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Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee had a hearing on world-wide threats. In attendance, were all intelligence agency heads.
Many threats face the U-S—terrorism, drug trafficking, cyberintrusion and financial issues.
North Korea, of course, has grown into a major one. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats addressed the committee . . . .
Tuesday, the Huntsville High School Boys basketball team won the District 20-5A championship. They did it by overpowering Willis 80-63 at Paul Bohan Gymnasium.
Coinciding with Black History Month, Sam Houston State University will host the Africa World Documentary Film Festival to promote the experiences and culture of the people of Africa, in a Pan-African context, Feb. 15-16.
This international festival will feature documentaries by filmmakers that focus on the African world and will offer extraordinary opportunities for audience engagement and learning. Some of the major subjects covered in these documentary films are culture, environment, history, gender, religion, race, as well as human rights issues.
The first film “Desert Wounds,” by Israeli director Nili Dotan, tells the story of Christian African Women from Sudan and Eritrea who fled persecution at the hand of Muslims in their countries and are seeking asylum in Israel. The film follows their attempt to build a new life over a period of 5 years, while living under constant threat of deportation. This film screening will take place on Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center theater, and a Q&A session with Dotan will follow.
“When Paul Came Over the Sea” by German filmmaker Jakob Preuss will be shown on Feb. 16 at noon in the Dan Rather Communications Building, room 125. It tells the story of Paul, a Cameroon refugee, and his dangerous voyage across Europe and the strong friendships he forms while in the midst of political and mental turmoil.
Both films will be narrated in English. Admission is free and open to the public.
T-shirts and door prizes will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis for the Feb. 15 event.
The City of Huntsville asks, “Do you plan on replacing the antifreeze in your vehicle this winter? Do you plan on disposing other kinds of liquids, including motor oil, peanut oil or cooking oil?” They ask that you don’t run those materials down the drain – recycle them.
The City of Huntsville Solid Waste Services Division offers free, year-round recycling for residential customers at the Recycling Drop-Off Center located at 590 I-45 North from 7:30 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Other items, including oil filters, are recycled in specifically marked collection barrels. As they are flammable, neither gasoline nor diesel from lawn equipment or vehicles will be accepted for disposal or recycling.
Unfortunately, due to disposal restrictions, the Solid Waste Services Division is not able to pick up liquids on a curbside basis. If you have any questions, please call 936-294-5743.
Monday at the White House, Donald Trump released his huge infrastructure initiative . . . .
The president said, “It provides $50 billion for rural infrastructure, who have really been left out.” This will include broadband internet access.
Emergency management coordinator Butch Davis addressed commissioners at their regular meeting Monday in regard to changing the lease agreement for the Storm Shelter in order to increase people renting the facility.
Butch Davis said they’re “really not going up on the fees. We’re combining them all together.”
Mr. Davis explained the proposed changes . . . .
Also in the proposed change is dropping the lessee’s requirement for insurance . . . .
Commissioners approved the proposed change to the lease agreement subject to the approval of the District Attorney’s office.
As you may have noticed, building continues on the SHSU campus.
SHSU president, Dr. Dana Hoyt, recently updated us on what’s underway . . . .
Dr. Hoyt said, “We are also going to break ground on a new art building.” There are also renovations ahead to the agricultural area out at Gibbs Ranch, and with regard to athletics, renovation of space purchased on Avenue I.
Monday, Dr. Robin Montgomery from the Walker County Historical Commission filed an annual report on the group.
One of the many highlights included a report on last year’s Texas Independence Day Celebration and General Sam Houston’s Birthday . . . .
Dr. Montgomery reviewed several other important events the commission participated in over the year like the Sam Houston Folk Festival, the Airing of the Quilts, the Fair on the Square and several others.
He also made a pitch for the Gibbs Museum . . . .
Dr. Montgomery also said, “There is emphasis now on the Old Sam Houston Trail that extended from Huntsville to Independence.”
The City of Huntsville’s Street Division will close Southwood Drive to through traffic on Wednesday, February 14, in order to replace a drainage culvert. The closure will be near the city limits around 1353 Southwood Drive, just west of the Energy transformer substation, from 8 a.m. until the replacement is completed. The street is expected to be reopened no later than 5 p.m. the same day. Residents east of the city limits on Southwood Drive will need to use FM 2929 as an alternate route during the closure. The City of Huntsville regrets any inconvenience and reminds drivers to seek alternate routes to and from this area on February 14. For questions or more information, contact John Hereford, City Street Superintendent, at 936-294-5722.
SHSU continues to move forward toward their offering of an Osteopathic program.
Sam Houston State University President, Dr. Dana Hoyt, updated us recently . . . .