical bull, dunk tank, a watermelon-eating contest and more. Once the family fun portion of the event wraps up at 8 PM, everyone is invited to pick their favorite spot in the park to get ready to watch the fireworks display when it’s dark.
Personal coolers are allowed in the park, but glass bottles are not. Visitors are not allowed to bring or set off fireworks in the park. Admission is free.
The City of New Waverly Independence Day Celebration will be held at Prosperity Bank, 102 FM 1375 in New Waverly, on Sunday, July 4th, from 7:30 to 9:15 PM. There will be a community barbecue, auction, raffle and fireworks show. Raffle tickets are available at the New Waverly Fire Station and from members of 4-H. The Community Barbecue begins at 11 AM at the New Waverly Elementary School Cafeteria, followed by a live auction at 1 PM. There’s a pet parade at 7:30 at Prosperity Bank, followed by a raffle drawing. At approximately 9:15 PM, the fireworks show begins.
All proceeds from barbecue, auction and raffle benefit the youth of New Waverly.
The Huntsville item reports that Huntsville Police are looking for a black man who robbed a customer outside of the Timeout Sports Bar in the 600 block of I-45 South early on Thursday morning.
The man, wearing black clothing, robbed the victim at gunpoint, taking his wallet containing $32 in cash along with a credit card. The suspect ran away toward the Studio 6 Motel. Police are in the process of getting the video from gas stations nearby. If you have information on this crime, call police at 291-5480 or Crime Stoppers at 294-9494.
The Walker County Office of Emergency Management passes along that as of Thursday, July 1st, DSHS reports 19 total active cases of coronavirus with 131 Coronavirus fatalities reported. There were no new community cases reported since June 30th.
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 Thursday, the House Coronavirus Crisis Select Subcommittee discussed combating vaccine hesitancy.
One of the group of doctors who testified about overcoming vaccine hesitancy was former U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams. He recommended concentrating within those groups which were experiencing hesitancy to get vaccinated . . . .
Also, suggested at the hearing was “doubling down on vulnerable populations” and working to combat “disinformation.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be increasing the number of Texas Highway Patrol Troopers on the road today through Monday, July 5, as part of Operation CARE (Crash Awareness Reduction and Effort) and Operation Holiday. DPS Troopers will be on the roads looking for drivers who are speeding, driving while intoxicated or not their wearing seat belts.
Operation Holiday will run on Saturday and Sunday, and targets drivers who violate traffic laws.
Operation CARE runs from July 2 through July 5, and focuses on reducing crashes and violations of the state’s Move Over, Slow Down law.
Here’s a few safety tips for driving during the Fourth of July holidays:
·Don’t drink and drive.
· Move Over or Slow Down for police, fire, EMS, TxDOT vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road
·Buckle up everyone in the vehicle — it’s the law.
As Texans make plans to celebrate the Fourth of July with picnics, grilling, camping or fireworks, Texas A&M Forest Service encourages everyone to be careful with any outdoor activity that may cause a spark.
Approximately 90 percent of wildfires are caused by humans and their activities, and according to the National Fire Protection Association, Independence Day is one of the top days for reported fires of all kinds.
This year, recent rains have reduced some of the potential for wildfires across much of the state. A cool and moist fire environment, with increased chances for rain and below normal temperatures, will keep fire potential low statewide through the July 4th weekend. Even as fire potential across the state is low, Texas A&M Forest Service and local fire officials are advising everyone to be cautious with activities outdoors.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show conducted by professionals.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy addressed reporters in Washington on a number of important issues on Thursday.
He was particularly displeased to not get support for defense of the Israelis from the Democratic party in congress . . . .
Bill Cosby was released from a Pennsylvania prison Wednesday after his sexual assault conviction was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The court threw out the conviction after finding that the prosecutor who brought the case against him violated an agreement not to charge him.
On Wednesday, former President Trump, Governor Greg Abbott and other officials met for a border security briefing and tour.
At the briefing, they talked about the many issues that have occurred since the change of policy at the Border from the Biden administration, including the increase in illegal border crossings. One of the major issues Governor Abbott talked to the president about was the increase in the drug fentanyl coming over the border . . . .
President Trump passed along what happened with the situation at the border before he left office . . . .